Local sports are slowly returning

RAPID CITY, S.D. — In a world desperately craving some competition, we’re finally seeing signs that sports are slowly making a comeback even here in the Black Hills.

Finally, some signs of hope when it comes to local sports.

This past weekend, Rapid City hosted the South Dakota Junior High Rodeo Finals.

Around 100 contestants competed for a state title.

“We definitely had to modify some things,” said Tyler Haugen, South Dakota Junior High Rodeo National Director. “Trying to keep kids distant and the cleaning procedures and things like that. So yeah, we’ve had to do some different things.”

Rodeo action continues next month with the first weekend of regional high school rodeos taking place in Wall and Buffalo on June 5-7.

Meanwhile, American Legion baseball teams are preparing to play a shortened season starting in less than two weeks.

The Post 320 Stars are scheduled to open the season at Sturgis on June 3, while Post 22’s season opener is set for June 6 with a doubleheader at home against Mitchell.

Spearfish Post 164 is also planning on playing this summer.

“We’re going to play baseball within the government parameters, of course,” Post 22 head coach Kelvin Torve said. “But we’re going to have a season. Our schedule’s intact. But it’s going to be something that we’re going to be making up as we go along. Its going to be trying to schedule games late and we’re not sure what our travels going to be like.”

Drivers are now back on the track at Black Hills Speedway.

The 2020 season kicked off on May 22 and races are scheduled throughout the summer.

Although local sports are slowly returning, teams are still taking a more cautious approach until things get to back normal, whatever the new normal might be.





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