Sturgis Scoopers: Can either of the 9th-seeded Scooper hoop squads make the AA State Tournaments.

At left, Sturis senior Gwyneth Simmons working against Tayler Factor of Mitchell. At right is Cedrick Stabber, who leads the Sturgis Scoopers into a showdown with No. 9 Harrisburg.

By Rich Winter

Another gigantic night of basketball across South Dakota with Class B region semis and Class AA girls and boys SoDak-16’s…Interesting in following some of the really tight battles to gain home court advantage for these SoDak 16 games….Since about Feb. 1 both of the Sturgis teams have been right there in that No. 8 to No. 9 slot…

Sturgis girls:

Sturgis girls, who finished 13-7 in the regular season earned the No. 9 seed. Tonight, Jordan Proefrock’s squad hits the road to take on 12-8 Mitchell. These two teams met on Feb. 1 in the Corn Palace with Mitchell earning a 49-38 win. The Scoopers were in the midst of a four-game skid in early February, but Proefrock’s Scoopers came in hot, winning 4-of-5 including a 43-39 win over Rapid City Central to close the regular season.

Sacred Hoops Athletes involved: Sturgis (Haylee Lambert), Mitchell (Tess Limberg & Payton Morgan)

Sturgis Boys:

A nice first year for Derris Buus who guided the Scoopers to a 15-5 regular season. The AA field is loaded this year so 15-5 earned the Scoopers the No. 9 seed. Tonight the guys step off the bus to take on an 11-9 Harrisburg squad, in Harrisburg. The Tigers dropped their final two games of the season to Lincoln and O’Gorman.

Sturgis comes into the game winners of 8-of-9 with the only setback coming 64-63 to Rapid City Stevens.

Coach Buus will be the West River, 17-U Sacred Hoops coach this summer.


A couple guys we’ll be watching for tonight are Sturgis Guards Ryan Garland and Cedric Stabber. Those two athletes played with Matt Rama’s 17-U squad last summer…Garland is having an exceptional year shooting the ball and Stabber does it all and is one of the best athletes in the AA field.

Sacred Hoops Summer workouts…