South Dakota Coaches: A call for all South Dakota coaches to become members of the South Dakota High School Coaches Association

By Rich Winter

Each year, particularly during basketball post-season awards announcements, a lot of people are frustrated when a kid, their kid, or a kid that kicked ass didn’t make an all-state team. We’ve written about this before, but kinda feels like west river is under-represented with coaches that can vote for these awards. The biggest reason isn’t east river snubbing the west, it is that not all coaches are members of the South Dakota High School Coaches Association, and thus, are not able to vote.

Ok, so how does one/coach get registered…

First thing is whether you are a basketball, volleyball, track, cross-country, wrestling, cheer coach, other, you MUST first become a member of the South Dakota High School Coaches Association

Directions on how to get registered…online

Once you have clicked on the site home page, click on the link just below the logo…


Once into the registration area, you must create an account…

Spoke with SDHSCA Executive Secretary this morning…”The cost of registration is $50 bucks”

(Often times, schools will pay that for their coaches that are getting registered)



In addition to registering as a member of the SDHSCA, coaches must also register for the specific sport they are coaching….(Example…basketball coaches must also become members of the South Dakota Basketball Coaches Association, same with all other sports - The cost of becoming a member of the Basketball Coaches Association is $20…)

Here are the 33 benefits to coaches becoming a member of the South Dakota High School Coaches Association…

  1. Select a Coach of the Year in all sports of boys’ athletics

  1. Select a Coach of the Year in all sports of girls’ athletics

  2. Select an Athletic Director of the Year

  3. Select an Assistant C.O.T.Y. in both boys’ and girls’ sports

  4. Select a C.O.T.Y. in Middle School/Junior High sports

  5. Provide Coach of the Year rings to all coaches and Athletic Directors being honored

  6. Select and honor a Sports Official of the Year

  7. Select a Distinguished Service Award recipient(s).

  8. Select the Bryan Brewer Spirit of Influence Award

  9. Select All Tourney basketball teams in boys’ and girls’ state tournaments

  10. Give awards to the top 25 cross country runners in all classes

  11. Select Outstanding Wrestlers in state tournaments

  12. Select Outstanding Football players in state playoffs

  13. Select Outstanding Track & Field boys' and girls' in state meets

  14. Select Outstanding Gymnasts in state tournaments

  15. Select Outstanding Volleyball, Golf and Tennis players in state meets

  16. 25 Year Coaches Award

  17. Award $1000 SDHSCA Scholarships

  18. Award a $1000 scholarship to a student trainer/manager.

  19. Contribute to South Dakota Special Olympics

  20. Hold an annual Awards Banquet

  21. Provide a free coaches clinic each summer

  22. Provide grants for coaches to attend national conferences

  23. Members of the SDHSCA are given the opportunity to nominate and to vote for all awards

  24. Membership in the SDHSCA entitles members to hold membership in the National High School Athletic Coaches Association

  25. Membership in the NHSACA entitles our Coaches of the Year to be nominated for district and national honors

  26. Provides free electronic copy of Coach & AD magazine

  27. SDHSCA membership cards admit members to most college athletic events

  28. Established the SDHSCA Hall of Fame displayed at Frost Arena at SDSU

  29. Provide rings for Hall of Fame inductees

  30. State is divided into regions, giving representation on the Board of Directors to all sports and areas

  31. Provide $2,000,000/$1,000,000 liability insurance as a benefit

  32. $5,000 Accidental Death Insurance Policy

Would like to see every coach in South Dakota registered for this. So many benefits including things like recognizing Distinguished Service Awards to Educators and coaches across South Dakota.

Let’s get this done…

One to watch: 2019/2020 should be a MONSTER year for Canton's Shaeden Scheidt

At left, Canton’s All-State fullback, Shaeden Scheidt takes on Chamberlain’s Nash Hutmacher during a football game last fall. At right, Scheidt taking on Parkston’s Dawson Semmler in the state championship match at 160 lbs. in 2018.

By Rich Winter

One of the guys we’ll be keeping tabs on this calendar year is Canton senior Shaeden Scheidt.


A couple reasons…

  1. Sheidt is one of 11 returning All-State Class 11B football players. He was named all-state at Fullback for a much improved Canton football team….(Love the picture Laura Halverson Hutmacher took in the upper-left hand corner as Scheidt, giving up almost 100 lbs. takes on Nebraska signee Nash Hutmacher.

Canton had a great football season a year ago before faltering in the playoffs. One would think the C-Hawks will be ranked in the top-5 when the 11B all-state preseason rankings come out.

2. Scheidt will be aiming for his first state wrestling title after finishing 2nd, each of the last three seasons.


Did a little digging in track wrestling this morning to check out what this St. Cloud State signee has been up to the last four years of his wrestling career.

2016 - 43 wins (won one match at the state tournament.

2017 - 44 wins, lost to Dawson Semmler (Parkston) 4-0 in the Class B 160 lb. SHIP.

2018 - 35 wins, lost to Dawson Semmler 3-1 in the 160 lb. SHIP

2019 - 52 wins, lost to Josh Crownover (Bon Homme) 6-5 in the SHIP.

Schiedt has 174 wins in the last four seasons….Let’s say he gets 50 in 2019/2020 - Would put him around 225 career wins (might have some wins as a 7th-grader (Not sure)….

All-State football guy, three time state wrestling runner-up…Yeah I’ll be pulling for this guy!

Canton wrestling team makes Academic All-State

We in the media never talk about this stuff enough. Jeremy Swenson and Jeremy Ask have done a superb job over in Canton pumping out incredible wrestlers and really tearing up the landscape of Class B wrestling over the last few years plus.

