KYNT Local Sports for 3-12-18

The South Dakota State men’s basketball team was awarded a number-12 seed and the Jackrabbits will face fifth-seed Ohio State Thursday in the opening round of the N-C-A-A Tournament in Boise, Idaho.  The Jacks are 28 and 6 and won both the regular season and post-season tournament in the Summit League, while the Buckeyes finished 24 and 8 and tied for second place in the Big Ten Conference.

The U-S-D men’s basketball squad has accepted a bid to compete as one of 16 teams in the College Basketball Invitational.  The Coyotes will host North Texas at 7 p-m Wednesday at the Sanford Coyote Sports Center in Vermillion.  U-S-D finished at 26 and 8 overall and was runner-up in both the Summit League regular season and post-season tourney while North Texas is 15 and 17 and placed seventh in Conference-USA.

Three of the final four teams in the N-A-I-A Division Two Women’s Basketball tournament are from the Great Plains Athletic Conference.  Tonight at 6:00 in the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City…Dakota Wesleyan will face Saint Xavier Illinois in one semifinal, followed by a G-PAC battle in the second semifinal between Concordia and Northwestern.

The Mount Marty baseball team split two games Saturday on their final day of the spring break trip to Tucson, Arizona.  The Lancers out-slugged Dickinson State of North Dakota 14-6 and then lost a nine-inning game to Division Two Southwest Minnesota by a 9-6 score.  The Lancers are now 12 and 6 on the season and will play three games next weekend at Gustavus Adolphus in St. Peter, Minnesota.

The U-S-D softball squad lost two games on Sunday, dropping a 6-3 decision to Wisconsin and falling 4-1 against San Diego.  The Coyotes are now 8 and 18 overall and will play five games next weekend at a tournament in Memphis.

Ponca repeated as champions of Class C-2 boys basketball in Nebraska after beating Hastings St. Cecelia 50-40 in the title game Saturday at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln.  Center Max Masin led the Indians with 16 points as they ended up as state champs with a 30 and 1 season record.

Castlewood downed Hanson 47-41 Saturday night in Aberdeen to claim the South Dakota Class B girls basketball title.  Tripp-Delmont-Armour placed third in the state tournament by defeating Ethan 57-46 Saturday night, while Avon ended up eighth in the Class B tourney after a 50-45 loss to Faith.

In the Class A girls basketball championship in Watertown, St. Thomas More won their fifth consecutive title with a 54-41 victory over Madison.  Vermillion won the seventh place trophy with a 76-54 win over Crow Creek Saturday afternoon as the Tanagers finished with a 19 and 7 season record.

The Yankton Bucks have three more practices before hitting the court Thursday night against Sioux Falls Lincoln in the first round of the Class Double-A boys basketball tournament.  Yankton is seeded eighth with a 14 and 7 record, while the Patriots are the third-seed at 14 and 6 overall.  The game tips off at 7 p-m Thursday at the Sioux Falls Arena.

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