Vol. 20, No. 19; Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019

by | Jan 17, 2019 | Parker's Midweek Update

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PIERRE GOVERNORS SPORTS ROUNDUP

This week’s schedules:
Wrestling: Friday, home vs. Brandon Valley (6 p.m.) and Watertown (7:15 p.m.); Saturday, home for the East-West Invitational (with Brandon Valley, Watertown, Sturgis, Rapid City Central and Rapid City Stevens), 11 a.m..
Gymnastics: Saturday, at Rapid City invitational.
Boys basketball: Thursday, home vs. Sturgis; Saturday, at Harrisburg.
Girls basketball: Friday, at Yankton.

Boys basketball: Mitchell tied the game with 17 seconds left, but the Governors beat the Kernels, 52-50, when Garrett Stout scored on a runner from near the basket with :03.2 left. The Govs, who outrebounded Mitchell by 35-19, got 18 points and 10 rebounds from Jack Maher and 17 points and seven rebounds from Paul Adam.

Wrestling: The Governors defeated Mitchell in a dual, 38-21, getting wins from Blake Judson, Deegan Houska, Hayden Shaffer, Jack Van Camp, Lee Snyder, Maguire Raske, Garrett Leesman and Gage Gehring. At the Mitchell invitational the next day, Rapid City Stevens won the team title with East Ridge second, Watertown third and Pierre fourth among nine teams. Cade Hinkle at 145 pounds and Raske at 170 won championships for the Govs. Van Camp at 138 and Gage Gehring at 195 placed second. Jace Bench-Bresher at 126, Tyson Johnson at 132 and James Lees at 220 earned third-place honors.

Gymnastics: Pierre won its own invitational Saturday with a 138.025 score. Mitchell was second and Aberdeen Central third among nine teams. Mikah Moser of the Lady Govs won all four events—bars, beam, floor exercise and vault—and thus was all-around champion. Meg Erwin tied for eighth on bars, was third on beam, placed ninth in vault and took 12th in floor exercise. Jasi Krull was seventh in vault.

Girls basketball: Pierre lost to Mitchell, 67-46, as a full-court press all night led to numerous turnovers, including six in the third period alone. In that quarter the Lady Govs were outscored 19-6. Emily Mikkelsen scored 18 points and Mackenzie Rath 11. On Tuesday Pierre came home with a win for the first time this season after a 66-48 win at Douglas. Mikkelsen scored 22 points, passing the 1,000-point mark for her career along the way. She hit nine of 10 free throws in the fourth quarter as the team made 14 of 15. Khylie Kessler added 18 points for Pierre. Rath was injured early in the game and did not play in the second half.

DID YOU KNOW?

If you sit for more than 11 hours a day, there’s a 50% chance you will die within the next three years.

Class “AA” boys basketball seed-points standings: (1) S.F. Lincoln 8-0; (2) Yankton 9-2; (3) Brandon Valley 6-2; (4) S.F. O’Gorman 6-4; (5) R.C. Stevens 8-3; (6) Huron 6-3; (7) S.F. Roosevelt 4-4; (8) Sturgis 7-2; (9) Watertown 4-5; (10) R.C. Central 6-5; (11) S.F. Washington 3-5; (12) Harrisburg 4-4; (13) Pierre 3-4; (14) Brookings 2-6; (15) Aberdeen Central 1-6; (16) Mitchell 0-9; (17) Douglas 1-8; (18) Spearfish 1-9. NOTE: At the end of the regular season only the top 16 teams will qualify for postseason play in the Round of 16.

Class “AA” girls basketball seed-points standings: (1) Brandon Valley 8-1; (2) Harrisburg 8-1: (3) S.F. Washington 7-2; (4) S.F. O’Gorman 8-1; (5) R.C. Stevens 8-2; (6) Sturgis 7-2; (7) Brookings 6-2; (8) S.F. Lincoln 5-4; (9) Mitchell 5-4; (10) R.C. Central 6-5; (11) Aberdeen Central 3-4; (12) Yankton 5-5; (13) Huron 2-7; (14) Douglas 4-4; (15) Pierre 1-8; (16) Watertown 0-10; (17) Spearfish 1-9; (18) S.F. Roosevelt 0-9. NOTE: At the end of the regular season only the top 16 teams will qualify for postseason play in the Round of 16.

STANLEY COUNTY BUFFALOES SPORTS ROUNDUP

This week’s schedules:
Gymnastics: Next meet Jan. 25 at Hot Springs invitational.
Wrestling: Saturday, at Winner invitational.
Girls basketball: Thursday, home vs. Sully Buttes; Tuesday, home vs. Gregory.
Boys basketball: Tuesday, at Sully Buttes.

Boys basketball: The Buffaloes lost their opening game of the Jones County Invitational to Lyman, 59-56; then defeated Philip in the consolation semifinals, then won the fifth-place game over Kadoka Area, 58-51. Joey Fischer was named to the all-tournament second team.

Girls basketball: The Lady Buffs are now 2-8 after a 45-44 win at home over Bennett County.

Gymnastics: The SCHS girls placed 13th at the Madison invitational with a team score of 87.175. Perennial state power Deuel won the team title.

SULLY BUTTES CHARGERS SPORTS ROUNDUP

This week’s schedules:
Boys basketball: Tuesday, home vs. Stanley County.
Girls basketball: Thursday, at Stanley County; Monday, at Philip.
Wrestling: Thursday, at Mobridge-Pollock quadrangular; Saturday, at Winner invitational.

Boys basketball: The Chargers dominated Miller, 71-32, as Grant Johnson and Nick Wittler scored 22 points apiece. On Tuesday SBHS dealt Timber Lake its first loss of the year in a 67-57 overtime victory. SBHS was down 22-14 after the first quarter but rebounded to make it a game. Wittler, who scored 22, and Cam Ogle, who had 19 points, each hit a crucial three-pointer in the O.T. Jett Lamb contributed 18 points as the Chargers improved to 8-1.

Girls basketball: The Charger girls lost to Miller, 43-34, in a game in which they committed 19 turnovers. A big key was losing Kendra Kleven to a knee injury in the first minute of the game. Lauren Wittler had 15 points and Jill Hofer eight. On Saturday at the Hanson Classic in Mitchell, the girls lost to Hanson, 33-23, as Lauren Wittler was held to two points. Down 18-8 at halftime, SBHS rallied to within 19-15 in the third but could get no closer. Amanda Guthmiller was high scorer with eight. On Tuesday the girls rebounded with a 60-49 win over Timber Lake as Lauren Wittler had 28, Allyson Wittler 10 and Brooklynn Bradford eight points. SBHS is now 6-4.

