SDHSAA State Boys' Basketball Championships begin today
March 14. 2013 9:25AM
The 102nd Annual SDHSAA State Boys’ Basketball Championship Tournaments will tip off today, beginning this afternoon in Aberdeen (Class B), Rapid City (Class A) and Sioux Falls (Class AA).
Coach Eldon Marshall’s top-seeded White River Tigers return to Aberdeen for the eighth consecutive year, this time seeking to be the first Class ‘B’ team to win back-to-back titles since Warner pulled the feat in 1993 and ’94. Three other programs are making a repeat appearance in the tournament, including Dupree, Langford and 2012 runner-up Viborg/Hurley.
The Class ‘A’ field is headed up by top-seeded Clark/Willow Lake, who remains the lone undefeated team in either Class ‘A’ or ‘AA’. Aberdeen Roncalli, who is making their fourth consecutive state tournament appearance, is the second seed in Class A, and will look to avenge an eleven-point loss to Clark/Willow Lake from mid-February in a potential championship contest. Two-time defending champion St. Thomas More did not qualify for the state tournament, falling in sub-state play to Spearfish.
Sioux Falls Roosevelt comes in as the top seed in Class ‘AA’ after an impressive 21-1 season, which saw the Rough Riders only loss come at the hand of Marshall (Minn.) High School. Sioux Falls O’Gorman and Mitchell, who have played in the championship contest in each of the past two years both failed to qualify for this years’ event. And after a year absence from the state tournament, the fifth-seeded Brandon Valley Lynx are poised to make some noise, coming off a seven-game win streak.
All SDHSAA Boys Basketball Tournament games will be broadcast by South Dakota Public Broadcasting, both over the air and on-line. For more information, visit sports.sdpb.org.