Daily Republic Sports
Zach Lurz is the new track and field throws coach at Dakota Wesleyan University. Lurz was a four-time national champion, 17-time NAIA All-American and nine-time Great Plains Athletic Conference champion at Concordia University. Lurz also owns the school records for indoor and outdoor shot put and is second on the school's all-time lists in weight throw, hammer throw and discus. He was also a member of the 2015 NAIA national championship team and a member of three GPAC championship teams.
Sharon Brink recorded a hole in one on Wednesday at Lakeview Golf Course. The ace happened on the par-three, No. 8 hole which was playing 112-yards. Brink used a six-hybrid club on the shot. It's her first ever hole in one.
ABERDEEN—The Mitchell junior Legion baseball team won both its games during the first day of the Region 1A tournament on Wednesday in Aberdeen. No. 4 seed Mitchell topped No. 5 Aberdeen 8-5 in the first game. Mitchell then 10-run ruled No. 1 seed Watertown by a 12-2 score. Mitchell will play Renner at 1 p.m. today in the next round. If Mitchell wins, it guarantees itself a spot in the championship game on Friday.
Five past greats will be inducted into the South Dakota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame in September. The new inductees are Allan Oswald of Canova, Kip Coates of Rapid City, Brian Sudenga of Valley Springs, Ted Poncelet of Irene and former Dimock and Parkston standout Melvin Schlimgen. The 2017 Hall of Famers will be honored during semifinal day of the State Amateur Baseball Tournament on Saturday, Aug. 12 in Mitchell. The Hall of Fame banquet is Sunday, Sept. 24 at Canova. More details on the banquet and ticket information will be released in the coming weeks.
PARKSTON—The Yankton Tappers edged the Parkston Mudcats 2-1 in a non-league amateur baseball game on Tuesday at The Pond in Parkston. Yankton hit an RBI double in the fourth inning to break a 1-1 tie and that proved to be the difference in the low-scoring affair. Dillon Stadlman took the loss for Parkston, after pitching four innings, scattering five hits, giving up two runs (both earned) and striking out three batters.
The Mitchell White teener baseball team picked up two wins over Aberdeen, while Mitchell Gold split a doubleheader with Sioux Falls Black on Tuesday at Drake Field. Mitchell White won the first game 15-5 and the second game 14-4. In Game One, Jace Larson started the game, earned the win and had one strikeout. Larson went 4-for-4 at the plate and Jackson Ebert went 3-for-3 in the win. In Game Two, Jake Helleloid earned the win, picking up four strikeouts, while Mason Geraets went 2-for-2 and Tate DeBoer went 1-for-2.
HURON—The Mitchell Aquatic Club placed second at the Splash Central Invitational on July 14-17 in Huron. MAC racked up 959 points. The Watertown Area Swim Club won the meet with 1,651.5 points. Huron finished third with 954 points. The MAC team of Alli Gukeisen, Sophia Huber, Maryssa Gehrke and Kenzie Stange won the 12 & Under girls 200 medley relay. The 13 & Over girls team of Stella Bullis, Taylor Studer, Lizzy Fossum and Abbey Grajkowske took second place in their age group.
SIOUX FALLS—Wagner native and former University of Sioux Falls football standout Mike Dvoracek is among six individuals who will be inducted into the USF athletics hall of fame in September.
ABERDEEN — The Mitchell Post 18 Junior Legion baseball team will start its bid for a state tournament trip Wednesday at Fossum Field in Aberdeen. Fifth-seeded Post 18 (16-18) will play the host Aberdeen (12-28) in the opening game at 10 a.m. Wednesday and regardless of the outcome, Mitchell will play against Wednesday night. If Mitchell wins, they will face top-seeded Watertown (29-5) at 4 p.m., while a loss would pit Mitchell against the loser of Renner (15-26) and Brookings (9-23) at 7 p.m. in an elimination game.
CORSICA — Plankinton busted through with 22 hits and scored 19 runs, as the Bankers won a non-league game against Corsica-Stickney on Sunday. Josh Geppert powered Plankinton in the slugfest. He went 4-for-6, drove in five runs and crushed a two-run homer in the second inning. Josh Engquist added three RBIs on 3-for-4 batting and he had two doubles. Engquist was the winning pitcher, after striking out six batters, allowed three runs (all unearned) in four innings.