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Philly Inquierer

Super Bowl LII is just a few days away as players, coaches, and fans anxiously await the game in Minneapolis. South Dakota native and University of Nebraska alum Nate Gerry is a rookie this year for the Philadelphia Eagles, who will play the New England Patriots on Sunday for the Lombardi Trophy.

Nate Gerry grew up in Sioux Falls, and was a four-year starter for the Washington Warriors football program. After high school, Gerry played football at the University of Nebraska, where he gained a reputation for being one of the best safeties in college football.

In The Moment ... December 6, 2017 Show 234 Hour 1

Nate Wek joins us with a look at the week ahead in South Dakota sports. Today we discuss the upcoming FCS quarterfinal game between SDSU and the University of New Hampshire along with a professional opportunity for an Aberdeen football standout.

Midwest All Pro Wrestling

Dec 4, 2017

In The Moment ... December 1, 2017 Show 231 Hour 1

Midwest All Pro Wrestling recently celebrated its second year as a Sioux Falls based independent wrestling promotion.

Nick Dinsmore, owner and head trainer for Midwest All Pro, stopped by the SDPB studio in Sioux Falls to talk about his successful business that is training area wrestlers for the "squared circle."  Dinsmore still wrestles as "Euguene," a characted with which he gained fame in the WWE.

In The Moment ... November 13, 2017 Show 218 Hour 1 

Jake Pettengill is head coach of the Sioux Falls Christian Chargers varsity football team, champions of Class 11B in South Dakota for 2017.  

The Chargers defeated  Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan 27-12 Friday to earn their first ever state football championship.

State Championships By the Numbers, 2017

Nov 13, 2017
South Dakota Public Broadcasting





In The Moment ... November 8, 2017 Show 216 Hour 2 

SDPB-TV brings you all seven South Dakota High School Football State Championship games. Watch live on SDPB1-TV and online at

Joining us for a preview, SDPB's Steve Thum and KWSN Radio's Craig Mattick.

In the Moment ... November 8, 2017 Show 216 Hour 2 

SDPB's Nate Wek joins us for a look at upcoming Tales of the Gridiron features. Today we talk about twin Bulldogs, the role of football in South Dakota family life, and how one community turned a golf course into a practice field for their football team.

Find Tales of the Gridiron on the SDPB Sports blog and Facebook page.

As South Dakota’s smaller high schools struggle to field even minimum numbers for football teams, some have discussed a return to Six-Man football in the state.  It’s a successful formula in Nebraska, Texas, and a few other locations.  At one time, Six-Man football was popular in South Dakota as well.  In northeast South Dakota, people who saw the Claremont Honkers play still talk about their skills.  In more than 70 games in the 1940s and 50s, the Honkers and Coach Bill Welsh lost only one game.  Many of his former players recently gathered in Aberdeen to swap stories, celebrate their acco

In The Moment ... Rob Fleder/Festival Of Books

Sep 22, 2017

In the Moment ... September 22, 2017 Show 183 Hour 1

Rob Fleder and Steve Hoffman wrote the book on the must-see sporting events on the planet.  It's called The Sports Bucket List: 101 Sights Every Fan Has to See Before the Clock Runs Out.  Fleder was executive editor of Sports Illustrated and editor of SI Books during his 20 years at Time, Inc.  He currently edits books and consults on publishing projects for his company Low Gear and Minus, Inc.

McLaughlin School District

Dozens of high school football fields in South Dakota will host games tonight.  The middle of September puts most teams right at—or just past—the halfway mark of their seasons.   One school off to an unbeaten start to their season is known for success in another sports.


Gary Ellenbolt / South Dakota Public Broadcasting

This weekend brings the third week of high school football in South Dakota.  Teams from across the state are settling into a form of routine as they work toward a November weekend at the Dakota Dome.  One school in southeast South Dakota last played in a State Title game in the Clinton Administration. Since then it’s been a difficult stretch.

Personalities: Amy Burnett

Aug 23, 2017
Amy Burnett at Huron High School
South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame

Amy Burnett is one of the best South Dakota basketball players ever. Burnett grew up in Huron and led Huron High to a class AA State Championship in 1989, her junior season. The team took third place during Burnett's senior year but she set a state tournament scoring record with 86 points over three games. She also lettered in volleyball and track.

Sioux Falls Lincoln Tennis, Kaleb Dobbs

May 19, 2017

The Boys State Tennis Championships are underway in the Sioux Empire this weekend with Sioux Falls Lincoln searching for their fourth straight title.

Kaleb Dobbs is a senior for the Patriots tennis team. He’s searching for his third straight individual state title in flight one singles. Next year, Dobbs will play for the Golden Gophers at the University of Minnesota.

The University of South Dakota

One of the premier high school basketball players in South Dakota is being allowed to continue her college career.  Rapid City’s Caitlin Duffy will receive a sixth year of eligibility to play at the University of South Dakota.  

Unversity of South Dakota Athletic Department

Basketball players for the University of South Dakota are headed for Durham, North Carolina this upcoming season. USD leaders say the men’s team is scheduled to play the Duke Blue Devils.

Duke has a strong reputation as one of the best men’s basketball programs in the country. The Devils have 16 final four appearances and five national championships. Since 2000, Duke has won 132 consecutive home games against non-conference opponents.

This is the first ever meeting in men’s hoops between USD and any team in the ACC. The Coyotes and Blue Devils clash on December 2, 2017.

