2:36 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Dakota Midday: State Boys Basketball Tournament Preview

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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.

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1:48 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Dakota Midday: Summit League Championship Preview

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.

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2:23 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Will LeBron James Inspire Prodigal South Dakotans to Return Home?

LeBron James

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.

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3:07 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

The Early Basketball Heroes of Fort Shaw Indian School

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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.

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2:34 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Remembering Coach Don Meyer

Don Meyer received the Jimmy V Award at the 2009 ESPY Awards.

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.

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10:50 am
Sun May 18, 2014

Former NSU Men's Basketball Coach Meyer Dies

Coach Don Meyer leads his Northern State Wolves men's basketball team.
Credit 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.

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4:49 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

USD Names Nebraska Assistant as Men's Basketball Head Coach

Craig Smith addresses the USD community as he accepts the men's basketball head coaching position.

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.

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2:52 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Previewing The Boys Basketball Tournaments

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

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1:44 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

USD Women Face Stanford

USD Women's Basketball Head Coach Amy Williams.
Credit USD

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.

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1:47 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

SD High School Girls State Basketball Preview

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.

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1:45 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

2014 Summit League Basketball Tournament

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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.

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7:50 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Class A Keeps Shot Clock Implementation

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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6:00 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Cody Larson Can Play In 2013

Cody Larson
Credit 247 Sports

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.

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1:27 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

SD Basketball Family To Compete On "America's Got Talent"

Bruce Crevier

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.

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3:16 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

SDSU Grad Nate Wolters Drafted

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.

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12:27 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Sioux Falls SkyForce Heats Up

New SkyForce Logo

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.

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1:58 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Huge Upset

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.

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1:52 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Bright Future For Nate Wolters

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.

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1:37 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Cloud And The "Woz"

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.

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3:06 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

March Madness

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.

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2:29 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Boys State Basketball Tournaments

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.

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2:16 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Summit League Championship Games

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.

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5:03 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

SD Girls State Basketball Tournaments

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.

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9:06 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Law Enforcement Agencies Team Up

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.

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