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    Profile: Nick Heeb

    SDSB Correspondent
     


    Nick joined the Buzz in the spring of 2011 as a correspondent for the basketball season. His role expanded during the fall as he began to do play-by-play for the 9-man Game of the Week. Along with various other duties, he began authoring the Monday Morning Buzz, an all-encompassing report on football action every week He was named senior correspondent for the Buzz in the spring of 2012.

    Nick is finishing his senior year at Black Hills State University and will graduate with his B.A. degree in 2012.

    He can be reached by email at nick@sdsportsbuzz.com

    Follow him on twitter @njheeb

    Recent Posts

    • The Cold Hard Truth: Sioux Falls Domination

      The first of a weekly installment. You may not want to hear it, but you need to.

    • Living up to the hype: White River (just barely) tops James Valley

      The play began innocently enough. Wyatt Krogman brought the ball up the court, got to the timeline and lost his balance, falling backwards, landing square on his backside. Somehow keeping the dribble alive, Krogman proceeded to stand up, spinning as he did. The spin move averted a James Valley Christian defender who came flying in attempting to steal the ball. Krogman then drove the lane...   

    • Ignorance, Idiocy and Arrogance: The story of one incompetent crew of referees

      Driving into Chamberlain to cover the East/West Classic, I knew I had two jobs to do. First, I was going to cover the Chamberlain boys and girls basketball games for my job at the SUN. After those games were done, I’d then put on my broadcaster hat on and do play by play for Midstate Communications. Little did I know that by the end of the night, I’d also have a plethora of ...   

    • The Monday Morning Buzz: Week Eight

      The past week the Buzz put off all responsibilities to take a vacation smack dab in the middle of midterm week. While the Buzz was catching a tan, watching Oregon demolish Arizona State and engaging in a twitter feud with a former Sportscenter host and current left-wing blowhard, the rest of the good boys and girls were attending school and focus...   

    • The Monday Morning Buzz: Week Seven

      With one week left before the end of the regular season, the schedule granted West River teams a reprieve from east river beatdowns and allowed a few squads to get their affairs in order before they begin their run towards postseason glory. Welcome back to the Monday Morning Buzz where the content is so good that even those who are repeated...   

    • Watch the Archive: Murdo Ford Scoreboard Show (10-12-12)

      Guests: Kelcy Nash, Sod Buzzard, Matt Halvorson, Royal Addison, Forest Stansberry.

    • The Monday Morning Buzz: Week Six

      As the weeks progress, the football teams west of the Big Muddy have to be feeling like Eli from There Will Be Blood when Daniel is menacingly screaming “I drink your milkshake!” in his face—bullied and overwhelmed. With the season three-quarters over, the west’s Sundays have irrevocably been denied at winning any game of note against the Plainv...   

    • Murdo Ford Scoreboard Show Archive: 10-5-12

      Listen to the archive from 10-5-12. Guests: Sod Buzzard @ 7:42, Cole Iyote @ 28:00, Matt Halvorson @ 39:40, Kelcy Nash @ 50:30, Royal Addison @1:08:28.

    • The Monday Morning Buzz: Week Five

      As we begin the downhill slide of the regular season in high school football, injuries to star players are piling up faster than ugly losses for Rapid City Stevens and are causing their respective coaches to age prematurely. The Monday Morning Buzz has emerged from this knock-down, drag-out fight unscathed and wraps its ankles extra-tight so as to avoid any missteps and bring y...   

    • Watch the Archive: Murdo Ford Scoreboard Show (9-28-12)

      Wach the archive from 9-28-12. Guests in order of appearance: Sod Buzzard @11:40, Cole Iyote @ 28:00, Kelcy Nash @37:30 and Royal Addison @ 49:30.

    • Injury Report 9-29-12

      A scary moment last night left the Faith Longhorn crowd holding their breath as star running back Cody Trainor left the game with an injury. Trainor was taken to Rapid City for x-rays but the tests came back negative. A timetable for a return is not known. Elsewhere, early unconfirmed reports say that starting Wall quarterback Trevor Anderson left last night’s game against Harding Coun...   

    • The Monday Morning Buzz: Week Four

      Every season, the common South Dakota football fan comes into the year with an idea of who the top dogs will be. They know to a certainty which teams will vie for the conference title, the region title and ultimately, a state title. Expectations come in different shapes and sizes for each team, and those expectations differ from year to year. As for the Monday Morning Buzz, the...   

    • Murdo Ford Scoreboard Show Archive: 9-22-12

      Watch the archive of the Murdo Ford Scoreboard Show from 9-22-12:

    • The Monday Morning Buzz: Week Three

      A strange theme seems to be present in television series where the most entertaining seasons tend to be seasons three through seven (i.e., South Park, The Simpsons, Cheers) and after that, the storylines start to suck and the dialogue becomes bland, worn-out and predictable. Lucky for you faithful readers, weeks three through seven of the

    • Murdo Ford Scoreboard Show Archive: 9-15-12

    • Murdo Ford Scoreboard Show Mid-Week Update: Top West River Teams

      Murdo Ford Scoreboard Show mid-week update: Top West River Teams

    • Murdo Ford Scoreboard Show: White River vs Wall Update

      The IT gremlins have been out in full force lately..... Not to worry though, here is an important update on the White River vs Winner game, brought to you by the fine folks at Murdo Ford. Enjoy!

