Area teams post 5-4 record; Cossacks topple De Smet

Sean Welsh/Register

26th annual Boys’ Michael J. Entringer Scholarship Classic

Editor's note: This story has been corrected to reflect that the 26th annual Boys’ Michael J. Entringer Scholarship Classic was rescheduled due to weather and held on Tuesday, Dec. 31.

BROOKINGS – Area teams went 5-4 – Sioux Valley, Elkton-Lake Benton, Arlington, Lake Preston and Estelline/Hendricks posted victories – during the 26th annual Boys’ Michael J. Entringer Scholarship Classic on Tuesday.

Dell Rapids dropped Dell Rapids St. Mary 67-64 in a much-anticipated, long-awaited matchup to close out the event.

Sioux Valley 75, De Smet 60 [Max Nielson]

Elkton-Lake Benton 54, Garretson 46, OT [Grant DeRuyter]

Arlington 69, Milbank 45 [Trevor Larsen]

Lake Preston 58, Chester Area 30 [Carter Malone]

Estelline/Hendricks 57, Deuel 53 [Marcis Hausman]

Baltic 79, Deubrook Area 76 [Zach Polzin]

Hamlin 45, Flandreau 43 [Booker Noem]

Madison 45, Colman-Egan 42 [Carter Bergheim]

Castlewood 82, Oldham-Ramona/Rutland 75, OT [Tristan Nielsen]

Dell Rapids 67, Dell Rapids St. Mary 64 [Drew Van Regenmorter]

 Sioux Valley 75, De Smet 60

Max Nielson earned MVP honors as the Cossacks overcame a fast start by the Bulldogs – the top-ranked team in Class B and last season’s state runner-up.

Sioux Valley took control with 13 consecutive points in the second period.

Oliver Vincent and Nielson sandwiched runout layups following steals around a Lane VanderWal 3-pointer.

Nielson added another layup after Parker Puetz came up with a takeaway. Buckets by Puetz and Nielson made it 39-26 with 1:43 left before half and the score was 40-32 at the break.

“(De Smet) came out and knocked down a ton of shots – shot a high percentage in the first quarter and we just kind of had to weather things there a little early on,” said Sioux Valley coach Bill Vincent. “I thought we did that. We hit enough shots in the first quarter to still be in the game, which is a complement to our guys. I thought they played with a lot of poise – maybe more so than a year ago when we played De Smet. I thought we had a pretty motivated team in our locker room and on the court playing the No. 1 team in the state (Class B) and a team that had beat us a year ago for the first time in quite some time.

“The guys have been talking about this one and really wanted to get out here and play hard.”

Nielson canned a 3-ball 51 seconds into the third and Sioux Valley’s lead only dipped below 10 for 13 seconds the remainder of the way.

The Cossacks were up 59-44 heading to the fourth and saw their lead peak at 19 points in the final period.

Nielson, a senior point guard who netted his 1,000th career point in Sioux Valley’s last game, had 19 on 8-of-13 shooting. He went 3-of-4 from deep.

The Cossacks shot 59.3 percent (32-of-54) from the floor.

VanderWal put in 16 points, going 7-of-8 from the floor. Kelton Vincent had 14 points, Ryan Schuster 11 and Oliver Vincent eight.

It marked the first significant action for Schuster this season.

The 6-foot-4 senior wing made all four of his shot attempts and both his free throws in 15 1/2 minutes of action.

“He’s coming off a bad ankle sprain and wasn’t able to play for us in Game 1 (on Dec. 13). He got a couple up-and-downs the court in Game 2 (on Dec. 19) just to kind of get his juices going again and get him ready for practice,” said Vincent. “And then with the weird practices and the weather, it’s been tough for us to work him back in. But he’s getting really close and looked good today. He’s been in good spirits and really been a buddy coach for these guys. We can’t wait to get him back because the preseason he had was outstanding and he was ready to go until he went down shortly before our season opener.”

Kalen Garry had 20 points, Rett Osthus 13 and Cody Cavanaugh 12 for De Smet, which finished at 50 percent (20-of-40) from the field.

Sioux Valley (3-0, 2-0 Lake Central Conference), which had its Swiftel Center Classic matchup against Chamberlain scheduled for Monday canceled due to the weather, is host to Bridgewater-Emery today at 7:30 p.m. and Beresford on Friday at 8 p.m.

De Smet (3-1, 1-1) welcomes Arlington on Friday.

Notes: Sioux Valley is now 19-6 in the Entringer Classic. The Cossacks did not participate in 1996.


