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Rapid City makes early exitRAPID CITY, S.D. – The Sioux Falls Storm forced four second-half turnovers to upset the Rapid City Red Dogs, 40-25, Friday night in the first round of the National Indoor Football League playoffs.

Sioux Falls (8-7) will face the winner of Saturday night’s game between the Utah Storm and Casper Cavalry in the second round for the Pacific Conference playoffs.

Rapid City, which closed out the regular with 11 straight wins, including a 108-3 victory over the Oregon Heat, finishes 13-2. The Red Dogs easily won the Central Division this year.

The Storm had three goal-line stands in the first half and limited Rapid City to just three field goals. The Red Dogs went 2 1/2 quarters without a touchdown.

The first round of the Atlantic Conference playoffs feature Johnstown at Biloxi, Miss., and Lake Charles, La., at Wheeling, W. Va. Both games were Saturday night.

Vavra rejoins Great Falls DodgersGREAT FALLS – Former manager Joe Vavra is the new interim director of the Great Falls Dodgers.

Vavra replaces Jerry Weinstein, who was fired by Dave Wallace, the acting general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Vavra led the Great Falls Dodgers to Pioneer league championships in 1989-1990, and recently rejoined the Los Angeles farm team after a year as baseball coach at Wisconsin-Stout, his alma mater.

Vavra spent 18 years in the Dodger organization – as player, coach and manager – before taking the Wisconsin-Stout position in May 2000. His run as coach and manager compiled a 101-34 record over 13 years. Vavra’s 1989 Great Falls club finished 53-14, and set a franchise record for winning percentage.

Team Montana finishes thirdHONOLULU, Hawaii – Team Montana tied for third place at the World Class Sports Softball in Paradise fast-pitch tournament Saturday after Texas I defeated Montana 2-0 in a single elimination semifinal game.

Montana’s Cortney Funderburk had three strikeouts in the game. Sarah Buening had two stolen bases and the only hit for Team Montana.

Texas I’s Meghan King pitched all seven innings for six stikeouts, allowing only one hit.

Texas (1) 2, Team Montana 0

Montana 000 000 0 – 0 1 1
Texas (1) 000 200 0 – 2 3 1

Cortney Funderburk (4), Tawyna Vernon & Cassi Rice; Meghan King & Shayla Davis

Montana –Sarah Buening 1-3, Cassi Rice 0-2, Cortney Funderburk 0-3, Rachel Quarnburg 0-3, Nikki Alexander 0-3, Ciana Roeber 0-2, Sarah Barnes 0-1, Abbey Kochel 0-2, Tami Kapetin 0-2, Mandy Brown 0-2.

Texas (1) – Abbie Fleming 0-2, Hayley Criswell 1-3, Stephanie Cameron 1-3, Shayla Davis 1-3, Meghan King 0-2, Ashley Burk 0-2, Kristen Vailey 0-2, Veronica Davis 0-2, Casye McClellan 0-2.

Linderman headed to rodeo shrineFormer Montana rodeo great Bill Linderman will be inducted into the Ellensburg, Wash., Rodeo Hall of Fame.

Induction ceremonies will take place Aug. 30 at Sue Lombard Hall at Central Washington University.

Linderman will be inducted posthumously with former standout Casey Tibbs. Also being inducted is Larry Mahan.

Linderman, who was from Red Lodge, won the world all-around titles in 1950 and 1953. He also won world saddle bronc titles in 1945 and 1950, a world bareback crown in 1943 and the world steer wrestling championship in 1950.

In 1955, Linderman ran the table at Ellensburg, winning the all-around, saddle bronc and bareback riding titles. Linderman died in a 1965 plane crash near Salt Lake City.

The ProRodeo Sports News, a PRCA publication, sponsors the Linderman award which is given to the cowboy who earns at least $1,000 in three events, including a roughstock and timed event.

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