WORDS OF WISDOM

“Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.”

— President John F. Kennedy

WEDDING DAYS

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

BASKETBALL UPDATE

Midco Sports Network live games this week:
Friday, 7 p.m.; men’s hockey, UND-Omaha.
Friday, 7 p.m.: women’s basketball, SDSU-UND (MSN2).
Saturday, 2 p.m.: men’s basketball, UND-NDSU.
Saturday, 7 p.m.: men’s hockey, UND-Omaha.
Sunday, 1 p.m.: women’s basketball, UND-NDSU.
Sunday, 2 p.m.: women’s basketball, USD-Omaha (MSN2).
Sunday, 6 p.m.: men’s basketball, USD-Omaha.
Wednesday, 7 p.m.: women’s basketball, NDSU-SDSU (MSN2).

Sioux Falls Skyforce: The Force lost to Stockton, 127-111, and beat Oklahoma City, 119-107. After playing Iowa last night, Sioux Falls is home vs. Windy City Saturday and Santa Cruz Tuesday.

Minnesota Timberwolves: After a pair of close games—a 119-115 loss to Dallas and a 110-106 win over New Orleans—the Wolves were destroyed at Philadelphia Tuesday, 149-107. Minnesota goes to San Antonio Friday, home vs. Phoenix Sunday and to Phoenix Tuesday.

NEOLOGISMS

Lymph (v.) — to walk with a lisp.

GOLF UPDATE

PGA Champions Tour: After its holiday break the Champions Tour resumes play in Hawaii at the Mitsubishi Electric Championships Thursday through Saturday.

PONDER THIS

“America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.”

— President Harry S. Truman

FOOTBALL UPDATE

NFL games on TV this weekend:
Sunday, 2:05 p.m.: NFC championship, Los Angeles Rams at New Orleans, Fox.
Sunday, 5:40 p.m.: AFC championship, New England at Kansas City, CBS.

— On the weekend after the Super Bowl, the new Alliance of American Football (AAF) begins its 10-week season with a game on CBS-TV. There will be four games each weekend, two on Saturday and two on Sunday, and the season will run through April with a game on CBS Sports Network each weekend. The four teams in the Eastern Division will be the Atlanta Legends, Birmingham Iron, Memphis Express and Orlando Apollos. In the West will be the Arizona Hotshots, Salt Lake Stallions, San Antonio Commanders and San Diego Fleet. There are some quite cool logos for these teams, which you can find in you “Google” AAF football logos.

— So whom will the national champs be playing this coming fall? Here you go!

CLEMSON 2019 SCHEDULE
Aug. 29: Georgia Tech
Sept. 7: Texas A&M
Sept. 14: at Syracuse
Sept. 21: Charlotte
Sept. 28: at North Carolina
Oct. 12: Florida State
Oct. 19: at Louisville
Oct. 26: Boston College
Nov. 2: Wofford
Nov. 9: at North Carolina State
Nov. 16: Wake Forest
Nov. 30: at South Carolina

THOUGHT FOR TODAY

“Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.”

— President Harry S. Truman

HOCKEY UPDATE

Rapid City Rush: The Rush lost to Tulsa twice by the same score of 5-1. Rapid City was home vs. Florida last night and hosts Florida again Friday and Saturday.

Gillette Wild (Coleman Varty): The Wild defeated Yellowstone, 8-0. Coleman scored two goals and assisted on another. He has 19 goals and 32 assists to date this season. Gillette plays at Yellowstone Friday and Saturday.

Sioux Falls Stampede: The Herd beat Omaha, 4-1, and beat Sioux City, 4-3, before a home crowd of 7,463. Sioux Falls hosted Fargo last night, then goes to Fargo Friday and Saturday.

Oahe Capitals: The boys varsity won twice at Sioux Center by the same score of 4-3. In Saturday’s game Spencer Wedin scored twice and Elliot Leif once for a 3-0 lead. After the Storm tied the game, Talon Griese got the game-winner at 18:17 of the third period. Tate Mueller made 26 saves. In Sunday’s game Raef Briggs scored to make it 1-0 for Oahe, Jackson Lake made it 2-2, Wedin tied the game at 3-3, and Caden Davis converted Wedin and Griese assists for the winning goal. Mueller made 19 saves. The Caps play at Mitchell at 8 p.m. Saturday and is home vs. Brookings at 4 p.m. Sunday.

SDAHA boys varsity standings (wins-losses-ties-OT losses=points): Sioux Falls 9-0-0-0 18, Rushmore 9-4-0-0 18, Oahe 7-1-0-0 14, Huron 6-5-0-0 12, Brookings 4-5-0-0 8, Sioux Center 4-5-0-0 8, Mitchell 3-4-0-0 6, Watertown 2-5-0-1 5, Aberdeen 2-6-0-1 5, Yankton 0-9-0-0 0.

Oahe Lady Capitals: The girls varsity lost to Sioux Falls, 14-1, Friday. Amy Gilkerson got the only Oahe goal on an Ashton Lee assist. Abigail Stewart-Fromm made 31 saves in the net. On Saturday the girls were shut out by Brookings, 8-0. Stewart-Fromm had 28 saves. The girls go to Mitchell for a 2 p.m. Saturday faceoff, then will be home at noon Sunday vs. Brookings.

SDAHA girls varsity standings (wins-losses-ties-OT losses=points): Aberdeen 11-0-0-0 22, Sioux Falls 10-1-0-0 20, Brookings 7-4-0-0 14, Sioux Center 5-3-0-0 10, Mitchell 5-4-0-0 10, Watertown 2-6-0-1 5, Huron 2-8-1-0 5, Oahe 2-7-0-0 4, Rushmore 0-10-1-0 1.

Minnesota Wild: Minnesota edged Winnipeg 3-2; lost to Detroit, 5-2; lost to Philadelphia, 7-4, and won in a 3-2 shootout over Los Angeles. The Wild are home vs. Anaheim tonight and Columbus Saturday, then go to Las Vegas Monday and Colorado next Wednesday.

