Vol. 20, No. 21; Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019

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This week’s schedules:
Gymnastics: Saturday, at ESD conference meet and state meet qualifier, Brookings.
Wrestling: Friday, Brandon Valley (at Yankton), 5 p.m.; Friday, at Yankton, 6 p.m.; Saturday, at Yankton invitational, 9 a.m.; Tuesday, home vs. Watertown, 5 p.m.
Boys basketball: Thursday, home vs. Sioux Falls Washington; Saturday, at Brandon Valley; Tuesday, at Huron.
Girls basketball: Thursday, at Sioux Falls Washington; Saturday, home vs. Brandon Valley; Tuesday, home vs. Huron.

Wrestling: The Governors whipped Huron in a dual, 57-12, getting pins from Kahlor Hindman, James Lees and Preston Taylor and three forfeit wins besides. Pierre won the Brookings invitational with 209.5 points, followed by Rapid City Central at 187, Mitchell 170, Harrisburg 141 and Brandon Valley 137 among 15 schools. The Governors did not have a single individual champion, but their overall depth earned enough points to win the team title. Placing second were Jace Bench-Bresher at 126, Jack Van Camp at 138, Cade Hinkle at 145 and Maguire Raske at 170. Other Governor placers: Hindman, fifth at 113; Daniel Tafoya, third at 120; Tyson Johnson, third at 132; Lee Snyder, seventh at 152; Garrett Leesman, fourth at 182; Gage Gehring, fifth at 195; James Lees, fourth at 220, and Taylor, fifth at 285.

Gymnastics: The Lady Govs won Rapid City’s triangular with a 137.700 score, bettering Stevens with 134.550. Central entered only two girls. Pierre’s Mikah Moser was the all-around champion with a 37.150 total.

Girls basketball: The Lady Govs won over Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 59-52, in overtime. Emily Mikkelsen had 34 points and nine rebounds. Her field goal with 11 seconds left forced the game into overtime. Mackenzie Rath scored 12. Pierre then lost to Yankton, 57-38, as Mikkelsen had 15 points and Rath nine. Tuesday’s Mitchell game was postponed.

Boys basketball: The Governors lost two more games last week. Huron defeated Pierre, 70-48, as Grey Zabel led the Govs with 14 points. In a 58-37 loss to Yankton, Garrett Stout was high man with 14. Pierre was down by 34-13 at halftime. Tuesday’s Mitchell game was postponed.


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This week’s schedules:
Wrestling: Saturday, home for Big Dakota Conference invitational, 10 a.m.; Tuesday, at Gregory, 6 p.m.
Gymnastics: Regional meet Friday or Saturday.
Boys basketball: Next game Feb. 7, home vs. White River.
Girls basketball: Thursday, home vs. Gregory; Tuesday, home vs. Miller.

Girls basketball: The Lady Buffs lost to Crow Creek, 80-31, and lost to Cheyenne-Eagle Butte, 81-43. Tuesday’s Todd County game was postponed.

Boys basketball: The Buffaloes won over Crow Creek, 54-51, and lost to Cheyenne-Eagle Butte in overtime, 73-72. The Todd County game Tuesday was postponed.


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


This week’s schedules:
Wrestling: Saturday, at Big Dakota Conference invitational, Fort Pierre, 10 a.m.
Girls basketball: Friday, home vs. Potter County; Tuesday, home vs. Herreid-Selby Area.
Boys basketball: Friday, home vs. Potter County; Tuesday, home vs. Herreid-Selby Area.

Boys basketball: The Chargers led Hitchcock-Tulare at halftime by 47-11 en route to a 66-18 win. Nick Wittler and Jett Lamb had 16 points each and Cam Ogle 10. Sully Buttes then lost a 51-49 nailbiter to Warner, committing 14 turnovers and missing eight of 12 free throws. Wittler was high man with 19 points.

Girls basketball: The Charger girls defeated Hitchcock-Tulare, 51-39. Angela Guthmiller scored 15, Jill Hofer nine, Brooklynn Bradford nine and Kendra Kleven nine. On Saturday the girls lost to No. 2 Warner, 48-38. The Monarchs sank eight three-pointers in the first quarter alone in pulling out to a comfortable lead. Wittler scored 19 and Kleven 12.


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

— Thomas Jefferson


2 days: St. Joseph Elementary School carnival (Feb. 2).
3 days: Super Bowl LIII, Atlanta (Feb. 3).
6 days: Riggs High musicians at small-group contest, Kimball (Feb. 6).
8 days: State gymnastics meet, Brookings (Feb. 8-9).
10 days: Grammy awards, CBS-TV, (Feb. 10).
12 days: Governor’s Awards in the Arts (Feb. 12).
17 days: King of Hearts Ball (Feb. 17).
19 days: Georgia Morse Middle School musical (Feb. 19-21).
20 days: Riggs High musicians at small-group contest, Chamberlain (Feb. 20).
20 days: Summit League swimming championships, Sioux Falls (Feb. 20-23).
22 days: Pierre Players’ “Bill W. and Dr. Bob” (Feb. 22-24, Feb. 28-March 2).
22 days: State wrestling tournaments, Rapid City (Feb. 22-23).
22 days: Summit League indoor track/field championships, Brookings (Feb. 22-23).
23 days: Minnesota Twins spring exhibition season opener (Feb. 23).
24 days: Oscars, ABC-TV (Feb. 24).
28 days: Riggs High talent show (Feb. 28).
30 days: Minnesota Loons MLS season opener (March 2).
35 days: Georgia Morse Middle School band/chorus and art show (March 7).
35 days: State “B” girls basketball tournament, Huron (March 7-9).
39 days: NAIA Division II men’s basketball national tournament, Sioux Falls (March 11-17).
40 days: Riggs High choral festival (March 12)l
42 days: State “A” boys/girls basketball tournaments, Sioux Falls (March 14-16).
42 days: State “AA” boys/girls basketball tournaments, Rapid City (March 14-16).
42 days: State high school visual arts gallery, Rapid City (March 14-16).
42 days: State “B” boys basketball tournament, Aberdeen (March 14-16).
43 days: State boys varsity hockey tournament, Expo Center (March 15-17).
48 days: Riggs High musicians at large-group contest, Mitchell (March 20).
49 days: Jefferson Elementary concert (March 21).
51 days: All-State Band concert, Aberdeen (March 23).
53 days: Buchanan Elementary concert (March 25).
54 days: Kennedy Elementary concert (March 26).
56 days: Riggs High big-band dance (March 28).
56 days: Minnesota Twins season opener (March 28).
64 days: Pierre high school baseball season opener (April 5).
65 days: NCAA Division I men’s basketball Final Four, Minneapolis (April 6, 8).


