Vol. 20, No. 24; Thursday, Feb. 29. 2024

Feb 29, 2024 | Parker's Midweek Update | 0 comments


You can’t leave those who created the problem in charge of the solution.



Class “B” SoDak 16 Thursday:
#16 Gayville-Volin vs. #1 Arlington.
#15 Northwestern vs. #2 Harding County.
#14 Tripp-Delmont/Armour vs. #3 Centerville.
#13 Andes Central/Dakota Christian vs. #4 Ethan.
#12 Colman-Egan vs. #5 Wall.
#11 Herreid-Selby Area vs. #6 Warner.
#10 Kadoka Area vs. #7 Lyman.
#9 James Valley Christian vs. #8 Lemmon.

Class “A” SoDak 16 Thursday:
#16 Tri-Valley vs. #1 Sisseton.
#15 Miller vs. #2 Sioux Falls Christian.
#14 Hill City vs. #3 Flandreau.
#13 Winner vs. #4 Vermillion.
#12 Belle Fourche vs. #5 Mahpiya Luta.
#11 Mobridge-Pollock vs. #6 Tea Area.
#10 Mount Vernon-Plankinton vs. #7 Aberdeen Roncalli.
#9 Florence-Henry vs. #8 Hanson.

Class “AA” SoDak 16 Friday:
— Game 1 of state tournament
#16 Sioux Falls Roosevelt at #1 Sioux Falls O’Gorman.
#9 Rapid City Central at #8 Rapid City Stevens.
— Game 2 of state tournament
#13 Watertown at #4 Sioux Falls Jefferson.
#12 Huron at #5 Pierre (6 p.m. Friday).
— Game 3 of state tournament
#15 Yankton at #2 Mitchell.
#10 Sioux Falls Washington at #7 Harrisburg.
— Game 4 of state tournament
#14 Brookings at #3 Brandon Valley.
#11 Aberdeen Central at #6 Spearfish.


In Class “B” Region 6B, Sully Buttes saw its season come to an end Tuesday in the second night of Region 6B play. The Chargers lost at Lower Brule, 63-38. The semifinal games from which the winners will go on to the SoDak 16 next Tuesday will be Lower Brule at Potter County and Highmore-Harrold at Faulkton Area.

In Class “A” Region 6A, Stanley County is still alive into a regional semifinal at Cheyenne-Eagle Butte at 6:30 p.m. CST Friday. The Buffaloes escaped by Crow Creek, 67-63, in the first round Tuesday. If Stanley County should win Friday, the Buffs would be in a SoDak 16 game Tuesday against somebody at a neutral site. The other semifinal game, which will also send a team to the SoDak 16, will be Mobridge-Pollock at McLaughlin.

Class “AA” SoDak 16 Saturday:
— Game 1 of state tournament
#16 Yankton at #1 Mitchell.
#9 Rapid City Stevens at #8 Sioux Falls Jefferson.
— Game 2 of state tournament
#13 Aberdeen Central at #4 Sioux Falls Roosevelt.
#12 Pierre at #5 Sioux Falls Washington (2 p.m. Saturday).
— Game 3 of state tournament
#15 Sturgis at #2 Harrisburg.
#10 Sioux Falls LIncoln at #7 Watertown.
— Game 4 of state tournament
#14 Spearfish at #3 Brandon Valley.
#11 Sioux Falls O’Gorman at #5 Huron.


Quarterfinals at Watertown Friday:
9 a.m.: #3 Mitchell vs. #6 Rushmore.
11:30 a.m.: #7 Sioux Center vs. #2 Aberdeen.
2 p.m.: #5 Brookings vs. #4 Oahe.
4:30 p.m.: #8 Watertown vs. #1 Sioux Falls.

Consolation semifinals: 11:30 and 2:00 Friday.
Championship semifinals: 4:30 and 7:00 Friday.
Sunday: 5th place, 9:00; 3rd place, noon; championship, 3:00.


Quarterfinals next Friday, March 9, at Brookings:
9 a.m.: #6 Aberdeen vs. #3 Sioux Falls West.
11:30 a.m.: #7 Mitchell vs. #2 Rushmore.
2 p.m.: #5 Oahe vs. #4 Sioux Falls East.
4:30 p.m.: #8 Watertown vs. #1 Brookings.

Remainder of schedule same as girls listed above.


Boys basketball: The Governors lost to Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 68-61, ending the regular season with a record of 10-10. Jett Zabel scored 22 points and Dawson Getz 21. The boys will go to Washington for their SoDak 16 game Saturday afternoon.

