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Jim Marking - Inducted 1982

Parkston H.S. 1950 SDSU grad. In 24 years as a prep and college basketball coach, he won 73.8 percent of the time. He retired as the winningest coach in SDSU men's basketball history (148-80). In his 9+ seasons as SDSU coach (1965-74), the Jackrabbits won the conference title four times and reached the postseason five times. Marking had an equally impressive record as a high school coach. In four years at Hayti, he was 117-13, guiding the Redbirds to four state tourney appearances. Hayti was the state Class B champion in 1954 and runner-up twice. In five years at Watertown, his teams were 78-35 and played in four state Class A tourneys, winning one (1959) and finishing second twice. He was the first coach to win state titles in Class A and B. He also coached one year at Bruce while still an SDSU student. (GROUP PHOTO IS OF MARKING AND THE THOMAS BROTHERS, FROM LEFT: ROGER, JOHN AND MEL). (BOTTOM PHOTO OF MARKING AND PLAYER IS DON JACOBSEN).


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