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Spring newsletter profiles legendary coach

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img003      Parker High School’s basketball program was a model of consistency under the direction of Gayle Hoover (right) for more than three decades. The Pheasants won 577 games and averaged 17 victories per season. Hoover was a rarity in that he spent his entire South Dakota coaching career at the same school. He guided the Pheasants for 34 years.

      The 2015 Spring Newsletter of the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame examines Hoover’s career and legacy through the eyes of five of his former players.

       Friends of the Hall of Fame receive the newsletter at their home. It was mailed June 3. The newsletter is free and published twice yearly. If you do not receive a copy and want to be added to our mailing list, email your name and home address (not your email address) to dlwagner@tnics.com. Or phone executive director Dave Wagner at (605) 467-3010.

      The newsletter also features several other noteworthy stories. Among them are a look at Yankton’s dominance of the one-class era; a 1925 team that did not win a title but may have been the state’s best; Wakonda’s 101-game winning streak; and a man who learned about basketball in South Dakota and then became one of California’s greatest coaches.

      We think the newsletter delves into topics that are of interest to all who love the game. We hope that you agree.

Contact us with your Comments, Nominations

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       After a successful and well attended HOF Weekend, the 2015 Induction Ceremony and Banquet are now pleasant memories and the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame looks toward the future. Our Selection Committee has started the process of researching and evaluating potential candidates for induction in the Class of 2016.

        We would like to encourage fans to share their thoughts about the Hall of Fame and to submit worthy nominations for consideration. To make comments about any topics — including the banquet, website, newsletter and our display at the Sanford Pentagon — please click on Contact on this website, list your name and leave your comments.

       The Hall of Fame seeks to honor the greatest players in state history. To nominate a former standout who has been out of high school at least 15 years click on Nomination Form on this website and follow the instructions  to download the form. Then complete the form and mail it to us at our Pentagon home using the address provided.

       Thanks to everyone who has supported the Hall of Fame and we ask for your continued support. To the many people already on our mailing list, please note that we will be sending out our 2015 Spring Newsletter  in about a month.

The Hall of Fame Class of 2015

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Class of 2015       
        Membership in the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame expanded to 98 with the induction of 16 former greats in the Class of 2015. The sixth annual banquet was held March 28 at the Ramkota Hotel in Sioux Falls.

        The Hall of Fame is proud to welcome, from left, in back, Jim Dyer (Willow Lake ’60), John Sivesind (Sioux Falls Roosevelt ’96), Chuck Iverson (Vermillion ’69), Jim Mitchell (South Dakota School for the Deaf ’54), Jim Tays (Gettysburg ’50), Marv Rasmussen (Claremont ’55) and Lorre Colburn representing the late Lee Colburn (Brookings ’69).

        In front, John Eidsness (Canton ’66), Amy Burnett (Huron ’91), Carla Allard-Watson (Bennett County ’87), Katie Dailey (Jefferson ’81), Julie (Jensen) Rozell (Langford ’91), Vince Whipple (Rapid City ’56) and Mike Freier (Tripp ’67).

        Completing the Class of 2015 are the late Ray Hamann (Yankton ’31) and the late Jimmy Lovley (Elkton ’20). To read bios of  this year’s honorees, as well as of all other Hall of Fame members, please click on Inductees on this website.

Wakonda ’90: Team of Excellence for 2015

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Wakonda girls 1990      Each year at the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame induction banquet, an outstanding team from the past is recognized by the Hall of Fame as a Team of Excellence. Honored for 2015 during the sixth annual banquet on March 28 at the Ramkota Hotel in Sioux Falls was 1990 Wakonda.

      The Warriorettes defeated Langford 85-60 in the championship game of the Class B state girls tournament to clinch their third consecutive title. Wakonda finished the season with an undefeated record of 26-0. The Warriorettes extended their winning streak to 76 consecutive games.

