Dakota Valley seniors Alex Messersmith and Brandon Wagner were named by the South Dakota Cross Country and Track & Field Coaches Association to the 2020 High School Academic All-State team.


Surrounded by friends and family, Dakota Valley senior Taylor Wilshire signed a letter of intent to play volleyball with Wayne State College Nov. 11. Wilshire is a 5’6” libero/defensive specialist. Wilshire said she plans on going into the medical field, but isn’t sure what area she wants to…

Paul Bruns made it official Thursday, Nov. 12 as he signed his national letter of intent. Bruns will head to the University of North Dakota to play basketball for the Fighting Hawks. He made his commitment public in April. The Times first reported on it in the April 23, 2020 issue.

Aiden VanRooyan of Dakota Dunes is a member of the Fargo Force of the USHL. He is taking his classes online and will graduate with the DV senior class in 2021. After attending Dakota Valley his freshman year, he spent his sophomore and junior years at Sioux Falls Roosevelt while playing hock…

Nic Madsen is leading this year’s Dakota Valley Youth Wrestling program. He grew up wrestling in Le Mars, IA and went on to wrestle for Morningside College. Madsen will be assisted by Elijah Dirks, former Morningside wrestler and Blake Perryman, former All-American wrestler at Northern State…


Three football players were named to the academic all-state team – Tyler Goehring, Drake Peed and Riley Schmitz. In order to gain this honor, students must be seniors, take part in the sport for three years and have a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

EPJ travelled to Tea Area for round 2 of region playoffs Nov. 5. The Huskies faced a seasoned Titan team, a big change from Beresford. Tea Area won the match, and the SoDak 16 berth 25-22, 25-15, 25-22.

Academic All State Ben Hanson, Daniel Harvey, Emma Scarmon

State Qualifiers Nathan Buenger, 22nd Place

MacKenzie Stone had a career game in the opening round of volleyball playoffs Nov. 3. The Huskies hosted the Beresford Watchdogs and beat them decisively – 25-12, 25-11, 25-8.

Grant Harder has a hike to get to practice, but it is worthwhile. The Dakota Valley freshman travels to Sioux Falls as a member of the South Dakota U14 hockey team.

Dakota Valley decimated Lennox in the Region 4A semi-final match Nov. 5. Lennox was only able to get a combined score of 25 in the three games – 25-11, 25-8, 25-6.

Despite Dakota Valley’s dominance on the court, the Panthers volleyball team lost to the Madison Bulldogs in a close contest Oct. 27. The teams went to 5 sets, each only losing by a few points – 25-23, 27-25, 16-25, 22-25, 15-12.

Anticipation was high as Dakota Valley hosted Madison in the first round of the football playoffs. Madison had edged Dakota Valley 22-16 in North Sioux City in the season opener.

Bishop Heelan’s girls cross country team participated in the Iowa 3A State Cross-Country Championships Oct. 30. Pictured are some of the girls who live in Dakota Dunes, from left, Jada Newberg, Scarlett Walsh, Brooklyn Stanley and Mia Conley. The team placed 4th, with Stanley earning a spot …

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The EPJ volleyball team played in a triangular Friday, Oct. 30 at Vermillion and went 1 for 2.

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State jitters weren’t the only thing the Dakota Valley boys cross country team had to combat at the State Meet in Rapid City Oct. 24. They also had to combat the cold and snow. Despite all that, the team placed 11th out of 15 teams. Sioux Falls Christian took 1st followed by Vermillion, St. …

Dakota Valley’s cheer team travelled to the state tournament held in Rapid City and came away with a 9th place finish out of 19 teams. Sioux Valley took their 14th consecutive state cheer championship with 283 points. DV scored 193 points.

Not only did the Dakota Valley Panthers secure another win on their season, but Head Coach Mary Miller achieved her 900th coaching victory on her home court, Oct. 26 against Tea Area Titans. The Panthers took the Titans in 3 –25-16, 25-9, 25-13.

Dakota Valley returned to form Thursday, Oct. 22 with a 31-6 home victory over Tri-Valley to end the regular season 6-3.

The Dakota Valley Panthers put down 38 kills in three sets against the Vermillion Tanagers Oct. 23. They won in three 25-11, 25-16, 25-10.

South Dakota State women’s soccer boasted a 3.64 combined GPA last academic year, earning the United Soccer Coaches’ Team Academic Award for the 2019-20 season.

