Vol. 19, No. 25; Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018

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BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP

Class “AA” girls (Pierre): The pairings for the eight games in the Round of 16 to be played next Friday, March 2, won’t be known until all regular-season games are completed Monday.

Class “A” girls Region 6 (Stanley County): The tournament has been delayed by the weather. The Lady Buffs open play at Miller Thursday night, seeking their first win of the season. If they were to win, they would play again on the road on Saturday at Cheyenne-Eagle Butte or Mobridge-Pollock with a Round of 16 berth at stake.

Class “B” girls Region 2 (Sully Buttes): The Chargers play at home tonight (Thursday) against Leola-Frederick, and the winner goes to a Round of 16 game next Thursday, March 1.

Class “AA” boys (Pierre): The pairings for the eight games in the Round of 16 to be played next Saturday, March 3, won’t be known until all regular-season games are completed Tuesday.

Class “A” boys Region 6 (Stanley County): As the seed standings are now, the Buffaloes would open regional play at home Tuesday against Chamberlain, but a few remaining regular-season games could change that. IF they were to win Tuesday, they would play on the road at the top seed (Miller or Crow Creek) on March 2 with a Round of 16 berth at stake.

Class “B” boys Region 2 (Sully Buttes): The region begins Monday, but the Chargers have a first-round bye and will be at home Tuesday against the winner of the #8-#9 game, Edmunds Central or Eureka-Bowdle.

TOM SWIFTS

“My steering wheel won’t turn,” Tom said straight-forwardly.

PIERRE GOVERNORS SPORTS ROUNDUP

Wrestling: Pierre is Region 3A team champion again with 203.5 points earned at the tournament held at Eagle Butte Saturday. Pierre was followed by Aberdeen Central with 169 points, Mitchell 144, Huron 137, Chamberlain 113, Milbank 75, Todd County 12 and Cheyenne-Eagle Butte/Dupree 7. The Governors qualified 12 of their 14 wrestlers for this weekend’s state tournament in Sioux Falls. The Pierre placers:
* 106: Hayden Shaffer, fourth.
* 113: Jace Bench-Bresher, second.
* 120: Lincoln Turman, second.
* 126: Jack Van Camp, second.
* 132: Will Turman, champion.
* 138: Cade Hinkle, third.
* 145: Michael Lusk, champion.
* 152: Barry Browning, third.
* 160: Austin Senger, second.
* 170: Maguire Raske, third.
* 195: Gage Gehring, champion.
* 285: Pryce Dyk, second.

Boys basketball: A lost weekend in the east put the Governors on the brink of the bottom rungs of “AA” basketball, but a valiant effort Tuesday on Senior Night at home saved them. Pierre lost at Brookings, 56-52, as Peyton Zabel scored 26, Carson Tschetter nine and Jack Maher six points. At Brandon Valley the Govs lost 49-40. Zabel scored 18, Garrett Stout eight and Tschetter six. Against Watertown on Tuesday the Governors were down at the half by 33-22, down by 17 in the third quarter and still behind by 46-37 after the third quarter. They were still trailing in the final two minutes, and the scoreboard showed Watertown ahead 52-48 with 1:52 left. But the Arrows did not score the rest of the way, and Pierre had seven points. Zabel made five free throws in the final minute as part of his 34 points and 13 rebounds as the Governors won amazingly, 55-52. Dawson Puepke had eight points and Matt Maxfield seven. The Govs finish the regular season against Mitchell Friday. If Pierre stays at #15, they would play in the Round of 16 in Rapid City against the #2 team, Central or Stevens. However, if the Govs were to move up to #14, they would be in danger of having to play at Harrisburg.

Class “AA” boys seed standings (top 16 qualify for Round of 16; #16 will play #1, #15 vs. #2, etc.):
(1) Rapid City Stevens 14-3
(2) Rapid City Central 14-3
(3) Harrisburg 16-3
(4) Sioux Falls Washington 11-7
(5) Sioux Falls Lincoln 11-6
(6) Yankton 13-6
(7) Aberdeen Central 12-7
(8) Douglas 14-4
(9) Sioux Falls O’Gorman 11-8
(10) Brandon Valley 12-6
(11) Sturgis 12-5
(12) Sioux Falls Roosevelt 7-11
(13) Watertown 9-10
(14) Huron 7-12
(15) Pierre 6-13
(16) Spearfish 7-10
(17) Brookings 4-15
(18) Mitchell 0-19

This week’s schedules:
Wrestling: Friday-Saturday, @ state tournament, Sioux Falls.
Boys basketball: Friday, @ Mitchell.
Girls basketball: Friday, home vs. Mitchell.

Girls basketball: The Lady Govs lost to Brookings, 52-37. They surprised Brandon Valley, 54-50, Saturday as Mackenzie Rath scored 16 and Emily Mikkelsen 15. On Tuesday the Lady Govs continued an upward climb in the seed standings with a 50-47 win at Watertown and finished the regular season with an 8-11 record.

Class “AA” girls basketball seed standings (top 16 qualify for the Round of 16; #9 will play #8, #10 will play #7, etc.):
(1) Aberdeen Central 18-1
(2) Sioux Falls Lincoln 15-3
(3) Rapid City Stevens 16-3
(4) Sioux Falls O’Gorman 14-5
(5) Harrisburg 13-6
(6) Brandon Valley 11-7
(7) Sioux Falls Washington 8-10
(8) Brookings 10-9
(9) Rapid City Central 7-9
(10) Pierre 8-11
(11) Sturgis 8-10
(12) Mitchell 7-11
(13) Spearfish 7-11
(14) Sioux Falls Roosevelt 4-15
(15) Yankton 5-14
(16) Watertown 5-14
(17) Douglas 5-13
(18) Huron 0-19

A QUOTE FROM THE PAST

If a lie be believed only for an hour, it hath done its work, and there is no farther occasion for it. Falsehood flies, and truth comes limping after it, so that when men come to be undeceived, it is too late; the jest is over, and the tale hath had its effect like a physician who hath found out an infallible medicine after the patient is dead.
— Jonathan Swift

STANLEY COUNTY BUFFALOES SPORTS ROUNDUP

Wrestling: At the Region 4B tournament in Rapid City the Buffaloes placed seventh as a team with 55 points. Mobridge-Pollock won the regional title with 181.5 points, followed by Custer-Edgemont (174) and Philip (163). SCHS will have two men at the state tournament—Luke Heninger won himself a regional championship at 126 pounds, and J.D. Carter placed second at 132 pounds.

This week’s schedules:
Wrestling: Friday-Saturday, @ state tournament, Sioux Falls.
Boys basketball: Tuesday, home vs. Chamberlain in Region 6A opening round.
Girls basketball: Thursday, @ Miller in Region 6A opening round.

Girls basketball: The Lady Buffs completed an 0-20 regular season when they lost to Mobridge-Pollock, 42-36. T.J. Drageset had 13 points and Karley Leafgreen 12.

