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THOUGHT FOR TODAY

“Education should not be intended to make people comfortable. It is meant to make people think.”

PIERRE GOVERNORS SPORTS ROUNDUP

This week’s schedules:
Wrestling—Friday, home vs. Mitchell, 5 p.m., and home vs. Watertown, 7 p.m.
Gymnastics—Friday/Saturday, at state meet, Aberdeen.
Boys basketball—Friday, at Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 7 p.m.
Girls basketball—Next game Feb. 22 vs. Sioux Falls Lincoln.

Gymnastics: Pierre placed sixth with a 133.525 team score at the ESD meet, but the entire team qualified for this weekend’s state meet team competition. Mikah Moser placed third in the all-around standings with a 36.850 score, winning the beam, taking second on bars, and finishing third in the vault.

Wrestling: At the Yankton invitational the Govs were third with a 154.5 score, behind Watertown with 224 and Stevens with 182.5. Following Pierre were Mitchell and Wagner in fourth and fifth, respectively. The only Pierre champion was Regan Bollweg. Other placers: Blake Judson third, Trey Lewis eighth, Nate Williams eighth, Kahlor Hindman seventh, Deegan Houska fifth, Hayden Shaffer sixth, Tyson Johnson fifth, Jack Van Camp sixth, Daniel Tafoya sixth, Jaret Clarke fifth, Gavin Stotts sixth, Jacob Larson xith, Wesley Harsma seventh.

Boys basketball: Three more losses this week dropped the Governors to 1-17. Pierre lost to Washington, 74-46, as Grey Zabel scored 15 points and Paul Adam 11. In a 70-42 loss to Brandon Valley, the Govs were down by 21 by halftime. Lincoln Kienholz had 14 points, Zabel 12 and Paul Adam 12. On Tuesday Pierre lost to Huron, 63-42, as Kienholz had 16 points, Zabel 10 and Adam 9.

Girls basketball: The Pierre girls also lost three times this week and are now 7-11. Jodi Severyn had 18 points in a 56-37 loss to Washington. In a 57-37 loss to Brandon Valley Pierre was down 20-2 after the first quarter. Severyn had eight points, Kylee Thorpe seven and Remi Price six. On Tuesday the girls lost in the final seconds to Huron, 61-59.

STANLEY COUNTY BUFFALOES SPORTS ROUNDUP

This week’s schedules:
Wrestling—Saturday, at Howard invitational.
Gymnastics—Friday/Saturday, at state meet, Aberdeen.
Boys basketball—Saturday, home vs. Wall; Tuesday, at Mobridge-Pollock.
Girls basketball—Saturday, home vs. Wall.

Wrestling: The Buffaloes placed sixth of 23 schools at the Big Dakota Conference invitational tournament at home, accumulating 119 points. Chase Hanson placed third at 106 pounds, Reid Wieczore fourth at 170, Isaac Cliff fourth at 182, Dylan Endres fourth at 285, Hayden Roggow sixth at 113 and Cade Stover sixth at 195. In a dual Tuesday the Buffs lost to #1 Burke-Gregory, 55-18. The only SCHS win came on a pin at 132 pounds by Trey Frost.

Gymnastics: At the Region 2 tournament the team champion was Parkston/Ethan/Mount Vernon, followed in order by Hot Springs, Chamberlain, Wagner/Bon Homme and Vermillion.

Girls basketball: In their only game this week the SCHS girls lost to Miller, 45-17, and now stand at 0-16.

SULLY BUTTES CHARGERS SPORTS ROUNDUP

This week’s schedules:
Wrestling—Saturday, at Badlands Brawler, Wall.
Boys basketball—Friday, at Ipswich; Tuesday, home vs. Sunshine Bible.
Girls basketball—Friday, at Ipswich; Saturday, Florence-Henry (at Warner); Tuesday, home vs. Sunshine Bible.

Girls basketball: In their only game this week the Charger girls lost Tuesday at Herreid-Selby Area, 41-36. Kendra Kleven had 12 points and Stevie Wittler eight. SBHS is now 8-6.

Boys basketball: The Chargers won in overtime at Potter County, 64-57, Friday, but on Tuesday the 12-game win streak ended at Herreid-Selby Area, 53-46. Nick Wittler had 18 points and Jett Lamb 11. SBHS was 1-of-5 in free throws while Herreid-Selby Area made 16 of 25 free throws. SBHS is now 12-2.