“Whatever you are, be a good one.”

— Abraham Lincoln


Augustana men’s basketball: The Vikings defeated Concordia-St. Paul, 78-70, as A.J. Plitzuweit scored 18. Augie lost to Minnesota State-Mankato, 79-73, led by Michael Schaefer’s 23. Now 13-7 overall and 9-5 in the NSIC, Augustana goes north to Minot State Friday and Mary Saturday.

Augustana women’s basketball (Katie Bourk): The Augie women lost to Concordia-St. Paul, 75-55, as Abby Hora scored 12. The Vikings then beat Minnesota State-Mankato, 68-66, as Hora had a layup and two free throws at the end to cap a 13-5 run from behind. Vishe Rabb and Hana Metoxen each scored 16. Now 18-5 overall and 10-4 in the NSIC, Augie goes to Minot State and Mary this weekend.

Incarnate Word women’s basketball (Liz Holter): The Cardinals lost to Lamar, 77-51, and defeated New Orleans, 81-69. Liz got into the latter game for three minutes, grabbed one rebound and was 0-for-1 in field goals. Now 2-16 overall and 2-5 in its conference, Incarnate Word played at Houston Baptist last night and goes to New Orleans Saturday.

Northern men’s basketball (Lincoln Jordre): The Wolves beat St. Cloud State, 77-73, led by Gabe King with 19. NSU lost to Minnesota-Duluth, 76-70, as Andrew Kallman scored 21. Now 15-5 overall and 11-3 in the NSIC, Northern goes to Concordia-St. Paul and Minnesota State-Mankato this weekend.

Northern women’s basketball (Rachel Guthmiller): The Northern women lost to St. Cloud State, 76-64, and lost to Minnesota-Duluth, 57-41. Lexi Wadsworth had 15 points in the first game, but in the second no one scored more than seven. Rachel was 1-of-2 for two points with one rebound in five minutes. Now 8-12 overall and 5-9 in the NSIC, Northern plays at Concordia-St. Paul Friday and Minnesota State-Mankato Saturday.

Dakota Wesleyan women’s basketball: The Tiger women dominated Briar Cliff, 88-43, as Kynedi Cheeseman scored 21. DWU edged Morningside, 82-76, as Sarah Carr and Cheeseman each scored 24. Now 21-3 overall and 14-3 in the GPAC, the Tigers played at Jamestown last night and host St. Mary (Neb.) Saturday.

Dakota Wesleyan men’s basketball: The Tigers beat Briar Cliff, 83-70, led by Ty Hoglund’s 41 points. DWU lost to Morningside, 87-72, as Hoglund had 25 and Nick Harden 24. Now 17-7 overall and 10-6 in the GPAC, DWU played at Jamestown last night, then is idle until next Wednesday vs. Mount Marty.

South Dakota Mines women’s basketball: The Hardrockers lost to CSU-Pueblo, 56-39, as Taylor Molstad scored 18. Mnes dominated New Mexico HIghlands, 73-35, as Molstad and Sammi Steffeck each scored 23. Now 6-11 overall and 3-10 in the RMAC, Mines hosts Metro State and Chadron State this weekend.

South Dakota Mines men’s basketball: Mines defeated CSU-Pueblo, 78-60, led by Allec Williams’ 21 points. The Hardrockers were edged by New Mexico Highlands, 73-70, as Mitchell Sueker scored 17. Now 8-13 overall and 5-8 in the RMAC, Mines hosts Metro State Friday and Chadron State Saturday.

Black Hills State men’s basketball: The Yellowjackets had a winning weekend, starting with an 81-70 win over New Mexico Highlands. Fraser Malcolm scored 27. In a 94-79 win over CSU-Pueblo, Malcolm scored 27 and Dez Stoudamire 24. Now 9-8 overall and 8-5 in the RMAC, BHSU hosts Chadron State Friday and Metro State Saturday.

Black Hills State women’s basketball (Remi Wientjes, Racquel Wientjes): The BHSU women whipped New Mexico Highlands, 83-64. Racquel was 3-of-7 and 1-of-2 for sebven points with six rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals. BHSU lost to CSU-Pueblo, 68-58. Racquel was 3-of-11 (2-of-6 in threes) and 3-of-5 for 11 points with one rebound. BHSU is now 11-6 overall and 7-6 in the conference, heading into home games this weekend vs. Chadron State and Metro State.

