Vol. 20, No. 23; Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019

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This week’s schedules:
Wrestling—Saturday, at regional tournament, Huron, 10 a.m.
Girls basketball—Friday, home vs. Brookings, 7 p.m.; Saturday, at Sioux Falls Lincoln, 5 p.m.; Tuesday, home vs. Aberdeen Central, 7 p.m.
Boys basketball—Friday, at Brookings, 7 p.m.; Saturday, home vs. Sioux Falls Lincoln, 5 p.m.; Tuesday, at Aberdeen Central, 7 p.m.

Gymnastics: At the state meet in Brookings the Lady Govs placed fourth of nine teams. Watertown was state “A” champion. In the all-around standings Mikah Moser was sixth at 35.775 and Meg Erwin 18th at 32.850. In the floor exercise event Moser ied for seventh and Erwin was 19th. On the beam Moser tied for 13th, Erwin placed 29th, Ava Flottmeyer was 31st and Elise Carda came in 32nd. On the bars Moser was eighth, Erwin tied for 23rd and Carda was 34th. In the vault Moser placed second, Jasi Kroll was 21st, Sydney Uhrig tied for 28th and Erwin tied for 31st.

Wrestling: Pierre whipped Harrisburg, 51-18, to clinch the ESD regular-season dual championship. The Govs came out on fire, ending the drama quickly as they raced to a 34-0 lead on Blake Judson’s decision, Kahlor HIndman’s major decision, Daniel Tafoya’s pin, Jace Bench-Bresher’s major decision, Tyson Johnson’s decision, Jack Van Camp’s technical fall, Cade Hinkle’s pin and Lee Snyder’s decision. Later Maguire Raske won by tech fall and James Lees and Preston Taylor by pins.

Boys basketball: In their only game this past week the Governors were down by 19 at halftime and eventually lost to Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 79-48. Grey Zabel was high scorer for Pierre with 11 points.

Class “AA” boys basketball seed-point standings: Lincoln is first and Yankton second as we head into the final days of the regular season. Pierre stands at 14th and, if things stay the same, would play at #3 Brandon Valley in the SoDak 16 game to get into the state tournament. The two teams missing out on the postseason as of today would be Aberdeen Central and Douglas.

Girls basketball: In their only game of the week the Lady Govs led Mitchell 14-6 after one quarter, but then the game got out of hand quickly. The Kernel girls went on a 14-2 run to start the second period and eventually won by 67-45. Mitchell made 24 of 35 free throws in the game. For Pierre, which is now 2-13 for the season, Emily Mikkelsen had 14 points and Kodi Severyn 12.

Class “AA” girls basketball seed-point standings: O’Gorman is first and Lincoln second as of this midweek. Right now the two teams missing out on postseason play would be Pierre and Spearfish. The Lady Govs at 2-13 have a percentage of 36.667, very close to #16 Watertown (1-15) at 36.750.


“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”

— Charles M. Schulz


This week’s schedules:
Wrestling—Saturday, home for regional tournament.
Girls basketball—Thursday, at Mobridge-Pollock; Tuesday, at Chamberlain.
Boys basketball—Thursday, home vs. White River; Monday, home vs. Miller.

Girls basketball: In their only game this week the Lady Buffs lost to Wall, 62-46.

Wrestling: At the Howard invitational the Buffaloes placed fourth in the team standings behind champion Canton, Howard and Parker. HIghest placers for SCHS were J.D. Carter, second at 138, and Dylan Endres, second at 285. Other placers: Trey Frost, third at 120; Levi Stover, fourth at 132; Caven Holley, third at 145; Isaac Cliff, fourth at 160; Reid Wieczorek, third at 170; Nathaniel Nelson, fourth at 195; Sydney Tubbs, fourth at 220.

Boys basketball: The Buffaloes defeated Wall, 77-56, and lost to Todd County, 72-61. In the latter game Brady Hoftiezer scored 21 points and Joey Fischer 10. On Tuesday the Buffs won over Mobridge-Pollock, 61-42.


This week’s schedules:
Wrestling—Saturday, at regional tournament, Fort Pierre.
Girls basketball—Thursday, at Faulkton Area; Monday-Tuesday-Thursday, Region 2 tournament.
Boys basketball—Thursday, at Faulkton Area; Saturday, vs. Aberdeen Christian (at Warner).

Girls basketball: The Charger girls stand at fourth in Region 2 with the tournament coming up next week. The girls lost to Ipswich, 46-29, as Lauren Wittler scored 11. The Philip game, postponed for a second time, was cancelled. On Tuesday the girls won at Sunshine Bible, 61-32, as Wittler scored 22 and Kendra Kleven 15. The SBHS record is 11-7. Assuming the girls remain as the fourth seed, they would host #5 seed (right now that is Highmore-Harrold) at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the second round. That winner would play Thursday, presumably at #1 Ipswich for a berth in the SoDak 16.

Boys basketball: The Charger boys are at 14-3 heading into two games this weekend. SBHS whipped Ipswich, 55-30, as Nick Wittler scored 17, Jett Lamb 14 and Grant Johnson 11. In a 70-56 win at Sunshine Bible, Cam Ogle was high with 20. Wittler scored 15 and Morris Hofer 10.


“A government, no matter how corrupt, unscrupulous or manipulative, is a reflection of its people.”

