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Last year's pages have been moved to make room for this year (2008-09).  Last year's photos are still available on the moved sites.  There are new photos loaded the the 6th Grade page courtesy of Mark Kasten.


Parker sixth graders win Watertown Tournament, finish 30-3

The Parker Pheasants won all three games in the Watertown Optimist Tournament and took the title while finishing the season with a 30-3 record.  Parker beat the Sioux Falls Stingrays 35-31 in game one, which proved to be the tournament championship.  The Pheasants blasted Watertown white 42-26 in game two and used high emotion to whip Rosholt 44-26 in game three.

Field set for Watertown Tournament

The Pheasants will play the Sioux Falls Stingrays in the first game of the Watertown Tournament at 10:00 am this Saturday, Mar. 7, then will play Watertown White at 12:00 pm and Rosholt at 2:00 pm.  The tournament will mark the final three games of the season for the Pheasants.

Sixth graders win Marion Tournament

The Parker sixth graders won all three games in the Marion round robin tournament and notched their sixth tournament title of the year.  The Pheasants beat Menno 38-21 in the first game, Freeman Public 33-28 in game two and Marion 49-24 in game three.  In the game with Freeman Public, the Pheasants took the lead for the first time with just 1:30 to play and then held on for the dramatic win.  The Pheasants raised their season record to 27-3 with the three victories and will travel to Watertown for their final three games.

Parker sixth graders to play in Marion Tournament

The Pheasants will play in the Marion Tournament this Saturday, Feb. 28.  Parker will play Menno at 9:30am, then will play Freeman Public at 11:30am and finish off with a game versus Marion at 12:30pm.  The Pheasants have played both Menno and Freeman Public this season and have scrimmaged Marion.  Freeman Public was without their leading scored, Cole Paulsen in their first match-up.  His presence will make that game very interesting.

Sixth graders take Parker Tournament, finish grade school with perfect, 30-0 home record

The Parker sixth grade boys basketball team raced past Howard 49-38 in round one of the Parker Tournament, then fought off pesky Bon Homme in the championship to earn first place and cap off a perfect all-time, grade school home record at 30-0.  The Pheasants were playing without the services of Payton Jensen who has a sprained wrist and for most of the first quarter in the championship game, played without Cody Busselll who was battling a sore ankle.  The Pheasants battled through the adversity and toughed out the win to preserve the record.  Parker, now 24-3 for the season, will play next in the Marion Tournament this Saturday, Feb. 28.

Parker fifth graders take third with exciting 2OT win

The Parker fifth graders earned a hard fought two overtime win over Montrose for the consolation championship of the Parker Tournament.  The Irish came out of the gate fast to begin the game taking a 17-1 lead over Parker, but the Pheasants battled back and actually had the lead near the end of regulation.  The two teams battled back and fourth in the first overtime, but Parker took control in the second overtime and won the game, 34-29.

Sixth graders dig deep for Howard/Canova title

Just into the second quarter of Parker's first round game with Sanborn Central, The Pheasants suffered a big loss in their starting power forward, Payton Jensen who went out with a sprained wrist.  The injury left the Pheasants with just five available players for the rest of the tournament.  Parker went on to defeat Sanborn Central 31-22, then edged Howard in round two, 25-21 and surprised everyone in the gym with a 44-31 win over heavily favored Madison for the championship.

Hanson knocks off sixth graders, Fifth graders take third

The Hanson Beavers ended the Parker sixth graders' 15 game winning streak by defeating them 34-22 in the championship of the Canistota Tournament, while the Parker fifth graders defeated Freeman Public in the consolation championship.

Fifth graders play Hanson, sixth graders take on Freeman in first round of Canistota Tournament

The Parker fifth graders will tangle with Hanson in the first round of the Canistota Tournament, with Freeman Public taking on Canistota in the other first round game.  The sixth graders will play Freeman Public in the first round with Hanson and Canistota playing in the other first round game.  Both Parker games will be at 10:00 a.m.  The winners in each divisional game will play each other for the title, while the losers will play for the consolation.

