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White River golfer Joe Cameron records the rarest of golf shots, the Albatross

White River's Joe Cameron records rare ALBATROSS in Murdo
Aug 20, 2017

 By Rich Winter

From the this is pretty cool category, 2012 White River graduate, Joe Cameron recorded a double-eagle, or albatross, on the No. 2 hole in Murdo, the 480-yard Par-5. 


Cameron, a member of the White River state champioship basketball and golf teams hit his tee-shot 315 yards and then holed out with a 9-iron from about 165 yards out. 


While the hole in one is often celebrated as THEE shot of a lifetime, the albatross is far more rare. 


Among all golfers, there are typically 40,000 holes-in-one in a given year, with just a few hundred albatrosses, according to About.com. The odds, according to former USGA employee Dean Knuth, of making an albatross are about 1 million to 1. The odds of making a hole-in-one are around 13,000 to 1.

Lower Brule crushed Crazy Horse to get the season off to a flying start

Lower Brule sets the tone with impressive win over Crazy Horse
Aug 20, 2017

By Rich Winter One of the scores that really startled me from the opening week of the high school football season was that of Lower Brule just crushing Crazy Horse, 66-14.   While I can't find stats or a box score, working on that, this is a terrific start for coach Zeke Prado and company. L... READ MORE

Bon Homme's Bryce Scienzinski is Panic Button's Week 1 Player of the week
Aug 20, 2017

By Rich Winter One of the games that really had my attention going into Friday was that of Parkston at Bon Homme. Believe that Bon Homme is ranked No. 3 in Class 9AA and that Parkston, who moved down from 11B was on the road looking to make their mark in a 9AA field that looks Gregory heavy on top ... READ MORE

The Kadoka football team delivered a massive win over Philip to start their season off with a bang.

Kadoka sacks Philip as Kougars down Scotties
Aug 20, 2017

By Rich Winter Seems like when ya go over football stats there are certain numbers that just jump out at ya. As I was taking a peek at the stats from Kadoka's 28-12 Thursday night win over Philip the number that jumped out to me was (8) as in Kadoka sacked Philip's QB eight times while holding the ... READ MORE

Winner got out-physicaled in a 24-6 loss to SFC

I wonder what Dan Aaker told the Winner kids today
Aug 19, 2017

By Rich Winter Man, woke up this morning to a lot of 'Winner sucks, We suck and the Dynasty is over' type commentary regarding last night's 24-6 thumping dished out by Sioux Falls Christian to the two-time defending Class 11B champs.    I suppose some of that is warranted based on how f... READ MORE

Jackson Kinder crushes a Centerville ball-carrier during Friday's 50-0 Colome win.
Linda Kinzer
Three-headed MONSTER helps Colome crush Centerville
Aug 19, 2017

By Rich Winter Have really been curious about the Colome team all summer. New coach in Ben Connot and a ton, I mean a TON of talent to replace from last year's 9B state title team. Figured the guys would be good but after watching a good share of that game with Centerville on colome cowboys live, i... READ MORE

The Gregory captains come out to midfield to begin the season for the Gorillas
Photos by Sherrie Kafka
Gorillas are who we thought they were - Explosive Gregory rips Kimball/While Lake
Aug 19, 2017

By Rich Winter Like a lot of high-school football fans across South Dakota I poured into the various social media sites across the state looking for little glimpses and pieces of the Friday Night Lights that mean so much to the small communities around the state.   As is usually the case, I ... READ MORE

Stanley County looks TUFF in season opener

2017 BUFFS look pretty TUFF in season opening win over MVP
Aug 18, 2017

By Rich Winter With the MVP Titans at Stanley County being the only show in town (on liveticket.tv) I watched the game on my big-screen and came away impressed with a Stanley County squad that rattled off 30-consecutive points before holding on for a 30-20 win against Mount-Vernon/Plankington. ... READ MORE

Stanley County junior Brady Hoftiezer had a heck of a first game against MVP

Brady Hoftiezer is Panic Button's Defensive Player of the Game
Aug 18, 2017

By Rich Winter Late in that fourth quarter with Stanley County sorta nursing a 30-20 lead over MVP, Brady Hoftiezer came up with a gigantic play. MVP with a 3rd-and-five handed the ball to super sophomore, Jesse Hastings.    Stanley County junior, Brady Hoftiezer burst through the line,... READ MORE

The Philip family will be HUNTER STRONG as the Scotties take on Kadoka tonight
Aug 17, 2017

By Rich Winter When the Philip Scotties take to the field tonight you can bet the crowd, the players, the community and an extended family across South Dakota will be thinking about Huter Peterson who was injured in a work-related accident this week.    Hope someone has that game on the... READ MORE

Peyton Foxley and the Platte-Geddes Black Panthers open their season against Potter County on Aug. 25.

CANNON-ARMED Foxley set to air it out for Black Panthers
Aug 17, 2017

By Cole Nachtigal, After playing baseball all summer with Platte-Geddes senior, Peyton Foxley, one thing became absolutely clear, the young man is a gifted athlete with a cannon for an arm.  As the Black Panthers get ready for their season opener, Foxley knows exactly who to pat on the ... READ MORE

The Philip Scotties take to the gridiron Thursday with their season opener against Kadoka

New coach, new look Philip football set to take flight
Aug 16, 2017

Panic Button note - Couple of guys from Philip have stepped up to the challenge of doing some guest blogging. Look forward to the increased coverage from the Philip Scotties.    By Kaylor Pinney and Conner Dekker, Some wholesale changes to the Philip football season and they start right... READ MORE

Senior Tulsa Janish breaks up a pass during a game with Wagner last season. Janish is one of eight seniors returning for Parkston which moved down to 9AA football this season.
Mitchell Daily Republic
Is Parkston a SLEEPING GIANT in 9AA football
Aug 16, 2017

By Rich Winter When the South Dakota high-school football re-classifications came out last spring, one of the items that made the biggest of splashes for me was that of seeing the Parkston Trojans move down from 11B to 9AA. If memory serves I was giving Winner's Jody Brozik a hard time about the Tr... READ MORE

Cole Nachtigall is the second South Dakota high school athlete to commit to blogging for the Panic Button.
Mitchell Daily Republic
Platte-Geddes' Cole Nachtigal to breathe some life into Black Panther sports
Aug 16, 2017

By Rich Winter Happy to announce the second high-school student to come aboard as a guest blogger for the Panic Buttin in Platte-Geddes athlete Cole Nachtigal.    Nachtigal had a great baseball season this summer and is a welcome addition to the Panic Button.    First story ... READ MORE

Jayd VanDerWerff and the Gregory Gorillas are the No. 1 ranked team in Class 9AA

Gregory and Winner both ranked #1 in preseason media polls
Aug 15, 2017

By Rich Winter Well, the ball is about to drop on the South Dakota high school football season and the first poll I've seen has Gregory and Winner on top of their respective divisions while Colome is ranked No. 2 in Class 9B.   Here are the polls: Class 11B 1. Winner (15)  105 2... READ MORE

John Petrik and Tyson Iyotte should form a solid one and two punch for the White River cross country team.

Older, faster, BETTER - Watch out for White River cross country
Aug 15, 2017

By Rich Winter Kind of excited to get a look at the White River boys cross country team. If memory serves the guys finished 2nd in their Region meet a year ago, and with a wealth of returning talent, I'm looking for White River to move up the ladder from the 15th placed finish they achieved at the ... READ MORE

Stanley County QB Riley Hannum and the Buffs take on MVP on Thursday in Ft. Pierre

Is there a more intriguing opener in the state than MVP at Stanley County
Aug 15, 2017

By Rich Winter With the high school football season about 51 hours, six minute and 25 seconds away from starting, I'm already salivating to see new stars emerge on the gridiron. Of all the openers, I am jonesing to see the MVP at Stanley County game for a number of reasons. Both schools are making ... READ MORE

All Todd County and St. Francis home football and volleyball matches will be webcast (shown on the internet) this season.

ALL Todd County and St. Francis home games to be webcast this season
Aug 15, 2017

By Rich Winter Not sure if everyone is aware of this but all Todd County and St. Francis home games will be webcast this season. I'm talking all home football games, all home volleyball games.   Couple of sites I want people to check out to help them know where to go to gather the most up-to... READ MORE

Philip's Hunter Peterson was injured in a farm accident yesterday

Philip's Hunter Peterson injured in farm accident
Aug 15, 2017

By Rich Winter Was asked to share this from one of my very good Facebook friends, but waking up this morning and a lot of news going around about Philip student/athlete, Hunter Peterson, state runner-up in the 132 lb. wrestling class a year ago, who was injured in a work-related accident yesterday.... READ MORE

Senior Carson Powers hauls in a pass during the 2016 Chamberlain football season.
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Chamberlain seniors looking to make their mark
Aug 14, 2017

By Riggs Priebe, As the Chamberlain football team gathered on the early morning of Aug. 7 for the first day of practice under the direction of new head coach Dan Olsen, a lot of nervous faces stepped in wondering what exactly Coach Olson was going to be like and what practices would be like.&nb... READ MORE

Lyman's Jadeon Biggers and the Raiders open their season

Looking forward to a BIG year from Lyman's Jadeon Biggers
Aug 14, 2017

By Rich Winter As a former high-school offensive lineman, I'm always partial to keeping my eyes peeled for the guys up front that do all the dirty work and rarely get the credit they deserve.   One of the guys I've got my left eye on this season is Lyman junior, Jadeon Biggers. Young man had... READ MORE

Donald Aquallo and Chase Boltz form a tough tandem for the St. Francis cross-country team.

Dynamic DUO has St. Francis poised to do DAMAGE in cross-country
Aug 12, 2017

By Rich Winter High school cross-country practies got going across South Dakota on Thursday, and while the road to the state cross-country meet is a long one, folks in South Central South Dakota better strap it on because the St. Francis boys look like they are going to be a handful.   Very ... READ MORE

Chamberlain senior Riggs Priebe will be doing some guest blogging for the Panic Button this fall
Mitchell Daily Republic
Panic Button looking for high-school guest bloggers, Chamberlain's Riggs Piebe is on board
Aug 11, 2017

By Rich Winter As the high school sports seasons draw near the Panic Button, Rich Winter is looking for high school sports bloggers to contribute articles and pictures to the Panic Button blog.    After visiting with Chamberlain Athletic Director, Todd Palmer, for a few minutes this mor... READ MORE

Jazz Dominguez returns to lead the Chamberlain football team after a breakout sophomore campaign.

