PO Box 309 High School (605) 529-5461
1 Bulldog Avenue Elementary (605) 529-5464
Baltic, SD 57003 Fax (605) 529-5443
BALTIC SCHOOL DISTRICT
Dave Berg – Graduating Class of 1968
Dave Berg was an outstanding athlete at Baltic in the late 1960’s. He was a dominant football player who was named All-State his junior and senior year, and he was named all-conference three years. Berg’s junior year Baltic posted a 5-3 football season record, and his senior year Baltic was 7-1, one of the best season records in Baltic history. Berg also was a 4-year letter winner in track, a 2-year letter winner in basketball, and he was named all-conference basketball his senior year. In high school, he was also a 4-year letter winner in both band and chorus, and he was Student Council President. After high school, he attended South Dakota School of Mines and Technology where he was a rare two-way football player and was named SDIC All-Conference his senior year when SDSM&T won the conference championship. Berg, his wife Bonnie (Schoon) Berg (1968 Baltic HS graduate), and a partner started an engineering firm in Rapid City, SD that grew to a firm of 56 employees with 4 offices in 3 states.
Amanda Brack - Class of 2004
Amanda Brack was an outstanding multi-sport student athlete at Baltic. In basketball, she was a 4-year starter leading Baltic to State B Championships in 2001 and 2003 and State 6th Place in 2004. In 2004, Brack was South Dakota Class B Player of the Year, a SD Miss Basketball Finalist, Argus Leader “Best of the Best” 2nd Team, and 1st Team Class B All-State. She was also 1st Team All-State in 2003, 2nd Team All-State in 2001, State B All-Tourney in 2001 and 2003, 4-time All Tri-Valley Conference, and 2-time All Big East Conference. She was a 3-time Baltic MVP, and she held Baltic Girls Basketball Records: 5th career points (1,373), 4th career assists (354), 3rd career steals (254), and 2nd career 3-pt. shots made (185). She participated in several all-star games and was named the SD MVP in the SD vs. NE All-Star Game, and she was named to the SD Class B All-Decade Team for 1995-2005. In volleyball, Brack was a 4-year starter, 3-time Tri-Valley All-Conference, 2-time Big East All-Conference, and 2-time Baltic MVP. In track, she was a 5-year letter winner, ran on two state second place and one state third place 3200m relay teams that also set the Baltic school record. Brack was a 4-time 3-sport letter winner who earned a total of 14 varsity letters in her high school career, and she was named to the SD Elite 15 for female athletes. She was also an outstanding student who was named Academic All-State and All-Conference, and she was a member of the National Honor Society.
Girls Basketball Team - Class of 1996
While all of Baltic’s state champion teams are special, the 1996 girls’ basketball team achieved a level of success beyond other teams. They compiled a 24-1 season record on their way to the State B Championship with their only loss by 3 points to the State A Champions Wagner. They were dominant on both ends of the floor averaging 66.1 points per game while holding opponents to an average of 37.4 points per game for an average margin of victory of 28.7 points. What sets this team truly above other teams, however, is that they set the national high school record for field goal percentage in a season making 691 of 1,222 field goal attempts or 56.5%, a record that still stands in 2015.
Steve Gunderson - Teacher/Coach/Activities Director
Class of 1968
Steve Gunderson graduated from Baltic High School in 1969 where he earned 11 varsity letters in football, basketball and track. He scored over 1,200 points in basketball and was an all- conference selection in both basketball and football. Gunderson placed 2nd in the long jump in the state track meet his senior year with a jump of 21’3’. He was also active in band four years and was chosen to represent Baltic at Boys State his junior year. Gunderson taught and coached at Baltic for 41 years and was twice named Baltic Teacher of the Year. In addition, he is the winningest boys’ basketball coach in the history of the school with 254 wins, and he led the Bulldogs to two state basketball tournament appearances including 1993 state runners-up. He was twice named the region boys’ basketball coach of the year and was selected to coach in the 1993 South Dakota All Star Basketball Game. As the head football coach he guided Baltic to the only playoff win in school history in 1982. Gunderson also has been athletic director for 15 years and was twice selected Region AD of the Year. Gunderson is active in the community and has served on the Baltic Volunteer Fire Department for over 38 years.
Hall of Fame Class of 2014
Kurt Schultz – Teacher/Coach
Kurt Schultz began teaching and coaching in Baltic in 1973. In 2006, he retired from teaching after 33 years in education. At the time of his HOF induction in 2014, he was still coaching the Baltic cross country team. During his coaching career, Schultz coached boys’ and girls’ cross country and track and field with his teams winning numerous conference, region, and state championships and runners-up. Most notably, his boys’ cross country team won the State B Championship in 2000 and 2001, they were state runners-up in 1978, 1988, 1996, and 1997, state 3rd place in 1986, state 4th place in 1995 and 1999, and state 5th place in 1987 and 1998. His girls’ track team placed 2nd at the state track meet in 1994 and 3rd in 1992. Schultz’s boys’ and girls’ track teams won a combination of 18 region championships, and seven conference championships. Schultz was a finalist for SD Boys’ Cross Country Coach of the Year six times, and he won the award in 1988, 2000, and 2001. In addition, he was a finalist for National High School Coaches Association Boys’ Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2003 and 2009. Schultz, who served on the SD High School Coaches Association Board of Directors for 15 years, received the NHSACA Circle of Champions SD Coach of the Year in 2000.
