— Saw Cole Frenzel today. He is still deciding on whether he wants to go to Green Bay or Dodge City to play his summer baseball. He doesn’t have much time left to decide, however, and said he’ll make a choice soon. He also has little to no scaring on his surgically repaired right hand.
— Ross Kovacs said he’ll report to the Motor City Metal Jackets of the North American Hockey League in July for their camp. Kovacs was drafted by the Metal Jackets of Trenton, Mich., after playing for the Russell Stover Stars Midget-AAA hockey team in Kansas.
— As of Monday, Dickinson State softball coach Kristen Fleury still hasn’t had her interim tag lifted (I’m thinking if that happens we’ll see it sometime, oh let’s say, before July 16) but she has signed a handful of recruits. I’m working on a story for Wednesday.
— DSU is now the only Dakota Athletic Conference school looking for an athletic director now. Valley City State has hired Jack Denholm, who was most recently the athletic director and dean of student services at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, Iowa.
— Speaking of the DAC, I spoke with Rapid City Journal Sports Editor Andrew Cutler today for a minute about when the NCAA is expected to announce whether or not Black Hills State and South Dakota Mines have been accepted into Division II. Cutler said he has been told that the two are supposed to find out in “mid-July.” Last year, it was July 10 when Minot State and Sioux Falls were announced D-II transition members.
— Some of you may remember when Teri Finneman was a reporter for The Dickinson Press. She then moved on our parent newspaper, The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. She left there to go to grad school and worked for ABC News for a time. Finneman, a Hazen native, is now back with Forum Communications Company as a multimedia correspondent based out of Bismarck. You’ll see her stories in our newspaper and on our website. But be sure to follow her blog at www.areavoices.com/northdakota.
— MMA writer Kevin Iole at Yahoo! Sports has a good interview with Brock Lesnar. Lesnar takes on Shane Carwin for the UFC Heavyweight title on Saturday.
— FIFA needs to listen to Jurgen Klinsmann and allow soccer to enter the 21st century. See video below.