Vol. 19, No. 24; Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018

Feb 15, 2018 | Parker's Midweek Update | 0 comments


This week’s schedules:
Wrestling: Saturday, @ regional tournament, Eagle Butte.
Boys basketball: Friday, @ Brookings; Saturday, @ Brandon Valley; Tuesday, home vs. Watertown. (Round of 16 games March 3)
Girls basketball: Friday, home vs. Brookings; Saturday, home vs. Brandon Valley; Tuesday, @ Watertown. (Round of 16 games March 2)

Wrestling: Harrisburg came into Friday’s dual in Pierre with a perfect record in its ESD Conference duals, and Pierre, with one loss in the season-opening tournament at Watertown, had to win to earn a co-conference championship. If this was a dual between the two best teams in the ESD, then the Governors left no doubt, besting Harrisburg, 44-10. It was 36-0 before the Tigers managed to win a match. Hayden Shaffer won a 9-2 decision; Jace Bench-Bresher won a major decision 13-2; Lincoln Turman won a 13-0 major decision; Jack Van Camp won on a 1:48 pin; Will Turman won an 8-5 decision; Cade Hinkle won a 14-10 decision; Michael Lusk won by tech fall 17-2; Barry Browning won a 16-3 major decision, and Austin Senger scored a 6-2 decision to put Pierre up by 36-0. To finish the match with an exclamation point, Gage Gehring won a 2-0 decision and Pryce Dyk scored a 4:47 fall. Pierre finished the regular season at 14-1 in duals and 8-1 in the ESD. This Saturday at the regional tournament, the top four placers in each weight class qualify for the state tournament.

Gymnastics: In the team competition at the state “AA” meet in Watertown, the Lady Govs placed fifth behind Mitchell, Watertown, Brookings and O’Gorman and ahead of Stevens, Yankton, LIncoln and Huron. Pierre scores combined for 34.975, second place in the vault; 32.75, fifth on the bars; 32.575, eighth on the beam, and 36.375, fourth in floor exercise. Pierre’s total was 136.675. In Saturday’s individual competitons, Mikah Moser, Sophie Bullard and Meg Erwin all earned medals by finishing among the top 15. Moser tied for 13th on the beam, 8.675; placed 10th in floor, 9.25; placed second on bars, 9;35, and tied for fourth in the vault, 9.1. Sophie tied for 115h on the floor, 9.225, and placed third in vault, 9.3. Meg placed 15th on bars, 8.625. In the all-around standings where the top 10 finishers earned all-tournament team recognition, Moser was fourth, 36.375; Bullard 11th, 35.0, and Erwin 12th, 34.6.

Girls basketball: The Lady Govs scored a 72-56 win over winless Huron and improved their own record to 6-10. Mack Rath scored 16, Emily Mikkelsen 14, Abbi Kitts eight and Abigail Foster eight points.

Class “AA” girls seed-point standings (in the Round of 16 on March 2, #1 plays #16, #2 plays #15, etc., with the eight winners qualifying for the state tournament):
(1) Aberdeen Central 16-1
(2) Sioux Falls Lincoln 14-3
(3) Rapid City Stevens 15-3
(4) Sioux Falls O’Gorman 12-5
(5) Brandon Valley 11-6
(6) Harrisburg 13-4
(7) Sioux Falls Washington 7-10
(8) Brookings 8-9
(9) Rapid City Central 8-9
(10) Sturgis 6-10
(11) Pierre 6-10
(12) Mitchell 7-10
(13) Spearfish 7-10
(14) Sioux Falls Roosevelt 4-13
(15) Yankton 5-12
(16) Watertown 3-13
(17) Douglas 4-13
(18) Huron 0-18

Class “AA” boys seed-point standings (in the Round of 16 on March 3, #1 pays #16, #2 plays #15, etc., with the eight winners qualifying for the state tournament):
(1) Rapid City Stevens 14-2
(2) Rapid City Central 13-3
(3) Harrisburg 16-2
(4) Sioux Falls LIncoln 11-5
(5) Sioux Falls Washington 10-7
(6) Yankton 11-6
(7) Brandon Valley 11-6
(8) Douglas 14-4
(9) Aberdeen Central 10-7
(10) Sioux Falls O’Gorman 10-8
(11) Sioux Falls Roosevelt 7-9
(12) Sturgis 11-4
(13) Watertown 8-8
(14) Huron 7-11
(15) Pierre 5-11
(16) Spearfish 7-10
(17) Brookings 3-14
(18) Mitchell 0-18


This week’s schedules:
Wrestling: Saturday, @ regional tournament, Rapid City.
Boys basketball: Monday, @ Miller.
Girls basketball: Thursday, home vs. Mobridge-Pollock; Monday-Thursday next week, Region 6A tournament (top two teams advance to Round of 16 March 1).

Wrestling: At the Howard invitational Stanley County accumuilated 62.5 points, finishing sixth of 11 teams. Canton won the team title. J.D. Carter won the 132-pound championship. Luke Heninger reached the championship match at 126 pounds but withdrew due to injury and thus placed second.

Boys basketball: The Buffaloes lost to White River, 75-40, then defeated Wall, 60-44. On Tuesday SCHs lost to Mobridge-Pollock, 57-53. Brady Hoftiezer scored 19 points and Joey Fischer 18. With one game to go in the regular season, the Buffs stand at 11-8.

Girls basketball: With one game left in the regular season, the SCHS girls remain winless at 0-19. SCHS lost to White River, 62-27; to Wall, 46-26, and to Chamberlain, 47-26, this week. As the #7 seed in Region 6A, the girls would open regional play against #2 Miller on the road Tuesday; a loss would end their season, but a win would move them into a Thursday semifinal against C-EB or Mobridge-Pollock.


