Three of the last four winners of the nation's horse trainer of the year have been born in either Gettysburg or Mobridge.
Bill Mott, born July 29, 1953, in Mobridge won his third Eclipse Award for outstanding trainer this week. Steve Asmussen, born Nov. 18, 1965, in Gettysburg, was the 2008 and 2009 winner.
Mott also won the award in 1995 and 1996. He had purse earnings of more than $10.5 million last year.
Mott's horses have won around 3,800 races, Asmussen's horses around 4,400.
Pretty impressive stuff.
Six for six
There were three high school varsity and three college basketball games involving Aberdeen-based teams Tuesday and all six won: Northern State women, Presentation College women and men, Aberdeen Christian boys and girls, and Aberdeen Roncalli girls. The Roncalli girls and Christian boys' junior varsity teams also won.
Former Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden is coming to South Dakota. His Seminoles won 377 games and two national titles.
He will speak twice in Sioux Falls: 8 p.m. Jan. 27 at the South Dakota Football Coaches Association's Winter Clinic at the Army National Guard Armory and at the Fellowship of Christian Athletes breakfast at 9 a.m. Jan. 28 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church.
Details: FCA at 605-335-7555, and Jerry Miller at sodaktfcc@ sio.midco.net or 605-261-3558.
South Dakota pro cowboy Austin Janis of Rosebud died in a traffic accident near Wray, Colo., early Jan. 15 just hours after making his pro debut - a successful 71-point ride - in Odessa, Texas.
The bareback rider was 24. The Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association reported that the van that Janis and fellow South Dakota cowboy Jeremy Meeks were travelling in was struck head-on by a car. Meeks and the teen-age driver of the other vehicle were treated and released, according to the PRCA.
Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Lower Brule Community Center. Janis is survived by his 3-year-old son, Morgan; fiance, Dusty Hippen; parents, Ben Janis and Kara Rank; sisters, Lacey Wells, Sami Gourneau, Kacey Gourneau and Brooke Janis; and brothers, Jordan Gourneau, Elliott Gourneau and Bryce Janis. PRCA rodeo judge Marty Jandreau was Janis' uncle.
The Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League have signed two former South Dakota players: linebacker Derek Domino and offensive lineman Mitch Erickson.
We recently told you that Aberdeen Wings' player Cory Ward recorded his 100th career point in the North American Hockey League.
That is a nice milestone for the Las Vegas, Nev., native and his team - he is the first Wing to do so. NAHL officials estimated that about a dozen players a season hit the milestone and there are a few current players who have more than 150 career points.
This is a busy weekend for the Wings in North Dakota with three games: at Bismarck Friday (7:15 p.m.) and at Minot Saturday (7:35 p.m.) and Sunday (2:35 p.m.). Bismarck is the first NAHL team to have clinched a playoff spot this season. Here are the Central Division standings:
GP W L OT Pts GF GA BismarckÉ36 30 5 1 61 149 87 AlexandriaÉ34 22 10 2 46 113 92 AustinÉ36 20 12 4 44 110 90 AberdeenÉ37 18 14 5 41 110 112 MinotÉ37 4 31 2 10 67 155 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss.
Aberdeen is 10th in the 28-team NAHL in home attendance as the Wings are averaging 1,246 fans per game at the 1,500-seat Odde Ice Center. The Fresno, Calif., Monsters are first, averaging 3,527 fans at the 11,300-seat Selland Arena.
USD, SDSU I
University of South Dakota senior offensive tackle Tom Compton and South Dakota State senior wide receiver Dale Moss are on the West roster for the 2012 East-West Shrine Game.
Both are NFL prospects and Moss got praise for his work in practice this week from Sports Illustrated writer Tony Pauline on SI.com. The game is at 3 p.m. Saturday on the NFL Network in St. Petersburg, Fla. The West is coached by former Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress.
USD, SDSU II
SDSU and USD released their football schedules and South Dakota fans have Nov. 17 circled.
At 2 p.m. that day at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium in Brookings, the Jackrabbits will play the Coyotes for the first time since 2003. The two schools first met in 1889, with the game ending in a 6-6 tie. USD leads the series 50-47-7.
Season ticket renewals and sales for Jackrabbit football will begin Feb. 1.
2012 SDSU SCHEDULE
Sept. 1, at Kansas, TBA
Sept. 8, at Southeastern Louisiana
Sept. 15, CALIFORNIA-DAVIS (Cereal Bowl), 2 p.m.
Sept. 22, at Indiana State, TBA
Sept. 29, MISSOURI STATE (Beef Bowl), 6 p.m.
Oct. 13, WESTERN ILLINOIS (Hall of Fame Game), 6 p.m.
Oct. 20, at Northern Iowa, TBA
Oct. 27, YOUNGSTOWN STATE (Hobo Day), 2 p.m.
Nov. 3, at Southern Illinois, TBA
Nov. 10, at North Dakota State, TBA
Nov. 17, SOUTH DAKOTA, 2 p.m.
2012 USD SCHEDULE
Sept. 1, at Montana Missoula, Mont., TBA
Sept. 8, COLGATE, TBA
Sept. 22, at Northwestern, TBA
Sept. 29, ILLINOIS STATE, TBA
Oct. 6, WESTERN ILLINOIS, TBA
Oct. 13, at Missouri State, TBA
Oct. 20, NORTH DAKOTA STATE, TBA
Oct. 27, at Indiana State, TBA
Nov. 3, at Youngstown State, TBA
Nov. 10, NORTHERN IOWA, TBA
Nov. 17, at South Dakota State, 2 p.m.
John Papendick is the managing news-sports editor for the American News. Reach him at email@example.com.