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    Profile: SOD BUZZARD

    Covering the Pheasant Belt
     




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    • Feel Good Story, Kudos to the Cowboys and Coach Kortan

       

    • A Sod Buzzard Editorial: A Family Lost, A Community's Loss

      On Wednesday of last week, Michael Westerhuis was just like any other Platte Black Panther as he and his team prepared for the Kadoka Kougars in hopes of bucking an O-fer start to their season. On Thursday, Michael and his family were found dead in the burning remains of the family’s home. For those who knew him or of him, that’s a lot for any kid to process. That’s a lot for ...   

    • Proud to Be a Warrior, In Spite of the Changes

      I discussed traditions a couple weeks ago and am going back to that well this week for the Soapbox.  It is homecoming in Winner this week, and our homecoming traditions have been a big deal here for over 60 years now. Our coronation is Thursday and in conjunction with that, an alumni roll call is held each year, where alumni are asked to come down on the floor and introduce themselves as...   

    • Week 2 - Rivalry Remembered and Renewed This Week

      In my podcast thing I do, I spoke about the top 6 games that have been played in the 20 year history of the new Warrior (Not Harvey Naasz) Field in Winner. It’s fun to reminisce about things like that, and I’m sure there are football geeks like me in each town who can spew off things like that. Mrs. Sod was trying to come up with some homecoming related questions, so she emailed a f...   

    • Week 1 Picks and The Migration From The Sticks

      In my college Intro to Sociology class at SDSU, I remember my professor, Dr. Saterlee, passionately talking about the further changes that were on the horizon for the rural populations of our state and I thought he was crazy. As he put sheet after sheet on his overhead projector in old Rotunda D showing bell curve after bell curve, the message was that in a couple generations, the populations c...   

    • Week Zero - Welcome Back To The Gridiron: 2015

      Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my distinct privilege to welcome you to the 2015 South Dakota high school football season. And I am stoked. Fall is my favorite time of the year anyway for a lot of reasons, and high school football is at or near the top of that list… along with dormant air conditioners, sweatshirts, canning tomatoes, making plum jelly, seeing your breath at night, and lawns that d...   

    • 2015 Preview: A Month From Kickoff

      It’s under 30 days until kickoff. That is music to the ears of football fans throughout the Buzzdom and there are plenty of great stories to be following this season. Due to alignment changes and schedule changes, things will look a little different this fall.  In the big schools, Watertown goes up (where they should have been in the first place.) New to 11A are Canton, Sioux Falls Ch...   

    • Thoughts From Sod After One Night: A Win To Be Proud Of

      Hey Brutus, I'm going to refrain from saying I told you so, but I think I went 5 for 5 there. All kidding aside, STM is a quality program and it is a big deal to knock them off. It is like beating Duke or Kentucky on the NCAA's. Quality, well coached program, with great athletes who do their jobs. They also have a passionate fan base. I have the ultimate respect for Coach Hollenbec...   

    • Class A State Tournament: Why The Warriors Will Beat STM

      And thus, the season cometh to an end….but not before three Pheasant Belt teams will vie for the 2015 State A basketball crown next weekend at the newly proclaimed unexpanding Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. The first game of the evening session will match one team with a ton of recent state tournament experience against another team with actually some tourney experience in the last decade, but ...   

    • 11B Title Game Mock Headlines

      In the spirit of Todd Fritz from and Sven from California on the Dan Patrick Show, I offer you Sod’ Six mock headlines that you won’t be reading after Friday’s 11B state championship game:  1.        SDPB Needs TV Timeout To Get Through STM Coaches Introductions

    • The Case For The Trojans: Sod's Six Reasons Parkston Will Win

      Even without a horse in the race, I am excited for the high school football state championships this weekend.  I’m not excited there are seven of them, but that is an argument I have unsuccessfully waged since it was six classes. Six that should be no more than five has become seven. That’s a lot of popsicles for participants, but thank goodness it will be about 15 degrees and ...   

    • Still Alive, And Still With An Opinion: The Case for Bon Homme

      So it is November and I have no football to watch for the first time since 1983 when I was a 6th grader. That’s long time ago, folks. Now I’m going to be the first to acknowledge that Winner mopped up on some inferior first round opponents for many years, as there were some real softballs in region 3 football 11A for many, many years. I’ll touch on that later here. As SB...   

    • Buzzdom's Best Baseball Story - The Mission Mayhem Teeners

      CLICK HERE FOR FULL MISSION TEENER PROFILE Taking nothing away from the accomplishments of the Canyon Lake team that won South Dakota’s first game in Little League World Series history, there is a better story when it comes to the best stories about the 2014 baseball season.  R...   

