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2008 Inductees Announced

November 27, 2007 by

Bill Welsh, who coached Claremont High School to a national-record 61 consecutive victories in six-man football, will be among 10 inductees into the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame at the organization?s annual banquet April 12 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. Other members of the 2008 inductee class are basketball players Robin (Anderson) Thormodsgaard, Terry Dupris, John Thomas and Gene Zulk, athletic trainer Jim Booher, wrestler-coach Mike Durfee, tennis player-coach-promoter Don Grebin, track great Bob Johnson and sportswriter Roger Toland. Johnson and Grebin live in Sioux Falls, Booher in Brookings, Dupris in Pierre, Toland in Rapid City, Thomas in Eden Prairie, Minn., Zulk in Sun City West, Ariz., and Anderson in Manhattan Beach, Calif. Welsh and Durfee are being honored posthumously. Ticket information will be released at a later date. The Hall of Fame was established by the South Dakota Sportswriters Association in 1968 and is now an independent non-profit organization. With these new inductees, the Hall will boast a membership of 187. § Welsh, an Aberdeen Central and 1960 Northern State grad, coached Claremont to 61 consecutive victories from 1947-53. During a 10-year coaching period, with stops at Webster, Forest City, Iowa, and Claremont, he had an amazing record of 84-3 with nine conference titles. His career record was 137-15-2 in football and 375-58 in basketball. He also coached Claremont to the 1949 state Class B track title and its only state Class B basketball tournament appearance, in 1954. § Anderson led Clear Lake to four straight trips to the state Class B girls basketball tournament before having a standout career at the University of Iowa. With South Dakota girls basketball in its infancy, she was the state?s first pure shooter. The Cardinals won the title in 1976 while finishing runners-up in 1977 and 1979. The 5-8 left-hander averaged 29 points a game as a senior and finished with 2,332 career points ? an average of 23.6 a game. She was first-team all-state four years. At Iowa, she scored 1,046 career points. § Booher is completing his 41st year as athletic trainer at South Dakota State. The 1961 Ashland (Neb.) High and 1965 Nebraska Wesleyan grad split the position between SDSU and the Brookings hospital when he first started. He was inducted into the National Athletic Trainers Hall of Fame in 1998. He co-authored a textbook, ?Athletic Injury Assessment,? that is widely used in classroom instruction. His former students in athletic training-physical therapy are active in the profession all over the county. He is also a member of the South Dakota Athletic Trainers Association, the North Central Conference and the South Dakota Fast Pitch Softball halls of fame. § Dupris, a 1976 Cheyenne-Eagle Butte and 1981 Huron College grad, was the first South Dakota to top 2,000 career points in both high school (2,323) and college (2,084). He was first-team all-state in 1975 and 1976, and was a three-time all-South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference performer at Huron, including league MVP in 1979 and 1980. The 6-foot-1 guard led Huron to the NAIA Final Four before the NAIA was broken into two divisions. He was the South Dakota College Male Athlete of the Year in 1980. He was drafted by the Detroit Pistons. § Durfee, a 1963 Highmore and 1967 Southern State grad, had a standout football and wrestling career at Southern (later called USD-Springfield, now defunct) before returning to compile an excellent coaching record at Southern. He was a two-time all-SDIC fullback at Southern and also was a two-time SDIC heavyweight wrestling champion. He then coached Southern to a 100-8-4 wrestling record. At Highmore, he was an all-state football player. He is in the Southern and SDIC halls of fame. He was the South Dakota College Coach of the Year in 1976. § Grebin is a 1950 Washington High and 1956 Augustana grad. A champion tennis player, Grebin has also supported, promoted and coached tennis in South Dakota for more than 50 years. At Washington, he was state high school singles and doubles champion. At Augustana, he won both a North Central Conference singles and doubles title during his career. He was the city tennis director in Sioux Falls for 17 years, Washington High coach for 11 and was pro at Westward Ho Country Club in the 1970s. He taught many future state champions. He is a member of the South Dakota tennis, the USTA Northern Section and Washington High halls of fame. § Johnson, a 1938 Washington High and 1942 Minnesota grad, was one of the greatest sprinters in state track history. He held state records at 100 yards (:10.0), 220 (:21.2), 220 straight, 440 one-turn (:49.5) and 440 two turn (:49.6). He never lost a race, individual or relay, in four years at Washington. In 1937, he had the fastest prep 220 time in the nation (21.2). At Minnesota, he helped the Gophers to two Big Ten outdoor titles. A member of the Howard Wood Dakota Relays board for 53 years, he was the third inductee, behind Joe Mendel and Weert Engelmann, into the Relays Hall of Fame. Thomas and Zulk were teammates at SDSU, with the 6-5 forwards helping the Jackrabbits to North Central Conference titles in 1968 and 1969. § Thomas helped Alexandria to state Class B titles in 1963 and ?65 and was named the state?s prep athlete of the year. At SDSU, he was a two-time all-NCC pick, earning league MVP honors in 1969. He finished with 1,178 career points, at the time No. 2 in SDSU history. He had a tryout with the Boston Celtics. He followed that with a coaching career at Augustana. After eight seasons as assistant coach at Augustana, he was the head coach for three years, posting a 42-39 record. § Zulk, a Spencer native, was a 1,000-point scorer at SDSU before coaching SDSU to a runner-up finish in the 1985 NCAA Division II tournament. He left State among the top 10 career scorers (1,073 points, 14.3 ppg) and the winningest basketball coach of all-time (176-128). He also coached at Parkston, St. Paul Kellogg and Huron, and was activities director at Westonka High School in Mound, Minn. § Toland recently retired after 43 years as a sportswriter at the Rapid City Journal. A Rapid City High grad, Toland studied accounting at National College of Business in Rapid City. He was hired by Don Lindner at the Journal in 1964 and retired in 2007. He began his career by submitting church league softball capsules to the Journal. He was a precise and accurate writer, and his attention to detail and record keeping made him the top source in the state for many sports.

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