Vol. 19, No. 26; Thursday, March 1, 2018

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BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP

Class “AA” girls: As the #10 seed among the top 16, Pierre will play at Sioux Falls Washington at 6 p.m. Friday with the winner advancing to the state tournament two weeks later. Class “AA” teams are NOT re-seeded after the Round of 16 as “A” and “B” classes are. Therefore, we can tell you this:

  • First game of the state tournament: The winner of #16 Yankton at #1 Aberdeen Central vs. the winner of #9 Rapid City Central at #8 Brookings.
  • Second game of the state tournament: The winner of #13 Spearfish at #4 Sioux Falls O’Gorman vs. the winner of #12 Mitchell at #5 Brandon Valley.
  • Third game of the state tournament: The winner of #14 Sioux Falls Roosevelt at #3 Rapid City Stevens vs. the winner of #11 Sturgis at #6 Harrisburg.
  • Fourth game of the state tournament: The winner of #15 Watertown at #2 Sioux Falls LIncoln vs. the winner of #10 Pierre at #7 Sioux Falls Washington.

Class “AA” boys: As the 16th seed among the top 16, Pierre will play at #1 Rapid City Stevens at 6 p.m. MST Saturday with the winner advancing to the state tournament two weeks lagter. Class “AA” teams are NOT re-seeded after the Round of 16. Therefore, the state tourney pairings will come from the following:

  • First game of the state tournament: The winner of #16 Pierre at #1 Rapid City Stevens vs. the winner of #9 Sturgis at #8 Sioux Falls O’Gorman.
  • Second game of the state tournament: The winner of #13 Watertown at #4 Harrisburg vs. the winner of #12 Sioux Falls Roosevelt at #5 Sioux Falls Washington.
  • Third game of the state tournament: The winner of #14 Huron at #3 Sioux Falls Lincoln vs. the winner of #11 Yankton at #6 Aberdeen Central.
  • Fourth game of the state tournament: The winner of #15 Spearfish at #2 Rapid City Central vs. the winner of #10 Douglas at #7 Brandon Valley.

Class “A” girls: In Class “A” the winners of the eight Round of 16 games Thursday will be re-seeded for the state tournament where #1-#8 and #4-#5 games will be in the upper bracket and #2-#7 and #3-#6 games will be in the lower bracket. Tonight’s Round of 16 games:

— #1 Belle Fourche vs. #16 Wagner, 5:30 at Riggs High in Pierre.
— #2 St. Thomas More vs. #15 Redfield-Doland, 7:15 at Riggs High in Pierre.
— #3 McCook Central-Montrose vs. #14 Miller at Mitchell.
— #4 Lennox vs. #13 Madison at Tea.
— #5 West Central vs. #12 Flandreau at Madison.
— #6 Crow Creek vs. #11 Pine Ridge at Winner.
— #7 Aberdeen Roncalli vs. #10 Todd County at Mitchell.
— #8 Vermillion vs. #9 Dell Rapids at Tea.

Class “A” boys: The 16 teams that will play in the Round of 16 next Tuesday will be determined on the final night of regional play Friday. In Region 6A Stanley County edged Chamberlain, 69-68, Tuesday to advance to play at top-seed Miller at 7 p.m. Friday, and that winner goes to a Round of 16 game.

Class “B” girls: In Class “B” the winners of the eight Round of 16 games Thursday will be re-seeded for the state tournament where #1-#8 and #4-#5 games will be in the upper bracket and #2-#7 and #3-#6 games will be in the lower bracket. Tonight’s Round of 16 games:

— #1 Faith vs. #16 Kadoka at Spearfish.
— #2 Hanson vs. #15 Timber Lake at Chamberlain.
— #3 Sully Buttes vs. #14 Freeman, 7:15 at Huron Arena.
— #4 Warner vs. #13 Ipswich at Groton.
— #5 Castlewood vs. #12 De Smet at Watertown.
— #6 Ethan vs. #11 Lower Brule, 5:30 at Huron Arena.
— #7 Waubay-Summit vs. #10 Tripp-Delmont-Armour at Madison.
— #8 Irene-Wakonda vs. #9 Avon at Parkston.

Class “B” boys: Sully Buttes dominated Eureka-Bowdle, 72-27, Tuesday in Region 2B and will be at home Friday to take on Leola-Frederick at 7 p.m. with that winner advancing to a Round of 16 game next Tuesday.

Summit League men: All games will be on Midco Sports Network Saturday, Sunday and Monday, and the championship game at 8 p.m. Tuesday will be on ESPN2.
Saturday: #1 SDSU vs. #8 Western Illinois, 6 p.m.
Saturday: #2 USD vs. #7 Omaha, 8:30 p.m.
Sunday: #4 Fort Wayne vs. #5 NDSU, 6 p.m.
Sunday: #3 Denver vs. #6 Oral Roberts, 8:30 p.m.
Monday: #1-#8 winner vs. #4-#5 winner, 6 p.m.
Monday: #2-#7 winner vs. #3-#6 winner, 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday: Championship game, 8 p.m.

Summit League women: All games will be on Midco Sports Network Saturday, Sunday and Monday, and the championship game at 1 p.m. Tuesday will be on ESPNU.
Saturday: #1 USD vs. #8 Fort Wayne, noon.
Saturday: #2 SDSU vs. #7 NDSU, 2:30 p.m.
Sunday: #4 Oral Roberts vs. #5 Denver, noon.
Sunday: #3 Western Illinois vs. #6 Omaha, 2:30 p.m.
Monday: #1-#8 winner vs. #4-#5 winner, noon.
Monday: #2-#7 winner vs. #3-#6 winner, 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday: Championship game, 1 p.m.

NAIA Division II men: The 32-team national tournament will be played at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls.
First round Wednesday, March 7:
8:30 a.m.: St. Thomas, Fla., vs. Michigan Dearborn.
10:15 a.m.: Briar Cliff, Ia., vs. Oregon Tech.
Noon: Indiana U. East vs. Voorhees, S.C.
1:45 p.m.: Oklahoma Wesleyan vs. Bethel, Ind.
4:00 p.m.: Cornerstone, Mich., vs. Milligan, Tenn.
5:45 p.m.: St. Francis, Ind., vs. Keiser, Fla.
8 p.m.: Northwestern, Ia., vs. Bellevue, Neb.
9:45 p.m.: Southwestern, Kan., vs. Roosevelt, Ill.
First round Thursday, March 8:
8:30 a.m.: Indiana U. Southeast vs. Stillman, Ala.
10:15 a.m.: Warner Pacific, Ore., vs. Southeastern, Fla.
Noon: Indiana Wesleyan vs. Antelope Valley, Calif.
1:45 p.m.: Morningside, Ia., vs. Trinity International, Ill.
4 p.m.: College of Idaho vs. Mayville State, N.D.
5:45 p.m.: Dakota Wesleyan vs. Governors State, Ill.
7:30 p.m.: Indiana Tech vs. West Virginia U. Tech.
9:45 p.m.: Union, Ky., vs. Marion, Ind.
Second round Friday, March 9:
Games at 8:30, 10:15, noon, 1:45, 4:00, 5:45, 8:00, 9:45.
Quarterfinals Saturday, March 10:
Games at 2:00, 4:00, 6:00, 8:00.
Semifinals Monday, March 12:
Games at 6:00, 8:00.
Championship Tuesday, March 13: 6:00.

ZESTO SHERBET SCHEDULE

Thursday-Friday: blackberry.
Saturday-Sunday: cherry.
Monday-Tuesday: lemon.
Wednesday-Thursday: coconut.

ANOTHER STATE CHAMPIONSHIP COMES HOME

The Governors’ sixth state “A” wrestling championship in seven years was in question right down to the very end, but it’s a championship nevertheless. Even though the TV announcers had no clue what was happening in the team title chase, Governor fans at the Denny Sanford Premier Center were well aware, and when Rapid City Stevens’ 182-pounder could not score a pin to win his match, it was over. Final score: Pierre 159, Stevens 157.5. If the Raider had been able to pin his Central opponent, Stevens would have won by a half-point.

