Three members of the Yankton Post 12 legion baseball team were named as Class A All-State selections yesterday, as Drew Ryken and Lucas Kampshoff were selected to the first team, while Matthew Sheldon earned a spot on the second team.

            Ryken and Kampshoff were honored for the second straight year, while Sheldon was honored for the first time in his career. Both Kampshoff and Sheldon will presumably return to the team next year as they are entering their senior and junior years respectively at Yankton High School, while Ryken will take the step up to the collegiate level as he’ll play baseball for Mount Marty University.

            Complete 2023 All-State 1st and 2nd team selections listed below.

2023 Class A Legion Baseball All-State Selections:

1st Team:

Myles Rees of Sioux Falls East

Parker Winghart of Brookings

Eli Kokenge (Co-Kenj) of Harrisburg Gold

Harrison Good of Rapid City Post 22

Casey Vining of Aberdeen

Eli Kelley of Rapid City Post 22

Lucas Kampshoff of Yankton

Maddux Scherer (Sheer) of Harrisburg Gold

Jack Smith of Sioux Falls East

Braylon Bear of Renner

Drew Salfrank of Aberdeen

Kyle Konechne of Renner

Andrew Glovich of Sioux Falls East

Drew Ryken of Yankton

2nd Team:  

Teigan Munce of Harrisburg Gold

Jett Wetzler of Rapid City Post 320

Ryan Rufledt of Rapid City Post 320

Sawyer Tolk of Sioux Falls East

Matthew Sheldon of Yankton

Darren Safranski of Harrisburg Maroon

Alex Dietrich of Rapid City Post 22

Sullivan Schlimgen of Renner

Zach Dunham of Renner

Tate Schafer of Sioux Falls East

Nate Meyer of Brandon Valley

Nathan Lease of Brookings

Owen Schneider of Brookings

Braxton Kusler (Coo-sler) of Harrisburg Gold

Jett Zabel of Pierre

Drew Denzer of Watertown

            The Yankton Bucks football team opened their fall practices yesterday, as they prepare for their season opener on August 25th.

            The Bucks will welcome new faces on both sides of the ball this season, but especially on the offense, as last year’s starting quarterback Rugby Ryken, running back Gavin Swanson, and top-two receivers in Cody Oswald and Tyler Sohler all graduated in the spring.

            The new look Bucks football team will open their season on August 25th at Crane-Youngworth Field in Yankton, as they host the Mitchell Kernels.

            The South Dakota High School Soccer Coaches Association released their preseason polls yesterday, and the Yankton Bucks and Gazelles are both receiving votes to start the year.

            Rapid City Stevens takes the top spot in Class AA on the boys side, while Harrisburg begins the year in first on the girls side. Full Preseason Poll listed below:

Class AA Boys:

  • 1. Rapid City Stevens
  • 2. O’Gorman
  • T3. Sioux Falls Jefferson
  • T3. Sioux Falls Lincoln
  • 5. Aberdeen Central
  • Receiving Votes: Brandon Valley, Huron, Spearfish, Watertown, Yankton

Class AA Girls:

  • 1. Harrisburg
  • 2. Aberdeen Central
  • 3. Sioux Falls Lincoln
  • 4. Rapid City Central
  • T5. Pierre T.F. Riggs
  • T5. Sioux Falls Jefferson
  • T5. Sioux Falls Roosevelt
  • Receiving Votes: Brandon Valley, Rapid City Stevens, Yankton

            The Lesterville Broncs of the South Central League advanced to the quarterfinals of the Class B Amateur Baseball State Tournament last night, as they defeated Menno 14 to 1.

            Lesterville will play Winner-Colome in their next game on Thursday, with the winner punching their ticket to the semi-finals.

The Crofton Blue Jays are the next team to represent the South Central League in the Class B Tournament, as they will meet Larchwood this evening at 7:30.