Redfield will host the 65th annual South Dakota Amateur Basketball Association A and B state tournaments Saturday and Sunday.
The 16-game event will be played in the Ken Greeno Building, which serves as the high school gym. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students.
Most of South Dakota's all-time greatest basketball players have played amateur ball. So what is fun about a column like this is the names.
So I am going to give you the basics and let you enjoy the names and the memories they create for you. However, I am not taking responsibility for the spellings. This is how I got them from the SDABA, and I changed the ones that I knew were misspelled.
The Class B first-round games Saturday: TapZ of Aberdeen vs. Estelline at 9 a.m.; Brookings Foothill Contracting vs Dakota 2000 of Pierre at noon; Rankin Construction of Draper vs Duffy Law of Rapid City at 3 p.m.; and Wakonda vs. Vrooman Tree Service of Redfield at 7 p.m. The B semifinals are at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Sunday followed by the championship at 6:30 p.m.
The Class A first-round games Saturday: Cunningham Electric of Aberdeen vs. Volga at 10:30 a.m.; Mitchell vs. Rapid City Medical Center Surgery at 1:30 p.m.; Rapid City Stars vs. Tibbs Black of Sioux Falls at 5:30 p.m.; and Tibbs Blue of Sioux Falls vs. Lead-Deadwood Nuggets at 8:30 p.m. The A semifinals are at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Sunday followed by the championship at 5 p.m.
Hall of Fame
Inducted into the Hall of Fame this year will be Lonni Stover of Redfield, Jim Stoebner of Harrisburg and Tim Trooien of White.
Most Games Played
1. Rick RozellÉ49
2. Rick DunlopÉ39
3. Scott BosankoÉ37
4. Mick HoglundÉ33
4. Jim StoebnerÉ33
6. Kim TempletonÉ32
7. Tim TrooienÉ31
7. Scott KuslerÉ31