BB POLLS…The weekly high school basketball polls from the state sportswriters association:
1. Sioux Falls Roosevelt (9) 9-0 45 1
2. Pierre 4-4 25 5
3. Sioux Falls Lincoln 6-2 21 2
4. Brookings 7-2 16 3
5. Watertown 6-3 15 NR
Others receiving votes: Huron 6-3, Brandon Valley 5-4.
1. Clark-Willow Lake (8) 8-0 44 1
2. Sioux Falls Christian (1) 10-0 37 1
3. St. Thomas More 8-1 24 3
4. Dakota Valley 8-1 19 4
5. Aberdeen Roncalli 7-1 9 5
Others receiving votes: Tea Area 8-2.
1. White River (9) 7-1 45 1
2. Canistota 8-0 32 2
3. Viborg-Hurley 8-0 25 3
4. James Valley Christian 7-0 24 4
5. Dupree 7-1 7 5
Others receiving votes: Faith 9-0.
1. Sioux Falls Washington (9) 9-0 45 1
2. Aberdeen Central 10-0 36 2
3. Mitchell 6-2 23 3
4. Sioux Falls Roosevelt 9-2 19 4
5. Pierre 5-3 5 5
Others receiving votes: Lincoln 5-3, Rapid City Central 5-5.
1. St. Thomas More (8) 10-0 44 1
2. Harrisburg 10-1 33 2
3. Pine Ridge (1) 11-0 29 3
4. Tri-Valley 10-0 16 4
5. Spearfish 6-2 5 NR
Others receiving votes: Aberdeen Roncalli 6-2, Beresford 7-3, Chamberlain 8-1.
1. Summit (8) 9-0 44 1
2. Warner (1) 10-0 33 2
3. Sanborn Cent.-Woon. 7-0 25 3
4. Herreid-Selby Area 11-0 15 5
5. De Smet 11-0 10 NR
Others receiving votes: Hanson 10-1.
HANSON PAIRINGS…Pairings have been announced for Saturday’s Hanson boys’ basketball Classic at the Mitchell Corn Palace:
10:00am McCook Central/Montrose (6-3) vs. Platte-Geddes (6-2)
11:30am Kimball/White Lake (5-2) vs. Warner (6-1)
1:00pm Vermillion (7-1) vs. Sioux Valley (7-4)
2:30pm Hanson (8-0) vs. Centerville (7-1)
4:00pm Aberdeen Roncalli (7-1) vs. Dell Rapids (5-4)
5:30pm St. Thomas More (8-1) vs. Deuel (7-1)
7:00pm James Valley Christian (7-0) vs. Viborg-Hurley (8-0)
8:30pm White River (7-1) vs. Canistota (8-0)
PENTAGON CLASSIC… The fourth-ranked Class AA Brandon Valley boys basketball team will face No. 5 Pierre in the finale of the Sanford Pentagon Classic on Feb. 2 in Brandon.
The event will feature four boys games and a girls game. Here is the schedule: Centerville’s boys vs. Ellsworth (Minn.) at 1:30 p.m., Sisseton’s girls vs. Southwest Christian (Minn.) at 3, Sisseton’s boys vs. SWC at 4:30, Washington vs. top-ranked Class A Clark-Willow Lake at 6 and Brandon Valley vs. Pierre at 7:30.
SUMMIT POW…Kansas City sophomore guard Estan Tyler was named Summit League Men's Basketball Player of the Week.
Tyler earned the first award by a Kansas City player since 2010, with a career-high scoring night in a comeback road victory at South Dakota. He put up 25 points in 28 minutes off the bench on 10-of-13 shooting while dishing out five assists without committing a turnover.
Tyler, who entered the contest averaging 10.0 points per game, connected on five-of-seven three-point attempts and made 11 of his team’s 19 made field goals during a record-setting second half. The Kangaroos shot a school-record 82.6 percent during the second half to overcome a nine-point deficit. The comeback victory snapped Kansas City’s nine-game road losing streak and marked the ‘Roos first league road win since Dec. 2011.
SUMMIT WBB POW…South Dakota State forward Megan Waytashek has been named Summit League Player of the Week after leading the Jackrabbits to a pair of victories.
Waytashek scored a career-high 30 points, including the game-winning putback basket as time expired, in a Jan. 12 victory at Fort Wayne. She made a career-best six three-pointers and added 11 rebounds in posting her third double-double of the season.
Waytashek opened the week by tallying 13 points, five rebounds and three assists Jan. 10 at Oakland.
In averaging 21.5 points and eight rebounds per game, Waytashek shot 54 percent (15-of-28) from the field, including 8-for-14 from three-point range. She also was 5-of-6 at the free throw line despite having her streak of 22 consecutive made free throws end with her first attempt at Oakland.
Waytashek has scored in double figures in all five league games and is pacing the league-leading Jackrabbits during conference play with averages of 18 points and seven rebounds per game. For the season, Waytashek ranks second on the squad by averaging 14.1 points and 4.7 rebounds per contest.
SKYFORCE RINGS…The NBA Development League team in Sioux Falls has two players on its roster with NBA championship rings.
Center Dexter Pittman is on assignment from Miami. He was with the Heat during their NBA title run last season, his second year in the league. Guard Gabe Pruitt got his ring as a rookie in 2008 with the Boston Celtics.
Neither player brought his ring with him to Sioux Falls, instead keeping it safe somewhere else.
GATORADE RUNNER…Rapid City Stevens junior Tamara Gorman has been named the Gatorade South Dakota Girls’ Cross Country Runner of the Year.
Gorman went unbeaten during the cross country season, but did not participate in the state meet. She earned a bronze medal at the 2012 ITU Junior Triathlon World Championships in New Zealand, becoming the first American female to medal at that event. She finished 11th in the Foot Locker Midwest Regional and 15th in the Nike Cross Heartland Regional.
Gorman is the first runner from Stevens to receive the honor.
ABERDEEN WINGS COACH…The Aberdeen Wings have introduced Travis Winter as their new head coach.
Winter has been an assistant coach for the Cedar Rapids Rough Riders (USHL) since 2009. Prior to beginning his coaching career, Winter was a scholarship athlete and a member of the Bemidji State hockey team. While at Bemidji, Winter served as captain in his senior year and assistant captain the previous year.
Winter began his coaching career as a volunteer coach for Saint Cloud Youth Hockey and went on to serve as a summer volunteer coach at his alma mater, Saint Cloud Technical High School. He also served as a volunteer assistant coach at Saint John’s University. Nationally, he coached at the Select 15 National Camp in the summer of 2010.
In addition to naming Winter as Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations the Wings are also proud to announce the hiring of Pete Sauer as Director of Business Operations.