De Smet (3-1, 1-1 LCC)

Rett Osthus 6-10 1-1 13, Kalen Garry 5-11 8-10 20, Cody Cavanaugh 4-5 1-1 12, Ethan McCune 3-6 0-1 8, Tory Holland 2-8 2-4 7, Dom Hansen 0-0 0-0 0, Gannon Gruenhagen 0-0 0-0 0, Colt WInkinson 0-0 0-0 0, Baylor Beck 0-0 0-0 0, Blake Van Regenmorter 0-0 0-0 0, Damon Wilkinson 0-0 0-2 0. Totals 20-40 12-19 60.

Sioux Valley (3-0, 2-0 LCC)

Parker Puetz 1-6 0-0 2, Max Nielson 8-13 0-0 19, Kelton Vincent 6-13 0-0 14, Oliver Vincent 4-8 0-0 8, Lane VanderWal 7-8 0-0 16, Patrick Carey 0-0 0-0 0, Colby Gatzke 0-0 0-0 0, Jaxton Schuller 0-0 1-2 1, Hayden Ruesink 2-3 0-0 4, Ryan Schuster 4-4 2-2 11. Totals 32-54 3-4 75.

De Smet        20  12  12  16    60

Sioux Valley  18  22  19  16    75

3-point goals – DS 8-21 (Cavanaugh 3-4, McCune 2-4, Garry 2-6, Holland 1-4, Osthus 0-3), SV 8-11 (Nielson 3-4, K. Vincent 2-2, VanderWal 2-2, Schuster 1-1, Puetz 0-2). Rebounds – DS 21 (Holland 7), SV 24 (O. Vincent 6). Assists – DS 10 (Osthus 6), SV 18 (Puetz, K. Vincent 5). Steals – DS 5 (Cavanaugh 2), SV 13 (O. Vincent 4). Blocks – DS 4 (Osthus, Garry, McCune, Holland 1), SV 0. Turnovers – DS 21, SV 14. Total fouls – DS 8, SV 17. Fouled out – none. Technical fouls – none.

 Elkton-Lake Benton 54, Garretson 46, OT

The Elks overcame an eight-point deficit in the final 2-plus minutes of regulation and then controlled play in overtime.

“Oh man, I told them at the beginning of the year – we had one like that, too (a 37-34 defeat of Lake Preston on Dec. 13) – I said I can’t take many of those,” said ELB coach Steve Erickson. “But we talked about the kids’ effort, heart and we were just impressed with the way that they didn’t give up when it, honestly, didn’t look very good down the stretch.

“So we’re happy with the way they stuck together and continued to battle when things weren’t looking good.”

Matthew Nibbe started the rally with a bucket with 2:08 remaining, cutting the deficit to 43-37. He added a putback with 1:15 left.

The Blue Dragons’ Jake Schroeder missed two free throws with 1:11 left but grabbed the rebound. Dylan Kindt missed a pair of foul shots after that.

Garretson got a stop defensively, before Bryson Sik came up with a steal that led to a Nibbe bucket with 26 seconds left. Nibbe was fouled on the shot but missed the and-one; however, Grant DeRuyter corralled the loose ball and was fouled. DeRuyter’s two free throws knotted things up and sent the game to overtime.

ELB scored the first eight points in OT.

DeRuyter had a putback. Aiden Erickson converted an old-fashioned three-point play and added a free throw. Nibbe’s two foul shots with 1:17 to go made it 51-43.

DeRuyter, the MVP, posted a double-double of 16 points and 14 rebounds. Nibbe added 16 and 10. Erickson scored 10 points and tracked down eight boards.

Garretson’s Josef Zahn had 11 points and 13 rebounds. Cooper Long totaled 13 points and Lucus Fitzgerald 10.

Garretson (0-4) faces Chester Area on Friday and Elkton-Lake Benton (3-1) plays at Canistota on Saturday.

 Arlington 69, Milbank 45

Trevor Larsen and the Cardinals scorched the nets in the first game of the day.

“Good tempo,” said Arlington coach Michael Parry, whose team was up 15-8 after a quarter, 31-18 at halftime and 53-34 at the end of three. “We really wanted to improve our tempo from our last game, and I was pleased with that – we got the ball up and down the floor quickly; got some nice, easy shots.”

Arlington shot 61.4 percent (27-of-44) from the field, including an 11-of-22 clip from long range.

Larsen, the MVP, made eight of his 15 attempts from deep and scored 26 points in 26 minutes.

“We shoot a lot of 3s, but Trevor shot really well today,” Parry added. “This is basically his first game back – he’s had a bad ankle here the first couple games. He’s been playing but kind of limping along, so he had a nice game and that was a good breakout for him.”

Ryker Erstad added 17 points and Trey Ramstad had 10 on 4-of-4 shooting to go with seven assists. Mason Bunker contributed eight points and Casey Stegeman tallied six.

The Bulldogs’ Bennett Schwenn had 20 points.

