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Panic Button endorses Boys and Girls state
Mar 22, 2017

By Rich Winter

I’m not sure what it is about running into a room full of Veterans that always makes me stand up, pay attention and think thoughts of positivity.

I happened across the state Veterans Convention at Prairie Hills on Sunday and after snapping a few photos, I went outside to visit with a couple of these Veterans and American Legion participants. Naturally, I noticed a fella wearing a cap that said Arlington, and so, I asked him about the recently crowned State B champ at 113 lbs., Hadyn Gilbertson. At any rate, I asked the gentlemen if he knew a guy from Arlington named Scott Gilbertson.

“Oh yeah, I know Scott, he lives in Watertown,” the fella said. 

“I knew him a long time ago, 1984, when I attended Boys State in Aberdeen,” I noted.

The fella from Arlington reached out and shook my hand and said, ‘Thank you for participating in Boys and Girls State.’

I find it kind of interesting that it feels like Boys and Girls State gets very little publicity and even less notoriety in this day and age. 

Does anyone from Todd County or St. Francis even go to Boys and Girls state anymore?

As I shook the hand of the gentleman from Arlington, my memories of Boys and Girls State came flooding back.

I’m sure I didn’t take it nearly seriously enough but I distinctly remember having one heck of a group debate about the drinking age.

How can you serve in the military, risk your life for your country and not be old enough to drink - seemed to be one side of the argument

Eighteen year old brains aren’t fully developed and college kids that are just experiencing their first taste of freedom shouldn’t have easy access to alcohol - seemed to be the other side of the argument.

While the debate was just one small part of a Boys State experience, there were dozens of debates and people running campaigns for various offices and such.

As  I look back on the experience, I feel like Boys State was one of the most real life, hands-on experiences that I remember from high school.

It was real life, right there in front of me with tough topics being debated and decisions being made and people and issues being voted on. I can’t think of a better example of rolling your sleeves up and figuring stuff out at a government level, and the American Legion hands this experience right there to youth on a silver platter.

I don’t know if the selection process has started for Boys and Girls State yet, but I strongly encourage teachers and administrators to really push young people to get in and experience this real life democratic process first hand.

To any youth out there looking for something great to put on your college application, get in there and do anything you can to get on the Boys and Girls State list.

Not only is this a great thing to put on one’s resume, but it’s also a tremendous experience of sitting in on meetings, hearing other people’s points of view, expressing your own points of view and then deciding on the best course of action, hopefully for all. 

I attended both the Mission City meeting and the County Commissioner’s meeting last week. I always find these meetings hard to report on but I always come away  intrigued by the real life problem and issues that our city, county and state official have to deal with. 

Mission City talked about the best solution to fix the potholes in Mission.

County Commissioner  Marshal Tinant talked about some of the difficult road conditions existing on his roads near Lakeview. Todd County Transportation Director  Hugh Storm explained each road condition and talked about the plan of when the further out county roads would be worked on.

Real life things that people have to talk about and deal with, all while keeping budgets and finance in mind. This is real life stuff that goes on in cities and counties all across the state. 

Seems like we always talk about things that prepare our youth for the future. What about giving them a leg up on understanding, in detail, the real-life problems that our decision makers have to deal with? 

Boys and Girls State is a good thing!



Mackenzie Wike and his brothers Jacob and Koen will all be wresting at the State AAU meet
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Racism alive and well at AAU wrestling tournaments
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By Rich Winter Happened to catch a little video of Todd County 4th grader Mackenzie Wike wrestling at the recently completed regional tournament in Mitchell.    DAYUM!   Man, I see a kid that is aggressive and just keeps coming after ya. I see a kid that has years of technique un... READ MORE

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Northern State freshman, Sami Shields ran cross country and indoor track for the Wolves. She'll hit the outdoor circuit later this month
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By Rich Winter Could not help but pay some attention to Jacob Howard and the Sully Buttes Chargers during this weekened's Class B boys state tourney. The Charges hammered White River pretty good in the opener, came within an eyelash of knocking off eventual champion, Bridgewater-Emery in the semis ... READ MORE

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By Justice Morrison, I think the hardest part about losing the first game at state is refocusing yourself and getting yourself ready for that next game. It's unbelievably emotional here. You work hard to get here, and you lose that first one and you don't even give yourself a chance it sucks. Losin... READ MORE

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Noon deadline for Class A basketball bracket
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White River senior Justice Morrison chronic
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100-dollar pair of Under-Armour shoes to the winner of the Panic Button Class A basketball pool
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Viborg Hurley's Logan Hanson leads Northwestern's Derek Boekelheide during the first lap of the Class B 800 meters

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Thank you for some wonderful memories Lady Mustangs
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Cameron Kuil dips at the line during last years state track meet
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By Rich Winter I've had a little burr under my saddle all season in regards to the Chamberlain Cubs boys basketball season and said burr was firmly planted on or around Dec. 1. Having finished 4th in 2016 and with a returning cast that played some elite basketball this summer, and with a group of b... READ MORE

Pine Ridge sophomore Joe O'Rourke lays it in against St. Francis.
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D'von LaPointe running the action for Winnebago
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Shout out to the Corsica-Stickney seniors
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By Rich Winter Never mind that Duke and North Carolina were playing yesterday, the game to watch turned out to be the University of South Dakota vs. Western Illinois. A lot of folks didn't just watch on the tube, they traveled to Sioux Falls to catch the first round of the Summit League tournament ... READ MORE

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By Rich Winter As the high school basketball seasons wore on and I watched St. Francis juniors Isaac Walker and Mahpiya Horse Looking playing above the rim I couldn't help but salivate over the possibilities that these two would go out for track this spring, to give it a shot and see exactly what t... READ MORE

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By Rich Winter Have lived here for the better part of 12 years and one thing that has always griped me about Todd County high school has been the lack of school spirit. In years past crowds have been decent to good but the students always sat in small groups, in their own little clicks, and didn't ... READ MORE

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By Rich Winter Imagine yourself sitting in front of a roaring fire with steaks cooking on the grill, sitting back on an outdoor patio with no lights, no town traffic and only the chill of the night air and the sound of howling coyotes to break the serenity of your trip away from reality.   S... READ MORE

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By Rich Winter People are going to look at Little Wound's 81-54 thumping of Winner in Thursday's Region 7A semi and wonder about the offensive capabilities of Jay Jacobs now 14-5 Mustangs are. While Little Wound can get it going on offense (103-98 over Mt. Vernon/Plank on Jan. 28), it really is the... READ MORE

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By Rich Winter On Jan. 5 with his team sporting a 3-3 record and in the midst of a lackluster road effort against what would turn out to be a 7-13 Beresford team, Dell Rapids coach, Jeff Dvorak had seen enough.   Dvorak visited with the Panic Button following last night's 59-49 win over Todd... READ MORE