    • In Our Sights....Football 2014

      Three weeks from tomorrow night, it’s all back on. For high school football junkies like me, it marks the beginning of my favorite season of the year. The heat of August crests into the cool fall evenings of September and October and the chilly nights of playoff games. But what spans it all is communities across the Pheasant Belt and all of the nation joining together on Friday evenings t...   

    • Heeb Goes Big Time On Us

      Whatever Happened to Nick Heeb? You know, Nick Heeb.  The boy wonder. I kinda miss the little guy from the land where the Pheasant Belt and and LMC collide.  Heeb was a fixture on this website for several years as an undergraduate at Black Hills State University penning many blogs, hosting the Friday night post game show, and being the face of the webpage. He was our Ryan Seacrest w...   

    • President’s Day Run Down from the Pheasant Belt

      It is mid-February and the Pheasant Belt, not unlike most of the Buzzdom, is staring a thaw right in the face. And we are smiling. The winter, which started in October for so many in tragic fashion has been long and cold, but things are heating up on the thermometers, hard courts, and wrestling mats across the great state of South Dakota.

    • "I'm The Best"

      And there it was. A Seattle Seahawk with connections to the head coach that most folks overlooked who had something to say that rubbed many people wrong. The statement was arrogant and resonated negatively to many who heard it. And no, I’m not talking about Richard Sherman. I’m talking about 10 years ago. January 4, 2004. “We want the ball and we’re gonna score.”

    • Watch Live! Canton vs Winner, 4:30 p.m. MDT kickoff

         

    • The Return of Sod: Semifinal Saturday

      Semifinal Saturday is right around the corner, and I for one am giddy like a kid heading home from school on Christmas break…minus the sugar rush. I used to feel this way about New Year’s Day when the day meant all of the major college bowl games. The Cotton Bowl was on CBS with Lindsey Nelson on the call. ABC would have the ...   

    • Watch Live! Tri Valley vs Winner, 5:00 p.m. MDT kickoff

         

    • Watch Live! Bon Homme vs Winner, 5:30 p.m. MDT kickoff

         

    • Watch Live! Wagner vs Winner, 5:30 p.m. MDT kickoff

         

    • Watch Live! Winner vs Mobridge-Pollock, 5:30 p.m. MDT kickoff on Friday

         

    • A Disappointed Buzzard, But Not With What Happened On The Field

      A Sod Buzzard Editorial: Take A Note From Your Kids on Sportsmanship Tuesday presented football fans of both Winner and St. Thomas More an incredible football game, marked by what appeared to be ...   

    • Stone Cold Lock: Winner Over STM

      Much to the pleasure of many a Warrior fan, I admit to my wrongness last week and gladly eat crow based on my prediction that Winner would fall to Parkston this past weekend. Winner took care of the ball, they dominated the line of scrimmage, and they showed a resolve that I had yet to see from this group of Warriors. For all the...   

    • Midseason Reports, the Curvebusters in the Black Hills Conference, and a Picks Six

      About this time each year, I borrow Jimmy’s crystal ball and look into the future to let you know who are contenders and who are pretenders.  The first three years of my contributions to this great website, that went over with nary a hitch.  Then…..there was last year.  I became bulletin board material...   

    • Senses Stimulated in the Pheasant Belt

       As I was driving to Martin on Tuesday morning, I drove past the irrigation pivots which bring a small pocket of green to the normally parched prairie of eastern Bennett County.  This year, the owners are taking a third cutting of alfalfa off the circle, and that freshly cut foliage was on the ground. I am an old farm kid, and that smell of fresh cut alfalfa is one of those smells tha...   

    • The Strength Sports Give Us.....And the Six

      I type this as September 11 comes to an end. The calendar day, that is.  September 11, 2001 is and always will be a day that never really comes to an end for all of us.  The world changed a lot that day for me and many others.  I was in Rapid City at a conference and took a phone call from a co-worker that I should turn the ...   

    • Abbreviated Week One Babble from the Pheasant Belt

      Time has not been my friend this week, so I apologize for not getting thoughts up last night as I try to do.  I am taking annual leave today because it is my birthday.  By life estimates, I have peaked and am on the downhill slide, but I don’t buy into that.  I have committed myself to getting back into shape and to losing...   

    • The First Week: A Zero in Title Only

      Well my fellow football junkies, the day we have yearned for since around Veterans Day 2012 has now arrived.  I am delighted to be back behind the keyboard again this season, giving you a little insight into what is going on in the easterly stretches of the Buzzdom. (Yes, still west of the moat.) It’s a little area I l...   

    • FOOTBALL 2013 PREVIEW AND THE BIG REVEAL

      Well, here we are. The motorcycles are exiting and the days are getting shorter. State baseball tournaments are wrapping up and to those of us pigskin enthusiasts, that means there is only one sport that will dominate our thoughts over next 3 months. That means Friday nights dominated by tailgating, a game, and for some us a libation at the Legion Club post game. We are trying to get scores aft...   

