It'd been a long week for the Sanborn Central/Woonsocket boys' basketball team. The Blackhawks began the week 7-1 and ranked fifth in Class B, then lost a pair of games in the 281 Conference tournament. The frustration ended Saturday night as the Blackhawks upset top-ranked White River 68-65 in double overtime at the Hanson Boys Corn Palace Classic in Mitchell. "We had a rough last week," SC/W coach Troy Olson said. "The 281 Conference tournament has some great teams, and we didn't shoot the ball well up there.
The Ethan Rustlers proved why it is the top-ranked team in Class B with a 51-33 win over Castlewood at the Hanson Girls Corn Palace Classic on Saturday. The Rustlers (10-0) opened the game with a nearly flawless performance and led 18-2 at the end of the opening period. "We've had times this year where we've started slow and it has taken us awhile to get going," Ethan coach Tom Young said. "I think our girls were ready.
The Sully Buttes Chargers, ranked fourth in Class B, held on to edge the No. 5 Hanson Beavers 38-34 at the 32nd annual Hanson Girls Corn Palace Classic on Saturday. Both teams played stout defense from the start, as both teams struggled to put up points early in the contest. Hanson's Hailey Doyle opened the scoring with a three-point basket, but the Beavers could only manage 4 points the rest of the quarter as the Chargers took a 10-7 lead into the second quarter. "At the beginning of the year, we weren't there defensively," Sully Buttes head coach Mark Senftner said.
PARKSTON -- The Ethan Rustlers jumped out to an early lead and never looked back Saturday. The No. 4 Ruster girls basketball team upset No. 3 Sully Buttes 48-42 on...
Dakota Wesleyan survived a horrendous first half and defeated Midland 72-67 in overtime in a Great Plains Athletic Conference battle Saturday at the Corn Palace. The Tigers fell behind by 19 points at 27-8 and ended the half trailing the Warriors 39-24. DWU committed 20 turnovers in the first half and shot 38 percent from the field. "We didn't come out ready to play," Tiger coach Jason Christensen said of his team's first half performance. "They (Midland) threw a goofy press at us that I thought we'd be ready for but we weren't. You can't come out flat.
Why not? Dakota Wesleyan University’s all-time rushing leader Francois Barnaud had just scored his last touchdown of his career with three minutes left in the Tigers season-ending 40-14 win over Great Plains Athletic Conference foe Dordt and Barnaud decided to end his career with a dive into a snowbank. He was joined by his teammates which drew an unsportsmanlike penalty. A penalty nobody at the snow covered Joe Quintal Field seemed to care about. "We were joking about during pregame," Barnaud about the dive.
HOWARD -- A year ago, the Howard Tigers fell one game short of going to the Class 9A championship as they were beaten by eventual champion Potter County. This year's a different story, though. Howard got some redemption in Saturday's 9A semifinal game against Alcester-Hudson. The No. 2 Tigers beat the No. 3 Cubs 58-6 in a game that ended in the third quarter due to the mercy rule. "Not just me but my coaches and all the players have been waiting a year for this game," Howard coach Pat Ruml said. "They didn't want to feel like they felt last year.
HOWARD — Howard's offense has opened eyes all season, and in Monday's quarterfinal matchup with Warner, the Tigers didn't disappoint. Howard defeated the Monarchs 52-0 to advance to the Class 9A semifinals. But it's Howard's defense that's stepped up in the two playoff games — as it has held its two opponents to six points while scoring 112 itself. The Tigers held Warner to 73 yards rushing and 28 yards passing for 101 total yards.
AVON -- It was all Devin Tolsma Tuesday night in Avon. Tolsma scored seven touchdowns and rushed 31 times for 448 yards as the Pirates defeated Burke/South Central 68-30 in opening-round play of the Class 9B playoffs. "The line blocks for me and I run the ball hard," Tolsma said. "It's the commitment we make. Block for me and I'll get it.
PARKSTON — The Parkston Trojans, top-ranked in Class 11B, got ready for the playoffs with a big defensive game. The Trojans held Bon Homme to 57 total yards en route...