Rankings thought process

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I always think it’s interesting to watch rankings unfold throughout the course of the season. Of course, some people will say rankings don’t mean anything. For the most part, you’re probably right. What do rankings give us? They give us something to talk about and keep us informed on what games we should be paying attention to.

I’ve been a part of polls for many years and I have always felt like I have a good philosophy when it comes to ranking teams each week. Of course I think it’s good, it’s my idea!  Continue reading

REVIEW: Tatanka Golf Club at Feather Hill

Photo Aug 09, 4 10 13 PMI had the chance this week to enjoy a round of golf at Tatanka Golf Club at Feather Hill located near Niobrara, Nebraska next to Ohiya Casino & Resort. It’s a course that I have been wanting to try but it just hasn’t worked out, until now.

They called it “media day” and invited different media members to play a round of golf. The real complaint of the day was mother nature. No rain, but the eve of a heat warning and temperatures in the 90’s with humidity upwards of 70% made hydrating extremely important.

I’m not a golf expert by any stretch of the imagination, but I do enjoy playing the game so taking advantage of this chance was really fun. When I arrived I learned I would be riding with Derek Bursheim, the father of the golf pro and grouped with Brian Bursheim, the golf pro at the course and Steve Donahue, a course rater with Golf Digest. Continue reading

USD WBB team is visiting Australia

SD PawPrint_2C_whiteThe University of South Dakota women’s basketball team left Sunday for Australia. It’s a bonding trip with some basketball mixed in. The girls will play three games in Australia and get the chance to do some exploring as well. Fortunately for the team they have native Australian Jasmine Trimboli to help show the way. I had the chance to catch up with Trimboli, Caitlin Duffy and head coach Dawn Plitzuweit to talk about the trip before they departed.

See the itinerary here.

South Dakota head women’s basketball coach Dawn Plitzuweit talks about the transition do USD and Vermillion and also about the excitement of going to Australia with the team.

Senior Caitlin Duffy is excited for a once in a lifetime opportunity that will also be a basketball trip with teammates.

Jasmine Trimboli gets the chance to return to her home country and play basketball in front of family and friends. She will also help show her USD teammates a new culture.

The USD women’s basketball team will open the upcoming season on Nov. 11 at the Sanford Pentagon against Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Tickets for the game will go on sale in October.


2016 SD State Amateur Baseball Bracket Challenge

The 2016 State B Amateur Baseball Tournament is upon us with games beginning on Wednesday and culminating on August 14 at 2:00pm. The site of the tournament is once again beautiful Cadwell Park in Mitchell, SD.

Last year I started a Bracket Challenge to see just how much interest there was in this crazy state for amateur baseball. The only regret was not having the idea sooner so more people could enter. So, here we go, year TWO!

Last year we had around 50 entries and I think this year we can double or maybe even triple that number this year. Optimistic? Maybe. Possible? No doubt.

Once you create an account you can fill out your predictions. The deadline has been set for game time of the first game. Any brackets submitted after that will not be included in the standings. Make sure to check back for updated standings throughout the tournament. I will try to update as soon as possible after games are over.

Thanks for entering and please share it with your amateur baseball friends so we can make this a big contest. As of now there is no prize, but perhaps I can find a gift card or two for prizes. No promises. For now, enter for fun!

Enter Bracket Challenge Here


Czech Days Queen Candidates hope to hear their name Saturday night

czech daysCzech Days in Tabor, SD kicks off tonight and there will be plenty to do over the weekend. Tonight the Tabor Bluebirds amateur baseball teams hosts Lesterville at 7:30pm. After the fireworks follow the Czech Days weekend is officially underway. There will be plenty of dancing and Kolache eating over the next couple of days with many other activities mixed in.

For four girls, their hope is to be the next Czech Days Queen. Some have the queen bloodline and Kolache skills, but all have the proud heritage.

I had the chance to interview this year’s candidates about the process and the Czech Days celebration.

Grace Adam

Kimberly Stribal

Morgan Rothscadl

Kelsey Kocer

Have a great Czech Days weekend!

Another sad shooting, how can we fix it?


As I sit here on a Sunday morning and think about what I am going to do today my heart breaks for the people involved in the Orlando shooting and all of their families. Every time we have an incident like this I try to wrap my brain around how this could have possibly happened. And, more importantly, why the hell does it keep happening?

You should be angry. We all should be. Because somewhere along the way we screwed up. As a society. This stuff isn’t to be blamed on a parent or two. It’s not the fault of a video game. It’s deeper than that.

I realize shootings and murders have happened since before my time, but it seems like it is more frequent. Is it because I am old enough to pay attention more or I understand it more? Or is it really happening more and more?

Did we forget how to love? Did we fail to teach how to love? What happened? We live in a world where we are more concerned about sharing our story or trying to be better than someone else that we have forgotten to appreciate what we have and commend others on what they have. It’s not just one person. It’s all of us. We have all fallen into the trap.

We are far too concerned about who believes in God and who doesn’t or how someone lives their life or if someone is transgender, homosexual or something else that is different than us.

Imagine a world where we put as much energy into our own lives or bettering ourselves as we do worrying about the person down the street who believes differently than us or, heaven forbid, is different from us.

I wish I had the answers to how we can fix our world. I know it’s not the best to point out a problem without offering a solution, but we have a problem. It’s a big problem. I’m not going to live in fear. I don’t want that to hold me back from living, but I damn sure know in today’s crazy world every time I wake up it could be the last time.

There will always be evil in the world. We aren’t going to stop it. But we can better ourselves and those who will come after us. I hope that if we take those steps the world will one day be a better place.

We need to find our way!

USD sending three to Eugene

SD PawPrint_2C_whiteThe University of South Dakota will send three athletes to Eugene, Ore. for the NCAA Track Championships next week. Two athletes, Emily Grove and Emily Brigham, will compete in the women’s pole vault, while Teivaskie Lewin will compete in the men’s 110 hurdles.

The Championships are June 8-11 at Hayward Field. Continue reading