Vol. 20, No. 24; Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020

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Class AA: The top 16 teams among the 18 schools will be matched in the SoDak 16 games on March 6. Those eight winners advance to the state tournament in Sioux Falls March 19-20-21.

Class A: Region 6A games (including Stanley County) will be played March 2 and 5. The two semifinal winners from each of the eight regions will be matched in the SoDak 16 games on March 9. Those eight winners advance to the state tournament in Rapid City March 19-20-21.

Class B: Region 2B games (including Sully Buttes) will be played next week Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. The two semifinal winners from each of the eight regions will be matched in the SoDak 16 games on March 5. Those eight winners advance to the state tournament in Spearfish Mach 12-13-14.

Region 2 update: Most teams in Region 2B have games remaining tonight (Thursday) and/or Friday, and thus the seed-point standings could change dramatically ahead of the start of the tournament Monday. The top two teams, Faulkton and Herreid-Selby, both have 16-3 records. Meanwhile, Sully Buttes faces Faulkton tonight and Potter County Friday, and wins in both games could mean a home game Tuesday rather than a road game. As of today, the Chargers would have to go to Lower Brule for their opening game in a #5-at-#4 matchup. The current standings would put #9 Sunshine Bible at #8 North Central Monday. The Tuesday games would have that winner at #1 Faulkton, #5 Sully Buttes at #4 Lower Brule, #7 Potter County at #2 Herreid-Selby and #6 Highmore-Harrold at #3 Ipswich, but several of these match-ups could change as the result of games tonight and Friday.


Class AA: The top 16 teams among the 18 schools will be matched in the SoDak 16 games played on March 7. Those eight winners advance to the state tournament in Sioux Falls March 19-20-21.

Class A: Region 6A games (including Stanley County) will be played March 2 and 5. The two semifinal winners in each of the eight regions will be matched in the SoDak 16 games on March 10. Those eight winners advance to the state tournament in Rapid City March 19-20-21.

Class B: Region 2B games (including Sully Buttes) will be played March 2, 3 and 6. The two semifinal winners in each of the eight regions will be matched in the SoDak 16 games on March 10. Those eight winners advance to the state tournament in Aberdeen March 19-20-21.


Region tournaments: The top four individual placers in each weight class in each of the four Class B regionals and the four Class A regionals will advance to their respective state tournaments in Sioux Falls Feb. 27-28-29. The regional sites this Saturday: Region 1B, Sisseton; Region 2B, Salem; Region 3B, Winner; Region 4B, Hill City; Region 1A, Brookings; Region 2A, Sioux Falls; Region 3A, Aberdeen; Region 4A, Sturgis.

State team duals tournaments: This event returns in South Dakota beginning this year. In both Class B and Class A, the top eight teams in seed points earned in dual meets during the regular season will be matched starting in quarterfinals, proceeding to semifinals and finishing in championship and third-place duals. According to the SDHSAA website, the quarterfinal pairings in the duals tournament will be:

Upper bracket—
#1 Pierre vs. #8 Dell Rapids
#4 Watertown vs. #5 Sturgis

Lower bracket—
#3 Brandon Valley vs. #6 Harrisburg
#2 Rapid City Stevens vs. #7 Madison

State individuals tournaments: These tournaments will be run as in the past with 16 wrestlers in each weight class in each of the two state tournaments vying for first through eighth places. Team champions are determined by total points earned by teams’ individual wrestlers.

Schedule of the state A and B wrestling tournaments running simultaneously:

10 a.m.: First round, individuals (8 mats).
3 p.m.: Quarterfinals, individuals (8 mats).
5 p.m.: Quarterfinals, team duals (8 mats).

9 a.m.: First- and second-round wrestlebacks, individuals (8 mats).
12:30 p.m.: Semifinals, individuals (4 mats).
5 p.m.: Semifinals, team duals (4 mats).
6:30 p.m.: Third-place matches, team duals (2 mats).
8 p.m.: Championship matches, team duals (2 mats).

11 a.m.: Third- and fourth-round wrestlebacks, individuals (8 mats).
2 p.m.: Third-, fifth- and seventh-place matches, individuals (6 mats).
5 p.m.: Championship matches, individuals (2 mats).


Girls varsity: The state tournament will be at the Expo Center in Fort Pierre on March 6-8. As of today, the quarterfinal pairings that Friday would be: #3 Brookings vs. #6 Watertown; #2 Aberdeen vs. #7 Oahe; #4 Mitchell vs. #5 Sioux Center; #1 Sioux Falls vs. #8 Huron. Not qualifying for the tournament would be Rushmore.

