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PACA End of Year Awards

Saturday, May 28, 2016

The Pierre Athletic Coaches Association (PACA) has named the recipients for their end of the year awards. The athletes. who received awards, were nominated by their head coaches & coaches receiving awards were nominated by members of the PACA.


Head Coach of the Year - Shawn Lewis 

Coach Lewis receives the award for leading the Governor wrestling program to their 2nd state title in the last 3 years. 

Assistant Coach of the Year - Jeff Dykstra 

 Coach Dykstra has been a coach in the Pierre District for 25 years.  In that time he has served as the Defensive Coordinator of the Govs varsity football team including an impressive record against the Yankton Bucks at Yankton.  He has been a middle school basketball coach as well.  He has exhibited tireless patience and a natural understanding and caring for his athletes.

Male Athlete of the Year - Brevin Kaiser & Jebben Keyes 

This season Jebben Keyes won the 132 pound weight class with an undefeated record going 39-0.  Jebben has been a part of all four state team titles in the past 5 years.  He has been All-State 5 times and All-ESD 5 times.  Jebben ended his senior year with the team record in wins with 220 and also the team record in pins with 122.  His 220 wins puts him 6th all-time in South Dakota for class “A” schools. 

Kaiser was as nominated for the Gatorade Player of the Year in Football, Basketball Player of the Year, and the Argus Leader Male athlete of the year for the state of South Dakota.  He won the 11AA player of the year in Football and was named to the Argus Leader Elite 45.  He has been a multiple year All-State Football and Basketball player and ESD All-Conference player 5 times.  Brevin is one of only a handful of athletes to break the 1,000 points scored in a career in basketball and holds the school record for most yards passing in a single game (327 yards) breaking Alex Gray’s record.  His statistical numbers rank him among a very elite group of athletes not only in Pierre, but the State of South Dakota. 


Female Athlete of the Year - Cortney Dowling 

Dowling has made the All-ESD Team and has been a top 5 runner for the Lady Governors every year and has placed very high at the state cross country meet.  During her tenure at Pierre T.F Riggs, Cortney has become the most decorated Pierre girl track athlete of all time.  

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State Baseball Championships Championships

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Due to unfavorable weather in South Dakota, the State A Baseball Championships have been postponed until Monday May 30th. All games will be played at Augustana University’s baseball field. 

State A Baseball Tournament Schedule 

Brookings vs. SF Roosevelt - 2PM 

Pierre vs. SF Lincoln - 4PM 

Championship Game - 6PM 

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Riggs Clay Target Team Completes Final Week

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Riggs High School Clay Target Team has completed its final week of competitive shooting. 

The team, made of up sixty-four high school and middle school students, is the first of its kind in the area. The spring season consisted of two shooting clinics, two weeks of practice, one reserve shooting week and five weeks of competitive shooting. The team has received great support from the community, with several wildlife organizations, sporting goods retailers and individuals providing financial support. The team is currently in first place in its conference.

Forty of the team members will travel to Aberdeen on June 11 to compete in the State Tournament.  

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State A Baseball Tournament Schedule Released

Monday, May 23, 2016


The 2016 State A Baseball Tournament schedule has been released. All games will be played at the Birdcage in Sioux Falls.

 State A Tournament Schedule:

 SF Roosevelt vs. Brookings – 10AM

Pierre vs. SF Lincoln – 1PM

3rd Place Game – 4PM

Championship – 7PM

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PAYSA Purchase Update

Monday, May 23, 2016

The Oahe Hockey Association board decided at its May meeting to pursue buying the PAYSA facility.  A committee was formed to put together a formal proposal for consideration.  The committee will report to the board at the regular June meeting on Monday, June 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the ExpoCenter.   The proposal, if accepted by the board, will be shared with OHA members before final action is taken at the July board meeting.


