Tucker Chytka, business administration-marketing major at Black Hills State University, was elected student president of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) for the 2019-20 academic year. The NIRA represents over 3,500 student members annually and 137 member schools and universities.

A graduate of Belle Fourche High School, Chytka competed in steer wrestling during the College National Finals Rodeo this summer where his presidency was announced.

“We are extremely proud of Tucker as a rodeo student-athlete at BHSU. In this leadership role he will serve as a great asset to the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association and will well represent his fellow rodeo student-athletes not only from our region, but those from across the nation as well,” said Jhett Albers, director of athletics.

Chytka said he enjoys connecting with fellow rodeo student-athletes, hearing their opinions, and working together. Chytka served as student director for the NIRA Great Plains Region during the 2018-19 academic year. He said he took his job seriously in that role, listening to fellow students and coaches.

“As a leader I strive to be a person who pushes others to their best. Even with enforcing rules and regulations, I approach it as aspects of the sport we need to follow to accomplish our goals in the most productive way,” said Chytka.

Chytka’s father, Tony Chytka, was a PRCA bull rider and also attended BHSU. Tony is a fine metal artist who created a sculpture of the BHSU mascot, Sting, that is in front of the Young Center on campus.

Chytka said he enjoys attending BHSU because the university is close to home and his business program challenges him academically. He said Glen Lammers, head coach of BHSU Rodeo, encourages him to better himself every day.

“This is the sport I love. The cowboy culture is a way of life, one that only a few get to be a part of,” said Chytka. “I don’t want to ever take that for granted.”

American Legion Baseball

Renner, Fargo stay alive

Renner Post 307 stayed alive in the Central Plains Region American legion baseball tournament Friday at Sioux Falls with a 6-5 win over Edina, Minn.

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The Royals, the South Dakota state champion, scored six runs in the fourth inning only to see Edina scored all five of its runs in the fifth. The Royals then held on for the win.

Will Washenberger led the way with three RBI and CJ Stukel added two hits.

In the other elimination game Friday, Fargo, N.D. blasted Oshkosh, Minn., 11-0.

The battle between the tournament's only unbeaten teams was suspended by rain after two innings with Excelsior, Minn., leading Appleton, Wis., 2-0. That game will pick up Saturday at 9 a.m.

The other games Saturday that will be determined will be at noon and 3 p.m.

Little League Baseball

Minnesota moves into title game

Coon Raids, Minn., advanced to the Midwest Region Little League baseball tournament in Westfield, Ind., with a 9-0 win over Webb City, Mo. Friday.

Minnesota scored two runs in each of the third and fifth innings before breaking the game open with a nine-run sixth.

Missouri had just one hit.

Coons Rapids will take on Johnston, Iowa,. in the title game Saturday at 9 a.m. The game will be televised on ESPN.

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