Boys varsity: The state tournament will be at Scheels IcePlex in Sioux Falls on March 13-15. As of today, the quarterfinal pairings that Friday would be: #3 Brookings vs. #6 Huron; #2 Sioux Center vs. #7 Watertown; #4 Rushmore vs. #5 Oahe; #1 Sioux Falls 1 vs. #8 Sioux Falls 2. Not qualifying for the tournament would be Mitchell, Aberdeen and Yankton.


“I don’t trust words. I trust actions. People can tell you anything, but actions tell you everything.”

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This week’s schedules:
Wrestling—Saturday, Region 3A tournament at Aberdeen.
Girls basketball—Saturday, home vs. Sioux Falls Lincoln; Tuesday, at Aberdeen Central.
Boys basketball—Saturday, at Sioux Falls Lincoln.

Boys basketball: The Governors lost to Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 57-45. Lincoln Kienholz led Pierre with 15 points, Grey Zabel scored 14 and Paul Adam contributed 11. Pierre is now 1-18, heading into the season’s final game Saturday at Lincoln.

Gymnastics: At the state tournament in Aberdeen, the Pierre team placed eighth of nine teams in the team competition Friday with a 134.250 score. Watertown won the team championship with a 145.925 score. Pierre was fifth in the vault, sixth on the bars, ninth on the beam and ninth in the floor exercise. In the individual competitions Saturday Mikah Moser placed fourth in the vault, fourth on the bars, 29th on the beam and ninth in floor exercise and tied for fifth in the all-around standings. Meg Erwin tied for 27th in the vault, tied for 34th on the bars, tied for 39th on the beam and placed 39th in floor exercise while placing 26th in the all-around. Emerie Stephens placed 33rd in the vault, and Marissa Mathews was 34th on the beam.

Wrestling: Pierre defeated Mitchell, 38-24, as Cade Hinkle, Jack Van Camp and Regan Bollweg won by falls, Blake Judson by technical fall, and Trey Lewis, Kahlor Hindman, Hayden Shaffer and Jaret Clarke by decisions. The Governors’ perfect record in duals ended with a 34-27 loss to Watertown. Deegan Houska and Van Camp won by falls. Judson, Hinkle and Bollweg won by decisions, and Preston Taylor won by forfeit after the dual was decided. Watertown won eight weight classes in the dual. Pierre ends the regular season with an 11-1 record in duals and keeps the top seed in the upcoming state team duals tournament. Pierre, Brandon Valley and Watertown finish the regular season as co-ESD champions.


This week’s schedules:
Wrestling—Saturday, Region 4B tournament at Hill City.
Girls basketball—Thursday, home vs. Mobridge-Pollock; Tuesday, home vs. Chamberlain.
Boys basketball—Monday, at Miller.

Gymnastics: At the state meet in Aberdeen, SCHS athlete Elena Hebb tied for 20th on the beam and tied for 29th in the vault.

Girls basketball: The Buffalo girls lost to Wall, 57-31, to remain winless.

Boys basketball: The Buffaloes defeated Wall, 62-34, and lost to Mobridge-Pollock, 72-41. In the latter game SCHS was down 35-14 at halftime. Lathan Prince led the Buffs with 18 points. SCHS is now 7-11.


This week’s schedules:
Wrestling—Saturday, Region 1B tournament at Sisseton.
Girls basketball—Thursday, home vs. Faulkton; Friday, at Potter County.
Boys basketball—Thursday, home vs. Faulkton; Saturday, Little Wound (at Warner).

Boys basketball: The Chargers are 14-2 after two wins this week. SBHS defeated Ipswich, 52-44, led by Nick Wittler’s 20 points and Grant Johnson’s 14. On Tuesday the Chargers defeated Sunshine Bible, 62-47, as Wittler scored 27 and Jett Lamb 14.

Girls basketball: The SBHS girls lost in overtime to Ipswich, 50-45, despite Kendra Kleven’s 20 and Ally Wittler’s 12. On Saturday the girls lost to Florence-Henry, 61-55, at Warner, led by 18 each from the Wittler cousins, Ally and Stevie. On Tuesday the girls whipped winless Sunshine Bible, 78-24. Stevie Wittler scored 15, Kleven 14, Lydia Hill 14, and Ally Wittler 13. SBHS, which led at halftime by 51-12, is now 9-8.


“One day at a time is all we should be dealing with. We can’t go back to yesterday, and we can’t control tomorrow, so live for today.”

