With a 10-5 record entering Saturday's Dakota Wesleyan University Culver's Classic, Canistota was looking for a confidence booster. The Hawks got it in a big way, defeating No. 1-ranked White River 60-59 in a Class B showdown at the Corn Palace. "It was a huge win and I couldn't be prouder of our boys," Canistota coach Pat Jolley said. "We've been playing well. Defensively, we had to make a lot of adjustments tonight."
MOUNT VERNON — Friday night brought about a painful loss in more ways than one for the Mount Vernon/Plankinton football team. At the wrong end of turnovers, big plays and injuries, the third-ranked and previously undefeated Titans were upended 41-24 in the regular season finale in Mount Vernon. Most notably, standout running back Jesse Hastings left the game in the first quarter with a shoulder injury and didn't return.
SIOUX FALLS -– The Alexandria Angels were the Flandreau Cardinals’ buzzsaw in each of the last two Class B state amateur baseball tournaments, ending potentially promising tournaments with ease. But the Cardinals turned the tables Friday and knocked out the powerhouse and two-time defending state champions from Alexandria, 4-3, in 13 innings in a Class B state quarterfinal game at Ronken Field at Augustana University.
SIOUX FALLS — That huge sigh you heard Saturday night about 8 p.m. was from Alexandria as the 2-time defending Class B champions came back to edge the Crofton Neb. Blue Jays 6-3 in 10 innings and advance to the second round of the State Class B Amateur Tournament. Everything was set up for the upset. Crofton pitcher Scott Donner had given up only four hits while staked to a 2-0 lead going into the seventh and while Alexandria was hitting the ball hard they couldn't get a key hit.
PLATTE – Playing late Friday night and through the fog into Saturday morning, the Winner/Colome amateur baseball team couldn’t be slowed down in the District 5B championship game. The Pheasants (20-2) exploded for nine fourth-inning runs and defeated the Alexandria Angels 12-5 at American Legion Memorial Field to claim the district crown.
CANOVA — McCook/Miner used a big offensive performance and solid pitching from Mitch Kramer to defeat Humboldt/Hartford 14-2 to claim the Region 5B American Legion title Sunday. The contest ended in the fifth inning due to the 10-run rule. In the state tournament for the second straight year, McCook/Miner (20-1) is set to meet Tabor at approximately 4:30 p.m. in the Class B state Legion tournament in Redfield. M/M jumped out to a first inning 2-0 lead. Cole Gassman led off with a single and Kendall Gassman followed with a two-run home run to right field.
PARKSTON — A fourth-quarter push and a big scoring night from Lauren Sees sent Avon back to the Class B girls state basketball tournament. Sees scored 26 points and the Pirates scored 27 points in the fourth quarter, as ninth-seeded Avon topped Irene-Wakonda 60-49 in the inaugural Class B state-qualifying Round of 16 at the Parkston Armory. Avon will be seeded seventh in the Class B state tournament next week, taking on second-seeded Hanson on March 8 in Aberdeen.
The fourth quarter was the right time for McCook Central/Montrose Saturday. Trailing by as many as 11 points in the third quarter, the Fighting Cougars rallied in the fourth quarter to slip past Nebraska prep power Crofton 59-55 at the 35th Annual Girls Hanson Classic at the Corn Palace. In the fourth quarter, MCM trailed 53-45 with 6 minutes and 48 seconds to play when the Fighting Cougars used a 14-2 run to close out the contest.
GREGORY—The lights were the only thing to slow down the Gregory Gorillas Friday night. After a 10-minute delay to start the game due to outages in the light standards at Mike Dacy Field, Gregory ran up 60 points and 544 yards of total offense as the Gorillas clinched a return trip to the Class 9AA championship game with a 60-14 win over Miller/Highmore-Harrold in the state semifinals Friday. Gregory (11-0) will face Irene-Wakonda (10-1) in the championship game Thursday in Vermillion.
HOWARD — It was a night built for defense on the football field. And the Howard Tigers took full advantage. The homestanding and fourth-seeded Tigers were stingy when it counted and parlayed the defense into offense in a 34-0 Class 9A quarterfinal victory over No. 5-seeded Avon in a battle of nine-man stalwarts Thursday night in Howard. "We were feeling each other out in the first quarter," said Howard coach Pat Ruml. "The wind played a huge factor tonight and I thought we handled it well."