Omaha World-Herald

Sioux Falls native Nate Gerry was selected in the fifth round of the National Football League draft on Saturday when the Philadelphia Eagles were on the clock.

Gerry is a graduate of Washington high school. He helped lead the Warriors to three state football championships while he was there.

After high school, Gerry attended the University of Nebraska where he played both linebacker and safety for the Cornhuskers.


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.

2017 All-State Band March 25

Mar 22, 2017


Brian Gevik

The Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota played host to the 2017 state wrestling championships this weekend with Pierre taking home the title in Class A and Beresford/Alcester-Hudson winning the title in Class B.

Dakota Galt won his fourth individual state title this weekend. He wrestles in the Class B 145 weight class for Beresford/Alcester-Hudson. Galt says a recent loss in his family made this years win even more special.

SDHSAA Has A New Executive Director

Jan 12, 2017

Dan Swartos is the new executive director of the South Dakota High School Activities Association. Swartos is currently the superintendent for the McCook Central School District. He replaces Wayne Carney as SDHSAA Executive Director this summer.

Swartos says the new job is a bit intimidating. He says even though he has big shoes to fill, Carney is going to work with him to make sure the transition runs smoothly.

Nate Wek

The forty-second annual Floyd Farrand Invitational wrestling tournament is taking place at Lincoln High School in Sioux Falls Thursday and Friday of this week. This is a double elimination individual tournament that features some of the best high school wrestling programs in South Dakota.

This annual event began in 1975 when Floyd Farrand, who was the Lincoln High School athletic director at the time, wanted to create a tournament outside of the state championships, to showcase the talent in the state.

Zach Zenner Scores Twice Against Dallas

Dec 27, 2016
Tim Heitman, USA TODAY Sports

South Dakota State Unversity alum and Detroit Lions running back Zach Zenner had his best statistical game in the National Football League on Monday night against the Dallas Cowboys.

The Cowboys defeated the Lions 42-21, but Zenner took advantage of his playing time in the game.

Zach Zenner ran for 67-yards and two touchdowns in the loss to Dallas on Monday night. He also caught two passes from quarterback Matthew Stafford for 25-yards. Both receptions led to first downs.

Lakota Nation Invitational Celebrates 40 years

Dec 5, 2016

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Lakota Nation Invitational.

The LNI, as it’s often called, is held every year at the civic center in Rapid City.

It started out as a basketball tournament, but has grown into an event that showcases sports, alongside student wit, cultural understanding, and creativity.

The Lakota Nation Invitational started in the wake of the Wounded Knee occupation in the 70’s. LNI organizer Brian Brewer says many schools were reluctant to schedule games against Native schools.

Craig Wollman / SDPB

One high school volleyball player welcomed weekend weather that made it difficult for fans, teams, and officials. The 2016 state volleyball championships took place in Huron, Watertown, and Brookings over the weekend. A Northwestern High School student celebrated the snow. 

Fernanda Orsi is a senior setter for the Northwestern Wildcats. On Saturday, Her team defeated the Chester Area Flyers in four sets to win the 2016 Class B state volleyball championship.

Seven games remain in South Dakota’s 20-16 high school football season.  Games in Nine-Man Classes go today (Thursday), with two more games Friday, and another two games Saturday.   Here, once again, is playoff football by the numbers.

We’ve reached one of our favorite times of the year—the weekend that offers up 14 teams, playing seven games, with the winners taking the gold trophies home as state champions.  To further your enjoyment of the games as you take them in at the Dome or watch on SDPB-TV-1—let’s find out the things you’d like to know, by the numbers.


SDPB's Steve Thum and Gary Ellenbolt preview the seven South Dakota High School Football Championship games that begin Thursday at the DakotaDome in Vermillion. Games are scheduled through Saturday night. Click here for the entire schedule of games and coverage on South Dakota Public Broadcasting.


Winner 38, Bridgewater-Emery-Ethan 13

Groton Area 16, Aberdeen Roncalli 10


Winner vs. Groton Area, 1 PM CST Friday


Gregory 44, Stanley County 7

Webster Area 38, Baltic 28


Gregory vs. Webster Area, 10:30 CST Thursday


Warner 57, Sully Buttes 21

Colman-Egan 56, Potter County 26


Warner vs. Colman-Egan, 1:30 CST Thursday


Langford Area 61, Harding County 44


Sioux Falls Washington   24,  Sioux Falls O'Gorman     14

Brandon Valley   49,  Sioux Falls Roosevelt   46

11-AAA FINAL:  Brandon Valley vs. Sioux Falls Washington, 7:00 PM Saturday, November 12th


Mitchell  52, Pierre   14

Harrisburg 61, Spearfish     7

11-A FINAL:  Mitchell vs. Harrisburg, 7:00 PM Friday, November 11th


Madison  35, St. Thomas More 19

Tea Area 31, Dell Rapids   21

A dozen high school football teams will advance to play in state championship games tonight—semi-final contests in three 11-man classes take place around the state.  One school searching for a playoff win is among the few teams in West River that typically see success in football.  


In parts of South Dakota, High School Football is a big deal. Fans don’t have to travel to the metro areas to find a great game.

The state is host to some impressive young athletes, and they’re often found in small towns.

The little town of Langford, South Dakota is home to the Langford Area Lions. The community is small, but don’t take it for granted – this 9B school has a football team that can flat out play ball.