Brown County farmer Randy Stanley of Groton was selected as a winner in America's Farmers Grow Communities program which gives farmers an opportunity to win $2,500 for their favorite nonprofit organizations.
Stanley selected the Groton Youth Baseball-Softball Foundation to receive the monetary award. An awards program will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Groton High School gym.
New SDSU coach
Former South Dakota State assistant volleyball coach Phil McDaniel will return as the Jacks' new head coach.
McDaniel has coached at the Division I level for nine years, including the last three years as head coach at Drake University, where he directed a dramatic turnaround. Inheriting a team that won seven matches the season prior to his arrival, McDaniel led Drake to a 12-20 record during his first season in 2008. The team was 22-12 in 2009 and 23-11 last season.
McDaniel served as assistant coach at SDSU from 2005-07. He is a native of Decatur, Ill.
Storm hosting Fan Fest
The Sioux Falls Storm family of the Indoor Football League will host Fan Fest 2011 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 6 at Rookies Sports Grill and Bar, 2616 S. Louise Ave., Sioux Falls.
Former Doland-Conde and Southwest Minnesota State captain Blake Wilson of Frankfort is a wide receiver for the Storm. Details/season tickets: email@example.com.
IFL, America One team
The Indoor Football League and America One again will work to provide fans with nationally televised games for the upcoming 2011 season. Details: goifl.com.
Ellendale man on roll
Jamestown College 125-pound junior wrestler Sean Blumhardt of Ellendale continues to roll.
Blumhardt won the NAIA North Region qualifier this weekend in Orange City, Iowa. Recently, he won the 125-pound championship at the prestigious 33rd annual University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Invitational.
Next up for Blumhardt is the NAIA National Championships on March 4 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He is ranked ninth in the nation.
Hoffman swims into sunset, second-place finish
South Dakota State senior Alexandra Hoffman of Eureka led the Jacks to a second-place finish in the Summit League Championships this weekend in Indianapolis.
Oakland University of Rochester, Mich., won the title with 1,060 points while SDSU had 625.5 points. Hoffman's sister, Elizabeth, led the University of South Dakota to a third-place finish with 536 points.
On the final swim of her career, Alexandra finished second in the 200 backstroke Saturday in a school record time of 2:03.87. She is the most decorated swimmer in SDSU history with 53 career wins and eight school records. Elizabeth, a junior at USD, won two Summit League titles (50 freestyle and 200 freestyle) during the four-day event and now has 60 career wins.
The Eureka sisters set school records in the same race Wednesday to open the championships.