2012 S.D. Youth Basketball State championships set

The 2012 South Dakota Youth Basketball State Championships have been scheduled at the Elmen Center at Augustana College in Sioux Falls on Saturday and Sunday, April 14-15, for all South Dakota teams currently in grades 5-9. The South Dakota state tournament is hosted by Pacesetter Sports as part of a four-state series of state play offs that lead to the Great Four-State Championships at the Target Center in Minneapolis.

The top two teams from Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota in each age/gender division are invited to play in the 8-team "Great State" championship.

Last year was the second year for the Great State play offs.  Three South Dakota teams were crowned as Great State champions, the No. 1 team in four states at their grade level:  the Aberdeen fifth grade boys, the O'Gorman seventh grade girls, and the Madison ninth grade boys.

Each team will play three to four games in one day in the state tournament with the girls in grades 5, 7 and 9 and boys in grades 6 and 8 playing Saturday, April 14, and boys in grades 5, 7 and 9 and girls in grades 6 and 8 playing Sunday, April 15. Each age/gender division is limited to the first 16 teams to enter.  Teams are not divided by class or size of school enrollment. All players on each team must either attend the same school or live in the same school district with one exception: smaller schools may combine as long as the combined enrollment of their high schools does not exceed 400 students for grades 9-12.

The NBA Minnesota Timberwolves and the WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx, which both play home games at the Target Center, are sponsoring this Great State play off system. The Timberwolves are offering every player a free ticket to a 2012-2013 game, and the Lynx are sponsoring the Great State tournaments on Lynx game days and involving all teams in special fan experiences at the WNBA game that will follow the Great State games.

Registration for the South Dakota Youth Basketball State Tournament is available on the Pacesetter website at www.pacesetternet.com or by emailing info@pacesetternet.com for a registration form.

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