Hanson Classic boys basketball roundup: Winner knocks St. Thomas More from list of Class A unbeatens

Host Beavers earn a win in the Corn Palace during early action on Saturday

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Winner's Shawn Hammerbeck rises up for a shot over St. Thomas More's Lee Neugebauer during a boys Hanson Classic high school basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, at the Corn Palace.
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MITCHELL — Winner knocked Class A No. 4 St. Thomas More from the ranks of Class A’s unbeatens on Saturday at the boys Hanson Classic with a 51-46 triumph at the Corn Palace.

Winner, which trailed by as many as nine points midway through the second quarter, outscored STM by a 27-21 margin in the second half and finished the day 9-for-16 on 3-pointers, with three each from Pierce Nelson and Aiden Barfuss. Barfuss had 15 points and Blake Volmer and Nelson each had 11 points, with eight points and 10 rebounds added from Shawn Hammerbeck.

The Cavaliers shot 34% for the game and were 5-for-24 on 3-pointers. Caleb Hollenbeck finished with 17 points and Lee Neugebauer had 14 points for STM, with nine from Will Green.

Winner (9-1) hosts Todd County on Jan. 24, while STM (11-1) travels to Spearfish on Jan. 24.

Aberdeen Christian 87, White River 68

MITCHELL — Second-ranked Aberdeen Christian made its claim to the No. 1 ranking in Class B by pulling away from top-ranked White River on Saturday at the Hanson Classic.


It was a night for stars, with Aberdeen Christian’s dynamic senior duo of Malek Wieker scoring 29 points and Ethan Russell scoring 23. Together, they were 20-for-29 from the field shooting. It provided an answer to White River standout Joe Sayler, who scored 42 points on 11-for-24 shooting with six 3-pointers and a 14-for-16 night at the free throw line. It was the most points in a Hanson Classic boys basketball game since Cody Schilling scored 43 points in a 2008 game for Ellsworth, Minnesota.

The Knights shot 71.4% from the field for the game, including 17-for-23 in the second half after an 18-for-26 effort in the first half. They were 7-for-10 on 3-pointers for the game. Jackson Isakson had 14 points and seven rebounds and Kaden Clark finished with nine points and seven rebounds, as the Knights pulled away with a 24-7 margin in the third quarter after the game was 44-41 at halftime in favor of Aberdeen Christian, which is 10-0 and plays at Warner on Jan. 23.

Gavin Folkers had nine points for White River, which made nine 3-pointers and finished 19-for-23 on free throws. The Tigers (10-2) will play at Wall on Feb. 2.

De Smet 61, Lower Brule 53

MITCHELL — Third-ranked De Smet clamped down defensively in the second half and outscored fourth-ranked Lower Brule, 31-17, to earn a victory at the Hanson Classic between ranked foes.

Damon Wilkinson had 19 points and 17 rebounds for the Bulldogs, who had four players in double figures. Kadyn Fast had 14 points and Kasen Janssen and George Jensen each had 11 points, with Jensen tacking on nine rebounds. De Smet overcame a 5 for 15 day at the free-throw line and shot 42.1% from the field. For the Sioux, Gavin Thigh had 19 points and seven rebounds, while Briar LaRoche Jr. had 18 points and Tate Elk Solider had 10 points. Lower Brule led by 11 midway through the second quarter and by a 36-33 margin at halftime but shot 5-for-20 as a team from the field and 1-for-11 from 3-point land, in stark contrast to shooting 46.4% from the field in the first two quarters.

De Smet (9-2) heads to Castlewood on Jan. 23. Lower Brule (9-3) looks ahead to the Dakota Oyate Challenge in Huron on Jan. 26, taking on Takini in the opening game.

Dakota Valley 82, Sioux Valley 57

MITCHELL — A rematch of the Class A state championship from a season ago did not waver in result at Saturday’s Hanson Classic, as No. 1-ranked Dakota Valley remained undefeated against No. 2 Sioux Valley at the Corn Palace.

Isaac Bruns scored 31 points and had nine rebounds for the Panthers, who shot 50% from the field. Randy Rosenquist had 21 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists and Jaxon Hennies had 16 points, with 11 points and seven rebounds from Jaxson Wingert. DV led 20-19 after the first quarter and then blew the game open with a 26-9 second quarter, and led by as many as 28 late in the third quarter.


The Cossacks had 21 points from Oliver Vincent, plus 10 points and 14 rebounds from Alec Squires, with Maxwell Engebretson scoring 11 points. Sioux Valley was 10-for-28 on 3-pointers but yielded 16 offensive rebounds to Dakota Valley and shot 42% for the game.

