The state American Legion Baseball Tournaments are coming to Northeast South Dakota this summer.
Webster will host the State B July 27-31 and Aberdeen the State A Aug. 1-5 at Fossum Field. Both five-day tourneys are double-elimination events.
In other Legion baseball news, the state athletic commission met in Pierre on Sunday. That group decided that Rapid City will host the 2013 State A tourney, the State B champion will no longer be a part of the State A field and that the State A three-region format will remain in place.
The eight teams that now will qualify for the State A tourney will be the host city plus the three region champions and runners-up. The eighth berth will be decided in a one-game playoff between the third-place teams from the two regions which aren't the host region for the state tournament. The play-in feature is new. It will occur on the weekend between the completion of the regionals and the start of the state tournament. The host region for the play-in game will be sited according to a coin flip in June.
NSU hosting camp
The Wolves Baseball Camp will be Feb. 20 at the Barnett Center on the NSU campus, with sessions for grades 1-5 and 6-10. Grades 1-5 will be 9 a.m. to noon with check-in at 8:30 and the other session is 1-4 p.m. with check-in at 12:30 p.m.
Pre-register by Feb. 13 to receive T-shirt. Campers should bring glove, bat, tennis shoes and workout clothes. Skills covered include infield, outfield, catching, baserunning, hitting and pitching.
Cost is $40 for pre-registered campers or $45 for walk-ups. Details: Dean Berry 605-626-7683.
Onida, Dupree champions
Several area athletes won championships at the 10th annual Black Hills Stock Show 20X Extreme High School Rodeo at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City over the weekend.
The rodeo features the top high school performers in the South Dakota circuit. The two area winners were Rylae Wientjes of Onida in breakaway roping with a 3.6-second run and Kash Deal of Dupree in saddle bronc with a 63-point ride.
Kuckelburg rolls another gem
Aberdeen bowler Cliff Kuckelburg added another 300 game to his collection last week in the Jaycee League at the Village Bowl.
Kuckelburg, who was competing for the Aberdeen Clean All team, picked up his 18th career perfect game in his first try on Jan. 26. The other two games were 235 and 232 for a 767 series.
It was the first game that I used that ball, said Kuckelburg, manager of the bowling pro shop. I didn't even drill that one. The ball got damaged the first week of our Aberdeen Merchants tournament. It belonged to a guy from Fargo and he thought it was damaged beyond repair. There's nothing wrong with that ball. It was one of the better 300s I've thrown. There was no doubt about any of them; just 12 solid shots with no cheap ones.
Kuckelburg has bowled for about 40 years.
Northern to conduct clinics