Daily Republic Sports
CLEVELAND, Ohio — South Dakota State University wrestler and Wagner native David Kocer became an All-American with a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships on Saturday in Cleveland, Ohio.
SIOUX FALLS — Behind 18 points from Matthew Mors and 14 points from Rex Ryken, Yankton claimed the Class AA state boys basketball state championship with a 39-37 win over Harrisburg on Saturday at the Premier Center in Sioux Falls. It was the Bucks' first Class AA boys basketball state title since South Dakota went to a three class system in 1986. Yankton last won a state title in 1978.
ABERDEEN — Second-seeded Sully Buttes advanced to the Class B boys basketball state championship game with a 56-34 win over third-seeded White River on Friday at Wachs Arena in Aberdeen. The Chargers will play fourth-seeded Clark/Willow Lake in the title game at 8 p.m. today. Lincoln Jordre scored 22 points and pulled down nine rebounds, while Jacob Howard added a double-double with 21 points and 14 rebounds. Sully Buttes went 20-of-42 from the field for 47 percent shooting and won the rebounding battle 42-27.
ST. GEORGE, Utah — South Dakota State University golfer Sydney Bormann earned her first career-win and helped the Jackrabbits place second at the Lady Thunderbird Invitational on Friday. Bormann, a Parkston native, shot a 144, carding a score of 71 (1-under) on Thursday and a 73 on Friday. The sophomore finished one shot ahead of Kamonwan Prasurtwong (Southern Utah) and Natalie Roth (North Dakota State) who tied for second.
ABERDEEN — Second-seeded Sully Buttes defeated Timber Lake 62-53 in the first round of the Class B boys state basketball tournament.
Dakota Wesleyan University's Ashley Bray was named an NAIA Division II women's basketball first-team All-American Thursday, while Amber Bray was named honorable mention. In helping the Tigers win the national championship, Ashley averaged 17.4 points and 6.4 rebounds in five national tournament games. On the season, she averaged 14.7 points per game and shot 46.2 percent on 3-pointers, which ranked eighth in the nation. Ashley ranks fourth on DWU's all-time scoring list with 1,689 career points.
Dakota Wesleyan University senior Jason Spicer was named an NAIA Division II men's basketball first-team All-American Thursday, while Ty Hoglund earned a third-team selection. Spicer, an honorable mention All-American last year, averaged 19.1 points and 5.6 assists per game. The Sioux Falls native scored 28 points in the DWU's 62-60 loss to College of Idaho in the second round of the national tournament on Saturday and finished his career with 1,660 points, 571 rebounds and 362 assists. He sits 14th on DWU's all-time scoring list.
PIERRE — The Mitchell Aquatic Club placed fifth place with 2,099 team points at the short course state championship swim meet March 3-4 in Pierre. Sioux Falls won the 17-team event with 4,635 points. Individually, MAC had three swimmers—Ethan Plamp, Caleb Swanson and Lucie Anderson—win state titles. Plamp won the boys 8-and-under 25-yard breaststroke with a time of 20.66 seconds, while Swanson won the 15-16 boys 400 individual medley (4:24.01) and the 200 butterfly (2:04.77).
BROOKINGS—The South Dakota State women's basketball team was awarded the No. 8 seed in the Spokane Region of the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship and will face No. 9-seeded Villanova Friday, announced Monday night on the ESPN Selection Show. The Jackrabbits and the Wildcats tip at 6:30 p.m. and the game will be played at the Purcell Pavilion in Notre Dame, Indiana. The game, which will be televised on ESPN2, will be the second meeting between the two schools. Villanova won the first meeting 71-47 on Nov. 10, 2012.
WATERTOWN—St. Thomas More won its fifth straight Class A girls state tournament championship Saturday, outlasting Madison 54-41 at the Watertown Civic Arena. The Cavaliers led by just three points going to the final quarter, but outscored the Bulldogs 15-5 in the final 8 minutes. STM (23-3) picked up a huge game from senior forward Aislinn Duffy, who scored 26 points and pulled in six rebounds. Kayla Jacobson and Alex Kandolin each scored eight points, as St. Thomas More was 41 percent shooting in the game, made 11-of-12 free throws and had just eight turnovers.