Putting the ball in the basket continued to be a struggle for the EPJ girls, as they lost 2 games shooting under 35 percent from the field.

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Ariana Gomez will be the first Dakota Valley girl to wrestle in the first-ever girls state wrestling meet. Jackson Boonstra (126) took second place for Dakota Valley in the region tournament in Brandon Valley Feb. 19 and will also be heading to state.

Dakota Valley travelled to Madison to participate in a double-header with the girls Saturday, Feb. 19. Region 4 top seed Dakota Valley (16-2) took on Region 5 top seed Madison (10-7).

There was nothing left of Madison after the Dakota Valley girls visited them Saturday, Feb. 19 in a double-header with the boys. The Panthers dug their claws into the Bulldogs, not letting them score once until the second quarter while putting up 15 of their own points in the first.

A boys basketball record set by Brody Van Ginkel in 2014 has been shattered by Dakota Valley senior Chayce Montagne. Van Ginkel held the school’s record for most career assists, 319. Montagne began his senior year with 250 career assists and in 17 games bypassed Van Ginkel.

The Husky wrestlers hosted Viborg-Hurley Feb. 9 and got a commanding 76-6.

The EPJ boys travelled into Iowa, looking for back-to-back wins for the first time this season. They got it, winning a 55-53 squeaker over Kingsley-Pierson.

Slow first and fourth quarters were the Panthers’ downfall against the Florence/Henry Flyers Thursday, Feb. 11. The Flyers flew into Panther territory as a pick-up game to help fill their schedule. Florence/Henry is a Class A team in Region 2 with a 13-2 record before facing the Panthers.

A Peyton Tritz three-pointer from the corner with two minutes left sealed the win for Dakota Valley over the Vermillion Tanagers 62-52 on the road Tuesday, Feb. 9.

Peyton Tritz had a great night in Dell Rapids, Feb. 12. She scored her career-high points in a game – 24. Tritz also added 4 steals, 3 rebounds and an assist to her stats.

The Dakota Valley Panthers competed in two different meets this week – the first at Elk Point-Jefferson, the second at Sioux Falls Washington.

Dakota Valley Senior Alex Reinhardt is trading in his Panther jersey for that of a Mustang. Reinhardt signed his national letter of intent to play football at Morningside College Thursday, Feb. 11.

Dakota Valley lost the first half of the Dell Rapids game, but quickly came back and took control, winning 87-72 Feb. 12. A short lead ended the first quarter with Dakota Valley on top leading 17-15; however the Quarriers battled back and outscored the Panthers 21-15 in the second quarter. The score at halftime showed the Panthers down by 4, 32-26.

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One comparison stood out as Vermillion defeated Dakota Valley 79-68 Tuesday, Feb. 9 in Vermillion. The Tanagers made 10 three-pointers while DV made 3 out 20 attempts. The Panthers shot 15 percent from beyond the arc, 65.7 percent from the 2-point range and 92.9 percent from the line.

In the last few weeks, the Times has run a series of athletic and academic accomplishments for the year 2020 for the Dakota Valley Panthers. One major accomplishment was overlooked – the Dakota Valley girls soccer team making it to the state tournament for the first time. We regret this omission.

Relentless pressure by the Dakota Valley Panthers helped win them beat the Elk Point-Jefferson Huskies in Elk Point Feb. 4. The Panthers’ defensive tactics held the Huskies to 27 points, less than 10 points a quarter. Their defense also forced 32 turnovers compared to DV’s 8.

At a Dakota Valley Triangular Feb. 4, Panther grapplers won their first dual of the season against Creighton, 60-17.

The Dakota Valley girls used their athleticism, speed and basketball IQ to defeat Sisseton 67-32 in the DAK12/NEC Clash Saturday in Madison.

As Rylee Rosenquist took to the court Feb. 1, she knew she was close to breaking 1,000 career points. She made it right away in the first quarter in the matchup against Sioux City North.

It was definitely a year of firsts for many athletes from Dakota Valley. Here is a brief look at some of them. Due to COVID-19 and the cancelling of sports, the Times chose some other “sport-like” activities that were held during the closures.

In a two-decade old rivalry between Elk Point-Jefferson and Dakota Valley, the Panthers came out on top Feb. 4 in Elk Point. The Panthers scored 81 points to the Huskies’ 54.

Dan Peed, left, and Makayla Peed, right, watch their son, Drake, center, sign his letter of intent to play football at Wayne State College in Wayne, NE. In back, his brother, Brantley and sister, Grace, look on.

Tyler Goehring, center, is joined by his parents, Tammy Goehring, left, and Matt Goehring, right, as he signs his letter of intent to play baseball at Mounty Marty College in Yankton.