    • Class A Monster Player of the Year - Todd County's Zach Cox

      In what could honestly be considered a down year for Buzzdom A boys hoops, a few young men stood out in discussing this year's Monster Player of the Year.  After an extensive screening process, the choice came down to a handful of our readerships' finest athletes, but the one that stood out was Todd County's Zach Cox.  The silky smooth guard averaged 24.2 points a game this...   

    • Coaching Carousel Goes Round and Round

      Much like the college coaching carousel that always seems to take place in the bowl and tournament season, some of the areas higher profile coaches made moves in the last couple weeks.  Let’s take a look at where we are at thus far:  1.       Hill City Coach Boys Basketball Blake Gardner to Rapid City Stevens hea...   

    • Saying Goodbye Ahead of Schedule

      Emotions are incredibly hard to translate into words. We watch post game interviews with high schools stars after the big games and they are so excited, it’s hard to put into words what their heart and mind are experiencing.  In times of loss, it is equally hard for us to share those...   

    • Best of the Belt 2012

      Blame the Mayans.  It is the only thing that rationally makes sense as to  why it didn’t happen.  No silly, not the end of the world, I mean why there was no Best of the West released the Sunday before Christmas.  The list, with which I took considerable umbrage last year, is apparently as extinct as the dodo bird, ...   

    • Pheasant Belt Boys Hoops Preview

        As the football season wraps up with the final post season awards being issued, attention cleary goes to the winter sports.  Most teams are or will be holding their intersquad scrimmages in the next few days and the expectations for the season are high.  Briefly, I am going to give my two cents on area teams and their outlook.  I’ll stick with area teams as my prognostications fo...   

    • 11AA All State

      CLASS 11AA ALL-STATE TEAM As chosen by the S.D. Football Coaches Association Offense QB – Chase Marso, sr., Brandon Valley FB – Nic Steffl, sr., O’Gorman RB – Sam Cooke, sr., Washington RB – Caden Quintanilla, jr., Lincoln WR – Nate Gerry, sr., Washington WR – Matt Vandeberg, sr., Brandon Valley TE – Zach Page, sr., ...   

    • 11A All State

      Congrats to Pheasant Belter Ryan Kornely on his all state selection. In all five Buzzdom athletes were so honored, including repeat selection Nate Rotert from Spearfish. OFFENSE  Quarterback: Andrew McCuen, Harrisburg. McCuen led the Tigers to the DakotaDome with 1,600 yards passing and 891 yards rushing  along with 28 total touchdowns (16 passing, 12 rushing).  Fullback...   

    • 11B All State

      Six Buzzdom athletes were named to the class 11B all state team as voted on by the South Dakota Football Coaches Association.  While Winner has one more state title in 2012 than any other teams in the field, the Warriors got just three all staters compared to five for Flandreau and four for Tri-Valley, teams the Warriors topped enroute to the state title.  Named from Winner were runni...   

    • 9AA All State

      Four Buzzdom athletes earned 9AA all state honors in the list released today. The team features five members from the state champion Deubrook Dolphins, three from Kimball/White Lake and state runner-up Howard, and two a piece from Gregory, White River, and Bridgewater/Emery-Ethan. Pheasant Belt athletes Jaden Bartling from Gregory at QB, Adrew Taggart from Gregory at WR, Matt Gillen fro...   

    • 11B Monster Co-Players of the Year - Winner's Kyle Bertram and Ben Connot

      BERTRAM AND CONNOT SHARE 11B POTY HONORS  Some things just go together.

    • Senior Moments: Part 4 Giving The Cowboys Their Due

      Much to the chagrin of Cowboy nation, this final installment is about two weeks past when I had hoped to get it out. Nonethless, this is the last edition of Senior Moments and features the Colome Cowboys seniors.  While things like families and careers sometimes get in the way of free time to type blogs for the purpose of ...   

    • Elite 45 Features 5 Buzzdom Athletes

      For the high school football fan in South Dakota, Thanksgiving Day means turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie, and the Elite 45. Probably the most renowned football honor in the state, the Elite 45 is intended to recgnize the top 45 players in the state, regardless of position.  Inherently, the list will include more backs than a standard 45 man roster may, but the Argus staff does a nice jo...   

    • 9AA Monster Player of the Year - Gregory's Jaden Bartling

      This one was the easiest to choose, as there really was only one choice. The 9AA SDSB Monster Player of the Year put up eye popping numbers all year long and would have to be considered one the state’s top performers this season.  Jaden Bartling of Gregory averaged more than 11 yards a carry while rushing for 1,825 yards...   