It was apparent after Friday’s first day of competition that the “A” title race was down to a two-team deal. Stevens had a minimal lead at that point. But on Saturday morning Stevens had a rough go in the semifinal round and wrestlebacks, and Pierre stayed alive.

In the long run, any Governor wrestler can say it was that one match he won that made the difference, and he is correct because if any single match in the whole tournament had gone the other way, the big trophy would be residing in Rapid City instead of Pierre right now.

As the Saturday evening session began, Stevens led by 147.5 to 141. It would be an uphill struggle if the Governors were to repeat. Through the first seven weight classes in the placing matches for third, fifth and seventh, it appeared it was slipping away as Stevens increased its lead to 153.5 to 141. The Raiders though had won only three of their six matches in that round while the Govs had lost its two. The Pierre surge began at 152 when Barry Browning won his seventh-place match by a decision, and the Govs gained a point. The tide turned when at 160 Austin Senger pinned his Milbank opponent, not only getting two points for his win but two more for his pin. The same thing happened at 195 as Gage Gehring took his Huron man to the mat. His four team ponts, plus the one that Pryce Dyk earned for his seventh-place win over O’Gorman at 285, lifted Pierre to within 153.5 to 151.

As the championship matches began, Pierre would have three men competing and Stevens two. At 120 pounds Lincoln Turman was locked in a scoreless match through two periods, but an escape and a takedown gave his opponent, unbeaten Isaac Klinkhammer of Brandon Valley, a 3-0 win. The team score stayed the same.

So it came to 132 pounds where Pierre and Stevens would go head-to-head—William Turman for the Govs and Spencer Stockman for the Raiders. Turman got a 2-0 lead early in the second period and then an escape to lead 3-0. Stockman got to within 3-2 with 30 seconds left in the match, but Turman added a point to win, 4-2, capturing his fourth state championship and giving Pierre the lead at 155 to 153.5.

Turman with his win became one of only five men in Class “A” state history to win four individual championships.

Now the attention turned to Michael Lusk, going for his third state title at 145 pounds and at the same time having a chance to clinch it for Pierre. Facing Vermillion’s Trey Hage, Lusk got an escape in the second period, but Hage tied it up at 1-1 with 1:50 left in the match. Lusk’s takedown made it 3-1, and Hage escaped to get to within 3-2 with 0:55 to go. Lusk kept the lead, won his title and just about sewed things up for the Govs, leading now 159 to 153.5.

But not quite. Pierre had no more wrestlers left, and Stevens had only one. He would have to not only win but win with a pin to give the Raiders their state title. Anything less meant a Governor championship. Dante Colicheski’s Central Cobbler opponent, Bridger Kraye, put up a game fight, kept from getting pinned, and while Stevens won the match, Pierre won the war. The final score: Pierre 159, Stevens 157.5.

Pierre’s first wrestling championship came in 1974, and the Govs were runners-up in 1997. The current dynasty had its beginning in 2012 when the team won the championship. Pierre repeated in 2013, and the Govs were runners-up to Aberdeen in 2014. The Governors returned to the throne in 2015, won again in 2016, won again last year and now have their 2018 title—four in a row and six out of the last seven.

A summary of each Governor wrestler at the state tournament:

106: Hayden Shaffer lost 7-2, won by forfeit, lost in the wrestlebacks. The eighth grader finishes his season at 31-21.

113: Jace Bench-Bresher defaulted his first-round match due to injury, fought bacm to score a pin in the first wrestlebacks, and lost by injury default. The sophomore finishes at 24-15.

120: Lincoln Turman finished his outstanding career with a 9-1 major decision, an 8-0 major decision, a 5-2 semifinal win and a 3-0 loss in the championship match to finish his senior season at 29-3.

126: Jack Van Camp won by pin in 1:14, lost a 12-3 major decision, won by pin in 1:59, won 7-5 and lost 7-2 before losing in the fifth-place match 5-0. The sophomore finishes his year at 35-22 with sixth place.

132: Will Turman came out afire and scored a 16-0 tech fall in the first round, won by a 1:21 pin in the quarters, won with a 1:10 pin in the semis and won his championship 4-2. His senior season shows a 40-2 record.

138: Cade Hinkle won 13-6, lost 3-2, won 5-1 and 3-1, lost by a 2:24 pin and lost his fifth-place match 12-2. With his sixth-place medal the sophomore had a 35-22 year.

145: Michael Lusk won by tech fall 17-2 in the first round, had a major decision in the quarters, won 3-2 in the semis and won by that same score in the finals to finish his senior season with a 41-2 record and a state title.

152: Barry Browning had a 12-4 major decision win in the first round, lost to Huron’s #1-rated wrestler in the quarters, won 5-3, lost 5-1, and in the seventh-place match scored a 9-2 win. The senior ends with a 34-21 mark.

160: Austin Senger finished his senior season with a 40-10 record and a fifth-place medal. He won by pin in 1:20, lost by pin in 57 seconds, lost 5-3, lost 5-4, and scored a pin in 2:14 to place fifth.

170: Maguire Raske won by a 13-0 major decision to start his tournament, lost in a 3:32 pin, won by pins in 1:27 and 23:15, lost 6-3 and lost his third-place match 4-0 to finish his freshman year with a 33-13 record.

195: Gage Gehring scored a pin in 36 seconds in the first round, won 5-1 in the quarters, lost his semifinal on a 4:00 pin, won 10-5 and won his third-place match on a 2:07 pin. He finishes his junior year with a 35-13 record.

285: Pryce Dyk won by pin in the first round, lost 5-2, won 3-1, lost 6-5 and in his seventh-place match scored a 2-1 win. He finishes his senior season with a 38-14 record.

BUMPER STICKER OF THE WEEK

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COLLEGE GOLF ROUNDUP

Northern Michigan women (Karissa Guthrie): The Wildcats open their spring season in Tampa, Fla., Thursday through Saturday.

South Dakota women (Katie Bartlett): At the College of Charleston’s meet of 43 teams in South Carolina, the Coyotes placed 36th. Katie placed 179th with a scorecard of 81-81-83=245, 29 over par. USD’s best score was recorded by Lexi Petersen (Fairview, Ill.), who placed 58th with a 227. USD next plays at Bradley University’s Spring Break Invitational in Farmer Branch, Texas, March 12-13.

TOM SWIFTS

“I’ve lost a lot of weight,” Tom expounded.

BIRTHDAYS/ANNIVERSARIES

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

Friday, March 2:
Fletcher Ruby, Kate Boyd, Brianna Neuhauser, Curt Roddewig, Rev. Teri Johnson, Lindsay (Lower) Uecker, Sawyer Weinheimer, Sandy Zimmerman, Julie Morris-Holter, Karen Gerdes, Pat Labahn-Kuchta.

Saturday, March 3:
Brooke Goff, Jacob Wagner, Jesse Flottmeyer, Justin Flottmeyer, Will Vogel, Leah (Anglin) Hammersley, Carol (Sanborn) Koehn, Lori Fisk-Neitzel, Kenyon Kuiper, Chad Pitlick, Amanda Redden, Alena Axlund.
— We fondly remember Brooks Monfore on the sixth anniversary of the day he passed away in 2012.

Sunday, March 4:
Lauren Jarvis, Kadin Johnson, Sheena Erickson, Sarah (Shepherd) Schulte, Drew Nafus, Becca Jordre, Chris Schumacher, Ken Starks, Jon Gober, Tamra Downs, Claribel (Seaman) Stahl, Holly (Curtis) Thompson, Nancy (Lamb) Weischedel.

