There will be no shortage of ranked teams and all-state players at today’s Hanson Classic.
The eight-game classic starts at 10 a.m. today and concludes at 8:30 p.m. at the Corn Palace. The action starts with Avon facing Faulkton Area at 10 a.m., followed by Lennox against Bridgewater-Emery at 11:30 a.m. Parkston plays Flandreau at 1 p.m., Class B No. 5 Hanson takes on Waubay/Summit at 2:30 p.m. and Class A No. 5 Sioux Falls Christian takes on McCook Central/Montrose at 4 p.m.
The final three games include ranked matchups. Class A No. 4 Hamlin faces Class B No. 3 White River at 5:30 p.m., Class A No. 3 Winner takes on Class B No. 4 Ethan at 7 p.m. and Class A No. 1 St. Thomas More plays Class B No. 1 Corsica-Stickney at 8:30 p.m.
Due to COVID-19, the event organizers will follow Corn Palace guidelines. Face masks are required inside the Corn Palace, while capacity will be limited to 50 percent of the 3,200-seat venue.
Fans can watch the classic online at www.beavers.liveticket.tv for $12.50 all day. It won’t be available locally on Mitchell Telecom. The pay-per-view sales will be available via VISA, MasterCard or PayPal. Fans must create a personal account with a personal email and password. Fans will use this email/password to login for each game each day in the video player on www.beavers.liveticket.tv.
Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Courtside reserved seats won’t be available, while fans won’t be allowed to sit on the stage directly behind the scorers table. Games will start 15 minutes following the completion of the previous game.
Here’s are three storylines to watch today:
No. 1 vs. No. 1
It will be No. 1 against No. 1 in the nightcap.
Class A No. 1 St. Thomas More faces Class B No. 1 Corsica-Stickney at 8:30 p.m. in the finale. On Thursday, the Jaguars (8-1) lost their first game of the season, a 67-52 defeat against Class A No. 3 Winner. The Cavaliers (9-0) are one of three undefeated teams in Class A girls basketball.
The Corsica-Stickney vs. St. Thomas More contest will pit two all-state players against each other. Corsica-Stickney’s Avery Broughton, a 6-foot guard/forward, averages 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game. The sophomore has Division I scholarship offers from South Dakota State University, University of South Dakota, University of North Dakota and Drake.
The Cavaliers are powered by 5-foot-11 senior guard Haleigh Timmer, who will play next season at SDSU. Timmer recently logged 21 points, eight rebounds and five assists in STM’s 65-60 win over Class AA power Sioux Falls Washington. She also has a 31-point game on her résumé this season.
Division I prospects
In addition to Timmer and Broughton, there are two other Division I basketball prospects in the field.
Sioux Falls Christian’s Lexi Unruh will play basketball next season at Creighton University. The 6-foot senior guard missed last season with an ACL injury, but was an all-state selection as a sophomore.
Earlier this season, Unruh exploded for a school-record 41 points in a win over Clark/Willow Lake.
Winner all-state junior guard Bella Swedlund has a host of Division I scholarship offers, including one from Big Ten member Illinois. The 5-foot-8 Swedlund is averaging 22 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game this season.
Valandra-Prue closes in on 2,000 points
White River’s Caelyn Valandra-Prue is closing in on 2,000 career points.
The senior guard enters today’s contest against Hamlin with 1,970 career points. The 5-foot-10 guard is averaging 26 points per game for the Tigers (5-0).
White River hasn’t played since its 62-60 win over West Central at the Sacred Hoops Classic at the Corn Palace. Valandra-Prue capped off a 27-point performance with a buzzer beater to lift White River to the win.
Valandra-Prue, a multiple all-stater, will run track and field next season at the University of South Dakota.