Argus Leader: Augustana Alum to Speak at B'nai B'rith

Antonen to Speak at B'nai B'rith

USA Today sportswriter and Lake Norden native Mel Antonen will be the guest speaker at the 43rd annual B'nai B'rith Sportsman of Year Banquet. The event will be held Feb. 11 at the Holiday Inn City Centre.

Antonen, an Augustana '79 alum and former Argus Leader reporter, has been at USA Today for 22 years, primarily covering baseball.

He has covered every World Series since 1980 and every All-Star game since 1985 and also reported on issues from labor negotiations to steroid use.


"The last time I was at this banquet was in the 1970s, when Brooks Robinson was the speaker and I was a rookie reporter with the Argus Leader," recalled Antonen.

"I had 12 great years in Sioux Falls, and the more I'm away, the more I miss it. It's always fun to talk baseball, especially in the middle of winter."

The B'nai Brith Sportsman of the Year Banquet raises funds that are directed toward the support of youth sports in the Sioux Falls Area.

Tickets are $45 each and reserved seating is available for those purchasing a full table of eight or more. Tickets are available at Dakota Sports or by calling 201-9366 or 338-4690.

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