Harold Thune among 2013 South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame inductees
Golfing great Kris Tschetterand Olympian Rod DeHaven areamong 11 people selected forinduction into the South DakotaSports Hall of Fame. Also chosen were basketballcoaches Gary Munsen, Don Meyer,Lyle “Dusty” LeBeaux and CurtFredrickson. Other honorees arefootball-basketball-track coachBob Schroeder, basketball playerHarold Thune, softball pitcherLeRoy Carlson, referee Pal Chris-tensen and football player/base-ball coach James A. “Pev” Evans.The 11 will be inducted at abanquet April 13 at the Sioux FallsConvention Center. With this classof inductees, the hall will boast amembership of 236.Tschetter lives in Warrenton, Va.; DeHaven in Brookings; Mun-sen in Mitchell; Fredrickson andMeyer in Aberdeen; LeBeaux inPorcupine; Schroeder in SiouxFalls; Thune in Murdo; Chris-tensen in Yankton; and Evans inRapid City. Carlson is being hon-ored posthumously.Tschetter, a Sioux Falls Wash-ington High grad, played morethan 20 years on the LPGATour,starting in 1988. The former TexasChristian University standoutwon almost $3 million on Tour.Her only Tour victory came in the1992 Northgate Computer Classic,though she and Billy Andradeteamed to win the 1991 JC PenneyClassic, an unofficial mixed teamevent. Tschetter has finished sec-ond in two majors, the 1997 Nabis-co Dinah Shore and the 1996 U.S.Open. In all, she had 10 runner-upfinishes and 50 top-10 finishes.She was one of the top players inthe LPGAfor much of the 1990s – she was 12th on the money list in1995 and 14th in 1996. Much of the second half of her career washindered by hip surgeries. As anamateur, Tschetter was a four-time South Dakota women’sstroke-play champion (1983-86).She also was a state high schoolchampion in ’82 and ’83.DeHaven, a Huron High andSouth Dakota State grad, was theentire U.S. marathon team at the2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. He also was the top American finisher at the 1999World Championships in Seville,Spain. He also qualified for the2004 Olympic trials but injurykept him from competing. His per-sonal best was 2:13:01. He alsocompeted in the 1,500 at the 1988Olympic trials and the 10,000 atthe 1996 trials. At SDSU, he won the NCAA Division II indoor title in the 1,500in 1985 and finished in the top 5 inthe 1,500 outdoors three times. Heset seven school track records. Incross country, he won the NorthCentral Conference title all fouryears and led the Jackrabbits tothe 1985 NCAADivision II title. Inall, DeHaven earned 16 All-Ameri-ca certificates and won 20 individ-ual NCC championships. At Huron, he won the 1,600 and3,200 and anchored Tigers’win-ning 3,200 relay at the state trackmeets in 1983 and ’84, earningmeet MVPhonors both years.Has been the track and crosscountry coach at SDSU since 2004.Munsen, a White Lake Highand Dakota State grad, is one of the state’s most prolific basketballcoaches in terms of both wins andstate titles. He coached boys bas-ketball at Mitchell for 39 years,retiring after the 2011-12 season.His Kernels won nine state titles,including three in a row (1984-86),and were runners-up five times.His career record (including threeyears at Marion) was 672-254. Theteam won 40 straight games from1984-86. As Mitchell’s girls coach, he was230-71 with three state titles andfour runner-up finishes in 13 sea-sons (1989-2001).No South Dakota basketballcoach has won more state titlesthan Munsen.Meyer coached at NorthernState for 11 seasons, retiring in2010. At that time he was the win-ningest men’s basketball coach inNCAAhistory, breaking a recordset by Bobby Knight. In a 38-yearcareer, the Wayne, Neb., nativeand Northern Colorado grad won923 games and lost 324. At North-ern State, his Wolves were 221-104with two conference titles and fivepostseason berths. He alsocoached three years at Hamline(Minn.) University and 24 years atLipscomb (Tenn.) University, win-ning an NAIAtitle in 1986.Meyer had cancer discovered inhis liver and intestines duringemergency surgery after a carcrash on Sept. 5, 2008, in which helost one of his legs. At the 2009ESPY Awards, Meyer was award-ed the Jimmy V Award For Perse-verance.Meyer was the 2010 recipient of the John Bunn Award, given bythe Basketball Hall of Fame forsignificant contributions to thesport.Tennessee’s Pat Summitt, thewinningest women’s NCAAcoach,cited Meyer as a major influenceon her development as a coach.LeBeaux, a 1971 Oglala Com-munity School grad, has been oneof the state’s most successful girlsand