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The 2018 South Dakota prep football season is officially in the books after another three-day thrill ride at the DakotaDome over the weekend. Colome outlasted Sully Buttes in an overtime thriller, while an Austin Thu to Trey Ortman to Bailey Sage two-point conversion for Canistota/Freeman in the Class 9A title game made its way across national platforms, including ESPN's Twitter and Facebook pages, along with being featured at halftime of Sunday Night Football on NBC.
VERMILLION—It was the impromptu flea-flicker that spread like wildfire. Leading 14-6 after a touchdown pass from Canistota/Freeman's Trey Ortman to brother Tyce Ortman with 11:44 left in the first half, Trey Ortman handed the ball to dynamic running back Austin Thu for the two-point conversion. Thu was stopped at the 5-yard-line and turned back to the 10, before flipping the ball back to the quarterback Ortman.
The Class 9AA championship football game pits a pair of familiar opponents in an unfamiliar situation. Bon Homme (10-1) enters the DakotaDome for today's matchup in Vermillion as the No. 4 seed, while its opponent Kimball/White Lake (8-3) is the No. 7 seed. The Cavaliers and WiLdKats met earlier in the season, with the former coming away with a 25-7 win on Sept. 7, but playing in a state championship game is unfamiliar territory for both teams. Kimball/White Lake and Bon Home square off for the Class 9AA championship at 1 p.m. today at the DakotaDome.
SIOUX FALLS—Last season, McCook Central/Montrose went to the state tournament in a bit of a happy-to-be-there moment. With most of its key components back this year, returning to state is an expectation. Entering Tuesday's Class A SoDak 16 match, the No. 2 Fighting Cougars are no longer the hunters, but the hunted and No. 15 Dakota Valley was aiming to chase them down.
WOLSEY—Byron Pudwill was roaming the sidelines as the defensive coordinator during Bon Homme High School's run to the Class 11B state championship in 1995. Twenty-three years later, Pudwill, now the head coach, is still on the sidelines, as his Cavaliers are finally headed back to a state championship game after a 44-22 win over top-seeded Wolsey-Wessington on Friday night in the Class 9AA semifinals. Bon Homme (10-1) now moves on to face Kimball/White Lake on Nov. 8 in the DakotaDome for the Class 9AA championship.
The Class 9AA football semifinals feature a pair of teams looking to erase past history against a pair of undefeated teams tonight for the right to play in the South Dakota High School Activities Association championship. No. 4 Bon Homme travels to No. 1 Wolsey-Wessington, while No. 7 Kimball/White Lake plays at No. 3 Garretson. Bon Homme (9-1) faces Wolsey-Wessington (10-0) tonight at 7 p.m. in Wolsey. Kimball/White Lake (7-3) travels to Garretson (10-0) tonight at 7 p.m. Cavaliers seek payback in rematch with Warbirds
A pair of area Cornbelt Conference football teams are vying for a trip to the South Dakota High School Activities Association Class 9A state championship game on Friday, as Canistota/Freeman and Howard attempt to tackle a duo of unbeaten teams along the way. Canistota/Freeman tries to slow down Timber Lake
WAGNER—Volleyball is a way of life in the Tyler household. Amy Tyler has spent the last 15 years guiding the Wagner High School volleyball program, winning two state championships—2008 and 2009—and amassing 410 career wins, with No. 400 coming in an Oct. 1 win over Tripp-Delmont/Armour. Tyler has coached some great teams and great players during her career, but this team has a special twist. Tyler has coached her oldest daughter, Faith, for four years, but this season, eighth-grader Lizzie Tyler has emerged as one of Wagner's key players, as well.
The postseason has arrived for volleyball teams across the state, with the South Dakota High School Activities Association regional tournaments beginning Monday and continuing on Tuesday, before Class A and B are trimmed to 16 teams apiece on Thursday night. While all of the Mitchell area teams have a crack to make a run to the state tournament, there are some entering the playoffs as serious contenders to reach the Denny Sanford Premier Center. Class A
Confidence is not a tangible trait and it isn't something that can be taught, but it can be a crucial aspect of sports. For Dakota Wesleyan University sophomore volleyball player Chelsey Heeg, it is essential. Heeg was a regular starter as a freshman, but Winner native Sydney Fritz was moved to outside hitter, where she was more comfortable. As Fritz excelled in her new role, Heeg was relegated to the bench, playing just three sets in the first 10 matches as the Tigers began this season 9-1.