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Huron High School players display trophies won during the 1927 season. From left, front, Harold Marquis, Harold Crawford, Conrad "Cornie" Collin, Lawrence Sheridan, Kenneth Hoppell. Back, Percy Washabaugh, Sam Perrin, Arthur Campbell, Coach Frank Coffey.

Huron High School players display trophies won during the 1927 season. From left, front, Harold Marquis, Harold Crawford, Conrad “Cornie” Collin, Lawrence Sheridan, Kenneth Hoppell. Back, Percy Washabaugh, Sam Perrin, Arthur Campbell, Coach Frank Coffey.

     The year was 1927. Calvin Coolidge was president of the United States. The movie “Wings” was released and became the only silent film ever named best picture at the Academy Awards. Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig powered the New York Yankees to the World Series championship. And the cost of admission to a session of the South Dakota state high school basketball tournament was 25 cents.

     It was a quarter well spent for fans who packed the Corn Palace in Mitchell to watch Huron defeat Watertown, Madison and Aberdeen. The Coffeymen, as the Huron team was called at that time, boasted two of the state’s all-time greatest players in Sam Perrin and Conrad “Cornie” Collin. Huron’s state title earned it an invitation to the National Interscholastic Basketball Tournament in Chicago.

     Read the complete story of the 1927 Huron team’s drive to glory in the upcoming South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame newsletter. Published biannually, in the fall and spring, the newsletter examines topics from the past while providing information about the Hall of Fame and its activities. Included are items of interest for all basketball fans.

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Board of directors looks toward future

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    The future course of the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame will be guided by Dave Wagner and Bob Swanhorst with assistance from an active board of directors.

     Wagner was named the organization’s executive director by a recent vote of the board. Swanhorst, formerly vice president, was elected president. They replace outgoing CEO Myron Moen.

     Other officers are LaMoine Torgerson, Lee Stoddard and Wayne Thue. Torgerson is the newly elected vice president while Stoddard remains as treasurer and Thue as secretary.

     “We have been very encouraged by the wonderful response of the public since the Hall of Fame moved into the Sanford Pentagon in the fall of 2013,” said Wagner, who will act as the organization’s contact person. He also will oversee strategic planning and day-to-day operations.

     “Our exhibits allow visitors to experience the proud heritage of South Dakota basketball. As we move forward, our goal is to ensure that the Hall of Fame will provide an ongoing historical narrative and will serve as an inspiration for future generations.”

     Remaining on the board of directors are Moen, Randy Jencks and Greg Hansen. Newly elected to the board are Frank Brost, Gordon Fosness, Mike Begeman, Ron Flynn, Deb Finnesand and Bob Ehrke.



Bus honoring greatest players is on display

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     Travelers along a busy stretch of Interstate 90 in Jones County now have an opportunity to take a trip back through South Dakota basketball history.

     The nationally recognized Pioneer Auto Museum in Murdo is the new home of a 40-foot bus that honors the state’s greatest players and teams.

     Painted white and featuring blue lettering, the bus is decorated with the names of more than 300 of the finest players South Dakota has produced. Also inscribed on the bus are names of many prominent coaches and officials as well as undefeated teams.

     The museum was founded in 1954 and is accessible by taking Exit 192. It is located at 503 Fifth Street.

     A brochure available at the museum provides information about the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame and the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls where it is located.


WCCO-TV showcases Hall of Fame, Pentagon

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     Viewers of WCCO-TV in Minneapolis were introduced to the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame during the “Life to the Max” program which was broadcast May 31.

     A segment titled “Hoosiers West” profiled the Hall of Fame and its mission to document and preserve the expansive history of basketball in South Dakota. The origin of the Hall of Fame can be traced back to discussions shared by basketball enthusiasts Myron Moen, Jim Cordts and George Kiner in 2009.

     Longtime television and radio personality Mike Max is host of “Life to the Max.” The program provided glimpses into the framework of the Hall of Fame and its home at the Sanford Pentagon.

