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One last run/JUMP for Sioux senior Marlowe LaRoche
May 21, 2017

By Rich Winter

 

Always get a kick out of seeing the Lower Brule guys and just checking in to see how they’re doing. One of the FELLAS I’ve never said hello to but I always enjoy seeing compete is recently graduated senior, Marlowe LaRoche. 

 

Somehow this guy always finds his way into my sets of photos. Young man had the lead at the state cross-country meet, for about 800 meters, and then he got swallowed up by the field and well, he suffered admirably the rest of the race.  

 

I kinda like that....If your not going to win and probably not going to make the podium, well, might as well have a moment. 

 

While not the greatest athlete in the history of Lower Brule, LaRoche always shows up.

 

Football team and cross-country in the fall!

 

Basketball in the winter

 

Track in the spring...

 At the recently completed Region 2B FIELD and track championships, LaRoche found his best opportunity to get to the state track meet in the high jump. He’s already pre-qualified in the event with a leap of 5-11, but, for good measure, he finished 2nd in the event as teammate, Iren Grassrope claimed the region high-jump title. 

 

  1 Grassrope, Iren     12 Lower Brule            5-09.00                   10   

  2 LaRoche, Marlowe    12 Lower Brule            5-07.00                    8 

Hoping teammate, JayShawn Milton is healthy. Didn’t see results from him at the Region track meet, and he’s one of the better Class B high jumpers in the state. 

 

Class B high-jump qualifiers. 

 High Jump - 5’11.00”

1. McDonnell, Allan 6’09.00” Wall    

2. Ogunjemilusi, Darian 6’04.00” Wolsey-Wessington    

3. Olson, Scott 6’04.00” Florence/Henry    

4. Sumption, Alex 6’04.00” Frederick    

5. Menning, Clayton 6’03.00” Corsica-Stickney    

6. Milton, JayShawn 6’03.00” Lower Brule    

7. Moser, Joshua 6’03.00” Corsica-Stickney    

8. Pulscher, Brayden 6’02.00” Alcester-Hudson    

9. Boes, Blake 6’01.00” Gregory    

10. Ewoldt, Haden 6’01.00” Chester Area    

11. Girton, Malchi 6’01.00” Platte-Geddes    

12. Wessel, Garrett 6’01.00” Kimball/White Lake    

13. Determan, Tommy 5’11.00” Gregory    

14. Gaspar, Logan 5’11.00” DR St. Mary    

15. Grassrope, Iren 5’11.00” Lower Brule    

16. Hoellein, Micah 5’11.00” Warner    

17. Holland, Trevin 5’11.00” De Smet    

18. Kraft, Isaac 5’11.00” Timber Lake    

19. LaRoche, Marlowe 5’11.00” Lower Brule    

20. Spader, Colton 5’11.00” Howard    

21. Spilde, Fisher 5’11.00” Waverly-South Shore    

22. Swanson, Tyler 5’11.00” Andes Central/Dakota Christian    

23. West, Cooper 5’11.00”

 

Really nice year for the Lower Brule track team and they’ll have some representation in the high jump and of course, the distance events. 

 

Senior, Iren Grassrope qualifed in the 800 and 1600, and is already pre-qualified in the 3200 meters.

 

Sophomore Jaden Little qualified in the 3200 meters, finishing 2nd on a windy/cold day at the Region championships.

 

  1 Weeldreyer, Colton  11 Ipswich               10:55.48                   10   

  2 Little, Jalen       10 Lower Brule           10:58.88                    8   

  3 Grassrope, Iren     12 Lower Brule           11:15.82 

Should be fun for the Brule boys, and one more shot for LaRoche to get out and compete....something it’s pretty easy to tell he loves to do.

Regarding the video for this piece...

 

Who did that?

 

It’s freaking awesome beyond awesome....If I could do that...Wow!



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Showdown in Sturgis - Elite A distance runners to clash in Black Hills
Apr 29, 2017

By Rich Winter By evenings end WE, are going to know a lot more about who is who in Class A track and field. The Sturgis relays goes down today and while I was already salivating over getting a look at St. Thomas More, Hill City and Custer, the realization that Chamberlain (Ella Byers) is coming se... READ MORE

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Vandenhemel, Molaterno crack 3200 standard in Presho
Apr 28, 2017

By Rich Winter Have been a curious watcher of what Stanley County distance ace Shay Vandenhemel this season. One of the faster guys in Class A last season, Vandenhemel just hasn't looked right through the early part of the season.   Struggled at the Pistulka Invite, can't remember the time b... READ MORE

Austin Olson starting to move into 2:05 range
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Should Senator John Thune be NERVOUS
Apr 28, 2017

By Rich Winter Checked out one of Barbary Hockenbary's recent photos of Austin Olson just owning a field in a recent 800.  Have been following the 800 exploits of Jones County sophomore, Austin Olson. Early in the year, think it was Winner, he looked terrible...came across the ... READ MORE

Dalton Kinsley working back from a hamstring injury is starting to find his form

Kinsley finding form as Scotties getting healthy
Apr 28, 2017

By Rich Winter At the Kadoka Invitational, several weeks back now I kinda scrolled through the results and was intrigued by the times that Philip senior Dalton Kinsley put up.   Don't remember all of them but do recall his 200 time being in the 24's...Hmmmm, interesting!   Figured he'... READ MORE

Did a Mission South Dakota man really ask Pete Rose about performance enhancing drugs
Apr 28, 2017

The Lightning Rod Scrolling through the information super-highway, concentrating on youtube, and I stumbled onto a video that suggested Mission,'s Chad Whirlwind Soldier was doing some kind of interview with baseball legend, Pete Rose.   WHAT... Had to look at it!   Shut up!   ... READ MORE

St. Francis senior Joe LaPointe got over 40-feet in the shot for the first time in his career on Thursday

St. Francis senior Joe LaPointe coming on strong
Apr 28, 2017

By Rich Winter It's been an interesting year for St. Francis senior Joe LaPointe. The young man kinda bounced around his first couple of high school years between Todd County and White River.   Entering his senior season, LaPointe decided St. Francis was going to be the final stop on his hig... READ MORE

Haesel Brill nears the finish line of the 100 meters in Winner

Brill, Iron Heart, Yellow Eagle and Spotted Tail are Panic Button's Most Improved of the week
Apr 28, 2017

By Rich Winter At the recently completed Big Dakota Conference meet, Todd County athlete Haesel Brill running the 200 meters was stuck in one of the first heats, a slow heat some would say.   But, as the gun went off, Brill hit a gear that everyone in the 'slow' heat couldn't even come close... READ MORE

Miller's Jarek Kindle jumped 21-3 at the Big Dakota Conference meet

Miller's Kindle leaving his mark
Apr 28, 2017

By Rich Winter Enjoyed the Big Dakota Conference Meet just over a week ago now. Lot of good athletes, some that got a tad overshadowed by huge performances from others in their respective events.    One of those overshadowed guys was Miller's Jarik Kindle who had terrific efforts in the... READ MORE

Beresford's Cait Savey has the fastest time in the Class A 3200 meters

Can Beresford's Cait Savey hang with the big-dogs in Class A 2-mile
Apr 27, 2017

By Rich Winter It's always really interesting to see the early season times pop-up on the state qualifiers list, especially in the 3200 meters. People want to break that automatic qualifier, but no one really wants to show their hand (what they can really do) until later in the season.   Som... READ MORE

Winner girls golf aiming high as stretch run begins
Apr 27, 2017

By Rich Winter Three meets into the spring golf season and the Winner Lady Warrior golf team is doing some serious damage on the links around central South Dakota.   The Lady Warriors have picked up three team titles at Mobridge, at the Big Dakota Conference Championship, and, at the Chamber... READ MORE

Listen here Winner - CHAS DEMERS 49.51
Apr 27, 2017

By Rich Winter I've spent more that a few occasions arguing with Jody Brozik this year about the Winner field and track records.   "Joy Fott holds the school record in the shot," Brozik said in March.   "No she doesn't, Sandy Supik does, I'm positive," I fired back.    Win... READ MORE

Luke Engel, Cameron Kuil, Drew DeMers and Kayleb Brozik
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Is it really time to say goodbye to Drew DeMers
Apr 27, 2017

By Rich Winter Wanted to write something about Winner senior Drew DeMers months ago, but, while I was trying to string together something about a hell of a lineage from a QB friendly family, I really got lost in the thought process and just didn't get er done...   Was jolted into reality Mon... READ MORE

Belle Fourche's Shayla Howell jumped 5-6 at a recent meet

Shayla Howell having monster season for Belle Fourche
Apr 26, 2017

By Rich Winter It seems every time the SDHSAA list of automatic qualifiers gets renewed, Belle Fouche's Shayla Howell is running faster, jumping farther, and in her most recent explosion, jumping higher.    Howell, who doesn't high jump all that often exploded to the top of the Class A ... READ MORE

The Pentagon National Team that reached the elite-8 in Dallas last week will be playing the U.S. National Team in June

