Take a trip back in time with spring newsletter

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     During earlier times, as basketball was gaining a foothold in South Dakota, conformity in gymnasiums was basically nonexistent. Dimensions of playing surfaces often differed from school to school. So did seating capacities. Many facilities lacked even the most basic features such as scoreboards and adequate locker rooms and showers.

     In the 2021 Spring Newsletter of the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame, readers learn about what was surely one of the most unique and highly unusual gyms not only in the state but in the entire country.

     Another story looks at a one-of-a-kind team from the past that put South Dakota basketball on the international stage. Also in the newsletter is a profile of a record-breaking scorer who dazzled locally and then on the national level.

     The 14th edition of our free newsletter was published by the Hall of Fame and sent on May 3 to the nearly 1,300 people who are on our mailing list. We believe the newsletter will be of interest to everyone who loves basketball.

Comments (1)

  • Sharon Daum Bartelt


    Thank you so much for the article on the Okaton school gym. My dad, aunts and uncles and cousins went there. I appreciated reading about my uncles Nick and Dick and my cousins who excelled in their athletic achievements. I remember going to Lincoln, Nebraska, twice to watch my cousin Mark play football for the Huskers. He and his brother might have played football against each other in a couple college games, but I am not sure. I had the pleasure of watching Mike Daum play for SDSU twice and seeing his parents at the game as well. My father and uncles were pretty proud of their nephews and great nephew. Thank you again for the article.
    Sharon Daum Bartelt


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