Wildcats to be saluted at 9th annual banquet

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          The undefeated Tripp High School Wildcats dominated Class B basketball during the 1967 season. The Wildcats marched past Herreid 72-46 in the championship game of the state tournament held at the Sioux Falls Arena.

     Tripp finished with an impressive 28-0 record. Because of their exceptional accomplishments the Wildcats are being recognized by the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame as its Team of Excellence for 2018.

     The ninth annual Hall of Fame banquet will be held March 24 at the Ramkota Hotel Exhibit Hall in Sioux Falls. To be inducted are 13 former greats from across the state. During the banquet the 1967 Wildcats will be recognized.

     Jim Flevares was coach of the Wildcats, who were, from left, front, Mike Freier, Leon Reiner, Dick Prien, Jerry Stoebner, Gene Wilson, Bill Fischer. Back, Assistant Coach Larry Oldewurtel, manager Larry Maag, manager Lon Mayer, Al Schnabel, Dennis Dewald, Allen Schnabel, George Ewing, Steve Brosz, Bill Bittner and Coach Flevares.

Hall of Fame display honors legendary pair

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     The names Russell “Sox” Walseth and Jim Iverson resonate with everyone who has ever followed basketball in South Dakota.

     Among the greatest players and most accomplished coaches in state history, Walseth (left) and Iverson (right) are being recognized in a new display that has been added to the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame at the Sanford Pentagon.

     Walseth was a four-year starter at Pierre and led the Governors to the Class A state championship as a senior in 1944. He was then a starting guard for the University of Colorado. He coached South Dakota State University from 1954-56, compiling a 31-18 record, before returning to Colorado. As coach of the men’s team for 20 seasons, Walseth guided the Buffaloes to three Big Eight Conference championships and was named Coach of the Year in the Big Eight five times. He also served three successful seasons as coach of the Colorado women’s team.

     Iverson played in four consecutive Class B state tournaments before graduating from Platte in 1948. He scored a record 251 career points in state-tournament play. While at Kansas State University, he was a starting guard for the Wildcats. Iverson coached South Dakota State to the NCAA College Division national championship in 1963. His career record while at SDSU was 142-65 and his Jackrabbits won the North Central Conference championship five times.

Reader comments provide guide for future

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     The South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame sincerely appreciates all of our readers who responded to our request in the 2017 Fall Newsletter. We asked for your opinions about our newsletters and for your suggestions concerning future content and direction. We were gratified by the large number of replies which we received.

     The thoughts expressed in each email and letter were read and will provide us with insights as we plan for the future.

     Your responses confirmed our belief that South Dakotans genuinely love basketball. And that those people who grew up here but now live in other states cherish their South Dakota basketball memories and heritage. To all of you who responded, we thank you for your enthusiasm regarding our newsletters and for your interest in the Hall of Fame.

Get your tickets for our 9th annual banquet

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     Plan to join us as we welcome 13 new members into the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday, March 24. Tickets are now available to the public for the ninth annual induction banquet in the Exhibit Hall immediately northeast of the Ramkota Hotel in Sioux Falls. Cost is $35 per ticket and $10 for children 10 and younger.

     Tickets include the induction program, a catered meal and a souvenir booklet. Orders can be made via the PayPal option on this website or by sending a check to SDBBHOF, 2210 W. Pentagon Place, Sioux Falls, SD 57107. All tickets purchased in either manner will be reserved and may be claimed at the Will-Call Table when you arrive for the banquet.

     Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. and on display will be memorabilia exhibits of the inductees who comprise the Class of 2018. Hall of Fame apparel and mementos will be available for purchase. The banquet starts with the induction program at 1 p.m. with the meal to follow. Tickets will also be available at the door for $40 and $15.

     An informal reception for inductees will be from 4-6 p.m. on Friday, March 23, in the Exhibit Hall. The reception is free and dress is casual. Refreshments will be available. Members of the Class of 2018 will be present and the public is encouraged to attend. Also on hand will be many Hall of Fame members who were inducted during previous years. Hall of Fame tours at the Sanford Pentagon will be available per request from 1-4 p.m. prior to the reception.

     For additional information please call Mary at 605-271-9967.

13 standouts from past to enter Hall of Fame

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     Two of the most accomplished athletes in state history headline the Class of 2018 which will be inducted into the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame.

     NFL veteran Chad Greenway (left) of Mount Vernon and Tripp-Delmont’s Jared Reiner (right), who played in the NBA, are among 13 former greats who have been selected to be honored. They will bring Hall of Fame membership to 143.

     The ninth annual induction banquet is March 24 in the Exhibit Hall by the Ramkota Hotel in Sioux Falls. Ticket information is available on this website.

     During the banquet the 1967 Tripp Wildcats will be recognized as a Team of Excellence. Tripp won the Class B state boys championship, defeating Herreid 72-46 in the finals. Jim Flevares coached the Wildcats to an undefeated record of 28-0.

