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Herb Bartling



A 1947 Brookings High grad, Bartling was an All-American quarterback on the undefeated 1950 South Dakota State football team. SDSU hasn’t gone unbeaten since.

The 6-foot, 175-pound Bartling was named Most Valuable Player in the North Central Conference after guiding the Jackrabbits to a 9-0-1 record and a league championship in 1950 under Coach Ralph Ginn. He also quarterbacked the 1949 team to a share of the title. Bartling was SDSU’s best passing quarterback to that date. Bartling lettered four times in both football and basketball. He was all-NCC in football in 1949 and 1950, and was all-NCC in basketball in 1950 and 1951. He was inducted into the SDSU Hall of Fame in 1979.

At Brookings High, he was one of the greatest all-around athletes in school history.

The Bobcats were 20-4-2 in football with Bartling as passer, runner and punter. In basketball, he was all-state three years and helped Brookings win the 1946 state Class A title, again with Ginn as coach. The Bobcats finished third in 1947. In track and field, Bartling earned points in the discus, high jump and relays on the strong Bobcat teams of 1946 and 1947. He was inducted into the Bobcats Hall of Fame in 2009 with his brother, Bob.






































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