— Bryant McGill


5 days: Georgia Morse Middle School musical (Feb. 19, 21).
6 days: Riggs High musicians at small-group contest, Chamberlain (Feb. 20).
6 days: Summit League swimming championships, Sioux Falls (Feb. 20-23).
8 days: State wrestling tournaments, Rapid City (Feb. 22-23).
8 days: Summit League indoor track/field championships, Brookings (Feb. 22-23).
8 days: Pierre Players’ “Bill W. and Dr. Bob” (Feb. 22-24, 28-March 2).
9 days: Minnesota Twins spring exhibition season opener (Feb. 23).
10 days: The Oscars, ABC-TV, (Feb. 24).
14 days: Riggs High talent show (Feb. 28).
15 days: Zesto opens (March 1).
15 days: State girls varsity hockey tournament, Brookings (March 1-3).
16 days: Minnesota Loons MLS season opener (March 2).
16 days: NSIC men’s/women’s basketball tournaments, Sioux Falls (March 2-5).
21 days: Georgia Morse Middle School band/chorus concert and art show (March 7).
21 days: State “B” girls basketball tournament, Huron (March 7-9).
23 days: Summit League men’s/women’s basketball tournaments, Sioux Falls (March 9-12).
25 days: NAIA Division II men’s basketball national tournament, Sioux Falls (March 11-17).
26 days: Riggs High choral festival (March 12).
28 days: State “B” boys basketball tournament, Aberdeen (March 14-16).
28 days: State “A” boys/girls basketball tournaments, Sioux Falls (March 14-16).
28 days: State “AA” boys/girls basketball tournaments, Rapid City (March 14-16).
28 days: State high school visual arts show, Rapid City (March 14-16).
29 days: State boys varsity hockey tournament, Expo Center (March 15-17).
34 days: Riggs High musicians at large-group contest, Mitchell (March 20).
35 days: Jefferson Elementary concert (March 21).
37 days: All-State Band concert, Aberdeen (March 23).
39 days: Buchanan Elementary concert (March 25).
40 days: Kennedy Elementary concert (March 26).
42 days: Riggs High big-band dance (March 28).
42 days: Minnesota Twins season opener (March 28).
50 days: Pierre high school baseball season opener (April 5).
51 days: NCAA Division I men’s basketball Final Four, Minneapolis (April 6, 8).
60 days: Riggs High spring play (April 15-16, 18).


If a part of your body “falls asleep,” you can always “wake it up” by shaking your head.


South Dakota State swimming (Wyatt Rumrill, Ashley Theobald): The Jackrabbits were idle last week and have this weekend off, too, as they await the Summit League championships in Sioux Falls Feb. 20-23.

South Dakota women’s golf (Katie Bartlett): The Coyote women’s spring season begins Feb. 24-26 at the Edwin Katts Spring Classic at Charleston, S.C. Katie is a junior at USD this year.

South Dakota State track/field (Rachel Propst, Riley Sears, Addison Eisenbeisz): At the SDSU Indoor Classic Rachel placed 18th in the mile at 5:10.36. Addy was fourth in the high jump at 5’3 3/4″. Riley placed ninth in his high jump event at 6’6″. The SDSU women tied for second in the team standings with USD with 74 points each. NDSU was team champ with 163. The SDSU men were first with 129.5 points. The Jacks host their last-chance meet Friday.

South Dakota Mines track/field (Theron Singleton, Erick Colman): At the SDSU Indoor Classic Eric placed 39th in the shot put at 43’3 1/4″ and 42nd in the weight throw with a toss of 44’4 3/4″. The Hardrockers go to BHSU’s Stinger Open Saturday.

South Dakota track/field (Madason Tessier, Maddy McClure): At the SDSU Indoor Classic Madason placed 12th in the 60-meter hurdles semifinals at :09.0. She was 67th in the 200-meter dash in :27.22. The USD women tied for second with SDSU behind winning NDSU. Coyote athletes go to the Nebraska tune-up meet Friday.

Black Hills State track/field (Kelsey Van Den Hemel, Allan McDonnell): At the SDSU Indoor Classic Kelsey placed 29th in the 3,000 meters in 10:48.54 and 51st in the mile at 5:33.13. Allan placed fourth in the high jump at 6’8″, 26th in the triple jump at 41’2 1/2″ and 35th in the long jump at 20’1 1/2″. BHSU hosts its Stinger Open Saturday.

North Dakota men’s hockey: Idle last weekend, the Hawks go to Western Michigan for two this weekend. UND is 13-12-2 overall and 7-8-1 in the NCHC.

Northern wrestling: The Wolves lost a conference dual to Upper Iowa, 30-6. Earning the Wolves’ points were Caden Moore at 149 and Walker Carr at 157, both by decisions. Next up for Northern is the NCAA Super Regional at Moorhead Feb. 23.

Augustana wrestling (Jebben Keyes): On a conference road trip to North Dakota the Vikings lost a dual at Mary, 18-17, but won one at Minot State, 21-18. Jebben didn’t wrestle in the Mary dual. At Minot he lost a 9-6 decision at 141 pounds. Augustana was down 12-0 but won five of the next six weights. Now 5-3 overall and 4-3 in NSIC duels, Augie faces the nation’s No. 1 team, St. Cloud State, tonight (Thursday).

