Four individuals will be inducted into the Pierre Riggs High School Athletic Hall of Fame at halftime of Friday night’s boys basketball game at Riggs Gymnasium against Douglas.
This year’s inductees are contributor Charles H. Burke III, golf coach John Knox and athletes Toby and Tyler Bryant.
The Riggs Athletic Hall of Fame has been around since 1997. How every class is put together is fairly simple.
“We have a committee that picks the nominees,” Riggs Athletic Hall of Fame chairman Skip Kurth told the Capital Journal. “Some people are nominated outside of the committee. We have a form for people to fill out, and there is a criteria.”
The last time the Riggs Athletics Hall of Fame inducted people was during halftime of last year’s Homecoming football game against Brookings when Ken Koistenen, Trent Merkwan, Troy Buschbom and Jon Rapp were inducted for their contributions on the 1988 Governors football team that made it to the DakotaDome. It was the first Govs football team that ever made it to the State Football Championship game in Vermillion.
“We had the Hall of Fame inductions then because they were all from football,” Kurth said. “We normally do these inductions during basketball season, but last year was a special case.”
This year’s inductees of Burke III, Knox and the Bryants come from different backgrounds. Burke III is being inducted for his contributions to the Riggs athletic programs, including buying the scoreboards for the school’s various athletic facilities as well as donating to make sure the BankWest Field House became a reality. Knox was the coach of five individual state golf state champions between boys and girls golf, as well as the 2013 Lady Govs golf team that won the AA State Championship. Toby Bryant is being inducted for being a three time State Wrestling champion and an All-State football player. Tyler Bryant was an All-ESD Conference running back on the football field, and a three time State Wrestling champion.