Daily Republic Sports
HURON — It took a second-half rally, but Avon closed its Class B girls basketball state tournament with a win Saturday, topping Timber Lake 45-41 for seventh place at the Huron Arena. Lauren Sees' three-point play with 44 seconds gave Avon the lead for good at 43-41. A moment later, Sees made a free throw with 13 seconds remaining and a shot to tie for Timber Lake missed. Sees then went 1-for-2 at the free throw line in the final seconds to close out the game with a four-point win.
HURON — Sully Buttes shot over 50 percent from the floor as they defeated Parker 63-45 to advance to the semifinals at the Girls Class B State Basketball Tournament. Racquel Wientjes led all scorers with 24 points for Sully Buttes. Teammate Chloe Lamb tallied 20 points and five assists in the victory and Miranda Archer grabbed five rebounds. The Chargers were 20-for-39 from the field, 5-for-9 on 3-pointers, and 18-of-20 from the free-throw line in the contest.
Parkston native Riley Reiff is moving closer to home. The offensive tackle is changing teams within the NFC North, moving from the Detroit Lions to the Minnesota Vikings, according to reports on Thursday. Reiff, 28, had spent the first five seasons of his career with the Lions, who drafted him with the 23rd pick in the 2012 draft. He played the first four years of his career at left tackle and moved to right tackle for the 2016 season when the Lions drafted Taylor Decker.
Augustana University sophomore Shelby Selland was one of four Vikings this season to average 10 points or more, as her team recorded a 23-8 record in 2016-17. A Letcher native, Selland had 10.3 points per game and started in 29 of the Vikings' 31 games this season. She lead the team in field-goal percentage, making 49.8 percent of her shots and pulled down 5.6 rebounds per contest.
Three third-period goals for Aberdeen thwarted the Mitchell Marlins' boys hockey team's chances of making the state tournament, as the Cougars knocked off the Marlins 4-3 Tuesday in Mitchell. Mitchell's season ends at 6-13, while Aberdeen advanced to this weekend's eight-team state tournament in Brookings. Jake Jarman and Jesse Grosdidier each scored goals in the first period to put the Marlins up 2-0, with Ben Hieb assisting on the second goal.
Madison is headed to the Class A state tournament after the second-seeded Bulldogs defeated No. 15 Hot Springs 67-30 on Tuesday night in the Sweet 16 state qualifier at the Corn Palace. The Bulldogs outscored Hot Springs 30-10 in the second quarter to jump out to a 42-13 halftime lead and never looked back.
PIERRE — Seth Friesz and Tiegen Priebe combined for 50 points and third-seeded Chamberlain is on to the Class A state tournament in Sioux Falls after a 71-57 victory over No. 14 Crow Creek on Tuesday night in the Sweet 16 qualifier from Pierre. "The kids are excited. It was one of our goals to get back to where we were (last season)," Chamberlain head coach Adam Nelson said about returning to the state tournament.
RAPID CITY — The Mitchell girls basketball team was within striking distance of a state tournament berth before the season's common refrain struck again Monday night. Down by eight points heading into the second half, Mitchell could only muster one more field goal in the second half and was outscored 20-3 over the final 16 minutes, as Rapid City Central pulled away for a 45-20 win in the Region 2AA state qualifier Monday in Rapid City.
Chad Greenway, one of the greatest pro football players to hail from South Dakota, will retire from the Minnesota Vikings Tuesday. The Mount Vernon native who has played 11 seasons with the Vikings will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. Tuesday to formally announce his retirement from the NFL. Greenway, 34, played his final game Jan. 1 against Chicago and said he would take some time with family to make a decision on a potential 12th season before the announcement on Monday.
TUCSON, Ariz. — The Dakota Wesleyan University baseball team went 2-2 over the weekend at the Tucson Invitational in Tucson, Arizona. On Saturday, DWU split a doubleheader with Presentation College, winning the first game 15-3 and dropping the second 9-8. On Sunday, the Tigers fell to William Penn University 5-3 and beat the University of Winnipeg 7-5 In the win over Presentation College, DWU had a 12-run fifth inning, while Patrick Whetham earned the win. Whetham didn't allow a run and held the Saints to three hits, striking out six batters.