Milbank (1-3) welcomes Webster Area today. Arlington (3-0) travels to De Smet for a big Dakota Valley Conference game Friday.

 Lake Preston 58, Chester Area 30

Carter Malone scored 21 points to earn MVP honors as the Divers dominated the Flyers.

It was 19-8 after a quarter, 26-11 at halftime and 43-20 through three.

Jasper Denison tallied a double-double of 11 points and 13 rebounds.

Chester shot 19.1 percent (9-of-47) for the game after making just two of 20 shots in the opening half. Stratton Eppard was 5-of-16 from the field and 5-of-14 at the line for 15 points.

Lake Preston (1-3) plays at Deubrook Area and Chester Area (0-5) is host to Garretson on Friday.

 Estelline/Hendricks 57, Deuel 53

The Redhawks outscored the Cardinals 20-7 in the final stanza to post the victory.

Deuel was up 16-10 after a quarter, 28-27 at halftime and 46-37 through three.

EH’s Marcis Hausman totaled 14 points and nine boards. He was voted MVP.

Riley Benning had 16 points, four steals and three assists.

Braxton Saathoff tallied 11 points off the bench.

The Cardinals’ Layton Eide dropped in a game-high 18 points to go with six boards and three steals. Naethan Lovre scored 10 points off the bench and Brady Knight had eight points and 10 rebounds.

Estelline/Hendricks (3-1) is host to Dell Rapids St. Mary on Friday and Deuel (0-3) heads to Deubrook Area on Tuesday.

 Baltic 79, Deubrook Area 76

The Bulldogs edged the Dolphins in a wild game.

Both teams led by 13 points at one point – Baltic at 20-7 6 minutes into the game and Deubrook at 60-47 with 2:31 remaining in the third.

The Dolphins held a 61-55 cushion heading to the fourth, before the Bulldogs rallied.

MVP Zach Polzin had 27 points, six assists, five steals and four assists in the win. Elliot Haux added 24 points, eight steals, six rebounds and three assists. Alex Haagenson added 17 points and six boards.

Deubrook shot 53.7 percent (29-of-54) from the field but committed 30 turnovers.

Nick Bowne finished with 23 points, seven boards and three dimes. Andrew Trooien added 20 points and reserve Mason Shaw posted a double-double of 12 markers and 10 rebounds.

Deubrook (0-4) is host to Lake Preston on Friday. Baltic (3-2) takes on ELB on Monday in Lake Benton.

 Hamlin 45, Flandreau 43

The Chargers built a 12-point third-quarter advantage and then rallied down the stretch to top the Fliers in a Lake Central Conference matchup.

Hamlin led 14-10 after a quarter, 27-21 at halftime and 42-30 through three.

Flandreau scored the first 13 points in the fourth.

Tash Lunday came up with a steal and converted a traditional three-point play in transition with 5:52 remaining. He was fouled on a putback attempt 50 seconds later.

Liam Streitz hit 3-pointers with 4:32 and 4:01 remaining, before Lunday’s putback put the Fliers on top 43-42 with 2:31 showing on the clock.

The Chargers’ Nathan Holida was fouled on a fastbreak after coming up with a steal and converted both tosses to make it 44-43 with 1:12 to go and Hamlin held on after that.

MVP Booker Noem had 10 points and six rebounds in the victory. Jackson Noem also scored 10 points, while Holida and Kyler Swenson both finished with eight.

Lunday tallied a double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds, adding three assists and a trio of steals.

Streitz and Chase LeBrun both added eight points and David Allen seven.

Hamlin (2-1, 1-0) plays Clark/Willow Lake today in Clark and Flandreau (2-2, 0-1) is host to Castlewood on Saturday.

 Madison 45, Colman-Egan 42

The Bulldogs edged the Hawks in a slugfest.

Madison was up 10-7 after a quarter and 19-18 at halftime.

Colman-Egan used an 11-1 run – Nate Tolley connected from deep and scored down low and Camden Schmidt and Dalton Voelker buried 3-pointers – out of the break to grab a 29-20 advantage midway through the third.

However, Carter Bergheim hit treys on three of the Bulldogs’ next four possessions and Logan Albee added a 3 on the other trip down the floor to put Madison ahead 32-29. It was 32-31 heading to the fourth.

The Bulldogs’ lead fluctuated between one and five points in the final period.

Bergheim, the MVP, finished with 14 points and seven rebounds. Tyler Tappe added 11 points and six boards.

Voelker posted a double-double of 21 points – he went 5-of-12 from the field and 10-of-12 at the charity stripe – and 11 rebounds while adding three steals for the Hawks.

Tolley added seven points and six boards.

Colman-Egan (1-3) takes on Oldham-Ramona/Rutland on Friday in Rutland. Madison (3-1) faces Red Cloud on Saturday in the Corn Palace.

