The Yankton Bucks will make their sixth straight state tournament appearance tomorrow afternoon, and no matter the outcome it will be the last three high school games for eight Bucks players, Rugby Ryken, Drew Ryken, Mac Ryken, Cody Oswald, Michael Mors, Isiah Schelhaas, Cooper Grotenhuis, and Joshua Sheldon, as well as team manager Wyatt Holmstrom.

            All nine future Yankton alumni spoke with KYNT Sports Director Bryce Ladwig about their memories as part of the Bucks roster, as well as their plans after graduation. Those interviews, along with a conversation with Bucks head coach Chris Haynes, a preview of the Class AA state tournament, and more will all be part of the Road to Rapid Preview Show airing at 9:00 AM this morning, and 6:00 PM tonight on KYNT.

            The Bucks open tournament play tomorrow afternoon against the Sioux Falls Washington Warriors at 2:45 central time. Pregame coverage on KYNT and KYNTV will begin at 2:15.

            Yankton High School announced yesterday that it will be hosting a first ever “Spring Sports Kickoff” event next Tuesday at 5:30 PM.

            The event will take place at the YHS Commons, with YHS Spring coaches speaking beginning at 6:00 PM. Athletic trainer Trevor Woods, head girls’ golf coach Brett Sime, head boys’ tennis coach Ryan Hage, head softball coach Jill Muth and head track and field coach Geoff Gross will all speak at the event.

            Entry to the event is free and open to the public.

            The South Dakota State Jackrabbits women’s basketball team enter the NCAA tournament as a #9 seed and will meet the #8 seeded USC Trojans on Friday night, and Jackrabbits senior Myah Sellend was recognized earlier this month for her stellar season so far by being named a finalist for the Becky Hammon Mid-Major Player of the Year Award.

            Sellend is one of five finalists for the award, and becomes only the second player to be named a finalist in multiple seasons since the awards inception before the 2019-2020 season. Sellend is averaging 15.7 points and 6.2 rebounds per game, as she led the Jackrabbits to a perfect season in Summit League play.

Sellend looks to become the second Summit League player to win the award, following former South Dakota Coyote Ciara (Keer-a) Duffy, who won the inaugural award in 2020.

            The Dakota XII Girls Basketball All-Conference Teams were announced yesterday afternoon, and Vermillion Tanager Brooke Jensen was named first-team all conference. Jensen averaged 17.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.9 steals per game, helping lead Vermillion to a (20-2) record on the season.

            Fellow Tanagers Kasey Hanson (2nd team), Leah Herbster (3rd team), and Brooklyn Voss (3rd team) also earned all conference honors.