Gridiron featured game of the week: Top-5 matchup as Blackhawks open season

This week's livestream will be the No. 4 Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central Blackhawks vs. the No. 3 Sioux Valley Cossacks. It will be featured on

Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central's Tryce Slykhuis (11) rolls out behind his offensive line during a game last season against Chamberlain in Wessington Springs. (Matt Gade / Republic)
Matt Gade

The Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central Blackhawks are ready to get the season rolling.

A season ago, they finished 7-3 but open the season with a 7 p.m. kickoff Friday, Aug. 27, in Wessington Springs. The Blackhawks host Sioux Valley in a matchup of top-five rated teams in Class 11B.

This is the second livestream high school football game the Mitchell Republic will feature this season. The first game the newspaper featured was Hanson vs. Parkston.


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Dierks covers prep and collegiate athletics across the Mitchell Republic's coverage region area, focusing on Mitchell High School football and boys basketball and area high school football, volleyball and basketball, as well as Dakota Wesleyan women's basketball. He was also the lead on the Mitchell Republic Gridiron Spotlight, producing video and providing live play-by-play for the traveling weekly prep football broadcast during its first season in the fall of 2021. Dierks is a Mitchell native who graduated from South Dakota State University with his bachelor's degree in journalism in May 2020. He joined the Mitchell Republic sports staff in August 2021. He can be reached at and found on Twitter at @LDierksy.
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