1:05 AM PST, January 2, 2012
ere are the rare moments from South Dakota sports in 2011 from the state sports writers association:
Jan. 2: South Dakota sports writing legend Roger Toland died. He worked for the Rapid City Journal from 1964 to 2007.
Jan. 4: Former South Dakota State assistant football coach Trent Baalke was promoted from vice president of player personnel to general manager of the San Francisco 49ers. Baalke (Bemidji State) and 49ers assistant athletic trainer Nate Breske (Northern State) of Webster are former All-Northern Sun Conference football players.
Jan. 4: Andrew Prochno of the Sioux Falls Stampede hit one of the hockey goal posts with his shots during a game, splitting the puck in half.
Jan. 7: It was a historic night for the Black Hills State men's basketball team in its win over Valley City. Seniors Will John Johnson and Clay Pottorff each crossed the 1,000-point milestones to join senior teammates Cain Atkinson and Luke Enos. Johnson also became the first player in school history to collect 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.
Jan. 8: The Oral Roberts and SDSU men's basketball teams combined for 27 three-pointers in OR's 90-82 win. OR made 14 of 17 threes, including its final six in a row.
Jan. 8: Parkston wrestler Eric Reiff won the 215-pound division of the South Eastern South Dakota Conference Tournament in 29 seconds, pinning his two opponents in 13 and 16 seconds.
Jan. 8: Jodi Reinschmidt scored 38 points to help Northern State defeat Minnesota-Crookston 82-74, the most points by a NSU player since Jammie Coyle scored 37 on Nov. 7, 1999, against Francis Marion University.
Jan. 8: In a high school basketball doubleheader at Ipswich, the Herreid-Selby Area boys beat Ipswich. Jon Schlomer had 31 points and 14 rebounds for HSA, while Lane Myer of Ipswich countered with 31 points and 10 rebounds. Ipswich won the girls' game behind Rachel Fuhrmann's 29 points and 11 rebounds, while Taylor Madden topped Herreid-Selby Area with 27 points and six rebounds.
Jan. 8: The Viborg-Hurley boys' basketball team jumped out to a 40-29 halftime lead but lost 68-66 to Roseville, Minn., in the Timberwolves Shootout at the Target Center in Minneapolis. Roseville got the win when its 6-foot-7 center, Sam Peterson, tipped in a missed shot at the buzzer. Roseville has a high school enrollment of 2,100, compared to a little more than 100 of Viborg and Hurley combined.
Jan. 12: One of the best sports typos of the year in a media release: the annual Federal Suck Stamp contest.
Jan. 13-14: It was a weekend of wrestling reversals: Harrisburg beat Madison in a dual Jan. 13, but that decision was later reversed because an ineligible wrestler was used. At the Little B Tournament in Parkston, a computer glitch crowned the wrong champion; Webster actually won.
Jan. 14: The Custer boys' basketball team beat visiting St. Thomas More 38-35. It was the first Black Hills Conference loss for STM since 2004 and Custer's first win over STM since 2003.
Jan. 14: Mitchell native and Southern Utah standout gymnast Brooke Cersosimo helped her team upset fifth-rated UCLA in a dual.
Jan. 15: Watertown senior wrestler Sawyer Hoffman is his school's new all-time career wins leader with 160. He ended his career Feb. 26 with a 178-30 record with 70 pins.
Jan. 15: The Northern State women's basketball team made its last 19 free throws to beat Southwest Minnesota State.
Jan. 15: The University of Sioux Falls women's basketball team defeated Morningside for the first time since Jan. 3, 2003, to snap an 18-game losing streak to the Iowa school.
Jan. 15: White River won the 43rd annual Jones County Boys' Basketball Tournament in Murdo, the Tigers' sixth straight and 14th overall.
Jan. 17: In a varsity basketball doubleheader in Eagle Butte on Monday, the Pine Ridge boys beat host Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 62-61 on a 25-foot shot by Orie Brown at the buzzer. In the girls' game, CEB beat Pine Ridge 70-68 in double overtime.
Jan. 20: The University of Sioux Falls and Minot State were voted into the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference to make it a 16-member league starting in fall 2012.