— LessonsLearnedinLife.com


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

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

Saturday, Feb. 22:
Bob Stalley, Ted Massey, Steve Radabaugh, Kevin Kalil, A.J. Rounds, Britt Palmer, Ben Jensen, Amy (Robinson) Ryan, Memphis Murphy, Kathryn Hardwick, Travis Scharnweber, Luke Schuetzle, Karly Harris, Jackie Decker, Stu Larson.
— 6th anniversary, Brennan/Amber (Russell) Priest.

Sunday, Feb. 23:
Cash Anderson, Anniston Lowery, Mary Carter, Nathan Bradley, Renee Knapp, Darren Larson, Mick Hofer, Sarah (Linn) Hyde, Kayla (Pochop) Riswold, Megan Vockrodt, Dave Bonde.
— 10th anniversary, Garrett/Adrienne James.

Monday, Feb. 24:
Heidi Nelson, Loryn (Schuetzle) Lichty, Joe Wilson, Hope David, Michael Knudson, Jayne (Knox) Kraemer, Everett Miller, Chris Peterson, Dave Potter, Michael Authier, Zach Frisby, Phoenix Malone, Rob Stoeser, Karin (Porter) Bartell, Piper Dooley, Brian Pope, Jane Cass, Andrea Spaid.

Tuesday, Feb. 25:
Tom Gerken, Max Hunsley, Willie Gloe, Chandra (Lesmeister) Miller, Marvin Massey, Steve Thompson, Caitlyn McKay, Patsy Handcock, Christy (Sobolik) Luskey, Troy Buschbom, Greg Campbell, Glynnes Sargent, Clara (Stoeser) Kinzie, Julie Smith, Len Cooper.

Wednesday, Feb. 26:
Justin Stephens, Jade Bartel, Tyson O’Daniel, Amelia Rounds, Austin Gross, Peyton Shibley, Adelyn Steele, Diane Deis, Stacey Mancuso, Zack Parsons, Tye Johnson, Evelynn Dekker, Torey Garrett, Jill (Taylor) Bischoff, Kit Bramblee, Valerie (Coyle) Hawley.

Thursday, Feb. 27:
Andrea (Viken) Urbach, Jim Bright, Amanda Barber, Steven Jonas, Sara (Stulken) Kehrwald, Macy Bryant, Vada Smith, Isaiah Shoup, Sheryl Johnson, Nick Marso, Patrick Olson, Tyson Pierce, Seth Deal, Terry (Lamster) Horning.


Rapid City Rush: The Rush went 2-1 against an old nemesis, the Allen Americans, winning by 1-0 and 3-2 and losing 4-0. On Monday the Rush lost at Utah, 3-1. After another game at Utah last night, the Rush go on to Idaho for Friday and Saturday games.

Sioux Falls Stampede: The Herd beat Des Moines, 5-2, then lost to Omaha, 3-2, in a shootout in front of a sell-out crowd of 10,678 in Sioux Falls. The Stampede plays at home Friday and Saturday vs. Lincoln.

Aberdeen Wings: Aberdeen swept Minnesota, 3-0 and 4-1. The Wings are home Friday and Saturday vs. Austin.

Minnesota Wild: The Wild lost in overtime to the New York Rangers, 4-3, and lost to San Jose, 2-0. After playing at Vancouver last night, Minnesota goes to Edmonton Friday, then home vs. St. Louis Sunday and Columbus Tuesday.

North Dakota: The nation’s #1 team, the Fighting Hawks, swept Denver at home, 4-1 and 3-1. UND plays at St. Cloud State, Friday on Fox Sports North and Saturday on Midco Sports Network.

Oahe Capitals girls varsity: The girls lost twice to Sioux Center by the same 5-4 score. In the Saturday game Olivia Swenson and Jenna Keyser each scored a goal, and Jessa McTighe scored twice. Abigail Stewart-Fromm made 28 saves. In Sunday’s loss McTighe and Kaitlyn Swenson each scored twice, and Stewart-Fromm had 31 saves. The girls’ regular-season schedule is done, awaiting the state tournament at the Expo Center.

Oahe Capitals boys varsity: The Caps won a 5-4 overtime thriller over Rushmore. Spencer Wedin, Turner Starr and Andrew Gordon scored for a 3-0 Oahe lead. After the Thunder tied the score, Cory Ambach made it a 4-3 lead. With the score tied in O.T., Cole Nelson converted Wedin’s assist for the win. Kieran Duffy made 28 saves. In a 7-3 loss to Sioux Center, Gordon scored twice and Caden Davis once while Duffy had 23 saves. On Sunday the Caps beat Sioux Center, 5-1, as Elliot Leif and Raef Briggs each scored two and Kian Paul once while Duffy had 24 saves. The Capitals play at Sioux Falls #1 Saturday and at Sioux Falls #2 Sunday.


