Daily Republic Sports
RAPID CITY — Peyton Zabel's runner in the lane with less than a second left in double overtime lifted Pierre to a Class AA boys state tournament victory over Rapid City Stevens 76-75 Thursday in Rapid City. Zabel scored 31 points in the victory for Pierre. The Governors were 33-of-85 from the field. Mason Archambeault netted 32 points in the loss for Rapid City Stevens. The Raiders were 32-of-70 from the field. Pierre (13-10) will play Aberdeen Central at 9:15 p.m. tonight. Rapid City Stevens (16-6) will play Brookings at 1:45 p.m. today.
ST. LOUIS — South Dakota State University wrestlers Seth Gross and Alex Kocer each advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships by winning a pair of matches Thursday at Scottrade Center.
VERMILLION — University of South Dakota sophomore guard Allison Arens recorded her 13th 20-point game this season to lead the Coyotes past North Dakota 78-55 in the opening round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament at the Sanford Coyote Sports Center on Thursday. South Dakota (23-8) travels to Iowa (18-13) for the second round of the WNIT. The game is slated for 3 p.m. Saturday in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Two Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball players received NAIA Division II women's basketball All-American honors on Thursday. DWU junior Ashley Bray was named to the NAIA All-American second team, while senior Erica Herrold earned honorable mention. It's the third time in DWU women's basketball history two players received All-American honors. Bray led the Tigers with 12.9 points and 5.7 rebounds per game and was one of the nation's top free-throw shooters, hitting 90 percent from the line. This was Bray's first All-American honor.
Dakota Wesleyan University senior Tate Martin was named an NAIA Division II men's basketball first-team All-American Thursday, while teammates Jason Spicer and Ty Hoglund were both honorable mention selections. Martin, a Mitchell native, finished the season second in NAIA Division II in assists per game, averaging 8.67 per contest and was second in total assists (286). He was also fifth in assist-turnover ratio, with 3.28 assists for every turnover.
Mount Vernon/Plankinton's Devin Rihanek and Sanborn Central/Woonsocket's Myah Selland have been named the Custer Battlefield Highway Conference's most valuable players for boys and girls basketball, respectively. The conference announced its awards on Wednesday. On the boys side, Rihanek was joined by teammate and senior Cody Muilenburg on the CBH first team. Corsica-Stickney seniors Clayton Menning and Hunter Johnson and junior Cordel Menning filled out the remainder of the team. MVP won the league crown with a 5-0 record in conference play.
Fifteen Mitchell youth wrestlers have qualified for the South Dakota Wrestling Coaches Association Youth State Championships March 25-26 in Rapid City through their performances at the Region 3 tournament Saturday at the Corn Palace. Three wrestlers won region titles for Mitchell. Beau Foote scored the region title at the Schoolboy heavyweight class, earning a pair of pins for the title, both in under a minute. At the Cadet division, 120-pounder Tucker Vilhauer was the champion. Vilhauer earned a pair of pins, with both coming in under 2 minutes.
SALT LAKE CITY—It's never happened in the history of the NCAA men's basketball tournament. A 16 seed has never beaten a 1 seed. South Dakota State will give it a shot today in Salt Lake City. The Jackrabbits, riding a hot streak from the Summit League tournament, meets one-loss Gonzaga (32-1) today in the first round of the Big Dance today. The game is today at 1 p.m., and airs on TBS. SDSU coach T.J. Otzelberger said the team has played well in the last six weeks because they haven't "worried about the noise on the outside."
Two Freeman Academy/Marion players were named to the all-Tri-Valley Conference team on Tuesday. On the boys team, the Bearcats' Thaniel Schroeder was honored, while Stephen Waltner was named honorable mention. The rest of the boys team included: Irene-Wakonda's Trey King, Tate Gale and Levi VanBeek; Alcester-Hudson's Sam Jensen, Gavin Doering and Eli Skoglund; Gayville-Volin's Brook VanOsdel and Grant Rice; Viborg-Hurley's Quinn Doorn and Trace Sikkink and Baltic's Jon Wilhelmsen and Ethan Roggow.
Dakota Wesleyan University senior women's basketball player Kristin Sabers and Erica Herrold will be the featured speakers at the Mitchell Quarterback Club meeting today. The meeting is at the The Depot Pub and Grille in downtown Mitchell, starting at 7:30 p.m.