Vol. 20, No. 12; Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018

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Championships rarely come easily, and the latest one to come home to Riggs High School didn’t either. But after a first quarter in which they dominated and appeared to be on the way to a rout, after a second quarter where momentum abruptly switched sides and after a halftime intermission which found the defending champions trailing by a point, the Governors turned it around midway through the third quarter, took the lead and held it. In the end Pierre had its second straight football state championship and the third in the last six seasons, and a game Huron club went home as runners-up in a 38-20 clash.

As Coach Steve Steele pointed out on a halftime TV interview, the Govs were actually in better position this time—down by 14-13—than a year ago when they were behind Harrisburg by seven points at the intermission. Nevertheless, a pair of bobbled snaps foiled the first Pierre possession, and the second chance at offense was at the brink. Do you go for it on fourth and five at the Huron 38, or do you punt and hopefully set them back up against their own goalline? The decision was to go for it, and when they needed five yards to keep the drive going, the Governors got 19 as Garrett Stout found Zane Schuchard. The game suddenly became Pierre’s again.

Stout followed with a 16-yard run, then a two-yard run, and finally a one-yard keeper into the end zone for a 19-14 lead. A try for a two-point conversion was at first good but nullified by an ineligible receiver penalty. The second try from eight yards out was not good. So the lead was a precarious five-point lead but a lead nevertheless.

A first-down yardage loss caused by Gage Gehring forced Huron to pass unsuccessfully, and the result was a quick three-and-out. A short punt gave Pierre a 53-yard field. Three gains by Maguire Raske plus a Huron personal foul set the Govs up at the Tiger 22. Close enough! Stout hit Raske, who did the rest for a 22-yard touchdown as the third quarter ended. It was a comfortable 25-14 lead.

The comfort didn’t last long, however, A Pierre interception was wiped out by a roughing-the-passer call. Three plays later the Tigers scored on a 35-yard pass. Though their points try was not good, Huron was within 25-20 with 10:35 still to go. There remained much work to be done.

What Pierre needed was a long, time-consuming march down the DakotaDome turf. What they got was an 88-yard, five-minute possession, the highlights of which were a 13-yard pass from Stout to Gehring, a 25-yard third-down scamper by Stout and a 22-yard aerial from Stout to Gehring. Pierre fumbled on first-and-goal from one yard away but recovered, and on second down from the two Stout plunged ahead. Pierre had a 31-20 lead with 5:32 remaining.

Huron still had life, but Andrew Coverdale snuffed it out when he intercepted a first-down pass. The Govs’ offense returned to the field, and when it became fourth-and-one, Stout threw the pigskin in the direction of Jack Maher. Encircled by three Tiger defenders, Maher went up and came back down with the ball for a 19-yard gain that sealed the deal.

Five plays later Stout was in the end zone for the fifth time. The title was secure with 1:05 left. It was fitting that, when the Govs reclaimed the ball on downs in the final seconds, that senior Maher took the snap and kneeled in victory formation as the final seconds ticked off the clock.

The game had begun with the Pierre defense forcing a three-and-out. Working from his own 30, Stout took the team on its first drive, starting with his own 20-yard run. A seven-yard pass to Gehring reached the 15-yard line. On third down from there, it was Stout to Maher for the first score. Mack Rath’s kick made it 7-0.

Another three-and-out was followed by Pierre’s second possession. This one didn’t last very long. After a 10-yard loss on a sack and a two-yard gain, the Govs went to the house on a Stout-to-Coverdale bomb that went 76 yards to a score and a 13-0 lead.

Just seconds into the second period, Momentum decided she wanted to wear orange and black for awhile. A tipped pass was caught by a Huron player who rambled 25 yards. On the very next play the Tigers went 56 yards on a pass play to set up first-and-goal at the two. First Grey Zabel, then Chase Sattgast caused losses of yardage totalng eight yards. But on third from the 10, a pass tipped by a Governor defender fell into the hands of a Huron man who had nothing to do but turn and walk in from two yards out. It was 13-7.

A 10-yard sack curtailed Pierre’s next possession. Then Huron, though going three-and-out, punted to the 1/2-yard line, and the Govs were backed up to their own goalline. They punted from back there, and Huron had a short 37-yard field as the result. On the third play a 26-yard pass and a kicked point gave the Tigers an unexpected 14-13 lead which held up for the final two minutes of the first half.

Momentum stayed with Huron into the third quarter, but the Governors took it back, and an hour later they were celebrating on the floor of the Dome yet again.

The Pierre defensive stars held Huron to a net rushing total of -1 yard (they gained only 10 yards in the game on the ground and lost 11). The Tigers passed for 215 yards. Meanwhile, Pierre ran for 169 and passed for 248. Stout carried 31 times for 111 yards and three scores and completed 16 of 22 passes for 248 yards and three TDs. No wonder he received the Joe Robbie MVP award as well as the outstanding back award. Zabel was named the game’s outstanding lineman.

Raske carried the mail 13 times for 55 yards. Among Stout’s five receivers, Raske had five catches for 35 yards and one score, Maher two receptions for 32 yards and one touchdown, Coverdale three receptions for 87 yards and a score, Gehring three catches for 45 and Schuchard three for 49.

Huron’s Jett McGirr completed 11 of 28 passes for their 215 yards and three TDs. Pierre had a possession time advantage of 33:36 to Huron’s 14:10.

Pierre’s season ended with a 10-2 record.


All the matches in all three simultaneous state tournaments can be watched online at www.sdpb. The three championship matches will be televised live Saturday, starting at about 3:30 p.m. on SDPB’s main channel.

Today’s quarterfinal pairings:
12:00, Rapid City Stevens vs. Brookings
1:45, Watertown vs. Huron
6:00, Sioux Falls O’Gorman vs. Mitchell
7:45, Sioux Falls Washington vs. Sioux Falls Roosevelt
12:00, Miller vs. Rapid City Christian
1:45, Winner vs. Elk Point-Jefferson
6:00, Sioux Falls Christian vs. Parker
7:45, McCook Central-Montrose vs. Aberdeen Roncalli
12:00, Northwestern vs. Kimball-White Lake
1:45, Faith vs. Faulkton Area
6:00, Chester Area vs. Ethan
7:45, Warner vs. Burke


Down by 14 points twice in the second half, Sully Buttes fought an uphill battle throughout that half as a pair of unbeaten teams, the Chargers and Colome, fought for the Class 9B state championship in Vermillion last Friday.

Colome increased its lead to 14 for a second time less than a minute into the fourth quarter, but the Chargers took just over a minute to answer. Nick Wittler connected with Cameron Ogle on a touchdown play covering 40 yards, and it was 42-36 with 10:12 remaining.

A key defensive stop by Ogle on Colome’s ensuing possession led to a three-and-out, and SBHS had a chance to tie or go ahead. Starting from their own 36, the Chargers struggled to get out of their own territory until a clutch fourth-down pass to Sebastian Frost went for 18 yards into Cowboy territory. On second down from the 45, the SportsCenter-worthy play of the game occurred when Ogle went up to haul down a Wittler pass with one hand for a 15-yard gain. Unfortunately on the next play a tipped pass was intercepted, ending the Charger drive.