Sixth graders cruise to Wakonda Tournament title

The Parker sixth grade boys basketball team breezed past Irene-Wakonda 46-8 in round one and Beresford 31-9 in the championship.  In the game with Beresford, Cody Bussell, Payton Jensen and Aaron Licht displayed masterful defense in shutting down the Watchdogs' two 5'11 centers and allowing them zero points, while the Pheasant guards held the Watchdogs' leading scorer to zero points as well.
Parker will travel with the fifth graders to Viborg on Thursday and Canistota on Saturday.

Fifth graders end Wakonda tournament with dramatic win

Zach Anderson tossed up a hook shot in the final seconds of the Pheasants' game with South Central, it went in and with an added free-throw, the Pheasants defeated South Central 22-20 in their second game of the day.
The fifth graders will travel to Viborg as part of a double-header with the sixth graders on Thursday, Feb. 12, then to Canistota on Saturday, Feb. 14 for the Canistota Tournament.

Sixth graders run winning streak to 12

The Parker sixth graders now are in the midst of a 12 game winning streak after their 33-10 win over the Viborg Vikings.  After a rough start, the Vikings put up a spectacular fight in the second half where the Pheasants outscored them only 14-8 in a hard fought half of basketball by both teams.  The win upped the Pheasants' all-time home record to 28-0.  Parker will face Irene-Wakonda in the first round of the Knights of Columbus Tournament in Wakonda this Saturday, Feb. 7 at 10:30 am.

Fifth graders impressive in 27-2 win over Viborg

The Parker fifth graders jumped ahead 19-0 on their way to a 27-2 win over the Viborg Vikings on Thursday night, Feb. 5.  Zach Andersen a  mountain of steals, rebounds and points to lead the Pheasants who now get ready for the Knights of Columbus Tournament where they will square off with Irene-Wakonda in the first round, in Wakonda at 9:00 am.

Field set for Wakonda Tournament

The field is set for the tournament in Wakonda this Saturday, Feb. 7.  THe Parker fifth graders will take on Irene-Wakonda at 9:00 am in the big gym of the Wakonda School.  Immediately following their game will be the other side of the fifth grade bracket, Alcester-Hudson vs. South Central.
The Parker sixth graders will also take on Irene-Wakonda in their first game which starts at approximately 10:30 am.  Following them will be the other side of the sixth grade bracket, Beresford vs. South Central.

Sixth graders race past Canistota, 49-20
The Parker Pheasants played a little sloppy in the first quarter, but put the pedal to the metal in the second, outscoring the Hawks 17-4 to take a 29-6 lead at the half.  Parker poured more on in the third before putting the game on cruise control and coasted to the win.  Parker will host Viborg on Thursday, Feb. 5 in a 5th and 6th grade double header and then both teams will travel to Wakonda to play in the Knights of Columbus Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 7.

Fifth graders put together comeback, fall short with Canistota

The Parker fifth graders ran into a buzz-saw in the Canistota fifth graders and fell behind 18-3 in the first half on Monday night, Feb. 2, but the Pheasants came out of the locker room with new attitude.  Parker outscore the Hawks 15-8 in the second half and closed the gap to 26-18, which proved to be the final score.

Potential double header to be added to schedule

A potential fifth and sixth grade double header with Montrose has been added to the schedule for Thursday, Feb. 19.  The fifth grade game must still be approved by the Parker fifth grade.

Parker sixth graders win all three games Parker Quadrangular

The Pheasants raced to a 20-5 lead on the Viborg Vikings in game one on their way to a 35-9 win, then had to overcome a 13-2 deficit before defeating West Lyon 44-29 in game two and held off a late run from Bon Homme to win the championship 28-20.
The Pheasants upped their all-time home record to 26-0 with the sweep.
The Parker fifth and sixth graders will host Canistota on Monday night, Feb. 2.

Changes made for sixth grade schedule

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Sixth graders cruise to Menno Tournament title

The Pheasants posted a pair of blowout wins in rounds one and two before taking a 26-18 win over Scotland in the championship game of the Menno Post Prom Tournament.
The Pheasants hammered Avon 38-19 in round one and Menno 38-13 in round two, to get to the title game.
The Pheasants will host their annual quadrangular this Saturday, Jan. 24.  Parker will open play at 9:00 a.m. with Viborg.  Bon Homme will play West Lyon in game two.