COUNTDOWN

1 day: State gymnastics meet, Aberdeen (Feb. 14-15).
8 days: Minnesota Twins spring training opener (Feb. 21).
9 days: Nevada caucuses (Feb. 22).
14 days: State wrestling tournaments, Sioux Falls (Feb. 27-29).
16 days: South Carolina primary (Feb. 29).
16 days: NSIC men’s/women’s basketball tournaments, Sioux Falls (Feb. 29-March 3).
16 days: NCAA Div. II Super Region 5 wrestling tournament, Sioux Falls (Feb. 29).
19 days: Super Tuesday primaries (March 3).
19 days: Georgia Morse Middle School musical “Frozen Jr.” (March 3, 5).
22 days: State girls hockey tournament, Expo Center (March 6-8).
23 days: Summit League men’s/women’s basketball tournaments, Sioux Falls (March 7-10).
24 days: Daylight Saving Time begins (March 8).
27 days: NAIA Div. II men’s basketball national tournament, Sioux Falls (March 11-17).
28 days: State “B” girls basketball tournament, Spearfish (March 12-14).
29 days: State boys hockey tournament, Sioux Falls (March 13-15).
29 days: NCAA Div. II national wrestling championships, Sioux Falls (March 13-14).
29 days: Hayes play (March 13-15).

WORDS OF WISDOM

“We cannot force someone to hear a message they are not ready to receive, but we must never underestimate the power of planting a seed.”

— EricStanleyStore.com

COLLEGE SPORTS ROUNDUP

Minnesota baseball (Nolan Burchill): The Gophers fly to Arizona today to play a four-game weekend at Tempe Friday through Monday against Oregon, Pepperdine, San Diego and Arizona.

South Dakota State baseball (Landon Badger): The Jackrabbits open their season Friday through Sunday with three games at Dallas Baptist, a strong program that almost always has its team in the NCAA Super Regionals.

Iowa Western baseball (Peyton Zabel): The Reivers open their season in Kansas with four games at Garden City Community College Saturday and Sunday and two more Monday at Seward County Community College.

Wyoming wrestling (Tate Samuelson): The Cowboys lost to Fresno State, 22-19, and lost to Oklahoma State, 25-7. Wyoming is now 7-9 overall in duals and 3-3 in the Big 12. Tate won by major decision, 9-0, against Fresno, winning for the seventh time in his last eight matches. Against Oklahoma State he lost a 2-1 decision. Wyoming is home Sunday vs. Northern Colorado.

South Dakota State swimming (Ashley Theobald, Caleb Huizenga): At the Jackrabbit Invitational Ashley placed fourth in the 100 individual medley in 1:00.35, sixth in the 500 freestyle in 4:21.65, 28th in the 50 free in 25.56 seconds, 17th in the 200 free in 2:01.21 and 22nd in the 100 free in 57.00. She swam on the 200 medley relay team which finished sixth in 1:54.33. Caleb placed 22nd in the 100 butterfly in 54.65 seconds, 11th in the 50 free in 31.61 and 32nd in the 200 free in 1:59.22. SDSU is off until the Summit League championships in Sioux Falls Feb. 19-22.

Black Hills State women’s basketball (Racquel Wientjes): The Yellow Jackets won two more RMAC games. In a 98-78 win over Colorado State-Pueblo, Racquel went 6-for-8 (3-of-4 in threes) and 4-of-4 for 19 points with four rebounds and two assists. In an 85-51 win over New Mexico Highlands, she was 5-of-7, all in three-pointers, and 4-of-4 at the line for 19 points with three assists and three boards. Now 14-8 overall and 11-6 in the RMAC, BHSU is home this weekend vs. Metro State Friday and Chadron State Saturday.

Colorado Mines women’s basketball (Liz Holter): The Orediggers defeated Chadron State, 63-57, as Liz was 3-of-11 (2-of-4 in threes) and 1-of-3 for nine points with five rebounds, one assist and two steals. In a 69-58 win over Metro State, she was 6-of-15 (2-of-3) and 5-of-6 for 19 points with six rebounds and two assists. Mines is now 16-6 overall and 13-4 in the league. The team goes south to New Mexico Highlands Friday and to CSU-Pueblo Saturday.

Texas A&M International women’s basketball (Nate Vogel): TAMIU defeated St. Edward’s, 66-62, and lost to St. Mary’s, 90-47. Now 8-15, the Dustdevils go Saturday to Texas A&M-Kingsville.

