Class AA Boys: Stevens, Central boys advance to state basketball tournament

RAPID CITY, S.D. – After a disappointing eighth place finish last year at the State ‘AA’ Boys Basketball Tournament, the Rapid City Stevens Raiders were hoping for another chance this year to win a state title.

Daniel Vigoren

The Raiders moved one step closer to accomplishing that goal, as they knocked off Harrisburg on Saturday in the SoDak 1, 74-49.

Stevens jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter and never looked back.

Blake Weaver led the Raiders with 25 points followed by Daniel Vigoren with 18 points and Mason Steele with 16 points.

The Raiders, who improve to 15-6 on the season, will open the State AA Tournament on Thursday, March 19 against Sioux Falls Washington at 6 p.m. in Sioux Falls.


Blake Weaver

Blake Weaver scored 25 points to lead Rapid City Stevens past Harrisburg.

Mason Steele

Mason Steele dunks against the Harrisburg Tigers.

RC Central 52, SF Lincoln 48

Meanwhile, the Rapid City Central boys upset Sioux Falls Lincoln 52-48 to earn a berth in the State AA Tournament.

Micah Swallow scored with 4.9 seconds remaining to put the Cobblers ahead by two.

Then Central sealed the deal with a pair of free throws.

Micah Swallow led all scorers with 20 points.

The Cobblers will square off against top seed Yankton in the opening round of the state tournament on Thursday, March 19 at 2 p.m.


Boys Basketball Scores

Class AA SoDak 16

Brandon Valley 52, Aberdeen Central 48

Huron 84, Douglas 48

Rapid City Central 52, Sioux Falls Lincoln 48

Rapid City Stevens 74, Harrisburg 49

Sioux Falls O’Gorman 77, Watertown 58

Sioux Falls Washington 69, Spearfish 47

Yankton 65, Sturgis Brown 39


PLEASE NOTE: Also the winners in the SoDak 16 advance to the State AA Boys Basketball Tournament.


Summit League Men’s Basketball Tournament

#1 North Dakota State 71,  #8 Denver 69

#7 Purdue Fort Wayne 77,  #2 South Dakota State  74



Summit League Women’s Basketball Tournament

#1 South Dakota  99,  #8 Omaha 40

#2 South Dakota State  72,  #7 North Dakota  43




Utah Grizzlies 7, Rapid City Rush 4


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