Vol. 20, No. 25; Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019

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— Class “AA” girls SoDak 16 games Friday with the eight winners advancing to the state tournament two weeks from now:

*** First game of state tournament:
16 Pierre at 1 Sioux Falls O’Gorman
9 Sturgis at 8 Mitchell

*** Second game of state tournament:
13 Aberdeen Central at 4 Brandon Valley
12 Douglas at 5 Brookings

*** Third game of state tournament:
14 Huron at 3 Sioux Falls Lincoln
11 Rapid City Central at 6 Sioux Falls Washington

*** Fourth game of state tournament:
15 Sioux Falls Roosevelt at 2 Harrisburg
10 Yankton at 7 Rapid City Stevens

*** Watertown and Spearfish are the two teams not qualifying for postseason play.

— Class “AA” boys SoDak 16 games Saturday with the eight winners advancing to the state tournament two weeks from now:

*** First game of state tournament:
16 Mitchell at 1 Sioux Falls Lincoln
9 Sturgis at 8 Harrisburg

*** Second game of state tournament:
13 Brookings at 4 Brandon Valley
12 Rapid City Central at 5 Rapid City Stevens

*** Third game of state tournament:
14 Aberdeen Central at 3 Sioux Falls O’Gorman
11 Sioux Falls Washington at 6 Sioux Falls Roosevelt

*** Fourth game of state tournament:
15 Pierre at 2 Yankton
10 Huron at 7 Watertown

— Class “B” girls SoDak 16 games tonight (Thursday) with the eight winners advancing to the state tournament next week:

1 Ethan vs. 16 Dupree (at Huron Arena)
2 Faith vs. 15 Waverly-South Shore (at Gettysburg)
3 De Smet vs. 14 Sanborn Central-Woonsocket (at Huron Arena)
4 Corsica-Stickney vs. 13 Castlewood (at Corn Palace)
5 Warner vs. 12 Faulkton Area (at James Valley Christian, Huron)
6 Freeman vs. 11 Avon (at Corn Palace)
7 Ipswich vs. 10 Bridgewater-Emery (at James Valley Christian)
8 New Underwood vs. 9 White River (at Philip)

— Region 6A girls tournament: Stanley County’s season ended Monday with a 65-26 loss at Crow Creek in the first round. Chamberlain ousted Mobridge-Pollock, and Cheyenne-Eagle Butte took out McLaughlin. In the final regional games tonight (Thursday) Chamberlain plays at top-seeded Miller while C-EB goes to Crow Creek with those two winners advancing to the SoDak 16 next week.

— Region 6A boys tournament: Stanley County won over Miller Tuesday on opening night of the tournament, 67-58, advancing to play Friday at top-seeded Cheyenne-Eagle Butte with the winner advancing to the SoDak 16 next Tuesday. On the other side of the bracket, Chamberlain ousted McLaughlin and Mobridge-Pollock beat Crow Creek. Mobridge-Pollock goes to Chamberlain Friday with that winner also moving on to the SoDak 16.

— Region 2B boys tournament: Sully Buttes overpowered Sunshine Bible, 66-38, in the second round of the tournament Tuesday while Highmore-Harrold eliminated Herreid-Selby Area. The Chargers will host Highmore-Harrold Friday with the winner advancing to the SoDak 16 Tuesday. On the other side of the bracket Potter County took out Ipswich, which had eliminated Eureka-Bowdle earlier, and Faulkton Area beat Leola-Frederick. Friday’s Potter County-Faulkton winner also advances to the SoDak 16.


Wrestling: The Governors can’t win the state “A” championship every year, but for the eighth straight season they placed first or second at the state tournament. Rapid City Stevens accumulated 162.5 points to win it all; then came Pierre at 133.5, Rapid City Central 132, Aberdeen Central 131, Sioux Falls Roosevelt 96, Brookings 92, Brandon Valley 91, Watertown 84, Mitchell 79 and Harrisburg 67.5 to round out the top 10 teams. The Governors started the tourney Friday morning with a head of steam as 10 of their 13 men won first-round matches, but in the quarterfinal round only three of those 10 stayed alive for a championship, and those three all lost their semifinal matches. Nevertheless, the Governors’ team-wide depth paid dividends when Pierre was able to accumulate enough points on the wrestle-backs side of things to ward off threats by Rapid City Central and Aberdeen to gain the runner-up spot. Pierre brought home two third places, three fourths, one fifth, two sixths, one seventh and one eighth. As the closeness of the battle for runner-up shows, every match point earned by any Pierre wrestler was crucial.

