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OUR VIEW: Hisses and cheers

CHEERS to all of high school basketball teams whose season lasted through the state tournament.

On Saturday, the Bridgewater-Emery boys basketball team concluded with a championship at the Class B state tournament. Even more exciting, the Huskies went undefeated this year. That's quite the accomplishment for a high school basketball team.

As high school basketball wraps up this year, it's hard to ignore all of the great storylines from the season for our regional teams. In addition to undefeated, state-champion Bridgewater-Emery, we saw the Platte-Geddes boys pull off an upset in the region finals to qualify for state. Mount Vernon/Plankinton and Chamberlain were represented at the Class A boys tournament.

In girls basketball, Sanborn Central/Woonsocket and Ethan each had top-three finishes at the Class B state tournament. Another school with plenty of athletic history, the Avon girls also qualified for state.

Congratulations to all of the players, coaches and fans involved in the success.

HISSES to the unsettling news of five burglaries this month in rural Davison County.

Last week, the Mitchell Area Crimestoppers issued a press release that said officials are looking for those responsible for a string of crimes, including a stolen vehicle that was set on fire and destroyed.

A number of items were also stolen from residences and vehicles were broken into.

We hope anyone with knowledge of these crimes utilizes the anonymous Crimestoppers hotline to report the criminals involved. A minimum of $250 is paid for rewards on all "Crime of the Weeks" solved through Crime Stoppers, which is a pretty sweet incentive.

Sadly, this serves as a reminder for everyone to lock your homes and vehicles, because unfortunately these incidents happen.

CHEERS to the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Department for its work assembling the first-ever deer management plan.

After months of work, the in-depth report was recently released for the public to review and issue commentary. Available on GF&P's website, the report gives targeted success harvest rates in all areas of South Dakota among many, many other details and facts.

We're glad the state is spending time, money and using scientific research to help determine what's best for our sought-after animal populations like deer.

To have good hunting opportunities in the future, we need studies and management plans like this one.