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Friday's Sports Briefs: 7/5/13

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Fans flock to see Tony Stewart at SD dirt track

By The Associated Press

BRANDON -- A sell-out crowd showed up Wednesday night to watch three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart race on the dirt track at Huset's Speedway near Brandon.

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The Argus Leader newspaper reports that some spectators were placed in the infield after the stands filled up.

Stewart was leading the race with five laps to go when he spun to avoid a slower car. He finished 17th in the World of Outlaws event. It was the first time he had raced a sprint car in South Dakota.

Stewart started his career on dirt tracks in Indiana. He now makes select appearances at dirt tracks in addition to his NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule. He has raced at the track in West Fargo, N.D., several times in the past few years.

Schultz signs to play with DSU volleyball team

By The Daily Republic

Bridgewater-Emery's Mackenzie Schultz has signed to play volleyball at Dakota State University this fall, it was announced this week by Trojan coach Amy Veenhof.

Along with Schultz, 14 incoming players will join her on the roster.

Schultz, a setter, was an all-Cornbelt Conference first team selection her senior and junior years. FShe was also all-state honorable mention. She recorded 1,678 assists, 202 digs, 55 aces and 54 kills in her high school career.

Tolliver home run helps Corsica beat Tabor 12-9

By The Daily Republic

CORSICA -- Branson Tolliver hit three-run home run to help lift Corsica over Tabor 12-9 in a Legion baseball game Thursday.

Aaron Groeneweg was the winning pitcher, recording five strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.

The losing pitcher was Alec Weber, recording one strikeout in 4 2/3 innings.

For Tabor, Blasé Vanacek was 3-for-5 with two singles, one double and four RBIs. Kodi Larson had two singles and two RBIs.

For Corsica, Nick Blom was 3-for-6 with a single, a double and a triple. Along with a home run, Branson Tolliver was 2-for-5 with a single. Daniel Van Zee had three singles and one RBI and Mason VanVuuren was 1-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.

Corsica (7-2) hosts Irene Monday.

Cimpl adds six to 2013-14 roster

By The Daily Republic

Dakota Wesleyan University football coach Ross Cimpl added six players to his 2013 recruiting class this week.

Kyle Manke, Kyle Hartrup, Christopher Gollnick, Marcus Nelson, Jacob North and Richard Herine bring the Tigers recruiting total to 47 players this offseason.

Manke and Gollnick are the only South Dakota natives. Manke, of Murdo, competed with Jones County and Gollnick, of Bradley, played for Florence High School.

New Nebraska research center to study concussions

By The Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Concussion research will be one of the primary functions of the Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior, which opens later this month at the University of Nebraska.

The center is housed in the new $55 million building attached to Memorial Stadium that holds 38 luxury suites and an additional 6,000 seats for the football stadium.

The center is the latest university-affiliated research facilities looking for better ways to diagnose and treat traumatic head injuries and make football and other sports safer. Center director Dennis Molfese said one of the projects is the development of a device that gives medical personnel the ability to accurately assess the severity of a concussion right on the sideline.

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