I have been gone for a few days. Let's play a little catch(up):
Draftee: From my American News teammate Scott Waltman:
Corey Maines of Houston, Texas, was drafted in the 23rd round by the New York Yankees in June as a right-handed pitcher. Corey is the grandson of Jerome and Ruth Hochhalter of Aberdeen and the son of Twyla and John Maines of Houston. John played collegiate baseball at Northern State and San Diego State.
Corey played four years at Illinois State University in Normal, Ill. In 2011 he posted a 9-4 record with 2.87 ERA and struck out 67 batters in 86 innings for the Redbirds. The Yankees assigned Maines to the Rookie Gulf Coast League.
Adam Suther of the Britton Lumberjacks was the Class B batting champion at the state amateur baseball tourney in Mitchell.
He and teammate Spencer Sudbeck were members of the all-tourney team as were Redfield native Jake Esser of the Clark Traders, Groton native Jesse Kurtenbach of the Dell Rapids Mudcats and Doyle Price of the Sisseton Redbirds.
South Dakota soccer has a new resource in soccer605.weebly.com. Contributor Randy McKee of Rapid City said the website will deal with all sorts of high school and college soccer stories from across the state.
With only four teams left in the Dakota Athletic Conference, there will be no preseason coaches' polls. The remaining DAC teams are Jamestown, Valley City, Dickinson and Mayville.
Among those who will be inducted into the South Dakota State Jackrabbit Sports Hall of Fame Oct. 15 is Aberdeen native Stan Opp. He was a three-time All-American (1971-73) at 118 pounds in finishing his wrestling career as the Jackrabbits' all-time leader in victories with a 94-19-1 career mark. A resident of Malaga, Wash., Opp was twice an NCAA Division II national runner-up. See a complete list of SDSU Hall of Famers in today's Scoreboard.
Also on Oct. 15, SDSU will honor Cindy Nelson of Webster as the 2011 recipient of the Ralph Ginn Award for Coaching Excellence. A 1982 graduate of South Dakota State, Nelson coached volleyball for 27 years at Webster High School, finishing her coaching career fourth among South Dakota coaches for career victories with a 557-280-13 record. Nelson led Webster to four Class B titles.
Pat Lockwood of Brookings will be inducted into the South Dakota Golf Hall of Fame at 11:30 a.m. Sunday at the Brookings Country Club. Lockwood has won 10 South Dakota Golf Association championships. Lockwood was the former head professional at Moccasin Creek Country Club in Aberdeen.
I know we had a story on this, but congratulations to Onida natives Curt and Tom Byrum for being inducted into the South Dakota Golf Hall of Fame earlier this month. Curt Byrum, 52, is currently a member of Golf Channel's live tournament broadcast team. He competed for more than 15 years on the PGA tour, winning the 1989 Hardee's Classic. During his 28-year pro career, Tom, 50, won the PGA's 1989 Kemper Open. The list of Hall of Famers is in today's Scoreboard.
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