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The Little Wound vs. West Central game will be webcast at www.winnerwarriorslive.com
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A sick night of high school hoops on liveticket.tv
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By Rich Winter With high school hoops in hyperspace mode at the moment and basketball dreams being fostered and crushed across South Dakota some huge, huge games will be broadcast tonight on liveticket.tv   Little Wound vs. West Central can be found at winnerwarriorslive.com   Just a ... READ MORE

Halin Bad Bear works against Daniel Eagle Road during Thursday's win over St. Francis
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By Rich Winter Early in the third quarter of Thursday's Region 7A semi between Pine Ridge and St. Francis, with Pine Ridge edging out to a 45-37 advantage, Pine Ridge sophomore Halin Bad Bear made one heck of an defensive play.   St. Francis pushed the ball near mid-court and then tossed the... READ MORE

Does Dell Rapids have a clue what's coming
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By Rich Winter Caught up to a little media segment from Big Sioux country last week in which Dell Rapids was asked about whom they could potentially face in the upcoming Sweet-16. Well, Dell Rapids coach, Jeff Dvorak in response to the question of whom they might play said something like, "Ummmmm, ... READ MORE

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By Rich Winter Way back on Jan. 17 the Miller Rustlers ran into a hornets next in Stephan and got spanked around, 83-45, by a Crow Creek team that was in the midst of a seven game winning streak and playing some superb basketball.   Well, it's March and a lot has happened since that Jan. 17 ... READ MORE

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Mar 2, 2017

By Rich Winter While I'll be attending the St. Francis and Pine Ridge game tonight my phone is gonna be glued to the internet looking for any bits and pieces of information I can find from the Winner @ Little Wound game.   Well, we are into the semis of Region 7A and once again the giant kil... READ MORE

St. Francis big man Isaac Walker gets up to block the shot of Todd County senior, Triston Shaw
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St. Francis at Pine Ridge is going to be a WAR
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By Rich Winter Over the years have watched plenty of high school games where a certain rivalry presence is in effect. While there is always a special feel to rivalry games, whenever St. Francis plays Pine Ridge there is ALWAYS some extra juice in the building. It's not necessarily a combative feeli... READ MORE

Jones County junior, Trey Flynn taking it hard to the hole during a game with Philip earlier this season
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Jones County will be an improved squad in 2018
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By Rich Winter As the high school basketball madness revs up galore tonight, one of the teams already on the sidelenes, the Jones County Coyotes will likely be watching, wondering and soaking in information and getting ready for next season.   Tough year up in Jones County as Del Brost's cre... READ MORE

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Has anyone in Class A played a tougher schedule than Tri Valley
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By Rich Winter Buddy of mine sent me a Facebook message the other day asking if Tri-Valley had played the toughest boys Class A schedule in South Dakota. Now, the buddy can get off on some interesting tangents and tends to favor east river a little more than I'd like so I fired back a cursory, 'sur... READ MORE

Tre Doren shown with members of the Lake Andes youth wrestling program who brought hats for Doren to wear at the state tournament.
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Trezen's title meant a lot to a lotta people
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By Rich Winter As Winner Area's Trezen Charles Doren let out a whoop he'd been holding in for the better part of a year after beating Kimball-White Lake-Platte-Geddes athlete, Austin Moore, 5-2 to claim the 2017 South Dakota Class B state wrestling title at 285 lbs, similar whoops and hollars and h... READ MORE

Will the St Francis Warriors Celebrate a Home Play-Off Win in the WarriorDome

WarriorDome Showdown
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Ladies and Gentlemen... tonight the SFWarriorsLive.com channel on LiveTicket.tv launches for the first time at home! And it is not just any game! It's a rematch of the Double Overtime thriller from a little over two weeks ago, which was won by the St. Francis Warriors over Todd County by a score o... READ MORE

Some questionable reffing at the South Dakota state wrestling meet and someone cut out the final period of the Kayleb Brozik vs. Nathan Bauer match.....That's wrong

It is time for consistency in wrestling officials and where is the 3rd Period TrackWrestling
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By Rich Winter Well, the South Dakota state wrestling meet is in the books and while there are newly crowned champions beaming with pride this morning, there are tons of broken hearts out there. Some are broken harder than others! Caught wind of a little reffing controversey during the 170 lb. qu... READ MORE

MVP senior Tanner Risseeuw celebrates a state championship win at 195 lbs.
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Monster on the mat....MVP's Tanner Risseuw kicks off a big week for MVP men
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By Rich Winter According to the seeding 'experts', MVP senior Tanner Risseeuw wasn't supposed to be on the mat Saturday evening. Entering the South Dakota B tournament as the No. 4 seed, Risseeuw's tournament should have hit a brick wall in Saturday morning's semis and ended with a hand-shake loss ... READ MORE

Winner 7th grader Bella Swedlund broke the Lady Warriors record for 3-pointers made in a season vs. Little Wound on Saturday

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Feb 26, 2017

By Rich Winter She's only a 7th-grader but Winner standout Bella Swedlund is already leaving her mark on the Winner high school athletic record book. In yesterday's, 63-49 loss to Little Wound, Swedlund, came off Larry Aaker's bench to knock down five 3-pointers on her way to (19 or 21 points, gett... READ MORE

Chamberlain freshman Nash Hutmacher wrapped up a perfect freshman season for Chamberlain by winning the Class A state title.
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South Dakota, you've been HUTMACHERED
Feb 25, 2017

By Rich Winter It was almost fitting that the last match of the 2017 South Dakota state wrestling tournament came down to Nash Hutmacher vs. Eddie Miller in the battle for supremacy as the baddest corn-fed kid in South Dakota.    Miller, the defending state champion, entered the match w... READ MORE

Does BAH have the horses
Feb 25, 2017

By Rich Winter Well, it's getting interesting at the State B tournament. As was expected the race for the top spot in Class B has been pared to three teams, Beresford Alcester-Hudson (BAH is so much easier), Canton and Philip.    The semis are underway and here are your current standing... READ MORE

Nash Hutmacher pinned both of his opponents on day 1 of the South Dakota Class A state tournament
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Powell and Hutmacher power into semis for Chamberlain
Feb 25, 2017

By Rich Winter Heading into day two of the Class A state wrestling tournament all three Chamberlain wrestlers are still going, two of them, Collin Powell and Nash Hutmacher set to go in the semis in just a few minutes.    113 - Max Don Donovan opened with a pin over George of Douglas/RC... READ MORE

Justice Morrison has been a class act during a stellar four year career at White River
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Feb 25, 2017

By Rich Winter With about two minutes remaining in Friday's win over Lyman County, coach Eldon Marshall subbed out Justice Morrison for the last time in the final regular season game of a stellar four-year career.   As Morrison left the floor he slapped five with the athlete coming in for hi... READ MORE

MOPO 170 pounder, Nathan Bauer with the upset of the B tournament as he knocked off No. 1 seeded Kayleb Brozik of Winner Area.
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Bauer upends Brozik as MOPO having a heck of a state tournament
Feb 24, 2017

By Rich Winter In perhaps the biggest upset of the South Dakota state B tournament, at least on day one, MOPO junior, Nathan Bauer defeated Winner Area's Kayleb Brozik, 5-4 in the quarterfinals of the 170 lb. weight class today.    Bauer, who was the No. 8 seed in this tournament took d... READ MORE

Jadyn Coller defeated Wyatt Turnquist of Winner Area, 6-0 to advance to Saturday's semis.

