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January 09, 2018 at 9:13 AM

SBHS 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony


The Sturgis Brown High School Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony for the class of 2018 will be Friday, January 26, during during halftime of the Belle Fourche vs Sturgis boys varsity basketball game. Selected for induction are athletes Nikki (Steffes) Hansen, Madeleine Takahashi, Clay Kopplin, Arthur "Bucky" O'Connor, and Dale Brooks.


There will be a reception from 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM in the Sturgis Brown High School choir room prior to the induction ceremonies.  The reception is open to the public.  


Nikki (Steffes) Hansen (2005 graduate)

Nikki (Steffes) Hansen earned four SDHSRA State championships and one Reserve National High School championship in Rodeo while attending SBHS.   After graduating, she competed for University of Wyoming where she won 18 Collegiate Regional Championships and four Collegiate National Championships.  In both 2007 and 2009, she won the College National Finals individual “All-Around” championship and led the UW team to a National championship.  She finished her collegiate rodeo career as the all-time leading point earner in the history of the UW rodeo team. 


After graduating summa cum laude from UW in 2010 with a double major in Molecular Biology and Medical Microbiology, she joined the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association.  She has won some of the most prestigious rodeos including the Pendleton Round-Up and the Ft. Worth Stock Show & Rodeo.  Nikki qualified for the 2012 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and the 2013 Canadian National Finals Rodeo.  In 2014, she was inducted into the SD Rodeo Hall of Fame. 


Nikki is married to Alfred Hansen and they have a daughter, Elsie Rose. She lives in Dickinson, ND, where she ranches with her family, trains horses, and continues to compete professionally.  She is currently ranked 4th in the WPRA World standings.


Madeleine Takahashi (2011 graduate)

Madeleine Takahashi was born in Hawaii, and moved to Sturgis when her dad retired from the US Navy. She started running varsity Cross Country and Track for SBHS when she was a 7th grader.  During her career, she was the Class AA State Cross Country champion in both 2007 & 2009.   She was also a leading member of the 2010 Class AA State Championship Cross Country team. 


In Track, Madeleine was the 2009 Class AA 1600m champion and a member of the winning 4X800 State championship team.  She was named the 2009-2010 Gatorade SD Girls Cross Country “Runner of the Year”, earned the SD “Elite 15” award, and had multiple All-State honors. 


After graduating from high school, she competed and studied at Mississippi State University.  She graduated from MSU in 2015 with a BA in Communication Broadcasting, and is currently studying to get her BS in Nursing.  Madeleine was coached by Scott Peterson and Cody King.  Her parents are Stan and Gloria, and her siblings are Skyler, Matthew, and Lauren. 


Clay Kopplin (2012 graduate)

Clay Kopplin excelled in golf, wrestling, track, and cross country at SBHS.  In golf, he was the 2011 Class AA State golf champion and was named the SDGA “Junior Golfer of the Year.”  He lettered four times, earned GDC All-Conference three times, and had multiple All-state honors.   As a runner, Clay was a member of state placing relays and contributed to the Cross Country team where he earned individual GDC All-Conference honors.


In wrestling, Clay was a two-time individual State placer and finished his career with a 3rd place finish at 160 lbs.  He was a 4 year letter winner and was a member of the record breaking 2010 Class A State Championship wrestling team. 


While competing in four sports, Clay was president of the National Honor Society, attended Boys State, excelled in fine arts, and was a SBHS white letter recipient. 


Clay continued his golf career at Augustana University where he was a four year starter and named NSIC All-Conference 3 times.  He currently lives in Sioux Falls and is a Wealth Management Banker for US Bank.  He has participated in multiple marathons and continues to be a competitive golfer.


Arthur “Bucky” O’Connor (1958 graduate)

Bucky O’Connor was an outstanding athlete and coach for Sturgis High School.  He was awarded 9 letters in 3 sports and was selected to the Black Hills All-conference team three times in football, three times in track, and twice in basketball. From 1955-57, he was selected to the All-State football team and competed in the State Track Meet.  In 1958, he was selected to the All-Star All-American football club of the United States.  He credits his coach, Buell Woodle for helping him develop his athletic abilities.  Bucky earned a scholarship and continued his football career at the University of South Dakota.  There he was awarded MVP of the USD Coyotes football team and was named to the All-North Central Conference team. While in Vermillion, he met his future wife, Patti Murphy. He finished his football career at Black Hills State where he was selected for the All-Regional football team.  Bucky returned to Sturgis to teach and coach wrestling.  During that time, Sturgis had its first individual state wrestling champion.  Bucky was also a member of the SD National Guard.  In 1972, he became a full-time employee, achieved rank of Colonel, served in Desert Storm, and was awarded the Bronze Star and Legion of Merit. 


Dale Brooks (Coach)

Dale Brooks attended high school in Philip, SD where he participated in football, basketball, and track.  He was named All-Conference and All-West River in football, and All-State in basketball his senior year.  Dale attended Huron College on an athletic scholarship, where he started on the football team and played on the varsity basketball team. He then transferred to Black Hills State on a football and baseball scholarship.  He was an All-Conference football player his senior year, leading the conference with 16 touchdowns.  He was also a pitcher for the baseball team. 


After college graduation, Dale coached 6 years of winning seasons in football, basketball, and track at Bennett County High School.  In 1974, he accepted the head football coaching position at Sturgis Brown High School.  During his 23 years of teaching, he was involved with coaching football for 21 years and basketball for 6 years.  He was head varsity football coach or defensive coordinator for a total of 16 years.  His teams had a combined record of 82 wins and 32 losses, and won the Black Hills Conference championship 5 times. Dale was the recipient of the 1978 Regional Coach of the Year, the 1993 Teacher of the Year, the Bennett County HS Athletic “Wall of Honor” award, the SDHSCA 25 year coaching award, and is included in the book, 44 Years of SD Sports Cartoon History, by Vern Anthony. 


Dale Brooks and his wife, Ellen, have been married for 52 years and they have 3 daughters, Vicki, Kristi, and Laura.