SDSU MBB…97629 :08 “the Summit League”.
Clay Matvick had the call on ESPN2, as Nate Wolters scored 18 of his 27 points in the second half to lead South Dakota State past North Dakota State 73-67 on Tuesday night in the Summit League tournament finals. The victory sends the Jackrabbits (25-9) to the NCAA tournament
The Bison held South Dakota State to 47.9 percent shooting overall, and Kory Brown and TrayVonn Wright played Wolters tight to hold the tournament MVP to nine points in the first half.
Jordan Dykstra had 18 points and seven rebounds for the Jackrabbits. Tony Fiegen added 12 points.
Taylor Braun led North Dakota State (24-9) with 23 points, including two consecutive three-point plays. Reserve Mike Felt chipped in nine points for the Bison.
SDSU WBB…Ashley Eide picked the perfect time to step up for South Dakota State, scoring seven of her 10 points in the final 5½ minutes and the Jackrabbits beat South Dakota 56-53 on Tuesday to win the Summit League tournament for the fifth consecutive season.
Eide hit a go-ahead 3-pointer to give South Dakota State a 50-48 lead with 5:28 left. After Polly Harrington tied it with a layup for the Coyotes, Eide made two foul shots and Katie Lingle converted a layup to make it 54-50 with 2:47 to go. Eide tacked on two more free throws to help South Dakota State hold on for its sixth consecutive victory this season and the automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
Megan Waytashek had 11 points and seven rebounds for South Dakota State (25-7), which shot just 29.1 percent from the field. Gabrielle Boever led a strong defensive effort, finishing with seven steals.
Nicole Seekamp led South Dakota (17-15) with 20 points, and Tempestt Wilson had 10. The Coyotes shot 36.8 percent.
South Dakota had a chance to tie it late in the game, but Alexis Yackley missed a 3-pointer in the closing seconds.
AJ-PHYSICAL PLAY…The South Dakota State women's basketball team fought through some physical games to emerge as Summit League champions, but head coach Aaron Johnston says it will be "a whole 'nother level of physical" in the NCAA tournament.
Johnston says he thinks South Dakota State's team is as complete as it's ever been and his players will be up for that type of game.
The Jackrabbits are making their fifth consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament. They'll find out who they will be playing in the first round on Monday.
BHS BBB…Third-seed Brookings gets a rematch with number six Sioux Falls Lincoln Thursday night, to finish out the opening round of the state “AA” boys’ basketball tournament at the Sioux Falls Arena. Game time is 7:45pm.
The Bobcats defeated Lincoln about a month ago – keeping Adam Jaros and Calvin Krause in check, and holding Nermin Krdzalic scoreless until the final minute. But Brookings head coach Travis Engebretson says a lot’s changed since. 97623 :17 “side of things”.
The 17-6 Bobcats have persevered in several games, and Engebretson says that will serve them well this week. 97624 :27 “like our chances”.
Engebretson says defense, rebounding and turnovers will spell the difference. 97625 :20 “in the end”.
There will be a new tournament champion – last year’s winner, Sioux Falls O’Gorman, did not qualify.
ARLINGTON BBB…The Arlington Cardinals have gotten back to the state “B” tournament after a five-year hiatus, and enter as the number six seed.
Head coach Michael Parry says his team’s playing solid defense to close the year – but rebounding’s been the key. 97626 :13 “factor for us”.
Arlington has three players averaging in double figures, and two more around eight a game. The Cards average 65 points a game, but Parry says their first round opponent – Dupree – has been scoring in the 90’s. 97627 :24 “any of ‘em”.
The winner will face either the number two seed – James Valley Christian – or Viborg-Hurley, a team that recently has played in both Class “A” and “B” title games.
Parry says the tourney may come down to the team that’s hot for three days. 97628 :22 “you’ll be okay”.
White River enters the tourney as the top seed – they’ll play Langford. Unbeaten Potter Co. will face South Central.
