Vol. 20, No. 18; Thursday, Jan 10, 2019

Jan 10, 2019 | Parker's Midweek Update

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“Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, then, is education.”

— President Franklin D. Roosevelt


This week’s schedules:
Boys basketball—Friday, home vs. Mitchell.
Girls basketball—Thursday, at Mitchell; Tuesday, at Douglas.
Wrestling—Friday, at Mitchell; Saturday, at Mitchell invitational.
Gymnastics—Saturday, home invitational.

Wrestling: The Governors accumulated 322.5 points to win the Mid-Dakota Monster tournament hosted by Lyman High School in Presho. Winner was second among 18 schools with 283.5 points. Pierre claimed seven weight-class champions—Jace Bench-Bresher at 126 pounds, Tyson Johnson at 132, Cade Hinkle at 145, Maguire Raske at 170, Garrett Leesman at 182, Gage Gehring at 195 and Preston Taylor at 285 pounds. Other Pierre placers: Blake Judson, seventh at 106; Deegan Houska, third at 113; Hayden Shaffer, fifth at 120; Daniel Tafoya, second at 126; Jack Van Camp, second at 138; Lee Snyder, seventh at 152; James Lees, fourth at 220, and Gunner Gehring, seventh at 220.

Boys basketball: The Governors lost both games on a weekend Rapid City trip. In a 60-49 loss at Stevens Friday night Pierre stayed within reach most of the game but fell off in the second half. Chase Sattgast with nine points was high scorer. At Central Saturday Pierre led 20-16 at halftime but scored only nine points in the second half. The Govs were still within 31-29 late in the game, but a 7-0 Central run ended the contest with a 38-29 Cobbler win. Grey Zabel was high man with 12, all in the first half. Pierre shot only 4-of-22 in the second half. The Governors’ record is 2-4.

Girls basketball: The Lady Govs were home but also lost both games to the Rapid City schools. It was 58-38 for Stevens on Friday night and 48-36 for Central on Saturday. Emily MIkkelsen was high scorer with 16 in the Central game. The Lady Govs’ record is 0-7.

Gymnastics: At the Brookings invitational the Lady Govs placed third as a team with Watertown as the team champ. Mikah Moser placed third in the all-around standings with a 36.375 total. She placed fourth in vault, second on bars, third on beam and ninth in floor exercise. Meg Erwin tied for 11th in the all-around.


This week’s schedules:
Gymnastics—Saturday, at Madison invitational.
Wrestling—Saturday, at Potter County invitational; Tuesday, at Mobridge-Pollock.
Boys basketball—Thursday-Saturday, at Jones County invitational (first game vs. Lyman, 1 p.m. Thursday).
Girls basketball—Thursday, home vs. Bennett County.

Wrestling: At the Mid-Dakota Monster in Presho the Buffaloes were 14th as a team with 55 points. Chase Hanson placed eighth at 106 pounds, J.D. Carter third at 138 and Reid Wieczorek eighth at 170.

Girls basketball: The Lady Buffs lost to McLaughlin, 69-41, and lost to Potter County, 62-34. Karley Leafgreen had 11 points for SCHS, which is now 1-8 for the season.

Boys basketball: The Buffaloes are 3-4 after splitting this week’s games. SCHS beat McLaughlin, 60-56, then lost to Potter County, 65-59. In the latter game Brady Hoftiezer had 16 points, Joey Fischer 14 and Slater Tople 12. The quarterfinal pairings at the Jones County Invitational today are: 1:00, Lyman-Stanley County; 2:30, White River-Philip; 6:30, Bennett County-Colome; 8:00, Jones County-Kadoka.


This week’s schedules:
Wrestling—Saturday, at Potter County invitational.
Boys basketball—Thursday, at Miller; Tuesday, home vs. Timber Lake.
Girls basketball—Thursday, at Miller; Saturday at Hanson Classic, Mitchell (vs. Hanson, 10:30 a.m.); Tuesday, home vs. Timber Lake.

Boys basketball: The Chargers are 6-1 after two more wins. In a 70-53 win over Highmore-Harrold, the Chargers made 24 of 36 free throws. Nick Wittler scored 32 and Cam Ogle 18. In a 54-45 win at James Valley Christian, Wittler scored 15 points, Jett Lamb had 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Ogle scored 14.

Girls basketball: The Lady Chargers stand at 5-2. In a 57-31 win over Highmore-Harrold, Lauren Wittler had a 30-point game, and Angela Guthmiller scored 16. The girls won at James Valley Christian, 58-21, as Wittler scored 16, Kendra Kleven 15 and Guthmiller 11.


Negligent (adj.) — describes a condition in which you absent-mindedly answer the door in your nightgown.


15 days: Riggs High one-act plays (Jan. 25, 28).
17 days: “Rent: live, Fox TV (Jan. 27).
21 days: State one-act play festival, Aberdeen (Jan. 31, Feb. 1-2).
23 days: St. Joseph Elementary School carnival (Feb. 2).
24 days: Super Bowl LIII, Atlanta (Feb. 3).
27 days: Riggs High musicians at small-group contest, Kimball (Feb. 6).
29 days: State gymnastics meet, Brookings (Feb. 8-9).
31 days: Grammy awards, CBS-TV (Feb. 10).
33 days: Governor’s Awards in the Arts (Feb. 12).


Rapid City Rush: The Rush split with Kansas City, losing 6-4 but winning 4-1. After a 5-2 loss at Tulsa Tuesday, Rapid City plays Friday and Saturday home games vs. Tulsa.

Gillette Wild (Coleman Varty): Gillette lost twice to Great Falls, 4-1 and 6-1. Coleman is captain of the Wild this season. They are home Saturday vs. Yellowstone.

