Harrisburg Tigers Fall Short in Class AA Girls and Boys Championship Games
Aberdeen Central and Yankton spoiled the Harrisburg party at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center as champions were crowned in Class AA basketball.
Harrisburg was the 12th team in Class AA history to send both their girls and boys basketball teams to the championship game in the same season. They became the 2nd team to lose both games. Both games followed a similar storyline with the first half shooting struggles leading to a second half run that would fall just short.
Aberdeen Central was led by Paiton Burkhard's 16 points. The Spirit of Su award winner led Aberdeen Central to a 49-32 victory over Harrisburg. Sophomore Aby Phipps led Harrisburg with 13 points, while Jeniah Ugofsky and Sydney Halling added two points each.
Yankton ended a 40-year championship drought for high school basketball as they defeated Harrisburg 39-37. This was Yankton's first title since 1978 when they were members of Class A, and their first in Class AA. Harrisburg's Brady Van Holland missed a three-pointer with two seconds remaining giving Yankton the victory.
Matthew Mors led the Bucks with 18 points and nine rebounds. Rex Ryken added 14 points in the win, while Cameron Krejci started the run for Yankton with two three-pointers as part of his seven total points.
- Diang Gatluak, SF Lincoln
- Logan Uttecht, SF Washington
- Jaron Zwagerman, SF O'Gorman
- Dylan Pourier, Douglas
- Dylan Hay, RC Central
- Kallieb Walton-Blanden, RC Central
- Cooper Bowman, RC Stevens
- Will Moore, RC Stevens
- Rex Ryken, Yankton
- Mattew Mors, Yankton
- Ace Zorr, Harrisburg
- Brady VanHolland, Harrisburg
- Elizabeth Schaefer, RC Stevens
- Emma Ronsinek, SF O'Gorman
- Samiya Jami, SF Washington
- Jade Cunningham, SF Washington
- Trinity Law, Brandon Valley
- Danica Kocer, Brandon Valley
- Emma Osmundson, SF Lincoln
- Morgan Hansen, SF Lincoln
- Jeniah Ufgofsky, Harrisburg
- Sydney Halling, Harrisburg
- Paiton Burckhard, Aberdeen Central
- Haylee Mork, Aberdeen Central