Larry Leeds

The Dakota XII Conference will be represented very well in the State A Girls Basketball Tournament at Frost Arena on the campus of South State University this weekend.

There are four Dakota XII teams in the field of eight: Madison, Vermillion, Lennox and Dell Rapids.

The Dakota XII Conference will have at least one team in the the semifinal round as No. 3 seed Lennox will battle No. 6 seed Dell Rapids.

Madison will face St. Thomas More while Vermillion will play Hamlin on the first day of the tournament.

There is a chance that it could be an all-Dakota XII Conference championship like the state volleyball tournament was with Madison facing Dakota Valley.

Madison is the only Dakota XII team in one bracket while the other three are in the other bracket.

Once again, the Dakota XII Conference is showing the state just how strong it is.


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.