SD Hall of Fame Class of '17
Sorrell & Paluch
USTA Northern | July 6, 2017
Two of the top tennis players ever to come out of South Dakota, Jim Sorrell from Sioux Falls and Duke Paluch of Rapid City, will be inducted into the 2017 SD Tennis Hall of Fame Sunday, July 23, at McKennan Park during the Asfora/Clayton SD Adult Open. The induction ceremony is scheduled for 12 noon.
Sorrell was one of the first players from South Dakota to play national tournaments and won three state singles titles for Sioux Falls O’Gorman from 1981-83. He also won four consecutive doubles titles and led the Knights to four straight South Dakota team championships starting in 1980. Dr. Sorrell is a gastroenterologist in Lincoln, Neb.
A high school singles finalist in 1978 for Rapid City Stevens, Paluch claimed his first state singles title the following year. He earned All-American honors, playing for legendary coach Steve Wilkinson at Gustavus Adolphus, where he was inducted into that school’s athletic Hall of Fame in 2010. ADVERTISEMENT Paluch has been a teaching professional, club owner and manager in Boulder, Colo., the past 30 years.
Longtime tennis player, coach and school administrator Tony Simons is receiving the SD Tennis Achievement Award. Simons excelled at Madison High School and led his team to conference titles while at Dakota State University, where he is part of that school’s Hall of Fame.
The second 2017 SD Tennis Achievement Award goes to “Pioneers of SD Tennis, early 1900’s to 1950’s.” This recognition goes to the dozens of players who made a significant mark on tennis, either as players, coaches or contributors.
The induction ceremony is preceded with brunch and a reception at McKennan Park, hosted by longtime sponsors Dave and Rick Thompson of Spezia Restaurant. All tennis enthusiasts are invited. Championships for the 2017 SD Open follow the induction ceremony.
For more information about the SD Tennis Hall of fame, please contact Terry Nielsen at email@example.com.