DWU Classic pairings 2014

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DWU Culver's Classic

The following match-ups have been announced for the February 15 boys basketball Classic in Mitchell.

11:00 Bridgewater- Emery [5-7] vs South-Central [7-7]

12:30 McCook Central-Montrose [6-7] vs Corsica-Stickney [8-6]

2:00 Mt. Vernon-Plankinton [10-5] vs Potter County [9-2]

3:30 Dell Rapids [7-5] vs Parkston [10-4]

5:00 #2A Pine Ridge [10-1] vs Aberdeen Roncalli [12-2]

6:30 Platte-Geddes [7-4] vs Sully Buttes [9-2]

8:00 #1B White River[11-2] vs #2B James Valley [11-1]

MS BBB Western Great Plains Tourney

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The bracket has been released for the 2014 Middle School Western Great Plains Boys Basketball Tourney. Games begin Saturday, February 8, at 10 a.m. Ten teams will be competing in a round robin format in two pools. The top seeds of Pool A and Pool B will meet for the championship in the High School Gym following pool play. The final round of pool play is scheduled for approximately 3:15, though a rolling schedule and two gyms will be utilized.

Hanson Classic offers tough challenge

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By Kristan Krogman

The match-up of White River and Ethan at Saturday’s Hanson Classic in Mitchell may not have been what some expected, but it played out as one of the best of the day before being decided in the final seconds. 

The Tigers fell behind 5-0 to start the game but rebounded quickly with a 9-0 run that gave them a 9-5 lead. Up 13-10 at the quarter break, Christian Bartlett provided his usual spark off the bench with five straight points to open quarter two. Offensive flow was unpredictable for both teams through the second. Ethan netted just eight points and seven of the Tigers thirteen second quarter points came at the free throw line. White River led 26-18 at half time.

Tre Iyotte hit a field goal to start play in the second half, giving White River their largest lead of the night, 28-18. Ethan cracked down on defense and looked to attack offensively as the game wore on. Link Tucker had a strong second half for White River, scoring ten of his eleven points in second half action. A Bartlett tip in at the buzzer decreased Ethan’s third quarter advantage to 14-12, and the Tigers maintained a 38-32 lead going into the final stanza.

Back and forth action brought excitement to the early minutes of the fourth period. Following an early three that cut the Tiger lead to three, Ethan again bounced back from an eight point deficit, cutting into the Tiger lead on six of six shooting at the free throw line. 

The Tigers converted on a big possession with just under three minutes remaining. Patience in the half court resulted in an and one opportunity for Tavis Burbank and sent Ethan’s Tyler Myers to the bench with five fouls. Despite the missed free throw the Tiger lead seemed secure at 49-43.

The Rustlers went to work though, scoring seven of the next eight points. Ethan guard Blake Borchard, who finished with a game high 20 points, hit a field goal with just under a minute to go that gave the game its first tie, 50-50.

The Tigers held for one shot and with 6.3 seconds remaining called a timeout. Justin Prue was fouled on the ensuing drive and after missing the first of two at the charity stripe, he knocked down the second for a 51-50 lead. A desperation shot at the buzzer just missed its mark for Ethan and the Tigers took the one point victory.

Other games at this year’s Hanson Classic were: Sanborn Central/Woonsocket over Centerville, 56-55; Sisseton over McCook Central/Montrose, 64-46; Clark/Willow Lake over Chamberlain, 65-38; Hanson over Sully Buttes 57-47; Aberdeen Roncalli over Parkston, 63-39; Sioux Valley over St. Thomas More, 39-36 in overtime; and James Valley Christian over Langford, 47-36.

Jones County Tourney title, ninth in a row

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By Kristan Krogman

A mainstay in the area for many years, the 46th annual Jones County Invitational boys basketball tournament played out over three days last week. The Tournament boasts a mighty tradition of talented players, rivalry competition, and an atmosphere that makes the tournament what it is. With packed crowds chanting “Let’s Go_____!” in encouragement meant to inspire their favorite player or team, rewards for the best fans, the best players, the best cheerleaders, and the best display of sportsmanship, the annual appearance by Senator John Thune, visitng with neighbors, and even the popularity of the  popcorn, there is a lot to go along with the basketball. 

