Shaun Wanner has been honored by the South Dakota Football Coaches Association.
The Groton football coach was named Region 1 coach of the year. In 25 years, including 11 at Groton, Wanner's teams have gone 176-79. Only 13 coaches in South Dakota high school football history have won 200 games or more.
Other regional winners include Aberdeen native Jason Jund of Dakota Valley in Region 6 and former Milbank coach Kim Nelson of Sioux Falls Roosevelt in Region 5. Jund got his 50th win this season, and Nelson has 217 career wins. Other winners: Chad Stadem (Region 2) of Flandreau, Michael Postma (3) of Huron, Bruce Bresee (4) of Spearfish, Kent VanOvershelde (7) of Mitchell, and Russ Bailey (8) of Custer. The region of the year coaches will be honored at halftime of the State 11B championship Thursday night at the DakotaDome in Vermillion.
Friends of football
The South Dakota Football Coaches Association will honor Jerry Miller of Sioux Falls and South Dakota Public Broadcasting. They will receive the group's Friend of Football statewide awards Friday night during the State 9AA championship game at the DakotaDome in Vermillion for their long-time promotion of the sport.
The football most valuable players in the Lake Region Conference were Mitch Waltman (defense) of Leola-Frederick and Nick Alberts (offensive) of Langford.
Their teams along with Warner were tri-champions of the conference. The complete all-conference team is in today's Scoreboard. The All-Eastern Coteau football, All-South Central Conference football and volleyball teams are also in scoreboard.
Region championship moved
The Region 7B volleyball championship match in Edgemont has been moved from tonight to Thursday. Edgemont (29-1) will host Lyman (16-9) at 6 p.m. MST Thursday with the winner advancing to next week's State B tourney in Sioux Falls.
Photo, then cutline
Drat the rain
The South Dakota Soccer Association hosted a photography contest this year to pick the picture of the year. There were 10 finalists, including this photograph taken by Mariah Pokorny of Pierre of her daughter Karsen in a tourney in Rapid City earlier this year. The winner was Eric Helgeson of Rapid City. See Helgeson's winning photo and all the nine finalists' photos at http://aberdeensports.net/inthehuddle.
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Twins manager ousted
The fallout from a 99-loss season for the Minnesota Twins has started with the firing of general manager Bill Smith.
Smith was dismissed Monday, when the Twins returned Terry Ryan to the role on an interim basis. Smith was Ryan's top assistant when Ryan stepped down in 2007, citing burnout, after holding the job for 13 years.
Widely recognized for their stability, class and ability to make the most out of a medium-range payroll, this was a startling move for the Twins despite the embarrassment and deep disappointment of the 2011 season following two straight AL Central titles.
This is the first time since the franchise moved from Washington to Minnesota in 1961 the Twins have fired a general manager. Calvin Griffith was the owner and general manager until selling the team in 1984. Andy MacPhail became the fulltime successor, leaving for a prime job with the Chicago Cubs, and Ryan followed him.