Larry Leeds

If anyone asks what's there is to do this weekend, they are not living in the Lake County area. You name the sport and it is being played this weekend somewhere.

The big Madison Gymnastics Invitational will start at noon Saturday at the Madison High School Gym. It will have 15 Class A teams competing for the title and several outstanding performers will be in this tournament. It is a preview of the upcoming State Tournament, and the fans will only pay a fraction of the price as they would if they waited to see the State Meet.

Did anyone say "basketball," girls or boys? How about both? The 34th annual Hanson Girls Corn Palace Classic will take place on Saturday. The Howard Lady Tigers will be facing Andes Central/Dakota Christian to kick off the day at 10 a.m.

The last game is slated for 8:30 p.m. with St. Thomas More and Ethan squaring off.

The Hefty Seed Shootout/DSU girls' classic will be held at the Dakota State University Fieldhouse starting at 10:30 a.m. Games will begin at 10:30 with the last game set for 7:30 p.m, featuring two top five Class A teams - Little Wound and Hamlin.

The Madison Bulldogs boys' basketball team will be playing in the Sanford Pentagon Heritage Classic. There will be 10 boys' and girls' games played at the Sanford Pentagon on Saturday starting at 8 a.m. Madison will face St.

Thomas More in the feature battle of the day at 9:30 p.m.

Madison will head to Harrisburg for a wrestling tournament that begins at 9 a.m. This will be a tough test for the Bulldogs.

If that is not enough, the Lady T's and Trojans are at Bellevue, Neb., Saturday.

I am already bushed just thinking about all of these games and events, and I will probably make it to just one...maybe two.


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.