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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. ...
Clinging to a four-point lead with 1:03 left on the clock, the Mitchell Christian girls' basketball team had to convert free throws. The Eagles (14-6) did just that, knocking down six of their eight free-throw attempts to ice the game and beat Corsica/Stickney 58-53 in the District 10B semifinals at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. Becca Glanzer made four of the six Mitchell Christian converted free throws and finished the game with 16 points.
Seven Mitchell High School wrestlers will compete at the Class A state tournament in Watertown Saturday. That number is down from last year's total of 10. Last season, the Kernels finished fifth as a team at the tournament, which begins at 10 a.m., and two individual state champions. Eight of 10 of those state qualifiers from last year's team graduated, including Jason Greenway and Brent Havlik, who won state titles at 160 pounds and 170 pounds last season. "I am happy for the seven kids that got in," Mitchell coach Travis Carpenter said.
Saturday, for the first time since mid-January, Mitchell wrestlers Alex Herrick and Matt Larson were both in the lineup for the Kernels. The result was a fourth place at the Region 3A wrestling tournament for Mitchell and a second- and third-place finish for Larson and Herrick, respectively. The Kernels, who have not had the duo together since the Jerry Opbroek Invitational on Jan. 12, are sending seven wrestlers to this weekend's Class A state tournament.
The Hanson girls' basketball team weathered a storm early in its District 11B semifinal game against Ethan. The Beavers were trailing 9-3 after the first six minutes of the game and seemingly had no answer for Ethan's Darbi Gustafson and Whitney Endres, who combined for their team's first nine points. But then Hanson guard Cassidy Graham got hot and the rest of the Beavers followed suit. Graham scored 14 points in the first half and Hanson went on a 22-5 run in the second quarter to take a 17-point halftime lead.
HOWARD -- Four Howard High School wrestlers are ranked in the top three in the state wrestling polls at their respective weight classes, making them the backbone of the team, according to Howard coach Tyler Dahl. Bailey Neises (113), Luke Loudenberg (120), Evan Donahue (138) and James Jungwirth (170) headline a talent-laden Tiger wrestling squad that will have eight wrestlers competing at the Class B state wrestling tournament, which begins at 10 a.m. Friday at the Barnett Center in Aberdeen.
WAGNER -- The Parkston wrestling team has been virtually unstoppable this season. Saturday at the Region 3B wrestling tournament in Wagner was no different. The Trojans had 10 wrestlers in the finals and finished the day with 230 points to cruise to the team title. Parkston, which won all but one of its tournaments during the season, qualified a total of 12 to state, which starts Friday in Aberdeen. The next closest team to the Trojans was Burke/Gregory, which came in second with 146.5 points. "It's good to win the region, but that's not our goal," Parkston coach Jared Digmann said.
Despite falling to Northwestern Wednesday, a bid to the NAIA national basketball tournament is still within reach for the Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team. Thirty-two teams get into the national tournament. Each conference with at least 10 teams receives two automatic bids. If a conference has at least 15 teams, it receives three automatic berths to the national tournament. This season, seven NAIA D-II conferences qualify for two automatic berths; among them is the Great Plains Athletic Conference, which has 11 women's basketball teams.
The Sanborn Central/ Woonsocket girls' basketball team was locked in a dogfight in its final game of the regular season Friday night in Mitchell. With two minutes to go, the Blackhawks were clinging to a six-point lead. But they did not panic. They collected themselves and answered back with a firestorm of points to defeat Mitchell Christian by a score of 63-53 at Mitchell Christian School. "Mitchell Christian is a very scrappy team," Sanborn Central/Woonsocket co-head coach Rob Baruth said.