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FORESTBURG — Myah Selland remembers the beginning, when she was just meeting her new teammates. A seventh-grader at the time, Selland, a Sanborn Central student, was introducing herself to her new Woonsocket teammates, the two bitter rivals joining forces in 2011 for girls basketball as part of an athletic cooperative. "We didn't really even interact and I remember introducing myself, 'Hi, my name is Myah,'" Selland recalled. "Everything was so new."
As the point person in the search for a new Mitchell High School boys basketball coach, Activities Director Cory Aadland has heard plenty of opinions about the job. There’s one sentiment he’s not buying: that the Kernel job isn’t a good one for a coach.
The South Dakota state wrestling tournament is getting closer to serving a "dual" purpose. A year-long effort to study the feasibility of a dual championship has led to a proposal for a three-day state wrestling meet that would include an eight-team dual tournament, which if approved by the South Dakota High School Activities Association, could start as early as the 2018 state tournament.
ABERDEEN — After hurting his knee in Friday's Class B boys basketball state semifinal game, Bridgewater-Emery's Cade Schmitt was going to give it a go for Saturday's championship game. It didn't quite go as planned. Schmitt, a 6-foot-4 senior forward, played less than two minutes in the contest. He started the game for the Huskies and then came out early in the first quarter before finishing the 63-58 victory on the Wachs Arena floor to celebrate the team's first state championship in Bridgewater-Emery history.
The Mitchell High School girls basketball team didn't have the type of season they were expecting or seeking. Off a late-season run and a state tournament appearance in 2016, the Kernels finished at 4-19, with a 45-20 loss to Rapid City Central in the Region 2AA round March 6 to close the season. Head coach Wes Morgan said the season ended up falling short of the expectations the team set in December.
SIOUX FALLS—Sioux Falls Christian was the bigger, stronger team in its Class A state boys basketball tournament opener against Mount Vernon/Plankinton Thursday. The defending state champion Chargers didn't let that advantage go to waste. SFC had a 45-28 rebounding advantage, including 18 offensive rebounds and pulled away in the final three quarters for a 72-44 quarterfinal win at the Premier Center in Sioux Falls.
FARGO, N.D. — Former Bon Homme/Scotland wrestler Dan Stibral finished his redshirt freshman season last month with a winning record at North Dakota State University. Stibral, a native of Tabor, finished his season with an 8-6 mark and a 2-0 record in duals. That included a 9-8 decision over Parker Hines on Feb. 10 at the Air Force Academy, which ended in a 23-10 victory over the Falcons. He also had a key pin over Chuck Boddy over Virginia at the Virginia Duals on Jan 13. The Cavaliers were ranked No. 24 and the Bison picked up a 27-13 dual victory.
If there’s one team in the Class B boys basketball tournament that has already mastered the role of being an underdog, it’s Platte-Geddes. The Black Panthers knocked out No. 2 ranked Corsica-Stickney in the district championship game and punched a ticket to the state tournament for a third time in the last five years with a victory over Gregory in the region championship.
HURON — Saturday's final session of games at the Class B state girls basketball tournament in Huron marked the end of a winning chapter for two area basketball powers. While neither Ethan or Sanborn Central/Woonsocket brought home the championship — those honors went to Sully Buttes for a second straight season — the second-place Blackhawks and third-place Rustlers both have made state tournament appearances and top finishes a regular part of March for their communities.
HURON—For a second straight day, the Sanborn Central/Woonsocket girls basketball team fell into an early hole. And again, the Blackhawks climbed out with a second-quarter surge and then held on at the end, punching their ticket to the Class B state championship game with a 55-49 victory over top-seeded Warner Friday night in front of an estimated 4,000 fans at the Huron Arena.