Philip Area in the mix, four march into semis
Feb 24, 2017

By Rich Winter Day one of the Class B state tournament is not quite in the books but as was anticipated, Beresford-Alcester/Hudson, Canton and Philip Area are all in the mix.  Team points after the quarterfinal round.... 1.  Beresford/Alcester-Hudson  58.0 2.  Ca... READ MORE

Austin Moore and Colton Nelson square off in tonight's quarters
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I wonder if Austin Moore and Colton Nelson are sick of one another yet - B/G and KWLPG first round State B results
Feb 24, 2017

By Rich Winter With the first round of the State B wrestling tournament in the books, is it really that much of a shocker that KWLPG senior Austin Moore is slated to meet Burke/Gregory senior Colton Nelson in tonight's quarters.   Located in the same proximity of the state and wrestling at a... READ MORE

Winner sends six to quarters, monster matchups Philip vs. Winner loom
Feb 24, 2017

By Rich Winter A pretty good morning for the Winner wrestling team as six of the eight grapplers reached the quarterfinals set for later today. Early on the Warriors just crushed it.... 106 - Kaden Keiser pinned Steiger of MOPO at the 3:53 mark.  113 - Wyatt Turnquist pinned Janke of Lead/D... READ MORE

The time is now for youthful Crow Creek squad
Feb 24, 2017

By Rich Winter You could not have blamed fans of the Crow Creek girls for being a tad nervous heading into the Region 6A tournament. After a terrific start to the year, the Lady Chieftains stumbled coming down the stretch, losing their last seven games. Feb 02 6:30 p.m. CT Winner Winner ... READ MORE

How much damage can the Parkston crew do
Feb 24, 2017

By Rich Winter As the dust settled from the Region 3B brawl, Winner found it's way to the top, followed by an over-achieving group from Bon-Homme Scotland and then Parkston.   While Parkston finished in third place in the team standings, and while the Trojans ONLY qualified eight wrestlers, ... READ MORE

The CEB girls go nuts as the final horn blows in a massive upset in the Region 6A semis
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How SWEET (16) it must be for CEB
Feb 24, 2017

By Rich Winter Late Thursday evening amidst the blizzard that had gripped most of south-central South Dakota word came in that CEB had upset McLaughlin, 59-50.   That win from CEB sends shockwaves through the sweet-16 format. McLaughlin, 17-4 entering last night's games figured to be a playe... READ MORE

Can Lennox make some noise in the Class A tournament
Feb 23, 2017

By Rich Winter Early in the wrestling season, at the Rapid City Invitational, watched quite a bit of the webcast on liveticket.tv and came away impressed with how competitive the Lennox wrestling team was. Kids wrestled well with a number of guys advancing to day two of a very tough tournament. &n... READ MORE

Braydon Peterson of Lemmon/McIntosh finished 2nd at 220 lbs at last years state tourament.
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Lemmon/McIntosh duo looking for top rungs in B tournament
Feb 23, 2017

By Rich Winter Lemmon/McIntosh junior Braydon Peterson had a terrific state wrestling tournament in 2016. The then sophomore advanced to the state championship match at 220 lbs. and promptly ran into a brick wall named Ryley Ostbye of Canton who pinned Peterson at the 3:48 mark of the second period... READ MORE

The Lady Warriors of St. Francis came together Tuesday to knock off Pine Ridge for the first time in 21 years
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An historic win as Lady Warriors down Pine Ridge
Feb 23, 2017

By Rich Winter Heading into Tuesday's Region 7A opener at Pine Ridge, few outside the St. Francis Indian School camp thought the Warriors had much of a shot. Pine Ridge entered the game with a 13-7 record, having beaten the Lady Warriors twice during the regular season, and St. Francis entered the ... READ MORE

Harding County athlete Trevor Gress pinned Stanley County's Cutter Gillaspie in the finals of the Region 4B tournament
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Can Harding County's Trevor Gress get in the mix at B285
Feb 22, 2017

By Rich Winter Going to be an intersting weekend for the corn-fed kids of South Dakota as the Class B 285 lb. weight class looks like it could be special.    Winner's Tre Doren enters the tournament as the No. 1 seed with Beresford-Alcester/Hudson senior, Trent Rus on his heels with a 3... READ MORE

A bunch of freshman for Gregory get a look at a solid Avon squad after knocking off Colome in the District 12 opener...
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Gregory lays the foundation with District win over Colome
Feb 21, 2017

By Rich Winter By all accounts its been a tough season for Kevin Myrmoe and the Gregory Gorillas girls basketball team. Two wins, Marty Indian and Jones County on the season...that is until the post-season began.    In the play-in game of the District 12 B playoffs, Myrmoe's girls playi... READ MORE

Parkston vs. Mt. Vernon Plank is ur front row seat to girls basketball playoffs
Feb 21, 2017

By Rich Winter Well, well, well...the South Dakota high school basketball playoffs get going tonight with first round action in Class B Districts and Class A regions.    One of the games I'm really interested to see an outcome for is Mt. Vernon/Plankington at Parkston in the first round... READ MORE

Winnebago stunned the Nebraska prep sports landscape in 2015 when they captured the C1 state title

Can the BAGO boys do it again
Feb 21, 2017

By Rich Winter Haven't paid as much attention to the Winnebago boys this year as I would have liked. Working on a new website that concentrates on prep sports in South Dakota will do that to a fellow, but, while I'm not on top of them, I've seen enough to know this team looks like they are on a mis... READ MORE

Logan Richie of Webster enters the B tournament as the No. 1 seed at 195 lbs.

