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Cheer and Dance
2:02 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Eighth Annual Competitive Cheer and Dance Championships Set for October 24-25

2013 Lincoln High School
Credit sdpb

The Watertown Civic Arena is the site for the eighth annual state competition for cheer and dance. Competition for Class A will be held on Friday, October 24th, with opening ceremonies beginning at 5:00 p.m. Class AA competition will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 25th. Class A has 19 schools entered in the competitive cheer competition with 9 in the competitive dance competition. In Class AA, 16 schools will compete in competitive dance, with 16 set to compete in competitive cheer.

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billiards
3:00 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Shane Van Boening Wins Another Championship

Shane Van Boening
Credit SDPB

Professional pool player and South Dakota native Shane Van Boening was crowned the 2014 US Open 9-ball Champion over the weekend, and he has now earned his way onto the Team USA squad. 

The Rapid City native now lives in Sioux Falls and he's considered one of the top ten pocket billiard players in the world. He’s also hearing-impaired, but that hasn’t impaired his signature break. On visits to South Dakota School for the Deaf, he discusses his journey through life with a disability.

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Sports
3:01 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

50 Years Later, Billy Mills Recalls Olympic 10K Win

Billy Mills at the finish line at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo

Tuesday was the 50th anniversary of what is considered one of the greatest upsets in Olympic history when the virtually unknown Billy Mills won the 10,000 meter run in the 1964 Tokyo Games. In the final lap, the 26-year-old Marine from the Pine Ridge Reservation passed 10K world record holder Ron Clarke of Australia and Mohammed Gammoudi of Tunisia with a sudden burst of speed as NBC analyst Dick Banks screamed "Look at Mills! Look at Mills!"

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Sports
2:43 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Paralympic Ski Coach Receives Dakota Wesleyan Alumni Award

Jon Kreamelmeyer

Jon Kreamelmeyer’s work as a coach for Paralympic skiers earned him an induction into the Visa Paralympic Hall of Fame earlier this year in Sochi, Russia. His involvement with the U.S. Disabled Ski Team began as a guide for visually impaired athlete Michele Drolet who won a bronze medal at the 1994 Paralympics in Lillehammer, Norway. He became an assistant coach for the team in 1995 and was hired as head coach in 1999.

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Sports
1:40 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Shredding The Rez: Tribal Skate Parks Take Off

A skater drops into the bowl on Pine Ridge during the 12th annual Tony Eagle Bull Memorial Skateboard Competition at the 2014 Oglala Nation Pow-Wow.

On just about any afternoon, in places like Pine Ridge, Kyle, and Eagle Butte you can find young people careening up and down ramps and flying through the air.

Tribal skateboard parks are popping up in communities across South Dakota's Indian Country.  The parks are being funded in part by pro skaters, big time rock musicians, and local leaders who have joined forces to build more activities for youth.

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Sports
9:48 am
Wed August 6, 2014

The Music of Baseball

Left Field at The Birdcage, the home of the Sioux Falls Canaries, Sioux Falls, SD
Credit Gary Ellenbolt

Kids who love baseball are known to pick a favorite player and emulate his batting style. Maybe they'll hitch up their pants before they go to the plate--or hold the bat high off the shoulder with the front foot behind the back foot. In the past few years, kids have copied another part of the at-bat; the walk-up song that plays when a player comes to the plate or to the mound to enter the game.  

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Sports
2:51 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Is There Still Hope for the Minnesota Twins?

Target Field in Minneapolis, home of the Minnesota Twins
Credit Randy Stern

Last night’s Major League Baseball All-Star game in Minneapolis was one of the few occasions that fans at Target Field have had much to cheer about this season. At the mid-season break, the Minnesota Twins are in last place in the American League’s Central Division with a losing 44-50 record. With a half a season yet to go, the Twins are facing their fourth year of trying to avoid an embarrassing 100 losses. Matt Zimmer writes about the Twins for the Sioux Falls Argus-Leader and joined Dakota Midday and discussed the Twins prospects for the rest of the 2014 season.

  

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Sports
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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Sports
9:39 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Basketball Coaching Legend Receiving Hospice Care

Coach Don Meyer leading his Northern State Wolves at The Barnett Center in Aberdeen, SD

Former Northern State University men’s basketball coach Don Meyer is receiving

hospice care in Aberdeen.  The 69-year-old Meyer was diagnosed with inoperable cancer nearly six years ago, after being seriously injured in an auto accident.  Family spokeswoman Brenda Dreyer  says the coach’s illness is affecting everyone in Aberdeen.

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Sports
2:05 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Casey Tibbs' Photographs and Journals

Casey Tibbs.

A dusty, forgotten box found in a California storage shed revealed rare photographs and journals of Casey Tibbs, the nine-time world bronc riding champion.  Five or more decades ago, he had given the documents to a long-time friend who is now in her late 90's.  The items were recently offered to the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center in Ft.

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Sports
2:24 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

National Water Trails Designation

Credit South Dakota Kayak Challenge

The Missouri National Recreation River Water Trail was added to the National Water Trails System last November.  The designation applies to 147 miles of the river between the spillways at Ft.

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Sports
1:37 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

The Northern League

Aberdeen Pheasants Ballpark

Aberdeen native Paul Gertsen has given his entire collection of Northern League baseball memorabilia to the South Dakota State Historical Society. The collection features artifacts such as the plaque from the cornerstone of Aberdeen Athletic Field, home of the Aberdeen Pheasants, built in 1937 by the WPA; game-worn uniforms from the Aberdeen Pheasants, St. Cloud Rox and Winnipeg Maroons; team autographed baseballs and game-used bats; and more than 560 autographs of major league players, coaches and umpires who were at one time associated with the Northern League.

