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A look back at some of the sports happenings during the week of March 14-20:

Last year on March 14, 2020: Athletes across the country continue to deal with the fallout of cancelled tournaments and seasons due to Covid-19. The heartbroken include two of the best college basketball teams in state history. The University of South Dakota women’s basketball team and its seniors Ciara Duffy, Megan Bonar, Taylor Frederick and Madison McKeever were 30-2, ranked 17 th in the nation and fresh off a Summit League Tournament championship when they learned that the NCAA had cancelled its upcoming national championships.

The same went for the Northern State men’s basketball team (26-6), who were already in Maryville, Mo., for the start of their DII national tournament when they learned of the NCAA cancellations. That team, led by seniors Gabe King and Cole Dahl, was looking to improve on its recent 2018 national runner-up finish. The Wolves (26-6) had just won their third straight conference tournament and seemed to be playing as well as their 2017-18 team.

10 years ago on March 19, 2011: The three Krogman brothers have scored 601 of White River’s 1,119 points in the last 18 State B Boys’ Basketball Tournament games that the Tigers have played during the last six seasons at Wachs Arena in Aberdeen. That is 54 percent of the team’s points.

The Krogmans helped White River post a 13-5 record in the last six State Bs, finishing first (2008 and 2010); second (2009 and 2011); third (2007); and fourth (2006). Louie Krogman, who just finished his junior season at the University of
South Dakota, scored 331 points in nine State B games — 36.8 points per game.

Jake Krogman, who was a freshman at USD this season, scored 117 points. Current White River sophomore Wyatt Krogman has scored 153 points, so far, in his nine State B games through 2011.

Louie Krogman became the 41st USD men’s player to score more than 1,000 points earlier this season. He now has 1,176 career points at USD, including 212 three-pointers. Krogman is the all-time leading scorer in South Dakota high school boys’ basketball history with 3,521 points at White River, including a record 388 three-pointers. That gives him career combined high school and college totals of 4,697 points, including 600 three pointers.

20 years ago on March 19, 2001: Mitchell-based CorTrust Bank has signed NBA player and hometown hero Mike Miller to endorse its bank. CorTrust Bank has branches in 16 South Dakota communities. Miller, 21, starred at Mitchell and the
University of Florida before being drafted by the Orlando Magic. Miller’s image, along with the slogan ”South Dakota to the Cor,” can be seen on CorTrust advertising throughout the state.

30 years ago on March 14, 1991: South Dakota Mines and Technology swept the South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference women’s basketball awards. Tech sophomore Erin Cihak of Yankton was player of the year while her coach, Barb Felderman (Doland/Northern State), was the coach of the year.

40 years ago on March 14, 1981: The NSU women’s basketball team finished third in the NAIA National Tournament in Kansas City. Team members were Lori Burkhardt, Laura Hummel, Wendy Swanhorst, Cathy Coyle, Janelle Frank, Deb Esche, Sherry Moore, Gay Moen, Tammie Fredrickson, Carol Freeman, Lisa Card, Becky Oien, assistants Mary Stolle and Karen Spickard, and coach Curt Fredrickson.

50 years ago on March 14, 1971: More than 1,000 fans overflowed the DeSmet gymnasium to welcome home the Bulldogs after they won their second straight State B boys’ basketball title. Coach Larry Luitjens (Britton/Northern State) had a senior-led team: Terry Long, Randy Jencks, Rich Schardin, Glenn Klinkel, Pat Rodney, Steve Hein and Les Kracht. Key DeSmet underclassmen included Rod Kretchmer and Marv McCune (who would go on to coach the Bulldogs to many wins in a variety of sports, including state championships in basketball and football). Other great players in
that tourney included Tim Dykstra of runner-up

Lennox, Jesse Mendoza of Cheyenne-Eagle Butte, Dave Nincehelser of Andes Central, Lon Nelson of Clark, Bill Forsch of Dell Rapids, Larry Ball of Woonsocket and Craig Pleinis of Eureka.

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