South Dakota State wrestling (Aric Williams): The Jackrabbits lost a dual at Wyoming, 32-9. The SDSU winners were Henry Pohlmeyer at 149, Colton Carlson at 157 and Zach Carlson at 184. Aric lost his 141-pound match by technical fall, 16-1, to No. 12-ranked Sam Turner. SDSU wrestles at NDSU Friday night on Midco Sports Network.

Incarnate Word women’s basketball (Liz Holter): The Cardinals lost to Texas A&M/Corpus Christi, 57-49. Liz went 2-for-4, including 1 of 2 in three-pointers, and 1-of-1 for five points with two assists and a steal. UIW played Southeast Louisiana last night and is home against Abilene Christian Saturday.

South Dakota men’s basketball: The Coyotes lost two more Summit League games this week. In a 107-102 overtime loss to Omaha, Triston Simpson and Stanley Umude each scored 24. It was USD’s 10th loss by seven points or fewer. On Sunday the Coyotes lost to Oral Roberts, 86-72, as Simpson scored 20 and Umude 18. Now 9-15 overall and 3-8 in the league, USD goes to Western Illinois Saturday and back home against Denver next Wednesday.

South Dakota women’s basketball (Chloe Lamb, Ciara Duffy): The USD women destroyed Omaha, 78-33, holding the Mavericks scoreless in the first quarter as they rolled to a 29-0 lead to start the game. It was 50-6 at halftime. Chloe was 5-of-10 (3-of-3 in threes) for 13 points with seven rebounds, one assist and two steals. Ciara was 2-of-6 (1-of-2 in threes) for five points with three rebounds and an assist. USD was down to Oral Roberts by 16 points but rallied to win, 75-64. Ciara was 6-of-11 (2-of-5 in threes) and 4-of-4 for 18 points with nine boards, four assists, one block and two steals. Chloe was 7-of-11 (3-of-4 in threes) and 0-for-1 for 17 points with three rebounds and a steal. Now 22-3 overall and 10-1 atop the Summit, USD goes to Western Illinois Saturday. The Coyotes are ranked No. 25 in the nation in the Division I poll this week.

South Dakota State men’s basketball: Scoring 52 points in the paint, SDSU bombed North Dakota, 80-55, Mike Daum had 29 points and 20 rebounds, Alex Arians 14 points and David Jenkins 14. Now 20-6 overall and 10-1 atop the Summit, SDSU goes to Omaha Thursday and to North Dakota State Saturday.

South Dakota State women’s basketball (Sydney Palmer): It was another blowout win for SDSU as the Jacks topped UND, 81-58. Madison Guebert was high scorer with 19. Sydney went 1-for-4, including 0-for-2 in threes, for two points with three rebounds. SDSU took an 18-6 overall record (10-1 atop the Summit) into last night’s game against Omaha. The Jacks go to NDSU Saturday and are home vs. Purdue-Fort Wayne next Wednesday.

Tennessee women’s basketball (Caleb Currier): The Lady Vols lost to Mississippi State, 91-63, to drop to 15-8 overall and 4-6 in the SEC. Tennessee is home vs. Auburn tonight and goes to Missouri Sunday.

Dakota State women’s basketball: The Trojan women lost to Presentation, 81-71, as Taylor Volesky scored 18. They won over Dickinson State, 87-79, as McKenzie Hermanson scored 23. Now 4-22 overall and 3-10 in the NSAA, DSU goes to Bellevue Saturday to end the regular season. The conference playoffs begin Tuesday and conclude with the semifinals and finals at Watertown Feb. 23-24.

Dakota State men’s basketball: The Trojans lost two NSAA games—84-77 to Presentation and 86-57 to Dickinson State. Justin Folkers was high scorer in both with 19 points in each game. Now 9-20 overall and 4-9 in the conference, DSU plays at Bellevue Saturday and begins postseason play in the NSAA quarterfinals Tuesday.

Mount Marty women’s basketball: The Lancer women lost to DWU, 65-48, as Kailee McKinney scored 21. Back in GPAC play they defeated Doane, 69-63, as Sammy Kasowski had 16. Now 14-13 overall and 8-13 in the league, MMC played Dakota State last night and ends the regular season vs. Concordia (Neb.) Saturday. The GPAC playoffs begin on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Mount Marty men’s basketball: The Lancers lost two more GPAC games, bringing their record to 2-17 in the league and 6-22 overall. MMC lost to DWU, 77-58, and to Doane, 55-49. Colby Johnson had 21 in the first game and 18 in the second. MMC ends the regular season at home Saturday vs. Concordia (Neb.). The playoffs start next week.

Dakota Wesleyan women’s basketball: The Tiger women won a conference game over Mount Marty, 65-48, as Kynedi Cheeseman scored 22. However, they lost to Concordia (Neb.), 79-66, as Makaela Karst was high with 23. Now 24-4 overall and 17-4 in the league, DWU played at Valley City State last night and ends the regular season at home Saturday vs. Doane. The GPAC playoffs start next week.

