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Area individuals, players honored at state tourneys

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 20th, 2013

Adam Hofer of James Valley Christian was the Spirit of Su Award winner during the Class B State Boys’ Basketball Tournament Saturday in Aberdeen. PHOTO COURTESY OF SOUTH DAKOTA PUBLIC BROADCASTING. In the next photo, Leon Brondsema of James Valley Christian, right, along with his dad, Dave, hold the consolation championship trophy won by the Vikings during the Class B State Boys’ Basketball Tournament on Saturday in Aberdeen. The younger Brondsema also holds the medal he earned during the state tournament, while his father holds the medal he won as a member of the 1986 Dakota Christian team, which won the Class A championship. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED. And next, Jeffy Duffy, left, of Performance Radio joined the South Dakota High School Basketball Coaches Hall of Shrine during a ceremony on Friday during the Class AA State Boys’ Basketball Tournament at Sioux Falls Arena. Pictured with Duffy is Lynn Fredricks of Brookings. PHOTO BY MIKE CARROLL/PLAINSMAN

HURON — Several area athletes and individuals were honored during the boys’ basketball tournaments, which concluded Saturday across the state.

Spirit of Su

Adam Hofer of James Valley Christian was the Spirit of Su Award winner at the Class B State Tournament at the Barnett Center in Aberdeen on Saturday.

The Spirit of Su Award is given at each of the state tournaments to an outstanding young athlete, who exemplifies SuAnne Big Crow’s life.

Big Crow was a senior at Pine Ridge High School when she was killed in a car accident while driving to the 1992 Miss Basketball Award Banquet in Huron. She was best known for her accomplishments on the basketball court, but academic record and community involvement were equally important to her.

Big Crow stood against drugs and alcohol and always talked of making life better for those around her. She recognized the need for more positive role models and chose to become one and realized the value of an education in maintaining a near 4.0 grade-point average.

Conner Shaull of Tea Area was the Spirit of Su winner in Class A, while Chase Marso of Brandon Valley earned the honor in Class AA.

Note: A photo of Hofer can be found on page 8.

All-Tournament Teams

Class AA

Zach Hanson, Pierre; Lane Severyn, Pierre; Tyler Howard, SF Roosevelt; Stephen Schaefer, RC Stevens; Chase Marso, Brandon Valley; Nic Peterson, Brandon Valley; Adam Jaros, SF Lincoln; Tyler Nagy, Brookings; Justin Decker, Huron; Konnor Beste, Brookings; Nate Cole, SF Roosevelt; and Jacob Adams, Brandon Valley.

Class A

Jeff LeBeau, Pine Ridge; Brandon Kemp, Spearfish; Dominic King, Aberdeen Roncalli; Skyler Flatten, Clark/Willow Lake; Mitchel Heumiller, Mobridge-Pollock; Coby Johnson, Platte-Geddes; Connor Shaull, Tea Area; Mitchel Nissan, Tea Area; Riley Knutson, Tea Area; Tyler Wiebe, Madison; Mason Sullivan, Madison; and Trae VandeBerg, Madison.

Class B

Kole Hawkinison, Potter County; Drew Planteen, Langford Area; Bo Fries, Langford Area; Adam Hofer, James Valley Christian; Tyler Frank, South Central; Kash Deal, Dupree; Nate Widow, Dupree; Andrew Hora, Viborg/Hurley; Trevor Jacobson, Viborg/Hurley; Nick Waln, White River; Joe Cameron, White River; and Wyatt Krogman, White River.

SDHSBCA Hall of Shrine

Jeff Duffy

Jeff Duffy, the sports director for Performance Radio in Huron, was inducted into the South Dakota High School Basketball Coaches Association’s Hall of Shrine on Saturday during the Class AA Boys’ Basketball Tournament at Sioux Falls Arena.

Duffy, a 1980 graduate of Oldham High School, graduated from the Brown Institue of Broadcasting in 1983 and started his radio career at KOKK that same year. He took over as the sports director and voice of the Huron Tigers in 2001 after starting his play-by-play career in 1988 by covering area games in boys’ and girls’ basketball, wrestling, football and volleyball.