Wrestling: Here are the Governors’ results at the state “A” tournament and each man’s final record for the season:
— 106, Blake Judson: lost major decision to R.C. Stevens, 11-3; lost 7-0 decision to Chamberlain; freshman, 18-21.
— 113, Kahlor Hindman: lost 11-4 decision to R.C. Central; lost 6-0 decision to Spearfish; sophomore, 19-18.
— 120, Hayden Shaffer: won by forfeit over Brookings; lost by 3:06 pin to Sturgis in quarterfinals; won by 0:47 pin over Beresford/Alcester-Hudson; lost 9-2 decision to Madison; won by 2:58 pin over Douglas/Rapid City Christian for seventh place; freshman, 27-19.
— 126: Jace Bench-Bresher: won 9-3 decision over Vermillion; lost 9-4 decision to Lennox in quarterfinals; won by 2:19 pin over Watertown; won 3-2 decision over S.F. O’Gorman; won 5-2 decision voer Brookings; lost 7-3 decision to Lennox for fourth place; junior, 31-16.
— 132: Tyson Johnson: won 3-0 decision over Douglas/Rapid City Christian; lost 3-1 decision in quarterfinals; won 8-4 decision oer Harrisburg; won 4-2 decision over S.F. O’Gorman; lost 7-5 overtime decision to Watertown; lost 3-2 decision to Chamberlain for sixth place; sophomore, 34-17.
— 138: Jack Van Camp: won 16-0 technical fall in 5:25 over Harrisburg; won by 1:05 pin over West Central in quarterfinals; lost 18-6 major decision to Brandon Valley in semifinals; lost by 0:54 pin to Rapid City Central; won 22-7 technical fall in 4:55 over West Central for fifth place; junior, 36-12.
— 145; Cade Hinkle: won by 15-0 technical fall in 2:39 over Tea Area; lost 6-2 decision to S.F. Roosevelt in quarterfinals; won 12-1 major decision over Huron; won 17-5 major decision over Sturgis; won 12-6 decision over R.C. Central; won 3-2 decision over Lennox for third place; junior, 39-12.
— 152, Lee Snyder: lost by 2:00 pin to R.C. Stevens; won 8-7 decision over Belle Fourche; won by 0:35 pin over Mitchell; lost 12-4 major decision to S.F. Roosevelt; lost by 3:08 pin to West Central for eighth place; senior, 28-24.
— 170, Maguire Raske: won by 0:21 pin over Belle Fourche; won by 12-10 decision over Huron in quarterfinals; lost by 5-1 decision to Harrisburg in semifinals; won 1-0 decision over R.C. Stevens; lost 5-1 decision to Dakota Valley for fourth place; sophomore, 37-13.
— 182, Garrett Leesman: won by 0:16 pin over Dell Rapids; lost by 3:01 pin over Aberdeen Central in quarterfinals; won 8-0 major decision over Sturgis; won by 1:22 pin over Tea Area; won 5-1 decision over Huron; lost by 4:51 pin over Aberdeen Central for fourth place; senior, 29-15.
— 195, Gage Gehring: won by 2:23 pin over Dell Rapids; won by 4:16 injury default over Vermillion in quarterfinals; lost by 17-0 technical fall in 6:00 to S.F. Roosevelt in semifinals; won 4-3 decision over R.C. Central; won by 3:50 pin over Harrisburg for third place; senior, 38-12.
— 220, James Lees: won by 1:06 pin over Dakota Valley; lost 5-1 decision to Brookings in quarterfinals; won by 0:21 pin over S. F. Washington; won 10-5 decision over Tea Area; lost 7-3 decision to Spearfish; lost 4-2 decision over R. C. Stevens for sixth place; senior, 32-20.
— 285, Preston Taylor: won by 3:50 pin over Vermillion; lost by 1:17 pin over Aberdeen Central in quarterfinals; lost 5-4 decision to Brookings; sophomore, 29-16.

The last eight years of Pierre wrestling:
2012—champion, Pierre; runner-up, Huron.
2013—champion, Pierre; runner-up, Rapid City Central.
2014—champion, Aberdeen Central; runner-up, Pierre.
2015—champion, Pierre; runner-up, Aberdeen Central.
2016—champion, Pierre; runner-up, Sioux Falls Roosevelt.
2017—champion, Pierre; runner-up, Aberdeen Central.
2018—champion, Pierre; runner-up, Rapid City Stevens.
2019—champion, Rapid City Stevens; runner-up, Pierre.
Pierre also won the state championship in 1974 with Rapid City Stevens as runner-up. In 1997 Mitchell was champion with Pierre as runner-up.

Wrestling: These comments on Governor wrestling were posted on his Facebook page by Tate Gabriel, who attended the state tournament in Rapid City: “Pierre doesn’t rebuild; they reload. In the 2018 state wrestling tournament Pierre had six seniors—Lincoln Turman, Will kTurman, Michael Lusk, Barry Browning, Austin Senger and Pryce Dyk. Those six individuals combined for nine individual state championships, 12 state finals appearances and, I believe, 18 state medals. Those six accounted for 100 points in the 2018 state tournament. That would have been good enough for fifth place in this year’s state tournament. A lot of programs cannot overcome that loss. Instead Pierre qualified 13 individuals for the state tournament the following year. Of those 13, 10 bring home state medals, and they capture a team runner-up trophy by scoring 133.5 points. Doing that without having one kid in the finals is almost unheard of. The 2019 version loses four seniors, four state medals and 53 state tournament points. How will the 2020 team handle the losses? That’s up to the new team leaders, but my money is on they’ll bring in four kids the state hasn’t seen and make a run at another state team title. That’s just what dynasties do.”

This week’s schedules:
Boys basketball—Saturday, at Yankton in SoDak 16, 7 p.m. (winner to state tournament).
Girls basketball—Friday, at Sioux Falls O’Gorman in SoDak 16, 7 p.m (winner to state tournament)

Girls basketball: The Lady Govs defeated Watertown, 58-44, as Emily Mikkelsen scored 14 points, Mack Rath 11 and Kylie Thorpe 11. Pierre then lost to Huron, 71-64, as Mikkelsen had 18 points, Rath 13 and Thorpe 11. The final regular-season record is 4-15.

Boys basketball: The Governors lost to Watertown, 48-42, as Grey Zabel scored 15 points and Garrett Stout 12. The regular season ended with a 56-53 win at Mitchell as Zabel scored 21 points and snared 17 rebounds. The final regular-season record is 5-14.

Wrestling: Five Governors were selected by the ESD Conference for the wrestling all-conference team, and not one of them is a senior. The honored athletes are Kahlor Hindman, Hayden Shaffer, Jack Van Camp, Cade Hinkle and Maguire Raske.