    • 9A All State

      Three Buzzdom athletes were named to the SDFCA 9A All State team as announced today.  Honored are Buzzdom flatlanders Tyler Trask of Wall at long snapper and the golden toe of  Philip’s Chaney Burns earned special teams honors, while South Central’s  big DT Sam Hazen represent the Pheasant Belt.  Several area athletes earne...   

    • SDSB 9A Player of the Year - Faith's Cody Trainor

      The 2012 9A Player of the Year may have been passed over for all state consideration, but his talents and achievements were not overlooked by the Buzzards.  Cody Trainor may have missed a chunk of the season with injuries, but he played with a fire and resolve like no other this seaso...   

    • 9B All State

      Congrats to the several Buzzdom athletes honored by the South Dakota Football Coaches Association, highlighted by the LMC Conference members from Harding County and Bison with 6 combined all staters and an honorable mention selection.  The state champion Ranchers had five selections on their own to lead the way.  CLASS 9B ALL-STATE TEAM 2012 statistics

    • SESD All Conference

      The conference and state champion Winner Warriors netted ten All Southeastern South Dakota Conference selections.  The Warriors finish conference play 4-0.  Bon Homme, Parkston, and Wagner all went 2-2 in conference play, while the VandePanthers went 0-4.  The Warriors are led by four repeat selections in Tanner Fritz, Ben Connot, Kyle Bertram, and Michael Hofeldt. Winner ...   

    • West River Takes Two: Sioux Falls Press Writing and Writhing

      After Harding County went to the friendly skies early and often to take down Colome Thursday night, the Winner Warriors followed that up with a 13-6 thrilling victory over lower seeded but heavily favored Tri-Valley.  Now look, I know there are no gambling lines on these games, but when I open the Argus Leader website and find an irresp...   

    • Senior Moments: Part 3

      Seated in front left to right - Grant Toman, Tate Novotny, Ben Connot, and Adam Farner. Standing in back from left to right - Kyle Bertram, Garrett Gronlund, Michael Hofeldt, Isaih Old Lodge, Nolan Donahue, and Tanner Fritz.

    • Senior Moments, Part 2: Meeting the Warriors

      ( This is the second in a series of article profiling the seniors representing the Pheasant Belt in state title games.  Today's post covers four more of the Winner Warriors.) KYLE BERTRAM #15  HB/CB ...   

    • Senior Moments, Part 1: Meeting the Warriors

      (This is the first in a four part series that highlights the senior athletes from the Winner Warriors and the Colome Cowboys. ) I am one of the least star struck people around.  I wouldn’t be the type that would approach my favorite athletes or coac...   

    • Winner 26 Flandreau 21 - Thankfully Reviewed

      I see on facebook that many people are using the Thanksgiving month to share the things for which they are thankful.  After last night, I wish to do the same. Here is a month’s worth of thanks for one night’s game.  Thank you Winner and Fl...   

    • Subscriber Worthy Quarterfinal Analysis At No Cost to the Reader

      And then there were 48. (Which is 24 more than it should be.) Look, I’m happy for all of the team that are still in the playoff scene, but let’s take a look at the first round of games, shall we? And I’m not going single out teams here, I’m not intending to call any teams out because history says that thin skins just ...   

    • In The Spirit of Jim Mora......PLAYOFFS!

            Post season.  I...   

    • The 2012 Regular Season Is Winding (or Wind-ing) Down

      At this time of year, you are either a football fanatic or you aren’t.  It is really that simple.  You will either find your guy that can get you your fix, i.e. guess how the power points will end up, or you just check the results when they are released Friday morning.  You know if you’ve got your guy.  Emails, ...   

    • Week Seven Summary: Pheasant Belt Diplomacy

      First for some fun facts – Unbeaten teams – 9B – Harding County 6-0 hosts Lemmon/McIntosh at home and travels to unbeaten Faith

    • Week Six: A Kinder, Gentler Blog

      Well after watching part of the debate on Wednesday night, I am thoroughly convinced that the best race and what will be most fun to watch in November will be on the football fields of South Dakota. Not unlike the guys in last night’s debate, the teams have been practicing for months, they hope to know what their opponent will do, and they...   

    • Channeling My Inner Eastwood: TBH The Buzzdom Playoff Picture

      I’ve seen the acronym “TBH” on my kids’ facebook pages over the last couple years, so what the heck, I thought I’d give it a try.  “To Be Honest…” I’ve given every team their own future report and have effectively set the west river playoff picture for everyone.  They all fit into three categories, and  if nothing else it is playing out like a spaghetti western,...   

    • Saturday Morning QB - Shake Up The Landscape!

      A handful of big games this early in the season have certainly altered the landscape of high school football in the state of South Dakota.  Week 4 of games (week 3 on paper - stupid, stupid, stupid) saw Flandreau assume the presumable king of the hill spot in 11B with their upset of Tri-Valley 24-22 in a game that saw the Fliers with a 24-6 halftime lead, only to have the Mustangs nea...   