Lindenwood men’s hockey (Coleman Varty): The Lions swept Illinois, 2-1 and 4-1, to stretch their record to 18-7-0. Lindenwood plays at Oklahoma Friday and Saturday.

Augustana track/field (Elizabeth Schaefer): Elizabeth didn’t compete as the Vikings went to NDSU’s Bison Open. Next up is the NSIC Challenge meet in Mankato Saturday.

Augustana wrestling (Jebben Keyes): Augie defeated Mary, 27-9, and Jebben lost his 149-pound match by a 10-6 score. Augie lost to Minot State, 21-19, and Jebben didn’t wrestle in that dual. Now 9-3 overall and 5-1 in NSIC duals, Augie goes to Minnesota State Friday and to St. Cloud State next Wednesday.

Augustana women’s basketball (Aislinn Duffy, Katie Bourk): The Vikings lost both games on a northern road trip. In a 64-56 loss at Minnesota-Duluth, Aislinn was 4-of-7 and 2-of-2 for 10 points with five rebounds, two assists and a steal. In a 71-67 loss at St. Cloud State, she was 5-of-11 (2-of-2) and 1-of-2 for 13 points with seven rebounds. Augustana is home vs. Minnesota State Friday and Concordia-St. Paul Saturday.

Dakota Wesleyan men’s basketball (Bradley Dean): The 10th-ranked Tigers lost to Briar Cliff, 83-74, last Wednesday. Brad saw 23 minutes of action and was 3-of-6 from the field (2-of-5 in three-pointers) for eight points with four rebounds. DWU rebounded in style with a home win Saturday over the nation’s #1 NAIA team, Morningside, 76-75. Brad was instrumental in the upset win, scoring 13 points off the bench in 33 minutes. He was 4-of-7, including 3-of-6 in threes, and 2-of-4 and snared three rebounds. DWU improved to 19-6 overall and 11-5 in the GPAC, heading into last night’s game at Mount Marty. DWU goes to Doane Saturday and is home vs. Northwestern (Iowa) next Wednesday.

South Dakota women’s basketball (Chloe Lamb, Ciara Duffy): The Coyotes made quick work of UND in Grand Forks, blowing away the Hawks, 93-46, to improve to 22-2 overall and staying perfect at 11-0 in Summit League play. Ciara was 5-of-6 and 7-of-9 for 17 points with four rebounds, two assists and three steals. Chloe was 4-of-8 from the field and 6-of-6 in free throws for 14 points with four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one blocked shot. USD is home Thursday at 7 p.m. vs. Western Illinois on Midco Sports Network and goes to Oral Roberts Saturday.

Tennessee women’s basketball (Caleb Currier): The Lady Vols lost to Mississippi State, 72-55, and are now 17-6 overall and 7-3 in the SEC. Tennessee goes to LSU Thursday, then back home Sunday at 2 p.m. CST vs. Texas A&M on ESPN2.

Mary wrestling (Lincoln Turman): The Marauders lost to Augustana, 27-9, and beat Southwest Minnesota State, 18-16. Lincoln didn’t wrestle in either dual. Mary is at MSU-Moorhead Thursday and home vs. Minot State Sunday.

South Dakota State track/field (Addy Eisenbeisz): Addy didn’t jump at SDSU’s meets last weekend. The Jacks are home Friday and Saturday for their own Indoor Classic.

S.D. Mines track/field (Theron Singleton, Erick Colman): The two Pierre men did not compete for the Hardrockers at a Mankato meet Saturday. Mines goes to SDSU’s Indoor Classic Friday and Saturday.

Northern men’s basketball (Lincoln Jordre): The Wolves lost to USF, 68-61, but won over Southwest Minnesota State, 74-66. Lincoln didn’t play in either game. Now 18-6 overall and 14-4 in the NSIC, NSU goes to Minnesota-Duluth Friday and to St. Cloud State Saturday.

Northern track/field (Rachel Guthmiller): At NDSU’s Bison Open Rachel placed 29th in the weight throw event at 39’8″.

South Dakota State wrestling (Aric Williams): The Jacks won both duals on an eastern trip, winning at West Virginia, 29-15, and at Ohio, 28-9. Aric didn’t wrestle there. SDSU is home vs. Fresno State at 6 p.m. Friday and Stanford at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Black Hills State track/field (Allan McDonnell, Kelsey Van Den Hemel, Frank Becker): Our local athletes didn’t compete at the NDSU Bison Open last Saturday. BHSU goes to SDSU’s Indoor Classic this weekend.