COUNTDOWN

6 days: Riggs High Post-High Planning and Career Fair (Jan. 23).
8 days: Riggs High one-act plays (Jan. 25, 28).
10 days: “Rent” live, Fox TV (Jan. 27).
14 days: State one-act play festival, Aberdeen (Jan. 31-Feb. 2).
16 days: St. Joseph Elementary School carnival (Feb. 2).
17 days: Super Bowl LIII, Atlanta (Feb. 3).
20 days: Riggs High musicians at small-group contest, Kimball (Feb. 6).
22 days: State gymnastics tournament, Brookings (Feb. 8-9).
24 days: Grammy awards, CBS-TV (Feb. 10).
26 days: Governor’s Awards in the Arts (Feb. 12).
33 days: Georgia Morse Middle School musical (Feb. 19-21).
34 days: Riggs High musicians at small-group contest, Chamberlain (Feb. 20).
34 days: Summit League swimming championships, Sioux Falls (Feb. 20-23).
36 days: Pierre Players’ “Bill W. and Dr. Bob” (Feb. 22-24, 28-March 2).
36 days: State wrestling tournaments, Rapid City (Feb. 22-23).
36 days: Summit League indoor track/field championships, Brookings (Feb. 22-23).
37 days: Minnesota Twins spring exhibition season opener (Feb. 23).
38 days: Oscars, ABC-TV (Feb. 24).
42 days: Riggs High talent show (Feb. 28).

BASEBALL UPDATE

Pierre Trappers: The 2019 roster continues to expand. Coming to Pierre for his first season with the Trappers will be sophomore pitcher Jacob Sandridge of San Joaquin Delta College in California. His hometown is Stockton, Calif.

THIS MAKES SENSE

“Common-looking people are the best in the world. That is the reason the Lord makes so many of them.”

— President Abraham Lincoln

COLLEGE SPORTS ROUNDUP

South Dakota State swimming (Ashley Theobald, Wyatt Rumrill): The Jackrabbits after a long layoff resume competition with a dual against St. Cloud State Saturday.

South Dakota State track/field (Riley Sears, Rachel Propst, Addison Eisenbeisz): The SDSU men defeated UND, 93-54, in a dual, and the women won by 76-69. Riley placed fifth in the high jump at 6’5″. Addy placed third in the high jump at 5’3″ and third in the triple jump at 36’8 1/2″. SDSU hosts the Jim Emmerich Invitational Saturday.

South Dakota track/field (Madason Tessier, Maddy McClure): At the Iowa Invitational Ethan Fenchel (Hull, Iowa) went 67’7″ in the weight throw for a school record and a toss that currently ranks ninth-best in the U.S. In the high jump Zach Anderson (Parker, S.D.) leaped 7’3 1/4″, a school record and the fourth-best jump in the U.S. Eldon Warner won the mile, and Chris Nilsen and Kimmy Peterson won their respective pole vault events. USD competes Saturday at the Jim Emmerich meet in Brookings.

South Dakota Mines track/field (Theron Singleton, Erick Colman): At the Myrle Hanson meet at BHSU, Erick placed second in the shot put at 5’11 3/4″ and fourth in the weight throw at 45’3″. The Hardrockers go to the Chadron State meet Sunday.

Black Hills State track/field (Allan McDonnell, Kelsey Van Den Hemel): At the BHSU Murle Hanson meet Kelsey placed fifth in the 3,000 meters in 11:35.02. Allan won the high jump at 16’9″, provisionally qualifying for the NCAA championships. He was sixth in the long jkump at 20’5″. BHSU competes Sunday at the Chadron State meet.

South Dakota State wrestling (Aric Williams): SDSU lost a 30-10 dual to #14 Northern Iowa. Aric at 141 pounds lost his match by a 22-7 technical fall to #10 Josh Alber. In the big match of the night Henry Pohlmeyer of SDSU won 2-1 at 149 pounds over #19 Max Thomsen. In another dual SDSU was shut out by #18 Pitt, 34-0. SDSU wrestles Sunday at Fresno State.

Augustana wrestling (Jebben Keyes): The Vikings shut out Dakota Wesleyan, 54-0, winning all five of the matches actually wrestled. Augustana hosts MSU-Moorhead tonight and goes to Southwest Minnesota State Saturday for NSIC duals.

Northern wrestling: The Wolves won an NSIC dual over Southwest Minnesota State, 22-16. NSU won at the four lowest weights for a 16-0 lead. The Wolves clinched the dual by decisions by Kaden Campbell at 184 and Diego Gallegos at 197. Northern, now 5-1 overall and 3-1 in the NSIC, goes out of the league to St. John’s Friday.

North Dakota men’s hockey: The Fighting Hawks won two overtime games over Colorado College, 4-3 and 3-2. UND plays at Omaha Friday and Saturday with both games on Midco Sports Network.

Black Hills State men’s basketball: The Yellowjackets lost both RMAC games last weekend. In an 86-83 loss to Colorado Christian, Fraser Malcolm scored 26. In an 80-65 loss to Regis, Makaleb McInnis scored 20. Now 7-6 overall and 63 in the league BHSU goes down to UC-Colorado Springs Friday and to Colorado Mines Saturday.

Black Hills State women’s basketball (Remi Wientjes, Racquel Wientjes): The BHSU womenm also lost both home games. In a 73-61 loss to Colorado Christian, Racquel went 1-of-8, including 0-of-3 in threes, and 3-of-4 for five points with a rebound and two assists. In a 74-59 loss to Regis, Racquel was 3-of-9, including 1-of-3 in threes, and 10-of-12 at the line for 17 points with five boards, a steal and a block. Now 9-4 overall and 5-4 in the RMAC, BHSU goes this weekend to UC-Colorado Springs and Colorado Mines.

Dakota Wesleyan men’s basketball (Brad Dean): The Tigers lost to Dordt, 81-79, despite 25 points from Nick Harden. In an 82-67 win over Midland, Harden and Ty Hoglund scored 23 points ech. Now 14-5 overall and 7-4 in the GPAC, DWU played Northwestern last night, goes to Hastings Saturday and then goes way out to Oglala Lakota Monday.

Dakota Wesleyan women’s basketball: The #1 team in the nation beat Dordt, 81-66, as Rylie Osthus and Sarah Carr each scored 22. DWU topped MIdland, 98-78, as Carr scored 23 and Kynedi Cheeseman 21. Now 19-1 overall and 12-1 in the GPAC, the Tiger women played Northwestern last night and go down to Hastings Saturday.

