Scrappy Mt. Vernon/Plankinton (MVP) girls will not be a one-hit wonder


By Rich Winter (Photo courtesy of Barb Becker)

Along about Jan. 25 Preston Kristensen’s MVP Titans served notice they were a team to reckon with. That night, MVP hung right with state champion Winner, in Winner, losing 59-66. At the time, MVP dropped to 8-3 with the three losses to: West Central (2nd in Class A), Corsica-Stickney (3rd in Class B) and Winner (Class A state champs.

On Feb. 8, MVP was 9-6 (other losses to Hanson, Dell Rapids and B runner-up, Ethan.

A six game winning streak to end the season, including a 57-55 road win over McCook Central/Montrose, in Salem on Feb. 19.

Region wins over Platte/Geddes and Parkston, and an around-the-state jaw dropper of a SoDak 16 (58-53) win over No. 4 seeded Hamlin as MVP advanced to the dance.

In their Class B opener, Kristensen’s Titans gave state runner-up West Central everything they wanted, losing 50-46 in a scrappy first game. Nice to see 6-foot-1 junior Kathy Briggs showing the state what she’s made of with a 19 point effort against the Trojans.

After expending everything against West Central, girls were a little flat on Friday in their 58-38 loss to St. Thomas More.

Senior, Mikaela Cassidy had a big opener against West Central (12) and capped her MVP career with a 15-point outing in a 53-50 win over Aberdeen Roncalli. Tuff and scrappy all season, MVP walked away with a state tournament win and a very, VERY bright future.

Congrats to seniors: Hailey Walz, Cassidy, Kailee Fox and Sydney Tlam and 4 great years of work and helping the program reach the state tournament.

Looking forward to how the MVP girls do in track this season…Tons of multi-sport athletes with a bunch of high caliber sprinters, hurdlers and relay runners. (And yes, we noticed Jesse Hastings won the 200 at the indoor meet)

Keep an eye on 2024 prospect Emilee Fox:


Ok, so true story, yesterday I’m looking for a picture of Hailegh Timmer of STM…And I saw this nice little shot

Who is that?

MVP 7th-grader Emilee Fox

State tournament stats:

6 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists vs. McM

10 points, 2 rebounds in the STM game…

And, 14 points, 3 rebounds and 4 steals in the 7th place game.