South Dakota women’s basketball (Chloe Lamb, Ciara Duffy): Two more wins kept the Coyote women tied atop the Summit League with a 7-1 record. USD won at North Dakota, 80-50, led by Hannah Sjerven’s 16 and Allison Arens’ 14. Chloe was 4-of-9 (1-of-3 in three-pointers) and 5-of-8 for 14 points with seven rebounds. Ciara was 4-of-10 (0-of-2) and 7-of-8 for 15 points with five rebounds, five assists, a block and a steal. USD then beat Western Illinois, 92-49, led by Sjerven with 22 points off the bench. Chloe scored 15, going 6-of-10, including 3-of-6 in threes, along with four rebounds, one assist and one steal. Ciara was 5-of-11, including 2-of-5 in threes, for 12 points with three rebounds and a steal. Now 19-3 overall, USD goes to Purdue-Fort Wayne for an 11 a.m. tipoff Saturday, then hosts Omaha at 7 p.m. next Wednesday.

South Dakota men’s basketball: The Coyotes won at UND, 70-56, as Triston Simpson scored 13, Brandon Armstrong 13 and Stanley Umude 12. USD went on a disastrous cold spell late in the game and lost to Western Illinois, 65-59. Simpson scored 17 and Trey Burch-Manning 14. Now 9-12 overall and 3-5 in the Summit, USD played at Purdue-Fort Wayne last night, then is off until next Thursday against Omaha at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls.

South Dakota State men’s basketball: The Jackrabbits are 7-1 in the Summit after beating NDSU, 87-69, and Omaha in a head-to-head battle for first place, 83-73. Against the Bison Mike Daum scored 30, David Jenkins 25 and Skyler Flatten 16. In the Omah game Daum had 33, Jenkins 19 and Flatten 16. Now 17-6 overall, SDSU plays at Oral Roberts tonight and at Denver Sunday.

South Dakota State women’s basketball (Sydney Palmer): The SDSU women are 7-1 atop the Summit with two more lopsided wins, 86-33 over NDSU and 81-47 over Omaha. In the Bison game Madison Guebert scored 23. Sydney had one rebound, one steal and one assist. In the Omaha game Sydney was 2-of-3 for four points with three rebounds, one assist and one steal. Now 15-6 overall, SDSU plays at Denver tonight and at Oral Roberts Saturday.

Summit League men’s basketball standings (not counting USD-PFW game last night): SDSU 7-1, Omaha 6-2, Purdue-Fort Wayne 5-3, NDSU 4-4, Oral Roberts 4-4, USD 3-5, Western Illinois 3-5, UND 2-6, Denver 2-6.

Summit League women’s basketball standings (not counting ORU-PFW game last night): USD 7-1, SDSU 7-1, Denver 5-3, Oral Roberts 4-4, Western Illinois 4-4, UND 3-5, NDSU 3-5, Purdue-Fort Wayne 2-6, Omaha 1-7.

Dakota State men’s basketball: The Trojans lost to Viterbo, 93-60, and lost to Waldorf, 68-64. Brady Elder had 17 vs. Viterbo and Justin Folkers 23 in the Waldorf game. Now 8-17 overall and 3-6 in the NSAA, DSU hosts Mayville State and Valley City State this weekend.

Dakota State women’s basketball: The Lady Ts also lost twice, 67-61 to Viterbo and 84-70 to Waldorf. McKenzie Hermanson had 17 against Viterbo and Jessi Giles 23 in the Waldorf game. Now 3-19 overall and 2-7 in the NSAA, DSU hosts Mayville State Friday and Valley City State Saturday.

Mount Marty men’s basketball: The Lancers lost to Jamestown, 101-74, led by Jailen Billings’ 26 points. Now 6-18 overall and 2-13 in the GPAC, MMC played Briar Cliff last night, hosts Morningside Saturday and goes to DWU next Wednesday.

Mount Marty women’s basketball: The MMC women lost to Jamestown, 58-41. Now 10-12 overall and 4-12 in the GPAC, the Lancers played Briar Cliff last night, hosts Morningside Saturday and go to DWU next Wednesday.

Tennessee women’s basketball (Caleb Currier): The Lady Vols lost to No. 1 Notre Dame, 77-62, for their sixth straight loss. The streak ended Sunday with a 74-65 win over LSU. Tennessee hosts Florida tonight, then plays at Vanderbilt at 2 p.m. Sunday on ESPN2.

University of Sioux Falls men’s basketball: Justin Taylor and Drew Guebert each scored 26 in a 81-72 win over Upper Iowa. USF lost to Winona State, 80-77, as Guebert scored 23 and Chase Grinde 22. Now 14-6 overall and 9-5 in the NSIC, USF hosts Bemidji State Friday and Minnesota-Crookston Saturday.

University of Sioux Falls women’s basketball: The Cougar women beat Upper Iowa, 65-39, as 13 different players scored. USF lost to Winona State, 64-50, as Jessie Geer scored 15. Now 13-7 overall and 8-6 in the NSIC, USF hosts Bemidji State and Minnesota-Crookston this weekend.

North Dakota men’s hockey: The Fighting Hawks split with St. Cloud State, losing 3-1 and winning 5-1. Now 13-11-1 overall and 7-7-0 in the NCHC, UND plays two at Denver this weekend.

South Dakota State track/field (Riley Sears, Rachel Propst, Addison Eisenbeisz): At UND’s meet Riley placed fourth in the high jump at 6’6″, his season-best height. Rachel placed eighth in the 5,000 meters in 19:12.43. SDSU athletes go to meets this weekend at USD, Nebraska and Notre Dame.

