THURSDAY, MARCH 14:
Basketball: South Dakota High School Boys’ Championships
“AA”-Sioux Falls Arena
Noon: #1 Sioux Falls Roosevelt v. #8 Rapid City Stevens
1:45pm: #4 Huron v. #5 Brandon Valley
6:00pm: #2 Pierre v. #7 Rapid City Central
7:45pm: #3 Brookings v. #6 Sioux Falls Lincoln (Live on KCountry 102 @ 7:25)
“A”-Rushmore Plaza, Rapid City
1:00pm: #1Clark/Willow Lake v. #8 Platte-Geddes
2:45pm: #4 Spearfish v. #5 Tea Area
7:00pm: #2 Aberdeen Roncalli v. #7 Mobridge-Pollock
8:45pm: #3 Madison v. #6 Pine Ridge
“B”-Wachs Arena, Aberdeen
Noon: #1 White River v. #8 Langford Area
1:45pm: #4 Potter County v. #5 South Central
6:00pm: #2 James Valley Christian v. #7 Viborg-Hurley
7:45pm: #3 Dupree v. #6 Arlington (Live on B93.7)
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.
BRACKET BASHES…South Dakota State men's and women's basketball teams will be at Cubby's in downtown Brookings for their respective NCAA Tournament selection shows.
The men's selection show is set for 5 p.m. Sunday on CBS, with the women's selection show to air at 6 p.m. Monday on ESPN. Adjacent to Cubby's, The Nine also will be available for fans to watch the selection show.
SDSU GOLF…The fourth annual Jackrabbit Invitational was one for the record books for the South Dakota State men’s golf team: the total team score of 855 is the lowest 54-hole score in school history in the Division I era as the Jacks placed three golfers in the top-25.
Hudson Carpenter also continued to etch his name into the Jackrabbit record books. His 54-hole score of 210 is fifth-best in school history and his 36-hole low of 137 is tied for best in school history with Geoff Mead (2008).
SDSU finished in third place behind Air Force (828) and Idaho (841) at the Jackrabbits’ spring season opener.
Other SDSU scores: Greg Fehrman 211; Miles Knutsen 216; Lukas Davison 218; Bryan Wynia 233; A-C Sitter 219; Dillon Schultz 221; David Smith 222.
The South Dakota State women’s golf team opened the spring season with a sixth place finish.
Morgan Fitts led the Jacks with a 10th place finish at 231. Sydney McDonald had a 235; Brianna Janu 239; Amber Houser 243; Myranda Dunmire 251; Alli Plath 252; Michaela Kouri 255.
North Dakota State’s Amy Anderson was the tournament champion and ran away with the event with a 209.
CARPENTER POW…SDSU’s Hudson Carpenter carded a tournament-high 19 birdies and finished tied for fourth after shooting six-under par at the Jackrabbit Invitational held Monday and Tuesday and picked up his first career Summit League Men’s Golfer of the Week award.
He led the Jackrabbits to a third place finish on the Desert Course at the Primm Valley Golf Club. He also helped the Jacks break the record for lowest 54-hole score in school history at 855, previously held by the 2008 team at the Santa Clara Invitational (857).
Carpenter shot rounds of 69, 68 and 73, with his 36-hole score of 137 tied for best in school history with Geoff Mead (2008) and his three-round score of 210 ranks fifth-best in school history.
Carpenter had seven birdies in round one and six a-piece in rounds two and three on the 7,090-yard, par-72 course.
MAROONEY SIGNS…Brookings Blizzard officials say forward Cody Marooney has committed to play next season at the University of Alabama-Huntsville.
Marooney is 6’0” 195lb forward from Eden Prairie, MN. He has played in 31 games for the Blizzard this season with 5 goals and 15 assists.
The University of Alabama-Huntsville is a NCAA Division I program and the newest member of the WCHA (Western Collegiate Hockey Association).
Blizzard head coach Cory Laylin says Huntsville has a new coaching staff that brings a lot of experience to the school. He says Marooney’s high level of desire will enable him to succeed at that level. He says Marooney’s presence has meant a lot to the team.
Marooney spent a good portion of the season with the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL, but sat out much of that time with a broken ankle.
SUMMIT ATTENDANCE…The Summit League Basketball Championships shattered several attendance records.
With an overall mark of 44,868 fans for the combined men’s and women’s sessions, the 2013 championships broke the previous record from last season by over 4,000 fans. The men’s tournament drew 23,710 and topped the previous standard set in 1987. The women’s tournament total of 21,158 fans shattered last season’s record by over 3,300 fans.
Both the men’s and women’s championship games also set new standards. On the women’s side, the attendance of 6,153 topped the previous record of 6,005 in 2005, which included both the men’s and women’s title games in one session. The men’s championship crowd of 6,544 was the highest attended championship game in the five years that the tournament has been played in Sioux Falls.
Additionally, the first men’s quarterfinal session total of 6,704 fans on Saturday night and the women’s semifinal session total of 5,245 on Monday afternoon each established individual session records.
More than 2,500 all-session tickets for the 2014 Summit League Basketball Championships have sold in the first five days since going on sale March 8. The 2015 Basketball Championships will move into the new 12,000-seat Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls.
NCAA BASKETBALL…The chairman of the NCAA selection committee says there might be as many as seven teams in contention for No. 1 seeds.
Of course, only four will end up with the coveted spots in the tournament
Chairman Mike Bobinski said Wednesday the committee will have its work cut out trying to determine who gets the most favorable seeding. The 68-team field will be announced Sunday evening.
The Xavier athletic director says the top seeds were more obvious a year ago. This year, he says, "There will be a number of teams we'll be considering and discussing for that one line of the bracket." Among the biggest factors: quality wins on the road.
Bobinski is leaving Xavier after the tournament to take over as Georgia Tech's athletic director on April 1.