This week’s schedules:
Wrestling: Saturday, @ regional tournament, Rapid City.
Boys basketball: Thursday, home vs. Faulkton Area; Saturday, Langford (@ Warner).
Girls basketball: Thursday, home vs. Faulkton Area; Monday-Thursday next week, Region 2B tournament (Sully Buttes as #1 seed will be home for semifinal Tuesday vs. #8-#9 winner, Sunshine Bible or Eureka-Bowdle; the semifinal would also be at home Thursday vs. #4-#5 winner, Potter County or Leola-Frederick; two semifinal winners advance to Round of 16 March 1).

Girls basketball: The Charger girls play Faulkton tonight as they try to complete a regular season with only one loss. This week the girls beat Ipswich, 58-44; beat Little Wound, 58-38, and defeated Sunshine Bible, 64-34. In the Little Wound game played at Warner, Rachel Guthmiller scored 21, Marinda Archer 17 and Lauren Wittler 13.

Boys basketball: The Charger boys won twice this week, topping Ipswich, 82-53, and Sunshine Bible, 62-30.


A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.
— George R.R. Martin


1 day: Pheasants Forever national pheasant feast, Sioux Falls (Feb. 16-18).
5 days: Georgia Morse Middle School musical (Feb. 20-21).
7 days: Minnesota Twins spring training opener (Feb. 22).
8 days: Pierre Players’ “The Three Musketeers” (Feb. 23-25 and March 1-3).
8 days: State wrestling tournaments, Sioux Falls (Feb. 23-24).
9 days: NSIC basketball tournaments, Sioux Falls (Feb. 24-27).
14 days: Zesto opens (March 1).
15 days: State girls hockey tournament, Huron (March 2-4).
16 days: Missouri Shores Domestic Violence Center’s “Hollywood Tonight” (March 3).
16 days: Summit League basketball tournaments, Sioux Falls (March 3-6).
17 days: Oscars, ABC-TV (March 4).
20 days: NAIA national men’s basketball tournament, Sioux Falls (March 7-13).
21 days: State girls basketball tournaments, “B” Brookings, “A” Watertown (March 8-10).
22 days: State boys hockey tournament, Fort Pierre (March 9-11).
24 days: Daylight Saving Time begins (March 11).
28 days: State “AA” basketball tournaments, Sioux Falls (March 15-17).
28 days: State boys basketball tournaments, “B” Aberdeen, “A” Rapid City (March 15-17).
28 days: State high school visual arts festival, Rapid City (March 15-17).
28 days: NCAA Division I wrestling tournament, Cleveland (March 15-17).
36 days: NCAA Division I men’s hockey West Regional, Sioux Falls (March 23-24).
37 days: All-State Band concert, Rapid City (March 24).
40 days: NCAA Division II women’s basketball Elite 8, Sioux Falls (March 27-30).
41 days: NCAA Division II men’s basketball Elite 8, Sioux Falls (March 28-31).
42 days: Major league baseball opening day (March 29).
43 days: NCAA women’s basketball Final Four, Columbus (March 30, April 1).
44 days: NCAA men’s basketball Final Four, San Antonio (March 31, April 2).
45 days: Easter Sunday (April 1).
45 days: “Jesus Christ, Superstar” in concert, NBC-TV (April 1).


Pierre Trappers: The latest additions to the roster for the 2018 Expedition League season are infielder Cameron McGrath and outfielder Daniel Head, both from Everett Community College in Washington.


Midco Sports Network live games this week:

  • Thursday: Southern Utah @ UND men, 7 p.m.
  • Friday: Concordia-St. Paul @ USF women, 6 p.m.; men, 8 p.m.
  • Saturday: Oral Roberts @ USD women, 1 p.m.
  • Saturday: Fort Wayne @ NDSU women, 2 p.m. (MSN2).
  • Saturday: Omaha @ USD men, 3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: SDSU @ USD women, 7 p.m.

Toyama Grouses (Sam Willard): The Grouses lost twice to the Chiba Jets. In a 96-90 loss, Sam was 2-of-4 in two-pointers and 3-of-4 in three-pointers for 13 points with six rebounds, four assists and two steals. In an 88-65 loss he again had 13 points on 2-of-5 in twos and 3-of-5 in threes with eight rebounds, an assist and two blocks. Toyama is now 17-19 and in second place in its division but 11 games behind the first-place Sea Horses (28-8), the team they play twice this weekend.

Minnesota Timberwolves: The Wolves lost to Chicago, 114-113; defeated Sacramento, 111-106, and lost to Houston, 126-109. Minnesota hosts the Los Angeles Lakers tonight (8:00 TNT), then is off for the all-star break until Feb. 23.

Sioux Falls Skyforce: It was an all-winning week for the Force, which defeated Reno 129-104 and 110-93 and beat Memphis 125-102. The Skyforce is now idle until Feb. 24 at El Segundo, Calif., vs. South Bay, Feb. 26 at Ontario vs. Agua Caliente and Feb. 28 vs. Oklahoma City at Wichita.


Arizona and Hawaii are the only states which do not observe Daylight Saving Time.


Oahe Capitals: The boys varsity, in the Hockey Day in South Dakota game at the Denny Sanford Premier Center, lost to Sioux Falls, 2-1. Spencer Wedin converted Caden Davis’ assist at the 13:05 mark of the third period, cutting the Caps’ deficit to 2-1. Tristan Fuerst had 31 saves. The Capitals hit the road again this weekend, playing at 8:30 p.m. Saturday in Brookiings and 2 p.m. Sunday in Watertown.

Oahe Lady Capitals: The girls varsity scored a 3-2 win over Watertown, getting the game-winning goal at 0:40 of the third period on Amy Gilkerson’s goal off Kaitlyn Swenson’s assist. Earlier Jessa McTighe scored with Gilkerson assisting and Gilkerson scored off another Swenson assist. Mariah Nelson had 32 saves in goal. The girls are off until Feb. 24-25 when they play twice in Brookings.