South Dakota track/field: USD athletes won eight events at Minnesota’s Jack Johnson meet. Megan Bullington won the 5,000 in a meet record time of 16:48.62. It was the seventh straight year that somebody from USD won this event there. Chris Nilsen won the pole vault at a height of 18’8 3/4″, the third-best height in the nation. Eldon Warner won the mile in 4:09.05 and the 800 in 1:55.58. USD has its only home meet of the indoor season Saturday.

South Dakota Mines track/field (Theron Singleton, Erick Colman): At BHSU’s Dave Little meet Erick placed third in the weight throw at 46’9″. The Hardrockers compete Saturday at Minnesota State-Mankato’s meet.

Black Hills State track/field (Kelsey Van Den Hemel, Allan McDonnell): At BHSU’s Dave Little meet Kelsey placed fourth in the mile in 5:34.68, and her 4×400 relay team was third in 4:15.61. Allan won the high jump at 6’6 3/4″ and was second in the triple jump at 44’3 1/2″. BHSU teams won both men’s and women’s divisions among five schools. Next up for the Yellowjackets is the SDSU Open on Feb. 8-9.

Augustana wrestling (Jebben Keyes): The Vikings won a conference dual over Upper Iowa, 16-15. Jebben did not wrestle in that one. Now 4-1 overall in duals and 3-1 in the NSIC, Augustana hosts No. 9 Minnesota State-Mankato Friday.

Northern wrestling: The Wolves lost to No. 1 St. Cloud State, 42-7, picking up wins from Kenny Jones at 133 pounds in a 13-5 major decision and Caden Moore in a 6-4 decision at 149 pounds. NSU lost to Minnesota State-Mankato, 25-9. Wolves points came from a 6-3 decision by Billy Holton at 165, a 6-1 decision by Diego Gallegos at 197, and a 10-4 decision from Caleb Lefferdink at 285. NSU hosts Minot State Friday.

South Dakota State wrestling: Idle last week, the Jackrabbits host Utah Valley in a dual tonight.

South Dakota State swimming (Wyatt Rumrill, Ashley Theobald): In a women’s dual at Omaha SDSU lost 196-98. Ashley placed fifth in the 50-meter freestyle in :25.52 and fourth in the 200 individual medley in 2:15.88. Her relay team placed third in the 200 medley in 1:52.51. On Saturday the SDSU men lost to USD, 163-137, and the women lost to USD, 213-83. Wyatt was second in the 100 breast stroke in 1:06.42 and third in the 200 breat in 2:27.76. His 400 medley relay team was second in 3:55.84. Ashley placed third in the 50 freestyle in :27.95 and fourth in the 400 IM in 5:33.05, and her relay team was second in the 200 free in 1:55.02. SDSU hosts its Jackrabbit Invitational Friday and Saturday.


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Thursday, Jan. 31:
Blake Freidel, Tracy Berg, Elsie Vogel, Darin Newcomb, Don Hoepfer, Wendy Ramler, William Tousley, Brandon Hendrickson, Jane Stewart, Kevin Stiles, Jeff Pierce, Tony Bevers, Levi Reiprich.

Friday, Feb. 1:
Carl Hawkinson, Ed Jacobson, Jim Severson, Colin Brown, Mary Hoover, Jeremiah Oltmann, Kallie (Dresbach) Hall, Nicholas Edwards, Cole Severson, Tracy (Shangreaux) Boom, Katrina Hewlett, Andy Gerlach, Blake Norman, Kaylee Kampfe, Lygia Garrett-Davis Libel.

Saturday, Feb. 2:
Josh Lamb, Darline Zimmerman, Cody Coppess, Carla Madden, Jeff Stewart, Nate Chicoine, Jordan Reiss, Joy Erlenbusch, Becky (Markley) Wosick, Stevie (Graff) Brockhouse.

Sunday, Feb. 3:
Mike Owens, Peggy Johnson, Victor Shcarnweber, Daisha (Seyfer) Finke, James Vollmer, Mike Baker, Bill Witte, Brad Shoup, Deni (Lohman) Hollingsworth, James Kachelmyer, Jason Lindberg, Joshua Kachelmyer, Parker Knox (#80), Gianna Harty, Matt McGovern, Kathy (Fette) Paul. We fondly remember Donna Fjelstad, who passed away eight years ago today.

Monday, Feb. 4:
Jamie McQuistion, Anne Eichstadt, Eric Paxton, Sheila Ring, Jaremy Joy, Alec Espeland, Ethan Hight, Blake Deal, John Barber, Charlene (Hyde) Bietz, Chelsey (Roberts) Renemans, Tom Valentine, Tom Gerken, Jake Miller, JoAne Hipple, Avery Burger.
— 30th anniversary, Randy/Jodi Hartmann.
— 46th anniversary, Steve/Peggy Stout.

Tuesday, Feb. 5:
LaJena (Johnson) Gruis, Wade LaRoche, Sam Shives, Anthony Hunt, Bob Judson, Ben Merrill, Pamela Cronin, Chad Coppess, Kara Lyn (Fouts) Brewer, Nick Osterkamp, Devin Dodson, Jonathan Semro, Amanda Schmitgen, Spencer Richey, Tim Huggenberger.

Wednesday, Feb. 6:
Jenifer Palmer, Alex Hillestad, Adam Gallagher, Jarrett Klinger, Stacie (Ries) Swanstrom, Matt Peery, Declan Murphy, Weston Fuller, Deleight (Kelly) Sudmeier, Mary (Morris) Weinheimer.

