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MINNEAPOLIS—Roseau entered the Minnesota state Class AA girls basketball tournament as the No. 1 seed. That seeding apparently didn't matter to Redwood Valley—the Rams' quarterfinal opponent Wednesday night at Williams Arena. In the end, however, Roseau showed why it earned the top seed as the Rams rallied for a 75-74 win over Redwood Valley to advance to Friday's semifinal round where they will meet Caledonia, which downed Proctor 56-44.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—South Dakota—ranked No. 25 in the country—beat UND by 30 and 33 points earlier this season. So, on the surface, South Dakota's 84-61 win over UND on Monday in the semifinals of the Summit League women's basketball tournament wasn't surprising. By doing a little digging, scratching and clawing under that surface, however, the game—played before 6,214 fans at the Denny Sanford Premier Center—had a little more suspense than the final score suggested.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Two weeks ago, UND let Denver off the hook at The Betty. The Fighting Hawks rallied from an 18-point third-quarter deficit only to see Denver tie the game with buzzer-beating 3-pointer. The Pioneers then controlled overtime and left town with a one-point win. On Sunday, UND staged another rally against the Pioneers. This time, however, there was no overtime. This time, UND left no doubt. This time, UND perhaps won its biggest game of the season.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- In two previous games against Omaha this season, UND lost a heartbreaker at home and couldn’t pull off a late rally against the Mavericks on the road. Close in the regular season is one thing. Close in the postseason just won’t cut it.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—When the calendar turns to March, the UND men's basketball team—for various reasons—becomes relevant. But that's not uncommon for a number of low- to mid-major Division I programs—the kind that can't reload year after year. Those teams, like UND, have to learn on the fly and hope they're ready for March. UND again has managed to develop consistently throughout the regular season and hopes to make some noise during March Madness.
The big news Thursday for the UND women's basketball program wasn't unexpected. UND senior Lexi Klabo was named to the all-Summit League first team. Klabo has had another prolific season with the Fighting Hawks, averaging a Summit League-best 18.5 points per game. She now has the distinction of earning first-team honors in two different leagues—the Big Sky Conference last year and the Summit this season. UND, however, hopes even bigger news is on the horizon.
Mayville State had a relatively quiet regular season, finishing third in the North Star Athletic Association standings. Ditto for the 2017-18 season. The Comets also finished third last season. In both seasons, however, the Comets saved their best for last. Mayville State won its second-straight NSAA postseason title a week ago and is headed back to the NAIA Division II national tournament, where the Comets will take on No. 4 overall seed Morningside today at 5:45 p.m. at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Prep wrestling Vacura wins state title: Badger-Greenbush-Middle River's Dominik Vacura won the 220-pound Minnesota Class A wrestling title Saturday night with a 3-2 win over Luke Tweeton of Frazee. Vacura finished the season with a 44-3 record. Vacura scored a takedown with 42 seconds left in the second period for a 3-1 lead. The B-G-MR wrestler won 15-7 in the first round, a pin in 3:21 in the quarterfinals and a 10-1 win in the semifinals over Kaya Lindell of Kenyon. One other area wrestler reached the final round on Saturday.
VERMILLION, S.D.—South Dakota went on a 9-0 run in the second half to gain separation as the Coyotes downed UND 78-63 on Saturday in a Summit League men's basketball game at the Sanford Coyote Sports Center. UND closed out its first Summit League season at 6-10 and 12-17 overall as the Hawks now prepare for the league postseason tournament next weekend in Sioux Falls. UND will be either the No. 7 seed and will take on No. 2 Omaha on Saturday night in a quarterfinal round game in Sioux Falls. South Dakota improved to 7-9 and 13-16.
If there was any skepticism about putting the North Dakota state Class B girls basketball tournament in a smaller, more intimate venue like the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center, it certainly didn't surface during the three-day event. The North Dakota High School Activities Association's decision to place the tournament in a 3,100-seat venue like The Betty contrasted from past board decisions to hold state events in bigger arenas.