Author Archive

Pheasants top Divers in Hall of Fame Game

Written by admin. Posted in Uncategorized

     Redfield/Doland’s Pheasants defeated Lake Preston 57-35 in the Hall of Fame Game on Jan. 5 at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls. The matchup was a re-creation of the first state championship game in South Dakota prep history. That historic game was played in 1912 and was won by Redfield 33-25 at the old Daum Opera House in Huron.

     The South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame hosted the Hall of Fame Game, 107 years after Redfield and the Divers met in 1912, as part of its observance of the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Hall of Fame in 2009.

     The Hall of Fame Game was part of the 4th annual Samaritan’s Feet Barefoot Classic, an event presented by Sanford Health. Ten boys games were featured throughout the day. Samaritan’s Feet is a humanitarian aid organization.

‘Cloddy’ is about more than just basketball

Written by admin. Posted in Uncategorized

      ‘Cloddy’ is a new book that profiles the career of Dwane “Cloddy” Clodfelter. A native of Woonsocket, he coached the University of South Dakota to the NCAA College Division national basketball championship during the 1958 season.

     That team featured standout guards Cliff and Jimmie Daniels, pictured with Clodfelter in the USD photo at right. The book examines the dynamics of the late Clodfelter’s recruitment of the Daniels brothers from Brooklyn, N.Y., and the role Clodfelter played in the integration of college basketball.

     Clodfelter guided the Coyotes from 1954-67. His teams won North Central Conference championships in 1957 and 1958. Earlier he coached at six South Dakota high schools – Forestburg, Fedora, Alpena, Centerville, Yankton and Huron.

     The author of ‘Cloddy’ is Clodfelter’s son Kim. The 306-page hardcover book with dust jacket is available through Leone Press in Murfeesboro, Tenn. Go to the website www.kimclodfelter.com for instructions about how to order.

15 all-time greats featured in Class of 2019

Written by admin. Posted in Uncategorized

     Two of the most iconic figures in our state’s basketball history are among the 15 former greats who will be inducted into the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame during 2019.

     Russell “Sox” Walseth and Megan Mahoney are in the Class of 2019 to be honored at the Hall of Fame’s 10th annual induction banquet at 1 p.m. on March 23 at the Ramkota Hotel in Sioux Falls.

     Walseth led Pierre to the Class A state championship in 1944 and then starred at guard for the University of Colorado. Later he returned to the Buffaloes and eventually became the first coach in the history of NCAA basketball to lead both the men’s team (1956 through 1976) and the women’s team (1980 through 1983) at the same school. Jubilant players lift Walseth to their shoulders after a Colorado victory in the photo above from the Walseth family collection.

     Mahoney was chosen to the Class AA all-state team a record five years during her career for Sturgis. She scored 2,066 points for the Scoopers. Mahoney was an all-Big 12 Conference guard/forward at Kansas State University and played for the Connecticut Sun in the WNBA. In the KSU photo above Mahoney brings the ball up the court for the Wildcats.

     The Watertown Arrows of 1959 will be recognized during the banquet as the Team of Excellence for 2019. Jim Marking coached the Arrows to the State Class A Tournament championship and a 20-2 record.

     Ticket information, and details about a reception for inductees on March 22, will be announced later on this website.

                                                                                               THE CLASS OF 2019

     Jodi (Pipes) Altenburg, Harrisburg (Armour 1988): Armour went 73-3 and won three Class B state titles with Altenburg as point guard. As a senior she averaged 21 points per game and finished with a career total of 1,333. Altenburg went on to become an all-North Central Conference player at the University of South Dakota.

     Scott Beckstrand, Sioux Falls (Lincoln 1989): Beckstrand sparked Lincoln to three Sioux Interstate Conference championships, being league MVP twice, and three Class AA state tournaments. He scored a school-record 1,289 points. Beckstrand was a four-year starter at Augustana University where he was all-NCC and finished with 1,681 points.

     Mike Begeman, Sioux Falls (Parker 1975): An elite shooter, Begeman led Parker to a three-year record of 70-10 and runner-up finishes in the Class B state tournaments of 1973 and 1974. He averaged 24 points per game as a senior and had a total of 1,477 during his career with the Pheasants. Begeman was a four-year performer at Augustana.

     LeRoy “Lefty” Engebritson (Webster 1946): The late Engebritson made a half-court shot at the buzzer to beat Platte in the quarterfinals of the 1946 State Class B Tournament. The Bearcats won the title and went 29-1. Engebritson was so talented that he played both Big Ten Conference basketball and football at the University of Minnesota.

     Dave Fischer, Hartford (Wall 1961): An incredibly rare seven-year varsity player, Fischer transferred from Quinn to Wall as a senior. He averaged 24 points per game for the Eagles and totaled 2,049 in his final four seasons. Fischer went on to South Dakota State University and helped the Jackrabbits to the NCAA College Division national title in 1963.

