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    Profile: Dan Genzler

    High School and College Sports Analyst

    Recent Posts

    • Genz's Inside the Huddle - Why Chuck Noll Was One of the Greatest Coaches Ever

      It isn’t clear in my memory when I first became a Steelers fan. I know it was about the time that “Mean” Joe Greene arrived from North Texas University in 1969 as Pittsburgh’s first pick.

    • Genz's Inside the Huddle - My Take on Shot Clocks in Hoops

      Basketball has been over for a few months but as the summer hits, the heat has been turned up over a rule change which will incorporate a shot clock into South Dakota Class A basketball. With this rule change, Class A joins AA in using a shot clock in varsity basketball. Class B will stay the same.

    • Genz's Inside the Huddle - State Track Was Masterpiece Sports Theatre

      The 2014 South Dakota Track and Field Championships proffered clarity and substance.   In the competition, student-athletes from 7th grade to seniors, played their roles out in dramatic fashion. Athletes chased titles, both ind...   

    • Inside the Huddle – SD State Track and Field State Preview – B Tourney Baseball Recap

      With the South Dakota High School State Track and Field Meet set for Friday and Saturday, a horde of runners, throwers and jumpers will descend on the Queen City and area. AA competition will be held at McEeaney Field in Sioux Falls with Class A at Trojan Field in Madison with Class B at Howard Wood Field.  

    • Genz's Inside the Huddle - USD's Tyler Starr Drafted and Signed by Atlanta; Others Also Ink Deals

      Tyler Starr had some tense, if not tenuous moments, in his long wait through the NFL Draft on May 8-10. In the end, Starr, his family and supporters had plenty to smile about when the Coyote standout linebacker was picked in the seventh round by the Atlanta Falcons at #255 overall. Starr&r...   

    • Genz's Inside the Huddle -- A Look Back - Rube Hoy's Impact

      Carl B. “Rube” Hoy has been gone 40 years, but his simple life philosophy still offers a roadmap for anyone that wants to believe anything is possible. Hoy w...   

    • Genz's Inside the Huddle -- Miller, Schaefer Claim Miss and Mr. Basketball Titles

      The decision on Hanson Anderson’s Mr. and Miss Basketball appeared to be pretty clear in 2013-14. Arguably, the two most dominant players in South Dakota boys and girls basketball this past season were Steven Schaefer of Rapid City Stevens and Macy Miller of Mitchell. Both Schaefer and Miller lit up scoreb...   

    • Genz's Inside the Huddle - Recapping SD Girls BB Championships; Tallying Up Miller's Exploits

      AA Championship – SF Washington Takes 58-51 Decision over MitchellSioux Falls Washington (23-2) captured their 5th

    • Genz's Inside the Huddle - Recapping SD Girls BB Championships; Tallying Up Miller & Swedlund

      AA Championship – SF Washington Takes 58-51 Decision over MitchellSioux Falls Washington (23-2) captured their 5th

    • Genz's Inside the Huddle - Mitchell - Washington Meet in AA Final for All the Marbles

      Sioux Falls Washington to Face Mitchell in Battle of Top Two Seeds in AA Title Tilt(Editor's Notes: Game previews on St. Thomas More-Winner Class A final and Warner/Sanborn Central Woonsocket Class B final will be posted at spor...   

    • Genz's Inside the Huddle -- SD GBB State A Championship is All-West Affair with #1 STM & #3 Winner

      The State A Tourney is being held at the Young Center in Spearfish. Good thing – the West holds the upper hand in Class A in 2013-14. Both championship aspirants, Winner and St. Thomas More, are West River squads and have compiled dominant seasons. The two squads have a combined two losses with just Winner losing to an in-state school. West dominance has cl...   

    • Genz's Inside the Huddle -- In Class B Title Game - Defending Champ Warner Faces SC-Woonsocket

      While the top two seeds have fallen at the Class B Tournament in Huron, two other top-five teams have been impressive as they are set to meet in the championship. Defending champion Warner Monarchs remains in the hunt for a second straight title and has done it by rolling to 18 straight wins, including wins of 19 poi...   