    • Sod's Back After A Bye Week - Straight Talk Is A Pheasant Belt Thing

      So I took a week off.  And I’ve heard about it.   My apologies to you, my faithful readers.  Sometimes life gets in the way and technical difficulties add to the mix, but nonetheless I didn’t get anything up last week.  This week though, I’m back, baby! First off, Pheasant Belt kudos to Colo...   

    • Saturday Morning QB: Warrior Offense Puts It On The Line

      I’ve gotta be real honest here, I was stumped twice yesterday.  The first was when a friend threw out a Ren McCormack reference and I had to google the name to find out who it was (the lead character in Footloose, the original and only version with Kevin Bacon in the eyes of all people over the age of 20) and the fact that Winner and STM ...   

    • Week One in the Belt: Spartans Earn Hard Fought Win, The Magic of the Number 18, and Other Myths

      It felt darn good to be at the football fields this weekend.  I caught most of three games this weekend (thank you staggered Saturday games) and saw two blowouts and a squeaker.  First off, Friday night was a trip to Parkston to watch the Warriors season opener against an inspired Parkston Trojans squad.  Winner go...   

    • Sod's Six: The Predictionator

    • It's That Time: Football 2012 Beckons!

      Before I get into football, I have enjoyed the Olympics over the last couple weeks and come away with ten of my random thoughts:  Usain Bolt is really, really fast. Fast enough to be that cocky.

    • Ten Random (And Short) Thoughts From Sod Buzzard

      60 days until kickoff.  Tick…..tick……….tick…………….. The NBA season is over.  Actually the NBA was over when Michael retired.  The second time, to be specific. When the Olympics qualifying competitions is the most exciting thing on TV, we need to get to football.  Soon. White River is

    • Thanks To The Men Who Shaped Me

      My Dad and I made the trip to the state track meet on May 25.  While that may not be earth shattering to anyone, I have to say it was one of the best days I have had in a long time.  I am past my 20th class reunion and h...   

    • Sod's Year In Review: Putting 2011-12 Out To Pasture

      As I sip on a great cup of coffee this Sunday morning before the rest of this Buzzard’s nest is stirring, it’s time to put the 2011-2012 season to pasture. (There’s an analogy most of our readers get.) I know my professional pal Nick Heeb has done the same, but I want to give my top ten moments in sports this season, west of the moat. If I miss something you think is important, please res...   

    • April 1 SDHSAA Meeting Suggests More Changes

      Deviating from the normal schedule, the South  Dakota High School Activities Association met in their annual “sunrise session” April 1 and the board discussed more changes that seem to follow the course that the board has taken in the last few months. One of the changes suggested by Wayne Carney, executive director, is expan...   

    • A Sod Buzzard Editorial: The Wussification of Society and Sports

      In the last few days, there have been a lot of noteworthy things happening  in the realm of local sports that reinforce the fact the tee-ball mentality is spreading through society like pinkeye in an elementary school.  To be fair, it goes way past the last 48 hours, but it sure hammers the point home that in our efforts of exc...   

    • Ten Things Learned From State A’s

      1.        To steal a baseball phrase, STM almost got caught looking in the first game.  The players, the coaches, and the handful of fans that made the trip Thursday in anticipation of evening games Friday and Saturday got a real scare.  The Blue Cavs very ef...   

    • Labels and Basketball Fables: Region 7A's Winner Warriors

      After an exciting 61-52 Region 7A win over a tenacious Pine Ridge team, the Winner Warriors prepare for their third consecutive trip to State A’s.  It took the school nearly 80 years to earn the first three trips, so the accomplishment of three consecutive trips is particularly meaningful to the Winner faithful. ...   

    • THE FIRST REVIEW OF THE STM/WHITE RIVER GAME

      This blog has been blocked.  Much like video streaming, any rebroadcast, retransmission, or account of this game, without the express written consent of St. Thomas More High School is strictly prohibited.  

    • Sodhouse Sixty: Real Stories for Fake Radio

      (Cue up the intro music) The Voice – Welcome sports fans to radio’s only imaginary sports talk show that focuses on Pheasant Belt sports.  It’s the Sod House Sixty, featuring your host, the Sod Buzzard.  Start calling in now folks, because the lines...   

    • Stimulating the Neurons: Inside the Mind of the Sod Buzzard

      The high school basketball regular season is a couple weeks from ending and the true high school basketball fan can find many enticing storylines as we knock on the door of March hoops. A lot of these have been trumpeted already but let’s look at some trending items in the world of the Buzzard hunting grounds: White River is just plain tough.