Oahe Capitals: The boys varsity lost to Watertown, 5-3, but beat Huron by the same score. Against Watertown the Caps led 3-2 after two periods. Talon Griese, Caden Davis and Spencer Wedin each scored a goal, and Tate Mueller made 25 saves. Against Huron Raef Briggs scored twice and Wedin, Jackson Lake and Andrew Gordon once each as Mueller made 20 saves. The Caps go to Sioux Center this weekend to play the Storm at 4:45 p.m. Saturday and 11:45 a.m. Sunday.

SDAHA boys varsity standings (wins-losses-ties-O.T.losses): Sioux Falls 7-0-0-0 14, Rushmore 7-4-0-0 14, Oahe 5-1-0-0 10, Sioux Center 4-3-0-0 8, Huron 4-5-0-0 8, Brookings 3-4-0-0 6, Watertown 2-3-0-1 5, Mitchell 2-3-0-0 4, Aberdeen 1-4-0-1 3, Yankton 0-6-0-0 0.

Oahe Lady Capitals: The girls varsity dominated Huron, 13-5, as Ashton Lee scored six goals, Amy Gilkerson three goals, Kaitlyn Swenson two goals, and Olivia Swenson and Jessa McTighe one goal each. In a 15-2 loss to Aberdeen, Gilkerson and Lee scored the two Oahe goals. Abigail Stewart-Fromm made 28 saves in the win and 42 saves in the loss. The girls play at Sioux Falls at 7:30 p.m. Friday and at Brookings at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

SDAHA girls varsity standings (wins-losses-ties-O.T.losses): Aberdeen 9-0-0-0 18, Sioux Falls 7-1-0-0 14, Sioux Center 5-3-0-0 10, Mitchell 5-4-0-0 10, Brookings 4-4-0-0 8, Watertown 2-4-0-1 5, Huron 2-6-1-0 5, Oahe 2-5-0-0 4, Rushmore 0-8-1-0 1.

Sioux Falls Stampede: The Herd lost to Waterloo, 6-4, and beat Des Moines, 3-2. Now fourth in the Western Conference at 17-9-3, Sioux Falls is home Friday vs. Omaha and Saturday vs. Sioux City.

Minnesota Wild: The Wild had a three-game winning streak going after 4-3 wins at Toronto and Ottawa and a 1-0 win at Montreal, but they lost in Boston, 4-0, Tuesday. Minnesota is home tonight vs. Winnipeg and Saturday vs. Detroit, plays at Philadelphia Monday and is home vs. Los Angeles Tuesday.


“I have friends in overalls whose friendships I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world.”

— Thomas A. Edison


NFL games on TV this weekend:
Saturday, 3:30 p.m.: Indianapolis-Kansas City, NBC.
Saturday, 7:15 p.m.: Dallas-Los Angeles Rams, Fox.
Sunday, noon: Los Angeles Chargers-New England, CBS.
Sunday, 3:40 p.m.: Philadelphia-New Orleans, Fox.

Aug. 31: Butler (at Target Field)
Sept. 7: North Dakota
Sept. 14: at Delaware
Sept. 21: Cal-Davis
Oct. 5: at Illinois State
Oct. 12: Northern Iowa
Oct. 19: Missouri State
Oct. 26: at South Dakota State
Nov. 2: at Youngstown State
Nov. 9: Western Illinois
Nov. 16: South Dakota
Nov. 23: at Southern Illinois


Midco Sports Network live games this week:
Thursday, 7 p.m.: men’s basketball, UND-Omaha.
Thursday, 7 p.m.; men’s basketball, NDSU-Western Illinois (MSN2).
Friday, 7 p.m.: women’s basketball, NDSU-Western Illinois (MSN2).
Friday, 7:30 p.m.: men’s hockey, UND-Colorado College.
Saturday, 2 p.m.: women’s basketball, SDSU-Oral Roberts.
Saturday, 2 p.m.: men’s basketball, UND-Western Illinois (MSN2).
Saturday, 4:15 p.m.: men’s basketball, SDSU-Oral Roberts.
Saturday, 7 p.m.: men’s hockey, UND-Colorado College.
Sunday, 1 p.m.: men’s basketball, USD-Purdue Fort Wayne (MSN2).
Sunday, 2 p.m.: women’s basketball, UND-Western Illinois.
Wednesday, 7 p.m.: men’s basketball, SDSU-UND.

Minnesota Timberwolves: After a 115-102 loss at Boston last Wednesday, the Wolves beat Orlando, 120-103; beat the Lakers, 108-86, and fired their coach, and then beat Oklahoma City, 119-117, giving new coach Ryan Saunders a win in his first game in that position. Minnesota is home vs. Dallas Friday and New Orleans Saturday, then goes to Philadelphia Tuesday.

Sioux Falls Skyforce: The Force won in overtime over Austin, 122-118; lost to Salt Lake City, 110-105; beat Northern Arizona, 113-105, and won at Agua Caliente, 109-100. Sioux Falls finishes its western trip at Stockton Friday, then plays at home Sunday vs. Oklahoma City and Wednesday vs. Iowa.


June 8: Frank Turner/Jasmin Fosheim.
June 8: Joseph Rezac/Brittanie Blaseg.
Aug. 31: Devin Maki/Karlie Warne.


Minnesota United FC: The Minnesota Loons of Major League Soccer have announced their 2019 schedule, which begins with a few March road games. The opener is at Vancouver March 2. What matters to soccer fans in South Dakota is that the Loons will be playing home games in the brand-new Allianz Field in St. Paul. Here are the home-game dates:
April 13: NYCFC
April 24: L. A. Galaxy
April 30: D.C. United
May 4: Seattle Sounders
May 18: Columbus Crew
May 25: Houston Dynamo
June 2: Philadelphia Union
June 20: FC Cincinnati
July 3: San Jose Earthquakes
July 13: FC Dallas
July 27: Vancouver Whitecaps
Aug. 4: Portland Timbers
Aug. 14: Colorado Rapids
Aug. 17: Orlando City
Sept. 15: Real Salt Lake
Sept. 25: Sporting Kansas City
Sept. 29: LAFC


PGA Champions Tour (Tom Byrum): Idle over the holidays, the Champions Tour returns to competition in Hawaii at the Mitsubishi Electric Championships on Golf Channel Jan. 17-19.