But Colome was stymied with a holding penalty and again had to punt. The Chargers had yet another chance, starting from their own 44 with 4:59 left. This time they were on the move as far as the Colome 27-yard line, but an intentional grounding call curtailed the march. Sully Buttes ended up going for it on fourth and 29 from the 46. Wittler’s pass was tipped into the air, and the ball came down into the arms of lineman Jett Lamb. He bullied his way forward but couldn’t get to the line-to-gain, and Colome took over with only 2:30 to kill.

Yet again the Charger defense rose to the occasion, and only a minute later Colome punted. This time the ball rolled in their favor all the way to the Chargers’s own 7-yard line. A one-yard gain, an incompletion and a delay-of-game penalty left Sully Buttes without hope at their own 4-yard line with no timeouts available and only 43 seconds left in the game.

Call it a Vermillion miracle! Receiver Grant Johnson broke free from two Colome defenders as he hauled in Wittler’s perfectly-placed bomb just beyond midfield and scampered all the way to paydirt, completing a 96-yard play to tie the game. Trying for a two-point conversion to take the lead, the Chargers couldn’t get it as a pass went incomplete.

When the Chargers recovered their own kickoff, here was another chance to pull off the comeback. A 19-yard pass from Wittler to Johnson got them to the Cowboys’ 23-yard line with eight seconds left. Wittler spiked the ball, leaving six seconds. An attempt at the winning touchdown fell incomplete when a Charger receiver slipped on the turf a couple yards short of catching the ball in the end zone.

Colome defied the customary choice in, after winning the overtime coin toss, choosing to go on offense. It proved to be the right decision. Their Chase Dufek went all 10 yards on first down for a 48-42 lead, though the Cowboys again missed the conversion try.

On the Chargers’ possession in O.T., Wittler passed Morris Hofer for six yards to the 4-yard line. On second down Wittler kept the ball and found an opening, but it quickly closed when he got to the 2. Hofer got one yard on third down, so it came down to fourth down or nothing. Wittler, under heavy pressure from the charging defense, forced a pass into the end zone. It fell incomplete, and the battle of the unbeatens belonged to Colome by the narrowest of margins.

Colome had started the game with a 49-yard touchdown on its first possession, but the Chargers answered. A long pass from Wittler to Johnson took the ball to the 20. Though a pass into the end zone was intercepted, Colome, starting from its 1-yard line, was forced into a punt. Given a 27-yard short field, the Chargers scored on a 23-yard pass to Hofer to knot the game at 6-6.

An 84-yard drive, highlighted by a 30-yard pass from Wittler to Hofer along the way, culminated in a 7-yard touchdown connection between Wittler and Johnson. Wittler pitched the ball to Johnson on the two-point try with success, and Sully Buttes had a 14-6 lead at the end of the first period.

Colome went on a 61-yard drive that would have stalled except for a crucial encroachment penalty on SBHS that kept the march alive. It eventually ended in a 1-yard TD run. Again the Cowboys missed their conversion try, and the score was 14-14.

Sully Buttes got a break on its next possession when an apparent fumble after a pass catch was ruled to have occurred after the receiver was down. From there the ground game picked up four gains until, on fourth down from the 9, Wittler passed to Johnson for a 20-14 lead.

Colome tied the game at 20-20 with a 2-yard touchdown run at 0:52 of the half. Cam Ogle stopped the conversion try to preserve the tie.

A damaging holding penalty spoiled the Chargers’ opening possession of the third period. On Colome’s first subsequent play from scrimmage, Beau Bertram went 77 yards for a Cowboy lead of 26-20.

On the next Sully Buttes offensive chance, another key penalty occurred. A holding call nullified a long Hofer run. When the Cowboys got the ball, they went the distance in a half-dozen plays, aided by a pass interference call on the Chargers at one point. A 9-yard TD with 5:08 left in the third left the Chargers down by 34-20.

The resilient Chargers used four running gains by Wittler and a 13-yard pass to Johnson to get into possession. From the 15 Wittler carried himself for the score. A pitch to Hofer for the two-point try put SBHS back in business, down by 34-28 as the third quarter came to an end, setting the stage for the back-and-forth drama of the Charger offense moving the ball and the Charger defense stopping Colome throughout the fourth period.

Mark Senftner’s Purple and Gold will lose some of their key weapons to graduation this year. The seniors on the squad are Morris Hofer, Cam Ogle, Sebastian Frost, Mackenzie Weinheimer, Sam Mercer, Braeden Peery and Jack Mercer. But Wittler and Johnson among several others will be back as the Chargers try to make it to the Dome for the third straight season next fall.

Both the Chargers and the Cowboys gave up more points in the championship game than they had in any game throughout their mutual 11-0 seasons.

Wittler was named Most Valuable Back. His statistics included 163 rushing yards on 22 carries and one touchdown and 359 passing yards on 21 completions in 37 attempts and five touchdowns with three interceptions. Hofer carried 16 times for 104 yards and caught three passes for 33 yards and one score. Johnson had 10 receptions for 185 yards and three touchdowns. Ogle had four receptions for 175 yards and one score, Frost two catches for 37 yards, and Weinheimer one reception for 14 yards and three rushes for 5 yards.

In total offense the Chargers ran for 172 yards and threw for 359 while Colome ran for 260 and passed for 155.


Volleyball: As the No. 11 seed, the Lady Govs went to No. 6 Mitchell for their SoDak 16 match to try to get into the state tournament. In the first set Pierre had a 22-16 lead but lost it and the set, 27-25. Mitchell then won 25-11 and 25-22 to end the Pierre season at 8-13. Abbi Kitts and Halle Gronlund are the graduating seniors off this Lady Govs team.

Winter sports openers:
— Wrestling, at Watertown invitational, Dec. 1.
— Gymnastics, at Pierre quadrangular, Nov. 29.
— Girls basketball, at Sturgis, Dec. 8.
— Boys basketball, home vs. Douglas, Dec. 14.

Football: The South Dakota Football Coaches Association’s Academic All-State team was announced this week. Pierre players and managers on the team are Jack Maher, Lee Snyder, Alec Miller, Josh Rounds and Lisa Stein. The academic all-state members are seniors with at least three years of football experience and a grade-point average of at least 3.5.

Volleyball: The Lady Govs’ Abbi Kitts earned honorable mention on the ESD Conference’s all-conference volleyball team.

Final ESD volleyball standings: Watertown 9-0, Brookings 6-2, Huron 6-2, Mitchell 5-3, Aberdeen Central 4-4, Pierre 3-5, Harrisburg 3-5, Brandon Valley 1-7, Yankton 0-8.


Winter sports openers:
— Gymnastics, at Pierre quadrangular, Nov. 29.
— Wrestling, at Lyman triangular, Nov. 29.
— Girls basketball, home vs. Whte River, Dec. 8.
— Boys basketball, at Bennett County, Dec. 7.