South Dakota State men’s basketball: The Jackrabbits beat Denver, 78-66, as David Jenkins scored 21, Skyler Flatten 20, Tevin King 17 and Mike Daym 10. In an 84-65 win over Oral Roberts, Daum scored 37, Jenkins 15 and Flatten 15. Now 14-6 overall and 4-1 in the Summit, SDSU played North Dakota last night and then is off until next Thursday against NDSU.

South Dakota State women’s basketball (Sydney Palmer): SDSU whipped Denver, 76-57, as Macy Miller and Myah Selland each scored 18. Sydney was 1-of-4, including 1-of-3 in threes, and 2-of-2 for five points with four rebounds and a steal. SDSU then beat Oral Roberts, 68-55, as Selland scored 19. Sydney was 1-of-2 from three-point range for three points with one rebound. Now 12-6 overall and 4-1 in the Summit, SDSU goes to UND at 7 p.m. Friday on Midco Sports Network.

Augustana men’s basketball: The Vikings got 26 points from freshman A.J. Plitzuweit in a 94-85 win over Upper Iowa. In an 87-67 loss to Winona State, Matt Cartwright scored 17 and Plitzuweit 16. Now 11-5 overall and 7-3 in the NSIC, Augie goes north to Northern Friday and MSU-Moorhead Saturday.

Augustana women’s basketball (Katie Bourk): The Viking women defeated Upper Iowa, 79-45, led by Vishe Rabb’s 19. In a 75-65 win over Winona State, Lynsey Prosser had 22 points and Abby Hora 20. Now 16-3 overall and 8-2 in the NSIC, Augie goes to Northern and MSU-Moorhead this weekend.

Incarnate Word women’s basketball (Liz Holter): The Cardinals lost to Sam Houston State, 76-56, as Liz was 0-for-1 and 2-of-4 for two points with one assist and a steal. Now 1-13 overall and 1-2 in the conference, UIW played Central Arkansas last night and hosts Stephen F. Austin Saturday.

South Dakota men’s basketball: The Coyotes dealt Purdue-Fort Wayne its first Summit League loss, 87-73, as Stanley Umude led USD with 26. Now 8-9 overall and 2-2 in the league, USD goes to Oral Roberts tonight and to Omaha Sunday at 6 p.m. on Midco Sports Network.

Summit League men’s basketball standings (not counting two Wednesday games): Purdue-Fort Wayne 4-1, SDSU 4-1, Omaha 3-1, Oral Roberts 3-2, USD 2-2, NDSU 2-2, UND 2-3, Western Illinois 1-4, Denver 0-5.

South Dakota women’s basketball (Chloe Lamb, Ciara Duffy): Holding Purdue-Fort Wayne to four points in the second quarter, the Coyote women led 31-21 at the half en route to a 69-51 win. Ciara was 7-of-14, including 1-of-3 in threes, for 15 points with seven boards, an assist and two steals. Chloe was 5-of-15 (2-of-6 in threes) and 1-of-1 for 13 points with three rebounds, three assists and a steal. Now 15-3 overall and 3-1 in the Summit, USD plays at Oral Roberts Friday and at Omaha Sunday.

Summit League women’s basketball standings (not counting one Wednesday game): SDSU 4-1, USD 3-1, Denver 3-2, Oral Roberts 3-2, UND 3-2, NDSU 2-2, Western Illinois 2-3, Omaha 1-3, Purdue Fort Wayne 0-5.

Dakota State women’s basketball: The Lady Ts lost to Valley City State, 88-73, as McKenzie Hermanson had 15. In a 72-62 loss to Mayville State, Jessi Giles led DSU with 21. Now 3-16 overall and 1-4 in the NSAA, DSU hosts Waldorf Friday and Viterbo Saturday.

Dakota State men’s basketball: The Trojan men beat Valley City State, 61-59, as Justin Folkers scored 16. He had 26 in a 93-73 loss to Mayville State. Now 7-14 overall and 2-3 in the NSAA, DSU hosts Waldorf and Viterbo this weekend.

South Dakota Mines women’s basketball: The Hardrocker women lost to Regis, 62-49, as Sami Steffeck scored 13. She had 13 again as did Michaela Shaklee in a 66-60 win over Colorado Christian. Now 5-8 overall and 2-7 in the RMAC, Mines goes down to Colorado Mines Friday and UC-Colorado Springs Saturday.

South Dakota Mines men’s basketball: The Hardrockers lost to Regis, 79-66, as Mitchell Sueker had 19 and Allec Williams 18. In a 73-60 win over Colorado Christian, Williams scored 24. Now 7-10 overall and 4-5 in the RMAC, Mines goes to Colorado Mines and UC-Colorado Springs this weekend.

Northern men’s basketball (Lincoln Jordre): The Wolves edged Minnesota-Crookston, 72-70, as Bo Fries scored 18. In a 73-53 win over Bemidji State, NSU was led by Ian Smith with 23. Now 13-3 overall and 9-1 in the NSIC, Northern hosts Augustana Friday and Wayne State Saturday.

Northern women’s basketball (Angela Guthmiller): The Wolves won over Minnesota-Crookston, 60-59, as Brianna Kusler scored 13. In a 56-47 win over Bemidji State, Alayna Johnson led NSU with 12. Now 8-8 overall and 5-5 in the NSIC, Northern hosts Augustana and Wayne State this weekend.

Mount Marty women’s basketball: The Lancers lost to Northwestern, 88-58, and won in overtime over Hastings, 80-78. Sammy Kasowski had 17 points in the win. Now 10-9 overall and 4-9 in the GPAC, Mount Marty played Dordt last night and goes to Midland Saturday.

Mount Marty men’s basketball: The Lancer men lost to Northwestern, 98-60, and lost to Hastings, 66-62, as Colby Johnson scored 20. Now 6-15 overall and 2-10 in the GPAC, MMC played Dordt last night and goes to Midland Saturday.

Tennessee women’s basketball (Caleb Currier): The Lady Vols had a tough week, losing to Kentucky, 73-71, and to Georgia, 66-62. Now 12-4 overall and 1-3 in the SEC, Tennessee
goes to Alabama tonight and hosts Arkansas Monday.

University of Sioux Falls men’s basketball: The Cougars got 27 points one night and 29 the next from Trevon Evans as they beat Minnesota State, 74-46, and Concordia-St. Paul, 95-64. Now 12-4 overall and 7-3 in the NSIC, USF hosts Mary and Minot State this weekend.