Pierre Trappers: The 2019 Expedition League schedule has been released, and the Trappers’ home openers will be May 24-25. New teams in Fremont, Neb. (their team name is the Moo) and Brandon, Manitoba (the team is known as Wheat City) join the league this year, bringing the total of teams to 10. Returning besides Pierre are Badlands (Dickinson, N.D.); Casper, Wyo.; Hastings, Neb.; Hub City (Aberdeen); Spearfish; Souris Valley (Minot, N.D.), and Western Nebraska (Scottsbluff-Gering).

Pierre Trappers: The newest addition to the 2019 roster is Nick Grossman, junior outfielder at Cal State-Bakersfield from Scottsdale, Ariz.

Minnesota Twins: If you’re heading into Minneapolis for a Twins game this summer, the weekend of June 15 might be a fun time to go. On that Saturday night the Twins will retire Joe Mauer’s #7 as the team plays Kansas City.

High school baseball: The Pierre high school club baseball team has announced its 2019 schedule. The Governors (yes, we’ll call them the Governors because almost everybody else does) will open at Sturgis on April 4, then play at Douglas the next day.


“Ignorance is preferable to error, and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing, than he who believes what is wrong.”

— President Thomas Jefferson


Thursday, Jan. 10:
Ryan Fowler, Kelli Koll, Tara (Dieken) Mangan, David Johnson, McLean (Thompson) Kerver, Rich Zabel, Jason Irion, Landon Russell, Evelyn Rounds, Mallory (Petersen) Dekker, Ben Gloe.

Friday, Jan. 11:
Ben Kramer, Terri Disburg, Chris Mangan, Kyle Kurth, Lowell Gordon, Mitch Foth, Susie Rilling, Kristie (Hallock) Moore, Laura Truax, Michelle Rose, Nolan Bisbee, Naomi Lors, Beverly Mickelson.

Saturday, Jan. 12:
Ripley Joy, Trey Owens, Sheila (Beougher) Lee, Lane Kozel, Randy Sprenkle, Nicole Mosiman, Lyndsey Ring, John Stengle, Terry Woster, Meaghan (Anderson) Neuberger.
— 1st anniversary, Stuart/Heather Stofferahn.

Sunday, Jan. 13:
Chris Hull, Alex Thorson, Carrie (Schlaak) Barnes, Tyler Boe, Jill (Borth) Sweetman, Brenda Crandell.

Monday, Jan. 14:
Rachelle (Reeves) Daniels, Mike Ludwig, Breckan Shindle, Anne (Burchill) Williams, Guy Erlenbusch, Jim Keyes, Christina Lusk.
— 2nd anniversary, Shawn/Sara Ludemann.
We fondly remember Colt Gunderson on the 13th anniversary of the day he lost his life

Tuesday, Jan. 15:
Madison Sutton, Eli Stoeser, Easton Dozark, Nic Hogan, Barb Hillestad, Anajoy Schmitgen, Harrison Jennings.

Wednesday, Jan. 16:
Kate (Wylie) Berreth, Tennile (Asmussen) Lindskov, Anne Denton, Tristan Bryant, Wendy Carroll, Helen Dutt, Ashley Denton, John Hamilton, Andrew Tople, Cheryl (Wire) Stierna, Brad Wedeking, Jacki (Parlin) Wicker, Kelli (Snow) Rohrer, Samuel LEchtenberg.
— 3rd anniversary, Derrick/Jenny (Hallenbeck) Orr.

Thursday, Jan. 17:
Kyle McKeever, Sherri Sundem Wald, Valerie (Fanger) Marso, Sara (Kindopp) Gloe, Stacy Mercer, Lauretta Dimmick, Jamie (Gannaway) Heymans, Jerry Hofer, Nolan Merrill, Anthony Zebroski, Shanna Payne, Scott Hofer, Karen Lindbloom.


“You can tell the ideals of a nation by its advertisements.”

— Norman Douglas


South Dakota State swimming (Wyatt Rumrill, Ashley Theobald): The Jacks return to the pool competitively Jan. 19 in a dual against St. Cloud State.

South Dakota State track/field (Riley Sears, Rachel Propst, Addy Eisenbeisz): The Jacks begin the new year with a dual at UND Saturday.

South Dakota track/field (Madason Tessier, Maddy McClure): The Coyotes head to Iowa City for the Iowa Invitational Friday and Saturday.

South Dakota Mines track/field (Theron Singleton, Erik Colman): The Hardrockers begin the new year at the Myrle Hanson Open at Black Hills State Saturday.

Black Hills State track/field (Allan McDonnell, Kelsey Van Den Hemel): The Yellowjackets host their Myrle Hanson Open Saturday.

South Dakota State wrestling (Aric Williams): The Jackrabbits host Northern Iowa for a dual Friday.

Augustana wrestling (Jebben Keyes): The Vikings lost to Northern, 21-13, in their NSIC dual opener. Jebben, wrestling at 141 pounds, lost a 9-6 decision to Northern’s Kolton Roth. Augie hosted Dakota Wesleyan in a non-conference dual last night.

Northern wrestling: The Wolves beat Augustana, 21-13, in a conference dual. NSU took a 15-0 lead on three decisions and a pin and won six of 10 matches. Now 4-1 in duals overall and 2-1 in the NSIC, Northern hosts Southwest Minnesota State tonight (Thursday).

North Dakota men’s hockey: The Fighting Hawks lost twice at Canisius, 3-1 and 2-1. Now 9-9-1, UND hosts Colorado College Friday and Saturday.

Black Hills State men’s basketball: The Yellowjackets split on a western road trip, winning at Western State, 77-69, and losing at Colorado-Mesa, 78-74, despite Fraser Malcolm’s 20 points. Now 7-4 overall and 6-1 in the RMAC, BHSU hosts Colorado Christian and Regis this weekend.

