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SIOUX FALLS—The Canova Gang played like a team making up for lost time Wednesday. A year after disappointingly missing the Class B state amateur baseball tournament, the Gang got right to it, scoring three runs in the opening inning and putting away the Chamberlain Mallards with a six-run sixth inning in a 12-1, seven-inning victory in the opening game of the 2018 event at Ronken Field on the Augustana University campus.
Thirty-two teams. Single elimination. Twelve days of baseball. The fate of the South Dakota State Amateur Baseball Class B Tournament is in the hands of the teams taking the diamond at Ronken Field in Sioux Falls. And per usual, there's a few educated guesses that can be made about how the bracket will break out once the games begin. But a quick peek at past year's results shows that even the top teams are susceptible to upsets, making the single-elimination format both thrilling and a bit cruel.
LESTERVILLE -- Menno’s Macon Oplinger homered twice and drove in three runs to help the Mad Frogs win the District 6B amateur baseball tournament title Saturday in a 10-6 win over Tabor.
As the newly promoted CEO and President of Avera Health, Bob Sutton is paying close attention to the cost of corn and how much rain has been falling in rural South Dakota. Because, as he put it this week, those are the issues that are important to the communities in which Avera Health is located and in turn, that becomes important for the health-care system itself. "It should never be lost on people in an organization the size of Avera, that just being able to connect with people, to find out what's going on in their town, is really important," he said.
With less than a month before Dakotafest, schedules and plans for the annual agriculture showcase are coming together. That includes the lineup of political candidates, exhibitors and events, which will be held Aug. 21-23 in Mitchell. The highlights include a pair of political forums on Aug. 22, including the South Dakota gubernatorial debate at 10 a.m., followed by a U.S. House candidate forum at 1 p.m. Both of those events will be held in the Dakotafest Education Building.
Mitchell authorities responded to a car vs. bike crash Tuesday at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Duff Street in Mitchell. The incident occurred at 6:44 p.m. and a juvenile male was transported to Avera Queen of Peace Hospital with serious, non-life-threatening injuries. The incident is still under investigation, according to the Mitchell Police Division. No other information is immediately available.
A highly anticipated summer team volleyball camp will take place in Sioux Falls on Monday and Tuesday and the Mitchell Kernels will be there. The top-40 area high school teams — 20 from South Dakota and 20 from surrounding states — will be at the Summer Slam volleyball tournament at the Sanford Pentagon on Monday and Tuesday. That follows a Future 40 camp event on Sunday, which will showcase 40 of the top South Dakota players entering the 2018 season.
Mitchell Post 18 Legion baseball coach Luke Norden will have his team bringing their flushers this week to Sturgis. That is to say: flush the past plays and focus on the present, as Mitchell seeks to return to the Class A state Legion baseball tournament out of the four-team Region 3A bracket, which begins Wednesday.
LETCHER — Santel Communications kicked off its big investment in fiber-optic internet in one of its smallest towns. The rural telephone and internet provider cooperative on Thursday marked the start of a five-year, $24 million investment effort into a number of communities in the Mitchell area with a special event in Letcher, as the need for faster connections climbs by the day.
In its short existence, South Dakota's Bridge Improvement Grant program has been good to Davison County. The county was the first in the state to complete a project in 2016 after the program was put in place and this week celebrated the completion of the 250th Street bridge over the James River in Perry Township. Crews worked to rehabilitate the 323-foot steel stringer bridge located about 6 miles northeast of Mitchell on what is also known as Airport Road and provides another route for rural traffic into the city.