Football: Stanley County players named to the Academic All-State team are Logan Chase, J.D. Carter, Trevor Habeck, Riley Hannum, Austin Hand and Joey Fischer. To be on the team a player or manager must be a senior with at least three years of football experience and have a grade-point average of at least 3.5.


Winter sports openers:
— Wrestling, at Stanley County invitational, Dec. 1.
— Girls basketball, at Eureka-Bowdle, Dec. 7.
— Boys basketball, at Lyman, Dec. 11.

Football: The South Dakota Football Coaches Association’s Academic All-State team includes Braeden Peery and Cade Currier. To be on the team a player or manager must be a senior with at least three years of football experience and a grade-point average of at least 3.5.


Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.

— William Arthur Ward


4 days: Holiday Parade of Lights, downtown Pierre (Nov. 19).
5 days: Capitol Christmas trees lighting ceremony, 7 p.m. (Nov. 20).
7 days: Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 22).
8 days: Fort Pierre Christmas tree lighting celebration (Nov. 23).
8 days: Holiday Open House, Cultural Heritage Center, noon to 4:30 (Nov. 23).
12 days: Statewide Day of Giving (Nov. 27).
15 days: State oral interpretation tournament, Watertown (Nov. 30-Dec. 1).
15 days: Pierre Players’ “Whodunit, Darling?” (Nov. 30-Dec. 3, Dec. 6-8).
22 days: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas celebration, Onida (Dec. 7).
23 days: Pie Day at the Capitol (Dec. 8).
23 days: Surprise Package Christmas concerts (Dec. 8-9).
25 days: Georgia Morse Middle School band/chorus concert and art show (Dec. 10).
28 days: Hegg Brothers’ Holiday Jam concert (Dec. 13).
32 days: Riggs High band/choir concert and art show (Dec. 17).
34 days: St. Joseph Elementary Christmas concert (Dec. 19).
40 days: Christmas Day (Dec. 25).
44 days: College football national semifinals (Dec. 29).
53 days: College football national championship game (Jan. 7).


Q.: Where do you weigh a pie?
A.: Somewhere over the rainbow, weigh a pie.

— Casual Christian Comedy


Black Hills State men’s basketball: The Yellowjackets tip off their season against Northern Friday and Augustana Saturday with both games in Sioux Falls. Then BHSU goes to Billings to play Alaska-Fairbanks Nov. 23 and Montana State-Bllings Nov. 24.

Black Hills State women’s basketball (Remi Wientjes, Racquel Wientjes): The BHSU women are 2-0 after a pair of wins in faraway Texas. At Texas A&M-Kingsville the Jackets won 48-40. Remi was 3-of-9 and 1-of-3 for seven points with six rebounds, a steal and a block. Racquel went 4-of-10 and 0-of-2 for eight points with two rebounds, three assists and two steals. In Laredo BHSU beat Texas A&M-International, 62-57. Remi was 2-of-6, inclding 2-of-2 in three-pointers, and 3-of-4 for nine points with two rebonds, an assist and a steal, and Racquel didn’t score but had five boards, an assist and three steals. BHSU plays in Marshall, Minn., against William Jewell (Mo.) Friday and Wisconsin-Parkside Saturday.

Dakota State men’s basketball: The Trojans are 3-4 after winning in double overtime over Northwestern (Iowa), 105-98, and beating Trinity Bible, 112-73. DSU is home Tuesday vs. Dordt, then plays in Fremont, Neb., Nov. 24-25 agbainst Midland and Morningside.

Dakota State women’s basketball: The Lady Trojans are off to a 1-5 start. Most recently they lost to McPherson (Kan.), 62-58, and battered Trinity Bible, 90-35. DSU plays at Augustana tonight, hosts Dordt Tuesday and goes to South Dakota Mines Nov. 26.

Dakota Wesleyan women’s basketball: The Tiger women are off to a 5-0 start. They defeated Northwestern (Iowa), 76-73, led by Sarah Carr with 27 and Kynedi Cheeseman with 26 points. DWU then won over Midland, 88-59, as Cheeseman, a junior from Hanson High School, scored 24. DWU hosted Dordt last night and stays home to play Hastings Saturday, Jamestown Tuesday and Presentation next Wednesday before going to Briar Cliff Nov. 28.

Dakota Wesleyan men’s basketball: The Tiger men are also unbeaten at 6-0. DWU won over Northwestern (Iowa), 88-75, led by 27 from Nick Harden, junior from Chicago. DWU won in overtime over Midland, 95-92, as Collin Kramer, junior from Sioux Valley High School, sank three free throws, then a three-point play in overtime. DWU whipped Sisseton Wahpeton College, 127-78, led by Harden’s 22. DWU hosted Dordt last night, hosts Hastings Saturday and Jamestown Tuesday, then plays at Briar Cliff Nov. 28.

University of Sioux Falls men’s basketball: The Cougars won twice in their openers in Marshall, Minn. In an 89-70 win over Fort Hays State (Kan.), Drew Guebert, senior from Apple Valley, Minn., Eastview, scored 33. In a 99-63 win over Emporia State USF was led by Trevon Evans, senior from Wichita, with 26 points. USF hosts Waldorf Friday, goes to Central Missouri Monday, then plays in Aberdeen Nov. 23-24 against Chadron State and Truman State (Mo.).

University of Sioux Falls women’s basketball: The USF women split their two openers. In a 91-44 win over Ouachita Baptist, junior Kaely Hummel from Cherokee, Iowa, led the Coo with 17 points. USF lost to Henderson State, 75-63, as Hannah Jones, freshman from Dodgeville, Wis., scored 15. Now 1-1, USF plays at School of Mines Friday and at Chadron State Saturday, then hosts Presentation Nov. 27.

South Dakota women’s basketball (Chloe Lamb, Ciara Duffy): The Coyotes started the season with a bang, winning at Omaha over Creighton of the Big East, 77-65. Taylor Frederick led USD with 26. Chloe was 3-of-9, including 2-of-2 from downtown, and 2-of-2 in free throws for 10 points with two boards, three assists and two steals. Ciara, like Chloe a starter, went 3-of-7 from the field for six points with an assist, a steal and a block. In a 96-43 blowout over Incarnate Word (Texas), Hannah Sjerven led USD with 15. Chloe was 2-of-6 for four points with two rebounds and three assists, and Ciara was 3-of-4, including 2-of-2 in threes, for seven points with six boards, two assists and two steals. USD takes its 2-0 mark to Drake tonight, back home against College of St. Mary Sunday, to Sioux Falls to play Wichita State next Wednesday, to Montana Nov. 24 and home against Iowa State Nov. 28.

South Dakota men’s basketball: The Coyotes are 2-0 under new coach Todd Lee. USD defeated York (Neb.), 83-58, led by Triston Simpson’s 23 and Trey Burch-Manning’s 22 points. USD then topped Northern Arizona, 90-74, as Simpson scored 24, Tyler Peterson 23 and Burch-Manning 22. Now 2-0, USD goes to Bimini in the Bahamas to play High Point Friday, then Air Force and Maryland-Baltimore County Saturday and Sunday. USD is at Baylor Nov. 27.

