South Dakota High School Activities Association

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The Sweet-16 format is one step closer to becoming ‘the law of the land’ for all classes of high school basketball in South Dakota.

On Tuesday, the board of the South Dakota High School Activities Association passed proposals for the new format in both Class AA and Class B.

The Class AA sweet-16 format for basketball passed the activities board with a 6-3 vote, while the Class B proposal passed 8-1.

Later in the day, the board also passed the same proposals with high school volleyball.

Parker High School

The South Dakota Oral Interpretation Festival competition begins Friday. The event brings together the top qualifying high school oral interp speakers in the state. Parker High School oral interp coach Cindy Froiland shares her thoughts on the benefits of an oral interpretation program and how it fits into the overall arts programming in the state. This segment also features Parker High School junior Josie Holzwarth.

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The Executive Director of the South Dakota High School Activities Association is retiring at the end of the next school year.  Wayne Carney has been with the association since 2001, after a coaching career in three state school districts.  One of the most contentious issues in his time as executive director was the switching of the girls volleyball and basketball seasons.  At one time, girls played basketball at the start of the school year, with volleyball going on in the winter months.

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Four high school golf tournaments are currently underway in South Dakota.

Mitchell and Hot Springs are each hosting one tournament, and Rapid City hosting two.This year, instead of having the spring golf championships in May, the South Dakota High School Activities Association decided to push the event to June - in hopes of better weather conditions. John Krogstrand is with the High School Activities Association in South Dakota.

The State Gymnastics Meet is in Brookings, SD on Friday and Saturday of this week. Last season, the Sioux Falls O'Gorman Knights team placed fifth, but they're looking at making a push this year towards the championship. Their coach Skye Bork is in her first year with the squad. She joined the program this week to talk about the state meet as a whole, and some of the challenges that can present themselves to a team. Also, Bork has a vacation planned when gymnastics season is over - listen to find out where she's going.

Jenifer Jones

A bill that eliminates an activities policy on transgender students is halfway through the Statehouse. House Bill 1112 voids the transgender policy the South Dakota High School Activities Association has in place. Lawmakers in Pierre amended the measure during debate.

Several South Dakota lawmakers say they understand school leaders want a consistent, clear policy for transgender students, but legislators disagree about who should institute the guidelines and what they should include.

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The 60th annual State One Act Play Festival took place at O’Gorman High School in Sioux Falls over the weekend. It began on Thursday and concluded on Saturday with an awards ceremony. Forty-four schools from around South Dakota performed at the event.

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Lawmakers meet in Pierre Friday to study the South Dakota High School Activities Association. The committee agenda includes a full day exploring elements of the state system and how other places handle rules for statewide athletic and arts events.

Eleven state lawmakers sit on the South Dakota High School Activities Association Interim Committee. They’re tasked with learning what the organization does and who oversees its operation and policy.

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Members of the South Dakota State Legislature’s Executive Board are putting lawmakers on interim committees for in-depth analysis of certain topics. The State Senate and House of Representatives select the panel to meet outside of the regular winter session. They met Tuesday in Sioux Falls.  

Legislators on the Executive Board gather several times a year. They set travel policies for lawmakers going to state-sponsored and national events. Members also appoint lawmakers to committees that examine issues in summer studies.