2014 SD High School Coaches Assn. Hall of Shrine Award

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Highlights of Jim Holwerda Education, Coach/Athletic Director


2014 SD High School Coaches Assn. Hall of Shrine Award

The South Dakota High School Coaches Association will present Jim Holwerda with the Hall of Shrine award. This award is given to coaches who have excelled in their field over the years. Jim was the head girls coach when his daughter Kris was playing for the Brookings Lady Bobcats. Kris gives all the credit to her dad for her success on and off the court. Jim, the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame wants to congratulate you for all the lofty goals you have reached in your career.

I. Kansas State University, 1955-1959, member of Big Eight Conference
Received BS, 1959 – MS in 1964
Played Varsity Basketball and Tennis at KSU
Big 8 Champs in Basketball 3 of 4 years
Rated #1 and #4 nationally in Final AP poll and UPI rankings -Basketball
Participated in National Basketball Final Four in 1958
Received Team Free Throw Trophy Senior year – 92% shooting

II. Yankton College Greyhounds, 1965-1973
Basketball Coach -1965-66 – Finished 12 & 12
(Due to time of hiring, did not do any recruiting.)
1966-67 – Conference Champions, 19-7
1967-68 – Conference Champions, 21-7
1968-69 – Conference Champions, 24-4

At this time, it was best record at YC in history in won/loss for a season.
Also won District and attended National NAIA Tournament in KC.
1969-70 – Second in Conference – 18-9
(Total won/loss record 94-39 (70 plus %) )
Voted NAIA District 12 Basketball Coach of the Year–1969
During coaching at YC, 16 players received All Conference , All District, or
All Am. Honors.
Besides being basketball coach, also helped in football and coached baseball.
Became Chief Popcorn Popper while serving as Athletic Director, Professor in
Physical Education, and Head,of Phys. Ed Dept.

III. Brookings, SD High School Athletic Director & Coach, 1973-1992
Started Girls Basketball program and coached, 1975-1989
Two consecutive undefeated seasons, 1984, 1985
Two consecutive State Championships, 1984, 1985
Voted #5 and #3 in final national USA Today’s Girls H.S. Basketball poll, ‘84
and ‘85.

Received Nat’l Girls Basketball Coach of the Year, USA Today, 1985
Coached Boys Varsity Basketball at BHS, 1979-80, 1980-81
High School basketball coaching produced:
All-State Tournament—10 players
All-State selection——-19 players
National H.S. “Basketball All-American” – 3 players
National H.S. Prep All-American Girl Athlete – 2 players
National H.S. Academic All-American Girl Athlete – 2 players
Street & Smith National All-American – 2 players
Total H.S. players coached who played College Basketball -15 players
South Dakota “Miss Basketball” winners – 2 players
IV. Awards won during and post-career
USA Today National Girls BB “Coach of the Year”, 1985
South Dakota H.S. Girls Basketball “Coach of the Year”
South Dakota H.S. “Athletic Director of the Year”
S.D. Girls Athletic Leadership Award by SDHSAA, 2004
S.D. Coaches Association Hall of Fame
SDHSAA Distinguished Service Award
SD Sportswriters Girls Basketball Coach of the Year
SD Sportswriters Girls Basketball Team of the Year
SD Sportswriters Girls Tennis Team of the Year
SD Interscholastic Athletic Directors Association “Hall of Fame”
Brookings High School Athletic Hall of Fame
South Dakota Tennis Hall of Fame

V. Miscellaneous
Total basketball coaching record – 328/138
Initiated the introduction of the smaller ball for girls basketball.
First used in Brookings Middle School BB, then adopted by
S.D. Activities Association for use on the high school level.
Later adopted nationally as “THE” ball used today at both the
High school and college level!

Finally, what has meant the most to me through these years is the association with all of the friends, tremendous athletes, and all the coaches I have worked with! The fans and administrations at my first job in Turner High School, Kansas, and then right on to Yankton and Brookings were all excellent and supportive. I retired to Arkansas in 1992 at age 55. Now at 76 I am very blessed to enjoy golf and tennis each week.Besides, Lu and I have been married for 55 years, and we love our three children, their spouses, and 8 grandchildren. God is good.

2014 Banquet Sponsors

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A special thanks to all of our sponsors who have helped us to make the 2014 event so successful. We hope all our friends of the Basketball Hall of Fame will patronize them when in their community.