     Among those interviewed were Moen and Hall of Fame inaugural Class of 2010 inductee Rex Swett, a former standout player at Huron High School and the University of Nebraska. Also featured were 2014 inductees Mandy Koupal, Willie White and Rich Andrzejewski.

Hall of Fame Class of 2014

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BB HOF 2014

The seventeen newest members of the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame were inducted during a banquet March 29 at the Ramkota in Sioux Falls. Honored for their outstanding accomplishments were, from left, front, Willie White (Pine Ridge), Lien Marso (Harrold), Luther Hippe (Sioux Falls Washington), Mark Tetzlaff (Hamlin), DuWayne Groos (Sisseton). Middle, Mandy Koupal (Wagner), Lori Wohlleber O’Farrell (Summit), Julie Harmacek Bridge (Avon), Kris Holwerda Woerner (Brookings), Colleen Moran (Stickney). Back, Denver Ten Broek (McIntosh), Aaron Miedema representing his father Phil (Hitchcock), Richard “Milt” Authier (Woonsocket), Bart Friedrick (Mitchell), Gerhardt “G.E.” Buenning (Parkston), Rich Andrzejewski (Arlington) and Steve Hammer (Pierpont). Recognized as Team of Excellence during the banquet was the 1985 Mitchell Kernels, undefeated Class AA state champion led by Friedrick and coached by Gary Munsen. The Hall of Fame is located in the Sanford Pentagon at the Sanford Sports Complex in Sioux Falls.

2014 Inductees Announced

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Sioux Falls –  The fifth annual South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame induction banquet will feature seventeen men and women who have helped write basketball history over the past six decades.  Saturday, March 29th at 2:00 P.M., the Ramkota will host the inductees and several hundred guests for a program and banquet that is open to the public.  The Pentagon built by Sanford Health will be open for tours of the new home of the Hall of Fame.

The following athletes are set to accept their rightful place along with 65 previous inductees that have set the standard of excellence and whose contributions are forever etched in the record books of South Dakota High School Basketball.  Lien Marso ( Harrold ); Mark Tetzlaff ( Hamlin ); Duwayne Gross ( Sisseton ); Rich Andrzejewski ( Arlington ) Richard ” Milt ” Authier ( Woonsocket ); Phil Miedema ( Hitchcock );Willie White ( Pine Ridge ); Gerhardt ” G.E. ” Buenning ( Parkston ); Bart Friedrick (Mitchell ); Denver Ten Broek ( McIntosh ) ;Luther Hippe ( Washington High ); Steve Hammer ( Pierpont ) ; Julie ( Harmacek ) Bridge ( Avon ); Colleen Moran ( Stickney ); Mandy Koupal ( Wagner ); Kris Holwerda ( Brookings ) Lori Wohleber O’Farrell ( Summit ).

In addition to these athletes, the 1985 Mitchell Kernels will be recognized as a team of excellence along with Coach Gary Munsen.

Kent Hyde, a Hall of Fame athlete from Onida will be recognized as the fourth all time single season scoring leader in the nation with a 50.4 scoring average in 1953.

Ticket information will be released soon for this years event.  Hall of Fame information will be available and a meet and greet time will be set for this years program.

Ralph Johnston – Pioneer of the Game

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On may 26,2013 Myron Moen and Gene Furness representing the South DakotaHigh School Basketball Hall of Fame met with the Ralph Johnston family at the Golden Living Center in Clark,SD. We presented Ralph Johnston, age 99 with a pioneer of the game plaque. Ralph played for the Bradley Orioles in 1930 – 1932. We read articles out of the 1932 Huronite paper  along with articles out of the Clark Courier which shared the exploits of Ralph Johnston and his teammates. Ralph and his family provided us with some great old basketball artefacts from his playing days. The event was well attended by family and friends from all over South Dakota,Minnesota and Iowa. A special thanks to the Golden Living Center which hosted the event. Gene Furness is on the left along with Dennis Johnston and myself. The other sons are in the back ground.
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