Boys basketball: The Buffaloes lost at Miller yesterday afternoon in a game postponed from Monday, 80-66. Stanley County fell far behind early and was down 43-11 in the second quarter and 46-17 at halftime. The Buffaloes had to contend with a running clock for the part of the second half but fought back to as close as nine points in the late going. Miller made 22 of 26 free throws to save themselves from a total collapse.

A THOUGHT FOR THESE TIMES

The most powerful leadership tool you have is your own personal example.
— John Wooden

SULLY BUTTES CHARGERS SPORTS ROUNDUP

Boys basketball: The Chargers whipped Faulkton Area, 64-25. Lincoln Jordre scored 16 points, Nick Wittler 13 and Jacob Howard 11. On Saturday in Warner the Chargers jumped out to a 21-9 lead early and 31-16 at halftime en route to a 57-41 win over Langford. Wittler had 12 of his 20 points in the first quarter to spark the early Charger surge. Jordre scored 12 and Howard 11.

This week’s schedules:
Boys basketball: Friday, @ Eureka-Bowdle (in Bowdle); Tuesday, home vs. Eureka-Bowdle or Edmunds Central in Region 2B second round.
Girls basketball: Thursday, home vs. Leola-Frederick in Region 2B final round (winner to Round of 16).

Girls basketball: The Charger girls finished the regular season with a 62-55 win over Faulkton Area. Sully Buttes made 24 of 33 free-throw tries. Rachel Guthmiller had 21 points, Lauren Wittler 16 and Kendra Kleven 15. The Chargers finish their regular season with a 19-1 record. In their Region 2B opener Tuesday, the Chargers defeated Sunshine Bible, 65-30. Down 9-7 after a quarter, the Chargers outscored the Crusaders in the second period by 25-5 to lead 32-14 at halftime. Guthmiller scored 31 and Wittler 20.

PONDER THIS

There are good people all around us, but we tend to focus on their faults and failures and mistakes. What if we saw the positive instead? Their strengths, their generosity, their kindness. Then maybe they’ll see the same in us.
— Bryan Skavnak

COUNTDOWN

1 day: Pierre Players’ “The Three Musketeers” (Feb. 23-25, March 1-3).
1 day: State wrestling tournaments, Sioux Falls (Feb. 23-24).
2 days: NSIC basketball tournaments, Sioux Falls (Feb. 24-27).
7 days: Zesto opens (March 1).
8 days: State girls hockey tournament, Huron (March 2-4).
9 days: Minnesota United MLS season opener (March 3).
9 days: Summit League basketball tournaments, Sioux Falls (March 3-6).
10 days: Oscars, ABC-TV (March 4).
13 days: NAIA national men’s basketball tournament, Sioux Falls (March 7-13).
14 days: State girls basketball tournaments, “B” Brookings, “A” Watertown (March 8-10).
15 days: State boys hockey tournament, Fort Pierre (March 9-11).
17 days: Daylight Saving Time begins (March 11).
21 days: State “AA” basketball tournaments, Sioux Falls (March 15-17).
21 days: State boys basketball tournaments, “B” Aberdeen, “A” Rapid City (March 15-17).
21 days: State high school visual arts showcase, Rapid City (March 15-17).
21 days: NCAA Division I wrestling championships, Cleveland (March 15-17).
29 days: NCAA Division I men’s hockey West Region, Sioux Falls (March 23-24).
33 days: NCAA Division II women’s basketball Elite 8, Sioux Falls (March 27-30).
34 days: NCAA Division II men’s basketball Elite 8, Sioux Falls (March 28-31).
35 days: Major league baseball opening day (March 29).
30 days: All-State Band concert, Rapid City (March 24).

SOCCER UPDATE

Minnesota United: Playing in the preseason Carolina Challenge Cup, the Loons lost to Charleston Saturday, 1-0, and last night drew with Atlanta, 1-1. Minnesota finishes the preseason against Columbus at 4 p.m. Saturday (game streamed at www.mnufc.com). The MLS regular season opens at San Jose March 3 (9:30 p.m. FSN).

STRANGE FACTS ABOUT THE U.S.

Kansas produces enough wheat each year to feed everyone in the world for about two weeks.

HOCKEY UPDATE

Sioux Falls Stampede: The Stampede defeated Sioux City, 5-3, to move into a second-place tie with Waterloo. Sioux Falls is 7-0-2 in its last nine games. The Stampede plays at Dubuque Friday and Saturday.

Minnesota Wild: The Wild lost to Washington, 5-2. On Saturday a 3-2 loss to Anaheim ended with a shootout that went into the 11th round. Finally on Monday the Wild beat the New York Islanders, 5-3, to begin an eastern trip. The Wild play at New Jersey tonight (6:00 FSN) and at the New York Rangers Friday (6:00 NHL Network and FSN+). They are home vs. San Jose Sunday (7:00 FSN) and vs. St. Louis Tuesday (7:00 NBCSN).

Oahe Lady Capitals: Idle last weekend, the girls varsity finishes the regular season with two games at Brookings—1:15 p.m. Saturday and 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

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

Oahe Capitals: The boys varsity split its two weekend games. In a 5-3 loss to Brookings, the Caps found themselves down 4-0 after 1 1/2 periods. Spencer Wedin scored one goal and Caden Davis twice to account for the Oahe scoring. Tate Mueller made 38 saves. The Caps defeated Watertown, 3-0. Caden Davis scored off Spencer Wedin and Carsten Mueller assists, and Andrew Gordon converted a Cole Nelson assist for a 2-0 lead after the first period. The other goal came in the third period when Riggs Sanchez assisted on a Wedin goal. Tristan Fuerst made 28 saves. The Caps finish their regular season with an 8 p.m. game Friday at Mitchell. Then they will have two weeks off until the state tourney at the Expo Center.

SDAHA boys varsity standings (W-L-T-OTL=points):
Rushmore 16 – 1 – 1 – 0 = 33
Sioux Falls 14 – 1 – 1 – 0 = 29
Brookings 11 – 2 – 2 – 0 = 24
Oahe 10 – 7 – 0 – 0 = 20
Huron 7 – 7 – 0 – 0 = 14
Watertown 7 – 10 – 0 – 0 = 14
Mitchell 5 – 10 – 0 – 1 = 11
Sioux Center 4 – 13 – 0 – 0 = 8
Fremont 3 – 10 – 0 – 0 = 6
Aberdeen 0 – 15 – 0 – 0 = 0

Other state hockey tournaments: The Oahe PeeWee B team lost to Aberdeen, 9-2, in their quarterfinal game at their state tournament but responded with two wins to capture the consolation title. They beat Sioux Falls, 3-2, and Rushmore, 5-3, to claim fifth place.

