4:05 AM EDT, July 21, 2011
The second-annual Mike Miller Classic Dec. 29-30 at the Mitchell Corn Palace will produce a first-time meeting between coaching legends.
Coach Larry Luitjens and his Custer Wildcats will play coach Gary Munsen and his Mitchell Kernels at 9 p.m. Dec. 29. The classic will feature 10 boys' games.
Ticket prices: $5 for students and $10 for adults per session; $15 for students and $30 for adults for all four sessions; and courtside seats for $40 per session. Tickets: cornpalace.com, 1-800-289-7469 or event director Ernie Kuyper at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEC. 29: Sioux Falls Lincoln vs. DeLaSalle (Minn.) at noon; Sioux Falls O'Gorman vs. Central (Tenn.) at 2 p.m.; Sioux Falls Washington vs. Briarcrest (Tenn.) at 5:30 p.m.; Findlay Prep (Nev.) vs. La Lumiere (Ind.) at 7:15 p.m.; and Mitchell vs. Custer at 9 p.m.
DEC. 30: Red Cloud vs. Briarcrest (Tenn.) at 11 a.m.; DeLaSalle (Minn.) vs. Custer at 1 p.m.; Sioux Falls O'Gorman vs. La Lumiere (Ind.) at 5 p.m.; Mitchell vs. Central (Tenn.) at 6:30 p.m.; and Findlay Prep (Nev.) vs. Sioux Falls Roosevelt at 8 p.m.
The 16th annual Dacotah Bank Ladies Open will be July 30 at Lee Park Golf Course in Aberdeen.
The two-women team event will feature best ball on the front nine and a scramble on the back nine. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Complimentary breakfast at the course, luncheon/awards at the Ramkota Hotel following play and cash prizes on eight holes plus door prizes.
Cost is $50 per person. Registration/cart rentals: Lee Park at 605-626-7092. Entry fees to Dacotah Bank Ladies Golf Tournament, Box 33, Aberdeen, SD 57402-0033.
Work on fishing road
A popular road used by anglers is undergoing construction in Sully County.
Those accessing Bush's Landing Lakeside Use Area west of Onida can expect minor delays while the county road leading to the popular boat ramp is being resurfaced. The five-mile project starts at the fish cleaning station near Sunset Lodge and extends east for two miles on 182nd Street and south for three miles on 284th Avenue to the intersection with Highway 1804.
Traffic will be routed around equipment through the end of July. After that, traffic will be detoured from 284th Avenue west on 184th Street and then north on 283rd Avenue. The detour will not increase the distance to Bush's Landing.
The project is scheduled to be completed in early September.
New Mitchell girls' coach
Mitchell middle school teacher Pat Moller is the new coach of the Kernels girls' tennis team. Mitchell is still looking for a boys' coach to replace Gayle Klein, who retired last spring after 27 years as the Mitchell boys' and girls' head coach.
TRACK & FIELD
State champ keeps throwing
University of South Dakota recruit and three-time state shot put champion Kyle McKelvey of Beresford will compete for Team USA at the 2011 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships in Miramar, Fla.
He will throw the shot put at 4 p.m. Sunday. The only other American male set to compete in the shot put is University of Georgia sophomore Caleb Whitener, who took second to McKelvey at the USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships last month in Eugene, Ore.
Good works nominees
Several college football players with South Dakota connections area among the 132 nominees for the 2011 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.
The award recognizes the selfless contributions to volunteerism and community service made by college football student-athletes across the nation. Nominees included Jake Steffen of South Dakota State, Anthony Muilenberg of Dakota Wesleyan, Coulter Boyer (Hurley) of North Dakota State, Andy Smith of South Dakota Mines, Braden Wieking of Sioux Falls, and Joe Bundy (Madison) of Wayne State.
SDSU football gears up
The Missouri Valley Football Conference will announce its pre-season poll and pre-season all-conference team Aug. 1. South Dakota State and North Dakota State are members.
Black Hills State included
The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference's football media day is Aug. 1 in Colorado Springs. Despite not fully entering the conference until next season, Black Hills State will be part of the events.
Oldest S.D. road race
The 49th annual Jack 15 road race will start at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 24 in White with runners following a path to Brookings.
The 15.2-mile race, billed as South Dakota's oldest road race, costs $25 if registered before Aug. 31, and $30 after. There team events as well with varying prices.
The free kids' fun run will begin at 11 a.m. with registration starting at 10 a.m. at the South Dakota State campanile. Details: allsportcentral.com.
Faulkton hosts golf weekend
The Lakeside Country Club in Faulkton will host a classic golf weekend Saturday and Sunday. It kicks off with a Calcutta tournament with two-person teams at $50 per person which will feature nine holes on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m., a Calcutta auction Saturday at 9 p.m. and 18 holes on Sunday at 8 a.m.
A two-person tourney at $40 per person will be held with 18 holes on Saturday at approximately 1 p.m. The event concludes on Sunday with a two-person scramble at 1 p.m. The entry fee is $20 per person.
Details: Roger Deiter at 605-380-6785.