Vol. 19, No. 22; Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018

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Wrestling: The Governors defeated Brookings in a dual, 62-9, then stayed there overnight to take first place in the Les Tlustos invitational with 239.5 points. Runner-up Brandon Valley had 208, Mitchell 162 and Rapid City Central 150.5 among 15 teams. Winning individual titles were Will Turman at 132 pounds, Michael Lusk at 146 and Pryce Dyk at 285. Other Pierre placers: Hayden Shaffer, third at 106; Jace Bench-Bresher, second at 213; Jack Van Camp, fifth at 126; Cade Hinkle, sixth at 138; Daniel Tafoya, seventh at 120; Tyson Johnson, sixth at 126; Barry Browning, third at 152; Austin Senger, second at 160; Maguire Raske, second at 170; Gage Gehring, second at 195.

Gymnastics: In a home dual against the Rapid City schools, the Lady Govs were first at 143.350, Stevens second at 67.700 and Central third at 32.350. MIkah Moser was first in all-around at 37.650 and Sophie Bullard second at 36.500. Moser won the bars, vault and floor exercise, and Bullard won on the beam.

This week’s schedules:
Gymnastics: Saturday, @ ESD meet, Aberdeen, noon.
Wrestling: Thursday, @ Huron; Saturday, @ Yankton invitational.
Girls basketball: Saturday, home vs. Yankton.
Boys basketball: Friday, home vs. Yankton; Tuesday, home vs. Huron.

Girls basketball: The Lady Govs lost to Harrisburg, 65-38, trailing at halftime by an insurmountable 36-9. Emily Mikkelsen and Mackenzie Rath scored 10 points each. On Tuesday Pierre defeated Mitchell, 54-45, as Mikkelsen scored 15 and Rath 10. Pierre stands at 4-10.

Class “AA” girls basketball seed standings (only the top 16 qualify for the Round of 16 postseason games where the eight winners advance to the state tournamenty; #16 will play at #1, #15 at #2, etc.):
(1) Aberdeen Central 13-1
(2) S.F. Lincoln 12-3
(3) R.C. Stevens 13-2
(4) S.F. O’Gorman 9-5
(5) Brandon Valley 10-4
(6) Harrisburg 10-3
(7) S.F. Washington 5-8
(8) Brookings 6-6
(9) R.C. Central 7-7
(10) Pierre 4-10
(11) Sturgis 5-9
(12) Mitchell 4-8
(13) S.F. Roosevelt 3-11
(14) Yankton 4-9
(15) Spearfish 5-8
(16) Watertown 3-9
(17) Douglas 3-11
(18) Huron 0-14

Boys basketball: The boys team is also 4-10 after two wins this week. The Governors, who lost to Harrisburg by 44 points in December, came up with a 28-8 fourth-quarter surge to stun the #1 Tigers, 74-58. Peyton Zabel scored 38, Garrett Stout 16 and Matt Maxfield eight. On Tuesday the Governors won a must-win game, 53-48 over winless Mitchell. Zabel scored 27 and Carson Tschetter nine.

Class “AA” boys basketball seed standings (only the top 16 qualify for the Round of 16 postseason games where the eight winners advance to the state tournament; #16 will play at #1, #15 will play at #2, etc.):
(1) R.C. Central 13-1
(2) R.C. Stevens 12-2
(3) Harrisburg 11-2
(4) S.F. Lincoln 9-4
(5) Sturgis 11-3
(6) S.F. Washington 8-6
(7) Yankton 8-5
(8) Douglas 10-4
(9) Brandon Valley 9-4
(10) Aberdeen Central 7-7
(11) S.F. O’Gorman 7-8
(12) S.F. Roosevelt 5-8
(13) Watertown 7-6
(14) Spearfish 5-9
(15) Pierre 4-10
(16) Huron 5-9
(17) Brookings 2-10
(18) Mitchell 0-14


My therapist said that my narcissism causes me to misread social situations. I’m pretty sure she is hitting on me.


Wrestling: At the Wagner invitational the Buffaloes placed 12th with 40.5 points. Luke Heninger placed second and J.D. Carter third, both at 132 pounds.

This week’s schedules:
Wrestling: Saturday, home for Big Dakota invitational, 10 a.m.; Tuesday, home vs. Gregory.
Gymnastics: No meets scheduled.
Girls basketball: Tuesday, @ Miller.
Boys basketball: next Feb. 8, @ White River.

Boys basketball: The Buffaloes are now 10-6 after a week of two wins and a loss. SCHS lost to Crow Creek, 71-63; defeated Cheyenne-Eagle Butte, 65-59, and edged Todd County, 59-58.

Girls basketball: The Lady Buffs are still winless at 0-15 after losing to Crow Creek, 73-24; to Cheyenne-Eagle Butte, 55-21, and to Todd County, 94-25.


This week’s schedules:
Wrestling: Saturday, @ Big Dakota invitational, Fort Pierre, 10 a.m.
Girls basketball: Friday, @ Potter County; Tuesday, @ Herreid-Selby Area (in Selby).
Boys basketball: Friday, @ Potter County; Tuesday, @ Herreid-Selby Area (in Selby).

Girls basketball: The Charger girls defeated Hitchcock-Tulare, 65-56, after leading by only 46-44 after the third period. Lauren Wittler scored 21, Rachel Guthmiller 20 and Marinda Archer 17. On Saturday Sully Buttes sustained its first loss of the season in a 50-35 defeat at Warner. Guthmiller scored 20. On Tuesday SBHS rebounded with a 76-45 win over Jones County as Guthmiller scored 30, Archer 14 and Wittler 14. SBHS stands at 13-1.

