SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Briar Cliff men’s basketball team’s national tournament run came to an end Saturday night as the Chargers fell to No. 3 seed Marian 105-66 in the quarterfinals of the NAIA Division national tournament at the Sanford Pentagon.
The fifth-seeded Chargers end the season with a 22-9 overall record and a finish in the quarterfinals for the third time in four years.
Jay Wolfe of Creston ended his Briar Cliff career with a game-high 32 points on 10-of-17 shooting. He was 8-8 from the free throw line and 4-7 from behind the arc. He also led the team with six rebounds and four assists.
Briar Cliff junior Jackson Lamb of Greenfield had three points.
Marian, which played Purdue early in the season, shot 62.3 percent from the field and 73.3 from beyond the arc in improving to 28-7 for the season. Wes Stowers scored 29 points for the Knights.
Marian lost to Spring Arbor in the semifinals Monday night, 66-50.
Wolfe averaged 22.4 points and 7.1 rebounds per game as a senior and he also had 105 assists and hit 71 3-pointers. He shot 57.4 percent from the field and 47.7 percent from behind the arc. Wolfe was also an 85.5 percent free throw shooting on 145 attempts.
Wolfe was named the Great Plains Athletic Conference player of the year.
This year’s Briar Cliff seniors played on teams with a combined 106-29 record during their time as Chargers. That period included four national tournaments, three Elite Eight appearances, two GPAC titles and a GPAC tournament title.
On Tuesday, Wolfe and Lamb were among five Briar Cliff men’s basketball players who were named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes by the NAIA. They are joined by Erich Erdman, Nic Lutmer and Locas Webner.
Wolfe is a business administration and sports managment double major. Lamb majors in biology. The Scholar Athlete list features 179 student-athletes who achieved at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA at their school. To be nominated they must be eligible for their sport with a GPA between 3.5 a d 4.0 and have attended two full years as a non-transfer or one full year as a transfer.
There were several local connections in both the Girls State Basketball Tournament and Boys State Basketball Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena the past two weeks.
• At the girls state tourney, Creston Community High School junior Sydney Hartsock assisted the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s administration of the tournament through her role on the IGHSAU Student Athlete Advisory Committee. At the tournament she led teams to their locker rooms, helped with the student section cheer off, and appeared in a video played on the video scoreboard about sportsmanship. She helped created the video.
• The All-Iowa Honor Dance Team that performed at the girls tournament included Lindsey Jennett, Ryann Martin and Mackenzie Shields of Mount Ayr. Members of the honor team were selected among more than 500 dancers who auditioned last fall at Ames Community School. The halftime group included 238 dancers representing 92 Iowa high schools.
• The Iowa Girls Coaches Association Senior All-Star Series April 6-7 at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids includes Breianna Klein of Murray on the Class 1A Select team. Named to the Class 2A Select team is Emma Atwood of Central Decatur. Alli Masters of Central Decatur was named to the Class 2A Gray team. Deseree Stubbe of Clarke is on the 3A Gray team coached by Clarke coach Christa Subbert.
Madison Wauters of Winterset is on the 4A/5A White team in the all-star series. The 1A White team includes Paige McAfee of CAM and Acey Jellison of Seymour. Madison Gettler of CAM is on the 1A Select team as a teammate of Klein.
• Scott Giles of Mount Ayr made his 17th appearance as an official at the girls state tournament. He also worked as an official at the boys state tourney.
• Working as bench supervisors at the boys tournament scoring and timing center were Paul Somers of Creston and Bob Sweeney of Atlantic. The IHSAA Representative Council Southwest District includes Casey Berlau, superintendent of Nodaway Valley, Mike Still, principal at Lenox, and Bill Huntington, principal at Mount Ayr.
• Former Nodaway Valley player Spencer Lamb, a 6-3 senior, was a member of the Van Meter team that participated in the Class 2A boys state tournament. Lamb was third on the team in scoring at 12.4 points per game, second in made field goals (27) and third in rebounding at 3.0 per game. Van Meter ended with a 22-4 record, winning 43-32 over Dike-New Hartford at state before a 54-47 semifinal loss to North Linn and 54-52 defeat to South Hamilton in the third-place game. It was the Bulldogs’ deepest state tournament run in history.
— Compiled by Larry Peterson, CNA senior feature writer