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3 area players named to 1st-team all-Big Dakota By The Daily Republic

Winner’s Nate Galbraith and Chamberlain’s Skyler Bertram and Reuben Estes were each named to the all-Big Dakota Conference first team.

Cheyenne-Eagle Butte won the conference with a 7-0 record, while Miller and Chamberlain finished second with 5-2 records. Winner’s Brendan Harter and Chamberlain’s Hudson Priebe were each selected honorable mention.

All-Big Dakota conference teams

First team: Skyler Bertram, senior, Chamberlain; Reuben Estes, senior, Chamberlain; Xavier Norris, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte: senior, Creighton LeBeau, junior, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte; Jeffrey Shaving, senior Cheyenne-Eagle Butte: senior; Devan Drapeau, sophomore, Crow Creek, Payton Tiokasin, junior, McLaughlin: Beau Keeter, junior, Miller; Haydn Herman, senior, Miller; Mitch Heumiller, senior, Mobridge/Pollock; Jason Hill, senior, Mobridge/Pollock; Nathan Galbraith, junior, Winner.

Honorable mention: Hudson Priebe, senior, Chamberlain; Devon Grant, sophomore, Crow Creek; Preston Frederick, junior, Mobridge/Pollock; Mason Keller, junior, Mobridge/Pollock; Joe Clairmont, junior, Todd County; Brendan Harter, junior Winner.

Area basketball players earn scholar award By The Daily Republic

YANKTON — Mount Marty women’s basketball players Cheyenne Lambley and Kelsey Schmidt were each named NAIA Division II women’s basketball NAIA scholar-athletes.

Lambley is a junior forward from Burke, while Schmidt is a junior guard from Mount Vernon. Mount Marty’s Holly Hegge was also named a scholar-athlete. To be eligible, a student-athlete must have a 3.5 grade point average and achieved junior academic status.

USF to present new athletic director SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The University of Sioux Falls is set to present its new athletic director.

University President Mark Benedetto will introduce the director at a public event today following a two-month search.

USF is an NCAA Division II school and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. Students compete in 15 different sports.

The school’s former athletic director Kevin Hesser resigned in January to take a private sector job in his home state of Nebraska. Associate athletic director Pam Gohl has since served as interim AD.

SDSU women beat Butler in first round of WNIT

By The Daily Republic

BROOKINGS - Four South Dakota State University players scored in double figures to help the Jackrabbits beat Butler 78-61 Thursday in the first round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.

Mariah Clarin led the way for SDSU with 14 points and 12 rebounds for the double-double. Steph Paluch also scored 14 points, Chynna Stevens came off the bench to score 13 points and Megan Waytashek had 11 points.

Mitchell native Kerri Young was held scoreless but had two assists and two steals.

Butler was led by Taylor Schippers, who had 17 points, and Liz Stratman, who scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.

SDSU (23-9) advances to face Creighton at 2 p.m. Saturday at Frost Arena in Brookings.