LESSON FOR THESE TIMES

“The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.”

— John E. Southard

BIRTHDAYS/ANNIVERSARIES

Thursday, Feb. 13:
Cooper Gloe, Stacie Mosiman, Darin Smith, Gerda Jorgenson, Dorinda Daniel, Michell Boe, Nathan Shay, Karla Miles, Suttyn Stahl.

Friday, Feb. 14:
Elaine Yackley, Kirby Welch, Kathy Kraft, Kelli (Stephens) Ford, Veronica Urquhart, Tammy (Groseclose) Serbousek, Nic Lohman, Brady Beck, Ryan Blake, Mia Tousley, Leonore Friez, Joe Minder, Karisa Magee, Josh Hook, Sydney Redden, Grady Yost.
— 16th anniversary, Matt/Rebekah (Lawver) Boyer.
— Anniversary, Mike/Dana (Garry) Reiprich.
— 11th anniversary, Roger/Shelley (Marone) Locken.

Saturday, Feb. 15:
Tessa Jorgensen, Lincoln Sazama, Nolan Sazama, Stephanie (Tveidt) Knapp, Tracie (Seyfer) Vogel, Lorena Hyde, Kendra (Woodburn) Zuercher, Curtis Egan, Ken Rausch.
— Anniversary, Dick/Carol Howard.

Sunday, Feb. 16:
Kent Hrdlicka, Dmitri Melius, Drew Johnson, Bennett Dean, Barry Nuttall, Cecelia Mortenson, Lori (Tennant) Sperry, Deanie Knudtson, Marilyn Rasmussen, Matt Farris, Hayden Shoup.
— 10th anniversary, Tom/Chelsie Martin.
— 1st anniversary, Jesse/Meredith (Lee) Roebuck.

Monday, Feb. 17:
Rowan Hillestad, Kendell Olson, Eileen Crandell, Jordan Heckenlaible, Kirsten (Smart) Bierema, Gilbert Brindza, Brian Bechard, Dan Genzler, Ryan Murphy, Brady Walz, Alec Anderson, Alisha Hunt, Amy (McComsey) Nelson, Austin Hillestad.

Tuesday, Feb. 18:
Jeff Eckhoff, Matthew Beckwith, Katie Kelly, Hatta Stoeser, Robyn Starks Holcomb, Gale Harkless, Michael Lusk, Caelie Williams, Rachel Engbrecht, Mary Lehecka Nelson, Dana (Garry) Reiprich, Debbie (Heckel) Blackledge, Katelynn (Lamb) Pottorff.
— 3rd anniversary, Todd/Cora Pfister.
— 9th anniversary, Dustin/Therese (Blake) Schutz.
— We fondly remember Shane Cronin on his birthday.

Wednesday, Feb. 19:
Pam Roberts, Chase Campbell, Michael Pangburn, Caleb Stoltenburg, Amanda Slama, Sandy Krom, Charlie Meyer, Penelope Sampson, Coral Assam, Sarah (Nystrom) Duncan, Josh Breske, Hatta (Clark) Barnes, T.J. Iaquinta, Erin Moehring, Kathy Christenson, Tony Rislov, Madelyn Hove.
— 15th anniversary, Daniel/Sara (Lakner) Almarez.

Thursday, Feb. 20:
Elyse Miller, Lawson Fravel, Marileen Tilberg, Amanda Fanger, Matt Anderson, Chaz Williams, John Gosselin, Jesse Gosselin, Callie (Buechler) Morris, Matt Dayton, Ellen Erlenbusch, Mazen Garrett, Lisa Hylle, Carol Howard, Rodd Bauck, Kyle Nuzum, Laura Schmidt, Dan Gilmore.
— 5th anniversary, Jayme/Bobby (Krell) Howard.

WE CAN ONLY HOPE!

“Every storm runs out of rain.”

— Maya Angelou

HOCKEY ROUNDUP

North Dakota: The Fighting Hawks, idle last weekend, are home Friday and Saturday against Denver.

Oahe Capitals girls varsity: The girls lost to Sioux Falls, 12-2, with Adisyn Gray and Jessa McTighe scoring goals. Abigail Stewart-Fromm made 31 saves in the nets. The girls are home Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m. vs. Sioux Center.