      Team members were, from left, Jessica (Johnson) Bosse, Mandy (Richey) Wilson, Casey (Mount) Pollman, Carmen (Girard) Giles, Keeley Pollman, Nicky (Johnsen) Gilbertson, Becky (Flynn) Jensen, Trina (Hansen) Merideth, Kathy (Denzin) Fitzgerald, Beth (Mullinix) Kopecky, Becky (Lyso) Gregoire and Sandy (Lyso) Wolfswickel. In front, from left, Assistant Coach Tim Pflanz; student managers Lana Humpal, Megan Beatty and Miranda Moser; and Coach Ron Flynn.

Class of 2015 features all-time greats

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Vince Whipple action      Sixteen of the state’s all-time greatest players will be honored during the sixth annual South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame induction banquet at 2 p.m. on March 28 at the Ramkota Hotel in Sioux Falls.

      Included is the late Leonard “Jimmy” Lovley, the state’s only representative in the prestigious Helms Foundation Basketball Hall of Fame.

      Lovley was a 1920 graduate of Elkton. He led the Elks to two state championships during South Dakota’s one-class era. Lovley became the first All-American in Creighton University history, earning that distinction in both 1923 and 1924. He was inducted into the Helms Foundation Basketball Hall of Fame in 1957.

      The Class of 2015 also features Amy Burnett (Huron ‘91) of Austin, Texas; the late Lee Colburn (Brookings ‘69); Katie Dailey (Jefferson ‘81) of Canistota; Jim Dyer (Willow Lake ‘60) of Scottsdale, Ariz.; John Eidsness (Canton ‘66) of Pelican Rapids, Minn.; Mike Freier (Tripp ‘67) of Bloomington, Minn.; the late Ray Hamann (Yankton ‘31); Chuck Iverson (Vermillion ‘69) of Yankton; Jim Mitchell (South Dakota School for the Deaf ‘54) of Sioux Falls; Marv Rasmussen (Claremont ‘55) of Langford; Julie Jensen Rozell (Langford ‘91) of Redfield; John Sivesind (Sioux Falls Roosevelt ‘96) of Sioux Falls; Jim Tays (Gettysburg ‘50) of Hot Springs; Carla Allard-Watson (Bennett County ‘87) of Rapid City; and pictured at left Vince Whipple (Rapid City ‘56) of Porcupine.

      Recognized as a Team of Excellence will be the 1990 Wakonda girls. The Warriorettes were 26-0.

Newsletter rekindles memories of the past

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The Fall 2014 newsletter provides readers a look at the Sanford Pentagon, home of the Hall of Fame. (Sanford Photo)

The Fall 2014 newsletter provides readers a look at the Sanford Pentagon, home of the Hall of Fame. (Sanford Photo)

         Friends of the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame have received the 2014 Fall Newsletter.

        The newsletter is free and was sent Dec. 1 to those on the Hall of Fame mailing list. If you do not receive a copy and would like one, email your name and home address to dlwagner@tnics.com. Or phone executive director Dave Wagner at (605) 467-3010. You will then be sent a copy and will be placed on our mailing list to receive future newsletters.

        There are 12 pages in the newsletter, which features a comprehensive story about Cheyenne Indian Agency’s memorable championship quest in the late 1950s. Unforgettable players who performed admirably for the Braves during their 1959 state-title season included Freddie Knife, Mel Bagola, Bob Mandan and Chet Condon.

        Another among several noteworthy stories examines the importance of Catholic high school basketball in South Dakota and the excitement associated with the Catholic state tournament that was held from 1937 through 1964.

        The newsletter explores topics that are of interest to all basketball fans. We hope you enjoy it.

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Huron 1927 team     The year was 1927. Calvin Coolidge was president. “Wings” became the only silent film ever named best picture at the Academy Awards. Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig powered the New York Yankees to the World Series championship. And the cost of admission to a session of the South Dakota state high school basketball tournament was 25 cents.

     It was a quarter well spent for the many fans who packed the Corn Palace in Mitchell to watch Huron defeat Watertown, Madison and Aberdeen. The Coffeymen, as the Huron team was called at that time, boasted two of the state’s all-time greatest players in Sam Perrin and Conrad “Cornie” Collin. Both went on to become collegiate stars. Huron team members were, from left, front, Harold Marquis, Harold Crawford, Collin, Lawrence Sheridan and Kenneth Hoppell. Back, Percy Washabaugh, Perrin, Arthur Campbell and Coach Frank Coffey.

