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SPEARFISH — Prior to his team’s quarterfinal matchup with Mount Vernon/Plankinton, Winner coach Larry Aaker said he had confidence in his team’s ability to finish out games. His girls’ basketball team backed up his words as the Warriors pulled out a 52-46 overtime victory over the Titans Thursday at the Class A state tournament at the Young Center in Spearfish. “We thought there were a couple of things we could attack them at,” said Aaker, whose team plays No. 2 Elk Point-Jefferson at 8:45 p.m. CDT today in the semifinals. “They haven’t been through many games like this. ...
Huron Arena has become something like a home away from home for the Sanborn Central/Woonsocket girls’ basketball team. The Blackhawks have played in the arena five times this season and SCW co-head coach Tim McCain estimated over the last three years, the Blackhawks have played 20 games in the venue. McCain and his SCW squad hope that this familiarity with the arena will help propel them to a Class B state title this weekend in Huron. The No. 3 Blackhawks open against No. 6 Kimball/White Lake in the quarterfinals at 7:45 p.m.
ALEXANDRIA — Over the past 28 years, success in girls’ basketball has become a tradition for the Hanson Beavers. But the juniors and seniors on the Beavers this season did something no team has ever done in head coach Jim Bridge’s tenure as head coach. With its 60-34 win over Chester Area in the Region 4B championship, the team secured its third straight appearance in the Class B state tournament for the first time in school history. “We have created a tradition of success and that is a good thing,” Bridge said. “The kids want to do well and make the state tournament.
Jordan Grosdidier, Jacob Rice and Jacob Cersosimo have been on the same line for the last 10 years as Mitchell Marlins. Since that time, they have gone through name changes like the “oreo line,” the “red-liners” and now, the “pink slips.” The trio gets the name “pink slips” because they wear pink jerseys in practice, which they found one night while searching the Mitchell Activities Center. While the names have changed, the group has stayed the same and continued to push each other to get better.
Kimball/White Lake girls’ basketball coach Tacey Nielsen was all smiles Saturday as her team clinched a spot in the Class B girls’ basketball state tournament. As the first-year coach of the WiLdKats, she accomplished something that eluded her in her time as a high schooler at White Lake, despite averaging 18 points per game and earning Class B second-team all-state honors as a senior. “It is kind of surreal to watch these kids grow up and have a hand in helping them earn a state tournament appearance,” said Nielsen, who teaches at Kimball High School. This is the first time the schoo
WINNER — With seven players who logged significant minutes in 2012-13 returning, first-year coach Winner basketball coach Larry Aaker knew his team would be deep. But the Winner playing rotation went even deeper than Aaker originally expected, and at times this season, he has played nine, 10 and all 13 of his players in games. Depth and balance have been important ingredients to the Warriors’ winning formula, which has netted the team 21 wins and one loss. “I think we have been successful because of all of the girls’ ability to play together,” Aaker said.
Four years ago, players like Ivy Haines and Jazmyn Hinker were adversaries of Mary Kroupa and Brooklyn Donald on the basketball court. Haines and Hinker are both from White Lake and played against Donald and Kroupa, both from Kimball. But Saturday, all four players chipped in to help the Kimball/White Lake girls’ basketball team earn its first bid to the Class B state tournament since becoming a co-op in 2011. The WiLdKats, led by their strong defense, beat Burke/South Central 53-33 in the Region 6B championship at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. It is the first time White Lake has qu
For Jason Christensen and his Tigers, this was the year. The year that Dakota Wesleyan University’s women’s basketball team, under the fourth-year coach, should be heading to the NAIA Division II national tournament. In Christensen’s first year as head coach, DWU finished 6-25 in 2010-11. The Tigers steadily increased to 16-15 in 2011-12 and 20-11 last season. Wesleyan went 18-13 this year and did not earn a berth to the national tournament, missing ample opportunities to make its case for a bid to the dance. Wesleyan played top NAIA teams including No. 4 Northwestern, No.
The Ethan boys’ basketball team was pounded by Hanson 58-43 in it’s first game of the 2013-14 season. The Rustlers weren’t happy, but they kept working and improving, hoping for a chance at vindication. Ethan finally got it’s payback with a 48-40 victory over the Beavers in the District 8B boys’ basketball championship Friday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. “We weren’t really playing as a team in the first game,” Ethan center Camden Myers said. “We kind of needed to figure out how to play together.
After finishing third at the Class B girls’ basketball state tournament last year, Jim Bridge thought his Hanson squad could be better in 2013-14. Thursday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, the Beavers took the first step in fulfilling Bridge’s prophecy as they beat Chester Area 60-34 in the Region 4B championship to qualify for the state tournament. “To lose all the kids that we lost from last year’s team and be back again, I can’t tell you proud I am of this team,” Bridge said. “This is a testament to our kids.