The Yankton High School Athletic Hall of Fame will induct four individuals, including two members of the Class of 2006, during its banquet on Thursday at 5 p.m. at the YHS Commons.
Andy Johnson, Ketty (Cornemann) Paula, Jim Binder, Jr., and Scott Kooistra will be honored during the event. Johnson and Paula are both 2006 graduates of YHS. Binder graduated in 1969. Kooistra is being honored as a contributor.
Johnson was a four-time state placewinner in wrestling, including state titles at 171 pounds in 2005 and 2006. A two-time Class A State Tournament Outstanding Wrestler, he held YHS records for single-season (26) and career (84) pins at the time of his graduation.
Also an accomplished football player, Johnson was a two-time all-Eastern South Dakota Conference and one-time all-State selection at linebacker, helping the Bucks to an ESD title and a state runner-up finish as a senior.
Johnson went on to wrestle at the University of Nebraska, compiling a 52-25 record and qualifying for the NCAA Championships in 2011.
He is now owner/chiropractor of Plains Edge Chiropractic in Aberdeen.
Paula earned all-state honors in four sports at YHS: basketball, volleyball, track and field, and soccer.
On the basketball court, she helped the Gazelles to three state tournament appearances, twice earning all-tournament honors. She received the Class AA ‘Spirit of Su’ Award in 2006, and finished second in the Miss Basketball award voting.
In volleyball, she was the Gatorade South Dakota Player of the Year as she helped lead the Gazelles to the 2005 state title, a first for the program.
In track, she was a two-time state champion in the discus and a five-time letterwinner. In soccer, she was also a five-time letterwinner, earning all-state honors.
After graduating, she was a three-year starter for South Dakota State, helping the Jackrabbits to the program’s first two NCAA Tournament appearances along with two WNIT appearances. She twice led the Summit League in three-point shooting percentage.
Also at SDSU, she competed in volleyball and track and field, finishing fifth in the javelin at the Summit League Outdoor Championships.
Paula is now in her fourth season as assistant women’s basketball coach at Minnesota State, Mankato.
Binder was part of Yankton’s first state championship boys’ golf team in 1966, as well as its first ESD championship team in 1969. He earned medalist honors at the 1969 state golf tournament.
He spent 12 years golfing professionally, winning five tournaments. During that time, he also taught golf in Arizona, North Dakota, Utah, Nebraska and here in Yankton. Upon moving back to Yankton, he helped then head golf coach Norm West — his former coach — teach the game to up-and-coming Bucks and Gazelles.
A long time staple of Yankton sports, Kooistra began covering YHS athletics for KYNT radio in 1985. During his time in Yankton, he has broadcast over 4,000 high school and college events, including basketball, football, baseball, volleyball, wrestling and more.
While covering some amazing events at YHS, he has taken part in some of his own. In 1999 he set a world record by being on the air for 170 consecutive hours. He also has set a world record for most Cribbage Master Ratings Points in one year.
The public is invited to attend.