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TRIPP — As the second half of the Class B girls basketball season continues, just two undefeated teams remain. There’s No. 2-ranked Sanborn Central/Woonsocket, which -- following a third-place finish at the state tournament a year ago -- was considered one of the stronger teams entering the season and the Blackhawks are 11-0. And the other team has to be considered a surprise, as Tripp-Delmont/Armour also stands undefeated and has done it without a senior on the roster.
Brooklyn Brouwer scored a game-high 22 points as Tripp-Delmont/Armour picked up a 67-29 win over Mitchell Christian in a high school girls basketball game on Thursday in Mitchell. The Nighthawks (10-0) raced out to a 20-5 lead after the first quarter and cruised to the win. Mattilynn Reiner finished the game with 15 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for a double-double, while Erica Koster added 14 points.
The Dakota Wesleyan women’s basketball team isn’t the team to have a poor shooting night against. Dordt College learned that lesson Wednesday night. The Defenders went 12 minutes and 45 seconds without a made field goal in the first half, and the No. 9-ranked Tigers bullied Dordt in a 76-42 Great Plains Athletic Conference win at the Corn Palace. The win is the seventh in a row for the Tigers and it’s the sixth time this season DWU (18-2, 9-2 GPAC) has held a team to 50 points or less.
WINNER — Wyatt Ewing was on South Dakota State University’s football recruiting radar without even knowing it. The Winner High School senior was weighing his options to play college football between a slew of Division II and NAIA programs when Jackrabbits’ offensive line coach Jason Eck called Ewing with a scholarship offer.
The first quarter told the story Tuesday night in the girls basketball game between No. 1-ranked Harrisburg and Mitchell. The Tigers scored the first 15 points of the Eastern South Dakota girls basketball contest and finished the opening quarter up 20-2, on the way to a 59-30 win at the Corn Palace over the Kernels, dropping them to 1-7 on the season.
If you were at the Hanson Classic on Saturday, it felt like it was one of the best single days of girls basketball in the event's 34-year history. And from a historical and statistical standpoint, the numbers agree.
For a second straight year, the Pierre Governors were the kings of the Jerry Opbroek Invitational. But it was a strong showing for the Mitchell Kernels, as well. Briggs Havlik was the Kernels' first individual winner in the team's home tournament in five years, taking home the 152-pound crown in impression fashion. He defeated Howard's Mitch Kramer with a third-period pin for the championship Saturday at the Mitchell High School gymnasium.
The Crofton Warriors played quite well Saturday night, well enough to lead by six points with 96 seconds remaining in their game. But playing against Sanborn Central/Woonsocket, they couldn't have accounted for a trait only the Blackhawks have: "Myah Magic." Myah Selland scored 40 points, including a game-tying 3-pointer just before the final buzzer sounded and the Class B No. 3 Blackhawks pulled out a 72-66 overtime victory over the Warriors Saturday in the Hanson Classic.
WINNER — Top to bottom, the Winner Area wrestling team has built quite the roster of, well, winners. The team's lineup is filled with wrestlers who are putting solid seasons, as the Class B No. 3-ranked Warriors already have nine wrestlers with at least 10 wins. The Warriors enter today's Jerry Opbroek Invitational at Mitchell High School as the top-ranked Class B team on-hand and won last week at the Mid-Dakota Monster in Presho with 254 points in a 25-team field.
PIERRE -- The Mount Vernon/Plankinton co-op will play 11-man football during the 2017 and 2018 seasons after the South Dakota High School Activities Association Board of Directors denied an appeal Wednesday for the Titans to remain in nine-man football. A motion to approve MVP’s waiver failed by a 6-3 margin during the SDHSAA board meeting in Pierre. The Mount Vernon and Plankinton school districts jointly appealed seeking a waiver to use a two-year grace period to remain in nine-man football but the dispute centered on what enrollment figures should be used.