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Month: March, 2014

Highmore-Harrold Releases Football Schedule

Monday, March 31, 2014
Highmore-Harrold Athletic Director Mike Ring has released the football schedule for the upcoming 2014 season. The Pirates finished 2013 with a 1-7 record & will begin the 2014 season on August 29th at home against Wolsey-Wessington.
 
Here is the complete football schedule for Highmore-Harrold:
 
Aug. 29th Wolsey-Wessington @ Highmore-Harrold - 7PM
 
Sept. 5th Highmore Harrold @ Lower Brule - 7PM
 
Sept. 12th Highmore-Harrold @ Colome - 7PM
 
Sept. 19th Sully Buttes @ Highmore-Harrold - 7PM - Homecoming
 
Oct. 3rd Highmore-Harrold @ Sunshine Bible Academy - 2PM
 
Oct. 10th Woonsocket/Wessignton Springs/Sanborn Central @ Highmore-Harrold - 7PM
 
Oct. 17th Stanley County @ Highmore-Harrold - 7PM
 
Oct. 23rd Highmore-Harrold @ Hitckcock-Tulare - 7PM
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Jacks To Play UTEP In WNIT Semi's

Monday, March 31, 2014
(From SDSU Sports Information Desk)
 
The 26-9 South Dakota State women’s basketball team will travel to El Paso, Texas, Wednesday to play UTEP in a WNIT semifinal game at 8 p.m. CT. UTEP advanced to the WNIT semifinals with a 70-63 victory over Washington Monday. Wednesday's game will be the first meeting between the Jackrabbits and the Miners.
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Pierre Opens Track Season

Monday, March 31, 2014
The 2014 Pierre Governor Track & Field team debuted on Saturday at the John Huth Invitational in Aberdeen. The Governors produced three individual champions with two relay titles. For the Lady Govs, they placed three runners on the championship podium Saturday.
 
The Governors 4X200, 4X400, & 4X800 relay teams were victorious in their first competition of the season. Individually for the Governor boys, Shay Reinke won the 55 meter hurdle event. Riley Sears continues his succes in the high jump event claiming the title with a leap of 6FT-2IN. Rumrill rounded out the individual title for Pierre winning the 400 meter event with a time of 55.6.
 
On the girl's side, junior McKenna Halverson won the triple jump with a distance of 32FT-7IN. Nicki Farnsworth was  the next Lady Governor to win an individual event when she won the 200 in 29.5 seconds. Tess Johnson claimed first in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 9.1. Pierre returns to Aberdeen for the second invite of the season on Saturday. Competition is set to begin at 11AM.
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3 Class Shootout Results

Sunday, March 30, 2014
The Class AA boys & girls basketball  teams were victorious in the annual 3-Class Shootout Saturday in Salem. On the girls side, Class AA beat Class A 85-63 & Class B 86-82. For the boys, Class AA defeated Class A 110-91 & Class B 96-91. Sully Buttes' senior Remi Wienjtes was named the Class B MVP.
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SDSU Onto WNIT Final Four

Sunday, March 30, 2014
(From SDSU Sports Information Desk)

With three players scoring in double figures, the South Dakota State University women’s basketball team defeated Indiana, 76-64, in the quarterfinals of the Women’s NIT Sunday.
 
Megan Waytashek led the Jackrabbits with 20 points while Steph Paluch added 19 points. SDSU made 10 three-point field goals for the third time in four WNIT contests. The Jackrabbits also blocked a season-high nine shots. SDSU extends its home win streak to 21 games, 18 coming this season. The game was SDSU’s 300th against a Division I opponent.
 
The win marks the 26th for SDSU which is the second-most in NCAA Division I school history, second to the 32 wins in the 2008-09 and 2002-03 seasons.SDSU will now face the winner of tonight's UTEP/Washington game in the WNIT’s final four April 2-3. Location and time is yet to be determined.
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Pierre Splits With Rapid City Central

Sunday, March 30, 2014
After opening the spring baseball season with two impressive wins against Rapid City Stevens on Saturday, the Pierre Governors split with region foe Rapid City Central on Sunday. In game one, Nick Rabern held up his end of the bargain, but couldn't pilot Pierre past the Cobblers in a 5-3 seven inning loss at McKeague Field.
 
Pierre jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first.but the Cobblers quickly matched Pierre with a one-run inning of its own. Rapid City Central piled on two more runs in the bottom of the fourth. Trailing 5-1 in the top of the seventh, Pierre's Justin Berheim singled in two runs but the Governors could not muster a comeback dropping their first game of the season.
 
In game two, Pierre staved off the Cobblers to pick up their third win of the season 8-6. Pierre inflicted all of most damage in the second inning scoring seven runs that was sparked by Alex Gray's three RBI triple. Bradley Dean recorded the win for Pierre in his first starting pitching nod of the season. Dean allowed four runs over two innings.
 
