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Dilley Hired As Head Girls Tennis Coach

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The Pierre School Board has hired a new Head Girls Tennis Coach.

Kerry Dilley was hired as the girl’s tennis coach only. The position for the boy’s tennis coach is still open.

According to Pierre Athletic Director Brian Moser, Dilley has experience working with the girls in girls summer rec tennis courses. Dilley does not work for the district; he is a Department of Social Services employee.

The School Board in April accepted the resignation of former head boys and girls tennis coach Wade Kippley. 

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Pierre Swim Team Competes In Chamberlain

Monday, June 13, 2016

Nineteen members of the Pierre Swim Team competed at the Chamberlain Swim Meet Saturday at the Chamberlain City Pool. The meet saw 121 athletes from 4 clubs competing in 429 individual events. No high point awards were given nor team trophies.

The Pierre athletes swam all personal best times and there were 35 new State Qualifying Times. 12 Pierre athletes swam new National Age Group Motivational Times. Katelynn Axtell, Aidan Burke, and Spencer Skjonsberg all achieved "A" times.

The Pierre Swim Team will have athletes competing this coming weekend, June 17-19, at meets in Mitchell and Aberdeen.

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Creator Wins Belmont Stakes, Trained By Gettysburg Native

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Gettysburg South Dakota native Steve Asmussen’s Creator won the Belmont Stakes on Saturday.

Creator was trained by Asmussen. Creator won the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, coming from behind to shade out Destin at the wire in a photo-finish.

Creator became the 10th-biggest longshot to win the Belmont Stakes, beating Destin to win the final jewel of the Triple Crown. Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. earned his first Belmont Stakes victory by maneuvering Creator from 12th through the 13-horse field.

Asmussen grew up with his parents, Keith and Marilyn Asmussen near Gettysburg before moving to Texas where he graduated from high school. 

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Pierre To Host Run Jump Throw Clinic and Track Meet

Friday, June 10, 2016

The Pierre Recreation Department will be holding a “Run, Jump, Throw” Clinic and Track Meet on Saturday, June 18th. 

The clinic will begin at 9 a.m. at Hollister Field. It gives kids a chance to learn and practice many fundamental sports skills like running, jumping and throwing. At the conclusion of the clinic, a track meet will be held to let the children show off what they have learned.

Participants must be between the ages of 7 and 12 years old.  Pre-registration is required and can be completed at the City Recreation Registration website or at the Recreation Office at 900 E. Church Street.

The registration deadline is Wednesday, June 15th, and a registration fee of $10 per participant is required. 

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SDHSAA Executive Director Retiring

Thursday, June 9, 2016

South Dakota High School Activities Association Executive Director Wayne Carney has announced his retirement. He will retire at the end of the 2016-2017 school year.

Carney, a native of Pine Island, Minnesota and current Fort Pierre resident, has spent the past 46 years working for the betterment of the school. Carney’s career began as a teacher in Agar, with stops in Hamlin and Sioux Falls Washington, before becoming the SDHSAA Executive Director in 2001.

Carney says he is confident now is the right time to turn over the reins…

(Carney 1)

He says many things have changed over his years as the Associations Executive Director…

(Carney 2)

One of the more controversial topics that Carney has been involved with over the last few years has been the transgender policy for high school athletics. The current policy states that the SDHSAA allows participation for all students regardless of their gender identity or expression in an environment free from discrimination.

Carney says the issue has been a hot topic, and will be a controversial subject for some time to come…

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Carney says the recent controversial issues had nothing to do with his decision to retire. 

Carney will retire in June of next year. In August, the SDHSAA Board of Directors will discuss a timeline on finding Carney’s replacement. 

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Post 8 Remains Undefeated

Sunday, June 5, 2016

The Pierre Post 8 Baseball Team remained undefeated after sweeping a doubleheader against Sioux Falls West on Saturday. Trailing 4-1 in the bottom of the 6th, Pierre’s Quinn Reimers hit a 3 run homerun to tie the game. Sioux Falls West would respond with two runs in the top of the 7th to take a 6-4 lead. Reimers would come up big once again with a 3 run homer to give Pierre a 7-6 victory.

Pierre would win game two 7-0. Peyton Zabel pitched a complete game one hitter. Zabel received plenty of offense thanks to Nick Rabern, who drove in five run. Pierre improves to 4-0 and will make their first road trip of the season Monday evening when they head west to play a doubleheader against RC Post 320. 

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Keeton Wins SDGA Mid-Amateur Championships

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Pierre’s Michael Keeton won the South Dakota Golf Association’s Mid Amateur Golf Tournament over the weekend. Keeton shot a two round 145 and defeated Matthew Johnson by two strokes. The mid-amateur tournament featured 42 golfers. 

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Dowling Leads Pierre @ State Track Championships

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Scoring over a half of her team’s points, Pierre Lady Governor sprinter Courtney Dowling finished her track career in historic fashion. The senior won the 100 meter dash in a time of 11.97 and won the 200 meter dash in a state record time of 24.27. Dowling’s two state titles and a 2nd place finish in the 400 meter run, earned her the most valuable female athlete for the second time in three years. Dowling wraps up the high school portion of her career and now will move on to the collegiate level. Dowling will be attending Augustana in the fall. 

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SDHSAA Board of Directors

Sunday, May 29, 2016

The South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSAA) Board of Directors will be holding their annual summer meeting on June 8th. Agenda topics have not yet been released to the media. The meeting will take place at the SDHSAA Main Office in Pierre. 



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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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