    • The Monday Morning Buzz: Week Two

      With three weeks of the season already in the books, we can now begin to draw somewhat educated conclusions on the type of football teams our area squads are. Normally. This season, however, has become quite the anomaly as identity crises have taken hold over several of our area programs. With both school and football in full swing, what better time for the Monday Morning Buzz ...   

    • Technical Difficulties with the Murdo Ford Scoreboard Show

      The server for the scoreboard show was down and we're currently working to contact the administrators to figure out the problem. Due to these circumstances, we plan to have the Murdo Ford Scoreboard Show run from 9:00 am to 10:00 am tomorrow morning.    

    • The Monday Morning Buzz: Week One

      As the miserable heat begins to (slowly) give way to the cool fall evenings, football begins to kick into full gear. The Monday Morning Buzz is not one to fall behind trends, so the Buzz too, will kick it into gear. Exciting and highly-anticipated matchups laced this week’s schedule as St. Thomas More faced a formidable foe for a second consecutive week, White Rive...   

    • The Monday Morning Buzz: Week Zero

      Like a shot out of a cannon, the high school football season emerged out of the doldrums of another summer filled with relentless heat, fires and limited grassland and has surfaced to become the common entity in another exciting battle for west river dominance.  And just like the emergence of the season, the Monday Morning Buzz returns after an extended tour of duty in the sal...   

    • 2012 Top Ten Football Storylines

      With high school football kicking off within 48 hours, it’s time to get you, the faithful reader, as pumped up as possible for what promises to be an exciting, competitive season not only west river, but across the state of South Dakota as a whole. Last year, we saw Wall emerge as the top west river team, making it to the state championship and surprising a whole slew of South Dako...   

    • Anderson looks to keep momentum rolling at Wall

      We as humans tend to romanticize the past a bit too much, looking at past experiences and holding them in our hearts more dearly than events happening in the present. Rarely do we get an opportunity to relive those moments. Luckily for new Wall head coach Kent Anderson, he gets to head back to the very place where the most romantic of his coaching moments took place. Anderson led Wall to...   

    • Austin Brown signs to play at University of Oklahoma

      OKLAHOMA CITY - In what is undoubtedly one of the biggest college signings in Western South Dakota history, former Harding County Rancher quarterback, Austin Brown, has transferred to play college football at the University of Oklahoma. Brown redshirted his freshman year of football at the University of Sioux Falls after setting numerous passing records along wit...   

    • Years of dedication have paid off for Brown as he begins a new chapter

      Anyone who grew up watching the game of football, fell in love with it, used to lay a blanket out in their living room, pretend it was an end zone and then dodge imaginary defenders on their way to a miraculous, last second, hard-fought touchdown probably at some juncture or another dreamed of playing football at the highest level. I used to sit glued in front of my television screen on Saturda...   

    • Sunday Sports Sermon - Sod Buzzard

      Sod and I sit down to talk about state track, the upcoming football season, the St. Thomas More - White River game and the NBA playoffs.

    • Looking Backward: Part Two

      In lieu of a Sunday Sermon for this week (where you at, Sod Buzzard?), I decided now would be a good time to drop part two of my Looking Backward piece, this time detailing the highlights from the season that was in South Dakota boys basketball. Of course, for the most part of the season I was on the beat of the west river class “B” boys but I occasionally stumbled upon a goo...   

    • Sunday Sports Sermon - Blake Gardner

      Coach Gardner talks the Cory Ginsbach golf tournament, the South Dakota Heat AAU team and the NBA Playoffs. For more information on the Cory Ginsbach tournament, contact Blake at bgardner@hillcity.k12.sd.us 

    • Looking Backward: The Buzz Reflects (Pt. 1)

      EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first of a two-part series from Nick Heeb discussing the best moments of the year in high school sports. As I was sitting down thinking, trying desperately to contrive an article worth writing, it occurred to me that I had yet to write something that is the staple for every sportswriter—an end of the sports-year reflection on the writer’s experie...   

    • Sunday Sports Sermon - Liam Duffy

      Heeb sits down with Liam Duffy and they talk about playing for Coach Hollenbeck, transfers, college at Rockhurst University and Liam names his All-Time Duffy Team.

    • Sunday Sports Sermon - 4-22-12

      Royal and I discuss track, name our All-Time South Dakota basketball teams and express our disgust with Ron Artest.

    • The Sunday Sports Sermon 4-15-12

      This week Heeb sits down with Royal Addison to discuss Boys "B" Basketball, the Pierre Governors, Track Season, Bobby Petrino and Royal explains his hatred for the Heat.

    • Northern Hills Senior All-Star Game report

      Of all the negative implications that the end of the basketball season has, the various all-star games played across the state help alleviate the pain at least incrementally. The Buzz stopped up at the Spearfish High School gym to witness the finest the Northern Hills has to offer in basketball talent. The two teams were comprised of standout players from various high school teams. The W...   

    • Henderson to Seek Additional Year of Eligibility for STM (4-1-12)

      In a somewhat surprising development, St. Thomas More senior Jeremy Henderson will seek a medical hardship redshirt to will be allowed a fifth year in the high school program. Henderson, who was an integral part of both the Cavaliers’ football and basketball programs petitioned the SDHSAA for an extra year of eligibility after it was discovered that he had broken his foot during th...   

    • Report from the Queen City Classic

      The Queen City Classic was held at the Donald E. Young Center over the weekend with over 175 teams participating. Of course, the Buzz’ mission was to eyeball the high school talent. The Maroon Bracket of 10th and 11th graders featured some very capable teams that are loaded with talent and will be teams to be reckoned with next year. White River continu...   

