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Month: May, 2014

Pierre Track & Field Begins State With A Bang

Saturday, May 31, 2014
The Pierre Track & Field team advanced & placed a strong number of athletes on day number one of the Class AA State Track meet. Lady Governor Tess Johnson was the first to advance to the state finals for Pierre after clocking a 15.83 second run in the 110M Hurdles. Not even fifteen minutes later three more Pierre athletes ran their way into the state finals. The Governors will have Shay Reinke, Matt Booth, & Jamaal Covey all competing in the 110M Hurdle finals Saturday. Reinke will also compete in Saturday's finals in the 300M Hurdles. 

The reigning South Dakota Gatorade Track & Field athlete of the year Cortney Dowling had a dominating day one of the state track meet. Dowling ran the fastest preliminary time in the 100 & 200 meter dash to advance to the finals. Dowling's 200 meter dash preliminary time of 24.67 seconds broke the state meet record set back in 2005. Dowling will also compete in the 400 meter dash finals after finishing with a time of 58.91. 

The Pierre Governor & Lady Governor relay squads finished up day one with impressive results. The Lady Governor 4x800 meter relay team of Hannah Schafer, Emily Mikkelson, Eileen Leong, & Rachel Propst were the first for Pierre to stand on the podium to receive hardware after finishing 4th. The Lady Governors will be represented by the 1600 Sprint Medley team of Nicki Farnsworth, Hannah Schaffer, Eileen Leong, & Kelsey Schmitz which ran a 4:20 & was the 2nd fastest time of the day. Finally on the girl's side, the 4x400 meter relay moved on to Saturday's finals as the team of Cortney Dowling, Nikky Farnsworth, Kelsey Schmitz & Eileen Leong ran a 4:03 which was third fastest. 

The Pierre boy's advanced the 4X200 meter relay team to Saturday's finals. The team Austin Christopherson, Chris Rumrill, Ethan Case, & Matt Blaseg qualified with a time of 1:32. In the field events for the Governors & Lady Governors, Sydney Palmer walked away with 2nd place at this year state track meet. On the boy's side, Riley Sears finished 5th. In the overall standings, the Governors hold down ninth with four points & the Lady Governors are fourth with thirteen points. All classes will converge at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls tomorrow for the finals. The first field events begin at 9AM with running beginning at 9:30AM. 
 

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Chargers Relay Heavy Going Into Day Two of State Track

Saturday, May 31, 2014
For the second year in a row, the Sully Buttes Charger track & field team will look to bring home hardware in their relay events. Early on day one of the Class B State Track meet, the Charger boy's 4x800 meter relay team of Reed Feller, Josh Lamb, Ethan Weinheimer, & Bramm Pickner stood tall on the podium placing 5th in a time of 8 minutes & 41 seconds. The boy's will also send their 4x400 meter relay team to the podium but they will have to wait for the conclusion of Saturday's running events. 

The Charger girl's advanced three relays to Saturday's finals. The day was highlighted  by the 4x100 meter relay team of Bailey Bradford, Karlea Stahl, Racquel Wientjes, & Remi Wientjes as they ran the top preliminary time of 51.22 seconds. The 4x200 meter relay team of Remi Wienjtes, Racquel Wientjes, Bailey Bradford, & Brooklyn Bradford ran a 1:49 to advance. The 4x400 will also join competition for the finals of the state track meet. 

Bailey Bradford was the only Charger individually to advance to the finals from Friday. Bradford will compete in the 100 meter dash after running the 7th fastest time on Friday. The final day of the state track meet will begin Saturday morning at Howard Wood Field beginning at 9:30AM. 
 

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Truck, propane trailer overturns; no fire

Saturday, May 31, 2014
There was no fire or injuries Saturday when a semi-truck and trailer, fully loaded with propane, overturned in east Pierre.

State Highway Patrol Trooper John Peary says the accident occurred at 9:55 a.m. on North Airport Road, near the entrance of Gale's Gas. The semi-truck and trailer, which was going north, tried to turn into the company's parking lot to off load propane.

Peary's accident report states that the driver, Everett Bartells of Wolsey, said that he lost traction due to the muddy conditions and steep incline. As Bartells backed the truck and trailer out of the parking lot to adjust his approach angle, he said the right rear trailer tire left the pavement and entered the ditch. That caused the weight of the 10,000 gallons of propane to shift and overturn the trailer. The tractor also wound up partially on its side.

Pierre city and Pierre Rural firefighters were called to the scene. There was no propane leak. About 6,300 gallons of propane had to be off-loaded before the vehicle could be up-righted. A wrecker truck from Chamberlain was used to place the vehicle back on its wheels. The job was completed shortly after 3 p.m. 

The semi-truck and trailer were owned by Brick Transport Inc. of Aberdeen. The accident report did not list a damage estimate for either the tractor of trailer.

Peary says alcohol was not a factor in the crash. Bartells was cited for log book violations and released at the scene
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Yard sale nets almost $2,000 for water park project

Saturday, May 31, 2014
Almost $2,000 -- $1,950.81 to be exact -- was raised Saturday by a local group working to build a waterpark in Pierre.

The Pierre Area Waterpark Committee held a large community fundraising yard sale from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church. The committee was organized a year ago to start raising funds and awareness about the need to replace the city's aging outdoor swimming pool in Griffin Park.

Becky Burke, one of the group's leaders, says while she had a goal of raising $5,000 from the Saturday yard sale, she was pleased with the results. Just as important, according to Burke, was increasing the public's awareness about the project.

The name of the proposed facility is Capital Cove Waterpark. Officials want to raise at least $2 million before asking the city for its participation. The project could cost as much as $10 million depending on the design and features for such a waterpark. 