Kevin Costain – Graduating Class of 1993
Kevin Costain was an outstanding basketball player and a four-year starter who led Baltic to two State B Basketball Tournament appearances placing 2nd in 1993 and 7th in 1990. The 6’10” Costain, blending size, strength, and agility, was a dominant force on both ends of the basketball court. Costain ended his career ranked first in Baltic boys’ basketball history in points scored with 1686, first in rebounds with 969, and first in blocked shots with 356. For his efforts, he was named 1st Team Class B All-State Basketball in 1993, he was a finalist for South Dakota Mr. Basketball, he was named to the State B All Tournament Team in 1993, and he was All Big East Conference four years. In addition, Costain played in the SDHSCA All-Star Game and the Three Class Shootout All-Star Game where he was the Class B MVP and the slam dunk champion.
Hall of Fame Class of 2013
John Nyhaug - Graduating Class of 1973
While at Baltic, John Nyhaug was an outstanding football player, earning all-state honors his senior year, selected all-conference for two years, and a key member of Baltic’s undefeated football team in 1971. After graduating from Baltic, John went to Dakota State University and played football for four years, was named team captain, and was a student coach for one year. He was the head football coach at Viborg High School for 34 years during which time his football team won the state championship in 2000 and was state runner-up in 2011. John also coached track for 31 years, and his 2012 boys track team won the state championship. John was named to the SD Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame, the SD High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame, and he received a Distinguished Service Award from the SD High School Activities Association. In addition, John was named SD Football Coach of the Year in 2000, SD Boys Track Coach of the Year in 2012, SD Girls Track Coach of the Year in 1988, and a finalist for 2013 National Track Coach of the Year.
Becky Larson - Graduating Class of 1972
Deb Sittig - Graduating Class of 1972
Jim Stoeckman, Jr. - Graduating Class of 1973
Larry Underberg - Graduating Class of 1973
In the early 1970’s, Baltic had one of the best debate programs in South Dakota. In 1971 and 1972, the four-person team of Becky Larson, Deb Sittig, Jim Stoeckman, Jr., and Larry Underberg won the South Dakota State B Debate Championship. In addition, as a two-person team, Larson and Sittig won the 1972 South Dakota National Forensic League (NFL) State Championship (the NFL Tournament included all South Dakota schools regardless of size), which qualified them to compete in the National NFL tournament at Wake Forest University in Wintson-Salem, North Carolina. In 1973 after Larson and Sittig graduated, Stoeckman, Jr. and Underberg as a two-person team won Baltic’s third consecutive State B Debate Championship.
Hall of Fame Class of 2012
Mark Mier - Graduating Class of 1993
Mark Mier was an outstanding cross country and track participant at Baltic in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. He earned five varsity letters in cross country and four varsity letters in track, and he was cross country MVP three times and track MVP twice. In the state cross country meet, Mark placed 8th as a junior and 3rd as a senior, and during his career he won a total of 45 cross country medals. In track, Mark is still the school record holder in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:01.0 and the 3200 meter run with a time of 9:48.2. In 1993 at the state track meet, he placed 1st in the 1600 meter run, 3rd in the 3200 meter run, and 4th in the 800 meter run; and in 1992 he placed 3rd at state in the 1600 meter run. During his high school track career, Mark won a total of 86 medals including 35 first place medals and 17 second place medals.
Jonny Reynolds - Graduating Class of 2006
Jonny Reynolds was an outstanding student who was valedictorian of his class completing his Baltic High School career with a 4.0 grade point average. Jonny received an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. While at the Air Force Academy, he was selected as Cadet Wing Commander, the first South Dakotan ever to be selected to this prestigious position. The Cadet Wing Commander holds the rank of Cadet Colonel and is the ranking cadet at the Academy. The Cadet Wing Commander reflects a composite of the ideal cadet and consistently ranks in the top 5% of his/her class in military, academic, and athletic evaluations. While at the Academy, Jonny was the first of twenty-five cadets selected to the Wings of Blue Parachute Team, he was the top ranked cadet athletically in his class of 1024, and he was one of only two cadets to be named to the Academy Superintendent’s List all eight semesters.