Chamberlain Cubs looking to take the next step
Aug 10, 2017

By Rich Winter While it has only been a few days since Chamberlain's first-year football coach Dan Olson has been practicing with the 2017 Cub football team, the former Britton-Hecla and Richardson/Taylor and Dickinson (North Dakota) coach likes what he's seeing.    Some big young linem... READ MORE

Winner/Colome looks to get past the team that knocked them out of the State Amateur Tourney in 2016

Winner/Colome ready for the rematch with Garretson
Aug 10, 2017

By Rich Winter When the brackets were announced for the State Amateur baseball tournament, and despite the genetic makeup from everyone on the Winner/Colome team to not look ahead, there it was, almost jumping off the page, a rematch of last year’s state quarterfinal between Winner/Colome and... READ MORE

Corsica/Stickney's Cordel Menning is going to be a load as Jaguars move up to 9A ranks

Corsica-Stickney's Cordel Menning is going to be a load as Jaguars move to 9A ranks
Aug 10, 2017

By Rich Winter Ya know, it's not often you get a 6-foot-4, 245 kid that can run playing in the 9B ranks of South Dakota football. Well, 9B can breathe a sigh of relief as the Jaguars of Corsica-Stickney have fled the 9B ranks for the greener pastures of 9A football. And while 9B football is probabl... READ MORE

Winner/Colome takes on Garretson as field pared to elite 8
Aug 10, 2017

By Rich Winter Some terrific baseball played Wednesday evening over in Mitchell as the defending champions, Alexandria, got pushed by Canton, but in the end, the team that has tasted defeat just one time in the last two years (Winner/Colome this year) moves on into the quarterfinals of the South Da... READ MORE

Miller's Kadye Fernholz is a returning 2nd-team all state selection for the Miller Rustlers

Watzel's Watch List - Get ready for an explosive year from Miller's Kadye Fernholz
Aug 9, 2017

By Betsy Watzel, Was taking a look at the 2016 Class A all-state volleyball players and while I was a little shocked to see a ton of firepower returning to the first team, I immediately got stuck looking at the stats from what was Miller freshman, Kadye Fernholz a season ago.    Kadye F... READ MORE

Wakpala's Rhaecine Sam will be looking to podium at the Class B cross-country meet in October

Can a kid from WAKPALA make some NOISE in Class B cross
Aug 9, 2017

By Rich Winter Scrolling around the Class B state cross-country results from 2016 and trying to get a feel for what's coming back...Whoa, the top of that field looks loaded as the top four guys from a year ago, all return with three of them being seniors.  1. Daniel Burkhalter - Bison 2. Kra... READ MORE

Because North Dakota teams don't want to play Standing Rock, the Sioux will be playing a heavy share of games in South Dakota this year.

Welcome to South Dakota, Standing Rock sports teams
Aug 8, 2017

By Rich Winter Earlier this summer when I was visiting with Falcon football coach Bob Kornely who told me that Standing Rock, North Dakota was on the Falcons' schedule.   I was seriously kind of dumb-founded and asked, "Why the hell is Standing Rock on the schedule?"   "No one in Nort... READ MORE

Russell Leader Charge returns to bolster what should be a punishing Crusader rushing attack.
Jerry Matthews
Can Duane Big Crows boys do DAMAGE in the 11B ranks
Aug 8, 2017

By Rich Winter Early last season the Red Cloud football team was struggling. A couple of early losses and it looked like it was going to be a long year for the SADERS...   But, Duane Big Crow rallied the troops, the line improved and Red Cloud ran the table the rest of the way, eventually re... READ MORE

It is a family affair for the Four Corners baseball team.

They love them some baseball in Four-Corners
Aug 8, 2017

By Rich Winter Gotta admit when I heard the name Four Corners from the State amateur baseball tournament I wondered where in the heck this group was from. Do they let teams from Arizona in, and if not, well, it's gotta be somewhere tucked away in the eastern part of the state, right?   Nope.... READ MORE

MOPO senior Nathan Bauer returns for what should be a punishing ground game...

MOPO looking to do damage in 11B football
Aug 6, 2017

By Rich Winter Just before the start of last year's high school football season I asked Winner football coach Dan Aaker about the trip to Mobridge/Pollock for the opening game of the season. Even though Aaker had one of the all-time great 11B teams under his watch you got the feeling that he was st... READ MORE

Mt. Marty senior, Hunter Hillock is enjoying the heck out of his summer playing with the Tabor amateur team.
Photo courtesy of Rich Lofthus Photography via the internet
It’s a family affair for Tabor’s Hunter Hallock as Mt. Marty senior relishing his summer
Aug 6, 2017

By Rich Winter When Mt. Marty senior, Hunter Hallock was asked to travel 21 miles from the home in Yankton to play amateur ball for the Tabor baseball team, it didn’t take more than a milli-second for the now Tabor third baseman to accept the invite.     While he played with Platt... READ MORE

Wagner dusted up Milbank to advance to the semis at the state teener tourney

Bruguier delivers as Wagner advances at State Teener tourney
Aug 5, 2017

By Rich Winter Talk about being ready to get out of the gate quickly....The Wagner teener team got to Milbank right away pounding out six runs in the first inning of the 16-under Class A state tournament in Beresford.   Tony Bruguier got the win on the mount, pitching just three innings whil... READ MORE

Former Mitchell player Jed Schmidt goes 4-5 as Mount Vernon defeated Redfield 9-7 in a wild game from the state amateur baseball tournament in Mitchell.
Video courtesy of Mitchell Daily Republic
Jed Schmidt puts some left-handed pop in the Mt. Vernon lineup
Aug 4, 2017

By Rich Winter A few weeks ago recently graduated Mitchell baseball player, Jed Schmidt got the call from Mt. Vernon coach, Deric Denning, asking him if he wanted to play for Mt. Vernon in the upcoming state amateur tournament. Schmidt just got done playing for the Mitchell Legion team that fi... READ MORE

Video post - Irene pouring it on at state amateur tournament
Aug 4, 2017


The Pentagon National basketball team recently participated in the Fab-48 tourney in Las Vegas.

Pentagon National team gives FAB-48 a taste of South Dakota hoops
Aug 4, 2017

By Rich Winter The Pentagon Baseketball Academy's National team recently traveled to Las Vegas to participate in one of the largest high school tournaments in the country. For those of you that dialed in, it was the kind of tournament where Lavar Ball and his kid were playing...in other words it wa... READ MORE

Jackson Kinzer with grandfather Russell Kinzer....

Can a husky kid named Kinzer lead Colome back to the dome
Aug 4, 2017

By Rich Winter When I was growing up over in Bennett County I was seriously traumatized by the word husky. With the old tuffskin jeans coming through the JC Penny catelog there were three sizes: small, medium and husky. Well, having to wear the HUSKY sized version of pants made me feel FAT, LOL. &... READ MORE

Austin Richey is Panic Button's BIG STICK of the night as he drove in 3 runs in W/C's win over Dell Rapids.

Video highlights - W/C's Austin Richey is Panic Button's BIG STICK at state amateur
Aug 3, 2017

By Rich Winter Well, well, well the Winner/Colome baseball team jumped out to a terrific start Wednesday at the state amateur tournament as they defeated Dell Rapids, 8-2.    And, as you'll see by the video highlights assembled by BW, courtesy of Liveticket.tv, some big contributions co... READ MORE

Casey Schlecter helped lead Miller/Wessington into the state amateur tournament for the first time since 2014

Welcome to the party Miller/Wessington
Aug 3, 2017

By Rich Winter When the first pitch is thrown out in Mitchell today for the opening game of day 2 at the state amateur tournament, the club from Miller/Wessington will likely be clawing and scratching, just like they did just to make the tournament.   Having not made the state amateur tourne... READ MORE

Alexandria's Tyson Gau bats .467 and is 5-0 on the mound for his Angels.

Can anyone take down Alexandria as state amateur baseball starts today
Aug 2, 2017

By Rich Winter Alright, I admit it, I've had my head in the sand for years in regards to the state amateur baseball tournament. Somehow I knew it was going on but I had no idea of the magnitude of this tournament or the passion that resonates through some very-good baseball towns across South Dakot... READ MORE

The Lady Falcon volleyball team won their summer league tournament and has a host of talented athletes returning

Watzel's Watch List - Don't sleep on Todd County volleyball
Aug 2, 2017

By Betsy Watzel With high school sports seasons just around the corner, one of the teams that I'm anxious to get a look at is the volleyball girls over in Mission. It has been a difficult couple of seasons for coaches Sam Hand and Rosebud Brushbreaker, where wins have been few and far between as yo... READ MORE

The Mission Mayhem captured a tournament title in Ft. Pierre last weekend

Alright Rosebud do ya want baseball or not
Jul 29, 2017

By Rich Winter Pretty fired up to see the picture of the championship team, the Mission Mayhem from their recently completed run at the First Annual Veterans Memorial Baseball Tournament in Ft. Pierre last weekend.    Championships are rare for the Mayhem as all levels play in a TU... READ MORE

Colome student Hanna Rowe working production during the recently completed Class B Legion tournament in Winner

Colome student turning production into an art form
Jul 28, 2017

By Rich Winter Several years ago Colome student Hanna Rowe was asked to help run production for a Colome Cowboys sports broadcast for liveticket.tv. Since Rowe was recovering from a knee injury and away from the sports she loved she decided to give it a shot.    Although the initial exp... READ MORE

2008 Buick Lacrosse - 1000 or make me an offer!
Jul 28, 2017

Hey folks, Rich Winter here and I'm looking to sell a 2008 Buick Lacrosse that has about 150-thousand miles on it for $1500 or best offer...   Couple things... Getting a detailed report from Frontier Motors and will post that in the morning but... 1. Just had $2500 work done on the car in a... READ MORE

Dallas's Joseph Laprath was a foul ball collecting machine

Dallas area youth eating McDonald's out of business
Jul 28, 2017

By Rich Winter Some breaking news from Winner this morning as the local McDonald's is threatening to close down after Dallas youth, Joseph Laprath left the store completely void of ice cream after returning all the vouchers he recieved from collecting foul balls during the recent State B Legion tou... READ MORE

A freak rain storm came through Winner the other day but the grounds-crew and others handled it brilliantly

Well done Winner - B Legion tourney draws rave reviews
Jul 28, 2017

By Rich Winter I'm guessing there were a few folks over in Winner that slept in a few times this week. There there were more than a few folks who spent just a ton of time, a lot of it out in blistering hot and humid conditions, to make the State B American Legion tournament a gigantic success. &nb... READ MORE

Aiden Bizardie pictured with his Pentagon teammates on the strip in Las Vegas

Bizardie called up to Pentagon National Team
Jul 27, 2017

By Rich Winter Big news coming out of Mission yesterday as Aiden Bizardie boarded a plane for Las Vegas to join what is now his teammates on the Pentagon National team at the FAB48 tournament in Las Vegas.   Bizardie got the text from Pentagon Director of Basektball Operations, Allan Bertram... READ MORE

Video courtesy of KDLT sports

Gregory puts the HURT on AA schools in Sioux Falls
Jul 27, 2017

By Rich Winter Out for a walk last night and I happened onto good buddy, Clay Colombe sitting in the yard with Kernit Grimshaw. Hadn't seen Clay for awhile and after getting the customary Dallas Cowboys jibber-jabber from two die-hard Cowboys, somehow Winner football came up.    Clay wo... READ MORE

Panic Button looking to move 2008 Buick Lacross - $1500 or best offer
Jul 26, 2017

Hey folks, Rich Winter here and I'm looking to sell a 2008 Buick Lacrosse that has about 150-thousand miles on it for $1500 or best offer...   Couple things... Getting a detailed report from Frontier Motors and will post that in the morning but... 1. Just had $2500 work done on the car in a... READ MORE

