Sisseton Redmen 1963: Back from left, assistant coach Chuck Schwahn, Bob Brewster, Myron Moen, Simon Schloe, Jack Theeler, Bob Hull, Tom Hruby, Coach Jack Theeler. Front, manager Jim Anderson, Richard Lucas, Marlowe Samson, Myron Williams, Tony Barker, Doug Brewster and Owen Hillberg.
The South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame is honoring one of the outstanding teams in state history. The 1963 Sisseton Redmen are being recognized as a Team of Excellence, 48 years after capturing the Class A state championship. Finishing a perfect season with a 25-0 record, it was only the third time in state history that a team had gone undefeated in the “A” ranks.
At the time, the Eastern South Dakota Conference consisted of eight teams, including Sioux Falls Washington. The eight-team Black Hills Conference included Rapid City Central. The other 16 teams in Class A were dubbed “orphan schools”. Sisseton ended two decades of “big school” dominance by winning the title.
The Redmen defeated Gregory (65-37), Washington (42-33) and defending champion Brookings (58-42) to win the first State “A” played in the Sioux Falls Arena. The five starters — Myron Moen, Jack Theeler, Simon Schloe, Bob Hull and Bob Brewster — all went on to play college basketball. The 1963 Redmen were later named “Team of the Decade”.
First year Sisseton coach Jack Theeler Sr. was assisted by Chuck Schwahn. Coach Theeler passed away in 1998. He was inducted into the South Dakota Basketball Coaches Hall of Shrine in 2002 and the South Dakota High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2004.