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2017 inductees named

December 02, 2016 by

Three of South Dakota's finest high school coaches – Burnell Glanzer (Armour basketball), Harvey Naasz (Winner football) and Forry Flaagan (Rapid City Stevens cross country) – are among 10 people selected for induction into the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame.

Also chosen were basketball greats Dana (Nielsen) Honner and Amy Burnett, world champion bareback rider Marvin Garrett, pole vaulter Duane Rykhus, boxer Jerry James, sportswriter Mel Antonen and referee Jim E. Ricketts.

The 10 will be inducted at a banquet April 8 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. Ticket information will be released at a later date. With this class of inductees, the hall will boast a membership of 286.

Glanzer lives in Armour; Honner, Ricketts and James in Sioux Falls; Naasz in Winner; Burnett in Austin, Texas; Rykhus in Brookings; Garrett in Rozet, Wyo.; Flaagan in Rapid City; and Antonen in Washington, D.C.

Below are bios of the inductees:

Mel Antonen

The 1974 Hamlin High and 1979 Augustana grad was a national baseball reporter for USA Today for 24 years (1986-2010).

The Lake Norden native covered numerous history-making accomplishments - including Cal Ripken’s Ironman streak, the Mark McGwire-Sammy Sosa Home Run Derby, eight players reaching their 3,000th hit, labor negotiations, the players' strike of 1994, the 1989 Earthquake Series, the closing of Yankee Stadium and dozens of stories on Hall of Famers, including Bob Feller, Yogi Berra, Stan Musial and Joe DiMaggio. He also was a contributor to many baseball radio and TV shows.

He is a voter for the Hall of Fame and he has covered nearly every World Series since 1980. Also for USA Today, he covered the Super Bowl and three Olympics, including the Tonya Harding knee-bashing incident.

Currently Antonen writes baseball columns for and hosts a pregame baseball show on MASN-TV, the network that covers the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals. Mel also is a baseball analyst for Sirius-XM Radio.

Before USA Today, he was a sportswriter and reporter for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. He played Legion baseball at Bryant and amateur baseball at Lake Norden and Renner. Mel joins his dad, Ray, in the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame.

Amy Burnett

The 1991 Huron High and University of Wyoming grad was the Player of the Year in the NCAA Division I Western Athletic Conference in 1994 and '95.

The 5-foot-11 forward was honorable mention all-conference as a freshman and first-team all-WAC the next three years. As a junior she led the WAC in scoring (21 ppg), rebounding (10.6) and free-throw shooting (84.9 percent) and also shot 58.7 percent from the field. As a senior she led the WAC in scoring (22.7 ppg), rebounding (9.5), free-throw shooting (84.7 percent) and field-goal shooting (59.1 percent). For her career, she scored 1,782 points and had 829 rebounds and shot 58 percent from the field and 41.9 percent on 3-pointers (made 83 in her career). She had a career-high 37 points against UTEP on Feb. 25, 1995.

At Huron, she was a three-time all-stater and helped the Tigers reach the Class AA state tournament three consecutive seasons. The Tigers won the championship during Burnett’s junior season in 1989. As a senior Burnett set the state tournament scoring record of 86 points (26, 29, 31). She was named the state’s Miss Basketball and finished with 1,963 career points. Burnett had a high single game of 44 points.

In addition to her basketball exploits, she also was named an all-state volleyball player and in track she was a state champion in the discus and shot put.

Burnell Glanzer

The 1971 Freeman High and 1975 USD grad was one of the most successful boys basketball coaches in state history, guiding Armour (and Tripp-Delmont/Armour) to a 617-209 record in 37 seasons.

He was just the third South Dakota boys basketball coach to reach the 600-win mark. He led Armour's Packers to a state-record 64-game win streak from 1978-80. That streak included one of the most famous games in state history, Armour's overtime win over Beresford for the 1979 state Class B title. His teams reached 12 “B’’ tourneys with three state titles (1978-79 and ’97) and two runner-up finishes (1977 and ’83).

He coached Armour boys and girls track for 32 years prior to his appointment as superintendent in 2009. His boys teams were state Class B champions in 1978, 1979 and 1981, while the girls won state "B" titles in 1981, 1982 and 1983. He retired as a coach in 2012.

He also refereed football and girls basketball for many years. He officiated 15 consecutive state tourneys. He stopped reffing when girls basketball was switched from fall to winter.

He also directed Hansen & Anderson basketball camps for more than 30 years.

In 2001 he was the state recipient of the National Federation Officials Association “Active Official Award,’’ and in 2002 he was inducted into the South Dakota Basketball Coaches Hall of Shrine. He was inducted into the South Dakota High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2013.

Jerry James

The 1980 SDSU grad was the No. 1 rated amateur boxer in the United States at 156 pounds in 1988. That year the Brooklyn native competed internationally against Cuba and Europe and in the U.S. Olympic Trials, where a controversial ruling kept him out of the Olympics.

Amazingly, his boxing career spanned less than six years. In his early 20s he tried Tough Man boxing at a local bar and won. Soon he became connected with the boxing program run by Joe Taylor at Siouxland Boxing in Sioux Falls, and he began amateur boxing. He was a South Dakota Golden Gloves champ in 1982 and ’83 (He lost to future pro world champion Virgil Hill in the 1982 regional finals). In 1983 he was a national Golden Gloves runner-up. In 1984, he competed in the Pan Am Games and the Western Olympic Trials. He was out of boxing in 1985 and ’86. In 1987, he again was the state Golden Gloves champion. In 1988, he won state, regional and national titles to become a member of the USA Elite Boxing Team. In the Olympic Trials, he knocked out the boxer who eventually was chosen to compete for the U.S. at that weight. He got a court order to fight the chosen Olympic U.S. boxer for the spot on the Olympic team. He flew to Seoul, South Korea, to fight but Olympic coaches refused the court order. He retired from boxing.

