Dakota Valley participated in the Region 3B Legion tournament in Vermillion July 20-23.

Dakota Valley Thunder 12U baseball completed their season this weekend by finishing 4th place at the South Dakota State VFW Tournament in Humboldt, SD.

The Dakota Valley American Legion Post 319 senior baseball team welcomed participants to compete in the “Home Run Derby and Skills Competition.” The event was held at the DV Baseball Complex June 29.

The 49th AAU Junior National Volleyball Championships concluded this week at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. MVP United Volleyball Club, located at the United Sports Academy in North Sioux City, sent 3 teams to compete against the top clubs from across the nation: 15 Red,…

With the start of a new sport comes the addition of new coaching staff. Boys soccer will be offered as an athletic sport at the start of the 2022-23 Dakota Valley School year. Eddie Vongsiprasom has been selected as the Boys Soccer Head Coach. He was the JV Head Coach for the girls soccer te…

The Dakota Valley Trap Team performed at the Clay Target State Tournament June 11-12. They saw many new high scores and the athletes represented their school well with several high ranking qualifiers. The team held spots in the top five finishers in their class. They included Jack Chesmore a…


Lexi Squier of Dakota Valley was the only girls golf athlete to qualify for the state tournament held at Bakker Crossing Championship Golf Course June 6-7.

The Dakota Valley girls varsity golf team travelled to Sioux Falls to play in the 2A Regional Tournament May 31. The top 23 golfers, in a field of over 50, would have a ticket to the state golf tournament which would also be played on the Bakker Crossing Championship Golf Course.

The Dakota Valley girls golf team competed in the Lennox Invite May 17. Their scores were Sage Agrimson 57, Leah Crombie 69, Briley Schroeder 71, Raygan Van Der Mataan 74 and Julia Orlando 78,

Due to weather, the opening round of the state baseball tournament for Dakota Valley against West Central Monday, May 30 was postponed to 10 a.m. Tuesday at Augustana University. Dakota Valley defeated West Central 6-5.

The 14U VFW baseball team competed May 21-22 in Oakland/Craig tournament and came out as tourney champs. On Saturday, the team defeated Wahoo 10-0 in game 1, downed O’Neill 3-1 in a game 2 pitchers duel and finished with a 10-3 victory over West Point in the Sunday championship game.

The South Dakota High School State track and field meet was held at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls May 26-28. Dakota Valley was well represented at the state track meet with many Panther athletes coming home with medals and personal record bests.

A nice victory was earned in what was a big game for the Dakota Valley varsity baseball squad May 20 versus the Vermillion Tanagers. Senior Brayden Major had a great outing on the mound to pitch six and a third innings. Major allowed only 4 hits and 1 run. He struck out 8 batters. Ethan Anem…

After a scoreless 1st inning for Dakota Valley and the Canton C-Hawks in their match-up May 10 the offense got extremely hot for the Panthers. As a team the squad had 13 total hits to defeat Canton 16 to 1 on the Panther’s home field. Seven runs crossed home plate in the 2nd and 3rd innings …

It came down to excellent pitching and errorless fielding for the Dakota Valley Panthers in their 1-0 home win over the Bon Homme Cavaliers Sunday, May 8.

Three thousand student athletes from five states competed at the 2022 Howard Wood Dakota Relays in Sioux Falls.

It was all Dakota Valley Sunday, May 8 when the Panthers stepped onto their home baseball field to take on the Centerville Tornadoes. Beau Pollema was the starting pitcher and went 5 innings to earn the win. He allowed only 3 hits and a run. Pollema struck out 8 batters.

Sophia Atchison signed with the University of Arizona May 4. Atchison plans on continuing her pole vaulting career while studying in the school’s naturopathic science program.

Both the Dakota Valley girls and boys track teams took 3rd place at the Lenwood Invite in Lennox May 3.

The Dakota Valley Panthers hosted 11 teams at the Two Rivers Golf Course April 26. Out of the 12 teams, the Panthers placed 10th with 228 strokes.

