Daily Republic Sports
CANISTOTA—Mitchell Christian dropped a 54-47 high school boys' basketball game against Canistota on Tuesday in Canistota. The Golden Eagles played right with the Hawks throughout the game, but execution down the stretch hurt them in the seven-point defeat. The game was knotted 25-25 at halftime and Canistota led 37-35 after three quarters. "It was a competitive game throughout," Mitchell Christian coach Jesse Tolsma said. "The kids did a great job of preparing and competing. We made a few mental mistakes that cost us in the final quarter."
Northwestern College guard Darbi Gustafson is the Great Plains Athletic Conference women's basketball Player of the Week. Gustafson, a sophomore from Ethan, helped the Red Raiders to a perfect 2-0 record last week. Gustafson averaged 20 points and eight rebounds, shooting 71 percent from the floor, in wins over No. 15 Friends and Viterbo. Gustafson recorded her GPAC-leading sixth double-double (21 points, 11 rebounds) in the win over Viterbo and has scored in double figures in eight straight games.
The South Dakota Sportswriters Association high school basketball polls for the week of Jan. 2 are below. Teams are listed with first-place votes in parentheses, record and vote points. Records are listed through Jan. 1 Boys Class AA 1. SF O'Gorman (6) 4-2 34 1 2. SF Washington (1) 5-2 27 3 3. Brandon Valley 4-1 15 5 4. Huron 2-2 12 NR 5. SF Lincoln 2-2 7 4 Others receiving votes: Brookings 6, Sturgis 4. Class A 1. SF Christian (6) 2-1 34 1 2. St. Thom. More (1) 4-1 29 2 3. Sioux Valley 6-1 17 3
NEW HOLLAND — Ahna Vander Pol had 22 points, four rebounds and three steals to help the Andes Central/Dakota Christian girls basketball team to a 45-43 home victory over Corsica-Stickney in girls basketball action Monday. Beulah Black Cloud added nine points and three steals for the Thunder, who were 15-for-18 at the free throw line and was 14-for-37 on field goal attempts. Courtney Menning had 22 points and five rebounds in the loss for the Jaguars, who were 16-for-42 on field goal attempts and made 3-of-7 free throws.
Courtside seats for the 35th annual Hanson Classic high school basketball events will go on sale starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Corn Palace. Courtside tickets cost $20 each and are good for all of the games taking place that day. A limited amount of reserved courtside seats are available. General admission tickets can be purchased the day of the event.
TYNDALL—A youth basketball tournament for grades four-through-six will be held Jan. 29 at Bon Homme High School in Tyndall. Registration is now open and the entry fee is $75 per team. Contact Tara Ronke for an entry form by email at email@example.com or by phone at 605-369-2282. The deadline for teams to sign up is Jan. 20.
SALEM—An 11-3 third quarter helped the Hanson boys basketball team pick up a 43-30 road win at McCook Central/Montrose Saturday. Hanson had a 13-point, nine-rebound and five-assist game from Thomas Arend. Blake Klinkhammer scored nine points and Nathan Stewart had nine points and seven rebounds. Donnie Weber had eight points. The Fighting Cougars had eight points each from Trevor Wilkinson and Bryce Smart. Kyle Tuschen had a team-high six rebounds.
Sanborn Central/Woonsocket girls basketball coaches Tim McCain and Rob Baruth and boys basketball coaches Troy Olson and Rod Weber will be the featured speakers at the Mitchell Quarterback Club meeting Monday. The meeting will be held at the The Depot Pub and Grille in downtown Mitchell, starting at 7:30 p.m.
BRANDON—A 16-4 opening quarter for No. 4 Brandon Valley helped the Lynx pick up an Eastern South Dakota Conference girls basketball victory 50-23 over Mitchell at Brandon Saturday. The Kernels had a rough shooting game, converting just five field goals in the game and trailed 29-9 at halftime. Mitchell also was forced into 30 turnovers against the Lynx, who improved to 5-1 on the season. BV was led by 13 points from Trinity Law and got eight points from Krista Bickley. The Kernels were led by Kendra Brewster's seven-point game.
Sawyer Schultz and Sam Arend each had double-doubles and Bridgewater-Emery took down Prairie Seeds Academy (Minnesota) at the Mike Miller Classic Friday at the Corn Palace with a 75-63 win for the Huskies. Schultz had 21 points and 10 rebounds and Jamin Arend added 21 points. Sam Arend finished the game with 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Huskies, who improved to 4-0 on the season with the win. Bridgewater-Emery held a 35-34 win at the halftime break. Brian Robinson had 14 points, AiMonti Booth had 11 points and Jamar Robinson had 10 points for the Lycans (5-2).