PARKSTON-Mother Nature was not kind to the annual Parkston Classic this year, as a pair of late-December winter storms altered the schedule and eventually forced the cancelation of the final four games of the annual basketball bonanza.
The boys portion of the classic was originally slated to be held on Dec. 28 and the girls on Dec. 29, but bad weather forced Parkston to shuffle the schedule. Eight games were played on Saturday-four boys and four girls games-and another four were pushed back to Monday.
Wind and snow once again took a toll, wiping out the final four games of the schedule.
"Everybody is disappointed," Parkston activities director Leslie Rylance said. "We've got teams from every corner of the state coming in, so what's going on in Platte could be different than Dakota Valley. That's the beauty of a classic, because you get teams from all over the state, but that's what makes it difficult when weather comes into play."
All but one of the six girls games were played in what was the 39th year of girls basketball in the Parkston Classic.
The Corsica-Stickney boys were supposed to open the New Year's Eve slate of games against Rapid City Christian-which stayed in Mitchell for two extra days in hopes of competing-at 10 a.m., followed by McCook Central/Montrose and Highmore-Harrold, with the Platte-Geddes and Gayville-Volin girls up next and then Platte-Geddes and Dakota Valley boys closing out the day.
The decision was finally made to cancel Monday's games around 8 a.m., according to Rylance, leaving it up to the teams to decide if they want to reschedule on their own terms later in the season.
"I think our fans, our teams and our community always look forward to bringing people to town," Rylance said. "So it's disappointing that people won't be in town, won't get to see our facilities and we won't get to host like we have."
Corsica-Stickney edges Warner in top-five battle
While winter weather was reeking havoc on the Parkston Classic, the highlight of Saturday's contests was a Class B top-five girls hoops battle as No. 4 Corsica-Stickney nipped No. 2 Warner, 47-46, to remain unblemished.
The teams traded one-point leads at the end of the first two quarters, but Warner moved in front to take a four-point lead heading into the final quarter.
The Jaguars made a defensive switch in the final eight minutes and were able to come back to secure the one-point win.
"We had tried something different defensively in the third quarter and it just didn't work," Corsica-Stickney head coach Lorisa Broughton said. "So we went back to what was working earlier and we got some fresh legs from girls that hadn't played much in the first three quarters and I think that really helped."
Warner standout Laurie Rogers posted 24 points and 14 rebounds, but Corsica-Stickney emphasized cleaning up the glass and it showed in the stat sheet as Avery Broughton had 12 points and 10 boards, while Raven Barse added eight points and 11 rebounds.
Corsica-Stickney improves to 5-0 with its second win over a team that reached the state tournament last year-beating Avon by 22 on Dec. 11-and appears to be a state contender.
"We have a lot of young girls, so with that comes inconsistency," Lorisa Broughton said. "So that's why we've tried to instill in them that every game is a big game so when it comes to tournament time, they're ready for that."
Corsica-Stickney travels to Wagner on Saturday.
Canistota hands KWL first loss
Corsica-Stickney was able to avoid its first loss of the early girls basketball campaign, but Canistota handed Kimball/White Lake its first defeat, with a 57-52 win in the Parkston Classic on Saturday.
Jordan Engbrecht sliced through the WiLdKat defense to the tune of 29 points, while also making eight steals and pulling down four rebounds as the Hawks improved to 5-2 heading into Thursday's date at Sioux Falls Christian.
Kennedy Leiferman had 19 points in the loss for KWL (4-1), which gets back on the court Thursday against Colome in Kimball.