KYNT Local Sports for 2-26-18

Yankton sophomore Carlos Ruffo completed an unbeaten season with a win in the championship match at 138 pounds Saturday night at the Class A state wrestling tournament.  Also for the Bucks on Saturday, Giovanni Ruffo took fourth at 120 pounds, senior Cole Diedrichsen placed sixth at 220 pounds and eighth-grader Owen Warren won an eighth-place medal at 170.  Pierre edged Rapid City Stevens by 1 ½ points to win their fourth consecutive Class A championship, while Canton claimed the Class B title with Bon Homme/Scotland/Avon in fifth place.  In Class A, Vermillion took ninth place as Lucas Anglin won the title at 126 pounds and in Class B, Bon Homme wrestler Josh Crownover took first at 160 pounds.

Brandon Valley sank eight three-point baskets in the second half to rally past the Yankton Bucks 54-44 Saturday night at the Summit Activities Center.  The Bucks were led by freshman Matthew Mors with 23 points in the game, as the team shot just 16 percent in the second half to finish 13 and 7 on the season.

Brandon Valley caused 26 turnovers by the Yankton Gazelles in posting a 52-41 victory on Saturday.  Junior Maddy Hochstein led the Gazelles with 12 points as they ended up 5 and 15 overall.  The pairings for the “Round of 16” in South Dakota High School basketball will be released within the next two days.

The Hartington Cedar Catholic girls basketball squad has qualified for the state tournament for the first time in seven years after a 70-42 district title win over Ainsworth.  Cedar Catholic will face top-seed Hastings St. Cecelia at 2:00 Thursday in Class C-2 first round action at Lincoln North Star High School.

Top-ranked Ponca will look to take another step toward defending its Class C-2 boys basketball championship as they face Creighton in a district title game tonight in Randolph.  Tomorrow night, the Wynot boys take on Humphrey St. Francis in a Class D-2 district championship.

Mount Marty split a baseball doubleheader Sunday with Presentation College in Topeka.  The Saints took the opener 7-6 and then Derek Miller pitched the second game victory as the Lancers won 4-2.  Mount Marty is now 4 and 2 on the season with another twin bill scheduled today against Presentation.