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He's a familiar voice heard by fans at state tournaments, including basketball, soccer, football and girls fast pitch softball. Dave Giles, who began announcing since he started with the state girls basketball tournament in 1992 took time between the Class AAA & AAAA boys basketball championship games to do an interview.

Before being heard at state tournaments, Giles began his announcing career in 1984, when his then brother-in-law Steve Bender was the head boys basketball coach at then Lakeville High School asked him to do the public address announcing for their games. "You settle into it and enjoy it," Giles said.

Giles would later move over to Rosemount and in 1999, Eagan, where he still announcers regular season games.

His state tournament career began with girls basketball in 1992, about a year or two after he wrote to Dorothy McIntyre, who was the tournament director back then and they needed someone to fill in for Dick Stanford who was on another assignment. He's been at the mike since then, more than two decades later, adding boys basketball, the Prep Bowl, soccer and girls fast pitch softball.

Giles commented on what McIntyre has meant to girls athletics. "She cared a lot about girls sports," he said. "She always treated me very very well."

Giles began announcing the boys basketball tournament in 2001, starting with the third place games and by 2005 he moved up to working the champioship brackets. "Whatever they wanted me to do, I did it. It's been a lot of fun."

It was also in 2001 that Giles' voice would also start booming from the Metrodome, where he worked the Prep Bowl and state soccer tournament. Giles, one of three Prep Bowl voices said about the two day event "It's a great event to be part of over the years."

The first state soccer tournament game Giles worked was a game involving Eagan that was also the first time he announced a shootout.

The other state tournament Giles announces is girls fast pitch softball, which is played at Caswell Park in North Mankato. "There's four games going on at once and each field has its own announcer," Giles said.

The one factor that has been prevalent when working softball has been the weather, including severe thunderstorms. "We've had our share of weather problems in that tournament in Mankato."

As for memorable moments in his announcing career, Giles referred to a boys basketball game in the 2002-03 school year between Burnsville and Eagan that Eagan won in four overtimes 108-106. "The crowd got bigger as it went on," he said. He was also at the mike for the game where Hopkins Amir Coffey sank his miracle shot in the fourth overtime to beat Shakopee. "When he sank that shot, it was like WOW! What can you say." He waited until the officials concluded their study of the replay before making the call.

Could more memorable moments be on the way at the PA mike for Giles?

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