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.

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.

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

Tea defeated Dakota Valley 2-1 Sept. 29 in North Sioux City. Tea won the season opener between the two teams 3-0 Aug. 14.

Several weeks ago it was important to get to the game early; the game against Dell Rapids Oct. 2 shows you should not leave early.

For most of the year this year, and years prior, Dakota Valley hasn’t had enough girls to field a varsity cross country team. However, when it came to the Lennox Invite Oct. 1, DV accomplished that goal.

On a windy night, Dakota Valley defeated Vermillion 2-1 at VHS Thursday, Oct. 1. It tied this year’s series at 1-1, as Vermillion won at Dakota Valley 1-0 in North Sioux City.

The Dakota Valley Panthers Girls Soccer team has made it to the state playoffs for the first time! Cheer them on Oct. 6!

The volleyball team spent a long day in Sioux Falls Saturday, Sept. 26, playing in the Sanford Pentagon Volleyball Tournament. DV took on four of the top teams in South Dakota and Iowa.

The competition moved up several notches when DV travelled to Sioux Falls Christian Sept. 24 in a match between Class A #1 and #2. It was also a rematch of last year’s state title game, won in 5 sets by the Chargers.

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It could be expected the 8-0 Dakota Valley volleyball team would have little trouble taking care of the 4-7 West Central Trojans, and that was mostly the case in a home match Sept. 22.

Dakota Valley eked out a victory in Hartford 15-14 over West Central Sept. 24. It took a 2-point conversion to get the lead that held.

Garretson came out possessing and being the aggressive team when the Dakota Valley soccer team played in Garretson Sept. 12. They caught the Panthers sleeping in the first half and scored in 21 minutes.

Dakota Valley JV Golf finished in a tie for 2nd with Tea in the DAK-12 Conference JV Boys Golf meet at Hiawatha GC in Canton.

A sea of purple, that’s how Dakota Valley junior Blake Schmiedt described the runners coming across the finish line at The Pointe Golf & Event Center in the Union County Quad Sept. 24.

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Participation by Union County 4-Hers at the State Fair included 38 livestock exhibits which received 21 Purple (P), 16 Blue (B) and one White (W) ribbons. Youth-in-Action events, which included livestock showmanship, earned 8 Purple, 3 Blue and one Red (R) ribbons.

In a game with 105 plays – 51 for Dakota Valley and 54 for Sioux Falls Christian – each is important but three stand out in the 23-21 Panther victory Sept. 18.

The Dakota Valley Panthers faced the Yankton Gazelles and Canton C-Hawks Sept. 15 and 17, respectively.

Dakota Valley skipped up the road to Elk Point to play in the Husky Invite Match Play with 7 other teams Sept. 17. Unlike normal golfing when teams are trying to have the lowest score, in match play it’s the highest.

Dakota Valley finished 6th in the Vermillion Invite in challenging conditions at The Bluffs Golf Course. Paul Bruns (75) won the medalist honors with a 1-stroke victory over Lennox’s Dalton Plucker (76). Par for the course is 72.

The teams ran at the Alcester-Hudson Invite Monday, Sept. 21. It was a good day for the boys, as the varsity placed 3rd and the JV won their division. The JV girls also took 3rd.

Dakota Valley participated in the 17-school Sioux Falls Chrsistian Cross Country Invite Sept. 15. They ran against schools they wouldn’t normally run against, helping them gain more experience.

Dakota Valley girls soccer moved up to 5th in power points after last week. The top 6 teams qualify for state.

The Dakota Valley Dance team travelled to Brookings to participate in the Brookings Invite along with 14 other teams. They danced in the Jazz and Pom categories. DV took fourth in Jazz with 338.5 points. Brandon Valley took first with 385, followed by Harrisburg 347 and Sioux Falls Washington 345.

Dakota Valley finished 8th in the DAK-12 Conference Meet at the Rocky Run Golf Course in Dell Rapids Monday, Sept. 21.

Sunday’s game, Sept. 13, against Pipestone was a heartbreaker for the Panthers, as they lost the lead late in an 11-3 defeat. DV struggled to contain the high-powered offense of Pipestone, giving up 11 runs.

A 38-point divide separated the Dakota Valley cheer team from taking first place out of Sioux Valley’s hands at the Dell Rapids Invite Sept. 8.

Dakota Valley increased their season record to 4-0 with a win over Beresford Sept. 8 at Beresford. Beresford at that time had the reverse season record.

The Panthers travelled into Mustang territory Sept. 1, taking every game in C-team, junior varsity and varsity. The C-team dominated in two – 25-10; 25-16; the junior varsity in three – 25-19; 25-20; 25-16.

Sioux Falls Washington is a big school and has a big volleyball team. With a frontline that averages over 6’, including a 6’4 middle hitter and a 6’6 outside, they can be intimidating.

The Dakota Valley boys cross country team took second place at the Canton Invitational Sept. 8 despite the cold, wet weather.

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Paul Bruns led the course once again as he came out medalist at the Sioux Falls Christian Invite Sept. 1. Bruns had a score of 39 on the front 9 and 34 on the back for a total of 73. Bruns was only one stroke over par for the course. Hot on his heals was Christian’s Andrew Dykstra with a 75,…

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Dakota Valley held their dance and cheer invite this weekend, Sept. 5.

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The Dakota Valley football fans who travelled to Yankton had high hopes for the first half.

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The Panther volleyball team swept the Elk Point-Jefferson Huskies at home Sept. 3 – 25-12, 25-15, 25-18.

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“Blake [Schmiedt] was coming in hot,” head coach Tiffany Wendling said. “I have never seen such a large smile and such excitement at a finish. He was determined to bring in his best time and make the leader board for Dakota Valley’s (short) 5K.”