Monday, March 5:
Pat Swartz, Carter Gilmore, John Sutton, Parker Anderson, Brecken Ottenbacher, Cindi Pochop, Genie (Wood) Lauing, Jessica Smith, Judy Holzwarth, Mary Deichert, Katelyn Decker, Brenna Martin, Jill Aadland, Brandon Ogan, Drew Osnes, Kera (Olson) Boaz.

Tuesday, March 6:
Erin Briggs, Octavious Keever, Ryan Krueger, Matt Hanson, Debra Nold, Laura Waack, Sara (Goeden) Richardson, Jessica (Callahan) Carr, Cameron Ahlers, Kay McLain.
— 42nd anniversary, David/LaDonna Zellmer.
— 20th anniversary, Carl/Chris Hawkinson.

Wednesday, March 7:
Emily Ketteler, Suzanna Pries, Kevin Grunewaldt, Anne Gormley, Dana Hess, Kim Easland, Greg Goodman, Estella Jungman, Anna Weingart, Jeremy Dodson, Matt Graves, Charlene (Squires) Keller, Shiela Mangan, Sally Christenson, Jenny Sampson, Nikki (Grandpre) Wilson.
— 3rd anniversary, Jeremy/Kelly Kelley.
— We fondly remember Robert Disburg on the 15th anniversary of the day he passed away in 2003.

Thursday, March 8:
Jessica (Paxton) Deal, Katie (Thompson) Rochelle, Brad Johnston, Stephen Nelson, Dewayne Robbins, Pat Witte, Cade Currier, Eric Feiler, Kerry Freidel, Cassie (Kinsman) Deffenbaugh, John Hamilton.
— 15th anniversary, Sam/Nicole Molseed.

THOUGHT FOR TODAY

We have art so that we shall not die of reality.
— Nierzschke, Art Allure

SULLY BUTTES CHARGERS SPORTS ROUNDUP

Boys basketball: The Chargers finished the regular season with a 65-57 win at Eureka-Bowdle. The Sully Buttes record became 19-1.

Girls basketball: The Sully Buttes girls emerged as one of the two Round of 16 qualifiers out of Region 2B when they defeated Leola-Frederick, 64-43. Lauren Wittler led SB with 22 points. Rachel Guthmiller surpassed the 1,000-point mark for her career as she scored 17, and Marinda Archer had 12 points. Sully Buttes cashed in on 23 of 28 free throws. The Chargers’ record improved to 21-1.

Boys basketball: The Chargers raced out to an 18-2 lead at the start of the game, and it turned out to be no contest. Sully Buttes whipped Eureka-Bowdle, 72-27, Tuesday, led by Lincoln Jordre’s 23 points, Nick Wittler’s 18 and Jacob Howard’s 11. SBHS takes a 20-1 record into Friday’s 7 p.m. home game vs. Leola-Frederick with the winner becoming one of Region 2’s two qualifiers for the Round of 16 next Tuesday.

STANLEY COUNTY BUFFALOES SPORTS ROUNDUP

Wrestling: The two Buffaloes who qualified for the state tournament came home with fourth-place medals. At 126 pounds Luke Heninger won by a 1:39 pin in the first round but was knocked off in the quarters by Collier of Philip, 13-7. Heninger rebounded to win 10-09, 5-4 and 8-2 to reach the third-place match against Collier but lost in overtime 3-1. Heninger’s senior season ended with a 44-8 record, and his medal was the fifth at a state tourney in his career. At 132 pounds J.D. Carter won by a 1:38 pin and won 4-0, lost in the semifinals to Tri-Valley’s #1-ranked wrestler on a 5:28 pin, won 13-2, and in his third-place match lost 6-0. Carter finishes with a 36-16 record.

Girls basketball: The Lady Buffs ended their season with a 53-27 loss to Miller. Karley Leafgreen had 10 points and Taylee Stroup eight as Stanley County finished a winless season at 0-21.

Boys basketball: The Buffaloes’ season was on the brink, trailing Chamberlain 68-66, in the final seconds of Tuesday’s Region 6A game, but Joey Fischer took charge. He drove the length of the court and fired up a game-winning three-point field goal that kept SCHS alive in the postseason. That is a miracle enough, but consider that the Buffs were dead in the water and down by nine points with 47 seconds left. Dylan Gabriel sank a quick three-point field goal with 0:36 to go (down by 6). Chamberlain missed two free throws, and Fischer sank a three at 0:18 (down by 3). The Cubs helped again by missing one of two free throws (down by 4). Shay Van Den Hemel hit a three-pointer with :07.4 to go (down by 1). Chamberlain made only one of two free throws off a subsequent foul (66-68). That set the stage for Fischer’s quick trip down the court, and he let it fly. Fischer ended with 16 points, and Brady Hoftiezer had 23. The Buffs go to top regional seed Miller for a 7 p.m. game Friday with that winner advancing to next Tuesday’s Round of 16.

WORDS OF WISDOM

Keep calm and be crazy, laugh, love and live it up because this is the oldest you’ve been and the youngest you’ll ever be again.
— American Hippie

PIERRE GOVERNORS SPORTS ROUNDUP

Girls basketball: The Lady Govs finished the regular season with a 9-11 record. They won their third in a row when they defeated Mitchell, 50-36. Emily Mikkelsen scored 14 and Erika Stout 10.

Wrestling: Six Governors were named by vote of conference coaches to the ESD Conference all-conference team. They are Lincoln Turman, Gage Gehring, Jace Bench-Bresher, William Turman, Austn Senger and Michael Lusk. The Govs had a 7-1 record in conference duals and were co-champions.

Boys basketball: The Governors’ inability to hold on to a lead in the fourth quarter against a winless Mitchell team led to a 47-45 loss in Mitchell on a last-second basket by the Kernels. Pierre led 40-31, but Mitchell went on an 11-0 run to take the lead. The Governors tried a length-of-the-court inbounds pass to try to win it, but Peyton Zabel’s shot caromed off the rim. Carson Tschetter scored 18 and Zabel 10 as the Govs finished the regular season at 6-14. It was the first win for Mitchell in two years as their season ended without their qualifying for the playoffs. Pierre’s loss dropped the Governors to the 16th and last spot in the Round of 16, meaning they will have to play at #1 Rapid City Stevens to earn a state tournament berth rather than playing at #2 Rapid City Central.

COLLEGE HOCKEY ROUNDUP

MIdland women (Traci Corcoran): At the WWCHL conference tournament, the Midland women lost to Lindenwood-Belleville, 13-1, but then beat Arizona State, 5-1. In the semifinals they lost to University of Minnesota, 4-0. Midland finishes its season with a 19-14-1 record.

Nebraska men (Derek Burke): In the regional tournament on their home ice, the Husker club team whipped Northern Arizona, 11-1, and Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 6-3, to win their half of the bracket and thus advance to the national tournament along with Arkansas. In Columbus, Ohio, March 8-18, at the Division III national tournament of the American Collegiate Hockey Association, the Huskers will play Georgia, Farmingdale State and Oakland in pool play out of which the pool winner advances.

