JAY DAVIS: Football playoffs in full swing, volleyball next week

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The football season is in the books for the Tigers with their playoff loss at Aberdeen Roncalli last night.

Even though the final score was a quite lopsided 64-19, it was a gutsy performance by a beat up, injured and inexperienced Tiger squad. In fact, most of the season was that kind of football. The Tigers suffered a rash of injuries that no team should have to face, especially one so near and dear to our hearts.

While the football world will be smack dab into the quarter and semifinals next week and fans around here will be keeping close tabs on a very good Herreid-Selby Area squad, the volleyball season is going to sneak in and get its postseason going too.

The District 11A tournament will be right here at Mobridge-Pollock High School Gymnasium, where the Lady Tigers will be the prohibitive favorites to capture their fifth straight title. The Lady Tigers will draw 2-21 Stanley County at 5 p.m. next Thursday. That match will be followed by 13-13 Cheyenne-Eagle Butte and 11-13 McLaughlin. The 19-6 Lady Tigers swept all three teams during the season.

Two teams are solid favorites to win their Class B districts in our part of the world.

Herreid-Selby Area racked up a 25-2 record in the regular season, losing only to the Lady Tigers and Warner. The District 6B tournament should be a stepping-stone for their long trip through the postseason. Potter County is the second seed with a 14-12 record and will play 8-14 Ipswich in the semifinals next Thursday. Eureka-Bowdle (7-19) and Edmunds Central (7-12) will open the proceedings in Roscoe on Tuesday. The winner will go to Herreid on Thursday to stare into the eyes of the Lady Wolverines. The championship match will be played Friday on the home court of the highest seeded team.

The District 15B tourney, where 21-7 Timber Lake is the odds-on favorite, starts Tuesday with three matches. Dupree (2-17) and Tiospaye Topa (0-14) will start things off with the winner advancing to face the Lady Panthers. Wakpala (8-10) and McIntosh (6-18) will square off in the other semifinal match. The championship game will be Thursday. The tourney will be played in its entirety in LaPlant.

Before we’re done with this, we had better get back to the Herreid-Selby Area football team. The Wolverines are really good, folks. Those of you who have been over to see the Wolverines in action know what I am talking about. The Wolverines have speed at a lot of positions. In nine-man football, speed kills. The Wolverines averaged 50 points a game during the regular season. Of their eight wins, they beat playoff-qualifying teams in Lemmon-McIntosh, Potter County, Miller, Sully Buttes and Eureka-Bowdle.

Early in the season, coach Jeff Kosters told me this team could be as good or better than his Selby Lions team that took second in state in 2004. So far, the Wolverines have looked and played the part. The only hitch in this giddy-up is the quality of teams they will face on their way. Undefeated Canistota (two-time defending champs) and Warner are as evil-good as the Wolverines and Arlington is 8-1 and beat undefeated Hamlin last night.

We’ll see how this plays out, but I think that the purple and black would look pretty cool in the Dome.

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