Black Hills State women’s basketball (Remi Wientjes, Racquel Wientjes): The BHSU women won at Western State, 59-48. Racquel was 6-of-10, including 4-of-6 in threes, and 2-of-2 for 18 points with four rebounds, two blocks and two steals. In a 72-48 drubbing at Colorado-Mesa, Racquel was 2-of-9, including 2-of-4 in threes, and 3-of-4 for nine points with four rebounds. Now 9-2 overall and 5-2 in the RMAC, BHSU is home vs. Colorado Christian Friday and Regis Saturday.

Dakota Wesleyan men’s basketball (Brad Dean): The Tigers upset Morningside, ranked No. 2 in the nation in NAIA basketball, 86-82, led by Ty Hoglund’s 30 points. Now 13-4 overall and 6-3 in the GPAC, DWU played Dordt last night and hosts Midland Sunday. Brad is a sophomore guard on the Dakota Wesleyan JV team.

Dakota Wesleyan women’s basketball: The Tiger women are now 17-1 overall and 10-1 in the GPAC after beating Morningside, 91-67, in the league and St. Mary, 84-55, out of the conference. DWU played Dordt last night and hosts Midland Sunday.

South Dakota State men’s basketball: The Jackrabbits took a 104-88 thumping at the hands of Purdue-Fort Wayne in Indiana. Mike Daum scored 29 and David Jenkins 21. SDSU improved to 2-1 in the Summit and 12-6 overall with an easy 79-61 win at USD even though Daum scored only four points with his 10 rebounds. Skyler Flatten had 20 and Alex Arians 19 points and 10 rebounds. SDSU is home vs. Denver Thursday and Oral Roberts Saturday.

South Dakota State women’s basketball (Sydney Palmer): SDSU won at Purdue-Fort Wayne, 85-52, led by Madison Guebert’s 16 points. Sydney didn’t score but had two boards in 12 minutes. On Sunday at USD Macy Miller’s three-pointer late in regulation time tied the score and forced overtime, but SDSU lost to the Coyotes, 105-98, in double overtime. Miller scored 31, Tagyn Larson 19 and Myah Selland 19. Sydney was 3-of-4, including 1-1 in threes, for seven points with one rebound. Miller reached the 2,000-point mark of her career during this game. Now 10-6 overall and 2-1 in the Summit, SDSU hosted Denver last night and stays home to face Oral Roberts Saturday.

Summit League men’s basketball standings: Purdue-Fort Wayne 3-0, Oral Roberts 3-0, SDSU 2-1, Omaha 2-1, USD 1-2, UND 1-2, NDSU 1-2, Western Illinois 1-2, Denver 0-4.

Summit League women’s basketball standings (not counting three Wednesday night games): Denver 3-1, USD 2-1, SDSU 2-1, Oral Roberts 2-1, UND 2-1, Omaha 1-2, Western Illinois 1-2, NDSU 1-2, Purdue-Fort Wayne 0-3.

Augustana men’s basketball: The Vikings beat Southwest Minnesota State, 85-72, as A.J. Plitzuweit returned to action and led the team with 25 points. But Augie then lost to USF, 77-73, as Matt Cartwright scored 25. Now 10-4 overall and 6-2 in the NSIC, the Vikings are home Friday vs. Upper Iowa and Saturday vs. Winona State.

Augustana women’s basketball (Katie Bourk): It was a tough weekend for the Augie women. They lost at Southwest Minnesota State, 74-71, on a last-second three-pointer for their first NSIC loss. Lynsey Prosser scored 17. Then Augie lost up the street at USF, 65-60, as Vishe Rabb scored 16. The Vikings took a huge hit when Shelby Selland, senior from Sanborn Central, suffered an injury over the weekend that is likely career-ending. Now 14-3 overall and 6-2 in the NSIC, the Viking women are home vs. Upper Iowa and Winona State this weekend.

Incarnate Word women’s basketball (Liz Holter): The Cardinals won their first game of the year, 68-66 over McNeese. Liz was 1-of-2 and 2-of-2 for five points, three rebounds, an assist and two steals. UIW then lost to Nicholls, 86-62. Liz had one assist and one steal in eight minutes. Now 1-12 overall and 1-1 in the conference, the Cardinals host Sam Houston State Saturday and goes to Central Arkansas next Wednesday.

South Dakota women’s basketball (Chloe Lamb, Ciara Duffy): The Coyote women scored 99 points but still lost by five at Denver, 104-99. Chloe had a career-high 23 points, going 7-of-13, including 4-of-7 in threes, and 5-of-5 along with one rebound and two assists. Ciara was 7-of-14, including 1-of-2, and 4-of-4 for 19 points with nine rebounds and one block. On Sunday, despite a questionable no-call on a game-ending foul, the Coyote women prevailed over SDSU before a sellout crowd in Vermillion, 105-98, in two overtimes. USD shot 50% from the field, including 50% in threes, and out rebounded SDSU, 41-30. Ciara was 7-of-15, including 3-of-7 in threes, and 11-of-14 for 28 points. Chloe was 5-of-9, including 1-of-2 in threes, and 2-of-4 for 13 points. At one stretch the USD women successfully hit 18 consecutive free throws. Duffy surpassed the 1,000-point mark for her career in the game. Now 14-3 overall and 2-1 in the Summit, USD is home vs. Purdue-Fort Wayne at noon Saturday.

South Dakota men’s basketball: Cody Kelley hit the game-winning basket as the USD men won at Denver, 71-70. Triston Simpson scored 20 and Trey Burch-Manning 18. On Sunday the Coyotes never threatened in a 79-61 loss to SDSU. Down at the half, 37-25, the Coyotes shot only 33% for the game. Stanley Umude led USD with 26 points. Now 7-9 overall and 1-2 in the Summit, USD is home vs. Purdue-Fort Wayne at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Dakota State women’s basketball: The Lady Ts lost to Presentation, 77-74, and beat Dickinson State, 83-74. Now 2-13 overall and 1-2 in the NSAA, DSU after a game at Morningside last night goes north to Valley City State and Mayville State this weekend.