Division I men’s roundup:
— Omaha (16-14-2, 9-12-1): Defeated Colorado College 4-2 and tied Colorado College 2-2; Friday-Saturday, @ Minnesota-Duluth.
— Denver (17-8-7, 11-6-5): Tied St. Cloud State 1-1 and lost to St. Cloud State 4-2; Friday-Saturday, home vs. Miami (Ohio).
— Minnesota State (26-7-1, 22-5-1): Beat Bemidji State 2-1 and tied Bemidji State 2-2; Friday-Sunday, as #1 seed home vs. #8 Alaska in best-sof-3 first-round of WCHA playoffs.
— St. Cloud State (21-6-5, 15-4-3): Tied Denver 1-1 and beat Denver 4-2; Friday-Saturday @ North Dakota (Friday game 7:30 Midco Sports Network).
— Bemidji State (16-12-8, 13-9-6): Lost to Minnesota State 2-1 and tied Minnesota State 2-2; Friday-Saturday, as #4 seed home vs. #5 Michigan Tech in best-of-3 first-round of WCHA playoffs.
— Minnesota (19-15-2, 10-12-2): Lost to Penn State 5-1 and 5-2; Friday-Sunday, @ Penn State in best-of-3 Big 10 quarterfinal series.
— North Dakota: Lost to Miami 4-3 in overtime and tied Miami 2-2 but Miami won in second O.T.; UND’s one point of the weekend kept UND three points ahead of Western Michigan, Colorado College and Omaha for the final home-ice spot in the NCHC quarterfinals; Friday-Saturday, home vs. St. Cloud State (Friday 7:30 Midco Sports Network; Saturday 7:00 MSN2).
— Miami (Ohio) (11-17-4, 6-13-3): Beat North Dakota 4-3 in overtime and tied North Dakota 2-2 but Miami won in second O.T.; Friday-Saturday, @ Denver.
— Colorado College (13-14-5, 7-11-4): Lost to Omaha 4-2 and tied Omaha 2-2 with CC winning in second overtime; Friday-Saturday, home vs. Western Michigan.
— Western Michigan (14-16-2, 9-12-1): Lost to Minnesota-Duluth 8-0 and 6-1; Friday-Saturday, @ Colorado College.
— Wisconsin (14-17-3-0, 8-13-2-1): Lost to Ohio State 6-2 and 4-0; Friday-Sunday, @ Michigan in best-of-3 Big 10 first-round series.
— Minnesota-Duluth (18-13-3, 12-10-0): Beat Western Michigan 8-0 and 6-1; Friday-Saturday, home vs. Omaha.

Pairwise rankings (16 teams likely selected for NCAA tournament): (1) St. Cloud State, (2) Notre Dame and Cornell, (4) Minnesota State and Denver, (6) Ohio State, (7) Clarkson, (8) Minnesota-Duluth, (9) Minnesota and Michigan, (11) Northeastern, (12) Providence, (13) Penn State, (14) North Dakota, (15) Omaha, (16) Boston College and Northern Michigan.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.” — Mason Cooley

COLLEGE WRESTLING ROUNDUP

South Dakota State: The Jackrabbits, idle last weekend, are at the Big 12 Conference championship meet in Tulsa Saturday and Sunday.

Augustana (Lane Lettau, Jebben Keyes): At the Super Region 3 meet, the Vikings placed sixth with 65.5 points. They have two qualifiers for the Division II national tournament at Cedar Rapids March 9-10. Senior Aero Amo (Rapid City Central) placed first at 184 pounds, and sophomore Lukas Poloncic (Gillette) placed fourth at 174.

Northern: At the Super Region 3 meet in St. Cloud, Blake Perryman (Dakota Dunes) placed second at 165 pounds to advance to the national tourney in Cedar Rapids March 9-10.

COLLEGE TRACK ROUNDUP

Mary (Jack Wollman): Jack did not compete as the Marauders participated in the NSIC conference meet in Mankato.

South Dakota State (Riley Sears, Max Reinke, Rachel Propst): At the Summit League championship meet in Fargo, the SDSU women were fourth and the men second. Riley placed seventh in the high jump at 6’4 3/4″. Max was 10th in the shot put at 51’9 3/4″.

South Dakota: The Coyote women placed second behind NDSU, and the USD men were third behind champion NDSU and one point behind runner-up SDSU. Senior Shanice Cannigan was named most outstanding performer as she won the pentathlon and the 60-meter hurdles. Junior Eldon Warner was named Track Championships MVP as he won the 800, placed second in the 3000, placed second in the mile and finished third in the 5000. Next on the indoor schedule is the NCAA Division I championships at Texas A&M March 9-10. USD has three qualifiers—sophomore Chris Nilsen, the defending national champion, in the men’s pole vault; sophomore Helen Falda in the women’s pole vault and senior Shanice Cannigan in the pentathlon.

Liberty (Cortney Dowlng): Cortney did not participate as the Flames hosted the Big South Conference meet. Liberty’s women won their third straight conference title, and the Liberty men won for the 21st straight year. Next on the indoor schedule is the ECAC/IC4A championships at Boston this weekend.

Black Hills State (Allen McDonnell, Kelsey Van Den Hemel): At the RMAC conference meet in Golden, Colo., Allen, a freshman from Wall, won the high jump title at 2.03 meters and placed 12th in the long jump at 12.84 meters.

South Dakota Mines (Theron Singleton): At the RMAC conference meet the Hardrockers’ Jack Batho (Omaha) won the shot put at 17.15 meters. The Mines men placed ninth, and the women tied for 11th.

WORD PLAY

Those who get too big for their pants will be totally exposed in the end.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL ROUNDUP

Midco Sports Network live games this week:
Saturday: Summit League women’s quarterfinals, noon and 2:30.
Saturday: Summit League men’s quarterfinals, 6 and 8:30.
Sunday: Summit League women’s quarterfinals, 11:45 and 2:30.
Sunday: Summit League men’s quarterfinals, 5:45 and 8:30.
Monday: Summit League women’s semifinals, noon and 2:30.
Monday: Summit League men’s semifinals, 6 and 8:30.

University of Sioux Falls women (Moira Duffy): After winning their opening-round game in the NSIC tournament last Wednesday, the Cougar women defeated MSU-Moorhead, 59-56, Mariah Szymanski scored 26 points. Moira had two rebounds and a blocked shot. In the semifinals USF lost to Augustana, 63-43, as Kaely Hummel led USF with 19. Moira had one point, three boards and two blocks. USF’s season ends with a 16-13 record.

University of Sioux Falls men: The Cougars’ season came to an end in the quarterfinals of the NSIC tournament in a 67-56 loss to St. Cloud State. A pair of juniors, Drew Guebert and Trevon Evans, led USF with 22 and 13 points, respectively.

South Dakota Mines men: The Hardrockers lost to Regis, 77-69, as Brian Orr scored 16. In the season’s final game Mines won a sweet three-overtimer at Chadron State, 88-85, as Orr scored 22. Mines’ final record was 5-17.

South Dakota Mines women: The Mines women lost their first-round game in the RMAC playoffs to #1 CSU-Pueblo, 60-50. Sami Steffeck led Mines with 13 points. Mines’ season ends with a 16-13 record. Earlier the Hardrockers finished the regular season with a 62-49 loss to Regis and a 70-67 overtime loss to Chadron State.

Black Hills State men: The Yellowjackets ended the regular season with an 89-60 win over Chadron State and an 83-71 loss to Regis. Dez Stoudamire was high in each game, scoring 20 and 15, respectively. In the first-ever RMAC playoff game in the first round, BHSU lost to Regis Tuesday, 78-66, led by Fraser Malcolm’s 189 points. BHSU ends the year at 15-12.

Black Hills State women (Remi Wientjes, Racquel Wientjes): The BHSU women ended the regular season with a 66-54 win at Chadron State and a 69-53 win at Regis. Remi had four points, four rebounds and three steals at Chadron and nine points, two rebounds, a steal and three assists at Regis. In the first round of the RMAC playoffs Tuesday, BHSU won over Fort Lewis, 59-56, as Rachel Erickson scored 19. Remi had two rebounds and an assist. In the semifinals Saturday BHSU goes to #2 seed Metro State in Denver.

Northern women: The Wolves were upset by Winona State, 57-44, in the quarterfinal round at the NSIC tournament so now have to wait till Sunday’s NCAA announcement to know their postseason fate. Miranda Ristau scored 23, but nobody else was close to double figures for NSU. A five-point second quarter put Northern down at halftime by 33-22. NSU’s record is 25-5, so they will still make the NCAA regional.