As it has been for the past eight years, the dynasty of the White River Tigers remained and their ninth straight title was recorded. The mark is one that seems unbeatable when compared to the previous consecutive title streak of three  by Stanley Co. - 1988-’90, and Lyman - 2003-’05. The Tigers outscored their opponent 244-99 over the course of this year’s tournament and won by an average of 48.3 points. 

Game one saw the Tigers with a 93-22 win over Stanley County. White River held their opponent scoreless into period two and had too much fire power for the Buffaloes. The Tigers were led by KPLO Player of the Game Christian Bartlett who had 17 points and 13 rebounds off the bench. Justin Folkers received the Sportsmanship Award.

WR 26 43 73 93

  1. 0   9 15 22

Justin Prue 13 pts, 2 assists, 3 steals; Tre Iyotte 13 pts, 3 rebs, 8 assists, 6 steals; Link Tucker 6 pts, 8 rebs, 1 assist, 3 steals, 1 block; Tavis Burbank 12 pts, 6 rebs, 2 assists, 2 steals; Justin Folkers 16 pts, 7 rebs, 1 assist, 3 steals; Christian Bartlett 17 pts, 13 rebs; Justice Morrison 3 assists, 2 steals; Tanner Larvie 2 pts, 1 reb, 1 assist, 1 steal; Bill Chauncey 2 pts, 5 rebs, 1 steal, 1 block; Mat Beardt 2 pts, 3 rebs, 2 steals; Nicholas Young 2 pts

The semi-final game versus Colome came Friday night. Colome scored just six points in quarter one, the last two with only seconds remaining in the period. After eleven quick points in quarter two, the Tigers led 36-10. Colome turned up the heat, reeling off thirteen straight to end the period. It was 36-23 at halftime.

Guards Tre Iyotte and Justin Prue, who shot well throughout the Tournament, had a trio of three point baskets mid-way through the third in restoring a twenty point lead. The fourth quarter was all White River and the final score was 80-39. 

White River 25 36 56 80

  1.       6  23 35 39

Prue 17 pts, 2 rebs, 2 assists, 3 steals, 1 block; Iyotte 18 pts, 1 reb, 5 assists, 4 steals; Tucker 9 pts, 8 rebs, 3 assists, 1 steal, 1 block; Burbank 12 pts, 3 rebs, 4 assists, 5 steals; Folkers 9 pts, 9 rebs, 4 steals, 2 blocks; Bartlett 4 pts, 5 rebs; Morrison 3 pts; Larvie 2 pts, 1 assists, 2 steals; Gunner Piper 2 pts, 1 reb, 1 assist; Chauncey 4 pts, 5 rebs; Beardt 1 steal; Young 1 rebound

KPLO Player Of The Game was Tre Iyotte. The Sportsmanship Award went to  Tavis Burbank.

White River took the Jones County crowd out of the game early during Saturday night’s championship contest. The Tigers led 14-0 with only 3:15 gone by. Following a Jones County timeout, their second of the game, the competitiveness of the contest improved and it was 9-9 through the remainder of the period. Bartlett had five points in period two, Iyotte four, Tucker scored on a driving lay in and a steal and layup by Prue added to the score and brought a 20 point lead at halftime. 

Jones County hit a three to open the third quarter, cutting the lead to 17, the closest they would get in the second half. Iyotte scored for White River with three seconds to go in the period, tying their largest lead at 24. 

Another hustle play by Prue came at 4:49 to go in the fourth quarter when he tipped a Coyote pass on the sideline for a steal and took it to the rim for two. That gave the Tigers a thirty point lead, 60-30. The final basket of the night, a two by Tanner Larvie resulted in the largest lead of the evening for White River and stood as the final, 71-38.

White River   23 36 52 71

Jones County  9 16 28 38

Prue 17 pts, 1 rebs, 1 assist, 5 steals; Iyotte 16 pts, 5 rebs, 4 assists, 3 steals; Tucker 9 pts, 7 rebs, 4 assists, 4 steals, 2 blocks; Burbank 10 pts, 6 rebs, 1 assist, 2 steals; Folkers 8 pts, 10 rebs, 1 steal, 3 blocks; Bartlett 9 pts, 10 rebs; Larvie 2 pts, 2 rebs; Chauncey 1 steal; Piper 1 rebound

KPLO Player Of The Game was Justin Prue. Link Tucker won the Sportsmanship Award.