Thursday, Feb. 7:
Kennedy Williams, Marilee Johnson-Geary, DaVida (Anderson) Jaqua, Dave Hofer, Franklin Nebelsick, Sandy Zinter, Alexandra Voeltz, Liz (Kirk) Van Camp, Tony Blake.
— 15th anniversary, Tyson/Lindsey Heiss.
We fondly remember Hyrma Zakahi, who passed away two years ago today.


“Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?”

— Abraham Lincoln


There is still time to enter our final contest of the year. Send your entries to the following questions to parkerhome16@hotmail.com by Sunday morning:
(1) Super Bowl LIII winner—New England or Los Angeles Rams?
(2) Winning team’s total points?
(3) Losing team’s total points?
Here is how we will score you this time:
Winning team correct—8 points.
Also winning or losing team’s points correct within six—9 points.
Also both team’s points correct each within six—10 points.


Gillette Wild (Coleman Varty): Two hat tricks in two games? That’s the kind of weekend Coleman had as Gillette defeated Butte, 4-3 and 10-1. Gillette won the first game after being down 3-0. Coleman scored at 12:00 of the second period, 0:11 of the third and 14:11 of the third for the game-winner. In the Saturday game he not only scored the Wild’s first, fifth and eighth goals, but he also assisted on four other goals! He now has 26 goals and 39 assists this season. Gillette plays Friday and Saturday at Helena.

Minnesota Wild: The Wild beat Colorado, 5-2, last Wednesday and has been off since then for the NHL all-star break.

Rapid City Rush: On the first week of their two-week road trip because of the stock show back home, the Rush lost at Kalamazoo, 3-2; won at Toledo, 3-2; lost in Toledo in overtime, 4-3, and lost in Kansas City, 3-2. The Rush plays at Cincinnati Friday and at Fort Wayne Saturday.

Oahe Lady Capitals: The girls varsity lost to Watertown, 5-4. With the team down 3-0, Amy Gilkerson scored twice to cut the deficit to one. Olivia Swenson tied the game with her first goal, then scored later to bring the team to within 4-3. The girls’ next league game will be at home Feb. 10 vs. Mitchell.

SDAHA girls varsity standings (wins-losses-ties-OT losses=points): Aberdeen 13-0-0-0 26, Sioux Falls 11-2-0-0 22, Brookings 10-6-0-0 20, Mitchell 9-4-0-0 18, Sioux Center 6-6-0-0 12, Watertown 5-6-0-1 11, Huron 2-11-1-0 5, Oahe 2-10-0-0 4, Rushmore 0-12-1-0 1.

Oahe Capitals: The boys varsity split a pair of non-league games against North Dakota clubs. The Caps lost to Dickinson, 6-4, and beat Mandan in a shootout, 5-4. In the shootout Tate Mueller made two crucial saves while Clay Ambach and Spencer Wedin put goals into the net. Back to league play, the Capitals are home for a battle for first place against Sioux Falls at 7 p.m. Saturday. They are also home Sunday at 4 p.m. vs. Mitchell.

SDAHA boys varsity standings (wins-losses-ties-OT losses=points): Sioux Falls 9-0-0-0 18, Oahe 9-1-0-0 18, Rushmore 9-4-0-0 18, Huron 7-6-0-0 14, Brookings 5-6-0-0 10, Sioux Center 5-6-0-0 10, Watertown 4-5-0-1 9, Aberdeen 3-7-0-1 7, Mitchell 3-6-0-0 6, Yankton 0-11-0-0 0.


“The proper words in the proper places are the true definition of style.”

— Jonathan Swift


“I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.”

— Winston Churchill


Midco Sports Network live games this week:
Friday, 5:30 p.m., women’s basketball, Minnesota-Crookston vs. Southwest Minnesota State.
Friday, 7:30 p.m., men’s basketball, Minnesota-Crookston vs. Southwest Minnesota State.
Saturday, 5 p.m., boys basketball, Sioux Valley vs. Sioux City North.
Saturday, 6:30 p.m., boys basketball, Rapid City St. Thomas More vs. Sioux Falls Christian.
Saturday, 8 p.m., boys basketball, Sioux Falls Lincoln vs. Tea Area.
Saturday, 9:30 p.m., boys basketball, Harrisburg vs. Sioux City East.
Sunday, noon, men’s basketball, UND vs. Omaha.
Sunday, 2:30 p.m., women’s basketball, UND vs. Omaha.
Wednesday, 7 p.m., men’s basketball, NDSU vs. UND.
Wednesday, 7 p.m., women’s basketball, USD vs. Omaha (MSN2).

Minnesota Timberwolves: The Wolves defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, 120-105, and lost to Utah twice, 106-102 and 125-111. Minnesota played at Memphis last night and does so again Tuesday. In between the Wolves play at Denver Saturday.

Sioux Falls Skyforce: The Force won in the east, 134-123 at Delaware and 121-113 at Westchester, then lost to Rio Grande, 141-133. Sioux Falls after a home game vs. Salt Lake City last night goes to Texas Friday, back home vs. Oklahoma City Sunday and home against Agua Caliente next Wednesday.


“Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.”

— Francis Bacon


PGA Champions Tour (Tom Byrum): The Champions Tour is on a three-week break but resumes play in Boca Raton, Fla., at the Oasis Championships Feb. 8-10.


“The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.”