    • Genz's Inside the Huddle - Def. Champ Warner Meets SC-Woonsocket in SD GBB B Final

      While the top two seeds have fallen at the Class B Tournament in Huron, two other top-five teams have been impressive as they are set to meet in the championship. Defending champion Warner Monarchs remains in the hunt for a second straight title and has done it by rolling to 18 straight wins, including wins of 19 points or more in the state tourney. On the opposite end of the floor, Sanb...   

    • Genz's Inside the Huddle - SD Girls Basketball State Tournament Preview

      The South Dakota Girls Basketball Tournament opens on Thursday with just one defending champion back to defend its crown. Warner, the #4 seed in Class B, captured the title in a 31-19 win over DeSmet a year ago. DeSmet isn’t back as they were edged by Sanborn Central-Woonsocket in a r...   

    • Genz's Inside the Huddle - SD Boys Basketball Postseason Preview for 2013-14

      Sports seasons fly by. It is a matter of life in the athletic fast lane. In the fall football and volleyball as well as cross country open play on fields, courses and in gyms across South Dakota. Before you know it, championships are being held in venues such as the DakotaDome and elsewhere. If you blink, those games ...   

    • Genz's Inside the Huddle - SD HS GBB Postseason Has Arrived; Plenty of Notes and Insights to Digest

      It just goes too fast – the basketball season that is. One minute you are preparing for the season with sneakers screeching across gym floors, whistles sounding off, and ball bouncing in gyms across the Plains. Next thing you know, the tension mounts as postseason comes and the realization that moving forward means ...   

    • Genz's Inside the Huddle - Looking at Madison's Streak; Plus Plenty of News and Notes on SD BBB

      Thirty wins in a row. It is quite a run by one of the true basketball powers in South Dakota. At 18-0, the defending champion Madison Bulldogs, which hasn't lost since Feb. 4, 2013 to Sioux Falls Christian, head into the final two regular season games as the prohibitive favorite to finish unbeaten and enter the Class...   

    • Genz's Inside the Huddle - SD BBB Landscape Dotted With 'Hot' Teams; Plus Notes and Insights

      As the regular season hits the closing weeks, the South Dakota High School boys basketball landscape is dotted with teams making late season runs as they look for momentum that will carry over into a postseason charge to glory. Obviously, it all starts with Class A #1 Madison, which has a 16-0 record this year and has...   

    • Genz's Inside the Huddle - Lemmon, Estelline Profiled; Plus Notes and Insights on All 3 GBB Classes

      Like a lot of kids across the Plains, those in Lemmon, S.D., dream about playing in a state championship game. Every summer, the pounding of basketball goes on in local parks, at open gym and in camps as players prepare for their run...   

    • Genz's Inside the Huddle - SF Washington Stage Turnaround; Plus Look at All 3 SD Boys BB Classes

      Turnarounds often change frowns to smiles and frustration to confidence. Such is the case with the Sioux Falls Washington boys basketball team, which only a year ago opened 2-0 before losing 16 of the final 18 games, including 10 in a row to end the season. With a 1-3 s...   

    • Genz's Inside the Huddle: SF Lincoln and Winner Make Impression in SD GBB Plus Notes on the Classes

      All season, AA #1 Sioux Falls Washington has found a way to break down opponents with a big-time run at some point in the second half. With 11 straight double digit margin victories, including one over Sioux Falls Lincoln, the same scenario seemed in play when the Warriors were in tight battle with Lincoln on the Warriors home floor earlier this week. ...   

    • Genz's Inside the Huddle - Clark/Willow Lake, White River Featured; News & Notes on SD Boys Classes

      Heading into the 2012-13 Class A State Tournament, top-ranked and unbeaten (21-0) Clark-Willow Lake had every intention on winning its first-ever state title. The Cyclones were led by one of its all-time greats in current SDSU men’s basketball guard Skyler Flatten, who finished with 1,696 career points. CWL had gained experience in the tourney with a 6th place finish in 2011-12...   

    • Genz's Inside the Huddle - A Look at B #1 DeSmet and Much More Across the SD GBB Classes

      Sitting at the top of the Class B ranks may seem like a little unfamiliar territory for the DeSmet girls program. Yet, there they are #1 and 12-0 in 2013-14. It is a program that has established a winning mode over the past four years following a stretch of three straight l...   