“If your plan is for one year, plant rice.
If your plan is for 10 years, plant trees.
If your plan is for 100 years, educate children.”

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PGA Champions Tour (Tom Byrum): With the tour back on American soil at Naples, Fla., Tom returned to the links and tied for 28th at the Chubb Classic there with a scorecard of 71-67-69=207, 6 under par. His earnings were $12,672. The Champions Tour’s next stop is the Cologuard Classic in Tucson, Ariz., Feb 28-March 1.


Minnesota Twins:
Friday—University of Minnesota, 5:05 p.m.
Saturday—at Pittsburgh, 12:05 p.m.
Sunday—Toronto, 12:05 p.m. (FSN).
Monday—Boston, 12:05 p.m. (FSN).
Tuesday—at Atlanta, 12:05 p.m.
Wednesday—Philadelphia, 12:05 p.m. (FSN).
Thursday—at Toronto, 12:07 p.m.

TV games this weekend: Let the snow fly! No matter because there’s baseball on TV this weekend, and every day for the rest of spring training. Here is what you can see this weekend:
— Saturday, Toronto vs. New York Yankees, 12:05 p.m. (MLBN)
— Saturday, Washington vs. Houston, 5:05 p.m. (MLBN)
— Sunday, New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay, 12:05 p.m. (MLBN).
— Sunday, Minnesota vs. Toronto, 12:05 p.m. (FSN).


Minnesota Timberwolves: In their last game before the all-star break, the Wolves lost to Charlotte, 115-108. They return to action at home vs. Boston Friday, then play at Denver Sunday, at Dallas Monday and at Miami Wednesday.

Sioux Falls Skyforce: The Force lost to Austin, 116-106. After playing at Memphis last night, Sioux Falls is home vs. Oklahoma City Saturday and Austin Tuesday.


Thursday, 7 p.m.: women’s basketball, SDSU at UND.
Thursday, 7 p.m.: women’s basketball, NDSU at USD (MSN2).
Friday, 5:30 p.m.: women’s basketball, Augustana at USF.
Friday, 7:30 p.m.: men’s hockey, UND at St. Cloud State.
Friday, 7:30 p.m.: men’s basketball, Augustana at USF (MSN2).
Saturday, 2 p.m.: women’s basketball, USD at SDSU.
Saturday, 7 p.m.: men’s basketball, NDSU at UND.
Sunday, 2 p.m.: men’s basketball, USD at SDSU.
Sunday, 2 p.m.: women’s basketball, NDSU at UND (MSN2).


“Once upon a time there was a simple understanding that to sing at dawn and to sing at dusk was to heal the world through joy. The birds still remember what we have forgotten—that the world is meant to be celebrated.”

— Terry Tempest Williams


Minnesota United FC: The Loons drew with New England, 2-2, in their preseason opener. After playing at Portland last night, the Loons play at Vancouver Saturday in the last preseason match.


1 day: Minnesota Twins spring training opener (Feb. 21).
2 days: Nevada caucuses (Feb. 22).
7 days: State wrestling tournaments, Sioux Falls (Feb. 27-29).
9 days: South Carolina primary (Feb. 29).
9 days: NSIC men’s/women’s basketball tournaments, Sioux Falls (Feb. 29-March 3).
9 days: NCAA Div. II Super Region 5 wrestling tournament, Sioux Falls (Feb. 29).
10 days: Pierre Zesto opens (March 1).
12 days: Super Tuesday primaries in 14 states (March 3).
12 days: Georgia Morse Middle School musical (March 3, 5).
15 days: State girls hockey tournament, Expo Center (March 6-8).
16 days: Summit League men’s/women’s basketball tournaments, Sioux Falls (March 7-10).
17 days: Daylight Saving Time begins (March 8).
20 days: NAIA Div. II men’s basketball national tournament, Sioux Falls (March 11-17).
21 days: State “B” girls basketball tournament, Spearfish (March 12-14).
22 days: State boys hockey tournament, Sioux Falls (March 13-15).
22 days: NCAA Div. II national wrestling championships, Sioux Falls (March 13-14).
22 days: Hayes play (March 13-15).
23 days: State Special Olympics basketball tournament, Pierre (March 14-15)
26 days: Arizona, Florida, Illinois primaries (March 17).
28 days: State “B” boys basketball tournament, Aberdeen (March 19-21).
28 days: State “A” boys/girls basketball tournaments, Rapid City (March 19-21).
28 days: State “AA” boys/girls basketball tournaments, Sioux Falls (March 19-21).
28 days: State high school visual arts exhibition, Sioux Falls (March 19-21).
28 days: NCAA Div. I wrestling championships, Minneapolis (March 19-21).
35 days: Baseball opening day (March 26).
37 days: All-State Band concerts, Mitchell (March 28).
43 days: NCAA Div. I women’s basketball Final Four, New Orleans (April 3, 5).
44 days: Pierre high school baseball opener (April 4).
45 days: NCAA Div. I men’s basketball Final Four, Atlanta (April 4, 6).
50 days: NCAA Div. I men’s hockey Frozen Four, Detroit (April 9, 11).