    • Henderson fractures foot, will need surgery

      STM senior Jeremy Henderson is scheduled for surgery Thursday to repair a fractured foot. Sources say that Henderson, the Cavaliers’ starting forward on the boys’ basketball team, was injured in the final minute of the Cavaliers’ championship game victory against Dakota Valley. Despite the injury Henderson was named to the All Tournament team. It has been reported that ...   

    • The Monday Morning Buzz: The Final Buzz of the Year

      With trophies won, plaques handed out and players wrapped up in the warmth of the Spirit that enveloped Su, the boys basketball season was wrapped up over the weekend. It is only appropriate that the Monday Morning Buzz (a special Tuesday edition) consummately wraps up the 2011-12 boys basketball season as well. The end of the boys’ basketball season brought us one new...   

    • Dupree finishes strong, ends season with a win

      Though Dupree’s final game of the season, a 57-52 victory over Wolsey-Wessington, was a battle for 7th and 8th place, the story wasn’t about the game’s result. It was about a season of hard work and a bright future. Dupree shocked many by just making it to the state tournament, in the process defeating Faith in regions, which had defeated th...   

    • White River puts last year's defeat behind, brings home state title

      It was a different scenario this year, but the White River Tigers found themselves in the same position; championship game final at the Barnett Center, all the chips on the table. The game this year was a complete 180 from last year as the Tigers entered as the favorites, not just a bunch of scrappy, never-say-die overachievers who made their town proud yet ultimately failed as was the c...   

    • Dupree Running Blog: Day Two UPDATED at 3:14

      Dupree started out the game much better offensively but it quickly became apparent that their defensive effort was not going to be enough to stop the hot-shooting Castlewood Warriors as the Tigers fell 76-60. Nate Widow displayed his All-State ability, putting on a show for the Barnett Center crowd. Widow finished with a game-high 25 points, going 11-18 from the field. Widow also had a t...   

    • White River cruises into the championship game

      White River did not come out and dismantle Sully Buttes from the start. They did have little trouble with the Chargers however as they rolled to the win. The first half was an up and down foulfest that culminated in both teams seeing a starter sit on the bench with three fouls. Wyatt Krogman finished up his half with six minutes to go by picking up his third ticky-tack foul and wa...   

    • Class B running blog: Day one

      2:00 PM White River started out fast, shifted to neutral and coasted for a bit, then finished out strong to defeat Castlewood in the first game of the state “B” tournament to advance to the semifinals tomorrow night. Once again for Eldon Marshall’s Tigers, the bench gave a huge effort, led once again by Joe Cameron. Cameron led all scorers in the...   

    • Class A State Tournament: Day Three Recap UPDATED AT 7:58 MT

      Sisseton 52, Pine Ridge 41 The Sisseton Lady Redmen started out fast and finished strong to capture the State "A" Consolation bracket championship at the Young Center Saturday, defeating Pine Ridge by a score of 52-41. Sisseton led 12-4 after one thanks to a hot start from seniors Shelby Greeley and Jordyn Kirk, who scored seven and four points, respectively,...   

    • Dupree wins when it matters most, moves on to State

      The old adage goes that rarely in life are second chances given. So often throughout one’s life we get an opportunity to do things the right way once, so we must make the most of every moment. The Dupree Tigers have taken the rules of this expression to the test. It took three times, but the Tigers finally found a way to defeat Doug Schauer’s Faith Longhorns. And the timing co...   

    • St. Thomas More wins the Class A title, Malloy and Parkston come up painfully short

      Parkston came into the game feeling invincible, winning their first two games of the tournament by one point apiece. Nothing could stop them. Whenever a bullet was fired, the team collectively dodged it. It was beginning to feel like this was a team of destiny. Then, with a twist of the knee, all of that momentum came to a screeching halt. Parkston’s heart and soul, 5’6” sen...   

    • Day Two Championship Round Recap

      St. Thomas More 47, Elkton - Lake Benton 41 It quickly became apparent to the St. Thomas More Lady Cavaliers that they were not going to be able to blow out their semifinal foe, Elkton – Lake Benton. So the Lady Cavs dug in their heels, took care of the ball and defeated the Lady Elks with efficiency to move onto the championship game Friday...   

    • Parkston's magical run continues

      The clock has not quite struck midnight on the Cinderella story of the Parkston Trojans. For the second consecutive night, the Lady Trojans escaped with a one point victory, this time defeating the Miller Rustlers, 72-71. “What a run.” Parkston Head Coach Rob Van Laecken understated after the game. “What a great bunch of kids.” And these “bunch...   

    • Girls State "A" day one recap

      The first game of the afternoon session saw two west river foes square off as St. Thomas More breezed by Pine Ridge in the second half for the 73-45 victory. Caitlin Duffy, a Colorado State commit, had a great all-around game as she scored 28 points, handled the ball against the Pine Ridge press while also playing good defense and pulling down seven rebounds for the number-one seeded Lady Caval...   

    • Malloy puts on a show as Parkston upsets Sisseton

      I’ll admit, as the Parkston and Sisseton game began, my mind was anywhere but on the game. I was busy trying to keep track of Louisville and if they were going to advance to the semifinals of the Big East Tournament while simultaneously feverishly writing up summaries of the first three games of the day. That’s what the first day mission was, after all; write down your impressions of each g...   

