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.

The Dakota Valley soccer team won two games on the road last week, starting with Garretson, Sept. 21. DV won 2-0.

In what seems like a rematch of the last decade of state volleyball championships, Dakota Valley and Sioux Falls Christian met again, with much the same results. Other than 2013, the Chargers have won every matchup, both in-season and at state. Their match Sept. 23 at DV was no different, al…

The Dakota Valley Panthers went to Sioux Falls for the Sanford Pentagon Classic Sept. 25 where they came up against Warner, Northwestern, Sioux Falls O’Gorman and Hull (IA) Western Christian.

The Harrisburg Dance and Cheer Invitational was a learning experience for both the Dakota Valley dance and cheer teams.

The weather wasn’t enough to stop the Dakota Valley boys golf team from taking 4th place at the DAK-12 Conference Meet in Madison Sept. 21. Logan Collette had a great game on the course, tying for runner-up with EPJ’s Landon Geary, both with 82 strokes. Lennox’s Dalton Plucker took medalist at 81.

West Central used homecoming motivation to defeat Dakota Valley 27-13 in Hartford, Sept. 24. Dakota Valley’s slow start proved costly.

Dakota Valley overcame 10 penalties and 7 fumbles (2 lost) to defeat Sisseton 45-12 on homecoming Friday, Sept. 17.

Three Dakota Valley cross country members medalled at the Charger Invite Sept. 14 at Yankton Trail Park in Sioux Falls. Blake Schmiedt took 7th place in the boys varsity, Max Jensen took 16th place in the boys JV and Mia Riibe placed 15th in the girls JV meet. The top 20 medal.

Dakota Valley held West Central scoreless for most of the game, until the last 8 minutes on Sept. 15. That’s when West Central was able to score the only goal of the game.

The Dakota Valley boys golf JV team started out the week Wednesday, Sept. 8 at Bakker Crossing Golf Course in Sioux Falls and earned first place honors. They played in a triangular against Tea Area and Sioux Falls Christian.

Both the Dakota Valley Cheer and Dance teams had a long week of travelling to competitions, but made the most out of almost every competition, taking either 1st or 2nd place.

If you look at some key stats, you would assume that last Friday’s game, Sept. 10, against Lennox was much closer than a 42-7 loss for Dakota Valley.

Dakota Valley defeated Garretson 2-1 Saturday, Sept. 11 at home. The win brings the Panther’s record to 4-2-1.

The Dakota Valley Panthers volleyball team played 5 matches on the road, winning 4 and losing 1. They started the week off in Beresford Tuesday, Sept. 7.

The Dakota Valley boys cross country team did it again – took first place at the Canton Invitational Sept. 7. Scoring a total of 21 points, the boys crossed the finish line, all coming in under 20th place and medaling.

Arms raised in victory, Blake Schmiedt crossed the finish line at Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve for the last time in his high school cross country career. However, this time, it was a 1st-place finish, a personal record broken and a school record broken.

Dakota Valley’s soccer team fell to number one West Central 1-0 on Tuesday, Aug. 31 on the road.

At the beginning of the season, head coach Rodd Slater stated that this would be a building year for the golf team. The younger squad didn’t have as much experience and would be looking toward Isaac Bruns, Logan Collete and Tyler Cornelsen to help lead the team.

In the annual battle of the Valleys, Dakota Valley ended up on top this year with their defeat of Tri-Valley Aug. 31. It only took three games for DV to walk away with the win, 25-16, 25-13, 25-7.

Oh, to have been in the DV huddle between games 1 and 2 of the volleyball match played at Elk Point-Jefferson Thursday, Sept. 2.

The Dakota Valley Dance team took to their home floor against Beresford and Tea Area Sept. 4. They competed in two events – Jazz and Pom. In Jazz, Dakota Valley was the only team to present a routine and took 1st place with a score of 258.5. In Pom, all three schools competed with Dakota Val…

Dakota Valley came up short Friday night, Sept. 3, losing to Madison 46-13 at Dakota State University.

Dakota Valley battled it out against Yankton to open their volleyball season Thursday, Aug. 26. The Panthers had the audience on the edge of their seats as they moved into the fifth set, winning the match in close contest – 25-14, 15-25, 25-22, 21-25, 20-18.

With 89 runners and 23 schools in attendance at the Beresford Invitational Aug. 27, the Dakota Valley boys varsity cross country team took to the starting line. Sixteen minutes later, toward the end of the 5k race, Blake Schmiedt crossed the line, earning a 6th place finish followed by Jack …

The Dakota Valley boys golf team opened their season Monday, Aug. 16 at the West Central Early Bird Invitational.

Dakota Valley’s Competitive Cheer team has been placed on probation for one year from Aug. 12, 2021 to Aug. 11, 2022. The program cannot have any more incidents during this time period.