Northern men: In the quarterfinals of the NSIC tournament Northern defeated Minnesota-Duluth, 75-62, led by Gabe Kng’s 18 points and four others in double figures. In the semifinals Ian Smith drove the lane and scored with five seconds left to beat Minnesota State, 79-78. Smith had 16 points and Carter Evans 15. In the championship game Tuesday between the two top seeds, NSU led by 20 points, 59-39, in the second half, but the lead had dwindled to 77-75 withg 1:12 to go. After a furious final minute, Northern won 81-75 to get the NSIC’s automatic bid into the NCAA tournament. D.J. Pollard, named MVP of the tournament, led NSU with 21 points, Darin Peterka had 15, King 13, Smith 12 and Logan Doyle 11. Northern takes a lofty 31-3 record into the NCAA tournament.

Dakota State men: The Trojans’ season ended with a 14-17 record after they lost at Dickinson State, 79-59, in the quarterfinals of the NSAA tournament. Kevin Daniels had 16 points and Justin Folkers 15 for DSU.

South Dakota men: Matt Mooney scored a career-high 33 points at SDSU in the last regular-season game, but the Coyotes lost there, 76-72, to end up as the #2 seed in the Summit League tournament with a 24-7 overall record and 11-3 in the league. Down 40-30 at halftime and by 16 in the second half, USD surged to a four-point lead with six minutes left after a 26-6 run. Mooney went 13-of-26 in field goals, including 5-of-10 in threes, and 2-of-4 in free throws. USD lost to SDSU in basketball for the first time in the four rivalry games this season.

Dakota Wesleyan men: The Tigers lost in the semifinals of the GPAC tournament to Morningside, 89-59. Aaron Ahmader had 15 points and Collin Kramer 14. The Tigers (22-10) will be in the NAIA national tournament in Sioux Falls March 7-13. DWU’s first-round game will be at 5:45 p.m. Thursday, March 8, against Governors State of Illinois (25-8). Three other teams from the GPAC (Morningside, Northwestern and Briar Cliff) are also in the national tourney.

Dakota Wesleyan women: The Tigers won their GPAC semifinal game over Northwestern in Orange City, 73-58, as Kynedi Cheeseman (Alexandria) had 16 points and Rylie Osthus (De Smet) 15. In the championship game Tuesday Ashley Bray tied the game with two free throws with four seconds left, but Concordia on its home court won the game on a lay-up in the final second, 90-88. Osthus had 20 points and Makaela Karst (Plankinton) 16. With a record of 27-6, DWU will be in the national tournament in Sioux City starting next week.
Their first game in the 32-team event will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, against IU-East from Indiana (22-10), an at-large selection. Other GPAC schools in the tourney are Morningside, Hastings and Concordia (Neb.).

Tennessee women (Caleb Currier): The Lady Vols defeated Florida, 70-42 and South Carolina, 65-46. Tennessee is playing in the SEC Tournament in Nashville yesterday through Sunday with the champion automatically going on to the NCAA Tournament. Tennessee’s first game is against Auburn Thursday night; if the Lady Vols win that one, their next opponent would be South Carolina on Friday night.

Augustana men (Steven Schaefer): Steven’s senior season ended with a 16-14 record after the Vikings lost to Southwest Minnesota State, 79-64, in the quarterfinals at the NSIC tournament. Steven went 3-of-9, including 2-of-4 in threes, for eight points with four rebounds. Augie loses Schaefer and teammates Jordan Spencer and Marcus Asmus via graduation this year. Steven, son of Pierre natives Troy and Kim (Merkwan) Schaefer started all 30 games for the Vikings this season and had 112 rebounds, 38 assists, two blocks and 16 steals. In field goals he was 142-of-290, including 55-of-126 in three-pointers, and was 31-of-40 in free throws.

Augustana women (Katie Bourk): The Vikings swept through the NSIC tournament and head on to the NCAA tournament with a 27-3 record. Augie won in the quarters over Minnesota State, 81-53, led by Paige Petersen’s 15 points. In the semis Augie defeated USF, 63-43, led by Logan O’Farrell with 26 Presley O’Farrell with 13 and Petersen with 13. In Tuesday’s championship game Augie destroyed Winona State, 64-45. Logan O’Farrell, named the tourney MVP, had 14, Presley O’Farrell 13 and Petersen 10.

South Dakota State women (Sydney Palmer): The Jackrabbit women ended the regular season with a 77-55 win at Fort Wayne. Macy Miller scored 18 and Myah Selland 14. Sydney was 2-of-2 from the field, including 1-of-1 in threes, for five points with two rebounds and two steals. SDSU is 23-6 overall and was 12-2 in the Summit.

South Dakota State men (Lane Severyn): Lane had scored 13 points in State’s 12 Summit League games this season, but he scored 14 against USD at home last Thursday when his team needed it the most and “played the game of his life,” as written by Argus Leader sportswriter Matt Zimmer. Five of his eight rebounds were offensive boards. He had two assists and a steal along with 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting, including 4-of-6 in three-pointers. SDSU edged USD, 76-72, for its first outright Summit League regular-season title. Mike Daum scored 20 points with 12 rebounds, David Jenkins had 18 points and Reed Tellinghuisen 13. The Coyotes got to within 71-69 with 38 seconds left, but Tellinghuisen made three of four late free throws to seal the deal. On Saturday SDSU won at Fort Wayne, 97-90, as Daum scored 31 and four others were in double figures. Lane was 3-of-4, including 1-of-1 in threes, for seven points with three rebounds. SDSU’s regular-season mark was 25-6, including 13-1 in the league.

Summit League women: Onida freshman Chloe Lamb was named yesterday to the Summit League’s five-member all-newcomer team for this season. Two of the other four are SDSU players Tagyn Larson and Myah Selland. The all-conference first team includes Ciara Duffy and Allison Arens of USD and Macy Miller and Madison Guebert of SDSU, and the second team includes Ellie Thompson of SDSU and Jasmine Trimboli of USD.

Summit League men: The all-newcomer team for this season includes Nick Fuller of USD and David Jenkins of SDSU. The all-conference first team revealed yesterday includes Mike Daum of SDSU and Matt Mooney of USD, and the second team includes Jenkins of SDSU and Tyler Hagedorn and Trey Burch-Manning of USD.

COLLEGE SWIMMING ROUNDUP

South Dakota State (Chris Rumrill, Wyatt Rumrill, Daniel Jacobson, Ashley Theobald): The Jackrabbits are awaiting the NCAA national championships at Minneapolis March 21-24.

LIFE IN GENERAL

Sometimes the first step toward forgiveness is realizing the other person was born an idiot.

COLLEGE BASEBALL ROUNDUP

Northern (Spencer Sarringar): The Wolves are waiting to open their season all next week Sunday through Saturday at the Tucson Invitational in Arizona.

South Dakota State (Landon Badger, Quinn Reimers): The Jackrabbits lost all three games to Bradley over the weekend. Landon went 0-for-4 in an 8-6 loss and 0-for-3 in a 4-2 loss. In a 5-1 loss Landon was 1-of-4, and that one hit was an RBI single that scored the only SDSU run. Quinn pitched one-third of an inning, giving up two hits, one earned run and a walk. After playing at Minnesota last night, the Jacks play three at Southeast Missouri State this weekend and at Air Force Tuesday and Wednesday.

Minnesota (Nolan Burchill): Nolan has yet to pitch this spring as the Gophers have played eight games, winning six. This week Minnesota lost to the Minnesota Twins, 2-1, on a bases-loaded wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth; defeated Boston College, 14-1; defeated Chicago State, 16-5, defeated Mount St. Mary’s, 16-5, and beat North Dakota State, 3-1. After taking on SDSU last night inside U.S. Bank Stadium, the Gophers stay home for five more games in that stadium against Arizona Friday, Washington Saturday, UCLA Sunday, Omaha Tuesday and UW-Milwaukee Wednesday.

WEDDING DAYS

March 3: Kyle Cichos/Ali Meister.
March 3: Corbin Mannis/Emily Barnhill.
April 7: Scott Pavlisick/Tonya Reed.
April 14: Kai Hanson/Kayla Saxe.
April 28: Chris Pope/Morgan Peterson.
May 19: Prince Henry/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.

