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On this week's edition of the DakotaCast Podcast, Nate Wek recaps the state football championships with Dave Nicholson of the Argus Leader in Sioux Falls. There's also a discussion about the state volleyball tournaments, which begin this Thursday from the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls.


The Sioux Falls Washington Warriors defeated the Sioux Falls O’Gorman Knights 27-24 in the 11AAA State Football Championship on Saturday night. This is the fourth state football championship for Washington, and their first in Class 11AAA.

Sioux Falls O’Gorman dominated the time of possession throughout the first quarter, playing strong on both offense and defense.  At the 5:56 mark in the opening drive for the Knights, Kristian Jakowicz hit a 27-yard field goal giving O’Gorman a 3-0 lead.


The South Dakota State Football Championships are this week (Thursday-Saturday) in South Dakota. SDPB's Nate Wek previews the event with Jerry Palleschi of ESPN 99.1 in Sioux Falls. Also, Nate and Jerry make a bet regarding the USD vs SDSU game that is also this Saturday in Vermillion - before the 11AAA championship game.

Here is the schedule and championship history (as of 1981) for all the teams involved in games at the Dakota Dome this week.


Class 9A – 10:30 am

Canistota vs Sully Buttes

Nick 'Eugene' Dinsmore is a former superstar of World Wrestling Entertainment. Over the years, Dinsmore has been both an in-ring performer and a coach. He currently lives in Sioux Falls and has started his own pro-wrestling academy - it's called "Midwest All Pro Wrestling."

This week, SDPB's Nate Wek had the chance to talk to Nick Dinsmore on the DakotaCast Podcast. Listen to the full conversation now...

Dakota Midday: The National Pastime In South Dakota

Nov 3, 2015

With the Kansas City Royals first World Series championship since 1985 still fresh on the mind of baseball fans, the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center invites people to see their exhibit, "Play Ball!  The National Pastime in South Dakota."  The Hogen Gallery display traces the history of baseball in South Dakota from the territorial era to the present through artifacts, images, video and hands-on activities.  Dan Brosz, Curator of Collections with the Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society, detailed the exhibit which is open to the public through August, 2016.

On this episode of the DakotaCast Podcast, SDPB's Nate Wek talks South Dakota State Jackrabbit football with Jeff Harkness of ESPN 99.1. 

SDSU is currently 5-2 on the season with a 2-2 record in the Missouri Valley Football Conference - a record good enough for fourth place in the conference standings. The Jackrabbits will travel to the Dakota Dome on November 14 to take on their rivals, the University of South Dakota Coyotes.

Sioux Falls Skyforce owner and president Mike Heineman talks about Flip Saunders' time as head coach of the Skyforce.  Saunders also coached the CBA’s Rapid City Thrillers early in his career.  Saunders went on to coach the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves on two different occasions as well as the Detroit Pistons and Washington Wizards.  Saunders lost his battle with cancer Sunday.  He was 60 years old.

Nate Wek looks back a week at SDHSAA Golf, Tennis, and Soccer. He plays a clip from the press conference of new Sky Force Coach Dan Craig, and talks to the SD GFP dept about the upcoming pheasant season.


On this week's edition of 'The DakotaCast Podcast,' SDPB's Gary Ellenbolt talks with USD head football coach Joe Glenn about the Coyotes big win in Fargo last week, and Nate Wek chats with Brandon Valley Activities Director Randy Marso about the cheer and dance competition taking place in Brandon, SD this weekend.

The Sanford FIELDHOUSE is the indoor sports facility in Sioux Falls for local, regional and national athletic training, soccer, baseball, softball, football and the POWER fitness programs. The building is 84,000 square feet designed for training athletes and helping them stay healthy. 

Sanford FIELDHOUSE is also home to Sanford POWER Athletic Enhancement Program, Sanford Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation, Sanford Sports Medicine Outreach (Athletic Training Program) and home of the National Institute for Athletic Health & Performance.

The University of Sioux Falls and Augustana University are adding women’s swimming and diving teams.

High school senior Bekah Honner suddenly has lots of choices to consider as she starts her application process to swim on a college team.

“It is definitely a possibility staying in state since now Augustana and USF are starting teams, but I still have to weight my options,” says Honner.

Honner is a member of snow fox swimming club in Sioux Falls. She says it’s exciting to see the sport gaining attention.


Augustana University and the University of Sioux Falls are adding swimming and diving as a varsity sport. Both schools are searching for swimmers as they look to start completing next fall.

The University of Sioux Falls has a swimming coach, but no pool or athletes yet. Josh Snyder is the athletic director at USF. He says when the city of Sioux Falls started building plans for the indoor aquatic center at Spellerberg Park, he had an idea.