Parker fifth graders win third place in Menno

The Parker fifth graders clobbered Gayville-Volin in the first round of the Menno Tournament, then lost a tough decision to Ethan in the second round but found the courage to steal a comeback win over Scotland in round three for third place.

Brackets set for Menno Tournament

Parker will take on Avon in the first round of the Menno Tournament this Saturday, Jan. 17.
Parker defeated Avon 30-19 last season in the championship game of the Wakonda tournament, but had to fight for the win, pulling away in the final minutes.  Avon featured a quick, big and savvy line-up that matched up well with the Pheasants.
Bridgewater/Emery and host Menno are the other two teams on Parker's side of the bracket, while the other half of the docket features games between Bon Homme - Freeman Public and Scotland - Gayville-Volin.
Parker's first game begins at 10:15 in the North gym of the Menno complex.

Parker fourth graders impressive in Saturday scrimmage with Hurley

The scoreboard was blank as both teams elected to not keep track of points, but the Pheasants made it clear that they were the team of the match.  Impressive ball movement, rebounding, transition, defense and team-work was on display by the Pheasants.

Parker sixth graders sweep through Freeman Academy, Hurley

Parker's sixth graders upped their all-time home record to 23-0 with a pair of wins on Saturday, Jan. 10.
First the Pheasants flew past Freeman Academy 46-6 and then defeated Hurley 43-22.
The Parker sixth graders will travel to Centerville for a double header with the fifth graders on Monday, Jan. 12 and will participate in the Menno tournament on Saturday, Jan. 17.

Hurley added to Saturday's agenda

In addition to the sixth grade basketball game between Parker and Freeman Academy, a couple of other games involving teams from Hurley have been added.
First, the game between Parker and Freeman Academy has been moved up 15 minutes making the start time 11:15 a.m.  Immediately following will be a fourth grade game between Parker and Hurley at 12:15 p.m.  The fourth grade game would potentially be followed by another sixth grade game, this between Parker and Hurley.
If the Parker Varsity plays early Saturday afternoon, the sixth grade game between Parker and Hurley will be scratched.  The Parker varsity's game-time for Saturday will be based on their performance on Thursday and Friday.
Games with the fourth and sixth graders from Parker and Hurley are also being planned in Hurley, with no date set at this time.

Two more games added to sixth grade schedule

A home and away series with Viborg has been added to the sixth grade schedule.  The series will potentially be double headers with the fifth grade teams as well.  The Pheasants will host the Vikings on Thursday, Feb. 5 at 6:45pm and will travel to Viborg on Thursday, Feb. 12 with game time set at 6:00pm.  The game time would be the start of the fifth grade game.
Plans are also in the works for a sixth grade series with Hurley.

Field set for West Lyon Tournament

The Parker sixth grade boys basketball team will take on Sioux Falls Shock in the first round of the West Lyon Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 3.  The first game with the Schock will start at 8:30am.
The Pheasants will play Boyden-Hull at 10:30 and then host, West Lyon at 1:30pm.
Before the tournament on Saturday, the Pheasants will play host to Irene-Wakonda on Friday as part of a double header with the fifth graders with the fifth grade game starting at 12:30.

Sixth graders defeat Centerville, run home winning streak to 20

Parker raced to an 8-0 lead on the Centerville Tornadoes, but had to hold  off several runs by their visitors throughout the game.  Parker led 36-25 early in the fourth period before holding on for a 42-35 win.  The Parker sixth graders will host Irene-Wakonda on Friday, Jan. 2 and will travel to West Lyon for a tournament on Saturday, Jan. 3.

Fifth grade Pheasants fall by two to Centerville

The Parker fifth graders came back from being down 12 points in the first half to tie the game at 21-21 with seconds to go, but a basket by the Tornadoes lifted them to the 23-21 win.