SDAHA boys varsity standings (W-L-T-OTL-points):
Rushmore 14 – 1 – 1 – 0 = 29
Sioux Falls 12 – 1 – 1 – 0 = 25
Brookings 9 – 2 – 2 – 0 = 20
Oahe 9 – 6 – 0 – 0 = 18
Huron 7 – 5 – 0 – 0 = 14
Watertown 6 – 8 – 0 – 0 = 12
Mitchell 5 – 9 – 0 – 1 = 11
Sioux Center 4 – 11 – 0 – 0 = 8
Fremont 2 – 10 – 0 – 0 = 4
Aberdeen 0 – 14 – 0 – 0 = 0

SDAHA girls varsity standings (W-L-T-OTL=points):
Aberdeen 19 – 1 – 1 – 0 = 39
Sioux Falls 16 – 3 – 1 – 0 = 33
Brookings 12 – 7 – 0 – 0 = 24
Mitchell 10 – 7 – 2 – 1 = 23
Watertown 9 – 10 – 1 – 0 = 19
Rushmore 7 – 14 – 0 – 0 = 14
Oahe 4 – 14 – 0 – 1 = 9
Omaha 0 – 18 – 1 – 1 = 2

Rapid City Rush: The Rush swept Utah in all three home games last week, finishbing up with a 6-5 win Friday and a 2-1 win Saturday. Rapid City goes to Wichita for three Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Gillette Wild (Coleman Varty): The Wild swept a weekend pair against Missoula, starting with a 3-2 overtime win Friday. On Saturday in a 6-0 win Coleman had a goal and an assist, bringing his totals for the season to eight goals and 12 assists. Gillette, now 18-19-2-2, hosts Bozeman for two games this weekend.

Sioux Falls Stampede: The Stampede beat Lincoln 4-2, then lost to Omaha 3-2 on the fourth round of a shootout. Sioux Falls, now 6-0-2 in its last eight games, plays Friday at Sioux City.

Minnesota Wild: The Wild lost in overtime to Arizona, 4-3; shut out Chicago, 3-0, and held off the New York Rangers, 3-2. Minnesota has a home-game streak of 13 games in which they have earned at least one standings point. The Wild hosts Washington tonight (7:00 FSN) and Anaheim Saturday (1:00 FSN) before going on the road to the New York Islanders Monday (noon FSN).


PGA Champions Tour: Onida native Tom Byrum had two rounds of 3-under-par 69 and a final round of 1-over 73 for a three-day 5-under 211, tying for 24th place at the tour event in Boca Raton, Fla. The tour moves over to Naples, Fla., this weekend for the Chubb Classic.


“I shouldn’t sleep on the railroad tracks,” Tom said, beside himself.


Thursday, Feb. 15:
Kendra (Woodburn) Zuercher, Tracie (Seyfer) Vogel, Curtis Egan, Ken Rausch, Nolan Sazama, Lincoln Sazama, Stephanie (Tveidt) Knapp, Tessa Jorgensen, Lorena Hyde.
— Anniversary, Dick/Carol Howard.

Friday, Feb. 16:
Cecelia Mortenson, Lori (Tennant) Sperry, Marilyn Rasmussen, Matt Farris, Dmitri Melius, Bridget Hrdlicka, Drew Johnson, Bennett Dean, Barry Nuttall, Kent Hrdlicka.
— 8th anniversary, Tom/Chelsie Martin.

Saturday, Feb. 17:
Alec Anderson, Ryan Murphy, Brady Walz, Alisha Hunt, Austin Hillestad, Amy (McComsey) Nelson, Rowan Hillestad, Kendell Olson, EIleen Crandell, Jordan Heckenlaible, Kirsten (Smart) Biersma, Brian Bechard, Dan Genzler.

Sunday, Feb. 18:
Jeff Eckhoff, Matthew Beckwith, Katie Kelly, Hatta Stoeser, Robyn Starks Holcomb, Gale Harkless, Caelie Williams, Michael Lusk, Rachel Engbrecht, Mary Lehecka Nelson, Dana (Garry) Reiprich, Debbie (Heckel) Blackledge, Katelynn (Lamb) Pottorff.
— 7th anniversary, Dustin/Therese (Blake) Schutz.
— 1st anniversary, Todd/Cora Pfister.
We fondly remember Shane Cronin on his birthday.

Monday, Feb. 19:
Erin Moehring, Josh Breske, Kathy Christenson, Madelyn Hove, Tony Rislov, T.J. Iaquinta, Sarah (Nystrom) Duncan, Hatta (Clark) Barnes, Polly (Nelson) Donaldson, Coral Assam, Sandy Krom, Charlie Meyer, Caleb Stoltenburg, Amanda Slama, Michael Pangburn, Chase Campbell, Pam Roberts.
— 63rd anniversary, Jack/Jo Mitchell.
— 13th anniversary, David/Sara (Lakner) Almarez.

Tuesday, Feb. 20:
Lisa Hylle, Mazen Garrett, Carol Howard, Rodd Bauck, Laura Snow, Dan Gilmore, Chaz Williams, Matt Anderson, Amanda Fanger, Marileen Tilberg, Lawson Fravel, Elyse Miller, Ellen Erlenbusch, Matt Dayton, Callie (Buechler) Morris, Jesse Gosselin, John Gosselin, Kyle Nuzum.
— 3rd anniversary, Jayme/Bobby (Krell) Howard.

Wednesday, Feb. 21:
Anne Rasmussen, Teddy Jackson, Jolee Smith, Alissa (Harter) Schumacher, Megan Wellner, Cade Larson, Nancy McCahren, John Weeldreyer, Mallori Barnett Johnson, Felicity Cronin, Pat Brown, Day Breitag, Lynn Senftner.