Boys basketball: It was a three-victory week for the Charger boys, who are 12-1 so far this winter. SBHS won at Hitchcock-Tulare, 59-38, as Lincoln Jordre scored 14 and Nick Wittler 13. On Saturday the Chargers went on a 26-7 run in the second quarter when Wittler scored all 14 of his points. The game ended as a 56-38 SBHS win. Jacob Howard scored 15 and Jordre 12. On Tuesday the Chargers jumped out to a 15-0 lead at the start and a 40-8 halftime margin en route to a 65-29 win over Jones County. Jordre scored 16, Wittler 14, Howard 14 and Cam Ogle 11.


The guy who fell on to an upholstery machine is now fully recovered.


March 3: Kyle Cichos/Ali Meister.
March 3: Corbin Mannis/Emily Barnhill.
April 7: Scott Pavlisich/Denise Wilson.
April 14: Kai Hanson/Kayla Saxe.
April 28: Chris Pope/Morgan Peterson.
May 19: Prince Harry/Meghan Markle.
June 2: Ethan Fife/Heather Mangan.
June 2: Cole Cruse/Kadence Feininger.
June 16: Matt Blaseg/Taryn Wolf.
June 16: Brandon Vockrodt/Kayla Nuese.
June 29: Jack Markel/Eileen Leong.
July 7: Matt Tetzlaff/Korie Lebeda.
July 14: Shawn Hlavacek/Rebekah Hartmann.
Aug. 11: Steve Long/Cassie Amundson.
Aug. 18: Jason Noyes/Micki DeCurtins.
Sept. 29: Tyler Arbach/Rachel Hartmann.
Oct. 6: Cale Pell/Sarah Lihs.
Oct. 6: Rodd Bauck/Megan Vockrodt.
Aug. 31, 2018: Devin Maki/Karlie Warne.


Oahe Lady Capitals: The girls varsity goalkeepers were kept far too busy and the offense couldn’t compete with last weekend’s two opponents. Aberdeen won the Friday game, 11-0, as Abigail Stewart-Fromm made 11 saves and Mariah Nelson 14 saves. On Saturday it was a 13-3 loss to Sioux Falls as Amy Glkerson scored three unassisted goals. Stewart-Fromm had five saves and Nelson 23 saves. The girls play at Rushmore at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

SDAHA girls varsity standings (W-L-T-OTL-points):
Aberdeen 14 – 0 – 1 – 0 – 29
Sioux Falls 12 – 3 – 1 – 0 – 25
Watertown 9 – 8 – 1 – 0 – 19
Mitchell 8 – 5 – 1 – 1 – 18
Brookings 8 – 5 – 0 – 0 – 16
Rushmore 6 – 11 – 0 – 0 – 12
Oahe 3 – 12 – 0 – 0 – 6
Omaha 0 – 14 – 0 – 1 – 1

Oahe Capitals: Stepping out of league play for the weekend, the Caps boys varsity won at Dickinson, 6-2, but lost in overtime at Mandan, 5-4. In the Dickinson game Spencer Wedin scored two power-play goals in the third period to salt away the game. Caden Davis also had two goals and Michael Lyons and Talon Griese one each. Tristan Fuerst made 30 saves in goal. At Mandan Riggs Sanchez scored twice and Griese and Wedin once apiece. Tate Mueller made 30 saves. It’s a huge home weekend for the Capitals, who host Rushmore at 8:15 p.m. Friday, Huron at 5:45 p.m. Saturday and Mitchell at 1:15 p.m. Sunday.

SDAHA boys varsity standings (W-L-T-OTL-points):
Rushmore 9 – 1 – 1 – 0 – 19
Sioux Falls 8 – 1 – 0 – 0 – 16
Oahe 8 – 3 – 0 – 0 – 16
Brookings 7 – 1 – 1 – 0 – 15
Watertown 4 – 5 – 0 – 0 – 8
Huron 3 – 4 – 0 – 0 – 6
Mitchell 3 – 5 – 0 – 0 – 6
Sioux Center 3 – 7 – 0 – 0 – 6
Fremont 1 – 7 – 0 – 0 – 2
Aberdeen 0 – 13 – 0 – 0 – 0

Gillette Wild (Coleman Varty): Gillette lost to Yellowstone, 7-3. Coleman scored a goal for the Wild and now has seven goals and seven assists this season. In the other weekend game Gillette beat Yellowstone, 4-3, in a shootout. Now 15-18-2-2 and in fourth place in its division, Gillette is home twice this weekend vs. Helena.

Sioux Falls Stampede: The Stampede beat Des Moines, 2-1; beat Sioux City, 2-1, in overtime, and beat Waterloo, 3-2, in overtime, all on the road on three successive nights. Sioux Falls is home vs. Des Moines Friday and Saturday and vs. Fargo Tuesday.

Rapid City Rush: The Rush won at Allen, 5-3; split at Kansas City, winning 5-2 and losing 2-1, and lost at Tulsa, 3-0. Rapid City plays at Kalamazoo tonight, at Fort Wayne Friday and finally home vs. Utah next Wednesday.

Minnesota Wild: The Wild lost to Pittsburgh, 6-3, and defeated Columbus, 3-2, in a shootout win. Minnesota is home vs. Las Vegas at 7 p.m. Friday (NBCSN), on the road at Dallas at 7 p.m. Saturday (FSN) and at St. Louis at 7 p.m. Tuesday (NBCSN).


