Daily Republic Sports
TULSA, Okla.—Brothers and Wagner natives Alex and David Kocer both secured return trips to the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships on Sunday by placing at the Big 12 Championships. David Kocer earned a third-place finish at 174 pounds for the Jackrabbits, advancing to nationals for a second time in his career. On Sunday, he earned a 3-2 decision over Kyle Pope of Wyoming, then defeated Iowa State's Lelund Weatherspoon for the second time this season with an 8-5 decision in the third-place match. Kocer went 3-1 in the tournament to run his season record to 23-8 overall.
FREEMAN — Scotland only scored eight points in the second half and fell to Parker in the District 9B boys basketball championship 52-34 Friday night at Freeman High School. Camden Bialas and Shane Casten each scored 12 points for the Pheasants (14-7) and Bialas had nine rebounds. The Pheasants had a 32-26 rebounding edge in the game. For Scotland, Travis Skorepa had 12 points and Tanner Van Driel had nine points. Tanner Skorepa had a team-high nine rebounds for the Highlanders.
BOYS' BASKETBALL District 1AA Third Place Sioux Falls Roosevelt 46, Watertown 36 Championship Sioux Falls O'Gorman 53, Brookings 48 District 2AA Third Place Brandon Valley 61, Sioux Falls Washington 55, OT Championship Sioux Falls Lincoln 45, Harrisburg 41
SIOUX FALLS—The Sioux Falls Flyers topped the Mitchell Marlins 6-1 in the first-round of the girls state hockey tournament on Friday in Sioux Falls. No. 3 Sioux Falls outshot No. 6 Mitchell 38-24 in the contest. Scoring the lone goal for Mitchell was Grace Halvorson, while Jenna Grosdidier had the assist. Mitchell's Katelyn Uithoven recorded 32 saves in the net for the Marlins. Mitchell faces Watertown at 3:30 p.m. today in Sioux Falls.
In a must-win situation, Aberdeen Central came through with a clutch offensive performance. The Golden Eagles tossed the ball in at a 63 percent clip and out-ran visiting Mitchell for a 75-52 victory Friday night in the District 3AA boys' basketball tournament consolation game. The win extends Central's season into next week, where the Golden Eagles will face Sturgis in a Region 2AA state play-in game. Mitchell's season came to an end at 0-21.
HURON — Wolsey-Wessington defeated Sanborn Central/Woonsocket 55-44 in the District 6B Championship game in high school boys basketball. Darian Ogonjemilusi tallied 16 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Warbirds, while Austin Kemnitz contributed 14 points. Bennett White had 10 rebounds for Wolsey-Wessington. The Warbird were 17-of-34 from the field, 1-for-8 on 3-point attempts, and 18-of-26 at the free-throw line.
The Class A Sweet 16 boys basketball pairings have been released by the South Dakota High School Activities Association. The sites have yet to be determined, but all games will be played on March 7. The eight winners of the Sweet 16 contests will be re-seeded for the state tournament. Chamberlain will be the No. 3 seed and will play No. 14 Crow Creek. Mount Vernon/Plankinton is the No. 9 seed and will play No. 8 seed Pine Ridge.
Chamberlain landed three players on the Big Dakota Conference all-conference boys basketball team. The Cubs, who went 7-0 in the conference, had Seth Friesz, Tiegen Priebe and Dodge Knippling make the team. Winner's Drew DeMers also made the team, while teammate Trevor Bertram was an honorable mention selection. Other all-conference selections include: Joe Sazue III, Dayson Kohlus, Crow Creek; Brexton Traversie, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte; Leon Brown Otter, McLaughlin, Steven Fernholz, Karst Hunter, Miller; Dante Fischer, Mobridge-Pollock and Aiden Bizardie, Todd County.
The South Dakota High School Activities Association released the 2017 prep football schedules on Thursday, matching Mitchell up with nine regular-season opponents.
SIOUX FALLS — South Dakota State's Kerri Young was named to the Summit League's women's basketball all-conference first team Thursday.