     Rolland Furois (Deadwood 1940): The late Furois was the catalyst behind two state championships. Deadwood won its second consecutive Class B title in 1940 as Furois’ eight late-game points rallied the Bears past Gregory 38-33 in the finals. In a low-scoring era, he netted 30 points in the tournament and was chosen all-tourney for the second year.

     Shannon (Schlagel) Huber, Clark (Clark 2001): Clark had a runner-up and third-place finish in the Class A state tournament as Huber scored 1,518 career points on teams that went 71-16. She was a four-year starter at South Dakota State who totaled 1,887 points. Huber and the Jackrabbits won the NCAA Division II national title in 2003.

     Freddie Knife (Cheyenne Agency 1959): The late Knife’s ball-handling and passing were invaluable assets for Cheyenne teams that achieved back-to-back records of 33-1 and 31-3. The Braves finished third in the Class B state tournament in 1958 and then behind  Knife won the championship in 1959. Knife averaged 15 points per game.

     Megan Mahoney, Black Hawk (Sturgis 2001): Mahoney paced Sturgis to runner-up finishes in the Class AA state tournament in 1998 and 1999. She started every game while at Kansas State as the Wildcats had a four-year record of 104-27. After her time in the WNBA, Mahoney has played more than 10 years professionally in Europe.

     Alan Nissen, Lincoln, Neb. (Miller 1968): After leading Miller, among the smaller schools in Class A, to two state tournaments, Nissen became a three-year starter at the University of Nebraska. Miller claimed third in the 1968 tourney as Nissen led all scorers with 70 points. He averaged 18 per game as the Rustlers finished with a 19-3 record.

     Henry Park Jr., Chester (Chester 1945): Chester had never reached a state tournament until Park paced the Maroons to the Class B event in 1945. He scored 31 points in a single game and finished the tourney with a record total of 59. Chester took fifth. Park later had a distinguished career playing military basketball while serving in the U.S. Army.

     Doug Peterson, Rapid City (Watertown 1960): Peterson played in three consecutive Class A state title games, with Watertown claiming a championship in 1959. A noted passer and defender, Peterson averaged 13 points per game as a senior. While at South Dakota State, he was a key member of the NCAA College Division national title team in 1963.

     Cregg Skarin, Redfield (Hitchcock 1970): The leading scorer in the 1970 Class B state tournament, Skarin notched 88 points for fifth-place Hitchcock. He averaged 21 per game that season for the Bluejays as they went 27-2. Skarin was an all-South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference player at Huron College and surpassed 1,000 career points for the Tribe.

     Lindsay Thomas, Miami (Roosevelt 2002): During her high school years, Thomas never experienced defeat. Roosevelt earned four  Class AA state titles and was undefeated each season. Thomas averaged 19 points per game as a senior. While at Colorado State University she was twice chosen to the all-Mountain West Conference team.

     Russell Walseth (Pierre 1944): The late Walseth starred in basketball at Pierre and Colorado. He also played baseball for the Buffaloes and in the New York Yankees farm system. He was Big Eight Conference men’s coach of the year five times while guiding the Buffaloes and he later earned the same award as coach of the Colorado women’s team.

Inductees to be announced in December

Written by admin. Posted in Uncategorized

     Plans are being finalized by the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame for the organization’s 10th annual induction banquet, an event that honors elite players who have helped shape our state’s abundant basketball history.

     Members of the Class of 2019 will be announced during December. Included are 15 former standouts whose exemplary achievements still resonate today. They will join the 143 greats who have already been enshrined in the Hall of Fame. One of the state’s premier teams from the past also will be announced in December as a Team of Excellence.

     The banquet will be March 23 at the Sioux Falls Ramkota Hotel. Additional details will be released in coming weeks.

Newsletter recounts tragedy, town’s sorrow

Written by admin. Posted in Uncategorized

     How does a community cope in the aftermath of an unthinkable tragedy? Read in our 2018 Fall Newsletter about how a town and its high school basketball team found the strength and the resolve to carry on through the most trying of circumstances.

     The South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame publishes two newsletters each year. The ninth edition was sent Nov. 14 to the nearly 1,100 people from 34 states who are currently on our mailing list. All of our newsletters can also be read on this website.

     Readers also learn about the importance of a gymnasium that was a product of civic pride and became much more than simply a place to play basketball ..… About the 1954 Deadwood Bears (shown above), a team that proved the experts wrong ….. And about the trailblazer in girls basketball whose many accomplishments made South Dakota feel proud. (DHS Photo)

Tour opens doorway to basketball history

Written by admin. Posted in Uncategorized

           All basketball enthusiasts are encouraged to visit the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls and take time to inspect the varied historical displays which are presented there by the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame.