Jan. 21: Jeremy Sonnenfeld of Sioux Falls bowled the 70th 300 game of his career.
Jan. 21: Custer boys' basketball coach Larry Luitjens collected career win No. 700.
Jan. 24: Tyler Payer of Tripp-Delmont-Armour scored his 1,000th career point on a dunk.
Jan. 24: Michael Geffre, a 1998 graduate of Aberdeen Central and former Leola resident, teamed up with two-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen to win a pro-am golf tournament at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.
Jan. 27: Three days after getting his 400th career win, coach Jim Bridge and his Hanson girls' basketball team defeated Bridgewater-Emery 62-57 in three overtimes. BE made three buzzer-beating three-pointers in a row to send the game into its first, second and third overtimes (two by Aly Hannssen and one by Justine Dye)
Jan. 28: Aberdeen Central musician Taylar Morrissey played the national anthem at a basketball game with a violin plugged into a speaker.
Jan. 29: Webster wrestler Logan Storley's 200-match win streak snapped when he was leading Preston Lehmann of West Fargo, N.D., 15-2 and got pinned for the first time in his career. Storley did not lose for the rest of the season.
Jan. 30: A day after winning the 160-pound weight class at the Belle Fourche Invitational, Newell High School junior Taygen Schuelke won the saddle bronc buckle at the ninth annual 20X Extreme High School Rodeo in Rapid City.
Feb. 1: The St. Thomas More girls' basketball team is rated first in Class A for the first time in school history.
Feb. 2: Twenty-five years ago, then-Southwest Minnesota State coach Ed Meierkort signed Troy Richardson. Twenty-five years later, University of South Dakota coach Meierkort signed Richardson's son, St. Thomas More senior Tyler Richardson, to play for the Coyotes.
Feb. 5: University of Sioux Falls senior Chelsa Baxa hit a game-winning jumper with six seconds remaining to defeat Concordia University 83-81 It was her 1,000th career point.
Feb. 11: The Aberdeen Christian Pep Band made its first-ever appearance at a basketball game involving the five-year-old high school.
Feb. 12: SDSU senior Ben Jasinski won the triple jump (49-1) and high jump (7- ) to set facility records at the Barnett Center in Aberdeen. Now, he and his mom, Royanne (Riss) Jasinski, both hold Northern State records - Royanne set the NSU school outdoor high jump record of 5-8 in 1985.
Feb. 12: The Crow Creek girls' basketball team edged visiting Miller 72-71 in double overtime. Jolonna Sazue scored 36 for the Chieftains, Kelsey Hunter 36 for the Rustlers. The game featured 121 field goal and 98 free throw attempts, 67 fouls and eight players fouling out. Sazue was 20 of 23 from the free throw line and her team 29 of 44. Hunter was 14 of 26 from the line and her team 34 of 54. Eight players fouled out.
Feb. 14: Groton graduate and USF coach Travis Traphagen and his women's basketball team set a school record by winning their 24th game.
Feb. 16: Two Eureka sister swimmers helped their teams set school records in the same race on the opening day of the four-day Summit League Championships in Indianapolis. University of South Dakota junior Elizabeth Hoffman led her team to second place in the 800 freestyle relay as the Coyotes set a school record in 7:37.20. SDSU senior Alexandra Hoffman led her team to third place in a new SDSU school record of 7:41.64. In addition, junior Elizabeth set a new 200 freestyle school record of 1:50.12
Feb. 19: SDSU senior Alexandra Hoffman of Eureka ended her career as the most decorated swimmer in SDSU history with 53 wins and eight school records. Her sister, Elizabeth, ended her junior year at USD with 60 career wins and 13 school records.
Feb. 19: In less than 24 hours, Dallas Kiehn of Redfield-Doland hit a pair of game-winning shots in a pair of double-overtime boys' basketball wins for the Pheasants.
Feb. 24: Tripp-Delmont-Armour boys' basketball coach Burnell Glanzer got his 600th career coaching victory on his 58th birthday.
Feb. 26: Logan Storley of Webster won his sixth straight State B wrestling title and led his team to the state championship as well. Logan Storley ended with a 262-3 varsity record. As a youth wrestler, Logan Storley won four state AAU championships and compiled a 390-27 record from 1998-2005. His combined record: 1,042-30.