Oahe Capitals boys varsity: The Capitals won two of three weekend games. In a 7-5 win over Mitchell, Raef Briggs scored twice and Clay Ambach, Kian Paul Turner Starr, Dre Berndt and Spencer Wedin each lit the light once. Kieran Duffy made 26 saves. The Capitals lost to Sioux Falls #2, 5-2, with Caden Davis and Ambach scoring goals. Duffy made 14 saves. In a 5-2 Sunday win over Aberdeen, Elliot Leif scored twice, and Davis, Andrew Gordon and Starr each scored a goal. Duffy made 13 saves and Colin Lee two saves. The Caps go to Rushmore for an 8 p.m. MST puck drop Friday, then return home to play Sioux Center at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Aberdeen Wings: The Wings swept Minot, 4-3 and 3-2 in a shootout. After a game at Minot last night, the Wings go to Minnesota Friday and Saturday.

Rapid City Rush: The Rush lost both games at Wichita, 2-1 and 7-4. After a game against Allen last night, the Rush stay home to play Allen Friday and Saturday, then go to Utah Monday and Wednesday.

Sioux Falls Stampede: The Herd lost twice to Sioux City, 5-0 and 3-2 in overtime. Sioux Falls is home Saturday vs. Des Moines and Sunday vs. Omaha.

Minnesota Wild: The Wild defeated Vancouver, 4-2; beat Dallas, 3-2; lost to Colorado, 3-2, and shut out Vegas, 4-0. Minnesota is home Thursday vs. the New York Rangers and Saturday vs. San Jose, then goes to Vancouver next Wednesday.

PONDER THIS

“Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion of this poor, suffering world, will help immensely.”

BASEBALL ROUNDUP

Pierre Trappers: Freshman third baseman/first baseman Jackson Hauge of Minnesota State-Mankato has signed with the Trappers for this coming season. His hometown is Ramsey, Minn.

BASKETBALL ROUNDUP

Minnesota Timberwolves: A 127-120 loss at the hands of Atlanta last Wednesday stretched the Wolves’ losing streak to 13 in a row, but they broke it with a stunning 142-115 win over the Los Angeles Clippers. A new losing streak began Monday with a 137-126 loss at Toronto. A game against Charlotte last night was the Wolves’ last before the NBA’s all-star break. The next Wolves game is Feb. 21 at home vs. Boston.

Sioux Falls Skyforce: The Force defeated Santa Cruz, 114-105; defeated Long Island, 116-106, and lost to Delaware, 98-88. Sioux Falls goes to Austin Thursday, then is off to Memphis next Wednesday.

WORDS TO LIVE BY

“Faith is seeing light with your heart when all your eyes see is darkness.”

— Little Church Mouse

MIDCO SPORTS NETWORK LIVE TV GAMES

Thursday, 7 p.m.: Women’s basketball, Western Illinois at USD.
Thursday, 7 p.m.: Women’s basketball, Purdue-Fort Wayne at NDSU (MSN2).
Friday, 7 p.m.: Men’s basketball, Purdue-Fort Wayne at NDSU.
Saturday, 1 p.m.: Women’s basketball, Purdue-Fort Wayne at SDSU.
Saturday, 7 p.m.: Men’s hockey, Denver at UND.
Sunday, 2 p.m.: Men’s basketball, Purdue-Fort Wayne at SDSU.
Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Men’s basketball, SDSU at UND.
Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Men’s basketball, NDSU at USD (MSN2).

SOCCER ROUNDUP

Minnesota United FC: The Loons’ preseason schedule all happens within the next 10 days. Minnesota plays at New England Sunday, at Portland next Wednesday and at Vancouver Feb. 22.

GOLF ROUNDUP

PGA Champions Tour (Tom Byrum): After a week off last week, the Champions Tour returns to the U.S. Friday through Sunday for the Chubb Classic at Naples, Fla.

THOUGHT FOR THESE TIMES

“Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world that yields most painfully to change.”

— Robert F. Kennedy

NEWS OF PEOPLE AND EVENTS

Sophia New, Riggs HIgh band clarinet player, was selected for All-State Band through the statewide audition process.

The next Post 8 baseball fund-raising breakfast will be served from 7 to 11 a.m. this Saturday, Feb. 15, at the American Legion cabin.

