Even with professional sporting events being cancelled or postponed, Dakota Valley travelled to a neutral site (Mitchell Corn Palace) to defeat the Mobridge-Pollock Tigers 73-60.


Lily Kempf signed her national letter of intent March 13 to play basketball at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell. Shown with Kempf are her mother, Lisa Kempf, DWU head coach Jason Christensen, EPJ head coach Adam Timmins and Lily’s father, Chad Kempf.

The Huskies headed into postseason play March 3 against an opponent they had played tough earlier in the year, but there was no magic that night for the Huskies. They lost to the Tea Area Titans 31-57 to end their season.

The Dakota Valley girls didn’t make it out of first-round region play, not because of a lack of determination or trying, but because their shots wouldn’t fall. The team shot 23 percent from the 3-point line, 33 percent from the 2-point line and 62 percent (8 of 13) from the free-throw line. …

Despite a few hiccups in the 4th quarter, the boys basketball team held on to defeat the Tea Area Titans 72-65 in a home game March 6. The win earned Dakota Valley a spot in the SoDak 16, where they played Mobridge-Pollock March 10 in Mitchell.

In the first round of region play, March 3, the Dakota Valley Panthers wiped the floor with the Beresford Watchdogs – 73-35.

In a battle for the top seed in post-season play, the Lennox Orioles edged Dakota Valley 76-74 to leap ahead of the Panthers.

Collin Becker’s short wrestling season ended on a very high note. He entered the state tournament with only 17 matches (14-3), far fewer than total matches for the other wrestlers.

The girls basketball team used a combination of precise 3-point shooting and a stifling defense to win the opening round of region play 62-49 over the Elk Point-Jefferson Huskies at home March 2.

In the last game of regular season play, almost every player had their name recorded in the stat book, but every player made a contribution to the team whether on the court or the bench.

The girls basketball team ended their regular season with yet another heart-breaking loss to a good team that they could have beat. The West Central Trojans, 14-5, left Elk Point with a 54-47 victory Feb. 27.

EPJ sent 6 wrestlers to the state meet Feb. 27-29 in Sioux Falls and 3 of them brought home hardware. Brody Weavill earned 5th place at 152 lbs, Skyler Swatek 6th at 138 and Drake Peed 7th at 285. Weavill is the lone senior of the group.

The West Central Trojans came to town Thursday, Feb. 27 for the final game of the regular season. Cold shooting from EPJ in the 3rd quarter let them leave with a 74-55 win.

At the South Dakota High School Association Region 2A Wrestling Tournament in Sioux Falls Feb. 21, Collin Becker (195) and Jackson Boonstra (113) both brought home second-place titles in their respective weight classes and qualified for the state tournament.

Ten points separated Dakota Valley from Sioux City West Feb. 18 as DV pulled away and won the match-up 85-75.

In a senior night match up between the Dakota Valley Panthers and the Madison Bulldogs, the Bulldogs gnawed their way to a 4-point win over the Panthers.

The Dakota Valley girls team wanted to make a show for the audience for their senior night game against the Madison Bulldogs Feb. 21. They won the close match-up 67-63, but only because DV stayed on the foul train – racking up 17 teams fouls and fouling out two players Rachel Rosenquist and …

It was exciting watching Sports Center’s top 10 plays the other day. Number one was USD’s Chris Nilsen setting an NCAA indoor pole vault record of 19-5.5. The achievement came at a meet at the University of Nebraska.

Hot and cold don’t mix in most things, and especially not in basketball. When they come together, at least shooting-wise, it leads to lopsided games.

The girls came out on fire against Tea Area, especially Lily Kempf, who hit her 1st 3 baskets to help EPJ take a 17-9 lead at home Feb. 21. The Titan coach was so peeved at his starters, he benched them all 4 minutes into the game. When they subbed back in, they were on fire, knocking down 3…

Once again it was a game Dakota Valley should win and they did, 67-49, over 2-14 Dell Rapids Feb. 14.

The girls started the night on fire and that fire continued to the boys as both Dakota Valley teams defeated Vermillion, Feb. 11.

Feeding off of the crowd’s enthusasium from the girls defeating Vermillion, the Dakota Valley boys followed suit and beat Vermillion 51-48, Feb. 11. The game was tough, fast and brutal but the DV boys kept it clean, only racking up 11 fouls on the night and keeping their turnovers below 10.

After a sabbatical, Collin Becker is back on the mats and winning. Dakota Valley tussled against Vermillion and Sioux Falls Washington at the Vermillion Triangular Feb. 11, losing 60-12 and 66-18.

The Dakota Valley boys basketball team scored the most points of the year against a conference opponent, defeating Dell Rapids 87-72 Feb. 14. The Quarriers came into the game 11-4.

Head girls basketball coach Adam Timmins had these comments about last week’s games.

Although Kingsley-Pierson got off to a fast start, the EPJ girls quickly caught up and put the game out of reach, winning 67-48 at home Feb. 11.

The EPJ boys have won 4 of their last 5 games, peaking just as post-season play looms.

Adam Grashoff put the Huskies on his broad shoulders in the battle against Dakota Valley Feb. 6 , but even his 25 points and 18 rebounds couldn’t pull off the win. The Panthers won 75-59 on their home court.

The girls basketball team ran into the buzzsaw that is Region 4 #1-ranked Lennox at Lennox Feb. 4. Other than the 1st quarter, though, the girls hung right with the Orioles, losing only 41-55.

Height was a factor that the Dakota Valley girls couldn’t quite overcome in their game against Redfield Feb. 8. The Panthers were 11 points short of defeating the Pheasants 64-54. A contributing factor would be the score difference in the third quarter – Redfield scored 23 points to Dakota V…

The girls basketball team used a combination of muscle and speed to beat the Elk Point-Jefferson Huskies Feb. 6.

The boys basketball team nearly let a good lead slip away, but some timely shots from Alex Zephier helped them pull away from the Elk Point-Jefferson Huskies for a 75-51 win Feb. 6.

It was a game that Dakota Valley was supposed to win and they did in convincing fashion. The final score was 60-35 over North in Sioux City. The hosts dropped to 2-16 on the season.

The Dakota Valley Panthers dragged the Sioux Fall Christian Chargers around their own court Jan. 30, leaving victorious 51-43.

Dakota Valley travelled north on I-29 to participate in a 17-team Les Tlustos Invitational in Brookings. Other teams participating were Brandon Valley, Pierre, Rapid City Central, Harrisburg, Mitchell, Madison, Dell Rapids, Canby, Yankton, Milbank, Brookings, West Central, Vermillion, Sioux …

Dakota Valley hosted two wrestling meets last week – a quadrangular Jan. 28 with Elk Point-Jefferson, Lennox and Tea Area and a triangular Jan. 30 with EPJ and Viborg-Hurley.

Sioux Falls Christian connected on their shots Jan. 30 at home while Dakota Valley struggled, losing 84-53.

Dakota Valley defeated Clark-Willow Lake 67-53 Saturday in the DAK-12/NEC Clash match-up in Madison.

Breionna Goodman signed a letter of intent to be a part of the Briar Cliff cheerleading squad and track program. She is pictured with Briar Cliff cheer coach Kaela Wiig and her mom, Dr. Jewel Shepherd.

The wrestling team had its best week of the season, going 4-0 in dual meets and placing 6 wrestlers at the Wagner Invite.

The girls basketball team picked up their 2nd win in a row on the road at Lawton-Bronson, IA, 45-36 Jan. 28.

Balanced scoring wasn’t enough for the boys to beat Lawton-Bronson on the road Jan. 28. Ten of the six Huskies who scored hit 7 or more points in the 63-75 loss.