Special Olympics banquet tonight

The Special Olympics Black Hills Annual Athlete Recognition Banquet will take place on Thursday, December 13th from 5:30pm – 7:30pm in the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center’s Alpine/Ponderosa Room. The event is held to recognize Special Olympics athletes who participate in sports throughout the year, as well as coaches who will receive a special certificate of thanks.

During the event, coaches will award ribbons, pins, and letters to participants. Every individual will receive a ribbon, and those who attended practices and state events will be eligible to receive a letter for their appropriate school. This year was especially important, marking the first seasons for skiing and golf. 2012 was also the first year children in wheelchairs were able to participate on the aquatics team. “The kids just loved it,” says administrative assistant Donna Bottema of the new swimming opportunities. “There’s been quite a few changes over the last couple of years. Thursday’s event is a celebration to award every Special Olympics athlete for the last year and to thank all the coaches and participants for their hard work.”

The banquet will be complete with servings of pizza and sub sandwiches, and parents are invited to bring desserts.

The banquet will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. tonight in the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center’s Alpine/Ponderosa Room.

Kid Rockers camp this weekend

The South Dakota School of Mines men's basketball program and Kieffer Family Dental will be holding the annual Hardrocker Kid Rockers Basketball camp Saturday at the King Center in Rapid City.

The camp is for boys and girls in grades K-6 and the cost is $25 per camper, $40 for two campers in the same family or $50 for three campers in the same family.

A basketball session will be taught by the Hardrocker men's basketball team and campers will be given free admission to all Hardrocker basketball home games when they wear their 'Rocker t-shirt for the rest of the season. They will also be perform the skills they learned during halftime of the Feb. 2 home game against Johnson & Wales.

Checks can be sent to: Men's Basketball, SDSM&T, 501 E. St. Joseph St., Rapid City SD 57701.

Ginsbach gets first win with 'Diggers

Lead-Deadwood handed first-year head coach Wade Ginsbach his first win at the helm of the Golddiggers, rallying for an 85-77 win over Newell in a non-conference boys basketball game on Tuesday in Lead.

Four players reached double-digit point production for the ‘Diggers (1-1 overall). Gabe Dirksen led the way with 21 points, followed by Garrett Mack with 20, Jett Rogers 11 and Zach Ulmer 10.

Tyler Hohenberger netted a game-high 28 points for the Irrigators (1-2). Will Orwick canned 15 and Wacey Boylan added 14.

Lead-Deadwood meets Newcastle, Wyo., in the State Line Shootout in Lead on Friday. Newell visits Tiospaye Topa on Friday.                                            -- Journal staff

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