JAY DAVIS: No local teams to cheer for this weekend as girls tip off three state tournaments


It is an unusual season when there is not a single area team to cheer for in the girls’ state basketball tournaments, but that’s the way it is this weekend.

The Winner Warriors are the only team to really follow in Class A, and that’s only because they are representing Region 6A and the Big Dakota Conference.

In Class B, Sully Buttes and Lemmon are competing for the title. The Chargers are the favorites and do have some local flavor. Remi and Racquel Wientjes are the granddaughters of Lillian Wientjes, nieces of Ross and Keri Wientjes and daughters of MHS graduate Pat Wientjes.

Lemmon is pretty local around the Tribune. Teammate Travis Svihovec is a Cowboy alum so there might be a little whooping and hollering if the Cowgirls can upset the defending champion Warner Monarchs in the first round.

The Class B Girls State Basketball Tournament starts at noon tomorrow in the Huron Arena. Top seed Sully Buttes (21-1) plays eight seed Gayville-Volin (15-7) in the first game. Lemmon, 22-1 and seeded fifth, plays four seed Warner (22-1) at 1:45 p.m. The night session, starting at 6 p.m., has two seed Hanson (21-2) vs. seven seed Lyman (15-8) and three seed Sanborn Central/Woonsocket (22-1) vs. six seed Kimball-White Lake (15-7).

The Class A Girls State Basketball Tournament will be played at the Young Center on the campus of Black Hills State University in Spearfish. The games will be played one hour later out there. Top seed St. Thomas More (20-1) plays eight seed Garretson (11-11) in the opener, followed by four seed Pine Ridge (20-2) and five seed Sioux Valley (19-3). The night session will have two seed Elk Point-Jefferson (20-2) vs. seven seed Webster Area (14-7) before three seed Winner (21-1) and six seed Mt. Vernon/Plankinton (18-5) play in the nightcap.

South Dakota Public Broadcasting is covering every game of all three tournaments on television and over the Internet.

The Class B girls will be on SDPB 3, the A girls on SDPB 2 and the AA girls on SDPB 1. I think that means the AA tournament will be on regular cable, but don’t count on me being an expert on such complex things such as understanding TV chann

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