Gillette Wild (Coleman Varty): Gillette split a pair with Bozeman, winning 6-2 and losing in overtime 4-3. Now 19-19-3-2, Gillette will be home for two this weekend vs. Missoula.

Rapid City Rush: The Rush are on a new losing streak. They lost all three of a series at Wichita—3-1, 3-1 and 3-2 in overtime. Last night they lost to Idaho, 4-2. Rapid City is home Friday and Saturday vs. Idaho and goes to Kansas City Tuesday.

THOUGHT FOR TODAY

This epidemic of mass slaughter, this scourge of school shooting after school shooting—it happens only here not because of coincidence, not because of bad luck, but as a consequence of our inaction. We are responsible for a level of mass atrocity that happens in this country with zero parallel anywhere else.
— U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut

BASKETBALL UPDATE

Minnesota Timberwolves: In their last game before the all-star break, the Wolves beat the Lakers, 119-111. Now 36-26, Minnesota is tied for third in the Western Conference playoff seedings but is only three games ahead of eighth place. Minnesota returns to action at Houston Friday (7:00 FSN and ESPN), home vs. Chicago Saturday (8:00 FSN), and at Sacramento Monday (9:00 FSN +).

Sioux Falls Skyforce: Idle last week, the Skyforce returns to the court at South Bay Saturday, at Agua Caliente Monday and in Wichita vs. Oklahoma City Wednesday.

Midco Sports Network live games this week:
* Thursday: USD @ SDSU men, 7 p.m.
* Thursday, Western Illinois @ NDSU women, 7 p.m. (MSN2).
* Saturday, NSIC men’s quarterfinals, 11:45, 2:30, 5:15, 8:00.
* Sunday, NSIC women’s quarterfonals, 11:45, 2:30, 5:15, 8:00.
* Monday, NSIC women’s semifinals, 12:00, 2:30.
* Monday, NSIC men’s semifinals, 6:00, 8:30.
* Tuesday, NSIC women’s championship, 5 p.m.
* Tuesday, NSIC men’s championship, 7:30 p.m.

Toyama Grouses (Sam Willard): The Grouses lost twice to the Sea Horses. In a 76-62 loss Sam was 3-of-6 in two-pointers and 2-of-5 in threes for 12 points with 12 rebounds and two assists. In a 72-70 squeaker loss Sam was 4-of-7 in twos and 0-of-3 in threes and 2-of-3 in free throws for 10 points with three rebounds and two assists. Now 17-21, Toyama has this weekend off before playing Nagoya (18-20) on March 3-4.

BEST E-MAIL JOKE OF THE WEEK

A horse walks into a bar.
The bartender says, “Hey.”
The horse replies, “Sure.”
— Thunder Dungeon

GOLF UPDATE

PGA Champions Tour: At the Chubb Classic in Naples, Fla., Tom Byrum had rounds of 72, 72 and 70 on his way to a 2-under-par 214. He tied for 53rd place and earned $3,600. The next tour stop is the Cologuard Classic in Tucson, Ariz., March 2-4.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Being heard is so close to being loved that for the average person they are almost indistinguishable.
— David W. Augsburger

BASEBALL UPDATE

Live telecasts this week:
* Friday: Washington vs. Houston, 12:05 p.m., MLBN.
* Saturday: Tampa Bay vs. Boston, 12:05 p.m., MLBN.
* Sunday: Minnesota vs. Tampa Bay, 12:05 p.m., FSN.
* Sunday: New York Yankees vs. Philadelphia, 12:05 p.m., MLBN.
* Monday: New York Mets vs. Houston, 12:05 p.m., MLBN.
* Tuesday: Detroit vs. Philadelphia, 12:05 p.m., MLBN.
* Tuesday: Minnesota vs. Boston, 5:05 p.m., FSN.
* Wednesday: St. Louis vs. Baltimore, 12:05 p.m., MLBN.

Colorado Rockies (times MST):
Friday: Arizona, 1:10.
Saturday: Cincinnati, 1:05.
Sunday: Texas, 1:05.
Monday: Arizona, 1:10.
Tuesday: Los Angeles Angels, 1:10.
Wednesday: Arizona, 1:10.
Thursday: Chicago Cubs, 1:05.

Minnesota Twins:
Thursday: University of Minnesota, 5:05, FSN+.
Friday: Boston, 12:05.
Saturday: Baltimore, 5:05.
Sunday: Tampa Bay, 12:05, FSN.
Monday: St. Louis, 12:05.
Tuesday: Boston, 5:05, FSN.
Wednesday (split squads): Tampa Bay, 12:05; Houston, 12:05.
Thursday: St. Louis, 12:05.

Chicago Cubs:
Friday: Milwaukee, 2:05.
Saturday: Texas, 2:05.
Sunday: San Francisco, 2:05.
Monday: Seattle, 2:05.
Tuesday: Chicago White Sox, 2:05.
Wednesday: Oakland, 2:05.
Thursday: Colorado, 2:05.

Pierre Trappers: The first left-handed pitcher signed to the Trappers roster for this summer is Jackson Back, a sophomore from Bemidji State in Minnesota. His hometown is Beaver Creek, Ohio.

WORDS OF WISDOM

Imperfect action is better than perfect inaction.
— President Harry S. Truman

WEDDING DAYS

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: Rodd Bauck/Megan Vockrodt.
Oct. 6: Cale Pell/Sarah Lihs.
Aug. 31, 2019: Devin Maki/Karlie Warne.

PHILOSOPHICAL TWISTS

The reason Mayberry was so peaceful and quiet may have been that nobody was married. Andy, Aunt Bea, Barney, Floyd, Howard, Goober, Gomer Pyle, Sam, Earnest T. Bass, Helen, Thelma Lou, Clara and, of course, Opie were all single! The only married person was Otis, and he stayed drunk.

COLLEGE GOLF ROUNDUP

Northern Michigan women (Karissa Guthrie): The spring season for the Wildcats opens in Tampa, Fla., in the GLIAC vs. GMAC dual March 8-10.

South Dakota women (Katie Bartlett): The Coyotes continue their spring season with another long trip. They will play at the College of Charleston’s tournament in South Carolina Sunday through Tuesday.