Brandon Valley Gators hand Pheasants worst loss ever

The Parker Pheasants' sixth grade boys basketball team raced past the West Sioux, Iowa fifth graders 52-33 in the first round of the West Sioux Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 6 in Hawarden.  The prize for winning was a date with arguable the best sixth grade team in the state, a hand picked all star group consisting of Brandon Valley's best athletes.  Parker played with the Gators as long as they could, trailing only 14-6 with seven minutes to go in the first half, but the complete depth, 12 extremely athletic kids on the Brandon side eventually wore out the limited roster of the Pheasants.
The Gators who have a reputation of beating good small town teams with blowouts, piled it on in the second half and recorded a 56-16 win over the Pheasants.  Brandon defeated Storm Lake, Iowa in the championship.
Parker will open the home part of their schedule on Sunday Night, Dec. 21 when Harrisburg Slack pays a visit at 7:00pm.

Parker 6th graders defeat Harrisburg
The Parker 6th grade boys basketball team fought off a sluggish first four minutes and kicked up the intensity on their way to a 45-35 win over the Harrisburg Tigers in the first game of the season for the Pheasants.
Cody Bussell had 22 points and 14 RSLs for the Pheasants (1-0) who led 44-31 late in the fourth period before holding on for the win.
Zach O'Keefe scored 11 points and nine RSLs, while Aaron Licht and Payton Jensen also each had nine RSLs.
The Pheasants will travel to Hawarden, Ia for a tournament this next Saturday, Dec. 6 with their first game at 8:55 am.

Parker 6th graders to play West Sioux 5th graders in round one

The Parker 6th grade boys will take on the West Sioux (Hawarden) 5th graders in round one of the Hawarden Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 8:55 am at the West Sioux High/Middle School.  A win would most likely give the Pheasants a match-up with the Brandon Gators in round two, while a loss could give the Pheasants a date with Beresford in round two.  There are no consolation games.  In order for the Pheasants to play a third game in the tournament, they would have to win their first two games and get to the championship.  All players from the top two teams in the tournament will receive trophies.

White defeats Blue in Class of 2015 inter-squad game

Cody Bussell scored 26 points and 14 RSLs to lead the White past the Blue 45-35 in the Class of 2015 Boys Basketball team's annual Blue vs. White game.
Guest player Jake Anderson had 25 points and 12 RSL's to lead the Blue.
The Parker sixth graders take the court for their first game of the season on Saturday, Nov. 29 against Harrisburg Slack at Explorer Middle School in South Sioux Falls.

Parker 5th graders sweep own quadrangular
The Parker 5th grade boys basketball teamwon all three games in the Parker Quadrangular held on Saturday, March 15.  The Pheasants downed Centerville 30-21 in their first game, then beat West Lyon 53-41 in their scond game before earning revenge on the Bon Homme Cavaliers with a 29-24 win in their last game of the day.
In other action, Centerville defeated West Lyon 41-26 and beat Bon Home 35-30.  Bon Homme defeated West Lyon 22-20 in two overtimes.
Parker's performance marked the end of the season for them, as they finished with a 25-5 overall record and upped their all-time home record to 19-0.

Fifth graders down Tea
The Paker fifth graders built a 23-7 lead at the mid point of the second period and held on to defeat the Tea Area Titans 43-34 to up their season record to 22-5.
The game with Tea Area was the last tun-up before the Parker Quadrangular which takes place on Saturday, Mar. 15.

Pheasant fifth graders snag third at Roger Haas
Parker cruised to a 52-16 first round win over Yankton Party Barn, but then fell victim to upset in the second round as the Bon Homme Cavlier saveneged two earlier losses to the Pheasants, one each last and this season, by defeating them 30-27.  The loss sent the Pheasants to the third place game where they jumped ahead 33-6 before coasting to a 33-18 win.
Parker will travel to Tea on Tuesday, Mar. 4 and will wrap up their season with the Parker Quadrangular on Saturday, Mar. 1.

Fourth Graders win two of last three games
The Paker fourth grade Pheasants came up strong as they progressed through the season, ending the year with two wins in their final three games.
Throughout the year, the Pheasants showed tremndous heart as they pushed more experienced and undefeated teams to the limit, before finding their grove near the end of the season.
Congratulations to the Parker fourth grade Pheasants for a spectacular first year in organized basketball and good luck next year!!!

Beresford Tournament Canceled
Due to the Beresford High School girls basketball team making the state tournament, the Watchdog Classic in Beresford scheduled for March 8 has been canceled.
The Pheasant fifth graders will have practice on that day.  A time has not been set.