    • STM/Winner Recap

      STM's Skye Warwick got hot in two flurries  and knocked down a series of treys just when his team needed it the most, while Winner's poor shooting held back the Warriors in an exciting and tight 53-46 Cavs victory.  Warwick finished with 28 points on the night after a quiet first period.  He hit six from behind the arc, including three in about 90 seconds in a mid third...   

    • The Best of Us For The Rest Of Us!

      It’s end of the year time folks, and in the spirit of Frank Costanza, I’m going to celebrate Festivus a little late.  For those of you who aren’t Seinfeld junkies and  don’t know who Frank Constanza  is or  what Festivus is, please watch the following video. 

    • Pheasant Belt Preview: Hoops This Year

      The basketball season is upon us and hopes are high for a few Pheasant Belt squads, not so much for several others.   Many of us took in the first girl’s games in the area, so combining a light dusting of snow, the start of...   

    • 11AA All State

      Class 11AA All-State Football Team As chosen by the S.D. Football Coaches Association   Offense QB – Alex Schultz, sr., Sioux Falls Lincoln FB – Sam Steffl, sr., Sioux Falls O’Gorman RB – Jason Greenway, sr., Mitchell RB – Davonte Clay, sr., Sioux Falls Washington WR – Matt Vandeb...   

    • 11A All State

      SOUTH DAKOTA 11A ALL-STATE TEAM   Offense QB Nick Mears, sr., Milbank

    • 9AA All State

      http://www.yankton.net/articles/2011/11/25/sports/doc4eceebce980d0246408882.txt Congrats to west river athletes Kyle Ricketts and .... Kyle Ricketts from Stanley County being named to the 9AA all state squads.  The Buffs Austin Lopour was named to the honorable mention squad.  It may appear t...   

    • 11B All State

      Five west river athletes were named to the 11B all state squad released today.  St. Thomas More seniors  J.J. Holibaugh (DE) and Jeremy Henderson (WR) and Custer senior Tyler Schulz (LB) joined Winner seniors Taylor Haley (OT) and Austin Richey (LB) and junior Ben Connot (DB). Named to the honorable mention list were STM's Taton Bolton and Jake Sullivan, Cus...   

    • 9A All State

      Five athletes  from the Buzzard Lands were honored by the SDHSFCA as 2011 All Staters, as well as two named honorable mention for finishing as the runners up at their respective positions.  Congrats to all staters Chavis Shull, Jess Williams, Laketon McLauglin, and Jess Willis from Wall, as well as Chaney Burns from Philip who were named as all staters.  Lyman's Evan Smith and Philip's Cody ...   

    • Heeb and Addison named to Elite 45...?

      Shameless tease, but since I've drawn you in, I'm sorry, our dynamic duo did not make the list.SIOUX FALLS ARGUS LEADER ELITE 45As is a Thanksgiving tradition supplated only by ...   

    • 9B All State

      A quick scan of online papers yielded little information about the 2011 9B all state team, but kudos to the Mitchell Daily Republic for not only listing all honorees, but also giving a little information on each.  Congrats to Harding County Ranchers Ryne Baier and Chek Gionnonatti as the only Buzzard-dom honorees.

    • Dynasties Defined

      Dynasties. It’s one of those terms that gets tossed around a little too much.  A dynasty is a title that is earned and not self-given, not unlike “all star.” It infers that a program has operated at superiority for an extended period of time and maintained that level of excellence.  It infers that a program is recognized by those around them for such success a...   

    • Semifinal Picks Are In From The Pheasant Belt

       It’s pick time folks.  I have been scorching the playoffs and hope that doesn’t change this weekend.  We’ll see how Jimmy and I do in this round. 9B- Avon travels to Ha...   

    • Contenders, Pretenders, and Leaning on a Fender

      All right, I don’t need lessons on how to run a calendar, but this is November football.  We are down to 48 teams left and in about 24 hours, that number will be halved again.  This is where we eliminate the contenders from the pretenders.  When practices started on October 15, expectations ...   

    • LET THE PLAYOFFS BEGIN!!!

      Look…… if you had one shot, or one opportunityTo seize everything you ever wanted in one momentWould you capture it.... or just let it slip? Playoff time.  It’s just got a nice ring to it.  It means achievement.  It mean state champio...   

    • A Mix About College Football and a Football Collage of Six

      I think of myself as a pretty dedicated guy.  I’m happily married to a wonderful wife and we make sacrifices for each other and our family because I’m dedicated to her and them.  I’ve held two jobs in my professional career, both in the same building in my hometown because I wanted live there and raise my family there.  And of cours...   

