Hanson senior Reid Smith comes from a long line of standout multi-sport athletes and basketball players:
· Great-grandfather George Smith played for Ethan High School's first basketball team in the 1920s. The Rustlers lost their first game 8-0.
· Grandfather Jon Smith played for the Alexandria (town where Hanson High is located) Beavers from 1954-56.
· Uncle Fred Smith (Jon's brother) played on Alexandria's 1965 State B championship team.
· Dad Jerry Smith was a two-time all-conference player who was on the cover of the 1981 Hanson-Anderson South Dakota basketball book.
· Uncle Jason Smith (Jerry's brother) was a three-time all-conference player and a starter on Hanson's 1986 State A championship team and is fifth on Hanson's all-time scoring list.
· Brother Peyton Smith was an all-conference player for Hanson.
· Brother Pierce Smith was a two-time all-conference player, a conference MVP and is 10th on Hanson's all-time scoring list.
· Cousin Jordan Gau was a three-time all-conference player, two-time conference MVP and is sixth on Hanson's all-time scoring list.
· Cousin Tyson Gau was a three-time all-conference player, all-state, the 2008 Class B player of the year and is seventh on Hanson's all-time scoring list.
Sports writer John Papendick
Tough needing to be two places at once
Sometimes life forces people to make difficult choices.
A pair of Langford people connected to this year's State B tourney have recently had those moments where they were wanted to be in two places at the same time.
Langford athletic director Toni Brown was forced to miss this year's boys' district final game between Langford and Warner.
It's something that you just don't want to do, Brown said. I had a prior commitment that I had to be at.
Brown is working on a specialist degree and has to travel to Sioux Falls one Saturday a month. When the district final got moved to a Saturday because of the weather, he could not attend both.
I really wanted to get out of it, but I had to go, Brown said of his education commitment. It was tough not to be there (at the game). I did get to watch it on the Internet, so it was fun to at least be able to do that.
Then there is David Planteen, whose son Drew is a key member of the Langford team. Planteen ended up missing Langford's region final game against Rosholt because he was busy officiating a different region in Britton that night.
As a parent, you want to see your son and daughter's activities in the worst way, Planteen said. It was tough knowing that they were going to be over there playing.