Sioux Falls Skyforce: The Force lost at Texas, 126-118; won at Rio Grande Valley, 147-133, and lost to Iowa, 112-101. Sioux Falls’ only game this week is at home Friday at 7 vs. Oklahoma City.

Toyama Grouses (Sam Willard): It was a double-win weekend for the Grouses, who took a pair from San-en, 74-65 and 79-77. In the first game Sam was 3-of-5 in twos and 1-of-3 in threes for nine points with five rebounds and a block. In the nightcap he was 4-of-5 and 2-of-4 in field goals and 1-pf-2 in free throws for 15 points with five rebounds and two assists. Toyama is in second place in its division with a 17-15 record. This weekend the Grouses take on Hitachi SR (19-13) twice.

Midco Sports Network live games this week:

  • Thursday: NDSU @ SDSU men, 7 p.m.
  • Thursday: SDSU @ NDSU women, 7 p.m. (MSN2).
  • Friday: Mary @ USF women, 6 p.m.; men, 8 p.m.
  • Saturday: USD @ NDSU men, 2 p.m.

Minnesota Timberwolves: The Wolves lost to Golden State, 126-113; beat Brooklyn, 111-97; lost to Atlanta, 105-100, and lost to Toronto, 109-104. Minnesota is home vs. Milwaukee at 7:00 tonight (FSN), home vs. New Orleans Saturday at 8:00 (FSN+) and on the road to Cleveland at 7 p.m. next Wednesday (ESPN).


Pierre Trappers: The latest additions to the roster include Cole Johnson, a freshman infielder from Holmes Community College in Mississippi. He is from Denham Springs, La. His father, Russ Johnson, played major league baseball with the Devil Rays, Astros and Yankees. Also joining the Trappers will be freshman right-handed pitcher Drew Marovich from Aurora University in Aurora, Ill. His hometown is Chandler, Ariz.

Legion baseball: The 2019 state “A” championship tournament has been awarded to Mitchell’s Cadwell Park. This coming summer’s state tourney will be played at Hyde Stadium in Pierre.


3 days: Super Bowl LII, Minneapolis (Feb. 4).
8 days: Winter Olympics opening ceremonies, Pyeongchang (Feb. 9).
8 days: State gymnastics meet, Watertown (Feb. 9).
13 days: Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday (Feb. 14).
13 days: Summit League swimming championships, Sioux Falls (Feb. 14-17).
15 days: Pheasants Forever national pheasant feast, Sioux Falls (Feb. 16-18).
19 days: Georgia Morse Middle School musical (Feb. 20-21).
21 days: Minnesota Twins spring training opener (Feb. 22).
22 days: Pierre Players’ “The Three Musketeers” (Feb. 23-25, March 1-3).
22 days: State wrestling tournaments, Sioux Falls (Feb. 23-24).
23 days: NSIC basketball tournaments, Sioux Falls (Feb. 24-27).
30 days: Missouri Shores Domestic Violence Center’s “Hollywood Tonight” (March 3).
30 days: Minnesota United MLS season opener (March 3).
30 days: Summit League basketball tournaments, Sioux Falls (March 3-6).
31 days: Oscars, ABC-TV (March 4).
34 days: NAIA men’s basketball national tournament, Sioux Falls (March 7-13).
35 days: State girls basketball tournaments, “B” Brookings, “A” Watertown (March 8-10).
36 days: State boys hockey tournament, Fort Pierre (March 9-11).
38 days: Daylight Saving Time begins (March 11).
42 days: State “AA” girls/boys basketball tournaments, Sioux Falls (March 15-17).
42 days: State boys basketball tournaments, “B” Aberdeen, “A” Rapid City (March 15-17).
42 days: State high school visual arts festival, Rapid City (March 15-17).
42 days: NCAA Division I wrestling tournament, Cleveland (March 15-17).
49 days: All-State Band, Rapid City (March 22-24).
50 days: NCAA Division I men’s hockey West Region, Sioux Falls (March 23-24).
54 days: NCAA Division II women’s basketball Elite 8, Sioux Falls (March 27-30).
55 days: NCAA Division II men’s basketball Elite 8, Sioux Falls (March 28-31).
56 days: Baseball opening day (March 29).
57 days: NCAA women’s Division I basketball Final Four, Columbus (March 30).
58 days: NCAA men’s Division I basketball Final Four, San Antonio (March 31).
59 days: Easter Sunday (April 1).
59 days: Women’s basketball national championship game (April 1).
59 days: “Jesus Christ, Superstar” live, Fox TV (April 1).
60 days: Men’s basketball national championship game (April 2).
63 days: NCAA men’s hockey Frozen Four, St. Paul (April 5, 7).
64 days: Pierre high school baseball season openers (April 6).


South Dakota State (Chris Rumrill, Wyatt Rumrill, Daniel Jacobson, Ashley Theobald): The Jackrabbits were idle last weekend. They resume in Sioux Falls at the Coyote Invitational Friday and Saturday.


