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Jacks top Iowa in extra innings

admin

March 30, 2011

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Eric Cain’s bases-clearing double with two outs in the top of the 14th inning lifted South Dakota State to a 7-4 victory over Iowa in the opening game of a two-game series Tuesday afternoon at Duane Banks Field. The Jackrabbits, playing in their longest game at the Division I l...

A Pitcher’s Pedigree

mtraxler

March 30, 2011

After playing professionally for a year, Tyler Oakes went back to college baseball to coach. Tyler Oakes has been around the art of pitching his whole life. Now, he’s helping teach it. He couldn’t be happier. Oakes is in his first season as the pitching coach for the Jackrabbit baseball team. A Jor...

SDSU struggles continue in split twin billing with Kangaroos

admin

March 30, 2011

From Gojacks.com LAWRENCE, Kan. - South Dakota State split a cold and snowy doubleheader with UMKC on Sunday in Lawrence, Kan., on a day that saw a 29 minute snow delay and an interesting finish to the three game Summit League Series. The Jackrabbits fell 5-1 in the opener, but led 9-7 in the nightc...

Living to swim

daman

March 30, 2011

Diagnosed with a chronic disease at 12, an SDSU swimmer overcame the odds. Jim McLain knew something wasn’t right. He knew the pains he felt were a problem. He just didn’t know how devastating they were, or would become. The pain rushed through his abdomen in waves. It began affecting his daily l...

Youth shows strength for struggling men’s tennis team

spkoob

March 30, 2011

SDSU has faded since a strong early start but will try to finish the 2011 campaign strong. The Jackrabbit men’s tennis team has started to turn some corners on the Division I stage. Spring season play started out over spring break, where the team played in the Orlando Classic. In Florida, the Jacks posted a ...

Sean Burns: the Quick Learner

Sean Burns: the Quick Learner

Dustin Veurink

March 23, 2011

Sean Burns’ senior season has boosted SDSU track and field. By Dustin Veurink Sportswriter Senior weight thrower Sean Burns dominated the indoor weight throw competition this year, but the amazing thing is that he hasn’t been competing in the event long. Burns, a Rapid City native, didn’t know t...

Coach’s Candor 03.23.2011

Coach’s Candor 03.23.2011

staff

March 23, 2011

Editor’s note: Phil McDaniel enters his first season SDSU head volleyball coach after Nanabah Allison-Brewer stepped down in January. We caught up with to discuss offseason workouts, next season’s outlook and coming back to Brookings. Q. Are you excited to be back at SDSU? A. Very excited. It’s only ...

Baseball sweeps Bears

staff

March 23, 2011

From gojacks.com GREELEY, Colo. - Jesse Sawyer hit a pair of home runs to tie the South Dakota State career record Sunday afternoon, leading the Jackrabbits to a 9-1 victory and a series sweep of Northern Colorado at Jackson Field. With their four-game series sweep, SDSU improved to 7-9 overall. UNC dropped...

Fiegen selected for U.S. volleyball team

Fiegen selected for U.S. volleyball team

spkoob

March 23, 2011

The reigning Summit League player of the year is among 36 chosen to represent Team USA in Dallas. The awards and acknowledgements keep piling up for SDSU volleyball player Kelli Fiegen. Last week, Fiegen was selected to the USA Volleyball A2 roster. Tryouts for the team were held in February in Colorado Springs,...

Hard to handle

Marcus Traxler

March 5, 2011

Marcus Traxler It was mostly all Jackrabbits in the stands; it was mostly all Jackrabbits on the court. SDSU absorbed a slow start and ran away from North Dakota State en route to a 62-51 women's quarterfinal victory in Sioux Falls on Sunday. An imposing contingent of Jackrabbit fans made it difficult on...

Coach?s Candor

staff

March 1, 2011

John Stiegelmeier has spent part of the football offseason on the recruiting trail. We caught up with him to get an update on recruiting and how he feels about the 2011 season. Q. Where have you been in the past six weeks? A. I've been to Arizona, California, Nebraska, South Dakota, Kansas City, Chicago, and the Minneapolis area Q. What are some of the challenges of recruiting players to play at SDSU? A. I think the initial challenge, and I hate to say this but I think it's real, many of the guys we talk to did not have us on their initial radar. A lot of the guys perceive themselves or want to be a I-A player. The next level down, the fact that we're in kind of a remote area, it takes a lot of educating about our university and football program. I'm not knocking anything; that's the first thing I think. The weather is also a factor for a lot of kids. Q. What are some of the details about the university and football program that you elaborate on to potential recruits? A. We try to prove it to them. We talk about the academic success our program has had, you're picking a peer group, a group of guys that you're going to hang around and play football with whether it's here or Norhtern Iowa or New Hampshire or wherever. Our track record, our success pattern is very good, we talk about our success on the field and what's been built. The biggest thing we try to prove to them is the type of people that are here in the three communities: Brookings, at SDSU, and SDSU football. Q. You have some committed recruits coming in, what do you have to say about the guys that have signed on to SDSU? A. Everytime you get a commitment it's kind of like Christmas for me as a head coach because it's adding someone to our football family. I'm excited about all the guys, seldom does it happen fast enough, to get all 18 commitments in December before Christmas, but good things take time - my dad taught me that. So we stay the course and find guys that fit. Q. What are current players doing at this point in the offseason? A. A number of them have lifted over break, either here or in their home communities. What's going to happen now is we're going to crank up the offseason program. That's why our strength coach is so important because he gets them now, he's developing them, we don't coach them now. It's all strength and conditioning and agility right now. Q. It's the case every year, but you're losing some high-achieving players next year, how challenging do you think it will be to replace guys like Kyle Minett and Cole Brodie? A. Sometimes you lose guys that you just don't think you can replace. Kyle Minett, Cole Brodie, Dean Priddy at punter, and a number of guys like our two tight ends Colin Cochart and Alex Beyer are all guys you have some of those feelings for. Almost 100 percent of the time I've been amazed at how guys have stepped up. Their number is called and they get it done beyond what I thought they could. It goes back to believing in players and believing in the human spirit and effort. Q. With that said, how excited are you to start spring ball? A. I love spring ball because you get to coach but you don't have to get ready for Saturday. I don't have to worry about schedules. If it rains and you cut practice short you're not going to be behind your opponent. It's a chance to develop players, to really coach coach and not worry about schemes. I look forward to that. There's a lot of work to be done before we get there. We evaluate every play, every defense, every special team and steady ourselves to improve and ready our football program.

Sioux Falls Summit Showdown

Marcus Traxler

March 1, 2011

Marcus TraxlerAssistant Sports Editor The third-seeded Jackrabbits will began their run at another NCAA bid Sunday against NDSU. Technically, it's a clean slate. SDSU, however, would be better off if they weren't starting over. Winners eight of their last nine games, the Jackrabbits will try to ride th...