College basketball to become part of Mike Miller Classic
(September 28, 2015) - For the second straight year, the Mike Miller Classic will take on a different format.
This year - in addition to high schools from South Dakota and around the country
- the annual basketball event will include four college basketball teams, including Dakota Wesleyan University.
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Schedule Announced for 6th Annual Mike Miller Classic!
(September 28, 2015) - The Mike Miller Foundation today announced the complete schedule for the 6th Annual Mike Miller Classic. The Classic, presented by First Dakota National Bank and Sanford Health in conjunction with the Mike Miller Foundation, will be held from December
28-29 with games tipping off from two of the top basketball venues in South Dakota
- the Corn Palace in Mitchell and the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls. In addition, this year's event will feature the addition of a memorial that will feature college teams for the first time in Mike Miller Classic history.
The Corn Palace will showcase Session 1 on Monday, December 28 and Session 2 on Tuesday, December 29, while the Sanford Pentagon will host Sessions 3 and 4 on Tuesday, December 29. This marks the second straight year the Classic has been held in multiple locations after expanding to Sioux Falls in 2014.
Nineteen schools from nine states will participate in the
two-day festivities. Eight schools will represent the host state of South Dakota, including two high schools from Mitchell (Mitchell High School, Mitchell Christian High School), three high schools from Sioux Falls
(O'Gorman, Roosevelt, Washington), as well as Ethan High School, Bridgewater-Emery High School and the NAIA's Dakota Wesleyan University, based in Mitchell.
Three schools from Minnesota, hailing from Minneapolis (Patrick Henry High School, DeLaSalle) and the greater Minneapolis area (Prairie Seeds Academy), in addition to schools from Florida, Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada, Tennessee, Washington and Wisconsin will compete in the event.
The complete schedule can be found below or by visiting
The 2015 edition of the Mike Miller Classic will feature the 2nd Annual
"Coach Gary Munsen Tournament," named for Miller's renowned former coach. The first two games of the Tournament will
tip-off during Session 1 on Monday, December 28
at the Corn Palace with defending tournament champion DeLaSalle taking on Sioux Falls Washington and Mitchell High School squaring off with Woodinville High School (WA). Two more games, including the Coach Gary Munsen Tournament Championship Game, will take place at Sessions 3 and 4 on Tuesday, December 29 at the Sanford Pentagon.
Coach Gary Munsen is one of South Dakota's most prolific and successful basketball coaches, having coached boys' basketball for 46 years, including 42 as a head coach. He served the final 39 years of his career as the head coach for
state-power Mitchell High School, where he guided the Kernels to 34 state tournament appearances, 18 Eastern South Dakota Conference titles, five state
runner-up honors and nine state championships. Coach Munsen ranks second in South Dakota state history for boys' basketball coaching wins.
This year, the event also will see the addition of the
"Doug Martin Classic," in memory of former Dakota Wesleyan University basketball coach Doug Martin. In addition to Dakota Wesleyan, colleges from Florida (Florida National University), Kansas (University of Saint Mary) and Wisconsin (Cardinal Stritch University) will be participating with two games to be played during Session 1 on Monday, December 28 and two games during Session 2 on Tuesday, December 29, all at the Corn Palace.
Coach Doug Martin led DWU to four conference titles (1990, 1992, 1995, 1997) and an NAIA Division II National Tournament berth in 1995 during his 17 years with the program
(1988-2005). He was named conference Coach of the Year three times (1990, 1999, 2001) and, along with his father Rod, became part of the first
father-son duo to be inducted into the Wisconsin Basketball Association Hall of Fame.
The 6th Annual Mike Miller Classic will conclude with Sioux Falls O'Gorman hosting powerhouse Findlay Prep (NV) in the Session 4 finale on Tuesday, December 29 at the Sanford Pentagon. Findlay Prep has posted a
252-17 record over the past eight seasons, reaching the National High School Tournament Final Four six times and winning three national championships in that span. Coached by Andy Johnson, Findlay Prep has had 10 McDonald's
All-Americans, while nine Pilots have gone on to play in the NBA.
The 6th Annual Mike Miller Classic Schedule
Monday, December 28 at The Corn Palace in Mitchell, S.D.
11 a.m. Mitchell Christian High School (SD) vs. Prairie Seeds Academy (MN)
Doug Martin Classic (Game 1)
12:45 p.m. Cardinal Stritch University (WI) vs. University of Saint Mary (KS)
Coach Gary Munsen Tournament (Game 1)
2:30 p.m. Sioux Falls Washington (SD) vs. DeLaSalle (MN)
4:15 p.m. Bridgewater-Emery (SD) vs. Memphis University School (TN)
Coach Gary Munsen Tournament (Game 2)
6 p.m. Mitchell High School (SD) vs. Woodinville High School (WA)
7:45 p.m. Sioux Falls O'Gorman (SD) vs. Patrick Henry (MN)
Doug Martin Classic (Game 2)
9:30 p.m. Dakota Wesleyan University (SD) vs. Florida National University (FL)
Tuesday, December 29 at The Corn Palace in Mitchell, S.D.
5 p.m. Bridgewater-Emery (SD) vs. Patrick Henry (MN)
Doug Martin Classic (Games 3 & 4)
6:45 p.m. Florida National University (FL) vs. Cardinal Stritch University (WI)
8:30 p.m. Dakota Wesleyan University (SD) vs. University of Saint Mary (KS)
Tuesday, December 29 at The Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D.
11:30 a.m. Ethan High School (SD) vs. Wynot High School (NE)
Coach Gary Munsen Tournament (Game 3)
1:15 p.m. 3rd Place in Coach Gary Munsen Tournament vs. 4th Place in Coach Gary Munsen Tournament
3 p.m. Prairie Seeds Academy (MN) vs. Memphis University School (TN)
5:45 p.m. Sioux Falls Roosevelt (SD) vs. Lausanne Collegiate School (TN)
Coach Gary Munsen Tournament Championship Game
7:30 p.m. 1st Place in Coach Gary Munsen Tournament vs. 2nd Place in Coach Gary Munsen Tournament
9:15 p.m. Sioux Falls O'Gorman (SD) vs. Findlay Prep (NV)
Tickets start at $10 per session and can be purchased at: http://www.cornpalace.com or http://www.ticketmaster.com.
Or by calling the Corn Palace Box Office at 605.995.8430 or the Sanford Pentagon Box Office at 605.312.7900.
About the Mike Miller Foundation
The Mike Miller Foundation's mission is to provide aid to disadvantaged or disabled children and to encourage children to have a healthy lifestyle. The Mike Miller Foundation has donated over 1.7 million in money and in kind donations to the Sanford Children's Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the Youth Athletic Foundation, St Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee and the
Make-A-Wish Organizations in both Tennessee and South Dakota.