Daily Republic Sports
A packed day of boys basketball action is set for Jan. 21 at the Corn Palace, as the 35th annual Hanson Classic brings in 16 of the best Class A and Class B basketball teams in South Dakota. The premier matchups include the top four ranked teams in Class B boys basketball and a battle between two of the top three teams in Class A, according to the most recent South Dakota Sportswriters Poll. Eleven of the 16 teams in the classic have two losses or less, as of Jan. 14.
RAPID CITY — Katelyn Uithoven made 29 saves and the Mitchell Marlins girls hockey team picked up a 3-0 shutout victory over Rushmore Friday night in Rapid City. The Marlins took the lead on a pair of second period goals. Grace Halvorson put home a goal and was assisted by Ashley Zimmer to give Mitchell a 1-0 lead and Rebecca Weber scored with less than three minutes left for a 2-0 advantage, assisted by Halvorson. Jenna Grosdidier bagged a power play goal with less than a minute left to set the final margin for Mitchell and was assisted by Weber.
GREGORY—Gregory nipped Burke/South Central 39-38 in boys basketball action on Friday in Gregory. Robert Vomacka led the Gorillas with 20 points and five rebounds and Aaron Voigt chipped in with 12 points. Gregory shot 18-for-41 from the field, was 1-for-4 at the free throw line and had 19 rebounds and 18 turnovers. Donald Irvin paced the Cougars with 15 points and Jaden Frank tossed in 11 points. Kray Person grabbed 12 boards in the loss. Burke/South Central went 11-for-17 at the free throw line, had 23 rebounds and committed nine turnovers.
YANKTON — The Tri-Valley Conference boys basketball classic, which features a number of area schools, has moved up the start time for Saturday's games in Yankton. The change was made to accommodate Mount Marty College's home basketball games against Midland. Those contests were scheduled for Sunday afternoon but were moved up to Saturday night at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., due to poor weather conditions expected for Sunday.
Hanson High School boys basketball coach Josh Oltmanns is scheduled to be the featured speaker at the Mitchell Quarterback Club Monday. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m., at The Depot Pub and Grille in Mitchell and the event is open to the public.
PIERRE — The Pierre girls basketball team stayed perfect in the Eastern South Dakota Conference Thursday. The Governors led 13-6 after one quarter and never looked back in a 61-42 win over the Kernels in an ESD contest in Pierre. Mitchell didn't have an answer for guard Hallie Jerome, who had 17 points for the Govs, with five made 3-pointers in the game. "I thought she was the beneficiary on moving the ball," Pierre coach Scott DeBoer said. Emily Mikkelsen had 13 points and Maddie Reinke added nine points for Pierre in the win.
NEW HOLLAND—Mitchell Christian led at each quarter break but didn't have the lead that counts at the final horn Thursday against Andes Central/Dakota Christian. The Golden Eagles lost the boys' basketball game 63-57 in New Holland. The game was tight throughout the entire night but it was the Thunder who snuck out with the six-point win.
NEW HOLLAND — A 19-4 run in the second quarter seperated Andes Central/Dakota Christian from Mitchell Christian in a girls basketball contest Thursday night, as the Thunder rolled 50-20. Mackenzie Muckey had 12 points and five rebounds off the bench for the Thunder, who also had eight points from Beulah Black Cloud and forced the Golden Eagles into 27 turnovers. Brianna Deurmier added seven points, along with Annie Houseman.
The Mitchell Elks Club will be hosting its annual ice fishing derby Feb. 11 at Lake Mitchell and the Sportsman's Club on Indian Village Road. Registration is from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and the tournament is free to all youth between ages 2-through-20. Holes will be pre-drilled and there will be a safety briefing held before the competition.
PARKSTON—Parkston picked up a 59-40 win over Wagner in high school boys basketball action on Thursday in Parkston. Kellen Gulcerb scored 16 points, while Brayden Leischer had 14 points, nine rebounds and three steals. Brady Albrecht chipped in 11 points as the Trojans went 20-of-62 from the field in the win. For Wagner, Alex Sully had a game-high 21 points and Brycen Zephier had nine points. The Red Raiders went 14-of-44 from the floor. Parkston (4-3) plays Andes Central/Dakota Christian on Monday in Parkston, while Wagner (1-7) visits O'Neill (Neb.) on Tuesday.