THOUGHT FOR THESE TIMES

There is something deeply hypocritical about praying for a problem you are unwilling to resolve.
— Miroslav Volf

COLLEGE HOCKEY ROUNDUP

Division I men’s hockey update:
* Wisconsin (14-15-3-0, 8-11-2-1): Idle last week; Friday-Saturday, @ Ohio State.
* Minnesota-Duluth (16-13-3, 10-10-0): Beat Miami (Ohio) 4-0 and 3-0; Friday-Saturday, @ Western Michigan.
* Bemidji State (16-11-7, 13-8-5): Tied Alaska-Fairbanks 2-2 but won in 3-on-3 overtime; beat Alaska-Fairbanks 2-1; Friday-Saturday, @ Minnesota State.
* Minnesota (19-13-2, 10-10-2): Beat Ohio State 2-1; tied Ohio State 1-1 then lost in a shootout’s eighth round; Friday-Saturday, @ Penn State.
* North Dakota (14-10-8, 8-8-4): Lost to Omaha 6-3; beat Omaha 3-0; the latter was the 1500th win in program history and moved UND up to 12th in the 16-team regional rankings; Friday-Saturday, @ Miami (Ohio).
* Miami (Ohio) (10-17-3, 5-13-2): Lost to Minnesota-Duluth 4-0 and 3-0; Friday-Saturday, home vs. North Dakota.
* Omaha (15-14-1, 8-12-0): Beat North Dakota 6-3; lost to North Dakota 3-0; Friday-Saturday, home vs. Colorado College.
* Denver (17-7-6, 11-5-4): Beat Colorado College 5-1; lost to Colorado College 1-0; Friday-Saturday, @ St. Cloud State.
* Colorado College (13-13-4, 7-10-3): Lost to Denver 5-1; beat Denver 1-0; Friday-Saturday, @ Omaha.
* Western Michigan (14-14-2, 9-10-1): Tied St. Cloud State then lost in 3-on-3 overtime; lost to St. Cloud State 4-2; Friday-Saturday, home vs. Minnesota-Duluth.
* Minnesota State (25-7, 21-5): Beat Ferris State 7-1 and 4-2; Friday-Saturday, home vs. Bemidji State.
* St. Cloud State (20-6-4, 14-4-2): Tied Western Michigan 5-5 then won in 3-on-3 overtime; beat Western Michigan 4-2; Friday-Saturday, home vs. Denver.

This week’s Pairwise rankings (if the NCAA tournament began today, these would be the 16 teams selected):
(1) St. Cloud State
(2) Notre Dame
(2) Cornell
(4) Minnesota State
(4) Denver
(6) Ohio State
(7) Clarkson
(8) Minnesota
(8) Providence
(8) Minnesota-Duluth
(11) Michigan
(12) Northeastern
(13) North Dakota
(14) Omaha
(15) Western Michigan
(16) Northern Michigan

Nebraska men (Derek Burke): The Husker club team is hosting its eight-team regional tournament in Lincoln this weekend. Nebraska’s first game will be against Northern Arizona at 1 p.m. Friday. The tournament champion advances to the ACHA Division III national tournament in Columbus, Ohio.

Midland women (Traci Corcoran): The Warrior women lost twice in St. Louis against Lindenwood-Belleville, 4-2 and 7-3. In the latter game, with Midland down 4-0, Traci got her team on the board with a second-period goal. Now 18-12-1, Midland competes in the WWCHL playoffs Friday through Sunday.

OLYMPICS HUMOR

Q.: How do you stop Canadian bacon from curling in the pan?
A.: Take away its tiny brooms.

COLLEGE WRESTLING ROUNDUP

Augustana (Lane Lettau, Jebben Keyes): The Vikings lost at No. 1 St. Cloud State, 34-3. The only Augie winner was Aero Amo at 184 pounds, but St. Cloud managed only three bonus-point wins and six decisions over the Vikings. Augie wrestlers compete Friday and Saturday in the NCAA Division II Super Region 3 tournament at St. Cloud.

Northern: The Wolves finished at 0-8 in NSIC duels after falling to Mary, 30-12. Winning decisions for Northern were Tanner Olson at 157, Blake Perryman at 165, Kaden Campbell at 174 and Diego Gallegos at 197. NSU finishes at 2-14 in duals. Wolves compete Friday and Saturday at the Super Region 3 meet in St. Cloud.

South Dakota State: The Jacks thrilled a crowd of 2,324 in Brookings with a 22-12 win over NDSU and finished with a perfect 8-0 record in Big 12 duals. SDSU has been in the Big 12 for three seasons and now has a 22-3 record against conference opponents in duals. David Kocer and Seth Gross won by technical fall, and Nate Rotert, Martin Mueller, Connor Brown and Henry Pohlmeyer won by decision. Next on the schedule is the Big 12 meet at Tulsa March 3-4.

Dakota Wesleyan: Four Tigers competed at the NAIA North Qualifier but did not advance to nationals. Stas Sutera of Tyndall won a 21-4 technical fall match but lost in the fifth-place match of his class. Two Vermillion seniors, Alex Osborne and Zechariah Westergaard, wrestled their final matches for DWU.

A MOTHER TERESA SERMON

People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.

If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.

Give the world the best yuou have, and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.

For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.

COLLEGE BASEBALL ROUNDUP

Northern (Spencer Sarringar): The Wolves will open the season during spring break at the Tucson Invitational in Arizona March 4-10.

South Dakota State (Landon Badger, Quinn Reimers): The Jackrabbits opened the season in the St. Louis area instead of in Mississippi and lost all three games. In a 4-2 loss to Austin Peay, Landon was 3-for-4 at the plate and again is SDSU’s starting center-fielder. In a 9-3 loss to Austin Peay, Landon went 0-for-3 at the plate but walked and scored a run . In a 5-2 loss to Illinois, Landon was 1-for-3, and it was his two-run double that drove in both Jackrabbit runs. Quinn pitched an inning of relief late in the game and was perfect, facing three batters and retiring them via a strikeout, a ground-out and a fly ball. This weekend at Nacogdoches, Texas, SDSU plays Bradley, Southern Mississippi, Stephen F. Austin and UT-Arlington.

Minnesota (Nolan Burchill): Nolan did not pitch in the Gophers’ four season openers in Atlanta. Minnesota lost to Georgia Tech 3-2; defeated Kennesaw State 9-3 and 11-8 and lost to Georgia State 9-6. The Gophers play the Minnesota Twins at 5 p.m. tonight (Thursday) on Fox Sports North, then go to Port Charlotte, Fla., to play Boston College, Chicago State and Mt. St. Mary’s this weekend. Back home Minnesota will host NDSU Tuesday and SDSU Wednesday, both at U.S. Bank Stadium.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL ROUNDUP

South Dakota Mines men: The Hardrockers in their last home game lost to Western State, 77-66. Jordan Rood led MInes with 13. Now 7-18 overall and 4-16 in the RMAC, Mines finishes the season at Regis Friday and at Chadron State Saturday.

South Dakota Mines women: The Lady Hardrockers defeated Western State, 57-48. Payton Humpal and Anna Haugen scored 18 apiece. Now 16-10 overall and 11-9 in the RMAC, Mines plays at Regis Friday and at Chadron State Saturday, then plays in the RMAC quarterfinals Tuesday.

Mount Marty women: The Lancer women lost to Hastings, 66-56, and finished the season at 13-17 but only 3-17 in the GPAC. They did not qualify for the conference’s postseason tournament involving the top eight teams in their standings.

Mount Marty men: The Lancers finished their season at 6-23 overall and 2-16 in the GPAC when they lost to Hastings, 96-60. The MMC men did not qualify for the league’s postseason playoffs.

