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Area Notebook: Ruml achieves gold level certification

Longtime Howard wrestling coach Ken Ruml achieved gold level certification within the National Coaches Education Program when he went to Colorado Springs, Colo., in August.

It's the highest level of certification and he's now one of five gold-level coaches in the country.

Ruml, a Dakota Wesleyan graduate, went to Colorado on Aug. 7 and returned to South Dakota Aug. 15.

He completed eight tasks in the gold division by writing thesis papers on strength training and observing many hours of mat training in different styles of wrestling.

Before the finalization of the gold, Ruml had to complete five tasks of criteria in the copper and bronze divisions and 22 tasks in the silver division. He had those finished from 1976 to 2000.

Ruml is now going to work with USA Wrestling in any Midwest USA Wrestling tournament and teach other coaches that want to get bronze and silver levels.

Wild Oak golf tourney called off

Wild Oak Golf Club was scheduled to host the Rally for the Cure golf tournament Friday, but because of a lack of interest the event is canceled.

The golf course's manager Cody Larson said Rally for the Cure was supposed to help kick off October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the Mitchell area.

However, Larson said five players signed up for the tournament, which wasn't enough and forced cancellation.

Norton inducted to Hall of Champions

Jerry Norton, of Mitchell, was inducted into the Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Hall of Champions on Sunday in Fort Pierre.

Norton, 42, is a world champion bullfighter and joins 19 other members of the Hall of Champions. This is the first time an individual has been inducted as the other 19 inductees were brought in as a group last year.

Inductees must be noted as a world champion by the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association. Induction is also designated by earnings and competing in Las Vegas.

Norton has been a bullfighter for 25 years, but has semi-retired from the freestyle bullfights. He is still involved in being a rodeo clown.

Area umpires work national tourneys

Three area baseball and softball umpires worked at nationally-recognized tournaments over the Labor Day Weekend.

Scott Hille, Mitchell, umpired the Men's Northern C National Slow-Pitch Softball Tournament in Rochester, Minn.

Carla Snedeker, Mitchell, umpired at the Women's Class "C" and "D" Northern Slow-Pitch National Championship softball tournaments in Minot, N.D., while Clayton Moore, Mount Vernon, umpired a youth fastpitch national tournament in North Mankato, Minn.

It was the third national tournament Moore and Snedeker have worked and both will be receiving their South Dakota Amateur Softball Association indicator awards. Indicator awards are earned after an umpire works a minimum of three national tournaments.