Larry Leeds

Homecoming football games are always special.

Ask anyone who has played football what game is the one they want to win the most. That answer would be the homecoming games.

Today might be slightly different, as the playoffs and the championship game are also special.

Homecoming games are important for everyone in the community, along with former players, as they seem to all come back to their high school or college for the homecoming game.

During my high school football games, we won two homecoming games out of the four years, and the one that stung the most was losing in my senior year.

There was never a homecoming parade back in my high school days. It was coronation, class skits, the football game and the homecoming dance that made up homecoming week.

My first homecoming parade was when I was a freshman in college and, wow!

Seeing all of the people coming back was very impressive.

Homecoming games and festivities will always be something for everyone associated with the high school or college they attended.


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.