Tennessee women (Caleb Currier): The Lady Vols lost to Alabama, 72-63, and lost to Missouri, 77-73. Tennessee is now 21-6 overall and 9-5 in the SEC. They play at Florida tonight and will be at home Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2 against South Carolina. Play begins in the SEC Tournament in Nashville next Wednesday.

South Dakota women (Chloe Lamb, Ciara Duffy): On Saturday the Coyote women defeated Oral Roberts, 72-55, led by Jasmine Trimboli’s 16 points. Ciara went 4-of-12, including 1-of-7 in threes, for nine points with five rebounds and one assist. Chloe was 2-of-4 for four points with three assists and a steal. That set the stage for a classic last night at Vermillion seen by 4,018 fans. USD staged a thrilling rally to knock off SDSU, 80-75, and complete a perfect 14-0 regular season in the Summit League and clinch the #1 seed in the league tournament. It is the first unbeaten season in the league in 24 years. USD led 41-39 at halftime but trailed 63-58 after three quarters. SDSU’s lead was 11 with 3:56 left in the third, and it was still 69-60 SDSU with 8:08 left in the game. But a 22-12 advantage in the fourth period turned the tide as USD improved to 24-5 overall. Freshman Chloe Lamb was a pivotal figure in the final minute, forcing a turnover, diving to the floor, getting fouled and calmly sinking two free throws at 0:38—the first tied the game at 72-72, and the second put USD ahead to stay at 73-72. Madison McKeever made two free throws with 0:25 left (75-72). Ciara sank two free throws at 0:10 for a 78-73 lead. Two SDSU free throws cut the lead to 78-765, but Allison Arens sank two more at 0:07 to end the scoring. USD made 22 of 25 free throws in the game, including those 8-of-8 in the final 38 seconds. Trimboli had 18 points, 2 blocks, six rebounds and five steals. Jaycee Breadley scored 15 and Ciara 11. Chloe went 0-for-3 from the field but was 4-of-4 at the stripe for four points with two rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block.

Summit League women’s standings: USD 14-0, SDSU 11-2, Western Illinois 8-4, Denver 7-6, Oral Roberts 7-7, NDSU 2-10, Omaha 2-11, Fort Wayne 1-12.

South Dakota men: The Coyotes got 28 points from Matt Mooney, 24 of them in the second half, as they defeated Omaha, 79-64, on Senior Day in Vermillion. Now 24-6 overall and 11-2 in the Summit League, USD plays for the Summit League championship and the No. 1 seed in the postseason tournament at SDSU at 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday) on Midco Sports Network.

Summit League men’s standings: SDSU 11-1, USD 11-2, Fort Wayne 7-6, Denver 7-6, NDSU 4-8, Omaha 4-8, Oral Roberts 4-9, Western Illinois 2-10.

South Dakota State men (Lane Severyn): The Jackrabbits had another blowout win, this one 82-62 over Western Illinois. Mike Daum had 30 points and David Jenkins 20. Lane went 0-for-2 from the field in eight minutes of action. Now 23-6 overall and 11-1 in the Summit, SDSU is home vs. USD at 7 p.m. tonight on Midco Sports Network, then finishes the regular season at Fort Wayne Saturday night.

South Dakota State women (Sydney Palmer): The Jackrabbit women won over Western Illinois, 70-42, led by Madison Guebert’s 20 points. Sydney was 1-of-2 for three points with six boards and two assists. Last night the Jacks lost at USD, 80-75, to end any chance of a regular-season Summit title. SDSU is now 22-6 overall and 11-2 in the league, pending a season finale at Fort Wayne at 2 p.m. Saturday. Macy Miller had 23 points and Guebert 19. Sydney didn’t score and had one rebound in her seven minutes of action.

Black Hills State men: The Yellowjackets defeated Colorado-Mesa, 84-74, as Fraser Malcolm scored 21. BHSU is now 14-10 overall and 11-9 in the RMAC. The Jackets finish their regular season Friday at Chadron State and Saturday at Regis.

Black Hills State women (Remi Wientjes, Racquel Wientjes): The BHSU women defeated Colorado-Mesa, 60-54. Rachel Erickson led BHSU with 19 points. Remi was 0-for-1 and 2-of-2 for two points with four rebounds and two assists. Racquel did not score in two minutes of action. Now 20-6 overall and 14-6 in the RMAC, BHSU finishes the regular season at Chadron State and Regis this weekend.

Dakota State men: The Trojans lost to Bellevue, 89-72, to end the regular season at 14-16 overall and 7-9 in the NSAA. Kevin Daniels led DSU with 17. The Trojans open NSAA play in the quarterfinals at Dickinson State tonight with the semifinals Sunday and the championship game Monday.

Dakota State women: DSU defeated Grace, 80-53, and lost to Bellevue, 74-71, to end the regular season at 12-18 overall and 8-8 in the NSAA. Kennedy Wagner had 15 points in the Grace game and 24 vs. Bellevue. The season came to an end for the Lady Ts in the NSAA quarterfinals last night when DSU lost to Mayville State, 83-68.

Dakota Wesleyan men: The Tigers defeated Northwestern, 85-69, as Trae Vandeberg had 25 points and Tyson Smiley 24. DWU whipped Concordia, 80-53, as Collin Kramer was high with 17. DWU finished the regular season at 21-9 overall and 11-7 in the GPAC. In the quarterfinals of the postseason tourney last night, DWU defeated Hastings, 87-67, led by Vandeberg with 25 and Jason Spicer with 21. DWU, the #4 seed, will play at #1 Morningside in the semis Saturday while #7 Doane plays at #3 Northwestern in the other game. The final is Tuesday.

Dakota Wesleyan women: The Tiger women defeated Northwestern, 81-60, led by Amber Bray with 21 and Kynedi Cheeseman with 20. DWU lost to Concordia, 55-42, led by Rylie Osthus with 10. DWU’s regular-season mark was 25-5 overall and 16-4 in the GPAC. In the quarterfinals of the postseason tourney last night, DWU whipped Midland, 72-43, led by 17 from Amber Bray and 13 from Ashley Bray. The Tigers, the #3 seed, will play at #2 Northwestern in the semifinals Saturday while #5 Morningside goes to #1 Concordia in the other semi. The title game is Tuesday.

NSIC men’s quarterfinals (Saturday at Sanford Pentagon; all games on Midco Sports Network):
12:00: Northern vs. Minnesota-Duluth.
2:30: Minnesota State vs. Minot State.
5:30: Southwest Minnesota State vs. Augustana.
8:00: Sioux Falls vs. St. Cloud State.

NSIC women’s quarterfinals (Sunday at Sanford Pentagon; all games on Midco Sports Network):
12:00: Northern vs. Winona State.
2:30: Wayne State vs. Concordia-St. Paul.
5:30: Augustana vs. Minnesota State.
8:00: Sioux Falls vs. Minnesota State-Moorhead.