In addition to the outstanding wrestlers, Canton produces Academic Winners. Of all the athletic teams in Canton, the wrestling team was the only one to achieve the Team Academic All-State Award


Go get em BIG NASH: South Dakota wrestling tournaments are gonna be WICKED!!


Chamberlain’s Nash Hutmacher, a junior will be looking for a 3rd-consecutive 285 title during this weekend’s South Dakota Class A state wrestling championships.

By Rich Winter,

Four years ago, on this exact date, as the Panic Button, I wrote a piece about this chunky little 8th-grader at Chamberlain that was in contention for a state title as an 8th-grader…Think the premise was something like how can an 8th-grade boy be in contention at 285? U NEVER SEE THAT!

Well, that year, I think Little, BIG, Hutmacher finished 5th…

And he hasn’t lost since…

Yep, 119 consecutive wins…state titles as a freshman and a sophomore.


I think most of South Dakota tuned in last February to watch as Hutmacher defeated Nick Casperson (who moved up two weights to get this match), 3-1 in a match that 64-thousand people watched on South Dakota Public Broadcasting…

Here is the final period of that match from SDPB!!

This year, the Polar Bear (as he is affectionately known) is 29-0.

  • 29 straight pins

  • Only one match made it to the 2nd-period

That match was against Class A No. 2 285 guy, Kaden Johnson

In the Region 3A final: Hutmacher ‘allowed’ Johnson to be with him on the mat for 77 seconds.

At any rate, we at Sacred Hoops wanted to wish all of the wrestlers competing in this weekends state meets the best of luck. Wrestling is such a special sport and the fans woven in this community are hard-working, driven, passionate folks that put a ton of work into THEE most challenging winter sport in the prep ranks.

Gonna be tons of elation and tons of heartbreak and teams, fans and towns going nuts because their WRESTLERS r doing well….Hang in there wrestling mom’s only few more days to go…unless u have little kids going then let the MADNESS continue for a few more weeks!

Hey, if u want to tune into the B and A tournaments: Those events will be televised by South Dakota Public Broadcasting at:

Can Custer/Edgement hang with the Big-Dogs at the Mid-Dakota MONSTER

By Rich Winter

A year ago Jared Webster’s Custer/Edgemont wrestling team hit the Mid-Dakota Monster tournament a blip on everyone’s Class B wrestling radar. A year ago, Custer/Edgemont placed 7th out of 26 teams…BUT, as wrestlers across South Dakota gather for Friday and Saturday’s Mid-Dakota MONSTER in Presho, u gotta think the mostly B field is itching to get a look at what Class B ranked No. 7 Custer/Edgemont team that has been roughing up folks out west is made of.

Is Chance Grill the most underrated wrestler in South Dakota


Grill is currently ranked No. 6 at 152 lbs. Despite finishing 2nd in the Rapid City Invitational, Grill has not yet ascended the rankings.

Grill won the monster at 138 lbs. a year ago and he’ll run into a 152 lb. field in Presho that includes.

No. 1 - Trevor Peters Winner

No. 3 - Isaac Olson - MOPO

No. 4 - Frank Evan - B/G

Other ranked Custer/Edgemont wrestlers:

106 - No. 4 - Logan Graf - CUS/EDG

113 - No. 2 - Jestyn Woodword - CUS/EDG

120 - No. 12 - Jonathan Lewis - CUS/EDG

138 - No. 11 - Brennen Hanes - CUS/EDG

145 - No. 9 - Irail Griffin - CUS/EDG

160 - No. 5 Levi Mines - CUS/EDG

170 - No. 66 Micaiah Grace - CUS/EDG

182 - No. 11 - Jerett Woodward - CUS/EDG

Canton looks like they may break the Class B state meet scoring record.

January projections for state meet: Bolded teams will be at the Monster

Canton 225

Winner Area 117

Wagner 97

Burke/Gregory 90

K/WL/P-G 77

Redfield 70

Custer/Edgement 70

Nice opportunity for the kids from Custer/Edgemont to see how they stack up against some of the best teams in the state.

Winner’s Kaiden Keiser, 120 is the No. 1 ranked wrestler at 120 lbs. Teammate, Wyatt Turnquist is No. 2 at 132…and 9th-grader Achilles Willuweit, ranked No. 7 in the 285 lb. division among those I’ll be looking for.

 Eli Mines (No. 9 at 145 pounds) and Levi Mines (No. 5 at 152 pounds), the combined Custer/Edgemont wrestling team placed seventh out of 26 teams at this past weekend’s Mid-Dakota Monster in Presho, hosted by Lyman County.

Edgemont junior Chance Grill was the lone individual champion for the Wildcat team, as he placed first overall in the 138-pound weight class, coming up from his third-seeded position. He had pins in round one and two, a 10-0 major decision win in the quarterfinals, and then won 2-0 over the second-seeded Kegan Pearman of  Mobridge-Pollock in the semi-finals.

Saturday conversations: Northern State awaits but Winner's Wyatt Turnquist ready for 1-more-run...

By Rich Winter

One week from Saturday, Winner senior Wyatt Turnquist will buckle up for the first-wrestling action of what should be a fantastic senior season. Turnquist has already signed to continue his academic and athletic career at Northern State, BUT, the one thing missing from a very decorated medal/trophy chest is a state individual title.

A year ago, Turnquist was 42-4 and lost 4-0 in the state championship bout to 44-1 Kellyn March of Canton.

A week ago Turnquist was named Academic All-State for cross-country, a sport he has twice qualified for the State meet in. A member of Team South Dakota, Turnquiest has taken his talents to all part of the country, and along the way became pretty tight with Chamberlain Cub, Nash Hutmacher….

As part of a Saturday conversation: Turnquist talks about his journey, his upcoming season and being part of the Winner Warrior wrestling machine…