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Sioux Falls CVB outshines competition in current issue of Sports Destination Management magazine.

We got our July/August issue of Sports Destination Management magazine today and were happy to get it, just like very other issue we have received. You can’t imagine our joy when we took the new issue out of its plastic wrapper and the magazine automatically

This Week in Lacrosse on location at Play It Again Sports

This Week in Lacrosse

Join This Week in Lacrosse co-hosts Haley Pratt, Carol McKee & Corey Mitchell on location at the new Play It Again Sports store, 3534 S. Western Avenue in Sioux Falls, SD, as they talk college lacrosse. Richard Sudmeier of Black Hills Lacrosse joins remotely via

Haley Pratt talks girls’ lax on ‘This Week In Lacrosse’

This Week In Lacrosse Ep 2

In our second episode of This Week in Lacrosse, Corey Mitchell & Carol McKee are sporting their brand new Lacrosse605 shirts from Dakota Lettering! Join Corey & Carol as they talk about the Lacrosse Jamboree held over the weekend in Sioux Falls, with games, a history of

Lacrosse605 teams up with Dakota Lettering & Dakota Sports on apparel

Lacrosse605 is thrilled to announce our newest venture – Lacrosse605 apparel – through an agreement with South Dakota sporting goods and apparel store, Dakota Lettering and Dakota Sports. “As more and more lacrosse fans began asking about ‘Lacrosse605 gear’ we decided it was time to choose

Lacrosse history, Creators Game, will wrap up Jamboree

2015 Jamboree

If you’ve ever wondered what lacrosse is all about, this weekend will provide a great opportunity to learn! South Dakota Lacrosse is hosting a Lacrosse Jamboree at Riverdale Park, Sioux Falls, this Saturday, June 27th. Participants and spectators alike are in for a treat! The

Sioux Falls CVB outshines competition in current issue of Sports Destination Management magazine.

We got our July/August issue of Sports Destination Management magazine today and were happy to get it, just like very other issue we have received.

You can’t imagine our joy when we took the new issue out of its plastic wrapper and the magazine automatically opened up to a fantastic marketing piece from the Sioux Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The piece included a full-page ad, with a ten-panel pullout.  Very professionally-presented, with clean language.

We gave Teri Schmidt, the Executive Director of the CVB a call to congratulate her on winning the marketing contest in the issue and she was delighted to hear that someone locally had seen their work there.  Teri said they have developed two of those ten-panel pullouts – one for sports and one for conventions – and they have both worked incredibly well. No kidding. When the placement of the full-page ad, with the addition of the pullout makes the magazine automatically open to your page first, that is a win.

We wanted you all to know about this because South Dakota is known for tourism, but the Sioux Falls CVB is taking full advantage over the development of some of the best sports venues in the country and this is going to help develop sports even more as time goes by and more venues are developed. We want to mention a great full-page ad by the Rapid City CVB, too.

It’s great to see two South Dakota cities working hard to get our state noticed in the sports market!  Well done and keep up the excellent work!

Click here to see the full-page ads and read the current issue of Sports Destination Management magazine online.

July August Cover July/August Cover of Sports Destination Management magazine.

Sioux Falls Ad The Sioux Falls ad with ten-panel pullout

Rapid City Ad Rapid City CVB ad.

This Week in Lacrosse on location at Play It Again Sports

This Week in Lacrosse

Join This Week in Lacrosse co-hosts Haley Pratt, Carol McKee & Corey Mitchell on location at the new Play It Again Sports store, 3534 S. Western Avenue in Sioux Falls, SD, as they talk college lacrosse. Richard Sudmeier of Black Hills Lacrosse joins remotely via taped Google Hangout to talk about lax in the Hills, and Play It Again Sports’ store manager Ben Rauscher visits with Haley Pratt about the expanded lacrosse equipment selection at PIAS. Let’s talk Lax in the 605! Click here to watch this week’s episode!

Haley Pratt talks girls’ lax on ‘This Week In Lacrosse’

This Week In Lacrosse Ep 2

In our second episode of This Week in Lacrosse, Corey Mitchell & Carol McKee are sporting their brand new Lacrosse605 shirts from Dakota Lettering!

Join Corey & Carol as they talk about the Lacrosse Jamboree held over the weekend in Sioux Falls, with games, a history of men’s lacrosse, and all wrapped up with a traditional Native American “Creator’s Game”. Special guest, girls’ lax coach Haley Pratt, joins to teach everyone a little more about the girls’ game of lacrosse. Learn more about the “fastest game on two feet” each week, right here on Lacrosse605′s “This Week In Lacrosse“. 

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Lacrosse605 teams up with Dakota Lettering & Dakota Sports on apparel

Example of a Lacrosse605 men's quarter-zip jacket at the Sports605 Web Store.

Example of a Lacrosse605 men’s quarter-zip jacket at the Sports605 Web Store.

