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Munsen, Luitjens Meet at Miller Classic

For the second consecutive year, the "World's Only Corn Palace" is set to host some of the top prep basketball talent in the country. The 2nd annual Mike Miller Classic will be played Dec. 29-30 in Mitchell, S.D. Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.), La Lumiere (LaPorte, Ind.), Briarcrest Christian (Memphis, Tenn.), Central (Memphis, Tenn.),...
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Power Rankings 12/21/11 (South Dakota Girls)

The way last weekend started out for Mitchell you would have doubted that they would be my number one team this week in girls hoops. They were stretched to overtime against Rapid City Central  and eeked another win on Saturday against Rapid City Stevens. But a convincing win on Tuesday night cemented Mitchell as my new number one after Brandon...
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Power Rankings 12/21/11 (South Dakota Boys)

Throw out the records, I'm convinced that Pierre has the best team in the state. But if my early season prognostications are any indication the Govs should ignore my blog. In the preseason I pegged Mitchell as the best, last week I moved Lincoln to number one. Both teams lost after a one-week reign at number one. This week Pierre takes the top...
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Power Rankings 12/21/11 (North Dakota Boys)

Grand Forks Red River and Bismarck are off to good starts. Bismarck's Dexter Werner's consistency has helped Bismarck to a couple of early season wins. Werner has scored 24 in both of his first two games. But the most impressive action of the week happened in Cando where Jacob Hagler went off. He scored 37,32 and 29 points in the last seven days...
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Power Rankings 12/21/11 (North Dakota Girls)

West Fargo has gotten out to a great start. Lexi Lennon, Christine Baltezore and Cassidy Thorson have shined early on for the Packers. They got a big win last Thursday against Shanley to vault up to number two in my power rankings. But I still have Century as my top team. Century's junior post player Hannah Larson grabbed 16 boards on Thursday to...
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Comparing Two Legends

In my line of work, cool things happen. And, often times, I have a front row seat. The latest instance came last Friday night (Dec. 16) in Chamberlain, S.D., where longtime Parkston coach Rob Van Laecken recorded his 552nd career victory over the hometown Cubs. With that win, Van Laecken supplanted the late/great Fred Tibbetts as the winningest...
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