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Two area men chosen for SDABA Hall of Fame

The South Dakota Amateur Basketball Association announced Wednesday its Hall of Fame inductee class for 2014. Two area players, Scott Morgan and Owen Garnos, are among the four-member class. Other members of this year's Hall of Fame class are Eld...

The South Dakota Amateur Basketball Association announced Wednesday its Hall of Fame inductee class for 2014.

Two area players, Scott Morgan and Owen Garnos, are among the four-member class. Other members of this year’s Hall of Fame class are Eldon Marshall, of White River, and Donny Godel, of Aberdeen. Marshall is the White River head boys’ basketball coach and has led the Tigers to four Class B state championships in six years.

The two to four inductees are nominated and chosen by a board of directors, according to SDABA Secretary Tim Trooien.

“Garnos is getting in as a supporter and sponsor of the association and Morgan is inducted from his documented excellence as a player,” Trooien said Thursday. “The two are well-deserving of getting in this year.”

Morgan, of Mitchell, has been named Most Valuable Player of the state amateur tournament twice in the “A” division in 1998 and 1999. He said he began playing in the amateur tournament right out of college in 1993 but hasn’t played in it the last several years.

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“It’s a cool honor,” Morgan said Thursday. “The nice thing about the tournament was you saw some of the guys you played with in college year after year.”
Hall of Fame inductees will be honored at halftime of some of the tournament games. The state tournament is March 1-2 in Presho, which has hosted six to eight state amateur tournaments since the 1990s, Trooien said.

“Presho has done a very good job in the past and Garnos has been one of the people to make it happen,” he added.

Teams can qualify in either “A” or “B” divisions and the entry fee is $100 per team before Feb. 2.

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