The No. 7 seeded South Dakota State men opened the National Invitational Tournament tonight in Austin, Texas against the Texas Longhorns. The Jackrabbits made the NCAA tournament each of the past three seasons but were stunned in the Summit League tournament opener by Western Illinois, sending them to the NIT.
Dylan Osetkowski had a career-high 26 points as Texas defeated South Dakota State 79-73 in the NIT first round on Tuesday night. Osetkowski shot 4 for 6 from beyond the arc. Courtney Ramey had 13 points for Texas (17-16). Kerwin Roach II added 12 points. Mike Daum had 25 points and 11 rebounds for the Jackrabbits (24-9). David Jenkins Jr. added 19 points. Skyler Flatten had 14 points and six rebounds. Daum ends his prolific career as one of just 10 men to ever score over 3,000 career points in NCAA Division I basketball and is seventh on the all-time list.
The weather is warming up a bit and that means it's time for area athletes to hit the track ... for one Northern Hills-area team that means trying to build on a third-place girls finish despite replacing the person responsible for that finish ...
THE NEWELL TRACK AND FIELD TEAM HAS BEEN BUSY GETTING READY FOR THE START OF its SEASON......THE Irrigators WILL OPEN AT THE DOUGLAS EARLY BIRD MEET with other teams from around the region ON MARCH 30TH.......THE TEAM RETURNS THE MAJORITY OF its MEMBERS FROM LAST YEAR but will have to replace an all-time great in Delaney Leber on the girls side. Leber won multiple state titles from 400 to 1,600 meters and in cross country while an Irrigator and is now running at Augustana ..... Despite that big loss, HEAD COACH KYLE SANDERSON IS LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING WHAT THIS YEARS TEAM has in store.
"YOU KNOW WE ARE EXCITED FOR OUR TEAM THIS YEAR. WE ARE A LITTLE SMALLER ESPECIALLY ON THE BOYS SIDE. BUT WITH THE GIRLS WE HAVE SOME EXPERIENCE COMING BACK. AND HOPING FOR A GOOD YEAR. GOALS OF WINNING CONFERENCE ON THE GIRLS SIDE. BOYS WE ARE JUST LOOKING TO COMPETE AND YOU KNOW HOPEFULLY WE CAN FIND SOME KIDS TO GO TO STATE, BUT GIRLS WE WANNA WIN THAT CONFERENCE AND REGION MEET AND OF COURSE SEE HOW MANY PEOPLE WE CAN GET TO STATE. OUR TEAM IS PRETTY SOLID. YOU KNOW WE HAVE GIRLS THAT PLACED AT STATE LAST YEAR. SOME OF OUR BOYS PLACED AT STATE. SO YOU KNOW WE ARE SMALL BUT WE GET DONE WHAT WE HAVE TO GET DONE. I GUESS I WOULD CONSIDER OUR TRACK A FAMILY. WE TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER. WE BUILD EACH OTHER UP. AND WE ARE ALWAYS THERE FOR EACH OTHER SO I THINK THAT WILL HELP A LOT THIS SEASON.
The State Track and Field Meets will be held May 24 and 25 this year in Brandon Valley, Tea and Sioux Falls.
The first Lakota All-Star Games basketball and volleyball games will be held Saturday at Loneman School ... the event will begin at noon with a middle school girls basketball game, followed by boys middle school at 1:15, girls middle school volleyball at 2:30; high school girls volleyball at 4 and then high school girls and boys basketball all-star games at 5:30 and 7. Numerous Native American standouts from around the state are scheduled to compete, including Pine Ridge's Corey Brown and Halin Bad Bear, Red Cloud's Alejandro Rama, Stevens' Dylan Pourier and Tyson Elliott and Central's Gavyn Strand on the boys' side. Girls scheduled to compete include Todd County guard Raven Cournoyer and Central forward Juneau Jones. The games were put together by event coordinator Dale Pine, Jr., and admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children and elders. Concessions will be available.