Thursday, Feb. 22:
Kevin Kalil, A.J. Rounds, Britt Palmer, Ben Jensen, Amy (Robinson) Ryan, Memphis Murphy, Steve Radabaugh, Bob Stalley, Ted Massey, Kathryn Hardwick, Luke Schuetzle, Travis Scharnweber, Karly Harris, Jackie Decker, Stu Larson.
— Anniversary, Casey/Angela Lahman.
— Anniversary, Marlin/Nancy McKenney.
— 4th anniversary, Brennan/Amber (Russell) Priest.




Northern Michigan women (Karissa Guthrie): The Wildcats are awaiting their spring season opener in Tampa, Fla., March 8-10 in the GLIAC vs. GMAC conference dual.

South Dakota women (Katie Bartlett): The Coyotes opened the spring season at Boulder City, Nev., Monday and Tuesday, placing sixth among nine schools with a team score of 942. Toledo was the team champion and Northern Illinois the runner-up. USD was led by senior Abby Dufrane of Marinette, Wis., who placed fourth. Katie tied for 23rd with three rounds of 79 for a three-day total of 237. USD next playus Sunday through Tuesday at the College of Charleston’s Spring Classic in South Carolina.


Nebraska men (Derek Burke): The Husker club team emerged from the eight-team Silver Division MACHA playoffs in Peoria, Ill., with the championship. Nebraska defeated Wisconsin-Platteville, 3-1 in the quarterfinals, took out Missouri State in the semifinals and won over Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 5-2, in the championship game. Nebraska will host the regional tournament Feb. 23-24 and will play Northern Arizona at 1 p.m. next Friday to open the eight-team regional. Other matchups will be Colorado-Mesa vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Arkansas vs. Kansas and Colorado Mines vs. Wisconsin-Platteville.

Midland women (Traci Corcoran): The Warrior women improved to an 18-10-1 record with 3-2 and 4-2 wins over Wisconsin. Midland plays Friday and Saturday at Lindenwood-Belleville in suburban St. Louis.

Division I men’s hockey: With the NCAA West Regional coming up in Sioux Falls in just over a month, it appears likely that one of the very top teams in the country, and maybe more than one, will be assigned to that region. This week’s Pairwise Rankings, which rate all of the nation’s teams and assume the top 16 will be chosen for the tournament, have teams in this order: (1) St. Cloud State, (2) Denver, (3) Notre Dame, (4) Cornell, (5) Minnesota State, (6) Ohio State, (7) Clarkson, (8) Providence, (9) Minnesota, (10) Omaha, (11) Minnesota-Duluth, (12) North Dakota, (13) Western Michigan, (14) Michigan, (15) Northeastern, (16) Northern Michigan.

  • Minnesota State (23-7, 19-5): Beat Alabama-Huntsville 3-2 and 6-1; Friday-Saturday, home vs. Ferris State.
  • St. Cloud State (19-6-3, 13-4-1): Beat Miami (Ohio) 5-2 and 4-0; Friday-Saturday, @ Western Michigan.
  • North Dakota (13-9-8, 7-7-4-2): Lost to Colorado College 4-2; beat Colorado College 5-1; Friday-Saturday, @ Omaha (Friday game at 6:30 on CBSSN).
  • Miami (Ohio) (10-15-3, 5-11-2): Lost to St. Cloud State 5-2 and 4-0; Friday-Saturday, @ Minnesota-Duluth.
  • Wisconsin (14-15-3-0, 8-11-2-1): Lost to Minnesota 4-2 and 7-1; next Feb. 23-24, @ Ohio State.
  • Bemidji State (15-11-6, 12-8-4): Beat Michigan Tech 4-2; lost to Michigan Tech 5-1; Thursday-Friday, home vs. Alaska-Fairbanks.
  • Minnesota (18-13-1, 9-10-1): Beat Wisconsin 4-2 and 7-1; Friday-Saturday, home vs. Ohio State (Friday game at 8:00 on Big Ten Network).
  • Colorado College (12-12-4, 6-9-3): Beat North Dakota 4-2; lost to North Dakota 5-1; Friday, home vs. Denver (9:00 CBSSN); Saturday, @ Denver.
  • Western Michigan (14-13-1, 9-9-0): Idle last week; Friday-Saturday, home vs. St. Cloud State.
  • Omaha (14-13-1, 7-11-0): Idle last week; Friday-Saturday, home vs. North Dakota.
  • Denver (16-6-6, 10-4-4): Idle last week; Friday, @ Colorado College; Saturday, home vs. Colorado College.
  • Minnesota-Duluth (14-13-3, 8-10-0): Idle last week; Friday-Saturday, home vs. Miami (Ohio).


Don’t try to be anyone but yourself because you are singular, and your greatest asset is your individuality.
— Sutton Foster


Liberty University: At Liberty’s home meet last weekend, Cortney placed second in the 400-meter dash in :55.81 and fourth in the 200 in :24.83. Next meet for the Flames will be the Big South Conference indoor meet on Liberty’s campus in Lynchburg, Va., Feb. 23-24.

South Dakota track: At the University of Arkansas meet in Fayetteville, freshman Laura Nelson won the 5,000-meter run in 16:50.07. Sophomore Helen Falda won the pole vault at 14’3/4″. Redshirt senior Ashley Thompson Ballew won the triple jump at 41’3″. The Coyotes compete Friday at the Nebraska tune-up meet in Lincoln.

South Dakota State (Rachel Propst, Max Reinke, Riley Sears): At the SDSU Indoor Classic Riley tied for fourth in the high jump at 6’6 3/4″. Max was 19th in the shot at 51’0:. Rachel finished 66th in the mile in 5:33.59. The SDSU women were first of 21 teams and the men first of 25. SDSU hosts its last-chance meet Friday.

Black Hills State (Kelsey Van Den Hemel, Allan McDonnell, Sam Fjelstad): At the SDSU Indoor Classic Allan continued his outstanding freshman season. The Wall alumnus (grandson of Roger and Vicki Hanson of Pierre) was second in the high jump at 6’8 3/4″,. 31st in the long jump at 20’4 1/4″ and 27th in the triple jump at 41’10 1/2″. BHSU hosts its Stinger Open meet Saturday.