Dakota State men’s basketball: The Trojan men lost to Presentation, 85-77, and beat Dickinson State, 71-62. Now 6-13 overall and 1-2 in the NSAA, the Trojans go to Valley City State Friday and to Mayville State Saturday.

South Dakota Mines women’s basketball: The Hardrocker women lost to Colorado-Mesa, 56-42, and lost to Western State, 60-49. Now 4-7 overall and 1-6 in the RMAC, Mines hosts Regis Friday and Colorado Christian Saturday.

South Dakota Mines men’s basketball: The Hardrockers lost to Colorado-Mesa, 80-71, and beat Western State, 84-79. Allec Williams scored 31 in the win. Now 6-9 overall and 3-4 in the RMAC, Mines hosts Regis Friday and Coiorado Christian Saturday.

Mount Marty women’s basketball: The Lancer women lost to No. 8 Morningside, 89-63. Now 9-8, MMC played Northwestern last night and hosts Hastings Saturday.

Mount Marty men’s basketball: The Lancers defeated Nebraska Christian, 88-83, and lost to Morningside, 94-49. Now 6-13, MMC played Northwestern last night and hosts Hastings Saturday.

Northern men’s basketball: The Wolves defeated Upper Iowa, 102-73, led by Justin Decker’s 18 points. NSU won the other stop on its trip at Winona State, 79-68, led by Bo Fries with 18. Now 11-3 overall and 7-1 in the NSIC, Northern hosts Minnesota-Crookston Friday and Bemidji State Saturday.

Northern women’s basketball (Rachel Guthmiller): NSU won at Upper Iowa, 61-42, led by Tori Mekash with 15 points. NSU lost at Winona State, 58-37. Rachel got in for one minute of action. The team shot only 23% from the field in the loss. Now 6-8 overall and 3-5 in the NSIC, Northern hosts Minnesota-Crookston and Bemidji State this weekend.

Tennessee women’s basketball (Caleb Currier): The Lady Vols defeated Auburn, 78-69, and lost at home Sunday to Missouri, 66-64. Tennessee hosts Kentucky tonight, then plays at Georgia Sunday at 2 p.m. on ESPN. The Vols are 12-2 overall and 1-1 in the SEC.

University of Sioux Falls men’s basketball: The Cougars beat Wayne State, 77-71, and beat Augustana, 77-73, as Trevon Evans scored 33 points. Now 10-4 overall and 5-3 in the NSIC, USF goes to Minnesota State and Concordia-St. Paul this weekend.

University of Sioux Falls women’s basketball: The Cougar women also had a double-winning weekend, beating Wayne State, 81-59, and Augustana, 65-60. Kaely Hummel led USF with 18 against the Vikings. Now 10-4 overall and 5-3 in the NSIC, USF is on the road to Minnesota State and Concordia-St. Paul this weekend.

North Dakota State football: The Bison won their seventh national championship in eight years (they were runners-up the other time) as they beat Eastern Washington, 38-24, in Frisco, Texas, Saturday.


“Advertising is the art of convincing people to spend money they don’t have for something they don’t need.”

— Will Rogers


In Contest #21 we had six games on the list, and 16 people entered. Fifteen of them picked the Bears (doink!), and 11 picked Alabama (boom!). Our rules were 10 points for six correct (nobody), 9 points for five correct (only Eric James), and 8 points for four correct (only Seb Axtman).

This week’s games (send your four winners to parkerhome16@hotmail.com by Saturday noon):
(1) NFL: Indianapolis at Kansas City
(2) NFL: Dallas at Los Angeles Rams
(3) NFL: Los Angeles Chargers at New England
(4) NFL: Philadelphia at New Orleans
Four correct, 10 points; three correct, 8 points; two correct, 6 points.


(Editor’s note: I saw this long list of “Did You Know?” statements on someone’s post on Facebook this week but have no idea who is responsible for composing them.)

Your shoes are the first thing people subconsciously notice about you. Wear nice shoes!


This has been an awful week for our mother tongue. I could just ignore such painful violations of the English language, but I won’t. Some examples:
— From KEVN’s story on the first baby of the new year in Rapid City: “Her and baby are both doing great.” Her is? Wonderful news. Terrible grammar.
— From Troy Aikman on Fox’s NFL Dallas-Seattle telecast: “. . . with he and Griffen the Seahawks are set.” Him, Troy, him; not he.
— From a local radio station’s newsletter: “Noem takes the reigns as governor.” They are reins, not reigns.
— From an Argus Leader column about working as a UPS package sorter: “Both me and my fellow handler were tossing packages to the top of the tier.” Me was tossing a package?
— From CBS football analyst Tony Romo: “I would have went to Flacco.” I would have gone to him, too.
— From one of Midco’s basketball broadcasters: “She might have came down on her ankle.” Yes, that would hurt almost as badly as poor grammar.

Some of the news items below are from the Christmas letters I received in the mail this past holiday season. You all had your chance!


“Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson


Katie Kloos, 19, who graduated from Riggs High School in 2017, was fatally injured in a three-car accident on I-90 west of Wall on New Year’s Day. Services were held Tuesday at Lutheran Memorial Church. Katie grew up in Oakes, N.D., and Pierre. After high school she attended the School of Mines. While in Pierre she worked at Our House Childcare and the Oahe YMCA, and while in college she worked at the YMCA in Rapid City. Among her survivors are her father and stepmother, Caleb and Angelica Aberle; her mother, Kari Kloos, and her fiance, Greg McClain; her own fiance, Nathan Fjelstad, and her siblings, Ellie Kloos, Annika Aberle and Sean Kloos.

