Stoel to be inducted into SD basketball hall of fame

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

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Bernie Stoel of De Smet will be inducted into the South Dakota Amateur Basketball Hall of Fame during the 69th annual amateur basketball state tournament Feb. 20-21 in Rapid City.


Other inductees this year are  are Steve Malone of Brookings and John VanBeek of Rapid City.


Ace Boshee, a hall-of-fame promoter and referee from Aberdeen, nominated Stoel for the honor.


Stoel graduated in 1963 from high school in Edgerton, Minn., where he was a starter on the successful Edgerton Flying Dutchmen basketball team. The Flying Dutchmen. Stoel won all-state basketball honors during his senior year.



Following high school graduation, Stoel moved to Sioux Falls and, from 1964-70, played on a YMCA AAA league team. Along with playing against other AAA teams, they also traveled around to play college freshmen in preliminaries before freshmen were eligible to play varsity ball.


Stoel’s team won the league championship in 1967 and 1968.


Bernie Stoel is number 35 in the center of this photo of his championhip high school teamIn 1971, Stoel moved to De Smet, where he started an amateur team, the De Smet Indees.  He continued to manage, play and promote amateur basketball in De Smet for 13 years.


“With all of the talent that De Smet had in the early ‘70s, it would have been a shame if someone didn’t put a team together,” he said.


“Basketball in De Smet has always been huge, especially in the early ‘70s coming off back to back state championships,” he said. “Everyone loved basketball, and we played three nights a week.”


Donna Palmlund

Staff Writer

The De Smet News

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