STRANGE FACTS ABOUT THE U.S.

Crater Lake In Oregon is deep enough to cover six Statues of Liberty stacked on top of each other.

HOCKEY UPDATE

State girls varsity tournament: Huron will host the tournament Friday through Sunday. The quarterfinal pairings: #2 Sioux Falls vs. #7 Oahe, 2 p.m.; #3 Brookings vs. #6 Rushmore, noon; #4 Mitchell vs. #5 Watertown, 10 a.m.; #1 Aberdeen vs. #8 Omaha, 4 p.m.

Oahe Lady Capitals: In their last regular-season games the Oahe varsity girls lost twice to Brookings, 12-1 and 13-0. In the first game Amy Gilkerson had the only Capitals goal off a Jenna Keyser assist, and Mariah Nelson made 33 saves. In the shutout Nelson had 34 saves as the Capitals had only six shots on goal.

Oahe Capitals: The boys varsity finished off the regular season with an 8-3 win over Mitchell. Down 3-1, the Capitals scored three times in the second period to take a 4-3 lead and added four goals in the final period. Spencer Wedin accomplished a hat trick, Riggs Sanchez scored twice, and Talon Griese and Michael Lyons each scored once. Tristan Fuerst made 13 saves. The Caps had 44 shots on goal.

State boys varsity tournament: The state tourney comes home to the Expo Center Friday through Sunday, March 9-11. The pairings won’t be announced until after a pair of games this weekend that could affect the final seedings. The schedule of quarterfinals on March 9: 9:30 a.m., #3 vs. #6; noon, #2 vs. #7; 2:30 p.m., #4 vs. #5; 5 p.m., #1 vs. #8. All games of the tournament in Fort Pierre will be televised live on MSN2, including the semifinals at 4:30 and 7 Saturday and the third-place and championship games at 12:30 and 3 Sunday.

Other state tournaments: At the Bantam A state tournament the Oahe team lost to Sioux Falls, 4-2; lost to Huron, 5-4, and lost to Mitchell, 8-3. Brookings won the state championship.

Sioux Falls Stampede: The Herd won in overtime at Dubuque, 7-6, then lost to Dubuque, 3-2. Sioux Falls is at Des Moines Friday and at Chicago Saturday.

Gillette Wild (Coleman Varty): The Wild whipped Missoula Friday, 12-2, and Coleman had assists on two of the goals. On Saturday he scored two goals in a 6-3 win over Missoula and now has 10 goals for the season. Gillete is home vs. Yellowstone Friday and goes to Yellowstone Saturday.

Rapid City Rush: The Rush defeated Idaho, 4-2; lost to Idaho, 3-0, and defeated Kansas City, 2-1. Rapid City plays two at Allen Friday and Saturday.

Minnesota Wild: The Wild are now on a five-game winning streak and have moved up to the #3 spot in the Western Conference playoff picture. In the past week Minnesota beat New Jersey, 4-2; the New York Rangers, 4-1; San Jose, 3-2, and St. Louis, 8-93. The Wild play at Arizona Thursday (8:00 FSN), at Colorado Friday (8:00 FSN), at home vs. Detroit Sunday (6:00 NBCSN) and at home Tuesday vs. Carolina (7:00 FSN).

BASEBALL UPDATE

Live spring-training games on TV this week:
Thursday: Minnesota vs. St. Louis, 12:05, FSN.
Thursday: New York Yankees vs. Philadelphia, 12:05, MLBN.
Friday: Boston vs. St. Louis, 12:05, MLBN.
Saturday: New York Yankees vs. Boston, 12:05, MLBN.
Saturday: Los Angeles Angels vs. Seattle, 7:40, MLBN.
Sunday: Minnesota vs. Pittsburgh, 12:05, FSN.
Sunday: Houston vs. St. Louis, 12:05, MLBN.
Monday: Minnesota vs. Philadelphia, 12:05, MLBN.
Monday: Arizona vs. San Diego, 7:40, MLBN.
Tuesday: Houston vs. New York Mets, 12:05, MLBN.
Tuesday: Colorado vs. Seattle, 7:40, MLBN.
Wednesday: Boston vs. Philadelphia, 12:05, MLBN.
Wednesday: Chicago Cubs vs. Cleveland, 7:05, MLBN.

Chicago Cubs:
Thursday: Colorado, 2:05.
Friday: Los Angeles Angels, 2:10.
Saturday: Cincinnati, 2:10.
Sunday: Arizona, 2:10.
Monday: Colorado, 2:10.
Tuesday: Los Angeles Dodgers, 2:10.
Wednesday: Cleveland, 7:05, MLBN.

Colorado Rockies (times MST):
Thursday: Chicago Cubs, 1:05.
Friday: Arizona, 1:10.
Saturday: Milwaukee, 1:10.
Sunday: Los Angeles Angels, 1:10.
Monday: Chicago Cubs, 1:10.
Tuesday: Seattle, 6:40, MLBN.
Wednesday: Texas, 1:10.

Minnesota Twins:
Thursday: St. Louis, 12:05, FSN.
Friday: Toronto, 12:05.
Saturday: Toronto, 12:05.
Sunday: Pittsburgh, 12:05, FSN.
Monday: Philadelphia, 12:05, MLBN.
Tuesday: Baltimore, 12:05.
Wednesday: Boston, 12:05.

FOOTBALL UPDATE

Sioux Falls Storm: Last year Arizona ended the Storm’s long run of Indoor Football League championships. In the season opener Sunday Arizona beat the Storm again, 39-33. The Storm, idle this coming weekend, will have the home opener on Monday, March 10, at 6:05 p.m. vs. Cedar Rapids.

WORDS FOR THESE TIMES

We can have a debate about gun control, but to all those “adults” who mock or lie about the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High (and the waves of sympathetic students across the nation), to all those who rain vitriol down on children’s heartbreak and nascent activism, to all those who spread outrageous conspiracy theories meant to dismiss those who demand to be heard, there is no place for you in civil society.
— Dan Rather

BASKETBALL UPDATE

Toyama Grouses (Sam Willard): The Grouses had a weekend off last weekend. They returnb to play Saturday and Sunday against Nagoya.

Minnesota Timberwolves: The Wolves lost to Houston, 120-102, but defeated Chicago, 122-104, and Sacramento, 118-100. Minnesota plays at Portland tonight and at Utah Friday

Sioux Falls Skyforce: Sioux Falls defeated the two California teams, South Bay and Agua Caliente, by respective scores of 123-113 and 117-112. After playing Oklahoma City last night, the Skyforce comes home to face Greensboro Friday, Texas Saturday and Santa Cruz Tuesday.

THEATER HUMOR

I was in a play about a broken arm. Great cast!

GOLF UPDATE

PGA Champions Tour: The tour had a weekend off last weekend. The golfers return to action at the Cologuard Classic in Tucson Friday through Sunday.

FOR GRAMMAR LOVERS ONLY

A dangling participle walks into a bar. Enjoying a cocktail and chatting with the bartender, the evening passes pleasantly.