Jim and Jeanne Goodman’s Christmas letter revealed Jim spent his seventh summer coaching baseball in 2018, and Jeanne went to Australia with her sister while the latter worked at the Australian Open tennis tournament. The Goodmans took a trip to Colorado in the summer and rode the Durango/Silverton train. They have their four grandchildren close by in Pierre. Greg and Wanda Goodman have Jackson, third grade, and Allison, kindergarten. Allen and Sadie Goodman have Piper, 2, and Emmett, born in October.

Dustin Bonnett begins a new job as the newest vice president of sales with First Bankers Banc Securities in Austin, Texas, where he is setting up a new office and adding the state of Texas to his territory. Dustin had been working in Des Moines and more recently in Kansas City.

24/7 Wall Street, a content partner of the USA Today newspaper, created a weighted index of 26 measures to identify the best city to live in in each state. The South Dakota city is Pierre. The “winners’ in neighboring states are Mandan, N.D.; LeMars, Iowa; New Ulm, Minn.; Norfolk, Neb.; Miles City, Mont., and Jackson, Wyo.

Brad and Susan Urbach’s Christmas letter revealed they spent the time around New Year’s Day in California where they were “petal pushers,” the volunteers who helped decorate a float for the Rose Parade in Pasadena. Their 2018 included two trips in blizzards to weddings, summer trips to Lake Okoboji, Iowa, and Colorado Springs, a trip to San Diego for the annual meeting of the Lutheran Church Extension Fund, and trips to two Nebraska football games. Brad and Susan updated us on their 13 grandchildren—Anna Urbach, 16; Olivia Urbach, 14; Nathan Urbach, 10; Cody Urbach, 14; Lexi Anderson, 9; Aidan Unterbrunner, 14; Ashton Unterbrunner, 11; Liam Unterbrunner, 8; Landon Unterbrunner, 5; Delainey Luhman, 6; Isabel Knutson, 8; Emma Knutson, 6, and Owen Knutson, 3.

Tonight (Thursday) is opening night for Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” at The Rogue Theatre in Tucson, Ariz. Ryan Parker Knox has the role of Benedick in the show which runs through Jan. 27. In the role he has, Ryan has some strenuously long monologues. “I do much wonder that one man, seeing how much another man is a fool when he dedicates his behaviors to love, will, after he hath laughed at such shallow follies in others, become the argument of his own scorn by falling in love” is about 20% of one of his longest monologues in the show. Break a leg!

Meanwhile, in Rapid City Holly (Knox) Perli and her older daughter, Olivia, are both in the cast of “Newsies,” the Broadway musical to be performed tonight (Thursday) through Saturday at the Central High School theater. The show is a biennial production of ACTS, the community theater support group, so the cast includes adults and young people from across the city as well as Central students.

Janice E. Peterson, 90, died Dec. 31 at Dow Rummel Village in Sioux Falls. A celebration of life service will be held May 26 at First United Methodist Church in Aberdeen. She graduated from Central High School in Aberdeen in 1946 and married William Clark in 1949. She worked as a teacher and as a field representative for U.S. Sen. Larry Pressler. Janice married Harlan Peterson in 1985. They moved to Sioux Falls in 2013. She is survived by her children, Cathleen Britton of Sioux Falls, Brad Clark and his wife Lori of Pierre, and Tom Clark of Sioux Falls; four stepchildren; 19 grandchildren, including Hatta Barnes, Courtney Clark and Will Clark, and 11 great-grandchildren. Among those who preceded her in death was a daughter, Susan Tweel of Proctorville, Ohio.

Tom and Esther Harmon’s Christmas card featured a gorgeous photo of the Capitol Rotunda ablaze with color from the decorated trees. The Harmons often go to Sioux Falls and did so for Thanksgiving to visit 2-year-old granddaughter Hannah and her parents, Erin and Susanne Harmon. Earlier in 2018 Tom and Esther took a cruise from Florida to California via the Panama Canal. They spent a week in San Francisco visiting Elliot and Kat Harmon. Tom discovered woodworking in 2018, and now the Harmons’ backyard includes a pre-made workshop which has been named The Taj Ma-shed. Another highlight of their 2018 was a very hot reunion with Esther’s family in Arizona.

The Argus Leader Sports Awards for this year will be presented May 10 at the Sanford Pentagon at an event whose featured speaker will be Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins. The newspaper has announced the nominees for its awards covering the recently completed fall sports seasons. In girls soccer the nominees include Abigail Foster and Emily Mikkelsen of Pierre’s state championship team. Among the nominees in football is Jack Maher of Pierre’s state championship team.

Ryan Murphy and his wife, the former Trisha Haraldson, still make their home at Dell Rapids. Their children are Rowan, 13; Finn, 11; Declan, 8, and Bergen, 6.

Jeannette Beemer, who is well into her 101st year now that her birthday was celebrated for a week in the fall, says in her Christmas note she remains busy in P.E.O., church choir, church guild and adult Sunday school and enjoys dominoes, bingo, bridge and life at ParkWood. She updated us on her children—Joel, retired in Spearfish; Jack and Lexi, retired in Bend, Ore.; Diane and Dob, retired in Yankton and wintering in Texas; Doug and Janice, living on the river in Fort Pierre and Doug retiring; Kathy and Mike Cruse, still in Pierre where Kathy directs South Dakota Head Start; and Suzy and Steven in San Francisco where Suzy works at UC-San Francisco. Jeannette admits her 14 grandchildren and 20 great-grands are “all exceptional.”

Now through Sunday, Pierre’s Community Bible Church is hosting a candidate for lead pastor to fill the vacancy being created by the retirement of the Rev. Harvey Fries. Chance Sumner was the unanimous recommendation of the church’s board of trustees who interviewed 15 candidates from among more than 100 applicants. Sumner and his wife, Kathryn, are the parents of three children. He earned his education at Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida and has been attending Dallas Theological Seminary in Texas. While in seminary he has been pastoral resident at the Scofield Church in Dallas for the past year.