    • Making History: A log of the Jackrabbits' historic night

      With the score tied at 44 in what was up until that point one of the ugliest college games I’ve ever witnessed, the capacity crowd stood on its feet, willing South Dakota State to one last stand and a chance at immortality. The Jackrabbits obliged, forcing Western Illinois into a forced, awkward jumper that came up just short that sent the game into overtime. The magnitude of the event...   

    • Cavs earn title of Best West River Team

      Though we were just approaching the end of the third quarter, fans were already starting to file out of the King Center. You could see in their body language, read their lips and the one word that kept coming out was “disappointed”. St. Thomas More and White River. The two most dominant West River programs in the past half-decade. This was going to be one for the ages. Except ...   

    • District 16A: Big rematch ahead for Spearfish

      By now, I hope you’ve realized that this column has nothing to do with Spearfish’s game against Belle Fourche. We all knew how it would turn out, and the Spartans took care of business much in the fashion that we expected. Oh no, my friends. This is not about Monday night’s game. It’s all about St. Thomas More. “We get St. Thomas More again, biggest g...   

    • Area scene; injuries, transfers, STM-White River

      We at the Buzz have our sights set on one thing this week, you know what one thing I’m talking about. This week is all about the matchup to end all matchups, St. Thomas More and White River, but there are also some other headlines from around the state. We’ll go west to east before finishing off right back where we started. Taylor Klapperich, who has started all year for Dave Hollenb...   

    • Here's why White River will beat St. Thomas More

      As my big-school biased SportsBuzzian, SportsBuzzard1, explained in his post the straws were drawn and the assignment was doled out that I would be writing a full length piece on why White River will defeat fellow perennial state contender St. Thomas More in what is essentially a home game for the Cavaliers. Both teams have been on historic...   

    • Black Hills State's woes continue

      The following was written two weeks ago, but in light of the Yellow Jackets, um, for lack of a better word, effort last night against rival South Dakota School of Mines, the Buzz felt it was the perfect time to publish Heeb's take on this year's squad. For those of us who have observed of or been a part of the Black Hills State men’s basketball over the past four years, we’v...   

    • Coach Yamni Jack sets the bar high at Lower Brule

      Lower Brule head boys basketball coach, Leonard “Yamni” Jack is a tough man to track down. For days, we went back and forth between e-mails, text messages and phone calls before I finally found him free for a couple of minutes on Sunday afternoon. Not only is he a tough man to track down, he is an incredibly compassionate person who teaches basketball lessons that go hand in hand wit...   

    • Little Moreau Video Recap

         

    • Live: Running blog from the LMC Tournament UPDATED AT 6:26 MT

      3:31 PM McIntosh 57, Lemmon 51 It didn’t take very long for the drama to reach a high level as the first game, with McIntosh and Lemmon presenting us with an overtime thriller that was, due to the teams’ respective records (a combined 1-25. Yikes.), a relatively well played game. I’m sure the fact that these teams matched up evenly helped with keeping things...   

    • With the LMC in hand, Faith fixes focus on bigger goals

      It was apparent by the third quarter; there was no one left in the packed Faith gymnasium who could argue what had become an undeniable truth. Kolbi Selby and Cody Trainor are a couple of bad dudes. Beyond the aforementioned players’ beast mode-ness, the Longhorns established themselves as the top dog in the Little Moreau AND region “8B” as the Longhorns dominated early on, ...   

    • Spartans upset second-ranked Governors

      On my way down to watch the Spearfish Spartans host the Pierre Governors on Friday night, I had the game article half-written already. Some snippets from my article included: Spearfish hangs tough, but is ultimately overmatched. Spearfish is thankful that they no longer reside in “AA”. The Governors length proves to be too much for the unde...   

    • Impoverished areas find outlet in basketball

      Just a couple of weeks ago, I wrote a column on the Oelrichs Tigers, along the way mentioning the social issues and the tremendous amount of poverty that plagues the area. Quickly thereafter, the U.S. Census Bureau released a list of the top 15 poorest countries in the nation. Not surprisingly, the top three counties on the list; Shannon, Todd and Ziebach, were all located in western South Dako...   

    • The Hanson Classic: White River vs. Viborg-Hurley

      The second matchup at the Hanson Classic that includes a “B” west river squad is arguably the biggest class “B” matchup of teams that will take place in the basketball-crazed environment that is the Hanson Classic.   The undefeated, thus-far-unchallenged White River Tigers will travel east down I-90 176 miles to square off against t...   

    • The Hanson Classic: Faith vs. Langford

      This week’s class “B” Hanson Classic matchups have all the makings of a dress rehearsal for the March state tournament in Aberdeen. Both west river teams come into the Classic undefeated and leading their respective districts (and regions for that matter, too) in power points. In the 2:30 matchup, Faith will face off against undefeated and District 2-leading Langford Ar...   

    • Overcoming the Odds: The Oelrichs Tigers, Part II

      This is Part two of the feature Overcoming the Odds: The Oelrichs Tigers, CLICK HERE for Part one of the series.  Zero. The word comes from the French word zefiro, which translates into “it was empty.” Zefiro also happens to be a pretty...   

    • Overcoming the Odds: The Oelrichs Tigers, Part I

      The following is part one of a two part feature detailing Nick Heeb's research on the town of Oelrichs and his experiences while visitng the town. Part two will be released tomorrow, Wednesday the 11th. As I was sitting at my desk finishing work on the Daily Buzz, my boss called and said that he had a new story he wanted me to track down. The Oelrichs Tigers, long k...   