Mount Marty women’s basketball: The Lancer women lost to Dordt, 87-75, as Karissa Chamley, freshman from Summit, scored 17. After a 78-49 loss to Hastings came an 87-61 loss to Augustana. Ali Kuca, junior from Wagner, scored 17 in the latter game. MMC hosted Northwestern (Iowa) last night, MIdland Saturday and Briar Cliff Tuesday then goes to Jamestown Nov. 28.

Mount Marty men’s basketball: The Lancers lost their first two GPAC contests. In an 81-56 loss to Dordt, freshman Chase Altenburg from Harrisburg led the Mount with 12 points. MMC also lost to Hastings, 67-60. Now 2-5 overall, Mount Marty hosted Northwestern last night, stays home against Midland Saturday and Briar Cliff Tuesday, goes to Wayne State Nov. 24 and travels to Jamestown Nov. 28.

Northern men’s basketball: The Wolves lost their opener to Northwest Missouri State, 72-70, led by Ian Smith, redshirt senior from Champlin Park, Minn., with 15 points. In an 87-74 win over Queens University, Shaun Willett had 19. Now 1-1, NSU plays in Sioux Falls this weekend against Black Hills State and Mines. The Wolves are home Nov. 23-24 against Truman State and Chadron State.

Northern women’s basketball (Rachel Guthmiller): Northern lost its opener to Pittsburg State (Kan.), 94-81. Brooke Luitjens, redshirt freshman from Sioux Falls Lincoln, led NSU with 18 points. Rachel got into her first college game for six minutes and went 1-for-2 for two points with a rebound. NSU won over Arkansas Tech, 84-51, led by Lexi Wadsworth, freshman from Hamlin High School, with 18. Now 1-1, NSU hosts cross-town Presentation tonight, then goes to Emporia, Kan., Nov. 23-24 against East Central and Emporia State.

Augustana women’s basketball (Katie Bourk, Aislinn Duffy): The Viking women are 3-0. They defeated Washburn, 75-67, led by Shelby Selland with 21 and Lynsey Prosser with 17. Augie defeated Southern Nazarene, 82-70, led by Janelle Shifler with 24 and Abby Hora with 23. Augie then beat Mount Marty, 87-61, led by Prosser and Hora with 15 each. The Vikings host Dakota State tonight, play at the Puerto Rico Classic in San Juan Nov. 21-24 and host Waldorf Nov. 27.

Augustana men’s basketball: The Vikings have opened the season 2-1. In a 75-67 win over Southern Arkansas the Vikings were led by Michael Schaefer with 22 points. In an 83-77 loss to Henderson State, Tyler Riemersma, sophomore from Bloomington Jefferson, had 28. On Tuesday Augie beat Chadron State, 83-69, as Riemersma scored 21 and A.J. Plitzuweit, freshman from Vermillion, had 19. Augie plays Mines and Black Hills State in Sioux Falls this weekend.

South Dakota Mines women’s basketball: The 0-2 Hardrockers, idle last week, are home Friday and Saturday against USF and Montana State-Billings and Nov. 26 against Dakota State.

South Dakota Mines men’s basketball: The Hardrockers won their two home openrs. In an 80-71 overtime win over Texas A&M-Kingsville, Jake Heath, junior from Melbourne, Australia, scored 22. In a 68-42 win over Texas A&M-Inernational, Troy Brady, sophomore from Highlands Ranch, Colo., led Mines with 11. The Hardrockers go to Sioux Falls this weekend to play Augustana and Northern, goes to Mary Tuesday, then takes a really long road trip to Alaska-Anchorage Nov. 23-24.

Presentation women’s basketball: The Saints defeated Nebraska Christian, 71-56; lost to Tabor, 59-46, and lost to Bethany, 68-67. PC plays across town at Northern tonight, at DWU next Wednesday and at USF Nov. 27.

Presentation men’s basketball: The Saints are 4-5 after a 91-67 win over Oak Hills Christian, a 114-69 win over Dallas Christian, an 83-68 loss to Montana State and a 93-72 loss at Rocky Mountain. PC plays in Oskaloosa, Iowa, Nov. 23-24 against Shawnee State and Wright State-Lake.

South Dakota State women’s basketball (Sydney Palmer): The Jackrabbit women beat Florida Gulf Coast, 80-62, led by Macy Miller with 25. Sydney was 2-of-4, including 1-of-2 in threes, for five points with seven rebounds and an assist. On Monday SDSU beat Central Michigan, 80-71, led by Madison Guebert’s 24 and Miller’s 23. Sydney didn’t score but had two rebounds in 17 minutes. Now 2-1, SDSU hosts Creighton tonight, then plays in Las Vegas Nov. 23-24 against Baylor and Buffalo.

South Dakota State men’s basketball: The Jackrabbits defeated Alabama State, 78-61, led by Mike Daum with 23 and Skyler Flatten with 19. SDSU won over Bemidji State, 86-63, as Daum scored 26. Now 4-0, SDSU goes to Florida Gulf Coast Friday, then on to Estero, Fla., for a holiday tournament Monday through Wednesday. The Jacks will start with Tulane, then play UC-Irvine or UT-San Antonio Tuesday. SDSU is back home Nov. 28 vs. UMKC.

Incarnate Word women’s basketball (Liz Holter): Liz, sophomore from Gilbert, Ariz., Seton Catholic, has started two of the first three games of the season for Incarnate Word, located in San Antonio. At USD Sunday she got into the game for 10 minutes and had one rebound in the 96-43 loss to the Coyotes. Liz had her own cheering section of about 30 relatives and friends in Vermillion. She is the daughter of Jeremy and Julie (Morris) Holter, and her grandparents are Milt and Dawn Morris.

King’s College men’s soccer (August Axtman): Junior captain August Axtman from Harrisburg, Pa., has been named to the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-District Team selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Gus has a 3.86 grade-point average as a triple major in management, international business and finance with a minor in economics. On the soccer pitch this fall he scored seven goals and went 6-for-6 in penalty kicks. He also anchored the Monarchs’ defense to 11 shutouts. He is a three-time all-conference selection. On the King’s campus Gus is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society in the KIng’s business school. He is also involved in Special Olympics. Last summer Gus completed an internship as a summer camp academy director in Harrisburg. He is the son of Pierre natives Greg and Sarah (Adam) Axtman and the grandson of Seb and Carol Axtman and Tom and the late Pat Adam.

South Dakota cross country: At the NCAA Division I Midwest Regional in Peoria, the USD women placed sixth and the men 26th. Megan Billington, senior from Grand Island, Neb., Northwest, earned all-region honors by placing 22nd in 21:10.4. On the men’s side USD’s best was Eldon Warner, senior from Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson, placed 56th in 32:11.4.

