SDHSAA continues partnership with SDPB

SDHSAA continues partnership with SDPB South Dakota Public Broadcasting will continue its comprehensive coverage of high school achievement in the state for the next five years. The South Dakota High School Activities Association has extended the statewide network's contract for coverage of events through the 2015 school year. The vote came at a recent SDHSAA Board of Directors meeting in Pine Ridge. SDPB has had the contract for coverage of SDHSAA events since the 2001-2002 school year. "The Association is very happy and pleased with the terms of the agreement with SDPB," said Wayne Carney, Executive Director of the SDHSAA. "Expanded coverage on air and on the Internet is allowing new and exciting opportunities for statewide coverage of both athletics and fine arts activities." SDPB offers comprehensive on-air coverage and/or Internet coverage of a variety of  events that showcase the achievements of South Dakota youth. All of the SDHSAA-sanctioned championship athletics and statewide fine arts finals are covered on TV or at or on both. "We are delighted to continue our partnership with the SDHSAA," said Julie Andersen, Executive Director of SDPB. "We are proud to put the spotlight on the achievements and positive exploits of South Dakota's youth. These students are role models for their peers and for the next generation of high school students." SDPB Television offers live coverage of championship play for football, wrestling, volleyball and basketball. In addition, the network presents the All-State Chorus and Orchestra concert live. A number of championship events are taped, with highlights presented on air later. They include Cheer, Dance, Gymnastics, and Track & Field, plus the All-State Band and All-State Jazz Band performances. All of the events, plus the rest of the SDHSAA roster, are covered with photos, stats, scores, many performances and more on For the boys and girls basketball tourneys, the network has offered one class live on TV, and the others via live webcast. This past March, several cable outlets were able to offer all of the basketball tournaments – Class AA, Class A and Class B – live via TV. In the future, SDPB hopes to make use of its three channels to offer all of the classes live on television. SDPB offers three channels: SDPB1, the main channel; SDPB2, which usually shows PBS World with documentary, news and commentary; and SDPB3, which features Create with how-to and lifestyle programming. Viewers who use a pay service like cable or satellite should call their service to request SDPB2 and SDPB3 if they are not yet available.

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