    • Genz's Inside the Huddle - Four SD Boys Teams Trying to Keep Perfect Starts Going

      Every year, high school basketball players begin the season with dreams of hoisting a championship trophy over their heads at the season’s end. Yet, most players understand that the road to a championship is filled with a myriad of challenges and opportunities. To get to that title game is tough and you need consis...   

    • Genz's Inside the Huddle - Washington, STM and Sully Buttes Making Statements in SD Girls BB

      The South Dakota girls basketball scene has three lead teams, all dominating their respective classes right now. In Class AA SF Washington is 9-0 with double digit margins in all of its victories. St. Thomas More is the overwhelming #1 in Class A an...   

    • Genz's Inside the Huddle - Looking for Some Clarity in SD HS Boys Hoops

      Finding clarity in the South Dakota high school basketball scene is a little difficult right now. It is a little like figuring out the plot line in a Shakespearean play. It is grand theatre but pay attention or you will miss something. From my view, it is a little unclear who is the best team in Boys AA and B. Class ...   

    • Genz's Inside the Huddle - SD HS Girls BB Picture Clearer? Maybe

      Editor's note - Please follow @dgenz for high school/college sports notes. If you have any comments, please make their below or email me at

    • Genz’s Inside the Huddle – SD Boys Basketball Cruising into 2014

      Editor's note - Please follow @dgenz for high school/college sports notes. If you have any comments, please make their below or email me at

    • Genz's Inside the Huddle - SD Girls BB Teams Looking to Continue Fast Starts

      For South Dakota girls basketball teams, the start of 2014 likely means making New Year’s resolutions that include playing at a high level and eventually earning a trip to the state tournament on March 13-15. Already, some of the  tourney favorites are emerging with fast starts in 2013-14. In Class AA SF Washing...   

    • Genz's Inside the Huddle - Storylines Starting to Develop in SD Boys Basketball

        Editor's note - Please follow @dgenz for high school/college sports notes. If you have any comments, please make their below or email me at

    • Genz's Inside the Huddle - Through Two Weeks, HS Boys BB Has Featured the Expected & Some Surprises

      Editor's note - Please follow @dgenz for high school/college sports notes. If you have any comments, please make their below or email me at [email protected] If you have information to share, please do. Your thoughts are welcome. Often, I am reminded by coaches that rankings are fun to see but really ...   

    • Genz's Inside the Huddle - 34 Teams Unbeaten After Two Weeks in SD Girls HS BB

      Make no mistake about it, the South Dakota high school girls basketball scene is plenty full of teams jumping out to fast starts. Thirteen of the 15 teams ranked in the three polls are unbeaten as this blog goes online. A total of 34 teams in South Dakota remain unbeaten, including three in AA, 13 in A and 18 in ...   

    • Genz's Inside the Huddle - Look at SD HS Boys Hoops After First Week of Play

      (Editor's Note - My basketball blog will appear throughout the season on Sports Buzzard. If you have any information to share, please email [email protected] or follow me @dgenz on twitter) If one needs any evidence that champions are stoked with pride and perseverance, just look at the opening weekend ...   

    • Genz's Inside the Huddle - Assessing SD HS Girls Basketball After Week 1

      Out on the ocean, the common refrain is “steady as she goes.” That statement might also have relevance early on with girls basketball in South Dakota. Teams expected to contend for the top of each of the three class (AA, A, B) have been “steady” as well as other ship characteristics such as &ld...   

    • Genz's Inside the Huddle - SD Prep Boys Basketball Preview

      It is an old cliché, I know, but in South Dakota prep boys basketball, “the more things change, the more they remain the same.” Boys basketball will again feature numerous programs battling for state championships, some for their first title ever, in three different classes.

    • Genz's Inside the Huddle - SD Girls Basketball Preview for 2013-14

      Surprises always seem to find their way onto the basketball floor. Every time it appears something is so, it turns out it is not. In sport, we find that what appeared to be impossible is sometimes only a game, a quarter or even a play away from being possible. So, as I break down the prep scene in South Dakota girls b...   

