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2010 Inductees Announced

December 14, 2009 by

Eric Piatkowski, a first-round draft pick who played 14 seasons in the NBA, is among 10 people chosen for induction into the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame.

Also chosen were wrestling legends Dennis Koslowski, a two-time Olympic medalist, and Gary Wallman, South Dakota's first NCAA Division I All-American.

Other members of the 2010 induction class are tennis player/coach Chris Dummermuth, golfer Dave Hanten, coach/promoter/historian Jim Quinn, track athlete/coach Gary Schwartz, South Dakota State basketball players "Sunny Jim" Schmidt and Dave Thomas and Northern State basketball player/prep coach Marv Rasmussen. Piatkowski lives in Omaha; Hanten, Wallman, Dummermuth and Thomas in Sioux Falls; Koslowski in Minnetonka, Minn.; Schwartz in Springdale, Ark.; Rasmussen in Langford; and Schmidt in Dell Rapids. Quinn is being honored posthumously. The 10 will be inducted at a banquet April 10 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. 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 205. Eric Piatkowski - The Rapid City Stevens grad was a first-round draft choice (15th pick overall) of the Indiana Pacers in the 1994 NBA draft. The 6-foot-7, 210-pounder played 14 seasons in the NBA, the first nine with the L.A. Clippers. Piatkowski made 865 3-pointers and shot 39.9 percent from beyond the arc in his career while averaging 7.5 points a game. His best season was 1997-98, when he had career highs in points (11.3) and rebounds (3.5). He scored a single-game high of 36 points on Feb. 16, 2002, against Dallas. He ended his Clippers career as the franchise leader in games played (616), 3-pointers made (738) and 3-pointers attempted (1,835). At Nebraska, he was a two-time all-Big Eight pick. He averaged 21.5 points as a senior and finished as the No. 2 all-time scorer in Nebraska history (1,934 points). In his senior year of high school at Stevens, he averaged 25.6 points and 10.3 rebounds, set a state Class AA single-game record with 51 points, led Stevens to the state Class AA title and was named 1989 Mr. Basketball. Dennis Koslowski - The former Doland High standout was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame earlier this year. Koslowski was the first U.S. Greco-Roman wrestler to win two Olympic medals, winning a silver medal in 1992 (losing in overtime to world champion Hector Millian of Cuba in the finals) and a bronze medal in 1988 in the 220-pound weight class. He was the first U.S. Greco-Roman wrestler to medal at an Olympics that wasn't marred by boycott. He was an Olympic team alternate in 1984. He placed sixth in the 1983 and '85 world championships and seventh in the 1986 and '91 world championships. He was a four-time World Cup silver medalist and won seven USA Wrestling Greco-Roman national titles. At Minnesota-Morris, he was a two-time NCAA Division III national champion and also three-time all-conference in football. At Doland, he finished third twice in the state Class B tournament. Gary "Smokey" Wallman - South Dakota's first four-time high school wrestling champion, and the state's first NCAA Division I wrestling All-American, Wallman has been an exceptional coach as well. At Miller, he won state titles in 1961-64 (at 95-112-127-133 pounds). He was a two-time All-American at Iowa State. He was South Dakota's first USA national freestyle place winner. He coached Webster to two state Class B titles, and guided Freeman to state titles in 1987 and 1988, and Marion-Freeman to a state title in 1993. He coached his sons (Kirk, Troy and Cory) and father and sons together won 18 state titles. He is a member of the South Dakota Wrestling Hall of Fame. He also was a six-time state Golden Gloves boxing champ. Chris (Sandvig) Dummermuth - She has spent virtually her entire life playing, teaching and coaching tennis - beyond what any woman has ever done in South Dakota. She was a two-time state prep singles champion (1971-72) at Washington High. She played a year at Utah State before transferring to Augustana. Augustana had no women's team, so she joined the men's team in 1975, frequently partnering with future husband Dave Dummermuth in doubles. She coached the Washington High girls team for five years (1977-82), then started coaching the Lincoln boys team in 1987. Lincoln won eight state titles under Dummermuth from 1987-2005. Her teams had a 299-36 dual record in that time. She was inducted into the South Dakota Tennis Hall of Fame in 1998. She is also a member of the South Dakota High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame and the U.S. Tennis Association Northern Section Hall of Fame. She was named the state?s Female Independent Athlete of the Year for 1985 by the sportswriters association. She won many South Dakota Closed and Open singles and doubles titles in the 1980s and '90s . Dave Hanten - One of the state?s finest amateur golfers, Hanten burst onto the scene as a 15-year-old when he finished second to Phil Donohue in the 1961 match-play championship. The Huron High and Arizona State grad was a three-time winner of the state match-play tourney (1969, 1974, 1976) and three-time winner of the state stroke-play tourney (1974, 1975, 1977). He was the first player to