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2020-21 BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD

FREEMAN ACADEMY/MARION BOYS

Dec. 15: Bearcats 63, Centerville 46 (1-0)

Dec. 18: Bearcats 53, Ethan 42 (2-0)

Dec. 22: Bearcats 57, TDA 43 (3-0)

Jan. 2: ’Cats 63, Lower Brule 81 (3-1)

Jan. 5: ‘Cats 66, ORR 48 (4-1)

*Jan. 9: 'Cats 52, Mitchell Christian 44 (5-1)

*Jan. 12: 'Cats 62, Avon 28 (6-1)

*Jan. 16: 'Cats 58, Scotland 27 (7-1)

Jan. 19: 'Cats 43, Canistota 67 (7-2)

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Jan. 26: vs. BE  (Freeman)

MENNO/SCOTLAND TO PLAY IN 11-MAN CLASSIFICATION

JEREMY WALTNER  - PUBLISHER

The new football cooperative between Menno and Scotland will be known as the Jim River Trappers and will compete at the 11-man level — not 9-man as was originally expected.

Both announcements came last week after football players settled on the team name and the South Dakota High School Activities Association denied an appeal from Menno Superintendent Tom Rice, on behalf of the cooperative, to remain 9-man.

LOCAL ATHLETES EARN POSTSEASON ACCOLADES

A number of local student-athletes have earned postseason accolades for their efforts during the 2020 fall sports season.

Those players include, for volleyball: Rijjy Peterson, Odalite Pankratz and Kate Miller from Freeman Public; Alivea Weber and Maria Cortes from Freeman Academy/Marion and Jesse Munkvold, Kaylie Schempp and Kylie Harriman from Menno.

For football, they include Tyce Ortman, Clayton Smith, Cole Papendick, Logan Katzer, Isiah Robertson and Blake Anderson from Canistota/Freeman and Treyton Sayler and Logan Langrock from Menno/Marion.

PETERSON, MUNKVOLD AMONG CORNBELT'S BEST

Freeman High School's Rijjy Peterson and Menno's Jesse Munkvold were both named to the 2020 Cornbelt Conference First Team for their play on the volleyball court this past season. Freeman's Odalite Pankratz was named to the second team while Freeman's Kate Miller and Menno's Kaylie Schempp and Kylie Harriman were named to the third team.

DEFENSIVE DOMINANCE CARRIES PRIDE TO TITLE

JEREMY WALTNER  -  PUBLISHER

More than 3½ years ago, when the coaching staff and players of the newly formed Canistota/Freeman football cooperative got together to come up with a team name, it wasn’t hard for them to settle on their pick, even if it took a little time.

The team would be the Canistota/Freeman Pride.

ORTMAN NAMED CORNBELT MVP; SIX FROM PRIDE RECOGNIZED

Tyce Ortman has been named the Class 9A/9B MVP of the Cornbelt Conference for his play during the 2020 football season. The announcement came Monday morning, Nov. 16 along with the all-conference selections for the season that wrapped up last week.

YES THEY CAN! PRIDE MAKE IT THREE IN A ROW

In a year without much to celebrate, Canistota/Freeman gave its fans and communities something to cheer about in a big way with another Class 9A state championship Thursday night, Nov. 12.

SODAK 16: CHESTER ELIMINATES FLYERS 3-0

At 23-20, the Freeman High School volleyball team was two points away from winning an all-important first set against Chester Area in the SoDak 16 Tuesday night, Nov. 10, but the Flyers — the Chester Flyers — won the final five points to take the first set 25-23.

For the Flyers — the Freeman Flyers — it was a blow from which they would not recover.

TEAM EFFORT FUELS IMPRESSIVE WIN; A FULL REPORT

BY JEREMY WALTNER  |  COURIER EDITOR & PUBLISHER

You don’t have to remind the Freeman High School girls of the old cliché, “There is no ‘I’ in team.”

They proved it Thursday night.