Roger Haas schedule out
The Parker fifth graders will take on Yankton Party Barn at 11:20 a.m. in their first game of pool play at the Roger Haas tournament this Saturday, Mar. 1.
Parker will take on Bon Homme at 1:00 p.m. in their second pool play game.
All games will be held at the Yankton Middle School, including the championship round. 
The fifth place game will be held at 2:40 p.m. and both the third place and championship games will take place at 3:30 p.m.
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5th graders defeat Viborg mix
The Parker fifth graders defeated a mix of fifth and sixth graders from Viborg in a game on Saturday, Feb. 23.
The Pheasants sputtered after a 14-2 lead to start the game and won 53-38 over the Vikings.
Parker managed to move their record to 19-4 for the season and 16-0 all-time at home.
The Pheasants now focus their attention on the Roger Haas Tournament in Yankton on Saturday, Mar. 1.
Brackets were not yet available on Sunday, Feb. 24.

Fifth graders go 3-1 at Menno Tournament
The Parker fifth graders raised their record to 18-4 on the season with a 3-1 performance at the Menno Tournament.
Payton Jensen scored 17 points and Aaron Licht grabbed 12 RSLs in the Pheasants' opening round game with Bon Homme.  Parker led 28-10 after three quarters and went on to get the win, 34-23.
In round two, the Pheasants were matched up with tournament champs McCook Central.  Cody Bussell scored 14 points for the Pheasants, but it was not enough as the Cougars' 5'8" center poured in 16 points to boost MC to a 35-26 win.
Viborg was the unfortunate team in Parker's way after their fourth loss of the season.  Parker jumped out on the Vikings 14-2 in the first quarter and extended their lead to 25-8 at halftime before finishing the 29-14 win.
The win over Viborg propelled the Pheasant's into the third place game.
On the other side of the bracket, the Hurley Bulldogs upset the Bon Homme Cavaliers to earn a spot with Parker in the third place game.
In the consolation championship, Parker started slow, but eventually produced distance between themselves and Hurley.  Zach O'Keefe scored 18 points, Jensen had 12 RSLs and Licht added six RSL's to help the Pheasants take home the third place trophy with a 36-25 win.
McCook Central led 18-4 over Menno in the first period in the championship game, but the final result is not known.

Streak snapped!
Short handed Pheasants fall in thriller
The Parker fifth grade Pheasants saw their 12 game winning streak come to an end at the hands of Lennox 1 on Tuesday, Feb. 12.
Parker, playing without Cody Bussell and Aaron Licht who account for approximately 16 points and 22 RSLs per game combined, fell to Lennox's premiere fifth grade team 37-30.
The Pheasants led 16-11 early in the third quarter, but Lennox couldn't miss from the field.  The Orioles eventually took the lead 17-16, then after see-saw action to end the third period, Lennox began the fourth with a 23-22 advantage.
Late in the fourth, Payton Jensen drove to the basket and scored to bring the Pheasants to within one point once again 31-30 with 1:03 to play, but three unanswered baskets by the Orioles sealed the win for them.
Parker looks to be full strength as they head to the Menno tornament n Saturday, Feb. 16.

Fifth grade game with Lennox moved to Chancellor
The Parker fifth grade boys basketball game with Lennox 1 on Tuesday, Feb. 12 has been moved to the Chancellor Elementary School.  It was originally scheduled to be played at the Lennox Middle School, but a conflict with gym space made the move neccessary.
Gametime is at 6pm.  The Pheasants put their 12 game winning streak on the line with Lennox's best eight players.

Fourth grade falls in final seconds in game with Lennox
The Parker fourth grade boys basketball team played their mst complete game of the season as they led from the start until the finals seconds, when Lennox stole the lead and the game.
"The kids ran the offenses very well," said Co-Coach Joseph Plucker commenting on the way his kids reacted to changes as the Pheasants added some different looks to their offense in the past few weeks.
"Prior to the game how to switch after a screen on defense," Plucker said.  "It must have made sense to them becaus they did great!"
The Pheasants now focus on the Irene tournament which takes place this Saturday.  The first game starts at 9:30 am.  Players are asked to be at the gym in Irene by 9am to have time to get ready.