COUNTDOWN

1 day: State girls hockey tournament, Huron (March 2-4).
2 days: Missouri Shores Domestic Violence Center’s “Hollywood Tonight” (March 3).
2 days: Minnesota United MLS season opener (March 3).
2 days: Summit League basketball tournaments, Sioux Falls (March 3-6).
3 days: The Oscars, ABC-TV (March 4).
6 days: NAIA national men’s basketball tournament, Sioux Falls (March 7-13).
7 days: State girls basketball tournaments, “B” Aberdeen, “A” Watertown (March 8-10).
8 days: State boys hockey tournament, Fort Pierre (March 9-11).
10 days: Daylight Saving Time begins (March 11).
14 days: State “AA” girls/boys basketball tournaments, Sioux Falls (March 15-17).
14 days: State boys basketball tournaments, “B” Aberdeen, “A” Rapid City (March 15-17).
14 days: NCAA Division I national wrestling tournament, Cleveland (March 15-17).
18 days: NCAA Division II women’s basketball national tournament, Sioux Falls (Maarch 19, 21, 23).
19 days: NCAA Division II men’s basketball national tournament, Sioux Falls )(March 20, 22, 24).
22 days: NCAA Division I men’s hockey West Regional, Sioux Falls (March 23-24).
23 days: All-State Band concert, Rapid City (March 24).
28 days: Major league baseball opening day (March 29).
29 days: NCAA Division I women’s basketball Final Four, Columbus (March 30-April 1).
30 days: NCAA Division I men’s basketball Final Four, San Antonio (March 31-April 2).
31 days: Easter Sunday (April 1).
31 days: “Jesus Christ, Superstar” in concert, NBC-TV (April 1).
35 days: NCAA Division I men’s hockey Frozen Four, St. Paul (April 5, 7).
36 days: Pierre high school baseball season openers (April 6).

AN ADDITIONAL THOUGHT

The voice of a child is often a clarion call to action. In their priority lie passion and courage. They are our future, and when they roar, they will be heard and shake the political status quo of our nation.
— Dan Rather

SOCCER UPDATE

Minnesota United FC: In their last preseason game the Loons lost to Columbus, 2-0. The regular season opens Saturday at 9:30 p.m. on Fox Sports North vs. San Jose.

PARKER’S PERSONAL NOTES

  • Some of you who read this will find a photo of people you know in the latest issue of South Dakota Magazine. The magazine contains an ad that includes a photo of girls basketball action, and two of the players pictured are Rachel Guthmiller and Kendra Kleven of Sully Buttes High. It appears to be a photo from the Huron Arena, so that would be last year’s state tournament. I’m just assuming the girls were wearing then the same uniform numbers that are on this year’s roster!
  • A question for the South Dakota High School Activities Association for which I am positive there is a perfectly strong and good answer: Why are the Round of 16 basketball games in Class “AA” played at the home courts of the higher seeds while the “A” and “B” Round of 16 games are scheduled at neutral sites approximately halfway between the two involved schools? In the Class “AA” games for girls this Friday, there are some dandy road trips on a school day to play ball for 32 minutes—Roosevelt to Stevens, Sturgis to Harrisburg, Spearfish to O’Gorman, R.C. Central to Brookings.
  • If you read Facebook posts regularly, you know that several families have lost beloved family pets recently. One of those occurred here in Rapid City, and if you attended last fall’s community theater production of “Annie,” you remember Cinder, the beautiful dog who played Annie’s dog Sandy. She developed lymphoma in recent months and finally passed away last weekend. Her “dad,” Todd Brink, played President Roosevelt in that show. To remind Cinder of her duties, Todd would bring Cinder onto the stage at 6 p.m,, 90 minutes before curtain time, instruct her to “stay,” and she wouldn’t move from her spot until he told her to do so an hour later. Night after night she did just that. What a beautiful animal she was, inside and out!
  • Theater lovers, this is also for you. The Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls is the first to announce the Broadway shows that will be coming to its theater during the 2018-19 season, and there are some great ones! The lineup includes “Finding Neverland” in October, “Elf” in November, “The King and I” in January, “Spamalot” in February, “Rock of Ages” in March, “Something Rotten” in April, “Jersey Boys” in May and “Les Miserables” in June. Single-show tickets will go on sale in July.
  • We have been mentioning in this spot the issues on which we will be voting in November. The latest is one proposed by the Legislature. It is a proposed constitutional amendment which would increase to 55% the majority vote threshold required for a constitutional change.

PONDER THIS

We, the People, recognize that we have responsibilities as well as rights;
That our destinies are bound together;
That a freedom which only asks what’s in it for me,
A freedom without a commitment to others,
A freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism
Is unworthy of our founding ideals and those who died in their defense.

— President Barack Obama

NEWS OF PEOPLE AND EVENTS

Ryan Callahan has been accepted at the University of Iowa as a graduate research assistant. He will spend the next four or five years there, working on his Ph.D. in microbiology.

A woman whom a generation of students in Sully County considered one of the very best teachers they ever had in school passed away last week. Ida Bartels, who taught in rural schools for 13 years and in the elementary school at Onida for 14 years, died at the age of 96 at Avera Maryhouse. A memorial service is being held this morning (Thursday) at 10:30 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church. The former Ida Woodard grew up in Pierre and graduated from Pierre High School and Black Hills Teachers College. After her husband, Dale Bartels, returned from World War II service, they took over his family’s farm in the Okobojo area of western Sully County. They later lived in Onida while “Mrs. B” continued her teaching career. Dale and Ida retired to Spearfish Canyon, then came back to ParkWood Apartments in Pierre. Ida lived the last three years of her life at Maryhouse. She is survived by her daughter, Janie Cass and her husband Tim; her sons, Jeff Bartels and his wife Cheryl and Jerry Bartels and his wife Marie; 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and a sister, Gladys Roby, in California.

The University of South Dakota Chamber Singers will present concerts Saturday night at Faith Lutheran Church in Pierre, Sunday at the Homestake Opera House in Lead and Monday night at Trinity Lutheran Church in Rapid City.

Macy Bryant, daughter of Tyler and Megan Bryant of Sioux Falls, is the first female athlete to play in the Sioux Falls Little League. She has been drafted onto one of the teams in the 9-10-year-old division for the coming season. Macy is a fourth grader who also plays basketball and softball, serves on her school’s student council and plays violin in the orchestra.

Funeral Mass was celebrated Wednesday at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church for Don Rounds, who passed away at Avera Maryhouse Feb. 24 at the age of 90. After his mother died when he was 3, Don, one of her 10 children, was raised by the Kauth family on a farm near Cavour. He graduated from Huron College in 1953 and married the former Joyce Reinartz that same year. He taught and coached at Kennebec, Cavour, Yale and Hitchcock, and he and Joyce became the parents of 11 children, each of whom earned a college degree. The Rounds family came to Pierre when Don became state highway safety director. He later worked for the South Dakota Rural Electric Association, and from 1975 to his retirement in 1994 he served as executive director of the South Dakota Petroleum Council. Joyce Rounds died of breast cancer in 1987. Later in his life Don married the former Rosemary Scarborough, whose husband Marlin had passed away about the same time Joyce did. Don welcomed Rosemary’s three children into his family as his own. He is survived by the 11 Rounds children, Mike, Michele Brich, Dennis, Douglas, Tim, Dan, Tom, Patrick, Steve, Scott and Jamison; his stepchildren, Michelle Julian, Marc Scarborough and Ryan Scarborough; 36 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; his sister, Marge Blue; his brother, Jim Rounds, and three brothers-in-law.

Roxanne Hammond, who was recently appointed to fill the vacancy of Hughes County state’s attorney, announced she will seek that position in the June primary election. With the withdrawal of Graham Oey from the race earlier this week, Hammond is currently the only candidate for the office.

A-G-E Corporation was honored with the Build South Dakota Award by the Associated General Contractors of South Dakota and the South Dakota chapter of the Land Improvement Contractors Association. Andy Johnson, who with his brother Gerad, represent the fourth generation of family owners, was given the AGC’s Young Construction Professional Award. (News courtesy of Dakota Radio Group’s “My Daily News.”)

Devin and Kimberly (Bartels) Malone of Minneapolis are the parents of another son. Phoenix Wagner Malone was born Feb. 24, weighing 7 pounds, 14 ounces, and measuring 20 1/4 nches. The Malones’ older son, Griffin, is 6 1/2 years old. Kim works as an investigator and equal opportunity consultant for the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Among those honored on Senior Night by the men’s basketball program at South Dakota State University were Lane Severyn of Pierre and teammates Reed Tellinghuisen and Ian Theisen.

Isaac Schulte, oldest son of Dan and Sarah (Shepherd) Schulte, is a member of the Bantam A hockey team at Brookings that won their state championship last weekend.

