It was a busy week for area athletes ... and from the ice, to the mat, to the hardwood ... we bring you the best of the week that was ...
5. Starting off at No. 5, it's the Rushmore Thunder against the Sioux City Storm ... STORM's .....MACKINZIE VAN VOORST RIPS ONE ... BUT Rushmore GOALIE MERSADEZ HIGHSTROM SNAGS IT OFF THE DEFLECTION. Thunder fell in this one 4-1.
4. At No. 4 it's the Yankton super soph Matthew Mors showing off the hops against Stevens ... first he erases a layup attempt by Dylan Pourier ... and then he comes back and tells Daniel Vigoren to get it out ... the defending state champ Bucks took this one 56-42.
3. At No. 3 it's the Stevens girls and Kyah Watson pulls down two of her seven rebounds against Yankton ... and then gets fouled and goes to the line and knocks down two clutch free throws to give the Raiders a 44-43 win. Watson had a game-high 22.
2. At No. 2 it's Spearfish 220-pounder Evan Hehr picking up a pin at the Rapid City Invitational ... Hehr continued a nice start to the season with a fifth-place finish in the
1. And at No. 1 it's South Dakota School of Mines freshman Mitchell Sueker taking it to the hole against Dixie State ... and nobody stops him ... so he decides he might as well hammer it home ... Mines dropped this one, though.
Big news out of the Rush organization today as President Joe MacDonell and the team have mutually agreed to part ways. The organization says a search for a new president has already begun.
The Rush had a tough road trip last week as they lost five of six to the bottom two teams in the Mountain Division in Allen and Wichita ... dropping the Rush to 11-11-2-3 on the year and fifth in the Mountain ... Things won't get any easier this week as the Rush hit the road again to take on Utah, the first-place team in the division, and the Grizzlies will be looking for a little revenge after the Rush beat them two out of three back two weeks ago. The Rush will hope goalie Adam Carlson, who is third in the league with a .929 save percentage, can slow the high-octane attack of the Grizzlies down a bit. The Rush will look to get off to a bit quicker starts and continue to finish strong, as they have outscored their opponents 26-18 in the third period this season. Rapid City is at Utah on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
The South Dakota Prep Media Basketball Polls were released today and the No. 1 teams all remained the same. The Stevens boys moved up from 4th place to 2nd in the Class AA rankings after splitting a pair of games against Brandon Valley and No. 1-ranked Yankton. Pine Ridge, Red Cloud and St. Thomas More remained third through fifth, respectively, in the Class A ranks ... and the White River boys stayed in third place and Timber Lake remained fifth in the Class B ranks. On the girls' side, Stevens dropped out of the top five after a rough opening loss to Brandon Valley ... St. Thomas More remained atop the Class A girls ranks despite not playing their first game until Thursday against Alliance, Nebraska.