Louie Schmidt, second from left with glasses as part of the Provo Rattlers

How TUFF was Louie Schmidt
Jul 26, 2017

By Rich Winter Vernon 'Ike' Schmidt came into my office at the Todd County Tribune to visit for a moment about the recent passing of Floyd Reynolds. Really enjoyed hearing some stories about Reynolds and really just the whole mass of professionals around that time that were really making progress h... READ MORE

B/E/E's Cole Gassman is one TUFF customer

B/E/E's Cole Gassman is worth the price of admission
Jul 26, 2017

By Rich Winter It's always kind of fun for me to sit up in the announcer's booth and hear some of the behind-the-scenes stories floating around. Looked up at former Castlewood prep, Doug Ruesink as he put on his umpires gear and would not want to tangle with 'that guy'. Was pleased to meet former G... READ MORE

Vermillion claimed the Class B State Legion title with a 3-1 win over Spearfish

Vermillion captures State B Legion title behind gem from Billy Mount
Jul 25, 2017

By Rich Winter For most of this afternoon's Class B State American Legion Baseball game between Vermillion and Spearfish, the Vermillion squad looked in control. With Billy Mount, the recently graduated Vermillion senior with an ACT score of over 30 on the mound with his 87 mph fastball, Vermillion... READ MORE

Platte/Geddes vs. Winner/Colome promises to be a WAR
Jul 23, 2017

By Rich Winter If you are planning on attending the Platte-Geddes vs. Winner/Colome game today ya better get there early. Crowds have been superb at the State B Legion tournament and as these two teams get ready to lace em up for an elimination game galore, you sorta get the feeling that this one R... READ MORE

Former Groton QB Bennet Shabazz helped Groton make an unexpected run to the STATE B Legion tourney

Bennett Shabazz - Northern State is getting a hell of a slot receiver
Jul 23, 2017

By Rich Winter Excited to see former Groton QB, Bennett Shabazz play baseball yesterday. Missed most of the game, but listened to it on www.liveticket.tv as I was driving over from Mission to Winner and despite his Groton team dropping the contest, Shabazz was ripping the cover off the ball and doi... READ MORE

While Kristina Sprik couldn't be in two places at the same time she watched the Jr. Teeners team live and watched the P/G legion team courtesy of www.liveticket.tv

liveticket.tv keeping baseball families across America connected
Jul 23, 2017

By Rich Winter Standing up next to the fence at Leahy Bowl in Winner yesterday, Kristina Sprik, mother of Platte/Geddes catcher Trevor Sprik was excitedly snapping her own photos and getting ready for a long day. It had already been a long day for Sprik as she'd gotten up early that morning and dri... READ MORE

Brandon Mockley tucks and roll after his 2-out, bottom of the 7th run tied up Vermillion's game with Dell Rapids.

Vermillion's Brandon Mockler is one TUFF customer
Jul 23, 2017

By Rich Winter With two outs in the bottom of the 7th and Dell Rapids leading 2-1, it looked like Vermillion was done. The fellas, that have been playing ball together since t-ball, were down to their final cuts and looked to be headed to the dreaded losers bracket.    A hot day in Winn... READ MORE

Carter Brickman picked up the win on the mound and drove in two first-inning runs as Winner/Colome defeats Minor/McCook 5-3
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Carter Brickman comes up huge as Winner/Colome defeats Minor/McCook
Jul 22, 2017

By Rich Winter If as most baseball prognosticator at the State B American Legion Tournament in Winner seems to be indicating, that this tournament is going to come down to pitching, chalk one up for Drew Weber and the Winner/Colome Royals.   These first round games are always dicey...Ya don'... READ MORE

Dell Rapids turned to the suicide squeeze twice in the top of the 10th inning to turn back Platte-Geddes

Dell Rapids SQUEEZES past Platte/Geddes in State LEGION opener
Jul 22, 2017

By Rich Winter After scratching out an early lead in their first game of the State B American Legion baseball tournament at Leahy Bowl in Winner, Dell Rapids found themselves in a bit of a jam.    A gritty Platte-Geddes squad who at one point trailed 4-0, clawed back into the game scori... READ MORE

The Winner/Colome LEGION team plays tonight in the first round of the State B Legion tourney

Can the FARM-KIDS from Winner/Colome ger er done
Jul 21, 2017

By Rich Winter I think maybe its a blessing in disguise that it rained across south central South Dakota this morning. Not only did we get some much needed rain but there should be no excuse for the corn-fed, farm kids from Winner/Colome to gather together for a run an another state championship. A... READ MORE

The talk around town says Dell Rapids is the favorite as the State Legion tournament begins

Is Dell Rapids the team to beat at State LEGION tourney
Jul 21, 2017

By Rich Winter Gotta admit I don't know a whole lot about a number of teams that are participating in the State B Legion Tournament that begins in Winner today. That said, as I sorta casually mention the bracket and to a person, everyone has kinda sucked in their breath and uttered, "Ooooooohhh, De... READ MORE

Nez Pierce Tribal Member hauls in 29 lb. rainbow trout

Nez Pierce tribal member's IDAHO state record won't be recognized
Jul 20, 2017

By Rich Winter Alright, so true story of how this came about...Was scrolling through Facebook this morning and came across a post from recently graduated St. Francis Indian School athlete, Daniel Eagle Road. Eagle Road, in one of his posts said this...   Sf be having drones flying around and... READ MORE

The Winner volleyball team doing some team bonding at a camp earlier this summer

Watzel's WATCH OUT FOR list - Winner volleyball
Jul 20, 2017

By Betsy Watzel As I live in Winner this might come off sounding like a bit of a homer post but I'm pretty fired up about the upcoming volleyball season for Jamie Schuyler Keiser's Lady Warrior Volleyball team.    Some graduation losses to replace but last year's roster was young and sh... READ MORE

Wall's Cash Wilson is fourth after the first round of the Saddle-Bronc competition at the High School National Finals Rodeo

Wall Cowboy 4th after first-round of Saddle-Bronc at National Finals RODEO
Jul 20, 2017

By Rich Winter So far so good at the National Finals High School Rodeo for Wall Cowboy Cash Wilson.    Competing in the Saddle-Bronc event at the National Finals in Gillette Wyoming, Wilson had the best ride of the Tuesday evening session.    Saddle Bronc Performance 5 Tuesd... READ MORE

Vermillion's Trey Hage was a state wrestling runner up and is a heavy hitter for the Vermillion Legion team

Legion Baseball, one to watch - Vermillion's Trey Hage
Jul 20, 2017

By Rich Winter Always love to see athletes competing in multiple sports. Like it even more when I see athletes competing in multiple sports at high levels.    As the state of South Dakota turns its attention to the State B Legion Tournament that starts in Winner at Leahy Bowl on Friday,... READ MORE

Ft. Pierre's Sydney Theobald had the fastest barrel race from this mornings session

Ft. Pierre Cowgirl, Theobald throws down MASSIVE barrel race at HSNFR
Jul 19, 2017

By Rich Winter Had to check out some of the results from the National High School Finals Rodeo. Did so, and my jaw hit the floor with a couple of stellar performances from a couple gals from South Dakota.    Late Tuesday, Elk Point cowgirl Jill Donnelly clocked the fastest time in the e... READ MORE

Team South Dakota's Nash Hutmacher tech-falled both of his opponents in the Greco-Roman competition.

(Video) - Nash 'HUTMACHER'S first day of North Dakota Greco-Roman tourney
Jul 19, 2017

By Rich Winter Well, in case you didn't realize it or hadn't been told but Team South Dakota wrestler Nash Hutmacher was back on the mat today just two days after winning the Cadet National Freestyle championship several days ago.   The Cadet wrestlers switched disciplines today with Greco-R... READ MORE

Leahy Bowl and Winner Area welcome all participants to the upcoming state LEGION tournament.

Winner AREA welcomes participants in STATE LEGION Tourney
Jul 19, 2017

By Rich Winter As some terrific Legion teams get ready to bust on over to Winner for the STATE Legion baseball tournament, the Panic Button, LiveTicket.TV and the entire baseball community/family in the area welcome our visitors from Groton, Vermillion, Platte-Geddes, Dell Rapids, Milbank, Spearfis... READ MORE

Batesland Cowboy Swallow third in Tuesday session of bareback competition.

Batesland Cowboy third in Tuesday morning Bareback session
Jul 18, 2017

By Rich Winter As I hail from about four miles east of Bateland, originally, always get fired up when something pops about some athletes doing well from that area.    One of those athletes, bareback rider, Lante Layn Swallow did well enough at the South Dakota high school national rodeo... READ MORE

Willow Lake Cowboy Reis Bruley had the top cutting score of any South Dakotan in the first round of cutting at the national high school rodeo finals.

South Dakota Cowboys CUTTING well an NFHSR
Jul 18, 2017

By Rich Winter Had to check into the National Finals High School Rodeo site today to check on how some of our local cowboys and cowgirls are doing.    As expected, the South Dakota boys are doing some damage in the cutting event.  Boys Cutting Performance 1 Sunday 7:00 PM 1. Aust... READ MORE

Pickstown policeman wins United States DART championships
Jul 16, 2017

By Rich Winter Guessing you say the name Willie Bruguier in dart leagues across South Dakota and just about everyone will know the guy who just hit it big in Las Vegas. Bruguier won the PDC North American Championships in Las Vegas by beating 2014 champ, Dave Richardson.Nice little 10 Grand ac... READ MORE

The Burke 12-under team finished 2nd at the state fastpitch tourney

Nash, Turnquist, Burke Royals, Barfuss goes YARD and Rodeo Galore in Mission - OH MY
Jul 16, 2017

By Rich Winter Isn't it supposed to be the off-season...LOL...Not really!   As part of the coverage of Liveticket.tv and panicbutton.sportsblog.com for an off-season, man is there a heck of a lot going on from our neck of the woods in south-central South Dakota.   As I type this I'm k... READ MORE

Winner's Turnquist ready to RUMBLE at Cadet Nationals in Fargo
Jul 16, 2017

By Rich Winter After spending most of the weekend attending their daughter's softball tournament in Sioux Falls guessing the Turnquist family is going to be locked and loaded today on FloWrestling as Winner's Wyatt Turnquist gets ready to turn it loose in the Cadet Division at the national tourname... READ MORE

Winner 12-under team into state SEMIS
Jul 16, 2017

By Rich Winter Don't have a lot of information on the Winner 12-under squad but from the sounds of the score, 13-1 the 12-under squad THUMPED the ball pretty good.    The Winner team won their pool and advanced to today's semi-finals where they will take on West Central.    ... READ MORE

The Burke 18-under squad advanced to the state finals with a 13-12 EXTRA innnings win in the semis
Shannyn Schweigert
BUZZARD says BALL GODS with Burke Royals as TEAMS reach state finals
Jul 16, 2017

By Rich Winter After hearing about Dakota Valley blanking Winner 12-0 in a Friday night quarterfinal, one had to assume the semi yesterday between DV and the Burke Royals was going to be a doozie.    Doozie, might be an understatement!   After battling scorching hot temperatues w... READ MORE

(Bearded) Cub Polar Bear moves into QUARTERS of National Tournament
Jul 16, 2017

By Rich Winter Prior to the start of Nash Hutmacher's run at the National wrestling tournament, father Joe Hutmacher watched as well over 1000 wrestlers descended into the mecca of all tournaments and described the atmosphere as electric.    The best of the best have descended into Farg... READ MORE