— Albert Einstein


Oscars night is just three weeks away, and while you may not care for those awards shows with their red carpets, horrible attire and lengthy thank-you speeches, Oscars month also brings us some of the best movies ever produced. They come to us via the Turner Classic Movies channel’s “31 Days of Oscar,” a collection of dozens of Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated films from at least eight decades. Here, straight from the pages of TV Guide, are this coming week’s film classics, which you can watch or record. All of these times are Central Standard Time:

Friday, Feb. 1:

7 p.m.: Janet Gaynor in “Sunrise” (1927).
9 p.m.: Janet Gaynor in “Street Angel” (1928).
11 p.m.: “The French Connection” (1971).
1 a.m.: “Taxi Driver” (1976).

Saturday, Feb. 2:

7 p.m.: “Fantastic Voyage” (1966).
9 p.m.: “Doctor Doolittle” (1967).
11:45 p.m.: “Days of Wine and Roses” (1962).
2 a.m.: “The Lost Weekend” (1945).

Sunday, Feb. 3:

7 p.m.: “The Lion in Winter” (1968).
9:30 p.m.: Barbra Streisand in “Funny Girl” (1968).
12:15 a.m.: “All the King’s Men” (1949).
2:15 a.m.: “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” (1939).

Monday, Feb. 4:

7 p.m.: “Battleground” (1949).
9:15 p.m.: “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon” (1949).
11:15 p.m.: Sir Laurence Olivier in “Hamlet” (1948).
2 a.m.: Sir Laurence Olivier in “Henry V” (1946).

Tuesday, Feb. 5:

7 p.m.: Anthony Quinn in “Viva Zapata” (1952).
9:15 p.m.: Anthony Quinn in “Lust for Life” (1956).
11:30 p.m.: Bette Davis in “The Letter” (1940).
1:30 a.m.: Joan Crawford in “Mildred Pierce” (1945).

Wednesday, Feb. 6:

7 p.m.: “The Longest Day” (1962).
10:15 p.m.: “Tora! Tora! Tora!” (1970).
1 a.m.: “An American in Paris” (1951).
3:15 a.m.: “Gigi” (1958).

“Mamma Mia!” will be onstage on both sides of the state this summer. As previously announced, that show will be the midsummer musical at Black Hills Playhouse, but now I see that my old friends at Vermillion Community Theatre have chosen “Mamma Mia!” as its musical to be performed July 12-15.


Students from several dozen South Dakota high schools headed straight into what is left of the “polar vortex” today as they traveled to Aberdeen, which is cold enough in January under normal conditions, for the state one-act play festival. A wind-chill factor of -60 was forecast for that area yesterday. Because the Northern State University campus is closed until noon today, the state play festival schedule has been set back several hours, and plans are to start after noon instead of early this morning, go later than planned tonight and to make Friday and Saturday even longer days than they already were scheduled to be. Besides two Class “B” and two Class “A” schools from each of their regional contests, all of the “AA” schools have a play entered. Riggs High School’s new performance time is 11:45 a.m. Saturday. All plays are open to the public. The awards in all classes will now be set back to approximately 6 p.m Saturday.

Roger Pries, whose last Pierre Governors team was the 1979 state “A” champions, couldn’t attend their 40-year reunion Saturday because he was hospitalized at Avera St. Mary’s. So the “boys” of that team took their reunion to their coach instead. After their reunion began at The Crossing in the afternoon and continued to the game at Riggs High that night for their half-time introductions, the team had their limousine driver go to the hospital after the game. Nurses had been given a warning so they kept Coach Pries awake until his players made their visit. Bob Judson, who was an assistant coach to Pries during that 1978-79 season, was able to attend the reunion. The other assistant that year, Vern Miller, is in Arizona. All of the players except Scott Gullickson and student manager Kevin Samis were in attendance, including the other student manager, Brent Kleinsasser, and players Tom Burchill, Bob Tinker, Joe Ashley, Bob Stalley, Tim Flannery, Todd Schuetzle, Mark Cichos, Dave Victor, Kevin Merrill, Dave Lingle and Dan Rounds. The idea of the men getting together for a 45-year reunion in 2024 has been floated.

Among the Christian musicians already booked for the annual Fields of Grace concert at Arlington on Aug. 17 is Jacob Shoup, who performs and records under the name Jacob Daniel.

Sully Buttes High students winning outstanding actor awards at the regional one-act play contest were Kari-Anne Lyons, Lydia Hill and Justin Davey.

Pierre native Rodger Hartley and his wife, Joanna Lawler, are co-directors of the current Black Hills Community Theatre play, “Crimes of the Heart,” which has performances remaining on Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons the next two weekends. Rodger and Joanna previously worked together on Pierre Players shows during the time they lived in Pierre. Rodger’s full-time job is technical director for Black Hills Community Theatre, and Joanna is a public defender in Rapid City.

Earning Athlete of the Week recognition last week from the Pierre Athletic Coaches Association were Emily Mikkelsen of the basketball team and James Lees of the wrestling team.

August (Gus) Axtman, junior at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., has been named to the Academic All-Middle Atlantic Conference men’s soccer team. Gus, the son of Greg and Sarah (Adam) Axtman of Harrisburg, Pa., has a 3.86 grade-point average as a triple major in management, international business and finance and a minor in economics.

