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Four individuals, ’85 track team are 2013 BVHS Hall of Fame inductees
By From staff reports

March 13. 2013 1:58PM
Four individuals and a state track and field team will be inducted March 23 into the Brandon Valley Booster Club’s Hall of Fame.

The 2013 inductions will take place at the annual banquet, which begins with a social hour at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 and the program at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the banquet are $20 each and can be purchased until Friday in the Brandon Valley High School office.
This year’s inductees are the 1985 Lynx track and field team, and Brandon Valley standout student-athletes Ryan Tobin, Eric Halseth, Lee Magnuson and David Behan.
1985 BVHS track & field team
Reprinted from the May 30, 1985 Brandon Valley Challenger

Quality was job one.

Brandon Valley athletes turned in quality performances and picked up premium team point to claim the school’s first-ever state Class AA track championship.

The new state track champions relied n an old formula to win it. Team work. The Lynx claimed only three first place finishes on the track at Howard Wood, but placed highly in every event to amass 97 team points. Sioux Falls Washington was a distant second with 62, followed by Douglas with 60, Rapid City Stevens with 54, Raid City Central with 48, Mitchell with 39, Watertown with 30, Huron with 28, Yankton with 25, Sturgis and Brookings with 24, Sioux Falls O’Gorman with 17, Aberdeen Central with 14 and Pierre with 11.

Brandon Valley became only the second team in state Class AA history to wrest the coveted track frown from the Sioux Falls or Rapid City schools. The only other team to do so was back in 1962, when the Flandreau Indians took the title home.

But true champions must face the test of adversity, and these young competitors faced it early in the state meet. During the 3200-meter relay on Friday, Tate Metcalf took the baton and headed for his first look around the track. At the beginning of his second lap, the baton was jarred from his hand in a crowd. When he retrieved it, the Big Red was dead last in the race. But Metcalf’s second lap was run on pure determination.
When the runners cane in to hand off again, Brandon Valley was in third place. And Metcalf had clocked a two-minute flat half-mile.

The Lynx went on to take second place in the event, finishing behind Mitchell, which reeled off a new state record time of 7:52.64.

After that race, the team pulled together and their athletic skills peaked. Other Friday final events saw Kevin Nelson spark the team with a second place finish in the open half. He clicked off a time of 1:57.75 in the 800, an impressive time for a young man down with mononucleosis a week prior to the regional meet.

And Brandon Valley’s distance runners did their thing on Friday, racking up third and fourth place spots in the 3200-meter run. Kent TeKrony took third in 9:32 and Chris Anderson earned fourth in 9:36.4.

After the first day, Brandon Valley held 26 team points just 10 behind first place Sioux Falls Lincoln. But Saturday’s qualifiers would blow that gap open for the Lynx the following day.

Lynx relay teams took first in the 800 and second in the 3200-, 400-, medley and 1600-meter baton events. The state champion 800-meter relay team is comprised of sprinters Brian Tait, Jeff Melsha, Jon Tveidt and Mark Mattox.

Matt Swenson successfully defended his state Class AA discus championship, winning the event with a throw of 164-11. Mark Moeller chalked up a sixth place finish in the event, tossing the discus 145-4. Mattox blazed to a fifth place spot among the state’s fastest young men, ripping off a time of 11.69 for fifth in the 100-meter dash.

Distance runners Anderson and TeKrony teamed up to again collect valuable team points in the 1600-meter run. Anderson circled the track for second in the mile with a time of 4:22.26 while TeKrony locked up third place in 4:23.99.

And Metcalf returned home with his first state championship in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles, earning the state title with a time of 39.1. It was fitting that this race locked up the state track championship for Brandon Valley, after the junior sprinter had encountered misfortune the previous day.

Saturday was “Big Red Day” at the state meet. As the events unfolded on the pro-turf track, athletes in the red and black could be seen cheering their teammates on at strategic points on the infield. And there was always a squadron of red and black-clad tricksters swarming around the finish line to congratulate those blue chip performances.

The southeast section of the main grandstand became Lynx country at the state meet, as cheers rolled out of that section for the efforts of the red and black, as Lynx track fans had waited a long time for this moment.

And it was one to be savored, particularly over a cold soft drink and a piece of pizza at Happy Joe’s in Sioux Falls. Parents and fans treated the team to a pizza party after the meet, expressing their appreciation to the new state champs.