Feb. 26: Cody Schilling scored 44 to lead Augustana past Minnesota-Crookston 90-66, and Jake Thomas scored 40 to lead USD past Chicago State 105-73.
Feb. 26: Sioux Falls eighth-grader Colin Peters bowled a 300 game.
March 1: Brandon Valley converted a five-point play to beat Sioux Falls Washington 42-40 in boys' basketball. With 5.5 seconds left, Chase Marso buried a three-pointer, and teammate Ben Schultz, who was fouled while setting a screen, made two free throws.
March 3: Boys' basketball coaching legend Jim Schlekeway of Mobridge-Pollock collected his 500th win. He retired four days later with 501 career wins.
March 3: Mitchell native Mike Miller of the Miami Heat made a 75-foot shot just after the halftime buzzer sounded in a game against the Orlando Magic. Though the shot did not count, it earned Miller a spot on ESPN's Sportscenter Top 10 plays of the day. Miller and the Heat lost the game 99-96.
March 4: South Dakota School of Mines senior Lucas Fried of Kodiak, Alaska, set a new school record in the mile run at the NAIA National Indoor Track and Field Championships in Geneva, Ohio. His time of 4:20.63 placed him 14th.
March 4: Also at the NAIA national indoor meet, Cole Nicholas set a Black Hills State school record in the weight throw with a toss of 62- for a fifth-place finish. The mark is the second longest by any athlete in South Dakota. Sean Burns of SDSU set the state record of 65-7 earlier this season.
March 4: The Oelrichs boys' basketball team reached its first district championship in school history before falling to Wall 74-56.
March 5: Rapid City Central junior Tony Smoragiewicz finished third overall and first for the United States in the North American Junior Triathlon Championships in Clermont, Fla.
March 5: The Lake Preston boys' basketball team won their district title for the first time since 1980.
March 7: The Dell Rapids boys' basketball team defeated two-time defending champion Madison 63-56 in double overtime in the Region 3A championship to send the Quarriers to the State A for the first time since 1995.
March 8: The four-day, 16-team, men's and women's basketball Summit League tournaments at the Sioux Falls Arena drew 32,460 fans, second-most in Summit history.
March 11: College basketball careers came to an end for seven Black Hills State seniors who led the Yellow Jackets to a 105-27 record in the last four seasons: Luke Enos of Faith; Jeff Smith of Hettinger; Clay Pottorff of Greeley, Colo.; Will John Johnson of Whitewood (Sturgis High School); Travis Haney of Gillette, Wyo.; Spencer Childress of Aurora, Colo; and Cain Atkinson of Evanston, Wyo.
Four put up incredible career stats:
Enos: 1,835 points, 774 rebounds, 220 assists, 114 blocks, 53 steals.
Johnson: 1,255 points, 1,213 rebounds, 159 assists, 85 blocks, 49 steals.
Atkinson: 2,020 points, 220 rebounds, 141 assists, 9 blocks, 64 steals.
Pottorff: 1,165 points, 413 rebounds, 239 assists, 30 blocks, 138 steals.
March 12: Katelynn Lamb of Black Hills State ended her basketball career. Over the last eight years, Lamb played in four consecutive State B girls' basketball tournaments with Sully Buttes and four straight NAIA II women's basketball tournaments with BHSU. She scored 1,727 career points at BHSU and 1,891 at Sully Buttes.
March 12: NSU sophomore heavyweight Matt Meuleners won his school's first ever NCAA Division II wrestling national championship.
March 12: Augustana had 11 All-Americans at the national indoor track and field meet.
March 12: Summit, with a high school enrollment of 46, won the State B girls' basketball championship for the second time in three years.
March 12: The Robert County communities of Summit and Sisseton - 30 miles apart - won girls' basketball state championships.
March 19: The South Dakota State A Boys' Basketball Tournament went viral on YouTube thanks to video from South Dakota Public Broadcasting. In the fifth-place game with two seconds remaining in the first half, Pierre's Terrelle Walker made a three-pointer that covered almost three-fourths of the court.
