It was definitely a year of first 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.

April 4, 2020 – Basketball update

The South Dakota High School Activities Association postponed a decision on the state basketball tournaments. If schools returned to school by May 4, the state tournament would be held June 15-20. If school was called off for the remainder of the year, then all activities would be cancelled.

April 9, 2020 – Bundle up and exercise

Five children in North Sioux City didn’t let the cold weather dampen their spirits. They were all bundled up Thursday, April 2 in 35-degree weather and jumping on the trampoline to stay warm. With schools being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this type of exercise could count toward their at-home Physical Education time.

April 16, 2020 – State parks open for solitary

exercise, some facilities closed

South Dakota State Parks remain open. While some facilities and services weren’t available due to COVID-19 precautions, your local park provided great opportunities for physical activity while following the social distancing and other guidelines provided by Governor Noem and the CDC.

April 23, 2020 – Class A All-State teams announced

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.

Rylee Rosenquist was named to the 2020 Girls Basketball Class A All-State third team. She is a sophomore from Dakota Valley and averaged 18.9 ppg, 9.4 rpg and 3.1 apg.

April 30, 2020 – The wind was blowing

Yes, people still fly kites in the spring. There were five kite-flyers between Military Road and the railyard.

May 7, 2020 – Anglers: fish cleaning stations closed

The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks reminded anglers that fish cleaning stations at state parks, recreational areas and fishing access areas were closed until further notice.

May 14, 2020 – Clements receives state award

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

“I feel very honored to receive the ‘Steve Berseth’ Professional Development Award,” Clements said. “Mr. Berseth was the driving force to bring the leadership training courses to South Dakota and I was fortunate enough to have him encourage me to become a member of our state faculty.”

May 21, 2020 – Meet the new coach

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.

May 28, 2020 – No articles available.

June 4, 2020 – Wingert decides

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

June 11, 2020 – Baseball, softball programs

approved for games, practices

Four coaches were in attendance, three via phone or zoom, at the Dakota Valley School Board meeting Monday, June 8 to discuss the ballfield complex, scheduling for games and practices for T-ball for this summer.

The only teams that had been approved to play ball were the VFW teams. Tammi Voegeli and Kelly Riibe asked if the softball girls would be able to utilize the fields for practices and a couple of home games. The board approved adding softball, but stressed the importance of communication between the programs to make sure there was sufficient social distancing in place with only a couple fields being played on at one time.

June 18, 2020 – Races cancelled at Park Jefferson

Due to insurance related issues, Park Jefferson International Speedway had to postpone the rest of their Saturday races and cancel Monday’s USMTS show. In a statement posted by Park Jefferson, “The track is unable to race while the township road south of the racetrack is open.” A request was made to the Jefferson Township board to temporarily close a small section of the road on race nights for four hours at a time. The board denied the request.

June 25, 2020 – Season opener ends in loss

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.

To be continued in next week’s issue.