boys basketball coaches forthe past 25 years. He began as avarsity coach in 1987 at RedCloud, where he guided the girlsteam to its first state tourneyappearance. Over the years he hascoached the boys and girls teamsat Red Cloud and Pine Ridge andthe boys team at Little Wound.Entering the 2012-13 season, histeams have an overall record of 529-164 (289-91 boys and 239-74girls). He has taken 18 teams tothe state tourney.On the boys side, he won thestate title in 1995 with Red Cloud.His 1990 team was a runner-up.He also took Red Cloud to state in1993, ’94, ’95, ’96 and ’97. Aftertaking a year off, he guided LittleWound to the state tourney in1999 and 2000. He then took PineRidge to the state tourney in 2002,’03 and ’04.On the girls side, he coach RedCloud to state tourney appear-ances in 1987, 1991 (runner-up),1992 and 1995. He coached PineRidge to a runner-up finish in2004, a state title in 2009 and athird-place finish in 2010.Currently the athletic directorand girls coach at Pine Ridge, hehas coached all eight of his chil-dren to state tourney appearances.Fredrickson, an Aberdeen Cen-tral and Northern State grad, isthe second-winningest activeNCAADivision II women’s basket-ball coach with 707 wins in 33 sea-sons entering the 2012-13 season.He led Northern State to NAIA Division II titles in 1992 and 1994and a runner-up finish in 1993. Hehas led NSU to six Northern SunIntercollegiate Conference titlesand six runner-up finishes. He ledNSU to 45 consecutive wins from1993-95.Fredrickson will be inductedinto the NAIAHall of Fame inMarch. Also a longtime outstandingpitcher/hitter in amateur baseball,he is the only player in state ama-teur baseball history with morethan 250 home runs and morethan 250 pitching victories. He issecond on the all-time home runlist and third on the list for pitch-ing wins. He was MVPof the 1977state tourney, winning four gamesto help Aberdeen C&R to the statetitle.Carlson, of Sioux Falls, was per-haps the state’s greatest fastpitchpitcher. His legendary pitchingduels with Paul Ferrie attractedthe largest crowds ever for fast-pitch in South Dakota. His organ-ized softball career began withSioux Falls Sunshine in 1941. After four years in the Navy, hereturned to Sioux Falls, pitchingfor five years and helping his teamto state VFW titles in 1948-50 anda state ASAtitle in 1951.He was voted the outstandingplayer of the 1949 national tour-ney as his team reached the semi-finals. In 11 games he pitched fourno-hitters, four one-hitters andthree two-hitters. In a 13-inninggame, he struck out 36 of a possi-ble 39 outs.From 1952-79 he pitched inIowa, first in Sheldon and then inSioux City. He led his teams to fiveIowa state titles and was namedmost valuable pitcher of the statetourney three times. He holdsnearly every major pitching recordin the Iowa ASAtourney book. Heretired from active pitching in1979 at age 54.Christensen, a Yankton Highand Yankton College grad, refer-eed more than 6,000 high schooland college events in a career thatspanned more than 50 years.He reffed high school boys andgirls basketball for 35 years andprep football for 50 years, startingin 1947. He refereed in the NorthCentral Conference - 27 years inbasketball and 35 in football. Hereffed in the SDIC even longer: 39years. He reffed at the first stategirls basketball tourney as well asthe first state football champi-onships. He once worked 22 gamesin one eight-day period. He reffed6-, 8-, 9- and 11-man football. Heworked games in eight confer-ences, including the Missouri Val-ley Conference and Western Ath-letic Conference, two NCAADivi-sion I conferences. He received theNational High School Official of the Year award in 1991.Evans, a 1951 Rapid City Highgrad, was selected as a tackle onthe state’s all-time high schoolfootball team selected in 1969.Rapid City High lost only once inEvans’three years. At Nebraska,he played for four years (offensiveand defensive tackle) and was astarting tackle for 1955 OrangeBowl team (there were only fourbowl games in those years). Healso kicked for the Huskers, andhe was offered pro tryouts as akicker. He also was an assistantfootball coach one year at Nebras-ka, three years at South DakotaMines and two years at Black HillsState.He was the coach of the RapidCity Legion baseball team forseven years (1953-59), and was afull-time assistant (hitting coachand outfield coach) to coach DavePloof from 1972-93 as Post 22became one of the most dominantprograms in the nation. RapidCity won 18 state titles in a rowfrom 1970-87 and