Sioux Falls Skyforce owner and president Mike Heineman talks about Flip Saunders' time as head coach of the Skyforce.  Saunders also coached the CBA’s Rapid City Thrillers early in his career.  Saunders went on to coach the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves on two different occasions as well as the Detroit Pistons and Washington Wizards.  Saunders lost his battle with cancer Sunday.  He was 60 years old.


The state high school boys basketball tournaments get underway on Thursday. Class B takes place in Huron, Class A in Rapid City and Class AA in Sioux Falls. SDPB-TV is covering the games on its three channels. SDPB Online will also webcast the action here. Mike Henriksen and Craig Mattick of Sports Radio KSWN are calling the Class AA games for SDPB1 TV. They joined Dakota Midday for a preview of all three tournaments.

SDSU defeated USD in last night’s Summit League men’s basketball semi-final. The Jackrabbits take on the NDSU Bison in tonight’s championship game. This is the third time in four years that SDSU has made the tournament finals. This afternoon the top-seeded USD women face second seed SDSU in their championship game. The winners move on to the NCAA tournament.

Sioux Falls Argus Leader sports reporter Matt Zimmer is covering the Summit League tournament. He joined Dakota Midday from the Denny Sanford Premier Center for a preview of the championship games.

Last week the man regarded as the best basketball player in the world announced that he was returning home to Ohio. Four year after leaving Cleveland for Miami, LeBron James said he’s signing a two-year, 42 million dollar contract with his old team.

University of Oklahoma Press

Some of the first basketball players to gain national attention for new sport at the turn of the 20th century were young women from an isolated government American Indian boarding school in Montana. They dominated teams from around the region and went on to be declared World Champions at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. But their triumphs were forgotten until a pair of women’s history scholars found a photo of the Fort Shaw Indian School team and wanted to know more about the young women.

Remembering Coach Don Meyer

May 20, 2014

Legendary basketball coach Don Meyer died Sunday after a long battle with cancer.  He retired after 38 years of coaching in 2010.  For a short time, he was college basketball's all-time winningest coach until Duke's Mike Krzyzewski surpassed him in 2011.  Former Northern State University media relations director Brenda Dreyer, U.S. Senator John Thune and Mike Henriksen, host of Sportsmax and Calling All Sports, joined guest host Cara Hetland to share their memories of their close friend.

Former NSU Men's Basketball Coach Meyer Dies

May 18, 2014
Northern State University Sports Information


     Basketball fans and others inspired by the life of Don Meyer are paying tribute to the long-time coach, who died in Aberdeen Sunday morning. Meyer had success at three college programs, including Northern State University, where he set a record for career coaching wins in men’s basketball. Meyer credited his success to a philosophy of finding the right players and holding them accountable.

The University of South Dakota has announced its new men’s basketball head coach. Long-time head coach Dave Boots retired suddenly before the start of the basketball season and assistant Joey James coached the Coyotes through the 2013/2014 schedule as an interim head coach. USD has hired Craig Smith as the new head coach.

Previewing The Boys Basketball Tournaments

Mar 19, 2014

SDPB provides coverage of all three Boys High School State Basketball Tournaments beginning Thursday.  The State A can be seen on SDPB-1, the State B is on SDPB 2 and the State AA is on SDPB-3.  SDPB's Gary Ellenbolt and Craig Mattick, host of Sports Talk with Craig and Chris (weekdays 3:00-6:00 p.m.) on KWSN Radio in Sioux Falls, joined Dakota Midday to preview all three tournaments.  Mattick and Mike Henriksen call this year's State A in Sioux Falls.  Ellenbolt is in Aberdeen to provide play-by-play of the State B.  The AA tournament is in Rapid City where Steve Thum anchors SDPB's covera

USD Women Face Stanford

Mar 18, 2014

After winning the Summit League Tournament Championship last week, the University of South Dakota women's basketball team has qualified for the NCAA Division 1 Women's Tournament.  USD faces Stanford in Ames, Iowa this Saturday afternoon.  Second-year head coach Amy Williams talked about the team's season and trip to the national tournament.

SD High School Girls State Basketball Preview

Mar 12, 2014

Steve Thum of SDPB-TV and Mike Henricken, host of "Calling All Sports with Mark O. and Mike H." and "Sportsmax with Mike Henriksen," previewed this week's three South Dakota Girls High School State Basketball Tournaments. Henriksen is teamed with Craig Mattick for coverage of the Girls State AA in Brookings on SDPB-TV while Thum and J.J. Hardigan provide play-by-play from the Girls State B in Huron. The Girls State A is in Spearfish with Gary Ellenbolt and John Sieber handling duties for SDPB.

2014 Summit League Basketball Tournament

Mar 5, 2014
Summit League

The Summit League basketball tournament gets underway in Sioux Falls on Saturday (3/8). South Dakota State enters the Summit League Women's Basketball Championship as the top seed for the third consecutive year, looking to extend its title streak to six straight. North Dakota State enters the Summit League Men's Basketball Championship as the top seed for the second time in its history and first since its 2009 league and tournament title. The tournament determines the Summit League's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

The South Dakota High School Activities Association will keep shot clocks in class A basketball. Citizens voiced complaints and support for the shot clock system scheduled for the start of next season. Most of the opposition says it’s because of the costs. Don Hansen is a Sales Rep for Daktronics and he says for some, shot clocks can cost a bit more than what finances might allow.

