Daily Republic Sports
Mitchell Christian had 31 points from standout center from Majok Kur but couldn't stop a second half surge from Ethan, who defeated the Golden Eagles 59-47 in a District 8B first round boys basketball playoff game Monday night at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. Ethan's Camden Myers had 20 points and nine rebounds for the Rustlers, leading four Ethan players in double figures. Rylee Riggs had 14 points, Abiah Plastow added 12 points and Brady Hawkins tossed in 10 points for the fourth-seeded Rustlers. Derek Storm had five assists.
Three players for the Hanson boys basketball team scored in double digits, pacing Hanson past Howard 70-31 on Monday night in a District 8B playoff game at the Corn Palace. Aaron Wenande recorded 17 points, Nathan Stewart added 15 and Andrew Arend had 13 points. The Beavers shot 29-of-58 from the field and 5-of-11 from the line. For Howard, Logan Hattervig and Tate Schwader had 10 points apiece in the loss. The Tigers shot 7-of-16 from the free-throw line. Hanson (14-7) plays Bridgewater-Emery at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Corn Palace. Howard ends its season at 0-21.
PIERRE—The Mitchell Aquatic Club saw four swimmers win events at the State B Championship meet this past weekend in Pierre. Grace Phinney led the way for Mitchell with a win in the 1000 freestyle and second place finishes in the 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke, 400 individual medley, and 200 freestyle. Phinney also placed first overall in the 15-16 girls age group.
• Area boys basketball: Region 7A: No. 4 Winner vs. No. 5 Todd County, 7:30 p.m. in Winner; District 6B: No. 4 Wessington Springs vs. No. 5 Iroquois, 7 p.m...
Today, at the Corn Palace, two District 8B first-round boys basketball games will be played. Games: No. 4 Ethan (12-8) vs. No. 5 Mitchell Christian (8-12), 6:30 p.m.; No. 3 Hanson (13-7) vs. No. 6 Howard (0-20), 8 p.m. Notes: Ethan defeated Mitchell Christian 59-49 on Jan. 28 in Mitchell. The winner between the Rustlers and Golden Eagles will face top-seeded Canistota at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday. ... Hanson topped Howard 63-28 on Jan. 19 in Alexandria. ... The winner between the Beavers and Tigers will face second-seeded Bridgewater-Emery at 8 p.m. on Tuesday.
Area boys basketball playoff pairings Class AA District 3AA First round—Tuesday No. 4 Mitchell (4-16) at No. 1 Huron (17-3), 7 p.m. No. 3 Pierre (13-7) at No. 2 Aberdeen Central (15-5), 7 p.m. Second round—Friday Winning teams at high seed, 7 p.m. (winner to state) Losing teams at high seed, 7 p.m. (loser eliminated) Region 2AA State qualifying games—March 8 District 3AA runner-up vs. District 4AA third place, 6 p.m. District 4AA runner-up vs. District 3AA third place, 6 p.m.
LINCOLN, Neb.—The Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball team didn't have a chance of stopping Trey Bardsley on Saturday. Bardsley scored 55 points in a 102-91 win against the Tigers in the Great Plains Athletic tournament semifinals in front of 1,690 fans in Lincoln, Nebraska.
SIOUX FALLS—Both Mitchell Marlins boys bantam hockey teams took third place at the state tournament. The Marlins bantam "A" team beat Watertown 6-3 on Sunday in Yankton, while the Marlin bantam "B" team downed Watertown 3-0 on Sunday in Sioux Falls. In Sioux Falls, Kaden Jerke scored two goals and added one assist, while Xavier Blackwell scored a goal for the Marlins "B" team. Austin Slaybaugh and Taylor Feteri each had assists for Mitchell. The Marlins outshot Watertown 28-15 and Mitchell goalie Jeremy Long had 15 saves in the shutout win.
INDIANAPOLIS — South Dakota closed out its regular season with a 74-63 win over IUPUI on Saturday in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Coyotes (24-5, 15-1 Summit) extended their winning streak to 14 games. Nicole Seekamp scored 12 points and Kelly Stewart added 11 points in the win. South Dakota will be the No. 1 seed in the Summit League tournament and plays Denver at noon on Saturday in Sioux Falls.
MACOMB, Ill. — Ellie Thompson scored a field goal with 13 second left to push the South Dakota State University women's basketball team past Western Illinois 66-65 on Saturday in Macomb, Illinois. Thompson finished with 13 points, while Clarissa Ober added 18 points and 15 rebounds for a double-double. Macy Miller, a former Mitchell Kernel, chipped in 12 points. Mitchell native Kerri Young SDSU (23-6, 13-3 Summit), seeded second, plays Fort Wayne in the Summit League tournament at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday in Sioux Falls.