It was quite the week for Sophia Atchison, from being named Prom Queen to breaking the top school record in pole vault. Atchison went to the state track meet last year and recorded the second highest height of 9’9” for the school. Meghan Kahler set the school record of 10’ in 2006. Well, tha…

Dakota Valley’s Jake Pruchniak went to the mound against Beresford/Alcester-Hudson April 29 and pitched the Panthers to victory. During the 7 inning game, Pruchniak pitched 18 strikeouts and kept the Black Sox from achieving any hits, runs and chances to get on base.

The Dakota Valley Panthers attended the Rich Luther Relays in Lennox, SD April 21, with many Panthers showing their athletic prowess.

The Dakota Valley trap team held a couple of fundraisers for their upcoming season.

Both Rylee Rosenquist and Isaac Bruns were named to the top five basketball players in the state of South Dakota by the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. The newspaper selects a first five and a second five for both girls and boys regardless of class. Rosenquist made the second five last year.

The Dakota Valley Boys Panther Baseball team has gotten off to a good start on their season winning against Parker, April 4. They lost to Vermillion 5-3. During that game, Jake Pruchniak hit a triple and Randy Rosenquist, Garrett Anderson, Beau Jones and Tyler Schutte all got hits.

The best indicator for weather change after a great March was the start of track in April. It seems like this cold weather is becoming an annual occurrence.

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Dakota Valley’s boys head basketball coach Jason Kleis was given an award along with his undefeated season. The South Dakota Basketball Coaches Association named him South Region 6 Boys Head Coach of the Year.

The Dakota Valley Panthers began their track season at the Husky Invite April 5 in Elk Point.

Player of the Year honorees Isaac Bruns of Dakota Valley (Class A), Kalen Garry of De Smet (Class B) and Caden Hinker of Mitchell (Class AA) spearhead the 2021-22 All-State boys basketball teams announced.


Rylee Rosenquist was again named to the First Team of the All-State Girls Basketball team. She was chosen by the South Daktoa Basketball Coaches Association. They listed Rosenquist as averaging 23 points per game, 10.1 rebounds and 4.9 assists and 72 steals on the season.

On March 24, Blake Schmiedt signed his national letter of intent to participate in cross country and track for Dakota State University in Mitchell. Schmiedt said he chose DSU because he loved the technology-oriented programs that DSU has to offer.

Dakota Valley hosted the SDWCA District 10 Wrestling Tournament March 5. Nearly 400 competitors took to the mat to compete in the hopes of qualifying for the Region 5 Tournament, held in Brandon, SD the next weekend.


Boys soccer is offered as a sport in some Class A schools and will now be offered at Dakota Valley. Other schools with boys soccer teams are Belle Fourche, Freeman Academy, Groton Area, Hot Springs, James Valley Christian, Sioux Falls Christian, St. Thomas More, Tea Area and Vermillion.

Gymnastics is offered as a sport in some Class A schools, the same class as Dakota Valley. This includes Britton-Hecla, Chamberlain, Deuel, Estelline/Hendricks, Hot Springs, Madison, Milbank Area, Parkston/Ethan/Hanson/Mount Vernon, Sisseton, Stanley County, Vermillion, Wagner/Bon Homme, Wal…

The Dakota Valley girls opened state tournament play against West Central March 10 in Brookings.

Unlike the game against West Central, Dakota Valley’s 3-pointers were hitting their mark, swishing through the net at most key moments against Sioux Falls Christian Friday, March 11.

The Dakota Valley boys clinched their way into the state tournament by defeating Madison in the SoDak-16 68-50 March 8. Dakota Valley is undefeated going into the tournament 23-0 and is the number one seed.

The consolation championship game matched two teams – Dakota Valley and Red Cloud – who the day before beat teams they lost to in the regular season.

The Dakota Valley girls defeated Mt. Vernon/Plankinton 63-54 March 3 in a great game to prepare the Panthers for the state tournament.

Freshman guard Paul Bruns was named the Summit League’s Freshman of the Year and earned a spot on the league’s honorable mention team. The voting was conducted by conference coaches, sports information directors and local media.

The Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) announced the 2021-22 Women’s Basketball All-Conference honor. Midland University’s Peyton Wingert was named All-GPAC Second Team.

The Dakota Valley boys basketball team continued post-season play as they did in the regular season by defeating Parker and Vermillion last week.