According to a chart displayed for the first time Saturday, the group's goal is to raise $150,000 by early fall, $250,000 by late fall and $650,000 by the end of 2014. The group wants to have $1.5 million raised by mid-2015 and then $2 million and going to the city commission by the end of 2015.

Burke says more fundraisers will be held this year, while the group also seeks larger donations and grants. Burke says she is hopeful that the $2 million goal can be reached in 2015.


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Norman & Vandenhemel Making A Final Run

Friday, May 30, 2014
When the Stanley County Track & Field team begins competition at the two day State Track meet in Sioux Falls today, it will be the final time that seniors Hailey Norman & Seth Vandenhemel suit up in the purple & gold. 

Blood, sweat, & tears have been shed during the long trek to qualify for the state track meet for both Norman & VanDenhemel. Norman entered this season missing all of last year due to a torn ACL. Head coach Tom Stotts said it was Norman's competitive nature that allowed her to overcome the injury & have such a successful senior year. 

STOTTS CLIP ONE 

No one has been busier this spring with Stanley County athletics then Seth Vandenhemel. Vandenhemel has enjoyed a senior year he will not soon forget, running at state cross country & just recently competing at the state golf event in Mitchell. Vandenhemel has eyed the goal of qualifying for state in two spring sports for a long time but as Stotts mentioned that goal took quite sometime for Vandenhemel to accomplish. 

STOTTS CLIP TWO 

This will be the first appearance at the state track meet for Norman & Vandenhemel. The Stanley County track team will begin the two day event this morning in Sioux Falls. 
 

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State Golf Change

Friday, May 30, 2014
With the Spring State Golf Tournaments now over, coaches and administrators can begin looking forward to a change that will start in two years.  Beginning in 2016, the four state golf tournaments that are held in Spring will be pushed back two weeks into June.  The South Dakota High School Activities Association Board approved the change, which was recommended by the golf advisory board.  The change is weather related, with the thought being two weeks later gives a better chance of more traditional golf weather. All three girls classes play their season in the spring, as does Class B boys.  The state tournament dates in 2016 will be June 6 and 7. 
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Former Heisman Winner Attending Oahe Days

Friday, May 30, 2014
Eric Crouch, former Nebraska Cornhusker quarterback and 2001 Heisman trophy winner, is coming to Pierre for appearances at Oahe Days on Saturday June 21. His visit is arranged by the Let’s Move committee, a local network dedicated to community wellness. Crouch will be participating in the Oahe Days race organized by the Pierre Area Running Club. Crouch will also appear at the Steamboat Park amphitheater on that Saturday. He will be available for a meet and greet afterwards at the South Dakota Discovery Center booth which will feature pieces from the Let's Move traveling exhibit. The South Dakota Discovery Center houses the Let’s Move program.
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SDSU Wins SD Showdown Series

Friday, May 30, 2014
(From SDSU Sports Information Desk) 

South Dakota Corn Utilization officials announced that South Dakota State University again will hold bragging rights another full year as winner of the “South Dakota Showdown Series”, a point-based, athletic and academic competition between the two in-state university rivals. 

Following the 2012-13 athletic season – the Showdown Series’ inaugural year – the SDSU Jackrabbits bested the University of South Dakota Coyotes with a score of 14-13, while at the conclusion of this season, the Jackrabbits came out on top with a score of 18-9.

Overall, both universities succeeded in the academic achievement portion of the 2013-14 competition, earning a maximum of three points toward the final total. Presented by South Dakota Corn, the Showdown Series is structured against a point system in which each school can earn 24 points per year based on head-to-head competition and conference championships between SDSU and USD in a total of 17 men’s and women’s sports. 
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Harris Joins Coyote Basketball

Friday, May 30, 2014
(From USD Sports Information Desk) 

South Dakota men’s head basketball coach Craig Smith is pleased to announce that point guard Sekou Harris has signed a scholarship agreement to play at South Dakota. Harris, a 6-foot-tall native of Plainfield, N.J., played junior college ball last season at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas. He will be eligible to play immediately and will have two years of eligibility remaining.
 
Harris started all 35 of South Plains’ games last season while averaging 6.7 points, 4.9 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game. With Harris running the point, the Texans went 29-6, finished fifth in the NJCAA Division I poll and reached the Elite Eight in the national tournament. Harris is the fifth newcomer for the Coyotes next season, joining transfers Tre Burnette and James Hunter and incoming freshmen Logan Power and DJ Davis.
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Schafer Steps Down As BHSU Men's Basketball Coach

Friday, May 30, 2014
(From BHSU Sports Information Desk) 


Black Hills State University's head men's basketball coach, Bradd Schafer, will step down after eight seasons with the Yellow Jackets, to become the head men's basketball coach at Western State Colorado University. 

Schafer has been the Jackets head coach for four years and prior to that he was the program's assistant.  He led the program through its transition from NAIA to NCAA DII and into the Rocky Mountain Conference. This past season his team finished with a 10-16 overall record and 8-14 in the conference.  In 2012-13, the team's inaugural season in the RMAC, they went 7-19 overall and 6-16 in conference play.  

In 2010-11, Schafer guided Black Hills State to a 27-6 overall record with a mark of 12-2 in the Dakota Athletic Conference. Black Hills State had three DAC All-Conference players and two NAIA All-American Selections that year. The Yellow Jackets won both the DAC regular season title and the Dakota Athletic Conference tournament title. To top off that season, Schafer led the Yellow Jackets to the NAIA National Tournament Sweet Sixteen round. The search process will begin immediately to fill the head men's basketball coach position.
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