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Rapid City Post 320 announced in a release Monday that it has filled its coaching staff, Bob Bennett will be the pitching coordinator for the Stars.

Bennett is a former seventh round pick of the Oakland Athletics, he is a Rapid City Central graduate and a Rapid City Post 22 alumnus.

"I am thrilled to add Bob to the staff," new Post 320 coach Rich Downs said in the release. "Bob will bring his professional experience, knowledge and a positive message to our program.”

Bennett is a former pitcher for Dartmouth College and after being drafted by Oakland in 1991 he played professionally from 1992-97.

“I am grateful for the awesome baseball experience I had and I am looking forward to share what I know with any and all kids here in Rapid City," Bennett said. "Pitching is a multifaceted position and it can humble or bring glory to the best of us. Baseball is more than just winning and losing and being a ball player, it can teach one to be a good human being."

Post 320 also announced Kip Coates will be a varsity assistant. Coates graduated from Central, played for Post 22, was a three year starter, and a three year all-conference selection while at Cameron University in Oklahoma. Coates’s 20 year career as an amateur player was recognized as he was inducted into the 2017 South Dakota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame.

The Stars also announced that Lee Shepard will be a Risers assistant coach.

“We may add one or two more coaches, but at this point we are very pleased with the quality and the experience our coaching staff brings to the table," Downs said. "We want to teach baseball and to develop players, if we can do that then we are headed for a positive outcome."

Chadron volleyball takes down STM

After dropping the first set, Chadron, Neb. took down St. Thomas More in four sets 27-29, 25-11. 25-21, 25-17.

No information was made available for Chadron.

Alex Kandolin was a big part of the offense for STM, with 14 kills, 9 digs and went 11-11 serving. Anna Ketchum also went 13-14 serving.

Jessica Peterson had 6 kills, Ameyla Robinson led the Cavs with 21 assists and Skylar Sullivan led the team with 16 digs.

Aislin Duffy had two blocks.

The Cavs fall to 11-9 and will take on Spearfish at home Thursday.


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