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With little more than half the 2015 major league baseball season done, the Minnesota Twins have reached the All-Star break with the second best record in the American league. It’s one of the biggest surprises of the season. The New York Times rank the Twins as the most overachieving team in baseball.

The Donaldson Network

On June 6, 1915 in an 18-inning game, Sioux Falls defeated the visiting All Nations club from Des Moines 1 to 0. But even though he got the loss, All Nations pitcher John Donaldson mowed down 30 Sioux Falls batters in a game the next day’s edition of the Minneapolis Morning Tribune described as the greatest game ever played at the Sioux Falls park. The paper also noted that it was the first game in four seasons the Sioux Falls club ever won from the great Donaldson.

South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame

On Saturday at the Belmont Stakes, American Pharoah will attempt to become the first Triple Crown winner since 1978 and just the 12th in the sport's history.

The Sioux Falls Stampede could win the Clark Cup final Friday night on their home ice at the Denny Sanford Premiere Center. The hockey team leads the Muskegon Lumberjacks in the best-of-five series 2 to 0. The Clark Cup is presented each year to the playoff champions. The Stampede last won the cup in 2007.

As the Minnesota Twins open the 2015 Major League Baseball season, fans are hoping that new manager Paul Molitor can turn the team around after four straight seasons of 90 or more losses. Most baseball writers are doubtful and predict another fifth-place finish for the Twins in the American League's Central Division. Whatever optimism there is for the team this season dimmed late last week when pitcher Ervin Santana was suspended for half the season because of performance-enhancing drugs.

SDPB

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.

South Dakota Public Broadcasting

The state girls basketball tournaments get underway on Thursday. Class B takes place in the Huron Arena, Class A in the Watertown Civic Center, and Class AA in the SDSU Frost Arena in Brookings.

SDPB-TV is covering the games on its three channels. SDPB Online will also webcast the action here.

SDPB's Steve Thum joined Dakota Midday for a preview for 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.

The 56th annual South Dakota State High School Wrestling Championship Tournaments take place in Sioux Falls and Rapid City on Friday and Saturday. Over a dozen individual state champions are returning as well as defending team champions Parkston and Aberdeen Central.

Matti Smith / SDPB

This weekend is the final stop before the high school football championships at the Dakota Dome. The South Dakota High School Football semi-final round begins on Friday November 7, with both the 11AAA and 11AA classes. Saturday November 8 will resume and finish the semi-final round with the remaining 11-man and all 9-man classes.

The State Football Championships begin next Thursday at 10:30 am in Vermillion, SD.

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 7, 2014

11AAA

Lincoln vs O’Gorman

Roosevelt vs Brandon Valley

11AA

Baseball Hall of Famer Paul Molitor was introduced as the Minnesota Twins 13th manager Tuesday morning at Target Field in Minneapolis. Molitor replaces Ron Gardenhire who was fired at the end of the regular season – the fourth in a row in which the Twins lost 92 or more games. Molitor served as a coach for the Twins last season, but has no major or minor league managerial experience. Sioux Falls Argus Leader sports writer Matt Zimmer joined Dakota Midday and shared his thoughts on what Molitor as manager could mean for the Twins in 2015.

SDPB

Here's this weeks South Dakota High School Activities Association Update

PRCA

On Saturday the Casey Tibbs Foundation will celebrate and honor the accomplishments of South Dakota cowboys, cowgirls, families and animals during the 25th annual tribute dinner.

This year's honorees are saddle bronc champion Chad Ferley, legendary bronc rider Jack Alexander, barrel racer Nikki Steffes, rodeo promoters Georgia and Harlan Gunville, rodeo matriarch Iris Day and "animal athlete" Pony Baroni. Their photos and biographies are now a part of the Wall of Fame at the

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.

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!"

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.

Shredding The Rez: Tribal Skate Parks Take Off

Sep 17, 2014

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.

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.  

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.

  

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.

Basketball Coaching Legend Receiving Hospice Care

May 16, 2014

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.

Casey Tibbs' Photographs and Journals

Apr 24, 2014

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.

National Water Trails Designation

Apr 15, 2014
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.

The Northern League

Apr 7, 2014

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.

Talkin' Twins Ball

Mar 27, 2014

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.

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

Horse Racing Season

Mar 19, 2014
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.

USD Women Face Stanford

Mar 18, 2014
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.

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.

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