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MANKATO, Minn. — It's all about rhythm for Teddy Bridgewater. The quarterback of the Minnesota Vikings will enter his third season leading the team's offense and he's not worried about the timing or about being on the same page as his receivers. Instead, the 23-year-old quarterback said his focus is on being in rhythm in the passing game. Everything else, he said, comes with playing quarterback with rhythm. Even in training camp, when he wears the red, no-contact jersey and is not supposed to be hit, he can get the offense in sync.
MANKATO, Minn.—While it's his 11th time doing this, it's not just another training camp for the Minnesota Vikings' Chad Greenway. This might be the last time the 33-year-old Mount Vernon native makes the trek to Minnesota State University in Mankato, Minnesota, as a player, stays in the dorms and fights through another set of warm practices.
Thanks to the efforts of the South Dakota High School Activities Association Foundation, 10 South Dakota schools will be a little safer with the addition of new medical equipment. The foundation has purchased and donated automated external defibrillator units, or AEDs, to schools around the state, as an effort to help with safety for students and other community members who participate in school events, with a focus on schools that either have a need or lack access to medical facilities.
The Dakota Magic have their coach. Kasib Powell, a former NBA D-League MVP with the Sioux Falls Skyforce in 2008, has been hired to coach the team, team President Darryl Greene said Monday. Powell, 35, played 11 games for the Miami Heat in 2008 on a pair of 10-day contracts before he finished the remainder of the season. Otherwise, he was a professional basketball journeyman — playing on 13 teams in nine years — who has now settled in South Dakota and is leading a youth basketball program.
Season tickets are now on sale for the Dakota Magic pro basketball team. The team will play its games at the Corn Palace, with Magic team president Darryl Greene saying the tickets can be purchased now at the arena box office. Eight home games are scheduled for season, Greene said, with season tickets being sold for $60. He said the team currently has a 2-for-1 deal going on through Aug. 15, meaning season-ticket buyers can purchase two sets of season tickets for the cost of one.
WINNER — The Winner/Colome Post 169 Legion baseball team is finding a good time to put it all together on the baseball field. After going 3-0 at the Region 4B tournament and clinching a spot in the Class B Legion State Baseball Tournament for the first time in three seasons. Winner/Colome will open the tournament at 5 p.m. Friday, taking on Milbank at Bob Wiley Field in Webster. The double-elimination tournament runs through Tuesday. The Winner/Colome-Milbank winner will take on Madison or Redfield at 5 p.m. Saturday, while the losing teams would play at 10 a.m. Saturday.
WAGNER — Another mission was accomplished for the Winner/Colome Legion Post 169 baseball team on Saturday. After many of the same players won the South Dakota Class B High School Championship in May, the goal was to get the Legion Royals to state. And with a 12-8 victory Saturday over host Wagner for the Region 4B title, Winner/Colome will return to the Class B Legion State Tournament next week in Webster for the first time since 2013.
Ethan Parr expected to do well at the National Little Britches Rodeo last weekend in Guthrie, Oklahoma. Even he was surprised at how well it all turned out. Parr, 19, of Mitchell, won the Senior Team Roping and Senior Ribbon Roping titles at the National Finals Rodeo. On top of that, he shared the All-Around Senior Boys Finals title for the rodeo with his partner in both roping events, Aurora's Junior Dees. He was also crowned the World Champion for all-around points for the season, icing on an already sweet trip to the national finals in Guthrie, Oklahoma.
On a night when the Mitchell Post 18 baseball team planned to rotate pitchers and keep them fresh ahead of next week's region tournament, Baley Miller thwarted those plans. Instead, Miller threw seven scoreless innings of relief and helped Mitchell topple Sioux Falls West 2-1 Thursday night in a Legion baseball game at Cadwell Park.
Ben Leber didn't grow up wanting to be a professional football player. No, he was more enthralled with space and wanting to be an astronaut. But when his family moved from a small town in Iowa to Vermillion in 1990, he became diligent about work and that quickly translated to football, eventually launching the 10-year NFL pro's football career.