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Trend shows S. Dakota teams struggle against out-of-state opponents at Classic

South Dakota’s top high school basketball teams routinely display why they’re the best teams in the state at the Mike Miller Classic. But in the first three years of the annual event, South Dakota teams have regularly fallen to out-of-state opponents.

South Dakota schools have a 4-17 record when competing against non-South Dakota teams.

In the event’s inaugural year in 2010, South Dakota teams went 0-7. Mitchell High School made the biggest push for victory that year against DeLaSalle (Minneapolis), falling 62-58.

In 2011 and 2012, South Dakota teams won two games, boasting a 2-5 record against some of the nation’s elite.

Sioux Falls Lincoln has the state’s best record when playing at the Classic, coming out on top twice. The Patriots edged DeLaSalle 62-60 in the opening contest in 2011. Sioux Falls Lincoln topped Coronado (Henderson, Nev.) 75-64.

The Kernels and Sioux Falls Roosevelt also have wins against out-of-state teams. Mitchell beat Memphis Central (Tenn.) 64-60 in 2011, while Sioux Falls Roosevelt defeated The Rock (Gainesville, Fla.) 76-72 last year.

This year, Mitchell and the four Class AA Sioux Falls schools will get a chance to earn victories against out-of-state opponents on the opening day of the Fourth Annual Mike Miller Classic. Saturday, Mitchell Christian and Washington compete in and round out the seven out-of-state matchups.

The event begins at 3 p.m. today at the Corn Palace in Mitchell.

Brooke Cersosimo
Brooke Cersosimo is The Daily Republic's sports editor.