Roxanne Weber has announced her candidacy for one of the two seats from District 24 in the state House of Representatives in the Republican primary in June. The two incumbents, Mary Duvall and Tim Rounds, are also Republicans. (News courtesy of “Today’s KCCR News.”)

Our sympathy to the Rausch family. Sherman Rausch, 93, Gettysburg, died at Avera Maryhouse Feb. 23. Services were held Tuesday at the United Methodist Church in Gettysburg. Mr. Rausch graduated from high school at Agar in 1942 and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a radio operator and typist. He farmed with his brothers for 45 years, retiring in 1992. He and his late wife, Oletha, were regular attendees at the school events of their grandchildren during their retirement years. He is survived by his daughter, Nancy Walz and her husband Michael of Littleton, Colo.; his son, Dr. Jeff Rausch, and his wife Diane of Pierre; three grandchildren, Kristin Hangebrauck of St. Louis Park, Minn., Kyle Rausch of Brookings and Andrew Walz of Littleton; six great-grandchildren; his brother, Neal Rausch, and three sisters-in-law.

The Short Grass Arts Council is hosting a concert by the Japanese taiko drum ensemble, ONDEKOZA, at the Riggs theater at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Steve Gomez, who served as full-time director of Pierre’s South Dakota National Guard Museum from 1985 to 2004, died Feb. 13 at Pierre Care and Rehabilitation. Funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 17 at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. He grew up in Deadwood. He served two years in the Naval Reserve, four years in the Air Force with tours in Japan and Guam during the Korean War, and 35 years in the Army National Guard, advancing to the rank of full colonel. He worked for various branches of state government, including transportation, revenue, energy and water and natural resources and for United Sioux Tribes. He and his wife, Jean, had six children, including Ann McNeil of Chesterfield, Mo., Andrea Ferguson of St. Louis, Anthon Gomez of Pierre, Andrew Gomez of Zion, Ill., and Allegra Dahl of Dickinson, N.D. Another child, Mary, is deceased. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren.

Long-time Pierre residents Marshall and Merrie Miller are moving to Rapid City to live in the relatively new Peaceful Pines assisted-living center on South U.S. Highway 16. Their mail address will be: Peaceful Pines #304, 1760 Tablerock Rd., Rapid City SD 57701.

A benefit fund-raiser for Oahe Child Development Center will be held at Pizza Ranch from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 5. Part of the proceeds from dine-in, carry-out and delivery orders during that time span will go to OCDC.

Darlyne (Bower) Kushman, who was the mother of former Pierre resident Jill Bunkowske, died Feb. 13 in Austin, Texas. A memorial service will be held at a later date at Calvary Lutheran Church in Rapid City. Mrs. Kushman had four children, including Jill, from her long first marriage, and she gained for stepchildren from her second marriage. She is also survived by 18 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

The next Post 8 baseball fund-raising breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, March 10, from 7 to 11 a.m. at the American Legion cabin. The cost for the all-you-can-eat breakfast is $3 or as much as you wish to donate.

Jasmin Fosheim, after returning two months ago from her teaching stint in the Marshall Islands, has been working now for about a month in Hettinger, N.D., as executive director of the Hettinger Chamber of Commerce and the Adams County Development Corporation. Jasmin’s sister Cassidy lives in Hettinger.

Sully Buttes alumnus Tim Hawkins graduated from SDSU and took a teaching job at Ethan, telling administrators there he planned to stay for only one year and then go back to Brookings. That was 26 years ago. Now he is high school principal at Ethan and recently was named recipient of the Ivan Dixon Administrator of the Year award for his commitment to enhancing extra-curricular activities in the district. He will receive his award at the state student council banquet in Rapid City later this month. (News courtesy of Mitchell Daily Republic)

USD sophomore Ciara Duffy, daughter of Dan and Karrie Duffy of Rapid City, is one of 46 basketball players nationally to earn Academic All-District first-team honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America.

There is still time (up to March 20) to donate books, CDs and DVDs to the local chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) for resale at their 30th annual AAUW book sale at the Northridge Plaza mall on March 24-25. Collection boxes are located at both Dakotamart stores, at the mall and in the YMCA lobby. For pick-up of large donations, call 280-3289 or 413-8481. Proceeds from the sale later this month go annually to help fund scholarships for Riggs, Stanley County and CUC students and other community projects.

A wild game feed will be served by High Plains Wildlife Association at the Izaak Walton League clubhouse from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday. The cost is a $15 per-person donation. Children 12 and under can eat free.

A memorial service for Arlo Mortimer was held Tuesday night at Southern Hills United Methodist Church in Sioux Falls. He joined the South Dakota Highway Patrol in 1954, retiring as major 20 years later. He was appointed as Hughes County sheriff in 1977 and served for 18 years. He was also a county commissioner for seven years. He also served on various commissions and boards in the realm of law enforcement and veterans’ organizations. He is survived by his wife, Deanna Mortimer; three children, Delana Anderson, Jeffrey Mortimer and Pamela Mortimer; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Last week’s recipients of Avera Athletes of the Week recognition from the Pierre Athletic Coaches Association were Jack Van Camp of the wrestling team and girls basketball player Abbi Kitts. This week that honor went to girls basketball player Miah Kienholz and the entire state champion wrestling team.

Riggs High alumnus Drew White will be continuing his training next year at the Munroe-Meyer Institute’s behavioral pediatrics and integrated care program in Omaha. Drew and his wife April and their son Henry, who was born last October, live in LIncoln.

Stanley County High senior Jennifer Sweetman revealed last week she will attend Dakota Wesleyan University and play volleyball for the Tigers.

Jeannie Davis, who has worked for many years as comptroller at the South Dakota High School Activities Association office in Pierre, is one of this year’s recipients of the SDHSAA Distinguished Service Award. She was presented with her award during the state wrestling tournament last week.

Our sympathy to the Foth families of Sully County. J.D. Birkey, 17-year-old son of Dellis and Sharon (Foth) Birkey, died Feb. 22. He was a student at Andover High School in Kansas. Besides his parents, he is survived by two brothers, two sisters, and four grandparents, including Edna Foth of Onida. Services are being held today (Thursday) at NewSpring Church in Wichita.

Pierre native Katie Carter of Bemidji, Minn., is headed to Broadway! Well, not on a permanent basis, but for a week this coming summer. Katie plays the role of Martha Gellhorn, the third wife of author Ernest Hemingway, in an original play written by Katie’s friend, Catie Belleveau. Her play, “Mary 4, Martha 3, No Footnotes,” has been selected by NYSummerfest Theater Company to be performed in New York City this summer. Their festival competition chooses “the most original, fresh and dynamic plays from among the submissions” they receive. The play will be performed at Hudson Guild Theater on W. 26th St., between 9th and 10th Aves. Aug. 21, 22 and 25. Catie Belleveau is founder and executive director of Mask and Rose Theater of Bemidji, which focuses on theater written by and about women. Hemingway has a Bemidji connection because his fourth and final wife, Mary Welsh Hemingway, lived there. The woman Katie portrays in the play, Martha Gellhorn, was a war correspondent from the Spanish Civil War to the Vietnam War. Not only she but all of Hemingway’s wives were strong, opinionated, driven women, Because a trip to New York City was not in the Bemidji women’s plans for this summer, they have instituted a fund-raising page to help get them and their props to New York and enable them to be housed there for a week. The website can be found at www.GoFundMe.com/nyc-bemidji.

Former Pierre mayor Gary Drewes of Rapid City has filed his candidacy petition to run for the Pennington County Commission from District 5 on the Republican ticket.

The National Lutheran Choir of which Tim Schmidt (’92) is a member will stream live its Call to Prayer concert from the campus of Augsburg College this weekend. You can see and hear it at 7:30 p.m. Saturday on the Facebook page entitled “National Lutheran Choir” or at www.nlca.com/calltoprayer.

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