Category: South Dakota

South Dakota Senate kills proposal to force transgender athletes to identify as birth gender

A South Dakota Senate panel has ended a proposal to change the state’s existing transgender athlete policy, ensuring that student athletes will continue to be allowed to compete as their identified gender.
The bill that had been proposed by South Dakota state Sen. Jim Bolin, numbered SB49, would have forced all athletes in the state to compete as the gender identified on their birth certificates. Yet, for the Senate to take up the bill, it first had to pass the Senate Education Committee, which instead voted 5-2 to reject the proposal.
Bolin expressed his disappointment that the bill would not go to a vote because it was an attempt to, “elevate the concept of fair competition in sex-segregated sports to a higher level.”
While the Family Heritage Alliance Action leadership expressed disappointment that the bill didn’t proceed, both South Dakota High School Activities Association Executive Director Dan Swartos and the ACLU or South Dakota breathed a sigh of relief that transgender teens would still be allowed to compete for a team that matches their gender identity, provided they pass the state’s existing guidelines for eligibility of transgender athletes.
The South Dakota Senate committee’s rejection of the bill keeps South Dakota from following in the footsteps of Texas, where the teen Mack Beggs has famously been forced to compete in girls wrestling despite his desire and that of other girls and boys wrestlers to have him compete in boys wrestling.
That won’t happen in South Dakota, which Chris Mosier, the internationally competitive trans triathlete and transgender spokesperson was happy to celebrate with the LGBTQ blog Outsports:
“There are known physical, mental, social, and psychological benefits for any person participating in sports,” Mosier told Outsports in an earlier interview about SB49. “For young people, it’s an opportunity for them to connect with their peers, and learn critical leadership and communication skills, and work with diverse teammates toward a common goal.
“Sport can help trans youth connect to their peers and learn more about themselves. I certainly felt that way; when I didn’t know who I was or how I fit in, sports gave me a purpose and a sense of belonging, and the values and skills I learned on teams comprise the core of who I am today.”

ALL-USA Watch: S.D. HS QB Garrett Stout accounts for six touchdowns in Pierre state title win

VERMILLION, S.D. — No. 1 Pierre High School (S.D.) got all it could handle from No. 6 Huron (S.D.) on Friday, but managed to pull away for a 38-20 win in the Class 11AA championship game.
Down 14-13 at halftime, Pierre rattled off 12 unanswered points between the third and fourth quarters to start taking control. The go-ahead score came late in the third off a long scoring drive that ended with a short TD run by quarterback Garrett Stout. After hold Huron to a 3-and-out, Maguire Raske marched the Governors down the field with three straight carries, before closing out the drive with a 22-yard touchdown reception.
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Down but not out, Huron responded with a circus touchdown pass from Jett McGirr to Cooper Fryberger, who reached around defensive back Lee Snyder’s head to make the catch and cut the score to 25-20 with 10:35 left, but it was all Pierre from there.
The Governors responded with 13 unanswered points to extinguish the Huron rally and claim its second consecutive 11AA title.
Stout finished the night with six total touchdowns, three through the air and three on the ground. He completed 16 of 28 passes for 248 yards and rushed for 111 yards on 31 carries. As a team, Pierre finished the night with 418 total yards.

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McGirr completed 11 of 27 passes for 215 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. His top receiver, Fryberger, caught four balls for 135 yards. Huron made up for a lack of production on the ground (-1 yards on 15 carries) with McGirr’s aerial attack.
Pierre played the role of the aggressor at the outset. After forcing a three-and-out on the game’s opening possession, the Governors embarked on an 11-play, 70-yard drive that concluded with a 15-yard TD pass from Stout to Maher. Stout struck again two minutes later, this time with a 76-yard toss to Andrew Coverdale.
By the end of the first quarter, Pierre held a 13-0 advantage on the scoreboard and a 166-10 advantage in total yards.
For more on Stout’s heroics and Pierre’s new title, visit our Gannett partner site, The Argus Leader.

VIDEO: Huron (S.D.) somehow scores TD on deflected pass in state title game

Sometimes a team needs a little luck to break through. Just ask Huron (S.D.) High School’s football players.
In the South Dakota Class 11AA Football Championship game, Huron found itself trailing 14-0 in the second quarter with the ball inside Pierre (S.D.) Riggs High School’s 15 yard line. They needed to score, and do so effectively and efficiently, so quarterback Jett McGirr bought himself time, then launched a ball into the middle, where he had a pair of receivers, both of whom were covered.

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McGirr’s pass bounced off one receiver, but happened to ricochet directly to teammate Daynon Huber, who grabbed it and strolled into the end zone to cut Riggs’ lead to 13-7.
The touchdown set Huron on its way, though it wasn’t enough to launch Huron to a state title; Riggs eventually captured a 38-20 win. Still, the most memorable moment was provided by Huron’s miracle touchdown, which won’t be forgotten anytime soon.