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In Play with Craig Mattick: Randy Lewis

Jan 12, 2021

He's one of the most physically gifted wrestlers in South Dakota history. Randy Lewis, a native of Rapid City, was a three-time state champion at Stevens high school, a two-time NCAA champion at the University of Iowa, and an Olympic gold medalist at the 1984 Olympic Games for Team USA. He truly is 'the toughest kid on the block.'

Since 1976, the Lakota Nation Invitational has been the top high school basketball invitational in South Dakota. What started as purely a basketball event, the LNI now consists of everything from cultural and academic events to a multiple arts and crafts competitions as well. The action on the court, though, still drives fans, players, and schools to Rapid City each December for this annual event.

In Play with Craig Mattick: Jill Christensen

Nov 3, 2020

Jill Christensen is the all-time winningest high school coach in South Dakota history with 837 career wins. Throughout her 36-year career with Volleyball in Parker, she led the Pheasants to 14 state volleyball tournament appearances, which included a state championship in 1990.  Guests include Jill Christensen, Rylie Christensen, and Laurel Laubach. 

From 1993 through 2007, the West Central Trojans won 11 state football championships.  Jim Uttecht, Kent Mueller and Chad Morrison join Craig Mattick to discuss that unprecedented title run.

In Play with Craig Mattick: Harold Thune

Sep 22, 2020

When you think of basketball and Murdo, South Dakota , Harold Thune has to be one of the first things that comes to mind. Growing up, he was one, if not the best basketball player in the state. Harold Thune recently passed away at the age of 100, but his legacy as a player, a Navy Fighter Pilot, and then later a basketball coach, will live on in history forever.

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.