Wrestling: Here are the Buffaloes’ results at the state “B” tournament, including each man’s final season record:
— 120, Trey Frost: lost by 1:14 pin to Canton; lost by 6-2 decision to Elk Point-Jefferson; sophomore, 32-24.
— 138, JD Carter: won by 2:00 pin over Mount Vernon-Plankinton-Corsica; lost by 2:47 pin to Winner in quarterfinals; won by 1:50 pin over Howard; won by 5-1 decision over Sisseton; won by injury default over Philip; lost 9-1 major decision to Redfield for fourth place; senior, 45-18.
— 170, Reid Wieczorek: lost 2-0 decision to Potter County; won 4-1 decision over Sisseton; lost 7-3 decision to McCook Central/Montrose; junior, 37-23.

This week’s schedules:
Boys basketball—Friday, at Cheyenne-Eagle Butte, 7 p.m. CST (winner to SoDak 16 Tuesday).

Boys basketball: The Buffaloes lost to Winner, 76-62, to end the regular season with a record of 8-11.

Girls basketball: The Lady Buffs’ last regular-season game was a 77-27 loss to Winner.


“Music is the shorthand of emotion.”

— Leo Tolstoy


Girls basketball: After losing to Ipswich by 46-29 earlier in the season, the Charger girls gave Region 2’s top seed, Ipswich, all it could handle before losing 42-41 in the third round of the regional tournament. Kendra Kleven’s three-pointer for the Chargers gabve SBHS a lead of 41-39 with nine seconds left, but Ipswich got a field goal, drew a foul and added a free throw for the win with :03.8 remaining. Lauren Wittler had 16 points and Kleven 14. Ipswich cashed in at the free-throw stripe, making 16 of 22 opportunities, while the Chargers made both of their two free throws in the game. SBHS finishes the season with a 12-9 record while Ipswich goes on to the SoDak 16 with a 17-3 record.

This week’s schedules:
Boys basketball—Friday, home vs. Highmore-Harrold, 7 p.m. (winner to SoDak 16 Tuesday).

Boys basketball: The Chargers rolled over Sunshine Bible, 66-38, in their first postseason game Tuesday night in Onida. Nick Wittler had 18 points, surpassing the 1,000-point mark for his career along the way. Sebastian Frost contributed 17 as SBHS improved to a 17-3 record heading into Friday’s final regional game vs. Highmore-Harrold.


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


Northern Sun men’s basketball tournament: First-round games were played at campus sites last night. Northern advanced with an 88-65 win over Concordia-St. Paul. Augustana saw its season end with a stunning loss to Minnesota-Crookston, 87-72. USF easily ousted Minot State, 96-51. Other winners were Winona State, Southwest Minnesota State, Bemidji State, Wayne State and St. Cloud State. For Sunday’s quarterfinal matchups check the TV schedule below under “Basketball Update.”

Augustana men’s basketball: The Vikings closed the regular season with an 81-65 win over USF and a 77-73 win over Southwest Minnesota State, ending the NSIC campaign with a 14-8 conference mark and, with last night’s loss, finishing the season at 18-11.

University of Sioux Falls men’s basketball: The Cougars lost to Augustana, 81-65, and defeated Wayne State, 79-77, to finish the regular season at 18-10 (13-9 in the NSIC).

Northern men’s basketball (Lincoln Jordre): The Wolves clinched the overall NSIC title as well as the North Division championship for the second straight year with a 69-64 win over Mary. NSU also topped Minot State, 80-63, to end the regular season at 22-6 and the NSIC season at 18-4.

Northern Sun women’s basketball tournament: Among the first-round games played last night Augustana advanced with an 80-64 win over Northern. USF defeated Minnesota-Crookston, 89-74. Other winners were Winona State, MSU-Moorhead, Wayne State, St. Cloud State, Bemidji State and Minnesota-Duluth. For Saturday’s quarterfinal pairings check the TV schedule below under “Basketball Update.”

Northern women’s basketball (Rachel Guthmiller): The NSU women lost to Mary, 69-55, and beat Minot State, 73-68, to end the regular season at 10-18 overall and 7-15 in the NSIC.

University of Sioux Falls women’s basketball: The Cougar women defeated Augustana, 76-62, and Wayne State, 77-72, and had a regular-season record of 21-7 overall and 16-6 in the NSIC.

Augustana women’s basketball (Katie Bourk): The Viking women lost to USF, 76-62, and outscored Southwest Minnesota State, 95-83, to end the regular season at 21-10 overall and 13-9 in the NSIC.

Augustana wrestling (Jebben Keyes): The Vikings placed fifth as a team at the Super Regional in Moorhead, Minn., with 61 points. Two men qualified for the NCAA national championships in Cleveland March 8-9—Colin Ayers, third place at 157 pounds, and Clayton Wahlstrom, third place at 197.

Northern wrestling: At the Super Regional in Moorhead, Kaden Campbell, who placed second at 189 pounds, was the only Wolves wrestler to qualify for the NCAA championships in Cleveland March 8-9.

South Dakota State wrestling (Aric Williams): The Jackrabbits were defeated in a Big 12 dual at Oklahoma, 30-6, Friday. Back home on Sunday night SDSU defeated West Virginia, 22-19. In the latter dual Aric won a 7-4 decision at 141 pounds. The Jacks won five of the first seven matches for a big lead, but the Mountaineers won the last three to close the final gap. Jackrabbit wrestlers are off till next week’s Big 12 meet at Tulsa March 9-10.

North Dakota men’s hockey: The Fighting Hawks split the weekend vs. Minnesota-Duluth, winning 4-1 and losing 3-2. UND goes to Colorado College for two this weekend. The Friday game will be on CBS Sports Network at 9 p.m. CST.