University of Sioux Falls women’s basketball: The USF women got 28 from Anna Goodhope in an 81-71 win at Minnesota State. In a 69-64 loss to Concordia-St. Paul, Mariah Szymanski scored 14. Now 11-5 overall and 6-4 in the NSIC, USF hosts Mary Friday and Minot State Saturday.

ANOTHER THOUGHT

“In matters of style, swim with the current. In matters of principle, stand like a rock.”

— President Thomas Jefferson

BIRTHDAYS/ANNIVERSARIES

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

Friday, Jan. 18:
Jonathan Moe, Kaden Parsons, Leann Weischedel, Rick LaFurge, Tyson Lindekugel, Twila Dockter, Cody Cruse, Robbin Paxton, Cody Henrichsen, Kaden Kampfe.

Saturday, Jan. 19:
Noah Wright, Becky (Barringer) Hoffman, Karla Baus, Darin Hausmann, Destiny Garber, Caren (Howard) Huxford, Chandra Schoenhard, Barbara Crandell-Miller, Lane Hawkins, Allen Hiller, Jake Vogel, Clint Fouts, Martha Nystrom.

Sunday, Jan. 20:
Eleni Wright, Andrea (Miller) Baker, Amber Kelley, Ryan Anderson, DeNeil (Hosman) Taylor, Greg Chapin, Steve West, Katie Bartel, Jason Richards, Dorinda Timmons, Sue (Brink) Joachim, Kirsten Wilcox, Kathy (Walker) Blackburn, Lucas Stoeser, Kaitlin Thomas, Austyn Norman, Kiley (Slagle) Coyne.
— 1st anniversary, Allen/Sarah (Zellmer) Johnson.

Monday, Jan. 21:
Nathanial Sprenkle, Doug Paxton, Monte Pullman, Pam Steece, Justin Artz, Becky Thompson, Parker Parsons, Mary (Jordre) Jensen, Daniall Deis, Isaac Heymans.
— 15th anniversary, Jesse/Whitney (Palmer) Flottmeyer.

Tuesday, Jan. 22:
Jon Boer, Bob Joachim, Burkelee Kenefick-Asthoff, Maddox Dokken, Jason Sulzle, James Neil Watson, Brian Thompson, Tracy Roberts, Charis (Fouts) Blanchette, Mark Sweetman, Dustin Boes, Mark Venner, Paula (Adam) Burchill.
— 9th anniverary, Rob/Angela Miller.

Wednesday, Jan. 23:
Jan Hartland, Peyton Zabel, Derk Campbell, Erica Flyger, Adam Johnson, Eric James, Heidi Jennings, Melissa (Moore) Flottmeyer.

Thursday, Jan. 24:
Lynnsey Briese, Mary Thorson, Jeff Holcomb, Nancy Grunewaldt, Andrew Powers, Jackie Yackley, Pam Brandner.

CONSIDER THIS

“Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

FOOTBALL CONTEST #23

In last week’s contest involving the four playoff games, 10 points for all four correct go to Jon Boer, Debra Bollinger, Laurie Johnson, Jeff Adel, Randy Pool, Nathan Vetter and Jason Noyes. With 3-1 records for 8 points are Levi Neuharth, Beth Rinehart, Mikal Kern, Kyle Richards, Seb Axtman and David Thoreson. With 2-2 records for 6 points are David Ludwig, Tyler Nold, Lane Kozel and Shawn Hostler.

Our next-to-last contest (unless we do AAF football, which starts Feb. 10!!!) is this one below. Get both games correct, you get 10 points. Get one correct, you get 6 points.

Send your two winners to parkerhome16@hotmail.com by Sunday morning:

(1) NFC championship: Los Angeles Rams at New Orleans.
(2) AFC championship: New England at Kansas City.

PARKER’S PERSONAL NOTES

  • Ryan Deal of the Mitchell Daily Republic, formerly of the Aberdeen American News, has won the honor of South Dakota Sportswriter of the Year. Named Sportscaster of the Year is Al Decker of KDSJ, Deadwood. On the national level Doris Burke of ESPN is the first woman ever named Sportscaster of the Year, and the national sportswriter winner is Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
  • Plan your summertime entertainment before too long. The State Fair will have the Beach Boys there on Aug. 30 and Little Big Town on Aug. 31.
  • When I first went to the Capital Journal the first time nearly 40 years ago, Tony Tibbs was a young kid from across the river who was a talented photographer. He still is, I learned this week, when I happened to see him and his wife in a Facebook photo with Bob Jeffries. Tony and his wife live in Phoenix. He has some gorgeous photos on his page in several albums you should check out at https://tonytibbs.zenfolio.com. There are some especially beautiful shots of the Capitol and the railroad bridge as well as wildlife.

ANOTHER THOUGHT

“A liar should have a great memory”

— Quintilian

NEWS OF PEOPLE AND EVENTS

David Powers, formerly of Pierre, died at the age of 92 Jan. 10 in Brookings. He raised his family in Pierre for more than 40 years before moving to Brookings in 2013 to be closer to family members. Services will be held at a later date through Rude’s Funeral Home in Brookings. Mr. Powers is survived by his children, Patrick Powers and his wife Michelle of Brookings, Matthew Powers and his wife Melissa of Salt Lake City, Alexandra Powers of Highlands Ranch, Colo., Adrienne McEntee of Brookings, Michael Powers and his wife Lisa of Franktown, Colo., and Andrew Powers and his wife Teri of Underhill, Vermont; 15 grandchildren; two brothers, Richard Powers and Charles Powers, and two sisters, Janet Bellinger and Kathie Groh.

Local students who achieved Dean’s List honors at the School of Mines and Technology for the fall semester are Grady Tibbs, Ethan Unruh, Matthew Darnall, Benjamin Deis, Shelby Guthrie, Cody Henrichsen, Cole Hoelscher, Powell Klinger, Samuel Ryckman and Theron Singleton.

Pierre’s 1979 state “A” champion boys basketball team will have a 40-year anniversary reunion on Saturday, Jan. 26, and then be introduced at the Pierre home basketball game against Yankton that night. For further information call Bob Stalley at 605-280-9561.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, Jan. 26, the date of the next Post 8 Legion baseball fund-raising breakfast. The all-you-can-eat pancake/sausage breakfast will be served from 7 to 11 a.m. at the American Legion cabin with a free-will donation as the cost.