Justin Prue, Tavis Burbank, and Justin Folkers were named 1st Team All-Tourney. 

Tre Iyotte was named 2nd Team All-Tourney.

Justin Prue was voted Tournament MVP and Tavis Burbank won the Pete Kerns Sportsmanship Award.


Jones County cheerleaders repeated as winners of the Muriel Huber Memorial Cheer Award.

WRHS Basketball: Upcoming schedule

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Hanson Classic

Pairings have been released for the Hanson Classic to be played in Mitchell Saturday, January 25. The Tigers (#1 in last week’s SD Sportswriter Poll) will play Ethan (last week tied for #4) with a start time around 5:30 p.m.

Games start at 10:00 a.m. and will go on a rolling schedule with ten minutes between each game. The day starts with McCook Central/Montrose vs. Sisseton and then: Sanborn Central/Woonsocket vs. Centerville, Chamberlain vs. Clark/Willow Lake, Parkston vs. Aberdeen Roncalli, Sully Buttes vs. Hanson, WR vs. Ethan, St. Thomas More vs. Sioux Valley, and Langford vs. James Valley Christian scheduled for around 8:30.

Southern Plains Conf. Tourney

The Southern Plains Conference Tourney will be held this week with contests in three locations. The Lady Tigers will play rounds one and two in the evening on Thursday and Friday in Ft. Pierre. Three teams will join the Lady Tigers, Stanley Co., Kadoka Area, and Jones County, while four other teams (Gregory, Colome, Lyman, Burke/South Central) will play their first and second round games in Presho. The final round games Saturday are all held in Kadoka beginning at 12:00 p.m. (central).

The Lady Tigers play Stanley County in Thursday's opening round.  The game will begin around 8:00 following the 6:30 contest between Jones Co. and Kadoka Area.

Tigers hold on for the win, slipping by St. Francis

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By Kristan Krogman

In a much anticipated match-up January 10, at Barnhart Gymnasium, a determined Tiger boys team got all they could handle from the St. Franics Warriors.

The first quarter was indicative of things to come as both teams fought back and forth in an exciting bout. St. Francis worked the inside, with points coming off offensive rebounds and fastbreak opportunities. White River was limited to points in the half court and a variety of zone defenses by the Warriors left openings for White River on the perimeter. Tre Iyotte was a beneficiary with three first quarter three point baskets. 

The Tigers made a more concerted effort to feed the ball inside to start the second period of play. Big man Justin Folkers had eight points early on. A three point basket by Justin Prue gave the Tigers their largest lead of the half, 33-25, with 2:57 remaining. The score at the intermission was 36-31 in favor of White River.

The second half was a tale of two quarters, the first favoring White River, the second going to St. Francis. The Tigers outscored St. Francis 16-8 in quarter three. Link Tucker hit a three point basket that came just before Iyotte was fouled on a three point shot. Iyotte went three for three at the line and with 2:51 to go in the third, the Tigers appeared to have a firm grip on the game’s outcome, leading 49-35. 

The backcourt duo of Iyotte and Prue was a strong factor in the game. They combined for 32 points, 7 steals, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists and contributed in ways that can’t be found on the stat sheet. Prue scored the final points of the third on a spot up three after having  made the steal that set up the final shot. It was 52-39 going into the final period.

Tucker scored two and Prue hit another three to open the fourth quarter. What followed was a turn in momentum that favored St. Francis. They scored eleven of the next twelve points and forced White River into a timeout at 4:28. The Tigers set up a slow down, spread offense that broke up the momentum, though Leon Bad Hand of St. Francis hit a three with close to two minutes remaining that drew the Warriors to within four 58-54. It was free throws down the stretch for White River, and they went 6/8 to seal the win. St. Francis hit a three at the buzzer, making the final score 64-61.

