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ABERDEEN -- Poor shooting doomed the Gregory Gorillas on Friday at the Class B state boys basketball tournament. The Gorillas shot 25 percent from the field and fell to No. 7 Parker 55-41 at the Barnett Center in Aberdeen. "They shot 50 percent and we shot 25 percent, that was the difference," Gregory head coach Jeff Determan said after the game. "Once we got into a hole, we couldn't knock down any shots and that made it hard to come back." Gregory (18-7) made 13 of 52 field goals and went 4-of-13 for 30 percent from three-point range. The Gorillas will take on No.
ABERDEEN -- Gregory just didn't have an answer for Langford's Bo Fries. Fries, a 6-foot-4 senior, scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for a double-double as the No. 3 Lions stifled the No. 6 Gorillas 49-36 in a first-round game at the Class B state boys basketball tournament on Thursday in Aberdeen. "I don't know if anyone has a good plan for how to handle Bo Fries," Gregory head coach Jeff Determan said. "We knew we weren't going to shut him down, and he's a great basketball player.
Black Hills State University distance runner Mitch Kraft received All-American honors at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship on March 14 in Birmingham, Alabama. Kraft, a Wessington Springs native, finished eighth in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 8 minutes, 12.48 seconds, which was 9.9 seconds better than his previous school record. It was the second time Kraft earned All-American honors as he was honored during the 2013 cross country. Kraft was also apart of the Yellow Jacket's men's distance medley relay team that posted a school-record 9:54.56 and finished in sixth place. B
MOUNT VERNON -- After suffering its worst loss of the season to Dell Rapids, the Mount Vernon/Plankinton boys basketball team is ready for a rematch. The Titans head into the Class A state boys basketball tournament on a seven-game winning streak with revenge on their minds. The last time the Titans lost was on Feb. 10, when MVP fell 83-42 to Dell Rapids. "I think we have evolved a lot from then," MVP head coach Eric Denning said. "That was probably our worst game of the year, so we aren't taking a lot from that game. We are focused on being at our best for (today.)" The No.
ALEXANDRIA -- To be the best, teams have to beat the best. Heading into the Class B state boys basketball tournament, the Hanson Beavers know the road to the top goes through unbeaten Wolsey-Wessington. "We know we are going to face a good opponent and it'll be a challenge for us, but I think our kids a ready to rise up and meet that challenge," Hanson head coach Josh Oltmanns said, whose fifth-seeded Beavers take on fourth-seeded Wolsey-Wessington at 1:45 p.m. today in Aberdeen.
GREGORY -- The Gregory Gorillas boys basketball team's identity can be summed up into one word -- balanced. Heading into the school's first state tournament appearance in 52 years, the Gorillas will look for their balanced offensive attack to make some noise at the Class B state boys basketball tournament in Aberdeen. "It's been one of our biggest strengths," said Gregory head coach Jeff Determan, whose sixth-seeded Gorillas take on three-seeded Langford Area in the first round at 7:45 p.m.
WINNER -- With only one loss this season, the Winner Warriors have their eyes on finishing the season with a state championship. No. 2-seeded Winner enters the Class A state boys basketball tournament with a record of 21-1 and will take on No. 7-seeded St. Thomas More in the first round at 6 p.m. MT on Thursday in Rapid City. "We are excited about the opportunity," Winner head coach Brett Gardner said. "All year we have felt that our defense and rebounding has led us to victories.
WATERTOWN -- Mount Vernon/Plankinton head coach Bill Marquardt wasn’t sure how his team was going to respond after suffering a devastating overtime loss. The Titans, who fell to Elk Point-Jefferson...
WATERTOWN -- Mount Vernon/Plankinton head coach Bill Marquardt wasn't sure how his team was going to respond after suffering a devastating overtime loss to Elk Point-Jefferson in the semifinals on Friday. The Titans responded robustly -- in front of a pro-Webster crowd -- claiming a third place finish at the Class A girls state basketball tournament by defeating Webster 58-48 on Saturday in Watertown. "Our whole focus was coming out and competing hard and I was thrilled with how we started the game," said Marquardt, whose Titans took fifth place at last year's state tournament in his first y
WATERTOWN -- At the end of regulation, it looked as if the Mount Vernon/Plankinton girls basketball team was going to complete an eight-point comeback. The No. 2-seeded Titans rallied to force overtime against Elk Point-Jefferson in the Class A state semifinal, but the Huskies prevailed 46-40 to win on Friday in Watertown. "It was a hard deal just to force overtime," MVP head coach Bill Marquardt said after the game. "We were gassed at that point, and we just couldn't make anymore.