HURON — The Dakota Oyate Challenge has belonged to Crow Creek for the past three seasons, as the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams from the school are both three-time defending champions of the event.
The 25th Annual Boys’ Dakota Oyate Challenge and the 20th Annual Girls’ Dakota Oyate Challenge begins today at Huron Arena.
The Chieftains, who have won a total of nine Dakota Oyate Challenge titles, bring a 4-6 record in to this year’s event and will face Crazy Horse (0-5) in the opening game of the boys’ tournament at 11:30 a.m.
Omaha Nation of Nebraska, which finished as the runner-up last season, returns and will face Tiospaye Topa (0-7) in the opening round at 2:30 p.m. today. The Chiefs are currently 8-6, which gives them the best record of any team in the boys’ tournament.
The Flandreau Indians (4-6) will face Tiospa Zina (3-8) at 5:30 p.m. today, with a game between Marty (3-4) and Takini (0-9) to follow at 8:30 p.m.
The consolation semifinals for the boys’ tournament will be played at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Friday, with the semifinals slated for 7 and 8:30 p.m.
The final round for the boys’ tournament will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday with the seventh-place game. The consolation championship is scheduled for 1:30 p.m., followed by the third-place game at 4:30 p.m. and the championship game at 8 p.m.
Crow Creek will begin defense of its title in the girls’ division with a 10 a.m. game today against Tiospaye Topa. Both teams bring an 0-10 record into the matchup.
Tiospa Zina, who suffered a 72-46 setback to the Lady Chieftains in last year’s championship game, opens this year’s event at 7 p.m. against the Flandreau Indians. Tiospa Zina carries a 2-8 record into the tournament, while Flandreau is 2-9.
Despite not having a winning record, Omaha Nation has the best record of any team in the girls’ division with a 7-8 mark. The Lady Chiefs will face Crazy Horse (0-4) in the opening round at 1 p.m.
The other game in the opening round will feature Marty (4-6) playing Takini (0-9) at 4 p.m.
The consolation semifinals in the girls’ tournament will be held at 9 a.m. and noon on Friday, with the semifinals to follow at 3 and 4:30 p.m.
The girls’ tournament will conclude on Saturday, with the seventh-place game scheduled for 9 a.m. The consolation championship will be played at noon, while the third place game is scheduled for 3 p.m. and the title game at 6:30 p.m.
The Grand Entry, which will include players, coaches, cheerleaders and school officials from every team in both tournaments will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday.For the complete article see the 01-24-2013 issue.
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