If Logan Richie (Webster) and Spencer Sarringer (Pierre) wrestled, who would win - Previewing the 195 lb state brackets
Feb 21, 2017

By Rich Winter It's always intersting entering the state wrestling tournaments how the age-old discussion of Class A vs. Class B crops up and who would win in respective divisions.   Are the B weight classes tougher? Are the A wrestlers better?    I guess as long as old men sit ... READ MORE

Winner's Wyatt Turnquist and Kingsbury Counties Haydn Gilbertson are two of the five contenders in a loaded 113 B bracket
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Who emerges from the Fab-5 in the 113 lb. weight class
Feb 20, 2017

By Rich Winter Prior to the region wrestling tournaments last weekend the Class B 113 lb weight class was thought to belong to Potter County's Carl Cronin. The Potter County senior, who lost just once last year in the 113 lb. state finals entered the region 1 final with a 38-0 record.   He l... READ MORE

Crow Creek freshman Luke Wells and the Crow Creek Chieftains host Winner in a game with massive Region 7A ramifications

Winner at Crow Creek with Region 7A fortunes hanging in the balance
Feb 20, 2017

By Rich Winter It might seem like it's a light schedule of games across South Dakota today, and while there aren't a lot of games on the docket, there is a monster going down tonight in Stephan as Winner and Crow Creek wrap up their regular seasons in boys basketball.   For the Chieftains, t... READ MORE

Mt. Vernon/Plankinton Corsica Stickney frosh, Jesse Hastings looking to do damage at 220 (Photo from 2013)
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Can a Mount Vernon Plank 9th grader conquer the B field at 220 lbs
Feb 20, 2017

By Rich Winter I wonder what people think when they see 9th grader next to Mount-Vernon Plankinton's 220 lb. phenom, Jesse Hastings. Yeah, he's got a sparkling 35-2 record and yes he strikes fear in opponents when the warm-ups come off, but c'mon man, a ninth grader being good at 220 lbs, WHAT? &n... READ MORE

Dylan Rice captured a Region 2 championship and returns to the state meet a year after missing the 2016 event from an injury

After missing the 2016 state meet, Flandreau's Dylan Rice looking at the top rung in a loaded 152 lb bracket
Feb 19, 2017

By Rich Winter As the mats roll out for this weekend's state wrestling tournaments you can bet that Flandreau senior, Dylan Rice will be chomping at the bit to get on those mats and perhaps thankful that he's got the opportunity.    Rice was more than an up-and-coming wrestler, when, as... READ MORE

1st Place Match - Austin Moore (Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes) 29-6 won by fall over Riley Schmiedt (Springs/Woonsocket) 31-11 (Fall 4:28)
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Region 3B HWT upset - Schmiedt over Doren sends shockwaves through the B field - Video
Feb 19, 2017

By Rich Winter As Wessington Springs/Woonsocket 285 lb. wrestler Riley Schmiedt stepped onto the mat Saturday for his semifinal matchup against Tre Doren, few besides himself and those closest to him thought he would go the full six minutes.   Doren (30-3) has mashed everyone in the Class B ... READ MORE

Jordan Rueb pinned Winner's Kaiden Keiser in the 106 lb. championship match at the Region 3B tournament

Bon Homme/Scotland wrestled their butts off
Feb 19, 2017

By Rich Winter Heading into the Region 3B tournament it looked like Winner was the dominant team with Parkston chasing and Bon-Homme/Scotland somewhere just behind Parkston.   BHS got out of the gates quickly Saturday morning and kept the pressure on the rest of the field all day long. ... READ MORE

Philip, Canton and Beresford-Alcester/Hudson each had five region champs ad head the B field going into the state tourament

Can Philip Area conquer the B in 2017
Feb 19, 2017

By Rich Winter Checking out the results of the Region B tournaments and it's seriously a veritable smorgasborg of information, stories and heartbreak city across the state for dozens of kids that were planning on wrestling at the state meet this weekend, and didn't make it.    Don't qui... READ MORE

Burke-Gregory's Vladik Johnson survives and advances at Region 3B tournament
Feb 18, 2017

By Rich Winter Region wrestling touraments going on all over the state of South Dakota as the culmination of months of blood, sweat and tears come to fruition....It's survive and advance or go home and think about next year.   So, was checking out some of the Region 3B wrestling tournament t... READ MORE

Has the sleeping giant awakened
Feb 18, 2017

By Rich Winter It's almost hard to wrap my fingertips past the 2-3 record of the Winner Warriors over their last five games and pen words like red-hot, headed in the right direction or even a dangerous opponent for anyone that sees this team in the Region 7A playoffs, BUT, I'd be nervous if I was s... READ MORE

Ty Arcoren hit a driving layup late in Friday's game to give St. Francis a 6th consecutive win, 74-72 over Crow Creek.
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Crow Eagle's crew digs DEEP to slip past Crow Creek
Feb 18, 2017

By Rich Winter After watching the St. Francis crew dig themselves a 24-3 hole, only to see the Warriors come all the way back to prevail 74-72 over Crow Creek while earning a sixth consecutive win, one thing is clear.   YOU DO NOT WANT TO SEE ST. FRANCIS IN THE REGION 7A TOURNAMENT!!  ... READ MORE

Brookings senior, Tate Coon, the son of Heather and Terry Coon is ranked No. 5 in the 160 lb. weight class in Class A
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Tate Coon and the Brookings wrestling team looking for big things
Feb 16, 2017

By Rich Winter It's a big weekend for wrestlers across South Dakota as region tournaments in both Class B and Class A get underway Saturday.   Ya start looking at the upcoming state tournament and it looks like Pierre and everyone else. The Governors are projected to score 178 points and sho... READ MORE

Props to the Winner wrestling coaches
Feb 16, 2017

By Rich Winter Was looking at the state meet results from 2016 yesterday and for interest sake decided to look at the team results from a year ago.  Ok, looked at the top-5...Winner, nowhere to be found! Class B 1. Canton 148.0 2. Parkston 117.5 3. Philip Area&nbs... READ MORE

Justice Morrison scored his 1000th point this week and will be looking to lift White River over Todd County on Saturday

White River getting right as post-season approaches
Feb 16, 2017

By Rich Winter Well, well, well....it's mid February, and despite a different kind of year with White River suffering four losses, ole Eldon Marshall has the Tigers playing their best basketball of the season coming down the stretch.   The Tigers were 8-4 on Jan. 27 following a home loss to ... READ MORE

Parkston's Dawson Semmler is ranked No. 5 at 170 pounds but is a guy you don't wanna see in your bracket at state

You do not want to see Parkston's Dawson Semmler in your bracket
Feb 15, 2017

By Rich Winter A few weeks ago I asked a wrestling officianado friend to name someone in the 160 pound weight class that might be flying under the radar, yet, would be a dangerous opponent at the state meet.   Without hesitation my source sad, "You do not want to see a 'cornered animal' in P... READ MORE

Little Wound senior, Carlos Romero Jr.