Division I men’s hockey update:

  • Minnesota State (19-7, 15-5): Beat USA U18 team, 5-3; Friday-Saturday, home vs. Alaska-Anchorage.
  • Minnesota-Duluth (14-11-3, 8-8-0): Beat St. Cloud State 5-1; lost to St. Cloud State 2-1; Friday-Saturday, @ Denver.
  • Omaha (14-11-1, 7-9-0): Swept Western Michigan 6-2 and 7-3; Friday-Saturday, @ St. Cloud State.
  • Denver (14-6-6, 8-4-4): Tied UND 3-3 in overtime; tied UND 1-1 in overtime; Friday-Saturday, home vs. Minnesota-Duluth.
  • Miami (Ohio) (9-12-3, 4-8-2): Lost to Colorado College 6-32; tied Colorado College 4-4; Friday-Saturday, home vs. Western Michigan.
  • Wisconsin (13-12-3-0, 7-8-2-1): Beat Penn State 4-2; tied Penn State 4-4 in overtime but won in shootout; Friday-Saturday, @ Michigan.
  • Colorado College (11-11-4, 5-8-3): Beat Miami 6-3; tied Miami 4-4; next Feb. 9-10, @ North Dakota.
  • Western Michigan (13-11-1, 8-7-0): Lost to Omaha 6-2 and 7-3; Friday-Saturday, @ Miami.
  • St. Cloud State (15-6-3, 9-4-1): Lost to Minnesota-Duluth 5-1; beat Minnesota-Duluth 2-1; Friday-Saturday, home vs. Omaha.
  • North Dakota (12-8-8, 6-6-4-2): Tied Denver 3-3 in overtime; tied Denver 1-1 in overtime; next Feb. 9-10, home vs. Colorado College.
  • Bemidji State (14-8-6, 11-5-4): Lost to Alabama-Huntsville 5-1; beat Alabama-Huntsville 5-1; Friday-Saturday, home vs. Lake Superior State.
  • Minnesota (16-13-1, 7-10-1): Beat Notre Dame 1-0 in overtime; lost to Notre Dame 4-1; next Feb. 9-10, @ Wisconsin.

Midland women (Traci Corcoran): The Warrior women lost twice at Minot State, 7-0 and 4-2. Now 14-10-1, MIdland plays Friday and Saturday at Nebraska-Lincoln.

Nebraska men (Derek Burke): The Husker club team swept a pair at Dordt College in Iowa, 8-2 and 7-3. This weekend the Huskers play home-and-home against Creighton, Friday in Omaha and Saturday in Lincoln.


“We don’t have a home run hitter,” Tom said ruthlessly.


Liberty University (Cortney Dowling): Cortney did not run in the home meet at Liberty, located in Lynchburg, Va. The Flames are home for the Dixon Memorial Invitational meet this weekend.

South Dakota: Coyote athletes won six events at the Jack Johnson meet at Minnesota. Chris Nilson accomplished the 10th-best pole vault in NCAA history at 18’9 1/4″. Megan Billington set a meet record in the 5000 meters at 16:52.98. Eldon Warner won the mile in 4:10.36, the seventh-best time in USD history. Madeline Huglen won the 3000 meters in 9:46.35, the fifth-best time in school history. Joe Reagan won the long jump at 24’2 1/2″. Shanice Cannigan won the pentathlon. USD competes at home in Vermillion this weekend in the Dakota Realty meet.

Black Hills State (Kelsey Van Den Hemel, Allan McDonnell, Sam Fjelstad): At BHSU’s Dave Little meet, the BHSU men and women both won their divisions among five teams. Allan won the high jump at 6.63 feet and placed sixth in the long jump at 5.49 meters. BHSU competes Saturday at the Conglomerate Open.

South Dakota State (Riley Sears, Max Reinke, Rachel Propst): At Northern Iowa’s meet, Abby Sudbeck placed third in the weight throw at 58’8 3/4″ and Colton Bender won the men’s weight throw at 65’8 1/4″. Both are SDSU school records. SDSU sends athletes this weekend to the Husker Invitational in Lincoln and the USD meet in Vermillion.

South Dakota Mines (Theron Singleton): At BHSU’s Dave Little meet Theron placed sixth in the 5000 meters in 17:13.49. Next on the schedule is the SDSU Indoor Classic in Brookings Feb. 9-10.


Northern: The Wolves were nearly shut out in a dual against St. Cloud State, 42-3, but the one match Northern won was the one least expected. Tanner Olson defeated the previously unbeaten, No. 1-in-the-nation Larry Bomstad in a 3-1 sudden-victory match. Now 1-9 in duals and 0-3 in the NSIC, Northern is home for duals Friday vs. Upper Iowa and Saturday vs. MSU-Moorhead.

Augustana (Lane Lettau, Jebben Keyes): The Vikings trailed through nine matches in a dual against Minnesota State, but Clayton Wahlstrom at 197 pounds and Luke Hohns at 285 won decisions, giving Augie a 17-13 win. Now 9-2 overall and 4-0 in the NSIC, Augustana hosts Minot State at 7 p.m. Friday and Mary at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Dakota Wesleyan: Last weekend’s results still aren’t posted on the DWU website. This Saturday DWU is scheduled to wrestle at the Sioux City Open.

South Dakota State: The Jackrabbits won a dual at Oklahoma, 22-13. Nate Rotert, #11 in the nation, stayed unbeaten in duals at 11-0 with a 3-1 decision win. Seth Gross, #1 in the nation, won with a 1:40 pin. Other Jacks winners were Henry Pohlmeyer, Luke Zilverberg and Alex Macki by decisions and Martin Mueller by a major decision. Now 10-2 overall and 5-0 in Big 12 duals, SDSU is home against Iowa State at 1 p.m.


In a Tottenham church Sunday morning a preacher said, “Anyone with special needs who wants to be prayed over please come forward to the front by the altar.”

Leroy got in line, and when it was his turn, the preacher asked, “Leroy, what do you want me to pray about for you?”

Leroy replied, “Preacher, I need you to pray for help with my hearing.”

