The Coaches Group recently held an annual awards banquet at Mitchell.


Anita Boeck, former Arlington High School volleyball coach, and Roger Merriam, public opinion sports editor, each recently received honors at the 51st Annual South Dakota High School Awards Banquet Coaches Association.

The banquet was held at the Mitchell Highland Conference Center.

Boeck, who racked up more than 700 wins as Arlington’s volleyball coach from 1990 to 2019, was inducted into the SDHSCA Hall of Fame along with Mark Wendelgass of Huron, Bob Sittig of Baltic, Laverne Diede of Freeman, Richard J. “Doc” Michel of Rapid City and Jerry Rhodes father of Philip.

Hall of Fame inductees

• Boeck compiled a record of 731-247-10 in Arlington and led the Cardinals to 14 conference championships, 14 state tournament appearances, six second-place finishes and the 2010 State B Championship.

She has received numerous coaching awards throughout her career and was inducted into the South Dakota Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2015.

• Wendelgass spent his entire 35-year career in Huron as a teacher, coach and athletics director and continues to officiate track and field events throughout South Dakota. He was the head coach of boys and girls track and field in Huron for 15 years and led the Tigers to four South Dakota Eastern Conference championships and four runners-up and five third-place finishes in class competitions. AA.

He has been inducted into the South Dakota Cross Country and Track and Field Coaches Association Hall of Fame, the South Dakota Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Hall of Fame, and the Huron High School Athletic Hall of Fame and has received numerous other price.

• Sittig spent 43 years as a teacher, coach and administrator in the Baltic. He coached basketball at some level for 35 years, including a 17-year stint as head coach of the girls’ program that produced a 299-96 record with nine conferences, 10 districts, seven regions and five Class B state championships (1995, 1996, 1998, 2001, and 2003).

The 1996 Baltic team set and still hold the women’s national basketball record for single-season field goal percentage. Sittig was named South Dakota Basketball Coach of the Year in 1995 and 2001 and Augustana Alumni Coach of the Year in 1996.

• Diede, originally from Scotland, was a pioneer in sports for girls in South Dakota high schools and a leader in helping them establish themselves in the 1970s and beyond. She was a teacher, coach and administrator for over 40 years at Delmont, Marion and Freeman. She was particularly involved in the girls’ track and led the Freeman girls to the 1977 Class A state championship and runners-up in 1975 and 1976.

She was recognized as the SDHSCA Female Track and Field Coach of the Year in 1976 and is a member of the SDCCTFCA Hall of Fame.

• Michel graduated from Northwestern Lutheran High School in Mobridge in 1957 and served four years in the United States Navy before graduating from Black Hills State University in 1970. That fall he was hired as an instructor in commercial education before being convinced to become the “sports trainer”. by Rapid City Stevens sporting director Carold Heier.

Michel earned the distinguished nickname “Doc” during a 47-year span where he coached and/or coached 51 state high school championship teams. He has also received numerous awards during his career and was inducted into the Rapid City Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.

• Rhodes, a graduate of Presho High School in 1964, had a career spanning more than 40 years as a teacher, coach and athletic director at Pine Ridge, Kimball and Philip. He has coached football, basketball, cross country and track and field.

One of his biggest highlights came on the track when he guided Philip’s boys to the 2010 Class B State Championship and was named Boys Track Coach of the Year. He wrote the proposal for state qualifying athletics competitions for individuals and relays.

Other winners

Miller’s Merriam and Barb Haberling, longtime Mitchell volleyball coach and Groton native Deb Thill, and Hamlin’s former teacher-coach-athletic director Wayne Carney also won special awards.

Merriam and Haberling each received the 2022 Jerry P. Miller Distinguished Service Awards for their outstanding contributions and dedication to the best and brightest in high school sports.

• Merriam, originally from Huron, spent 40 years covering high school as a sportswriter in South Dakota, the last 38 of them at Watertown Public Opinion.

• Haberling, a Wessington native who played basketball and softball at Northern State University, spent 17 years working with high school activities at Miller and the last 15 working for the South Dakota High School Activities Association.

• Thill was awarded the 2022 Max Hawk Award, which was established to recognize and honor outstanding leadership, contributions and dedication to service to the SDHSCA. She spent 31 years as the only head coach in the history of the Mitchell High School volleyball program, while also coaching women’s basketball and track and field.

• Carney won the Power of Influence award. The award, in honor of Bryan Brewer, recognizes and honors positive influence, vision, leadership, and dedication to advancing athletics, academics, and the arts among South Dakota students of all backgrounds. breeds.

Carney, who guided Hamlin to the State B men’s basketball title in 1983, worked in high school athletics as a coach, athletic director and referee for many years and also served as executive director from the South Dakota High School Activities Association from 2001 to 2017.

Coaches of the year

The state high schools’ fall 2021, winter 2021-22 and spring 2022 coaches of the year were also honored at the banquet.

Fall 2021 workout winners include Holly Evans of Chamberlain, women’s cross country; Miller’s Tom McGough, boys’ cross country; Misty Mousseaux Begay from Lakota Tech, well done; Ashley Hoffman of Brandon Valley, dance; Cori Bonte of Sioux Falls Roosevelt, women’s soccer; Dave Dannenbring of Yankton, men’s soccer; Harrisburg’s Brandon White, soccer; and Dennis Northrup of Garretson, volleyball.

Winners of the 2021-22 winter workouts include Brandon Valley’s Derek Outland, wrestling; Maridee Dossett of Madison, gymnastics; Molly Mason of Viborg-Hurley, women’s basketball; Mitch Begeman of Sioux Falls Roosevelt, men’s basketball.

Karen Karim of Custer, women’s athletics; Misty Larson of Chester Area, Boys Athletics; Billie Jo Indahl of Burke, women’s golf; Brett Sime of Yankton, boys’ golf; and Ryan Hage of Yankton, Tennis received spring 2022 coaching honors.

Doug Duncan of Ipswich (middle-high school), Jeff Schlekeway of Pierre (boys sports) and Darcy Deinert of Mount Vernon-Plankinton (girls sports) each received Assistant Coach of the Year honors along with Julie Eppard of Chester Area (Sporting Director of the Year) and Marc Murren of Sioux Falls (Official of the Year).


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