Blackhawks basketball teams see a lot of court time

Taylor Lindsey goes in for two while Kaylee White works on getting in position for the rebound during Lady Blackhawks JV action on Tuesday night in Kimball.

The girls’ and boys’ basketball teams played in Kimball, Woonsocket, Huron, and Mitchell in this past week. There was junior high, junior varsity and varsity action, so pick up a copy of this week’s Sanborn Weekly Journal for highlights, stats and more pictures of the games.

All varsity athletic teams and fine arts groups that achieve a combined grade point average of 3.0 or higher are eligible to receive the SDHSAA Academic Achievement Team Award. With the completion of all the SDHSAA fall activities, the SDHSAA announces the schools and their teams who have received the “Academic Achievement Team Awards” for the 2017-2018 Fall Season.

The Sanborn Central/Woonsocket Volleyball Team was included on the list.

Initiated during the 1996-97 school year, the SDHSAA Academic Achievement Team Award program is designed to recognize varsity athletic teams and fine arts groups for their academic excellence. The South Dakota High School Activities Association believes that high school students learn in two distinct ways, inside the classroom and outside the classroom – on the stage and/or athletic field. This academic program creates a positive environment for school teams to have its members excel in the classroom. This program is also meant to motivate students toward academic excellence and to promote academic encouragement from teammates.

Tyler Eddy puts his opponent from Howard in a hold that he can’t get out of during the wrestling quadrangular on Thursday night in Wessington Springs.

On Thursday, Jan. 11, the Wessington Springs/Woonsocket Blackhawk wrestlers held a quadrangular at home in Wessington Springs. They invited Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes, Howard, and Warner/Northwestern to compete. All wrestlers on the Blackhawks’ roster wrestled well and spectators got to experience a great night of dual action between the four schools attending.

Then on Saturday, Jan. 13, the wrestlers made the long trek to Gettysburg for the 18-team Battler Wrestling Tournament. The five Blackhawks earning a place at this tournament were Camden Jost, fifth at 126 pounds; Quinton Christensen, sixth at 138 pounds; Landon Wolter, fifth at 145 pounds; Tyler Eddy, fifth at 160 pounds; and Riley Stevens, third at 195 pounds.

All the Blackhawks are improving and seeing more success on the mats as the season progresses. Their next action will be Saturday, Jan. 20 at the Arlington Invite in Arlington, starting at 9:30 a.m.

Next Thursday, Jan. 25, the WS/W Blackhawks will host a quadrangular in Woonsocket. This will be the first time Woonsocket has hosted a wrestling event in over 30 years. The teams invited to that event are Sunshine Bible Academy, Lower Brule and Chamberlain. Start time is 6 p.m. and should be an interesting and entertaining event.

**See another wrestling photo in this week’s Sanborn Weekly Journal.