Opportunity of a lifetime for Pentagon National Team
Apr 26, 2017

By Rich Winter Some really cool news coming out of the Pentagon basketball academy in Sioux Falls with the announcment the academy's National Team will be traveling this summer to the Olympic Training Facility in Colorado Springs. While there, they will scrimmage the U.S National Team (Age-group) j... READ MORE

Tyrone Mizner soared to a school record in the long jump

Burke/South-Central makes some NOIZE at Greenway Relays
Apr 26, 2017

By Rich Winter Oh the boys 4 x 800 at last week's Greenway Relays must have been delicious. Mt. Vernon/Plankinton ran so well they cracked the Class A standard with an 8:35. Behind them, with Kray Person anchoring, BSC got up to MVP, and crossed the line in 8:36.   That's a big one for BSC, ... READ MORE

Tori Jones finished 2rd against a quality field of hurdlers at Pierre American Legion Relays

Tori Jones wreaks havoc on AA schools in Pierre
Apr 26, 2017

By Rich Winter As Stanley County athlete, Tori Jones settled into the blocks for the 100 hurdles final, she did so against a quality field of hurdlers from across the state.   Having won her heat, but having the third fastest time in the prelims, Jones erupted from the blocks, hung with the ... READ MORE

Once you try the steak at Prairie Hills you will be hooked

Panic Button gives Prairie Hills Bar & GRILL TWO THUMBS up
Apr 25, 2017

Went to Prairie Hills family restaurant on Monday evening and during the ordering process, trying not to look greedy, I went for a side-salad and was working on some kind of the many sandwhiches available to myself.   "Don't ya wanna try a steak," Prairie Hills Manager, Bill Whipple said. &n... READ MORE

Hill City's Marion Hohn with the anchor of the Medley Relay in Pierre

Hill City's Marion Hohn has Anchor of the Week with massive medley effort
Apr 25, 2017

By Rich Winter When Hill City's Marion Hohn took the baton for the anchor of the Medley relay in Pierre Friday, she was in third, about 20 meters behind Rapid City Stevens and Brandon Valley.   Like the smooth, savvy, veteran she is, Hohn charged the first 100 and steadily made up ground unt... READ MORE

Chester's Austin Eppard uncorks state leader

Throwers Corner - Chester's Eppard one up's Colome's Matt Campbell
Apr 25, 2017

By Rich Winter Last Thursday, Colome senior Matt Campbell announded, with AUTHORITY, his presence in the Class B discus with a 174-1 inch bomb, I think in Menno.    It was a massive personal best for Campbell, and it must have gotten the attention of defending Class B state champion, Au... READ MORE

The Batesland 4x100 team just before they ran at the Todd County Middle School Invitational

We are BATESLAND....up and coming track program shows out
Apr 24, 2017

By Rich Winter Really cool story coming out of Batesland today as the first track team there in about ten years came storming over to Mission to do battle with area track teams.    No track in ten years, wow!   Was visiting with one of the three track coaches today, LeeVi Story t... READ MORE

Is the F U I'm Tom Brady the funniest South Park in history - Video
Apr 24, 2017

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Riley Calhoon to Isaac Naasz

Coming in HOT - Riley Calhoon
Apr 24, 2017

Seems to be a little phrase floating around south-central South Dakota (origin unknown-ish), describing when a relay runner is bringing that stick in hard.    So hard are some of these athletes charging to deliver the stick that they often run up on their teammate who wasn't expecting th... READ MORE

Pentagon National Team reaches Elite-8 in Dallas
Apr 23, 2017

Just a small shout-out to the boys on the South Dakota National Team representing the Pentagon Academy in Dallas.   Coach Allan Bertram: Outstanding weekend with my National basketball team in Dallas TX. Finished 3 and 1 and made it to final 8. Very proud of our boys, played very good ag... READ MORE

Foster Cournoyer Hogan is Panic Button's Student Athlete of the Week

Foster Cournoyer Hogan is Panic Button's Student/Athlete of the week
Apr 23, 2017

By Rich Winter Pretty interesting 1600 meter Medley relay constructed for the Todd County boys for the Big Dakota Conference Meet in Winner on Tuesday.   Opening 200 was run by Kevin Jannsen, handed it off to Alan-Mychal Boyd for another 200, and then to Todd County senior, Foster Cournoyer ... READ MORE

Do Native American athletes have the GOLF GIFT
Apr 23, 2017

By Rich Winter Had a pretty interesting conversation with White River golf coach Mike Beardt a while ago. He came into the Tribune and we sat down and visited about golf for awhile. Mike's been a long-time golf coach in the area, having served in that capacity at Todd County a while back, and now d... READ MORE

Winner's Cameron Kuil won the 100, 200 and 400 meter events at the Pierre American Legion Relays
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Winner athletes shine brightly at Pierre American Legion Relays
Apr 22, 2017

By Rich Winter I seriously have been pondering all day how to write something about what Carmon Kuil and the Winner track athletes did in Pierre yesterday. Couldn't think of a title all day... * I'm Cameron Kuil...Bitches, was one option..(but I'm a PG guy so no) * Beat it AA was another * Even... READ MORE

Todd County junior, Brendan Waln, running the 400 meters for the first time, on the medley relay, scorched a quarter to put Todd County out front

Where did that come from Brendan Waln
Apr 22, 2017

By Rich Winter Pretty interesting track meet up in Pierre yesterday as the Todd County track teams tangled with the likes of Rapid City Central, Rapid City Stevens, Sturgis, St. Thomas More, Sioux Falls Washington, Brandon Valley, and others....   One of the really interesting performances c... READ MORE

Haleigh Timmer running the opening leg of St. Thomas More's 4x800 during Friday's Pierre American Legion Relays
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Class A cross champ, Timmer shows range at Pierre Relays
Apr 22, 2017

By Rich Winter Pouring over the results of the Pierre American Region Relays this morning and happened across the girls 400 meters. Wanted to see what Bickley ran, wanted to see Valandra-Prue's official time and wanted to see who else was up there in what turned out to be a spectacular 400 meters i... READ MORE

Update on Paige Slovek
Apr 22, 2017

Just passing along a little information regarding Philip athlete, Paige Slovek, who was flown to Sioux Falls yesterdy.   Friends of the family say it wasn't a blood clot as doctors orgininally thought, but instead a piece of tissue and doctors aren't sure what they will do yet.   She h... READ MORE

Elliot DuBray moved up to the 3200 this week, winning twice, and vaulting into the conversation for Region 7A, 2-mile supremacy
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A battle is looming in Region 7A 2-mile
Apr 22, 2017

By Rich Winter It is rather interesting to me to see some of the games within the games going on as teams gear up for the stretch run of the high school track and field season. While a lot of folks don't give too cruds about the 2-mile, it is one of my favorite events, and athletes are improving, a... READ MORE

Jones County athlete Hannah Hight knocking on the state qualifying door in the discus
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Keep an eye on Coyotes Hight and Brost
Apr 22, 2017

By Rich Winter Getting toward the end of April here and while the meat of the track season is just hitting full stride, there are a number of area athletes that are improving every time they step on the track, or field.    Caught Jones County athlete, Hannah Hight throwing discus at the... READ MORE

Jesse Hastings picked up a pair of 2nd places in the 100 and 200 meter events at Friday's Chad Greenway Relays
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Is MVP's Jesse Hastings the fastest 220 lb. freshman in South Dakota
Apr 22, 2017

The Lightning ROD, Have seriously been jonesing to see some field and track results for Mt. Vernon/Plankinton. Has been eerily quiet from MVP until a bunch of track teams, and former Mt. Vernon native and soon-to-be retired Vikings LB, Chad Greenway showed out at yesterday's Greenway Relays.  ... READ MORE

Pierre's Conner Campbell gets a good look at 6-foot-6 during Friday's American Legion Relays in Pierre

Pierre's Conner Campbell sets the standard at Legion Relays
Apr 22, 2017

By Rich Winter Right out of the gate Friday in Pierre, first event, I got caught watching the boys high jump. Couldn't help but notice the kid from Pierre ascending the heights until it was just him left standing.   Native American kid, didn't have a clue who we was, but got a good look as t... READ MORE

Philip's Paige Slovak

Thoughts and prayers to the Slovak and Philip families
Apr 22, 2017

By Rich Winter Just wanted to pass along a note to South Dakota track fans to keep Philip athlete, Paige Slovek, her family and the entire Philip athletic family in your thoughts and prayers today.   Slovek underwent open heart surgey yesterday.    The young lady competed in Kado... READ MORE

Colome's Beau Bertram runs 11.31 in Freeman

Summer training just around the corner...How Bad do you want IT
Apr 21, 2017

By Rich Winter Coming down the stretch of the high school athletic season...Oh man, what a ride it has been.   The Highway 18 football championhip swing was freaking awesome....   Basketball season while hella interesting, kinda ended with a thud for most of our local teams.   ... READ MORE

Former Pine Ridge runner Ilijah Coleman, running for Bacone University finished 16th in the men's 800 meters at the Kansas Relays