    • Spartans topple Ranchers

      An interesting mix of colors – and fans - filled the gym in this battle of big enrollment versus small as Spearfish kept the Harding County Ranchers at bay long enough to take home a hard fought 70-58 battle Tuesday night at the Young Center in Spearfish. In this intriguing matchup of the Country Cousin versus the City Cousin, Harding County gave Spearfish all it could handle in th...   

    • Time to Unwrap Presents

      With Christmas over, we now spend the next couple of days eating whatever is leftover in the tupperware in the fridge, sorting out all the gifts that have some use from the ones that have no use and finally, working our way back into fitting into our pre-Christmas pants. To keep up with the spirit of the Alpha of the holiday season, the Buzz brings you tidings of good basketball, startin...   

    • Little Moreau Race is Wide Open

      With the banners shadowing over the players like a ghost of seasons past, the task and pressure of defeating perennially-salty Faith proved too much for the Timber Lake Panthers.  The Longhorns walked away with a much-tougher-than-the-scoreboard-indicated 61-40 victory, and almost certainly Coach Doug Schauer will walk away from this matchup with a new perspective on how tough this ...   

    • The Monday Morning Buzz: LNI Edition

      Entering the boy’s tournament of the 35th Annual Lakota Nation Invitational, there were many questions to be answered. Would White River make it back to the championship after missing out last year? Just how strong was this year’s field? Honestly, where are all of the big name players this year? All of these ...   

    • LNI - - Day Two

      The Lakota Nation Invitational, with all its prestige and pageantry, kicked off Wednesday morning with the White River Tigers scoring an easy victory to open the tournament. Due to my busy finals schedule, I didn’t get to the tournament until the 2:30 game, as Cheyenne – Eagle Butte prepared to take on Lower Brule. And that’s where we start things off: Following ...   

    • LNI - - Day One

      The Lakota Nation Invitational, with all its prestige and pageantry, kicked off Wednesday morning with the White River Tigers scoring an easy victory to open the tournament. Due to my busy finals schedule, I didn’t get to the tournament until the 2:30 game, as Cheyenne – Eagle Butte prepared to take on Lower Brule. And that’s where we start things off: Following the formula ...   

    • LNI - - Day One

      The Lakota Nation Invitational, with all its prestige and pageantry, kicked off Wednesday morning with the White River Tigers scoring an easy victory to open the tournament. Due to my busy finals schedule, I didn’t get to the tournament until the 2:30 game, as Cheyenne – Eagle Butte prepared to take on Lower Brule. And that’s where we start things off: Following the formula ...   

    • Orie Brown receives POTW honors

      Well that didn’t take long. Orie Brown, former Pine Ridge standout and current Minnesota West guard was named Player of the Week for the week of November 28th- December 3rd, as the Daily Globe reports here. During his senior year for the Thorpes, Brown filled the stat sheets with averages of 18...   

    • Lessons from the Sandusky Scandal

      As the Buzz was just getting settled in for its month long hiatus between sports seasons, ominous tremors were felt on the east coast. A metaphorical earthquake was shaking a morally stalwart university at its very core as allegations about former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky molesting numerous boys involved in his Second Mile program were just starting to be released to the ...   

    • THE HIGH SCHOOL DAILY BUZZ 11-23-11

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    • The Road to Perfection: A Bitter End, A Bright Future

      After it was all said and done, a few players cried, a few players stood with smiles on their face, while others stood expressionless, eyes fixed toward the future, saying to themselves, we’ll be back. The Wall Eagles took a beating Friday afternoon, falling to defending state champion Canistota, 66-6. The Eagles could not take advantage of two early Canistota turnovers, n...   

    • The Road to Perfection: The Final Practice

           

    • The Road to Perfection: By the Numbers

      This week’s Dome matchup brings together two high powered offenses that have the ability to score in bunches, here’s a look at each team’s statistics and leaders (according to maxpreps.com): Total Offense Canistota – 359 ypg Wall – 338.3 ypg ...   

    • The Road to Perfection: Lane Blasius, The Catalyst

      Everybody has a natural inclination; some people can build wonders with their hands, others can move masses with their speeches while some change lives by way of teaching.Lane Blasius was born to succeed.Blasius, a sophomore for the Wall Eagles, will lead his team into the Dome on Friday for the gargantuan task of attempting to take down the Canistota Hawks.Lane will not be...   

    • The Road to Perfection: The Rieckman Interview

    • The Road to Perfection: The Dome-Bound Wall Eagles

        This is the first of many "Road to Perfection" reports throughout the week on the Wall Eagles as Nick Heeb will be presenting new content every day, updating fans as we roll into Dome Week. As the roar of the crowd became more amplified and the reality began to set in that they were actually going to do it, achieve the goal that they have strived so ha...   

    • Playoff Recap: Quarterfinal Action

    • Ranchers' Baier Life Flighted to Mayo Clinic

      Ryne Baier, starting fullback and linebacker for the 8-1 Harding County Ranchers, was life flighted to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota Friday after falling ill from a virus contracted while also being sick with Walking Pneumonia.Coach Jay Wammen contacted sdsportsbuzz.com Friday afternoon saying that Baier had suddenly become sick, with his tongue and throat swelling to the point...   

    • West River First Round Recap & Video

      As we watched updated and final scores from tonight’s first round action roll in, there were a few big surprises. Not just the results of the games but also where our area teams will next play give us some degree of certainty about which teams will still be alive after next Monday ...   