The EPJ boys basketball team started the game at Lennox Feb. 2 with a strong 1st quarter. Their press led to a number of Oriole turnovers and the teams were tied 8-8 going into the second quarter.

The Husky girls fell behind in the first quarter and couldn’t get past that deficit in a 43-46 loss to Tri-Valley at home Jan. 28.

The Huskies wrestled in a double dual with Lennox and Tea Area at Lennox Jan. 26. They got a solid win over the Orioles, 52-21, but lost a squeaker to the Titans, 35-39.

The boys hosted Tri-Valley Jan. 28 in a game that moved up and down the court at lightning speed. While that led to quick baskets for both teams, it also meant lots of travelling calls and overthrown passes. The teams combined for 36 turnovers in the game.

Sioux Falls Christian pulled off a squeaker game against Dakota Valley Jan. 28, winning 65-63 in North Sioux City.

The Dakota Valley wrestlers had a busy week, wrestling in Lennox Jan. 26 and Brandon Valley Jan. 30. The team was plagued by injuries, though, so DV had a lot of forfeits in weights they normally have a wrestler in.

It was a highly anticipated game in South Dakota when Dakota Valley hosted Sioux Falls Christian (SFC) Jan. 28.

In a make-up game against Hartington Cedar Catholic, Jan. 29, four Dakota Valley players hit double digits in their 78-52 win.

Dakota Valley travelled to Madison Saturday, Jan. 30 to play a senior-laden Mobridge-Pollock team in the DAK-12/Northeast Conference Clash.

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A school record set by Shaun Reiff in 2000 was broken Friday, Jan. 22 in the boys basketball game versus Tri-Valley. Paul Bruns, who started the season with 577 rebounds, has been quickly making his way to breaking the top record set by Reiff at 678. With his 9 rebounds, Bruns set the new record with 679 rebounds. He broke the school record for career points scored last year.

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In the first year of sanctioned girls wrestling, Ariana Gomez took first place in the DAK-12 Conference tournament in Hartford Saturday, Jan. 23. She wrestled two matches against Alexis Fischer of Lennox. In the first match Gomez won by technical fall, 16-0 in 4:00. In the second round, Gomez brought Fischer down in 47 seconds.

In a battle between two of the state’s top boys basketball programs in the last few years, Dakota Valley defeated Sioux Valley 86-73 Saturday, Jan. 23. The game was played at a neutral site at the World’s Only Corn Palace in Mitchell. Sioux Valley, who was 21-1 last year, was ranked third in the polls with Dakota Valley ranked first.

The seventh grade boys basketball team (DV-Schauff) competed in the Trailblazer Tip-off tournament, hosted by Sioux Center Christian, with the games being played at Hull Western Christian High School. DV-Schauff played three games – Prinsburg Ballers, MN, Unity Christian Knights and Sioux Ce…

The Dakota Valley girls came from behind to defeat Tri-Valley 60-51, Friday night, Jan. 22. At the end of the half, DV trailed by 3 and by 4 at the end of the third quarter. After a big 21-point quarter to TV’s 8 points, DV pulled out the win. Tri-Valley had a record of 4-4 going into the game.

It was definitely a year of firsts for many athletes from Dakota Valley. Here is a brief look at some of them. Due to COVID-19 and the cancelling of sports, the Times chose some other “sport-like” activities that were held during the closures.

Ryan Dodds, Dakota Valley senior, decided where he wants to go to further his education and athletic experiences. Dodds said Northwestern College has a great academic and athletic program that he wants to be a part of.

The EPJ boys ran into a Vermillion team that matched their speed and leaping ability, and took nearly twice as many shots. The result was a 31-point halftime deficit that the Huskies could not overcome.

The Husky girls hosted Vermillion Jan. 19 and stayed within striking range, but the Tanager press took its toll and EPJ lost 31-57.

The Dakota Valley Panthers hosted a triangular Tuesday, Jan. 12 with Elk Point-Jefferson, Tri-Valley and West Central.

Dakota Valley overwhelmed West Sioux 59-19 at home Monday night in girls basketball action. The Panthers built a 37-3 halftime lead. West Sioux could not buy a basket, even a bunny, and became lackadaisical with passes that contributed to 27 steals and many lay-ups for DV.

The Dakota Valley girls (6-2) took on West Central (6-1) Jan. 12 in West Central. The Panthers succumbed to the Trojans, losing 47 to 59.

Paul and Isaac Bruns were a force to be reckoned with at West Central Jan. 12. Paul led the way offensively with 40 points, followed by Isaac with 22. The brothers had 66 of Dakota Valley’s 78-70 win over the Trojans.