Black Hills State women’s basketball (Racquel Wientjes): The Yellow Jackets lost to Metro State, 64-55, as Racquel went 3-of-14 (2-of-7) and 2-of-2 for 10 points with seven rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal. In a 72-49 swamping of Chadron State, Racquel was 5-of-8 (1-of-3) and 2-of-2 for 13 points with two boards, an assist and three steals. Now 15-9 overall and 12-9 in the RMAC, the BHSU women play at Colorado Mines Friday and at UC-Colorado Springs Saturday.

Colorado Mines women’s basketball (Liz Holter): The Orediggers improved to 15-4 in the RMAC and 18-6 overall with two more wins. In an 86-43 win over New Mexico Highlands, Liz was 1-of-6 and 4-of-4 for six points, adding four rebounds, five assists and two steals. In a 100-65 win over CSU-Pueblo, she was 5-of-11 (1-of-3) and 2-of-2 for 13 points with six rebounds and four assists. Mines hosts Black Hills State Friday and South Dakota Mines Saturday.

Texas A&M International women’s basketball (Nate Vogel): The Dustdevils defeated Texas A&M-Kingsville, 56-48, and are now 9-15 overall and 6-12 in league play. They end the regular season Thursday at Lubbock Christian and Saturday at Angelo State.

Lindenwood men’s hockey (Coleman Varty): The Lions swept OKlahoma, 4-0 and 8-1, and are now 21-7-0. Lindenwood hosts Iowa State Saturday and Sunday.

Augustana track/field (Elizabeth Schaefer): At the NSIC Challenge in Mankato, Elizabeth placed second in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.54 seconds. Augustana competes Friday at SDSU’s Last Chance Meet.

Augustana wrestling (Jebben Keyes): The Vikings downed Minnesota State in a dual, 24-13. In his 149-pound match, Jebben lost by major decision, 13-3. The Vikings were to wrestle #1-ranked St. Cloud State, the defending national champions, last night.

South Dakota State swimming (Ashley Theobald, Caleb Huizenga): Idle last week, the Jacks are swimming through Saturday at the Summit League meet in Sioux Falls.

Wyoming wrestling (Tate Samuelson): The Cowboys defeated Northern Colorado, 22-11, and Tate lost his 184-pound match, 6-2. Wyoming ends the regular season with a dual at West Virginia Saturday.

Iowa Western baseball (Peyton Zabel): The Reivers opened the season with five wins in six games in Kansas last weekend. They defeated Garden City CC 14-5 in seven innings, 7-1 in seven innings and 12-2 in six innings and lost there 1-0. At Seward County CC the Reivers won by 6-1 and 14-3 scores. Peyton did not play in those games. Another South Dakotan, Rapid City Post 22 alumnus Cooper Bowman, had eight hits in five games for Iowa Western. The Reivers play two Friday at Northeast Oklahoma A&M and four games Saturday and Sunday at Crowder (Mo.).

South Dakota State baseball (Landon Badger): The Jackrabbits lost all three opening-weekend games at Dallas Baptist, 4-1, 8-7 in 11 innings and 13-2 in seven innings. Landon went 0-for-8 in the three games but drove in one run on a ground-out and reached base on walks four times. SDSU plays three Friday through Sunday at Pacific in Stockton, Calif., then plays at Minnesota next Wednesday.

Minnesota baseball (Nolan Burchill): The Gophers defeated Oregon, 12-10; lost to Pepperdine, 8-6; lost to San Diego, 7-3, and beat Arizona, 5-2, in four weekend games in Tempe. Nolan pitched against Pepperdine, giving up four hits, one run and two ground-outs in one inning of pitching. The Gophers play the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers, Fla., Friday night, then are home inside U.S. Bank Stadium against TCU Saturday, Sunday and Monday and against South Dakota State next Wednesday.

South Dakota State track/field (Addison Eisenbeisz): At the SDSU Indoor Classic Addy tied for second in the high jump at 5’3 3/4″, and the Jackrabbit women placed first among 22 teams. The Jacks are home Friday and Saturday at their own Last Chance meet.

