Daily Republic Sports
Cameron Kerkhove held the Dell Rapids Mudcats to just five hits as the Crofton (Neb.) Blue Jays advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-1 at the Class B state amateur baseball tournament on Tuesday at Cadwell Park. Kerkhove, a pick-up player from the Menno Mad Frogs, did not record a strikeout, while allowing one unearned run with two walks in eight innings pitched. Rand Thygeson recorded the final three outs in the bottom of the ninth inning.
The South Dakota Amateur Baseball Association will host a Military Night for Thursday's state tournament games at Cadwell Park. All military personnel will be admitted free of charge to attend the night session beginning at 5:30 p.m.
The Dakota Wesleyan University football team was picked up No. 17 in the preseason NAIA Football Top 25 poll, which was announced on Monday. DWU recorded a 122 points in the poll and the Tigers were one of three Great Plains Athletic Conference teams selected in the Top 25. Morningside came in at No. 4 and Doane was picked No. 11. Defending national champion Saint Francis (Ind.) earned the No. 1 spot in the poll. DWU opens its season against Dakota State University on Aug. 24 in Madison.
Area basketball observers are mourning the death of a local coaching stalwart. Dan Moran, who coached boys basketball in the region for three decades, died Saturday in Sioux Falls. He was 79. A native of Woonsocket, he was most known as the head boys coach at Stickney High School for 16 years, helping lead the Raiders to the 1981 Class B state title. He had a record of 458 wins and 198 losses for his career and was inducted to both the state and national high school coaches hall of fame.
The Mitchell Parks and Recreation Department is currently taking registration for youth soccer and football. Students in grades Kindergarten through sixth grade can register for fall soccer until Aug. 15. The season begins Aug. 21. Flag football for third and fourth grade students is also open through Aug. 15, and the program will begin Aug. 28. Tackle football registration will begin Aug. 21 for players in fifth and sixth grades. The deadline to register is Aug. 22.
Five added runs in the final three inning provided the needed cushion for the Garretson Blue Jays to advance to the Class B state quarterfinals at the South Dakota State Amateur Baseball Tournament, topping Lake Norden 8-5 Sunday in the second round at Cadwell Park. Garretson, which had 16 hits in the game, held a 4-2 lead after seven innings before tacking on two more runs each in the eighth and ninth innings. Lake Norden countered with three runs in the bottom of the ninth but was sunk by five errors in the game.
BERESFORD—Wagner erupted for six runs in the first inning and downed Milbank 16-7 in the first round of the 16-under Class A state teener tournament on Friday in Beresford. Tate Wynia, Tony Bruguier and Malcolm Janis all had three hits for Wagner. Bruguier, Janis, Preston Nedved and Chance Blaha all drove in two runs. Nedved had two hits, while Blaha, Mato Perry and Jayden Aungie all had a hit. Bruguier picked up the win after striking out six batters, scattering four hits, allowing three runs (one earned) and walking two in three innings.
The Mitchell Black teener baseball team's season came to an end in heartbreaking fashion against Brookings at the under-14 Class A state tournament. Brookings scored the game-winning run to break a 7-7 tie in the bottom of the seventh inning to earn a 8-7 win in an elimination game on Friday in Brookings. Mitchell used a big, six-run top of the fifth inning to take a 6-2 lead after five innings. Mitchell added one more run in the top of the sixth inning to make it 7-2 before Brookings scored five runs in the bottom half of the inning to tie the game.
Fueled by a big five-run top of the sixth inning, the Irene Cardinals blew past the Northville Merchants 13-5 in an opening round game at the Class B state amateur baseball tournament on Friday at Cadwell Park. Ryne Lees went 3-for-6 with three RBIs and three runs scored, while pick-up player Dylan Lehr, of Menno, sparked the offense with two hits, including a triple, three stolen bases and four runs scored. Alex Loes added two doubles and one single with two RBIs, while Simon Healy and George Sees each added two hits for the Cardinals, who finished the game with 13 hits.
BROOKINGS—Ty Neugebauer went 3-for-5 and Evan Demaranville added a home run as the Mitchell Black teener baseball team picked up its first win 14-4 over Brandon Valley at the under-14 Class A state tournament on Thursday in Brookings. Masen Thompson, Tucker Vilhauer, Neugebauer and Demaranville each finished with two RBIs. Vilhauer had a double, while Tate Ellwein, Nick Lord and Parker Bollinger each added one hit.