KDLT Home KDLT on Facebook KDLT on Twitter Get the KDLT iPhone App Get the KDLT Android App

SDSU Alumni Gather To Support The Jacks



Bookmark and Share

With a limited number of tickets available for the game in Fargo, many South Dakota State University fans were forced to watch it on TV. More than 100 alumni gathered at Starz in Sioux Falls Saturday afternoon.

Fans said it is one thing to make it to the playoffs, but that wasn’t the reason why they were extra excited for the game.  

“I think the fact that we are only so few years into division one, and we are already in the playoffs, really validates the work and the job SDSU has done,” said Dave Jones, SDSU class of 1988.
     
And every booth at Starz was packed with blue and gold to support that hard work.
 
“It reminds me of the tailgating atmosphere at the SDSU games,” said Kelsea Hotbet, class of 2011.

Kelsea Hotbet was one of thousands who tried to snag a ticket for Saturday’s game in Fargo. She was unsuccessful but said the get together reminds her of the feeling she gets in Brookings.
 
"Its so cool because literally everyone here has SDSU on,” said Hotbet.

And having a sea of those colors was the goal.

“Its a great way to get all the alumni of SDSU together in one place,” said Renee Halgerson, Chair of the Social Committee of the Sioux Empire Staters.

Dave Eiesland is a graduate of SDSU class of 1974. He is so proud of his Jacks that he said its hard to contain his excitement.

"They've just done such a tremendous (job). Stiegelmeier, he's just done a great job getting these guys up there, and they love playing for him,” said Dave Eiesland, SDSU class of 1974.

Eiesland said having SDSU in the FCS Championships as a division one team will hopefully prove something to everyone.
     
"We're from South Dakota and they say we can't do that, but we can do that. We can compete. And we will do well,” said Eiesland.

But win or lose the fans agree, it’s all about being together.

"Just (about) the comradery of being with fellow alumni and cheering them on,” said Jones.
 
The Sioux Empire Staters, a chapter of the SDSU Alumni Association organized the watch party at Starz.

Event coordinators said they invited hundreds of alumni who live in a 30 mile radius of Sioux Falls.
 
< Prev Story Back To Top Next Story >
     

SD Gov. Daugaard Names Interim Secretary Of Health

South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has named an interim ...

Vandals Damage Holiday Display At Children's Park

Police in Rapid City say they are looking for a group of vandals ...

Budgeting Help Available In SD This Holiday Season

South Dakota shoppers on a tight budget can receive help to better plan ...

2 Plead Guilty In Connection To Iowa House Fires  Nov. 25

Both Sides Want Judge To Rule On Gay Marriage  Nov. 25

Ferguson: Daylight Reveals Damage  story with video  Nov. 25

E-Pulltabs Finally Gaining Ground In Minnesota  Nov. 25

The Daily Scoop: 11-25-2014  story with video  Nov. 25

Winter Travel Safety Tips  story with video  Nov. 25

Wake Held For Girl Killed By Dogs On Reservation  Nov. 25

South Dakota Corn, Sunflower Harvests Wrapping Up  Nov. 25

Police: Sturgis Man Charged With Shooting Roommate  Nov. 25

2015 Mountain Lion Season Applications Available  Nov. 25

Kevin's Tech Check: Holiday TV Shopping  story with video  Nov. 25

No Injuries In Early Morning House Fire In SF  Nov. 25

SD's Brokaw Awarded Medal of Freedom   Nov. 24

Obama Urges Calm After Ferguson Decision  Nov. 24

Charity Dumping: When Trash Is Not Treasured  story with video  Nov. 24

SF Woman Helps Rescue Pine Ridge Dogs  story with video  Nov. 24

Grand Jury Won't Indict Ferguson Officer  Nov. 24

KDLT News Archive
     

Names Released In Fatal Sisseton Shooting

Authorities have released the victims names in a fatal ...

SF Woman Helps Rescue Pine Ridge Dogs  story with video

Dozens of dogs from the Pine Ridge Indian ...

Update: Missing Toronto Teen Returns Home

The Brooking's County Sheriff's Office says a missing ...

Missing Redfield Teen Located  Nov. 24

Charity Dumping: When Trash Is Not Treasured  story with video  Nov. 24

Ferguson Braces For Decision  story with video  Nov. 24

How Police Officers Recognize Firearms  story with video  Nov. 24

Hagel Resigning As Defense Secretary  Nov. 24

KDLT News Archive
     

Balanced attack leads SDSU past Sam Houston  story with video

BROOKINGS, S. D. —The South Dakota State University ...

Allen leads Dakota State over Cougars at USF  story with video

SIOUX FALLS, S. D. – Dakota State (S. D. ) trailed as ...

Chadron State men no match for Jacks at Frost

All 14 Jackrabbits in uniform played at least five minutes and ...

USD Rolls to Big Win over UC-Irvine  Nov. 24

Vikes, Jansen win big over Wildcats  story with video  Nov. 24

Spencer leads Wayne past Augustana  story with video  Nov. 24

Grantham helped Chargers finish with state title  story with video  Nov. 24

Sumner likes how Jacks are playing heading to Montana State  story with video  Nov. 24

KDLT Sports Stories
     
Back To Top