Menno tournament field set
The Menno Post Prom fifth grade boys basketball tournament field has been set as six teams will compete this Saturday, Feb. 16.
In the top bracket, McCook Central was awarded a bye and will play the winner of Parker vs. Bon Homme.
The bottom portion of the bracket sees Menno with a bye, waiting to playe the winner between Viborg and Hurley.
Parker's game with Bon Homme is scheduled for 9am.  Players are asked to be at the gym by 8:30.

Fifth graders down Marion
The Parker fifth grade boys overcame early struggles in their game with the Marion Bears and posted a 50-25 win in Marion on Saturday, Feb. 9.
The win upped the Pheasants' record to 15-2 on the season as they get ready for a date in Chancellor with Lennox 1.

Pheasants bring home hardware from Wakonda tournament
Both the Parker fifth and sixth grade boys basketball teams brought home trophies from the Knights of Columbus tournament played in Wakonda on Saturday, Feb. 2.
The Parker sixth graders finished third in the tournament, beating host Irene-Wakonda for the first time ever in the third place game.
The sixth graders won both team shooting contests, '7-up' and 'around the world' earning trophies for their titles.
The Pheasant fifth graders cruised to a 33-15 win over South Central in round one and wore out a good Avon team in the second half, downing the Pirates 30-19 for the tournament title.  Parker also won the fifth grade 'around the world' trophy making a grand total, four trophies earned by the Parker Pheasants on the day.
Parker's fifth grade team is now in the midst of an 11 game winning streak as the three weekend wins raise their overall record to 14-2.
The fifth graders will travel to Marion to take on the Bears on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 12:30, then will hit the road to face Lennox's elite fifth grade team on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 6pm at the Lennox Middle School.

Fifth graders complete sweep of Irene-Wakonda
The Parker fifth graders defeated the Irene-Wakonda Eagles 29-13 to complete the season sweep in the series.
Jayden Hertel, Reid Rutten, Aaron Licht and Lance Haase led the Pheasants in scoring, while Dylan Naglestad, Licht and Hertel led Parker in RSL's (rebounds, steals and loose balls).

Even more schedule changes
The fourth fifth and sixth grade triple-header that was scheduled with Centerville for Thursday, Feb. 7th has been cancelled.  The date conflicted with parent-teacher conferences in Parker.  There was an effort to re-shedule the game for Sunday the 10th, but too many Parker players and player families were involved in the Parker youth wrestling tournament that same day.  The triple-header will not be made up.
The fifth grade game that was scheduled with Tea for Monday the 25th has been postponed.  Many of the Parker fifth graders will be attending first communion class that night.
There is discussion with Tea and Beresford about possible game dates on Tuesday, March 4 and Tuesday, March 11.  Nothing has been confirmed.

More changes to 4th and 5th grade schedule
The Parker fifth grade boys basketball team has added more games.  First, the fourth and fifth grade teams will travel to Centerville on Thursday, Feb. 7 for a double header, starting with the fourth grade game at 6:30pm.
The other change is the rescheduling of the fifth graders game with Lennox.  The game that was supposed to be played on Saturday, Jan. 26 will now be played at the Lennox Middle School on Tuesday night, Feb. 12 at 6pm.
Wakonda's Knight of Columbus tournament field set
The Parker Pheasant 5th and 6th grade teams that are getting ready for the Knights of Columbus tournament in Wakonda on Saturday, Feb. 2 have learned who they will play in the first round.
The fifth graders will face South Central in the first round and will play either Irene-Wakonda or Avon in the second round.
The Parker sixth grade will take on Avon in the first round and will play either Irene-Wakonda or Baltic in round 2.
In between rounds one and two, there will be shooting contests for the players.
The fifth grade game between Parker and South Central is scheduled for 9:45 am, while the sixth grade game between Parker and Avon is scheduled for 11:15.

Fifth graders win Parker Tournament
The Parker fifth grade boys basketball team defeated the Centerville Tornadoes in the championship game of the Parker Tournament, 37-18, to capture the title.
"The difference in the game was the play of our bench," said Coach Justin O'Keefe.  " Our players that came off the bench played as well as they ever have and wore out the Tornadoes who could not rely on their substitutes."
Parker's depth took a toll on the weary Tornadoes as the Pheasants used consistent substitutions to keep players fresh.
"We have become a complete team from top to bottom, with everyone contributing their role.  It doesn't seem fair that we have eleven players to send into the game, that know what they are doing, when the teams we play are lucky if they have two or three."
The Parker fifth graders raised their season record to 11-2 and their all-time home record to 15-0.

