Friday Notes

It’s been a while since I’ve posted TGIF Linkage (honestly, that might be retired), but I’ve got a few tidbits of local interest for you.

** In area wrestling, tomorrow (Saturday) could provide perhaps the biggest prep showdown in recent memory. Wagner senior Robert Kokesh and Webster junior Logan Storley are both entered in the 171-pound weight class at the Gregory Invitational. So, barring some major upset, the two best friends will meet in the title match. And that has the South Dakota wrestling scene anxious.

Kokesh, a University of Nebraska recruit, is the state’s top-ranked wrestler at 160 pounds and is also rated No. 43 in the InterMat Top 100. Kokesh is a two-time defending state champion who boasts a career record of 155-23.

Storley, the state’s top-ranked wrestler at 171 pounds, is only the eighth S.D. wrestler to win four state titles. And he could easily win six by the time his career is over. Storley’s career record is 172-2 and the junior has gotten interest from a number of major Division I schools — including Nebraska and Minnesota.

Look for more on this story in Saturday’s P&D.

** In college football news, it was reported by KELO sports Friday afternoon that St. Thomas More kicker Kevin Robb has given the University of South Dakota football program a verbal commitment to play for the Coyotes.

Robb definitely has a Division I leg, as we all saw in the Class 11A state championship game in Vermillion. He was the 11A All-State kicker this season. His commitment addresses a need for the Coyotes, who struggled in the kicking game in 2009.

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