Augustana men (Steven Schaefer): The Vikings defeated Winona State, 86-84, after trailing by eight at halftime. Three three-pointers by Jordan Spencer in the final 3:00 won the game for Augie. Steven was 7-of-11, including 1-of-3 from downtown, and 1-of-1 for 16 points, co-high with Spencer. Steven also had three rebounds and two assists. The last regular-season game was an 87-77 loss at Upper Iowa, so Augie finished at 15-13 overall and 10-12 in the NSIC. Steven was 6-of-12, including 2-of-7 in threes, and 3-of-5 for 17 points with two rebounds and a steal. Spencer had 20 points and Marcus Asmus 17. In the NSIC first round last night, Augustana advanced with an 88-72 win over Bemidji State as Spencer scored 21 and John Warren 20. Steven was 1-of-8 from the field for three points with three assists and three boards. The Vikings play Southwest Minnesota State, the #1 seed in the NSIC South, in the quarterfinals Saturday.

Augustana women (Katie Bourk): The Viking women lost to Winona State, 71-67, and defeated Upper Iowa, 71-45, to end the regular season at 23-3 overall and 19-3 in the NSIC. The latter game was Coach Dave Krauth’s 600th win; he is in his 29th season as Augie coach. Logan O’Farrell had 15 points for the NSIC co-champions. In the opening round of the tournament last night, Augustana beat Bemidji State, 84-57, led by Naomi Rust with 16. Augie plays Minnesota State in the quarterfinals Sunday.

University of Sioux Falls men: The Cougars defeated Concordia-St. Paul, 79-68, led by Trevon Evans with 37 points. USF then beat Minnesota State, 88-81, as Evans scored 33 and Drew Guebert 28. USF, 19-9 overall and 14-8 in the NSIC in the regular season, advanced from the first round of the NSIC tourney last night with a 98-68 win over Minnesota-Crookston. Evans scored 23 and Guebert 20. USF plays St. Cloud State in the quarters Saturday.

University of Sioux Falls women (Moira Duffy): USF lost its last two regular-season games, 74-56 to Concordia-St. Paul and 61-60 to Minnesota State. In the latter game USF appeared to have won the game with a field goal with two seconds left, but Minnesota State scored at the buzzer. USF finished at 14-12 overall and 11-11 in the NSIC. In the tourney opener last night, the Cougar women won over Mary, 60-50, as Kaely Hummel and Mariah Szymanski each scored 20. Moira didn’t score but had four blocks and a steal. USF plays MSU-Moorhead in the quarters Sunday.

Northern women: The Wolves beat Minnesota-Duluth, 57-44, led by Jill Conrad with 20. NSU won over St. Cloud State, 71-55, as MIranda Ristau had 35 points, 12 rebounds, two assists and two steals. Northern finished as co-champs of the NSIC overall and champs of the NSIC North at 24-4 overall and 19-3 in the league. Ristau had 26 points last night as Northern whipped Upper Iowa in the tourney opener. NSU plays Winona State in the quarterfinals Sunday noon.

Northern men: The Wolves defeated Minnesota-Duluth, 65-46, clinching the NSIC North and the NSIC overall title, Northern’s first since 2002-03. Darin Peterka had 17 points. Northern won over St. Cloud State, 83-63, led by Carter Evans with 20. It was Northern’s 11th win of the year by 20 or more points. NSU finished at 27-3 overall and 20-2 in the league. In their tourney opener last night, the Wolves topped Concordia-St. Paul, 80-52, led by Logan Doyle with 15 points and nine rebounds and Carter Evans with 13 points and seven boards. NSU plays Minnesota-Duluth in the quarterfinals at noon Saturday.

WORD PLAY

Acapuncture is a jab well done. That’s the point of it.

COLLEGE SWIMMING ROUNDUP

South Dakota State (Chris Rumrill, Daniel Jacobson, Wyatt Rumrill, Ashley Theobald): The Jackrabbit men placed third at the Summit League championships behind Denver and USD, and the women placed third behind Denver and Omaha. Wyatt earned recognition on the all-Summit League team for his work in the 200 breast stroke event where he placed second in 2:00.28, a new school record time. Wyatt also placed fourth in the 100 breast in :55.85 and sixth in the 100 individual medley in :52.20 and swam on two second-place relay teams—the 400 medley team swam in 3:19.80 and the 200 medley team in 1:31.72. Daniel placed sixth in the 100 freestyle in :45.19 and sixth in the 100 backstroke in :50.19. He swam on the second-place 400 medley relay team, which was timed in 3:19.80, and on two third-place teams—the 200 free team in 1:22.33 and the 800 free team in 6:44.54. Chris placed seventh in the 100 IM in :52.42, seventh in the 200 freestyle in 1:42.03 and eighth in the 200 IM. He also swam on two third-place relay foursomes—the 400 free team in 3:03.20 and the 200 free team in 1:22.33. Ashley placed fourth in the 100 IM in :58.16, eighth in the 200 IM in 2:08.76 and eighth in the 400 IM in 4:37.98. She swam on the second-place 200 medley team (1:42.96) and the fourth-place 200 freestyle team (1:34.85). The NCAA national championship meet will be in Minneapolis March 21-24.

COLLEGE TRACK ROUNDUP

South Dakota: Sophomore Chris Nilsen pole vaulted 19’1/4″ to become one of only four NCAA indoor pole vaulters in history to surpass the 19-feet mark. He has the top height by an American this indoor season. Madeline Huglen won another mile, this one in 4:56.15. Ashley Thompson Ballew won the triple jump at 39’3 1/4″. These events were at Nebraska’s last-chance meet. USD competes this weekend at the Summit League championships at Fargo.

South Dakota State (Riley Sears, Max Reinke, Rachel Propst): At SDSU’s last-chance meet, Riley placed second in the high jump at 6’4″. Max was third in the shot put at 52’8 3/4″. Rachel ran the 3000-meters in 11:14.70, placing eighth. SDSU sends its athletes to the Summit League meet in Fargo Frfiday and Saturday.

Mary (Jack Wollman): The Marauders, after competing at BHSU’s Stinger Open last weekend, go to the NSIC conference meet in Mankato Friday and Saturday.

Liberty (Cortney Dowling): Idle last weekend, the Flames host their Big South Conference meet in Lynchburg this weekend.

South Dakota Mines (Theron Singleton): At the BHSU Stinger Open, the Hardrocker men placed second and the women third. Theron placed fifth in the 3200-meter run in 10:45.93. Mines competes Friday and Saturday at the RMAC conference meet in Golden, Colo.

Black Hills State (Kelsey Van Den Hemel, Allan McDonnell, Sam Fjelstad): At the BHSU Stinger Open, Kelsey placed 10th in the mile in 5:48.33. Allan won the high jump at 6’9 1/2″ and placed second in the long jump at 20’11 1/4″. The Yellowjacket men’s and women’s teams both placed first. BHSU sends athletes to the RMAC conference meet in Golden, Colo., this weekend.