Greg Rankin, 69, Draper, died Feb. 5 after battling cancer for 11 years. His funeral service took place Tuesday in Draper. He graduated from Draper High School in 1968 and attended National College of Business in Rapid City. He spent his entire life on the family farm at Draper. He is survived by his siblings, Ron Rankin, Kris Bradley, Karen Authier, Bob Rankin and Bill Abernathy, and their families, and several uncles and aunts. Among those who preceded him in death were his parents, sister Karla Abernathy, and infant brother Joseph Rankin.

Named Fine Arts Performer of the Week at Riggs High is choir member Dani DeVaney.

Brandon and Cassie (Kinsman) Deffenbaugh now have three girls in their family. Their daughter, Thea Kate Deffenbaugh, was born Feb. 6. She joins twin sisters Olivia and Greta, who will be 4 in April, in their family.

Isaac Cliff, Stanley County High senior, signed his letter of intent on National Signing Day to attend Dakota Wesleyan and play football there.

Megan Buscher was named to the fall semester Dean’s List at the University of Wyoming.

Katherine (Adam) Danforth is the newest member of the board of Friends of the Goss Opera House in Watertown. Kat and her husband, Eric, have lived in Watertown since 2016. Her “day job” is as assistant director of the Watertown Convention and Visitors Bureau. She also chairs the Excite Watertown group and is a member of a P.E.O. chapter and Holy Name Catholic Church.

Jason and Jessica Rumpca are the parents of a daughter, Maisie Lynn, who was born Feb. 7, weighing 6 pounds, 18 ounces. She joins a sister, Kinley, who is 22 months old, in their family. Jason is an attorney with the Riter Rogers Wattier & Northrup firm in Pierre.

Riggs High senior Isaac Buchholtz has received an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

A memorial service for Jackie Nuttbrock, 82, Pierre, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Isburg Funeral Chapel. She passed away Feb. 7 at Avera Maryhouse. Among her survivors are her sons, Keith Nuttbrock and his wife Kathy of Pierre and Kevin Nuttbrock of Pierre; four grandchildren, and her siblings.

Anne (Burchill) Williams, a native of Pierre, announced at the Sioux Falls school board meeting Monday that she will be retiring after 24 years of service in that district. She currently is principal of Renberg Elementary School. Previously she worked at Hawthorne Elementary, Robert Frost Elementary, Discovery Elementary and Cleveland Elementary schools there. Her resignation takes effect June 5 at the end of this school year.

April 18 is the date on which the South Dakota Rock and Roll Music Association will bestow its Lifetime Achievement Award on Pierre native Chris Gage of Austin, Texas. The event will take place at the Ramkota Inn in Sioux Falls.

Brandon Cruse is working as an official in the new XFL professional football league which began play last weekend. He will work three weekends out of every four, and his next assignment will be at the New York game in St. Louis Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. on ESPN.

For the first time since 2006 Riggs High’s entry at the state one-act play festival earned a superior play rating. Pierre’s entry was “Grommet,” an original play written by drama coach Ashley Boone. Pierre students earning individual acting awards were Ruben Bowen, Jordan Morley, Thomas Vetsch and Savannah Shrake. The group of Addisyn Gruis, Ain Peterson, Nathan DeGreef, Connor Gravatt, William Hodges and Morgan Eckert won a superior ensemble award. Mesa Winder won a superior for an entry in the theatrical marketing competition.

Kyley Cumbow, principal at Georgia Morse Middle School, earlier this year was named Region 6 Middle School Principal of the Year. Raise that honor a couple notches! At the Pierre school board meeting Monday night, Dr. Kelly Glodt, superintendent, revealed that, first, Cumbow had been selected Middle School Principal of the Year in the state, then that she has also been named overall South Dakota Principal of the Year in grades 6-12. She will be honored during the South Dakota Association of Elementary School Principals conference in Oacoma in April. (News courtesy of “Today’s KCCR News.”)

A memorial service celebrating the life of Elma Silbaugh, 74, Onida, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Onida United Methodist Church. She died Feb. 9. The Isburg Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.

Alice Allen, 88, a former teacher at Washington Elementary School, died at home in Pierre Feb. 9. There will be no funeral service. A native of Wessington Springs, she married Donald Allen in 1951. They iived in Woonsocket, Wessington Springs and Watertown until a job opportunity for Mr. Allen brought them to Pierre. She taught at Washington till retiring. She is survived by her children, Frank Allen and George Allen of Pierre, Donna Beauchamp of Phoenix and Patrick Allen of Delaware, Ohio, and two grandchildren.

A THOUGHT IN PASSING

“To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

— Nelson Mandela