The preacher put one finger of one hand in Leroy’s ear, placed his other hand on top of Leroy’s head and then prayed and prayed. The whole congregation joined in with great enthusiasm.

After a few minutes the preacher removed his hands, stood back and asked, “Leroy, how is your hearing now?”

Leroy answered, “I don’t know. It ain’t ’til Thursday.”


Thursday, Feb. 1:
Mary Hoover, Jeremiah Oltmann, Kallie (Dresbach) Hall, Nicholas Edwards, Cole Severson, Ed Jacobson, Andy Gerlach, Katrina Hewlett, Jim Severson, Blake Norman, Kaylee Kampfe, Lygia Garrett-Davis Libel, Carl Hawkinson, Tracy (Shangreaux) Boom, Colin Brown.

Friday, Feb. 2:
Joy Erlenbusch, Nate Chicoine, Jordan Reiss, Becky (Markley) Wosick, Stevie Brockhouse, Cody Coppess, Carla Madden, Jeff Stewart, Darline Zimmerman, Josh Lamb, Faye Peterson.

Saturday, Feb. 3:
Peggy Johnson, Bill Witte, Mike Baker, Daisha (Seyfer) Finke, James Vollmer, Brad Shoup, Deni (Lohman) Hollingsworth, Mike Owens, Victor Scharnweber, Alverde Daniel, James Kachelmyer, Joshua Kachelmyer, Parker Knox, Jason Lindberg, Gianna Harty, Matt McGovern, Kathy (Fette) Paul. We fondly remember Donna Fjelstad on this seventh anniversary of the day she passed away in 2011. We also fondly remember Jack Unkenholz on his birthday.

Sunday, Feb. 4.
JoAnne Hipple, Avery Burger, Jake Miller, Tom Guhin, Sheila Ring, Alec Espeland, Jaremy Joy, Eric Paxton, Anne Eichstadt, Jamie McQuistion, Blake Deal, John Barber, Charlene (Hyde) Bietz, Chelsey (Roberts) Renemans, Tom Valentine.
— 45th anniversary, Steve/Peggy Stout.
— 29th anniversary, Randy/Jodi Hartmann.

Monday, Feb. 5:
LaJena (Johnson) Gruis, Wade LaRoche, Anthony Hunt, Bob Judson, Ben Merrill, Pamela Cronin, Kara Lyn (Fouts) Brewer, Chad Coppess, Nick Osterkamp, Devin Dodson, Jonathan Semro, Spencer Richey, Amanda Schmitgen.

Tuesday, Feb. 6:
Jenifer Palmer, Jarrett Klinger, Stacie (Ries) Swanstrom, Adam Gallagher, Alex Hillestad, Colin McDaniel, Weston Fuller, Deleight (Kelly) Sudmeier, Mary (Morris) Weinheimer, Declan Murphy, Matt Peery.

Wednesday, Feb. 7:
Tony Blake, Liz (Kirk) Van Camp, Alexandra Voeltz, Sandy Zinter, Dave Hofer, DaVida (Anderson) Jaqua, Marilee Johnson-Geary, Kennedy Williams, Franklin Nebelsick. We fondly remember Hyrma Zakahi on the first anniversary of the day she passed away.
— 14th anniversary, Tyson/Lindsey Heiss.

Thursday, Feb. 8:
Karen Authier, Karon Schaack, Alana (Tennant) Lacina, Kelli Nuttbrock, Lindsey (Quinn) Nichols, Stephanie Arne, Alex Plumage, Steph (Hull) Joens, Colby Wagner, Amanda (Weaver) Sprenkle, Jean Deffenbuagh, Habie Swenson, Chad Binger.
— 54th anniversary, Ron/Priscilla Schmidt.


There is an island full of wild monkeys off the coast of South Carolina called Morgan Island, and it’s not open to humans.


South Dakota women (Chloe Lamb, Ciara Duffy): The Coyotes stunned SDSU in Brookings, 67-61, winning at Frost Arena for the second time in three games. Kate Liveringhouse led USD with 20. Ciara was 6-of-15, including 4-of-9 from long range, and 1-of-2 for 17 points with three rebounds and three assists. Chloe was 1-of-2 for two points with a rebound. USD then won at Denver, 82-60, to stay unbeaten in the Summit League at 8-0. Jaycee Bradley had 17 points as did Allison Arens. Ciara was 7-of-12 and 2-of-2 for 16 points with eight rebounds, a steal and an assist. Chloe was 2-of-4 and 2-of-2 for six points with five assists and six boards. Now 17-5 overall, USD is home vs. Western Illinois at 7 p.m. tonight and NDSU at 1 p.m. Saturday, then goes to Fort Wayne next Wednesday at 5 p.m.

Summit League women’s standings: USD 8-0, SDSU 6-1, Western Illinois 6-2, Oral Roberts 4-3, Denver 3-5, Omaha 1-6, NDSU 1-6, Fort Wayne 1-7.

South Dakota men: The Coyotes, after knocking off SDSU last Wednesday, lost a trap game at Denver, 84-68. A 16-0 Denver run early in the game proved to be too much to overcome. Tyler Hagedorn led USD with 16. Now 18-6 overall and 6-2 in the Summit, USD goes to Western Illinois tonight and to NDSU at 2 p.m. Saturday on Midco Sports Network.

Summit League men’s standings: SDSU 7-1, USD 6-2, NDSU 4-3, Denver 4-4, Fort Wayne 3-4, Oral Roberts 3-4, Omaha 2-6, Western Illinois 1-6.