Little Wound senior, Carlos Romero has Golden Gloves glory on the brain
Feb 15, 2017

By Rich Winter As the high school basketball seasons come to a screaming crescendo, one Mustang senior, Carlos Romeo is spending no time on the court and every free second training and thinking about boxing.   Now ya don't find too many youth across South Dakota pursuing boxing as a career, ... READ MORE

Cody Muilenburg and MVP are having a stellar season and are 15-3 heading into the homestretch of their regular season
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Are the Mt. Vernon/Plankinton boys for real
Feb 15, 2017

By Rich Winter It's interesting as we head towards the stretch run of the boys basketball regular seasons how you can see a few teams across the state getting in position to GET IN POSITION.   One of those teams that didn't jump off the page at you early in the season, Mt. Vernon/Plankinton ... READ MORE

Katerri Weston is one TUFF customer
Feb 15, 2017

By Rich Winter A lot of people are going to write about the Todd County @ Little Wound game from Tuesday in which the Lady Mustangs put a definitive stamp on their 2017 regular season with a 70-61 win over the 17-3 Lady Falcons.   Folks will take about the break-out offensive performance fro... READ MORE

Corey Brown had 25 and 15 last week against Little Wound...Mustangs vs. Thorpes for Region 7A supremacy
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Big boy/girl basketball as Region 7A title tilts go down
Feb 14, 2017

By Rich Winter You can slice it however you want, there are some damn big basketball games going down today in the western hemisphere of Region 7A.   Big games with seeding implications and perhaps Region championships on the line.   Lady Falcons vs. Lady Mustangs: The two teams that... READ MORE

Be it elementary, middle-school or high school hoops chances are you're going to see or hear Earl Hicks at the games

The world needs a few more Earl Hicks's
Feb 14, 2017

By Rich Winter As we head towards the end of the regular seasons of high school basketball I can't help but hope someone has a deep run with the knowledge that as long as there are games to be played, Mission resident, Earl Hicks will be in attendance.   Despite being a granny Broncos fan ol... READ MORE

The Brown Otter siblings are doing damage for the McLaughlin teams
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Brown Otter to White who hits the shot heard round Region 6
Feb 13, 2017

By Rich Winter On Feb. 3 Hank Taken Alive's McLaughlin boys were 3-9 and an afterthought for most of the Region 6A competition.   But, on that early February night the Mutangs defeated Stanley County, 46-45 to begin digging themselves out of a season long slump.    Like a lot of ... READ MORE

McLaughlin's Donna Taken Alive deserves some serious props
Feb 12, 2017

By Rich Winter I don't know if it's the proximity of where they are located but somehow the McLaughlin girls always seem to go under the radar. They show up at Lakota Nation, do their thing (This year they lost to Todd County in the quarters), lost to Custer and then beat CEB for 7th place.  ... READ MORE

Will the world finally get to see Eklund vs. Willuweit
Feb 12, 2017

By Rich Winter Some scattered action around the state of South Dakota in high school wrestling, but, the weekend almost had the feel of don't do anything crazy and let's get to the Region tournaments this weekend.    As those tournaments approach, the Panic Button is zeroed in on the 12... READ MORE

Raven Cournoyer and the Lady Falcons play @ Little Wound Tuesday for the Region 7A championship
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Todd County vs. Little Wound decides Region 7A girls pecking order
Feb 12, 2017

By Rich Winter Who knew that on Dec. 16 when the Todd County girls lost to Little Wound 47-45 that these two teams would run rough-shod through the rest of their Region 7 competition?   Little Wound, with the return of Janay Jumping Eagle and the addition of Miracle Spotted Bear to go with a... READ MORE

Valentine's Hudson Pearman earned a championship at 145 pounds in the Nebraska C-1 District Tournament in Valentine today
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Hudson Pearman is District C-4 champion as Badgers roll to team title
Feb 11, 2017

By Rich Winter Have always wanted to meander down to Valentine to see what all the fuss is about with this highly ranked team that always wreaks havoc in Nebraska.   After arriving, and sitting down just as the finals started....It didn't take long to see what all the hype was about!  ... READ MORE

Can anyone touch Bon-Homme/Scotland's Stas Sutera - Huron Invite webcast today
Feb 11, 2017

By Rich Winter When Stas Sutera decided to come home for his senior season, the Bon-Homme/Scotland team and coach, Darren Kriz couldn't have been happier.   Sutera, who won a Class B title a season ago for a powerful Canton squad was 33-3 heading into the Huron Invitational today. Sutera is ... READ MORE

Gorillas cap perfect week with win over good Scotland squad - Gregory sports recap
Feb 11, 2017

By Rich Winter While the Gregory Gorillas have won six of their last eight games, none of the wins came against teams with winning records.   Until Friday!   On Friday, the Gorillas took the show on the road to face a 12-3 Scotland squad. Jayd VanDerWerff and Robert Vomacka combined f... READ MORE

Road Warriors outlast Todd County in two OT thriller
Feb 10, 2017

By Rich Winter At the start of the basketball week, St. Francis coach Rich Crow Eagle noted just how big the week that was/is was going to be for the St. Francis boys basketball team.    Four games, all on the road, in the space of seven days with St. Francis needing to win every game t... READ MORE

Isaac Naasz had a double-double in Tuesday's loss to St. Francis
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Don't stick a fork in the Winner boys just yet
Feb 10, 2017

By Rich Winter As the Winner Warriors get set to tip for tonight's game in McLaughlin, I kinda get the feeling that optimism is not high that the Warriors will march through the Region 7A tournament and into the Sweet 16.    Tough loss Tuesday for the Warriors as they dropped a home gam... READ MORE

Tee Allen of Bennett County, 24-3 is unranked at 160 lbs. and will likely be a dangerous floater in the upcoming seeded state B wrestling tournament.

