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RAPID CITY -- Not much went right for the Platte-Geddes boys' basketball team Friday night in the semifinals of the Class A state tournament. The Black Panthers shot 29 percent from the field and committed 29 turnovers en route to falling to Tea 65-33 at the Rushmore Civic Center in Rapid City. The loss ended their bid for a 2013 Class A state championship, sending the team to the third-place game today. "We knew coming into the game we needed to be able to handle their pressure, but we didn't do that," Platte-Geddes coach Frank Cutler said.
RAPID CITY -- The Platte-Geddes Black Panthers stunned everyone watching the Class A state tournament with their defeat of No. 1 seed Clark/Willow Lake Thursday. Platte-Geddes got the victory with the help of three-point plays from Coby Johnson, diving hustle plays by Matthew Randall, who was falling over the floor for loose balls, and timely tear-drop buckets by Hunter Johnson. "We expect that effort every night," Platte-Geddes coach Frank Cutler said.
RAPID CITY -- Frank Cutler breathed a sigh of relief as he exited the Platte-Geddes locker room Thursday. His team, coming into the Class A state boys' basketball tournament a heavy underdog to top-seeded Clark/Willow Lake, pulled off a huge upset in the first round. The eighth-seeded Black Panthers prevailed and stunned the previously unbeaten Cyclones 66-51 at the Rushmore Civic Center in Rapid City. Coby Johnson led the Black Panthers (17-7) with 24 points and 17 rebounds, doing the majority of his damage in the paint.
PLATTE -- Platte-Geddes coach Frank Cutler is no stranger to the Class A state boys' basketball tournament. Since he has been at the helm of the program, Cutler has made nine state tournament appearances. Included in those state tournament runs was one championship in 2008, one state runner-up trophy in 2009 and two third-place finishes in 2002 and 2004. The coach, who is in his 25th year at Platte and headed to his 10th state tournament, said he hopes his experience can help his team succeed at the Class A state tournament, which begins today in Rapid City.
PLATTE -- When the Platte-Geddes boys' basketball team takes the court Thursday at the Class A state tournament in Rapid City, it will be the first time any of the players have competed on the state's biggest stage for high school basketball. But for a few players, it will not be their first time experiencing it because they've had brothers play in the state tournament before them. For Sidney Holter, Matthew Randall, Connor Kuipers and Tate Van Zee, playing for Platte-Geddes coach Frank Cutler and getting to the state title is like a rite of passage.
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.