     The members of the Class of 2018:

     * Dick Baun (Mobridge 1944): The late Baun was the driving force behind Mobridge’s impressive back-to-back Class B state championships in the 1943 and 1944 seasons. He was named the Most Outstanding Player in the tournament both years. Baun then served in the U.S. Navy. After completing his military commitment he became a Dakota-Iowa Conference all-star player for Yankton College.

     * John Bertolero, Corvallis, Mont. (Lead 1956): As a senior Bertolero averaged 25 points per game and set a Black Hills Conference single-game record when he scored 46 against Spearfish. He was a three-year starter, both at Lead and as a collegian at the University of Wyoming. Bertolero led the Cowboys to the NCAA Tournament in 1958.

     * Howard Bich, Sioux Falls (Yale 1958): Bich was an outstanding scorer, averaging 24 points per game as a senior, but was best known for his ball-handling and passing ability. He sparked Yale to records of 28-5 in 1957 and 24-7 in 1958. Bich continued his career at Augustana University and helped the Vikings win the North Central Conference in 1962.

     * Frank Brost, Sioux Falls (Murdo 1955): A four-year starter, Brost scored more than 1,500 career points. During his final three seasons Murdo compiled a 75-10 record. The Coyotes were 30-2 in 1954 with Brost averaging 21 points per game. As a senior he produced 25 points per game on a 24-3 team. He played at the University of South Dakota.

     * John Diefendorf (Irene 1946): The late Diefendorf was named South Dakota’s greatest player for the first half of the 20th century. He was a four-year starter at Irene. Diefendorf starred at the University of South Dakota. He was all-North Central Conference three years and led the NCC in scoring during the 1949 and 1950 seasons.

     * Lisa (Kurtenbach) Glanzer, Lakewood, Colo. (Brookings 1985): Brookings reached the state tournament three consecutive years with Glanzer at point guard. The Bobcats won the Class A championship and went 23-0 in 1984 when Glanzer was the state’s Miss Basketball. She started 114 consecutive games at South Dakota State University.

     * Chad Greenway, Wayzata, Minn. (Mount Vernon 2001): Greenway was a four-year basketball starter and set the Mount Vernon career scoring record of 1,450 points. He averaged 20 per game as a sophomore, 23 as a junior and 26 as a senior. Greenway chose to pursue football and starred at linebacker for the University of Iowa and Minnesota Vikings.

     * Cary Hornaman, Valrico, Fla. (Aberdeen Roncalli 1975): One of the state’s most accurate long-range shooters, Hornaman helped Roncalli to the Class A state title in 1975. He averaged 20 points per game as a senior and netted a school career record 1,314 points. Hornaman was all-Northern Intercollegiate Conference at Northern State University.

   * Mandy Kappel, Sioux Falls (Sioux Falls Roosevelt 2000): Miss Basketball in her senior season, Kappel was a rare five-year starter. She played on Roosevelt teams that achieved a 112-4 record and won Class AA state championships in 1997, 1998 and 1999. During her time at Drake University, Kappel was part of teams that went 78-40.

     * Dona Ray-Reed, Pierce, Neb. (Yankton 1978): Ray-Reed played an important role in starting a Yankton tradition of excellence that saw the Gazelles win four Class A state titles in the first five years the girls tournament was played. She scored 17 points per game as a senior on an undefeated team. Ray-Reed also was a standout at Yankton College.

     * Jared Reiner, Edina, Minn. (Tripp-Delmont 2000): Tripp-Delmont was Class B state champion during Reiner’s senior season when he averaged 23 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks per game. He was a Big Ten Conference rebounding champion at the University of Iowa. Reiner saw action in the NBA for the Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks.

     * Harvey Schaefer, Milbank (Hayti 1954): A pass-first guard, Schaefer was the floor general on a Hayti team that won the Class B state championship in 1954 and finished with a 32-2 record. He was all-South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference three times at Dakota Wesleyan University where he totaled 1,244 career points.

     * Louis Tyon, Park City, Utah (Pine Ridge 1963): Tyon’s leadership and 20-point per game scoring helped Pine Ridge reach the championship games of the State Class B Tournament in 1962 and 1963. The Thorpes won the title when Tyon was a junior, going 25-3, and finished second when he was a senior. He played at Northern State University.

Fall Newsletter recalls great players, teams

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     The ultimate goal of all high school basketball players in South Dakota is to help their teams reach the state tournament. Those fortunate enough to accomplish that feat make memories during three days in March that last a lifetime.

     Many of our greatest players throughout the decades have earned lasting respect because of their outstanding performances in state tournaments. But there are many other equally talented players who never had that chance.