     Huron’s state championship earned it an invitation to the National Interscholastic Basketball Tournament in Chicago. Read the complete story of the 1927 Huron team’s drive to glory in the upcoming South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame newsletter. Published biannually, in the fall and spring, the newsletter examines topics from the past while providing information about the Hall of Fame and its activities. Included are items of interest for all basketball fans.

   The newsletter is free. To add your name to the Hall of Fame mailing list simply e-mail your home address (not email address) to: dlwagner@tnics.com. Or phone in your address by calling (605) 467-3010.

Board of directors looks toward future

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    The future course of the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame will be guided by Dave Wagner and Bob Swanhorst with assistance from an active board of directors.

     Wagner was named executive director by a recent vote of the board. Swanhorst, formerly vice president, was elected president. Other officers are LaMoine Torgerson, Lee Stoddard and Wayne Thue. Torgerson is the newly elected vice president while Stoddard remains as treasurer and Thue as secretary.

     “We have been very encouraged by the wonderful response of the public since the Hall of Fame moved into the Sanford Pentagon in the fall of 2013,” said Wagner, who will act as the organization’s contact person. “Our exhibits allow visitors to experience the proud heritage of South Dakota basketball. As we move forward, our goal is to ensure that the Hall of Fame will provide an ongoing historical narrative and will serve as an inspiration for future generations.”

     Remaining on the board of directors are Randy Jencks and Greg Hansen. Newly elected to the board are Frank Brost, Gordon Fosness, Mike Begeman, Ron Flynn, Deb Finnesand and Bob Ehrke.

The Hall of Fame Class of 2014

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Class of 2014               The seventeen newest members of the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame were inducted during the fifth annual banquet that was held March 29 at the Ramkota Hotel in Sioux Falls.

         Honored for their outstanding accomplishments were, from left, front, Willie White (Pine Ridge), Lien Marso (Harrold), Luther Hippe (Sioux Falls Washington), Mark Tetzlaff (Hamlin) and DuWayne Groos (Sisseton). Middle, Mandy Koupal (Wagner), Lori Wohlleber O’Farrell (Summit), Julie Harmacek Bridge (Avon), Kris Holwerda Woerner (Brookings) and Colleen Moran (Stickney). Back, Denver Ten Broek (McIntosh), Aaron Miedema representing his father Phil Miedema (Hitchcock), Richard “Milt” Authier (Woonsocket), Bart Friedrick (Mitchell), Gerhardt “G.E.” Buenning (Parkston), Rich Andrzejewski (Arlington) and Steve Hammer (Pierpont).

          Recognized as a Team of Excellence during the banquet was the 1985 Mitchell Kernels, undefeated Class AA state champions. Mitchell was led by Friedrick, who sent on to star at Drake University, and coached by Gary Munsen.

List of 2014 inductees is announced

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          The fifth annual South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame induction banquet will feature 17 men and women who have helped write basketball history over the past six decades.  On March 29 the Sioux Falls Ramkota will host the inductees and several hundred guests for a program and banquet.

          The following athletes are set to accept their place along with 65 previous inductees who have set a standard of excellence and whose contributions are forever etched in the record books.  Lien Marso (Harrold); Mark Tetzlaff (Hamlin); DuWayne Gross (Sisseton); Rich Andrzejewski (Arlington); Richard “Milt” Authier (Woonsocket); Phil Miedema (Hitchcock); Willie White (Pine Ridge); Gerhardt “G.E.” Buenning (Parkston); Bart Friedrick (Mitchell); Denver Ten Broek (McIntosh); Luther Hippe (Washington); Steve Hammer (Pierpont) ; Julie (Harmacek) Bridge (Avon); Colleen Moran (Stickney); Mandy Koupal (Wagner); Kris Holwerda (Brookings); Lori (Wohleber) O’Farrell (Summit).

          In addition to these athletes, the 1985 Mitchell Kernels will be recognized as a team of excellence along with Coach Gary Munsen. Kent Hyde, a Hall of Fame athlete from Onida, will be recognized as the fourth all-time single season scoring leader in the nation with 50.4 points per game in 1953.