But the fun did not end there. The team and coaching staff were honored Tuesday night at a program in the school gym set up by the Brandon Valley Booster Club.

Members of the 1985 South Dakota Class AA track champions include Chris Anderson, Scott Schagger, Jon Tveidt, Brian Tait, Kevin Nelson, Rob VanRoe, Dam Versteeg, Jeff Melsha, Mark Moeller, Kent TeKrony, Mark Mattox, Matt Swenson and Tate Metcalf.
Ryan Tobin, Class of ‘93
Brandon Valley’s Class of 1993 Ryan Tobin made his legacy on the wrestling mats.
The five-year letter winner was a four-time state meet place winner. He captured fifth as a young freshman and fourth as a sophomore. In his junior season, he was undefeated until the state semifinals, which forced him to finish with the third place medal. His high school career culminated in an undefeated season, a state championship and being named the Outstanding Wrestler at the state meet. He was then invited to the High School National Meet, where he placed sixth and was named an All-American.

Tobin continued his wrestling career at the University of Nebraska, where he lettered four years. There, he was a three-time All-American, placing eighth, third and fourth in order his final three years, winning several academic honors along the way as well. Tobin was also the 1997 Pan American and University National champion.

His wrestling career continued with USA Wrestling and took him around the world with great success. In 2004, he won third place at the US Open, won the Olympic Team Regional competition and participated in the Olympic Team Trials.

His favorite memories as a Lynx wrestler include all of the time on and off of the mat with the Class of 1993 and his championship, which represented years of hard work, sacrifice and commitment that they all had for each other.
Eric ‘Moose’ Halseth, Class of ‘95
Starting in the eighth grade, under the guidance of Coach Denny Halseth, the younger Halseth was a fixture as a team manager for Lynx football. He was the lead manager for the varsity football team for 10 years, lettering all four years of high school in this position.

Halseth’s love of the sport and passion for the job kept him providing this service many years following graduation. He had the honor of serving as manager for Brandon Valley’s first state championship team in 1984 and managed for a total of five state championship teams over his career. Two of those teams have been inducted into the Brandon Valley Athletic Hall of Fame.

Halseth, also known as “Moose,” was well known in the community as Brandon Valley’s No. 1 fan supporting all Lynx teams, as he could always be counted on to be a fixture in the stands.

Among Halseth’s best memories at Brandon Valley was the time spent on the field with his father and brother, and the many relationships he formed with all people associated with Lynx athletics.
David Behan, Class of ‘91
As a nose guard and fullback, Behan was a three-year letter winner and helped lead the Lynx to three straight football championships in 1988, 1989 and 1990. As a junior and senior, he was named All-Conference, All-State and Elite 45 as a nose guard and fullback, respectively.

Behan was named the Joe Robbie Most Valuable Player in the 1989 and 1990 state championship games and set the 11AA championship game rushing record in 1990.

He also possesses the school rushing record (1,417 yards) and tied the school record for rushing touchdowns in a game – four – as a senior. Behan also landed the South Dakota Gatorade Player of the Year award following his senior season.

Behan went on to continue his football career at Ricks College in Utah.

His favorite Lynx memories include celebrating each championship game victory on the field at the DakotaDome with teammates, coaches, family and fans. The pre-game locker room blaring of “Thunderstruck” and “Welcome to the Jungle” also kindle a rush of emotions.
Lee Magnuson, Class of ‘73
As a four-year letter winner, Magnuson was a standout hurdler and sprinter for the Lynx track and field team. He won conference titles in his junior and senior seasons in both the low and high hurdle events, and as a junior he placed in the state meet in both events.

His senior season saw him win a state championship in the low hurdles, while also placing third in the high hurdles and a place-winning relay team. His low hurdle time was the fastest of all three classes at the state meet. He also set school record for low hurdles, which held strong for nearly 30 years.

On the basketball team, Magnuson scored a trio of school letters and was a two-year starting forward. He was named All-Conference and Lynx MVP as a senior while averaging 13 points and seven rebounds per game.

Magnuson also made a name for himself on the cross country scene, lettering four years in the sport.

He continued his track and field career at the University of South Dakota until injury ended his career.

His favorite memories include his senior year at the state meet in Mitchell, where the cinder track was flooded during the meet by a rainstorm.

The late Eric ‘Moose’ Halseth, Brandon Valley Class of 1995, is one of four individuals and a state championship track team that will be inducted into the Brandon Valley Athletic Hall of Fame March 23. Submitted sketch

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