Wayne Rasmussen in the NFL
The South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame will induct 19 new members during its seventh annual banquet at 1 p.m. on April 2 at the Ramkota Hotel in Sioux Falls. That will increase membership in the Hall of Fame to 117 of the most accomplished boys and girls players in the history of the state.
Included among the former greats in the Class of 2016 is Wayne Rasmussen, an all-state player at Howard High School. Later as a collegian at South Dakota State University he was named the Most Valuable Player in the 1963 NCAA College Division National Basketball Tournament held in Evansville, Ind.
Rasmussen, now of Brandon, graduated from Howard in 1960. He led South Dakota State to the national championship during his junior season. Also a football standout in high school and college, Rasmussen went on to a 10-year career in the National Football League as a defensive back for the Detroit Lions.
To be recognized at the banquet as Teams of Excellence will be two of the state’s all-time greatest teams: the 1958 Huron Tigers and the 1926 Salem Cubs. Ticket information for the banquet will be announced soon on this website.
HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2016
- Holly (Sivesind) Borchers, Sioux Falls (Sioux Falls Roosevelt High School 1993).
- Elton Byre, Sioux Falls (Reliance High School 1956).
- Amy (Allard) Carmody, Grosse Pointe Park, Mich. (Jefferson High School 1982).
- Conrad “Cornie” Collin* (Huron High School 1930).
- Roger Faber, Bloomington, Minn. (Canistota High School 1958).
- Melissa (Olson) Guebert, Apple Valley, Minn. (Sioux Falls Lincoln High School 1983).
- Dale Hall, Wagner (Ravinia High School 1954).
- Maury Haugland, Lead (Murdo High School 1954).
- Fred Hecker* (Sioux Falls Washington High School 1957).
- Steve Jansa, Sioux Falls (Sioux Falls O’Gorman High School 1964).
- Matt Jones, Brookings (Alpena High School 2001).
- Bob Marske* (Andover High School 1944).
- Chris Miller, Louisville, Ky. (Stickney High School 1971).
- Scott Morgan, Mitchell (Mitchell High School 1989).
- Josh Mueller, Arvada, Colo. (West Central High School 2001).
- Wayne Rasmussen, Brandon (Howard High School 1960).
- Rudy Soderquist* (Rapid City High School 1937).
- Lolly Steele, Pine Ridge (Pine Ridge High School 1984).
- Harley Zephier Sr., Aberdeen (Dupree High School 1955).
* To be inducted posthumously