     Our primary exhibit area is located on the ground floor near the Pentagon’s main entrance. Additional items of interest are positioned along the corridors of the second floor. Tours also include a stop in the memorabilia-filled Hall of Fame Room 2110, where in the photo above SDBBHOF President Bob Swanhorst conducts a recent group tour.

     If your school, church, civic or social group would like a free tour guided by a Hall of Fame official, or if you wish to schedule a presentation by a member of the Hall of Fame speaker’s bureau who will come to address your group, contact Executive Director Dave Wagner by email at dlwagner@tnics.com or by telephone at 605-467-3010.

     We invite you to learn more about the state’s basketball heritage and the Hall of Fame. (SDBBHOF Photo)

508-game winner steps back into coaching

Written by admin. Posted in Uncategorized

     Eleven state championships and a total of 508 victories. That is what Parker native Kelly Flynn (left) achieved during the 27 years he guided the girls team at South Sioux City, Neb. Then he left the sideline, stepping away from coaching following the 2011 season.

     Flynn returns to the Nebraska basketball scene this year. He is the new girls coach at Fremont High School, which is located about 35 miles northwest of Omaha.

     A University of South Dakota graduate, Flynn was an all-state player as a Parker senior in 1976. During his career with the Pheasants he played for legendary coach Gayle Hoover.

     Flynn led South Sioux City to 16 appearances in the Class B state tourney. His overall record with the Cardinals was 508-128. Among the 11 state championships were six consecutive from 2000 through 2005. Flynn’s team during 2001 was ranked No. 1 in the country by USA TODAY.

National Records reveal S.D. presence

Written by admin. Posted in Uncategorized

     Mitchell native John Gillis (right) is in his 30th year with the National Federation of State High School Associations located in Indianapolis. The graduate of the University of South Dakota serves as associate director of development. He formally was editor of the organization’s National High School Sports Record Book which recognizes several South Dakotans.

     According to the basketball section of the 2018 edition of the record book, Jenny Bridge of Hanson is the national record holder in girls career 3-point accuracy. She converted 49.7 percent of her attempts, 266-for-535, before graduating in 2003. Bridge also has the sixth best season 3-point mark of 51.4 percent in 2002 as well as the 10th best of 50.4 percent in 2001.

     Second in both career field goal accuracy and season field goal accuracy is Mandy Koupal of Wagner. She made 758 of 1,097 attempts for 69.1 percent between 1995-98. In the 1998 season she was 223-for-292 for 76.4 percent. She also ranks fourth at 75.3 percent during the 1997 season. Jennifer DeGroot of Ipswich is listed 15th in consecutive free throws. She netted 43 in a row in 1995.

     South Dakota boys in the record book are Kent Hyde of Onida, Tucker Hansen of Sioux Falls O’Gorman and West Central, Dave Lemaster of Howard and Bob Jacobson of Letcher. Hyde ranks fourth in season scoring at 50.4 points per game in 1954. Hansen is 12th in career free throw accuracy at 88.4 percent on 297-for-336 from 1995-98. Lemaster and Jacobson are tied for 10th in single-game rebounds with 47, achieved by Lemaster during 1961 and Jacobson in 1976.

New basketball book has local elements

Written by admin. Posted in Uncategorized

     Two members of the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame – Jim Iverson and Chris Divich – are included in the new book ‘Kansas Basketball: The Evolution of Basketball in the Nation’s Heartland’.

     Platte native Iverson is mentioned as a starting guard on the Kansas State University team that fell to Kentucky 68-58 in the NCAA championship game in 1951. Iverson was a junior who averaged 8.9 points per game for the Wildcats.

     The book’s author, Jerry Draney, was a Kansas State teammate of Doland product Divich in 1953 before Divich transferred to play for the University of Kansas. Divich wrote an endorsement of the book on its back cover.

     Not only about Kansas high school and college basketball, the book also provides an analysis of the history of the game. Featured prominently is James Naismith, the inventor of basketball who became the first coach at KU in 1898. The hard-cover book was published by Mascot Books in Fairfax, Va., and will be available in bookstores soon for $19.95.

Hall of Fame Game recreates 1912 classic

Written by admin. Posted in Uncategorized

     Huron College sponsored the championship trophy that was presented to the winner of the first state tournament in South Dakota basketball history. In the terminology of the day, the trophy was called a Silver Loving Cup. It is pictured at right and has the inscription: ‘South Dakota High School Basketball Championship 1912.’

     In commemoration of the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame’s 10th anniversary in 2019, the organization will host a special Hall of Fame Game to be played Jan. 5 at the Sanford Pentagon.

     The Hall of Fame Game will match the two opposing teams, the Redfield/Doland Pheasants and Lake Preston Divers, which met in the inaugural finals 106 years ago at the old Daum Opera House in Huron.

     Redfield, which at the time was called the Redmen, defeated Lake Preston 33-25 to claim that first championship. The tournament was so widely popular that it started an enduring tradition that quickly became a staple in South Dakota sports. (RHS Photo)