Last week, South Dakota defensive end Colin Mertlik couldn’t hear anything on the final drive. He expects things to be even crazier when the Coyotes host rival South Dakota State at 1 p.m. Saturday in the DakotaDome. He still remembers the noise from the sold-out showdown his freshman year.

Blair was behind or tied most of Thursday night, but for the most important seven minutes of the evening, the Bears had a pair of leads. Those two brief stretches allowed Blair to win the Eastern Midlands Conference softball tournament with victories of 8-7 over Norris in the semifinals and 4-2 over host Elkhorn South in the championship game.

Blair wasted no time Monday changing the story in its season series with Gretna. After losing 2-0 to the Dragons on Saturday at the Blair Invitational, the Bears pounded out 13 hits, including 10 in the first three innings, and cruised to a 9-4 Eastern Midlands Conference softball victory over host Gretna.

The Blair Bears escaped a first inning jam, but got themselves right back in trouble again in the third. This time two Blair errors led to three unearned runs and York went on to bury the No. 4 Bears by the final score of 8-0 in five innings at Miller Par in York on Saturday.

Throughout the summer, The World-Herald will prepare you for the high school football season with a story previewing a new team or teams each day. This week, Class B is featured, with Nos. 5-10 today.

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