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SDSU women’s basketball team playing in WNIT

BROOKINGS (AP) — The South Dakota State University women’s basketball team didn’t make it to the NCAA Tournament this year, but the Jackrabbits will still take part in postseason play.

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SDSU hosts Butler on Thursday in the first round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. The winner will take on either Creighton or Missouri, at a location and time to be determined.

SDSU qualified for the WNIT in 2007 and 2008 while completing its transition from the Division II ranks to Division I. The Jackrabbits then made five straight trips to the NCAA Tournament by winning the Summit League crown.

Jenks, Priebe compete in state powerlifting meet

By The Daily Republic

RAPID CITY — Two members of the Mitchell Powerlifting Club placed in the USA Powerlifting South Dakota State Meet over the weekend in Rapid City.

Andrew Priebe took first in the 165-pound Men’s Open Class with a total of 1,339.2 pounds. He recorded a 507-pound squat, 325.2-pound bench press and 507-pound deadlift. His squat, deadlift and total are new sub-master’s (age 35-39) state records and this was his 10th state powerlifting title.

Jenks finished third in the 198-pound Men’s Raw Class with a total of 1,140.8 pounds. He had a 352.7-pound squat, 319.7-pound bench press and 468.4-pound deadlift.

Selland, Bartscher at top of CBH Conference honors

By The Daily Republic

Sanborn Central/Woonsocket’s Shelby Selland and Ethan’s Blake Bartscher were named the Most Valuable Players for the Custer Battlefield Highway Conference.

SCW finished atop the conference for boys’ and girls’ basketball with 5-0 records.

Selland leads an all-conference first team for girls and is followed by SCW freshman Myah Selland, Ethan senior Darbi Gustafson, Mount Vernon/Plankinton senior Becca Glanzer and Mitchell Christian senior Alexa Van Laecken.

On the boys’ side with Bartscher are MVP’s Deric Denning, Ethan sophomore Camden Myers, SCW senior Davion Brooks and Corsica/Stickney junior Austin Tilton.

At left is a full list of conference awards.

Miller involved

in USD opening

By The Daily Republic

Mitchell native Ryan Miller is involved in the University of South Dakota men’s basketball head coaching vacancy, a source told ESPN.

The information was originally reported by Jeff Goodman of ESPN on twitter. Goodman also tweeted that Tom Billeter was involved in the opening.

Miller just finished his season as an assistant coach on the Auburn University staff. It was also reported Tuesday that Auburn hired former Tennessee men’s basketball coach Bruce Pearl for its head coaching job.

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