Despite the deep sadness on the Panther team at the loss of head coach Tammy Lilly’s father, they pulled together and beat Sergeant Bluff-Luton 62 to 58 Jan. 5.


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With the federal COVID-19 leave expiring Dec. 31, 2020, the Dakota Valley School Board discussed whether to extend the program on their own. Superintendent Dr. Jerry Rasmussen stated that when talking with other school districts, there was a mixture of what everyone was going to do. Some districts are not going to extend the program while others stated they would extend it either through the end of March or the school year.

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.

Dakota Valley senior Chayce Montagne has made his intent known Jan. 5 to attend Midland University, located in Fremont, NE, and play on the football team. Montagne was a quarterback on offense and a defensive back. He received all-state recognition.

A strong defensive fourth quarter helped clinch Dakota Valley’s win over Sergeant Bluff-Luton Jan. 5, 88-79. SBL has a 3-2 record for the season.

The Dakota Valley Panthers faced their last opponent of 2020 at the Sanford Pentagon – Chamberlain. They defeated them by 20 points, adding another victory to their season.

Dakota Valley took to the mats in the Floyd Farrand tournament Dec. 29 in Sioux Falls. They wrestled against three schools – Sioux Falls Lincoln, Milbank and Spearfish.

Scoring just over 20 points in each quarter kept the Panthers in the lead against North Dakota’s Fargo Davies Eagles. Dakota Valley faced Fargo Davies in Sioux Falls in the Sanford Heritage Classic Jan. 2. The Panthers won the contest between the Dakotas 89-65.

The Viborg-Hurley Cougars travelled into Panther territory Jan. 2 and left with their heads held high after a 2-point victory, 55-53. The Class B Cougars delivered the Class A Panthers their second loss of the season. Viborg-Hurley is 7-0 and ranked 5th in the latest Class B polls.

In what has been a questionable year, there was no question to Dakota Valley boy’s athleticism as they put up 100 points on the score board to beat Corsica-Stickney in the Parkston Classic Dec. 28.

There are only two class for boys basketball A and B in North Dakota.

Hartington Cedar Catholic visited Dakota Valley Tuesday, Dec. 22. The Nebraska D-1 team came into the game 1-3 and left 1-4. The Panthers won the first three quarters to take a 53-31 margin into the 4th, winning 63-51.

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Eighteen high school boys basketball teams from across three states are scheduled to compete in the first tournament of the new year at the Sanford Pentagon Heritage Classic on Jan. 2, 2021.

The Beresford Watchdogs stuck tight to Dakota Valley’s coattails in the first half of their match-up Dec. 15. The score at the end of the half was 27 to 32, with the Panthers leading.

A 16-point gap ended the first quarter with Dakota Valley Panthers leading the Canton C-Hawks Dec. 18. The C-Hawks picked up their game in the second and third quarters, scoring 17 points each. But DV pulled together and kept the C-Hawks at 7 points in the fourth, winning 89-49, handing Cant…

Peyton Wingert, of Dakota Dunes, plays basketball at Midland University. Dec. 15 she was named player-of-the-week by the Great Plains Athletic Conference and Hauff Mid-America Sports. Wingert is a junior. She posted her third double-double of the season Dec. 12 with a game-high 19 points and…

The Dakota Valley girls basketball team was 7 points shy of doubling up Beresford’s end score Dec. 15 – 62-38. In the last three quarters, DV scored 53 of their points, hitting double digits. The first quarter was the only quarter Beresford outscored DV.

A nail-biter. That would be the way to describe the ending of Dakota Valley’s match against Canton Dec. 18 which ended 56-52 favoring the Panthers.

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Pictures from the Dakota Valley Panthers vs. Tea Area Titans boys and girls basketball games on Dec. 11 and girls basketball vs. Lennox Orioles Dec. 8.

The Panther girls basketball team let a potential victory slip away against the Tea Area Titans Dec. 11, losing 51-59.

A big win over Lennox, 61-38, was how the Dakota Valley girls basketball team began their season Dec. 8. The girls played a tough, physical game, keeping control of the game from the very start.

Dakota Valley met the challenge and defeated Tea Area 66-55 on the road Friday, Dec. 11.

In a triangular in Vermillion Dec. 10, the Panthers had more mat wins against their Iowa competitors.

The Dakota Valley boys will play Corsica-Stickney at 7:30 a.m. Dec. 28. It is the 41st Annual Parkston Classic. The event includes 5 girls games and 4 boys games.

