Larry Leeds

Well, the athletic directors had to make a hard choice on Thursday to either call the Region 3A semifinal games at Tea Area High School or to play them.

I think they made a great choice in pushing them back to Saturday due to the impending weather.

There was a blizzard warning issued in the area where the teams from Madison, Dell Rapids, Flandreau and Sioux Falls Christian were heading.

My belief is that you always make sure the players, coaches and fans are safe. What the athletic directors did was just that - making sure everyone was safe - not just caring that if the tournament was held and no one got there, the gate would be extremely low and that's not a good thing, either.

If you have never driven in white-out conditions at night, you don't have a clue how dangerous it is. I can recall one night when I watched Colman play a basketball game at the Madison armory. On our way home, my mom was looking out the window to make sure we were not going into the ditch. We did not make it home, but we made it to a neighbor's and stayed there for the night; those neighbors stayed at a different place...they never made it home.

Calling off a game to be on the safe side is the right thing to do. The change will make my Saturday very busy, as I will be at the State Wrestling Tournament to begin the day and then attend the girls' game, which is now set for 8 p.m. on Saturday at West Central.


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.