Lacrosse605 is thrilled to announce our newest venture – Lacrosse605 apparel – through an agreement with South Dakota sporting goods and apparel store, Dakota Lettering and Dakota Sports.

“As more and more lacrosse fans began asking about ‘Lacrosse605 gear’ we decided it was time to choose an official apparel marketing partner. We are in the business of sharing the stories of South Dakota lacrosse - not making shirts, jackets and caps. But that is the business of Dakota Lettering and Dakota Sports, and they are our ideal partner – they represent quality, and their operations are right here in South Dakota, as are the owners and key personnel,” said Carol McKee, founder of Lacrosse605′s parent company, Sports605. “Dakota Lettering not only has the expertise we needed, but they also have the ability to make 605 apparel available to the public, both online and through their Dakota Sports stores in Sioux Falls and Rapid City.”

“We have been following the Sports605 group since they started,” said Curt Hauff of Dakota Lettering, “and we love the exposure, excitement and joy they are bringing to youth sports in the 605. We couldn’t be happier to be a part of the Sports605 team.”

“Curt at Dakota Lettering has been great to work with as we build our store concept,” said McKee. “He has helped us select some perfect Under Armour & Nike pieces, as well as other options that are all very affordable. Keeping with our core values, we wanted to focus on companies that started right here in the USA. Both Under Armour and Nike definitely fit that bill. And if a fan doesn’t see something they like, they can stop in at Dakota Lettering in Sioux Falls and pick out their own style!”

Example of a Lacrosse605 women's t-shirt at the Sports605 Web Store.

Example of a Lacrosse605 women’s t-shirt at the Sports605 Web Store.

Lacrosse605 apparel is currently available online, with a limited line of long- and short-sleeved t-shirts, quarter-zips and ball caps. Other items will be available soon. Currently, shoppers can go to the Sports605 Web Store online to choose the 605 logo, style, and color, then place their order to be picked up at Dakota Sports in Sioux Falls or Rapid City, or shipped directly to them (additional fees apply).

Dakota Lettering and Dakota Sports are currently offering apparel for six sport-specific brands – Baseball605, Hockey605, Lacrosse605, Softball605, Soccer605, Tennis605, and of course, Sports605. As seasons arrive, they will also offer other 605 brands – Basketball605, Bowling605, Curling605, Football605, Skating605 & Volleyball605. “With our large selection of brands and styles, combined with our in-house production abilities, we are confident we will be able to create a piece for all the 605 sports fans that they’ll love,” said Hauff.

“We would love to see lots of fans showing their passion for their favorite sport and proudly reppin’ the 605 with their custom apparel,” said McKee. “People may play for or support different teams across South Dakota, but are all united by our geography and a common love of the sport!”

Lacrosse history, Creators Game, will wrap up Jamboree

2015 Jamboree

If you’ve ever wondered what lacrosse is all about, this weekend will provide a great opportunity to learn! South Dakota Lacrosse is hosting a Lacrosse Jamboree at Riverdale Park, Sioux Falls, this Saturday, June 27th. Participants and spectators alike are in for a treat!

The event will kick off at 9am with a girls game (mixed ages) and a boys U9 game. The remainder of the day will be filled with boys’ U11, U13, U15 and high school games, as well as more girls’ and U9 boys’ games. Teams will be mixed, with participants coming from several different lacrosse programs across eastern South Dakota – Aberdeen Cobras, Brookings Rage, Huron Hurricanes, Mitchell Mavericks, Sioux Falls Spark and Watertown Warriors – as well as the C̣aƞṡayapi Lacrosse program from Morton, MN.

Lacrosse players from budding new programs – programs that don’t have full teams in all age divisions yet – will have the chance to team up with other players for full games. The event will wrap up with two unexpected bonuses. At 5:30, Sioux Falls Lacrosse founder Coach Corey Mitchell will team up with C̣aƞṡayapi Lacrosse founder Coach Franky Jackson for a presentation about the history of lacrosse – and the future! Then at 6pm, all players are invited to participate in a “Creators Game.” We can’t tell you much about the Creators Game for two reasons – first, it needs to be watched to fully appreciate it. Second, we’ve never seen one, so we don’t have words adequate to describe it! What we can tell you, is that you won’t want to miss it!

See you at Riverdale Park in Sioux Falls, this Saturday, June 27th. Come on out and LAX!

For the full schedule of events, click here.

This Week In Lacrosse show makes debut

This Week In Lacrosse

Are you ready for “This Week In Lacrosse”? The show will put a spotlight on lacrosse across South Dakota – it’s teams, players, coaches and programs. Each week, your hosts will share information about upcoming lacrosse events, tournaments and scores. Join this week’s hosts, Jordan Harmelink, Carol McKee, and Corey Mitchell – sit back and Lax! Check out the show on the page “This Week In Lacrosse”

Table set for NCAA Division 1 Championships.

The lacrosse world is going to be treated to what looks like a spectacular championship game today at 1:00 pm Eastern.