You do not want to see Bennett County's Tee Allen in the first round of the B tournament
Feb 9, 2017

By Rich Winter Haven't seen much of Bennett County wrestler Tee Allen this year. The sophomore was injured in the Warriors' football playoff loss to Groton and showed up at December's Stanley County tournament in a sling. Seems like he was at the Mid-Dakota Monster in Lyman in early January but was... READ MORE

Mad props to the Chamberlain Cubs...Anyone, anytime, anywhere
Feb 8, 2017

By Rich Winter Don't have an exact box score in front of me, but have to give some serious props to Adam Nelson's Chamberlain Cubs boys who slammed the door shut on the rest of the Region 6A competition when they defeated Crow Creek 68-44.   Pretty impressive performance considering that les... READ MORE

David Espinoza drives the lane in Tuesday's win over Winner

David Espinoza - THE Shot, Welcome to the Ticket St. Francis
Feb 8, 2017

By Rich Winter With 18.4 seconds remaining in Tuesday's boys game between St. Francis and Winner, the home Warriors led 46-45 on the strength of two free-throws from senior guard, Drew DeMers.   St. Francis boys coach, Rich Crow Eagle called time and sent his boys back out for the biggest po... READ MORE

DJ High Bear working on Isaac Olson of Mobridge/Pollock during Saturday's Big Dakota tournament in Fort Pierre.
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Family strength pushing CEB wrestler after January tragedy
Feb 8, 2017

By Rich Winter You will have to forgive CEB/Dupree junior, DJ High Bear for coming out a little slow in his first wrestling meet of the season, last Saturday, the Big Dakota tournament in Fort Pierre. The former Pierre Governor state qualifer, wrestling at 145 pounds hit the mat l... READ MORE

Kelly O'Bryan and Holden Thieman scored the last eight points for the Colome Cowboys
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Colome seniors come up clutch as Cowboys knock off AC/DC
Feb 4, 2017

By Rich Winter Late in Friday's game between Colome and Andes Central, the Cowboys found themselves in a tight one. Leading 47-46 with 2:15 remaining, this one looked like it could go either way.   The Cowboys, having played just one game in the last 15 days, a 54-50 win over Kimball/White-L... READ MORE

Can Collin Powell conquer the Big Dakota
Feb 4, 2017

By Rich Winter Huge wrestling tournament in Fort Pierre today as teams gather for the Big Dakota Conference Tournament. Big meet because for some, it's the final tuneup for the Region meets which go down on Feb. 18, and, because there is a wicked cross-section of teams from across the state that ar... READ MORE

Kyah Watson of Rapid City Stevens led the Raiders to a 61-56 win over Rapid City Central.

Allard and Olson's kids are killing it in AA basketball
Feb 3, 2017

By Rich Winter The Panic Button doesn't delve into AA sports all that often but somewhere in my Facebook feed I noticed a post in the Rapid City Journal sports section. Freshman Watson leads Stevens past rival Central Knowing that Watson is Kyah Watson, Carla Allard's daughter, the article caught... READ MORE

Lady Warriors looking tuff as post-season approaches
Feb 3, 2017

By Rich Winter As we head towards the completion of the first week of Febuary, and into the stretch run for girls basketball in South Dakota, a sleeping giant looks like it's starting to find it's stride.   On Thursday, the Winner Lady Warriors found their rhythm with a terrific outing that ... READ MORE

Corey Brown shows some finesse on his way to a basket during Tuesday's game in St. Francis
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Pine Ridge at Little Wound has massive Region 7A implications
Feb 3, 2017

By Rich Winter We could all pretend like we've bogged down with Friday work obligations, but anyone who has a basketball pulse can feel the draw of Friday evening as Pine Ridge travels to Little Wound for a game that has massive Region 7A implications. Current Region 7A standings:  Lit... READ MORE

Is there a more dangerous 4-8 team in the state than the Gregory Gorillas
Feb 2, 2017

By Rich Winter Couple of really great reads in the Mitchell Daily Republic this morning as the Mitchell guys really did some good work on the HWY 18 loop today.   Couple things pertaining to Gregory, in particular as two guys, Robert Vomacka and Colton Nelson signed their letters of intent t... READ MORE

A foul or not a foul
Feb 2, 2017

By Rich Winter Had the most interesting interaction with a youngster on the Pine Ridge boys C team during a game in St. Francis on Tuesday.   Got to the gym, got the camera ready, strolled out for the first shot of the day which turned out to be the picture used for this blog.    ... READ MORE

New members of the St. Francis Indian School, National Honor Society....Matilda Anderson, Bernadette Roubideaux, Whisper Crow Dog, Teanna Hart, Haylee Quick Bear, and Joshua Iron Shell

Shout out Thursday....NHS at SFIS and TC coach Rashad Shannon
Feb 2, 2017

By Rich Winter Scrolling around Facebook yesterday and came across a picture of the new inductees into the National Honor Society over at St. Francis Indian School. I always get a little jolt when I see someone's academic prowess get noted and while the rest of the Facebook world scooted by with a ... READ MORE

Former Pine Ridge athlete breaks 800 meter record at Bacone University
Feb 1, 2017

By Rich Winter Some terrific news regarding a former Pine Ridge athlete, 800 meter runner, Ilijah Coleman who is having himself a heck of an indoor season for Bacone University out of Muskogee, Oklahoma.   Coleman, running at the Pittsburgh State Invitational in Pittsbugh Kansas won his heat... READ MORE

Tristin Watzel picked up the first win of his career on Senior Night in Winner Tuesday

Watzel comes up clutch in final home match in Winner
Feb 1, 2017

By Rich Winter High drama last night at the Winner National Guard Armory as the Chamberlain Cubs and Winner Warriors dualed each other in wrestlng.   In the last match of the night, Winner senior, Tristin Watzel toed the line for likely the last time in a Winner Warrior singlet.   Now... READ MORE

Check out the sick give and go from Jesse Allen to Loren Dragg
Feb 1, 2017

By Rich Winter Leading just 33-29 at the half of Tuesday's game @ Stanley County, Rashad Shannon's guys got it going!   The Falcons erupted for a 22-point third quarter, outscoring the Buffs, 22-11 in the third to stretch the lead out to double-digits, nearly 20 at one points.   The F... READ MORE

Gavyn Spottd Tail delivered 8 big points in TC's, 44-43 win over Winner.
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Jan 31, 2017

By Rich Winter While the volcanish ash of last night's 44-43 win by Todd County over Winner, IN WINNER, has barely settled, Rashad Shannon's crew hit the road Tuesday afternoon as the 6-6 Falcons travel to take on a 9-3 Stanley County squad.    The win over Winner vaulted Todd County in... READ MORE

Can Kaleb Crownover conquer the Class B 120 lb. weight class
Jan 31, 2017

By Rich Winter All season long, Tri-Valley's Caden Lamer has been staring down at the rest of the Class B 120 pounders in South Dakota. Lamer won a state title a year ago, 46-3 for the Tri-Valley Mustangs at 113 lbs. and has been top ranked in the Dakota Grappler wrestling rankings since day 1, wee... READ MORE

In his last outing, Todd County senior Gavyn Spotted Tail tossed in a career high 28 points vs. Crow Creek

Todd County at Winner highlights BIG MONDAY of high school hoops
Jan 30, 2017

By Rich Winter Is it just me or does it feel like the high school basketball season in South Dakota drove off the road, got stuck in a ditch and is just now getting pulled to safety? The winter storm of 2017, let's call it 'Roberta' for lack of a better word, wreaked havoc on high school basketball... READ MORE