South Dakota women’s golf (Katie Bartlett): At the nation’s largest Division I tournament USD tied for 31st place among 49 teams with a team score of 311-311-302=924. Coastal Carolina and North Florida tied for first among teams in the meet played Sunday through Tuesday in the Charleston, S.C., area. Katie had a scorecard of 77-75-75=227, 11 over par, tying for 86th place. She was second among the five Coyote golfers. The best was Laerke Jensen, freshman from Denmark, who placed 76th with a 226 score. The USD women head to the other coast Monday and Tuesday for the Gunrock Invitational at Sacramento.

South Dakota State track/field (Riley Sears, Rachel Propst, Addison Eisenbeisz): At the Summit League indoor championships in Brookiings, Rachel ran on the SDSU distance medley relay team, which placed first in 12:06.73, the ninth-best time in school history. She also placed 15th in the mile in 5:13.65. Addy was sixth in the high jump at 5’4 1/2″. Rley was fifth in the high jkump at 6’8 1/4″. Kyle Burdick (Rapid City Stevens) scored 30 points himself, winning the mile, 3000 meters and 5000 meters, as SDSU won its first Summit League men’s indoor title. The SDSU women were fourth. The outdoor seson begins March 29-30 when Jackrabbit athletes will scatter to four different meets.

South Dakota track/field (Madason Tessier, Maddy McClure): At the Summit League meet in Brookings, Madason placed eighth in the prelims (:08.87) and eighth in the finals (:09.22) in the 60-meter hurdles. The USD women were second and the men third.

South Dakota Mines track/field (Theron Singleton, Erick Colman): At the RMAC conference meet in Alamosa, Colo., Erick placed 14th in the shot put at 13.87 meters and 10th in the weight throw at 14.49 meters. The Hardrocker men were seventh and the women 10th.

Black Hills track/field (Kelsey Van Den Hemel, Allan McDonnell): At the RMAC conference meet in the Colorado high country, Kelsey ran on the BHSU distance medley team, which placed ninth in 13:49.54. Allan was sixth in the high jump at 6’7 1/2″ and sixth in the triple jump at 45’1/2″, earning second-team all-RMAC honors in both events. The BHSU men were ninth and the women seventh.

Black Hills State men’s basketball: The Yellowjackets lost to Colorado Mines, 73-69, led by Makaleb McInnis with 26 points. BHSU beat UC-Colorado Springs, 79-76, as Dez Stoudamire was high man with 25. Now 15-10 overall and 14-7 in the RMAC, BHSU ends the regular season at home Friday vs. the School of Mines. The RMAC playoffs begin Tuesday.

Black Hills State women’s basketball: The BHSU women won twice this weekend. In a 64-51 win over Colorado Mines, Racquel went 5-of-19 (4-of-9 in threes) and 3-of-4 for 17 points with five rebounds, one assist, two blocks and two steals. In a 72-57 Racquel was 7-of-13 (3-of-5 in threes) and 2-of-2 for 19 points with three rebounds, two assists and a steal. Now 16-9 overall and 12-9 in the RMAC, BHSU is home Friday vs. Mines. The RMAC playoffs start Tuesday.

Dakota Wesleyan men’s basketball: The Tigers won their GPAC first-round game over Northwestern (Iowa), 110-99, led by Aaron Ahmadu’s 25 and Ty Hoglund’s 22. But DWU lost in the semifinals to Morningside, 88-81. Hoglund scored 26, Nick Harden 14, Ahmadu 13, Sam McCloud 12 and Tristan Teichmeier 11. With a record of 22-9, the DWU men were accorded a No. 4 seed in their eight-team bracket for the 32-team NAIA national tournament to be played at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls. DWU’s first game will be at 3:45 p.m. next Wednesday, March 6, against Warner (Fla.). If the Tigers win, their second game would be at noon Friday vs. either Indiana Wesleyan, the overall No. 1 national seed, or Washington Adventist (Md.). DWU is one of four schools from the GPAC selected for the national tourney.

Dakota Wesleyan women’s basketball: The defending national champions reached the GPAC championship game before losing. In the first round DWU defeated Morningside, 88-75, as Sarah Carr scored 37 points going 14-of-26 in field goals and 9-of-10 in free throws. Rylie Osthus scored 18. In the semifinals DWU won at Northwestern, 75-66, as Kynedi Cheeseman scored 30, Carr 16 and Osthus 14. In the championship game at top-seed Concordia, DWU lost, 75-63. Carr was high scorer with 18. DWU stands at 28-5. The Tiger women have been accorded the overall No. 3 national seed for the NAIA national tournament in Sioux City. DWU opens play at noon next Thursday, March 7, against St. Thomas (Fla.). If DWU wins, the next opoponent at 3:30 p.m. Friday would be St. Francis (Ill.) or Milligan (Tenn.). Six schools from the GPAC were picked for the national tourney.

Dakota State men’s basketball: The Trojans’ season ended in the NSAA first round with a 79-67 loss to Presentation. The final record was 9-22.

South Dakota Mines women’s basketball: The Mines women won twice over the weekend. Taylor Molstad was high scorer with 22 points in a 66-59 win over UC-Colorado Springs and had 22 more to lead the Hardrockers in a 56-54 win over Colorado Mines. Now 11-14 overall and 8-13 in the RMAC, Mines goes to BHSU Friday.

South Dakota Mines men’s basketball: The Hardrockers lost to UC-Colorado Springs, 74-73, as Mitchell Sueker scored 25. Mines dealt Colorado Mines its first conference loss, 67-58, as Logan Elers led the Rockers with 20. Now 12-17 overall and 9-12 in the RMAC, Mines goes to Black Hills State Friday to end the regular season.

South Dakota men’s basketball: The Coyotes, a considerable underdog, sank 11 three-pointers in the first half and led by 11 at halftime in Brookings, but SDSU rallied late to win, 94-89. USD hit on only three three-pointers in the second half. Cody Kelley scored 21, Tristan Simpson 19, Trey Burch-Manning 17 and Tyler Peterson 14. USD finishes the regular season at home tonight vs. NDSU and Saturday vs. UND.