Tennessee women (Caleb Currier): The Lady Vols beat Mississippi, 75-66, but lost to LSU, 70-59. Tennessee, now 17-4 overall and 5-3 in the SEC, is home vs. Texas A&M tonight and vs. Vanderbilt at 1 p.m Sunday on ESPNU.

South Dakota State women (Sydney Palmer): The Jackrabbit women lost at home to USD, 67-61, led by Macy Miller with 18 points and Madison Guebert with 17. Sydney went 1-of-2 and 1-of-2 for three points with three rebounds and two assists. SDSU rebounded with a 105-49 demolition of Fort Wayne, led by Ellie Thompson with 23, Miller 22, Guebert 16 and Tyler Irwin 15. Sydney was 1-of-3 for two points with five rebounds and two assists. Now 17-5 overall and 6-1 in the Summit, SDSU is at NDSU tonight at 7 p.m. on MSN2 and at Omaha at 1 p.m. Saturday.

South Dakota State men (Lane Severyn): The Jackrabbits recovered from their loss to USD last week with two wins. The first was a squeaker, however, as SDSU escaped with a home win over Fort Wayne, 78-76. Mike Daum had 23 points and 14 rebounds. The Jacks lost a 17-point halftime lead but late free throws and a defensive stop saved the game. Lane had two rebounds in 13 minutes. On Tuesday Daum had 35 points and 18 rebounds as he shot 28 times and made 15 of them. Lane was 1-of-1 for three points with two boards as SDSU dominated Omaha, 80-60. Now 19-6 overall and 7-1 in the Summit, SDSU is home vs. NDSU at 7 p.m. tonight on Midco Sports Network.

Dakota Wesleyan women: The Tiger women defeated Jamestown, 86-75, led by Kynedi Cheeseman with 27. DWU won a league game over Hastings, 63-52, as Amber Bray scored 15. Now 20-4 overall and 11-3 in the GPAC, DWU hosted Mount Marty last night, then goes to Briar Cliff Saturday and to Morningside Wednesday.

Dakota Wesleyan men: The Tigers lost to Hastings, 71-69. Jason Spicer had a team-high 28 points. Now 17-8 overall and 7-6 in the GPAC, DWU hosted Mount Marty last night, then goes to Briar Cliff Saturday and to Morningside Wednesday.

Mount Marty men: The Lancers lost to Dordt, 77-73, led by Marcus Mathieu with 19 points. MMC then won a GPAC game over Doane, 75-65, led by Conlan Callahan’s 20. Now 5-17 overall and 2-10 in the league, MMC after hosting DWU last night is home vs. Midland Saturday and Northwestern next Wednesday.

Mount Marty women: The Lancer women lost to Dordt, 73-67. as Sarah Castaneda with 23. MMC then won over Doane, 63-57, as Mikayla Prouty with 20 points. Now 12-12 overall and 3-12 in the GPAC, Mount Marty hosted DWU last night and stays home against Midland Saturday and Northwestern next Wednesday.

University of Sioux Falls women (Moira Duffy): The Cougar women lost both games on a northern trip. In a 74-6 loss at Northern, USF got 11 points each from Kaelyt Hummel and Mariah Szymanski. Moira went 5-of-13 for 10 points with three rebounds, an assist, two steals and six blocks. In a 69-58 loss at MSU-Moorhead Hummel had 17. Moira was 1-of-6 and 1-of-2 for three points with three rebounds and two blocks. Now 13-7 overall and 10-6 in the NSIC, USF is home this weekend vs. Mary and Minot State.

University of Sioux Falls men: The Cougars lost at Northern, 97-76, despite 42 points from Trevon Evans. He had 29 more at MSU-Moorhead in a 70-67 Cougar win. Now 14-8 overall and 9-7 in the NSIC, USF stays home Friday vs. Mary and Saturday vs. Minot State.

Northern women: The Wolves are now 18-4 overall and 13-3 in the NSIC. Northern whipped USF, 74-46, as Miranda Ristau had 27 points. In a 79-62 win over Southwest Minnesota State, Haley Froelich led USF with 16. Northern goes east this weekend to Upper Iowa and Winona State.

Northern men: The Wolves beat Sioux Falls, 97-76, led by Logan Doyle with 18. But NSU lost to Southwest Minnesota State, 64-57. Doyle, Bo Fries and Ian Smith each had 12 points. Now 21-3 overall and 14-2 in the NSIC, Northern goes to Upper Iowa and Winona State Saturday.

Dakota State women: The Lady Trojans lost to Valley City State, 88-70. Jamie Tibben led DSU with 14. In a 61-56 win at Dickinson State, Kennedy Wagner led DSU with 17. Now 9-16 overall and 6-6 in the NSAA, the Trojans are home this weekend in the league vs. Waldorf and Viterbo.

Dakota State men: The Trojans won over Valley City State, 84-79, led by Justin Folkers with 20. In an 80-77 loss to Dickinson State, Keeon Johnson had 23. Now 10-15 overall and 4-8 in the NSAA, DSU is home vs. Waldorf Friday and Viterbo Saturday.

Augustana men (Steven Schaefer): The Vikings got 30 points from Jordan Spencer in an 85-65 win over Minnesota-Duluth. Steven went 4-of-10 and 2-of-2 for 10 points with three assists, three rebounds and a steal. But Augie fell to St. Cloud State, 80-63, as John Warren scored 16. Steven was 2-of-6 for four points and had three rebounds, a steal and two assists. Augie is 13-9 overall and 8-8 in the NSIC. The Vikings go north to Minnesota-Crookston and Bemidji State this weekend.