Girls basketball: The Lady Govs jumped out to a 22-2 lead early against Sioux Falls Roosevelt, then won the game 56-32. Reese Terwilliger scored 20 points, Lennix Dupris 15 and Ryann Barry 10. Pierre ends the regular season at 14-6 and will be home Friday night against Huron in their SoDak 16 game.

Girls wrestling: In the three years of girls tournament wrestling nobody but Pierre has brought home a state championship. The Governors accumulated 139 points to Canton’s 138.5 to narrowly win their third straight title. With such a slim margin of victory, every wrestler’s point earned mattered. Freshman Abbi Lewis finished an undefeated year at 41-0 by winning the 152-pound class. Dani Ringstmeyer at 114 and Ireland Templeton at 145 placed second. Shaylee Speck was fourth at 100 and Kezrey Benning fourth at 132. Sydney Uhrig placed fifth at 107, Lexie Hillmer fifth at 126, Heavenly Thompson seventh at 250 and Emalee Larson eighth at 185 pounds.

Boys wrestling: Sturgis won the “A” team title at the state tournament with 197.5 points, but Pierre was second over everybody else with 176 points. Pierre had three individual state champions. Tristan Spencer was the titlist at 138 pounds, completing a 37-1 season. Lucas Chamberlin was first at 165 pounds, winning an overtime match in the championship, and Chance Carda was the winner at 190 pounds, scoring a pin in the title match. Elijah Boutchee placed second at 215 pounds, Trey Lewis third at 175, Gable Uhrig fifth at 106, Alex Oedekoven fifth at 132, Jaxon Ducheneaux seventh at 157 and Lincoln Schoenhard eighth at 126. Gable, an eighth grader, was injured in his semifinal win and had to forfeit the championship match in his weight class.


Boys basketball: The Buffaloes won seven in a row to end the regular season at 13-7. In a 63-49 win over Lyman, Broch Zeeb had 24 points and Paxton Deal 22. Then SCHS won at Little Wound, 51-40. In the opening game of regional play the Buffs defeated Crow Creek, 67-63, led by Zeeb with 26 points, Deal with 19 and Eddie Duffy with 10. It was SC’s eighth straight win after an earlier loss to Crow Creek. Their record is now 14-7.

Wrestling: At the state “B” tournament Colton Brady brought home a fifth-place medal in the 165-pound class.


Wrestling: At the state “B” tournament in Sioux Falls in the girls’ tourney, Cateri Yellow Hawk placed third at 126 pounds, and Tahnie Yellow Hawk placed fifth at 132 pounds.

Boys basketball: In the last game of the regular season the Chargers won at North Central, 60-50, finishing the year with a 9-11 record heading into tournament play. The season ended abruptly in the first game of Region 6B as the Chargers lost at Lower Brule, 63-38. The Sioux led from the beginning, 16-4 after a quarter and 35-14 at halftime. Wesley Wittler had 19 points as high scorer. SB ended the year with a 9-12 record.


Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate and wine in one hand, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming, “Woo hoo! What a ride!”


1 day: Zesto opens (March 1).
1 day: State girls hockey tournament, Watertown (March 1-3).
2 days: NSIC men’s/women’s basketball tournaments, Sioux Falls (March 2-5).
7 days: State girls basketball tournaments (AA Sioux Falls, A Brookings, B Rapid City) (March 7-9).
8 days: State boys hockey tournament, Brookings (March 8-10).
8 days: Summit League men’s/women’s basketball tournaments, Sioux Falls (March 8-12).
10 days: The Oscars, ABC-TV (March 10).
10 days: Daylight Saving Time begins (March 10).
14 days: State boys basketball tournaments (AA Sioux Falls, A Rapid City, B Aberdeen) (March 14-16).
17 days: St. Patrick’s Day (March 17).
19 days: First day of spring (March 19).
22 days: Sioux Falls Storm season opener (March 22).
23 days: All-State Band concerts, Pierre (March 23).


South Dakota State track (Rylan McDonnell, Lydia Hill, Jessica Lutmer): At the Summit League meet, Jessica placed fifth in the 5,000-meter run in 17:14.94 and moved into 10th place on the SDSU all-time list for that event. The SDSU women were third of seven teams behind USD and NDSU. The SDSU men were fourth with NDSU first and USD second.

South Dakota State swimming (Morgan Nelson): At the Summit League championships the Jacks were fifth among eight women’s teams. Denver was first with USD second. Morgan placed 15th in the 100 breast stroke in 1:05.07. She swam on State’s “A” team in the 400 medley relay, placing fifth in 3:48.48. She was 36th in the prelims of the 200 individual medley in 2:16.69.

