The 17th annual Lewis & Clark Classic for Legion baseball teams begins today with games in Yankton, Vermillion and Crofton. There are 14 teams entered in the tournament, which qualifies the top four teams for the semifinals and championship game Sunday at Riverside Field. Yankton Post 12 will have their first game at 1:30 today against Harrisburg with teams from Lincoln Southeast and Springfield-Platteview Nebraska also in their pool.
Lesterville upset the Yankton Tappers 10-4 last night in South Central League baseball as Alex Wagner allowed just two runs in eight innings while recording 12 strikeouts for the Broncs. Crofton edged Irene 4-3 in 12 innings as Jared Wiebelhaus provided the walk-off game-winning RBI in the bottom of the 12th. Tabor stayed unbeaten with a 4-2 win over Menno as Colin Muth pitched the complete-game victory, allowing seven hits with seven strikeouts.
The South Dakota Football Coaches Association will be honoring Assistant Coach of the Year and All-Star Scholarships during halftime of the All-Star Football game tomorrow afternoon in the DakotaDome at Vermillion. Jason Hein from Bon Homme High School will be honored as the Class 9-Double-A Assistant Coach of the Year, and Gayville-Volin senior Grant Rice will receive one of two All-Star Scholarship Awards tomorrow.
University of South Dakota sophomore Helen Falda finished ninth in the women’s pole vault at the N-C-A-A Track & Field Championships last night in Eugene, Oregon. Falda had a season-best vault of 14 feet, 1 inch to earn All-American second team honors. Lara Boman of USD finished 22 nd in the women’s hammer throw, while Rachel King of SDSU placed 23rd in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase.
USD has signed Matthew Johns from Victoria, Australia for their men’s basketball program. Johns is a 6’8″ forward who connected on 46 percent of his three-point shots in the Southeast Australian Basketball League.