#4 Denver, after upending #1 Notre Dame 11-10 will be on top of the bracket taking on #6 Maryland, who held off a fourth-period surge by Johns Hopkins to take their semifinal 12-11.

Both teams know what it’s like to struggle and fight to win.  Both teams have great coaching and personnel.

We hope you’ll be joining us at 1:00 pm Eastern on ESPN2!

Lacrosse Bracket

Spark Shootout to feature LIVE lacrosse games on Lacrosse605

Spark Shootout Landing PageMay 15, 2015 in Sioux Falls, SD – The second annual Sioux Falls Spark spring lacrosse tournament, the Spark Shootout, is this weekend at Riverdale Park in Sioux Falls. The tournament will feature the first-ever live lacrosse games streamed over the internet in South Dakota.

“We are excited to partner with Lacrosse605 to add this new feature to the Spark Shootout,” said Corey Mitchell, president of Sioux Falls Lacrosse and director of this weekend’s tournament. “We know there are family members who would like to be here, but can’t, and this will give them the opportunity to watch their children and grandchildren and support them from afar.”

Lacrosse605 is equally excited to be playing a more active role in this year’s tournament. “Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in America,” said Carol McKee, founder and owner of Lacrosse605™ parent company, Sports605™, “and we are seeing the sport grow rapidly in South Dakota, thanks in no small part to Corey Mitchell. When we first met and visited with Corey about lacrosse last winter, we knew that with his passion and determination to introduce lax to kids across the state, the future would be very bright for lacrosse. So of course we immediately committed to launching Lacrosse605!” Read more

Spark to host first tournament this weekend.

If you happen to see a few more lacrosse players around town than usual, it’s because there’s a lacrosse tournament in Sioux Falls this weekend.  The first Spark Shootout will take place at Riverdale Park and will have action in the U11, U13, U15 and High School age divisions.

Teams from around the region are attending.

The U11 age group will host teams from Sioux Falls, Omaha, Grand Forks and the Black Hills.

The U13 age division will host teams from Sioux Falls, Omaha, Grand Forks and the Black Hills.

The U15 age division will host teams from Sioux Falls, Mission, Fargo and the Black Hills.

The High School division will host teams from Sioux Falls, Morton MN, Grand Forks and the Black Hills.

Action begins Saturday morning at 9:00 AM.

You can follow all the tournament action on our special Smartphone program here.

To follow on your Smartphone, type www.sdlaxtournaments.com into your browser bar.

 Perhaps you would enjoy using the convenient QR code below:

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USD & Dordt wrap up spring season

USD vs Dordt

South Dakota Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse
University of South Dakota at Dordt College

The University of South Dakota men’s lacrosse team traveled to Sioux Center over the weekend to close out the spring season for both teams against the Dordt Sowers. It was a blustery day at Dordt, making communication on the field challenging – but that didn’t stop the men from enjoying the final game of their 2014 college lacrosse club season. Although the game turned into a bit of a rout as the Sowers bested the newly formed Coyotes 14-4, it was a highly entertaining match filled with lots of goals.

The Dordt program was first launched in the 2009-2010 season, going 3-5 on the year. The next year they joined the Great Rivers Lacrosse Conference, and posted a 5-2 record. This year the Sowers had a 12-game schedule, playing Kansas State, Nebraska, St. Olaf, Bethel, St. Ambrose, Benedictine, Creighton, Robert Morris, Judson, Morris S&T, Missouri Valley and USD.

This year is the first season for the USD Coyotes lacrosse program. The ‘Yotes first of nine scheduled games was in February, when they traveled to Lincoln to play Nebraska in the Cook Pavilion. Other opponents for the USD inaugural season in the Great Rivers Lacrosse Conference (GRLC) were Creighton, Iowa State, St. Olaf, Bethel and Dordt. Scheduled games at Bendectine and Missouri Valley were cancelled. The Yotes only scheduled home game in this first season was against South Dakota State Jackrabbits. The Jacks program is not a member of the GRLC.

The Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) is a national organization of non-NCAA, college lacrosse programs.  It currently operates in the US and Canada with 200+ teams in two divisions, across ten conferences, including the Great Rivers Lacrosse Conference. The GRLC consists of 11 Division I teams and 17 Division II teams, representing Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Tennessee, Nebraska, WIsconsin. Both Dordt and USD are in Division II of the GRLC.

Lacrosse605 made the short trip to Sioux Center to experience our first college lacrosse game – and it won’t be our last!  We have game film of the match, plus interviews with players from both USD and Dordt below. We even caught up with the referee crew - Bob Hoffer, who is the US Lacrosse Sub-District Coordinator of Officials Training, and Nathan Hoeckelman, who is Midland University Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach – who graciously gave us a little interview time after the game. We had hoped to interview the coaches of both teams, but strong winds were encouraging us to break up the post-game festivities.

We want to thank Dordt College and the fans for their great hospitality, and everyone who granted us interviews – YOU are Lacrosse605!








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