Bacone freshman, Coleman, 16th in Kansas Relays 800
Apr 21, 2017

By Rich Winter A trerrific track season continuing for Pine Ridge's Ilijah Coleman who finished 16th at a very tough track meet, the Kansas Relays.  Finals 1 1:51.62 Ero Doce SO Lindenwood 2 1:51.80 Daniel Koech SR Kansas 3 1:52.94 Moses Dirane FR Cloud County 4 1:53.43 Adel Yoonis SR Kansas ... READ MORE

Colome's Matt Campbell uncorks monster throw at Freeman Invite

Colome's Matt Campbell ERUPTS in Freeman
Apr 21, 2017

By Rich Winter Great field event efforts yesterday for Colome senior, Matt Campbell. Clad in green and white, Campbell unleashed a Colome record, a personal best with a state leading, regardless of class, heave of 174'1".   BOOM!   Big mark for Campbell, who now leads the Class B rank... READ MORE

St. Thomas More sprinter Jake Aanderud uncorked a couple of big sprint times heading into today's Pierre Legion Relays

More's Aanderud puts up MONSTER sprint times
Apr 21, 2017

By Rich Winter Clicked on the SDHSAA web-site list of state qualifiers and immediately noticed St. Thomas More's, Jake Aanderud with some seriously fast times in the 100 and 200 meters.   Aanderud put up a 10.6 in the 100 meters to move into 2nd. 00m Dash - 11.20 1. Kuil, Camero... READ MORE

Chamberlain's Ella Byers takes down the Big Dakota Conference Record in the 800 meters
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Passing the Torch - Byers takes down Lottie Grimshaw's Big Dakota 800 meter record - VIDEO
Apr 21, 2017

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Cayliah Brady has been part of a sprinting resurgence in St. Francis
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Lady Warriors starting to make some noise
Apr 21, 2017

By Rich Winter As I scrolled through the photos of Tuesday's Kadoka track meet, and then the results, happy to see the St. Francis girls winning an event and placing pretty highly in a number of relays. Almost seems like an awakening of track interest over in St. Francis as the girls finished 5th i... READ MORE

Bennett County sophomore, Tee Allen got over 6-feet in Kadkoa

Warrior Tee Allen is this weeks Most Improved AOW
Apr 20, 2017

By Rich Winter Keeping a watchful eye on Bennett County sophomore Tell Allen, who at this point of the season, is the only athlete for the Warriors that has pre-qualified for the state meet.   One week ago at the Bennett County meet in Martin, Allen, who was jumping that day for the first ti... READ MORE

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Signs of life for White River boys team
Apr 20, 2017

By Rich Winter Really like going through photos and looking for little details of a great performance or even that of an athlete coming along. Chose the photo for this blog because I just love the expression on White River freshman Tyson Iyotte's face.   It's the first lap of the 800 meters ... READ MORE

The race behind the race shaped up nicely as Winner's Cameron Kuil rocketed to a state leading 100 time of 10.42

Riley Calhoon's ROCKET start starting to draw some attention
Apr 20, 2017

By the Lightning Rod Have kinda been thinking about the Winner 4x100 record set a few weeks back by the quartet of Riley Calhoon, Isaac Naasz, Drew DeMers and Cameron Kuil. The guys laid down a 44.02 to take down one of the hallowed records from the WINNER wall.    The time was a shocke... READ MORE

Philip's Cooper West brings it home STRONG during the anchor leg of Philip's Medley Relay
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Philip vaulters/medley shines at Kadoka
Apr 20, 2017

By Rich Winter, I can only imagine what Philip's Cooper West was thinking when he took the baton to anchor Philip's Medley relay team?   Having never run an 800, none recently anyway, but with the knolwedge that his Philip guys were laying a good one down for him...(I know Kinsley opened the... READ MORE

Red Cloud's Russell Leader Charge broke the Class A state qualifying time in the 100 meters
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Leader Charge cracks standards/records at Kadoka track meet
Apr 19, 2017

By Rich Winter Have been jonesing to see the results of the Kadoka track meet from Tuesday, pretty much all day, and finally tracked them down about mid-afternoon or so.    Plenty of good results all over the track...AND FIELD, but really happy to see some bomb results from Red Cloud ju... READ MORE

Massive week for Gregory's Blake Boes who picked up the save Monday and high jumped 6-3 on Tuesday.
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Big week for Gregory's Blake Boes
Apr 19, 2017

By Rich Winter Quite a week for Gregory's Blake Boes and heck, it's only Wednesday!   On Monday, Boes came into the baseball game against Todd County with a 3-1 lead. The big lefty who drew some ooohs and ahhs during his warmup pitched at least three innings of shut-out baseball as the Grego... READ MORE

Stanley County thrower Damon Hoftiezer throws the shot Tuesday as the interested competition checks out the throw.

Corn fed kids throw down at Big Dakota
Apr 19, 2017

By Rich Winter As a former thrower I find the picture associated with this article absolutley fascinating. Stanley County senior, Damon Hoftiezer, the eventual winner of a pretty good shot competition is throwing and while there wasn't a big crowd watching, those in the mix were watching to see wha... READ MORE

Bon Homme's Chase Kortan is looking to repeat as Class A state champion in the long jump

Bon Homme's Kortan has some company in the long jump
Apr 19, 2017

By Rich Winter Could not help but get caught on the boys long jump list of pre-qualifiers on the SDHSAA web page. The list is growing with 15 jumpers already over the 20-2 qualifyng jump.    That's a ton and that list is only going to grow as the season progresses! Long Jump - 20... READ MORE

Chamberlain's Tiegen Priebe uncorks a monster 22-foot long jump at Tuesday's Big Dakota meet

Tiegen Priebe uncorks MONSTER 22-footer at Big Dakota
Apr 19, 2017

By Rich Winter After launching a rather pedestrian 20-2 on his first long-jump attempt at the Big Dakota Conferece meet Tuesday in Winner, Chamberlain's Tiegen Priebe took aim at launching a big one.    Wind at his back, Priebe came barrelling down the run-way, launched (from behind the... READ MORE

Todd County senior Clayton Shaw displayed some serious toughness

Clayton Shaw is one TUFF Customer
Apr 19, 2017

By Rich Winter Late Monday afternoon at the Mission City Park with the Todd County baseball trailing Gregory, 3-1, TC player, Clayton Shaw, was sitting on a bucket, just inside the playing field parked next to the Todd County dug-out. Shaw had been sitting there for a while, happily playing air-dru... READ MORE

Sam Ostarello's high jump record looks safe but what Big Dakota girls records are poised to fall

Ostarello, Fott and Abbott's records are safe, BUT, which Big Dakota girls records are in trouble
Apr 18, 2017

By Rich Winter Itching to get over to Winner today for the Big Dakota Conference track meet today. Love this meet and am excited to get my first look at MOPO, McLaughlin, CEB, Miller and Chamberlain.   Some really meticulous records offered up on the Miller high school webpage and some might... READ MORE

A couple of Chas DeMers records, among others, could be in trouble at today's Big Dakota Conference meet in Winner
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Which Big Dakota boys records are going down
Apr 18, 2017

By Rich Winter Looks like another great weather day today, little windy, as teams from the Big Dakota Conference travel to Winner today for what should be a terrific conference meet.   Courtesy of the Miller SD High School Page, here are a look at all of the boys' conference records.  ... READ MORE

Levi Mclanahan applies the tag to a Todd County base runner after making an impossibly difficult play just to get in postition
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Mclanahan comes up with defensive play of the week
Apr 17, 2017

By Rich Winter Have heard more than a few people comment on the importance of Winner junior, Levi McLanahan, coming back to the baseball program.   Coach Drew Weber noted McLanahan being the only lefty in the lineup and a guy that plays good solid defense, usually at first base.   ... READ MORE

The defending State B Champions are #3 in the most recent Power Poll with plenty of company of good teams in pursuit!

Class B High School Baseball Rankings
Apr 16, 2017

The High School baseball season is CHUGGIN along... about a third of the way to the play-offs and things are really shaping up in Class B!   The State Champion Winner/Colome squad LOST 2 starters, Reed Harter and Cameron Biggins, from last year's team and GAINED one back from Injured Reserve ... READ MORE

Todd County senior Tristen Herman challenged the Panic Button to a shot put competition...It's on!