One Stop Conveniece Store, Madison, SD
Sunshine Foods, Madison, SD
2nd St Diner, Madison, SD
Stadium Sports Grill, Madison, SD
Thrivent, Madison, SD
Great Western Bank, McIntosh, SD
Harrold Terminal LLC, Harrold, SD
O-S Custom Hire, Sisseton, SD
Pheasant Haven, Sisseton, SD
Data Management Services, Sisseton, SD
Roberts County Bank, Sisseton, SD
Hortons’ Meat Market, Sisseton, SD
14 & 81 Grill, Arlington, SD
Nelson Drug, Arlington, SD
Plagmans Food Center, Arlington, SD
CorTrust Bank, Mitchell & Pierpont, SD
Full Circle Ag, Pierpont, SD
People State Bank, Summit, SD
Schunaman Equipment, Watertown, SD
Heartland Financial Services, Highmore, SD
Burlage-Peterson Realty, Brookings, SD
Richland State Bank, Bruce, SD
The Ridge, Bruce, SD
Reliabank, Hayti, SD
Kones Corner, Castlewood, SD
Summit Girls Basketball, Summit, SD
Summit Alumni, Summit, SD
Wohlleber Cattle Co., Summit, SD
Otter Tail Power Co., Milbank,SD
Coffee Cup, Summit,SD
Silver Creek Productions, Madison
Dakota State University
John Green Studios, Madison
Thue Farms, Hayti
Teal ‘s market, Sisseton
Hegg Insurance company, Santel
First national bank of South Dakota, Woonsocket
Express Stop, Woonsocket
Express stop 2, Woonsocket
Pereboom’s Restaurant, Webster
Boomers Outback, Webster
Wagner Community Memorial Hospital, Avera
Commercial State bank, Wagner
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Mitchell school District
Coborns Super Store
KMIT/KOOL 98 Radio
Jack Theeler
Dakota Wesleyan University
Harve’s Sport shop
Mitchell Area chamber of Commerce
Scoreboard Pub/ Grill
Steve Culhane
Muth Electric
Alan Miller
Dr. Marty Christensen
Dr. Paul Miskimins
Scott Morgan
CorTrust bank
KORN/Q107 Radio
Madison Dairy Queen
Pizza Ranch, Madison & Dell Rapids
Lake County International, Madison
Silver Creek Productions, Madison

Individual Sponsors
Trish & Bob Swanhorst
Gordie Fosness
Frank Brost
Tyson Theeler

2014 South Dakota Basketball Hall of Fame Banquet

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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 that have helped write basketball history over the past six decades.  Saturday, March 29th at 2:00 P.M., the Ramkota Exhibit Hall 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.

Open House

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On March 28,2014 we will have an open house for the Basketball Hall of Fame located just east of I-29 and Benson Road. It will begin at 4pm with tours of the Pentagon and Basketball Hall of Fame areas. Refreshments will be provided.

This event is open to all friends and family of the Basketball Hall of Fame. Many of the previous inductees will attend the event along with the 2014 inductees. Hope you will come and enjoy the event.. Contact Myron Moen at 605-270-1262 for information.

Hall of Fame moves to Sanford Sports Complex

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The South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame has moved to the Sanford Sports Complex located just east of I-29 and Benson Road. We are located inside the new Pentagon facility. Our exhibits are all on display behind secure display units just inside the front doors. There are also displays and pictures on the second floor. There are so many neat exhibits to visit and all this in a wonderful basketball facility. The Pentagon is open M-F during normal business hours. Please call 605-270-1262 for special tours or questions.










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Now open!

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You are invited to visit the new Hall of Fame site located inside the Pentagon located just 1 mile east of I-29 and Benson Road in NW Sioux Falls,SD. This entire complex is a must see for basketball fans while visiting the Sioux Falls area.
The next open houses are set for Oct 12th from 11am-4pm, and October 17th from 4-8 pm. If you have a group or a bus load  please call ahead for reservations. Contact the Basketball hall of fame at 605-270-1262 or e-mailmyronmoen@yahoo.com for information.
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Deadline for 2014 Inductees!

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September 1,2013 is the deadline date for nominations in 2014. All nominees must have graduated on or before May of 1999. Nomination forms are available on sdbbhof.com and may be returned to myronmoen@yahoo.com or send it to PO Box 421 in Madison,SD 57042. Any nominations received after Sept 1st will not be considered until 2015. The nomination will be considered by the Nomination Committee. Those approved will receive an application form to complete and return to the above mentioned address.

Once the application is received the committee will review each and make the selections for 2014. Applicants not selected need not fill out another application form. They will be considered automatically the next four years.In 2015 we will start inducting those players who are deceased. You man nominate deceased players anytime. Call 605-270-1262 with questions. The 2014 induction Ceremony will be  held in Sioux Falls,SD.

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Moving to Pentagon in September!

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The South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame will be moving from the Madison Community next month. On September 1,2013 we will begin moving items to the new Sanford Pentagon which is located  just east of I-29 on Benson Road. Open house is planned for a later date. We are excited about the move to the new Pentagon. Hope you will make plans to visit.For information you may call 605-270-1262…..

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.
Myron Moen
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