Only eight days in 2013, and we may already have the sports story of the year.
On Friday, the Sioux Falls Lincoln boys’ basketball team travelled to Minnesota, where the Patriots lost their first game of the season, 81-65 to Marshall High School.
“However, it was what happened after the game that made the night memorable,” Marshall athletic director Bruce Remme wrote in an email. Here is more of his email:
“Immediately following the game, we began cleaning up the gym so we could get set up for our annual gymnastics invitational Saturday morning. As we were busy working, the players from Lincoln began filing out of their locker room and into the hallway where they were gathering while waiting for the rest of their teammates to finish up. As the Lincoln players began noticing our gymnasts, parents and custodial staff start the parade of mats and equipment across the hall from gymnastics practice facility into the main gym, something wonderful happened.
“The Lincoln players pitched in.
“After just having lost a hard-fought game, the players from Sioux Falls Lincoln set down their bags, shed their coats, and helped move all of our gymnastics equipment into the gym. They did so unsolicited and with smiles on their faces. It was one of the classiest gestures I’ve had the pleasure to witness by any high school team.”
Coach Jeff Halseth and staff, you have taught your Lincoln Patriots well.
The Presentation College men’s and women’s basketball teams had a busy weekend from Friday to Monday, playing four games each in 68 hours.
Both Saint teams went over the .500 mark by winning all four games. The PC men are now 9-8 and the women 8-7. Here are some numbers from those games:
1,075: Points scored in the eight games.
429: Total field goals made in 1,042 attempts (41 percent) in the eight games.
312: Points scored by PC men, 225 for opponents.
185: Rebounds for PC women compared to 89 for opponents.
139: Points by Hannah Phillips of PC.
132: Turnovers by opponents, 35 for PC women.
129: Turnovers in the four men’s games.
100: Three-pointers made in 330 attempts (30 percent) in the eight games.