Joel Swisher, son of legendary NSU coach Clark Swisher, guided Dakota State to its first ever South Dakota Intercollegiate football title in 1973 with a 5-0 record. In 1976, his Trojans finished ninth in the nation.
DSU was 24-12-1 overall and 16-4 in the conference in four seasons under Swisher.
That 1973 football team also will be inducted — one of its stars was former Redfield great Darwin Robinson — along with 1950s football player Larry Dirks and 1970-80s football player Brian Leighton.
For details or tickets for the June 8 event at the Dakota Prairie Playhouse in Madison, call 605-256-5229 or email email@example.com.
Former Rapid City Journal sports editor Don Lindner died Tuesday at age 82.
He retired in 1996 after 37 years as sports editor and was part of the 30-year plus Rapid City sports team of fellow writers Ron Wood and Roger Toland and photographer Don Polovich.
Those four were the Mount Rushmore of South Dakota sports journalism.
Together for decades, they chronicled the history of Black Hills sports one story at a time in words, statistics, historic significance and pictures.
Don had just written me a letter last month. He always has been an encouraging mentor, supporter and friend to me in my 30-plus years in this business.
I loved him, just as I did his fellow dream team members. Both Wood and Toland preceded Lindner in death.
Lindner was a journalism genius and a kind soul. I miss him already.
Saturday’s Greater Dakota Conference track meet marked the final athletic event of the 16-year-old conference that is disbanding.
Sioux Falls will enter the five-team Metro Conference with Brandon Valley starting this fall. Brandon Valley will continue its membership in the Eastern South Dakota Conference as well. For most of its 16-year stint starting in 1998, the GDC was an eight-team conference that consisted of Lincoln, Roosevelt, Washington, O’Gorman, Rapid City Central, Rapid City Stevens, Sturgis and Spearfish.