After this weekend, I believe that the Sweet 16 really worked out during both the State A and State B volleyball tournaments held in Rapid City.
Both Class B and A had the top teams battling for the championship throughout the two-day tournaments - and the best teams in the state came out on top.
If you went through the polls during the season, the top three teams in Class A were Sioux Falls Christian, Dakota Valley and Madison. And that is exactly how they finished in the State A Tournament.
In the Class B polls, throughout most the season it was Northwestern, Warner and Chester, 1-2-3. That is also how they finished in the State B Tournament. The championship match on Saturday pitted the best two teams in the state for many years. Before the Sweet 16 format, one of these teams would get bumped out because they were in the same region.
The Sweet 16 is looking like it is working really well thus far, getting the top eight teams to the State Tournament and the top teams placing high.