South Dakota State cross country: At the Midwest Regional in Peoria, Ill., the SDSU men placed 10th and the women 13th of 34, the best-ever finish for SDSU women. Rachel King, senior from St. Michael, Minn., placed 19th in 21:01.9 to earn all-region honors. Kyle Burdick, senior from Rapid City Stevens, placed 15th in 31:18.3, also becoming all-region.

Xavier cross country (Courtney Klatt): Courtney, freshman from Sioux Falls Lincoln and daughter of Pierre native Sandy (Case) Klatt and her husband, placed 140th in 23:06 at the Division I regional in Terre Haute, Ind. The Xavier women’s team placed 13th.

South Dakota State wrestling: The Jacks lost to Arizona State, 30-9, in a dual in Sioux Falls. National champion Seth Gross pinned his man in 2:22 at 133 pounds, and Zach Carlson won by major decision, 9-1, at 197 to account for State’s points. SDSU duals Oklahoma State Saturday, then goes to Minnesota Nov. 25.

Northern wrestling: Northern won a season-opening dual over Concordia (Minn.), 23-14. With the match tied 14-14, Caden Moore, freshman from O’Neill, Neb., won 3-2 at 149 pounds to clinch the dual since the final match was a forfeit win at 157. At the DWU Open NSU’s Kolton Roth, freshman from Graettinger, Iowa, won at 141 points, going 5-0 for the day. Moore was second at 149 pounds. NSU wrestles at the Cobber Open at Concordia (Minn.) Saturday.

Dakota Wesleyan wrestling: All four Tigers who entered the DWU Open lost all of their matches. Earlier DWU lost a dual with Concordia, 58-0. DWU wrestles tonight at home vs. Hastings, Saturday at the Augsburg Open in Minneapolis, and Tuesday at home vs. Briar Cliff.

Augustana wrestling (Jebben Keyes): At the DWU Open in Mitchell, Daniel Bishop, redshirt freshman from Hinton, Iowa, was Augie’s only champion, winning at 184 pounds. Jebben had a 3-2 day at 141 pounds—first-round bye; win by fall in 2:43 over Northwestern (Iowa); quarterfinal 9-7 loss to St. Cloud State; consolation round 4 decision win 9-5 over St. Cloud State, and consolation round 5 sudden-victory loss 3-1 to Mary. Augie wrestles Saturday at the Finn Grinaker Open at Moorhead, Minn.

South Dakota volleyball: The Coyotes ended the regular season with a flourish, taking down UND and NDSU by 3-0 sweeps, the eighth sweep in the last nine matches. Now 19-9 overall and 13-3 in the Summit, USD earned the No. 2 seed and a quarterfinal bye in the league tournament in Denver. USD will play in the semifinals Saturday against the winner between Omaha and NDSU. In the other bracket, No. 1 Denver has a bye and will take on the winner between Purdue-Fort Wayne and UND. The championship match is Sunday at 2 p.m. MST.

Dakota State volleyball (Nicole Sarringar): At the North Star Athletic Association conference tournament in LaCrosse, DSU won in the quarterfinals over Dickinson State, 3-1, Nicole had 26 assists, two aces and five digs. DSU won in the semis over Bellevbue, 3-2, as Nicole had 19 assists, four aces and 10 digs. The Trojans lost 3-0 in the finals to host Viterbo, as Nicole finished there with 10 assists and four digs. The final DSU record was 19-13.

South Dakota State volleyball: The Jackrabbits finished the season at 6-23 overall and 3-13 in the Summit when they lost 3-0 to Purdue-Fort Wayne and 3-1 to Western Illinois.

Northern volleyball: In the NSIC tournament NSU defeated Minnesota State, 3-2, but lost to Southwest Minnesota State, 3-2. The Wolves finish at 26-4 overall and 17-3 in the Summit.

University of Sioux Falls volleyball: At the NSIC tournament the Cougars won over Concordia-St. Paul, 3-1, and lost to Minnesota-Duluth, 3-0. USF finishes at 20-10 overall and 14-6 in the league.

South Dakota State swimming (Wyatt Rumrill, Ashley Theobald): Idle last week, the Jacks swim this weekend at the Iowa Invitational in Iowa City.

North Dakota men’s hockey: The Hawks split with Miami (Ohio), winning 3-1 and losing 3-2. Now 5-3-1 overall and 1-1-0 in the NCHC, UND hosts Western Michigan twice this weekend and Alaska-Anchorage Nov. 23-24.

Augustana football (Peyton Zabel): The Vikings closed the season with a 28-18 win over Southwest Minnesota State. Augie was 7-4 overall and 4-3 in the NSIC. Augie did go a perfect 6-0 in road games. The defense held SMSU to -4 yards rushing. Kyle Saddler, sophomore from Frisco, Texas, passed for 324 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions.

Black Hills State football (Shawn Schnabel): The Yellowjackets went all the way to suburban Chicago to win over Robert Morris, 28-20. Payten Gilmore, junior from Shamrock, Texas, had 218 yards rushing. BHSU finishes at 3-8 overall and 2-8 in the RMAC.

South Dakota Mines football: The Hardrockers won in overtime, 35-34, over Fort Lewis (Colo.). Fort Lewis scored first in O.T., but missed the extra-point kick. Mines scored and got its kick to win it. Jake Sullivan, senior from Rapid City St. Thomas More, completed 26 passes for 2134 yards with four TDs and one interception.

Northern football (Alex Gray, Joe King, Colten Drageset, Jacob Howard): The Wolves lost to Minnesota-Duluth in their season finale, 40-13, and finished a 4-7 season. Alex was credited with seven solo tackles and one assisted tackle.

North Dakota State football: Ho hum! The Bison swamped Missouri State, 48-7, going to 10-0 overall and 7-0 in the Summit, clinching the fourth straight outright conference title. NDSU hosts Southern Illinois at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

South Dakota football: The Coyote defense had a big day in a 17-12 win over Western Illinois, keeping WIU out of the end zone on offense. A blocked punt TD for the Leathernecks made things tight in the final minutes, but USD held on to win. Austin Simmons passed for 220 yards and one TD against the Valley’s best pass defense. USD finishes the year at SDSU at 2 p.m. Saturday on Midco Sports Network.

South Dakota State football: SDSU had 656 yards of total offense and Southern Illinois 541 total yards as the Jacks won, 57-38. Taryn Christion completed 13 of 23 passes for 341 yards. Cade Johnson caught seven of them for 198 yards and two scores. Now 7-2 overall and 5-2 in the Valley, SDSU hosts USD at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Dakota Wesleyan football (Lukas Chase): The Tigers finished the season 2-9 overall and 1-8 in the GPAC when they fell at the hands of Hastings, 21-13. Lukas had four solo tackles.

University of Sioux Falls football: The Cougars finished the regular season at 7-4 overall, and their four losses were by a total of 18 points. USF defeated Wayne State, 26-7. Gabriel Watson, junior from Piedmont, Calif., carried 33 times for 149 yards and one touchdown. He set a school record 1,957 yards with 26 TDs this season.

