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On the way back from its spring break trip, the Dakota Wesleyan University baseball team found itself stranded in Hebron, Neb., Sunday night because of weather. When the team's bus stopped on the side of the road to clear ice off its windshield wipers, its wheels got stuck because of ice. After a couple of failed attempts to get the bus back in gear, the team and its coaches were transported to a nearby elementary school in Hebron. The Tigers spent the night in the town's elementary gymnasium, but DWU baseball coach Steve Gust said his team wasn't the only occupant of the gym.
HURON -- For the second straight game, the Sanborn Central/Woonsocket girls' basketball team used a big run in the second quarter en route to a win at the Class B state tournament. Friday, the Blackhawks got past Timber Lake with ease after going on two big runs in the second quarter. Saturday was no different as Sanborn Central/Woonsocket defeated Parker 67-48 to finish the state tournament in fifth place. "We got after it offensively again," SCW co-head coach Tim McCain said. "I am really proud of girls. I thought we played great defensively. ...
HURON -- Sanborn Central/Woonsocket co-head coach Tim McCain said his ball club may have been fighting nerves Thursday when the Blackhawks fell to Sully Buttes in the first round of the Class B girls' state tournament. Those nerves appeared to be gone Friday, when the Blackhawks defeated Timber Lake 73-45 in the second round to move to the fifth-place game today. "We were a little bit more relaxed and we did what we have been doing all year," McCain said. "We hit the outside shot and got the ball inside." SCW (23-2) got off to a much quicker start than its previous two games.
WATERTOWN -- Of the eight teams competing at the Class A girls' state basketball tournament in Watertown this weekend, only two are consecutive state qualifiers. Clark/Willow Lake and Pine Ridge are the two schools that competed in the Class A state tournament last year. Pine Ridge finished sixth last year and Clark/Willow Lake was seventh. The other six teams are new from a year ago, with several of them making their first trip to state in quite some time. For Aberdeen Roncalli and Harrisburg, this weekend is their first taste of state tournament action ever.
WATERTOWN -- The Chamberlain girls' basketball team struggled to get its offense going at the Class A state tournament Thursday. The Cubs shot 10-of-39 from the field and 2-of-8 from behind the three-point line, falling to Pine Ridge 55-34 in the first round at Watertown Arena. It was Chamberlain's second loss of the year and first since Dec. 14, breaking a 19-game win streak. Thirty-four points is the lowest-scoring total Chamberlain has had in any game this season. The Cubs came into the game averaging 58.3 points with an 18-point average margin of victory.
ALEXANDRIA -- Jenny Bridge has a basement full of trophies -- but she would give them all back to have played in one state tournament basketball game. It has been 10 years since Bridge wore a Beavers uniform, but the 2003 Hanson High School graduate still has a connection with the team and the Alexandria community. Bridge said she attends almost every game, and will be in attendance to watch the Beavers compete in the Class B state tournament, which starts today in Huron. While Bridge never played in a state tournament game, she racked up a ton of individual awards.
ALEXANDRIA - Today, Hanson makes its sixth appearance at the state girls' basketball tournament with hopes of finally hoisting the championship trophy. The Beavers came close to winning it all in 1992, but fell to Hurley in the title game. They also qualified in 1990, 2007, 2008 and last season. Hanson (21-2) enters the first round of state as the third seed and plays sixth-seeded Wall at 7:45 p.m. today at Huron Arena. "It would mean a lot to me and my teammates to win the state tournament," Hanson guard Kelli Wenande said.
South Central's Sam Hazen made the most important basket of his life Tuesday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. With 15 seconds left on the game clock, the 6-foot-5 junior beat a double team and elevated toward the basket, released the ball, which kissed off the glass and fell through the net. The basket came with 11 seconds remaining in the game. The bucket gave South Central a 63-62 lead over Ethan in the Region 6B boys' basketball championship at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. It proved to be the game-winner and was the final score of the contest.
With only one senior last year, the Hanson girls' basketball team went to the Class B state tournament and finished sixth. After defeating South Central 54-37 in the Region 6B girls' basketball championship Saturday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, the Beavers are going back with their sights set on a state title. This time, Hanson has five seniors and a ton of experience. "We have been working all year for this," Hanson coach Jim Bridge said. "From the day we drove home on the bus from last year's tournament, the girls all said we want to come back, but it was easier said than done.
HURON -- For the second straight year the Sanborn Central/Woonsocket girls' basketball team is heading to the Class B state tournament. The Blackhawks defeated a scrappy Mitchell Christian squad 53-47 to earn the Region 5B championship Friday in Huron. "It feels absolutely incredible to be going to state, but first and foremost, hats off to Mitchell Christian," co-head coach Rob Baruth said. "They have some outstanding ladies and coaches and they gave us a run for our money.