Summit League men’s basketball standings (only top 8 qualify for league tournament): SDSU 13-2, Omaha 12-2 Purdue-Fort Wayne 9-5, NDSU 8-6, Oral Roberts 6-9, UND 5-9, USD 5-9, Western Illinois 4-10, Denver 2-12.

South Dakota women’s basketball (Chloe Lamb, Ciara Duffy): The USD women, ranked #23 in the nation last week, started the weekend with a 73-58 win over Denver. Ciara was 5-of-11 (4-of-6 in threes) and 2-of-2 for 16 points with five rebounds and five assists. Chloe was 2-of-4 (0-for-1 in threes) for four points with an assist and a steal. On Sunday the Coyotes dominated at SDSU for three quarters, but the Jackrabbits had a strong fourth quarter to win in overtime, 82-78. Two Chloe shots from close in to win the game in the final seconds of regulation time rolled off the unfriendly Frost Arena basket. Ciara was 9-of-22 (3-of-8 in threes) and 2-of-2 for 23 points with nine rebounds, two assists and a block. Chloe went 6-of-11 (2-of-3 in threes) and 5-of-6 for 19 points with four boards, two assists and a steal. Now 24-4 overall and 12-2 in the Summit, USD finishes the regular season at home tonight vs. NDSU and Saturday vs. UND.

Summit League women’s basketball standings (only top 8 qualify for league tournament): SDSU 14-1, USD 12-2, Oral Roberts 9-6, Denver 8-6, Western Illinois 8-6, UND 5-9, NDSU 4-10, Omaha 2-12 Purdue-Fort Wayne 2-12.

Incarnate Word women’s basketball (Liz Holter): The Cardinals lost to Lamar, 79-53, and lost to Stephen F. Austin, 65-48. In the first game Liz was 1-of-2 for three points with two assists. Against SFA she was 1-of-4 for three points with two steals. Now 3-22 overall and 3-11 in their conference, the Cardinal women played Northwestern State last night and hosts Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Saturday.

South Dakota State men’s basketball: The Jackrabbits outscored Purdue-Fort Wayne, 92-83, as Mike Daum scored 348 points and had 20 rebounds, three assists, five blocks and three steals. David Jenkins scored 22. On Saturday SDSU trailed at halftime by 11 points and pulled out a win over USD at the end, 94-89, on final-minute free throws. The five-point margin at the end was the Jacks’ largest lead of the entire game. Daum, who surpassed the 3,000-point mark for his career late in the contest, had 25 points, Tevin King 22, Skyler Flatten 18 and Jenkins 11. SDSU sank 23 of 27 free throws in the game. SDSU finishes the regular season at home Saturday vs. Western Illinois.

South Dakota State women’s basketball (Sydney Palmer): The Jackrabbit women beat Purdue-Fort Wayne, 92-68, led by Tagyn Larson’s 17 points. Sydney went 3-of-6 (1-of-3 in threes) and 2-of-4 for nine points with two rebounds. On Sunday, dominated for three quarters by USD, the Jacks started the fourth period with a 9-0 run to get back into the game and won in overtime, 82-78, Macy Miller had 28 points and Larson 21. Sydney missed her only field-goal shot. SDSU, like the men the previous day, scored big on free throws, making 23 of 32, while USD shot 14 of them, making 10. SDSU hosts Western Illnois Saturday.

Tennessee women’s basketball (Caleb Currier): The Lady Vols lost two more SEC games this week—79-62 to Texas A&M and 82-67 to South Carolina. Now 17-10 overall and 6-8 in the SEC, Tennessee hosts Vanderbilt tonight and goes to Mississippi Sunday. The conference tournament starts next Wednesday at Greenville, S.C.

South Dakota State baseball (Landon Badger, Quinn Reimers): The Jackrabbits were 1-3 in a long Florida weekend. In a 4-1 loss to Florida International Landon went 0-for-3 at the plate. The only Jacks run scored on a wild pitch in the ninth. Neither Pierre man played in a 4-3 win over FIU. SDSU lost to Northeastern, 12-9. Landon was 2-for-5, driving in three runs on a seventh-inning home run and scoring twice. in a 13-7 loss to Northeastern Landon was 1-for-4. Quinn pitched one-third of an inning, facing five batters and allowing three hits, four earned runs, one walk and one hit batter. Now 3-4, SDSU goes to Conway, Ark., this weekend to play Missouri once and Central Arkansas three times.

Northern baseball (Spencer Sarringar): The Wolves open their season in Florida for the next week. NSU plays Texas-Tyler Friday, West Virginia Wesleyan twice Saturday, Findlay (Ohio) twice Sunday, Tiffin Monday and Cedarville next Thursday.

Augustana baseball (Peyton Zabel): Idle last week, the Vikings play Drury three times in Springfield, Mo., Saturday and Sunday.

Minnesota baseball (Nolan Burchill): The Gophers were 1-2 in Texas against Dallas Baptist, losing 9-0 and 7-5. In a 9-7 win, Nolan pitched one-third of an inning, walking one, allowing one hit and two earned runs and getting one man on a grounder. Now 2-5, the Gophers play three at North Carolina State this weekend.

South Dakota State swimming (Wyatt Rumrill, Ashley Theobald): At the Summit League championships in Sioux Falls the SDSU women placed fourth and the men third among six teams. Wyatt set school records in three events—:55.11 in the 100 backstroke, :51.78 for fourth place in the 100 individual medley, and 2:00.26 for second in the 200 breast stroke. In all three cases those times were career bests for him. Wyatt also placed second in the 50 freestyle in :21.85 and fourth in the 100 breast in :55.23. He swam on the fourth-place 200 medley relay team (1:30.74) and on the second-place 400 medley relay team (3:19.18). Ashley placed second in the 100 individual medley in :58.10, 11th in the 400 IM in 4:36.76, 16th in the 200 IM in 2:12.32, and second in the 100 IM in :58.10.