Augustana women (Katie Bourk): The Viking women are 19-1 overall and 15-1 in the NSIC after two weekend wins. In a 69-46 win over Minnesota-Dululth, Shelby Selland had 17. Augie escaped St. Cloud State with an overtime win, 76-74. Abby Hora had 16 points, the last two coming as free throws with two seconds left that won the game. Augie plays at Minnesota-Crookston Friday and at Bemidji State Saturday.

South Dakota Mines women: The Lady Hardrockers won over Western State, 73-59, led by 17 points from Ryan Weiss. In a 75-60 loss at Colorado-Mesa, Mines was led by Sami Steffeck with 13. Now 13-8 overall and 8-7 in the RMAC, Mines goes down to CU-Colorado Springs Friday and to Metro State Saturday.

South Dakota Mines men: The Hardrockers lost two on the road. In an 87-75 loss at Western State, Mines was led by Logan Elers with 18 points. In a 77-71 loss at Colorado-Mesa, Tristan Von Nieda had 18. Now 6-14 overall and 3-12 in the RMAC, Mines goes to UC-Colorado Springs and Metro State this weekend.

Black Hills State women (Remi Wientjes, Racquel Wientjes): The Yellowjacket women won twice on the road and are now 17-4 overall and 11-4 in the RMAC. In a 56-53 win at Colorado-Mesa Remi was 2-of-5, including 2-of-3 from downtown, for six points with three boards, an assist and two steals. Julia Seamans led BHSU with 16,. In a 67-61 win over Western State, Lyndzi Rich had 14 points to lead BHSU. Remi was 1-of-2 and 1-of-2 for three points with two rebounds and an assist. Racquel made her only field-goal try for two points. BHSU goes to Metro State and CU-Colorado Springs this weekend.

Black Hills State men: The Yellowjackets lost to Colorado-Mesa, 68-67. Wyatt Krogman and Fraser Malcolm had 13 points each. In a 90-76 loss to Western State, Malcolm scored 24. Now 11-8 overall and 8-7 in the RMAC, BHSU goes to Metro State Friday and to CU-Colorado Springs Saturday.


A co-worker said to me, “Could you be any more annoying?” So the next day I wore tap shoes to work.


  • Do you remember where you were 20 years ago next Thursday night? That would have been Feb. 8, 1998. I remember where I was, and many of you who read this were there with me. Next week in the Update you will be able to read a long, long column about that night that I wrote for the Capital Journal.
  • How time flies! Skimming through my Facebook feed the other day, I saw a flashback piece about two horrendous events that occurred this week in previous years. It was 51 years ago last Saturday that three of our astronauts died in a fire inside the Apollo 1 capsule as they sat on the launch pad at Cape Kennedy (that’s what it was called in those years after his assassination). I remember vividly that fellow teacher Ron Baseley and I were on our way home to Onida, just crossing the Blunt railroad tracks heading up the hill after a ballgame at Blunt High, when the news of the fire came on the radio. And then 32 years ago last Sunday the Challenger exploded, killing seven astronauts. We had our tiny TV set on in the Onida Watchman office. It was a Tuesday “get the paper finished” day, and Barb Rilling had just come into the office where Alice, Glynnes, Lillian and I were at work. One of us remarked, “Something just happened,” and we turned to watch the TV. I so remember President Reagan’s eulogy to the astronauts that night (up to that time he was by far the best President at saying the right thing in times of tragedy). Quoting the Magee poem, “High Flight,” the President said they had waved goodbye just that morning and in an instant ” . . . they slipped the surly bonds of Earth to touch the face of God.”


Here is one last football contest for you.

(1) Pick the winner of Super Bowl LII—New England or Philadelphia.
(2) Guess the score for each team.

Send your entry to parkerhome16@hotmail.com by Sunday afternoon.




PGA Champions Tour (Tom Byrum): This tour for older golfers has no tournament until Feb. 9-11 at the Boca Raton tournament in Florida.


Bishop David Zellmer officiated at the baptism of his granddaughter, Elin Corrine Johnson (daughter of Allan and Sarah) at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls Sunday. He has now baptized all but one of his and LaDonna’s grandchildren as well as performing the weddings of all four of the Zellmer children—Christina, Josh, Sarah and Mike.

Cpl. Todd Taylor has been named Employee of the Year at the South Dakota Women’s Prison in Pierre.

Vona Johnson announced this week she will seek her own full term on the Pierre City Commission in the June 5 election. She has been finishing out the term of Steve Harding, who left the commission when he became mayor last year. With Johnson’s announcement, all three incumbent commissioners whose terms are expiring will be seeking re-election. The others are Jim Mehlhaff and Jamie Huizenga.

The entry from Stanley County High School in the regional one-act play contest last week was one of the two selected from this region to advance to the state one-act play festival being held today through Saturday at Brandon Valley High School’s performing arts center. “Dark Road,” which is directed by Shirley Swanson and Jennifer Milliken, will be performed at 5 p.m. Friday. Two of the SCHS cast members, Abby Arhart and Brittany Pillen, received outstanding actor awards at the regional contest. The Class “AA” schools do not have to go through a regional competition. Pierre’s play will be performed at 2:15 p.m. Saturday.