Lyle Chase of Sturgis, who grew up in Onida and graduated from high school there in 1956, died at the age of 81 at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen on Jan. 6. Services were held Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Aberdeen. After earning a degree from South Dakota State College, he served in the Army from 1961 to 1963. He spent 39 years as a range conservationist with the Bureau of Land Management, a career that took him and his wife, Wanda, to Casper, Lander and Worland, Wyo.; Dickinson, N.D., and Belle Fourche. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Wanda Chase of Sturgis; their daughter, Teri McDougle and her husband Scott of Aberdeen; stepsons Corky Griswold of Fort Washakie, Wyo., and Douglas Griswold of Pinon, Ariz.; a grandson, and a brother, Lyman Chase and his wife Marsha of Pierre. Among those who preceded him in death were his parents, Clarence and Vera Chase; a brother, Gary Chase; two sisters, Koreen Jonas and Virginia Chase; a stepson and a granddaughter.

June 4 will be the date for potential city commission and school board elections in Pierre. The school board seats up for election are those currently held by Cari Leidholt and Joan Adam. Leidholt has already announced she will seek a new term. On the city commission the seats up for election are those held by Vona Johnson and Blake Barringer. The county has no offices up for election in 2019.

Larissa FastHorse has learned that her latest work, “The Thanksgiving Play,” is now being officially licensed by the nation’s most prominent agency, Samuel French, Inc.

The Harold and Phyllis Somsen family, originally from Castlewood, has been chosen as South Dakota State University Family of the Year. They will be honored at halftime of the SDSU-Western Illinois women’s basketball game March 2 and at a luncheon before the game. Lowell Somsen of Pierre, the oldest of the seven Somsen children, started the State family tradition when he enrolled there in 1969. Six of the seven children went to SDSU, one of their spouses is also a graduate, and nine grandchildren and three of their spouses are SDSU alumni. The graduations ranged from 1973 to 2017. Lowell Somsen has been part-owner of the Fischer Rounds & Associates insurance agency since 1986 and is phasing into retirement, according to a news release from the university. The other Somsen siblings are Dan Somsen of Yankton; Laura Bass of Barre, Vt.; Larry Somsen, who has taken over the family farm; Leon Somsen of Yankton; Jerry Somsen of Webster, and Russell Somsen of Pierre, who is an administrator with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Lowell’s son, Cody Somsen, who earned his degree in 2017, is the latest Somsen to get a degree at SDSU.

The fall semester Dean’s List at Black Hills State University includes these area students: Kristi Maxfield, Racquel Wientjes, Remi Wientjes, Harrison Armstrong, Aaron Chapman, Alli Hedman, Jesse Jares, Kaitlynn Kelly, Jessika McCarty, Katherine Nielson, Cassandra Ryckman, Kelsey Van Den Hemel, Samantha Wempe. Part-time students on the Dean’s List include Sydney Williams and Caitlin Mohr.

From the latest edition of Pierre Educational Foundation’s Governor News newsletter come these dates of upcoming class reunions:
— Class of 1969 50-year reunion, Sept. 6-7. Contact Peggy (Rose) Huber at Huber_peggy@hotmail.com
— Class of 2009 10-year reunion, June 21-22. Information on Facebook at Pierre Class of 2009 (www.facebook.com/groups/298181974084434/
— Class of 1979 40-year reunion, June 21-22. Information: Lisa (Brinkman) Blake.

Former Pierre resident Dennis W. Potter, who battled Alzheimer’s disease the last few years of his life, passed away Jan. 9 in Sioux Falls at the age of 75. Services were held Monday at Calvary Episcopal Church in Sioux where he and his wife, Mary, had made their retirement home since 2006. Dennis graduated from Chamberlain High School ih 1961 and from Augustana College in 1965 with a bachelor of science degree in political science. Dennis and the former Mary Reinecke were married just after graduation. They first lived in Louisville, Ky., where he worked for the Planning and Zoning Commission. Then he worked for the cities of Eureka, Calif., Pierre, Seaside, Calif., and Grand Forks, N.D., in planning, zoning and economic development and redevelopment. During his eight years in Seaside, Dennis was involved in the process when Fort Ord was decommissioned and converted to civilian use. In Grand Forks he helped the city recover from its 1997 flood and served as chair of the chamber’s military affairs commission, working with commanders at Grand Forks Air Force Base. Dennis was active in the administration of the Episcopal church at the diocesan and national levels. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mary Potter of Sioux Falls; son Douglas Potter and his wife Anthea of Bloomington, Minn.; son David Potter and his partner, Christine Hulka, of Costa Mesa, Calif.; and a sister, Linda Potter of Chamberlain.

Life-long resident of the Agar community and then Fort Pierre, Dorothy (Wagner) Seward Bierwagen, will celebrate her 90th birthday Sunday, Jan. 20. Friends can still send her greetings at 4291 West 14th St. Road, Greeley CO 80634.

Jamison Gross, a senior at Mitchell High School, is one of two MHS students selected for the 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholars program, which recognizes students nationally for their leadership, scholarship and contributions to their communities. Jamison’s father, Geoff Gross, formerly taught and coached at Riggs High in Pierre and is now activities director and athletic director at Beresford. Jamison is strongly involved in the performing and fine arts activities at Mitchell High School, including show choir, theater, band and All-State Chorus. He plans to attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to major in musical composition and minor in Spanish. The U.S. Presidential Scholars semifinalists will be announced in April and the Scholars in May.

Sharon Williams, 71, died Jan. 10 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Isburg Funeral Chapel. Sharon grew up in Brookings and married Robert Williams in 1967. She worked at the state health lab and at the Capital Journal until she retired. Sharon is survived by a son, David Williams of Rapid City; and five siblings, Steven Smith of Columbus, Mont., Judy Perry of Pierre, Margaret Koll of Pierre, Patricia Sterling of Pierre and Nancy Sietsema of Wolf Point, Mont.

Northern State University in Aberdeen has released its fall semester Dean’s List. It includes these area students: Dustann Norris, Abigail Arhart, Colten Drageset, Jacob Howard, Alex Gray, Bailey Regynski, Spencer Sarringar, Catherine Woodmansey, Will Ellwanger (4.0), Judah McKinley (4.0), Tori Thorpe (4.0) and Joni Willoughby (4.0). Part-time students on the Dean’s List include Allison Schaefbauer, Haelly Pease and Janet Ott (4.0).