Dakota Wesleyan men’s basketball: The Tigers beat Mount Marty, 77-58, as Ty Hoglund scored 24, hitting nine of his 11 field-goal tries. DWU beat Concordia (Neb.), 68-63, as Hoglund scored 28. Now 19-8 overall and 12-7 in the GPAC, DWU played at Valley City State last night and hosts Doane Saturday. The league playoffs start Tuesday and Wednesday.

Augustana men’s basketball: The Vikings are only 14-10 overall and 10-8 in the NSIC, but their freshmen starters are having great seasons, giving hope for upcoming seasons. Augie lost to Minnesota-Duluth, 81-72, as A.J. Plitzuweit sored 17. Against St. Cloud State the Vikings were down by nine with 5:15 left but went on a 12-0 run and beat the Huskies, 92-91. Another of those freshmen, Michael Schaefer, scored 29. Augie goes to Minnesota State-Mankato Friday and to Concordia-St. Paul Saturday.

Augustana women’s basketball (Katie Bourk): The Viking women lost to Minnesota-Duluth, 69-45, and to St. Cloud State, 63-48. Lynsey Prosser was high scorer with 22 against Duluth and 13 against St. Cloud. Now 19-8 overall and 11-7 in the NSIC, Augie plays at Minnesota State-Mankato and Concordia-St. Paul this weekend.

Northern men’s basketball (Lincoln Jordre): The Wolves beat USF, 90-84, as Justin Decker and Ian Smith each scored 22. They then beat Southwest Minnesota State, 91-81, as Gabe Kings scored 23. Now 19-5 overall and 15-3 in the NSIC, Northern hosts Minnesota-Duluth and St. Cloud State this weekend.

Northern women’s basketball (Rachel Guthmiller): Northern lost to USF, 73-66, as Alayna Johnson was high with 12. NSU beat Southwest Minnesota State, 56-51, led by Lexi Wadsworth’s 14. Now 9-15 overall and 6-12 in the NSIC, Northern is home vs. Minnesota-Duluth Friday and St. Cloud State Saturday.

University of Sioux Falls women’s basketball: The Cougar women won both games on a northern trip, 73-66 at Northern and 77-74 at MSU-Moorhead. Mariah Szymanski scored 33 vs. Northern and Kaely Hummel 20 in the Moorhead game. Now 17-7 overall and 12-6 in the NSIC, USF ends the regular season at home against Winona State and Upper Iowa this weekend.

University of Sioux Falls men’s basketball: The USF men lost both games on their trip north, 90-84 at Northern and 75-71 at MSU-Moorhead. Trevon Evans had a great personal weekend, scored 28 at Northern and 39 at Moorhead. Now 15-9 overall and 10-8 in the NSIC, USF hosts Winona State Friday and Upper Iowa Saturday.

South Dakota Mines men’s basketball: The Hardrockers lost to New Mexico Highlands, 95-82, led by Mitchell Sueker’s 14 points. Mines beat CSU-Pueblo, 80-66, as Jacob Anastasi scored 18. Now 11-14 overall and 8-9 in the RMAC, Mines goes to Chadron State Friday and to Metro State Saturday.

South Dakota Mines women’s basketball: Mines defeated New Mexico Highlands, 60-46, as Sami Steffeck scored 18. The Hardrockers lost to CSU-Pueblo, 58-50, led by Taylor Molstad with 27. Now 8-13 overall and 5-12 in the RMAC, Mines goes to Chadron State and Metro State this weekend.

Black Hills State men’s basketball: The Yellowjackets swept their RMAC games last weekend, winning 89-64 over CSU-Pueblo and 66-65 over New Mexico Highlands. Makaleb McInnis had 21 vs. Pueblo and Stefan Desnica 18 against Highlands. Now 13-8 overall and 12-5 in the RMAC, BHSU goes to Metro State Friday and to Chadron State Saturday.

Black Hills State women’s basketball (Remi Wientjes, Rachel Wientjes): The BHSU women lost to CSU-Pueblo, 73-63. Racquel was 6-of-10 (1-of-3 in threes) and 5-of-6 at the line for 18 points with five rebounds, an assist and a block. BHSU won over New Mexico Highlands, 85-52, as Morgan Ham was high with 17. Racquel went 4-of-11, including 1-of-4 in threes, for nine points with six boards, three assists, two steals and two blocks. Now 13-8 overall and 9-8 in the RMAC, BHSU plays at Metro State and Chadron State this weekend.


“They invented hugs to let people know you love them without saying anything.”

— Bil Keane


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


Midco Sports Network live TV games this week:
Thursday, 7 p.m.: men’s basketball, NDSU-Oral Roberts.
Thursday, 7 p.m.; men’s basketball, SDSU-Omaha (MSN2).
Friday, 5:30 p.m.: women’s basketball, USF-Winona State.
Friday, 7 p.m.: wrestling, SDSU-NDSU (MSN2).
Friday, 7:30 p.m.: men’s basketball, USF-Winona State.
Saturday, 1 p.m.: women’s basketball, SDSU-NDSU.
Saturday, 2 p.m.: women’s basketball, UND-Oral Roberts (MSN2).
Saturday, 4 p.m.: men’s basketball, SDSU-NDSU.
Saturday, 7 p.m.: men’s basketball, UND-Oral Roberts (MSN2).
Wednesday, 7 p.m.: men’s basketball, USD-Denver.
Wednesday, 7 p.m.: women’s basketball, SDSU-Purdue Fort Wayne (MSN2).