Changes made to fifth grade schedule
The Tea Area Titans were added to the Parker fifth grade boys basketball schedule.  Parker will travel to Tea to meet the Titans on Monday, Feb. 25 at 7pm.
The Pheasants game with the Hurley Bulldogs scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 16 has been cancelled.  Instead, both the Pheasants and the Bulldogs will travel to Menno to take part in the Menno Post Prom 5th and 6th grade tournament.
Teams from Armour, Menno, Crofton, NE and Ethan are just a few of the names to expect in the fifth grade field as well as the Pheasants and the Bulldogs.

5th grade Pheasants defeat Hurley Bulldogs 50-29
The Parker fifth grade boys basketball team traveled to Hurley on Tuesday, Jan. 15 and defeated the Bulldogs 50-29.
Parker pounced on the Bulldogs to start the game, taking a 4-0 lead, but the Bulldogs battled back to tie, before the Pheasants ran to a 34-18 halftime lead.
The Blue streak continued in the third quarter as the Pheasants expanded their lead to 48-21 after three quarters.
Parker, now 9-2 on the season will face Andes Central in the first round of the Parker Basketball 5th an 6th grade tournament at 9:00 am on Saturday, Jan. 19.

5th & 6th grade tournament field set
Here is the field for the Parker 5th and 6th grade boys basketball tournament on Saturday, Jan. 19.
Fifth grade (9:00 am)
Andes Central vs. Parker (west court)
Centerville vs. Viborg (east court)
Sixth grade (approx. 10:00 am)
Baltic vs. Parker (west court)
Andes Central vs. Viborg (east court)
Fifth grade championship round (approx. 11:00 am)
Championship (west court)
Consolation (east court)
Sixth grade championship round (approx. 12:00 pm)
Championship (west court)
Consolation (east court)

5th graders overcome slow start to beat Bobcat 6th graders
The Parker 5th grade boys trailed the Freeman Academy 6th graders 6-2, midway through the first quarter before rattling off 17 consecutive points on their way to 29-14 halftime lead.
The Pheasants continued their torrid pace in the third quarter and built a 45-18 lead, then went on to win 49-21.
With the win, Parker raised their all-time home record to 13-0.  They will be on the road Tuesday, Jan. 15 to take on Hurley and will return home for the Parker 5th and 6th grade tournament on Saturday, Jan. 19.

Viborg Vikings added to Parker 5th & 6th grade boys' schedule
The Parker fifth and sixth grade boys' basketball teams will host the Viborg Vikings on Saturday, Feb. 23, starting with the fifth grade game at 11:30am.
The Vikings have also accepted invitations to enter both their fifth and sixth grade teams in the Parker Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 19.
Baltic, Viborg, Andes Central and Parker make up the sixth grade field, while Centerville, Viborg, Andes Central and Parker make up the 5th grade field.
Due to a scheduling conflict with the Freeman Elemetary gym, the 5th grade boys' game with the Flyers, scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 10 has been postponed.  A make-up date has not been determined.

Fifth graders drop 50 on Irene-Wakonda
Laine Linwebber grabbed a steal and raced coast to coast to drop in the 49th and 50th points for the Parker fifth grade basketball team in their win over Irene-Wakonda on Saturday, Jan.
The Pheasants played extremely good defense, allowing only two Irene-Wakonda points in the game, which were scored in the final minute.
Parker is on the road to take on Freeman Public on Thursday, Jan. 10 at 5:30 p.m. and then will host the Freeman Academy sixth grade on Saturday, Jan. 12.

Fourth grade Pheasants nearly knock off unbeaten Eagles
The Parker fourth grade boys basketball team put a major scare on the unbeaten Eagles of Irene-wakonda as they fought a battle that was back and forth until the very end.  It was only the Pheasants' second game ever.
The Parker fourth graders will take on Lennox this Saturday, Jan. 12, immediately following the the Parker fifth graders' game with the Freeman Academy sixth grade, which starts at 11:00 a.m.