South Dakota Mines track/field (Theron Singleton, Erick Colman): At SDSU’s Indoor Classic Theron placed 28th in the 5,000-meter run in 16:05.54. The Hardrockers go to BHSU’s Stinger Open Saturday.

Northern men’s basketball (Lincoln Jordre): The Wolves took command of the NSIC North with road wins at Minnesota-Duluth, 85-73, and at St. Cloud State, 88-68. Now 20-6 overall and 16-4 in the NSIC, Northern ends the regular season at home Friday vs. Mary and Saturday vs. Minot State.

Northern track/field (Rachel Guthmiller): Rachel did not compete at the NSIC Challenge meet. The Wolves go to SDSU’s Last Chance meet Friday.

South Dakota State wrestling (Aric Williams): The Jackrabbits defeated Fresno State, 26-12, and Stanford, 34-4. SDSU ends the regular season with a home dual vs. NDSU Friday.

Black Hills State track/field (Kelsey Van Den Hemel, Frank Becker, Allan McDonnell): At the SDSU Indoor Classic, Kelsey placed 27th in the 5,000-meter run in 18:56.60. Frank placed 54th in the 200 in 24.32 seconds and 49th in the 400 in 54.05. BHSU hosts its Stinger Open Saturday.

Augustana women’s basketball (Aislinn Duffy, Katie Bourk): The Viking women defeated Minnesota State, 87-78, as Aislinn was 5-of-12 (1-of-4) and 3-of-5 for 14 points with nine rebounds and a steal. They also beat Concordia-St. Paul, 90-85, as Aislinn was 3-of-6 (1-of-2) and 3-of-4 for 10 points with four rebounds and a steal. Now 15-9 overall and 11-9 in the NSIC, Augie ends the regular season at USF Friday and at Southwest Minnesota State Saturday.

Dakota Wesleyan men’s basketball (Bradley Dean): The Tigers lost at resurgent Mount Marty, 72-61. Brad played for 26 minutes and had three rebounds and an assist. In a 79-64 win over Doane, he had a rebound in six minutes. DWU took a 20-7 overall record (12-6 in the GPAC) into a game against Northwestern last night. The Tigers end the regular season at Hastings Saturday.

South Dakota women’s basketball (Chloe Lamb, Ciara Duffy): The Coyotes are now 24-2 overall and 13-0 in the Summit League after two more conference wins. In an 88-51 thumping of Western Illinois, Ciara was 4-of-10 (0-of-3) for 11 points with five boards, one assist and a steal. Chloe was 4-of-10 (3-of-6) for 11 points with four rebounds and an assist. On Saturday the Coyotes won a hard-earned game at Oral Roberts, 77-73. Chloe saved USD with a career-high 24 points, on 10-of-22 in field goals, including 4-of-10 in three-pointers, along with two rebounds and a steal. Ciara was 2-of-8 (1-of-3) and 5-of-5 for 10 points with four rebounds, three assists and two steals. USD faces two major tests this week—NDSU at home Thursday (7 p.m. ln MSN2) and SDSU on the road at 2 p.m. Saturday (Midco Sports Network).

Tennessee women’s basketball (Caleb Currier): The Lady Vols lost to LSU, 75-65, and lost to Texas A&M, 73-712. Now 17-8 overall and 7-5 in the SEC, Tennessee plays at Arkansas tonight and hosts Vanderbilt Sunday.

Mary wrestling (Lincoln Turman): Mary defeated MSU-Moorhead, 341-13, and defeated Minot State, 35-6. Now 5-7 overall and 3-4 in the NSIC, Mary ends the regular season with a dual at Northern Thursday.


“We the people elect leaders not to rule but to serve.”

— President Dwight D. Eisenhower


  • The Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls has announced the shows that will be part of its 2020-21 season. The plays include “Escape to Margaritaville” in November, “Fiddler on the Roof” in January, “Anastasia” in February, “Hairspray” in March, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” in April and “Come From Away” in May.


The students honored for their theater work as Fine Arts Performers of the Week at Riggs High School last week are Thomas Vetsch, Savannah Shrake, Ruben Bowen, Jordan Morley, Mesa Winder, Adeline Abernathy and Kayla Peterson.

James Likness, a Pierre resident for 60 years, passed away at Avera St. Mary’s Hospital Feb. 15 at the age of 87. A celebration of his life will be held later this spring. He graduated from Langford High School in 1950. Shortly after he joined the U.S. Navy, the Korean War broke out, and he served as a machinist’s mate aboard the USS Wright for four years. Jim met the former Joan Mansfield while they both were trying to catch the same bus in Pittsburgh in 1951. They were married in 1954 and moved to Pierre in 1960. He is survived by his wife, Joan Likness of Pierre; their children, Michael Likness and his wife Nancy of Ventura, Calif., Steven Likness and his wife Vicki of Pierre, Karen Orcutt and her husband Gary of Fergus Falls, Minn., Paul Likness and his wife Diane of Brookfield, Ill., and Mary Keeler and her husband Colin of Pierre; 10 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Dr. Michelle Wattier has been granted certification by the Academy Council of Chiropractic Pediatrics in the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association’s renowned certification program. She practices at Vanderloo Chiropractic in Waterloo, Iowa.

