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Class B Round of 16: Hawks head to Huron for state qualifier

Canistota's Tyce Ortman, left, drives inside in front of Langford Area's Ryan Punt (34) during the Hanson Classic on Saturday at the Corn Palace. (Marcus Traxler / Republic)

After emerging from a difficult region, the Canistota boys basketball team is hoping it can find one more win.

In a rare Wednesday game, Canistota (19-3) will play 11th-seeded Castlewood (14-7) at 7:30 p.m. today at the Huron Arena. The Hawks are looking for their first state tournament appearance since 2011, but it's their only appearance since winning the Class B title in 1958.

Canistota—which is led by the underclassmen backcourt duo of Trey Ortman and Tyce Ortman, and seniors Jordan Lee, Connor Carlson and Scott Jolley—won 11 games over the middle of the season before dropping contests to Parker and Colman-Egan on the road to end the regular season. The Hawks also needed overtime to get past Viborg-Hurley in the Region 5B semifinals 66-57.

For Castlewood, the Warriors started the season at 6-1 but played a difficult schedule and went 3-3 in the month of February prior to the playoffs. The Warriors advanced to the Round of 16 with a 71-45 win over Iroquois and a 53-34 victory over Wolsey-Wessington.

Brandon Benike averages 18 points per game to lead the Warriors, and Caleb DeKam is averaging 17.1 points per game for a team that averages 60 points and shoots 40 percent as a team. The Warriors last qualified for the state tournament in 2012.

Corsica-Stickney preps for Sioux

No strangers to deep postseason runs, the Corsica-Stickney boys basketball team can make a second trip to the Class B state boys basketball tournament in three years with a win Thursday. Corsica-Stickney, seeded fourth in the Class B field, will take on No. 13 Lower Brule at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Huron Arena in the state-qualifying round.

The Jaguars (20-2) have been hot since 2018 got underway, posting 17 wins in 18 tries, including wins in their last seven games. The only hiccup was in a neutral-site loss to Warner 49-40 on Feb. 3 at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls. The Jaguars, who beat Gregory 62-43 to advance to the Round of 16, have averaged 60.4 points per game, while allowing 45.3 points per contest.

Lower Brule (15-7) is led by three players who average 10 or more points. Senior Kevin Peterson averages 17.6 points per game, while Shane Sazue averages 15.5 points per contest as a sophomore. Demas Bromwich averages 10.5 points per game and JayShawn Milton has posted 9.4 points and 10 rebounds per game. The Sioux have never made the state boys basketball tournament.

SCW to tussle with CWL

Sanborn Central/Woonsocket can make school history on Thursday.

The Blackhawks can advance to the Class B boys basketball tournament for the first time as a co-op. But standing in the way is Clark/Willow Lake, which moved down from Class A to Class B this season.

No. 12 Sanborn Central/Woonsocket (17-5) plays No. 5 Clark/Willow Lake (17-5) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Huron Arena in the state-qualifying round.

The Blackhawks are powered by 6-foot-2 sophomore guard Noah Dickson, who logs 17.2 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. Five-foot-11 senior shooting guard Drew Weber averages 11.9 points per contest and is a deadly 3-point shooter. Six-foot senior point guard Trent Kingsbury does a little bit of everything, posting 8.2 points, 8.2 assists and 7.5 rebounds a contest. Six-foot-4 Jared Goldammer averages 7.4 points and 4.9 rebounds a game.

The Cyclones, who have played 13 Class A teams this season, are led by Jacob Prouty. The 5-foot-11 junior guard averages 19.6 points per game. Six-foot-2 senior guard Bradyn Rusher nets 14 points a game, while 6-foot-6 junior Micah Burke averages 11.8 points and 6.9 rebounds a game.