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Munsen to be inducted into Hall of Fame Saturday

It's one of the state's most prominent sports awards, and Gary Munsen earns the honor this weekend. The South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame is inducting the legendary former Kernels basketball coach at a banquet at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Sioux Falls...

It's one of the state's most prominent sports awards, and Gary Munsen earns the honor this weekend.

The South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame is inducting the legendary former Kernels basketball coach at a banquet at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.

"Of course I'm honored," said Munsen, who will be accompanied by three of his children, Shana, Sam and Scott. "It's probably the highest honor you can get in South Dakota."

Munsen coached for 47 years and was at the helm of the Mitchell High School boys' basketball team for 39 years. He led the team to nine state titles, including three in a row from 1984 to 1986, and five second-place finishes.

Munsen, who retired after the 2012 season, also coached the Kernels girls' basketball team for 13 seasons. He led the girls to three state titles and four runner-up finishes.

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He won a combined 896 boys' and girls' varsity games, and no South Dakota basketball coach has won more state titles than Munsen.

Other inductees are golfing great Kris Tschetter, a Sioux Falls native; Olympian Rod DeHaven, of Brookings; Don Meyer, of Aberdeen; Lyle LeBeaux, of Pine Ridge; Curt Fredrickson, of Aberdeen; Bob Schroeder, of Sioux Falls; Harold Thune, of Murdo; LeRoy Carlson, of Sioux Falls; Pal Christensen, of Yankton; and James A. Evans, of Rapid City.

The Hall of Fame was established in 1968 by the South Dakota Sportswriters Association. This group of 11 inductees will bring membership to 236.

"I didn't realize it's been going on that long," Munsen said. "I look at some of the names on there and the different people from sports other than basketball, and I'm very honored to be a part of that group."

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