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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.
For the second half of the season, the Corsica-Stickney boys basketball team has been focusing on its defense and trying to bring it in line with its strong offense. In the District 11B championship game Friday night, the defense looked pretty good. Holding Platte-Geddes to four first-half field goals and 31 points for the game, the Jaguars advance to the Region 6B championship game in a 59-31 victory at the Corn Palace.
In the Region 6B girls basketball championship game, Avon scored the first 11 points of the game. It would prove to be a margin too large for Platte-Geddes to rally from, as Avon never let the lead fall to fewer than 11 points. The Pirates' early success set the table for the Avon girls basketball team to return to the state tournament for the first time since 2009 in a 41-25 victory over the Black Panthers Thursday night at the Corn Palace in Mitchell.
Deep down, Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball coach Matt Wilber was pretty sure his Tiger team would be one of the 32 teams to have their name called for the national tournament. But, "until your name is on the board, you just don't know," he said. It took until the third eight-team quadrant of the bracket was unveiled but the Tigers (22-10) were there — a No. 5-seed — and slated to play Indiana Tech (23-9) at 7:30 p.m. on March 10 in Point Lookout, Missouri, in the NAIA Division II men's basketball tournament.
The second season starts on Friday for the Mitchell Marlins girls hockey team. And it will be on the team's home ice. Mitchell will be hosting the South Dakota girls varsity state hockey tournament, starting on Friday and running through Sunday at the Mitchell Activities Center. Alongside the varsity tournament, the two sheets of ice will be home to the 12-under state tournament this weekend, as well. That will make for an exciting weekend of hockey, Marlins varsity coach Cody Denne said.
RAPID CITY—In the season-long—and career-long—battle between Andes Central's Tre'zen Doren and Wagner's Truman Ashes, no match had more on the line. And between two evenly matched wrestlers ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the state, it came down to the final second.