won the nation-al title in 1993. After 1993, Evansquit traveling with the team butcontinued to assist part-time until2011.Thune led Murdo to the 1937state “B” finals, where he was thetop scorer in the tourney with 35points). After one year at Hibbing(Minn.) Junior College, he went toMinnesota, where he was the teamMVPas a junior (1940-41 season).He was a key reserve and part-time starter as a sophomore and astarting guard as a junior and sen-ior. He averaged 4.5 points a gameas a junior and 5.8 as a senior. TheGophers were 2-8, 11-9 and 15-6 inhis three seasons.In 1963, he began a 20-yearcareer in teaching and coaching atMurdo HS.Schroeder, a 1941 Miller Highgrad, was an extremely successfulhigh school football and basketballcoach at Miller for 30 years. Infootball, his teams were 151-80-11with eight undefeated seasons and13 conference titles in 30 seasons.His teams had unbeaten streaks of 29, 19 and 18 games. His 1946team was one of the highest scor-ing teams in the nation, scoring371 points in eight games. Thatteam did not allow a point in anygame and in fact did not allowopposing teams closer than the 30-yard line. The team did not puntduring the entire season.Schroeder coached basketballfrom 1944-61 with a record of 252-144. He led the Rustlers to thestate “B” tourney his first fiveyears at Miller (1945-49). His 1949team, which went 29-0, was con-sidered by an Argus Leader panelin 1988 to be the top Class B teamin the history of South Dakotahigh school state basketball cham-pions.He also coached track for 30years with multiple conferencechampionships and individualstate champs. As a prep athlete, hewon the state 100-yard dash. AtUSD, he played basketball forcoach Rube Hoy.
Harold Thune,2013 South Dakota Sports Hallof Fame inductee recentlyreceived recognition at theJones County Invitational Bas-ketball tournament duringwhich the Murdo Auditoriumwas named the Harold ThuneAuditorium.
Photo by Karlee Barnes
Murdo in May activitiesapproved by city council
by Karlee Barnes
The April city council meetingwas held Monday, April 1, with thefollowing in attendance: WayneEsmay, Jay Drayer, Joe Connot,David Geisler, Matt Kinsley, ArnieWaddell, Mike Jost, Ray Erikson,John Weber, Krysti Barnes, KarleeBarnes, Jody Gittings, CarmaMiller and Barb Hockenbary.The agenda and minutes wereapproved and four building per-mits were discussed. Mayor DavidGeisler requested a permit to adda front porch to his home. DonHieb will be placing a new metalroof on his home. Christopher Nixrequested a permit to pour a base-ment and move in a house on hisland. The final building permitwas from Best Western Grahamsto replace a sign and add addition-al landscaping. All building per-mits were approved.Barb Hockenbary addressed thecouncil first during the publicarea. She informed them thatMurdo in May will be held May 10-12 this year, and asked for permis-sion to start closing Main Street at2 p.m. on Friday, May 10 to pre-pare for the annual car show. Shesaid that this year, a vendor showwill be held during the car show inthe Senior Center and that theTurner Youth Foundation willagain be providing concessions.Hockenbary also inquired aboutthe use of outhouses that will laterbe moved to the baseball field. Thecouncil passed a resolution to closeMain Street for the allotted timeand agreed to all other activitiesmentioned.Next, Carma Miller presentedthe board with a new event to beheld during Murdo in May. Millerhas organized a memorial fun runand walk. She asked permission toroute the run on city streets.Barnes explained to Miller that aparticipation waiver for all regis-trants would need to be signed,among other things. The councilapproved the event.Mayor Geisler then asked thecouncil for a resolution to close thecity block between the Pioneer Auto Museum and the AmericanInn for the car auction.Jody Gittings approached thecouncil about the advertised golf instructor position. He expressedinterest and attended the meetingto discuss details of the position.Geisler asked Gittings what agerange he thought would be appro-priate for lessons. Gittings and theboard agreed that the lessonswould be available for kids ages 8-18, or seniors in high school.The program will be approxi-mately 12 weeks. Drayer asked if there were golf clubs available andthe council discussed asking com-munity members to donate clubs,golf balls, tees, etc. for the kids touse. Anyone with youth clubs orany other extra equipment maycontact the city office.The council made a resolutionto hire Gittings. Vouchers