Northern women’s basketball (Katie Bourk): The Wolves won over Augustana, 60-57, and lost to Wayne State, 67-65, to finish the regular season at 20-8 overall and 16-6 in the league. As the #4 seed, Northern got a bye through last night’s first round and will play at 4:30 p.m. Sunday against the winner of Augustana-Southwest Minnesota State in the NSIC quarterfinal round at the Pentagon in Sioux Falls.

Black Hills State men’s basketball (Jackson Edman): BHSU lost at Fort Lewis, 87-79, but won at Adams State, 103-97, and is now 14-12 overall and 12-8 in the RMAC. The regular season ends at home Friday vs. Colorado Christian and Saturday vs. Chadron State. The quarterfinals of the league tourney are next Tuesday.

Dakota Wesleyan men’s basketball (Nick Wittler): The Tigers ended the regular season at 14-14 overall and 9-11 in the GPAC when they lost to Jamestown, 94-73. Nick got in for 10 minutes and was 2-of-4 (1-of-2 in three-pointers) for five points. He played in 16 games in his senior season, starting three times, was 13-of-35 in field goals, 11-of-28 in three-pointers and 2-of-5 in free throws, scoring 39 points. DWU opened the league tournament at Northwestern (Iowa) last night.

University of Sioux Falls men’s wrestling (Josh Rydberg): The Cougars lost the last dual of the season to Southwest Minnesota State, 30-20, and finished 0-9 in NSIC duals and 2-12 overall. This was Josh’s freshman year at USF.

University of Sioux Falls women’s wrestling (Toby Bryant): In his first year as head coach of the first-year wrestling program at USF, Toby’s women had nine place winners at the national regional in Denton, Texas, Sunday, and four of his athletes qualified for the national tournament in Cedar Rapids on March 8. USF was the fifth-place team at the regional with 91 points.

Dakota Wesleyan men’s wrestling (Tyson Johnson, Aric Williams): Tyson and Aric are with the Tigers at the NAIA national tournament in Kansas today through Saturday.

South Dakota men’s basketball (Max Burchill): In an 82-78 loss to Kansas City, Max was 1-of-2 in threes for three points with an assist. In a thrilling 77-76 win over Oral Roberts, Max was 1-of-4 (0-of-2 in threes) and 2-of-2 for four points with one rebound and two steals. Now 11-18 overall and 4-10 in the Summit, USD ends the regular season at home vs. NDSU Thursday and UND Saturday.

Georgia Tech women’s basketball (Caleb Currier): The Yellowjackets lost twice last weekend, 80-62 to Louisville and 71-66 to Wake Forest. The regular season ends at Miami ‘Sunday. Now 15-14 overall and 6-11 in the SEC, the team will be in the ACC conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., March 6-10.

University of Mary women’s basketball (Chloe Lamb): The Marauders won twice on the road, 68-63 at Wayne State and 72-54 at Augustana. Now 20-10 overall and 16-6 in the NSIC, the team has the #2 seed for the NSIC tournament, getting a bye past last night’s first round and awaiting either St. Cloud State or Minot State in the 7 p.m. Sunday game at the quarterfinals in the Pentagon in Sioux Falls.

South Dakota State wrestling (Regan Bollweg): The Jacks throttled NDSU, 34-6, in the regular season’s last dual. SDSU was 13-4 overall and 7-2 in Big 12 duals. The Big 12 tournament is in Tulsa March 9-10.


Men’s basketball: SDSU vs. UND, 7 p.m.
Women’s basketball: SDSU vs. UND, 7 p.m. (MS2).
Men’s basketball: USD vs. UND, 1 p.m. (MS2).
Men’s hockey: UND vs. Western MIchigan, 6 p.m.
NSIC tournament: Men’s quarterfinals 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; women’s quarterfinals 4:30 and 7 p.m.
NSIC tournament: Men’s quarterfinals 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; women’s quarterfinals 4:30 and 7 p.m.
NSIC tournament: Men’s semifinals 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; women’s semifinals 4:30 and 7 p.m.
NSIC tournament: Men’s final 4 p.m.; women’s final, 7 p.m.


Oahe Capitals boys varsity: The boys won one of three games on the final weekend of their regular season, finishing with 12 wins, eight losses, one tie and one overtime loss. In a 4-1 loss at Brookings, Dylan Dodson scored early for a 1-0 lead. Spencer Anderson made 31 saves. Oahe won at Watertown, 4-3, as Jarron Beck scored twice and Devin Dodson and Aidan Dozark once each. Anderson made 22 saves. In a 4-3 loss to Sioux Falls West, Barret Schweitzer, Dozark and Beck scored the Caps’ goals, and Anderson was kept busy in goal with 40 saves.


