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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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1:29 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Sioux Falls To Host Sport Championships

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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2:49 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Minnesota Twins Preview

The Minnesota Twins open the 2013 season at home Monday afternoon against the Detroit Tigers.  the Twins are coming off two consecutive last place finishes.  According to Sioux Falls Argus Leader sports writer/columnist Matt Zimmer, the Twins aren't expected to do much better this year.



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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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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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2:56 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Spelunking In South Dakota

Don Kopp has written about his experience exploring rarely seen reaches of Jewel Cave in the cover story in the March/April 2013 issue of South Dakota Magazine.  Kopp accompanied Black Hills caving pioneers Herb and Jan Conn on a journey to Metrecal Cavern several years ago.  The route passed through openings only a few inches wide.  Kopp, a spelunking enthusiast, explored dozens of caves during his 29-year career with the state Division of Forestry.  Kopp was joined on Dakota Midday by South Dakota Magazine editor Katie Hunhoff.




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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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11:37 am
Mon March 4, 2013

State Girls Tournament Pairings Announced: New Champions in A, B Fields


The State High School Girls Basketball Tournaments take place this weekend. Class "AA" teams play in Rapid City, the Class "A" field goes to Watertown, and Class "B" meets in Huron. New champions are guaranteed in Classes "A" and "B," since St. Thomas More of Rapid City did not advance to State in Class "A," and top-seed Warner won over Summit in a "B" Region Final.


Thursday’s first-round pairings:


CLASS AA (SDPB-TV 3)


12:00 MST Aberdeen Central vs. Sturgis


1:45 MST Sioux Falls Roosevelt vs. Sioux Falls Lincoln

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10:46 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Wrestling May Be Eliminated From Olympics In 2020

Bye is a realtor in Vermillion. In the winter, he serves as head wrestling coach at Vermillion High School.  His Tanagers brought two place winners home from the Class A State Tournament last weekend.  Bye’s nephew, Brett Bye, finished third at 152 pounds—while Regan Bye, the coach’s son, won the state championship at 145 pounds.

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