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Week One basketball wrap up



White River’s Joe Sayler after slam dunking over Garrett Hatheway of Jones County. Photo by Michele Davies

RAPID CITY— COVID-19 will be the lasting legacy of this basketball season, even more so than last year, when the play-offs were canceled. Only three reservation schools will be playing basketball: Lakota Tech on Pine Ridge, Lower Brule and Tiospa Zina. The impact from this will be two-fold: nearby teams will get their rosters bolstered by the spill over, and all teams will heave a sigh of relief they don’t have to play the likes of Red Cloud, Pine Ridge, Little Wound, Crow Creek, McLaughlin, St Francis or Todd County.

Lyle Lebeau, Jr. will be coaching the Lakota Tech boy’s squad. Laura Big Crow is coaching the girls. James Knutson will be Athletic Director and Yamni Jack will be Activities Director. Despite this being Lakota Tech’s first sporting season, the staff brings a load of experience and success to the new school. The Tatanka have a big, beautiful new gym, but their games at home this season will be to empty bleachers. The Lady Tatanka have already beaten a quality Kimball/White Lake team on the road, 48-40. Their next game will be at Custer on December 18. This will also be the first outing for the Boys.

Teams with Lakota and Dakota players to watch:

Class B: Andes Central/Dakota Christian, Colome, Burke, Gregory, Lyman County, Philip, Wall, White River, Dupree, Faith, Timber Lake and McIntosh.

Class A: Sisseton, Tiospa Zina, Wagner, Chamberlain, Mobridge-Pollock, Winner, Bennett County, Lakota Tech and Hill City.

Class AA: Rapid City Central, Rapid City Stevens, Sioux Falls Roosevelt, Sioux Falls Washington and Sturgis.

Two schools to watch are White River and Bennett County. They are seriously beefed up from last year.

Kids to especially watch are the Swallow brothers at Rapid City Central, Terrance Eastman at Rapid City Stevens, Spencer Moran and Jhett Knight at Dupree, Dylan Marshall at White River, Caelyn Valandra-Prue and Maleighya Estes at White River, and Moriah Morrisette and Shaylia Bravo at Lakota Tech.

The scoreboard thus far:

Girls

Tuesday, December 8

Chamberlain 47, Stanley County 20

Hanson 57, Gregory 52

Kimball/White Lake 40, Lakota Tech 48

Friday, December 11

Kimball/White Lake 49, Burke 51

Lyman County 52, Stanley County 51

 Saturday, December 12

Douglas 30, RC Central 84

Faith 39, Kadoka Area 46

Stanley County 27, White River 68

Boys

Tuesday, December 8

Bridgewater-Emery 59, Colome 26

Friday, December 11

Belle Fourche 60, Hill City 38

Douglas 78, Sturgis 38

Jones County 37, White River 74

Lyman County 60, Stanley County 50

RC Stevens 48, Brandon Valley 76

Timber Lake 36, Lemmon 41

Tiospa Zina 53, Redfield 54

Wagner 49, Winner 56

Saturday, December 12

Douglas 43, RC Central 61

Faith 64, Kadoka Area 33

New Underwood 51, Dupree 54

RC Christian 89, Philip 26

RC Stevens 37, Yankton 66

SF Roosevelt 80, SF O’Gorman 73

Tri-Valley 44, Sisseton 65

Wall 74, Edgemont 54

Top games next week are:

Girls

Friday, December 18

Lakota Tech at Custer

Kadoka Area at Dupree

Wall at Jones County

Sisseton at Mobridge/Pollock

RC Central at Mitchell

Huron at RC Stevens

Tiospa Zina at White River

Saturday, December 19

Tiospa Zina at Chamberlain

Huron at RC Central

Bennett County at Lyman County

North Central at Lower Brule

RC Stevens at Mitchell

Custer at White River

Boys

Friday, December 18

Lakota Tech at Custer

Kadoka Area at Dupree

Wall at Jones County

RC Central at Mitchell

Tiospa Zina at White River

Saturday, December 19

Tiospa Zina at Chamberlain

Huron at RC Central

Bennett County at Lyman County

North Central at Lower Brule

RC Stevens at Mitchell

Custer at White River

 

 

  

 

 

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