“Tomorrow is always fresh with no mistakes in it.”

— Lucy Maud Montgomery


1 day: State girls varsity hockey tournament, Brookings (March 1-3).
2 days: Minnesota Loons MLS season opener (March 2).
2 days: NSIC men’s/women’s basketball tournaments, Sioux Falls (March 2-5).
4 days: Zesto opens (March 4).
7 days: Georgia Morse Middle School band/chorus concert and art show (March 7).
7 days: State “B” girls basketball tournament, Huron (March 7-9).
9 days: Summit League men’s/women’s basketball tournaments, Sioux Falls (March 9-12).
10 days: Daylight Saving Time begins (March 10).
11 days: NAIA Division II men’s basketball national tournament, Sioux Falls (March 11-17).
12 days: Riggs High choral festival (March 12).
14 days: State “A” boys/girls basketball tournaments, Sioux Falls (March 14-16).
14 days: State “AA” boys/girls basketball tournaments, Rapid City (March 14-16).
14 days: State high school visual arts showcase, Rapid City (March 14-16).
14 days: State “B” boys basketball tournament,, Aberdeen (March 14-16).
15 days: State boys varsity hockey tournament, Expo Center (March 15-17).
20 days: Riggs High musicians at large-group contest, Mitchell (March 20).
21 days: Jefferson Elementary concert (March 21).
23 days: All-State Band concert, Aberdeen (March 23).
25 days: Buchanan Elementary concert (March 25).
26 days: Kennedy Elementary concert (March 26).
28 days: Riggs High big-band dance (March 28).
28 days: Minnesota Twins season opener (March 28).


Girls varsity state tournament quarterfinal pairings at Brookings Friday:
Noon: 3 Mitchell vs. 6 Watertown
2:30 p.m.: 2 Sioux Falls vs. 7 Oahe
5 p.m.: 4 Brookings vs. 5 Sioux Center
7:30 p.m.; 1 Aberdeen vs. 8 Huron

Oahe Capitals: The boys varsity lost to Brookings, 3-0, as Tate Mueller made 32 saves. It was a 1-0 nail-biter late in the game when Brookings scored a pair of empty-net goals while the Capitals pulled their goalie to put an extra attacker on the ice. The Caps pounded Yankton, 9-0, as Raef Briggs and Clay Ambach each scored twice and Cole Nelson, Talon Griese, Spencer Wedin, Elliot Leif and Caden Davis a goal apiece. Mueller made 10 saves. The Capitals conclude the regular season at Sioux Falls at 1:45 p.m. Sunday.

SDAHA boys varsity standings (wins-losses-ties-OT losses=points): (1) Sioux Falls 14-0-2-0=30 (2) Oahe 13-3-1-0=27 (3) Rushmore 12-4-0-0=24 (4) Huron 9-6-1-0=19 (5) Sioux Center 9-7-1-0=19 (6) Brookings 9-8-0-0=18 (7) Mitchell 6-10-0-0=12 (8) Watertown 4-11-1-1=10 (9) Aberdeen 3-11-0-2=8 (10) Yankton 1-17-0-0=2. (Note: Sioux Falls has clinched No. 1 seed; Mitchell ineligible for state tournament.)

Minnesota Wild: Suddenly the Wild are hot. This week they defeated the New York Rangers, 4-1; beat Detroit, 3-2; beat St. Louis, 2-1, and beat Winnipeg, 3-2. Minnesota goes to Calgary Saturday, hosts Nashville Sunday and goes to Nashville Tuesday.

Gillette Wild (Coleman Varty): Coleman had another amazing weekend. In a 6-1 win over Yellowstone, with the score tied at 1-1 early in the third period, he scored at 1:30, he scored again at 2:16, he scored a third time at 5:11 on an unassisted power-play goal, he assisted on a goal at 11:21, and he assisted on another goal at 17:27. The next night in a 6-5 win, Coleman had one goal and one assist. He now has 31 goals and 43 assists this season so far. Gillette plays a pair at Bozeman Friday and Saturday.

Sioux Falls Stampede: The Herd beat Sioux City, 6-2, and beat Omaha, 5-4, in overtime in front of a sellout home crowd of 10,678. The Stampede lost to the winter weather Sunday when a game at Sioux City was postponed. Sioux Falls will be home Friday and Saturday against Tri-City.

Rapid City Rush: In a three-game set against Atlanta, the Rush lost 2-1 and 4-0 and won 4-2. Rapid City goes south to Wichita Friday and Allen Sunday. The next home series is against Utah March 6, 8-9.


“The true object of all human life is play. Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground.”

— G. K. Chesterton


Minnesota Timberwolves: The Wolves beat New York, 115-104; lost to Milwaukee, the team with the best record in the NBA, 140-126 and beat Sacramento, 112-105, gaining a full game on the Kings, who have the last playoff spot in the West. Minnesota, after an overtime loss at Atlanta last night, goes to Indiana Thursday and to Washington Sunday for its eighth road game in their last nine. The Wolves will be home vs. Oklahoma City Tuesday but right back on the road at Detroit Wednesday.

Sioux Falls Skyforce: The Force lost to Long Island, 130-108, and lost to the Raptors in Canada, 119-102. After a game vs. Windy City last night, Sioux Falls is home vs. Grand Rapids Friday and on the road to Texas Saturday.