Services were held Jan. 26 at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Onida for Emma Lamb, 84, who died Jan. 18, two months after a diagnosis of colon and liver cancer. The former Emma Magnusson graduated from high school at Ree Heights and worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company in Pierre where she met her future husband, John “Shorty” Lamb of Onida. They were married in 1954 and moved in 1958 to Onida where they raised their five children. Emma worked at Lamb’s Discount, Lamb’s Store and Bev’s Liquors and was an Avon representative for 43 years. She became a valued caretaker for elderly persons in and around Onida. She is survived by her five children Diana Comeau and her husband Stan of Port Angeles, Wash.; Denise Wilkins of Lacey, Wash.; Scott Lamb of Missoula, Mont.; Susan Kelley and her husband Andre of Parkland, Wash., and Dawn Wagner and her husband Mark of Gig Harbor, Wash.; 15 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; five sisters and a brother.

Mitch and Stephanie (Dvorak) Delvo of Bismarck are the parents of a son, Fletcher Dean Delvo, who was born Jan. 19. He weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces. He joins a sister, Ruby, 3, in the Delvo family.

Pierre native Sandra (Kern) Mollman of Vermillion is one of the judges for the Class “B” plays being performed at the state one-act play festival in Aberdeen this weekend.

The annual St. Joseph School carnival will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the school.

The fall semester Dean’s List at Dakota Wesleyan University includes these area students: Lukas Chase, Jerika Mennenger, Davis Anderson, Nathaniel Bader, Talisa Smith, Elena Svingen.

A celebration of the life of Barbara Bouchie will be held at 5:30 p.m. tonight (Thursday) at The Lake House restaurant in Mitchell. She passed away at home in Mitchell Jan. 25. She graduated from high school at La Junta, Colo., in 1949. She married Vern Tate in 1952, and they became the parents of two sons, David and Andrew. Barb was a model, a school secretary and an interior decorator, but primarily she was a mother who followed her sons’ athletic pursuits, sitting on indoor and outdoor bleachers hundreds of times. Both of her sons became coaches. Barb married Mervin Bouchie, formerly of Agar, in 1974. They managed golf courses in Huron and Mitchell until their retirement. Barb then spent countless more hours at grandchildren’s, and later great-grandchildren’s, activities. She is survived by her husband, Merv Bouchie; her sons, Dave Tate and Andy Tate; her grandchildren, Tiffany Stoeser, McKinney Tate, Miles Tate, Amy Mancuso and Kristen Carter, and eight great-grandchildren. Among those who preceded her in death were her parents; her in-laws, Elliot and Eileen Bouchie, and her daughter-in-law, Andrea Tate.

The induction of Kris Dozark, Kevin Cronin and Kirby Cronin into the Stanley County Athletic Hall of Fame will take place just ahead of the championship round at the Big Dakota Conference invitational wrestling tournament Saturday night at Parkview Gym. After the tournament there will be a reception to honor the inductees at the Chuckwagon.

John and Mary Hoover of Custer plan to leave at the end of February to spend March in Henderson, Nev., near their son, Jordan, and his family. The job on which Jordan has been working near Las Vegas will come to an end toward the end of this year, so he and his wife, Nikki, plan to find a home in Bozeman, Mont., where Barnard Construction for whom Jordan works is headquartered. Their older child, daughter Leighton, will be in kindergarten beginning this fall.

RASDak Round-Up 2019, a seven-day bicycle tour across the state, this year will go through the southern tier of counties, starting in Custer June 2 and ending at the Meridian Bridge in Yankton on June 8. Overnight stops will be made in Hot Springs, Red Cloud, Martin, Mission, Gregory and Wagner. Registration for RASDak is limited. Full-week and single-day riders are welcome. Registered riders receive en route support and camping accommodations, and regular food and rest stops are provided along the way. For information go to the RASDak website at rasdak.com or visit the RASDak page on Facebook.

Mark and Alysia Livermont of Sioux Falls are the parents of a son, Joseph Mitchell Livermont, who was born Jan. 23. He weighed 2.7 pounds and measured 12.5 inches. Joey joins Collin, 6 1/2; Evelyn, who will be 5 in March, and Jacob, 3, in the Livermont family. Mark works as a program manager at Adams Thermal Systems in Sioux Falls. If you want to read what the Livermonts have gone through leading up to the birth of Joey, you can check Alysia’s Facebook post from earlier this week. At the same time we offer our congratulations to them, we likewise offer our condolences.

A tribute jam honoring Jeff “Mabes” McDorman is planned for 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion cabin.

Riggs High alumnus Adam Johnson is still living in Atlanta where he works for a management consulting company. Adam went to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and earned his bachelor’s degree in 2008. This past October he returned to the academy for the 10-year reunion of his graduating class. Upon leaving West Point in 2008, he was stationed at Fort Benning, Ga., and served tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. When he returned to civilian life, Adam earned his master of business administration degree at the University of Georgia.

Slade Larscheid, whose mother is Pierre native Mary (Neiber) Larscheid-Christensen of Spearfish, will be inducted into the Spearfish High School Athletic Hall of Fame at a basketball game Feb. 21. Slade, whose dad was the late Mark Larscheid, a Pierre athletic star, especially in track, was captain of Spearfish’s 2002 “AA” state championship basketball team. He went on to play college football at Northwestern in the Big 10 where he started 22 games as the Wildcats’ kicker. More recently he was athletic director at Augustana University.

Friends of Eric Johnson, actor/director/singer/Black Hills Playhouse veteran, et al., can help him through a rough patch by sending him a card or a letter. He has had some health issues over the holidays and this week was moved to an acute care facility in New York City so he can get better one-on-one nursing care. You can send cards in care of his friend, Dezur Kenna, who visits Eric daily: The address is: Dezur Kenna; 328 W. 47th St., #4B, New York NY 10036.