SHOWDOWN looming as BURKE tangles with Dakota Valley in epic 12-under state semi
Jul 15, 2017

By Rich Winter It has been a trendous start at the state tournament for the Burke Royals 12-under softball team as the girls so far have defeated opponents 18-4 and 8-0 in the tournament.   In the opener, Burke Coach Billie Jo Indahl said this of her team's performance. "We had crazy good b... READ MORE

Norris cowgirl Ciara Stoddard doing what she does well...
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Norris cowgirl CUTS like a champ
Jul 15, 2017

By Rich Winter  Stumbled onto the South Dakota High School Rodeo Association Page this week and kinda kicked myself for not having looked there before.   Was really quite astonished at the number of really quality performers from this south-central part of the state.   Martin Cow... READ MORE

Martin/New Underwood communities rally in support of Injured DJ Toczek
Jul 15, 2017

By Rich Winter Boy some scary news out on the internet yesterday as it was first reported in the morning that former Bennett County prep, Chadron State alum and New Underwood coach, DJ Toczek was injured in a motorcycle accident while traveling in Wyoming.    Here is an updated on Tocze... READ MORE

The Winner/Colome/Clearfield 10-under All-Stars move on

Winner 10-under All-Stars CLOBBER Lennox
Jul 14, 2017

By Rich Winter Author's note - Seems like this 10-under team from Winner is comprised of all-stars from Winner, Colome and Clearfield...If I'm wrong, I apologize... Well, the 10-under boys baseball team is off to a strong start at their tournament in Sioux Falls this weekend.    Off to... READ MORE

Bennett County Cowboys, Lyle Dillon and Tee Allen finished first and second in the South Dakota high school finals in the event of bull riding.

How is it the two TUFFEST high school bull riders in South Dakota hail from Bennett County
Jul 14, 2017

By Rich Winter Guess I've known for quite a while now that Bennett County junior to be, Tee Allen had qualified for the National High School Finals Rodeo, but, after looking at the state results I realized that the top two qualifiers from South Dakota both hail from Bennett County.   Lyle Di... READ MORE

Martin's Post 240 took in a pro game at Coors Field in Colorado after winning the Buena Vista Tournament

Martin's CHIEF OF POLICE has Bennett County baseball playing at REGION CHampionship level
Jul 14, 2017

By Rich Winter Terrific performace so far from the Bennett County Legion team, Post 240 from Martin at their regional tournament over in Gregory. Got a Facebook Message from pal Daniel Winsand yesterday telling me that Martin eked out a win over Lead/Deadwood in their second-round game after droppi... READ MORE

The Burke 12-under softball teams is one of four region champions from Burke that will be heading to Sioux Falls for the state tournament.

BURKE girls looking to do DAMAGE with a little help from the BUZZARD
Jul 13, 2017

By Rich Winter Alright so word travels fast when someone has a 12-year old 6-foot tall girl throwing HEAT at fast-pitch tournaments in South Dakota. Several times this year people have told me I need to check out Burke's Madelyn Cason because she is doing damage for her Burke team which is 20-1 on ... READ MORE

If Iona cowboys Myles Kenzy has recovered from a broken hand, he could be a force at the upcoming national finals.

Can Iona COWBOY Myles Kenzy make it back for National Finals Rodeo
Jul 13, 2017

By Rich Winter So, the other day I'm getting ready to go into the Todd County gym to work out and I said hello to a fella that's been working on the outside of the building (in sweltering heat) for the last few weeks. Told me his name was Blasius and I asked if he had any kids in the Gregory athlet... READ MORE

Sioux Falls Jr. Legion tournament schedule update
Jul 12, 2017

By Rich Winter Holy crud there are a lot of area teams headed to Sioux Falls this weekend with a plethora of action going on mostly in terms of hard-ball action.    Winner girls I believe have two softball teams that will be SF. If anyone is attending I'd love to see some pictures of t... READ MORE

Olympic marathoner Rod DeHaven headlines the Todd County running camp

Olympic marathoner DeHaven highlights July 19 Todd County running camp
Jul 12, 2017

By Rich Winter When Todd County cross-country coach Tonya Whirlwind Soldier sent me the list of high-powered coaches that will be attending the Todd County running camp on July 19, I just smiled...DANG!!   Running enthusiasts, young people, aspiring runners from all over South Dakota have th... READ MORE

Drew Weber got out of a bases loaded first-inning jam to help Winner/Colome get by Pierre in amateur baseball

Drew Weber pitches Winner/Colome past Pierre
Jul 12, 2017

By Rich Winter Solid outing Tuesday for the Winner/Colome guys as they defeated the Pierre legion team 8-3 in amateur baseball Thursday at Leahy Bowl in Winner.   Drew Weber got the start on the hill last night, and had a 4-2 lead after seven complete. Weber got out of a bases-loaded early i... READ MORE

Drew Weber got out of a bases loaded first-inning jam to help Winner/Colome get by Pierre in amateur baseball

(Video highlights included) - Drew Weber pitches Winner/Colome past Pierre
Jul 12, 2017

By Rich Winter Solid outing Tuesday for the Winner/Colome guys as they defeated the Pierre legion team 8-3 in amateur baseball Thursday at Leahy Bowl in Winner.   Drew Weber got the start on the hill last night, and had a 4-2 lead after seven complete. Weber got out of a bases-loaded early i... READ MORE

#SISTRONG - 3on3 Basketball Tourney - "Helping local CANCER fighters!"
Jul 12, 2017

The second annual #SISTRONG 3 on 3 basketball tournament goes down this Saturday, July 15 @ 10 a.m. at Parkview Gymnasium in Fort Pierre, South Dakota.    Got a great note from Sierra Moeller the other day telling me about this cancer-fund-raising basketball tournament going down in Fort... READ MORE

Tyson Mayer delivers 2-run single as Gregory defeats Winner in Jr. Legion play at Leahy Bowl

Tyson Mayer's BIG BLOW lifts Gregory over Winner as MASSIVE Jr. Legion triple-header going on at Leahy Bowl
Jul 9, 2017

By Rich Winter Tuned into Winnerwarriorslive.com this afternoon and caught up to the Gregory vs. Winner Jr. Legion game in the top of the third. Up to that point it had all been Winner as the guys in gold led 5-0.   But, Gregory is one of those up and coming baseball programs and the guys sh... READ MORE

Robert Vomacka leads the 2016 Gorillas onto the field prior to a playoff game with Stanley County

Do the Gregory Gorillas have a pipeline to Northern State
Jul 9, 2017

By Rich Winter Can you believe that high school football practice across South Dakota starts in about three weeks?    Ay-Yi-Yi...   Saw an interesting post on soon-to-be Gregory senior QB Andy McCance's Facebook wall a week or ten days ago. McCance posted a link about last year's... READ MORE

Nash Hutmacher gets ready to do damage at Cadet Nationals in Fargo

Cub POLAR BEAR looking to do damage at Cadet NATIONALS in North Dakota
Jul 9, 2017

A couple of weeks ago there were a bunch of Chamberlain soon-to-be sophomore Nash Hutmacher videos floating around from the Tulsa Duels. The South Dakota Class A HWT champ made quite an impression on everyone in Tulsa and blew us all away here at home as he dismantled opponent after opponent.  ... READ MORE

Richard Charging Hawk came on to pitch the last three games for Red Leaf

Charging HAWK's get TUFF as Red Leaf prevails
Jul 6, 2017

By Rich Winter Really a tremendous effort from the Red Leaf fast pitch softball team over the weekend. Saturday night of the tournament, Red Leaf lost to the Tribe and so, playing through the loser's bracket, somehow, the Red Leaf guys rallied to take the tournament title.    On Sunday,... READ MORE

Sunshine Bible's Jace Burma, left, pictured with Olympic Gold Medalist Billy Mills.

Sunshine Bible's Burma honing his skills on the hallowed hills of the Rosebud
Jul 6, 2017

By Rich Winter Just about every weekened here on the Rosebud Reservation, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe's Diabetes Prevention program holds a run/walk event. Ambitious runners can do a 5k race while those that walk are asked to do two miles.    And just about every weekend, the Burma family f... READ MORE

Video post - Check out the highlights from Winner's Jr. Legion game with Rapid City
Jul 1, 2017


Concessions at Big Dave's to help with Jordyn Hespe memorial tourney
Jul 1, 2017

By Rich Winter Panic Button getting ready to jump on over to Rosebud to take in some fast-pitch softball. While it's hot out and the action is hotter, a really great cause going on under the crows nest tonight as the concessions that are being sold are going towards a fund-raiser for an upcoming me... READ MORE

Does Levi McClanahan bleed purple...Winner senior leads state in HBP
Jul 1, 2017

By Rich Winter Have seen soon-to-be Winner senior Levi McClanahan play in about eight baseball games this spring and I have not been to a game where he has not been hit by a pitch.   It's uncanny!   Sometimes he gets hit once, sometimes twice and I do believe I've seen him reach base ... READ MORE

Crazy Horse & The TRIBE ADVANCE at Big Dave's softball tourney
Jul 1, 2017

By Rich Winter Crazy Horse and the HIT SQUAD were sailing along in an ultra-competitive softball game over in Rosebud this afternoon. Big Dave's 4th of July tournament found the two squads tied 4-4 until the top of the fifth inning.    The Big boys from Crazy Horse used some big hits, a... READ MORE

Adam Hutmacher and Brennan Swanson competed in the national bass-fishing tournament in Tennessee

Hutmacher and Swanson compete at Bass Fishing NATIONALS
Jun 29, 2017

By Rich Winter Alright so some pretty cool stories pop into the Panic Button's periphery on occasion. Couple weeks ago I got one of those messages from Chamberlain's Laura Halverson Hutmacher telling me about nephew Adam Hutmacher and Brennan Swanson, both students from Chamberlain high school who ... READ MORE

The White River Tigers were champions of the White River summer league...AGAIN!

Do they ever REBUILD in White River South Dakota
Jun 29, 2017

By Rich Winter Well, South Dakota, you had your chance... At the beginning of the 2016 basketball season, Eldon Marshall's guys looked vulnerable. A couple of graduation losses and some transfers out of White River led some (self included a little) to wonder if the Tigers might miss the state tour... READ MORE

The Mission legion team takes on W/C tonight in Winner.

