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In The Moment ... July 25, 2018 Show 386 Hour 1

Nate Wek joined In The Moment with an update on Golf courses in South Dakota. 

Sand green courses are a growing trend all over South Dakota. Instead of putting on grass, you putt on sand. This trend is not completely unknown to SD as there a decent amount of courses in the state that have adopted the sand green philosophy.

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In The Moment ... June 28, 2018 Show 368 Hour 1

Nate Wek joins In The Moment with an update on Becky Hammon's recent promotion to Assistant Coach for the San Antonio Spurs. 

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Sanford Announces Great Shots Golf Center

Jun 7, 2018
Jackie Hendry

Sanford Health is expanding its Sports Complex in Sioux Falls with a facility focused entirely on golf. The space will include an interactive driving range and the Sanford POWER Golf Academy. 

Sanford Health President and CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft says the upcoming facility is called Great Shots. He says the $12 million project will combine sports medicine research with a year-round golfing facility, restaurant, and spaces for kids and corporate meetings.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... May 30, 2018 Show 347 Hour 2

SDPB's Nate Wek brings results from state track and baseball, along with a preview of state golf. We talk about Avon team golfer Jared Mudder and his special golfing technique that uses his dominant arm.

The Estelline Redmen are no more… On Wednesday, the school district officially announced its new mascot… the Estelline Redhawks.

Since the mid-90’s, the school district has made attempts at slowly moving away from its Native American imagery.

The Estelline Redmen are no more… On Wednesday, the school district officially announced its new mascot… the Estelline Redhawks.

Since the mid-90’s, the school district has made attempts at slowly moving away from its Native American imagery.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... May 17, 2018 Show 339 Hour 2

SDPB's Nate Wek joins us now with your weekly sports and rec update. Today ... the evolution of a mascot. We look at how the Estelline Redmen became the Estelline Redhawks.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... May 2, 2018 Show 328 Hour 1

The 2018 NFL draft is in the books, and South Dakota State University tight end Dallas Goedert is headed to the Philadelphia Eagles. SDPB's Nate Wek and Chris Laughery talk about the experience.

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Dallas Goedert is officially a Philadelphia Eagle… the former South Dakota State tight end and Britton, SD native was drafted at No. 49 overall early Friday evening.

Once he received the phone call from the Eagles organization, it was all about celebrating with family and friends. But by Saturday afternoon, he was already in Philadelphia to tour the facilities, meet with his new coaching staff and address the media.

Goedert says his experience of playing many different roles as a tight end in college should help ease the transition to the professional level.



The University of South Dakota officially introduced Todd Lee as its new men's basketball coach on Friday afternoon. 

 Lee is a USD alumnus who returns to Vermillion after coaching in the college and professional ranks. He comes to Vermillion after serving for five years as an associate head coach at Grand Canyon University in Arizona.  He says Coyote fans will cheer on a team driven to succeed. 

University of South Dakota


The University of South Dakota names Todd Lee as its next men’s basketball coach. Lee is from Huron and graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1986. 

He returns to USD after several coaching stints in the college and professional ranks.


For the last five years, Lee served as an associate head coach at Grand Canyon University. He helped the Lopes win more than 100 games in his time there.


Former University of South Dakota men's basketball coach Craig Smith is officially the new head coach at Utah State University. 

Smith was introduced by USU officials Tuesday in Logan, Utah. He won 79 games in four seasons at South Dakota. Smith led the Coyotes to appearances in National Invitational Tournament and the College Basketball Invitational. 

Smith says he's grateful to USD leaders for his time in Vermillion. 

NCAA Hockey In Sioux Falls

Mar 26, 2018
Steve Zwemke

In The Moment ... March 26, 2018 Show 304 Hour 1

In another first for South Dakota, the Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls was the site for the NCAA Men's Hockey West Regional over the weekend where upsets ruled the day.

The University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs got by Air Force 2-1 in Saturday's championship game.  UMD moves on to the NCAA Frozen Four in two weeks at St. Paul, Minnesota.

In The Moment co-producer Steve Zwemke returns with insights on the tournament and hockey in South Dakota.

University of South Dakota Athletics

The University of South Dakota women's basketball continues to advance in postseason play. 

The Coyotes defeated the Michigan State University Spartans 85-83 in overtime at the Sanford Coyote Sports Center in Vermillion. 

With the win, the Coyotes advance to the quarterfinals of the Women's National Invitational Tournament with a record of 29-6.

University of South Dakota Athletics

The University of South Dakota women's basketball team hosts a major conference opponent in Thursday’s third round of the Women's National Invitational Tournament. 

The Coyotes take on the Michigan State University Spartans of the Big Ten Conference at 7 p.m. inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center in Vermillion. 

In The Moment ... March 21, 2018 Show 301 Hour 2 

SDPB's Steve Thum and Gary Ellenbolt join us for a recap of the SDHSAA State Basketball Tournaments.


South Dakota State University's men's basketball team came up short in its first round NCAA Tournament game yesterday. The Ohio State University Buckeyes withstood a valiant effort from the Jackrabbits to win 81-73 in Boise, Idaho. 

The Jackrabbits were down by ten late in the second half before rallying to tie the Buckeyes at 70 with only two minutes left in the game. However, Ohio State ended the contest on an 11-3 run to get the win.  


Mike Daum paced SDSU with 27 points. David Jenkins, Jr. and Brandon Key added 16 points each in the losing effort. 

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.