Volmer's double-double pushes Winner to win over Lakota Tech as Warriors to play for fifth

The Big Dakota all-conference selection had 14 points and 15 rebounds in the win over Lakota Tech

Winner's Blake Volmer (24) shakes hands with teammate Aiden Barfuss (25) in the Class A boys semifinal game against Lakota Tech on Friday, Mar. 18, 2022 at The Monument in Rapid City.
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RAPID CITY -- Big Dakota all-conference selection Blake Volmer led the Winner Warriors with 14 points as they took down Lakota Tech 60-53 on Friday to advance to the Class A consolation bracket championship game at The Monument in Rapid City.

Winner (23-2) looked ready to run away with the game after jumping out to a seven-point lead after the first quarter, but Lakota Tech fought back to tie the game by halftime.

The rebounding battle was the difference as Winner outrebounded Lakota Tech (16-7) 40-33, including a 12-5 advantage on the offensive glass. The Warriors turned those extra possessions into 14 second-chance points.

Volmer finished with a double-double, adding 15 rebounds to his 14-point performance. Lakota Tech’s Triston LeBeau had a double-double as well, leading all scorers with 24 points along with 10 rebounds.

Winner moves on to the consolation championship game against the Sioux Falls Christian Chargers. Lakota Tech, looking for its first state tournament win in the school’s second year of existence, will face the Groton Area Tigers for seventh place.

Dylan is sports reporter for the Mitchell Republic. A native of Michigan, he graduated from Central Michigan University with a bachelors of science in journalism before joining the sports staff in March 2022. He covers 35 high schools along with NAIA's Dakota Wesleyan, which are all within Mitchell Republic's 17 county coverage area. Before joining the Mitchell Republic, Dylan covered sports in Michigan for a year, coached baseball for the Lakeland High School freshman team in White Lake, Mich. and played baseball and basketball in high school.
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