South Dakota Mines (Theron Singleton): The Hardrockers are scheduled Saturday at BHSU’s Stinger Open.

Mary (Jack Wollman): Next meet for the Marauders is the UND tune-up meet in Grand Forks Saturday.


The location of the mailbox shows you how far away from your house you can go in a robe before you start looking like a mental patient.


Augustana (Lane Lettau, Jebben Keyes): The Vikings lost a conference dual to Upper Iowa, 22-15, and now stands at 6-1 in the NSIC and 11-3 overall in duals. The Vikings go to No. 1 St. Cloud State tonight (Thursday).

South Dakota State: On an eastern road trip the Jackrabbits stretched their winning streak in duals to 13 in a row, a school record. At Pitt the Jacks led 14-13 with two matches left, but No. 1 Seth Gross won over #10 Dom Forys on a 16-0 technical fall at 133, then Henry Pohlmeyer pinned his opponent in 5:36 at 141 to finish off a 25-13 win. At West Virginia David Kocer scored his 100th career victory, and SDSU had three major decisions and four decisions on the way to a 24-9 win. Now 13-2 overall and 7-0 in the Big 12, SDSU hosts NDSU at 7 p.m. Friday.

Dakota Wesleyan: The Tigers lost duals to Jamestown, 39-15, and to Hastings, 45-6. On Saturday DWU competes in the NAIA North Region qualifier at Hastiings.

Northern: The Wolves lost a 42-3 dual to Minnesota State. Out of the NSIC, they Wolves defeated Dickinson State, 25-21. Blake Perryman and Kaden Campbell both scored tech falls to give NSU a 25-9 lead with three weight classes left. On Tuesday NSU lost to Minot State, 27-13, with Perryman winning by major decision and the Wolves getting three other decisions to account for their 13 points. NSU was 2-13 in duals overall and 0-7 in the NSIC, heading into last night’s final regular-season dual vs. Mary.


No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.
— Charles Dickens
Gratitude Habitat.com


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, 2019: Devin Maki/Karlie Warne.


When she saw her first strands of grey, she thought she’d dye.


South Dakota State women (Sydney Palmer): The Jackrabbit women defeated Denver, 95-59, with five women in double figures, topped by Macy Miller with 20. Sydney was 3-of-7 in field goals, including 1-of-3 from downtown, for seven points with six rebounds, three assists and two steals. SDSU won another blowout, 96-72 over Oral Roberts with six in double figures. Sydney had five points, going 2-of-5, including 1-of-2 in threes, with a rebound and a steal. Now 21-5 overall and 10-1 in the Summit, SDSU goes to Western Illinois at 4:30 Saturday, then plays at USD next Wednesday at 7 p.m. on Midco Sports Network.

South Dakota State men: The Jacks escaped Denver with an 81-77 win, led by David Jenkins with 31. Lane was 0-for-1 and 2-of-2 for two points with two boards and a steal. In an 85-75 win at Oral Roberts Mike Daum scored 27. Lane was 1-of-1 from long range for three points with a rebound. Now 22-6 overall and 10-1 in the Summit, SDSU hosts Western Illinois at 2 p.m. Saturday and USD at 7 p.m. next Thursday on Midco Sports Network.

Tennessee women (Caleb Currier): The Lady Vols defeated Arkansas, 98-85, and Georgia, 62-46, and are now 9-3 in the SEC and 21-4 overall. Tennessee is home vs. Alabama tonight and Missouri Sunday at 1 p.m . on ESPNU.

Northern men: The Wolves continued to roll this week and are now 25-3 overall and 18-2 in the NSIC. Northern blitzed Minnesota-Crookston, 81-50, led by Logan Doyle’s 18 and D.J. Pollard’s 16. NSU swamped Bemidji State, 104-76, led by Gabe King with 21 and Darin Peterka with 20. Northern is home this weekend to end the regular season against Minnesota-Duluth and St. Cloud State.

Northern women: The Northern women defeated Minnesota-Crookston, 89-66, led by Haley Froelich with 20 and four others in double figures. NSU beat Bemidji State, 89-48, as Miranda Ristau scored 27. Now 22-4 overall and 17-3 in the NSIC, Northern hosts Minnesota-Duluth Friday and St. Cloud State Saturday.

Dakota Wesleyan women: The Tiger women beat Morningside, 92-77, led by Ashley Bray with 26. DWU beat St. Mary (Neb.), 86-52, as Kynedi Cheeseman scored 17. Now 24-4 overall, DWU hosted Northwestern last night and goes to Concordia Saturday to end the regular season.

Dakota Wesleyan men: The Tigers lost to Morningside, 84-83. Jason Spicer had 26 points and Ty Hoglund 24. Now 19-9 overall and 9-7 in the GPAC, the Tigers hosted Northwestern last night and goes to Concordia Saturday.

University of Sioux Falls men: The Cougars knocked off their neighbors up the street, Augustana, 88-86, as Trevon Evans scored 23 and Aaron Rothermund 21. But USF lost to Wayne State, 78-64, as Drew Guebert led the Cougars with 16. Now 17-9 overall and 12-8 in the NSIC, USF finishes the season at home this weekend vs. Concordia-St. Paul and Minnesota State.

University of Sioux Falls women (Moira Duffy): USF stunned once-beaten Augustana in overtime, 64-59, led by Mariah Szymanski’s 23. Moira was 3-of-6 for six points and grabbed 11 rebounds along with three blocks, two steals and an assist. USF lost to Wayne State, 64-51. Moira was 2-of-3 for four points with six rebounds and two blocks. Now 14-10 overall and 11-9 in the NSIC, USF is home vs. Concordia-St. Paul and Minnesota State this weekend.

