Larry Leeds

Last Friday night the spotlight was on Trojan Field as the unbeaten Madison Bulldogs, No. 1 in Class 11A, hosted the unbeaten Bridgewater-Emery-Ethan Seahawks, No. 1 in Class 11B.

Tonight, the spotlight will be shining bright in Irene as the unbeaten Irene-Wakonda Eagles host the unbeaten Howard Tigers, No. 2 in Class 9A.

The Tigers have come a long way in three years. In 2014, the Tigers won the 9A championship with several seniors leading the way. Howard suffered a couple of down seasons after that.

This year, the Tigers are have picked up wins over three very good teams, Garretson, Canistota-Freeman and Hanson. The Tigers also downed Parker.

This might be the Tigers' best test for the remainder of the regular season.

Their last three opponents have a combined record of 2-10.

Of course, the Tigers can't overlook any team because on any give Friday, an underdog can surprise a team.

Tonight's battle should be an instant classic between two very good teams.


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.