Duffy was selected as South Dakota Sportscaster of the Year in 2007 and Performance Radio was named Media Outlet of the Year by the South Dakota Wrestling Coaches Association in 2012. He is currently a member of the South Dakota High School Activities Association media advisory committee.

Duffy has served on the Huron Little League board of directors for six years and coach Little League and Teener baseball for eight years. He and his wife, Shari, have one son, Jarren, who is a 2012 graduate of Huron High School and a freshman at the University of South Dakota.

Marv McCune

Long-time coach Marv McCune of De Smet was also elected to the SDHSBCA Hall of Shrine. He was honored during the Class B State Tournament in Huron.

McCune , a Huron College graduate, began his coaching career in 1976 at Bristol, where he was head coach for both boys’ and girls’ basketball.

In 1978, he moved back to his hometown of De Smet as head football and track coach.

As an assistant basketball coach, McCune guided the De Smet junior varsity teams to a 38-game winning streak.

McCune assumed the head coaching duties for boys’ basketball in De Smet in 1982. He held that position for the next 22 years. During his tenure, the Bulldogs qualified for nine state tournaments in a 13-year span (1987-1999).

McCune guided De Smet to state championships in 1987 (Class B), 1995 (Class B) and 1999 (Class A). During his final season in 2004, the Bulldogs won the consolation championship to give him a 337-149 coaching record in De Smet and a career record of 354-173 in 24 years as a head boys’ basketball coach.

Overall, McCune coached in 30 state tournament games, winning 19.

Other honors earned by McCune include SDHSCA Caoch of the Year in 1995; 1996 National High School Coaches Association Coach of the Year Region 6 Finalist; 1999 National High School Coach of the Year in Region; and National Coach of the Year Finalist in 2000. He was nominated four times for SDBCA Coach of the Year and won six SDBBCA Region Coach of the Year awards, along with being named head coach for several all-star teams throughout his career.

Distinguished Service Award

Gary Harrington of Huron received a 2012-13 Distinguished Service Award, which is presented by the board of directors of the South Dakota High School Activities Association, during the Class B State Girls’ Basketball Tournament in Huron.

Harrington, who earned the honor in the category of contest official, attended high school at Oxford Academy in New York and is a 1972 graduate of Huron College. He has been a high school football official for 30 years, officiating the South Dakota State 11AA championship games in 1994, 2004 and 2010.

Harrington was the Region Football Cordinator in Huron for 15 years. He coordinated numerous football jamborees, where officials are trained, was named the Football Official of the Year for South Dakota in 2000 and received the Doug Koester Memorial Award in 2007.

Harrington says it was a great honor to referee high school football in South Dakota and it was also very satisfying to help new officials get started and then watch them develop. He has worked for the South Dakota Department of Social Services for 38 years.

Harrington and his wife, Rosie, have one daughter, Cassie.

Here is a look at the other SDHSAA Distinguised Service Award recipients for the 2012-13 season:

Administrators — Gene Brownell, Aberdeen Central; Marke Meile, Sioux Falls; Bob Lowery, Pierre; Linda Hengeveld, Valley Springs; Mona Smith, Aberdeen; and Jeff Reickman, Philip.

Coaches and Directors — Hans Peterson, Huron; Becky Eckland, Brookings; Ted Powell, Yankton; John Nyhaug, Viborg; Rod Garrison, Sioux Falls O’Gorman; Joan Rachetto, Aberdeen; Carmen Robinson, Yankton; the late Judy Rezatto, Aberdeen Roncalli; and Brad Bacon, Lower Brule.

Contest official — Dr. Alan LaFave, Aberdeen; Sherm Cutler, Claremont; and Diane Ketel, Rapid City.

Following in the footsteps

Leon Brondsema was a member of the James Valley Christian boys’ basketball team, which claimed the consolation championship on Saturday at the Barnett Center in Aberdeen.

Brondsema’s father, Dave, was a member of the Dakota Christian team, which won a state championship in 1986.

For the complete article see the 03-19-2013 issue.

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