March 19: The Aberdeen roller derby team, the A-Town Roller Girlz, had its first organizational meeting.
March 20: The SDSU women's basketball team became the first team in the history of the NCAA DI tourney to qualify in its first three years of eligibility.
March 27: There was a 29-minute snow delay in the South Dakota State-Missouri-Kansas City baseball game in Lawrence, Kan.
April 6: For the fourth straight year, bad weather forced the cancellation of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference baseball meetings between Northern State and the University of Mary.
April 8: A pair of sisters and brothers who were high school basketball first-team all-staters. In Class A, there were senior Liam Duffy and junior Caitlin Duffy of St. Thomas More and in Class AA, the Sioux Falls O'Gorman duo of senior Sterling Nielsen and junior Chandler Nielsen.
April 10: For the third day in a row, an SDSU senior baseball player broke a career school record when Jesse Sawyer set the mark for career homers. Before that, Trever Vermeulen set the record for saves on April 9 and Billy Stitz for hits April 8.
April 12: The SDSU women's golf team won its first tournament (Creighton Classic) in its Division I era.
April 13: All nine players in the SDSU starting lineup recorded a hit in the Jacks' 8-2 win over North Dakota.
April 15: Most South Dakotans woke up to snow and canceled sporting events, as they did 25 years to the day when an even bigger snowstorm blanketed the state.
April 16: Sports editors across the state received press releases like this one for much of the spring: "The Presentation College softball games against Crown College that were previously scheduled to be played in Aberdeen yesterday and moved to Minnesota-Morris today have been postponed because of poor weather conditions in Morris."
April 23: For the second day in a row, the Northern State baseball team played a doubleheader at Bemidji on a cleared field lined with piles of snow. The two teams also played through four innings of rain.
April 24: SDSU's Ashley Durazo went 5-for-5 with three homers and five RBIs, but the Jackrabbits fell 9-7 in softball to North Dakota State.
April 27: Tyler Payer broke the oldest existing Armour High School record by long jumping 22 feet. Ralph Salter set the old mark of 21-2 in 1941.
May 1: Jeff Mettler was named outstanding male freshman of the year, and Elizabeth Hoffman was named co-outstanding female junior of the year at USD. Both are from Eureka.
May 6: Presentation College baseball player Michael Babcock surprised girlfriend Dana Chalupsky by proposing in between a PC doubleheader at Fossum Field in Aberdeen. Chalupsky, like Babcock, is a PC senior and shortstop for her (softball) team. She said yes.
May 7: Due to a wet spring, only one weekend of college baseball was played in Aberdeen despite having two teams. NSU and PC had their home openers and regular season finales on the same weekend at Fossum Field.
May 7: Yankton won the school's first-ever Eastern South Dakota Conference girls' golf title, ending Brookings' 14-year streak.
May 7: Randall Carter of Omaha, Neb., competing as an unattached athlete, won the college men's high jump with a Howard Wood Dakota Relays meet record of 7-4 .
May 8: The host SDSU baseball team lost 8-7 to North Dakota State in 15 innings in 4 hours, 38 minutes, the longest game in Jackrabbit history.There were:
38 hits (four each from SDSU's Beau Hanowski and NDSU's Zach Wentz.
32 runners left on base.
7 pitching changes.
4 ejections - all in the 11th inning.
3 hit-by-pitch situations that were overruled because the umpire determined the batter had leaned into the pitch.
May 20: Dakota Wesleyan University junior Dani Bellet of Lead was the runner-up in the NAIA national golf tourney.
May 24: Deubrook won the State B girls' golf title after Clark-Willow Lake had won the last seven titles.
May 27: Cullen Mack of Watertown won the State AA discus title. His dad, Neal Mack, won the state discus title for Watertown in 1987. In 2006, Cullen's sister, Jennifer, won the State A girls' discus title for Custer.
May 28: In the 300-meter hurdles final at the State A track meet, Christian Cox of Aberdeen Roncalli redefined a flying finish. He tripped over the final hurdle, and flew through the air with his stretched-out body bouncing off the track once and then across the finish line for second place. Perhaps most amazing was that Cox was able to stay in his lane.
