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SIOUX CITY, Iowa—The Davenport (Mich.) University women's basketball team has made the NAIA Division II national tournament in 12 straight years. But in some ways, this year's tournament is a brand new experience. The Panthers (28-5) have a coach in her first year at the Grand Rapids, Michigan school and only have a handful of players with national tournament experience, despite winning 10 straight regular season conference championships in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference.
HURON — Patience was key for the Avon girls basketball team on Thursday in its opening game at the Class B state tournament. Down 17-12 at halftime and having committed 11 first-half turnovers, the Pirates focused on being more efficient and effective in the second half. It worked. Fifth-seeded Avon scored 17 points in each of the third and fourth quarters and powered past a 20-win Faith team by a 46-38 score in the quarterfinal round Thursday afternoon at the Huron Arena.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa—It was an early start for the Dakota Wesleyan women's basketball team on Wednesday morning. Or as it turned out for some of the team's fans, a late night that never ended. In the front row of a student section featuring about three dozen Tiger faithful, Brady Mudder, Blaine Bacon and Kellam Karst were seeing their all-night effort come to a crescendo.
SIOUX FALLS—South Dakota State's Macy Miller picked a good time to play her best basketball of the season. Miller, a sophomore from Mitchell, had 18 points and 10 rebounds on Tuesday, as the Jackrabbits' women's basketball team secured a return trip to the NCAA tournament in a 61-55 win over the University of South Dakota. For her effort, Miller was named to the all-tournament team and was selected as the event's MVP. "It's not something I had really thought about at all," she said. "It's a tremendous honor and to me, it's one that I can only share with my teammates."
SIOUX FALLS—The South Dakota State women's basketball team lost the season series with its in-state rivals from the University of South Dakota. But on Tuesday, the Jackrabbits won the only game of the three that decided a trip to the national tournament. In a physical, demanding contest played in front of 8,647 fans, SDSU emerged victorious with a 61-55 win in the Summit League championship game at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls. The Jacks now qualify for the NCAA tournament with the conference's automatic berth.
SIOUX FALLS — In a classic in-state rivalry game, South Dakota State University defeated the University of South Dakota on Tuesday to earn a berth to the NCAA national tournament...
SIOUX FALLS—It's another all-South Dakota championship game at the Summit League women's basketball postseason tournament. For the third time in four years, South Dakota State University and the University of South Dakota will play in the conference tournament title game in Sioux Falls. The winner of the game, scheduled for 1 p.m. today, earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I national tournament. The game serves as a reminder to the rest of the teams in the league: the conference championship goes through South Dakota in more ways than one.
The Mitchell Kernels girls basketball team is going to the state tournament. And frankly, that's all that matters. The Kernels picked up win No. 6 on Tuesday night in the Region 2AA state qualifier, topping Sturgis 51-44 at the Corn Palace to advance to the state tournament for the 25th time. A proud accomplishment for a storied program.
SIOUX FALLS—Start hot, finish strong. The South Dakota State women's basketball team was burning up the nets in the first quarter of its Summit League tournament semifinal game Monday and the shooting helped them into the annual event's championship game for the seventh time in eight years. The Jackrabbits defeated tournament upstarts University of Nebraska-Omaha 76-60 at the Denny Sanford Premier Center.
PARKSTON — Blake Bietz has always been a wrestler. And he's on his way to being the best prep wrestler to ever put on a singlet for Parkston High School. Bietz, a junior for the Trojans, won his third individual state championship of his career and helped Parkston to a second-place finish at the Class B wrestling tournament. His dominance in the 2015-16 season — finishing with a 45-1 record — is why he's The Daily Republic's wrestler of the year for a second consecutive year.