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OHA Election of Board Members

Monday, May 23, 2016

The OHA’s Annual Meeting to elect board members will also be held on Monday, June 20 at the ExpoCenter after the regular monthly board meeting.  The following board positions are up for election by majority vote of players’ parents and guardians:

President (2 yr)
Secretary (2 yr)
Treasurer (2 yr)
Director of Players (2 yr)
Registrar (2 yr)
Director of Marketing (2 yr)
Director of Coaching (1 yr)
Director of Rink Operations (2 yr)
Director of Communications (1 yr)

Contact current President Nathan Sanderson at or 605-295-1007 if you are interested in serving in one of the board positions.

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Hyde Stadium Not Ready, Beginning of Post 8 Season Will Begin @ Kelley Field

Monday, May 23, 2016
Those waiting to watch the Post 8 Legion Baseball team at the newly renovated Hyde Stadium will have to wait just a bit longer. Announced on Monday, the doubleheader on Friday June 3rd vs. Aberdeen & June 4th vs. Sioux Falls West, have been moved to Kelley Field. Games times for both days are scheduled for 3PM & 5PM. Work still continues on the dugouts, concession stand, ticket booth, infield, outfield fence, & seating on the 1.2 million dollar project. According to the schedule, the 1st game to be played at Hyde Stadium will be June 13th when Post 8 hosts a doubleheader against Bismarck.
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OHA Team Coordinators Needed

Monday, May 23, 2016

Team coordinators are still needed for the 2016-17 season at the following levels:

* 1 Bantam
* 2 PeeWee
* 1 Squirt
* 1 Mite
* 1 Learn to Skate

Team coordinators earn 20 of their required volunteer points for the season.  Duties include securing hotel blocks for travel, management of roster books for games, team special event planning (outings during travel, team feeds, merchandise orders, etc.), and team communications.

Contact Katie Starr, Director of Players, at 605-641-6416 or if you are interested.

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Historical Society To Host Baseball Program In Pierre

Thursday, May 12, 2016

The South Dakota State Historical Society Museum, in conjunction with its exhibit “Play Ball! The National Pastime in South Dakota,” will host a program about the former Northern League of baseball teams from South Dakota at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. 

Paul Gertsen of St. Paul, Minn., will present “Baseball That Mattered: 25 Years of the Northern League in South Dakota” about the teams from South Dakota in the former Northern League. Gertsen’s program will address the history of a league that featured players such as future Major Leaguers Hank Aaron, Jim Palmer, Lou Brock and Willie Stargell.

There is no fee to attend the program but regular admission fees will apply to visit the baseball exhibit and museum galleries.

Gertsen donated a large collection of Northern League materials to the South Dakota State Historical Society in 2014, some of which are now on display in the museum’s baseball exhibit. 

Gertsen has deep South Dakota ties, having been raised in Aberdeen and graduated from Huron High School. He lived in Pierre before taking a job with the Saint Paul Saints and later with the Minnesota Moose. He presently works for the City of St. Paul.

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Oahe Hockey Association To Consider Purchasing PAYSA Rink

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

On Monday, the Oahe Hockey Association board of directors will discuss the possible purchase of the PAYSA facility in northeast Pierre. No final action or decision will be made at the May meeting.

The OHA has a new opportunity to buy the PAYSA rink and real estate. Because use of the PAYSA facility has become an important part of Capitals hockey, the board is considering the potential benefits and costs of the offer.

Oahe Hockey Association Board Communications Director Mike Mueller says this possible decision for Oahe Hockey is prompted by opportunity…

(Mike OHA 1)

No final action or decision will be made at the meeting. Mueller adds that the Oahe Hockey Association began leasing the PAYSA rink a few years ago…

(Mike OHA 2)

The PAYSA rink also provides Capitals skaters with off-season development opportunities; including drop-in/stick and puck programs, spring and fall scrimmage leagues, and summer recreation and camps.

Mueller adds that, in no way, would the PAYSA rink replace the Fort Pierre Expo Center as the home of Oahe Hockey…

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The purchase would be intended to ensure ongoing operation and availability of the existing PAYSA rink. 

If the board decides to continue consideration after the May board meeting, a formal proposal will be developed for final action at a future board meeting. Any formal proposal to purchase the PAYSA facility will be shared with all OHA members in advance, with notice of the meeting’s time, date and location. 

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