Emily Roynesdal - Graduating Class of 1996
Emily Roynesdal was a six-year letter winner in track from 1991-1996. She still holds five Baltic school records including the 100 meter dash in 12.1 sec., the 200 meter dash in 26.0 sec., the 400 meter dash in 59.4 sec., and the 800 meter and medley relays. In 1994 Emily was the state champion in the 100 meter and 400 meter dashes, held the state meet record of 12.4 sec. in the 100 meter dash, and set the 100 meter dash region record of 12.1 sec.; and in 1992, she ran on the state champion medley relay team. Emily won 83 track medals during her career, including 13 state track meet medals. After high school, Emily competed for two years in Division I track at Drake University. Emily is currently a professional artist living in Chicago, Illinois.
Nicky Sittig - Graduating Class of 1990
Nicky Sittig was a four-year starter in basketball during which time Baltic’s record was 68-26. She was a SD Miss Basketball finalist in 1989, 2nd Team All-State in 1988 and 1989, 3rd Team All-State in 1987, all-conference 4 years, and played in the SDHSCA All-Star Game. She is second in Baltic basketball career scoring with 1825 points. Nicky ranks first in Baltic girls basketball history with 41 points in a single game, and second with 40 points. In addition, she has five of the top ten performances for points scored in a game. Twice she scored 536 points in a season and averaged 23.3 points per game, both first place in Baltic girls’ basketball history. Nicky was also an outstanding student who was named Academic All-State, and she was Baltic’s valedictorian with a 3.95 GPA. Nicky went on to play basketball at Southwest Minnesota State where she was named All-NSIC twice and finished her career scoring 1026 points, ranking her in the top 15 in SMSU women’s basketball history.
Hall of Fame Class of 2011
Karly Hegge - Graduating Class of 1999
Karly Hegge was a four-year starter in basketball during which time Baltic was 90-10 winning three State B Championships and one State B 3rd place. Karly was a SD Miss Basketball finalist, a SDHSCA Player of the Year nominee, 1st Team All-State in 1998 and 2nd Team All-State in 1997, Argus Leader 2nd Five in 1998, State B All-Tournament in 1996, 1997, and 1998, a 5-time basketball letterwinner, and all-conference for 3 years. In 1998 she set the State B semifinal scoring record with 38 points, and she ended her career 2nd in school history with 754 rebounds and 3rd in scoring with 1312 points. Karly went on to play basketball at SDSU where she was a member of the 2003 NCAA Division II National Basketball Championship Team. Karly was also an outstanding student with a 4.0 GPA, and she was a National Merit Scholar.
Hall of Fame Class of 2010
Eugene Christopherson - Graduating Class of 1958
Eugene Christopherson was an artist who began his career at an early age when in high school he created the section divider and end pages for the 1958 Baltic Yearbook. After studying art at Augustana College he became a commercial artist, illustrator and sculptor. Christopherson painted the official portraits of five SD governors which hang in the capital building, as well as the official portrait of the family of Korczak Ziolkowski, creator of the Crazy Horse Monument. Several of his paintings, including “The Dandelions” and “Old Fashioned Persuasion,” were featured on calendars and nationwide collector plate series. Also a master wood carver and sculptor, Christopherson passed away on November 13, 2007.
Brad Seely – Graduating Class of 1974
Brad Seely was all-state in football, all-conference in football and basketball, and a state meet qualifier in track while at Baltic. He went on to play football at SDSU where he was named all-conference, academic all-conference, and team captain. Seely began coaching Division I college football and then became a National Football League assistant coach. In the NFL, he coached in 6 NFC/AFC championship games, 4 Super Bowls, and he won three Super Bowl championships with the New England Patriots. Named NFL Special Teams Coach of the Year in 1996 and 2009, Seely is currently the assistant head coach and specials teams coach with the Cleveland Browns.
Hall of Fame Class of 2009
Sherri Brende - Graduating Class of 1997
Sherri Brende is the all-time leading scorer in Baltic boys’ and girls’ basketball history. She led Baltic to back-to-back state basketball championships in 1995 and 1996. Sherri was named SD Miss Basketball in 1996, USA Today SD Basketball Player of the Year in 1996, Argus Leader Elite 5 Basketball Team Captain in 1996, 1st Team All-State Basketball in 1995 and 1996, 3rd Team All-State in 1994, and she was named State B Basketball All-Tourney in 1995 and 1996. Sherri, who is the school record holder in track and field shot put and discus, was a two-time state champion in shot put and one-time state champion in discus.
Bill Doyle, Jr. – Graduating Class of 1980
Bill Doyle, Jr. was a four-year letter winner in football, basketball and track. Bill was named to the 1979 Argus Leader Elite 45 All-State Football Team, he led Baltic to its first district basketball championship in 38 years, and he was named to an all-state basketball team. Bill is second in Baltic boys’ basketball history in career rebounds and third in career scoring, and in track and field, Bill is the school record holder in the discus.