BHSU was in the spot light during the State A Girls Basketball Tournament earlier this month. The university and community has received many positive comments about the tournament and suggestions that it be held here in the future.

Black Hills State University and the entire Spearfish community is receiving praise and commendation for its successful hosting of the State A Girls Basketball Tournament.

“This was a campus-wide effort, and I would like to thank all of the people on campus who dedicated their time and hard work to make the tournament a success,” Dr. Kay Schallenkamp, BHSU president, said. “The laudatory comments by the media, participants, officials and fans are well deserved. The success of the tournament reflects the strong collaborative spirit between the campus and community.”

Schallenkamp also expressed her thanks to the Chamber of Commerce, local businesses and others who joined forces with BHSU to host the State A Tournament.”

The success of the tournament has been espoused in editorials in the Rapid City Journal, the Northern Hills Journal, the Black Hills Pioneer as well as through individual comments from parents, coaches, and officials. Many positive comments were also made by the South Dakota Public Broadcasting announcers during the statewide televised coverage of the tournament.

A Milbank parent wrote, “I have been to a lot of state tournaments and have never been to a town that has appreciated the teams and fans coming to their town like you folks did. Not only was everybody friendly but the fact that you went out of your way to get us a place to gather after the tournament was fantastic. Congratulations and I hope that you get to host a state tournament again as you all did a fantastic job.”

Richard Lewis at the Black Hills Pioneer, said, “There were many great things about the State A Tournament that are far too numerous to mention. However, I have come up with the five best things from the weekend.  No. 1, the host ... From the gift baskets and sponsorships of the teams to the little logistical things that made the tournament go off without a hitch, the host showed that it was a truly good one.”

The Rapid City Journal editorial board also praised the tournament host and noted that “the first ever state tournament was a success.”. The editorial included a comment from Bob Lowery, assistant executive director of the South Dakota High School Association, noting that all the teams indicated they were pleased with the way they were received and treated during the tournament and that he would recommend to his board that Spearfish continue to be a site for state tournaments in years to come.

Tim Velder, editor of the Northern Hills Journal, commended everyone involved in the tournament.

“Congratulations to Spearfish for putting its best foot forward during the State A Girls Basketball Tournament last week. The 2007 tournament itself will likely have a big place in basketball history. ...  With the innovative approaches that the planners put in place, I would say Spearfish accomplished its mission.”