Coach Gordon Hooks has turned Wolsey Wessington into a Class B power, in football and basketball

Gordon Hooks and his Warbirds of Wolsey-Wessington coming on strong
Jan 29, 2017

By Rich Winter Just browsing around the SDHSAA basketball page this morning, trying to get a feel for how some of the Class B school across the state are doing, and came across ole Wolsey-Wessington sitting atop the District 6 standings with a 10-1 record.   Guess I knew they were ranked in ... READ MORE

Winner's Kayleb Brozik has the heart of a champion
Jan 29, 2017

By Rich Winter As I've gotten to know Kayleb Brozik's father a little better this year, somehow I'm finding it hard to write about the younger Brozik who is having a spectacular senior year at Winner high school.   An all-state football player who did it on both sides of the ball and the top... READ MORE

Clash of the Titans, part 1 goes to Nash Hutmacher
Jan 29, 2017

By Rich Winter Listening to the broadcast on Winnerwarriorslive.com yesterday, you could feel the anticipation buzzing in the Aberdeen arena as the HWT semi-final between Chamberlain's Nash Hutmacher and Winner's Trezen Doren approached.    And then, after two months of waiting and a wh... READ MORE

Caelyn Valandra Prue lit up Pine Ridge for 41 points and 15 rebounds as the Lady Falcons ran past Pine Ridge, 87-60.
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Valandra-Prue spectacular as Todd County rips Pine Ridge
Jan 28, 2017

By Jody Brozik It's interesting sitting over here in Winner and getting the game-by-game, blow-by-blow from Panic Button author, Rich Winter regarding the exploits of the Todd County Lady Falcons and their budding super-star, Caelyn Valandra-Prue.   When Rich texted me Thursday and informed ... READ MORE

Camren Folkers was a beast Friday vs. Ridge
Jan 28, 2017

By Rich Winter Midway through the 3rd-quarter of Friday's clash between Pine Ridge at White River, senior center Camren Folkers powered his way to the basket, raised in traffic, banked home the shot, was fouled, and exploded from the carnage under the basket with a double-fist pump of emotion. &nb... READ MORE

Tre Doren, Winner, and Nash Hutmacher, Chamberlain, are expected to meet in the Lee Wolf semis today in Aberdeen.

Doren vs. Hutmacher Let's get it on
Jan 28, 2017

By Rich Winter Having a hard time generating a lead for this blog so I'm just gonna let er rip. So, there is this big-ole vicious wrestling tournament, Lee Wolf, going down in Aberdeen today. While there are a bunch of big-time teams and grapplers at the event, all of that means nothing....  ... READ MORE

Potter County's Carl Cronin has been mowing down the competition in the Class B 113 lb. weight class
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Can Potter County's Carl Cronin reach the top rung of Class B's 113 lb. weight class
Jan 27, 2017

Rich Winter It's been a terrific season of wresting thus far for Potter County senior, Carl Cronin. The big fella started the season at 120 lbs., won the Stanley County Invite and then moved down a weight class to 113. Since that move, he's been nearly unbeatable, and handling some terrific wrestl... READ MORE

Drew DeMers notched a career high with 37 points in Thursday's 78-66 win over Miller
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DeMers drops 37 as shorthanded Winner squad tops Miller
Jan 27, 2017

By Rich Winter Thursday's game in Miller between the 8-3 Miller Rustlers and the 6-5 Winner Warriors had disaster written all over it. The Warriors, on the heels of a three-game skid were without Cameron Kuil (sick), on the road, and hadn't seen the gym for practice since Monday due to massive wint... READ MORE

New seeding system at South Dakota state wrestling tournament could have catastrophic impact on this years state tournament.

C'mon SDHSAA, if you're going to seed it, seed the whole thing
Jan 26, 2017

The Lightning ROD As the South Dakota high school wrestling season moves into it's final month, the decision by the South Dakota High School Activities Association to ONLY seed the top-8 wrestlers in each weight class is about to throw a dangerous curve-ball to South Dakota prep athletes in their m... READ MORE

Pierre's Joe Ashley blocked 405 shots during a stellar career with the Pierre Governors
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Who remembers the 7-foot Native baller from Pierre
Jan 26, 2017

By Rich Winter Before the days of a 3-class system in South Dakota high-school hoops, folks from CEB, Winner and Todd County got quite familiar with Pierre's Joe Ashley. In the old system, CEB, Todd County and Winner, had to go through Pierre to reach the state tournament, and back in the late 70's... READ MORE

Alexis Peterson had 24 points and 13 rebounds in a recent win over Burke-South/Central.

Can Platte-Geddes get it together by tournament time
Jan 25, 2017

By Rich Winter While the Platte-Geddes girls are just 7-5, you get the feeling that come tournament time, this team could be a handful.    In their second-to-last last outing, Alexis Peterson, the 6-foot-1 senior dialed up a double-double, 24 points and 13 rebounds as the Black Panthers... READ MORE

The Red Cloud Crusaders stormed to a 2nd place finish at Lakota Nation, have endured some injuries, but appear to be healthy heading into the heat of their schedule.
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Is a healthy Red Cloud boys squad the team to beat in Region 7A?
Jan 25, 2017

By Rich Winter On Jan. 7, Christian McGhee's Red Cloud boys basketball team was on top of the world. The Crusaders marched to a 2nd place finish at the Lakota Nation Invitational, beat Pine Ridge @ Pine Ridge and were coming off a 61-36 dismantling of Belle Fourche.   McGhee's club was 6-1 a... READ MORE

There is a TUFFness that permeates through the Philip Area wrestling progam
Jan 25, 2017

By Rich Winter Caught up with the Philip Area wrestling squad Friday as the Scotties traveled east for the Kimball-WhiteLake/Platte Geddes and Winner duels. Had been wanting to get a look at the small school in the middle of nowhere that seeks out and usually destroys anyone in their path.  &... READ MORE

Did Scott Schramm and Chad Pokorny nearly force the town of Presho to close
Jan 24, 2017

By Rich Winter So, the other day I'm visiting with the Lyman County Sheriff who was in Mission to do a little photo op thingie with the sheriff of Mission who stepped down after ten years of service.   At any rate, introduced myseslf and started asking a few questions about the current Lyman... READ MORE

Dylan LeBrun is scoring at 20 points per game for the 11-1 Fliers

Can Flandreau advance to the dance
Jan 24, 2017

By Rich Winter In pouring over the newly released Class A rankings, (South Dakota Sportswriters Association) couldn't help but notice the dominance of Region 3A, and the emergence of the Flandreau Fliers who jumped into the converstion this week, receiving votes in the Class A poll.  Class A ... READ MORE