Sioux Falls Skyforce: The Skyforce defeated Agua Caliente, 135-120, but lost to Stockton, 126-107. Sioux Falls is now off during the G League’s all-star break until playing at Long Island Feb. 21.

Minnesota Timberwolves: The Wolves lost to Orlando, 122-112; lost to New Orleans, 122-117, and beat the Los Angeles Clippers, 130-120. Minnesota hosted Houston last night, then is off during the all-star break until a Feb. 22 game at New York.


Oahe Lady Capitals: The girls varsity was shut down by Mitchell, 9-0. Abigail Stewart-Fromm made 28 saves in goal. The Lady Caps are home for a three-game weekend—7:30 p.m. Friday vs. Sioux Falls, 3 p.m. Saturday vs. Rushmore and 11 a.m. Sunday vs. Aberdeen.

SDAHA girls varsity standings (wins-losses-ties-OT losses=points): Aberdeen 15-0-0-0 30, Sioux Falls 13-2-0-0 26, Mitchell 11-4-0-0 22, Brookings 10-5-0-1 21, Sioux Center 7-7-0-0 14, Watertown 6-8-0-1 13, Huron 2-13-1-0 5, Oahe 2-11-0-0 4, Rushmore 0-14-1-0 1.

Oahe Capitals: The boys varsity also sustained a shutout loss, falling at Rushmore, 6-0. Riley Briggs was in goal and made 28 saves. Rushmore’s goalkeeper, John Young, son of Pierre native Jason Young, stopped all 22 Oahe shots on goal. The Caps are home vs. Watertown at 7 p.m. Saturday and vs. Aberdeen at 3 p.m. Sunday.

SDAHA boys varsity standings (wins-losses-ties-OT losses=points): Sioux Falls 12-0-2-0 26, Oahe 10-2-1-0 21, Rushmore 10-4-0-0 20, Huron 8-6-1-0 17, Sioux Center 7-7-1-0 15, Brookings 6-7-0-0 12, Mitchell 5-8-0-0 10, Watertown 4-6-1-1 10, Aberdeen 3-8-0-1 7, Yankton 0-15-0-0 0. (Note: Mitchell is banned from state tournament play this year.)

Rapid City Rush: A rare double-win weekend saw the Rush defeated Wichita, 2-1 and 7-4. Rapid City is playing a three-game series at Idaho last night, Friday and Saturday.

Sioux Falls Stampede: The Stampede defeated Chicago, 8-6, and stretched its win streak to five in a row with a 5-2 win at Waterloo. Sioux Falls is now within two points of Waterloo for second place. The Herd plays at Team USA Friday and at Muskegon Saturday and Sunday.

Gillette Wild (Coleman Varty): Gillette took it on the chin against Missoula, losing 3-1 and 5-2. The Wild plays two at Butte this weekend.

Minnesota Wild: The Wild lost to Edmonton, 4-1; beat New Jersey, 4-2; lost to the New York Islanders, 2-1, and lost to Philadelphia, 5-4. Minnesota is home for three more games this week—Friday vs. New Jersey, Sunday vs. St. Louis and Tuesday vs. Anaheim.


“The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it.”

— Sen. Hubert Humphrey


AAF live TV games this week:
Saturday, 1 p.m.: Salt Lake at Birmingham, TNT.
Saturday, 7 p.m.: Arizona at Memphis, NFL Network.
Sunday, 3 p.m.: Orlando at San Antonio, CBSSN.
Sunday, 7 p.m.: Atlanta at San Diego, NFL Network.

Aug. 31: Montana
Sept. 7: at Oklahoma
Sept. 14: Houston Baptist
Sept. 21: at Northern Colorado
Oct. 5: Indiana State (Dakota Day)
Oct. 12: at Missouri State
Oct. 19: at Northern Iowa
Oct. 26: Southern Illinois
Nov. 2: at Western Illinois
Nov. 9: Youngstown State
Nov. 16: at North Dakota State
Nov. 23: South Dakota State


Pierre Trappers: Returning to the Trappers for his second season in Pierre will be junior pitcher A. J. Fell from Springhill College. His hometown is Aurora, Colo.


PGA Champions Tour (Tom Byrum): Playing in his first tour event of the new year, Tom made the cut and then tied for 19th place at the Oasis Championships in Boca Raton, Fla., with a weekend scorecard of 66-69-74=209, 7 under par. He earned $21,182. The Champions Tour crosses the state to Naples to play the Chubb Classic Friday through Sunday.


“Valentine’s Day is a perfect time to reject the idea that the ideal man is taller, richer, more knowledgeable, more renowned or more powerful.”

— Stephanie Coontz


Thursday, Feb. 14:
Josh Hook, Karisa Magee, Joe Minder, Leonore Friez, Mia Tousley, Kirby Welch, Elaine Yackley, Kathy Kraft, Kelli (Stephens) Ford, Veronica Urquhart, Tammy (Groseclose) Serbousek, Brady Beck, Nic Lohman, Ryan Blake, Grady Yost, Sydney Redden.
— Anniversary, Mike/Dana (Garry) Reiprich.
— 10th anniversary, Roger/Shelley (Marone) Locken.
— 15th anniversary, Matt/Rebekah (Lawver) Boyer.

