If there was ever any doubt in anyone's head what is the toughest Class A conference in the state, that question should have been answered over the weekend.
The Dakota XII Conference had five teams in the State A Boys Basketball Tournament and the teams placed one through five. The only Dakota XII Conference team that suffered a loss in the first round was the Dakota Valley Panthers during the opening game at the hands of another Dakota XII Conference team, the Madison Bulldogs.
The Dakota XII Conference also had Tea Area, Sioux Falls Christian and Tri-Valley in the 2017 tournament.
Nine of the 12 All-Tournament selections were from the Dakota XII Conference.
Playing in the Dakota XII Conference will get teams ready for a long postseason run.