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Harrisburg led the way with a pair of standouts on the Class AA girls basketball all-state team, selected by the South Dakota Basketball Coaches Association. Senior Samantha Slaughter and sophomore Jeniah Ugofsky helped the Tigers to a state runner-up finish this season and helped to make up one-third of the six-player all-state first team. Slaughter, who will hang up the basketball jersey in favor of a volleyball career at Nebraska next year, averaged 11.3 points and 5.2 rebounds per game for the Tigers and was arguably the face of the Tiger squad.
Four area basketball teams landed three players each on the Little Missouri Valley Conference's all-conference boys basketball team. Scotland's Tanner Skorepa, Travis Skorepa and Chandler Diede made the team, along with Bon Homme's Bryce Scieszinski, Chase Kortan and Cole Uecker. Parkston's Kellan Culbert, Brady Albrecht and Brayden Leischner were on the team, along with Andes Central/Dakota Christian's J.B. Burguier, Michael Maas and Chase Pheifer. Tripp-Delmont/Armour's Noah Schafers, Avon's Dylan Raysby and Wagner's Alex Sully also made the squad.
NEW YORK—Texas Christian University defeated Georgia Tech 88-56 in the NIT title game on Thursday at Madison Square Garden in New York. Mitchell native Ryan Miller is an assistant coach for the Horned Frogs. This marks the first time TCU has won the NIT. The Horned Frogs have qualified for the NIT seven times in program history. Miller is in his first year as an assistant coach for TCU.
WINNER—Three Winner/Colome pitchers combined to throw a no-hitter in the Royals' season-opening 10-0 high school baseball win over Todd County on Thursday in Winner. Ty Bolton earned the win for the Royals (1-0). He struck out three batters in two innings, while Holden Thieman fanned five batters in two innings. Levi McLanahan struck out two batters to close out the game. Offensively, McLanahan, Bolton, Riley Calhoon, Nick Lantz and Carter Brickman all had singles. McLanahan and Brickman each drove in a run.
For a second straight season, McCook Central/Montrose's Morgan Koepsell has been named to the Class A girls basketball all-state first team. Koepsell, a 6-2 junior center, was another double-double performer night-in and night-out. She averaged 21.5 points, shooting 62 percent from the field, and 11.1 rebounds a game. She also had 48 assists, 31 steals and 59 blocks.
Former Mitchell High School boys basketball coach Erik Skoglund is returning to Spearfish to coach the school’s boys basketball team, Spearfish High School announced Wednesday. Skoglund coached Spearfish for five seasons before moving to Mitchell in 2013 and he resigned from his position as the Kernels’ coach earlier this month.
YANKTON—Branden Oropeza powered Dakota Wesleyan University to an 11-5 Game One win over Mount Marty College on Tuesday. The junior went 4-for-4, hit a two-run homer and drove in five runs in the Tigers win over the Lancers. DWU lost Game Two of the Great Plains Athletic Conference baseball doubleheader 5-3. Trailing 3-1 entering the fourth inning, DWU's Jared Neilan hit a two-run homer to knot the score at 3. Oropeza broke the tie with a two-RBI single in the fifth inning and smacked a two-run homer in the seventh to cap off his perfect day at the plate.
CHAMBERLAIN—Postseason basketball and volleyball formats will be up for debate this week in Chamberlain. The spring conference for the South Dakota Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association is today through Friday at Cedar Shore in Chamberlain. Advisory committee recommendations will be voted upon by athletic directors at the conference. The proposals are not official until adopted by the South Dakota High School Activities Association Board of Directors at their regular meeting on April 18-19.
GREGORY—On its home track, the Gregory High School boys track and field team opened the season with a victory Monday at the Gregory Invite. The Gorillas held off Winner in the boys team title race, scoring 102 points to the Warriors' 93. Bon Homme was third with 65 points. On the girls side, Todd County edged Kimball/White Lake 101 to 98.
CRETE, Neb.—The Dakota Wesleyan University baseball team dropped a pair of games against Doane University on Sunday in Crete, Nebraska. The Tigers lost the first game 5-0 and 12-11 in the nightcap of the Great Plains Athletic Conference doubleheader. DWU (6-11, 1-3 GPAC) managed four hits in the first game, with Jared Neilan accounting for two of them. Tramane Moore and Peyton Price both had hits as well. Doane's Caleb Goedeken pitched a complete game, allowed four hits and struck out nine batters.