The Corn Palace in Mitchell has been home to countless great basketball moments over the decades. Another may have begun this past weekend. SDPB Sports and Rec reporter Nate Wek was at the new basketball classic organized by Sacred Hoops.

Sports and Recreation reporting is supported by Horton Incorporated of Britton South Dakota

Shooting for Success

Jan 6, 2020
Laurel Simpson

In The Moment ... January 6, 2020 Show 727 Hour 1 Becky Hammons was a standout basketball player for Stevens High School but was considered too small to be a major college player. Becky spent 16 years in the WNBA and then became the first female assistant coach in the NBA. Gloria Riherd wrote a book on Beck called, "Becky Hammon: Shooting for Success." Riherd is part of an Acts of Excellence celebration today at Black Hills State University where she will be discussing her book.


In The Moment ... October 2, 2019 Show 671 Hour 2

Thursday night's episode of Dakota Life celebrates the human spirit.

Dakota Life producer Melissa Hamersma Sievers and SDPB's Stephanie Rissler preview segments on "Trevor's Legacy" and an 82-year-old marathon runner.

See Dakota Life on SDPB-TV Thursday at 8:00 p.m. Central/7:00 p.m. Mountain.

Arts and Entertainment reporting on SDPB is supported by the South Dakota Education Association


In The Moment ... June 19, 2019 Show 599 Hour 1

Last week, Northern State University announced Saul Phillips as their new men's head basketball coach. Phillips has 12 years of head coaching experience in Division 1 college basketball.

SDPB's Nate Wek had the opportunity to chat with the new Wolves boss. 

In The Moment ... March 28, 2019 Show 545 Hour 1

The South Dakota State University women's basketball team has a senior class with deep roots in the state. They face the Oregon Ducks in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA basketball tournament Friday night in Portland.

KDLT Sports Director and co-host of Calling All Sports, Mark Ovendon, looks at how SDSU got to this point.

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Nate Wek: Sweet 16!

Mar 27, 2019

In The Moment ... March 27, 2019 Show 544 Hour 1

SDPB's Nate Wek visits about the South Dakota State Women's Basketball team and their appearance in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Basketball Tournament.

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In The Moment ... March 20, 2019 Show 539 Hour 2

Jerry Walls lectures Wednesday night (6:00 p.m.) in the Sherman Center at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell. Walls is the author of Wisdom From the Hardwood: Defining a Success Worth Shooting For which includes wisdom from NBA players like LeBron James, Larry Byrd and Michael Jordan.

Walls is a Scholar in Residence and Professor of Philosophy at Houston Baptist University.


In The Moment ... March 20, 2019 Show 539 Hour 1

SDPB's Nate Wek looks back at the cheerleaders from Rapid City High School who are now known as "The Spirit of Six" and visits with those who knew them and the three others who died as the result of a plance accident on their way home from a 1968 state basketball tournament.

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In The Moment ... March 13, 2019 Show 534 Hour 1

SDPB's Nate Wek joins us today to talk about high school basketball as the boys and girls tournament continues this week.

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In The Moment ... March 12, 2019 Show 533 Hour 2

In just a couple of days, Steve Thum and JJ Hartigan will call the combined Class A South Dakota high school basketball tournament. These games can be seen on SDPB TV. Steve joins us now from our Vermillion studio with a preview.

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Adria Botella

In The Moment ... March 6, 2019 Show 529 Hour 2

Craig Mattick and Mike Henriksen have been calling high school basketball games together on SDPB for nearly 20 years. They both join us today with a preview of this weeks girls Class B and next weeks boys & girls Class AA.

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In The Moment ... April 11, 2018 Show 313 Hour 1

Huron native Todd Lee returns to South Dakota to coach the USD men's basketball team. SDPB's Nate Wek sat down with the coach.

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.

Chris Laughery

In the Moment ... March 13, 2018 Show 296 Hour 1

SDPB's Nate Wek joins us for a recap and preview of the South Dakota state High School basketball championships.

In The Moment ... March 7, 2018 Show 291 Hour 1

SDPB's Nate Wek is on the road to the South Dakota High School state basketball championships. He joins us for a preview.

Bryan Miller is the Executive Director of the South Dakota Sports Authority. He discusses the Summit League Tournament at the Denny Sanford Premiere Center in Sioux Falls. He talks about the preparation leading up to the tournament, attendance and how two South Dakota Schools are in the championship games for both men and women.