     The 2017 Fall Newsletter of the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame was sent Nov. 13 to the people on our mailing list. Among featured stories is a look back at some of the elite in north-central South Dakota. Some who never reached the state tourney ….. and others like Bob Stewart (right) who did. Stewart starred at Aberdeen Central before graduating in 1949 and moving on to the University of Colorado where as a senior he was captain of the Buffaloes.

     The newsletter also examines a South Dakota State University team that made a national impact behind an all-South Dakotan starting five; a rivalry between Yankton and Watertown that helped tip off girls basketball in the state; and a memorable player, Don Jongewaard, whose life tragically ended far too soon.

     We hope the newsletter has something for everyone who loves basketball.

50th Anniversary Champions were Neighbors

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     Two state champions, separated by about 20 miles along Highway 14, were crowned 50 years ago in South Dakota state basketball tournaments at the Sioux Falls Arena. And both Arlington and Brookings scored the exact same total of 69 points in the final game to earn their titles. With the new high school season approaching let’s look back to 1968.

     Arlington arrived at the Class B Tournament with only one loss and a lineup that featured Paul Harmel and Rich Andrzejewski. But the Cardinals of Coach Bill Hennrich were not rated No. 1. That distinction belonged to Parker.

     The two teams met in the finals. Arlington won 69-64 behind 23 points from Andrzejewski and 20 from Harmel, who totaled 69 in the tourney and was named Most Valuable Player. The Cardinals finished 26-1 and Parker 27-1.

     A week later Brookings, coached by Ken Thury and powered by Lee Colburn, beat Sioux Falls Lincoln 69-57 to claim the Class A championship. A perfect 8 of 8 free throws by 5-foot-6 guard Tom Osterberg in the fourth quarter sealed the victory for the Bobcats, 18-5. Patriots standout Neil Graff was chosen as MVP after scoring 67 points in the tourney.

State colleges have 117 players from S.D.

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     As the new college basketball season approaches its tip off, there are 117 former South Dakota preps who are on varsity rosters of in-state men’s and women’s teams. Here is a breakdown of that total based on competitive levels.

     NCAA Division I: South Dakota State University and the University of South Dakota together have 12 players (three men and nine women) who previously performed for high schools within the state.

     NCAA Division II: There are a combined 47 former in-state preps (15 men and 32 women) competing for Augustana University, Black Hills State University, Northern State University, South Dakota Mines and the University of Sioux Falls.

     NAIA: Dakota State University, Dakota Wesleyan University, Mount Marty College and Presentation College have a total of 58 players (25 men and 33 women) who arrived at those programs from South Dakota.

     There are more than 55 high schools from across South Dakota which have contributed at least one player to the state’s current collegiate teams. The list of schools which have at least four players in action include Aberdeen Central, Dell Rapids, Mitchell, Rapid City Stevens, Rapid City St. Thomas More, Sioux Falls O’Gorman and Sioux Falls Roosevelt.

Display to recognize state scoring leaders

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     Tribute will be paid to all-time state scoring leaders Louie Krogman and Jill Young in a new addition to the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame at the Sanford Pentagon.

     Krogman starred at White River High School and totaled 3,521 points to set the South Dakota boys career record. Mitchell Christian High School standout Young established the girls record with 3,317 points. Both were varsity starters before entering high school.

     Krogman was Class B first team all-state during each of his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. The 6-foot-1 guard led the Tigers to the state championship as a senior in 2008 when he scored 45 points in a title game win against Langford.

     Young was Class B second team all-state as an eighth-grader and then earned first team honors during each of her four years in high school. Mitchell Christian won a state championship in 2006 during the 5-7 guard’s junior season.

     Both players continued their outstanding careers at the collegiate level. Krogman played at the University of South Dakota and scored 1,644 points for the Coyotes. Young netted 1,356 points for South Dakota State University.

Letter Jackets are needed for new exhibit

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     Letter jackets have long been a symbol of pride. They have been proudly worn, in a wide assortment of styles and colors, by generations of players in South Dakota to demonstrate loyalty to their teams and schools.

     The South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame is in the process of preparing a new exhibit which will provide Hall of Fame visitors at the Sanford Pentagon with a look at the evolution of letter jackets through the years.

     Currently the collection includes jackets that represent six decades including the 1930s (Doland ’37); 1950s (Cresbard ’53 and Fedora ’58); 1960s (Willow Lake ’60 and Aberdeen Central ’61); 1970s (Cheyenne-Eagle Butte ’71 and Yankton ’74); 1980s (Huron ’80 and Sioux Falls Washington ’83); and 1990s (Warner ’94).

     Still needed are jackets from the decades of the 1910s, 1920s, 1940s, 2000s and 2010s. If you are in possession of a letter jacket from one of the missing decades that you would be willing to loan to the Hall of Fame please contact Executive Director Dave Wagner by email at dlwagner@tnics.com or by telephone at 605-467-3010.