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Former Sioux Falls Roosevelt stand out Cody Larson is now cleared to play for the South Dakota State Jackrabbits basketball team. The NCAA granted him a transfer waiver this week. Both Larson and Head Coach Scott Nagy are excited for this upcoming season.

A South Dakota family is showing their unicycle-riding, basketball-spinning skills to millions of Americans across the nation. The Crevier family from Elkton are competing on the third round of the television program "America's Got Talent," broadcasting live tomorrow evening from Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Bruce Crevier, his wife Diane and their twelve children travel the country and the world with their inspirational act, "Champions Forever." Bruce Crevier can spin as many as twenty-one basketballs at one time and has several Guinness World Records for basketball spinning.

SDSU Grad Nate Wolters Drafted

Jun 28, 2013

Two athletes with South Dakota ties are breathing a sigh of relief after being selected in the 2013 NBA Draft. One is going to the Milwaukee Bucks and the other to Boston.  The Milwaukee Bucks are pleased to welcome SDSU graduate Nate Wolters to the team.

Drafted at number 38 overall and after a few trades in the 2013 NBA Draft, Nate Wolters became a member of the Milwaukee Bucks. Milwaukee Bucks General Manager John Hammond says getting Wolters in the second round was a gift.

Sioux Falls SkyForce Heats Up

Jun 21, 2013

After a thrilling game seven victory, the Miami Heat are the 2013 NBA Champions. This gives the franchise back to back championships after making the league finals, the last three years. The distance between Miami and South Dakota doesn't give the Heat a large fan base in this area. However, there's a new partnership that could change that.

Huge Upset

Mar 27, 2013

The Augustana College women's basketball team beat previously unbeaten Clayton State College of Georgia 81-68 in their first round game of the NCAA Elite Eight Tuesday.  The Vikings will play Dowling College of New York in the semi-finals Wednesday night.  Sioux Falls Argus Leader sports reporter Matt Zimmer is covering the team on the road.

Bright Future For Nate Wolters

Mar 27, 2013

South Dakota State University men's basketball standout Nate Wolters saw his collegiate career come to an end last week when the Jackrabbits lost to the University of Michigan in the first round of the NCAA Division One Basketball Tournament.  Now, the Summit League Player of the Year is looking ahead to the NBA draft at which he is expected to be selected in the early rounds.  Wolters joined Dakota Midday from his home in Minnesota.

Cloud And The "Woz"

Mar 22, 2013

Kent Osborne and the "Computer Guys" went over the benefits and concerns of the Cloud.  They also talked about using social media and technology to follow the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament as well as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak's upcoming visit to Rapid City.

Osborne was joined by John T. Meyer, Joel Broveleit and Jeff Litterick.

March Madness

Mar 21, 2013

SDPB Radio news intern Nate Wek joined Dakota Midday from Auburn Hills, Michigan, where the South Dakota State University men's basketball team will face the University of Michigan in the first round of the NCAA Division One Men's Basketball Tournament.  Tonight's game begins at 6:15 p.m. Central.

Boys State Basketball Tournaments

Mar 13, 2013

Mike Henriksen, host of Sportsmax and co-host of Calling All Sports with Mark O & Mike H, and SDPB's Steve Thum previewed the South Dakota Boys State Basketball Tournaments.  Henriksen is part of the team in Aberdeen covering the State B on SDPB 1.  Thum is covering the State AA in Sioux Falls on SDPB 2.  State A games in Rapid City can be seen starting Thursday on SDPB 3.

Summit League Championship Games

Mar 12, 2013

Sioux Falls hosts the Summit League Basketball championship games Tuesday.  The women's game has the University of South Dakota facing South Dakota State University at 2:30 p.m.  At 7:00 p.m., the SDSU men play North Dakota State University.  Winners advance to the NCAA National Tournaments.  Sioux Falls Argus Leader sports reporter Terry Vandrovec provided a summary of the tournament and a preview of Tuesday's games.

SD Girls State Basketball Tournaments

Mar 6, 2013

SDPB's Gary Ellenbolt is joined by KDLO Radio program director John Seiber at this weekend's Girls State B Basketball Tournament in Huron which can be seen on SDPB 2 TV.  They provided a preview of the State B along with the State A Tournament in Watertown (SDPB 1 TV) and the State AA Tournament in Rapid City (SDPB 3 TV).  Games begin Thursday afternoon with the championship games set for Saturday night in all three locations.

Law Enforcement Agencies Team Up

Dec 21, 2012

The Lakota Nation Invitational basketball tournament is being held in Rapid City this weekend.  Multiple Law Enforcement agencies are teaming up to make sure the event is secure.  Officials from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety are assisting officers from the Rapid City Police Department with security duties.

Tarah Heupel is the Community Relations Specialist for the Rapid City Police Department.  She says partnering up is a win-win situation.