Augustana men (Steven Schaefer): It’s been a tough season for the Vikings, and last weekend was a low point when Augie lost two home conference games. The one that hurt the most was an 88-86 loss to the University of Sioux Falls. John Warren scored 32 for Augie. Steven went 3-of-8 and 2-of-4 for eight points with a rebound and an assist. On Saturday the Vikings lost to Southwest Minnesota State, 81-77. High man was Marcus Asmus with 21. Steven had 14 points on 6-of-11 field-goal shooting, including 2-of-5 in threes, along with five boards and an assist. Now 14-12 overall but only 9-11 in the NSIC, Augie finishes the regular season with an eastern trip to Winona State and Upper Iowa.

Augustana women (Katie Bourk): The Viking women sustained only their second loss in NSIC play when they were upset on their home court in overtime by USF, 64-59. Shelby Selland led AU with 18 points. On Saturday the Vikings rebounded with a 77-58 win over Southwest Minnesota State. Selland had 18 points and Logan O’Farrell 15. Now 22-2 overall and 18-2 in the NSIC, Augustana goes to Winona State Friday and Upper Iowa Saturday.

Black Hills State men: The Yellowjackets won at home over Colorado Christian, 97-73, led by Fraser Malcolm’s 20 points. Now 13-10 overall and 10-9 in the NSIC, BHSU finishes the regular season at home Saturday against Colorado-Mesa.

Black Hills State women (Remi Wientjes, Racquel Wientjes): BHSU beat Colorado Christian, 80-58. Remi went 4-of-5 and 0-of-2 for eight points with two rebounds and two steals. Racquel shot 1-of-2 for two points with two boards. Now 19-6 overall and 13-6 in the RMAC, BHSU finishes the regular season at home Saturday vs. Colorado-Mesa.

South Dakota Mines men: The Hardrockers lost to Colorado Mines, 73-52. Logan Elers and Jake Heath had 12 points each. Mines is now 7-17 overall and 4-15 in the RMAC, heading into Friday’s final regular-season tilt against Western State.

South Dakota Mines women: The Mines women beat Colorado Mines, 65-57, led by Anna Haugen’s 12. The Hardrockers are 15-10 overall and 10-9 in the RMAC and host Western State Friday as the regular season ends.

Dakota State men: The Trojans defeated Mayville State, 79-69, led by Kevin Daniels with 24. Sunday’s game against Grace (Neb.) turned out to be a forfeit win in DSU’s favor. Now 13-15 overall and 7-8 in the NSAA, DSU finishes Saturday at Bellevue before the postseason begins next Thursday.

Dakota State women: The Lady Ts lost to Mayville State, 94-85, led by Raven Patton’s 16 points. Now 11-17 overall and 8-7 in the NSAA, DSU plays at Grace Friday and at Bellevue Saturday. The women’s NSAA playoffs begin next Wednesday.

Mount Marty women: The Lancer women lost to Northwestern, 90-61; lost to Briar Cliff, 67-60, and defeated Nebraska Christian, 76-27. Sarah Castaneda had 12 points in the latter win. Now 13-16, MMC plays at Hastings Friday to end the regular season.

Mount Marty men: The Lancers lost to Northwestern, 92-58, and lost to Briar Cliff, 93-77. In the latter game Marcus Mathieu led MMC with 32 points. Now 5-22 overall and 2-15 in the GPAC, MMC plays at Hastings Friday.

South Dakota men: The Coyotes won three more games this week. In an 86-69 win over Fort Wayne, Matt Mooney and Triston Simpson had 17 points each. In a non-conference win over Peru State, 98-55, Brandon Armstrong scored 24 and Tyler Hagedorn 19. Last night in Tulsa, USD trailed at halftime by eight points but doubled up Oral Roberts 52-26 in the second half to win going away, 85-67. Hagedorn had 20 points and Mooney 19. Now 23-6 overall and 10-2 in the Summit, the Coyotes finish the regular season at home Saturday vs. Omaha at 3:30 on Midco Sports Network and at SDSU next Thursday at 7 p.m. on Midco Sports Network.

Summit League men’s standings: SDSU 10-1, USD 10-2, Fort Wayne 6-6, Denver 6-6, NDSU 4-7, Omaha 4-7, Oral Roberts 4-8, Western Illinois 2-9.

South Dakota women (Ciara Duffy, Chloe Lamb): In non-conference play last Saturday USD whipped Doane, 96-54, led by Jaycee Bradley with 17 points. Ciara was 1-of-4 for two points with one rebound, three assists and a steal. Chloe went 5-of-7, including 1-of-3 from downtown, for 11 points with six boards, three assists and two steals. Last night USD rolled Omaha, 72-50, to stay unbeaten atop the Summit League at 12-0. Kate Liveringhouse was high with 14 points. Chloe was 4-of-9, including 1-of-4 in threes, and 1-of-3 at the line for 10 points with three rebounds, four assists and two steals. Ciara went 3-of-7, including 1-of-4 in threes, for seven points with eight rebounds and three assists. USD, now 22-5 overall, finishes the regular season with two home games—Saturday vs. Oral Roberts at 1 p.m. on Midco Sports Network and next Wednesday vs. SDSU at 7 p.m. on Midco Sports Network.

Summit League women’s standings: USD 12-0, SDSU 10-1, Western Illinois 8-3, Oral Roberts 6-5, Denver 5-6, Omaha 2-9, NDSU 1-10, Fort Wayne 1-11.


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South Dakota State (Landon Badger, Quinn Reimers): The Jacks open their season with three games this weekend at Mississippi Valley State.

Minnesota (Nolan Burchill): The Gophers’ season openers will be in Atlanta this weekend withb single games against Georgia Tech and Georgia State and a doubleheader against Kennesaw State.

Northern (Spencer Sarringar): The Wolves don’t open their season until spring break week March 4-10 when they play several games at the Tucson Invitational in Arizona.