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Cubs snubbed, Lady Falcons crack the top-10
Jan 24, 2017

By Rich Winter As I've seen the Chamberlain boys play a couple of times this season, handling Winner and blowing out Todd County, and knowing they are among the elite Class A basketball teams in South Dakota, and, knowing they weren't ranked in the top-10 of last week's South Dakota polls, of cours... READ MORE

Allison Ekroth had 8 points and 10 rebounds in Saturday's win over Jones County at the Southern Plains tournament.
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Gregory seniors come up big as Lady Gorillas earn rare win at Southern Plains tournament
Jan 23, 2017

By Rich Winter Basketball season can be a TUFF, long season, especially when the wins aren't coming as frequently as everyone would like. Entering the Southern Plains Tournament, Gregory had just one win, a 59-56 OT win over Marty Indian School.   Two days into the tournament, Gregory had t... READ MORE

The Lyman Raiders captured the Southern Plains basketball tournament with three consecutive victories, including a championship win over Kadoka.

Lyman 10-1 after brilliant Southern Plains tourney
Jan 23, 2017

By Rich Winter So much going on over the weekend, just now finally caught up to the Southern Plains girls basketball tournment results, and oh, what a tournament for coach Britany Reuman and the Lyman Raiders.  After an opening round win over Colome, 57-23 the Raiders scorched a good Burke/So... READ MORE

After a 35 point outing Saturday, Caelyn Valandra-Prue is scorching South Dakota basketball to the tune of 22 points per game.
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Brace yourself for five more years of Caelyn Valandra-Prue
Jan 23, 2017

By Rich Winter In late November, here on the Rosebud, there were a few rumblings about the impending girls basketball season. It was common knowledge that 8th-grader Caelyn Valandra-Prue was getting moved up from junior high to the high school team and people wondered how her older teammates would ... READ MORE

Joe Sazue III got off to an incredibly fast start against Todd County, finishing with a game high 38 points.

Joe Sazue III rocks Ben Reifle as Chieftains run past Todd County
Jan 23, 2017

By Rich Winter There is nothing more fun that watching a scorer get it going! Yeah, defense is nice, layups are neat and perfect form on one's jumper, solid...But...when a scorer gets it going, don't matter if the elbow's pointed out, the shoulders aren't quite square or if the temperature, is -5 o... READ MORE

Fantastic cultural exchange as Freeman takes on St. Francis
Jan 22, 2017

By Rich Winter Kinda hard not to notice Freeman assistant boys basketball coach, Don Hotchkiss. Dressed up nicely, it wasn't hard to see where Hotchkiss's NFL loyalties lie this Sunday as the tie wasn't just a tie, it was a full-on Green Bay Packers tie.   So, I asked him about it.  &n... READ MORE

Red hot Lady Chieftains in town to take on Lady Falcons
Jan 21, 2017

By Rich Winter Have been following the Lady Chieftains of Crow Creek enough to know they are having a heck of a season up north. Didn't realize it was 8-2 good until I looked at the SDHSAA webpage. Region 6A girls standings:  McLaughlin 43.70 7-3 Crow Creek 42.70 8-2 Mill... READ MORE

Alanis Murray cranked out a career high 12 points but she contributed in oh so many more ways!
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Welcome to the party Alanis Murray
Jan 21, 2017

Trailing 15-16 early in the second quarter of Thursday's what would be 73-43 win over St. Francis Indian, Todd County sophomore Alanis Murray caught a pass just outside the 3-point arc.   There was no hesitation!   Murray, caught the rock, didn't look to dribble, didn't look to pass, i... READ MORE

Ridge vs. Winner has massive Region 7 implications
Jan 19, 2017

By Rich Winter Some huge games going on in Winner tonight as the Pine Ridge Thorpes head to Tripp County to do battle in both boys and girls action tonight. You get the feeling that tonight's games have more than just a little cross-region rivalry...Some tight races in both the boys and girls regio... READ MORE

After a great run in track last spring the New Underwood girls are 10-1 in basketball this season

Keep an eye out for Brianna Phillipsen and the New Underwood Lady Tigers
Jan 19, 2017

By Rich Winter First caught site of the New Underwood girls during track season a year ago. Bunch of young ladies tearing around the track competing in all sorts of sprints, relays and any combination thereof. By the time the dust had cleared at the state track meet a year ago, New Underwood found ... READ MORE

Are the Lyman Lady Raiders really 7-1
Jan 19, 2017

By Rich Winter Somewhere in the deep recesses of my brain I remembered to check and see how the Lyman girls basketball team was doing. I'd wondered after seeing the girls have a strong volleyball team (state appearance), and knowing that roster was filled with seniors, tall seniors and some up-and-... READ MORE

Joe Brandis is more than a young Lakota man with long hair
Jan 19, 2017

By Rich Winter It's been about ten days now, but a while back I was sitting in the living room of one of peeps in Mission and I watched as a young(ish) mom took about ten minutes to brush out the hair of her elementary aged son.    Young man has gone to a lot of wrestling meets and been... READ MORE

If you host it, the Scotties will come...Philip Area heads east for massive weekend of wrestling
Jan 18, 2017

By Rich Winter Toyed with the idea of driving to Philip, from Mission, last Saturday to check out the Philip Invitational. Alas, that didn't happen, but with the Philip Scotties headed to Winner on Friday & Saturday, the Panic Button is chomping at the bit to see the Scotties live for the first... READ MORE

Crow Creek rising after Chieftains crush Miller
Jan 18, 2017

By Rich Winter Early in the season, despite coming out of Lakota Nation with a solid, 4th place finish, Billy Joe Sazue's boys were 3-3 and looking up at everyone in Region 6.    Fast forward one month following the Dec. 17 loss to Pine Ridge at Lakota Nation (3rd & 4th place game) ... READ MORE

Kaiden Keiser slams the door as Winner tops Valentine
Jan 18, 2017

By Rich Winter Heading into the final match of Tuesday's duel between Winner and Valentine, with the crowd going berserk and the duel tied at 36-36, Winner 7th grader Kaden Keiser stepped onto the mat with the fortunes of the Winner wrestling team riding on his broad but enormously young shoulders.... READ MORE

Falcon sophomore Aiden Bizardie scared a triple double with 36 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists
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Bizardie scares triple-double as Falcons pull out gritty win
Jan 18, 2017

By Rich Winter If you had Todd County Falcon sophomore going in your high school fantasy basketball league....YOU WON, going away!   Bizardie posted a monster game in Tuesday's 79-76 OT win over Red Cloud with a career high 36 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists as the Falcons ended a 3-game sk... READ MORE

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