The group that guides high school fine arts and sports events in the state went way over in some parts of its budget, but the South Dakota High School Activities Association also saved money in other areas. The organization’s leaders say this year’s financial fluctuations balance.

7-Class HS Football System to Remain for Next Two Years

Apr 23, 2014

The seven high school football classes, from 9B up to 11AAA will remain through the 2016/2017 season. The South Dakota High School Activities Association made the decision at its meeting in Pierre Tuesday. John Krogstrand with the activities association says many of the coaches and athletic directors were satisfied with the class system this year. One change that the association will make is considering male-only enrollment numbers when classifying.

SDHSAA Considering Transgender Policy

Apr 23, 2014

The South Dakota High School Activities Association is considering a policy change that allows transgender students to participate on teams according to their identified gender, rather than the gender listed on records. If approved later this year, a committee composed of experts in transgender health and gender identity will hear cases and make recommendations to the activities association.

Previewing The Boys Basketball Tournaments

Mar 19, 2014

SDPB provides coverage of all three Boys High School State Basketball Tournaments beginning Thursday.  The State A can be seen on SDPB-1, the State B is on SDPB 2 and the State AA is on SDPB-3.  SDPB's Gary Ellenbolt and Craig Mattick, host of Sports Talk with Craig and Chris (weekdays 3:00-6:00 p.m.) on KWSN Radio in Sioux Falls, joined Dakota Midday to preview all three tournaments.  Mattick and Mike Henriksen call this year's State A in Sioux Falls.  Ellenbolt is in Aberdeen to provide play-by-play of the State B.  The AA tournament is in Rapid City where Steve Thum anchors SDPB's covera

The South Dakota High School Activities Association may soon be subject to open meeting laws if legislation in Pierre continues forward. Speaker of the House Brian Gosch says the Activities Association looks more like a public entity then a private one.

"The high school activities association members are also available for the state retirement system and so they do really start to look like a public entity and should require some level of scrutiny so we can ensure the tax payer dollars are properly spent," Gosch says.

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South Dakota lawmakers are discussing ways to open up meetings and finances of the South Dakota High School Activities Association. There are two pieces of legislation that aim to make the Activities Association more public.

The South Dakota High School Activities Association is under public scrutiny over information revealed at last weeks meeting and lawmakers want to understand why. Activities Association Executive Director Wayne Carney took questions about open records, the budget, and scheduling state championships.

Republican State Senator Al Novstrup says he's pleased with the meeting with high school Activity Association staff. He says it was important to sit down together and gather information.

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.

The South Dakota High School Activities Association is under public scrutiny over information revealed at last weeks meeting.  John Krogstrand is the Assistant Executive Director of the SDHSAA. He says the public is confused over new guidelines for state events. Krogstrand says the Activities Association is trying to keep every venue option open.

Members of the state legislator’s largest committee have a full week – including an extra meeting with the South Dakota High School Activities Association. The Joint Appropriations committee has a 3 p.m. Tuesday.

The Joint Appropriations Committee is already spending 12 hours this week with the state’s department of Education, and the panel has added another hearing that’s related to the field. The South Dakota High School Activities Association is under public scrutiny because isn’t following state laws on public meetings and isn’t releasing financial records.

The South Dakota High School Activities Association will keep shot clocks in class A basketball. Citizens voiced complaints and support for the shot clock system scheduled for the start of next season. Most of the opposition says it’s because of the costs. Don Hansen is a Sales Rep for Daktronics and he says for some, shot clocks can cost a bit more than what finances might allow.

Boys State Basketball Tournaments

Mar 13, 2013

Mike Henriksen, host of Sportsmax and co-host of Calling All Sports with Mark O & Mike H, and SDPB's Steve Thum previewed the South Dakota Boys State Basketball Tournaments.  Henriksen is part of the team in Aberdeen covering the State B on SDPB 1.  Thum is covering the State AA in Sioux Falls on SDPB 2.  State A games in Rapid City can be seen starting Thursday on SDPB 3.

SD Girls State Basketball Tournaments

Mar 6, 2013

SDPB's Gary Ellenbolt is joined by KDLO Radio program director John Seiber at this weekend's Girls State B Basketball Tournament in Huron which can be seen on SDPB 2 TV.  They provided a preview of the State B along with the State A Tournament in Watertown (SDPB 1 TV) and the State AA Tournament in Rapid City (SDPB 3 TV).  Games begin Thursday afternoon with the championship games set for Saturday night in all three locations.

Team Travels Long Distance for Quarterfinals

Oct 29, 2012

State high school football playoffs continue tonight with the quarterfinal round. Teams across the state are hosting or traveling to tonight’s game in hopes of continuing on to the semifinals. As SDPB’s Cassie Bartlett reports, one team is making some accommodations to play.