North Dakota football: The Hawks won over Portland State, 17-10, to improve to 6-4. UND plays at Northern Arizona Saturday.
Missouri Valley Football Conference standings: NDSU 7-0, SDSU 5-2, Western Illinois 4-3, Northern Iowa 4-3, Indiana State 4-3, USD 3-4, Youngstown State 3-4, Illinois State 2-5, Missouri State 2-5, Southern Illinois 2-6.


“If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share!”

— W. Clement Stone


Thursday, Nov. 15:
Shane Hollingsworth, Max Fjelstad, Lisa (Ries) Kramer, Ivy Rollinger, Lorlee (Day) Steever, Molly Ryan, Rik Drewes, Therese (Blake) Schutz, Robert Nagle, Scott Schuetzle, Chance Stoeser.

Friday, Nov. 16:
Chad Uhrig, Hallie (Stutesman) Stoeser, Brian Shekleton, Colby Williams, Kris Schaffer, LaTonya Anderson, Wes Spencer, Jack Merkwan, Daniel Magee.

Saturday, Nov. 17:
Joseph Merriam, Wally Thomsen, Aaron Goehring, Claire Taylor, Tessa (Bollinger) Hartmann, Jessica West.

Sunday, Nov. 18:
Denise (Marshall) Kjer, Cobey Carr, Linda Burchill, Chris Voller, Tom Hindman, Joe Jungman, Brendan Whitebird.

Monday, Nov. 19:
Rob Shoup, Taylor Lindekugel, Bethany (Goeden) Intorn, Kylor Knox, Brad Cruse, Kaid Knox, Aiden Dykstra, Jim Sampson, Mike Anderson, Ken Weinheimer, Bonnie Small, Karla Byrum, Chris Pope, Alice Geraets, DeeAnn Stevens, Rachel Zuercher, Caroline Tschetter.
— 7th anniversary, Michael/Macy (Welsh) Kaiser.
— 7th anniversary, Jared/Kim (Weischedel) McPherson.

Tuesday, Nov. 20:
Cammy (Clark) Theeler, Rigley Kulesa, Anderson (AJ) Neuberger, John Forney, Jerry Tveidt, Blake Dean, Ryker Tieszen, Austin Wagner, Sarah Magdanz.

Wednesday, Nov. 21:
Evelyn Decker, Ashton Wood, Delaney Jarecke, Dawson Jarecke, Thomas Voeltz, Peggy Rose, Mark Logan, Chuck Hamre. We fondly remember Tyler Wilcox on the 13th anniversary of his passing.

Thursday, Nov. 22:
Al King, Kelly Culberson, Jane (Trumble) Husman, Lowen Kulesa, Jesse Herra, Will Nebelsick, Hannah Melius, Brad Like, Judy (Sonnenschein) Larson.

Friday, Nov. 23:
Allyson Pierce, Erin (Schiefelbein) Jones, Wendy (Kaiser) Wulf, Knox Englehart, Jenny Weingart, Cora Vogel, Gage Deal, Laurie Johnson, Eva (Schmidt) Reed, Benjamin Saniuk, Tom Tipton, Elaine Konechne, Cody Van Houten, Kerry (Ingram) Rounds, Sarah (Zellmer) Johnson.

Saturday, Nov. 24:
Todd Meierhenry, Sharon Hoelscher, Brooke (Lee) Cronin, Kaishia (Bernard) Anderson, Harper Lucas, Tom Roberts, Janet Hofer, Mae Virginia Gibson, Pam Kean, Monica Paxton, Jared Boyer, Mary (Wendt) Curtis, Tucker Stoeser.
— 6th anniversary, Ryan/Jessica Scheibe.
— 12th anniversary, Jerid/Megan (Joachim) Jaeger.

Sunday, Nov. 25:
Matt Mancuso, Bob Ruedebusch, Tyrell (Allardyce) Janiga, Ken Koistinen, Cadi Imsland, Reggie Hansen, Cliff Garber, Kyle Hollingsworth, Ezekiel Ross, Randy Hilding, Deann (Asheim) Mohlman.
— 15th anniversary, James/Crystal Dvorak.
— 7th anniversary, James/Jill (Rounds) Sleger.

Monday, Nov. 26:
Patti (Marso) Petersen, Andrew Berreth, Brian Myers, Jackie Forster, Curt Rawstern, Christina (Zellmer) Nath, Kristin (Rausch) Hangebrauck, Coy Knudson, Julie Bright, Thea (Miller) Ryan, Ben Blair, Melissa Kirkpatrick, Stacey (Shepherd) Schumacher, James Berreth, Tom Martin.
— 8th anniversary, Jeff/Taya (Dockter) Runyan.
— 7th anniversary, Michael/Kylie Knudson.

Tuesday, Nov. 27:
Randy Briese, Matt Flyger, Gracie Kuper, Lynn Sevening, Mary (Likness) Keeler, Donny Kuper, Gretchen Lord Anderson.
— 14th anniversary, Gary/Bobbi (Martin) Drewes.
— 14th anniversary, Boice/Jamie (Mesteth) Hillmer.
— 3rd anniversary, Rick/Shelb (Hostler) Schimpf.
— 42nd anniversary, David/Kathy Hausmann.
— 42nd anniversary, Mike/Laurie Kelley.

Wednesday, Nov. 28:
Ryan Hipple, Ella Aria Frohm, Scott Colwill, Travis Lindekugel, Katie (Zeller) Murphy, Maxx Vaudrin, Kacie (Schneider) Olson, Kim (Deffenbaugh) Altermatt.

Thursday, Nov. 29:
Corey Westover, Sarah Burger, Kayla Prince, Josh Tetzlaff, Ashleigh Baker, Kallie Heibel, Lisa Blake, Marcie (Fuhrer) Holsteen, Luke Steece, Reid LeBeau, Bobbi Bourk, Michael Hardwick, Dallas Cronin.


— Let a friend know you’ve been thinking of him or her.
— Mail a birthday card to a Facebook friend. It’s OK if it’s a bit late.
— Write a kind and encouraging note and hand it to the next homeless person you see. Include cash for a warm cup of coffee.
— Draw a picture of you and your friend together—the sillier the better.
— Write to a childhood friend about what you remember.
— Egg Press & Hello!Lucky


Rapid City Rush: After a three-game sweep at Tulsa the week before, the Rush lost two of three at home to Fort Wayne, losing 2-1, winning 4-2 and losing 6-2. Rapid City plays at Idaho last night, Friday and Saturday, then hosts Idaho Nov. 21, 23 and 24 and hosts Utah Nov. 28.

Sioux Falls Stampede: The Stampede lost on a power-play goal with 0:22 remaining, 2-1, at Lincoln. The Stampede then lost in Kearney to Tri-City, 4-2. Now 6-5-2, Sioux Falls plays at Lincoln Friday and at Omaha Sunday, then hosts Dubuque at 6:05 p.m. Nov. 24.

Gillette Wild (Coleman Varty): The Wild swept a weekend pair over Butte, 6-1 and 3-2 in overtime. Now 7-7-2-1, Gillette hosts Helena twice this weekend and plays two at Great Falls Nov. 23-24.

