Easton Kempf hit double-digits big time in a road game at Irene-Wakonda, scoring 20 points for the Huskies. He also had 6 boards and 6 assists.


The Huskies faced a 20-team field at the McCook Central/Montrose Invite Dec. 31.

Ashley Brewer had a break-out game Dec. 28 at Irene-Wakonda, scoring 19 points and pulling down 6 rebounds.

The Dakota Valley girls went up against Corsica/Stickney Dec. 28 in the Parkston Classic. The Panthers and the Jaguars played a hard, fast game, battling point for point. DV came out the winner, squeaking past by 1 point – 67-66.

The Dakota Valley boys participated in the Parkston Classic and played against Platte/Geddes Dec. 28. The boys got off to a fast start and didn’t look back, outscoring Platte/Geddes 76-41.

The Dakota Valley athletics programs continue to grow and be strong opposition to their opponents. 2021 saw many changes in participation along with many state berths.

Dakota Valley participated in the 2021 Floyd Farrand Invitational hosted by Sioux Falls Lincoln – a total of 19 teams wrestled.

The Husky defense held Viborg-Hurley to just 12 points total in the 2nd and 3rd quarters to take a 53-45 win at home Tuesday, Dec. 21.

Although they won the battle of the boards, the EPJ girls lost to the Viborg-Hurley Cougars 41-53 Tuesday, Dec. 21 at home.

The Dakota Valley girls basketball team, in a double header with the boys, hosted Tea Area and came out on top. However, a tie, 69, at the end of the fourth quarter pushed the game into overtime. Putting up another 12 points to Tea Area’s 4 gave DV the win 81-73.

The Dakota Valley boys hosted Tea Area Dec. 20 in a rescheduled game from Dec. 10. The Panthers defeated the Titans 72-61.

This year’s basketball sideline cheerleaders are, front from left, Karlee Hughes, Nathalia Young, Olivia Scardino and Clarie Kilcullen; and back, Austyn Koedam, Lily Smith, Rachel Bryan and Madison Bell.

Weather wreaked havoc with wrestling meets last week, as the team made only 1 of 3 events scheduled. Both Redfield Dec. 10 and Faulkton Dec. 11 were rescheduled or postponed by the Friday snowstorm.

The girls basketball team opened their season with 2 wins over DAK-12 opponents.

For the second time, head football coach Jake Terry has been recognized for excellence, as voted on by his peers.

Dakota Valley girls basketball team dominated their home court against the Lennox Orioles Dec. 7 winning 54-41.

Peyton Wingert, graduate of Dakota Valley and a senior at Midland University, was named the Great Plains Athletic Conference and Hauff Mid-American Sports Womens Basketball Player of the Week for games played Nov. 29-Dec. 5.

Steve and Suzanne Peterman were awarded Friends of Football by the South Dakota Football Coaches Association. The Petermans have worked for the newspapers for over 20 years diligently taking sports photos for both Dakota Valley and Elk Point-Jefferson.

The Dakota Valley girls basketball team began their season with a win Saturday, Dec. 4 over Dupree. The game, played in Pierre, resulted in a 14-point spread with DV on top, 63-49.

Dakota Valley senior Ashton Pick signed his national letter of intent Nov. 24 to play baseball at the University of Sioux Falls.

Things looked like they were going EPJ’s way the first 2 games in Irene Nov. 9, when the Huskies took on the Wagner Red Raiders with a trip to state on the line.

Dakota Valley senior Bailey Sample signed her national letter of intent, Nov. 10, to play softball at the University of Sioux Falls.

The Dakota Valley Panthers are back on the prowl at the Class A State Tournament for a win over defending champion Sioux Falls Christian. They return to the tournament after their SoDak s16 win over Lakota Tech in Beresford, Nov. 9. The Panthers won in three easy games – 25-6, 25-10, 25-17.

Winner really likes to run the ball. Then they run again. And again.

The Elk Point-Jefferson volleyball team capped their season with 2 wins in region play. That qualified them for the SoDak 16, the last step to the state tournament.


The South Dakota High School Activities Association Board of Directors has approved the softball steering committee’s plan to sanction softball.

Eight Dakota Valley students participated in the 2021 All State Chorus. Pictured are, front from left, Emily Carlson, Jalen Doyle, Claire Maeschen and Lexi Squier; and back, Tyler Kuehl, Peyton Machan, Preston Carlson and Tavone Keomanyvong.

Dakota Valley opened volleyball Region 4A play against Vermillion, Nov. 2. The Panthers rolled the Tanagers in 3 games, winning 25-9, 25-16, 25-15.

Ellie Wiese signed a letter of intent to play softball with the Morningside Mustangs. She will continue in her position as pitcher, but said she could also be playing another position as she’s a “utility player.”


The Dakota Valley volleyball team was idle last week, with no games scheduled until Tuesday, Nov. 2 when they opened region play. The Panthers, seeded #1 in Region 4A, hosted #8 Vermillion. They hosted Parker at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4. With the win against Parker, Dakota Valley will now fac…

The EPJ volleyball team hosted a Pink Out for breast cancer awareness Friday, Oct. 22. Team members placed pink pumpkins in a row or handed them to special survivors at the start of the varsity game. The event raised $321.


Claire LaFerrier and Joe Cross represented Elk Point-Jefferson at the State A Cross Country Meet Saturday, Oct. 23 in Sioux Falls.

Six touchdowns and a school record. Nearly 150 yards rushing. An interception and 5.5 tackles.

The Madison Bulldogs came to town Friday, Oct. 22 and took a win home with them – 17-25, 25-22, 25-18, 26-24.

Four Dakota Valley cross country members – Sophia Redler, Reed Donaldson, Keaten Wright and Blake Schmiedt – made it to the state cross country meet held in Sioux Falls Oct. 23.


Dakota Valley’s Cheer teem went up against 22 teams at the state championship Friday, Oct. 22 at Brandon Valley and came home with the silver. They were awarded 214 points.

Dakota Valley finished the regular season with a trip to the DakotaDome. The Panthers came up short, falling to the Tanagers 34-6.

Dakota Valley won their last 2 matches against Vermillion (Oct. 22) and Tea Area (Oct. 25), both in 3 games.

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By half a point (277), Dakota Valley’s Dance team continued their state championship run for the 12th year in a row. State was held in Brandon Valley Friday, Oct. 22. Coming close in second was Beresford with 276.5. Tea Area took third with 262.5.

The Huskies cross country team brought 24 runners to participate in the Region 3A cross country event at Beresford Thursday, Oct. 24. With the addition of teams to the region, an already challenging race has become even more difficult. Even so, EPJ came ready to compete.

The first series in EPJ’s final regular-season game pretty much told the story for the game: Parker offside, EPJ 1st down; Parker offside, EPJ 1st down; Parker offside, EPJ 1st down. Even though it ended in a missed field goal, the Pheasants never got back up in the game.

EPJ hosted Irene-Wakonda Thursday Oct. 14 and got the 3-set win – 25-19, 25-17, 25-11.

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The Panther cross country team ran at the Region 3A meet Oct. 14 in Beresford, and 4 runners were fast enough to qualify for the state meet.

The girls Class A state soccer championship game Oct. 16 had a number of scenarios. West Central had won twice during the year, both 1-0. Could they overcome the athletic challenge of beating the same team three times in one season?

Dakota Valley played in the DAK-12 Conference Tournament in Tea Oct. 16 and walked away with a 2nd place finish.