Larry Leeds

Well, the baseball and softball bats are put away for the summer and the area dirt track racing is heading into the final laps.

So what does all this mean? High school and college sports are about to begin!

Golf and tennis practiced started early this week while football, volleyball and cross country began practices on Thursday.

The first sport that will get the 2016 high school sports season going is golf. The Madison Bulldogs will be heading to Central Valley Golf Course in Hartford for the West Central Invitational on Monday. The meet begins at 9 a.m.

Then the Bulldogs will have three meets in a row starting on Aug. 18 at Brandon. They will go to Hartford the following day and end up at Dell Rapids on Aug. 22.

I am ready for a fun-filled high school and college athletic season in the Madison area.


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.