BIRTHDAYS/ANNIVERSARIES

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

Friday, Feb. 23:
Cash Anderson, Anniston Lowery, Darren Larson, Renee Knapp, Nathan Bradley, Mary Carter, Mick Hofer, Sarah (Linn) Hyde, Kayla (Pochop) Riswold, Megan Vockrodt, Dave Bonde.
— 8th anniversary, Garrett/Adrienne James.

Saturday, Feb. 24:
Andrea Spaid, Jane Cass, Brian Pope, Piper Dooley, Karin (Porter) Bartell, Elette (McMullen) Crain, Rob Stoeser, Zach Frisby, Michael Authier, Dave Potter, Chris Peterson, Everett Miller, Jayne (Knox) Kraemer, Michael Knudson, Joe Wilson, Loryn (Schuetzle) Lichty, Heidi Nelson.

Sunday, Feb. 25:
Max Hunsley, Tom Gerken, Willie Gloe, Chandra (Lesmeister) Miller, Caitlyn McKay, Patsy Handcock, Christy (Sobolik) Luskey, Steve Thompson, Julie Smith, Len Cooper, Clara (Stoeser) Kinzie, Glynnes Sargent, Greg Campbell, Troy Buschbom.

Monday, Feb. 26:
Amelia Rounds, Tyson O’Daniel, Jade Bartel, Justin Stephens, Stacey Mancuso, Diane Deis, Adelyn Steele, Peyton Shibley, Austin Gross, Valerie (Coyle) Hawley, Kit Bramblee, Jill (Taylor) Bischoff, Torey Garrett, Evelynn Dekker, Tye Johnson, Zach Parsons.

Tuesday, Feb. 27:
Tyson Pierce, Patrick Olson, Nick Marso, Sheryl Johnson, Isaiah Shoup, Terry (Lamster) Horning, Vada Smith, Seth Deal, Macy Bryant, Sara (Stulken) Kehrwald, Steven Jonas, Amanda Barber, Jim Bright, Andrea (Viken) Urbach.

Wednesday, Feb. 28:
Dawn (Henderson) Holmes, Terry Miller, Mitch Irion, Harry Decker, Helen King, Anna (Van Duzer) Yost, Karen (Van Camp) DeJabet, Andrew Chick, Kayla Klemann, Nancy Peck, Kyler Tieszen, Derek Van Roekel, Bre Ripperger.

No birthdays this year, Feb. 29:
Marjoanne (Schmidt) Thompson, Karen (Rawstern) LaFurge.

Thursday, March 1:
Nate Buscher, Jeb Bruzelius, Laura Louder, Dan Cahill, Karen Schaefer, Caleb McKinley, Robae (Cook) Robinson.
— 15th anniversary, Adam/Jami Chick.
— 18th anniversary, Brady/Emily Smith.
— 4th anniversary, Alan/Ann Hess.

LIFE LESSON

Appreciate where you are in your journey, even if it’s not where you want to be. — lovegrowthwealth

PARKER’S PERSONAL NOTES

  • Several weeks ago we mentioned in the Update the first two ballot issues which have been verified for our November ballot by the secretary of state’s office. Now there is a third with more to come. The latest issue to be validated is Initiated Measure 25, which, if approved, will increase the state tobacco tax and create a postsecondary technical institute fund for the purpose of lowering student tuition and providing financial support to the state postsecondary technical institutes. The secretary of state’s office has five more sets of petitions to validate, and if all of those make it to the ballot, we will have eight (count ’em—eight!) issues to study before going to the polls.
  • Another note from the theater scene: Cody Jamison Strand, who attended Brandon Valley High School and USD, is returning to “Book of Mormon” on Broadway in the role of Elder Cunningham. He has played that role before on Broadway as well as in London and with a national touring company of “Book of Mormon.”
  • The old Agar Hi-Pointer, long-time Pierre radio legend Dean Sorenson, responded to my rantings and ravings about how easy the good basketball teams have it these days with all of the seeding nonsense and the Rounds of 16 and all that, as opposed to the good old days when a team had to win its own geographical district and region to get to the state tournament. (But hey! The easier the opponent, the brighter the coach’s resume becomes!) Anyway, Dean recalled some of the years he remembers best. For example, the 1949 season when Miller ousted Agar in the regional at the old downtown gym in Miller and went on to win the state B. And 1950 when Gettysburg came out of our central South Dakota district and went all the way to the B championship game as runner-up to Emery. And 1951 when Harrold came out of the district and won the state B even though Agar, not Harrold, had won the regular-season conference title. And 1952 when Ipswich took out Agar in the regional and, of course, went on to win the state B. And 1953 when Onida powered its way out of the district and regional and won the state B. Boys basketball in these parts was magnificent back in those years and so memorable!

NEWS OF PEOPLE AND EVENTS

Former Pierre resident Rich Clemetson, 73, died Feb. 14 at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls. Services were held Saturday at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in his hometown of Wessington Springs. He graduated from high school there in 1962. He, his wife Diane, and their family lived in Minneapolis, Sioux Falls, Des Moines, Cleveland, Omaha and then Pierre. He moved to Sioux Falls when he became a long-distance truck owner, then retired back in Wessington Springs. Among his survivors are his wife Diane; their daughters, Dawn Clemetson of Wessington Springs, Gina Jacobs of Lenexa, Kan., Lyndee Griffith of Pierre, and Tya Clemetson of Sartell, Minn.; eight grandchildren, his brother, Jim Clemetson, and his sister, Deb Pope.

Hopeless to Homes Animal Rescue based in Pierre is having a chili feed and silent auction fund-raiser at the Bill of Rights Brewery (1601 N. Harrison, Suite 3) from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday night this weekend.

The Pierre Athletic Coaches Association’s Avera Athletes of the Week for last week were Gage Gehring of the wrestling team and Brooke Easland of the girls basketball team.

Pierre Players’ “The Three Musketeers” opens this weekend for a two-weekend run. Performances will be Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoon this weekend as well as Thursday through Saturday nights, March 1-3. The number to call to reserve tickets is 224-7826.

Riggs High band and chorus members and ensembles who earned superior ratings at the regional music contests will perform a free concert in the band room at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26.

Pierre native Nathan Venner, son of former Pierre residents Bruce and Lori Venner, who now live near Rapid City, has brought 11 years of experience as a commercial brewmaster in Laramie and Lander, Wyo., to Spearfish where he is working with general manager Jon Marek at Spearfish Brewing Company, the town’s newest craft beer brewery, located at the corner of Main Street and Jackson Boulevard. Their opened their doors around Feb. 1 on the spur of the moment to anyone who walked in to try their craft beers, according to a story in the Rapid City Journal. Nathan said that they have a stainless steel 341-gallon two-vessel brewhouse with a capacity of 3,600 barrels per year. He plans a dozen classic American and international styles of lagers, clear ambers and India Pale Ales. He also wants to recreate some of his most popular beers from his years of brewing. The new business also offers a rotating food menu from Redwater Kitchen, a separately-owned restaurant in the same building. They received support from state and local economic development organizations in opening Spearfish Brewing Company.