Daniel and Alexis (Fanger) Timmons are the parents of twin daughters born Dec. 28. Dalila Faith weighed 5 pounds, 12 ounces, and measured 19 1/2 inches, and Dayna Hope weighed 5 pounds, 8 ounces, and measured 20 inches. They join a sister, Danika, in their family. Grandparents are George and Janet Fanger of the rural Onida-Blunt area and David and Dorinda Timmons of Pierre.

Services for Gretha Bergeson, 89, Pierre, who died Jan. 10 at Avera St. Mary’s Hospital, were held Tuesday at Lutheran Memorial Church. She grew up in Pierre and graduated from high school here. She married Donald Bergeson. Gretha worked for the Department of Motor Vehicles for more than 25 years as overseer of the vehicle registration program and the personalized plate program. After her retirement she and her husband were active community volunteers. Among her survivors are five children, Diana Dyer, Brenda Bergeson, Angela Determan, Joanna Gilkerson and Donald Bergeson; 16 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.

Pierre native and Riggs High alumnus Dr. Nathan Bradley has notified his patients that he will be moving his practice from Rapid City to Oklahoma City. He has been head of the urology department at Rapid City Medical Center. Early in his medical career Dr. Bradley served a residency at the University of Oklahoma Medical Center, so he and his family know the territory.

The brother-sister duo of Casey and Crystal Ortbahn had a unique get-together over the holidays—unique in that both are Peace Corps volunteers and their reunion took place in the African nation of Uganda where Crystal serves as a literacy teacher in a primary school. Casey, who teaches biology in Chitengo on the island nation of Mozambique and is education officer at Gorongosa National Park. While they were together in Uganda, Casey and Crystal visited Crystal’s host family in Masala, went birding at the source of the Nile River and saw gorillas in Bwindi National Park.

Beverly (Vojta) Smith, 80, Pierre, died Jan. 11 at the Pierre Care and Rehabilitation Center. Services were held Wednesday at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. She grew up at Glenham and attended Mount Marty College for three years. She and James P. Smith were married in 1962, and they moved to Pierre in 1976. Beverly is survived by her husband of 56 years; their children, Rebecca Szucs of Amherst, Ohio, Rhonda Soto of Washington, D.C., Rachael Wallace of Columbus, Ohio, and Jeffrey Smith of Pierre; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Wren (Bishop) Hollingsworth has joined Avera as a certified nurse practitioner at its Pierre clinic.

“Cheers to Curtis Egan!” is a fund-raising night at Drifters this Friday to raise money to help Curtis Egan with his medical expenses as he battles cancer. The event opens at 6:30 p.m. There will be a live auction at 7:30. The Sidehackers band will play beginning at 9.

Services are being held this morning (Thursday) at Lutheran Memorial Church for Ray Henderson, 90, Pierre, who died Jan. 13 at Avera Maryhouse. Burial will take place at 2:30 p.m. MST at Black Hills National Cemetery. Mr. Henderson grew up in the Hamill area and graduated from Winner High School in 1946. His studies at South Dakota State College were interrupted by National Guard service during the Korean War when his unit was mobilized. He married Nadine Verlo in 1957 and completed his degree in 1964. Mr. Henderson had a long military career with the South Dakota National Guard at Madison, Chamberlain, Springfield, Wagner and Rapid City. From 1973 to 1978 he served at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. He later transferred to the U.S. Army Reserve and then to the Retired Reserve. In 1988 he was honorably retired after more than 40 years of continuous service with the Guard, the active Army and the Army Reserve. In civilian life he was an agent for Equitable Life and a teacher at Hurley and Springfield. In 1965 he went to work with the state civil defense office in Rapid City and then in Pierre. After his return from Fort Leavenworth, he worked for the Governor’s Office of Energy Policy, retiring in 1990. He later managed the trap range at the Izaak Walton League for nine years. He is survived by his wife, Nadine; their son, Todd Henderson and his wife Barb of Painesville, Ohio; their daughters, Sheryl Rood and her husband Dan of Edmond, Okla., and Shelly Smith and her husband Kevin of Chicago; seven grandchildren and a sister.

Ed and Julie Welch’s Christmas letter reveals Julie is in her sixth year as a state employee, working as a secretary at the Bureau of Human Resources. Ed is in his fifth year at Running’s distribution center. Their son, Eddie, works at Coins and Collectibles in Sioux Falls. He and his wife, Reina, have two children—son Eli, 8, and daughter Momo, 6.

Former Capital Journal reporter Mary Gales Askren continues to work as a reporter at the Madison Daily Leader. In the past year Mary has also written and self-published two books—“The Blue Bell Ranch: Nothing Special, Everything Wonderful” and “New Wine: Your Life as Prayer.” One of Mary’s daughters, Katie, works at a daycare in Rapid City. The other, Sara, is associate vice president of people and workplace culture at Salt Lake Community College, and her husband is a pilot for Delta. Mary’s grandchildren are the three daughters of Sara and Brodie.

Jason Knox has been cast in the lead role of Jerry Lukowski in Black Hills Community Theatre’s production of “The Full Monty.” The show will have six performances over the last two weekends of March.

Former First United Methodist pastor Leonard Haggin and his wife, Jackie, celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in July 2018, and a photo of their extended family graced their Christmas card. The Haggins live in Sioux Falls. Leonard and Jackie have three daughters, three granddaughters and two grandsons. Joining them at the celebration were great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson, in-laws and friends.

Mike and Shirleen Fugitt’s Christmas letter, as it does every year, came in the form of rhyming poetry, a chore which Shirleen must begin in October to get it finished by Christmas! They took a fall trip to the Southwest with stops including Sedona, Flagstaff, Grand Canyon, Scottsdale and a good many galleries. Their older son, Dr. Scott Kennedy, still lives in Spearfish with his wife and daughter and continues his optometry practice. Younger son Ryan Kennedy and his wife, Kristin, live in Omaha.

As their friends well know, 2018 was “a rocky year,” to quote their Christmas letter, for Bob and Nancy Shoup because of Bob’s ongoing treatments for melanoma, which require twice-monthly trips to Sioux Falls. Fortunately Nancy has retired, which helps with all the travel that is required. Nancy and her brother, Ken Shelbourn, also provide excellent support for their parents, who likewise have had health issues. The Shoups’ Christmas photo showed their two children and their spouses and six beautiful grandchildren. Katie and Josh Nebelsick remain in Rapid City where Josh is a physical therapist at Rapid City Regional and Katie is a stay-at-home mother but also active in the Mothers of Preschoolers organization. Their kids are Will, 10; Oliver, 7; Joey, 4 1/2, and Franklin, 3. Jacob and Chez Shoup continue to both work at their church in Sioux Falls—Jacob as director of youth and college ministries as well as worship leader for contemporary services and Chez as children and family ministries leader. Their children are Elsie, 6, and Isaiah, 3. Jacob’s band continues to play for whatever opportunities arise. In 2018 he had the unique honor to open with his band for Christian artists David Dunn, Sidewalk Prophets and Michael W. Smith.

