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DWU's all-time leading scorer Alan Miller among South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame's 2022 class

Fifteen new inductees from across the South Dakota athletic landscape to be recognized in September

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Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball alum Alan Miller, right, is pictured with Scott Morgan during a Tiger basketball game against Dakota State on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021 at the Corn Palace.
Mitchell Republic file photo

SIOUX FALLS – The latest class of the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame was named Tuesday, April 5, with 15 inductees on the list.

A banquet and induction ceremony is planned for on Sunday, September 25, at the Sioux Falls Convention Center and will honor a great cross-section of players, coaches and contributors, who span from border to border in the state and took part in a variety of sports.

Alan Miller, the former basketball standout for both Stickney High School before his legendary career at Dakota Wesleyan, is among this year's list of inductees. Miller led Stickney to a Class B state championship before a four-year career with DWU where he broke nine school records, including becoming the school's all-time leading scorer.

A current Mitchell resident, his career total of 2,920 points is still the school record today, while he is one of six players in DWU history to score more than 2,000 career points.

Other honorees include:

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  • Janel Birrenkott, a basketball star at Northern State that shined on the national stage with the USA Deaf Team.
  • Bryan Brewer was a long-time Pine Ridge coach and administrator who helped create the Lakota Nation Invitational events.
  • Jill Christensen has won more games as a high school head coach than anyone in South Dakota volleyball history, establishing a volleyball program at Parker.
  • Doug Clark of Sioux Falls served for years as a flagman for the highest profile sprint car races in the country and becomes only the second inductee who has been inducted for motor sports.
  • Dr. Kathie Courtney of Aberdeen was a pioneer in the field of athletic training and has been recognized for her leadership on a national level.
  • Gary Evjen of Sioux Falls ended his basketball career at Northern State as the first college player to finish his career with more than 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.
  • Gene Johnson of Yankton was an outstanding distance runner and coach, who shared world-class workouts with South Dakotans.
  • Dave Krauth, of Sioux Falls, is Augustana women’s basketball coach and has won more than 1,000 games at the college and high school levels.
  • Megan Mahoney of Sturgis was a four-time all-state basketball player who enjoyed a long professional career, including a stint in the WNBA.
  • Bill Matthews, who grew up in Wessington, played college football for the SDSU Jackrabbits and then seven years in the NFL and USFL.
  • Tom Rudebusch, of Rapid City, has served as the longtime voice of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and called more than 1,300 Rapid City Post 22 Legion baseball games over 41 seasons.
  • Jeff Schemmel of Madison was the first native South Dakotan to break the four-minute mile mark in track.
  • Paul Tierney of Oral is a cowboy legend and is in the National Rodeo Hall of Fame.
  • Vince Whipple of Rapid City was an outstanding all-around athlete who went on to star in basketball at Huron College and became a major organizer and successful coach of athletics in West River.

The South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame is run by a committee of about 30 volunteers from across the state. Started by the South Dakota Sportswriters in 1969, this year’s class brings the total number of inductees to 314. The inductees are permanently displayed at the Premier Center in Sioux Falls.

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