White River 18 36 52 64

St. Francis  15 31 39 61

Stats: Justin Prue 16 pts, 2 rebs, 1 assist, 6 steals, 2 blocks; Tre Iyotte 16 pts, 6 rebs 3 assists, 1 steal; Christian Bartlett 2 rebs, 1 assist; Tavis Burbank 10 pts, 7 rebs, 6 assists, 2 steals; Justin Folkers 13 pts, 7 rebs, 1 steal, 1 charge taken; Justice Morrison 1 rebound; Gunner Piper 2 rebounds; Link Tucker 9 pts, 2 rebs, 3 assists, 1 steal, 2 blocks

White River won the JV game earlier in the evening but lost the C game.

C Game

  1. 12  16  19  30
  2. 12  21  29  42

Stats: Tanner Cook 10 points 3 rebounds; CJ White Hat 15 points 14 rebounds, 2 blocks; Gaton Hawk 5 points

JV Game

  1. 14  33  40  58
  2.   6  13  19  33

Stats: Justice Morrison 12 points; Tanner Larvie 8 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals; Gunner Piper 4 points, 3 assists, 3 steals; Chris Eagle Bear 6 points, 11 rebounds; Nic Young 11 points, 12 rebounds, 4 steals; Cain Fairbanks 4 points, 4 rebounds; Tanner Cook 3 points; Camren Folkers 6 points; CJ White Hat 2 points, 5 rebounds; Lucas Beardt 2 points

Tiger basketball teams earn wealth of experience at 2013 LNI

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By Kristan Krogman

The 37th annual Lakota Nation Invitational was played in Rapid City last week with the basketball tournament highlighting activities.

The Tiger boys went into the tournament the number one seed. Having won three of the last four tournaments, it was business as usual with a first round win Wednesday. They topped Omaha Nation 76-41 for the win. The Tigers started slow but gradually got rolling and liberal use of the reserves kept everyone fresh for the remainder of the tournament.

The second round game versus Oelrichs, a rematch from last year’s Region final, was highly anticipated and closely contested. Tavis Burbank kept the Tigers going early with seven of the team’s first thirteen points. Christian Bartlett also had a big first half with fifteen points. Though Oelrichs led through most of the first half, the Tigers led 34-32 at intermission. Oelrichs built a six point lead early in the second half, but threes by Link Tucker (2), Justice Morrison, and Tre Iyotte later made the score 53-49. It was closely contested down the stretch, but the Tigers held on. They won 65-59.

The semi-final game against Cheyenne-Eagle Butte was another close one.  The Tigers led by eight, 19-11, in the first half, though the Braves kept up the fight. It was a 26-21 game at half time. Sloppy play was infectious as both teams recorded multiple turnovers as the second half progressed. Rebounding became an issue for both teams as well, though it was a number of offensive rebounds that resulted in points, spurring Cheyenne-Eagle Butte to a 49-43 lead. Iyotte returned the lead to the Tigers at 56-54 with just under a minute remaining. Winning 57-54, the Tigers played themselves into the final round for another chance at the title.

Pine Ridge and White River met in the finals, a low scoring game that could have gone either way. The Thorpes matched the Tigers in speed and size and kept the inside bottled up with a zone that covered the outside as well. Burbank had eight points in the first half to lead the Tigers and his aggressive play lent to an 18-11 lead late in half number one. Pine Ridge scored the final six points of the half and they led 21-20 at the break. Play favored Pine Ridge in the second half and though they led by just six at the six minute mark, the momentum was clearly in their favor. They led by ten with just over three minutes to go, though Burbank cut it to six around the two minute mark with a three point play that made it 46-40. That was as close as the Tigers would get, and they went down 53-46.

On the girls side, the Lady Tigers finished 6th in the tournament. They opened round one with a late game versus Crow Creek. White River played well, getting a double digit win, 56-41. 

A first round win sent them to the Makosica Bracket where top seeded Pine Ridge awaited. Guards Santana White Dress and Shaylene Richard were a tough combo for White River. The Tigers struggled with the scrappy defensive of Pine Ridge and the Lady Thorpe pressure left them converting on many easy baskets. The Tigers netted just 4 points in the second half and went down 19-80.

