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 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.

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.

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.


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…

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.

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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.

It could have been called the Rebound Bowl Friday, Oct. 15. DV was coming off an overtime loss to Sioux Falls Christian and Dell Rapids was coming off a one-sided loss to Madison.

The Dakota Valley Panthers plucked the feathers of the Lennox Orioles at home Oct. 12. The Panthers held the Orioles to a combined 25 points throughout 3 games – 25-5, 25-10, 25-10.

The Dakota Valley Dance and Cheer teams had one day to redo their routines to incorporate the 2 athletes who were out due to injury at the Platte-Geddes competition Oct. 16. Despite doing that, the dance team took 1st place with 187.50 points (186.5 in Jazz and 188.5 in Pom). The cheer team …

Three-time all-state goalie Ivey Winckler made the key stop during penalty kicks against Tea Area in the state semi-finals. Then, Winkler made her penalty kick to give Dakota Valley a 7-6 victory. The win sends the Panther soccer team to their first-ever state championship game.

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For the first time in Dakota Valley history, the girls soccer team will be playing in the state championship. They will play against West Central at 11 a.m. at the Howard Wood Stadium in Sioux Falls. Pictured are soccer members, front, from left, Gracie Strong, Emma Honner, Sophie Meyer, Ell…

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Dakota Valley’s girls soccer team faced Groton Area in the first round of state playoffs Oct. 5, winning 1-0 on their home field.

The Dakota Valley defense kept Sioux Falls Christian out of the end zone for over 46 minutes but a Charger touchdown and PAT with 1:31 left in the game tied it at 14-14 Friday, Oct. 8. The touchdown came after an 11-play, 73-yard drive.

The Panthers travelled to Brandon Valley Oct. 5 to compete in the Dance and Cheer Invites. The dance team took an overall 4th place finish.

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Dakota Valley freshman Logan Collette may have had that experience all athletes wish for when they perform at a higher level. Three DV golfers were playing in the state golf meet Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 4-5 in Madison.

The DAK-12 Cross Country meet was held at Dell Rapids Oct. 7. DV saw a 4th-place finish from the boys varsity and Jr. high boys and a 2nd-place finish from JV boys.

The Dakota Valley Panther volleyball team travelled into Iowa to face five schools in tournament fashion, Saturday, Oct. 9. They played Sioux City East, Central Lyon, Harlan, Hull Western Christian and Boyden Hull. Out of the 5 matches, Dakota Valley won 2 – Central Lyon and Harlan.

The Dakota Valley volleyball team, in true Panther fashion, demolished Dell Rapids Oct. 4 in 3 games – 25-13; 25-18; 25-21.

Dakota Valley took 4th place at the state softball tournament held in Sioux Falls Oct. 2-3. There were 12 teams in the tournament and DV played 5 games. Even after being knocked into the losers bracket at the very beginning of the tournament, the Panthers fought their way back.

The Dakota Valley Dance and Cheer teams travelled the almost 70 miles to Sioux Falls to participate in the O’Gorman Dance and Cheer Invite Sept. 28.

After a three game week, DV headed into the state soccer playoffs Tuesday, Oct. 5 against Groton Area. (Results were not available by presstime).

Dakota Valley had its last regular cross country meet of the season and competed against 11 schools – Sioux Falls Christian, Milbank, Lennox, Vermillion, Ethan/Parkston, West Central, Beresford, Tea Area, Elk Point-Jefferson, Dell Rapids and Aberdeen Roncalli. Throughout all of these teams, …

Dakota Valley hosted a border battle, taking on two Nebraska Schools – Ponca and Pierce – Sept. 30. The three volleyball teams faced off on multiple courts throughout the night, including the JV teams.

Last week’s football story, Two halves – two games, reported that in the fourth quarter against West Central, Ethan Anema connected to Lake Kistner for a 29-yard touchdown. Preston Carlson was the receiver and scored the touchdown. We reported the story based on the play-by-play stats sent to us.

Dakota Valley hosted its second-consecutive Northeast Conference foe Milbank, Friday, Oct. 1. The results were different, as Milbank defeated Dakota Valley 36-13.

Three days apart, Dakota Valley travelled Union County, attending the Alcester-Hudson Invite Sept. 20 and the Union County Quad in Elk Point Sept. 23.

Dakota Valley came out to a fast start in their match against West Central Sept. 21 winning in a quick 3 games. In the first 2 games, DV didn’t allow West Central to get into double digits, winning 25-3, 25-9. The third game, DV won 25-12.