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In Play with Craig Mattick: Covid and Fall Sports

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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.

The new South Dakota State FFA Officer team was announced Thursday May 14 before a virtual audience. Continuing a nearly century-old tradition in the midst of a pandemic means these soon-to-be high school graduates will need to do things a bit different.


It was announced today that the state high school boy's and girl's basketball tournaments are postponed due to the COVID 19 outbreak.

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem gave an executive order for all schools to close for deep cleaning.


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 ... October 9, 2019 Show 676 Hour 1

SDPB sports and recreation reporter Nate Wek recaps the State High School Golf Tournament.


In The Moment ... May 20, 2019 Show 579 Hour 2

Jay Mickelson has been a teacher in the Pierre School District for 49 years. Raised on a dairy farm near McLaughlin, Mickelson has influenced thousands of students and helped shape their futures. The community gathers at 7:00 tonight to celebrate the career of one of the region's most popular educators.

Education and healthcare reporting on SDPB is supported by Regional Health, helping patients and communities live well


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.

  Sports and Recreation programming is sponsored by Delta Hotels by Marriott Minneapolis Northeast. Learn more at Marriott.com/mspde


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.

  Sports and Recreation programming is sponsored by Delta Hotels by Marriott Minneapolis Northeast. Learn more at Marriott.com/mspde

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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.

  Sports and Recreation programming is sponsored by Delta Hotels by Marriott Minneapolis Northeast. Learn more at Marriott.com/mspde

SD Department of Education

The South Dakota Board of Education Standards unanimously approves changes to the state’s high school graduation requirements after a public hearing in Pierre. The changes allow students more flexibility without changing the number of credits required for a diploma. 

The changes include three endorsements that can be added to a student’s high school transcript. Each endorsement requires particular courses to fulfill existing credit requirements, but students don’t need to choose an endorsement in order to receive a basic high school diploma.

Proposed changes to South Dakota’s high school graduation requirements are now open for public comment. The total number of credits are the same, but the changes could provide students more flexibility and additional opportunities for post-high school credentials. 

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.

Jackie Hendry

For a group of Vermillion high schoolers, a winning robotics team takes passion, perseverance, and a really dedicated mom.

In January, the team ranked 8th in the world at a competition in Omaha. Last weekend, the students won the state robotics championship. During a team practice earlier this month, students set their sights on their next goal – a ticket to the world championship in Kentucky this spring.

These teenagers in the Rolfes family basement aren’t just socializing. They’re part of the robotics team and they’re practicing...stacking cones.

DSU Media Relations

A partnerships between four state organizations is working to provide continuing educational opportunities in computer sciences for a broader range of students. The South Dakota Partnership for Student Success--or SDPaSS--blends workforce training with classroom learning.

Lee Strubinger

In The Moment ... March 16, 2017 Show 051 Hour 2

Nick Reid is a coach from Douglas High School in Box Elder. He recently was honored with his first Diamond Award from the National Speech and Debate Association. He joins us to talk about the mental clarity and stamina of high school debaters and the coaching of not only students, but citizens.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Some people are ready for this election to be over. They’re tired of hearing about candidates and ballot measures. They want the political ads to cease, they want campaign signs torn down, and they want the whole thing to go away. But a few local high school students say voters shouldn’t rush the process - and they aren't even old enough to vote. 

She can count the number of days until the 2016 election on one hand, and Kaitlyn Friedrich recoils at the idea that some voters are disinterested in politics.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Lawmakers have had lengthy battles this session over teacher pay, South Dakota’s funding formula, and a sales tax hike for education. Most of the money lawmakers are considering for public schools are mandated for teacher salaries, but a sliver of it is dedicated to increasing eLearning. If lawmakers approve the governor’s plan, the E-learning program could receive a $1 million infusion.

Jenifer Jones

A bill that eliminates an activities policy on transgender students is halfway through the Statehouse. House Bill 1112 voids the transgender policy the South Dakota High School Activities Association has in place. Lawmakers in Pierre amended the measure during debate.

Several South Dakota lawmakers say they understand school leaders want a consistent, clear policy for transgender students, but legislators disagree about who should institute the guidelines and what they should include.

