The Eastern South Dakota Conference Needs to Think Big, and Look West

Written by SportsBuzzard 1 on Sunday, November 14th, 2010
I have watched and listened as the matchmaking process between Rapid City Stevens (RCS), Rapid City Central (RCC), Sturgis and the Eastern South Dakota (ESD) Conference has unfolded. Who would have thought RCS, RCC and Sturgis might be left out in the cold by the ESD?    Read More >


Written by SportsBuzzard 1 on Sunday, November 14th, 2010
If ever it was possible to gloat and feel like crap this is the case.   Read More >


Written by SportsBuzzard 1 on Saturday, November 13th, 2010
Every once it a while I have a Eureka moment. No, I am not talking about the town of Eureka (ADM=52), but rather an epiphany of sorts. That happened for me on Thursday while the 9 Man teams from the Cornbelt Conference were winning their three state championships. Sure, I wasn’t at all pleased with the outcome of the 9A game, but there was something else that kept gnawing away at me, and then it hit me like a ton of bricks. Where else on this planet could the second and third best teams in a con...   Read More >

Ranchers Hunt for Beaver Unsuccessful; Big Second Half Propels Hanson to Win 34-16

Written by East River 1 on Friday, November 12th, 2010
It was the Dome’s only East vs. West match-up on the State Championship Playoff card, Harding County Ranchers vs. Hanson Beavers. In all, twelve teams travel to Vermillion in hopes of winning a State Championship trophy. Hanson and two other East River teams were already crowned Champions. The one lone team from West River, Harding County, rode into the Dakota Dome with aspirations of taking home the prize. These rough and tough Ranchers might have a bit of an odor coming from their boots...   Read More >


Written by SportsBuzzard 1 on Friday, November 12th, 2010
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Sod's Final Six For Season: The Pheasant Belt Watches (....sigh)

Written by Sod Buzzard on Wednesday, November 10th, 2010
Not much time this evening, so I'm going to skip the normal  pomp and pageantry associated with most of my posts.  In dining terms, I'm skipping past the salads and appetizers and going straight for the meat and taters.  Pile them high, darn it.  In the tradition of all big games, I will include Mrs. Sod's can't miss college bowl pool strategy of comparing mascots  to determine a winner as well.   Read More >


Written by SportsBuzzard 1 on Wednesday, November 10th, 2010
How is it that a team that is undefeated and totally untested during the regular season and three games into the playoffs is considered an underdog? That is the situation the Harding County Ranchers face less than 24 hours from their matchup in the Dome with Hanson Beavers. I think there are a lot of factors that lead most to tab the Beavers the favorite: The Beavers’ recent Dome success (two straight championships, one in 9B and last year in 9A) Location, location, location (see my re...   Read More >


Written by SportsBuzzard 1 on Tuesday, November 9th, 2010
It was late on Saturday night and we were in the process of putting a fork in SportsBuzzard Central. The buzzards were all a flutter with the reality of the Ranchers victory over Sully Buttes.  The rumor mill had been running overtime from that game, but that is a different topic for a different post, maybe.    Read More >

You Make the Call - Championship Week!

Written by stripedbuzzard on Tuesday, November 9th, 2010
Here are a few play situations to help get you ready for the championship games. Good luck and congratulations to all players, coaches, fans, and officials!   Read More >

44 Minutes A Game Is Not

Written by Sod Buzzard on Monday, November 8th, 2010
75 degrees and no wind are normally weather conditions reserved for dome games under the grain bin roof of the DakotaDome, but that is what all of South Dakota was blessed with for semifinal Saturday.  Incredible.  Under absolutely perfect conditions at Not Harvey Naasz Field, two of 11B's top teams slugged it out. For 44 minutes, the Winner Warriors hung with the dome bound Mobridge-Pollock Tigers, but that's 4 minutes short of a bus trip east.    In the end a very athletic Tiger team ran throu...   Read More >