Daily Republic Sports
ABERDEEN—Three players scored in double figures to lift No. 5 seed Castlewood to a 54-28 win over No. 4 Warner during the opening round of the Class B state girls tournament on Thursday at Wachs Arena. Alayna Benike powered the Warriors (21-2) with 19 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists and five steals. Darah DeKam added 14 points. Regan Benike had 13 points and nine rebounds for Castlewood, which controlled the Monarchs the entire game. Castlewood led 16-6 after the first quarter, 31-12 at halftime and 47-20 after the third quarter.
HARTFORD — Bridgewater-Emery defeated De Smet 74-60 in a Class B boys Round of 16 game after a strong performance by Sawyer Schultz. Bridgewater-Emery (20-3): Schultz led B-E with 28 points, while Jamin Arend tallied 20 points and Carter Dye scored 13. Duot Van Sickle pulled down 11 rebounds, while Dye grabbed eight and Schultz tallied six rebounds. Up next: The Huskies will be the top seed in the Class B state tournament, which starts on March 15 in Aberdeen.
WATERTOWN — The McCook Central/Montrose girls basketball team wouldn't go away Thursday night. Morgan Koepsell made sure of that. Down nine with the final eight minutes looming, the Fighting Cougars had a 13-0 run in the fourth quarter and outscored Aberdeen Roncalli 20-4 in the final quarter for a 52-45 Class A state quarterfinal win Thursday at the Civic Arena.
Second-seeded Madison won at the Corn Palace in the Class A boys basketball Round of 16 for the second consecutive season Wednesday, taking down No. 15 seed Aberdeen Roncalli 62-42.
After emerging from a difficult region, the Canistota boys basketball team is hoping it can find one more win. In a rare Wednesday game, Canistota (19-3) will play 11th-seeded Castlewood (14-7) at 7:30 p.m. today at the Huron Arena. The Hawks are looking for their first state tournament appearance since 2011, but it's their only appearance since winning the Class B title in 1958.
McPHERSON, Kan.—The Dakota Wesleyan University women's golf team won the Bethany College Spring Classic on Tuesday. The Tigers carded a 351 and edged Grand View University by one stroke for the team title at the Turkey Creek Golf Course. DWU placed three golfers in the top six to spark the first-place finish at the Bethany Spring Classic. Skylar Brunk fired a 10-over 81 and tied for second. Nicole Nelson shot an 86 and placed fifth, while Brooke Ehlers carded an 88 and finished sixth.
An updated schedule has been announced for the Class A and B Round of 16 boys basketball games for Wednesday and Thursday. Canistota and Castlewood will play at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Huron Arena, following Langford and Colman-Egan at 6 p.m. The Lions and Hawks moved their game from Watertown due to a conflict in Watertown with the Civic Arena hosting the Class A girls state tournament.
Making its third straight trip to the NAIA Division II women's basketball national tournament, experience counts for Dakota Wesleyan University. And DWU head coach Jason Christensen wants to see the No. 7-ranked and second-seeded Tigers make the most of their experienced roster and make a run at the national championship game. "It's a huge factor," Christensen said. "We've been here, we've done this before so there's no nerves or jitters. We can go out and be ready to play."
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — David Jenkins Jr. had 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting and South Dakota State beat North Dakota State 78-57 in the Summit League Tournament semifinals on Monday night. Mike Daum added 19 points and 11 rebounds for the top-seeded Jackrabbits (27-6), who won their 10th straight and matched the program record for wins in a season (2003-04 and 2011-12). South Dakota State will face South Dakota in the championship at 8 p.m. Tuesday.
With much of the state battling blizzard conditions, a majority of the state-qualifying Round of 16 boys basketball games scheduled for Tuesday have been postponed. Both games scheduled for the Corn Palace Tuesday—Madison-Aberdeen Roncalli and Crow Creek-Parker—have been postponed to Wednesday. Game times are yet to be determined, Mitchell High School Activities Director Cory Aadland said.