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Display to recognize state scoring leaders

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     Tribute will be paid to all-time state scoring leaders Louie Krogman and Jill Young in a new addition to the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame display at the Sanford Pentagon.

     Krogman starred at White River High School and totaled 3,521 points to set the South Dakota boys career record. Mitchell Christian High School standout Young established the girls record with 3,317 points. Both were varsity starters before entering high school.

     Krogman was Class B first team all-state during each of his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. The 6-foot-1 guard led the Tigers to the state championship as a senior in 2008 when he scored 45 points in a title game win against Langford.

     Young was Class B second team all-state as an eighth-grader and then earned first team honors during each of her four years in high school. Mitchell Christian won a state championship in 2006 during the 5-7 guard’s junior season.

     Both players continued their outstanding careers at the collegiate level. Krogman played at the University of South Dakota and scored 1,644 points for the Coyotes. Young netted 1,356 points for South Dakota State University.

Letter Jackets are needed for new exhibit

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     Letter jackets have long been a symbol of pride. They have been proudly worn, in a wide assortment of styles and colors, by generations of players in South Dakota to demonstrate loyalty to their teams and schools.

     The South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame is in the process of preparing a new exhibit which will provide Hall of Fame visitors at the Sanford Pentagon with a look at the evolution of letter jackets through the years.

     Currently the collection includes jackets that represent six decades including the 1930s (Doland ’37); 1950s (Cresbard ’53 and Fedora ’58); 1960s (Willow Lake ’60 and Aberdeen Central ’61); 1970s (Cheyenne-Eagle Butte ’71 and Yankton ’74); 1980s (Huron ’80 and Sioux Falls Washington ’83); and 1990s (Warner ’94).

     Still needed are jackets from the decades of the 1910s, 1920s, 1940s, 2000s and 2010s. If you are in possession of a letter jacket from one of the missing decades that you would be willing to loan to the Hall of Fame please contact Executive Director Dave Wagner by e-mail at dlwagner@tnics.com or by telephone at 605-467-3010.

Patience appreciated during website update

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     The South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame wishes to thank our loyal readers for their understanding and patience during a period of time when our website has been experiencing changes and has been unavailable.

     We have been in the process of transferring the website to a new server. The changes being made are primarily of an internal nature and should not alter in any way the existing website presentation.

     To our readers: We would like to know your opinion about the website. Please click on ‘Contact,’ list your name and email address, and share your thoughts about the website and offer your suggestions for future content.

Followers in 33 states receive newsletter

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     The 2017 Spring Newsletter produced by the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame was mailed May 10. Copies are delivered to approximately 1,000 people. Our mailing list includes followers in 33 different states.

     Among the topics explored in this issue:

    * How tiny Doland battled the big schools in the one-class tournament of 1932.

    * A pair of thrilling overtime games that made history in 1956 and 1963.

    * The Roosevelt girls’ five-peat in 1997-2001 and time in the national spotlight.

     Readers also will revisit the memorable career of Eric Bundgaard (left), who captured the attention of the state as a freshman prodigy at Brookings in 1964. Bundgaard went on to average 20.8 points per game in his career during four varsity seasons in premier conferences in South Dakota and Minnesota.

     Our newsletters are published twice yearly, in the spring and in the fall. This is our sixth edition. The next issue will be available around Thanksgiving.

Remembering a phenom from the past

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        Rarely has South Dakota produced a player who was so good at such a young age. Many observers considered him destined to eventually assume a place among the state’s best ever. But fate took him down a different path.

        Read about him in the 2017 Spring Newsletter to be published in May by the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame. Several other interesting stories  in the free newsletter also await the people on our mailing list:

       * Two games, seven years apart, that were so unique that they made history and remain remarkable decades later.

       * A very small town that challenged the big schools in a memorable one-class state tournament during the 1930s.

       * The respect earned by a South Dakota team which boldly believed it could compete against the nation’s best.

The Hall of Fame Class of 2017

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The Class of 2017, from left, front, Mike Sisk, John Lillibridge, Joe Ashley, Gary Evjen, Guy Mackner. Middle, Ann Pancoast, Leatrice Big Crow representing her late daughter SuAnne, xxxx representing her late father "Sunny" Jim Schmidt, Kriss Edwards, Donna Muir. Back, Terry Jordre, Jerry Buri and Ron Bertsch.

The Class of 2017, from left, front, Mike Sisk, John Lillibridge, Joe Ashley, Gary Evjen, Guy Mackner. Middle, Ann Pancoast, Leatrice Big Crow representing her late daughter SuAnne Big Crow, Nancy Schmidt representing her late father Jim Schmidt, Kriss Edwards, Donna Muir. Back, Terry Jordre, Jerry Buri and Ron Bertsch. (John Simko Photo)

        Thirteen new members were inducted into the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame before a large and appreciative audience March 25 in the Jefferson Room at the Ramkota Hotel in Sioux Falls.

