Larry Leeds

The corridor of champions is along South Dakota Highway 34 as three of the seven state champions are located on SD-34.

The Madison Bulldogs won their third straight title on Saturday afternoon, 42-20 over the Dakota Valley Panthers.

On Thursday, the Colman-Egan Hawks topped Sully Buttes for a second straight championship 42-28.

One other team is also along SD-34, and that is the Pierre Governors, who beat Harrisburg in the Class 11AA title game.

No other champions are remotely close to SD-34 - the Britton-Hecla Braves (9A), Gregory Gorillas (9AA), Sioux Falls Christian Chargers (11B) and Sioux Falls Washington Warriors (11AAA).

The SD-34 corridor could be the big winner in the State Volleyball Tournament this weekend as both Madison and Chester will be vying for state titles at Rapid City.


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.