Mission vs. Winner Colome webcast at www.tcfalcons.live
Jun 28, 2017

By Rich Winter Several weeks ago the Mission Legion team hooked up in a dandy agains the Winner/Colome Royals in a game played here in Mission. While the finals score read W/C 6-5 over Mission, the boys in blue gave W/C everything they wanted.   Tank (Trista) Herman pictched beautifully in t... READ MORE

Space limited at ALL-NATIONS Pentagon basketball camp
Jun 27, 2017

By Rich Winter If you want to attend the All-Nations basketball camp at the Sanford Pentagon, now is the time to get on the horn and reserve your spot.    The camp will be held in Sioux Falls on July 24 from 1:00 to 5:30 p.m....It is free of charge...BUT, it is only open to the first 20... READ MORE

The Down Under Bowl is not what its promised to be...Buyer Beware

Buyer beware when the Down Under OFFER comes
Jun 27, 2017

By Rich Winter - Panic Button unplugged Well, the Down Under Bowl popped up on my periphery this week and I just can't keep my mouth shut regarding what I think is a creative way to exploit people who get all excited when they get this letter suggesting their child has been 'selected' to participat... READ MORE

Former Sioux City East runner, Shelby Houlihan won a national title at 5000 meters

Former Sioux City runner wins USA title at 5000 meters
Jun 24, 2017

Sioux City East's Shelby Houlihan delivers National Title By Rich Winter From the you can do anything if you hail from the upper mid-west category, a runner that competed at the Howard Wood Dakota Relays won the 5000 meters at yesterday's United States Championships in Sacramento.    F... READ MORE

Chris Kessler won the bull riding competition at the first Great Plains Indian Rodeo Association event

Eagle Butte's Kessler and Hunt dominate Great Plains Indian Rodeo Association opener
Jun 24, 2017

By Rich Winter Alright rodeo, let's get serious.   Hard for me to find consistent rodeo results, unless they drop into my lap, but, sometimes that happens.    Received a press-release from Troy Heinert indicating that the Great Plains Rodeo Association season is underway with the... READ MORE

SAFE - Heads up base-running from Gregory allowed the team to scratch out a 4-0 lead in the early stages of Sunday's Jr. Teener championship game with Platte.

Gregory Jr. Teeners FUNDAMENTALLY Sound
Jun 22, 2017

By Rich Winter After Platte scored four runs in the top of the fifth to knot the score at 4-4 in the finals of Sunday's Jr. tournament at Leahy Bowl in Winner, Gregory could have folded. Having led the entire game, 4-0 after the second innning, and with ace Coy Determan, who had a no-hitter, going ... READ MORE

Former SEC All-Conference punter, Dylan Breeding in St. Francis Thursday for camp

NFL drafted punter to host PUNTING/CONDITIONING camp Thursday in St. Francis
Jun 21, 2017

By Rich Winter From the this sounds kind of interesting category....St. Francis Indian School will be hosting a punting and conditioning camp Thursday, June 22, 2017 in St. Francis. Punting and conditioning camp, now that's something ya don't hear every day.  The camp w... READ MORE

The CEB archery trip is fundraising in order to reach the World Tournament.

CEB's OHITIKA Archers LOOKING for assistance to get to WORLD Tournament
Jun 20, 2017

By Rich Winter Really great cause right now going on up on the Cheyenne River Reservation as a group of young archers and their advisors are seeking some monetary donations to get to the World Archery tournament.    Couple things I really like about this... 1. I like the CEB community ... READ MORE

Platte ninth grader Jackson Olson looks to be part of a stellar incoming class of athletes for the Black Panthers

Jackson Olson's ATHLETICISM stands out on the field
Jun 19, 2017

By Rich Winter Bottom of the fourth inning of the championship game of the Jr. teener tournament in Winner Sunday, with Gregory's Hunter Van Nieuwenhuyse (are you kidding me) at the plate, Platte centerfielder, Jackson Olson was patrolling centerfield. As the pitch was delivered, Hunter VN let one ... READ MORE

Lower Brule's JayShawn Milton claimed the Class B state high jump title
Mitchell Daily Republic
Lower Brule athlete is Class B High Jump CHAMP
Jun 19, 2017

By Rich Winter Yes, I realize we are creeping past the middle of June but I couldn't not mention and offer some congratulations to Lower Brule junior JayShawn Milton who claimed the Class B state high jump championship with a monster effort of 6-feet-7 inches.  That is something else... ... READ MORE

The Colome teener team that captured last weekends tournament in Winner

Can the Colome JUNIOR TEENERS get ER DONE at Fathers Day Tournament
Jun 16, 2017

By Rich Winter Kinda missed the boat last weekend as the Colome teener baseball team came through to win the teener tournament in Winner.    While that tournament is in the books, another one starts on Saturday.... 2017 Winner Father’s Day Tournament June 17-18, all Games at Lea... READ MORE

The Lightning Stick society captured the Sioux Falls Premier League Championship last week

All NATIVE team wins Sioux Falls PREMIER LEAGUE Lacrosse championship
Jun 16, 2017

By Rich Winter Seven years ago when Sicangu Thunder Hawks coach Kevin ‘Hoch’ DeCora went to get  his first look at lacrosse, he and his kids’ met a group of similarly aged young men from Minnesota.  Cansayapi, exactly, or as DeCora calls them, ‘The ones with the r... READ MORE

The Mission Legion team lost to Winner Wednesday, 6-5.

TANK impressive as Mission Legion team SCARES Winner
Jun 15, 2017

By Rich Winter Pretty much a day doesn't go by that I don't give recently graduated Todd County 'athlete' Tristen Herman a hard time about something. The Panic Button and Herman have been going back and forth now for about six weeks in what appears to be a shot-put competition that just won't seem ... READ MORE

Winner legion player Kelly O'Bryan scored the decisive run in last night's 6-5 win over Todd County

Mr. Clutch, Kelly O'Bryan comes through again
Jun 15, 2017

By Rich Winter I'm in ever in need of someone to stand over a 4-foot putt and sink it for any kind of accolades (money), I'm calling on Colome's Kelly Obryan to do the deed.   Alright, so last night I happened on a Legion game in Mission yesterday as Winner took on Mission. Now, let me tell ... READ MORE

The South Dakota heat will certainly be a problem for athletes as the first high school games are on Aug. 18.

Is starting high school football practice in early August a good idea for South Dakota
Jun 14, 2017

By Rich Winter As we drift towards the middle part of June it's kinda hard to fathom that in exactly 63 days high school football teams across South Dakota will be lining up for their season openers on Aug. 18.   Hmmmm, Aug. 18th!   Gotta admit, right out of the gate I personally am n... READ MORE

The Todd County basketball team pictured with Tubby Smith, the coach of Memphis University

Falcons are BALLING in Mississippi
Jun 14, 2017

By Rich Winter Well, well, well....Check out what and where the Todd County boys basketball team is....?   Mississippi - What?   Seems the Falcons coach, Rashad Shannon is from Mississippi and has the boys in BLUE & GOLD seeing a whole new brand of basketball.    Some ... READ MORE

Event going on in Lower Brule....

Ocean Sports Camp sounds like WICKED fun in Lower Brule Satruday
Jun 12, 2017

By Rich Winter From the this sounds pretty cool file, check out what's going on at Lower Brule high school on Saturday, June 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.   OCEAN Sports Camps - Which is billed as an organization that fights obesity through community education, activity and nutrition - in ... READ MORE

Winner senior Jayden Schroeder made finals in the shot and discus. He finished 8th in the shot giving Winner a point they would need to ensure the teams 4th place finish

SCHROEDER, 4 x 100 come up HUGE as Winner 4th in State A track
Jun 2, 2017

By Rich Winter Pretty gritty effort from the Winner boys track team at the recently completed Class A state championships. Cameron Kuil did some big-time damage, finishing 2nd in the 100, winning the 200 and defending his Class A state championship in the 400 meters with a ridiculous new school rec... READ MORE

Winner's Brady Fritz capped a monstrous 8th-grade year with several elite performances at the South Dakota state track meet

Winner 8th-grader shows MASSIVE promise in jumping events
Jun 1, 2017

By Rich Winter For Winner 8th-grader, Brady Fritz being in the greatest Class A long jump field ever assembled just have kinda sucked to put it frankly.   After the dust has settled from the 2017 state track meet, and going back through some of the field event results, I'm astonished at what... READ MORE

Custer's Tori Glazier holds off STM 8th grader Haleigh Timmer as Chamberlain' Ella Byers finished 3rd in a hotly contested 800 meters at the South Dakota Class A state track meet

Haleigh Timmer impressive as STM ties for Class A title
Jun 1, 2017

By Rich Winter Well, the 2017 track season is in the books and I gotta say, I'm already looking forward to the Class A girls cross-country scene next fall.    Now, normally, I'm a west-river guy, but I gotta say Round 1 kinda went to East River as Beresford's Cait Savey won the 3200 on ... READ MORE

Ethan/Parkston junior Derek Storm with about 200 meters left in his 800 carry for the Ethan/Parkston medley team.

Look out for Ethan/Parkston medley team in 2018
May 31, 2017

By Rich Winter Earlier this track season I ran into Hill City coach Joe Noyes and we talked about his medley relay team a bit. In 2016 the Hill City guys just missed making the finals of a tough event. Ninth in the preliminaries in 2016 the Hill City guys worked their butts off all season.  &... READ MORE

Kelly O'Bryan won the long and triple jumps at the Class B state track meet

Colome's Kelly O'Bryan catches RARE - AIR at State track meet
May 30, 2017

By Rich Winter Was visiting with Linda Kinzer on Saturday morning at Howard Wood, and, not having really gotten on social-media or the internet, I had no idea that Colome senior Kelly O'Bryan had won the triple jump the day before.    Kinzer noted an effort that seemed absurd at the tim... READ MORE

The winning jump for Chamberlain senior Tiegen Priebe at the South Dakota Class A state track meet

Tiegen Priebe - That was totally WICKED
May 30, 2017

By Rich Winter Man, gotta throw up a little on Dakota Wesleyan freshman and recently graduated Chamberlain senior, Tiegen Priebe. By now I would think the press-clippings have gotten far enough that most people know Priebe had these results at the South Dakota state track meet.  1st - Long Ju... READ MORE

Parker's Karley Peters won four events in the Class B portion of the state track meet

Brace yourselves Class A track fans, a STORM (Karley Peters) is coming
May 29, 2017

By Rich Winter Interesting little murmer everytime Parker sophomore Karley Peters roared to one impressive victory after another. Every time she did something spectacular, which was everytime she stepped on the track you could hear a loud murmer from the Parker and Winner crowds.   Big day f... READ MORE

The Winner 4 x 200 team of Riley Calhoon, Drew DeMers, Kayleb Brozik and Cameron Kuil broke a 32-year old Winner record Saturday in Sioux Falls.

Winner 4 x 200 takes down 32 year old record
May 29, 2017

By Rich Winter Kinda lost in the shuffle of a terrific effort from Cameron Kuil and the Winner guys on their way to a 4th place team effort at the South Dakota state meet was the quartet of Riley Calhoon, Drew DeMers, Kayleb Brozik and Cameron Kuil breaking a 32-year old school record in the 4 x 20... READ MORE

Wagner's Jensen Holzbauer soars in the Class A long jump

Wagner's Holzbauer just misses podium in LOADED Class A long jump
May 29, 2017

By Rich Winter Wrote a piece on Wagner yesterday and forgot to mention some of the other results that caught my attention.   Wagner senior, Jensen Holzbauer made the finals of an incredibly deep field in the Class A long jump with a best of 16-2.75. She was just one-half inch from 7th place ... READ MORE

Sayvon Mesteth.....
Rich Winter
(Video post) - Sayvon Mesteth 21-7.25 in long jump at state meet
May 29, 2017


Red Cloud sophomore Echo Ecoffey finished 3rd in the Class A girls triple jump
Rich Winter
Red Cloud's Ecoffey with MONSTER Triple-jump effort at STATE TRACK
May 29, 2017

By Rich Winter Early Saturday morning in Sioux Falls I was a little startled to see Red Cloud sophomore Echo Ecoffey standing in the infield for the awards ceremony for the girls triple jump. The event was actually completed on Friday, but as it was the last event of the prelims, they actually awar... READ MORE

HARD work pays off as VALANDRA-PRUE SCORCHES Class A 400 field
May 29, 2017

By Rich Winter By now most sports lovers in south-central South Dakota know that Todd County 8th-grader, Caelyn Valandra-Prue won the 400 meters at the recently completed South Dakota state track meet.   In the process of winning that race, Valandra-Prue took down one of the hallowed State A... READ MORE

Hot Springs athlete Tristian Old Horse medals in the 800 and 1600 at state meet.