Minnesota Wild: After beating Los Angeles 3-1, Anaheim 5-1 and St. Louis 3-2, the Wild’s winning streak ended Tuesday in a 5-2 loss to Washington. Minnesota hosts Vancouver tonight and Buffalo Saturday, goes to Chcago Sunday, then is home against Ottawa next Wednesday, Winnipeg Nov. 23 and Arizona Nov. 27.

Oahe Lady Capitals: The girls varsity opens the season Nov. 24-25 at Sioux Center, Iowa.

Oahe Capitals: The boys varsity split a pair of non-league games against Mitchell, losing 4-3 and winning 6-5. The Caps stand at 1-3 in early-season non-league play. Oahe goes to the Rendezvous at Rushmore tournament in Rapid City Friday through Sunday. The Caps will play Gillette at 7 p.m. Friday; Billings at 12:30 p.m. Saturday; Manitoba at 7 p.m. Saturday; and a placing game Sunday (5th-6th seeds at 8 a.m., 3rd-4th seeds at 10 a.m., 1st-2nd seeds, 12:30 p.m.).


Minnesota Timberwolves: After losing to the Lakers, 124-120, and to Sacramento, 121-110, the Wolves broke a losing skid by beating Brooklyn, 120-113. Now 5-9, Minnesota is home for four straight—New Orleans last night, Portland Friday, Memphis Sunday and Denver next Wednesday, then goes to Brooklyn Nov. 23, home vs. Chicago Nov. 24 and to Cleveland Nov. 26.

Sioux Falls Skyforce: The Skyforce remained unbeaten after six games of the season. Sioux Falls beat Northern Arizona, 105-99; Wisconsin, 123-105, and Salt Lake City, 136-122. The Force plays at Oklahoma City tonight and at Memphis Saturday. They will be home Nov. 23-24 against South Bay.


Pierre Trappers: Anthony Fidanza, sophomore right-handed pitcher from Holmes Community College (Miss.), will return for his second season with the Trappers. He is from Zachary, La. Joining the Trapper roster for the first time will be Alex Gonzales, junior catcher at Cal State-Bakersfield, from Loveland, Colo.


“The problem is, many of the people in need of saving are in churches, and at least part of what they need saving from is the idea that God sees the world the same way they do.”

— Barbara Brown Taylor


Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings had their bye week last Sunday. They take their 5-3-1 record to Chicago for a first-place battle against the Bears at 7:15 p.m. Sunday on NBC.

Denver Broncos: Idle last weekend, the 3-6 Broncos go to Los Angeles to face the Chargers at 3:05 p.m. Sunday on CBS.

The high school championship games scores:
— 9B, Colome 48, Sully Buttes 42 (overtime).
— 9A, Canistota/Freeman 46, Howard 14.
— 9AA, Bon Homme 35, Kimball-White Lake 20.
— 11B, Sioux Falls Christian 43, Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan 8.
— 11A, Tea Area 39, Dell Rapids 7.
— 11AA, Pierre 38, Huron 20.
— 11AAA, Brandon Valley 28, Sioux Falls Washington 22.

NFL games on local TV the next two weekends:
Thursday: Green Bay-Seattle, 7:20 p.m., Fox.
Sunday: Dallas-Atlanta, noon, Fox.
Sunday: Denver-Los Angeles Chargers, 3:05 p.m., CBS.
Sunday: Philadelphia-New Orleans, 3:25 p.m., Fox.
Sunday: Minnesota-Chicago, 7:20 p.m., NBC.
Monday: Kansas City-Los Angeles Rams, 7:15 p.m., ESPN.
Thanksgiving: Chicago-Detroit, 11:30 a.m., CBS.
Thanksgiving: Washington-Dallas, 3:30 p.m., Fox.
Thanksgiving: Atlanta-New Orleans, 7:20 p.m., NBC.
Nov. 25: New York Giants-Philadelphia, noon, Fox.
Nov. 25: New England-New York Jets, noon, CBS.
Nov. 25: Pittsburgh-Denver, 3:25 p.m., CBS.
Nov. 25: Minnesota-Green Bay, 7:20 p.m., NBC.
Nov. 26: Tennessee-Houston, 7:15 p.m., ESPN.

Midco Sports Network live games:
Thursday: Women’s basketball, SDSU-Creighton, 7 p.m.
Friday: Men’s hockey, UND-Western Michigan, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday: Football, USD-SDSU, 1:30 p.m.
Saturday: Football, UND-Northern Arizona, 3:30 p.m. (MSN2).
Saturday: Men’s hockey, UND-Western Michigan, 7 p.m.
Wednesday: Women’s basketball, SDSU-Wichita State, 7 p.m.
Nov. 23: Men’s hockey, UND-Alaska Anchorage, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 24: Men’s hockey, UND-Alaska Anchorage, 7 p.m.
Nov. 28: Men’s basketball, SDSU-UMKC, 7 p.m. (MSN2).


PGA Champions Tour (Tom Byrum): Tom didn’t play at the Charles Schwab Cup in Phoenix. Next on the tour schedule are the first-stage qualifying tournaments continuing through Friday at Lakeland, Fla., and Nipton, Calif. The final stage will be Nov. 27-30.


  • The PBS “Broadway’s Best” series continues this Friday at 8 p.m. CST on SDPB with “The Road to Broadway.”
  • Proud father has to share this segment from a review of Ryan’s “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time,” which has its final weekend of shows at The Rogue Theatre in Tucson this weekend. From China Young writing for the website tamingofthereview.com: “Ryan Parker Knox and Holly Griffith, who portrayed Christopher’s parents Ed and Judy, both brought depth to their characters as they balance the trials of parenting a child with autism and fulfilling their individual needs as human beings. I was equally impressed with their ability to slip back into the ensemble without fixating on the named characters they played.” I will have the pleasure of seeing their show tonight (Thursday).
  • The Midweek Update will take Thanksgiving week off. We assume you have something else to do next week besides read this epistle. So the next Update will appear on Thursday, Nov. 29. Happy Thanksgiving!
  • Sully Buttes Class of ’72 members: I had an enjoyable visit for more than two hours with Rhonda (Massey) Watson at her parents’ home in Rapid City Monday. She was celebrating her 25th anniversary as a cancer survivor. Rhonda and her husband Steve live in Carrollton, Texas, on the north side of Dallas. She said she loves her work as a barista at a Starbuck’s where she works the early morning shift.


There were no major upsets among our 10 games last week, so I made it easy for a lot of people to earn points! At our best record of 9-1 for 10 points each were Levi Neuharth, Randy Pool, Mikal Kern, Jon Boer, David Ludwig, Nathan Vetter, Greg Dean and Jason Noyes. At 8-2 for nine points was Eric James. At 7-3 for eight points each were Debra Bollinger, Seb Axtman, Todd Palmer and Eric Lusk.