This week’s live TV games:
Thursday, 5:30 p.m.: women’s basketball, USD-NDSU (Midco).
Thursday, 8 p.m.: men’s basketball, USD-NDSU (Midco).
Saturday, noon: NSIC women’s quarterfinals, Winona State-MSUMoorhead (Midco).
Saturday, 1 p.m.: women’s basketball, USD-UND (MSN2).
Saturday, 2:30 p.m.: NSIC women’s quarterfinals, USF-Wayne State (Midco).
Saturday, 3:30 p.m.: men’s basketball, USD-UND (MSN2).
Saturday, 5:30 p.m.: NSIC women’s quarterfinals, Bemidji State-St. Cloud State (Midco).
Saturday, 8 p.m.: NSIC women’s quarterfinals, Augustana-MinnesotaDuluth (Midco).
Sunday, noon: NSIC men’s quarterfinals, Northern-USF (Midco).
Sunday, 2:30 p.m.: NSIC men’s quarterfinals, Winona State-MinnesotaCrookston (Midco).
Sunday, 5:30 p.m.: NSIC men’s quarterfnals, Bemidji State-Southwest Minnesota State (Midco).
Sunday, 8 p.m.: NSIC men’s quarterfinals, Wayne State-St. Cloud State (Midco).
Monday, noon and 2:30 p.m.: NSIC women’s semifinals (Midco).
Monday, 5:30 and 8 p.m.: NSIC men’s semifinals (Midco).
Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.: NSIC women’s championship (Midco).
Tuesday, 8 p.m.: NSIC men’s championship (Midco).


Sioux Falls Storm: The Indoor Football League season began with the Storm escaping Cedar Rapids with a 47-44 win. The Storm is idle this weekend but plays next March 9 at Nebraska.

AAF live TV games this weekend:
— Saturday, 7 p.m.: Memphis vs. Orlando, NFL Network.
— Sunday, 3 p.m.: Birmingham vs. Atlanta, CBS Sports Network.
— Sunday, 7 p.m.: San Diego vs. San Antonio, NFL Network.


PGA Champions Tour (Tom Byrum): The Champions Tour, idle last weekend, goes to the desert this week for the Cologuard Classic at Tucson, Ariz.


“When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life or in the life of another.”

— Helen Keller


Minnesota United FC: The Loons defeated New York City FC, 1-0, to remain unbeaten in the preseason. The regular season of Major League Soccer begins with Minnesota at Vancouver at 5 p.m. Saturday on Fox Sports North.


Live spring training baseball on TV this week:
Thursday, 12:05: Philadelphia-Baltimore, MLBN.
Friday, 12:05: Minnesota-Boston, FSN.
Friday, 8:05: Cincinnati-San Francisco, MLBN.
Saturday, 12:10: Houston-New York Mets, MLBN.
Sunday, 12:05: Minnesota-Philadelphia, FSN.
Monday, 12:05: Minnesota-Baltimore, FSN.
Monday, 12:10: Boston-New York Mets, MLBN.
Tuesday, 12:05: St. Louis-Philadelphia, MLBN.
Wednesday, 12:05: Pittsburgh-Boston, ESPN.
Wednesday, 8:05: Cleveland-Los Angeles Dodgers, MLBN.

Minnesota Twins (times are CST):
Thursday: at Tampa Bay, 5:35.
Friday: Boston, 12:05 (FSN).
Saturday: Washington, 12:05.
Sunday: Philadelphia, 12:05 (FSN).
Monday: Baltimore, 12:05 (FSN).
Tuesday: Tampa Bay, 12:05.

Chicago Cubs (times are CST):
Thursday: Oakland, 2:05.
Friday: at Arizona, 2:10.
Saturday: Milwaukee, 2:05.
Sunday: Chicago White Sox, 2:05.
Monday: Cincinnati, 2:05.
Tuesday: Los Angeles Angels, 2:10.
Wednesday: Kansas City, 2:05.

Colorado Rockies (times are MST):
Thursday: at Los Angeles Dodgers, 1:05.
Friday: at Oakland, 1:05.
Saturday: at Chicago White Sox, 1:05.
Sunday: San Francisco, 1:10.
Monday: at Texas, 1:05.
Tuesday: Milwaukee, 1:10.
Wednesday: Los Angeles Angels, 1:10.


“The world is weary of statesmen whom democracy has degraded into politicians.”

— Benjamin Disraeli


Thursday, Feb. 28:
Bre Ripperger, Derek Van Roekel, Kyler Tieszen, Nancy Peck, Kayla Klemann, Andrew Chick, Karen (Van Camp) DeJabet, Anna (Van Duzer) Yost, Harry Decker, Helen King, Terry Miller, Mitch Irion, Dawn (Henderson) Holmes.

(Feb. 29: These people don’t have a birthday this year—Karen (Rawstern) LaFurge, Marjoanne (Schmidt) Thompson.)

Friday, March 1:
Karen Schaefer, Robae (Cook) Robinson, Caleb McKinley, Nate Buscher, Jeb Bruzelius, Laura Louder, Dan Cahill.
— 16th anniversary, Adam/Jami Chick.
— 19th anniversary, Brady/Emily Smith.
— 5th anniversary, Alan/Ann Hess.

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

Sunday, March 3:
Chad Pitlick, Amanda Redden, Alena Axlund, Kenyon Kuiper, Lori Fisk-Neitzel, Carol (Sanborn) Koehn, Leah (Anglin) Hammersley, Will Vogel, Jesse Flottmeyer, Justin Flottmeyer, Jacob Wagner, Brooke Goff.
— 1st anniversary, Kyle/Ali (Meister) Cichos.
We fondly remember Brooks Monfore, who passed away 7 years ago today.