South Dakota State (Chris Rumrill, Wyatt Rumrill, Daniel Jacobson, Ashley Theobald): The Jackrabbits are in Sioux Falls for the Summit League championships yesterday through Saturday.


  • It’s district tournament time again! Oh, wait! We have found a “new and better” system for state tournament basketball selection, and we don’t have district tournaments any more. Here’s to “progress”! The whiners from the city claim that the state tournament should have the eight best teams. Hogwash! It’s not a “state tournament” if six of the eight teams come from within the same 10-square-mile area down there in the corner of the state.
  • There was absolutely nothing more competitive, dramatic or exciting than old Class “B” District 15 when Stanley County, Onida, Agar, Gettysburg, Blunt, Harrold and Highmore (and later combinations of those schools) competed to move on to the regional. And there was none of this seeding business. Each team took its chances with the luck of the draw. Onida and Agar, for example, frequently had two of the best teams in the state, but when it came to the pairings determined by the draw, one of them could be gone after the first day. That’s the way it was. But what a tremendous district we had every year!
  • Even before that realignment was created to make the “new” District 15, there was old District 16 that included Blunt and teams east—Harrold, Highmore, Sunshine, Wessington. This month is the 50th anniversary of the Blunt Monarchs’ only district championship in 1968. We who were at BHS that school year had a glorious month of February, and the tournament over at the Highmore auditorium was a memorable one, even if our bags of confetti prepared for our championship moment got a bit out of hand with still a minute left in the final game. (That elderly lady who was chief custodian there was not impressed, but at least we helped her sweep up afterwards!) The Monarchs took out somebody in the first round—Highmore or Harrold, I forget. Then Sunshine went down in the semis, and Blunt bested Wessington in the championship game. Dick Vosberg’s team included seniors Dwight Small, Craig Small, Phil Howard, Joe Junkman, Dennis Stanton and Spike Hazelrigg; juniors Gale Harkless and Randy Harkless, and sophomores Les Sevening, Harry Kimbley, Ed Welch and Ted Massey. I well remember that the last class period of each day of the tournament was spent downstairs in my typing classroom preparing those long (and beautiful!) banners we hung from the rafters of the Highmore auditorium. Blunt went on to the regional at the Huron Arena the following week, and reality returned as we lost to De Smet and Doland. But that championship season was nevertheless an unforgettable one.
  • Enough basketball talk! Have any of you been watching Ann Curry’s new “We’ll Meet Again” series on PBS? I love it! I’ve seen the first three episodes, and they are captivating. On Tuesday of this week she chronicled the reunions of four people, each of whom had a close-up personal attachment to the events of 9/11. One was a Michigan man who happened to be at the Marriott World Trade Center at a business conference and was comforted for three hours at nearby Stuyvesant High School by a mystery woman he did not know. Another was an Army chaplain who hurried to work at the Pentagon and, when the events became too much for him to bear, he was comforted by a fellow chaplain. In each of these two cases, the couples found each other on this program. The previous week two people rescued from the Mt. St. Helens eruption in Washington state were reunited with their heroes. I see via TV Guide that Ann Curry will be interviewing a couple of people who were involved in the early years of the civil rights movement and reuniting them with people whose paths they crossed. Check your listings for Tuesday nights on PBS.
  • So who was Marjory Stoneman Douglas, for whom the school where the mass shooting took place yesterday is named? Wikipedia tells me she was an American journalist, writer, feminist and environmentalist known for her staunch defense of the Everglades. She wrote for the Miami Herald, then became a free-lance writer, producing more than 100 short stories. At the age of 79, she was called to take a central role in the protection of the Everglades. For the remaining 29 years of her life (yes, she lived to be 108), she was a relentless reporter and fearless crusader for the natural preservation and restoration of the nature of South Florida.


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The next pancake breakfast to benefit the Post 8 baseball program will be served at the American Legion cabin this Saturday from 7 to 11 a.m. For $3 you get an all-you-can-eat breakfast.

Among the officials selected by the South Dakota High School Activities Association to work next week’s state tournaments in Sioux Falls are Riggs High alumnus Toby Bryant of Sioux Falls and Stanley County alumnus Kris Dozark of Pierre. They and the other officials will work both “A” and “B” tournaments this year, rather than being assigned to just one class.

Marissa Jacobsen, kindergarten teacher in Fort Pierre, has been named Stanley County Post 2038 Teacher of the Year.

Filmmaker Andrew Kightlinger (Riggs High ’04), was interviewed in a Sioux Falls Argus Leader story last week about the release of his latest film, “Tater Tot and Patton.” Another Riggs alumnus, Adam Emerson, was producer of the film. This spring it is being shown at the Beloit International Film Festival in Wisconsin and the Fargo Film Festival. At some point it will be released on streaming services and in theaters. Asked his goals in the story, Kightlinger said he hopes to make films until he’s 89 years old and “has to be wheeled onto the set every day.” He said a long-term goal is to make “Giants in the Earth” into a film and shoot it in South Dakota “as any good Lutheran would do.” He said he read the book in high school, and “it’s haunted me ever since.” Kightlinger said his next project will be “hopefully a dramatic thriller about sex trafficking set in South Dakota. I spent the last year researching the project, including interviewing survivors and front-line advocates across the state.” He said he is also writing a science fiction epic as a respite from tough real-plife subject matters.

Riggs High senior Michael Lyons last week signed his letter of intent to attend Presentation College in Aberdeen to play football for the Saints.

This is another “Break a leg!” weekend for Jason Knox. He plays the narrator in “The Good Doctor,” which opens a four-weekend run at the Firehouse Brewing Company Theatre in Rapid City Friday. The show will be performed on Friday and Saturday nights through March 10.

