Larry Leeds

Championship matches or games are supposed to come down to the wire, and the Big East Conference  Volleyball championship did just that.

Chester faced the Parker Pheasants in the championship match. The Pheasants looked like they  were going to run away with the title; they won the first two sets to grab a 2-0 lead in the  match.

Chester bounced back nicely in the third set to win 25-21.

Parker jumped out to a quick lead in the fourth set 16-10 before a call that went against  Chester. After that, it was "The Jadon Wages Show" for the Lady Flyers.

Wages just dominated the rest of the fourth match as Chester won 25-17, and she continued to  dominate in the fifth set as the Lady Flyers won the set

15-9 to win the Big East Conference  Tournament.

Wages was a one-player wrecking crew in the last two sets for the Lady Flyers. She was doing the  work all over the court, hammering down kills at the net and digging up everything in the back  row.

This championship match will go down as an instant classic in my mind in Big East Conference play.


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.