Tank vs. Panic - Shot put challenge galore
Apr 16, 2017

By Rich Winter Alright, so late last week, I'm messenging Todd County senior Tristen (Tank) Herman who said he's kind of regretting not throwing shot put this year.   "I'd be in the upper 40's," he said. "NO U WOULDN'T," I replied.   "Oh yeah," he said. "I'd beat you."   Well,... READ MORE

St. Thomas More sprinter Jake Aanderud finished 2nd in the Class A 100 meters while Winner's Cameron Kuil took third
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Aanderud vs. Kuil - The Clash is coming
Apr 16, 2017

By Rich Winter Getting ready for a massive week of field and track this week. Tuesay is the Big Dakota Conference meet in Winner, and Friday, the Pierre Invitational.   BOOM!   While I'm peronally going to be throwing up all over the Big Dakota meet for the next few days, in the back ... READ MORE

Sioux Falls Christian senior, Caleb DeWeerd and his fellow Chargers are getting ready for a run into some rare air in the 4x800

How low can the Sioux Falls Christian 4x800 team go
Apr 16, 2017

Guest authored by Brian Decker, If any team has an eye on winning the Class A Boys 4x800 this year at the State Track Meet they had better keep their other eye on Sioux Falls Christian. The Chargers took 2nd place toWest Central at last year’s State Meet. Losing by less than a second to ... READ MORE

MOPO's Carson Keller has the No. 2 throw in Class A discus this season
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Is Kaile Myrick's Big Dakota disc record in trouble
Apr 16, 2017

By Rich Winter So, the other day I'm at the White River all-star basketball game and here comes Stanley County's, Damon Hoftiezer rolling in, sunburned, on his way back from Wall still wearing his golf attire.   You mean he golfs also?   Seriously looking forward to the Big Dakota Con... READ MORE

Todd County's Caelyn Valandra-Prue gets ready to assault Big Dakota sprint records

Can Valandra-Prue finally take down Jill Osterberg's hallowed 400 record
Apr 16, 2017

By Rich Winter With the Big Dakota Conference meet looming Tuesday, the ole Panic Button came across a gem of a link on the Miller high-school page.   The Big Dakota Conference track meet records...OOOOOOHHHH!   As I look up and down that list see a lot of familiar names some that str... READ MORE

Former Sturgis runner, Jacob Simmons, ripping it up at USD

Former Sturgis runner, Jacob Simmons lighting it up at USD
Apr 15, 2017

By Rich Winter Kinda kow the Simmons family a bit, all the way back from my rural routes outside of Martin at good old Central School, 14-miles west of Martin. Went to school with Jeff Simmons, who is of course the father of former Sturgis standout, Jacob Simmons.   An 800 and 1600 specialis... READ MORE

Let There Be LIGHTS - Todd County baseball on the rise
Apr 15, 2017

By Lightning Rod, It's been kind of interesting sitting over in Winner and watching the rise of the Todd County baseball program. If we hearken back 10-12 years ago there was no baseball in Todd County, and then, all of a sudden here comes the MISSION MAYHEM!!!   In such close proximity to W... READ MORE

White River's Justice Morrison won the 3-point shooting contest in Sioux Falls and then in White River

Morrison comes up clutch in EVERY 3-point challenge
Apr 15, 2017

By Rich Winter Been kind of a whirlwind week for White River's Justice Morrison. Didn't hear it from him, but I'm told Morrison had a clutch outing at the recent basketball convention in Sioux Falls where the all-state coaching and player awards were handed out.    Competing against som... READ MORE

Albrecht, Semmler crush the ball as Parkston crushes Hanson/Bridgewater-Emery/Sanborn Central
Apr 15, 2017

By Rich Winter The Ethan/Parkston baseball team had an impressive outing this week slugging their way to a 12-0 win over Hanson/Bridgewater-Emery/Sanborn Central.   Pretty impressive night for the EP batters as Brady Albrecht did a ton of damage by driving in four runs. State wrestling champ... READ MORE

Marshawn Lynch to the Raiders....WHEEEEEEOOOOOOWWWWWWW!!!

BEAST MODE to the Raiders - Just win IT baby
Apr 15, 2017

By Rich Winter The NFL Network is reporting that Marshawn Lynch to the Oakland Raiders is a done deal, pending the Seahawks and Raiders hashing out a deal. Since the GM's are pals, no problem, baby...The Raiders are set at RB and now go from an elite offense to perhaps the best offense in the NFL. ... READ MORE

MVP's Tanner Risseeuw just missed a state qualifier in the 110 hurdles

MVP's Tanner Risseeuw more than a State wrestling champ
Apr 14, 2017

Brozik blog: When last we saw MVP 195 pound wrestler he was blowing up the Class B wrestling tournament, paving the way to a state title with a 7-6 decision over Canton's Devin Stork.   Well, besides being a heck of a football player and an elite wrestler, Risseeuw is also a dang good hurdle... READ MORE

Is Gregory 7th grader Emma Thomas the next Alexa Duling
Apr 14, 2017

By Rich Winter Always excited to pour through the results of the local middle-school track meets. It's fun to see names and distances and the times of some young athletes just now breaking on the field and track season.    One that caught my attention from Tuesday's Jr. High meet in Gre... READ MORE

Riley Hoffman helped lead the Platte-Geddes boys to the team golf title in Yankton
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P-G boys, Burke/South-Central win SESDSS Meet
Apr 14, 2017

By Rich Winter Golf season for the local high schools moved their schedule back a few years ago to avoid some of those inevitable April showers and snow-storms that always seem to cut back on the meets.    Well, a lot of local golfers took to the links Thursday for the first time and tw... READ MORE

Samantha Schuyler uncorked a big one to win the Miller 800 meters

Schuyler and Brozik go BIG at Miller Invitational
Apr 13, 2017

By Rich Winter Right out of the gate this year, first meet of the season, Winner's Samantha Schuyler looked different. Perhaps a little more training, perhaps a few pounds lighter, perhaps the knees feeling GOOD after a year of recovery, but Schuyler looked pretty strong in Gregory with a great ear... READ MORE

Wall's Allan McDonnell cleared 6-7 at the Bennett County Invite in Martin

This Eagle can soar - Wall's MdDonnell wins epic high jump competition
Apr 13, 2017

By Rich Winter Terrific high jump competition in Martin today that was topped by Wall's Allan McDonnell soaring over the bar at 6-7 to set a lifetime best at the Bennett County Invitational.   Good competition all the way around....I believe 13 jumpers made it over 5-foot-3 and at least seve... READ MORE

Wall's Kyla Sawvell got the shot out over 40-feet in Martin

Wall's Sawvell ERUPTS at Bennett County Invite
Apr 13, 2017

By Rich Winter Through the early part of the season Wall's Kyla Sawvell has been battering the competition in the shot put. While she's been fairly effective in the discus, her early April throws hadn't quite soared over the automatic qualifying standard of 108-7".   Until Thursday!!!! &nbs... READ MORE

Parker's Karley Peters has Winner blood lines and is tearing up Class B track

Parker standout has Winner blood-lines
Apr 13, 2017

By the Lightning Rod, While the Panic Button has been delving into track & field across South Dakota like a mad man, there are some things he doesn't know!   Earlier this week, Panic touched on Newell 400-1600 girl, Newell's Delaney Leber. While he briefly noted, Parker's, Karley Peters,... READ MORE

Little Wound's Janay Jumping Eagle pumped in 26 points in the George Scott Memorial All-Star basketball event in St. Francis

Little Wound senior, Janay Jumping Eagle talks about her Mustang experience - VIDEO
Apr 13, 2017

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St. Francis junior, Narcisse Quick Bear is headed to Maine for an elite baseball camp....Lunch sale Thursday in Rosebud

Narcisse Quick Bear looking for his SHOT
Apr 12, 2017

By Rich Winter   Big ole lunch sale on Thursday, April 13 going on at the Tribal Building with a good cause behind it.   Not sure of the timeline here, but a while back, St. Francis Junior Narcisse Quick Bear caughtt the attention of someone, who got him a baseball tryout in Sioux Fall... READ MORE

Alcista Dion helped Wagner win the Wagner Relays with good efforts in the distance events

Distance dominance powers Red Raiders to team title at Wagner Relays
Apr 12, 2017

By Rich Winter The Wagner Red Raiders picked up a girls team title at the Wagner Relays out-scoring Ethan-Parkston in the process.   A nice little smattering of individual wins: Jensen Holzbauer won the long jump - 15-5.5 Britney Krcil won the pole vault - 8-feet.   While Wagner sco... READ MORE

A memorial All-Star basketball game goes down in St. Francis Wednesday night

George Scott Memorial All-Star game in St. Francis
Apr 12, 2017

By Rich Winter Awesome event going on over in St. Francis tonight with a number of area seniors gathering to show their wares in what I'm guessing is going to be a really terrific event that honors St. Francis legend George Scott.    One thing about St. Francis, they keep it traditional... READ MORE

Ethan Parkston's Amanda Miller puts it out into some rare air.

Throwers Corner - EP's Amanda Miler outdeuls PG's Hallie Hallock at Wagner Relays
Apr 12, 2017

By Rich Winter Visited with Stanley County thrower, Damon Hoftiezer, via Facebook a little and I asked him about running into Colome's Matt Campbell at the Bill Pistulka Invite? Both are elite shot and discus guys in their respective classes and Hoftiezer noted it was a nice change to match wits wi... READ MORE

Sequoia Spotted Tail pictured with his father Travis Whirlwind Soldier landed a big bass early in the season

Spotted Tail lands RIVER MONSTER at Beads Dam
Apr 11, 2017

By Rich Winter Well, it's not quite actually summer, but, if you ask Sequoia Spotted Tail, the bass are biting.   Spotted Tail, got the Panic Button's big-bass competition off to a great start....Fish weighed just over 5 lbs. And the father-son duo released the fish back into Ghost Hawk....I... READ MORE

Oglala's Wounded Shield was one of the premier distance runners in South Dakota.