This week’s games (send your 10 winners to parkerhome16@hotmail.com by Saturday morning):
(1) USD at SDSU
(2) Michigan State at Nebraska
(3) Syracuse vs. Notre Dame (at Yankee Stadium)
(4) West Virginia at Oklahoma State
(5) Northwestern at Minnesota
(6) Arizona at Washington State
(7) Iowa State at Texas
(8) NFL: Denver at Los Angeles Chargers
(9) NFL: Philadelphia at New Orleans
(10) NFL: Minnesota at Chicago

Note to contestants: Next week there will be no Midweek Update, but there WILL be a contest for games over Thanksgiving weekend. So check Parker Knox’s Facebook page starting Monday to find the list of 10 games and “comment” there with your 10 winners.


“Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.”

— Henry Van Dyke


The latest Students of the Month at Stanley County’s middle school and high school are: Morgan Hoffman, sixth grade; Raedenn Rathbun, seventh grade; Damian Abrahamson, eighth grade; Daysen Titze, ninth grade; Jayda Boxley, 10th grade; Liz Duffy, 11th grade, and Emma Cowan, 12th grade.

Bill Gayton Jr., Arizona Diamondbacks coach who has had a 37-year career in baseball, will present a program on baseball at the Chamber of Commerce community room at 6:30 p.m. next Tuesday, Nov. 20. All baseball fans and players are welcome to hear Gayton’s stories of his baseball experiences.

Holiday events in Pierre/Fort Pierre for your calendars:

  • Parade of Lights Monday, Nov. 19, 6 p.m.; route from Riggs High on Broadway to Highland to Pleasant Drive to Pierre Street to the Legion cabin.
  • Lighting ceremony at the Capitol Christmas trees, 7 p.m. Tuesday (prelude music starts at 6:30.
  • Holiday Open House at the Cultural Heritage Center, noon to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23 (entertainment, refreshments, free admission to the event and the museum; bring canned goods for the Pierre Food Pantry).
  • Fort Pierre Christmas celebration Friday, Nov. 23; horse-drawn wagon rides, 4 to 6 p.m.; chili cookoff contest, 6 p.m.; tree lighting ceremony, 7 p.m.
  • 20th annual Pie Day at the Capitol, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8.

Kyle Mammenga graduated from U.S. Navy basic training in Illinois last Friday. His parents and brother Kirby were on hand to witness the event in person. Kyle’s next duty station will be at Pensacola, Fla.

On your way to Saturday events, shopping and work, stop by the Legion cabin for this year’s first Post 8 baseball-benefit all-you-can-eat breakfast. They will be serving from 7 to 11 a.m.

The Surprise Package vocal ensemble has announced its two Christmas concerts, both to be held at Community Bible Church. The first will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, and the other at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9.

Larissa FastHorse and husband Edd Hogan along with Larissa’s parents, former Pierre residents Ed and Rhoda Baer, spent several days on a wonderful trip to New York City. The focal point of the trip was the performance of Larissa’s play, “The Thanksgiving Play.” But the four squeezed in many activities and sights in the big city. Larissa commented on her Facebook page that they found New Yorkers to be extremely warm and hospitable, from carrying food to their tables, opening doors and helping go up and down ramps. The trip concluded with a night-time carriage ride in Central Park. Meanwhile, Larissa’s play has been extended through Dec. 2 at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre in Lincoln Center.

Trinity Episcopal Church will host its annual fall festival from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday.

Author Sean J. Flynn, whose book “Without Reservation” is now available, will be at Prairie Pages for an author meet-and-greet from 2 to 4 p.m. this Saturday.

Zach Johnson, son of Pierre native Barry Johnson and his wife Janeen, was sworn into the Ohio bar at a ceremony in Columbus Tuesday.

Colton Hartford, whose dad is Pierre native Dr. Joe Hartford, was named to the ESD Conference all-conference football team as a defensive back. He was also quarterback for Rapid City Stevens.

Ben Stoeser, 95, Fort Pierre, died Nov. 8 at Avera St. Mary’s Hospital. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Wednesday at St. John’s Catholic Church in Fort Pierre. He was the third of six sons of the late Albert and Hatta Stoeser. Ben graduated from Pierre High School in 1941 and served during World War II in the U.S. Army. He and Phyllis Alleman were married in 1954. He loved farming, but he also owned several businesses, including ABB Construction with two of his brothers, Frontier Motel, Thunderbird Motel 73 Bar and Ben Inn Motel. Among his survivors are his wife, Phyllis; their children, Jo Levenick and her husband John of Champlin, Minn., Mary Beth Fravel and her husband Lynn of Fort Pierre, and Teresa Keyser and her husband Doug of Box Elder; eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and a brother, Bernie Stoeser. He was preceded in death by his son, B.J. Stoeser; a granddaughter, Megan Keyser, and brothers Roy Leo, Johnny, Alex and Gene.

The first musical entertainment at the Capitol during the month-long Christmas trees display will be the South Dakota Jazz All-Stars from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23.

Jason Bisbee (Riggs ’97) is one of the nine assistant coaches for the Brandon Valley team that won the Class 11AAA championship over Sioux Falls Washington Saturday.

Liza Clark, whose husband is Zach Clark, has been named as one of the members of Governor-elect Noem’s transition team to serve through the first of the new year. She is commissioner of the Bureau of Finance and Budget. The inauguration has been set for Jan. 5.

Brandon Lowery of Georgia Morse Middle School was named Region 6 Assistant Principal of the Year. The award will be presented to him at a banquet during the state principals conference next April.

Brandon Cruse and his officiating crew went all the way east to Morgantown, W.Va., to work West Virginia’s home game vs. TCU last Saturday. Brandon will be the “white hat” at the Iowa State-at-Texas game in Austin Saturday night at 6 p.m. It will be hard to see it on TV since it is only on the Longhorn Network although online at ESPN3. The following Saturday Brandon will work San Diego State’s home game against Hawaii Nov. 24. The time for that game has yet to be determined.

Our sympathy to the Larson brothers and their families. Their mother, Jan Larson, passed away at home at the age of 75 on Nov. 11. A memorial service is being held this morning (Thursday) at 11 a.m. at Oahe Presbyterian Church. The former Jan Dietterle grew up in Lemmon and attended Huron College. She taught at schools in Huron, Chamberlain and Pierre. Jan and Larry Larson were married in 1971 and moved to Onida in 1972. She worked as office manager and accountant in her husband’s accounting business and later there for son Darren when he took over the business. In Pierre she has owned her own Dakota Scentsations business in the Northridge Plaza mall since the late ’90s. She is survived by her three sons, Darren Larson and his wife Lisa of Pierre, Derrick Larson and his wife Nikki of Sioux Falls, and Stu Larson and his wife Kelley of Pierre; 10 grandchildren, and two sisters.

Three members of Pierre’s state champion girls soccer team signed letters of intent this week. Emily Mikkelsen is headed to USD, Abigail Foster to the University of Mary and Mackenzie Rath to Minnesota State-Mankato. Mack also plans to be part of the track and field program at Mankato.

Local folks have a chance to hear Riggs High’s state oral interpretation contestants perform their selections at home in the oral interp showcase at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26. The students will then go on to the state tournament at the end of that week.


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