Throwback Thusday - Jodi (Pipes) Altenberg joins Dana (Nielsen) Honner in SDHSBHOF

Former Armour Packer standout Jodi (Pipes) Altenberg was recently inducted into the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame. Head coach Burnell Glanzer and the highly ‘feathered’ hair of the Armour Lady Packers.

By Rich Winter

Really cool selection by the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall-of-Fame as former Armour Packer Jodi (Pipes) Altenberg was inducted into the greatest of the great, the Hall-of-Fame.

For younger folks, that don’t know or remember, “HOLAY” were the Armour Packer girls TUFF in the 80’s. With basketball only beginning for ladies in the mid to late 70’s, the Armour Packer girls were the first, Great Dynasty in South Dakota girls basketball.

In 1983 Armour beat Bennett County 39-24 (First state title)

1984 - Beat Jefferson 39-38 - State title (Fred Tibbits vs. Burnell Glanzer - WOW)

1985 - Beat McIntosh 61-38 - State Title

1986 - Beat Wakonda 63-45 - State Title

1987 - Beat Wakonda 62-44 - State Title

For Five consecutive years Armour owned Class B Basketball…For three of those titles (Pipes was the floor leader)

Jodi (Pipes) Altenberg credentials:

  • Armour went 73-3 and won three Class B titles

  • Senior year averaged 21 ppg (1,333 career points)

  • Three time All-State selection and a Miss Basketball Finalist.

University of South Dakota credentials.

  • Third in all-time assists with 507

  • 2nd in steals with 249

  • First team All NCC in 90-91 (12.2 ppg, 4.1 apg, 3.0 spg)

Very cool to see ANOTHER Armour Packer in the HOF - Dana (Nielsen) Honner

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The 1988 Armour High and 1993 Augustana grad was the first four-time all-conference women's basketball player in North Central Conference history.

Twice the 5-foot-11 forward was the NCC Most Valuable Player and a first-team NCAA Division II Kodak All-American. She ended her career as the all-time NCC scoring leader. She remains among Augustana’s career leaders in scoring (1,978 points, 2nd), rebounds (894, 2nd), steals (233, 6th), field goals made (845, 1st) and field-goal shooting (.538, 5th). She averaged 17.1 points and 7.7 rebounds in her Viking career.

At Armour, she was a four-year starter and three-time first-team all-stater, helping the Packers win five consecutive state Class B titles (1983-87), a feat unmatched in the small-school ranks. Armour was 123-4 in her four years as a starter, including a 47-game win streak to end her career. She finished her career No. 4 in state history in scoring (2,310 points) and in field-goal shooting (66 percent). She also had 965 rebounds. As a senior she averaged 26 points a game, shot 70 percent from the field and was named South Dakota's Miss Basketball.

Honner is a member of the Augustana and South Dakota High School Basketball halls of fame. She was named the NCAA Woman of the Year for South Dakota and received the Stan Marshall Award as the top female student-athlete in the NCC for 1992-93.