Pierre native Ashley Riter-Collins has been selected as Corral Drive Elementary School’s nominee for Rapid City Teacher of the Year.

Dallas Brost, 85, Presho, died Feb. 14. His funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. this Saturday at the Presho United Methodist Church, preceded by visitation beginning at noon. He graduated from high school at Alliance, Neb., in 1952 and served in the U.S. Navy. Returning to Murdo, he married Judith Iverson in 1959. He earned his law degree at USD in 1964 and established a private practice in Murdo. He later joined his cousin, Frank Brost, in a law office at Presho. Mr. Brost served as state’s attorney for Lyman County for 30 years. He also worked as a tribal judge for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. Among his survivors are his wife, Judy Brost; his children, Bryan Brost and his wife Jamie of Sioux Falls, Erin Heupel and her husband Mark of Sioux Falls, and Kristin Brost and her husband, Hadly Eisenbeisz, of Pierre; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; his brothers, David Brost and Bob Brost, and his sisters, Faye Bartlett, Ellen Nix and Lynn Miles.

Elma Silbaugh, 74, Onida, died Feb. 9. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. this Saturday at the Onida United Methodist Church. She graduated from Onida High School in 1964 and attended a business college in Rapid City. Returning to Onida, she worked at H&H Motors where she met her husband, David “Homer” Silbaugh, whom she married in 1968. Elma worked for Oahe Implement and Century Manufacturing in Pierre and in later years at Mary Jo’s in Onida. For the last 10 years she worked at Brock’s Butcher Block in Onida until she became ill. She is survived by her sister, Elinor Gerstenecker of Pierre; her niece and nephews, June Claasen and Joe Cary in Pierre and Ken Cary of Box Elder; and her sister-in-law and brothers-in-law, Dorene Newling of Onida, Victor Silbaugh of Gillette, Wyo., and Harlan Silbaugh of Armour.

Cadence Christenson, daughter of Blunt native and former Sully Buttes High School wrestler Jason Christenson, along with two of her teammates has qualified to compete in the Kansas state high school wrestling tournament. They are the first women to qualify for the state tourney in the history of Basehor-Linwood High School.

Trevor Zuehlke, the football quarterback at Britton-Hecla who was critically injured in a game last fall and who has been hospitalized in Sioux Falls and at a rehabilitation facility in Lincoln, has been returned to Sioux Falls. Those who have been sending him mail are advised of his new address: Trevor Zuehlke; Lifescape Children’s Hospital; 2501 W. 26th St.; Sioux Falls SD 57105.

Shawn and Sara Ludemann, who live in Rapid City, revealed on Facebook last week they are expecting their first child in August.

Services for Kevin Sarvis, 59, were held Tuesday at Lutheran Memorial Church. He passed away Feb. 12 at home after a long battle with metatastic kidney cancer. Kevin grew up in Pierre, graduating from Riggs High School in 1978. He earned an associate degree in advanced auto mechanics from Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown. He and Mary Schwenn were married in 1981. Kevin worked for Sutley’s in Fort Pierre for 21 years until 2001, then for the state Bureau of Information and Telecommunications as a computer operator. He is survived by his wife, Mary; their daughters, Amanda Ludemann and her husband Mike of Fort Pierre, Kelsey Sarvis of Pierre, and Megan Schweitzer and her husband Adam of Sioux Falls; his mother, Phyllis Sarvis of Pierre; nine grandchildren; his brothers, Gary Sarvis of Sioux Falls and Steve Sarvis of Pierre, and his sister, Lori Gascoigne of Aberdeen.

Jon and Torri (Ice) Lechtenberg of Imperial, Neb., who have two sons in their family, are expecting a third child in July. The Lechtenbergs are both teachers in school systems in the Imperial area.

Come next summer, there will be even more of a Pierre connection to the staff of McCabe United Methodist Church in Bismarck, N.D. The Rev. Karl Kroger, who formerly pastored in Pierre at Southeast United Methodist Church and who has been pastor of the Piedmont UMC for 6 1/2 years, will become lead pastor at McCabe this summer. The associate pastor there is the Rev. Jenny Hallenbeck Orr, who formerly served First UMC in Pierre where Karl’s father, the Rev. Greg Kroger, is now lead pastor.