The funeral service for Marjorie “Marj” Russell, 96, took place Feb. 16 at the Blunt United Methodist Church. She passed away Feb. 12 at the Kadoka Care Center. The former Marj Marsh graduated from Blunt High School in 1939. She and Bill Russell married in 1945. They lived on the Russell farm south of Blunt for 48 years, then moved into Blunt in 2000. She had lived in Kadoka since 2014. Among her survivors are her daughter, Sue Kaiser, and her husband John of Kadoka; her daughter-in-law, Sondra Russell of Blunt; and her grandchildren, Annika Manke and Toby Russell, both of Mitchell. Marj’s husband Bill died in 2009. Their son, Steve Russell, died in 1990.

A reminder: The University of South Dakota Chamber Singers, USD’s elite choral group of 16 voices, will present a spring-tour concert at Faith Lutheran Church on Saturday evening next week (March 3).

And one more: Another outstanding choral ensemble, the Augustana University choir, will sing a concert at Lutheran Memorial Church at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 10. The choir will also be part of the 9 a.m. worship service the next day, March 11.

Faye Peterson, who was the mother of Linda Knox of Onida and Carol Tschetter and Sue McNaboe of Rapid City, passed away Saturday at the age of 96. No funeral service will be held, according to Faye’s wishes, but an ashes-spreading ceremony honoring Faye and her late husband, Erven Peterson, will be planned for Custer State Park this summer. Faye celebrated her 96th birthday on Feb. 2, and her last month of life was highlighted by her meeting her newborn great-great-granddaughter and being part of a five-generation photograph. She suffered a stroke early last week and was hospitalized, then spent her final few days in a Rapid City hospice facility where she peacefully passed away Saturday afternoon.

A former state wrestling champion himself, Toby Bryant of Sioux Falls now has had the privilege of seeing one of the state champions he coached become a successful wrestling coach. Corbin Surat was Toby’s first state champion wrestler when he coached at Aberdeen Central. Now Corbin is the wrestling coach at Howard where nine of his wrestlers have qualified for this weekend’s state tournament. He was also named Region Coach of the Year in his region.

Matt Blake graduated from the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, Va., this month. He and his wife, Alaine, live in Urbandale, Iowa, a western suburb of Des Moines.

Where to go for supper next Saturday night, March 3? Perhaps the American Legion cabin from 6 to 8 p.m. where a chili feed will be served as a benefit for Jay Blumer. He played softball for 23 years and umpired softball for 20 years, but two back surgeries have put him out of work for more than five months. The cost of the chili feed will be a free-will offering. Persons who can’t attend that night but want to donate to help Jay can send donations to him at 702 W. Cedar Ave., Lot #6, Fort Pierre SD 57532.

Our sympathy to Jane and Steve Naylor and their family on the death of her father, Donald Hanson, a pillar of the Clear Lake community, who passed away Feb. 15 at Sanford Clear Lake Medical Center from complications of Parkinson’s disease. Services were held Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Clear Lake. Mr. Hanson was a native of Clear Lake. He served with the U.S. Navy Seabees in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Cuba during the Korean War years of 1953-1957. He and his first wife, Maxine, became the parents of 10 children and had 15 years together until she passed away in 1973. He and his second wife, Jamie, united their two families, and Mr. Hanson added her three children to his family. He owned a woodworking business, a lumberyard, a concrete businiess, a charter flying service, an insurance agency and a cabinet-making and remodelng business. He was a Deuel County commissioner for 12 years and was the county’s planning and zoning director for five years. Mr. Hanson is survived by his wife; his 10 children and three stepchildren; 29 grandchildren, nine stepgrandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.

Rob Shoup, a native of Onida, and his wife Nikki of Sioux Falls are the parents of another daughter, Hayden Faith Shoup was born Feb. 16, weighing 7 pounds, 4 ounces, and measuring 21 1/2 inches. She joins a sister, Hadley Rae, who will be 2 years old in March, in the Shoup family. Rob is a regional sales consultant for Thermi, and Nikki is a physical therapist at the Orthopedic Institute.

Jaden Tipton, a high school freshman who is the son of Pierre native Tom Tipton and his wife, won two individual events—the 100-meter backstroke and the 200-meter freestyle—at his school’s regional swimming meet and swam in the medley and 400 freestyle relays, one of them placing first and the other second. His team placed second in the region. The Tiptons live in Queen Anne in Maryland’s Eastern Shore area, across the bay from Annapolis. Tom is golf course superintendent at Prospect Bay Country Club.

Josh and Kassi (Schuetzle) Wilson of Sturgis revealed on Facebook this week that they are expecting a third child in August. The Wilsons have two sons. They own Sturgis CrossFit and Flex Fitness Club, and both are teachers in the Meade School District at Piedmont.

Pierre residents Tammy LeBeau and Dustin Ortbahn, both of whom work in the state Department of Health’s Office of Disease Prevention Services, are among the recipients in the department’s annual Secretary’s Awards Program. Tammy coordinates South Dakota’s immunization registry and was honored for her work in developing and promoting the system’s use. Dustin is an infectious disease epidemiologist and was honored for his professionalism, timeliness and skill in working with diverse populations.

Mike and Kelly (Neiles) Brindza of Leonardtown, Md., are the parents of a son, Gilbert Neiles Brindza. “Bert” was born Feb. 17 weighing 4 pounds, 4 ounces, so he will remain in the NICU for a time. He and his mom took an adventurous trip to Johns Hopkins Hospital, going by helicopter! The newborn boy joins a sister, Maggie, who is almost 2, in the Brindza family. He is named in honor of his maternal great-grandfather.

IF WE JUST TALK OF THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS

(Hymn tune: “Though I May Speak”)

If we just talk of thoughts and prayers
And don’t live out a faith that dares
And don’t take on the ways of death,
Our thoughts and prayers are fleeting breath.

If we just dream of what could be
And do not build community
And do not seek to change our ways,
Our dreams of change are false displays.

If we just sing of doing good
And don’t walk through our neighborhood
To learn its hope, to ease its pain,
Our talk of good is simply vain.

God, may our prayers and dreams and songs
Lead to a faith that takes on wrongs,
That works for peace and justice, too,
Then will our prayers bring joy to You.

Copyright 2017 Carolyn Winfrey Gillette
Permission for free use of this hymn is given for local church and ecumenical worship services. For a MS Word format suitable for inclusion in church bulletins, e-mail bcgillette@comcast.net

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