Hot Springs athlete Tristian Old Horse goes off at Class A state meet
May 29, 2017

By Rich Winter Always try to get a feel for an athletes DNA by watching how they react towards their teammates, and after listening to Hot Springs senior Tristian Old Horse scream for his teammates during their preliminary heat of the Medley relay, I'm convinced Old Horse is made of the right stuff... READ MORE

Wagner sophomore Stephon St. Pierre 5th in Class A 100 hurdles

St. Pierre and Patterson shine for WAGNER
May 28, 2017

By Rich Winter Had the most interesting meet running into Wagner sophomore hurdler, Stephon St. Pierre right out of the gate Friday morning. Early in the day, St. Pierre got out quick in the 110 hurdles, think he finished third in a very competitive qualifying heat with a 15.97.   As he came... READ MORE

Little Wound's Sayvon Mesteth unleashes MONSTER jump at state track meet

Sayvon MESTETH with MONSTER jump at state track meet
May 28, 2017

By Rich Winter Alright, so years from now the Little Wound historians are going to look back and see an 8th place finish at the 2017 state track meet from recently graduated senior Sayvon Mesteth.   Eighth place does not begin to describe what this MAN from Little Wound just did.  &nbs... READ MORE

Robert Vomacka to Aaron Voigt for the anchor carry in the Medley relay
Rich Winter
Gorillas Medley team, Voigt shine at Class B state meet
May 28, 2017

By Rich Winter Really tough double for Gregory junior Aaron Voigt on Friday as the young man ran the 800 leg on a Gorillas Medley relay team that reached the finals with a qualifying effort of 3:51.   The team of Caleb Stukel, Jayd VanDerWerff, Robert Vomacka and Voigt made the finals, but V... READ MORE

Jesse Hastings, Hayden Schmidt, Devin Rihanek and Dane Rihanek
Rich Winter
MVP medley has HEART
May 28, 2017

By Rich Winter Had been keeping my eye on the MVP track team most of this weekend's Class A state track meet.  Girls had a terrific meet with the 4x100 and 4 x 200 teams both finishing third. Dacey Rihanek finished 6th in the 400 meters.    Kind of an interesting moment during the... READ MORE

Ipswich VAULTER is one TUFF customer
May 25, 2017

By Rich Winter Got a note from one of my east-river track informants this morning regarding the health of Ipswich pole-vaulter, Taylor Maurer  Just saw some news about an Ipswich pole vaulter, I believe Taylor Maurer, had a fall in practice Tuesday. Taken to Sioux Falls for surgery for b... READ MORE

Chamberlain throws coach Jerry Rhodes with his rising pupils, Nash Hutmacher and Mady Handel

How much is a good coach worth - In Jerry Rhodes we trust
May 25, 2017

By Rich Winter Had an interesting side conversation with Chamberlain's Joe Hutmacher during the recently completed Howard Wood Dakota Relays. We were getting ready to watch Nash Hutmacher during the shot put and I casually asked who the throws coach was over in Chamberlain.   "Jerry Rhodes,"... READ MORE

Vermillion's Maddie Lavin leads Dakota Valley's Marisa Schulz during Region competition.
Yankton Press & Dakotan
Class A distance ladies ready to assault HALLOWED distance marks
May 25, 2017

By Rich Winter With nearly ideal conditions expected for the 2017 South Dakota state track meet, WE, the Fanz can expect a plethora of records to become former records as THEE best athletes in the state converge on East River.    I've thrown up on the Class A girls distance runners quit... READ MORE

The P/G Honkers advanced to the state baseball tournament with a 3-2 win over St. Thomas More

How about them HONKERS....(Video) - Kirsch with the PLAY OF THE YEAR
May 24, 2017

By Rich Winter Some terrific baseball over in Platte Monday. Lead/Deadwood and STM had a heck of a 4B west title game, as did Winner/Colome vs. P/G in the 4B East game.   But, STM and P/G clawed their way into the 4B championship game, and proceeded to play a heck of a ball-game.  &nbs... READ MORE

The Hot Springs Medley relay team will be looking to make finals at state track meet

Can an OLD HORSE lead the Hot Springs Bison to the medley relay promised land
May 23, 2017

By Rich Winter Caught up to a few of the results from the recently contested Region 8A field and track championships. Kind of an interesting meet that moved locations, cold/snow and had a lot of people that have already pre-qualified sitting the meet out to stay healthy.   For me, one of the... READ MORE

Red Cloud's Echo Ecoffey won three Region 7A track championships in Martin.

Red Cloud's Ecoffy poised to make some NOIZE at state track meet
May 23, 2017

By Rich Winter Alright, so trick question right out of the gate: Who were the only two female athletes to win 3 Region titles at last Thursday's Region 7A meet in Martin?   Well, the first one is pretty obvious as Todd County 8th grader, Caelyn Valandra-Prue rocketed to Region titles in the ... READ MORE

Senior, Fellon Sorbel working hard in the shot put at the Region 7A championships

Pine Ridge track team FLASHES potential at Region 7A track
May 23, 2017

By Rich Winter Floating through the Region 7A track results one more time today and wanted to give a little shout out to the Pine Ridge track team. Kind of a rough day for the Thorpes as they failed to advance a single athlete to the state track meet.    Found that a little interesting ... READ MORE

Lower Brule senior Marlowe LaRoche showing some hops
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 f... READ MORE

Rapid City Christian, Kadoka Area and White River scream toward the finish line of the 1600 meter medley relay at the Region 7B championships
Barbara Hockenberry
Kadoka's Loibl shows some FIGHT
May 21, 2017

Late in the Region 7B meet, Rapid City Christian, Kadoka Area and White River found themselves in a battle during the 800 carry of the 1600 meter medley relay. As they entered the stretch run it was Christian's, Taylor Smith, White River's Tyson Iyotte and Kadoka Area's Peyton Loibl. The question w... READ MORE

Nash Hutmacher qualified for state in both the shot and discus

SHOCKING results as Region 6A TUFF guys put on a show
May 20, 2017

By Rich Winter Well, finally caught up to the Region 6A track results and as expected the boys shot and discus were contested with some elite Big Dakota Conference athletes getting after it.   Some shocking performances and some really, really good results in a couple of epic contests. ... READ MORE

Chamberlain's Avany Long qualified for the state track meet in three events

Chamerlain's Avany Long PUNCHES state track ticket(s)
May 20, 2017

By Rich Winter Most of the season I think most in the track world kind of thought of the Chamberlain girls as the Ella Byers show with a bunch of other ladies just trying to tag along and have some fun.   Well, quietly the girls team over in Chamberlain has been building all season. On Thurs... READ MORE

Welcome to the party Lyman - RAIDERS advance athletes to state track meet
May 20, 2017

By Rich Winter It has been kind of an interesting year for the Lyman Raider field and track coaching staff, Joel Milton, Amber Comp and Sydni Ozanne. The Raiders lost a ton from last year's boys and girls squads so this season has kind of been a work in progress in developing athletes rather than f... READ MORE

Winner 7th-grader Kade Watson finished 2nd in the Region 7A championships with a little help from his friend, Izak Moleterno

WATSON, with a little help from his friend
May 20, 2017

By Rich Winter One of the really fun stories for me this FIELD and track season has been the development of Winner 7th-grader Kade Watson. The young man who had a real scare with an open-heart surgery last fall is a fighter and all season long he's been pointing to the Region meet to try to qualify... READ MORE

Little Wound athlete Shadow Red Owl made the state track meet in the long jump

Raiders FAN, RED OWL notches trip to STATE track meet
May 20, 2017

By Rich Winter Kind of an interesting moment during the boys long jump at Thursday's Region 7A track meet.    Jumping out of the second (not-the-best-flight), Little Wound's Shadow Red Owl launched a big one during the preliminaries of the boys long jump. Right away, you could tell it w... READ MORE

Despite a TUFF weather day in Martin, the Region 7A track meet went off without a hitch

Well Done Bennett County - Region track goes off without a hitch
May 19, 2017

I always kinda marvel at the behind-the-scenes folks that actually make track meets happen. So many people need to be on the same page with quite a lot of communication and organization and pitching in from a whole lotta people to make things just perfect.   I'll tell ya, yesterday could have... READ MORE

Winner's Kayleb Brozik ran a lifetime best 400 split to help Winner win the mile relay at Region 7A track meet in Martin

BROZIK - 50 FLAT, Cuz that's what Seniors do
May 19, 2017

A really interesting moment, in fact the last moment, from the Region 7A field and track championships in Martin. Long day of competition in less than ideal weather conditions, with the boys team title clinched long ago, Winner's Kayleb Brozik took the stick about 12 meters down to TC 400 guy, Bryce... READ MORE

Man, the Bolton's love them some OUTFIELD
May 18, 2017

By Rich Winter So, the other day, I'm sitting in the stands of Leahy Bowl watching the Winner/Colome Royals take on Gregory, and from behind me, I hear the angelic voice of a Winner youngster singing something from the mid 80's - THE OUTFIELD.   I had to turn around and see who was singing s... READ MORE

White River freshman Tylan Bear looking to break through in the Region 7B shot put

White River's Bear aims to GO BIG at Region track
May 18, 2017

By Rich Winter Kinda was introduced to White River freshman, Tylan Bear at the Todd County Invitational. As I was running the discus competition I got to see Bear throw the discus as a young freshman just getting introduced to the throws in the shot and discus.   While Bear hasn't come close... READ MORE

Philip's Cooper West should have a big day at the Region 7B track championships.