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

Saturday, Feb. 16:
Kent Hrdlicka, Barry Nuttall, Bennett Dean, Drew Johnson, Bridget Hrdlicka, Dmitri Melius, Matt Fararis, Hayden Shoup, Marilyn Rasmussen, Deanie (Yackley) Knudtson, Lori (Tennant) Sperry, Cecelia Mortenson.
— 9th anniversary, Tom/Chelsie Martin.

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

Monday, Feb. 18:
Matthew Beckwith, Jeff Eckhoff, 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.
— 2nd anniversary, Todd/Cora Pfister.
— 8th anniversary, Dustin/Therese (Blake) Schutz.
We fondly remember Shane Cronin on his birthday.

Tuesday, Feb. 19:
Penelope Sampson, Sandy Krom, Charlie Meyer, Caleb Stoltenburg, Amanda Slama, Michael Pangburn, Pam Roberts, Chase Campbell, Madelyn Hove, Kathy Christenson, Josh Breske, Tony Rislov, Erin Moehring, T.J. Iaquinta, Hatta (Clark) Barnes, Sarah (Nystrom) Duncan, Carol Assam.

Wednesday, Feb. 20:
Rodd Bauck, Kyle Nuzum, Mazen Garrett, Lisa Hylle, Carol Howard, Laura Schmidt, Dan Gilmore, Chaz Williams, Matt Anderson, Amanda Fanger, Marileen Tilberg, Lawson Fravel, Elyse Miller, Ellen Erlenbusch, Matt Dayton, Callie (Buechler) Morris, Jesse Gosselin, John Gosselin.
— 4th anniversary, Jayme/Bobby (Krell) Howard.

Thursday, Feb. 21:
Cade Larson, Nancy McCahren, John Weeldreyer, Larry Cass (#80), Mallori (Barnett) Johnson, Felicity Cronin, Lynn Senftner, Day Breitag, Pat Brown, Anne Rasmussen, Teddy Jackson, Jolee Smith, Alissa (Harter) Schumacher, Megan Wellner.


  • In my column about the birthday party my family held for me, I mentioned I had been asked for lists of my favorite songs, hymns and shows. So what was on those lists, somebody asked.
  • Top 10 Broadway shows: 1, “Les Miserables” . . . 2. “Fiddler on the Roof” . . . 3. “Funny Girl” . . . 4. “Oklahoma!” . . . 5. “Gypsy” . . . 6. “Music Man” . . . 7. “West Side Story” . . . 8. “Camelot” . . . 9. “Mame” . . . 10. “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor.”
  • Top 10 artists: Barbra Streisand, Michael Buble, Josh Groban, Neil Diamond, Jeremy Jordan, Aaron Tveit, Kelli O’Hara, Kirsten Chenoweth, Audra McDonald, Andrea Bocelli.
  • Top 10 hymns: “Fairest Lord Jesus” . . . “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee” . . . “Holy, Holy, Holy” . . . “God of Grace and God of Glory” . . . “Amazing Grace” . . . “It Is Well With My Lord” . . . “Lift High the Cross” . . . “God of Our Fathers” . . . “To God Be The Glory” . . . “Breath of Heaven.”
  • Top 10 songs: “People” from “Funny Girl” . . . “I’ll Be Seeing You” . . . “Think of Me” from “Phantom of the Opera” . . . “Wind Beneath My Wings” from “Beaches” . . . “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from “Carousel” . . . “What I Did For Love” from “Chorus Line” . . . “You Raise Me Up” . . . “Somewhere Out There” from “An American Tail” . . . “Seize the Day” from “Newsies” . . . “At Last.”

Here are this week’s classic movies on Turner Classic Movies’ (TCM) “31 Days of Oscar”:

Thursday, Feb. 14:
7 p.m.: “The Philadelphia Story” (1940).
9 p.m.: “Father of the Bride” (1950).
11 p.m.: “Kramer vs. Kramer” (1979).
1 a.m.: “Dodsworth” (1936).
Friday, Feb. 15:
7 p.m.: “Titanic” (1953).
9 p.m.: “Lifeboat” (1944).
11 p.m.: “Johnny Belinda” (1948).
1 a.m.: “The Miracle Worker” (1962).
Saturday, Feb. 16:
7 p.m.: “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” (1962).
10 p.m.: “The Great Race” (1965).
1 a.m.: “Atlantic City” (1981).
3 a.m.: “Au Revoir Les Enfants” (1987).
Sunday, Feb. 17:
7 p.m.: “The Nun’s Story” (1959).
9:45 p.m.: “Agnes of God” (1985).
11:45 p.m.: “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1951).
2 a.m.: “Network” (1976).
Monday, Feb. 18:
7 p.m.: “High Noon” (1952).
8:45 p.m.: “The Quiet Man” (1952).
11:15 p.m.: “A Free Soul” (1931).
1 a.m.: “None But the Lonely Heart” (1944).
Tuesday, Feb. 19:
7 p.m.: “Captains Courageous” (1937).
9:15 p.m.: “Boys Town” (1938).
11 p.m.: “Blow-Up” (1966).
1 a.m.: “Three Colors: Red” (1994).
Wednesday, Feb. 20:
7 p.m.: “The Private Life of Henry VIII” (1933).
9 p.m.: “A Man For All Seasons” (1966).
11:15 p.m.: “The High and the Mighty” (1954).
2 a.m.: “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” (1954).