The Little Wound game on Friday was an exciting one that saw the Lady Tigers facing a first half deficit of fourteen early on. They scored eight unanswered, though, to close the half and the momentum carried into the second half. Back to back threes by Dusti Good Shield gave the Tigers their first lead, 46-45, and Casey Fairbanks hit two free throws for a 59-50 lead with close to five minutes to go. White River maintained their lead down the stretch, and despite a game high 34 by Little Wound freshman Janay Jumping Eagle, the Tigers got the win 71-65. Jaye Bear Heels paced the Tigers with 21.

White River and McLaughlin met in the 5th/6th place game early Saturday. White River had the advantage at the start and led by two at half time. McLaughlin was better in the second half and the Lady Tigers ran out of steam. Down 44-31 midway through the second half, the deficit slowly increased. Bear Heels and Good Shield both scored in double figures for the Tigers but it wasn’t enough. They lost 66-43.

WGP All-Conference football 2013

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Western Great Plains All-Conference awards have been decided for the 2013 football season. White River had four individuals honored with selection. Pictured above from the left: Justin Folkers (Honorable Mention), Christian Bartlett (All-Conference), Tanner Larvie (All-Conference), and Kaileb Valburg (Honorable Mention).

Purple teams sweep friendly, competitive alumni games

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By Kristan Krogman

The White River High School alumni games were held over Thanksgiving weekend, Friday, November 29. There was a good turnout for the games with thirty five alumni on hand for the competition and a good crowd of supporters in the stands.

The women’s volleyball game opened the activities. Sixteen alumni represented teams from a twenty year period, 1993 to 2013. Volleys featured good team play and receiving, passing and hitting that, at times, could have been mistaken for the play of a competitive prep team. After the two teams split sets one and two, it was the purple team who came out on top, winning sets three and four in the best of five competition.

Between game entertainment was provided by local elementary boys and girls who contested a period of exhibition basketball. Back and forth action dominated the up-tempo frenzy. In the end, the score stood at six all and a tie was declared. 

The men took to the floor in the evening finale. The contest featured nineteen returning graduates, ranging  from players who were on last year’s State Championship team to players who played in the 80s and 90s. The White team had the advantage through much of the contest and was led by Jake Krogman who finished with 29 points. The Purple team came on in the second half, which provided for an exciting conclusion. Louie Krogman, who scored a majority of his game high 53 points in the second half, hit one of two free throws with twenty four seconds remaining to give his team a one point lead. The advantage held, and the Purple team won 83-82.

Scoring for the Purple team - Joey Bechtold (2006), 2; Clayton Bryan (2001), 8; Alex Cameron (2006), 7; Derek Clairmont (2006), 8; Lance Emery (2005), 3; Louie Krogman (2008), 53; Jimmy Plooster (2010), 2

Scoring for the White team - Matthew Bartlett (2009), 7; Jared Bouman (2000), 3; Richard Charging Hawk (1986), 2; Matthew Gillen (2013), 13; Jake Krogman (2010), 29; Josh Krogman (1997), 3; Troy Krogman (1995), 6; Gilbert Morrison (2013), 3; Nic Waln (2013), 16

Good Shield named to All-Conference team

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The Western Great Plains Conference has announced post-season awards for volleyball. Senior Dusti Good Shield, who helped lead the Lady Tigers to the championship game during district play was among those honored.

Top honorees included WGP Conference Team Champions, the Lyman Raiders. They took fifth over the weekend at the State B Volleyball tournament. Anna Flitner of Lyman was named Conference MVP. 

All-Conference, First Team

  1. Anna Flitner - Lyman

2. Jordyn Dekker - Philip

3. Taylor Kratovil - Bennett County

4. Tania Risse - Bennett County

5. Sara Herman - Lyman

6. Raven Jorgensen - Kadoka

Second Team

  1. Kaitlyn Schreiber - Wall

2. Madison Hand - Philip

3. Garline Boni - Jones County

4. Madison Matthews - Jones County

5. Dusti Good Shield - White River

6. Bailey Almond - Lyman

Third Team

1. Tayah Huether - Wall

2. Jessica Welter - Lyman

3. Callie Glaze - Jones County

4. Tamee Livermont - Bennett County

5. Tia Guptil - Philip

6. Ellie Coyle - Philip

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