Boys basketball: Jefferson at No. 1 in Class AA postseason, with Lincoln, Mitchell, Yankton as top seeds

Harrisburg-Brandon Valley; O'Gorman-Pierre among the interesting state-qualifying round matchups

Jefferson's Kaden Year (23) makes a move as Lincoln's Jack Hilgenberg (15) and JT Rock (35) defend during Feb. 17, 2023 boys high school basketball game at the Lincoln gym in Sioux Falls.
Matt Zimmer/Forum News Service

SIOUX FALLS — The Class AA boys state tournament field will take shape Saturday.

The boys 'AA' SoDak 16 games are set, with Sioux Falls Jefferson earning the No. 1 seed despite losing two of their final three regular-season games.

The Cavaliers are 18-2, having opened the season with 17 straight wins. Sioux Falls Lincoln (17-3) is the No. 2 seed and Mitchell is third.

This year's boys state Class AA tournament is set for March 16-18 in Rapid City.

Class AA boys basketball SoDak 16
All games on Saturday, March 4. All times Central. 


Upper bracket

First quarterfinal

No. 16 Rapid City Stevens (5-15) at No. 1 Sioux Falls Jefferson (18-2), 4 p.m.

No. 9 Harrisburg (13-7) at No. 8 Brandon Valley (13-7), 3 p.m.

Second quarterfinal

No. 13 Aberdeen Central (6-12) at No. 4 Yankton (15-5), 2 p.m.

No. 12 Huron (7-13) at No. 5 Sioux Falls Washington (14-6), 2 p.m.

Lower bracket


Third quarterfinal

No. 15 Rapid City Central (6-14) at No. 2 Sioux Falls Lincoln (17-3), 3 p.m.

No. 10 Sturgis (10-9) at No. 7 Sioux Falls Roosevelt (12-8), 3 p.m.

Fourth quarterfinal

No. 14 Watertown (7-13) at No. 3 Mitchell (16-4), 6 p.m.

No. 11 O’Gorman (7-13) at No. 6 Pierre (13-7), 3 p.m.

Class AA state tournament

Thursday, March 16 — at Summit Arena in Rapid City.


All times Central


Upper bracket

RC Stevens/SF Jefferson winner vs. Harrisburg/Brandon Valley winner, 1 p.m.

Aberdeen Central/Yankton winner vs. Huron/SF Washington, 2:45 p.m.

Lower bracket

RC Central/SF Lincoln winner vs. Sturgis/SF Roosevelt winner, 7 p.m.

Watertown/Mitchell winner vs. O'Gorman/Pierre winner, 8:45 p.m.

Matt Zimmer is a Sioux Falls native and longtime sports writer. He graduated from Washington High School where he played football, legion baseball and developed his lifelong love of the Minnesota Twins and Vikings. After graduating from St. Cloud State University, he returned to Sioux Falls, began a long career in amateur baseball and started working as a sports freelancer. Zimmer was hired as a sport reporter at the Argus Leader in 2004, where he covered Sioux Falls high schools and colleges before moving to the South Dakota State University beat in 2014.
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