Joe Cross ran in the State A Cross Country Meet Saturday, Oct. 24. Run times were adjusted, trying to beat a winter storm, but runners were still slogging through wet, snowy conditions. Cross, a freshman, finished in 18:33.64 for 45th place in his first state meet.

In their regular season matchup Sept. 18, the Husky football team had little trouble in their 40-6 win over Mount Vernon/Plankinton.

The EPJ volleyball team played at Madison Friday, Oct. 23 and did not fare well against their DAK-12 opponent.

After a two-week hiatus due to sickness, Dakota Valley’s volleyball team went back to action in a game at Lennox Oct. 13. No one would have realized that team play was suspended the way the Panthers came out and dominated the Orioles in three – 25-9; 25-7; 25-11.

Sioux Falls Christian hosted the DAK-12 Conference Volleyball Tournament Saturday, Oct. 17 where Dakota Valley was paired against Tea Area. For the second time last week, Dakota Valley dominated the floor, winning in three – 25-9; 25-18; 25-12. Assistant coach Lonnie Bermel commended the gir…

2020 hasn’t been everyone’s year, but it’s a year to remember for the Dakota Valley boys cross country team. They finished with 51 points at the region meet in Lennox Oct. 15 qualifying them for the state tournament as a team – Blake Schmiedt, Reed Donaldson, Alex Olsen, Keaten Wright, Alex …

West Central defeated Tea Area 2-0 to win the girls state Class A soccer championship. Last year, Tea defeated West Central 2-0 to win the championship.

The second-ranked Dakota Valley football team learned that rankings mean nothing after the kickoff. Vermillion was 1-5 coming into the game and shocked Dakota Valley 48-7 Friday, Oct. 16 in North Sioux City.

The Huskies took part in the Region 3A meet Oct. 15 in Lennox. Teams at the meet included Lennox, Vermillion, Canton, Ethan/Parkston, Tea Area, Beresford, Parker, Elk Point-Jefferson, Dakota Valley and Wagner.

The Huskies hosted Irene-Wakonda in the last home match of the season and won in 4 games – 25-14, 18-25, 25-22, 25-17.

Elk Point-Jefferson got a decisive 42-14 win over Flandreau Oct. 16 to secure home field for the opening round of playoffs Thursday, Oct. 23. They will host Mt. Vernon/Plankinton, a team the Huskies beat 40-6 in the opening game of the season. It’s the first home playoff game for EPJ since 2006.

Paul Bruns moved from 6th the first day to finish 2nd at the State Class A golf tournament in Hot Springs Oct. 5-6.

The Dakota Valley soccer team’s first appearance in post season play came up short. They lost to Sioux Falls Christian 1-0 Tuesday, Oct. 6 on the road.

The Dakota Valley Panthers had a decisive 38-21 win Friday, Oct. 9 over the Orioles in Lennox. It was a team effort, as over 20 players made the scorebook. That number does not include the offensive line that powered DV to 425 yards of total offense.

The team postponed its match with Dell Rapids and did not play in the Western Christian Invite.

The Dakota Valley Cross Country teams used the DAK-12 Conference Meet in Madison as a way to better themselves for the region meet next week. Madison’s course is on the difficult side, but the DV runners rose to the challenge.

On Thursday, Oct. 8, the DAK-12 Conference held the conference cross country championships. The meet was at the Madison Golf & Country Club.

The boys golf team played at the state meet Oct. 5-6 in Hot Springs. Nathan Buenger was the top Husky, shooting 84-85-169 to tie for 22nd. Landon Geary tied for 42nd at 89-91-180. Cade Fennel was 59th, 89-100-189 and Carter Langle tied for 62nd, 97-94-191. The team placed 10th.

Nathan Buenger, Cade Fennel, Landon Geary and Carter Langle played in the state golf meet in Hot Springs Oct. 5-6.

The Elk Point-Jefferson football team got back on track with a home win, 36-14, over the Garretson Blue Dragons Oct. 2.

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The boys golf team played at the state meet Oct. 5-6 in Hot Springs. Nathan Buenger was the top Husky, shooting 84-85-169 to tie for 22nd. Landon Geary tied for 42nd at 89-91-180. Cade Fennel was 59th, 89-100-189 and Carter Langle tied for 62nd, 97-94-191. The team placed 10th.

On Thursday, Oct. 1, Elk Point Jefferson Cross Country participated in the Lennox Cross Country Invite. With 14 schools in attendance, this meet is as competitive as any other on the Huskies’ schedule.