    • The Monday Morning Buzz: Week Eight

      It has been a wild, wacky ride so far, and we have only just begun. The regular season has now been put to bed and everyone knows where and who they will be playing. Welcome to the last Monday Morning Buzz of the 2011 regular season where we have been blessed with excitement, intrigue and surprises that can only come with the cracking of pads and the ongoing chess match ...   

    • The Monday Morning Buzz: Week Seven

      With fall fully taking over the countryside, the stunning realization that football season is almost over completely grasps us and brings our spirits down a bit. A part of us still wants to be in that first weekend when all of the excitement and intrigue that comes with a new season filled us. Never fear, the Monday Morning Buzz is here with the remedy to the melancholy ...   

    • Wall versus Philip: A Study in Rivalry

      This week’s 9-Man Game of the Week features two teams that I am very familiar with. To be more specific, it’s the towns that I’m familiar with. This is the first preview I’ve done all year for our GOTW, but this isn’t a “who to watch for” or “what to expect from this team”. It is a story of rivalry. It is a rivalry that is fueled by proximity (30 miles), success ...   

    • The Monday Morning Buzz: Week Six

      With most teams having finished three-quarters of their schedule, the focus of storylines switch from speculation to jostling as there is little doubt about which teams’ seasons will continue and we now center in on where the teams will be playing and what seed they will have when the playoffs start.So many teams, players and storylines to cover, but we’ll whip them all in less than ...   

    • The Monday Morning Buzz: Week Five

      As the regular season rolls on and we turn the corner towards the final stretch, the quality of the games being played has not noticeably waned. Also not waning is the quality of the Monday Morning Buzz, which encompasses every hot topic in the 9-Man ranks this side of the Missouri. We were treated to an exciting showdown of unbeaten teams in our 9-Man Game of the Week a...   

    • Monster Player of the Week: Help!

      It seems our choices for the Monster Player of the Week haven't been universally acceptable to you, the readers. We would love to give everyone a fair chance, but the lack of statistics at our disposal sometimes limit us. If there is a Monster performance that you'd like us to know about, please feel free to e-mail us and alert us of the player and stats accrued. Please e-mail me at nick...   

    • The Monday Morning Buzz: Week Four

      Can it be? Is the football regular season halfway over already? It seems like just last week that we were all pretending to know what we were talking about by making predictions and previewing area teams. Not much has changed - I’m still pretending to know what I’m talking about. Welcome back to the Monday Morning Buzz, where some teams struggled who were supposed to...   

    • Change in Scheduling: Heeb and Addy to Cover White River vs New Underwood

      Just giving all you faithful readers a little update. Myself and Royal Addison will no longer be covering the Wall Eagles hosting the Stanley County Buffaloes. Our, ahem, friends at KGFX will now be covering the game, so the advice came from up top that we should cover a battle of Tigers. Friday at six o'clock MT, we will be in New Underwood covering the Tigers as they face the White River Tige...   

    • Coyotes Continue to Crash the Party

      It is rare that a team sneaks up on a whole fanbase when it comes to West River football. With the small amount of teams that take up residence on this side of the Missoura, it is common knowledge before the season starts which teams will be the boys and which teams will be the men amongst them. Last season, the Harding County Ranchers were the Alpha Dog from the get-go and, not surprisi...   

    • The Monday Morning Buzz: Week Three

      Week three of the 9-Man season featured teams fighting for bragging rights, playoff positioning and some teams just checking for vital signs. This week’s Monday Morning Buzz brings you a no-decaf-allowed rapid-fire that includes, but is not limited to: Jones County continuing to shock and awe, Philip being on life support, New Underwood sitting pre...   

    • The Monday Morning Buzz: Week Two

      Week two, with all of its intriguing matchups and questions that invariably follow were almost all met with a resounding yawn as the final results were called in from Friday night’s games.  It was not a matter of if the team that was supposed to win did in fact win, it was a matter of by how much did they win by. Never fear, the Monday Morning Buzz will contin...   

    • The Monday Morning Buzz: Week One

      In the second week of week one, we saw some scores that stunned, some that made you yawn and others that made you slightly raise your eyebrows (RC Stevens over Sturgis 56-0) but eventually made you shrug your shoulders with indifference. After seeing the scores from the Presidents Bowl (SF Lincoln 37, SF Washington 36; SF Roosevelt 19, SF O’Gorman 14),...   

    • The Monday Morning Buzz: Week Zero

      Wow, that was fast. Just like that, football season got under way and week zero is in the books. The 9-man schedule in our area was pretty thin, but there were a couple of high profile, hotly contested matchups that most likely will end up holding a large amount of significance at the end of the season. Welcome to the first installment of The Monday Morning Buzz, ...   

    • SDSportsBuzz On the Road: New Underwood

      Our final day of SDSportsBuzz On the Road had us stopping in New Underwood to visit head coach Clint Nelson and his New Underwood Tigers. QUICK FACTS Head Coach: Clint Nelson Class: 9A Last Playoff Appearance: 2009 Last Dome Appearance: 1995 OVERVIEW

    • SDSportsBuzz On the Road: Wall

      Day three of SDSportsBuzz on the Road finds us in Wall at the home of free ice water and the Dennis Rieckman-led Eagles. For the Empty Stomach: Red Rock Café. You will find no better pie in western South Dakota. Unique to the Area: Wall Drug. F...   