ALL-DVC BBB…The Dakota Valley Conference has announced its All-Conference team. The list:
Tage Hargens Arlington Co-MVP
Tyler Schindler Elkton/Lake Benton Co-MVP
Tyler Jensen Deubrook
Cole Casper Lake Preston
Andrew King Arlington
Cory Byers Deubrook
Braden Carmody Elkton/Lake Benton
Riley Clark Colman-Egan
Heath Schindler Elkton/Lake Benton
Ryan Schlisner Oldham-Ramona/Rutland
Keaton Westover Colman-Egan
Austin Janssen De Smet
Garrett Reed Estelline
Brian Vohlken Estelline
Brad Penney De Smet
Riley Hanson Deubrook
Lane Webber Arlington
Ethan Pearson Elkton/Lake Benton
Mitch Roemen Dell Rapids St. Mary
COACH OF THE YEAR: Michael Parry, Arlington
ALL-LCC BB…The Lake Central Conference has released its All-Conference teams for boys and girls basketball.
Skyler Flatten, Torrey Kolden, Tyson Jenkins Clark/Willow LakeLincoln Swenson, Brent Krause, Justin Cassels Deuel
Mitchel Foster, Guy Zephier Flandreau
Jake Larson, Tayt Vincent Sioux Valley
Lucas Ching, Grant Fodness Castlewood
E-J Drake Hamlin
Brad Penney DeSmet
Chynna Stevens, Mackenzie Huber, Mikayla Prouty Clark/Willow Lake
Amanda Poppen, Grayson Gruenhagen, Rylie Osthus DeSmet
Tiara Gibson, Erin Engelkes Deuel
Stephanie Kerkvliet, Haley Strait Castlewood
Anna Keefe, Kaylee Granum Sioux Valley
Curstie Visser Hamlin
Makayla Dietrich Flandreau
SDSU WRESTLING…The NCAA wrestling Selection Show is set for Wednesday with at-large bids on the line. The show will provide the primary look at the competitors and first-round matches at each weight class.
The South Dakota State wrestling team has one wrestler in the NCAA Championship and is hoping for an additional bid.
Cody Pack secured an automatic bid with his runner-up finish in the 157-pound weight class at the West Regional. Pack upset the second seed, a wrestler that defeated him twice this season, to advance to the championship match.
It’s hoped Dustin Walraven will receive an at-large bid at 149. Walraven finished the regular season with a 23-11 record and ranked No. 29 in the final NCAA coaches' panel rankings. He defeated top-10 opponent Jake Sueflohn (Nebraska) by decision at the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas.
The 2013 NCAA Championship are hosted by Iowa State and scheduled for March 21-23 at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
VERMILLION COACHES…Two Vermillion High School coaches are stepping down, but will retain their teaching positions.
Football coach Gary Culver has been with the program for 36 years. He’s lead the team to five state titles and he’s one of only 14 high school coaches in South Dakota to record 200 or more wins in their career. In 2009, Culver was inducted into the South Dakota Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Gymnastics coach Mark Upward has been coaching the Tanagers for 33 years. He’s coached seven state championship teams and 42 individual state title winners. Upward was also a member of the South Dakota High School Coaches’ Association from 2001 to 2007.
ESPN TOURNAMENT…ESPN is going to offer viewers a chance to hear about what really goes on in the selection committee meeting room as the unveiling of the bracket nears.
Greg Shaheen, the man who was in charge of the NCAA tournament from 2001-13, will appear on all of the cable network's outlets starting Friday with the mission of letting people know the twists and turns of the days leading up to Selection Sunday.
Shaheen resigned from his position after last year's Final Four. Under his leadership, the tournament expanded from 65 to 68 teams, including the First Four "play in" games, and helped secure a $10.8 billion TV contract over 14 years.
ESPN contacted Shaheen about college basketball's version of the 10-day contract last month and when he agreed, it was up to the network to decide where he would be best utilized.