Larry Leeds

There are two conferences well represented at the State A and B Volleyball Tournaments this year in Rapid City.

There are four teams from the Big East Conference at the tournament, along with three teams from the Dakota XII Conference.

Three of the Big East Conference teams are in the State A Tournament: McCook Central/Montrose, Parker and Sioux Valley. The fourth team from the Big East Conference is in the State B Tournament: Chester.

All three teams from the Dakota XII Conference are in the State A

Tournament: Madison, Dakota Valley and Sioux Falls Christian.

During the first day of competition on Thursday, the Dakota XII Conference teams flexed their muscles with all three teams winning first-round matches.

All of the teams from the Big East Conference playing in the Class A Tournament suffered setbacks.

There will be at least one Dakota XII Conference team to reach the championship match; Sioux Falls Christian will face Madison in one of the semifinal matches on Friday night.

The other Big East Conference team playing in the State B tournament, the Chester Lady Flyers, picked up a first-round win and will face Warner in a semifinal match.

These two conferences are showing the whole state just how powerful they are.


Larry Leeds was born and raised in South Dakota, graduating from Colman High School in 1974. He continued his education at USD/Springfield and Dakota State University and received a bachelor's degree in physical education and history in 1979. He later obtained a journalism degree from South Dakota State University.

Before coming to Madison, Leeds worked at weekly papers in Flandreau, St. James, Minn., Redfield and Hayti (Hamlin County Publishing with Castlewood and Estelline).

He has a passion for all sports, especially high school sports and amateur baseball, because these teams are filled with players who want to be playing the game.

His favorite teams are the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Chicago Bears, Minnesota Twins and Timberwolves, and New York Yankees.

Leeds is also a NASCAR fan whose favorite drivers are Dave Blaney and his son Ryan.