Daily Republic Sports
HURON — Ashley Jones scored five goals, including two critical goals in the third period, to lift the Mitchell Marlins to a 6-4 win over the Watertown Lakers in Friday's quarterfinals at the South Dakota girls varsity hockey state tournament at Bergman Arena.
CHAMBERLAIN—It came down to the final play of the game, but second-seeded Hanson held off an upset bid from 15th seed Timber Lake in a Round of 16 game on Thursday in Chamberlain. Timber Lake had Hanson on the ropes for the entire game, building a 15-9 lead and carrying a 27-17 advantage into halftime. But Hanson had a 15-3 run to get back into the game and had to hold on at the end. The Panthers had two free throws with no time remaining in the game, but only converted one, allowing Hanson to escape with victory.
The Mitchell Baseball Association is now accepting applications for coaches for the 2018 summer baseball teams. Applications can be found on the association's website, mitchellbaseball.net. Questions can be directed to Mitchell Director of Baseball Operations Luke Norden at email@example.com . The deadline for completed applications is March 31.
SIOUX FALLS — Tickets are on sale for the 2018 South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame banquet to be held Saturday, April 14, at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. All tickets are being handled exclusively by Dakota Sports in Sioux Falls (605-332-2131 or 1-800-888-2193). Each ticket costs $40 through April 11 with a limited number of tickets available for $50 at the door. Tickets for high school age and younger are $20. A social hour starts at 4:30 p.m. with the dinner at 6:00 and the program at 7:00.
Eight of the area's best junior varsity boys hockey teams in South Dakota will converge on Mitchell this weekend for the South Dakota Amateur Hockey Association's state tournament at the Mitchell Activities Center. The tournament runs from Friday to Sunday on the Toshiba Rink at the arena. Play starts with the four quarterfinals on Friday at 1 p.m., followed by games every two hours. The semifinals will take place at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday and the championship game will take place at 3 p.m.
The Class B girls basketball Round of 16 gets underway today, and five area teams secure trips to the state tournament March 8-10 in Aberdeen. Below is a short look at each of the area Class B matchups. Nighthawks and Mustangs seek first state trip Tripp-Delmont/Armour and Waubay/Summit are both standing in each other's way of making history today.
McCook Central/Montrose will give the Round of 16 a second try tonight at the Corn Palace. The Fighting Cougars, who are seeded No. 3 in the Class A field, will take on 14th-seeded Miller at 7:15 p.m. in Mitchell for a trip to the state tournament. Making the short 30-minute trip to the Corn Palace, MCM carries a record of 19-2 into the Round of 16 and had a tough defense, allowing just 43 points per game and keeping opponents to 30 percent shooting from the field.
Junior Shelby Selland helped the Augustana University women's basketball team win the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference tournament with a 64-45 dismantling of Winona State on Tuesday at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls. Selland, a Letcher native, finished the championship game with eight points and a team-high eight rebounds along with one block and one steal. On the season, the 6-foot-2 Selland has started 29 games and is averaging 10.8 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.
For the third straight season, the Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team is heading to Sioux City, Iowa. The Tigers (27-6) earned the No. 2 seed in the Naismith Bracket and will take on No. 7 Indiana University East in the opening round of the NAIA Division II women's basketball tournament at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Tyson Events Center. IU East (22-10) finished in second place in the River States Conference standings and reached the RSC semifinals, where they fell to Alice Lloyd College 87-83.
The Tiger men are in again. For the fourth straight season, the Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball team is among the 32 teams selected to the NAIA Division II national tournament. DWU plays Thursday, March 8 at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls. The Tigers (22-10) match up against Governors State, of Illinois, in the opening round in a 5:45 p.m. game. Governors State qualified to the national tournament for the first time in school history after winning the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular-season title.