Larry Leeds

A game for all ages will take place at the Dakota State University Fieldhouse on Saturday around 9 p.m. It will be the last of nines games of the Hefty Seeds High School Boys Basketball Classic.

Madison (9-2) will take on the Minot Magicians (12-0) for the premier battle of the day. Minot was supposed to have a pair of games this week before coming to Madison and battling the Bulldogs.

This game should cap off a great day of high school boys' basketball at the DSU Fieldhouse.

The day will begin at 9 a.m. with Mitchell Christian battling Gayville-Volin.

Other games following the first contest will have Andes Central/Dakota Christian against Viborg-Hurley; Truman/Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain (Minn.) facing St. Francis; Colman-Egan facing Sanborn Central/Woonsocket; Turtle Mountain, N.D. against Irene-Wakonda; Bon Homme playing Colome; Mt. Vernon/Plankinto vs. Little Wound; and Richland, N.D.

battling Wolsey-Wessington.

Several of the teams bring great marks into this Classic. Irene-Wakonda

(6-3) placed second in the State B Tournament last season. Colman-Egan (8-4) last weekend placed second in the Dakota Valley Conference Tournament.

Wolsey-Wessington (9-1) is receiving votes in the latest South Dakota Sportswriters Association Poll.

Other teams that have outstanding records: Andes Central/Dakota Christian (8-5), Sanborn Central/Woonsocket (7-3), Colome (9-2), Mt. Vernon/Plankinton

(8-2) and Little Wound (10-3).

If the premier matchup is like anything like the girls' featured game a couple of the weeks ago, fans will not be disappointed. Hamlin beat Little Wound in overtime in a showdown of top five teams.

If you like the boys' classic on Saturday, the Hefty Seed Combo Shootout is set for Feb. 4 with 18 teams and nine games.

See you at the games.


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.