In The Moment ... March 6, 2018 Show 290 Hour 2

In The Moment ... February 8, 2018 Show 273 Hour 1

Kevin Woster is looking into a Rapid City project with potential impact on generations to come. It's called the Lakota Dream Museum & Monument, and it's spearheaded by basketball standout and businessman Adonis Saltes.

You can find Kevin Woster's blog online at

In The Moment ... January 10, 2018 Show 253 Hour 1

SDPB's Nate Wek joins In the Moment for a look at a Winter Classic basketball tournament where the coaches went shoeless for a good cause.

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.

In The Moment ... June 14, 2017 Show 114 Hour 1

Skyforce basketball is a staple in the Sioux Falls professional sports scene. Recently the NBA's Miami Heat purchased controlling interest of the team. In The Moment producer Chris Laughery talks with president of the Sioux Falls Skyforce Mike Heineman about the future of the team in South Dakota.


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.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... March 20, 2017 Show 053 Hour 2

We welcome the first day of Spring with conversations about the Vernal Equinox. First we talk with NASA scientist Yari Collado-Vega with news from NASA about the dance of the solar system as well as a preview of a major astronomical event in August.

We continue the conversation by asking what the vernal equinox has meant throughout history for humanity. Dr. Richard Swanson is with Augustana University's Religion Department.

SDPB's Gary Ellenbolt joins us with an update of the state basketball championships.

In The Moment ... March 15, 2017 Show 050 Hour 1

In The Moment ... March 14, 2017 Show 049 Hour 1

South Dakota students send a message to Washington DC via film. We talk with Josh Koning, an education content specialist with C-SPAN about the 2017 StudentCam Competition and some winners from Rapid City and Sioux Falls. 

We preview four South Dakota State High School Basketball Tournaments that begin on Thursday. Joining us for a preview are SDPB's Gary Ellenbolt with Craig Mattick and John Seiber on KWSN Sports Radio.

In The Moment ... March 13, 2017 Show 048 Hour 2

As the number of suicides rise in Minnehaha County, we talk with Janet Kittams-Lalley, president of the Helpline Center, about he trends and resources to recognize and support those at risk for self-harm.

On this week's Images of the Past, Gary Enright returns, this time to discuss the lumber industry in the Black Hills and its role alongside mining and tourism to support the Black Hills economy. Gary Enright is director of the 1881 Courthouse Museum in Custer.

In The Moment ... March 9, 2017 Show 046 Hour 1

Music lovers have obsessed over “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” since the album release in 1967. Cinema Falls brings the film "Deconstructing Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" to the Icon Lounge in Sioux Falls on March 14. Today we talk with composer, musician, and Beatles scholar Scott Freiman about how a conversation in a friend’s living room evolved into a film/lecture series that helps listeners experience the Beatles as never before. Learn more at

In The Moment ... March 7, 2017 Show 044 Hour 2

SDPB’s Gary Ellenbolt hits the road for the state basketball tournaments. But first he checks in with In the Moment for a preview.

Lee Strubinger follows the quest to wrangle out-of-state money during South Dakota elections. He joins us from the SDPB Rapid City studios to talk about what didn’t succeed in the Statehouse this session and why.

Hugh Weber returns with another helping from the Potluck Society. Today we meet a local writer who dishes up encouragement through the power of podcasts.

In The Moment ... March 2, 2017 Show 41 Hour 2

This Sunday marks the 75th anniversary of the United States Naval Construction Forces, more commonly known as "The Seabees." Although the relatively small unit has played a vital role in America's military operations around the world, many people have never heard of them. SDPB's Jim Kent sat down with some Seabees who were trained to build - and to fight.


In The Moment... February 23, 2017 Show 036 Hour 1

We begin our conversation about sexual violence and domestic violence in the state with Michelle Markgraf, executive director of the Compass Center. We talk about how some victims take years to break the cycle of domestic abuse, how it’s never a good idea to close the door on someone who is struggling to leave an abusive relationship, and more.

People in Sioux Falls are preparing to host a round of NCAA basketball. Friday and Sunday Division I Women’s Basketball attracts players and fans from the University of South Carolina, Ohio State, Syracuse and the University of Tennessee.

Mayor Mike Huether says the combination of visitors and ESPN’s coverage of the regional tournament offer an economic development advantage for Sioux Falls.