SIOUX FALLS – The number of members in the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame will increase to 171 in a ceremony on August 28.
The 11th Annual Induction Banquet will be held at the Ramkota Hotel.
Thirteen former greats to be inducted include Janel Birrenkott, Jerry Even, Jayne (Even) Gust, Austin Hansen, Joe Krabbenhoft, Sarah Mannes Homstad, Arlo Mogck, Bob Pidde, Dave Thomas and Dennis Womeldorf. Sam Perrin, Loren Thornton and Stanton Uhlir will be posthumously inducted.
The undefeated Sioux Falls Washington women’s team in 1980 will be recognized as a team of excellence at the banquet. The late Joe Lockwood coached the Warriors to the State Class A title and a 23-0 record.
Ticket information is available at www.sdbbhof.com.
• Janel Birrenkott, Frederick, Maryland (Lemmon 1982) – After excelling at Lemmon, where she averaged 25 points per game as a senior, Birrenkott has scored 1,352 career points at Northern State University. She led the Northern Sun Conference with 20 points per game in 1986. Birrenkott represented the United States at the Deaf Olympics.
• Jerry Even, Sioux Falls (Dell Rapids St. Mary 1964) – Even averaging 21 points per game in the 13 career games he has played in State Catholic tournaments. He was a four-year-old starter for St. Mary, scoring 26 points and grabbing 14 rebounds per game in his senior season. He even surpassed 2,000 points during his career, for a total of 2,038.
• Jayne (Even) Gust, Fargo, ND (Sioux Falls O’Gorman 1996) – A four-year-old college artist, Gust led O’Gorman to the State Class AA title in 1995 when she averaged 21 points per game. She has scored 1,228 career points. Gust was an NCAA Division II All-American at North Dakota State University. She joins her father, Jerry Even, in the inductee class.
• Austin Hansen, River Heights, Utah (Brandon Valley 1998) – While winning his first class AA state title in 1998, Brandon Valley had 18 points and six assists per game from Hansen. He was co-M. Basketball that season and won three North Central Conference honors while scoring 1,815 career points at South Dakota State University.
• Joe Krabbenhoft, Waunakee, Wisconsin (Sioux Falls Roosevelt 2005) –All-State three-year-old Krabbenhoft had 911 points and 544 rebounds at Roosevelt. He had a decorated career in Wisconsin. Krabbenhoft has played 136 games and totaled 827 points, 756 rebounds and 273 assists. He played professionally for several years, notably with the Sioux Falls Skyforce.
• Sarah Mannes Homstad, Yankton (Yankton 1988) – Mannes Homstad propelled Yankton to two Class AA titles and a combined record of 45-1 in 1986 and 1987. She totaled 913 career points and set a career record for the Gazelles shooting 55% on the ground. Mannes Homstad has competed in four NCAA tournaments for Vanderbilt University.
• Arlo Mogck, Worthington, Minnesota (Parkston 1955) – Parkston was a very small school by Class A standards and Mogck led the Trojans to second place in the 1954 State Tournament. He had 1,259 career points. Mogck excelled at Southern State College where he was selected to the South Dakota Interuniversity Conference team for four years.
• Sam Perrin (Huron 1927) – The late Perrin led Huron to the one-class state title in 1927. Huron went on to take fourth place in the 43-team national inter-school tournament in Chicago. Perrin was a Midwestern Conference scoring champion when he averaged 18 points per game as a senior at Carleton (Minn.) College in 1931.
• Bob Pidde, Freeman (Freeman 1975) – Freeman finished 27-0 in 1975 behind Pidde management. He averaged 17 points and 16 rebounds per game as the Flyers won the State Class B title. Pidde scored 23 points in the final as Freeman dominated the unbeaten Dell Rapids St. Mary 61-55. He then played in the state of South Dakota.
• Dave Thomas, Sioux Falls (Onida 1969) – Thomas averaged 22 points per game as State Class B champion Onida was 28-0 in 1969. While in South Dakota, he was scored 1,355 career points, was named twice to the NCC all-star team and was league MVP in 1973. Thomas helped the Jackrabbits at two NCC championships.
• Loren Thornton (Harrisbourg 1936) – The late Thornton led Harrisburg to its very first state tournament in 1936. Future champion Oglala edged the Tigers 36-33 in the semifinals. Thornton was chosen as the tournament’s MVP. Known as the “Dutchman,” he played collegially in the state of South Dakota, helping the Jackrabbits win the NCC title in 1940.
• Stanton Uhlir (Kadoka 1951) – The late Uhlir achieved an unprecedented score in the state’s Class B tournament in 1951. He scored 50 points in a consolation match and totaled 92 for the tournament. Uhlir had 2,023 career points for Kadoka. Also a talented lineman, he helped the state of South Dakota win the NCC football titles in 1953 and 1954.
• Dennis Womeldorf, Rapid City (Wessington Springs 1966) – Known for his defensive tenacity, Womeldorf was also an outstanding scorer. His career total at Wessington Springs was 1,521 points. Womeldorf helped South Dakota State win three NCC Championships. He scored 1,006 points during his career for the Jackrabbits and was league MVP in 1970.