The full schedule of plays at the state one-act play festival at Brandon:

  • Thursday, 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.—Bridgewater-Emery, Sioux Falls Washington, Armour, Mitchell.
  • Thursday, 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.—Highmore-Harrold, Huron, Hill City, De Smet, Watertown, Bon Homme, Deubrook.
  • Thursday, 6 to 9:30 p.m.—Brookings, Chamberlain, Chester, Harrisburg, Dakota Valley.
  • Friday, 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.—Aberdeen Central, Viborg-Hurley, Rapid City Stevens, Milbank, Lemmon, Yankton.
  • Friday, 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.—McCook Central, James Valley Christian, Sioux Falls O’Gorman, Sioux Falls Christian, Northwestern, Sturgis, Stanley County.
  • Friday, 6 to 9:30 p.m.—Tismber Lake, Brandon Valley, Madison, Montrose, Rapid City Central.
  • Saturday, 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.—Custer, Rosholt, Spearfish, Sisseton, New Underwood, Douglas.
  • Saturday, 12:30 to 4:45 p.m.—West Central, Castlewood, Pierre, Menno, Sioux Falls Lincoln.

The National High School Athletic Coaches Association announced the advancement of the late Dan Thelen from the Huron school district as a finalist for the national Coachc of the Year honor in the sport of track and field. The awards banquet will take place June 27 at the association’s national convention in Sioux Falls. Thelen, who coached at Montrose before going to Huron, is a native of Pierre.

At the Fort Pierre Development Corporation’s annual meeting, the Business of the Year honor went to Chase Auto & RV.

Travis Ruby went to school in Fort Pierre with the Class of 2009 but left with his family when they moved to Pennsylvania in 2007. Travis was married Jan. 8 to Francie Baker. They live in Fredericksburg, Va. His mother, Brenda, and his brother live in Boalsburg, Pa.

Max and Lisa Huber of St. Paul put their little daughter to work digging into a cake to determine the gender of their second child who will make an appearance in June. It will be a boy!

A beef stew dinner will be served at the Pierre Senior Center from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The meal will include beef stew, corn bread, desserts and drinks. The cost will be $8 for an adult and $5 for a child 4 and older.

Allison Mickelson, who had the lead role in a play in Portland, Ore., last fall, is back in Portland to appear in the one-woman show written by Lisa Kron, “2.5 Minute Ride.” The play is about Kron’s family and her experiences riding roller coasters, attending weddings and visiting Auschwitz.

Edward Duffy of Fort Pierre is the state champion in the Elks Hoop Shoot’s division for 8- and 9-year-old boys. At the state shoot last weekend he sank 23 of his 25 free throws, then survived into a second tiebreaker where he made all five of his shots. He advances to the regional event for area state champions from North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana in Rapid City on March 10. There will be another Duffy there as Declan Duffy of Rapid City won the boys’ 10-11 division. Ryan Barry of Pierre tied for first in the girls’ 10-11 division but lost in the second tiebreaker. Lincoln Kienholz of Fort Pierre placed third in the boys’ 12-13 division. Thirty-seven shooters, all of them winners of their local contests, competed in the state contest. (News courtesy of “Today’s KCCR News.”)

Last week we mentioned that former Pierre resident Jim Welsh will be inducted into the Custer High School Hall of Fame this Friday night. Among the other five inductees will be his good friend and fellow Keystone native, Bob Judson, who moved with his family to Custer in 1956. By the time he graduated from CHS in 1960, he had earned 11 varsity letters. In track he was a state-qualifying shot put thrower. In football he was an All-State defensive end. In basketball he was all-conference twice and All-State his senior year. At Huron College Judson competed in those same three sports and earned 11 more letters. He taught for a year at Sisseton before coming to Pierre. As an assistant coach to Roger Pries, he saw the Governors win the boys state “A” championship in 1979, and as the head coach he won one of his own in 1982 and was runner-up the following year. He also coached Huron to a state boys title. He taught at Pierre until 1999. He was a track coach for 50 years. He and his wife, Janet, who is also a Custer alumna, have two sons and five grandchildren. For Judson a Hall of Fame is nothing new—he previously has been inducted into the South Dakota Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame, the South Dakota Coaches Association Hall of Fame, the Pierre High School Hall of Fame and the Huron College Hall of Fame. (News courtesy of The Custer Chronicle)

The annual St. Joseph School carnival will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the school. Everyone is welcome. There will be bingo, games, a raffle and lunch.

A potluck dinner honoring Pastor Harvey and Lenore Friez was held following services at Community Bible Church Sunday; The Friezes have served the church for more than 30 years.

Edgewood’s “Soup-er Bowl” fundraiser will be a fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association of South Dakota. The meal will be served Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is a free-will donation, and each person will be able to taste all the soups and vote for his favorite. Participating restaurants preparing the soups include Drifters, Branding Iron Bistro, Ramkota, La Minestra, River Centre Tavern and Richie Z’s Brickhouse.

This week’s Avera Athletes of the Week as chosen by the Pierre Athletic Coaches Association are Peyton Zabel in boys basketball and Kodi Severyn in girls basketball.

Tom Roberts, who spent many years in his family’s printing business, PryntComm (formerly State Publishing Company), revealed on Facebook this week that he is now a licensed real estate agent and is joining the Lee Real Estate firm.

It is a sad week among the Pierre Players community theater family, both past and present. Brad Waltman, who was a behind-the-scenes force in Pierre Players during the years he lived here, lost his year-long battle with cancer this week. In Pierre he worked as a graphic designer at PryntComm and as publications coordinator for South Dakota Tourism. Since moving to Sioux Falls several years ago, he has worked as a graphic designer for Sanford Health and Lodgenet.

Beth (Miner) O’Toole, a former Pierre resident who is serving her fifth three-year term on the South Dakota Council of Juvenile Services, has been elected as its chair. She is a professor of social science and criminal justice at the University of Sioux Falls.


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