win both the match play and stroke play tourneys in the same year. His six major titles were the most until Ryan Jansa eclipsed the mark in 2003. He qualified for the U.S. Amateur five times and the U.S. Junior twice. In 1980, he shot a course-record 61 at Minnehaha Country Club. He was inducted into the South Dakota Golf Association Hall of Fame in 1997. At Arizona State, he won the Western Athletic Conference tourney once. At Huron, he was a two-time state prep champion (1961 and '63). Jim Quinn - From his first high school coaching job in 1940, to his death in 1993, Quinn was one of the best-known figures in South Dakota sports. He was a coach, a founder of several sports programs and an administrator of others, an executive and a chronicler of sports history. His career began while he was a student at Black Hills State in 1940, when he coached all sports at St. Martin's Academy, then in Sturgis. He was superintendent at Vale (1943-44), Hill City (1945-51) and Faith (1952-53), coaching at those places as well and reviving the track program at Faith. But it was during his years as a teacher in Rapid City (1953-81) and after that he attained his reputation for promoting South Dakota sports. In 1957, he co-founded South Dakota's first baseball Little League, then co-founded and became president of both the Colt and Pony leagues in Rapid City. In the early 1980s, he was co-founder and president of the first midget football league. In the 1960s, he was chairman of the American Legion's Athletic Commission and (with others) strengthened the Rapid City Post 22 baseball program to become the dominant program in the state. In the 1950s, he served as business manager of the Rapid City Chiefs team, as well as secretary-treasurer of the Basin League and its statistician. In 1961, he co-founded and was later president of the Rushmore Coaches Club. He became the first president of the Yellowjacket Foundation, formed to support BHSU athletics. To anyone in South Dakota, Quinn was the ultimate "sports encyclopedia." Marv Rasmussen - He was a tight end on the Claremont six-man football teams that set a national record with 61 straight wins in early 1950s. He was also an all-state guard in basketball. At Northern State, he was a four-year starter in basketball as the Wolves earned four straight trips to the NAIA national tourney. He is a member of the NSU Hall of Fame. He coached Alexandria to the 1963 state Class B basketball title, and also coached at Webster, Aberdeen Roncalli and Rapid City Stevens before retiring in the early 1970s. He was a banker in Oregon for 30 years before retiring to Langford, where he helped coach the young kids and briefly was the varsity boys coach, helping create a program that had back-to-back state 'B' appearances (2007-08). He won just over 200 games as a prep coach. Jim "Sunny Jim" Schmidt - The Dell Rapids native was an all-North Central Conference basketball player for South Dakota State in 1943, '47 and '48. He led the NCC in scoring in 1947 (18.8 ppg) and ?48 (18.4 ppg). The 6-foot-2 Schmidt was known as the "underhanded shooting wizard" for his abilities in dropping in layups and drawing fouls. He served in the Marine Corps between 1943 and '47 and during that time he started for Northwestern University, where he was temporarily stationed during wartime. He had a tryout with the Minneapolis Lakers. He was named the state's top college athlete (for his basketball skill and pole-vaulting ability) in 1947 in a poll conducted by the Aberdeen American News. Gary Schwartz - As a 6-foot-1, 185-pound Wessington Springs High athlete, he set a state record in the discus (190-7.5) at the Howard Wood Dakota Relays in 1962, a distance that was the best in the nation that year and broke the meet record by almost 30 feet. He also set the state record in the shot put (56-1.25). In college, he helped Kansas to two Big Eight titles and was conference discus champ as a junior. While coach at Kansas from 1989-98, Schwartz's athletes produced 53 All-America honors. Prior to KU, Schwartz was women's coach at Tennessee for four years (1984-88) and Penn State for 13 (1979-84). He also coached at Ohio University, Massachusetts and Army. He was NCAA coach of the year for outdoor women's track in 1983. He was an assistant at Penn State from 1971-78. Dave Thomas - After leading Onida to the 1969 state Class B basketball title, Thomas went on to have standout career at South Dakota State, where he earned all-North Central Conference honors twice and was the league MVP in 1973 when he averaged 22.7 points and 12.7 rebounds per game. The Jacks were in the NCAA playoffs three times during his career. Thomas had one of the great individual performances in SDSU history in the championship game of the 1973 regional against Coe College. He set the SDSU single-game scoring record, with 44, and also had 26 rebounds. The 6-6 forward finished his career No. 3 among all-time Jackrabbit scorers (1,355 points) and No. 2 in rebounds. After finishing his collegiate career, Thomas signed as a free agent with the Portland Trailblazers, surviving until the final cuts. Thomas will be the second member of his family to be inducted into the S.D. Sports Hall of Fame. His older brother John was inducted in 2008.

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