Remember when Oglala's Eileen Wounded Shield won the 3200
Apr 11, 2017

By Rich Winter Back in the mid 1970's when girls were finally allowed to participate in sports, Oglalla's Eileen Wounded Shield immediatly made her presence felt across South Dakota.   Pine Ridge's Dale Pine Jr explains a big more of her credentials.    Just wanted to send u some... READ MORE

Newell's Delaney Leber has popped some impressive early season times for her Irrigators

Newell's Leber off to a quick start in 2017
Apr 11, 2017

By Rich Winter A couple of really good early times popped out by Newell's, Delaney Leber this year. The Irrigator juior has the fastest Class B pre-qualifier in the 400 meters: 60.6... 400m Dash - 1:01.90 1. Leber, Delaney 60.60 Newell         2. Peters... READ MORE

Behind the fresh face of Red Cloud junior, Russell Leader Charge is some serious hops.

Russell Leader Charge throws down at All-West - VIDEO
Apr 10, 2017

Shut up...Shut up....that dunk is massive...HOLY!... READ MORE

HIll City's Karlee Simmons battles Haleigh Timmer and Mallory Delmont in the Region 4B cross country race

Keep an eye on Karlee Simmons and the Hill City Rangers
Apr 9, 2017

By Rich Winter A year ago, Hill City's Karlee Simmons was kind of an after-thought on the Hill City track team. She ran on the Rangers 4x800 squad that placed 2nd or third at the state meet, and, she finished 7th in the open 800.    Not bad, but Simmons didn't run cross-coutry as a fres... READ MORE

Winner 8th grader Brady Fritz scoring some big points in field events.

Fritz and Schroeder picking up big points in field events
Apr 9, 2017

By Rich Winter Yes, Cameron Kuil was ridiculous at the Todd County Invitational, clocking a 10.75 100 meter and anchoring the Winner 4x200 team to a state qualifying and Class A state leading time of 1:32.4, BUT, if ya know anything about the Panic Button, he's paying attention to the field portion... READ MORE

Ricky Fowler will be teeing off in the second-to-last group in the final round of the Masters

Can a Navajo fella conquer the Masters
Apr 9, 2017

By Rich Winter At TC Prom last night and someone mentioned to me the lack of sports on television yesterday. While I'm eagerly awaiting the start of the NBA playoffs, gotta tell ya, my behind is gonna be planted somewhere watching the final round of the Masters.   I think myself, like a lot ... READ MORE

Custer thrower, Jordan Menken has the top Class A throws in the shot put and discus

Custer thrower, Jordan Menken will be key to title run for Wildcats
Apr 9, 2017

By Rich Winter A week from now, as teams head to a few bigger and better meets, the Class A track & field lists will likely shuffle quite a bit. Haven't seen much from St. Thomas More just yet and while we've seen some stuff from Custer, one of the really standout performers early in the season... READ MORE

Caleb DeWeerd, 2016 Class A state 800 champ is part of a Sioux Falls Christian track dynasty
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Should they just hand the Class A field and track title to Sioux Falls Christian
Apr 9, 2017

By Rich Winter Love the early season of track & field when you get to see athletes improve and people climb onto the pre-qualifying list. Early April still and while some teams/athletes are trying to make that pre-qualifying list, Sioux Falls Christian is owning it.   Blessed with distan... READ MORE

Kylie Randall won the 300 hurdles and was part of the Todd County 4x400 squad that broke the school record Thursday

Welcome to the party Kylie Randall
Apr 8, 2017

By Rich Winter After a quick lead-off leg from Teciah Spotted Tail, Todd County sophomore, Kylie Randall took the baton, trailing Winner by about two seconds. Randall didn't sit back and wait, she got out quickly, passed the Winner runner by the 200 meter mark and brought it home, fighting and scra... READ MORE

The Winner Warriors 4x400 just missed the state qualifying standard at the TC Invite

Lady Warrior 4x400 squad just misses state qualifier
Apr 8, 2017

By Rich Winter One of the really great races at Thursday's Todd County Invitational was the girls 4x400 relay. For those that don't follow track and field, the mile relay is the toughest of races...four ladies, each one time around the track, the last event. Athletes have poured their heart and sou... READ MORE

Andes Central/Dakota Christian junior, Beulah Black Cloud cleared 5-1 on Friday

AC/DC junior has some HOPS
Apr 8, 2017

By Rich Winter Couple things right out of the gate... 1. How freaking cool would it be to go to a high school named ACDC - Andes Central/Dakota Christian. 2. Thank you Mitchell Daily Republic for printing track results. I was trying to find results from the Queen City Classic in Spearfish from ye... READ MORE

Wall's Allan McDonnell is off to a ridiculous start in the jumps for the Eagles

Wall athlete reaches some rare air
Apr 7, 2017

By Rich Winter Spent most of the field event time yesterday at the discus and didn't see the results of some of those field events until this morning.   Holy cow, I wished I had know Allen McDonnell was going to go berserk.    McDonnell won two events yesterday... High jump: 6-f... READ MORE

JayShaun Milton finishing strong in the 200 meters for Lower Brule

Lower Brule boys make some noise at TC Invitational
Apr 7, 2017

By Rich Winter Man, what a great day Thursday at the Todd County Invitational. While Cameron Kuil and Caelyn Valandra-Prue were blasting their way to a bunch of state qualifying standard times, I couldn't help but jolt a little this morning when I realized the Lower Brule boys finished in third pla... READ MORE

Tyrone Mizner of Burke/South-Central won the long jump at Tuesday's South Central conference meet

South Central young guns starting to come
Apr 5, 2017

By Rich Winter Some big-time performances from the Burke South-Central boys track team over the last few days, and it's not just from distance specialist Kray Person...more on him later.   Sophomore long/triple jumper, Tyrone Mizner continues to improve and keeps putting out big jumps. Mizn... READ MORE

Colome's Beau Bertram ran an 11.56 100 meters Tuesday to win the South Central Conference meet

How low can Beau Bertram go
Apr 5, 2017

By Rich Winter Checking out the South Central Conference results from Tuesday and I just can't stop going back to the boys 100 meters.   Did Colome sophomore, Beau Bertram just bust out an 11.56?   Bunch of sophomore went out for track over in Colome this spring and Bertram seems to b... READ MORE

Panic Button plea - No Drinking and Driving during proms and graduations
Apr 4, 2017

By Rich Winter We have a bunch of proms, and then graduations coming up over the next two months and the Panic Button and Liveticket.tv want to remind kids and parents that drinking and driving at these events isn't a cool way to go.    We could all sit here with our heads in the sand a... READ MORE

Tiegen Priebe broke state qualifying standards in the 300 hurdles and long jump Monday in Brookings.

Chamberlain athletes go bonkers at SDSU Infoor
Apr 4, 2017

By Rich Winter Have been waiting to see some track results from the SDSU Indoor meet held Monday in Brookings and like old faithful, the Mitchell Daily Republic came through like a champ.   Some really great performances from the Chamberlain Cubs who lit it up in a number of events.  &... READ MORE

The Winner/Colome Royals break the huddle before the season opener with Todd County
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Winner/Colome Royals have twin-bill with Pierre on Thursday
Apr 4, 2017

By Rich Winter Make no mistake about it there will be some extra juice at the Leahy Bowl Thursday as the Pierre Governors come to town for a double-header with the Winner/Colome Royals.    You can dust this one off anyway you want but the defending Class B champs have got to be itching ... READ MORE

Stadium Sports in Mission is having their red-hot annual sale...Everything in the store 15 percent off....Selected items....50 percent off

Stadium Sports in Mission having wicked spring sale
Apr 4, 2017

By Rich Winter Well, well, well, Stadium Sports in Mission, South Dakota is having their annual spring sale and everything in the store right now is 15-percent off.   Track spikes, baseball spikes, clothing, hats, work-out gear, all of it, anything in the store is walking off the shelves. &... READ MORE

Ipswich runner Macy Heinz announced today she will miss her senior season of track after having foot surgery

South Dakota shocker - 20-time state champion to miss senior season
Apr 3, 2017

By Rich Winter Some really sad news coming out of Ipswich today as Macy Heinz, the 20-time state track champion announced that she is having foot surgery today and will miss her senior season.   Wow, that is tuff news for Heinz who had herself a heck of a career, maybe the best prep career o... READ MORE

Sayvon Mesteth wins the long jump at the Winner Invitational

Little Wound's Mesteth wins two events at Pistulka Invite
Apr 3, 2017

By Rich Winter Gotta admit I was up on the hill Saturday, peeking around, kinda checking out the jumping events from afar, when I got a peek at a jumper clad in blue and yellow airing it out in warm-ups.   Who the heck is that?   So, scrambled down the hill to check out who was grabbi... READ MORE

Damon Hoftiezer lets loose in the boys discus in Winner.