    • SDSportsBuzz On the Road: Kadoka

      Welcome to Day One of SportsBuzz on the Road. Today we pulled off of I-90 at Kadoka and stopped in at the Kadoka Kougars practice and talked to Coach Chad Eisenbraun about his team’s upcoming season. Before we get started, we offer you our choices for a place to grub and a place to kill some time. Here they are, a couple of SportsBuzz suggestions while visiting Kadoka.

    • SDSportsBuzz On the Road: Philip

      Welcome back for day two of SDSportsBuzz On the Road. Today we are visiting Philip, home of the Scotties. Once again we will bring you a full team preview and offer you our choices for a place to grub and a place to kill some time. Here they are, a couple of SportsBuzz suggestions while visiting Philip. For the Empty Stomach:

    • 'Twas the Week Before Football...

      Andy Williams has not a clue what he's talking about. Despite Mr. Williams' attempt at swaying the public opinion, this is the most wonderful time of the year. Fall Practices started this week across the state and with that comes the excitement of another year of intriguing questions that will be addressed as the season progresses. As some of you have read, we will be on the roa...   

    • The Manifesto of the Spread Offense

      This is a call to all high school coaches across the state, a cry for change, a plea for progress, an appeal for…. well you get the idea. I know what you’re thinking and no, this isn’t a campaign for Obama, this is a campaign for modernization in South Dakota High School football. It is time for our offenses across the ranks to break free from the chains of the double wing, wishbone and a...   

    • The Debate Rages On: East River Football Supremacy

      I’ve heard it, you’ve heard it, we’ve all heard it. It’s been that incessant buzzing sound in our ear the past ten years that just keeps getting louder and more annoying and you want to stop it, but when it comes down to it, you just can’t argue with results. There have been many ways that this argument has been presented - some of them blunt, some of them junior high-ish, some flat-o...   

    • SDSB PLAYER PROFILE: JAKE WEBER (PODCAST)

      Presenting our first ever player profile with RC Central's Jake Weber taking the time to sit with me for a couple of minutes. Enjoy. PLAYER PROFILE PODCAST: JAKE WEBER

    • SDSB SPECIAL EVENT: 11th Annual Black Hills Distance Running Camp (Podcast: Coach Walkinshaw)

      To listen to the Podcast click on the start button in the media player below:  

    • Camping Out at the Black Hills State Football Camp

                      The feeling was there. Though not quite yet in full force, the exhilaration I feel in my stomach whenever I catch a hint of fresh cut grass in my nostrils or hear the sounds of pads cracking was certainly present as I watched six football teams sweat away at the Black Hills State football camp earlier thi...   

    • PODCAST: An Interview with Jason Henry (SD Mines team camp update!)

      I talked recently with SD Mines Head Men's Basketball Coach Jason Henry. Included in the interview is discussion of the boys team camp this week (July 14-15). That camp typically includes White River, STM, RC Stevens and RC Central. Other topics covered include the transition from NAIA to D-II and the upcoming season for the Hardrockers.

    • White River Makes Key Additions for Another Championship Run

      With the NBA Lockout now a reality, trades and free agent signings have been put on hold. Luckily for us South Dakotans the Lockout has no effect on local players moving around, and the off-season player carousel is fully under way. Rumor out of the Badlands is Eldon Marshall’s quest for another state championship may have just gotten a little easier. Both Cody and Bubba You...   

    • The Dallas Mavericks: The Right Way

      “They played the right way.” These were the words chosen by Dallas Mavericks Coach Rick Carlisle as he accepted the Larry O’Brien trophy after his veteran, underdog team defeated the Miami Heat in Game 6 to give the franchise its first NBA Championship. A more perfect set of words could not be found to describe this Dallas Mavericks team, as they rode a perfect c...   

    • The Coyotes Up the Ante

      The University of South Dakota Coyotes Football program is nearing the end of their transition from Division II to the Football Championship Series, formerly known as Division I-AA. And with the transition comes the inevitable upgrade of competition. Last year, the Coyotes got their first taste of Football Bowl Series (Division I-A) tea...   

    • Miller Comes Up Big

      Deep into the heart of the NBA playoffs, and for many of us, the only time we pay attention to them, Mike Miller’s Miami Heat are still alive. Alive and very well in fact. But Skinny hasn’t been a big factor in the Team from South Beach’s deep run. He has appeared in only 9 of 12 playoff games so far, averaging less than a point per game and just under two rebounds per and is avera...   

    • SD NATIONAL GUARD HIGH SCHOOL DAILY BUZZ 5-12-11

      THE MOST COMPLETE AGGREGATE OF SD HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

    • Introducing..... The College Daily Buzz 5-12-11

      THE MOST COMPLETE AGGREGATE OF SD COLLEGE SPORTS DWU Area Athlete Makes All-Conference; Women’s Basketball Signings SDSU

    • 10 Names From the College Game and How They Fared

      With the end of March comes the end of the college basketball season and this leaves us with a gaping hole to fill until August (Well some of us, anyhow). It is also a time to catch up and see how our local area talent performed in the college ranks.

    • Class B Tournament Thoughts and Reactions

      Now with the season over, I will follow my fellow SportsBuzzian, Sod Buzzard’s lead in doing a little recap. We were blessed to watch three days of great competition with some familiar faces and fresh surprises that ended in another exciting championshi...   

    • Tournament Time - Boy's Class B

      With the pairings all set for the Class B Tournament , it’s time for every sports pundit across the state to start their previews and predictions, so I’ll follow suit – except for the prediction part. Instead, I have found some facts and figures that will satisfy your craving for knowledge about the teams and player all t...   

