JAY DAVIS: Schleckeway to be enshrined in high school hall of fame

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I received a very cool email from the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame. The press release said that 1964 Britton High School graduate Jim Schlekeway will be inducted into the Hall of Fame during the fourth annual induction ceremony in Madison on March 23.

While most of you know about Schlek’s coaching career, he had a little game in his youth. He was a standout player and scoring machine at Britton and Northern before embarking on his coaching career.

When time closes in on March 23, we’ll delve into the Britton days with the coach. It will be an interesting drive down memory lane.

Schlekeway will be part of a 16-person induction ceremony, which will be held at the Madison Community Center and Dakota Playhouse.

This being just the fourth class to be inducted, the list to be enshrined this year includes some of the greatest high school basketball players in South Dakota history.

The headliner of this year’s class (after Schlekeway) is Mitchell High School graduate and reigning NBA champion Mike Miller. Also expanding the hall of fame to 65 members are Scott Bosanko of Farmington, N.M. (Aberdeen Central, 1977), Amy Mickelson Brecht of Sioux Falls (Brookings, 1986), Chris Divich of San Antonio, Texas (Doland, 1952), Carol (Freeman) Galbraith of Winner (Canova, 1979), Clyde Hagen of Sioux Falls (Webster, 1966), Garney Henley of Huron (Hayti, 1955), Kent Hyde of Little Rock, Ark. (Onida, 1954), Gerald Lund of Buhl, Idaho (Belle Fourche, 1957), Chad Nelson of Edgartown, Mass. (Yankton, 1974), Renee Ruesink of Sioux Falls (Castlewood, 1984), Wayne Stone of Mitchell (Mitchell, 1941), Wendy Swanhorst of Denver, Colo. (Cresbard, 1978), Marty Waukazoo of San Leandro, Calif. (Rapid City, 1967) and Chuck Welke Jr. of Thompson, N.D. (Warner, 1994).

There are some great names from my tender years on the list, like Scott Bosanko, Chad Nelson and Wendy Swanhorst, but the big name I remember from my school years is Garney Henley. If you don’t know of him, look him up in the Canadian Football League Hall of Fame. I did a report on him once a long time ago and he has been a favorite sports figure ever since. A hint at the kind of player he was; Henley played both ways and when he retired he was the CFL’s all-time leader in receptions AND interceptions.

And now he gets to hang out with Schlek and enter the Hall of Fame on the same evening.

The South Dakota High School Hall of Fame is located in the Madison Community Center, at least for now. It will move to the Pentagon of Sioux Falls when that project is completed.

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