Battle of the big boys! Campbell and Hoftiezer go at it in Winner
Apr 3, 2017

By Rich Winter For those of you that didn't make it up that big ole hill in Winner (MH) Saturday, you missed a couple of great battles in the field events as Colome's Matt Campbell and Stanley County's, Damon Hoftiezer went after each other in a couple of spectacular duels in the shot and discus. ... READ MORE

Jesse Allen leads Elliot DuBray and a runner from South Central in the early part of the 1600 meters at Saturday's Bill Pistulka Invitational

South Central holds off Todd County and Bennett County in 1600 meters
Apr 2, 2017

By Rich Winter Gotta throw some distance love out there for one of the better races Saturday at the Bill Pistulka Invitational.   Runner from South Central, apologize, don't know his name just yet, had a solid day winning the 1600 and 3200 meter events for the Cougars. ... READ MORE

Brenden Waln to Bryce Hammer in the final exchange of the 4x200 at the Bill PIstulka Invitational

Colome holds off Todd County in 4x200
Apr 2, 2017

By Rich Winter Turned out to be a great race in the boys 4x200 yesterday between Colome and Todd County.    Nice to see a good effort from the Colome boys in a lot of different areas on the track. Am told a lot of the sophomore boys went out for track this year and you can already see t... READ MORE

Drew DeMers, coming in hot, hands it to Cameron Kuil

Winner's 4x100 squad breaks school record
Apr 2, 2017

By Rich Winter Dying to hear the official time of the Winner boys' 4x100 squad who just destroyed the field at the Bill Pistulka Invite, and I'm told, broke the school record....That's fast man, likely under 44-flat.    Wanna see handoffs to perfection, check out this race.  ... READ MORE

Winner's Drew Demers, coming in hot, readies to deliver to Cameron Kuil for the anchor

Cameron Kuil destroys the 200 field at the Bill Pistulka Invite - VIDEO
Apr 2, 2017

By Rich Winter Well, the rest of those entertaining thoughts of winning the 200 meters at the Class A boys state track meet better stand up and pay attention because Sir Cameron Kuil just served notice that the road to the 200 title goes through him.   At Saturday's Bill Pistulka Invite, Kui... READ MORE

Raven Cournoyer and Caelyn Valandra-Prue have an epic fight to the finish

Cournoyer/Valandra-Prue throw down epic 800 duel at PIstulka Invitational - Video
Apr 2, 2017

By Rich Winter Big time effort at yesterday's Bill Pistulka Invite as Raven Cournoyer and Caelyn Valandra-Prue throw down what turned out to be the race of the day in the 800 meters.   Don't have official times yet!   Both athletes ran in the low 2:27's.... State qualifying standard ... READ MORE

Viborg Hurley's Logan Hanson showing ridiculous range in qualifying for the 200 and 1600 meters

Viborg-Hurley's Logan Hansen has ridiculous range
Apr 1, 2017

By Rich Winter Really early in the outdoor track season and already, some interesting results coming on the in-season qualifiers.    Hard not to notice the exploits of Viborg-Hurley senior, Logan Hansen who has already pre-qualified in two events, and two events with striking dissimilar... READ MORE

Crow Creek's Luke Wells will be spending at least part of his summer at the Pentagon in Sioux Falls
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Native athletes getting a shot at the Pentagon
Apr 1, 2017

By Rich Winter While it's golf, track and baseball season across South Dakota, a number of athletes have already started working towards next year's basketball season. The Pentagon basketball academy just opened spring practices with 39 teams and approximately 3... READ MORE

Belle Fourche junior, Shayla Howell, won three events and broke three state qualifying standards at her opening track meet

Big first meet from Shayla Howell puts Class A athletes on high alert
Mar 31, 2017

By Rich Winter First track meet of the year you're kinda supposed to ease into things, run a few races, hold back a bit and really get going when the weather turns warmer in April.   Apparently that is not the approach, Belle Fourche junior, Shayla Howell goes by...   First meet of th... READ MORE

Platte-Geddes athlete, Hallie Hallock won the shot and discus in Gregory and qualified for state in both events.

P-G's Hallie Hallock looking to climb ranks in B throwing events
Mar 31, 2017

By Rich Winter At Monday's field and track meet in Gregory, Platte-Geddes senior Hallie Hallock got her season off to a smashing beginning. Hallock dominated the throwing events in Gregory, winning both the shot put and discus in convincing style.   Shot put - 36'2" - (2nd place was 31'11") ... READ MORE

Winner 7th grader Kade Watson finished 2nd in the 3200 meters at the Gregory Invite
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Keep an eye on Kade Watson
Mar 30, 2017

By Rich Winter About 25 minutes before the 3200 meters at the Gregory Invitational Monday, had the chance to say hello to Winner 7th grader Kade Watson.   He'd already run the mile and was getting ready for his specialty, the grueling 8-lap, 3200 meters.   "You have any goals for toda... READ MORE

Caelyn Valandra-Prue was named to the South Dakota Class A, all-state 2nd team
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Valandra-Prue named 2nd-team All-State
Mar 30, 2017

By Rich Winter After a terrific basketball season, a major award for Todd County 8th-grader Caelyn Valandra-Prue, who was named to the South Dakota Class A, All-State second team.   The Todd County 8th grader was the leading scorer in Class A this season, pumping in 23.3 points per game. She... READ MORE

Callie Heath brings it home in the girls 4x200

Look out for Callie Heath and the Colome relays
Mar 29, 2017

By Rich Winter Man, looking through the Gregory field and track results, can't help but get caught looking at the Colome girls winning the 4x200 with a time of 1:53.81. First meet of the year, girls not close to being in track shape yet, and that time is just so, so fast.   So fast in fact t... READ MORE

What relay magic will the Philip Scotties conjure on the track this season?

What kind of magic does coach Kroetch have dialed up for Dalton Kinsley and the Philip Scotties
Mar 29, 2017

By Rich Winter As the high school field and track season gets underway in earnest this weekend, I personally, was a little irritated when I looked at the Philip schedule and found out the Scotties won't be running until April 7.   Oh well, I guess, just another week of practice for coach Kro... READ MORE

Ella Byers of Chamberlain ran a 5:18 mile and an 11:42 3200 meters to open her season in scintillating fashion

Byers and Pulse light up Mitchell indoor meet
Mar 29, 2017

By Rich Winter It's very early in the outdoor track season, so early in fact, that on Tuesday, teams from across the state gathered in Mitchell for the DWU indoor meet. Indoor track, probably 200 meters long, and yet, a couple of Class A athletes just blistered the track.   Chamberlain's Ell... READ MORE

Marty Indian anchor D'Andre Cournoyer rips past the Kimball White-Lake anchor during the 4x100 relay

Look out for D'Andre Cournoyer and the Marty Braves
Mar 28, 2017

By Rich Winter As I took in the Gregory track meet on Monday I couldn't help but stop and pay some attention to the Marty Braves.    What first caught my attention was freshman D'Andre Cournoyer, who came ripping down the track to finish fifth in the 100 meters with a time of 12.42... READ MORE

Andy McCance coming in hot during the 4x100 relay

What are the feeding the boys over in Gregory
Mar 28, 2017

By Rich Winter After the dust had cleared from the season opening track meet in Gregory, the Gorilla boys left quite an impression on the rest of the field (winning the meet), and this blogger over in Mission.   Nice effort from the entire team scoring points in just about everything, cept s... READ MORE

Jackson Eklund Captures First
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Gregory Gorillas Roll in Gold at the State AAU
Mar 27, 2017

Not to be forgotten, we went digging for Gregory Gorilla State AAU results from this past weekend and LO and BEHOLD...  the Gorillas put 5 into the Finals.   3 Gorillas came home State Champions and by our tally 8 State AAU placers for the men in Red! The Gregory squad places 8 out of 11 ... READ MORE

Ryken Orel of Winner captured a state AAU wrestling title this weekend
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Winner has 4 STATE CHAMPS at AAU wrestling tournament
Mar 27, 2017

By Rich Winter It's always interesting to check out the results of the state AAU wrestling meet. Not only do you get to see some up and coming names but you also get to see just whose pipeline has some wrestlers coming up through the ranks.   Winner has some grapplers coming baby...Might hav... READ MORE

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... READ MORE

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
Mar 22, 2017

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

White River's Danae LeMay wows first time observers at East-West All-Star Game
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White River's Danae LeMay has some serious skills
Mar 21, 2017

By Betsy Watzel Gotta admit I don't see a lot of Class B girls basketball from my perch over in Winner, but after watching White River's Danae LeMay ball out at the East-West, All-Star game on Monday, I've checked, watch more B-ball on my 2018 bucket list.    Man, this girl can play! ... READ MORE

Look out for Leader Charge in Region 7A sprints
Mar 21, 2017

By Rich Winter As we near the start of the outdoor track season I can't help but think ahead to the sprints and the mad dash down the track that will determine who the fastest kid in Region 7A is. I think on paper we're all looking out to the eastern part of the region where Cameron Kuil looms as a... READ MORE

Todd County sophomore Raven Counoyer puts her head down in the closing stages of the 800 meters at the state track meet

Wreck it RAVEN - Cournoyer poised to make some noise
Mar 20, 2017

By Rich Winter As the high school track season unfolds I gotta say one of the people maybe flying under people's radar this season is Todd County sophomore, Raven Cournoyer.   I had Raven in 7th grade track and I saw her all glasses and pigtails as a very nice young lady that was just starti... READ MORE

East/West All-Star games (Gregory) being televised on Liveticket.tv
Mar 20, 2017

By Rich Winter Hey, just got the news the East/West all-star basketball games are being televised on liveticket.tv.   Sorry, girls game looks like it's almost over.   Boys game, locked, loaded and on deck.   The games can be seen at www.liveticket.tv... READ MORE

Caelyn Valandra-Prue finished 2nd to Shayla Howell of Belle Fourche in the Class A 400 meters
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One week till the BEAST is unleashed
Mar 20, 2017

By Rich Winter Todd County 8th-grader Caelyn Valandra-Prue had herself one heck of an 8th grade basketball season. By the time the dust had cleared, Valandra-Prue had racked up 512 points, averaging over 23 points per game and helping her Lady Falcons to within an eyelash of heading to the state A ... READ MORE

Tea Area senior Ethan Freidel scored 29 points as the Titans claimed the school's first ever state basketball title.

