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SIOUX FALLS -- Top seeded South Dakota advanced to the semifinal round Saturday in the Summit League women's basketball tournament thanks to a 25-point performance from senior Nicole Seekamp to key a 78-70 win over Fort Wayne. The Coyotes (24-6) trailed at halftime to the Mastodons (9-21), 34-33, thanks to shooting 29 percent from the field in the first half. But they got a boost from Seekamp, who shot 8-for-15 from the field and a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line.
All games in Watertown Thursday's first-round games Noon: No. 1 St. Thomas More vs. No. 8 Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 1:45 p.m.: No. 4 Webster Area vs. No. 5 Clark/Willow Lake 6 p.m.: Mount Vernon/Plankinton vs. No. 7 Dell Rapids 7:45 p.m.: Elk Point-Jefferson vs. No. 6 Red Cloud
• Dakota Wesleyan University wrestling at NAIA National Championships, 9 a.m. in Topeka, Kan. • Dakota Wesleyan University baseball at Tucson Invitational in Tucson, Ariz. • Dakota Wesleyan University softball...
Today, at the Corn Palace, Kimball/White Lake and Avon compete in the Region 6B girls basketball championship. Time: 7 p.m. Records: Kimball/White Lake (14-8), Avon Notes: The winner of the region contest will advance to the Class B state tournament on March 12-14 in Huron. ... In the District 11B championship, the WiLdKats defeated Dakota Christian 35-24. ... Avon topped Burke/South Central 34-25 in the District 12B title game. ... Kimball/White Lake made the state tournament last season and placed fifth. ...
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Kyle Gerlach advanced to the second day of the NAIA National Wrestling Championships, but he had to beat his teammate to get there. He defeated fellow 157-pound wrestler Dusty Paulsen in the consolation bracket on Friday in Topeka, Kan., in a 3-2 decision. Gerlach, a Mount Vernon native, won his first two matches in the championship bracket before losing a 5-1 decision to Grand View's Dallas Houchins. Meanwhile, Paulsen opened with a 9-3 loss to Jonathan Drendel from Williams Baptist.
Eli Van Roekel scored 20 points to lead Corsica/Stickney over Platte-Geddes 51-39 in the District 11B boys basketball championship game on Friday at the Corn Palace. Van Roekel added six rebounds, three steals and dished out four assists in the win. "Eli took the game over in the second half," Corsica/Stickney head coach Mike Tuschen said. "He wanted it more and our entire team played great defense. You can't hold Platte-Geddes to 39 points without team defense." Walker Baan Hofman added 18 points as the Jaguars went 15-of-29 from the field for 51 percent shooting.
For the second year in a row, the Gregory Gorillas won the District 12B boys basketball championship. Gavin Thomas scored 16 points to help push Gregory past Colome 57-43 on Friday at the Corn Palace. "It doesn't get old," Gregory head coach Jeff Determan said after the game. "I'm proud of the seniors and happy for the kids. They put a lot of time in and it feels good to get another district championship." Gregory (17-5) went 21-of-53 for 40 percent shooting from the field and 3-of-18 for 16 percent from three-point range.
The third time's the charm for the Hanson boys basketball team. After losing in the District 8B championship the past two seasons, the Beavers claimed the title by defeating Canistota 69-47 on Friday at the Corn Palace. "We are going to enjoy this one," Hanson head coach Josh Oltmanns said. "We've had a tough time with this game the past two years. The kids feel a weight off their shoulders but we need to throw that weight back on tomorrow." With the win Hanson advances to the Region 4B championship game against Chester Area at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in Madison.
PLANKINTON -- Tate Deinert had 25 points to lead Mount Vernon/Plankinton over West Central 58-57 at a high school boys basketball game on Friday in the Region 5A tournament in Plankinton. The Titans (15-6) will play McCook Central/Montrose in the Region 5A championship game on Tuesday in Parkston, with the winner earning a state tournament berth. Cody Renken had 20 points for the Titans in the win. MVP shot 19-of-40 for 47 percent, grabbed 20 rebounds and dished out 13 assists. Noah Vettrus led West Central with 21 points and eight rebounds. West Central shot 23-of-43 from the floor for 5
SIOUX FALLS -- The Mitchell Marlin boys couldn't keep pace with Sioux Falls on Friday in Sioux Falls, as they fell 4-1 in the regular season finale. Spencer Neugebauer scored the Marlins' lone goal. Mitchell goalie Tate Sutherland saved 88 percent of Sioux Falls' shots, stopping 32 of 36 shots on goal.