“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”
— Albert Schweitzer


Minnesota Twins spring training schedule:
Thursday: Atlanta.
Friday: Boston.
Saturday: Philadelphia.
Sunday: Tampa Bay.
Monday: Atlanta and Baltimore.
Tuesday: St. Louis.
Wednesday: Boston.
Thursday: idle.


  • There will be no Midweek Update next Thursday, March 7. We will do our best to be back in action two weeks from today on March 14. In the meantime, good luck to the Governor boys, the Governor girls and the Buffalo boys in their tournament games tonight, Friday and Saturday.


Thursday, Feb. 29:
Marj (Schmidt) Thompson, Karen (Rawstern) LaFurge, Malik Hachem.

Friday, March 1:
Jeb Bruzelius, Nate Buscher, Dan Cahill, Laura Louder, Karen Schaefer, Robae (Cook) Robinson, Caleb McKinley.
— 24th anniversary, Brady/Emily Smith.
— 21st anniversary, Adam/Jami Chick.
— 10th anniversary, Alan/Ann Hess.

Saturday, March 2:
Curt Roddewig, Rev. Teri Johnson, Lindsay (Lower) Uecker, Fletcher Ruby, Kate Boyd, Brianna Neuhauser, Addison Salmonson, Sawyer Weinheimer, Sandy Zimmerman, Julie Morris-Holter, Karen Gerdes, Pat Labahn-Kuchta.

Sunday, March 3:
Brooke Goff, Jacob Wagoner, Jesse Flottmeyer, Justin Flottmeyer, Will Vogel, Leah (Anglin) Hammersley, Carol (Sanborn) Koehn, Kenyon Kuiper, Lori Fisk-Neitzel, Chad Pitlick, Amanda Redden, Alena Axlund, Kollyns Gorter.
— 6th anniversary, Kyle/Ali (Meister) Cichos.
— We fondly remember Brooks Monfore, who passed away 12 years ago today.

Monday, March 4:
Tamra Downs, Claribel (Seaman) Stahl, Nancy (Lamb) Weischedel, Holly (Curtis) Thompson, Jon Gober, Becca Jordre, Chris Schumacher, Drew Nafus, Lauren Jarvis, Kadin Johnson, Sheena Erickson, Sarah (Shepherd) Schulte.
— We fondly remember Ken Starks on his birthday.

Tuesday, March 5:
Brenna Martin, Jill Aadland, Brandon Ogan, Drew Osnes, Kera (Olson) Boaz, Mary Deichert, Katelyn Decker, Judy Holzwarth, Austin Myers, Jessica Smith, Cindi Pochop, Genie (Wood) Lauing, Brecken Ottenbacher, Parker Anderson, Carter Gilmore, Pat Swartz, John Sutton, Evangeline Baughn.

Wednesday, March 6:
Octavious Kerver, Ryan Krueger, Matt Hanson, Debra Nold, Laura Waack, Swede Larson (#89), Sara (Goeden) Richardson, Cameron Ahlers, Kay McLain, Jessica (Callahan) Carr.
— 2nd anniversary, Jake/Savannah Stewart.
— 26th anniversary, Carl/Chris Hawkinson.

Thursday, March 7:
Anne Gormley, Dana Hess, Kim Easland, Greg Goodman, Estella Jungman, Anna Weingart, Matt Graves, Kevin Grunewaldt, Emily Ketteler, Charlene (Squires) Keller, Shiela Mangan, Gray Schuetzle, Kohen Noyes, Nikki (Grandpre) Wilson, Jenny Sampson, Sally Christenson.
— 9th anniversary, Jeremy/Kelly Kelley.
— We fondly remember Robert Disburg, who passed away 21 years ago today.

Friday, March 8:
John Hamilton, Cassie (Kinsman) Deffenbaugh, Kerry Freidel, Eric Feiler, Cad Currier, Pat Witte, Dewayne Robbins, Stephen Nelson, Jessica (Paxton) Deal, Brad Johnston, Katie (Thompson) Rochelle.
— 21st anniversary, Sam/Nicole Molseed.

Saturday, March 9:
Jon Schaack, Larry Kuszmaul, Kieran Williams, Caleb Olson, Raeann Schlenker, Gretta Durick, Theresa Beastrom, Kari Nystrom, Allison Meintsma, Alex McLain, Ted Parsons, Terry Hipple.

