2020 Will Be A Big “What If” For JVC Boys Golf

One of the biggest “what ifs” in the Huron area from the cancellation of spring high school sports is James Valley Christian boys golf. The Vikings were Class B champions last year, and lost just one senior, Carter Wells, who placed third in 2019. James Valley coach Phelan Stahl says the boys were eager to defend the title…

The Vikings have four seniors that didn’t get their senior season, including last year’s state medalist

Even with the loss of those seniors, Coach Stahl says James Valley will still bring back a ton of experience next year

The Vikings won the team title by 12 strokes last year.

HIGH SCHOOL GOLF–Senior Showcase in Pierre

Class B Boys–1-Austin Boomsma-JVC 74, 2-Tryg Aanenson-Freeman 82, 3-Luke Urevig-Debrook 84, 4-Riley Rankin-Jones Co 85, 5-Tee Saul-Crow Creek 87

Class B Girls–1-Josie Rush-Phillip 83, 2-Abbie Nelson-Newell 87, 3-Sophie Johnson-Estelline/Hendricks 92, 4-Mariah Van Zee-Platte/Geddes 94, 5-Katie Reif-McCook Central/Montrose 96

Class A Girls–T1-Lauryn Driscoll-West Central & Lauren Tims-SFC 84, T3-Mya Maxwell-Madison & Alexandra Carr-Verm 86, 5-Andy Root-Winner 89

Class AA Girls–T1–Sophie Jansa OG & Carly Kunkel OG-80, 3-Sunni Josephson-SFR 82, 4-Tanna Lehfeldt-BV 84, 5-Megan Dockter-Watertown 85

Missed Season is Good News/Bad News for Tiger Girls Golf

The final events of the South Dakota High School athletic season were set for today and tomorrow, state golf tournaments for three girls classes and Class B boys, but all were cancelled in April due to COVID 19. Its good news/bad news for Huron Tiger girls, as they had no seniors on the roster, but head coach Chris Rozell says a young and talented team missed a season’s worth of practice and competition…

Junior Karlie Bigelow, sophomores Kenya Bigelow and Libby Picek, and freshman Bryn Huber will all be back, and Rozell says all four girls will get their summer work in…

Rozell says number are an issue for Huron girls golf, and with no school the past two months, he hasn’t been able to recruit more golfers…

Huron finished 11th at AA last year, with Karlie Bigelow and Bryn Huber earning all state honors.

Ten Huron Tigers Seniors Don’t Get Final Track Season

The South Dakota State Track Meet was originally scheduled for Friday and Saturday in Sioux Falls, but was cancelled a month ago due to COVID. That means ten Huron Tiger seniors missed their final season to wear orange and black. Huron assistant track coach Angie Thomas says it was a strong senior group, including six girls…

Thomas says there were four senior boys….

Huron track and field got four practices in before the season was suspended, then cancelled, with one practice held outdoors.

2020 A Missed Oppurtunity for Huron Tiger Boys Tennis

Huron Tiger boys tennis coach Tim Hedblom says 2020 will wind up as a missed oppurtunity. Boys tennis, girls golf, and girls and boys track had their seasons cancelled this spring due to COVID. Hedblom says he didn’t have a senior on the roster, but still had a large number of kids miss a season of learning and experience

This spring was to have been the debut of a two class system, and Hedblom says Huron could have made a run in Class A.

Huron girls and boys were scheduled to host the ESD conference meet for the first time next year, but this spring’s cancellation means the Tigers will have to wait an extra year

The class A tournament was scheduled for Monday and Tuesday this week, with AA starting Thursday.


Schouten Named H Club Coach of the Year

Huron Tiger boys basketball coach Jon Schouten was named Huron H Club coach of the year last week during the athletic awards program. Huron boys basketball went 17 and 4 last winter, winning the ESD championship for the first time since 2014, and earned the second seed at the state AA tournament that wound up cancelled due to COVID. Schouten says you don’t get into coaching for the awards, but it is nice to be noticed…

He says his assistant coaches, JV coach Kody Kopfman, Sophomore coach David Westby, and Freshman coach Troy Brock were a great support staff…

Coach Schouten has three rambunctious boys at home, which leaves his wife Hannah with extra responsibility during the season….

Schouten has been in the Huron district for eight years, teaches at Buchanon School, and just finished his second season as head boys coach.


Individual Sports Awards–The TIGER AWARD Athletes are chosen because of their leadership, work ethic and positive attitude they demonstrated on a daily basis in their respective sports.