Dakota Valley senior Rachel Rosenquist signed her national letter of intent Dec. 14 to play volleyball at the College of Saint Mary – Omaha.

Instead of hosting the DV Quad on Dec. 8, the Panthers hosted it Dec. 7 against Akron-Westfield (AW), West Monona-Whiting (WMH) and Kingsley-Pierson (KP).

The Dakota Valley wrestling team participated in its first tournament of the season at Dell Rapids Dec. 5. Out of seven wrestlers, three placed.

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Members of the 2020 State A Tournament runner-up Dakota Valley Panthers are, front from left, Reagan Van Rooyan, Sammi Archer, Rachel Rosenquist, Taylor Whilshire, Kate Van Rooyan and Tori Schulz; middle row, head coach Mary Miller, Logan Miller, Sophia Atchison, Madeline Stout, Caden Smith, Jenna Addison, Jorja VanDenHul, Sophia Tuttle, Silja Gunderson and Siena DeGeorgia; and back row, assistant coaches Isaac Johnson and Lonnie Bermel.

Photos by Peterman Sports Photography


Dakota Valley seniors Alex Messersmith and Brandon Wagner were named by the South Dakota Cross Country and Track & Field Coaches Association to the 2020 High School Academic All-State team.

Surrounded by friends and family, Dakota Valley senior Taylor Wilshire signed a letter of intent to play volleyball with Wayne State College Nov. 11. Wilshire is a 5’6” libero/defensive specialist. Wilshire said she plans on going into the medical field, but isn’t sure what area she wants to…

Paul Bruns made it official Thursday, Nov. 12 as he signed his national letter of intent. Bruns will head to the University of North Dakota to play basketball for the Fighting Hawks. He made his commitment public in April. The Times first reported on it in the April 23, 2020 issue.

Aiden VanRooyan of Dakota Dunes is a member of the Fargo Force of the USHL. He is taking his classes online and will graduate with the DV senior class in 2021. After attending Dakota Valley his freshman year, he spent his sophomore and junior years at Sioux Falls Roosevelt while playing hock…

Nic Madsen is leading this year’s Dakota Valley Youth Wrestling program. He grew up wrestling in Le Mars, IA and went on to wrestle for Morningside College. Madsen will be assisted by Elijah Dirks, former Morningside wrestler and Blake Perryman, former All-American wrestler at Northern State…

Grant Harder has a hike to get to practice, but it is worthwhile. The Dakota Valley freshman travels to Sioux Falls as a member of the South Dakota U14 hockey team.

Dakota Valley decimated Lennox in the Region 4A semi-final match Nov. 5. Lennox was only able to get a combined score of 25 in the three games – 25-11, 25-8, 25-6.

Despite Dakota Valley’s dominance on the court, the Panthers volleyball team lost to the Madison Bulldogs in a close contest Oct. 27. The teams went to 5 sets, each only losing by a few points – 25-23, 27-25, 16-25, 22-25, 15-12.

Anticipation was high as Dakota Valley hosted Madison in the first round of the football playoffs. Madison had edged Dakota Valley 22-16 in North Sioux City in the season opener.

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State jitters weren’t the only thing the Dakota Valley boys cross country team had to combat at the State Meet in Rapid City Oct. 24. They also had to combat the cold and snow. Despite all that, the team placed 11th out of 15 teams. Sioux Falls Christian took 1st followed by Vermillion, St. …

Dakota Valley’s cheer team travelled to the state tournament held in Rapid City and came away with a 9th place finish out of 19 teams. Sioux Valley took their 14th consecutive state cheer championship with 283 points. DV scored 193 points.

Not only did the Dakota Valley Panthers secure another win on their season, but Head Coach Mary Miller achieved her 900th coaching victory on her home court, Oct. 26 against Tea Area Titans. The Panthers took the Titans in 3 –25-16, 25-9, 25-13.

Dakota Valley returned to form Thursday, Oct. 22 with a 31-6 home victory over Tri-Valley to end the regular season 6-3.

The Dakota Valley Panthers put down 38 kills in three sets against the Vermillion Tanagers Oct. 23. They won in three 25-11, 25-16, 25-10.

South Dakota State women’s soccer boasted a 3.64 combined GPA last academic year, earning the United Soccer Coaches’ Team Academic Award for the 2019-20 season.

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 …