9 Man & 11 Man South Dakota State Football

Nov 10, 2020

In The Moment … November 9, 2020 Show 939 Hour 1

The DakotaDome in Vermillion will host the 2020 South Dakota State High School Football Championships beginning Thursday. Each game can be seen on SDPB TV 1 at its respective time. The 9 man games are called by Steve Thum and JJ Hartigan, Steve Thum joins us now.

The 11 man South Dakota High School Football Championship games begin this Friday. These games can be seen on SDPB 1. Craig Mattick and Kurtiss Riggs will have the call. Craig joins us now.

In Play with Craig Mattick: Covid and Fall Sports

Sep 8, 2020

It was unknown if South Dakota was going to have high school sports and activities this fall. While the landscape of the current format was set up through the South Dakota High School Activities Association, it's up to the individual schools to create their own protocols. Also, football amongst the native schools has been moved to the spring.

Sports & Rec With Nate Wek

Jul 17, 2020

In The Moment … July 17, 2020 Show 861 Hour 1

As the NFL's Washington team says farewell to its name, what happens to sports teams in South Dakota whose team names and mascots have also come under fire for their racist imagery? SDPB's Nate Wek joins us with the story. 

Hour Of South Dakota Sports

May 22, 2020

In The Moment … May 22, 2020 Show 823 Hour 2

It's an hour of SDPB Sports coverage! We begin with baseball. Chad Barman is a baseball coach, a fan, and the Executive Director of the Sioux Empire Baseball Association. 

Next, football. Byron Pudwill is head football coach at Bon Homme and a member of the Football Advisory Committee for the South Dakota High School Activities Association. 


The state high school football championships begin tomorrow. This year the games are played at the Dana J Dykhouse stadium at SDSU in Brookings due to construction at the DakotaDome in Vermillion.

Craig Mattick and Kurtiss Riggs will handle play by play for the 11-man games. Craig Mattick joins us today from inside SDPB's Sioux Falls studio with the breakdown.


In The Moment ... November 12, 2019 Show 698 Hour 1

High school football is just about ready to wrap up for 2019. The only thing left - the championship games!

The three nine-man games are held Thursday and SDPB's Steve Thum will handle the play-by-play alongside JJ Hartigan. Thum joins In The Moment with his preview of the action.


In The Moment ... August 14, 2019 Show 637 Hour 2

Whether we like it or not, fall is approaching. With that, sports teams begin practicing.

SDPB's Nate Wek joined us today to talk about the Tea Soccer team who begin practice immediately on the first eligible day, like at midnight. The Howard football team began practice yesterday and they have a bit of a chip on their shoulders.


In The Moment ... April 3, 2019 Show 548 Hour 1

Mt. Marty College in Yankton has announced that football will become part of its sports family soon.

SDPB's Nate Wek looks at the work ahead and the tradition of football in the Yankton community.

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Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... March 26, 2019 Show 543 Hour 2

Adria Botella has had quite the journey. He came to the United States from Spain, played football for, and received higher education from the University of Sioux Falls. He's been with SDPB doing various things while he was here. He's moving on to play football in Germany. He and Lori Walsh had this conversation.

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2018 Neuharth Award Winner Speaks In Vermillion

Feb 25, 2019
Steve Munsen

In The Moment ... February 25, 2019 Show 522 Hour 2

Lesley Visser is the first female sports journalist to be honored with the Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in Media.

Visser speaks to the public Monday as she accepts the award at the Freedom Forum conference room in Vermillion.

As an employee of CBS, Visser has enjoyed many firsts as a female sports journalist, including enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the first woman assigned to a Super Bowl Sideline and being voted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame.


In The Moment ... December 12, 2018 Show 478 Hour 1

The South Dakota State Jackrabbits football team will once again face the Bison of North Dakota State. SDPB's Nate Wek speaks with head coach John Stiegelmeier.


In The Moment ... November 28, 2018 Show 468 Hour 1

SDPB's Nate Wek joins us once again. This time college football and volleyball is the focus.

Dome Bound!

Nov 6, 2018

In The Moment ... November 6, 2018 Show 455 Hour 1

Football fans from across South Dakota will fill the DakotaDome in Vermillion for the 2018 South Dakota High School Football Championships beginning Thursday.

SDPB's Steve Thum and Nate Wek preview the championship game for all seven classes.

Fans can also check out the action on SDPB-TV or at

Where's Streveler, Eh?

Aug 10, 2018
Winnipeg Blue Bombers

In The Moment ... August 10, 2018 Show 398 Hour 1

Former University of South Dakota Coyotes standout quarterback Chris Streveler is enjoying his first season of professional football as a member of the Canadian Football League's Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

SDPB's Steve Zwemke visits with Streveler about life and football north of the border.

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.

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.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... October 18, 2017 Show 201 Hour 1

SDPB’s Nate Wek brings news of the latest SDPB Tales of the Gridiron features. Today we talk about the North Border Titans.

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.

In The Moment ... August 31, 2017 Show 168 Hour 2

Dr. Richard Holm is known as the Prairie Doc. You can see his television program on SDPB-TV tonight. Tonight's episode is titled "Scratches, Sores, and Bumps on the Skin" and begins at 7 Central 6 Mountain.

In The Moment ... August 31, 2017 Show 168 Hour 1

Reducing campaign finance limits was a main part to a voter approved ethics reform package that got repealed during the last state legislative session. Contribution limits were returned to the caps that existed before the last election. As a concession lawmakers set up a summer study group to take a look at campaign finance limits and come up with possible legislation to consider next session. SDPB's Lee Strubinger joins us from in Rapid City to tell us more about what direction future campaign finance in the state may look like.

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.

In The Moment...January 10 2017 Show 007 Hour 2

Guests: SDPB's Kealey Bultena, information from the Statehouse; Tim Goodwin, new lawmaker representing District 30; John Anderson, Head Football Coach at the University of Sioux Falls; Steve Livermont, new lawmaker representing District 27; Hugh Weber, Contributor & Podcaster


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 40, Tri-Valley 0

Bridgewater-Emery-Ethan 6, Sioux Valley 2

Groton Area 55, Bennett County 0

Aberdeen Roncalli 68, Red Cloud 18


Bridgewater-Emery-Ethan at Winner

Aberdeen Roncalli at Groton Area


Gregory 52, Clark/Willow Lake 0

Stanley County 35, Wolsey-Wessington 28

Webster Area 38, Canistota 16

Baltic 52, Mount Vernon/Plankinton 34


Stanley County at Gregory

Gary Ellenbolt / South Dakota Public Broadcasting

Friday is the final Friday of Summer.  High School football in South Dakota has roughly reached the mid-season mark.  One school in Sioux Falls is off to a good start in the early season, with a new coach for the first time since Ronald Reagan was in the White House.

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.

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.  

Two High School Football Teams Play With Heavy Hearts

Sep 4, 2015

Most of the state’s high schools are getting ready to play football tonight.  Among those in action are two small-town schools with much more than a game on their minds.  South Dakota Public Broadcasting’s Gary Ellenbolt reports.

Gary Ellenbolt / SDPB

Friday night, the lights will go on at high school football fields across South Dakota.  Teams in the state’s seven classes begin play with an eye toward state championships in mid-November.  But this season, and in 2016, the lights won’t go on in a southeast South Dakota town that once was a football powerhouse.

According to the Brain Injury Association of America, an estimated 2.4 million children and adults in the United States sustain a traumatic brain injury each year. The association sets aside every March as Brain Injury Awareness Month.