May 28: The Sioux Falls Washington boys won the State AA track title outright - something no Sioux Falls boys' team had done since the 1989 Lincoln team. (Roosevelt tied for the title in 2000.)
May 28: Oldham-Ramona-Rutland junior Carly Carper led her team to its second straight State B girls' track championship by winning the 100-meter dash for the fifth year in a row.
May 28: State AA track MVP Kari Heck of Sioux Falls Washington became just the second girl in South Dakota history to earn four gold medals at the same state meet, taking MVP honors while turning in the best efforts from all three classes in the long jump, 100 meters, 200 and 400. Rapid City Central graduate Jasmyne King, now at the University of Miami, was the first to win four gold medals at the state meet in 2009.
June 12: South Dakota native Mike Miller played in the NBA Finals, but he and his Miami Heat teammates lost the title to Dallas 4-2.
June 12: Of his 85 career Outlaw Sprint Car feature wins at Huset's Speedway, Terry McCarl's victory at the Sioux Falls area track was probably his most unusual. The Altoona, Iowa, driver was running a distant third on the final lap of the 25-lap race while chasing his son, Austin, who seemed headed to his second consecutive win. But in the final turn, Austin spun his car and did a pair of 360-degree turns. Mark Dobmeier, in second place, had nowhere to go and clipped Austin's machine, which sent Dobmeier's car upside-down and eliminated both cars, giving Terry the lead on the restart and eventually the win.
June 17: It was feature win No. 1 and No. 100 for two drivers at Brown County Speedway in Aberdeen. Jordan Foster of Henry survived numerous yellow flags and a race-ending rear-end crash, which turned his ride into a compact for his first feature win in his four years of racing Modifieds. Meanwhile, Ross The Ramona Rocket Dixon blasted off to an early lead in the Super Stock division for his career feature win No. 100.
June 17: Dakota Wesleyan University junior and Mount Vernon native Hunter Bork won the high jump in a new American record of 4-10 at the U.S. Paralympic Championships. He lost his left leg to a cancerous bone tumor at age 18.
June 24: Three-time South Dakota high school state shot put champion Kyle McKelvey won two national titles in seven days. He won the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in North Carolina and the USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Oregon.
June 25: USD assistant track and field coach and Tea resident Derek Miles won the pole vault national title at the USA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore. Miles cleared 18-6 - 2 inches better than second-place Nebraska native Jeremy Scott of Norfolk. Scott's sisters, Diana and Terri, ran track at USD.
June 26: Adam Schwartz-Lowe of Minneapolis survived a wicked, overnight, massive lightning, hail and rain storm to win the inaugural Black Hills 100 Ultramarathon in 23 hours, 1 minute and 42 seconds.
June 28: Dakota Wesleyan has scored a volleyball recruit who will draw immediate attention. Paige VandenMeerendonk of Green Bay, Wis., has one of the longest last names (16 letters) in South Dakota college athletics.
June 29: In a game with a combined 32 hits, Collin Moen went hitless to lead Mitchell over Pierre 13-12 in American Legion baseball. Moen was on base four times, scored twice and drove in the winning run with an RBI fly out in the ninth inning. Moen was walked three times, hit by a pitch and grounded out in his six plate appearances.
July 2: About 50 bucking horses were run past the grave site after the conclusion of funeral services for Harlan Gunville of Whitehorse. Gunville, 73, was the first American Indian stock contractor to have stock at the National Finals Rodeo.
July 6: Aberdeen native and Rapid City horse trainer Ardell Sayler saddled his 1,000th-winning horse at Assiniboia Downs race track in Winnipeg, Canada.
July 9: Rapid City Central graduate Ryan Jackson helped his team to a 30-12 win in the Jim Thorpe Native All-Star football game in Denton, Texas. The 6-foot-4, 285-pound defensive tackle was named the Defensive Most Valuable Player with six tackles and three sacks.
July 10: Taylor Molstad of the Rapid City Blitz defeated sister Haley Molstad's Rapid City Kraze 14-5 to win the Rapid City Under 14 Amateur Softball Association League Tournament championship.