were approved beforeSheriff Weber presented hisreport. He said that he and DeputySylva had had a slow couple of weeks. Discussion then turned tothe hiring of additional lawenforcement. Esmay suggestedwriting a letter to the governorabout the need for highway patrol-men in our area. Weber said lawenforcement and emergency per-sonnel waited two hours for ahighway patrolman to come fromRapid City to assist with a head-onaccident recently on Highway 83south of Murdo.The council suggested that thecounty commissioners also jointhem in the effort and sign the let-ter. They discussed other commu-nity organizations to have onboard, as well as other officialsthat should receive the letter.Jerry Hatheway was not pres-ent to give the street report, butthe council did mention that thesign at the city dump needed to bechanged to reflect the correcttimes of operation.Erikson presented the waterreport and told the council thatdemolition of the Ingalls buildingon Main Street and that the Beck-with building will be taken downduring the week of April 8. Hisreport was approved.Barnes was next on the agendawith the finance report. She revis-ited the city’s plan to compile acomprehensive plan and explainedthat she has obtained samplesfrom Marlene Knutson at the Cen-tral South Dakota EnhancementDistrict from Philip and Harrold.She explained that a comprehen-sive plan will make it easier forthe city to enforce ordinances. Shealso reminded the council that thedistrict meeting will be held onTuesday, April 16.Old business included the ongo-ing process of composing a trailerordinance. Connot said that thecouncil is close to passing the ordi-nance.In new business, the councilagreed to hire Trait Thorne for thepool manager position, Paige Venard and Thorne for the swim-ming instructor position, AnnGeisler for the t-ball coach positionand Mike Boni for the baseballcoach position. The council alsodiscussed raising the swimmingpool admission before concludingthe meeting at 10:40 p.m.
Local students participate in NASPtournament
On April 6, 2013, eightlocalJones County Students participat-ed in the fourth annual NASP(National Archery in the SchoolsProgram). This was a statewidearchery tournament held in RapidCity, S.D. Over600 studentscompeted in this State competi-tion.Atotal of 38 schools wererepresented.There were threedivisions: Elementary, MiddleSchool and High School. In 2007,the South Dakota Game Fish &Parks and the South DakotaDepartment of Education incorpo-rated the National Archery in theSchools Program (NASP) intostate schools with the goal of get-ting kids interested in an outdooractivity while instilling workhabits that can effectively trans-late to all levels of education.Jones County students partici-pating in this year's tournamentwere: Wyatt Hespe,Dana Treth-away, Ali Kell,Troi Valburg, Bai-ley Klemann,Zach Hespe,JacobBirkeland and Matthew Birke-land. Bev Ball and Keith Hespeare the certified instructors for theJones County School. The eightstudents combined toform thefirst ever Jones County NASPteam. Wyatt Hespe finished sec-ond in the High School division,with a score of 273.10. JacobBirkeland finished first in the Ele-mentary division with a score of 273.10. Since Birkeland finishedfirst in the Elementary Division,he earns an opportunity to com-pete in the National NASPtourna-ment on May 10 & 11th, 2013 inLouisville, Kentucky.In 2011, W. Hespe finished firstin the High School division andwent on to compete in the Nation-al NASPcompetition in Louisville,Kentucky. In 2012, J. Birkelandfinished third in the Elementarydivision. This competition teststhe skills of the archers using aGenesis compound bow withoutsights from both 10 and 15 meters.The students shot 30 arrows: 15arrows at 10 meters and 15 arrowsat 15 meters. Aperfect score wouldbe 300. Both Wyatt and Jacob had10 bull's-eyes out of 30 arrows.The tournament has continuedto grow each year. Last year 375kids participated in this event.The Jones County Sportsman Clubhelped sponsor thisevent. Alsoassisting with this year's tourna-mentwas Angie Kinsley, JayDrayer,Jeanette Drayer, KeithHespe, Jeff Birkeland and StephHespe.
Jones County Team
Back row, left to right: Troi Valburg,Ali Kell, Bailey Klemann andDana Trethaway. Front row, left toright: Instructor Keith Hespe, Matthew Birkeland, Zach Hespe,Jacob Birkeland, and Wyatt Hespe.
Jacob Birke-land receiving the first placetrophy in his division.
WyattHespe receiving the 2nd placetrophy in the high school divi-sion of the fourth annual NASPcompetition.