Baby girl born in Brookings as Jackrabbits win national football championship

Little girl Bailey was born to Shelby and Kelin Rang at Brookings Health System. Her official birth time was 4:06 p.m. on Jan. 8 — just as the South Dakota State Jackrabbits began celebrating their national title in Frisco, Texas. She came into the world at an exact 8 pounds and measured 20 inches long.

Just as the South Dakota State Jackrabbits officially became the FCS college football champions in Frisco, Texas, little girl Bailey was born to Shelby and Kelin Rang at Brookings Health System. Her official birth time was 4:06 p.m. on Jan. 8. She came in at an exact 8 pounds and measured 20 inches long.

Bailey was due Jan. 23. Shelby and Kalin were planning to watch the Jan. 8 championship game with family, but their first baby made them change plans. They came to Brookings Hospital the evening of Jan. 7. With labor continuing the afternoon of Jan. 8, they turned the game on inside their labor and delivery suite.

OBGYN Dr. Emily Abele of Avera Medical Group delivered the championship baby and placed her on Shelby’s chest just as SDSU Coach John Stiegelmeier and NDSU Coach Matt Entz were shaking hands. Making the championship delivery even more perfect: One of the obstetrics nurses who helped deliver Bailey was Andrea Quam, a cousin of leading Jackrabbit receivers Jadon and Jaxon Janke.

 Shelby and Kelin took their championship baby home to Estelline on Jan. 10.

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