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HURON—As a co-op, Sanborn Central/Woonsocket frequently shortens its team name down to three letters: SCW. According to coach Rick Olsen, the running joke among the Blackhawks' team members is that the "C" doesn't stand for Central. Instead, it's for comeback. The Comeback 'Hawks were in full force on Friday, rallying from a rough opening set to win three of the next four sets for a 3-2 victory over Harding County in a Class B state volleyball tournament consolation round match at the Huron Arena. Set scores were 11-25, 26-24, 20-25, 25-21 and 15-11.
HURON—Sanborn Central/Woonsocket's volleyball team did not play its best match on Thursday. And top-seeded Northwestern was ready to take advantage. The Wildcats moved to 34-1 on the season with a three-set victory over the Blackhawks during the first round of the Class B state volleyball tournament Thursday at the Huron Arena. Set scores were 25-9, 25-11 and 25-19. Northwestern controlled each of the first two sets before SCW fought the Wildcats tough for the third and final set.
PRESHO — If the Lyman Raiders are to be successful at the Class B state volleyball tournament, their balanced lineup will likely rule the day. The Raiders boast a lineup that includes eight seniors and spread around most of the duties on the court, which has helped Lyman back to the state tournament for the first time since 2013 with a 24-8 record.
TYNDALL — The excitement continues to build for Bon Homme High School and its volleyball team. The communities of Tabor, Tyndall and Springfield are pumped up to see what their Cavaliers can do this week in the Class A state tournament, which begins Thursday in Watertown. Bon Homme, the No. 3 seed in the Class A field, will take on sixth-seeded Milbank Area (19-6) in a 6 p.m. match at the Watertown Civic Arena.
Decision day came and went Sunday for the Dakota Wesleyan University football team. And it's becoming an all-too-familiar feeling for the Tigers. For a second straight year, the Tigers had a case to make the 16-team national playoffs and were left on the outside looking in.
VERMILLION — Andy McCance only plays offense for the Gregory Gorillas. On Thursday, he showed he's pretty good at it. McCance had the standout performance for the Gorillas in the Class 9AA championship game win over Webster Area, a 48-20 victory. McCance was 13-for-16 passing for 258 yards and six touchdowns and ran for another 95 yards. He won the game's most outstanding back award and the Joe Robbie most valuable player award.
VERMILLION—Score, score and score some more. It might have been a "slow start" for the Gregory Gorillas Thursday but once the offense got rolling there was no stopping the high-flying attack, just as no team stopped the Gorillas during the 2016 season. Gregory completed a 12-0 season with a 48-20 win over Webster Area in the Class 9AA championship at the DakotaDome in Vermillion. The victory is the second title in three seasons for the Gorillas and the third in school history.
VERMILLION — The smallest schools have the biggest stage today at the South Dakota prep football championships. And the Class 9B game has the look of a contest deserving of the prime-time platform, as Colome and Langford Area converge on the DakotaDome. The No. 3-seed Cowboys and No. 4 Lions—both 10-1—will play today, with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m.
FORESTBURG — It was quite the 24-hour span for Myah Selland as Tuesday gave way into Wednesday. Selland had 30 kills in a four-set win for the Sanborn Central/Woonsocket volleyball team Tuesday in the Region 3B championship match in Arlington, helping the Blackhawks to the state tournament for a second straight year. Then on Wednesday, she woke up, headed to school and put pen to paper on her decision to play college basketball at South Dakota State University.
BROOKINGS — For a freshman, Megan Bultsma might represent the best of both worlds for the South Dakota State women's basketball team. The 6-foot-3 center already has a skilled inside game, with an ability to block shots, rebound and score inside and SDSU coach Aaron Johnston intends to make use of those skills. On the flip side, the Plankinton native is athletic, smart and is capable of playing the perimeter, a trait of so many of the Jacks' successful teams in recent years.