No way in hell Madison was ripping that state title from Ethan Freidel's hands
Mar 19, 2017

By Rich Winter After leading the entire way during Saturday's Class A boys basketball state championship game, Tea Area suddenly found things tightening up considerably in their matchup with No. 1 ranked Madison.   The Bulldogs, trailing by double-digits most of the game, clawed their way ba... READ MORE

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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Sami Shields is running down a dream at Northern State
Mar 19, 2017

By Rich Winter Some kinda cool news passed along from up north about a week ago now, telling me about Northern State freshman distance runner, Sami Shields.    The daughter of Cheryl Sam was a cross country and track runner for the Aberdeen Central Golden Eagles.  Shields plac... READ MORE

Max Brozik wins a 2nd consecutive National AAU wrestling title.
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Max Brozik lays the wood at Black Hills Nationals
Mar 19, 2017

By Rich Winter Most South Dakota AAU wrestlers were sitting at home this weekend getting ready for this weekend's up-and-coming state AAU tournament in Rapid City.    Winner's Max Brozik isn't most AAU wrestlers.   Brozik went to Spearfish this weekend to attend a national tourna... READ MORE

Mike Hammer, left, correctly picked Tea Area to win the Class B basketball tournament. For his efforts, Fladreau's self proclaimed greatest athletes wins a $100 pair of Under-Armour shoes from Top Ten Sports

Hammer is KING (for a day) of Panic Button's Class A basketball pool
Mar 19, 2017

By Rich Winter Well, well, well, wouldn't ya know that after the dust had cleared following a tremendous Class A boys basketball tournament that Todd County resident Michael Hammer was standing tall. Hammer correctly picked the winning bracket of the Class A tournament. In fact, Hammer was very goo... READ MORE

Jamin Arend scored 19 points to lead Bridgewater Emery to a state B title
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You do not want to hit Bridgewater-Emery in the mouth
Mar 19, 2017

By Rich Winter Coming down the stretch of the third quarter of what had been a game fairly dominated by the Wolsey-Wessington Warbirds, a couple of players from opposing teams got tangled up under the basket. One of those players, Bridgewater-Emery's Jamin Arend (I think) squared up against a bigge... READ MORE

Sully Buttes junior, Jacob Howard helped power the Sully Buttes Chargers to a third place finish in the Class B state tournament
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Sully Buttes looks loaded heading into 2018
Mar 19, 2017

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

One more soul to squeeze for Justice Morrison
Mar 18, 2017

By Rich Winter The countdown is on! My final game in a White River Tiger uniform is here. Pep Rally at 11 o'clock here in our hotel then it's to the gym. Same routine. Same pregame ritual. The music today...Red Hot Chili Peppers-Soul to Squeeze.   Just trying to gather myself. Make sure I... READ MORE

South Dakota State wrestler Seth Gross wrestles in the 133 lb. Championship at today's NCAA tournament
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SDSU wrestler to wrestle for National Title, Wagner kid, Kocer earns All-American
Mar 18, 2017

By Rich Winter Well, well, well, look who still has wrestlers going as the NCAA wrestling championships move into the championship placing rounds. It has been a terrific season for the South Dakota State program and yesterday, the Jacks kicked the All-American door down, twice, with two wrestlers r... READ MORE

One last time INTO THE FIRE for White River's Justice Morrison
Mar 18, 2017

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

Brian Decker wrecking Panic Button's Class A pool - Watzel and Hammer headed for Titanic showdown
Mar 17, 2017

By Rich Winter Gave the brackets a once over this evening and there are still about ten brackets in contention for the $100 pair of shoes being offered up by Top 10 Sports.   Mission's Mike Hammer and Winner (Area's) Betsy Watzel were perfect on day one of the tournament, but both faltered i... READ MORE

It's game day and Justice Morrison shares his thoughts as the Tigers head into battle against Sully Buttes
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Why does Justice Morrison tap his heart twice and look up after the National Anthem/Lakota Flag Song
Mar 16, 2017

Justice Morrison shares his thoughts on GAME DAY as the Tigers ready to tangle with Sully Buttes   Well it's game day! We are about an hour and a half from leaving the hotel to head to the Barnett Center to begin our chase to that title. We all woke up at 8:30 this morning and had a team br... READ MORE

Noon deadline for Class A basketball bracket
Mar 16, 2017

By Rich Winter Well, have about 2.5 hours until the Class A boys basketball tournament tips off. At noon, Panic Button's Class A basketball pool ends.   Haven't gotten a ton of entries just yet, so if you're scratching around looking for something to do with some killer prizes associated, fa... READ MORE

Junior, Derick Peters of West Central destroyed the Class A field in cross country and looks to be one of several elite athletes in the Class A ranks that will be assaulting SD distance records.

There will be fireworks in the Class A distance events
Mar 15, 2017

By Rich Winter Yes, the state track meet is about nine weeks away, but for anyone that has any kind of interest in running, espcially distance running, the Class A boys races from 800-3200 meters look absolutely and ridiculously tuff.     800 Meters:  Caleb DeWeerd - (Senior) Siou... READ MORE

Tea Area's Ethan Freidel takes the court tomorrow as the Titans tangle with STM

How much Burnell Glanzer runs through the veins of the Tea Area Titans
Mar 15, 2017

By Rich Winter When I was a kid growing up in western South Dakota I couldn't help but fall in love with the Armour Packers. Some say that state championship game between Beresford and Armour may have been the greatest Class B chamionship game ever played. I was a tad to young to appreciate the gre... READ MORE

Sawyer Schulz leads Bridgewater-Emery into the state tournament with a 23-0 record and the No. 1 seed in the Class B boys basketball tournament

Can the 2nd best 11B football team win the B basketball tournament
Mar 15, 2017

By Rich Winter  Was lucky enought to take in the 11B football playoff game between Winner and Bridgewater/Ethan/Emery and while Winner eventually ran away for the 38-13 win, the BEE kids made quite an impression.    First time all year I saw anyone step in the trenches and compete ... READ MORE

White River senior Justice Morrison chronic
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White River's Justice Morrison unplugged - Tiger senior shares tourney thoughts
Mar 15, 2017

Had a little chit-chat with White River senior Justice Morrison this morning and asked him if would share with us mere mortals his experience of going to the South Dakota Class B tournament.  He agreed, and I couldn't be happier to hear how it feels. Over the next five days, Morrison will che... READ MORE

100-dollar pair of Under-Armour shoes to the winner of the Panic Button Class A basketball pool
Mar 15, 2017

By Rich Winter Well, well, well, let the games begin.... The Class A state basketball tournament begins Thursday at noon and for those willing to participate, there is an opportunity for some really cool prizes.   1. First place - Free pair of Under-Armour shoes ($100 value) - From Top Ten ... READ MORE

Panic Button Class A bracket challenge coming down at noon
Mar 15, 2017

By Rich Winter Well, its officially official, the Panic Button will be hosting a Class A boys basketball pool. That announcment will be coming down the pike around noon today.   There is no entry fee, and it's mostly for bragging rights, but, there are going to be clothing prizes offered to ... READ MORE

The Marshall family celebrating another trip to the Big Dance in Aberdeen
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Behind every great coach is a great coaches wife
Mar 15, 2017

By Rich Winter As the White River Tigers head east today for their annual sojurn to Aberdeen, I can't help but wonder exactly what's going through Marc Marshall's mind? Marc Marshall, huh?   It's interesting when you think about the success of the White River program that you think about Coa... READ MORE

Betsy Watzel has stamped herself the favorite in the Panic Button's Class A bracket-buster tournament challenge
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Will Betsy Watzel win Panic Button's Boys Class A bracket challenge
Mar 14, 2017

By Rich Winter Major annoucement coming tomorrow morning from the Panic Button sports blog and it involves picking the Class A boys state basketball tournament.    What?    That is correct!    I sat down with Mike Hammer yesterday and looked at the bracket... Ma... READ MORE

Viborg Hurley's Logan Hanson leads Northwestern's Derek Boekelheide during the first lap of the Class B 800 meters

