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Compiled by Bill Syken
December 22, 2003
South Dakotans weigh in on sports*
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December 22, 2003

The Poll

South Dakotans weigh in on sports*

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(4) Kerry Ligtenberg
The Blue Jays righthander, born in Rapid City and raised in Mitchell, has a 3.09 career ERA over six years.


(5) Sturgis
The Black Hills town is the home of the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame and draws a half-million riders to its annual rally. Started in 1938 as a way to attract tourists, the event includes concerts, a Rocky Mountain oyster-eating competition and the World Pickle Lickin' Federation's Pickle Lickin' Contest.

Rally participants come in all sizes.

(6) Jesse Bail
The No. 2-ranked pro rodeo cowboy hails from Camp Crook.

(7) Jim Scherr
The Mobridge native and former Olympic wrestler is acting CEO of the USOC. Twin brother Bill won a bronze medal in wrestling in 1988.

(8) Tom and Curt Byrum
The PGA Tour pros from Onida each won events in '89, making them the first brothers to do so since '72; Tom still plays on the Tour full time.

(9) Josh Heupel
The Aberdeen native quarterbacked Oklahoma to the national title in 2000 and is now a Sooners graduate assistant.

(10) Brock Lesnar
The 2000 NCAA heavyweight wrestling champion at Minnesota and current WWE star grew up in Webster.

(11) Sioux Falls
The state's SI Sportstown, for having the best community sports programs, is home to the Northern League's Canaries (baseball) and USHL's Stampede (hockey).

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