Dakota Valley (10-0) hosts No. 3 Sioux Falls Christian on Jan. 26 in North Sioux City. Sioux Valley (11-1) plays at Flandreau on Feb. 2.

Hanson's Ethan Cheeseman jumps to defend the shot of Gregory's Jackson Bolander during during the 41st annual boys Hanson Classic on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, at the Corn Palace.
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Hanson 50, Gregory 38

MITCHELL — A stout defensive showing led Hanson to a victory over Gregory in a game that the Beavers never trailed during the Hanson Classic on Saturday at the Corn Palace.

The Beavers also held the Gorillas to 29.8% shooting for the game and limited Gregory to 6-for-23 shooting (26.1) in the first half.

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Offensively, Hanson shot 43.8% (7 of 16) from 3-point range for the game and knocked down three of its five tries from behind the arc in the second half.

Hanson got 19 points from Jayce Slaba, as well as 11 points and eight rebounds from Ethan Cheeseman in the win, while Gregory’s Daniel Mitchell contributed 10 points and 11 rebounds and was the lone Gorilla in double-digit points.

The Beavers (5-4) will take on Sanborn Central/Woonsocket on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at home in their next game, while Gregory (5-2) faces O'Neill St. Mary’s (Neb.) on Monday, Jan. 23 in its next action.


Bridgewater-Emery's Aaron Horvath drives to the basket in a game against Harding County during the 41st annual boys Hanson Classic on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, at the Corn Palace.
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Harding County 52, Bridgewater-Emery 49

MITCHELL — Sutton Arend’s 3-point shot at the buzzer came up no good, as Bridgewater-Emery fell to Harding County during the Hanson Classic on Saturday at the Corn Palace.

Three different players scored in double figures for Harding County, which shot 37.3% as a team. Gage Gilbert and Dawsom Kautzman both scored 16 points, while Keegan Hett added 10, to go along with eight rebounds and eight assists. Gilbert also had 11 rebounds for Harding County.

For the Huskies, Camdyn Stotereau led all scorers with 20 points, and Arend added another 15, while also pulling down a game-high 18 rebounds.

As a team, Bridgewater-Emery shot 31.6% (18 of 58) from the field and 19.4% (6 of 31) from 3-point range.

Bridgewater-Emery (6-3) has its next game Tuesday, Jan. 24, on the road against Freeman Academy/Marion, while Harding County (7-3) faces Belle Fourche at home on Thursday, Jan. 26.

Clark/Willow Lake's Trey Huber, center, puts up a shot as Canistota's Brady Scott and Tage Ortman defend during the 41st annual boys Hanson Classic on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, at the Corn Palace.
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Clark/Willow Lake 47, Canistota 41

MITCHELL — A slow fourth quarter offensively for Canistota helped Clark/Willow Lake come away with a win during the boys Hanson Classic on Saturday at the Corn Palace.

After taking a one-point lead to the fourth quarter, CWL limited Canistota to five points in the final frame, outscoring the Hawks 12-5 to walk away with the six-point victory.

Kaplan Felberg poured in a game-high 24 points for the Cyclones in the win, while Trey Huber also cracked double figures with 10 points.

For Canistota, Brandon Kjetland scored 10 points and came up with 16 rebounds, as the Hawks won the rebounding battle 35-27. Noah Kleinsasser led Canistota with 14 points in the loss.

The Hawks (5-4) are on the road against Chester Area on Tuesday, Jan. 24, for their next contest, and CWL (8-3) takes on Great Plains Lutheran in a road matchup on Monday, Jan. 23.

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Mount Vernon/Plankinton's Reed Rus makes a pass over Hamlin's Easton Neuendorf during a high school boys basketball game at the boys Hanson Classic on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, at the Corn Palace.
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Hamlin 73, Mount Vernon/Plankinton 48

MITCHELL — Hamlin’s offense was firing on all cylinders Saturday, as the Chargers rolled to a win over Mount Vernon/Plankinton during the boys Hanson Classic at the Corn Palace.

Tyson Stevenson racked up 24 points in the win for the Chargers, connecting on 7 of 13 shots, including four of the Chargers’ nine 3-pointers. Easton Neuendorf scored 18 for Hamlin, which led 23-13 after the opening eight minutes and by a 35-25 margin at halftime.

For MVP, Reed Rus had 26 points on 7 for 11 shooting, plus seven rebounds and five steals. Zach Baker had nine points but the Titans were held to 35% shooting for the game, including 28% in the first half. Hamlin was 20-for-24 on free throws, while MVP was 18-for-29.

Hamlin (7-2) is back in action on Jan. 24 against Aberdeen Roncalli. MVP (7-2) will host Wagner on Jan. 24 in Plankinton.

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