The first high school basketball poll of the season is out from the South Dakota Sportswriters Association.
Mitchell is No. 1 in the Class AA boys' poll, St. Thomas More and Dell Rapids are tied for first in the Class AA boys' poll and White River is ranked No. 1 in the Class B boys' poll.
Defending state champs Brandon Valley is No. 1 in Class AA girls' poll, St. Thomas More is top-ranked in the Class A girls' poll and Centerville is ranked No. 1 in the Class B girls' poll.
See complete polls in Scoreboard.
Parkston coach ties record
Parkston girls' basketball Rob Vanlaecken tied a statewide coaching record Monday night.
His Trojans beat visiting Hanson 55-52 behind 40 points for Marie Malloy for his 551 career coaching win. Vanlaecken is now 551-196 in 35 seasons at Parkston.
Fred Tibbetts, who died of cancer in 2008, compiled a state record 551 coaching wins in girls' basketball. Tibbetts' teams went 551-101 and won 11 state titles in 29 seasons (18 at Jefferson, 11 at Roosevelt).
Tibbetts was a 1972 Dakota State graduate. Vanlaecken is a 1974 Dakota State graduate. Both men are members of the Madison university's athletic hall of fame.
verbally commits to NSU
Wide receiver Bobby Brown of Spring Lake Park, Minn., has verbally committed to the Northern State football team.
The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Brown is the first known verbal commitment to NSU for the 2012 season. Brown, who is also a track and field standout, averaged 17 yards per catch this year. He hauled in 13 catches for 221 yards and three touchdowns. Brown, who was a two-time all-conference honorable mention selection, can sign his national letter of intent on Feb. 1, 2012.
USD quarterback selected
University of South Dakota senior quarterback Dante Warren has been invited to play in the Football Championship Subdivision Senior Scout Bowl Game at 1 p.m. Saturday in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Warren, a native of Arlington Heights, Ill., passed for 4,361 yards with 35 touchdowns and 5,362 yards of total offense during his career.
I feel extremely humbled to be in this game, Warren said. I'm excited to have a chance to represent USD amongst everyone at the FCS division. This is a huge opportunity and I am so grateful to everyone who has helped me get to this point.
TRACK AND FIELD
NSU athlete still shining