Coming in ANGRY - Philip's Cooper West
May 18, 2017

By Rich Winter The phrase 'coming in hot' popped up on my vocabulary earlier this year, and as the season's gone along, I gotta say - I LIKE IT. Coming in hot refers to a relay carrier bringing in the baton with such ferocity that the next relay runner isn't always ready for the authoritative way a... READ MORE

Battles GALORE as Region 7 track LOOMS
May 17, 2017

By Rich Winter I was literally booing around today about Thursday's track meet that is going to be taking place in Martin tomorrow. The track purist in me always wants to see elite performers and with region 7A not being the strongest track region in the state, I found myself not being all that fir... READ MORE

Honkers enter Region 4B east tournament as top seeds

Honkers top seeded as Region 4B baseball begins
May 16, 2017

By Rich Winter When now seniors Riley Hoffman, Seth Kirsch and Jarod Severson were just freshman, they immediately saw at least some playing for their Honker high school team comprised of youth from Platte/Geddes/Dakota Christian/White Lake/Corsica-Stickney. It was baptism by fire and the Honkers... READ MORE

Bon Homme's Anton Hejna anchoring the Cavaliers medley relay team at Howard Wood

Can Bon Homme SQUEEZE their Medley relay team into finals
May 14, 2017

By Rich Winter Kind of an interesting moment at the recently completed Howard Wood Dakota Relays. Commentator made note of sprinter/jumper, Chase Kortan running the 400 leg, and a good one that brought the Cavaliers into contention in the Class A medley Relay.   Forgive me if I'm wrong on th... READ MORE

MVP's Tanner Risseeuw and Wagner's Stephon St. Pierre battling in the 110 hurdles Tuesday
Mitchell Daily Republic
Wagner athletes St. Pierre and Peters getting it done for Red Raiders
May 14, 2017

By Rich Winter I'm sure Wagner head coach Joe Kafka would love to see a bunch of his athletes have the opportunity to compete at the state meet. With region track on deck this week, Kafka knows only that two of his guys will be making the short trip to Sioux Falls, having pre-qualified.  &nbs... READ MORE

Gregory's Blake Boes likely to be in the mix of RUGGED Region 6B high jump battle

Region 6B boys High Jump is STACKED
May 14, 2017

By Rich Winter When athletes gather for the Region 6B track meet this week, if you wanna see the boys high jump, ya better grab a chair and get comfortable as a massive battle for Region supremacy goes down.    Six athletes from Region 6B have already qualified for state, and while they... READ MORE

Scotland's Tanner Skorepa is pre-qualified in the shot-put and just off the qualifying standard in the discus.

Scotland's Tanner Skorepa starting to make some NOIZE in Class B throws
May 14, 2017

By Rich Winter With the track season winding up with this week's Region meet,'s Scotland thrower Tanner Skorepa picked the right time to start getting hot/far.    At the GREAT PLAINS TRACK Meet THURSDAY meet, Skorepa notched wins in both of his specialties.  Shot-put results:... READ MORE

Stanley County's Damon Hoftiezer erupted for a Class A leading discus throw of 167-feet....
Plooster Photography
Hoftiezer is Panic Button's Breakthrough Performer of the WEEK
May 14, 2017

By Rich Winter We're coming down the stretch of a really nice career for Stanley County senior, Damon Hoftiezer, and the young man is having some break-through performances down the stretch.    At the Howard Wood Dakota Relays, Hoftiezer broke the 50-foot barrier in the shot put on his ... READ MORE

Hayden StLuka of Platte-Geddes continues to thrive in the long jump

P/G's Hayden Stluka - ONE TO WATCH
May 14, 2017

By Rich Winter Have been noticing some improvement in times and distances and such from over Platte-Geddes way.    Big accomplishment for P/G senior Hallie Hallock who podiumed in both throwing disciplines at Howard Wood.....that was awesome!   While the girls have a nice mix of ... READ MORE

Parkston's Brady Nolz records 16 strikeouts in win over Plankinton

Parkston's Nolz throws MASTERPIECE as Mudcats BLANK Bankers
May 14, 2017

Nolz brings the HEAT Man, Brady Nolz must have been on FIRE Saturday, as the Parkston Mudcat pitcher mowed down 16 Plankinton Bankers, via the strikeout, during the Mudcats 2-0 win on Saturday.   Nolz helped the cause with an RBI, while Ty Kinneberg and Jake Weber each had a hit and a... READ MORE

Gregory girls starting to put together some quality relays.

Can the Lady Gorillas make some NOIZE in the post-season
May 14, 2017

By Rich Winter As prep track and field amps up this week with the region field and track meets going down across South Dakota, one of the teams I'm keeping my eyes on are the Lady Gorillas from Gregory.   While Gregory has their medley relay qualified for state, ranked No. 17, the Gorillas w... READ MORE

Faces in the Crowd - WHO DAT
May 14, 2017

By Rich Winter Alright, so this photo comes to me the other day, sorta radomly, but I was hoping somone (In the crowd) might offer some assistance as to help me fill in the blanks on the athletic career of this then young man.   Here are your clues? 1. He's got really big feet 2. Had 4 per... READ MORE

White River's Astleford 8th in Summit League Javelin

Rachel Astleford - If you BELIEVE IT, it can happen
May 14, 2017

By Rich Winter I was aware of former White River prep thrower, Rachel Astleford when she came through the high school ranks. She was a good shot-putter, somewhere around 37 or 38 feet and I believe she made the podium at the state track meet, at least once.    Think I heard she was goin... READ MORE

Chamberlain senior, Tiegen Priebe uncorked an explosive triple jump Tuesday at MVP

Tiegen Priebe turned himself into an EXPLOSIVE athlete
May 13, 2017

By Rich Winter There are so many great athletic achievements going on across the state of South Dakota right now, that my mind is always abuzz with who did this and how far or fast was she kind of realizations.    Saw one of those great achievements the other day at the Mount-Vernon-Pla... READ MORE

Is Independent Basketball KILLING West-River hoops
May 13, 2017

Author's Note - Have been thinking about writing this piece since the end of boys basketball season, but, didn't know how to do it without offending a large faction of people that spend a ton of time and money hauling their kids to independent basketball tournaments miles and miles and miles from ho... READ MORE

Maddie Kornely and Wesley Whirlwind Soldier

Cast of Little Shop of Horrors delivers Piece DE Resistance
May 12, 2017

By Rich Winter A few years ago I had the privilege of seeing the Addams Family, on Broadway, in New York City. Nathan Lane played the lead of Gomez Addams while Bebe Neuwirth, more commonly known as Lillith from the show, Frazier, played Morticia.   IT WAS FIERCE!!   As the curta... READ MORE

The new sign over the track in Burke hold a special meeting to folks in south-central South Dakota
Kernit Grimshaw
Tolstedt field conjures up memories of greatness
May 12, 2017

By Rich Winter Had kind of an interesting moment at the Howard Wood Dakota Relays. Wanting to say hello to Burke/South Central coach Erik Person but not having a clue what he looked like, I asked some of the relay girls if they could point him out.   "Does he have the same hair as Kray," I a... READ MORE

Noted more for her high jumping, Kadoka's Kaylee Eisenbraun went big in the long jump

Kadoka's Eisenbraun smashes long jump record
May 11, 2017

By Rich Winter Have been keeping my eye on Kadoka sophomore, Kaylee Eisenbraun. The Kadoka athlete broke the state qualifying standard early in the season and has been over 4-11 multiple times this year.    At the Rapid City Christian Comet Classic Tuesday May 2nd she tried Long Jump fo... READ MORE

Sully Buttes athletes leaving it all on the track

Sometimes a picture doesn't tell the ENTIRE story
May 11, 2017

By Rich Winter Was walking around the Pentagon Friday visiting with Allan Bertram just taking in the sites of a wonderful facility in Sioux Falls. We were jibber-jabbering about a little of everything. Somewhere in the conversation we wandered over to Sully Buttes.   "Why are those kids alwa... READ MORE

Hill City's Karlee Simmons slaps five with Chamberlain's Ella Byers following the Howard Wood 2-mile.

Class A distance dominoes starting to fall into place
May 11, 2017

By Rich Winter Well, now that Howard Wood is in the books the Class A girls distance mystery has been unraveled just a bit. A lot of talented ladies in Class A this season and a lot of girls vying for state medals in multiple events.   Karlee Simmons (2-mile) looked superb in Sioux Falls... ... READ MORE

Chloe Bartles to Samantha Schuyler in the Howard Wood medley relay

WINNER girls are having a HELL of a track season
May 11, 2017

By Rich Winter All season long I've kinda been throwing up on the Winner boys. The guys have been doing some terrific stuff on the track and it's hard not to get drawn into the stuff Cameron Kuil is doing (Like breaking Chas DeMers 400 record on Tuesday with a scintillating 49.27...BUT, quietly and... READ MORE

The Falcon 4 x 800 squad is coming on like a freight train. Pictured from left to right: Skyler Yellow Eagle, Lee Sharpfish, Jesse Allen and Jacob Wike

Falcons 4 x 800 - Band of BROTHERS starting to bring it
May 11, 2017

By Rich Winter  All season long I've been keeping my eye on the Falcon boys 4 x 800 squad. Bob Kornely and Tonya Whirlwind Soldier usually find a way to qualify athletes in this event and as the season goes along we normally find THE group coming along towards the end of the season.  &nb... READ MORE

Canistota's Xavier Ward finished 2nd in the Howard Wood shot competition.

Throwers corner - SDSU getting a monster in Canistota's Xavier Ward
May 10, 2017

By Rich Winter With a ton of epic performances going down all over the stadium at the recently completed Howard Wood Dakota Relays, could not help but make a ringside appearnace for the high school boys shot put.    Terrific competition with nine guys going over the 50-foot battier.&nbs... READ MORE

The MVP boys had a banner weekend at Howard Wood

MVP boys make soome NOIZE atHOWARD WOOD
May 9, 2017

By Rich Winter Was almost by accident this weekend but the ole camera lens just kept finding MVP athletes during the recently comleted Howard Wood Dakota Relays.    Some good performances all over the track & field for MVP as both boys and girls had some solid efforts.   ... READ MORE

The Wagner 4 x 800 team finished 8th at Howard Wood

Wagner 4 x 800 podiums at Howard Wood
May 9, 2017

By Rich Winter All season long Wagner coach Joe Kafka has been massaging the girls 4 x 800 relay team. Early in the year Wagner was running competitively but hovering in that 10:45 range. Slowly those times have kept coming down, so down in fact that although the Red Raiders hadn't broken the state... READ MORE

Bison's Daniel Burkhalter finished 7th in the 3200 with a time of 9:27

That Bison community loves their track & FIELD
May 8, 2017

By Rich Winter A few years ago when now Winner track coach Larry Aaker left Bison to go to Philip, Bison assistant coach Brad Burkhalter found himself in a bit of a pickle. A guy who liked track with a young son, Daniel, showing incredible early distance promise, Burkhalter didn't know the first th... READ MORE

Winner captured the 4x100 at Howard Wood

WINNER captures TWO Howard Wood relay TITLES
May 7, 2017

By Rich Winter After finishing third in Friday's SPECIAL 200 after a not-so-great start, Winner's Cameron Kuil got after it during Saturday's events.   The SDSU bound Winner senior ran a blistering 48-second 400 leg (Split from the stands) to get his Winner team in contention in a loaded fie... READ MORE

The Lower Brule Medley relay team after competing at Howard Wood

Lower Brule makes some NOIZE at Howard Wood
May 7, 2017

By Rich Winter Always a pleasure to run into the Lower Brule field and track team and this weekend was no exception as the boys from BRULE stood up and competed with some of the best track athletes in the upper-midwest.   Pretty nice effor from Caleigh Little who ran the 100 meters against s... READ MORE

Allison Sebern and Macy Heinz enjoy a 'special' moment at Howard Wood

Sebern and Heinz have a SPECIAL moment at Howard Wood
May 7, 2017

By Rich Winter I just love Howard Wood! For a track guy like me, it's like full-on SPECTACULAR with terrific effort and moments littered all over the field and track.    One of my favorite moments this year was strolling on the in-field and noticing that former Burke/South Central runn... READ MORE