Sunday, March 10:
Anna Bondy, Carol Gengler, Jerid Jaeger, Tanner Prince, Adeline Schutz, Brian Drapeaux, Thielynn Wire, Lincoln Bisbee, Ryan Bisbee, Marty Javurek, Jesse Beesley, Travis Ruby, Barak Tibbs, Justin Hammer.
— 6th anniversary, Sheridan/Camille Cronin.

Monday, March 11:
Cheryl Stoeser, Samantha Dewell, Tricia Heien, Rebekah (Lawver) Boyer, Starla (Ludwig) Luoma, Parker Ripperger, Maya Herrscher, Garrett Boe, LiAnn (Nuttall) Currier, Zach Edman, Tad Perry, Layla Stoeser, Doug Osnes, Kelley (Bechtold) Larson, Marlin Smith (#90), Stacie (Zastrow) Dumford, MIcah Rounds, Sam Maurice, Andy Ogan.
— 26th anniversary, Bob/Lynette McCarty.
— 9th anniversary, Tom/Megan Lehmkuhl.
— We fondly remember Shane Cronin, who died 10 years ago today.

Tuesday, March 12:
Jena Forsch, Alan Dale, Hallie Getz, Vicki Brooks, Kyle Rausch, John Morris, Nathan Brakke, Aurelia Kerver, Alison Kennedy, Layne Heller, Susan Stahl.
— We fondly remember Whitney Barnett, who died six years ago today.

Wednesday, March 13:
Brian Cazan, Jvonne Heard-Ellingson, Myron Bryant, Bobby Oleson, Elise Holcomb, Deanna Sutton, Vicki (Fosheim) Dant, Alicia (Hicks) Malstrom, Sharla (Cass) Steever, Lexie Rausch, Carole Olerud, Matt Black.
— 9th anniversary, Adam/Courtney Korkow.

Thursday, March 14:
Lucas LIndholm, Maria Melius, Tara Hiller, Kevin Huxford, Tarrent Stoeser, Darcy Sorenson, Mary Voeltz, Jim Iverson, Ann (Beemer) Candler, Jennifer (Lomheim) Sieveking, Kenley Jo Boyer, DeeDee Raap, Isaiah Melius.
— We fondly remember John Olinger, who passed away 12 years ago today.


Kris Iwan, 34, died in White River on Feb. 21. A memorial service was held Wednesday at the Isburg Funeral Chapel. He grew up in White River and Pierre. Here he worked for various restaurants and convenience stores, became an assistant chef at The View and worked for Dakota Supply Group. He also played in local bands. In 2013 he moved to Minneapolis and worked as a plumber there. In 2022 he moved to White River to live and work with his father. He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Dawn and Jack Magee; his father, Jeff Iwan; his siblings, Katie Magee, Danny Magee and Alexis Moran; his grandparents and many uncles and aunts.

Scott Kennedy, 1997 Riggs High alumnus who is now an optometrist in Spearfish, appeared in the role of Pa Ingalls in the Black Hills State University/Community production of the musical, “Little House on the Prairie.”

Clara Shelbourn died at Edgewood on Feb. 21. A prayer service at 7 pm. this Friday at the Isburg Funeral Chapel will be preceded by visitation from 5 to 7. The funeral will be at Faith Lutheran Church at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Clara grew up in Valentine, Neb., and was salutatorian of the Valentine graduating class in 1950. She worked for a time at the Bank of Valentine after graduation. She and Dan Shelbourn were married i 1952 and lived on the family farm until 1957 when the left the farm due to Dan’s health issues. His job with the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks took the Shelbourns first to Lemmon, then to Pierre. They became avid campers in their later years. Clara worked as a secretary in schools in Lemmon and Pierre and with the Central South Dakota Foundation and the South Dakota Education Association. After retiring she worked for 15 years as the secretary for the majority leader of the House of Representatives in the Legislature. She was active in all phases of Faith Lutheran Church, and she and Dan were faith fans of their grandchildren’s activities during their school years. Clara is survived by her son, Ken Shelbourn of Pierre; her daughter, Nancy Shoup of Pierre; her grandchildren, Nancy (Josh) Nebelsick of Rapid City and Jacob (Chezarae) Shoup of Sioux Falls; six great-grandchildren, and many other relatives. Dan, her husband of nearly 67 years, passed away in 2019.

This is the final weekend of Pierre Players’ “Clue: On Stage.” Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Grand Opera House. Call 224-7826 for ticket reservations.

Amanda (Huck) Stoeser, coach of the Riggs High dance team, has been named Dance Team Coach of the Year for the state. She and the Coaches of the Year in the other sports will be honored at a banquet in Mitchell on June 16.


“May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in the world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done, to bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor.”
— A Franciscan benediction


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