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WESSINGTON SPRINGS—The Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central football team will be entering new territory for the 2017 season. After competing in back-to-back Class 9AA state championship games in 2014 and 2015, the Blackhawks will now compete in Class 11B for the foreseeable future.
PARKSTON -- For the fifth time in as many meetings over the last three seasons between Ethan and Sully Buttes, it was a close contest between the Class B girls basketball powerhouses. And for the third time, it went to overtime. It’s no wonder the two schools have split the last two state championships.
PARKSTON -- Myah Selland and Sanborn Central/Woonsocket girls basketball team know they can score plenty of points to win games. On Friday at the Parkston Classic, they showed off their defense. In a cross-class matchup, Class B No. 3 SCW (3-0) used a sturdy man-to-man defense to hand Class A No. 3 McCook Central/Montrose its first loss of the season 54-44 at the Parkston Armory.
The start of the season hasn't been kind to the Mitchell High School boys basketball team. On Thursday, No. 1-ranked Sioux Falls O'Gorman was far from kind to the Kernels, earning a 76-42 victory in the first game of the Gary Munsen tournament at the seventh annual Mike Miller Classic. O'Gorman (4-0) used its size and length to dominate the rebounding battle and to keep the Kernel offense quiet—along with the hometown crowd at the Corn Palace.
PARKSTON—It's No. 1 vs. No. 2. In what's proven to be an annual preview of the Class B girls basketball state championship the past two seasons, No. 1 Sully Buttes (4-0) takes on No. 2 Ethan (4-0) at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the final game of the Parkston Classic in Parkston.
PARKSTON—Two teams that placed in the top-5 at last year's Class B boys basketball state tournament will clash at the Parkston Classic today in Parkston. The Corsica-Stickney Jaguars (2-1), who finished fifth last year at state, will take on No. 1 Warner (2-0), the defending state champions, in a Class B showdown at 4:30 p.m. For the Jaguars, a chance to take on the defending state champions close to home is also a chance to prove they are state title contenders.
The Christmas break may look a little different for South Dakota high school coaches and athletes in two years. After establishing a seven-day summer moratorium, or break, which bans any school-sponsored or affiliated activity July 1 through July 7, the South Dakota High School Activities Association approved the same type of moratorium during the winter break. According to the SDHSAA Board of Directors minutes from Aug. 25, 2016, there will be a mandatory four day break on the December dates of 23, 24, 25 and 26 each year effective for the 2018-19 school year.
MOUNT VERNON—On the basketball court, Cody Muilenburg can do it all. He rebounds, passes, scores, drives, blocks, defends and even dunks. At 6-feet tall, the Mount Vernon/Plankinton senior doesn't tower over opponents, but that doesn't stop him from being a matchup nightmare for many opposing players. "He has a skill set that he can beat you 23-feet from the basket and he can beat you at the hoop," MVP head coach Eric Denning said. "He's a good rebounder and a good defender. He's a real balanced player."
EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is the ﬁrst story in a three-part series on high school basketball classics in South Dakota and the impact of those events. In the world of South Dakota basketball classics, there are the fundraisers and the non-fundraisers. And both manage to coexist in the high school basketball ecosystem. For many schools and towns, basketball classics began as a way to provide different competition for teams, while other basketball classics tend to serve as fundraisers for a variety of entities.
Does South Dakota high school basketball need a mercy rule? That question still looms as the mercy rule enters its second season. First enacted by the South Dakota High School Activities Association in Class A and B boys and girls basketball for the 2015-16 season, the mercy rule was tweaked for the start of the 2016-17 season.