Coronavirus causes change in banquet plans

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     Out of respect for the ongoing health issues associated with the coronavirus pandemic, the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame has suspended plans to hold its induction banquet on March 28.

     “Our primary concern is for the wellbeing and safety of our inductees and their families and friends. As deeply as we regret the need to postpone the banquet, we are convinced this is the proper decision in the interest of public health,” said Executive Director Dave Wagner. “South Dakota’s proud basketball heritage is celebrated each year at our banquet. The former greats who were to be honored this year will now be inducted at the banquet on March 27, 2021.”

     Included are Janel Birrenkott, Jerry Even, Jayne (Even) Gust, Austin Hansen, Joe Krabbenhoft, Sarah Mannes Homstad, Arlo Mogck, Bob Pidde, Dave Thomas and Dennis Womeldorf. To be inducted posthumously are Sam Perrin, Loren Thornton and Stanton Uhlir. Recognized as a Team of Excellence will be the Washington Warriors of 1980.

     Ticket purchasers who want to leave their reservations intact for the 2021 banquet do not have to do anything. Those who prefer a refund should contact Mary Pennington at mepcpa@hotmail.com or 605-271-9967.

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