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Sports
2:49 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Talkin' Twins Ball

Minnesota Twins home Target Field.

Sioux Falls Argus Leader sports reporter Matt Zimmer discussed the outlook for the Minnesota Twins as the 2014 Major League Baseball season gets underway this weekend.  The Twins open their season against the Chicago White Sox on Monday.  Zimmer said this season looks like it could be another downer for Minnesota.

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Sports
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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Sports
2:39 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Horse Racing Season

Horse racing at the Stanley County Fairgrounds.
Credit South Dakota Magazine

The 2014 South Dakota Horse Racing Association's season begins the weekend of April 19-20 at the Stanley County Fairgrounds in Ft.

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Sports
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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Sports
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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Sports
1:45 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

2014 Summit League Basketball Tournament

Credit 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.

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Sports
3:06 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider Chad Ferley

Chad Ferley

Saddle bronc rider Chad Ferley of Oelrichs won the World Champion Bronc Riding championship over the weekend at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.  He also won it in 2006.  Ferley, 33, joined the PRCA in 2001.  He won a world title in 2006 and currently ranks 3rd in world standings for saddle bronc riding.

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Sports
1:29 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Sioux Falls To Host Sport Championships

Sioux Falls
Credit City of Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls is hosting 8 championships for Division II sports starting in 2015, the NCAA announced Wednesday. From 2015 to 2018, South Dakota’s largest city hosts college basketball, volleyball, wrestling, cross country, and track and field events. Wes Hall, executive director of Sioux Falls Sports Authority, says the NCAA sees opportunities in a city the size of Sioux Falls, which has the infrastructure in place to support major sporting events.

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Sports
3:09 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Sioux Falls To Host Eight NCAA Events

Credit NCAA

The NCAA has chosen Sioux Falls as the host city for eight sports events. The first one happens in March of 2015, and the last championship announced is scheduled for May 2018.

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Sports
1:20 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Longtime Augie AD Steps Down

Longtime Augustana College Athletic Director Bill Gross announces he will step down.
Credit Kealey Bultena / SDPB

For 28 years, Bill Gross has led Augustana College’s athletic department. Now he’s stepping down.

Gross went to Augustana College in Sioux Falls in 1969 as a student and basketball player. After graduation and few years away, Gross returned to Augie in 1979. He coached men’s basketball for the Vikings when then-President Bill Nelson asked Gross if he’d consider adding athletic director duties to his coaching.

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Sports
1:23 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

South Dakota Football Championships

Dakota Dome in Vermillion

Gary Ellenbolt and Steve Thum previewed the matchups for the 2013 South Dakota High School Football Championships which begin Thursday (11/14) at the Dakota Dome in Vermillion. 

  

  

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Sports
3:10 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

South Dakota High School Football 'Broken'

Stu Whitney

In his Sunday column, Sioux Falls Argus Leader sports writer Stu Whitney wrote that high school football is broken. He says there are too few engaging matchups, too many blowouts and not enough title contenders in most classes to make the championship chase worth watching.

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Sports
1:36 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

High School Athletes And College Recruiting

Dann Ericson, Recruiting Specialist at Athletes for College, has started this new business in South Dakota where it focuses on high school athletes and assists in college recruiting by analyzing videos and offers a clearinghouse for coaches. He sat down with Cara Hetland to discuss his new company.

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Sports
1:42 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

"League In Denial"

The National Football League, a multibillion-dollar commercial juggernaut, presides over America's indisputable national pastime. But the NFL is under assault: thousands of former players have claimed the league tried to cover up how football inflicted long-term brain injuries on many players. What did the NFL know, and when did it know it? The investigation draws on more than 200 interviews with scientists, doctors and former players, including some of the NFL's all-time greats, as well as previously unpublished medical records, NFL memorandums and e-mails.

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Sports
1:34 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Twins At Mid-Season

Target Field in Minneapolis.

As Major League Baseball is off for the All-Star break, Sioux Falls Argus Leader sports columnist Matt Zimmer assessed the Minnesota Twins at mid-season.  Are they on the verge of another 90-loss season?

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Sports
3:10 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

New Billy Etbauer Sculpture

South Dakota native Billy Etbauer.
Credit Express Ranches

Five-time World Saddle Bronc Riding Champion and Ree Heights native Billy Etbauer is coming to Ft. Pierre this weekend for the unveiling of his life-sized statue.  The unveiling takes place Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in the Johnny Smith Memorial Sculpture Garden at the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center.  Etbauer and his family currently raise horses in Edmond, Oklahoma.

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Sports
2:24 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

"Town Ball" With Mel Antonen

Mel Antonen.

Organized amateur baseball, often called "town ball," celebrates its 80th anniversary this summer.  Mel Antonen has written a story in the May/June edition of South Dakota Magazine about six men who, for decades, have managed amateur baseball teams in small South Dakota communities.  Antonen grew up in Lake Norden, South Dakota.  He currently writes about baseball for SI.com and is a commentator on Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles TV broadcasts.

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Sports
1:56 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

A Look At The 2013 Sioux Falls Canaries

Steve Shirley, manager of the Sioux Falls Canaries, joins the program to talk about the upcoming season. After a couple seasons as the Sioux Falls Fighting Pheasants, the team opens the 2013 season on Thursday once again as the Sioux Falls Canaries. They play the Sioux City Explorers in Sioux City. The Canaries are a part of the American Association of Independent Baseball, a league that includes teams from St. Paul, Winnipeg, Kansas City, and El Paso. The team finished with a losing 45-55 record last year, but experienced a big jump in attendance.



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