On June 5 that year, Layne Somsen of Aberdeen was born, followed by Colton Iverson of Redfield on June 29. Both landed in Yankton, where they graduated high school in 2008.
Somsen, selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 22nd round of the MLB Draft on June 8, has been assigned to the Billings (Mont.) Mustangs, the rookie affiliate for the Reds. Iverson, selected in the second round of the NBA draft on June 27, is playing for Boston in the NBA summer league.
Here are some other things I know:
All the statistics are in for the time of year in pro rodeo known as the Cowboy Christmas:
- There were 32 rodeos and $3.3 million in total prize money during the Fourth of July week, according to the Pro Rodeo Cowboy Association.
- That amount of money means a pro can change the fate of his or her season as they charge to make the top 15 (by money earned) in the world standings in each of their events, which determine who makes it to the $6.25 million Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas in December.
- There were 62 pros who earned more than $10,000 during the week.
- Eleven earned more than $20,000.
- Top earners were barrel racer Sherry Cervi of Arizona with $31,349 and multi-world champion Trevor Brazile of Texas with $28,828.
- South Dakota cowboy Jake Rinehart of Highmore earned $13,566 during the week with a steer wrestling title at the St. Paul, Ore., Rodeo.
- South Dakota cowboy Chad Ferley of Oelrichs earned $10,035 with a saddle bronc riding title at the Reno, Nev., Rodeo.
- Despite all the money won last week, there were no changes in the world standings’ leaders in each of the events.
- Steer wrestler Casey Martin of Louisiana and bull rider Tyler Smith of Colorado failed to cash a check last week, but still held their top positions.
South Dakota Public Broadcasting will air a one-hour PBS documentary on Pine Ridge at 9 p.m. July 19.
The Vision Maker Media TV special, Bridge the Gap to Pine Ridge with Chris Bashinelli, will feature the host with the local college women’s basketball team. Bashinelli also will take part in a sacred buffalo harvest and help area farmers.
Bashinelli travels the world to experience life outside his hometown of Brooklyn, N.Y.
SDSU ice cream
The July/August 2013 issue pictured a cone of SDSU’s Cookies n’ Cream ice cream beside four other cones from across the country. The clip mentions SDSU’s claim to inventing the flavor, saying “the school's version, made cow-to-cone on campus, is legendary — and worth the fuss.”
John Papendick is the managing news-sports editor for the American News: email@example.com.