Chris Rumrill became engaged this month to Katya Vakshteyn. Chris and Katya both graduated from SDSU with their bachelor’s degrees last May. Katya is still there with 1 1/2 years of pharmacy school remaining, and Chris is taking classes at USD as he prepares to apply to medical school. Katya went to high school at Blue Valley High in Overland Park, Kan.

Raury Cruse has started a new band called Away Team from members of three other bands. This new modern group was recently listed as one of the up-and-coming music groups in the Denver area whom music fans should follow in 2019. Raury is lead guitarist on most songs and does some backup vocals. He and another guitarist wrote the songs, then the bassist and drummer added their parts. Away Team’s first EP album has a release date of Jan. 23, and their first single, “Wasted,” is now available on iTunes. Raury started the new band by placing an ad on Craigslist, asking for interested musicians to contact him.

The Buffalo Hall of Fame, which honors former Fort PIerre and Stanley County high school athletes, will induct a trio of former SCHS wrestlers on Feb. 2 before the championship round of the Big Dakota Conference tournament at Parkview Auditorium, followed by a reception at the Chuckwagon. This year’s honorees are Kevin Cronin (’88), Kirby Cronin (’97) and Kris Dozark (’98).

The Christmas photo card and letter from Dennis and Shirley Eisnach are always eagerly anticipated because the photo shows everyone in their daughters’ amazing families clad in color-coordinated T-shirts—one family in red, one in green, one in white. Surprisingly they all got together at Wisconsin Dells last July to celebrate the Eisnachs’ 60th wedding anniversary, a college graduation and three high school graduations. While they stay home in Pierre most of the time, the Eisnachs still enjoy OLLI classes with other retirees at CUC, and Shirley volunteers for SHIINE’s Medicare Part D and attends P.E.O. and Retired School Personnel. Dennis continues responding well to oral chemotherapy treatments for his multiple myeloma and quarterly infusions. He walks a mile a day and swims twice a week at the YMCA to stay in shape. Shirley points out that their grandchildren are from four different continents. Here’s the scoop for everyone who went to school with the Eisnach girls and those who had Mrs. E. for a teacher: Stan and Danna Nesler live in the Milwaukee suburb of Shorewood where Stan is finance operations manager at Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield and Danna works at Johnson Controls in the global director program management office. Nicholas Nesler is a junior at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, and Frannie Nesler is a freshman at the School of Mines in Rapid City. Dave and Denette Becker are in Pierre where Dave is business manager at Central Dakota Eyecare and Denette is an optometrist and owner/partner there. Taylor Becker lives in Brandon and manages the ShopKo pharmacy in Pipestone while his wife, LaTora, is a registered nurse at Sanford Pediatrics GI Clinic in Sioux Falls. Tanna Becker works in Sioux Falls after a year’s internship with All God’s Children Adoption Agency in Vancouver, Wash. Kaylee Becker is a freshman at SDSU. Frank Becker is a senior and Vick Becker a freshman, both at Riggs High. Keith and Darla Wrage live in Mankato where Keith is a training specialist at Abdo, Eick & Meyers Accounting and Darla is a pediatrician at Mankato Children’s Clinic. Tate Wrage graduated from the U. of M. and now works for Goldman-Sachs in New York. Ty Wrage is a junior at USD, Tage Wrage a freshman at UW-LaCrosse and Tava Wrage a junior at Mankato East. Trace, Tessa and Tad Wrage are in ninth, seventh and seventh grades, respectively, at Prairie Winds Middle School.

A retirement party for Mike Boocock will be held today (Thursday) at 5 p.m. at Wegner Auto. He is completing 15 years as title clerk and office support there.

Shirley Millard, 85, died Jan. 3 at Rapid City Regional Hospital. The former Shirley Aby grew up in Canning and Blunt and graduated from high school at Blunt. After her marriage to William Millard in 1951, they moved to the Black Hills in 1956. She is survived by six children, 17 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, a brother, and two sisters, Evonne Flax and Geraldine Ray. Memorial services are being held this (Thursday) morning at 10:30 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Lead.

Matt Blumer, who graduated from Riggs High School in 1990, and his wife and four children have returned to Pierre to make their home. Matt is finishing his nurse practitioner degree while still in the military, which he will leave soon after 20 years of service. His wife teaches at Pierre Indian Learning Center. At Riggs High Matt was crowned homecoming governor with Katie Carter as first lady in the fall of 1989. Matt was an all-conference player in football, and a four-event placer at the state track meet as a sprinter in the 100, 200 and 400-meter races and relays. He also won four events at that spring’s Pierre Legion Relays.

Former Capital Journal editor Dana Hess and his wife, Jeanne, are still in Brookings, and according to their Christmas letter, Dana is “pretty good” at being retired, in his wife’s opinion. Jeanne works at the SDSU Bookstore in customer service. She keeps busy in her free time making doll clothes and infant burial gowns for the Avera hospitals. Dana has been doing free-lance writing, a good deal of it for the South Dakota Newspaper Association. Their son Alan sells real estate and is president of the local realtors association in Brookings, and his wife Ann is editor of American Hog Farmer magazine. Their other son Paul and a partner own U.P. Supply Company, a screen printing business in Marquette, Mich. Paul also teaches a design class at Northern Michigan University. Alan and his wife have seventh-grader Dylan and 3-year-old Benson in their family.

The 11th season of Amazon’s “Fireball Run” TV series will premier on Amazon Prime Jan. 15. There are 30 episodes in the show this season, part of which were filmed last summer in Vermillion, Yankton, Pierre and Rapid City. The father-son team of Trace and Bryan Beck, known as the Pierre Rockers, and 39 other teams traveled from Eau Claire, Wis., to Rapid City over a 2,000-mile route, competing to earn points for accomplishing tasks and challenges and discovering artifacts. A preview of the “Fireball Run” series will be shown at Beck Motors at 5 p.m. today (Thursday).

All three of Luke and Jenny Steece’s children play soccer, according to their Christmas card, and so, for that matter, does Luke! They live in Long Beach, Calif., where Luke continues management at Phenomenex and Jen is a physician’s assistant in an emergency room at Long Beach Medical Center. Their family includes Dylan, 10; Taylor, 8, and Jack, 4.