    • The Talented Mr. Enos

      Its 8:20 on a Sunday morning and I find myself waiting outside the main gym at the Young Center in Spearfish. Luke Enos and I have been playing e-mail tag all week trying to set up a time to meet. Luckily, he makes 15 minutes to sit down with me after his morning shootaround and before his bus departs for the NAIA National Tour...   

    • Cobblers Roll Into the Postseason

      Tyler Aquallo was, as they would say, "as good as advertised" and the Rapid City Central Cobblers ended the regular season with a win that capped off an impressive last two weeks and gives them momentum going into the postseason as they put away the Spearfish Spartans, 84-61 in Spearfish Friday night. Aquallo finished with 21...   

    • Hot Start Propels Spearfish Past Scoopers

      SPEARFISH - With the Spearfish Spartans clinging to small lead and their top scorer on the bench in foul trouble, Monte Meyerink decided it was his turn to step it up. And step it up he did; Meyerink scored eight crucial points between the third and fourth quarter as the Spartans avenged a heartbreaking loss earlier this season...   

    • Stevens' Defense Smothers Spartans in Lopsided Victory

      SPEARFISH - Things quickly went south for the Spearfish Spartans as Rapid City Stevens’ length and consistent outside shooting quickly ended any hopes of a confidence-building win for the Spartans as the Raiders walked away with a 69-43 victory. James Carlson led the way for the Raiders with 17 points on 5 of 7 shooting f...   

    • A SportsBuzz Double Feature: Spartans vs. Roosevelt Recap & Determination: Always Moving Forward

      SPEARFISH – The saying goes that it’s always darkest before dawn, and for the Spearfish Spartans, the sun is just about to hit the horizon. In what has become a consistent theme as of late, the Spartans fell in a close one, this one to Sioux Falls Roosevelt in overtime, 67-60 at home Saturday afternoon. Discouraging as this...   

    • Spearfish Can't Overcome Early Deficit, Fall to Knights

      SPEARFISH - O’Gorman looked every bit the state title contender that they are and Spearfish looked every bit the young but potentially dangerous squad they can be as they battled the 14-1 Knights tight for the first three quarters before relenting in the fourth as Sioux Falls O’Gorman walked away with a 79-49 victor...   

    • Broncs Can't Handle Pressure, Bow Out to Wildcats

      CUSTER - The Belle Fourche Broncs came into the Custer Armory with grand visions of upsetting the Custer Wildcats in their own building, but two big Custer runs doomed the Broncs as the Wildcats took care of business at home in a 78-60 victory. The Wildcats full co...   

    • First Round LMC Action: Faith Runs by Cardinals

      In what is essentially a practice district and region championship, the Faith Longhorns started out with an impressive showing in the first round of the Little Moreau Conference Tournament. The Longhorns used their outside shooting and easy transition baskets to quickly put away the young Bison Cardinals. The Longhorns were rel...   

    • First Round LMC Action: Ranchers Steal the Show

      Harding County had little trouble dispatching Lemmon as they breezed by the Cowboys with a 63-36 victory in the first round of the Little Moreau Conference Tournament. The victory sets up what promises to be an exciting semi-finals contest against Faith tomorrow ni...   

    • Strong Second Half Pushes Cavs Past 'Diggers

      The Lead-Deadwood Golddiggers gave the St. Thomas More Cavaliers all they could handle in the first half, but costly turnovers paired with a lengthy scoreless streak did the ‘Diggers in as they succumbed to the Cavs 69-44 Friday night in Lead.   The Cavs got on the board first with Liam Duffy hitting a three from the elbow, and a pair of Skye Warwick free throws put More up 5-0. Lead-...   

    • Last Second Shot Falls Short as Tech Pulls Off the Upset

      What one prophetic journalist foretold would be another exciting chapter in the Black Hills State and South Dakota School of Mines rivalry, the game came down to what everyone hopes for in basketball – the last shot. A Cain Atkinson three came up well short as time expired to conclude a wild night of basketball and give the victory to the Hardroc...   

    • Local Area Talent Abound as Bitter Rivals Face Off

                      For all of it’s implications – records as well as bragging rights, this game should be played on a Saturday night, but with scheduling conflicts as they are, two of the top four in the Dakota Athletic Conference square off Thursday night at the Young Center as the South Dakota School of Mines travels ...   

    • Youth Trumps Experience as Spearfish Beats Belle

      The Spearfish Lady Spartan's used a 7-0 run at the start of the 4th quarter to pull away from Belle Fourche to score a 47-34 victory and hand the Lady Broncs their fourth loss of the season. The win was only the second of the season for the Lady Spartans, who do not have a senior on their team and are loaded with u...   

    • Strong Fourth Quarter Surge Helps Belle Past Spearfish

      To slightly paraphrase Sheriff Ed Tom Bell in No Country for Old Men, “If it’s not a rivalry, it’ll do until the rivalry gets here.” This quote has no more relevance elsewhere than at Thursday night’s game in describing the heated, back and forth, hard fou...   

    • Spearfish Can't Hold Big Fourth Quarter Lead, Bow to Sturgis in Overtime Shootout

      As both teams sleepwalked through the first half, there was a feeling that all the turnovers and missed shots were raindrops in a levee that was just about full; and then the levee broke. The second half turned into a wild affair full of long threes and long scoring runs from both teams that culminated in a game tying three wit...   





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