This sounds like my kind of awards show. On Friday night at 9 p.m. CST on PBS, AARP Magazine presents the “Movies for Grown-Ups” awards. This year’s special achievement award will go to Shirley MacLaine. Unlike last Sunday night’s Grammys, there likely will not be half-dressed singers whose names I don’t recognize singing songs which I’ve never heard.


“I’ve realized that, although Valentine’s Day can be a cheesy money-making stunt to many people, it’s a day of expressing love across the world. It doesn’t have to be between lovers but by telling a friend that you care or even an old person that he or she is still appreciated.”

— Reeva Steenkamp


Long-time Pierre resident Larry Cass will observe his 80th birthday next Thursday, Feb. 21. Friends can send greetings to him at 2013 E. Dakota Ave., Pierre SD 57501. Before that his family is hosting a birthday celebration for Larry at the Pierre Senior Citizens Center from 2 to 4 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 16. Everyone is welcome.

Onida resident Charlie Miller, 63, died Feb. 11 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. His funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Onida United Methodist Church. A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the church. Feigum Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

The next in this winter’s series of pancake-and-sausage breakfasts for the benefit of the Post 8 baseball program is set for this Saturday morning from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Legion cabin.

Jared Neilan is joining the staff of BankWest’s mortgage loan division at the bank’s main office in Pierre. Neilan graduated from Riggs High School iin 2012, then earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration at Dakota Wesleyan University. He comes to the Pierre bank from BankWest’s Mitchell branch where he has been working as a cash management services officer.

Dave Potter, who went to elementary and middle school in Pierre with the students who would become the Class of 1992, works for FirstService, an international homeowners association management corporation in southern California. This week he was named veteran Manager of the Year by his company at an awards event held at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel in Anaheim.

The funeral service for Donald Ries, 92, Kransburg, will be held at Holy Rosary Church in Kransburg at 10:30 a.m. Friday. Visitation will be at the church from 4 to 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday) with a rosary beginning at 7. Mr. Ries was a life-long farmer but was also active in rural water development. He later worked for 10 years in security and maintenance for the Ramkota Inn in Watertown. He is survived by his wife, Armella of Kransburg; six children, including son Dennis Ries and his wife Lois of Pierre; a brother, two sisters, 19 grandchildren and 41 great-grandchildren.

Mavis Boyer, 86, Fort Pierre, died Feb. 7 at Avera Maryhouse. A memorial service was held Wednesday at the Isburg Funeral Chapel. Mavis grew up in Williams, Minn. She married Lawrence “Bud” Boyer there, and they farmed until moving to Pierre so Bud could work on the Oahe Dam. Mavis operated a daycare center. She is survived by her children, Leona Martell of LeRoy, Ill., and Duane Boyer, Wendell Boyer and Lynelle Caldwell, all of Fort Pierre; 12 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Cole Uecker, who graduated from the USD law school, was sworn in to the Bar as an attorney by Judge John Brown on Feb. 8. Cole works as CAP director with Disability Rights of South Dakota. He, his wife Jen, and their sons, Layne and Chase, are happy to be calling Pierre home again. Cole is the son of Ted and Carol Uecker.

Irene Wald, who worked at St. Mary’s Hospital from 1964 to 1996, died Feb. 9. Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church with visitation beginning one hour earlier. The former Irene Gilbertson grew up in Valley City, N.D., where she attended Mercy Nursing School. She married Harvey Wald in 1953. While he was in military service in Korea, she worked at Mercy Hospital. Upon his return, they lived in Bismarck where she worked at St. Alexius Hospital. While they lived in Rapid City, she worked at St. John’s Hospital. Then the family moved to Pierre. Irene is survived by six children, Debbie Thomas of Pierre, James Wald and his wife Sherri Sundem Wald of Pierre, Andy Wald and his wife Kathy of Pierre, Harvey Wald and his wife Renee of Pierre, Kevin Wald and his wife Colleen of Montevideo, Minn., and Jonathan Wald and his wife Julie of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Three members of Pierre’s state championship football team signed letters of intent last week on National Signing Day. Zane Schuchard is headed to Valley City State in North Dakota to play football. Gage Gehring plans to play his college ball at Northern in Aberdeen. Nathan Schnabel signed his letter to attend Dakota State in Madison and play football there.

The funeral service for Lester Gosch, 80, Pierre, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Redeemer Lutheran Church. Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday) at Feigum Funeral Home with a family service at 7. Mr. Gosch graduated in 1956 from Selby High School where he played with the 1955 state “B” tournament team. He was an outstanding athlete in basketball, baseball, track and football, both at Selby and at Huron College. He owned Gosch Implement in Glenham in the 1960s, worked in sales for Purina and Hubbard Milling and with his father and brother established the New Evarts resort. For the last 30 years he has been associated with Lamb Chevrolet in Onida in Case machinery sales. He was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church. Among his survivors are his wife, Jerrie; three children, eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, two stepchildren, three step-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren.