        Members of the Class of 2017 were honored during the eighth annual induction banquet. They increase membership in the Hall of Fame to 130 of the greatest players ever to perform in the state.

        The board of directors will soon begin the important process of evaluating nominees for the Class of 2018. To see selection criteria, and to download an official nomination form, click on Nomination Form on this website.

Thorpes honored at 8th annual banquet

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Members of the 1987 Thorpes were, from left, front, Ron Martin, Jeff Big Crow, Jon Garnier, Jim Colhoff, Joe Mesteth, Don Garnier. Back, Bart Ecoffey, Tony Brewer, George Bettelyoun, Bryan Brewer, Brent Brewer, Willie White, Paul Cedar Face and Coach Jesse Mendoza.

Members of the 1987 Pine Ridge Thorpes were, from left, front, Ron Martin, Jeff Big Crow, Jon Garnier, Jim Colhoff, Joe Mesteth, Don Garnier. Back, Bart Ecoffey, Tony Brewer, George Bettelyoun, Bryan Brewer, Brent Brewer, Willie White, Paul Cedar Face and Coach Jesse Mendoza. Pine Ridge was 26-0 and is the Team of Excellence for 2017.

        The Pine Ridge  High School Thorpes made one of the most spectacular comebacks in the history of  state championship games in South Dakota when they defeated Lennox in the finals of the 1987 Class A tournament.

        With time expiring in the third quarter, Lennox led by 13 points. The Thorpes rallied back and eventually won by seven, 60-53. Pine Ridge finished with a perfect 26-0 record and because of its impressive accomplishments is being recognized as the Team of Excellence for 2017 by the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame.

        The Thorpes and Coach Jesse Mendoza were saluted during the eighth annual Hall of Fame induction banquet March 25 at the Ramkota Hotel in Sioux Falls. Inducted during the banquet were 13 former greats.

Miller, Nuggets tie NBA 3-point record

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Miller with Nuggets        Denver converted 24 3-point goals in a 132-110 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Feb. 13. That performance tied the NBA record for the most 3-pointers in a game originally set by the Houston Rockets.

        Mike Miller went 2-for-2 from long range to help the Nuggets to the record before a sellout crowd of 19,941 at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

        The 6-foot-8 Miller is a former Mitchell High School standout who was chosen Class AA first team all-state  for the Kernels in 1996, 1997 and 1998. He played collegiately at the University of Florida and was inducted into the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013.

        Miller is in his 17th year in the NBA and has now moved within 35 points of the 11,000 career-point plateau. He has scored 10,965 points and is a career 41 percent shooter on 3-pointers with 1,588 goals.

        Before joining the Nuggets prior to last season, Miller had spent time with Orlando, Memphis, Minnesota, Washington, Miami and Cleveland.

Endowment provides stability for future

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        In its eight years of existence the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame has strived to rekindle memories of the past while exploring many of the most treasured moments in our state’s rich basketball history.

        Of utmost importance to the Board of Directors is the implementation of a strategic plan that will enable an adequate level of financial health for the organization. Our goal is to ensure that the Hall of Fame has the necessary resources to fulfill its mission well into the distant future. The Board of Directors has therefore authorized the creation of an endowment fund through the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation.

        Leon and Virginia Tobin of Aberdeen provided an initial gift of $5,000. Since then the Board of Directors has been gratified by the response of others who share our love of South Dakota basketball and our desire to preserve its history. Click on ‘Our Donors’ on this website to see a list of our generous contributors and to learn how you too can help.

        The Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization which was chartered as a 501(c)(3) in 2009 and is located in the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls. We believe our endowment will allow us to enhance our outreach moving forward. Our commitment is to provide current and future generations with access to a glorious past that should never be forgotten.

Reserve your Tickets for induction Banquet

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          Plan to join us as we welcome 13 new members into the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday, March 25. Tickets now are available to the public for the eighth annual induction banquet  in the Jefferson Room at the Ramkota Hotel in Sioux Falls. The cost is $35 per ticket and $10 for children ages 10 and younger.

          Tickets include the induction program, a banquet meal and a souvenir booklet. Orders can be made via the PayPal option on this website or by sending a check to SDBBHOF, 2210 W. Pentagon Place, Sioux Falls, SD 57107. All tickets purchased in either manner will be reserved and may be claimed at the Will-Call Table when you arrive for the banquet.

           Doors will open at 10 a.m. On display will be memorabilia exhibits of the inductees who comprise the Class of 2017. The banquet starts at 1 p.m. with the meal to follow. Tickets will also be available at the door for $40 and $15.

           An informal reception for inductees will be from 4-6 p.m. on Friday, March 24, in the Jefferson Room. The reception is free and dress is casual. Refreshments will be available. Members of the Class of 2017 will be present and the public is encouraged to attend. Also on hand will be many Hall of Fame members who were inducted in previous years. Hall of Fame tours at the Sanford Pentagon will be available per request from 1-4 p.m. prior to the reception.