 Castlewood 82, Oldham-Ramona/Rutland 75, OT

The Warriors rallied to force overtime and then opened the extra period on an 8-0 run en route to the Dakota Valley Conference victory.

The Raiders were up 16-5 after a quarter and 35-29 at halftime. Their lead peaked at 13 points – 49-36 – late in the third and they were up 51-42 heading to the fourth.

It was 63-54 with 2:48 remaining in the game.

Tristan Nielsen’s 3-pointer capped a 10-0 spurt with 1:34 left to give Castlewood a 64-63 advantage. Later, Garret Kervliet made it 67-65 with a trey, before Brandon Trygstad hit two foul shots with 51 seconds remaining to pull ORR even.

That’s where the score stood heading to OT.

Nielson scored in the paint 6 seconds into overtime before adding a pair of 3-pointers to make it 75-67. The Raiders never got closer than four points after that.

Nielsen, the MVP, totaled 23 points, seven steals, four rebounds and four dimes.

Kaden Eng posted a double-double of 12 points and 12 boards. Kerkvliet and Carson Kirwan both contributed 17 markers. 

For the Raiders, Will Matson (seven rebounds) and Trygstad (six) both totaled 23 points.

Oldham-Ramona/Rutland (2-2, 1-2) is host to Colman-Egan Friday in Rutland and Castlewood (3-1, 2-1) heads to Flandreau on Saturday.

 Dell Rapids 67, Dell Rapids St. Mary 64

The Class A Quarriers shot 50 percent (24-of-48) from the field and used a balanced scoring attack to top the Class B Cardinals in the first matchup of the cross-town rivals since 1990.

Dell Rapids led 17-16 after a quarter but St. Mary was ahead 39-32 at halftime and 47-44 through three.

The Quarriers scored the first six points of the final period and never trailed again, although the score was tied three times – the last at 59-59 with 3:11 to play.

Connor Rentz answered with a 3-pointer to put Dell Rapids on top for good with 2:52 showing on the clock. Trailing by six, St. Mary’s Connor Libis converted a pair of freebies with 1:12 to go and Connar Kangas knocked down a trio of foul shots with 42 seconds remaining to cut the deficit to 65-64. Colin Rentz’s bucket with 25 seconds to play provided for the final margin.

Drew Van Regenmorter was MVP after totaling 14 points and nine rebounds.

Colin Rentz and Logan Ellingson both scored 16 points and Connor Rentz added 13.

Libis dropped a game-high 35 points – one off the classic record set by Elkton’s Matt Olson in 2001 – for the Cardinals. He was 8-of-18 from the field (5-of-10 from deep) and 14-of-16 at the line. Sam Palmer posted a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds. Max Herber also scored 10 points.

The Cardinals went 19-of-25 from the line and the Quarriers were 15-of-30.

St. Mary (4-1) plays at Estelline/Hendricks on Friday and Dell Rapids (3-1) heads to Chamberlain on Jan. 10.

Photos by Sean Welsh/Register

Above: Sioux Valley senior Max Nielson flies in for a bucket between a pair of De Smet defenders during the first quarter of the Cossacks’ 75-60 win over the Class B No. 1 Bulldogs in the 26th annual Boys’ Michael J. Entringer Scholarship Classic on Saturday at Brookings High School. He was voted MVP of the game after scoring 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting.

Below 1: Elkton-Lake Benton’s Grant DeRuyter puts down a two-handed slam to open the scoring in the Elks’ 54-46 overtime defeat of Garretson. He posted a 16-point, 14-rebound double-double to pick up MVP honors.

Below 2: Arlington’s Trevor Larsen buries one of his eight 3-pointers as the Cardinals toppled Milbank 69-56. The MVP racked up 26 points.

Below 3: Lake Preston’s Carter Malone shoots a jumper. He had 21 points in a 58-30 defeat of Chester Area and was named MVP.

Below 4: Estelline/Hendrick’s Riley Benning drives to the bucket during his team’s 57-53 triumph versus Deuel. He had 16 points.

Below 5: Deubrook Area’s Nick Bowne finishes over Baltic’s Brodee Teveldal. He had 23 points and seven boards but the Bulldogs pulled out a 79-76 victory.

Below 6: Flandreau sophomore Tash Lunday scores in the paint as he recorded a double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds during a 45-43 loss to Hamlin.

Below 7: Colman-Egan’s Dalton Voelker connects from deep during his 21-point, 11-rebound performance. The Hawks fell 45-42 to Madison.

Below 8: Oldham-Ramona/Rutland’s Will Matson puts up a shot during the Raiders’ 82-75 OT setback to Castlewood. He had 23 points, seven boards and six dimes.


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