Huron's Trent Francom goes 15-6 at Howard Woodz

Francom SOARS to 15-6 at Howard Wood
May 7, 2017

By Rich Winter As the competitions ended during the Friday night session at Howard Wood most people emptied out of the stadium despite a terrific high school pole vault still going on.   With 60-something jumpers in line, the competition stretched out over about a six hour period. In fact, t... READ MORE

Luke Julian fell to the track after a big effort in the 1600 at Sturgis

Don't worry....LUKE JULIAN is gonna be just fine
May 5, 2017

By Rich Winter As distance runners from across the midwest flock to Sioux Falls and the Howard Wood Dakota relays, I myself, can't wait to get a look at St. Thomas More senior Luke Julian...   Again!   Have seen the distance runner three times in the last two weeks. Once in Pierre, on... READ MORE

Ty Arcoren erupts through the hole during last fall's football season

Good luck Desmond Tyrell Arcoren
May 5, 2017

By Rich Winter As the years of schooling dwindle to just a few days left for so many student/athletes around the state, can't stop and help but wonder just what kind of foudation, Ty Arcoren and the graduating class of 2017 will have on their football brethern as the years move forward.   On... READ MORE

Todd County freshman throws up incredible FLOP shot at Prairie Hills
May 4, 2017

By Rich Winter Went to the St. Francis Invitational golf tournament at Prairie Hills Square and took in a few holes of a girls golf tournament.   Took a few photos, visited with Roger Crow Eagle, took out my phone, snapped one video and take a look as a young Todd County golfer throws up a m... READ MORE

Voight starting to find rhythm as Howard Wood approaches
May 4, 2017

By Rich Winter Man, in going through Kernit Grimshaw's pictures from the Legends meet on Tuesday, just can't help but feel what a great day it must have been. New track, bunch of new meet records and some good performances on the track.   Nice effort in the 1600 as gritty guys, Kray Person a... READ MORE

The University of South Dakota will take on Duke on Dec. 2

Yotes to tangle with DUKE - Historic Moment in SD Hoops history
May 4, 2017

The Lightning Rod, Years ago when the University of South Dakota decided to leap from the comfy confines of Division 11, few could have imagined that one day tiny little USD from Vermillion South Dakota would one day tangle with the likes of Duke.   After taking their lumps and gradually asc... READ MORE

Rhode and Hauf top field at BILLY BOLANDER Memorial Tournament
May 4, 2017

By Rich Winter Really great event Sunday over at Roosevel Lake near Colome as bass-fisherman galore gathered for the Billy Bolander Memorial Tournament.    In visiting with Mel Williams over at DB's Bait & Tackle in Winner, Williams explained that Bolander passed away about four yea... READ MORE

The Sicangu Thunder Hawks are starting to make some NOIZE

Berrerra and Iron Shell are Sicangu Thunder Hawks PLAYA of the week
May 3, 2017

Had a nice message forwarded to me about some of the success of some off-the-radar athletes doing some great things.   Two pictures associated with this piece are the feature photo of Philip Berrerra: at trick this weekend vs. Gillette Wyoming bulldogs. Sicangu thunderhawks combined wit... READ MORE

Gregory's Caleb Stukel wins ELECTRIC Highway 18 runoff

Stukel wins ELECTRIC Highway 18 100
May 3, 2017

By Rich Winter Saw the results of the boys 100 meters from yesterday's Legends Meet, and was just stuned to see eight guys within 11.5 to 11.9. Top top that off, the event, minus Cameron Kuil looked like a Highway 18 HURRICANE that was loaded with a bunch of guys from the state champions from Colom... READ MORE

Can Custer's Tori Glazer keep up with star-studded field in Howard Wood special 800
May 3, 2017

As the gun goes off Friday night for the Special Event 800 meters, Taryn Ceglowski has the distinct honor of having the fastest qualifying time in the invite only race, and, she will be the first Colorado prep athlete in history to compete in one of the Howard Wood specials.    If you wa... READ MORE

Eden Prairie's Denzel Brown has the fastest time in the Howard Wood special 200

Minnesota's Denzel Brown highlights LOADED Howard Wood special 200
May 3, 2017

By Rich Winter Have seriously been chomping at the bit all day today to find out who is in the boys Special Event 200 meters at Howard Wood. Invitations only greet the field where a heck of a race could come from the center of the track.    Winner's Cameron Kuil will run from lane 5 and... READ MORE

Bison's Daniel Burkhalter thumped Class A state champ, Luke Julian at the Sturgis meet

Can Bison's Burkhalter make some NOIZE in hallowed Howard Wood 3200
May 3, 2017

By Rich Winter For elite two-miler runners, who normally toil in anonymity, with most of the crowd uttering...ugggh, the 2-mile, the Howard Wood atmosphere is a chance for the elite to meet, do battle, all in front of thousands of screaming fans who can't look away as the battle goes down.  &... READ MORE

Huron's Trent Francom scaled 15-2 in Pierre
Huron Plainsman
A showdown is LOOMING as Francom and Spartz set to battle at Howard Wood
May 2, 2017

By Rich Winter Not very often does the Panic Button get excited about the pole-vault in South Dakota. It's kind of a dying event and, while most AA schools contest the event, I just don't get to see it very often.   As athletes and spectators from across the upper-midwest gather in Sioux Fal... READ MORE

Hot Springs coach John Entwistle and the Bison made some noise at the Sturgis track meet

Is John Entwistle the most free spirited track guy in South Dakota
May 2, 2017

By Rich Winter Right out of the gate at the Sturgis meet, one of the first coaches I saw was John Entwistle from Hot Springs. Hard to miss him with that head-band and the long hair and such.   Nice warm handshake later, we went our separate ways but, knowing that coach Entwisle is a master a... READ MORE

Lake Andes athlete Cody Snyder put the discus out over 191 feet in 2010 to break the Howard Wood record in that event.

Lake Andes' Cody Snyder still holds Howard Wood record - The complete list of records
May 1, 2017

By Rich Winter Pretty cool link from a story in the Mitchell Daily Republic a few years ago as former Lake Andes standout, Cody Snyder broke a very old discus record....http://www.mitchellrepublic.com/content/snyder-breaks-48-year-old-record-held-wessington-springs-native BOYS-CLASS AA ENROLLM... READ MORE

Chamberlain's Ella Byers, fresh off a tough triple in Sturgis, along with her teammates, head to Howard Wood this weekend

Chamberlain's Ella Byers - The Interview - Video
May 1, 2017

By Rich Winter Early on in my blogging career I wrote quite a few articles about Chamberlain's Ella Byers. Some of them were received pretty well, but, I think since I really didn't get out of my own box and look for other stories, and other Chamberlain girls to feature.   So, with Chamberla... READ MORE

The CEB archery team is trying to raise enough money to get to the National ARCHERY tourney

CEB Archery team trying to get to NATIONALS
May 1, 2017

By Rich Winter Have a gazillion sports things going on right now, and somewhere this morning, I remembered that a few weeks back SOMEONE had facebooked me about the CEB archery team embarking on a tour to raise money to go to a National Archery tournament.    Thought it was Bobby Traver... READ MORE

A little Mental Health HELP goes a long way
May 1, 2017

By Rich Winter Was at A convenience store last Wednesday, getting gas, and other, and the clerk asked me what I was doing.   "Going to Valentine to pick up a prescription," told him. "Anti-deppressants, in fact."   "Awwwwww man," was the reply!   Hold it, let's just stop with t... READ MORE

Jesse Allen crosses the line of the Medley Relay, brining the Falcons home in 2nd place

Falcon RELAYS - Coming in HOT
Apr 30, 2017

By Rich Winter First thing I did when I arrived in Sturgis yesterday was go find the Todd County tent. Couple of kids hanging there including Todd County senior Lucas Iron Heart who was all bundled up on a pretty crisp morning.   "I'm running the 4 x 400 today," Iron Heart noted.   "W... READ MORE

Chamberlain's Ella Byers running with Custer's Mallory Delmont in the 1600 meters at Sturgis

Byers has big day in Sturgis
Apr 30, 2017

By Rich Winter Really big meet in Sturgis with some elite, elite runners from Wyoming and some talented ladies from Custer, Hill City and others in attendence.   Early in the day, first running event on the track, 2-miles, Chamberlain's Ella Byers took control early, really surged on the bac... READ MORE

JETT Evans, coming in hot, hands the baton to Riggs Priebe during the 4x200

Nice to meet you Riggs Priebe
Apr 30, 2017

By Rich Winter Second favorite moment of Saturday's Sturgis meet was near the end of the meet with me standing next to the finish line when Riggs Priebe stopped in to say hello.   We're Facebook friends but have never really talked before. So, in the jocular way that I try to stir the pot, I... READ MORE

Chamberlain's Lucas Lopez was up with the big boys in the early stages of the 1600

Lucas Lopez is Panic Button's TUFF guy of the week
Apr 30, 2017

By Rich Winter One of my favorite moments on a brilliant day in Sturgis yesterday was seeing Chamberlain's Lucas Lopez get spat out the back end of 800 meters to finish dead last in his heat.   That might sound like a bit of an odd thing to start with, but sometimes field and track isn't abo... READ MORE

Custer's Tori Glazer should run into some stiff competition as a loaded field awaits in the Sturgis running events

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
Barbara Hockenbary
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
Sandy DeMers
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


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
Kernit Grimshaw
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
Kernit Grimshaw
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
Rich Winter
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
Barbara Hockenbary
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
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
Kernit Grimshaw
Passing the Torch - Byers takes down Lottie Grimshaw's Big Dakota 800 meter record - VIDEO
Apr 21, 2017


Cayliah Brady has been part of a sprinting resurgence in St. Francis
Kernit Grimshaw
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

See story for Photo description
Barbara Hockenbary
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
Barbara Hockenberry
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
Barbara Hockenberry
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.
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
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
Panic Button
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
Kernit Grimshaw
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
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
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


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
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
Kernit Grimshaw
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
Kernit Grimshaw
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
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
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
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
Kernit Grimshaw
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Kernit Grimshaw
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
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
Kernit Grimshaw
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
Laura Halverson Hutmacher
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
Kernit Grimshaw
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
Kernit Grimshaw
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
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
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
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
Rich Winter
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
Kernit Grimshaw
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
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
Big Sioux Media
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
Mitchell Daily Republic
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
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
Rich Winter
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
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
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
Kernit Grimshaw
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
Barbara Hockenberry
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
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.
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.
Mitchell Daily Republic
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.
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
Laura Halverson Hutmacher
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
Facebook - Shelly Bachelor I think
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.
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
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
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.
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
Dodi White - Facebook
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
Harding County wrestling page on Facebook
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...
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
Mitchell Daily Republic
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)
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)
Mitchell Daily Republic
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.
Rich Winter
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
Heather Coon - PS
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
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
Kernit Grimshaw
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
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
Kernit Grimshaw
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
Rich Winter
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
Rich Winter
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.
Rich Winter
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
Linda Kinzer
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
Rich Winter
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.
Rich Winter
Buffs & Falcons throw down on liveticket.tv
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.
Kernit Grimshaw
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
Aberdeen American News
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
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.
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.
Linda Vincent
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.
Kernit Grimshaw
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!
Kernit Grimshaw
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
Kernit Grimshw
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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