Can Boekelheide and Hanson challenge Troy Weiland's hallowed 800 mark
Mar 14, 2017

Guest authored by Brian Decker In 1997 Canistota senior Troy Weiland set one of those track records that you just look at and think, 'WOW, did a class B kid, a Hawk, really just complete two circuits of the track in 1:53.51?'    The mark, set in 1997 has stood the test of time, and whil... READ MORE

Lady Mustangs qualified for the state tournament where they finished 8th
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Thank you for some wonderful memories Lady Mustangs
Mar 14, 2017

By Rich Winter Well, the 2017 Class A tournament didn't end exactly the way the Lady Mustangs of Little Wound hoped for, 8th place, this group, led by senior Janay Jumping Eagle, has left quite an indelible impression on western and south-central South Dakota.    For three years now, th... READ MORE

Cameron Kuil dips at the line during last years state track meet
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How low can the Winner 4x400 team go
Mar 14, 2017

By Rich Winter Well, we are about two weeks out from the start of the high school track season and I for one am jonesing to see exactly what Larry Aaker's crew might uncork over in Winner. Somehow it doesn't seem fair that Winner has had three ridiculous sprinters come through the ranks but you sta... READ MORE

Mason Archambault and the Stevens Raiders enter the AA tournament as the No. 3 seed

What kind of damage can Mason Archambault and the Stevens Radiers do to the AA field
Mar 14, 2017

By Rich Winter There have been rumblings from the western part of the state of South Dakota about the exploits of the Rapid City Stevens Raiders. Said rumblings say I need to take a peek at Stevens senior, Mason Archambault. Some have whispered that Stevens has a starting lineup comprised of all Na... READ MORE

Canyon Burkard overcame a five week stretch of what doctors thought was mono to claim the HWT title at the Region 3 wrestling meet in Mitchell
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Burkard overcomes long odds to claim region 3 wrestling title
Mar 12, 2017

By Rich Winter Terrific effort yesterday from Chamberlain 5th grader, Canyon Burkard who wrestled his way to the Region 3 title in Mitchell yesterday.   Remarkable in that Burkard had to overcome a strange illness to even get his feet back on the mat let alone win a region title and advance ... READ MORE

Custer's Tori Glazer (purple) leads Vermillion's Madison Lavin during the early stages of the 1600 meters at the 2016 South Dakota state track meet
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A storm is brewing in the Class A 1600 meters
Mar 12, 2017

By Rich Winter Well, we can officially stick a fork in girls basketball for the year, and while the weather outside is a tad frightful for field and track, the Panic Button is already gearing up for what will be an epic battle on the track when Vermillion's Maddie Lavin and Custer's Tori Glazer lin... READ MORE

Corey Brown and the Pine Ridge Thorpes were knocked out of the state tournament by MVP
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Is the Sweet-16 the first step in a bigger seeding shakeup
Mar 11, 2017

By Rich Winter Well, the girls A tournament is almost in the books and the A field has been set. It's been an interesting run to the state tournaments this season, what with the new Sweet-16 format. While the depth of the A boys field looks absolutely terrific, I can't help but feel a little pang o... READ MORE

University of Utah recruit, Dru Gylten leads the No. 1 ranked and undefeated St. Thomas More Cavaliers into the Class A state tournament starting Thursday in Brookings.

As A tournament begins is St. Thomas More UNTOUCHABLE
Mar 8, 2017

By Rich Winter With the A tournament about 18 hours away from tipping off and hopes and dreams alive and well for the eight remaning teams, you really have to wonder if this one is already in the bag.   Man, you look up at St. Thomas More and the team has been nothing short of perfect once a... READ MORE

Does anyone compete harder than MVP's Devin Rihanek
Mar 8, 2017

By Rich Winter Even though the wins just kept piling up for Mt. Vernon/Plankinton this year, this blogger from Mission South Dakota kept glancing at the roster and wondering just how coach Eric Denning was getting it done with a bunch of 6-footers and the tallest guy on the team, Taylen Trisco, sta... READ MORE

Apollo Willuweit edged Koen Wike in the District wrestling tourney...The two could clash in the region meet in Mitchell on Saturday

Wike vs. Willuweit - Which 40-lb. ball of fury blinks first
Mar 8, 2017

By Rich Winter With throngs of mini wrestlers headed to Mitchell Saturday for the Region wrestling tournament, and with matches galore stretching as far as the human eye can see (Not that far), the Panic Button will be glued to the 40-lb. weight class in the bantam division as two HWT's of South Da... READ MORE

Seth Friesz and the Chamberlain Cubs are the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Class A boys state tournament
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Is it finally ok to start talking about Chamberlain as a legitimate title contender
Mar 8, 2017

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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Joe O'Rourke is Panic Button's Region 7A sixth man of the year
Mar 8, 2017

By Rich Winter Have seen Pine Ridge sophomore Joe O'rouke three times in the last two weeks and each time have come away impressed with exactly what this young man brings to Corey Shangreaux's Thorpes every time he steps on the court.   O'Rouke played well in the regular season finale, a win... READ MORE

Justin Hohn-Mack and the Tea Area Titans will be in Winner tonight to take on Little Wound
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Are the Tea Area Titans Class A's up and coming super-power
Mar 7, 2017

By Rich Winter It has been a banner sports year for the Tea Titans and while folks out west might not know much about the school located near Sioux Falls, the Titans are starting to make quite a name for themselves. 2016-2017 school year thus far:  * State championship in boys golf * Boys s... READ MORE

D'von LaPointe running the action for Winnebago
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The Winnebago bus rolls into C-1 state tourney as No. 1 seed
Mar 5, 2017

By Rich Winter Looked at the Nebraska boys basketball C1 tournament bracket and happy to see the Winnebago boys looming as the No. 1 seed entering the tournament.    Winnebago enters the tournament at 26-2 and tips off against Kearney Catholic. Should the seeds hold, Bago would play Got... READ MORE

Shout out to the Corsica-Stickney seniors
Mar 5, 2017

By Rich Winter As the Platte-Geddes Black Panthers put the final touches on Friday's 58-56 win over No. 2 ranked Corsica-Stickey I couldn't help but feel for the Jaguar seniors who have given so much to their school and their community.    The gut wrenching loss was the second time the ... READ MORE

Kimball native and SDSU sophomore, Mike Daum play Denver today for the right to meet USD on Monday in Sioux Falls
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Are Coyote fans really cheering for SDSU today
Mar 5, 2017

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

Isaac Walker showed some big time hops during the basketball season
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Does St. Francis have the best high jumpers in the state
Mar 5, 2017

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

A throng of Falcon fans took over during the Sweet-16 game with Dell Rapids
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Something special is building at TCHS - WE HAD DINOSAURS MAN
Mar 5, 2017

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

After knocking off Colome, the 11-11 Gorillas are one game away from the state tournament
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Are the Gregory Gorillas Class B's cinderella squad
Mar 4, 2017

By Rich Winter Midway through the third quarter of the District 12 Championship game between Colome and Gregory, with Colome having taken it's first, second-half lead, the season could have come unraveled for Jeff Determan's squad.   Could have...   The Gorillas scored a basket to reg... READ MORE

The Parmelee Hunting Lodge is a perfect site for corporate getaways and or family vacations

Parmelee hunting lodge offers slice of heaven on the high plains of South Dakota
Mar 4, 2017

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

Ain't no way like the Mustang way - Little Wound gets defensive in rout of Winner
Mar 4, 2017

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

Dell Rapids earned a third straight trip to the A tournament with a 59-49 win over Todd County
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Dell Rapids may have found its stride in team meeting during Beresford game
Mar 4, 2017

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

The Platte-Geddes kids go nuts after knocking off Corsica-Stickney in the District 11 title game
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Does anyone bring a team along better than Frank Cutler
Mar 4, 2017

By Rich Winter With about 50 seconds remaining in Friday's District 11 championship being played out at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, Platte-Geddes coach, Frank Cutler called his last time out in what had been a gut-wreching two overtime matchup with No. 2 ranked and 18-2 Corsica Stickney.   ... READ MORE

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
Mar 3, 2017

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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Halin Bad Bear that was ridiculous
Mar 3, 2017

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
Mar 2, 2017

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

Steven Fernholz and the Miller Rustlers take on Crow Creek in an epic 6A showdown
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Can Chieftain nation get it done against a surging Miller squad
Mar 2, 2017

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

Robert Shangreaux and the Little Wound Mustangs will be looking to stick a fork into Region 7A giant killer, Winner
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Can the Little Wound Mustangs finally vanquish Region 7A's giant killer
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
Mar 2, 2017

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
Mar 2, 2017

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

Will Steineke and the Tri-Valley Mustangs could be a dangerous player in the Sweet-16
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Has anyone in Class A played a tougher schedule than Tri Valley
Mar 1, 2017

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
Feb 27, 2017

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
Feb 27, 2017

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
Feb 26, 2017

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
Feb 26, 2017

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

Is Sandy Supik's shot put record safe
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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Justice Morrison is everything that's right with high school athletics
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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