The Onida/Sully Buttes Athletic Hall of Fame will formally induct Kelly Mikkelsen at half time of the boys’ varsity basketball game on December 21, 2019 during the Winner doubleheader.
Whether it was running across an 18 hole golf course, in circles on a track, or up and down a basketball court from 1985-1989 the name Kelly Mikkelsen was a name that everyone knew. A three sport high school athlete competing in cross country, track, and basketball Kelly was an elite athlete in all.
As a freshman Kelly focused his talents on the basketball court and received the Pullman Award. His sophomore year he became a three-sport athlete. He placed 9th at the State cross country meet, was awarded the Most Improved basketball player award, and made the LCAC All Conference team. On the track he was given the hardest worker award as well as placing 6th in the 400 meters. The next year as a junior he was the cross country MVP and placed 7th at the state meet. On the court he began to showcase his talents as he was a Class A 3rd team All-State member, made All Conference in all three conferences the LCAC, NCAC, and CSDC. He was voted MVP of the team and scored the most points on the team that year. On the track he was awarded the MVP award and medaled twice at the state track meet, getting 6th in the 4x200 relay and 8th in the 4x400 meter relay. As a senior Kelly was given the team MVP although he did not medal at the state meet. On the court he was a 1st team All-State member, was again a member of all three conferences, and was named to the Street and Smith All-American Honorable mention team. He was also voted MVP of the team. In his final high school season as a track athlete he placed 5th in the 400 meters, was awarded the Preston Starbuck award, and voted MVP of the team.
After graduating he took his talents to Mitchell where he became a member of the Dakota Wesleyan basketball team and the track team. On the court his awards included 1991 Most Improved, 1992 Most Assists and Hustler award, 1993 Most Assists, NAIA All American Scholar Athlete, NAIA District 12 O.A. Duer award and the Matthew D. Smith Scholar award. In track he was a member of the 1990 and 1991 SDIC Track Championship teams.
Kelly currently makes his home in Pierre with his wife, Michelle, and children, Ryan and Emily, and is employed with the Department of Legislative Audit.
The Hall of Fame is always accepting nominations. Information and nomination forms can be obtained from Fran McQuirk or Mary Sieck (at ABO Schools). Simply stated, inductees must be athletic coaches, contributors or high school athletes who have been out of high school for at least 15 years. Emphasis will be on local high school accomplishments. Consideration is also given for post-graduation accomplishments in sports related endeavors.