Fifth graders keep rolling
The Parker fifth grade basketball team picked up two more home wins to up their all-time home record to 11-0.
First the Pheasants defeated the Marion Bears 35-17 on Saturday, Dec. 29.
The Bears fought hard and closed the gap in the fourth quarter, but eight Pheasants scored in the game to preserve the win.
On Monday, Dec. 31 Parker beat Centerville 39-19.  The Pheasants built a 37-10 lead by the middle of the third quarter and went on to get the win.
Parker's season record now stands at 6-2, with their two losses coming against two ABL teams from Sioux Falls.

Fourth graders make debut
The Parker fourth grade boys basketball team made their season debut in a game with the Centerville Tornadoes.  After falling behind to the powerful Tornadoes early, the Pheasants stormed back to make the game exciting in the end for the big home crowd.
Pierce Plucker, Christian Roeder, Brandin Jensen, Tate Meyer, Brooks Tupy, Andy Leber, Jared Liesenger, Cody Knock, Kordell Buyck and Mac Cain are the ten players that make up the Parker fourth grade boys basketball team.

5th grade boys beat Freeman Public
The Parker 5th grade bys basketball team protected their all-time home undefeated record by defeating the Freeman Flyers on Monday, Dec. 17
The Pheasants jumped out quickly taking a 12-2 lead after one and a 21-5 lead into halftime, then expanded their lead to 29-5 after three quarters.
In the fourth, the Flyers gave it everything they had and outscored the Pheasants 19-2, but fell short as Parker held them off to win 31-24.
The win set the Pheasants all-time home mark at 9-0.

Parker 5th graders score sixth in Harriburg Tournament
The Parker fifth grade boys basketball team earned sixth place in a tournament full of hand picked YMCA teams, held in Harrisburg Saturday, Dec. 8.
Parker lost a cliffhanger in round one, 39-34 in overtime to Sioux Falls Force.
The Pheasants bounced back to beat Harrisburg Corlett in round two 42-22, but then Sioux Falls Christian beat the tired team from Parker 47-34 in the fifth place game.

Teams confirmed for Parker Tournaments
The annual Parker fifth and sixth grade tournament, fundraiser for the Parker High School Basketball Fund, has confirmed the entrance of at least three teams.
Lake Andes and Centerville have entered both a fifth and a sixth grade team, while Baltic has entered a sixth grade team.  The possibility of a Baltic fifth grade team is being investigated.  At this point, the only open spot is in the fifth grade division, which my be filled by Baltic.
The annual fifth grade Parker Quadrangular, which is put on by the fifth grade Pheasant parents, has confirmed two of the three teams needed.  West Lyon, Iowa participated in the event last season and has entered again for 2007-08.  Centerville is also on the list of confirmed teams, leaving one spot still available.
The Parker Quadrangular is scheduled to take place Saturday, Mar. 15, but will be postponed if the Parker Pheasants High School boys basketball team is fortunate enough to make their way to the state tournament that same weekend.

Short handed Pheasants win first two games
The Parker fifth grade basketball team got their season started on Saturday, Nov. 17 with a 33-22 win over Harrisburg (Slack).  Parker played well despite the absence of their big center, Payton Jensen.
The Pheasants continued their stellar play with another win on Monday, Nov. 19.  Parker defeated Harrisburg (Cortlett) 30-16 without the services of Jensen and Cody Bussell.
Jayden Hertel, Jacob Freese, Kolton Temple, Lance Haase, Zach O'Keefe, Reed Rutten, Dylan Naglestad, Laine Linneweber, Aaron Licht, Jensen and Bussell are the 11 players that make up the 2007 fifth grade Pheasants.
Parker will host the Lennox fourth and fifth graders in a double header on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 12:30 p.m., after a morning of Parker girls sixth grade league action which starts at 8:00 a.m.

Blue versus White ends in 24-24 tie
The Parker Pheasants fifth grade boys basketball team held their 'annual' Blue versus White scrimmage on Tuesday, Nov. 13.
The game was tied at the end of each quarter, 6-6 after one, 16-16 at the half and 20-20 at the end of three.

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