    • Week Seven With Analysis But No Commentary

      I’ve got to apologize, not much time this week to let the linguistic juices flow.  I’m going to rain check my weekly contribution until tomorrow morning and go straight into my weekly picks. Great West Belle Fourche at Spearfish

    • Fired Up In The Pheasant Belt: Thanks To Our Firefighters

      Would somebody turn that flippin’ wind off?  Please?  It is just ridiculous outside.  It’s blowing harder than Seymour Studenberg   of the late 90’s talking Gregory football, ER#1 talking about his beloved easterly schools, and the Central Mom that was on here last year defending her son’s indifference to his home school.  The wind is just p...   

    • Week 5 Opportunities in the Pheasant Belt

      “Opportunities are not lost, someone will take the ones you miss.” I like quotes and that is one of many that hangs in my office.  If I hear or read something that strikes me, I’ll write it down or type it up and with one small push on a board  tack, there it is for everybody to take what they may from it.  John Wooden, Vince Lomba...   

    • Week Fore - Teeing Off On a Few Squads Midseason

      Mid-September is upon us, folks.  That means it’s time to start thinking playoffs.  In 48 hours, the regular season will be half done for a good number of teams and by next week, everybody will have hit the halfway point.  Although we aren’t quite the BCS here, every games does count, especially in divisions like 11B and all three 9 man divisions where nearly half the...   

    • What's That In The Air? Sod's Week Three From the Pheasant Belt

      Big day, my esteemed readers.  Big day.  Big, big day.  It was cold out this morning.   “What?” (your rhetorical thought) That’s right, it was cold out.  And tomorrow morning should be colder.  And that means so many big things for people in the Pheasant Belt.  First off, we are a predominately agricultural region of the state, so the cold means hay is ...   

    • Sunday Morning Quarterback - The First Assessments of the Season

      Sunday Morning Quarterback Well first off, I whiffed on my picks like I was Charlie Brown with Lucy Van Pelt pulling the ball out in front of me.  Like this. Now that is good n...   

    • Week 2 in the Pheasant Belt - There's No Place Like Road???

      As I prepare this week’s offering, I am enjoying the NFL kickoff contest between the high flying Packers and Saints.  It is an exciting game to watch, no doubt.  That stated, I am an old school guy and I’m more into the grind it out offense.  I think first downs are vastly underrated.  It means that you are moving the chains, rolling clock, and that the other team’s de...   

    • Winner and More from the Pheasant Belt: Week One in the Books

      What an effort.  They are three simple words that best summarize last night’s performance the Winner Warriors put forth in their 12-0 shutout of St. Thomas More at Not Harvey Naasz Field.  Under nearly perfect playing conditions, the Warriors dodged a few first quarter bullets before settling into a game where field position and clock utilization were key elements, but the relentless...   

    • Week One Means Second Games...And More SDHSAA Riddles

      It’s officially week one… after one week of games.  There a lot of great matchups throughout the state and in all classes this week.  Man is it good to be back in the swing of things! Here are my choices for games of the week and then of course my Sod’s Six.  I’m seeing a lot of close games in the Pheasant Belt this week, which would be just fine after a slug of blowouts&...   

    • First Week Learning Curves

      The first week is generally filled with a lot of penalties and turnovers.  For your correspondent, that was no different. My abbreviation system in selecting games of the week showed a distinct need to be updated with two 9 man schools that could be abbreviated SC.  IT was all fine and good with Stanley County in 11 man, but their descent to 9 man joins them with South Central.  And that is ...   

    • It's Anything But Nirvana in the Belt: The Season 2011 Is Upon Us

      Here we are now…entertain us.  Not much of a Nirvana fan as I still hold them responsible for hijacking hair metal away from us in the early 90’s, but I will sample that phrase and make it my clearly defined opening statement.  And thanks  for the usage.  We are about 32 hours from kickoff of week zero games.&nb...   

    • What Does Fall Mean: IT'S BELT SEASON!!!

      Call off the APB, Sod Buzzard has been located.  I’m sure there were plenty of theories as to my summer absence.  In fact, let’s ponder it.  Perhaps I was serving a  60 days suspension for performance enhancing drugs.  If that is the case, I’m hoping you don’t see a significant drop off  in content, not unlike Brady Anderson&rsq...   

    • Straight From the Horst's Mouth: A Sit Down Interview With Zachary Horstman

      Co-Mr. Basketball Zachary Horstman sat down with your moderately humble correspondent to answer some hard hitting questions that would have served well for a Sod House Sixty show, but the network seems to favor this Nate Brown guy.  Now don't get me wrong, he's good.  Seems that both he and I seem to faces for radio, b...   

    • The Running of the Bulls?

      Note from the Pheasant Belt - This article was cut and pasted from the local newspaper in Winner, SD.  This may be the most excitement in Winner in years.   Los Toros de Ganador! (The Bulls of Winner) This summer, an event that is known worldwide will be recreated down Winner’s Main Street. Thanks to the efforts of one dedicated Spanish resident of Winner a “Running o...   

