Thursday 9 p.m. sportscast

The Belle Fourche girls basketball team went to its first state tournament in 18 years last year and while the Broncs graduated some standouts from that team, they haven't missed much of a beat this year as they are 10-0 and ranked No. 4 in the state in Class A ...

Out to Whitehead Auditorium we go for as the Broncs met Douglas tonight in a Black Hills Conference tilt ... We start things off with the Broncs going into Class A state golf champion Payson Birkeland in the post ... and Birkeland knows exactly what to do with the ball when she gets it there ... Belle Fourche's pressure gets to the Pats with Ashley Byrd getting her hands on the pass for the steal and then picking up the assist to Harley Fischer ... the Broncs are up 6-0 in a hurry ... More Belle Fourche as sophomore Bella Jensen makes a great pass to Rylee Young for the bucket and the foul ... and the Broncs are now up 11-0 ... Jensen comes back and makes the defense pay for giving her space as she splashes a 3 ... And no, it's not deja vu ... Jensen does it again from basically the same spot ... and the Broncs race out to a 17-0 lead to start the game ... The patriots' Chantell Jones grabs a rebound and leads the break ... and the sophomore forward finds Nique High Hawk, who gets Douglas on the board ... but the Broncs roll in this one ...

The Black Hills State men's basketball team has had an influx of European players over the past few seasons ... and the global game has been good to the Jackets ... I went up to Spearfish to talk to the team and see why ...

The Black Hills State men's basketball team has seamlessly blended five European players into the roster this season for a 6-3 conference start in head coach Ryan Thompson's first season at the helm ...

Thompson said, "We've got five high-character guys that are really high I.Q. on the court and then they do a great job of representing our program off the court, they do a great job in the classroom, they're all over 3.0 students and have no issues in the community so I think the character of the guys we have plays a big role in that." The character of the players and the global nature of the game has allowed them to adjust to what they readily admit is a slightly different style of play ...

different, it's a lot more physical, a lot faster, I would say then back home. Back home I would say that it's a lot more strategic, you know." The players all say that life in Spearfish is pretty good, on and off the court ... Dukic said, "It's easy to transition when you have a group of people that supports you very well and I mean it's prety much everything I expected. The school is great, basketball is going very well and I'm just having a lot of fun."

Hanusa said, "So far, so good. I do like it here, there's a lot of great people, especially like great people you meet in school, outside of school, support, boosters, everybody is really, really nice here." The presence of teammates Patrick Mendes, from Sweden, and Fraser Malcom of Scotland has also helped with any adjustments ... Desnica said, "It's great to have them around and it kind of feels like family out here. These are my guys and they're who I spend time with the most." The impact of this European infusion could very well be felt in Spearfish in coming seasons as well ... Thompson said, "We're just trying to find the best basketball players that fit our character and the culture of our program and wherever they come from, whether that's Rapid City or across the ocean, we're going to try to find the best basketball players and the best people that we can and there's no telling where that will be in the future."

The Black Hills State and South Dakota School of Mines men and women will hit the road this weekend to take on the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Colorado Mines.

EVERYONE READY FOR A BIG NIGHT OF WRESTLING AT Stevens as the Raiders hosted Custer in a dual. 1. AT 113 STEVENS' LANDEN FISCHER TAKING ON JACOB BRUNNER, FISCHER SCORES WITH THE REVERSAL. HE WENT ON TO WIN THE MATCH 9-0. 2. TO 120 WHERE THE RAIDERS LOGEN FISCHER IS UP AGAINST JONATHAN LEWIS, FISCHER SCORES 2 POINTS WITH THE TAKE DOWN. HE WON THE MATCH 7-2. 3. AT 126 STEVENS' CODY STOCKMAN TAKES ON CADE GRILL, STOCKMAN SCORES WITH THE REVERSAL. HE EARNS A 6-0 VICTORY. 4. UP TO 132 WHERE THE RAIDERS DECLAN MALONE SQUARES OFF WITH STERLING SWORD, MALONE SOCRES WITH THE NEAR FALL. HE WON THE MATCH BY TECHNICAL FALL. STEVENS PICKED UP 3 PINS TO WIN THE DUAL 52-15.

And in some bad news for wrestling fans, South Dakota State's Seth Gross, who became the Jackrabbits' first Division I national champion when he won the 133-pound championship last season, has announced that his season is over due to an injury. Gross has developed spondylothsesis that is pinching disks and nerves in his spine and he has decided to undergo surgery on Wednesday in an effort to get back to 100 percent later in his career. Gross said there is a 6-month recovery timetable after the operation.