Boys Soccer–Most Improved-Aung Min, Tiger-Rogelio Sanchez Perez, MV-Bhat Kin
Girls Soccer–Most Improved-Htoo Ray, Tiger-Eh Poh, MV-Paw Hser Eh
Girls tennis–Most Improved-Bianca Medina, Tiger-Abigail Tomas, MV-Audrey Rubish
Boys Cross Country–Most Improved-Cheech Harmon, Tiger & MV-Will Radke
Girls Cross Country–Most Improved-Tatum Peterson, Tiger-Brooklyn Boetel, MV-Tori Buffington
Cheer–Most Improved-Cameron Ruth, Tiger-Macey Kline, MV-Hailey Bixler
Dance–Most Improved-Kiara Feild, Tiger Jamee Kattner, MV-Chloe Flolo
Boys Golf–Most Improved-Marty Boetel, Tiger-Nathan Gauer, MV-Landon Roberts
Football–Most Improved-Ethan Remington, Tiger & MV-Tyson Lien
Volleyball–Most Improved-Libby Rounds, Tiger-Tenley Buddenhagen, MV-Havyn Heinz
Gymnastics–Most Improved-McKenzie Paulson, Tiger-Kassie Decker, MV-Erica Zell
Wrestling–Most Improved-Tristan Cardona, Tiger-Blake Larsen, MV-Tyson Lien
Girls Basketball–Most Improved-Brooke Schiltz, Tiger-Tenley Buddenhagen, MV-Havyn Heinz
Boys Basketball–Most Improved-Nathan Boehrns, Tiger-Landon Hegg, MV-Kobe Busch
No awards presented for Girls & Boys Track, Boys Tennis, and Girls Golf due to COVID cancellation

Huron Jr Athletics Scholarship–Landon Hegg and Hayden Hegg
Huron H Club Scholarships–Havyn Heinz, Erica Zell, Braylee Thomas, Landon Hegg, hayden Hegg, Cooper Fryberger
Sandi Schaeffer Memorial–Havyn Heinz & Erica Zell
Dale Westberg Memorial–Landon Hegg
Dennis Busch Memorial–Teegan Evers
Female Athlete of the Year–Havyn Heinz
Male Athlete of the Year–Kobe Busch
Three Sport Award–Jacelyn Bankston, Kassie Decker, Havyn Heinz, Landon Hegg, Hayden Hegg, Teegan Evers
Mark Wendelgass Tiger Roar Scholarship Award–Hailey Bixler & Brandon Renner
H Club Coach of the Year–Boys Basketball Coach Jon Schouten

Parents who want a digital copy of the power point, video presentation or program handout, should contact Mr Rotert’s office & it can be sent by email.

Huron Tigers Planning Virtual Athletic Awards Night

The annual Huron H Club athletic awards program will go on as planned Thursday, May 14, although in virtual form due to COVID 19. Huron Tiger Activities Director Terry Rotert says voting on selections by coaches has been sent out, and the plan is to stay as close to normal as possible…

Rotert says he’s still working on what the virtual program will look like…

The virtual Huron H Club athletic awards program is planned for Thursday, May 14, at 7:00.

Girls B Basketball returning to Huron Arena

A decision from the South Dakota High School Activities Association to end combined basketball tournaments in Class A and AA has lead to changes in state tournament schedules.  Huron Tiger Activities Director Terry Rotert says Class B girls will return to the Arena next year…

Huron will also host B girls in 2023. Rotert says two other state tournaments will be in Huron next Fall.

Huron will also host AA boys golf and state oral interp in the Fall of 2021, and state cross country in the Fall of 2022.

Huron AD Looks back on State Basketball Cancellation

Huron High Activities Director Terry Rotert has been looking back as he moves forward. Rotert has been concentrating on what’s ahead for Huron athletics after the cancellation of all spring sports and state basketball. Rotert says at least gymnastics, wrestling, and girls basketball were able to complete their seasons, but he will always look back at the cancellation of state basketball…

Huron boys finished the season 17 and 4, going undefeated at home, winning the ESD title, and earning the second seed in the State AA tournament which wound up never happening.

Coach Tom Baszler left an impact on Huron Tiger Wrestling

Tom Baszler left a lasting impression on the Huron Tiger wrestling program. Baszler died unexpectedly Saturday night at age 52. Baszler was head assistant for 18 years, the first 17 with head coach Dan McCarty. Coach McCarty said Baszler teaching in the high school was invaluable since McCarty himself was an elementary teacher…

McCarty says Baszler’s greatest strength was the way he connected with kids in sports and in the classroom…

When he began teaching in Huron, Baszler spent three years as head wrestling coach in DeSmet before the position opened on Huron’s staff. His funeral service will be for family only, but will be streamed live on the Kuhler Funeral Home Facebook page at 2:00 tomorrow.

Coach Tom Baszler Remembered

A large number of cars took part Monday evening in a prayer parade for long time Huron teacher and coach Tom Baszler. Mr Baszler died suddenly Saturday night at age 52. Baszler was head track coach for the Tigers, and had served as an assistant in wrestling and was a developmental coach at several levels in football. He also taught for a time at Pride High before moving to the High School to teach math and then social studies. Huron High Ag Education teacher and coach Mike Postma says he and Tom Baszler arrived in Huron at the same time and grew together through teaching, wrestling, and football.

Postma says Mr Baszler had a lasting impact on him personally and professionally

Tom was lead assistant for Huron Tiger wrestling for 19 years, and we will hear Wednesday from former head coach Dan McCarty about his time with Mr Baszler.