    • Season 2010-2011: A Few State A Thoughts and Ramblings From The Belt

      And then, it was over.  What started in November is now done.  The A title game at the Civic Center in Rapid City was the year's last high school basketball game for teams across the state, but what a season it's been.  Championships were earned by Corsica-Stickney in B, St. Thomas More in class A, and O'Gorman in AA.  Hats off to all three teams on their accomplishments.  I follow...   

    • Getting to Know Your State Qualifiers: The Winner Lady Warriors

      Pheasant Belt props to the Region 7A girls champs from Winner.  Friday evening, they topped Little Wound 74-60 on the banks of the Bad River in the heart of Duffy-ville to earn the Ladies first trip to the state tournament since this year’s seniors were freshman in 2008.  This is the Lady Warriors fifth state tournament app...   

    • Soddies and Angry Lunch Ladies? Coming Apart At The Seams in the Pheasant Belt

      Well, this was intended to go out last night.  As a matter of fact, I was about six paragraphs into it.  Full of witty comments and insights.  Look folks, I’ve got to share this – I was on a literary roll of Lupican proportions.  And then POOF! It was gone.  Technology is clearly overrated some times, and this was one of those times...   

    • Winning Is The Best Medicine

      The Superbowl is over and as a lifelong Packers fan, I’d  be lying if I didn't say that I am thankful that they won.  I was lucky enough to see them win one a few years back as well, but this is the first year that my kids, of whom I have successfully brainwashed into being Packer fans as well, have got to watch it and have their team end up on top.  Now having said that, I’m also a Chic...   

    • Weather Update From the Pheasant Belt

      How cold is it in the Pheasant Belt.  Well..... It's colder than the shoulder I get from Mike Honcho. It's colder than the Lyman girls team. It's colder than the lights in Todd County's gym are dark. It's colder than the day I'll buy a pack of $1.25 M&M's in Winner. It's colder than the reception I would get in Onida. It's colder than the relationship ...   

    • MID YEAR SODDIES: AWARDING THE OBSCURE AND UNEXPECTED

      Good morning SportsBuzz enthusiasts.  During the long drive home from Eagle Butte last night, I had some time to let my mind wander a little (a little scary, I know) and figured it was time to hand out some midseason awards.  Going back through the season a few things need to be recognized, so lets jump into the awards: SURPISE TEAM OF THE YEAR:  COLOME COWBOYS Although their w...   

    • THE AIRWAYS ARE ALIVE: SOD HOUSE SIXTY

      (cue down Country Bumpkin by Cal Smith, bring up the Sod House Sixty)…….   Ted Williams, The Man With The Golden Voice - ”Welcome to the Sod House Sixty, the Pheasant Belt’s most comprehensive imaginary sports program not  on your radio d...   

    • SOD BUZZARD: State’s prep basketball voters need to pay more attention

      Remember this just a couple weeks back?   http://www.rapidcityjournal.com/article_dc0af166-14a2-11e0-95f4-001cc4c002e0.html   Now in full disclosure, Padraic Duffy is my favortie current sports writer in the state (with the Press and Dakotan's Jay Cimburek a close second...   

    • Courts of Dreams: Winner Armory

      THE ARMORY – Playing home to all basketball, volleyball, and wrestling events in Winner is the Winner National Guard Armory.  The Armory is located on the campus of Winner High School and lies just down the hill from the football field which is not named for South Dakota coaching legend Harvey Naasz. The building was constructed in the early 70's and h...   

    • Phreezing In The Pheasant Belt As Hoop Action Heats Up

      It’s January 10, 2011.  For a few more hours anyway.  The Nike-fied Oregon Ducks prepare to take on the Auburn Tigers.  If I didn’t have the Ducks in a pool (that’s quite a play on words), I don’t think I’d much care about the game.  Giving Auburn credit, at least they are wearing their classy and simple traditional uniforms.  Simple and familiar.  Like a check from a sleezy boo...   

    • The Mildly Anticipated Return of The Sod Buzzard

      It’s been almost two months since I shared anything meaningful with you, the faithful readers of SportsBuzzard.  I’d like to tell you of the Medditeranean cruises I’ve partaken in, swimming with the sharks in the Pacific, bagging a giant moose in the untamed Alaskan frontier, and feeding condor chicks with medicine dropper in hopes of sustaining a brother buzzard strain.  That would mak...   

    • Hoops 2010-2011: Looking Phine In the Pheasant Belt

      It's that time of year.  Smell the popcorn.  Feel that cold air sneaking in when the front doors get held open too long.  Get ready for Tuesday night road trips, "classics" on Saturdays, and and start saving your quarters for those $1.25 M&M's in Winner.  Basketball season returns to Jackrabbit State (you read it right) and things are looking good in the Belt again this fall, lead by Winner...   





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