Alisha Hunt has begun her nursing education as part of the USD nursing program based in Sioux Falls. She and fellow future nurses received their white coats at a ceremony Jan. 25.

Dan and Clara Shelbourn (parents of Nancy Shoup and Ken Shelbourn) recently moved out of the home where they had lived for more than 50 years. Dan is at Maryhouse, and Clara is now at home close by at ParkWood Apartments. Friends can address her there at 400 ParkWood Dr., #204, Pierre SD 57501.


“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”

— Winston Churchill


(Parker’s column from The Custer Chronicle originally published Feb. 2, 2005)

Even non-talkers can talk about the weather

We can only hope Punxsutawney Phil, the only groundhog which really matters, saw his shadow today in Pennsylvania or wherever he is because we could certainly use six more weeks of winter. For that matter, how about 16 weeks?

And since we’re putting in our order, the kind of winter we want is the white, wet, slushy kind so that everything here and for 50 miles around doesn’t burn up in one day this coming summer.

Whether we get any kind of wet winter remains to be seen and, for that matter, seems quite doubtful. The other morning I woke up to the unmistakable sound of water dripping, not the sound one wants to hear first thing any morning and not the sound one expects to hear outside a bedroom window in the middle of January in South Dakota.

Later that day I happened to talk on the phone to a college-age friend in North Dakota. I went out of my way to point out that, here in the Banana Belt, it was 59 degrees.

“Shut up,” he said.

At that precise moment Fargo was basking in a temperature of -29 and a wind chill factor of -63.

Ah, yes, there is nothing like the weather as a conversational topic. Even for people like me who would rather write their conversations than carry them on verbally, there is the weather to talk about. It’s one thing that affects us all. It’s one way in which to begin any conversation.

“Sure a nice day, isn’t it?”

“Man, it’s cold today, isn’t it?”

“Feels like spring today.”

“I’m so sick of this weather, I could scream.”

A couple of weeks ago I ran into Millard and Carole Seaman in the Custer post office lobby. I can’t remember how the conversation got to weather, but within five minutes we were talking about the March 1966 blizzard.

The Seamans recalled they were at Sunshine Bible Academy campus south of Miller where there is absolutely nothing to stop the wind—or a blizzard—from sweeping across the prairie.

Did I remember where I was? Oh, by all means.

I was 45 miles west of there, teaching at Blunt High School at the time and living in Onida, 20 miles to the north.

That Thursday morning in 1966, when the bell rang in the middle of a class period and Supt. Milton Nelson announced that school would be dismissed immediately, we were stunned, not to mention delirious. Teachers loved snow days every bit as much as students, especially unexpected ones.

For about six hours Mr. Nelson took a lot of heat for his decision. Either he had reliable sources in northwestern South Dakota who knew the storm was coming, or he believed the forecasters were right this time. When he let us out of school, it was clear and calm and pleasant, but at 4 p.m. it arrived, and this was not one of those squalls that blows in and blows out in an hour’s time. This blizzard went on and on and on.

We had Friday off as well, and even on Saturday there was no travel whatsoever. I well remember joining my brother and his wife in trudging up the street four blocks to Lamb’s Store, pulling a sled behind us, because we had to get whatever groceries they still had, especially milk, bread and baby food for their Jayne, who was just over a year old at the time.

I’ve heard stories of how excruciating that storm was for rural people who had to care for livestock, but for school teachers who lived in town, it was a magnificent four-day weekend.

Millard Seaman’s family’s farm six miles west of Onida was on my dad’s mail route. I can still retrace in my mind the route I rode many times with Dad. I got to sort the mail and put it in each box we passed.

His mail route comes to mind in a weather discussion because he was one of those dedicated mail carriers who was determined that he was going to get the mail to all of those farm families, no matter the weather.

My mom knew the kind of man she had married, but she worried herself sick over him sometimes in bad weather when Dad had left town, headed west to get mail to the Ripleys, the Hunsleys, the Seamans, the Blaisdells, the Weischedels, the Lomheims, the Brookings, the Pierces, the Westphals, the Todds, the Hoovers, the Shoups and others.

I remember how frantically she made phone calls one time, trying to trace his path around the route to see if people knew where he was. Had their mail been delivered? Had they seen him go by?

With all due respect to present carriers, they probably don’t make rural carriers like him any more either.

And then there was my all-time most vivid weather memory.

This had occurred on Feb. 20, 1962, and I remember the exact date because it was the day when John Glenn orbited the earth three times, and I remember the late-night announcer on WCCO saying through the car radio what a historic day that was.

I was teaching at Wessington Springs, and it was another of those days (a Tuesday) when the weather was so bad that they dismissed school early. The storm was howling, but I took off anyway, accompanied by one of the high school senior boys, from Springs to Gettysburg, 140 miles away. Why? Because my brother John’s Onida Warriors team was playing in the district tournament that night.

There is no way I would drive in that kind of weather nowadays—not to get to school or to work or to a ballgame or to anything else. But back then, at that age, you remember our thought process. What could happen to us?

We didn’t deserve to, but we not only made it safely to Gettysburg for the game but drove all the way back to Springs with the blizzard still blowing in all its fury. We went around the east way through Faulkton and Wolsey and down past Virgil to Lane before turning back west to Springs, figuring the highway might be a bit better. I recall the snow was level from fence to fence. One could not tell where the shoulder was or where the ditch was. We crept along, trying to stay exactly halfway between the telephone poles on each side of the highway.

It’s a miracle I’m here today to still talk about the weather.

So when is it going to snow?


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