The Fifth Annual Pacesetter South Dakota Youth Basketball State Championships for grades 5-9 have been set in Sioux Falls for April 5-6.
The 5th grade, 7th grade, and 9th grade girls and the 6th grade and 8th grade boys will play at Augustana College’s Elmen Center on Saturday, April 5, and the 6th and 8th grade girls and 5th grade, 7th grade and 9th grade boys will play on Sunday, April 6.
All community and school youth teams in grades 5-9 are eligible to enter this play off system. Teams are guaranteed to play 3-4 games. All players must attend the same school or live in the same school district. Each tournament bracket is limited to the first sixteen teams to enter.
The top two teams in each age and gender group will be invited to play in the Pacesetter Great Four-State Championships at the Target Center in Minneapolis against the top two teams from Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa for the over-all four-state championship.
Last year the South Dakota state youth champions were 5th grade girls – Hamlin, 6th grade girls – Brandon Valley, 7th grade girls – Aberdeen, 8th grade girls – Sioux Falls, 9th grade girls – Sioux Valley, 5th grade boys – Sioux Falls, 6th grade boys – Brandon Valley, 7th grade boys – Aberdeen, 8th grade boys – Winner-Gregory, and 9th grade boys – Yankton.
Two South Dakota teams won over-all Pacesetter Great Four-State championships in Minneapolis: the Brandon Valley 6th grade girls and the Aberdeen 7th grade girls.