Long-time Pierre resident Dr. Lon Kightlinger, who served as South Dakota’s state epidemiologist while he lived here, is now a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer on the island nation of Madagascar, off the southeast coast of Africa. Last week he appeared in an interview on CNN as he discussed a devastating measles outbreak in that nation.

The Pierre Players box office is now open to take ticket reservations for “Bill W. and Dr. Bob.” The number to call is 224-7826. Show dates are Feb. 22-23-24 and 28 and March 1-2. All are evening shows except for a matinee on Feb. 24.

Dan Shelbourn passed away at Avera Maryhouse on Feb. 9. His funeral service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Faith Lutheran Church. A prayer service at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Isburg Funeral Chapel will be preceded by visitation from 5 to 7. Committal will take place at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Riverside Cemetery. Dan grew up on his family’s farm in Todd County. Though he received an agriculture deferment, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in May 1945 and served with the occupation forces in post-war Germany. After his discharge he re-enlisted and reached the rank of corporal before his discharge. He later served with the South Dakota National Guard in 1958-59. Dan and the former Clara Kellner were married at Valentine, Neb., in June 1952. He took over the family farm until health issues required his finding other employment. He began a 31-year career with the Department of Game, Fish and Parks in 1957. He worked at the Farm Island Recreation Area, the Pierre parks department and the Shadehill Recreation Area near Lemmon. Dan and Clara traveled extensively after their retirement. He is survived by his wife of 66 1/2 years; his son, Ken Shelbourn of Pierre; his daughter, Nancy Shoup and her husband Bob of Pierre; two grandchildren, Katie Nebelsick and her husband Josh of Rapid City and Jacob Shoup and his wife Chez of Sioux Falls; six great-grandchildren, two brothers and a sister.

Karissa Guthrie, who now is a senior at Northern Michigan University, has been accepted into two dental schools—one at West Virginia University in Morgantown and the other at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Ill.

Trent Withers placed seventh at the World Archery Shoot in Las Vegas, competing against archers from all over the world. He and his parents, Tim and Tammy (Sutton) Withers, also worked at the event.

Patrick M. R. Rogers, 26, died Feb. 7. Visitation will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. tonight (Thursday) at First United Methodist Church’s Trinity Center, followed by a prayer service at 6 p.m. and an all-night wake. The funeral service will be at the same location at 10 a.m. Friday. Interment will take place at St. Catherine’s Cemetery at West Bend. An enrolled member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, Patrick grew up in Pierre and graduated from Riggs High School in 2011. He worked on the Hattum farm as a ranch hand, at Chase Roofing and at Steamboat Inc. He joined the Fort Pierre Fire Department last March. He is survived by his father, Patrick Rogers; two sisters, Tristan Rogers and Kylie Kusser, and many other relatives. Among those who preceded him in death were his mother, Jolene, and a sister, Jamie Kusser.

Jack Van Camp of the wrestling team and Jasmine Rounds of the gymnastics team were named Athlete of the Week this week by the Pierre Athletic Coaches Association.

Terry Weischedel, who was part of Onida High School’s very first wrestling team in 1968, will be inducted into the South Dakota Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame during the state tournaments in Rapid City next week. Weischedel coached Gettysburg High School’s wrestling teams from 1979 to 2009, coaching 54 state tournament placers, six of whom won championships. His team’s dual record was 252-109. As a professional bull rider, Weischedel is already a member of the Casey Tibbs South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame. (News courtesy of The Onida Watchman)

St. John’s Lutheran Church in Ramona, S.D., will host a Jacob Daniel acoustic concert at 7 p.m. this Saturday. Admission is $5. The event is a fund-raiser for that church’s youth group. Jacob Daniel is Pierre native Jacob Shoup.

Darin Johnson, who has served as interim Hughes County sheriff since last month, is now officially the sheriff. The county commission appointed him to that position this week. Johnson, who has been with the sheriff’s office since 1997, replaces Mike Leidholt, who gave up the sheriff position to become state Secretary of Corrections.

Nicole (Loosbrock) Gordon is the 2018 recipient of the Charles H. Burke Community Leadership Award presented by BankWest. The award recognizes a co-worker who goes above and beyond in community leadership service. Nicole has served as president of the Oahe Days board, is a volunteer with Oahe Hockey Association and is a member of the South Dakota Bankers Association legislative committee. She and her son also volunteer regularly at the local food pantry.

There was big news in Pierre this week—even more important than legislators trying to restrict voting even more and other legislators approving the spread of guns across college campuses. The Donut Shop at the north end of Euclid Avenue revealed in a Facebook post that it will be reopening “soon” and advertised for full- and part-time employees. The Donut Shop abruptly closed last August and hasn’t been open since, but apparently that is about to change.


One of the birthday cards I received from a friend two weeks ago contained the following message by someone named June Masters Bacher:

Uncle Ned, long since past his ability to work, sat on the porch of the little country store, idly whittling.

“Tell me,” said a tired farmer, wiping the sweat from his brow, “are all your days as carefree as this one?”

The aged man went on quietly whittling. “Nope,” he finally replied. “Just two of ’em: yesterday and tomorrow.’

Well, that’s an answer worth thinking about—yesterday, with all its sweet memories, and tomorrow, filled with splendid promises.

And then, there is today! God’s day—this day that He is sharing with you and me at this very moment. My prayer for you is that every hour of it be spent just as you and He have planned.


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