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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.
Dakota Wesleyan University track athletes Tamika Irvin and Nicole Court-Menendez are in different places in their careers, but this weekend at the NAIA indoor track and field championship they will be in search of the same goal. Irvin and Court-Menendez are each hoping to garner NAIA All-American status at the national championships. Both runners are DWU's only athletes who qualified for the national championships. "We are excited to be here, we love coming to nationals. ... Both Tamika and Nicole have legitimate shots of becoming NAIA All-Americans," DWU track coach Pat Belling said.
All seven Dakota Wesleyan University wrestlers competing in the NAIA national wrestling tournament today in Des Moines, Iowa, know what it feels like to wrestle on this big stage. But they don't know how it feels to be an All-American. Last year Richard Rios (133), Dusty Paulsen (149), Trever Devestern (157), Kyle Gerlach (157), Nicholas Hutcheson (165), Tyler Sarringar (174) and Eric Gruis (HWT) all made the NAIA national wrestling tournament. Rios, Gerlach and Devestern each came within one match from earning All-American status.
Mitchell High School's weight room is packed with 25 students and three coaches after school. Among them is Abby Sudbeck, a sophomore, who is a member of the Kernels track and field team and the only female member of the Mitchell powerlifting club. "I think it's kind of different because usually it is the guys who are supposed to be the strong alpha males, but I go out there and show them what I've got," Sudbeck said.
The Mitchell Aquatic Club won't be the largest team at the state A swimming championship this weekend in Aberdeen, but coach Kyle Margheim hopes his team will be the most efficient. Twenty-nine MAC swimmers will compete at the championships, beginning Friday from ages 8 to 18. The meet concludes Sunday. "I am very proud of my kids, and I think we will have strong standouts at each age group," Margheim said. "They give out a percentage award for the team that has the most points per swimmer, and I think we will be in the top two in that category, which would be a huge success. ...
WINNER -- It's been three days since Winner's Tate Novotny defeated Wagner's Trevor Lensing by major decision to claim the Class B 170-pound state championship. But the fact that he's a state champion wrestler still has not sunk in. The victory was the second time this school year Novotny has won a state championship; the other time was in November when Winner won the Class 11B football title.
PRESHO -- For the first time in 10 years, the Lyman girls' basketball team will compete for a region championship and a chance to reach the Class B state tournament. Today, the Raiders face Wall in the Region 7B title game at 6 p.m. mountain time in Kadoka. If Lyman wins, it punches a ticket to the Class B state tournament, a feat that has not been accomplished by any Lyman girls' basketball team since 1989. Lyman coach Cooper Garnos is no stranger to the state tournament himself, after taking the Lyman boys' basketball team there in 1996 and finishing second.
All season long the Hanson girls' basketball team has prided itself on its depth. Hanson coach Jim Bridge once again called on that depth to help the Beavers secure a 43-30 victory over Scotland in the District 11B championship game Friday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. The Beavers rotated in and out with furious pace whenever there was a dead-ball moment. "We have been doing that all year," Bridge said. "I think at the beginning of the year, the girls got a little frustrated with how many players we were playing. ...