Jenifer Jones / SDPB

A measure that allows lawmakers to review the South Dakota High School Activities Association’s social policy is dead. Some legislators support House Bill 1111 as a means to regulate issues related to transgender students among other matters. The argument on the bill in committee centered on the whether the activities association qualifies as a state agency.

Matti Smith / SDPB

This weekend is the final stop before the high school football championships at the Dakota Dome. The South Dakota High School Football semi-final round begins on Friday November 7, with both the 11AAA and 11AA classes. Saturday November 8 will resume and finish the semi-final round with the remaining 11-man and all 9-man classes.

The State Football Championships begin next Thursday at 10:30 am in Vermillion, SD.



Lincoln vs O’Gorman

Roosevelt vs Brandon Valley


The South Dakota state football picture is starting to take shape with only four teams remaining from each class. 11AAA and 11AA will have their semi-final games this coming Friday, while the remaining classes will finish up their semi-final games on Saturday. State Football begins next week, Click Here to see the schedule. 

Results from November 3, 2014


Madison 61 vs Chamberlain 0

Hot Springs 10 vs Belle Fourche 0

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SF Lincoln 65 vs RC Central 7

SF O’Gorman 34 vs Aberdeen Central 19

SF Roosevelt 49 vs RC Stevens 14

Brandon Valley 17 vs SF Washington 7


Yankton 43 vs Huron 21

Harrisburg 33 vs Mitchell 6

Brookings 34 vs Watertown 13

Douglas 28 vs Pierre T.F. Riggs 50

Class 11A

Madison 55 vs Milbank Area 0

Dell Rapids 41 vs Sisseton 12

Lennox 35 vs Dakota Valley 14

Tea Area 17 vs Vermillion 20 OT

West Central 56 vs Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 0


Over 700 Student-Athletes are set to compete in the 69th Annual SDHSAA State Cross Country Meet being held at Broadland Creek Golf Course in Huron on Saturday afternoon, beginning with the Class ‘B’ Girls’ race at 1:00 pm Central Time.

15 Years of High School Volunteers in Sioux Falls

Aug 5, 2014
The Helpline Center

Over the past fifteen years, hundreds of high school students in the Sioux Falls area have volunteered in the community as members of the Serve and Learn Student Association, or SALSA. Participating students have logged over 100,000 hours since the program started. SALSA was developed in 1999 by the Helpline Center as a way to connect youth with opportunities to serve.

First Graduates Of New Technology High School

May 16, 2014

New Technology High School graduates its first class of students this weekend.  Innovation host Cara Hetland spent an hour visiting with students and faculty about the past four years and the new style of teaching.  Guests included Principal Dolly Ellwein, counselor Vickie Donohoe, Spanish 1 teacher Chris Coughlin, administrative intern Heidi Jorgenson and seniors Leah Bernard, Wes Rasmusson, Max Rysdon and Mina Big Eagle.

SD High School Girls State Basketball Preview

Mar 12, 2014

Steve Thum of SDPB-TV and Mike Henricken, host of "Calling All Sports with Mark O. and Mike H." and "Sportsmax with Mike Henriksen," previewed this week's three South Dakota Girls High School State Basketball Tournaments. Henriksen is teamed with Craig Mattick for coverage of the Girls State AA in Brookings on SDPB-TV while Thum and J.J. Hardigan provide play-by-play from the Girls State B in Huron. The Girls State A is in Spearfish with Gary Ellenbolt and John Sieber handling duties for SDPB.

The South Dakota House of Representatives wants high school students to acquire hands on training in CPR. Senate Concurrent Resolution 7 passed the House on Monday afternoon. Republican State Representative Scott Munsterman says CPR skills save lives.

"The average response time for a 911 call is 10 minutes in South Dakota. 88 percent of those cardiac arrests actually occur at home and it’s known that CPR can double and even triple a victims chances of survival. And it’s a fact that this hands on CPR only takes about 20 minutes to learn," Munsterman says.

Lawmakers want answers from the South Dakota High School Activities Association.  They have received public complaints over issues revealed at last week's board meeting.  Officials from the Activity Association met with lawmakers Tuesday evening in Pierre.