Posted On: 01/17/19 1:03 PM

On the eve of a winter storm, this weekend PHD goes through and highlights some of the area games that are on the docket. 

Dell Rapids at Madison 7:45 p.m. tip-off

Even though a lot of both teams top players graduated last year the Bulldogs and Quarriers are still teams to not be overlooked. This will be a tight game from start to finish. Dell Rapids senior Logan Heim, a Dakota Wesleyan basketball commit, headlines this year’s Quarriers team with brothers Connor and Carter Rentz improving every game. Logan Ellingson had been playing a solid role as well putting up 15 points, five assists and four steals in a win against Milbank Area last weekend. Madison comes into this season on a bit of a rebuild after a new coach and a talented senior class graduated. Doyle Brown and Nic Comes bring in the most experience from the previous successful Bulldogs team and look to provide leadership throughout the season. 

Sioux Falls Washington vs. Brookings 7 p.m. tip-off

With several Divison I athletes from last years SF Washington team gone, the Warriors have had a bit of a rough start to the season at 3-5 thus far. But don’t worry Warrior fans Gabe Person and Carter Shields had monster summers and improved to take on new roles this season. I wouldn’t look past the Warriors come March. Brookings also has had a lackluster start to the season at 2-6. Junior Trent Broksieck had a very productive offseason as well as Drew Cole in grassroots. Both teams could use this win to jump-start the second half of the season and turn the ship around. 

Vermillion vs. Sioux Falls Christian 7:30 p.m. tip-off

Vermillion has some huge shoes to fill after A.J. Plitzuweit graduation. The former Tanager and current Augustana Viking took Class A by storm scoring 1,000-plus points in less than two years. The Tanagers have had a decent start to the season sitting at 5-3 but lost by 20-plus in two-of-three losses. Juniors Sam Ward and Max Mayer have been a big role on a Tanager team that only has one senior. They have a tough task in facing undefeated Sioux Falls Christian. The Chargers don’t have the amount of talent as they did last season but still are always a tough opponent no matter who is in the jersey. With seniors, Gavin Schipper and Mitchell Goodbary returning along with Mitchell Oostra and junior Zach Witte the Chargers are undefeated for a reason.