Pierre resident Penn Williams was transferred out of Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls last week to a new facility. His mail address: Penn Williams; Avera Prince of Peace; Beacon TCU Room 7; 3401 Dudley Lane; Sioux Falls SD 57103.

Named Athlete of the Week last week by the Pierre Athletic Coaches Association were Marissa Mathews of the gymnastics team and Jaret Clarke of the wrestling team.

Molly Knoblauch, daughter of Cristin (McKeever) Knoblauch and granddaughter of former Pierre resident Juanita McKeever, was selected for the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) rosters for the ECNL National Selection Game in Houston played last Saturday. Molly is a sophomore at Coon Rapids High School in suburban Minneapolis and plays soccer for the Minnesota Thunder Academy as a midfielder. The top U16 and U17 players were selected from the participating teams in the fall ECNL National Event. These national events are held at venues across the country to provide top players with the opportunity to shine on the league’s brightest stage in front of college coaches scouting for the next generation of soccer talent.

Kathleen Brosz, 81, died Feb. 15 in Mitchell. A celebration of her life is being held today (Thursday) at 1 p.m. at First United Methodist Church. She graduated from high school at Parkston and married Delvin Brosz in 1963. They lived in Brookings while Delvin attended SDSU and worked for Water Resource Institute. They moved in 1973 to Pierre where he worked for the state. She is survived by four children, Jeff Brosz and his wife Heidi of Pierre, Greg Brosz and his wife Kerry of Mitchell, Sheri Franken and her husband Sean of Sioux Falls and Angie Hyde and her husband Mark of Brookings; eight grandchildren, and four siblings, Darlene Aderman of Springfield, June Gavin of Mukwonago, Wis., Marlas Aesoph of Faulkton and Tom Behrend of Sioux Falls.

Long-time Pierre teacher/coach John Hoover has been battling pancreatitis for the past few weeks and until last week was hospitalized at Rapid City Regional Hospital. This week he was transferred to the hospital in Custer where he will continue his recuperation, probably remaining in the hospital for several weeks because he needs an IV feeding tube and is on antibiotics. John and his wife Mary live in Custer. Friends can send greetings to John at this address: Monument Health Custer Hospital, 1220 Montgomery St., Custer SD 57730.

Courtney Klatt of Xavier University in Cincinnati ran a personal-best time of 9:46.57 in the 3,000-meter run at Vanderbilt’s meet in Nashville and placed ninth. She is the daughter of Pierre native Sandy (Case) Klatt and her husband Kevin of Brandon. Courtney graduated from Sioux Falls Lincoln.

Jesse and Whitney Martin of Laramie, Wyo., are the parents of a daughter, Sylvie Jayne Martin, who was born Feb. 13. She joins a brother, Jorgen, in the Martin family. Among her grandparents is Jesse’s mother, Claire Martin of Onida. Jesse is physical education teacher at Spring Creek Elementary School in Laramie, and Whitney is a social studies teacher at Laramie High School.

One of Rob Nill’s sons, Owen, is a member of the Beaver Dam Middle School robotics team in Wisconsin, one of only seven United States teams who will represent this country at an international tournament in Japan.

Tickets are now on sale for “Vanities,” the next Pierre Players show, which will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 and 29 and March 5, 6 and 7 and at 2 p.m. March 1 at the Grand Opera House. The box office is staffed from 5 to 7 p.m. daily, but you can make ticket reservations by calling 224-7826 and leaving a message.

Will he be a basketball player or a swimmer? Or both? Sam and Morgan (McLain) Willard revealed on Facebook this week that the baby they are expecting about July 1 will be a boy. The Willards already have a daughter.

Ryan Parker Knox is part of the four-person cast of “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” by Martin McDonough, the next show at The Rogue Theatre in Tucson, Ariz. This will be Ryan’s 40th play in eight seasons at The Rogue. The show runs Feb. 27-March 15 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Ryan plays the role of Pato Dooley in the Irish play.

Former Pierre resident Jerry Wheeler, retired executive director of the South Dakota Retailers Association, will be one of three award recipients tonight (Thursday) at the Business Day at the Legislature and South Dakota Chamber annual meeting. The other award honorees will be former governor Dennis Daugaard and Al Kurtenbach of Daktronics, Inc. Chairing the event are Dawn Morris of Morris, Inc. and Jafar Karim of Black Hills Energy. (News courtesy of Dakota Radio Group’s “My Daily News.”)

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  1. Juanita McKeever

    Thanks Parker. Always appreciate your SD news, updates, & inspirational reflections.


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