Pierre returns to action this weekend with a doubleheader scheduled against Brookings on Saturday & against St. Thomas More on Sunday. Both doubleheaders are scheduled to be played at Kelly Field. Pierre will enter play with a 3-1 overall record.
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Parkston's Van Laecken To Receive Merit Award

Sunday, March 30, 2014
(From SDIAAA)
 
Soon to be retired Parkston head girls basketball coach & athletic director, Rob Van Laecken was awarded the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association State Award of Merit.
 
Van Laecken will be presented the award by the South Dakota Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association during the state conference for athletic administrators Wednesday at The Lodge in Deadwood. 
 
Van Laecken coached the Parkston girls basketball team to 593 wins from 1977 to 2014 making him the winningest girls basketball coach in South Dakota history. He also serves on the basketball advisory board and was honored as the Athletic Director of the Year in 1996 and 1997.
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USD's McKelvey Breaks State Record

Sunday, March 30, 2014
(From USD Sports Information Desk)
 
USD Coyote Kyle McKelvey set a new state collegiate men’s outdoor shot put record while at the Wildcat Classic hosted by Wayne State on Saturday. McKelvey won the shot put with a mark of 59 feet, 5½ inches, breaking the previous state record of 59-4¼ that he set at the Summit League Outdoor Track and Field Championships last May.
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Storm could bring blizzard-like conditions to area

Sunday, March 30, 2014
While maybe not as bad as first thought, a late-winter storm could still make for a messy Monday in Central South Dakota. A blizzard watch has been issued from 7 a.m. CDT Monday to 10 p.m. CDT Monday for those in Hughes, Stanley, Sully, Potter, Hyde, Jones, Lyman, and Buffalo counties.

Throughout the weekend, the National Weather in Aberdeen has said that the timing and path of the storm will be a major factor in determining the storm's severity. Indeed, the forecast has been revised because of those factors.  

The latest forecast now calls for rain first, perhaps even sleet or freezing rain, before turning into snow. The latest prediction is less than a tenth of an inch of ice followed by four to eight inches of snow. The Weather Service says snow accumulations will be depend on how quickly the rain turns to snow.

Winds also will be a factor. The forecast calls for north winds, 25-35 miles an hour. Gusts, perhaps as high as 40 miles an hour, will start after 6 a.m. Monday. A combination of wind and strong winds could lead to blizzard and whiteout conditions. Driving will be difficult throughout most of the day.

Such conditions will continue through Monday. There is a chance of snow throughout most of the week.
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Dangerous driving conditions across S.D.

Sunday, March 30, 2014
From the Department of Transportation

State officials are advising motorists that travel may become difficult, if not impossible, overnight Sunday through Monday across much of South Dakota as a strong spring snow storm moves across the state.

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning from the Northern Hills to just west of Mobridge with snowfall totals from 7-12 inches. Heavy snow from 7-10 inches in northwest South Dakota is also expected.

A blizzard watch is in effect from central portions of the state across to the northeast. Depending how the storm moves through the state and snowfall amounts, the watch could be upgraded to a warning in this area.

Rain and sleet will turn over to snow during the overnight hours and during the day on Monday as the storm moves from west to east. Areas of northeast South Dakota, especially in the Sisseton Hills area on I-29, could see up to a quarter inch of ice before the snow starts to fall.

Strong winds from 25-35 mph, with gusts of 40-50 mph, may cause near-zero visibility, snow-packed and slippery roadways and possible drifting snow.

“Blizzard conditions will make travel extremely difficult, if not impossible, throughout much of South Dakota Sunday night and throughout the day on Monday,” says Darin Bergquist, secretary of the Department of Transportation. “Conditions may deteriorate rapidly as the storm moves across the state and people should make plans to stay put or extend their stay on Monday until conditions improve.”

People who must travel should drive with extreme caution and are encouraged to visit www.safetravelusa.com/sd or dial 511 to check the latest road conditions and travel advisories before heading out.

Travelers are reminded that SDDOT crews will plow until early evening hours as conditions allow. After that, winter maintenance will be suspended and will resume about 5 a.m. the next morning, weather permitting.

Recommended safety tips: 

*** Wear your seatbelt. 
*** Travel during the day.
*** Use highly traveled roads and highways. 
*** Keep family and friends informed of your travel schedule and route.
*** Call 511 or visit safetravelusa.com for road conditions. *** Keep a winter weather survival kit in your car.  The kit should include blankets, warm clothing, water, energy bars, a flashlight, a distress flag, a shovel and matches.
*** Travel with a charged cell phone, but don’t rely on it to get you out of a bad situation. 
*** Change travel plans as weather conditions warrant.

If you do get stranded:

*** Stay with your vehicle.
*** Run the engine and heater about ten minutes an hour to stay warm.
*** When the engine is running, open a window slightly to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.  Periodically clearing snow from the exhaust pipe will also help prevent carbon monoxide buildup.
*** When it’s dark outside, turn on your interior light so rescuers can see you.
*** Put up a distress flag, or spread a large colored cloth on the ground to attract attention from rescuers.
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