The focal point of Jim and Rosa Iverson’s Christmas card photo, besides their four adult children and a son-in-law, was their first grandchild, Mia Marie Feyereisen, who will be a year old in April. Jason and Ashley Feyereisen moved into a new home near Watertown in September. They did a lot of the work on their home themselves with expert help from Jim. Chris Iverson became engaged last summer to a young woman from the nation of Georgia. They live in Washington, D.C., where both work for World Learning, a non-profit organization. Such jobs have the benefit of travel to several countries each year. Angie Iverson traveled in 2018 with friends to Iceland and also took in a trip to a destination wedding in Cabo San Lucas. Angie’s boutique, The Prairie Mermaid, in downtown Brookings keeps her busy along with teaching online Spanish courses for SDSU. J.J. Iverson left Anchorage for South Dakota in November but continues to work as a sales representative for Zimmer Biomet. He is based in Watertown, nearby the Feyereisens. Rosa, who had spent much of the last three years sharing care of her mother with her four siblings in Honduras. Her mother passed away in August, so returning to full-time life in South Dakota was an adjustment. Besides helping Ashley and Jason with work on their home, Jim in 2018 went to Alaska on a salmon fishing expedition and helped J.J. build football lockers at Anchorage West, constructed props for Angie’s store and made picture frames for Chris.

In Sioux Falls John and Laura Williams’ daughter, Ericka, who suffered a stroke at birth and has had seizures ever since, has now passed the four-month mark since what Laura’s recent blog post called her “terrifying, miraculous, life-changing surgery.” Ericka continues to make wonderful physical, social and intellectual gains and has not had a seizure since mid-August. She even was able to participate in her Sunday school’s Christmas program. Ericka has returned to gymnastics and is scheduled to begin dance class in January. The Williamses have another daughter, Kennedy.

John’s parents, Dennis and Joyce Williams, as usual were on the road a good deal in 2018. For 2 1/2 weeks in May they and about 20 others from Pierre went to Spain, Portugal and the city of Tangiers in Algeria. Just prior to that excursion, Joyce had gone with son Chris and his family to Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park. Chris and Lindsey’s triplets turned 2 years old during that trip. In October Dennis and Joyce left with three others from Pierre and several South Dakotans on a crise of the Greek islands, Malta and the Italian coast. The Williamses were able to spend time with their adult children at a Vikings game this fall. Their oldest grandson is an air traffic controller in Missouri, and their oldest granddaughter attends Arizona State. They have two grandsons in high school, two grandchildren in elementary schools, two in preschool, the triplets at age 2 1/2 and one grandchild who is 1 1/2. Joyce is in her 45th year of employment at St. Joseph Elementary School.

Kevin and Connie Tveidt’s family celebrated Christmas in Pierre, a highlight of which was the baptism of their newest grandchild, Jerry and Darcie Tveidt’s daughter, Ivy Jo. Kevin and Connie had spent Thanksgiving in Helena, Mont., with Stephanie and Jason Knapp and their children—Noah, 11; Cambell, 9, and Finley, 6. Other highlights of the year were a five-week, 8,000-mile camping trip to Alaska by van that included visits with relatives and friends in Washington, Oregon and British Columbia; camping trips to Devil’s Tower, Little Big Horn and the Black Hills; a 10-day snorkeling trip to Cazumel, Mexico, with Dena (Kevin’s sister) and Brian Scott, and a January camping trip to South Padre Island. Jerry and Darcie and daughter live in Aberdeen. Michael and Sarah Tveidt live in Sioux Falls.

Prominent Sioux Falls attorney Comet H.J. Haraldson, 69, who graduated from Riggs High School in Pierre in 1967, died Sunday when an unknown health complication compromised his ability to operate his airplane. The single-engine Piper Cherokee crashed in a field west of Canistota and south of Salem as Haraldson was flying from Mitchell to Sioux Falls. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Miller Funeral Home’s Southside Chapel at 7400 S. Minnesota Ave. in Sioux Falls. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. Born in North Dakota to Comet and Dula Haraldson, the younger Comet attended school in Harvey, N.D., Aberdeen and Pierre. While at Riggs High, he was in athletics and music and played American Legion baseball. After high school he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at USD. He became a professional musician in California and the Midwest for a time before returning to the state for law school. He completed law school at USD in 1979, worked in a clerkship in Pierre for a year, then became part of the Woods, Fuller, Shultz & Smith law firm in Sioux Falls where he worked for the rest of his life, nearly 39 years. In 1981 he married the former Tena Anderson, and they became parents of two sons, Andrew and John. Comet, a talented singer and guitarist, was part of a band of doctors and lawyers called Arlie’s All-Stars, who played to raise money for charity. Comet married Naomi Keiser in 2014. He served on the board of directors of the Sioux Falls Airshow for 17 years and also was on the boards of Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues and the South Dakota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is survived by his wife, Naomi; his sons, John and Andy; stepdaughters Sara and Kim; three grandchildren; his sister, Corrinne Berkland and her husband Dave; his brother, Steven Haraldson and his partner April Rodgers; three nephews, and the mother of his sons, Tena Haraldson.

Sarah (Even) Tveidt has joined Aimpoint Research as director. She will work with Aimpoint’s ag industry partners as well as assist in marketing and communication efforts and thought leadership development. Sarah and her husband, Michael Tveidt, live in Sioux Falls where Michael is an insurance agent with Fischer Rounds.

The late Brad Waltman, who spent many years in Pierre as an active part of the Pierre Players community theater group, has been honored for best scenic design in a play or musical for his work on Sioux Empire Community Theatre’s production of “Heathers.” The honor came as one of the 2018 Broadway World awards for the Sioux Falls region for shows that opened between Oct. 1, 2017, and Sept. 30, 2018.

A FINAL THOUGHT

“If you want to be a true professional, you will do something outside yourself. Something to repair tears in your community. Something to make life a little better for people less fortunate than you. That’s what I think a meaningful life is—living not for oneself but for one’s community.”

— Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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