July 15: Trapshooter Jaime Lescarboura of Hermosa shot his 100,000 registered targets in doubles and handicap at the state shoot in Aberdeen. He has shot more than 330,000 registered targets in singles, more than any other South Dakotan in the 121-year history of the sport in the state.
July 20: Former Augustana pitcher Bret Severtson of Flandreau made his professional debut for the Gurnee, Ill.-based Lake County Fielders against the Yuma, Ariz., Scorpions of the North American League. Severtson gave up a homer to the first batter he faced, 47-year-old former Major League All-Star and Yuma player-manager Jose Canseco.
July 23: Faulkton native Darrell Carr of Mitchell used a 1 wood to make the first ever hole-in-one on the 276-yard hole No. 7 at the 55-year-old rural Faulkton Lakeside Country Club.
July 23-24: Tabor baseball coach Ken Ranek drove 934 miles in less than 36 hours during the five-day American Legion State B tourney in Winner. After coaching Tabor in their late-night July 22 loss to Garretson, Ranek missed Tabor's 7-3 win over Beresford on Saturday to drive to Denver to be in his niece's wedding. He woke up at 4 a.m. Sunday and drove to Winner for his team's 1 p.m. start against Redfield, arriving 40 minutes before the first pitch.
July 24: George McGovern celebrated his 89th birthday Sunday by turning laps at Huset's Speedway in rural Sioux Falls. The former presidential candidate and South Dakota U.S. senator drove a Wing 360 sprint car owned by Lane Brenden of Mitchell. Last year, McGovern parachuted out of an airplane to mark his 88th birthday.
July 28: Left-hander Landon Busch struck out 15 batters in seven innings as the Brookings Bandits edged two-time defending champion Rapid City Post 22 2-1 at the South Dakota State A American Legion Baseball Tournament. The game featured 30 strikeouts and 20 runners left on base.
July 30: South Dakota saddle bronc rider J.J. Elshere of Hereford won the Deadwood Days of '76 Rodeo with an 87-point ride on Lunatic Fringe one year after his cousin, Cole, won the same rodeo on the same horse with the same score.
Aug. 7: Aberdeen veteran auto racer Kent Arment earned his 500th career feature win at Casino Speedway in Watertown.
Aug. 22: After 47 years of coaching the Rapid City Post 22 American Legion baseball team, Dave Ploof is stepping down. His teams have won 33 state championships, a national title and went 2,483-808.
Aug. 26: The high school football team with the longest name (51 letters) in South Dakota began its season: Woonsocket-Wessington Springs-Sanborn Central Blackhawks.
Aug. 27: Chase Parsons of Brillion, Wis., earned $52,000 to win the National Guard FLW Walleye Tour tournament on Lake Oahe. Parsons' uncle, Keith Kavajecz of Kaukauna, Wis., came in second.
Sept. 2: After a wild fourth-quarter where Rapid City Central scored 22 points and Hay Springs, Neb., scored 26 to tie the game, RCC won the game 42-40 in overtime on Eil Houchens' 10-yard TD run and two-point conversion run.
Sept. 2: Brady Harkless led Hot Springs over Douglas with two TD runs and forcing two fumbles, recovering three fumbles and returning two of them for TDs.
Sept. 3: Sioux Falls Lincoln defeated Sioux Falls Washington 37-36 by scoring the game-winning TD on fourth-and-goal with five seconds to go. SFL's Alex Schultz hit Josh Kunzmann on a 7-yard strike to tie the score at 36 and Adam Belhaj kicked the point after TD with time expired to snap the two-time defending State 11AA champion's 27-game winning streak.
Sept. 3: Presentation College played its first football game in school history.
Sept. 3: Nate Ovenden made his first start at any level of football in nine years, catching the first TD of the game when his Dakota Wesleyan Tigers defeated Dakota State 56-20.
Sept. 6: Timber Lake won back-to-back five-game matches during a triangular in Fort Pierre, defeating Stanley County 25-11, 21-25, 25-14, 28-30, 15-8, and then outlasting White River 25-23, 10-25, 25-22, 22-25, 15-13. It was four hours of intense volleyball, said Timber Lake coach Sarah Schweitzer.
Sept. 7: The Dakota Stat