Newsletter rekindles memories of the past

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The Fall 2014 newsletter provides readers a look at the Sanford Pentagon, home of the Hall of Fame. (Sanford Photo)

The Fall 2014 newsletter provides readers a look at the Sanford Pentagon, home of the Hall of Fame. (Sanford Photo)

       

        Friends of the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame will receive the Fall 2014 newsletter next week.

        The newsletter is free and will be sent to those on the Hall of Fame mailing list. If you do not receive a copy and would like one, email your name and home address to dlwagner@tnics.com. Or phone executive director Dave Wagner at (605) 467-3010. You will then be sent a copy and will be placed on our mailing list to receive future newsletters.

        There are 12 pages in the newsletter, which features a comprehensive story about Cheyenne Indian Agency’s memorable championship quest in the late 1950s. Unforgettable players who performed admirably for the Braves during their 1959 state-title season included Freddie Knife, Mel Bagola, Bob Mandan and Chet Condon.

        Another among several noteworthy stories examines the importance of Catholic high school basketball in South Dakota and the excitement associated with the Catholic state tournament that was held from 1937 through 1964.

        The newsletter explores topics that are of interest to all basketball fans. We hope you enjoy it.

 

Basketball Community Mourns Death of Cordts

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Jim Cordts        The South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame joins with the many loved ones and friends of Jim Cordts in mourning the death of one of the state’s most respected basketball figures.

        Cordts died at his home in Madison under hospice care on Nov. 5, 2014. He was 79.

        After graduating from Clark High School in 1953, Cordts attended Northern State University. There he played basketball and football for the Wolves. Cordts helped Northern to four SDIC basketball titles from 1954-57. He later went on to earn a Master’s Degree from South Dakota State University.

        Cordts spent 42 years teaching and coaching at Wessington, Howard and Madison. During that time he guided many outstanding basketball, football and track teams. His basketball team at Howard in 1964 is remembered among the finest in Class B history. Cordts coached the Tigers to a perfect 28-0 record and they claimed the state championship.

        The South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame was chartered in 2009. Cordts was active from the start. He was instrumental in the planning and development of the organization and served capably as its first vice-president.

 

Founder Emeritus Status Awarded To Moen

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Myron Moen     Members of the board of directors of the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame voted unanimously at a recent meeting to confer Founder Emeritus status to Myron Moen.

     Moen is departing the board of directors after previously serving as president and executive director of the Hall of Fame, which is located at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls.

     The Hall of Fame was chartered in 2009 and then proudly welcomed its first class of inductees in 2010. There are currently 82 of the state’s greatest boys and girls players enshrined in the Hall of Fame. Former standouts who will comprise the Class of 2015 will be announced soon and will be inducted during a March 28 banquet at the Ramkota Hotel in Sioux Falls.

     Moen was instrumental in the planning and implementation of strategies and concepts that have contributed to the Hall of Fame’s progression and growth. He is a native of Sisseton and a graduate of General Beadle State Teachers College.

  

Hall of Fame member makes NBA history

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San Antonio Stars veteran Becky Hammon (standing in front with white t-shirt) poses with members and supporters of the South Dakota North Stars traveling girls basketball team after a recent game at Target Center in Minneapolis. San Antonio had played the Minnesota Lynx. South Dakota North Stars coach Dave Wagner (right) is executive director of the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame.

San Antonio Stars veteran Becky Hammon (standing in front with white t-shirt) poses with members and supporters of the South Dakota North Stars traveling girls basketball team after a recent game at Target Center in Minneapolis between San Antonio and the Minnesota Lynx. South Dakota North Stars coach Dave Wagner (right) is executive director of the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame.

     South Dakota native Becky Hammon will be an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs during the 2014-15 season. San Antonio will enter the season as defending champion of the NBA.

     Hammon is a charter member of the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame. The former Rapid City Stevens  and Colorado State University star was inducted in 2010.

     Spurs coach Gregg Popovich announced the hiring of Hammon on Aug. 5. She will become the first full-time, salaried female coach in the history of the NBA.

     Hammon was an All-American at Colorado State. The 5-foot-6 guard began her WNBA career with the New York Liberty. Hammon, 37, now plays for the San Antonio Stars and recently announced she will retire as a player at the conclusion of this season. She is a seven-time WNBA all-star.

 

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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.

     The newsletter is free. To add your name to the Hall of Fame mailing list simply e-mail your address to: dlwagner@tnics.com. Or phone in your address by calling (605) 467-3010.

 

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 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.