The funeral service for Sally Demery, 60, Mobridge, will be held at 10 a.m. MST Saturday at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Eagle Butte. A wake service will begin at the church at 7 p.m. Friday. She passed away Jan. 3 at Mobridge Regional Hospital. The former Sally Wager married Bob Demery in Pierre in 1975. Her husband, the son of Bob and Margaret (Day) Demery, formerly of Onida, attended Sully Buttes High School in the early ’70s. She is survived by her husband, four children, three grandchildren, a brother, a sister, and her father, Gary Wager of Dawson Creek, B.C.

Tom and Peggy Huber’s Christmas letter emphasized the arrival of Rocco Huber, grandchild No. 6, during 2018. Most of their children and grandchildren went to Walt Disney World for a memorable vacation last summer. Each of the three Huber children has two children of her or his own—Jessi and Eric Herrscherr have Sam and Maya; Molly and Darin Hausmann have Riley and Cailyn, and Max and Lisa Huber have Dakota and Rocco. The Herrscherrs live in suburban Minneapolis, Max’s family in St. Paul and the Hausmanns in Pierre.

The USD Academic Honors List for outstanding part-time students during the fall semester includes these area students: Kaitlin Cummings, Annelle Becker, Christine Olson, McKenna Halverson, Jana Doherty, Hope Jurrens, Robin Masteller, Mollie Jenkins.

Onida native Julie Bright and her husband, Mike Smith, are still in Abilene, Texas, where Julie (daughter of Helen Bright, now of Hot Springs, and the late Sheldon Bright) volunteers for Meals on Wheels, is a library helper at the elementary school where she formerly taught, and substitute-teaches occasionally. Mike is the IT director at WolfePak where he has worked for 20 years. Julie and Mike also volunteer serving holiday dinners for the hungry and homeless and at “the world’s largest BBQ event” organized by Abilene’s military affairs committee. They have four cats with the interesting names of Betty Grayble, Bob Roberts, Darrell Dean and Bibbs Nibbles.

The fall semester Dean’s List at the University of South Dakota includes these area students: Joel Johnson, Renee Gallagher, Nicole Gednalske, Hannah Booth, Thomas Maher, Maddie Miller, Alexandria Allison, Connor Jallo, Luke Snyder, Jenna Johnson, Paige Lonbaken, Amanda Jandt, Jessi Martell, Molly Stulken, Kyle Klusman, Jaid Firestone, Brooke Wiest, Hallie Jerome, Kylee Hanson, Caleb Lusk, Isabelle Lehman, Jenny Miller, Brooke Miller, Katie Bartlett, Madison McClure, Cassie Axtell, Casey Williams, Shaina Farris, Chloe Kaiser, Cole O’Conner, Jordyn Lemieux, Katy Honeywell, Maranda Olson, Carlie Hanson, Tori Jones, Macy Howard, Cassandra Jones.

Mikal and Nancy Hanson’s Christmas letter shared much happy news from their family from 2018. Older son Kai and his wife, Kayla, were married in April in Minneapolis during a raging blizzard. Younger son Max and his wife, Baillie, were married in Pierre amid 90-degree heat. Kai and Kayla live in Minneapolis where he is a senior analytics consultant with Bright Health and she is a senior IT consultant with Eagle Creek Software. Max and Baillie live at Dakota Dunes. Max is an electrical engineer for Tyson Foods, Inc. at their headquarters in North Sioux City, and Baillie is a fifth-grade teacher in Sioux City. Meanwhile, the Hansons’ daughter, Kristen, and her husband, Andrew Ganske, still live in Fargo and, according to the letter, “meet each other coming and going from work and school with the goal of master’s degrees in their near future.”

The funeral service for LouAnn (Peterson) Leischer, who died at the age of 70 Jan. 6, will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at St. John’s Catholic Church in Fort Pierre. Visitation is at 5 p.m. tonight (Thursday) at the church with a prayer service and rosary there at 6. She was a native of Highmore and a 1966 graduate of Highmore High School. After attending Mount Marty College she worked at the Sioux Falls Stockyards. She came to Fort Pierre and Pierre in 1990 and worked for the South Dakota Animal Industry Board and Alamo Excavating. She married Doug Leischer in 2011, and they retired to country living. She is survived by her husband; her siblings, Gay Hoerler, Kathy Sayler, Becky Eaton, Kristine Schmidt, Amy Larsen, David Peterson and Scott Peterson, and many nephews and nieces and their families.

South Dakota State University’s fall semester Dean’s List includes these area students (an asterisk* indicates a 4.0 grade-point average): Brad Koch*, Ethan Leif*, Evan Rumrill*, Wyatt Rumrill*, Bramm Pickner, Allison Meintsma, Rachel Propst*, Sierrah Schlekeway, Alyssa Iedema*, Briana Hyde*, Grace Weinheimer, Greer Hofer*, Rebecca Urban, Michell Boe, Haley Dorschner, Kaylee Becker*, Madelyn Reinke, Moina Syed, Anna Maher*, Madison Hyde, Hannah Becker, Cale Meiners, Abby Lingle*, Joshua Weinheimer*, Samantha Gortmaker*, Ashley Theobald, Nahan Remmich, Nathanael Hill*, Hudson Rohrbach, Audrey Johnson*, Marinda Archer*, Addison Eisenbeisz*, Martee Larson*, Alan De Alba, Emily Rice, Sarah Haberman*, Kailee Schultz*, Clay Feller, Erika Stout*, Seth McKinley, Erin Foth*.


A priest found himself wondering whether there are any golf courses in heaven. One day in answer to his prayers a messenger stated, “They have excellent golf courses in heaven.”

“Oh, thank you,” said the priest. “That is great news.”

“Yes, isn’t it?” said the messenger. “And we have you down for a round next Saturday.”


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