    • Genz's Inside the Huddle - Notes Plus Championship Weekend Preview

      In the first-year of a controversial 7-class system, every class will be represented by a new champion when all is said and done this weekend. Action kicks off tomorrow at 11 a.m. from the DakotaDome..Four champions (9AA Deubrook, 9B Harding County, three-time 11A Dell Rapids and 11B Winner) made it to the semifinals but then had their seasons come to a close. One of those champs, Winner...   

    • Genz's Inside the Huddle - Projecting the Semifinals in South Dakota Prep FB

      It is semifinal weekend in South Dakota prep football. Here is my breakdown (with picks) on the games which open with 11AAA and 11AA semifinals on Friday. The semifinal round for 11A, 11B, 9AA, 9A and 9B will be held on Saturday. It should be a fun-filled, action-packed time on the gridiron. Get out and support your local teams.

    • Genz's Inside the Huddle - Rd. 2 Playoff Preview Plus Career Prep Notes

      South Dakota prep football has hit the second round. Teams are looking to advance another step in their drive to the championships Nov. 14-16 at the DakotaDome. Here is a breakdown of the games and my picks. See if you agree. Then, check below for some blog notes on prep football.

    • Genz's Inside the Huddle - Hill City Getting It Done in '13

      Coming into the 2013 season, Hill City was among the 11B programs making a transition to 9AA. Garretson, who sits atop the 9AA poll, Deuel, Platte-Geddes/Dakota Christian and Webster Area were the other 11B programs making a transition due to decreasing enrollment numbers. For the most part, Hill City and the other programs have made smooth a smooth transition to 9-man football. Hill Cit...   

    • Genz's Inside the Huddle #8 - Kadoka Area's Chandlier Sudbeck Puts on a Show

      For Kadoka Area Head Coach Chad Eisenbraun, a special performance by Chandlier Sudbeck in a 42-20 win over Stanley County last Friday was strictly football theatre. “He is an amazing runner and I had the best seat in the house,” said Eisenbraun, of Sudbeck’s career-best night in which he had 46 carries for 359 ...   

    • Genz's Inside the Huddle #7

      In a football season, weather conditions always cause teams some issues. Snow comes so does rain and wind. But on a weird Oct.4 weekend, snow came in massive amounts in the west with tornadoes creating tense moments in the southeast part of SD (Neb., and Iowa as well) as did lightning problems and as a result a multitude of ...   

    • Genz's Inside the Huddle #6

      Weather is the big story heading into the action on Friday night. Already the prime-time match between #2 Winner (4-0) and #3 St. Thomas More (4-0) has been moved to Monday night in Winner. What it means is that the 16-game winning streak for the Warriors becomes contested by the Cavaliers in South Dakota’s own version of Monday Night Football.  The game betwe...   

    • Genz's Inside the Huddle #5

      Winner, the defending 11B champions, may have suffered heavy graduation losses but the Warriors just continue to  go about their business of winning. On Friday night, Winner faces their biggest test of the season in a road test at #4 Parkston (4-0), a squad that advanced to the second round of the playoffs a year ag...   

    • Genz's Inside the Huddle #4

      This week’s The Inside the Huddle provides an update on the Missouri Valley Conference schools, including both USD and SDSU. The Jacks head to Nebraska on Saturday while the Coyotes play at Northern Arizona, which was picked to finish fourth in the Big Sky. In addition, I provide an insider’s look at South Dakota prep football, including West River Nugget...   

    • Genz's Inside the Huddle (Week #3)

      This week’s Inside the Huddle provides a little taste of college action along with the regular prep notes. I break down some of the information surrounding the Missouri Valley. College Notes – Breaking Down Early Action in the Missouri Valley...   

    • Genz's Inside the Huddle (Week #2)

      A total of 48 teams scored at least 30 points or more in week one action. While there were a lot of points, only six games went to the wire or being decided by eight points or less. A total of 13 teams were shut out with four teams scoring over 60 points, including a high of 66 by Webster Area. A total of 11 teams had 50 points or more while 26 recorded 40 points...   

    • Genz’s “Inside the Huddle” Prep Report

      With the season just days away, South Dakota prep football will open a new era. Earlier this year, the South Dakota High School Activities Board moved to add a seventh class, creating the 11AAA for the largest eight schools, based on enrollment with options. That means that schools like O’Gorman (560.5 ADM) had the option to opt into the top class, a route they selected as did Brandon ...   


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