On and Off-Field: SDPB Goes Beyond Game Day

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South Dakota State Football Championships are November 8-10 and SDPB will be live at the DakotaDome to bring you the championship games, interviews with coaches, stats, and awards.

Championships are the culmination of a season of hard work. For players, coaches and fans, football is more than just a Friday night activity. Football extends off the field and into the communities and lives of those involved. SDPB’s online digital short video series, Tales of the Gridiron, tells the stories of triumph, hope, and heart on and off the football field.

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In the town of Estelline, high school sports are a big part of everyday life. For the Redhawks football team, it’s no different. Football is typically a boys’ sport, but the “Girls of Fall,” Kaytlyn Hawley and Christine Nefzger, chose a love of football over the status quo. Hawley and Nefzger have played since grade school and have a strong bond with each other and the team. Head coach Jeremy Bachman sums up their influence: “I don’t feel like I’m coaching girls, I’m coaching football players and I like that.”  Both girls love the opportunity they’ve been given, and they wouldn’t trade it for anything.

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In nearby Volga & Brookings, two high school sports officials are some of the longest serving in the state - and despite some of the verbal abuse they endure, both love what they do. Meet the Duffy Brothers.  Gary is a farmer in Volga, and Terry is a banker in Brookings, but on Friday nights they put on the zebra striped uniforms to ref high school football. “You put up with the fans,” explains Terry Duff. “But the most rewarding aspect is working with the kids, conversing with the kids during the game, and hopefully having a good time.”


2018 South Dakota High School Football Championships

Tune in to SDPB for complete coverage of the 2018 South Dakota High School Football Championships live from the DakotaDome at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.

All games air live on SDPB1 and on SDPB.org.


Thursday, November 8

Class 9A – 9:30am (8:30 MT)

Class 9AA – 1:30pm (12:30 MT)

Class 11A – 7pm (6 MT)


Friday, November 9

Class 9B – 9:30am (8:30 MT)

Class 11B – 1:30pm (12:30 MT)

Class 11AA – 7pm (6 MT)


Saturday, November 10

Class 11AAA – 7pm (6 MT)




More Tales of the Gridiron digital shorts can be found on SDPB’s Facebook page.

@SoDakPB on Facebook & Twitter


Coverage of high school activities is sponsored by Dacotah Bank and SD Corn. And by SDSU, SDN Communications, SD Department of Education, and Independent Insurance Agents of SD. And by Touchstone Energy, Sanford Health and Lake Area Tech. And by Catholic United Financial, Dakota Plains New Holland, Delta Dental, Farmer’s Union, Fischer Rounds and SD Ethanol.

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