From 2000-04 he was a state Tough Man boxing champion and a two-time regional champion. In 2002, he competed in the world Tough Man competition.

He played football at SDSU and Yankton College.

He has a fourth degree master black belt in taekwondo. He has been a taekwondo, boxing and kickboxing instructor.

Harvey Naasz

The Mobridge High and USD grad was one of the state's finest prep football coaches, going 169-58-3 in 24 seasons, mostly at Winner.

He coached 17 years at Winner, where he guided the Warriors to three state titles (1981, ’87 and ’89) and one runner-up finish (1986). Naasz's Warriors were unbeaten in 1980, '81 and '87. He was a longtime athletic director at Winner as well. He also coached at Gettysburg (two years), Custer (one) and Gregory (four). He was an all-state football player at Mobridge and also played at USD. He is a member of the South Dakota High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame and the South Dakota Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He joins his brother Howard in the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame.

Dana (Nielsen) Honner

A two-time first-team NCAA Division II Kodak All-American, the 1988 Armour High and 1993 Augustana grad was the first four-time all-conference player in North Central Conference women’s basketball history. Twice the 5-foot-10 forward was the NCC Most Valuable Player. She ended her career as the NCC career scoring leader. She remains among Augustana’s career leaders in scoring (1,978 points, 2nd), rebounds (894, 2nd), steals (233, 6th), field goals made (845, 1st) and field-goal shooting (.538, 5th). She averaged 17.1 points and 7.7 rebounds in her Viking career.

She led Armour to four consecutive state Class B titles (1984-87). She had 2,310 points in her prep career and 965 rebounds. She was a four-year starter and three-time all-stater. As a senior she averaged 26 points a game and was named South Dakota's Miss Basketball.

She is a member of the Augustana and South Dakota High School Basketball halls of fame. She received the Stan Marshall Award as the top female student-athlete in the NCC for 1992-93.

Jim E. Ricketts

The Sioux Falls man was a referee/umpire in South Dakota for 39 years for football, basketball and baseball. The Ames (Iowa) High and University of Wyoming grad also officiated six years in Colorado and Wyoming before coming to South Dakota. He worked 49 prep football playoff games and four state football finals. He was a two-time NFHS Football Official of the Year, has received the Distinguished Service Award from the South Dakota High School Activities Association, was a Dakota Relays Honorary Referee (and 35-year worker at the Relays) and is a member of the South Dakota amateur baseball umpires hall of fame. He competed in football, basketball, track and baseball in high school, and he went to Wyoming on a football scholarship.

Duane Rykhus

The 1953 Brookings High and 1957 SDSU grad was a three-time state pole vault champion in high school. He used a bamboo pole for the first two state titles, then went to a metal pole for his senior season. In 1952 "Hoppy" set a state record of 12-1.5 at the Aberdeen Relays, then upped it to 12-2 in winning the ESD meet for the third time. He also played on the 1952 state champion basketball team and was an all-state end on the 1952 undefeated and mythical state champion football team. At SDSU he was an All-American in the pole vault and only beaten twice in his college career. He was North Central Conference pole vault champ in 1955 and ’56 (freshmen could not compete on varsity and there was no NCC meet in 1957). He set an SDSU record of 13 feet using a metal pole and landing in a sawdust pit. In 1956, he placed 6th at the NAIA national meet. He competed in age group national meets in his 60s (six times national champ and six times runner-up at USATF indoor and outdoor meets, Nike World Masters Games and Senior Games). He is a member of the Brookings HS and SD Senior Games halls of fame.

Marvin Garrett

A four-time world bareback champion (1988-89, 1994-95), the Belle Fourche native was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in 1998.

The 5-foot-7, 150-pounder narrowly missed a fifth title, being edged out on the last ride at the 1996 National Finals Rodeo by brother Mark. Marvin also was runner-up in 1987. Garrett was the PRCA regular-season money leader four times (1989, 1993-94 and ’96). He won the PRCA rookie of the Year award in 1984. Twelve times he qualified for the NFR. He set the bareback single-season earnings record with $156,733 in 1995. In all, he earned almost $1.4 million in his rodeo career.

A highlight of his career was representing the United States as a member of the 1988 U.S. Rodeo Team in the Calgary Olympics. Garrett recorded his first 90-point ride over the Fourth of July 2004 on Powder River’s Khadafy Skoal.

At age 12 he began riding steers. At 15 he wanted to be a bullrider but his mother put a stop to that but she said he could ride bareback horses and he soon forgot all about bull riding.

Forry Flaagan

The 1977 University of North Dakota grad guided the Rapid City Stevens cross country program to unpar alleled success.

He was the Raiders' head cross country coach and the distance coach in track from 1988-2010. In that time, Stevens won 19 state cross country titles (9 girls, 10 boys). The boys titles were all in a row (1995-2004) while eight of the girls titles were in a row (1993-2000). Those title streaks are by far the best in state history in cross country. He also coached Spearfish to two state girls cross country titles (1983-84). Thirteen times one of his runners was the individual state champion.

Flaagan, a 1968 Mayville (N.D.) High grad, got his coaching start in Spearfish as assistant junior high boys track coach for two years before becoming the head cross country and assistant track coach at Spearfish High from 1979-85. He had never seen a cross country meet until the first one he coached.

Flaagan was the National High School Athletic Coaches Association girls cross country coach of the year in 1999. He was a finalist for the boys award in 2000 and ’03. He was inducted into the NHSACA Hall of Fame in 2009, and he received the prestigious Dwight Keith Award from the NHSACA in 2015. He was inducted into the South Dakota Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2002.

He coached one year at Grand Forks (N.D.) Central HS before coming to Rapid City.

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