Meanwhile, at Black Hills Community Theatre, this has been the second week of rehearsals for their production of the classic Broadway musical, “Gypsy,” which will run over the weekends of March 16-18 and 23-25. Holly (Knox) Perli, while not only working as the show’s choreographer, will play the roles of June and Electra. Her younger daughter, Audrey Perli, has been cast as Baby June. Her older daughter, Olivia Perli, will appear as Agnes and Young L.A. Holly’s dad, Parker Knox, is rehearsal pianist for the show.

Jamie Huizenga’s appointment by the governor to the South Dakota Lottery Commission has been confirmed by the state Senate.

Devin and Beth Wengart of Brandon have added a third child to their family. Their son, William Thomas Weingart, was born Feb. 9, weighing 8 pounds, 14 ounces. He joins a brother, Benjamin Ki, 7, and a sister, Anna GraceLynn, who will be 4 in March, in their family.

The Pierre Athletic Coaches Association last week named Emily Mikkelsen of the girls basketball team and Michael Lusk of the wrestling team as its Avera Athletes of the Week.

Jim Hardwick, who is completing his fourth term on the Hughes County Commission, has announced he will not seek a fifth term. Another commissioner, Tom Tveit, is also not running for re-election. Thus two seats on the commission will be available to newcomers. Current commissioners Bill Abernathy and Randy Vance are seeking re-election, and Connie Hohn and Dave Braun have announced their candidacies. (News courtesy of “Today’s KCCR News.”)

Roger Wollman, the longest-serving judge among the 11 active judges on the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, has notified President Trump he will assume senior status as soon as the Senate can confirm a successor, but no later than Dec. 31. Judge Wollman, a former Pierre resident who will turn 84 this year, served on the South Dakota Supreme Court for 15 years until his appointment by President Reagan to the Eighth Circuit in 1985. The circuit covers seven states and has its main courthouse in St. Louis. (News courtesy of Sioux Falls Argus Leader.)

Short Grass Arts Council will host a fund-raising soup luncheon from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday at the Moose Lodge in Fort Pierre. There will also be bingo there from 1 to 3 p.m.

Allison Mickelson has concluded her run as the solo performer in “2.5 Minute Ride” at the Profile Theatre in Portland, Ore. Her parents, Jay and Bev Mickelson, flew to Portland to see her in the show last week before it ended.

Dick and Carol Howard recently visited their daughter, Carmen Howard (Riggs ’83), in Tucson, Ariz., where she is a mental health specialist at St. Mary’s Hospital’s geriatric psych ward. While the Howards were in Tucson, they and Carmen went to the Rogue Theatre and saw Ryan Parker Knox in “Grapes of Wrath.” They were able to visit Ryan after the show.

Ben and Heidi (Larson) Shives of Sioux Falls now have a household of three sons. Their newest, Sam Lloyd Shives, was born Feb. 5, weighing 6 pounds, 9 ounces, and measuring 20 1/2 inches. He joins brothers Charlie, 4, and Jack, who will be 2 in May, in the family.

A celebration of the 80th birthday of Don Sandal will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. this Saturday at the Pat Duffy Community & Youth Involved Center. Everyone is welcome to join in the fun, food, fellowship and music.

Dr. Todd Peterson, Ph.D. (Riggs High ’87), Vanderbilt University Medical Center, is a speaker and co-chair of the American Association for Cancer Research/Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging joint conference on state-of-the-art molecular imaging in cancer biology and therapy being held Wednesday through Saturday this week in San Diego.

Lora (Den Ouden) Moore’s husband, Dan, is home at Blue Earth, Minn., after surviving a snowmobile crash in northern Minnesota last week. A Facebook photo this week showed Dan on crutches but smiling in his kitchen at home. He was in Duluth for a meeting after which he and two friends went snowmobiling on the snow trails. Dan’s machine hit a bridge in broad daylight, and he went flying about 60 feet. According to his own Facebook post, he had surgery Friday for his dislocated ankle, but “nothing they can do for my back.” He cracked the T12 through L1 vertebrae when he landed. Dan also asked, “Anybody want to buy a slightly-used snowmobile?”

To see what is happening with Dr. Stuart Stofferahn’s dream, Nebraska Transition College, as it develops, refer to the new school’s website, www.nebraskatransitioncollege.org, or its Facebook page, which can be accessed at https://www.facebook.com/Nebraska.Transition.College/

Pierre School Board members Dennis James and Randy Hartmann announced this week they both will seek re-election to the board at this spring’s election.

This year is the 80th anniversary of the first King of Hearts formal dance held under Job’s Daughters sponsorship in 1948. This year’s ball will be held at Riggs High School this Sunday night, Feb. 18. The coronation of the 2018 King of Hearts will take place at 11 p.m. The candidates are Cale Meiners, Logan Kennedy, Ryan Habeck and Logan Rosenberger, Stanley County High seniors; Dusty McCauley, Highmore-Harrold High senior; and Matt Maxfield, Carson Tschetter, Caleb Lusk, Davis Anderson, Kade McTighe and Peyton Zabel, Riggs High seniors.

Former Pierre resident Gary Wietgrefe of Aberdeen will be at Prairie Pages Bookseller in downtown Pierre for a book-signing from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22.

Among those who graduated from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology at the winter commencement were Chance Haka, B.S. in computer science, and Nicholas Johnson, B.S. in chemical engineering.

The local AAUW chapter is seeking donations of used books, CDs and DVDs for its 30th annual book sale on March 24-25 at the Northridge Plaza mall. The proceeds go to AAUW Foundation scholarships and community projects. They request that such items as encyclopedias, magazines, textbooks, and cassettes not be donated. To drop off books, CDs and DVDs, you can find drop-off bins at the two Dakotamart stores, at the mall and at the YMCA.

The mass shooting that resulted in the deaths of 17 people and injuries to many more at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., yesterday hit close to home. Cynthia Garcia Rilling, wife of Onida native Kent Rilling, posted on Facebook after it ended, “Our Nicholas is okay. He is still inside the school. Andrea is still inside the school on lock down. Please pray for the families of those hurt and killed.”


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