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The Brookings Rangers are the three-time defending state champions of the South Dakota Amateur Hockey Association but their quest for a fourth straight championship has added an interesting wrinkle.

The Brookings Rangers had another busy weekend as the squirt teams competed at the Cardinal Classic Tournament and several other levels were in action as part of this week’s Ranger Roundup.

For fans of high school sports, there is no better month on the calendar than March.

South Dakota State currently sits atop the Summit League standings, but their grip on the top spot comes with a slew of worthy contenders.

Sioux Valley's Boden Schiller plans to play football at South Dakota State University, signing a letter of intent on Tuesday.

The South Dakota State softball team is expected to again contend for a conference championship as the 2024 season is slated to begin for the Jackrabbits on Thursday. With the season nearing its start, the Summit League released its Preseason Coaches’ Poll Tuesday and SDSU sat atop the list.

The Sioux Valley Cossacks swept a doubleheader with Deuel on Tuesday night with the girls team defeating Deuel 70-26 in the opener and the boys team winning 69-36 in the nightcap.

The Brookings Bobcats earned their third straight win, defeating the Sioux Falls Roosevelt Roughriders 48-42 at Roosevelt High School on Tuesday night.

The Brookings Bobcats got off to a strong start but a full court press and an opportunistic defense helped the Sioux Falls Roosevelt Roughriders pick up a 62-44 win at Bob Jostad Gymnasium in Brookings High School on Tuesday night.

Colman-Egan rallied to defeat Wilmot and Oldham-Ramona/Rutland hit the road to take on Chester in Tuesday night’s boys basketball action.

The Iroquois/Lake Preston Sharks picked up a win over Wolsey-Wessington and Oldham-Ramona/Rutland fell on the road to Chester in Tuesday night’s girls basketball action.

South Dakota State is in a great position as they head into the regular season’s final weeks. The Jackrabbits are currently 17-5 and sit atop the league with a 9-0 conference record, but their success may be a surprise considering how hard injuries have hit the team.

The Brookings Bobcats have been busy in recent weeks as they had duals with Sioux Falls Christian, Sioux Falls Roosevelt and Harrisburg to wrap up the regular season.

The Colman-Egan Hawks split a doubleheader against Baltic on Monday night as the girls team defeated the Bulldogs 56-31 and the boys team lost 68-38.

The Sioux Valley Cossacks split a doubleheader against Hamlin on Monday night. While the Cossack girls basketball team earned a 42-37 win over the Chargers, Hamlin returned the favor in the nightcap, defeating the Cossacks 80-48 in a battle of top-five teams in Class A.

The Flandreau Fliers and the Sioux Valley Cossacks met on Friday night in a battle of two teams looking to make a playoff run. While the Fliers came out on top with a 49-37 win, both teams walked out of the gym encouraged over their performance and where they could be headed in the next couple of weeks.

The Brookings Bobcats finished second in a home triangular with Mitchell and Yankton at Bob Jostad Gymnasium in Brookings High School on Saturday afternoon.

The Flandreau Fliers and the Sioux Valley Cossacks both hit the mat as they competed at the Big East/Lake Central Conference Tournament at the Cossack Center on Saturday morning.

The Brookings Rangers lost both of their games this weekend, falling to Sioux Falls 8-0 at the First Bank & Trust Rink at the Larson Ice Center on Friday night and falling to Aberdeen 3-0 at the Aberdeen Odde Ice Arena on Saturday night.

South Dakota State stayed unbeaten against Big 12 opponents and ran its overall winning streak to eight with a 33-3 dual victory over Utah Valley on Saturday night at Lockhart Arena.

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