Baltic High School is proud to announce the members of the Baltic High School Hall of Fame Class of 2021. Listed below are the recipients who were selected by the Hall of Fame Selection Committee for induction into the Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame induction will take place at half-time of the Baltic homecoming football game on Friday, October 1, 2021 at approximately 7:45pm.
Roger Berdahl – Class of 1966
Roger Berdahl was very active in many activities at Baltic High School including being the captain of the football team and basketball teams, and participating in track, band, choir, All-State Choir, drama, homecoming royalty, and class officer. The summer after graduating from Baltic, he earned rave reviews in the Sioux Falls Community Theater production of “The Fantastiks” at the Barn Theater, which eventually led to a professional singing and acting career. He sang with a vocal group called “Just Us,” which was later changed to “What Four” with the group performing five times on the Johnny Carson Show. In addition to his singing career, Roger acted in various productions on and off-Broadway including Shenandoah, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and King of Hearts. One reviewer said Roger had “a glorious tenor voice,” and another said he had “a rich baritone voice that is able to explore high registers,” and that “he imported just the right shades of wistful innocence to his acting role.”
Taylor Forsch – Class of 2009
Taylor Forsch was an outstanding basketball player scoring 1,611 points in her Baltic career, which ranks third on Baltic’s career scoring list. As a junior, she averaged 20.6 points per game and was named 3rd Team All-State, and as a senior she averaged 21.1 points per game and was named 1st Team All-State. In addition, she was a member of the Argus Leader Girls Basketball Top 10, she was a SD Miss Basketball Nominee, she was Big East and Tri-Valley All-Conference four years each, and she was a five-year basketball letter winner and three-time team MVP. In addition to being an outstanding scorer, she ranks first in Baltic girls basketball for assists and second in steals in a career. After high school, Taylor played four years of basketball at Mount Marty College where she scored 1,191 points, she was GPAC All-Conference and team MVP her junior and senior years, and her senior year she ranked 4th in the nation for NAIA 3-point shooting.
Marv Miller – Employee and Contributor
Marv Miller is a long-time employee and contributor in the Baltic School District. He was a social studies teacher and athletic coach from 1981-2008. Mr. Miller served as clock keeper for boys basketball for 40 years from 1981 to the present, clock keeper for girls basketball from 1996 to the present, and football announcer from 1988 to the present. In addition, he served as starting clerk for the Tri-Valley Conference Track Meet for 30 years, the starting clerk for the Region Track Meet for 15 years, and the starting clerk for the Baltic Invitational Track Meet from 2013 to the present. For his actions, Mr. Miller has been the recipient of the Baltic Booster of the Year Award, Baltic Teachers Association Hero Award, Baltic Friend of Basketball Award, 1989 Region Assistant Girls Basketball Coach of the Year, 10-year SDHSCA Coaching Award, Tri-Valley Conference Service Award, SDFBCA Friend of Football Award, and he was named to the Michael J. Entringer Basketball Classic Hall of Fame.
Jacob Sittig – Class of 2007
Jacob Sittig was an outstanding basketball player who scored 1,339 points in his high school career, which ranks second in Baltic boys basketball history. As a junior, he averaged 20.5 points per game and was named Third Team All-State, and as a senior, he averaged 21.7 points per game (third in school history) and was named Second Team All-State. In addition, he scored 36 and 35 points in single games, which are two of the top five performances in school history. Jacob ranks first in career 3-pointers made (177), first in 3-pointers made in a game (9), and first, second and fourth in free throw percentage in a season. As a senior, Jacob led Baltic to the district championship, only the fifth district boys’ basketball championship in school history. Jacob earned 13 varsity letters in his high school career including four each in football and basketball, three in track, and two in golf. He was all-conference in football, qualified for the state track meet in high jump, medley relay and 4x100 relay, and he was a state qualifier in golf.
1995 Girls’ Basketball Team
In the fall of 1994, Baltic had a young but very competitive girls’ basketball team that compiled a 15-7 record losing in the region championship to eventual state champion Wakonda. The fall of 1995 came with high hopes for an outstanding girls’ basketball season, and the team certainly did not disappoint. The Lady Bulldogs compiled an 18-1 regular season record and entered district play ranked second in the State. The team cruised through the district tournament winning both games by 20+ points setting up a rematch in the region championship against 4th ranked Wakonda. The Lady Bulldogs defeated Wakonda earning their first ever trip to the State Tournament. In the State Tournament, Baltic defeated Jones County and Warner to set up a rematch with Avon, there only loss of the regular season, in the championship game. In a state championship double overtime classic, the Lady Bulldogs avenged their earlier loss to Avon and became Baltic’s first ever-state championship team in any sport finishing the year with a 24-1 record.
Hall of Fame Committee Chairperson and Baltic School District Superintendent