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April 17. 2012 12:43PM
BASA to host 1st annual Classic Tournament
The Brandon Area Soccer Association will host the 1st annual Classic Soccer Tournament May 11-13 at McHardy Park Soccer Complex in Brandon.

The tournament will feature divisions for U8-U14 boys and girls, recreational. Entry fees are: U8- $100; U10 - $125; U12-U14 - $160. Registration deadline is May 1.

The player application and tournament information can be accessed at To learn more, contact Gary at 310-8489 or Jayne at 351-5035.
Clark leads JV girls in city play
Macy Clark carded a 46 at Kuehn Park Golf Course April 12 to lead the Lady Lynx junior varsity girls. Aiding Clark’s score was Amanda Schwint’s 50, Caitlynn Runia’s 54 and a 55 from Kaeli Anderson. Rounding out the scores for the Lynx girls were Haley Sanow (65) and Rachel Waldner (77).

O’Gorman won the six-team match with a 165, followed by Washington’s 178, Lincoln’s 189 and Roosevelt’s 195.
Splitrock Ladies League
The Splitrock Ladies bowled April 10 with the following results: High team game and series: Victor Ins., 904 and 2,510. High individual game and series: Jerilyn Kille, 196 and 520.

Elaine Benson picked up the 5-10 split, Gerry Rickerl picked up the 5-9-10 split, Connie Gaspar-Bohl picked up the 2-7 split and Devona Engebretson picked up the 3-10 split.

This was the end of the second half. Alliance Communications was the winner of the second half.
Two aces recorded in Brandon
A pair of holes-in-one were recorded at two different golf courses in Brandon April 8.
Riley Duncanson’s hole-in-one was the No. 2 at Brandon Municipal Golf Course. He used a 7-iron from 164 yards.

Cody Woessner, 16, recorded his first ace on No. 16 at Hidden Valley Golf Course in Brandon. Woessner used a gap wedge from 110 yards.
FCA luncheon is April 25
The South Dakota Fellowship of Christian Athletes will hold its 41st Annual Honor Athlete Luncheon at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, April 25 at the Augustana College Elmen Center. This event highlights the achievements of local high school and college athletes who exemplify athletic, academic and leadership qualities.

Guest speaker for this year’s event is Dr. Don Bierle of Faith Search International Ministries. The Scotland, S.D. native competed in four sports in high school and was an all-state athlete in basketball and football. In college he played on the only Augustana College football team to win the North Central conference championship against the State and University teams of both South and North Dakota. Dr. Bierle has the unusual ability to analyze technical, scientific and theological subjects, and to communicate them in a clear, original and fascinating way. An ardent student of the Bible, he especially enjoys the role of apologist, evangelist, and disciple-maker.

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes seeks to present to athletes and coaches, and all whom they influence, the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, serving Him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the church.

Table sponsorships for this event are available for $300, $500 and $1000. Individual tickets are $20. To purchase a table sponsorship or tickets contact the South Dakota FCA State Office at 335-7555.
Augustana baseball field project receives naming gift
A major gift from Augustana alumnus Don Karras and his wife Donna will name the soon-to-be renovated baseball stadium on campus, Augustana President Rob Oliver and Director of Athletics Bill Gross announced last week.

Karras Park will feature a new grandstand, press box, dugouts, suite, back stop and netting system. The addition of field lighting is also under evaluation.

The playing surface of the facility will retain the original Ronken Field namesake.
“The great poet and writer Walt Whitman once said, ‘I see great things in baseball. It’s our game – the American game.’ Whether it’s the smell of the grass or the feel of a worn leather glove, we all remember those magical moments that can only happen at the ballpark; baseball is the quintessential American game, indeed,’ ” said Rob Oliver, president. “We will be forever grateful to Don Karras and his family for this generous investment in Augustana’s baseball program and we look forward to gathering with the campus and greater Sioux Falls community to watch the first pitch at the new Karras Park.”

The gift is part of the baseball program's “Step Up to the Plate” field renovation project, which was sparked by a lead gift from Lee “Goldy” Goldammer in October. Goldammer’s contribution will provide a synthetic turf surface for the infield of the venue.

Karras, a business administration and economics major, is a 1976 graduate of Augustana. He went on to earn a master’s of business administration degree and law degree from the University of South Dakota in 1980 and 1981, respectively.

A native of Sioux Falls, Karras pulled double duty in athletics and the arts while a student at Augustana. He was on the baseball team in 1973 and 1975 and was a member of The Augustana Choir from 1972 to 1976 during semesters in which he wasn't playing baseball.

Karras served as vice president of Newmont Mining Corporation from 1992 until his retirement in 2006. He is currently active in men’s senior baseball in Colorado and South Dakota.

Said Karras: “I am very pleased to help Augustana with this exciting renovation and expansion of Ronken Field. I have fond memories of my undergraduate years and playing days as a Viking. Baseball has always been the quintessential American pastime and still is among my life's great passions. I am thrilled to know that Karras Park will offer past and present Vikings, new prospects and baseball junkies everywhere an unequalled playing venue and new baseball home. It’s a great day to be a Viking!”

The dedication of Ronken Field on April 17, 1993, provided Augustana with its first, on-campus baseball diamond. An estate gift from Maurus and Anna Ronken in June 1992 provided the lead gift for construction of the facility.

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