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ABERDEEN - Strong outside shooting from Potter County and a season high in turnovers ended the Ethan boys’ basketball team’s season with a loss. The No. 5 Battlers pulled away late to top the No. 6 Rustlers 65-54 in the third-place game of the Class B state tournament Saturday at the Barnett Center in Aberdeen. When asked about how Potter County was able to pull ahead, Ethan coach Bryce Roth laughed and asked “Did you see their three-point percentage?”
ABERDEEN — The Platte-Geddes boys’ basketball team has made a habit of pulling early upsets at the state tournament, as it refuses to use its seed as an excuse. The Black Panthers have entered the state tournament at or near the bottom of the bracket each of the last two seasons, knocking off a top seed each time in the first round. Carter Dykstra, a junior transfer from Dakota Christian, said the team felt confident about coming away with a win as a seven seed over No.
ABERDEEN — With .6 seconds left on the clock and his team down three points, Ethan’s Tyler Myers rebounded a missed free throw and heaved the ball from under his own basket, nearly 90 feet, hitting the back of the rim. The desperation miss ended a thrilling game, with No. 7 seed Platte-Geddes topping No. 6 seed Ethan 59-56 in the semifinals of the Class B state boys’ basketball tournament Friday at the Barnett Center in Aberdeen. “When he threw that ball up, I knew it was going to be close,” Platte-Geddes coach Frank Cutler said.
ABERDEEN — Jace Connor missed all but one play for the Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan football team in the fall, getting in for a snap late in the fourth quarter of the Class 9AA title game. Connor was on track to start at quarterback for the 2013 Seahawks, but an injury sustained while working over the summer cost him his senior football season. When basketball rolled around for Ethan, Connor was on the practice court from day one and has helped lead the Rustlers to the Class B state boys’ basketball tournament with solid play and leadership. “I was worried coming into the season about Jace
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ABERDEEN -- In its first appearance in the state tournament in 13 years, the Ethan boys’ basketball team knocked off the two-time defending state champion. Balanced offense and clutch free throws down the stretch pushed the No. 6 seeded Rustlers (21-3) past No. 3 seeded White River (19-5) 73-62 in the quarterfinals of the Class B state tournament Thursday at the Barnett Center in Aberdeen.
ABERDEEN — After a slow start, the Platte-Geddes boys’ basketball team took out a higher seed for the second straight year in the first round of the state tournament. The seventh-seeded Black Panthers (17-6) shot 72 percent in the second half and topped No. 2 Langford Area (21-3) 58-50 in the quarterfinals of the Class B state tournament Thursday at the Barnett Center in Aberdeen. “I had a good feeling coming into this game,” Platte-Geddes junior Carter Dykstra said, adding there is a confidence with the Black Panthers uncommon among most No.
With several experienced seniors to rely on this season, the Ethan boys’ basketball team has found strength down low from an underclassman. Sophomore Camden Myers has helped solidify his team’s interior presence, averaging a double-double for the Rustlers in 2013-14. Myers is averaging 18.3 points and 10.2 rebounds per game for Ethan, which carries a 20-3 record heading into the Class B state tournament starting today in Aberdeen. “He doesn’t miss,” Ethan coach Bryce Roth said.
The Ethan boys’ basketball team comes into the state tournament today as a sixth seed, but the Rustlers have showed an ability to play with and beat the best in Class B this season. Ethan (20-3) played three games against other squads in the eight-team field, winning two. The Rustlers handed No. 1 James Valley Christian its only loss this season on Jan. 3 and topped eighth-seeded Centerville on Jan. 18. At the Hanson Boys’ Classic earlier this season at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, the Rustlers took No.
BROOKINGS — Down nine at halftime, the Mitchell girls’ basketball team came out of the locker room ready to get going in the Class AA final Saturday in Brookings. With the court occupied by an award ceremony, the Kernels sat on the bench waiting for their opportunity to warm up before the final half of basketball of the season, but a celebration would delay the shoot around. Senior guard Macy Miller was honored with the unique and prestigious Spirit of Su award, which is given annually at the Class AA state girls’ basketball tournament to one senior player who exemplifies excellence on a