Dakota Midday: Stampede Begin Defense of Clark Cup

Sep 24, 2015

The Sioux Falls Stampede begin defense of the United States Hockey League's Clark Cup on Saturday at home against the Sioux City Musketeers.  Hours after the team celebrated their title head coach Cary Eades announced that he was parting ways with the Stampede to take the head coaching job at Fargo.  Just six days after the Stampede eliminated the Muskegon Lumberjacks for the USHL title, Scott Owens was introduced as the team's new head coach.  Owens brings a wealth of experience to the Stampede bench.  He led Colorado College to three WCHA titles over 15 seasons.  He also coached the Des M

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Interview with Dr. Chang Kee Jung, Research Coordinator with the Long Baseline Neutrino Facility and associated Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment and professor of physics at the State University of New York Stony Brook.

Dr. Chang Kee Jung will deliver a presentation on “What’s Physics Got to do with Sports?” Thursday at 5:45 p.m. at Black Hills State University. His talk will focus on the effects of spinning and non-spinning balls in popular sports, including baseball, football, soccer and volleyball.

Hunting Film Tour

Gary Gillett is the founder of the Hunting Film Tour. The Hunting Film Tour, in its third year, is an exhibition of hunting films that celebrates the conservation side of hunting. The idea is to showcase quality filmmaking about hunting, to dispel the myths surrounding hunting and to show as many people as possible that hunting and hunters are the driving force behind conservation efforts in North America.

The 2015 Presidents Bowl took place in Sioux Falls on Saturday with two big time games, Yankton vs Sioux Falls Washington in the afternoon and Sioux Falls Roosevelt vs Sioux Falls Lincoln in the evening.

Game One: Sioux Falls Washington 43 Yankton 19

Sioux Falls Washington defeated the Yankton Bucks 43-19 on Saturday afternoon in Sioux Falls at Howard Wood Field.  

Lakota Runner In Senior Games Hall Of Fame

Sep 10, 2015
Photo by Jim Kent

A Lakota tribal member has joined the ranks of athletes in the South Dakota Senior Games Hall of Fame.  Wally Little Moon has been running for half- a-century…and has no plans to stop anytime soon.

Wally Little Moon was born and raised on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. His first taste for running long distances came while attending high school and continued when he moved to Oklahoma to attend Haskell Indian School.

As Little Moon explains, he’s been running ever since.

Both SDSU and USD open their football seasons in Kansas on Saturday. The Jackrabbits travel to Lawrence for a late morning game against the University of Kansas Jayhawks. The Coyotes are in Manhattan for an evening game against the Kansas State Wildcats.

Matt Zimmer is the Sioux Falls Argus Leader beat writer for South Dakota State University athletics. Mick Garry covers University of South Dakota sports for the newspaper. They joined Dakota Midday for a preview of the Jackrabbits' and Coyotes' 2015 seasons.

South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks

A 24 pound, 8 ounce chinook salmon caught on Lake Oahe last week is a state record. It broke the previous record of 23 pounds, 14 ounces. The state Game, Fish and Parks verified the record yesterday. Gordon Sampson of Highmore caught the fish after just five minutes on the water.

The Game, Fish and Parks department has received reports of other large salmon being caught close to the state record. News of the giant fish is attracting anglers to the Pierre area for the chance to catch their own big salmon.

Lacrosse, Attracting Kids Looking For A New Sport

Aug 18, 2015
Erin Mairose

Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports in the U.S. and now the trend is starting in Sioux Falls. The group Sioux Falls Lacrosse has over 150 kids playing the sport since starting a year ago. 

Wearing helmets and cradling sticks, players dart across a field trying to score the ball into a goalie. Opposite to the field a group of seven-year- olds attend their first clinic to learn the basics of Lacrosse.

George Gongopoulos brought his son Elliot to the clinic. He says the Lacrosse sounded like fun sport for his son to try out as a beginner. 

Pro-Wrestling Returns to South Dakota

Aug 13, 2015

Pro-wrestlers Roman Reigns, Ryback, the Big Show, and Bray Wyatt are coming to Sioux Falls, SD this Saturday as the World Wrestling Entertainment 'SummerSlam Heatwave Tour' continues its way through the nation.

WWE is currently building up to its biggest pay-per-view event of the summer, SummerSlam, which takes place in front of a sold out crowd on August 23 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.


South Dakota State University wrestling has officially joined the Big 12. SDSU is one of six schools receiving an invitation, effective for the upcoming 2015-16 school year. North Dakota State, Wyoming, Air Force, Northern Colorado, and Utah Valley are also joining the newly formed alliance. The other schools are Iowa State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and West Virginia.

This weekend, the Minnesota Twins are hosting a 50th anniversary celebration for the 1965 team that went to the World Series. One of the big reasons the team won the pennant that year was Tony Oliva. He had earned Rookie of the Year honors the year before as well as the American League batting title, which he won again in ’65.

Wikimedia photo by Randy Stern

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.

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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.


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.

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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.