Daily Republic Sports
ABERDEEN—Corsica-Stickney's boys basketball team closed out its state tournament the way they wished: with a win. The Jaguars led by as much as 18 points in the third quarter and held off a White River push in the fourth quarter to win 72-57 in the Class B state tournament fifth-place game Saturday at the Barnett Center in Aberdeen.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Paiton Burckhard scored 25 points Friday to lead Aberdeen Central past Sioux Falls O'Gorman 63-53 and into the state AA championship game for the first time since 2004. Burckhard made 9 of 12 shots from the field and all seven free throws for Aberdeen (23-1). Brianna Kusler added 15 points, and Karli Gardner had 14. Kusler also had six rebounds and nine assists. Aberdeen Central shot 54 percent from the floor and made 18 of 19 free throws. Molly Doetzel, Ashlee Beacom and Emily Kolbeck scored 11 points each for O'Gorman (20-5).
On a team without a senior, the Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team needed leadership. In the 2015-16 season, they didn't have to look further than Erica Herrold. Herrold, a Dimock native, was honored Thursday as a NAIA All-American second-team member. It's the first such honor in the career of the 6-foot junior, who . scored 16.7 points per game and grabbed 4.5 rebounds per contest. She made nearly 46 percent of her shots and is currently 14th on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,234 points.
RAPID CITY—In a defensive battle, St. Thomas More proved to be too much for Winner to handle. The No. 2 Cavaliers outlasted the No. 7 Warriors 63-51 in an opening round game at the Class A state boys basketball tournament on Thursday at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City.
RAPID CITY—Hot shooting carried the Chamberlain boys basketball team past Sioux Valley 70-66 in a first-round game at the Class A state boys basketball tournament on Thursday at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. The No. 5 Cubs shot 55 percent (23-of-42) from the field and 50 percent (6-of-12) on from behind the arc to knock off the Cossacks. Chamberlain (18-5) advances to play No. 1 Sioux Falls Christian in the semifinals at 6 p.m. on Friday in Rapid City.
SIOUX FALLS—The Mitchell girls basketball team's hopes of pulling an upset against Sioux Falls Washington in the Class AA state tournament were washed away early on Thursday afternoon. But the Kernels showed some life throughout a game that ended with the top-seeded Warriors on top 67-34 on Thursday in the state quarterfinal round at the Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls. Jenna Weich scored 16 points for Mitchell and added five rebounds. Jordyn Cranny had five points for the Kernels, who shot 31 percent from the field and made 9-of-13 free throw attempts.
Dakota Wesleyan's Trae Bergh and Erica Herrold were each named to all-tournament teams upon conclusion of the NAIA Division II men's and women's basketball championships on Tuesday. Bergh averaged 35.5 points in two games, scoring 40 points against Indiana Tech and 30 points against York (Neb.). Meanwhile, Herrold had 27 points in DWU's win against Haskell (Kan.), 17 against Davenport (Mich.) and 23 against Goshen (Ind.).
VERMILLION—Tia Hemiller had 17 points in the University of South Dakota's 74-68 victory over Creighton in the WNIT on Wednesday in Vermillion. The Coyotes will play the University of Minnesota on Sunday in Minneapolis in the next round. Kelly Stewart and Nicole Seekamp had 15 points each for USD, which shot 41.1 percent from the floor. USD was 10-of-22 from the free-throw line and committed 11 turnovers. Audrey Faber led the Blue Jays with 25 points.
Sanborn Central/Woonsocket led the Custer Battlefield Highway boys first-team all conference selections with two players selected as representatives, while Ethan and Mount Vernon Plankinton had two first-teamers each on the girls side. Blackhawks players Brady Tiede and Dillon Moore we given first team honors for SCW, while Ethan's Camden Myers, Corsica-Stickney's Eli Van Roekel and MVP's Tate Deinert rounded out the list. Deinert was selected as the conference's most valuable player.
Both Dakota Wesleyan University basketball head coaches Matt Wilber and Jason Christensen will speak at the Mitchell Quarterback Club at today's meeting at 6:30 p.m. at The Depot. Ethan girls basketball head coach Tom Young, Sanborn Central/Woonsocket girls basketball co-head coach Tim McCain and Avon girls basketball head coach Brad Poppe will also speak. DWU seniors Trae Bergh, Terrell Newton and Jade Miller will speak, as well.