Dakota Valley Post 319 defeated Tea 12-4 in their home opener June 25. Regardless of the sport, a win over Tea has a special feeling.

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Jaden Kittler signed his letter of intent June 23 to play men’s volleyball at Morningside College. Pictured are, front from left, Randy Kittler, Jaden Kittler and Tracie Kittler; and back, Rob Lilly, Jayse Kittler, Jenna Kittler, Tammy Lilly and Morningside head men’s volleyball coach Theiso…

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The 12U Dakota Thunder Baseball Team took first place in the LeMars Tournament June 27. They tied their first game against LeMars 6-6, won the second game against Spencer 6-1 and won the third game against MMCRU 3-2. Team members include, from front left, Avery Favors, Jaxon Trosper, Cooper …

The Elk Point-Jefferson 19U baseball team hosted Parkston Sunday, June 21. EPJ held a 4-3 lead through the top of the 7th. Parkston loaded the bases in both the 4th and 5th but both times the Huskies turned them back. Parkston got a run in the 6th to tie it, then broke it open in the 8th, sc…

Golf scores from the Fox Run Golf Course in Yankton on June 18 for area participants in the SDGA Junior Golf League were:

The DVSA 12U Bourne team practices social distancing before their first game June 16.

Bria Perryman pitches in the DVSA 12U with Kyla Bacan in left field and Claire Wiebelhaus at shortstop. Umpire Katie Carter, a DV alum, calls pitches from behind the mound.

The DV baseball team travelled to Lennox Tuesday, July 16. The Panthers gave up a 5-1 lead as the Orioles scored 4 in the bottom of the 5th and 3 more in the 6th. The Panthers lost 8-5.

MaxPreps has ranked the Top 10 Most Dominant High School Boys Programs of the last 10 years in South Dakota, utilizing a formula.

Kamden Wingert, a recent DV graduate, has committed to attend Briar Cliff University and play basketball. He will major in Accounting.

• Players may stand outside the dugout during the game. Bleachers will be blocked off for players only to allow social distancing between players that want to sit.

Lindsey Smith is the recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Student in Sport Coaching Award, School of Kinesiology and Nutrition, from the University of Southern Mississippi.

The South Dakota Cross Country and Track & Field Coaches Association has released the boys 2020 Academic All-State Team.

Every year the Dakota Valley baseball team holds a salt drive. This year, the rules have changed due to COVID-19 concerns. For those who ordered salt, deliveries are scheduled for May 27 and June 13.

Carey Baczwaski was approved as Dakota Valley’s Head Dance coach for the 2020-21 school year at the school board meeting April 13. She has taught competitive dance for the last 10 years.

The “Visions of SuAnne” Foundation, in coordination with the South Dakota High School Basketball Coaches’ Association (SDHSCA) and South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSAA), has announced the 2020 recipients of the “Spirit of Su” award.

The South Dakota Cross Country and Track & Field Coaches Association has released the 2020 Academic All-State Team.

The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal has ranked the toughest golf courses in the 24-county metro area.

The South Dakota Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (SDIAAA) awarded the “Steve Berseth” Professional Development Award 2020 to Dakota Valley Activities Director Bill Clements.

Kate Stanley, one of the most versatile players in Bishop Heelan girls basketball history, will take her talents to Division III University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.

The American Legion Headquarters has cancelled the 2020 Legion baseball season.

The South Dakota High School Activities Association Board was meeting Tuesday evening, April 21 to consider a number of proposals as the Times went to press.

Paul Bruns was named Class A Player of the Year by the South Dakota Basketball Coaches Association. Bruns, a junior at Dakota Valley, averaged 28.7 ppg, 12.7 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.7 spg and .65 bpg.

Paul Bruns announced his commitment to play Division I basketball at University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. The Fighting Hawks were runner-ups in Summit League tournament this spring. Bruns is undecided on a major, but would like to study in the business area. He was also recruited by Au…

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.