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

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

Wednesday, March 6:
Jessica (Callahan) Carr, Cameron Ahlers, Kay McLain, Ryan Krueger, Debra Nold, Matt Hanson, Erin Briggs, Laura (Pottratz) Waack, Sara (Goeden) Richardson, Octavious Kerver.
— 43rd anniversary, David/LaDonna Zellmer.
— 21st anniversary, Carl/Chris Hawkinson.

Thursday, March 7:
Anna Weingart, Estella Jungman, Greg Goodman, Kim Easland, Dana Hess, Anne Gormley, Kevin Grunewaldt, Suzanne Pries, Emily Ketteler, Charlene (Squires) Keller, Shiela Mangan, Gray Schuetzle, Nikki (Grandpre) Wilson, Jenny Sampson, Sally Christenson, Matt Graves, Jeremy Dodson.
— 4th anniversary, Jeremy/Kelly Kelley.
We fondly remember Robert Disburg, who passed away 16 years ago today.


Monday-Tuesday: raspberry.
Wednesday-Thursday: coconut.


— Here are the final movies in the Turner Class Movies (TCM) channel’s “31 Days of Oscar” marathon of Oscar-winning movies:

Thursday, Feb. 28:
7 p.m.: “The Great White Hope” (1970).
9 p.m.: “Somebody Up There Likes Me” (1956).
11:15 p.m.: “Forever Amber” (1947).
1:45 a.m.: “Separate Tables” (1958).

Friday, March 1:
7 p.m.: “Hugo” (2011).
9:15 p.m.: “The Age of Innocence” (1993).
11:45 p.m.: “Logan’s Run” (1975).
2 a.m.: “A Space Odyssey” (1968).

Saturday, March 2:
7 p.m.: “Tootsie” (1982).
9:15 p.m.: “Victor/Victoria” (1982).
11:45 p.m.: “The Graduate” (1967).
1:45 a.m.: “The Last Picture Show” (1971).

Sunday, March 3:
7 p.m.: “Sabrina” (1954).
9 p.m.: “The Heiress” (1949).
11:15 p.m.: “Raintree County” (1957).
2:15 a.m.: “Giant” (1956).

— We have readers in quite a few states. Can you help these students get a picture postcard from each of these states? They are missing Alaska, Arkansas, Kentucky, Montana, Louisiana, Tennessee, Idaho, Wisconsin, Alabama, North Dakota, Michigan, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Indiana, South Carolina, Minnesota, West Virginia, North Carolina, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine. Send a card this week to: Ms. Coffey’s Preschool Class, Cedar Bluffs Public Schools, P.O. Box 66, Cedar Bluffs NE 68015.


Right-handed people tend to chew food on the right side.


Dr. Barbara Spears, who practiced medicine in Pierre for nearly 40 years, died recently at the age of 84 in Minneapolis after a brief illness. The former Barbara Krumm graduated from Huron High School and USD. At the time she was in school it was uncommon for women to attend medical school, but she pursued her dream. She attended two years of medical school at USD, then completed her medical degree and a year of residency at the University of Texas in Dallas. She married Onida attorney William Spears in Nebraska on their way home for Christmas break in 1957. After she completed her medical studies in Texas, they moved to Pierre where she established her practice. She delivered nearly 2,000 babies during her career. While she was a young woman, she was an outstanding golfer. At USD she secured a spot on the men’s golf team at a time when there was no women’s team. She was state women’s golf champion in 1954 and 1955 and runner-up in 1956. She was later inducted into USD’s Coyote Sports Hall of Fame. Dr. Spears is survived by her husband; their son, Sam Spears, his wife Lisa and their three children; and her sisters, Carolyn, Rilla and Frances.

There’s no need to make supper plans for next Monday, March 4. An Italian dinner will be served as a fund-raiser for Paws Animal Rescue. It will be at First United Methodist Church’s Trinity Hall from 5 to 7 p.m.

Receiving Athlete of the Week recognition from the Pierre Athletic Coaches Association last week were Gage Gehring of the wrestling team and Caytee Williams of the basketball team.

Dr. Dan Leikvold, a former administrator in the Pierre school district and now superintendent of the Lead-Deadwood schools, was one of four superintendents invited to Puerto Rico to help rebuild a school damaged by Hurricane Maria. Lifetouch Memory Mission took a group of 50 school employees from across the nation to aid Colegio Bautista de Juneas, a K-9 school of 120 students. The American educators laid concrete, painted, rebuilt walls and put up new playgrounds for five days. Dr. Leikvold said there is “plenty of work left there.” (News courtesy of KOTA-TV)

A milestone in central South Dakota agriculture and business took place Feb. 18 at Onida when the first kernels of corn began their journey to be processed into ethanol at the new Ringneck Energy LLC plant. According to The Onida Watchman in a front-page story, three farms—those of Gary Wickersham, Jeff Goebel and Blake Yackley—dumped 3,500 bushels of corn into the grain receiving building. The corn will be milled, mashed, cooked and converted into enzymes from starch to dextrose, a simple sugar. The mash is cooled, fermented and distilled, then alcohol is separated from the stillage, which is processed into distillers grain for animal feed. At the end of the process the ethanol is pure at 200 proof, but a small amount of gasoline is added to make it unfit for human consumption. The ethanol is pumped into storage tanks and shipped to gasoline terminals or retailers. It takes three days to turn corn into ethanol. Meanwhile, construction at the site of Ringneck’s plant on the south edge of Onida is nearing completion. (News courtesy of The Onida Watchman)

The funeral service for Rodger Pearson, 75, Pierre, who died Feb. 22, will be held this (Thursday) morning at 11 a.m. at Lutheran Memorial Church. Interment will take place Monday at Black Hills National Cemetery. Rodger was born in California and moved with his family to South Dakota when he was a first grader. He went to school at Interior and to high school at Anacortes, Wash. For the next six years he worked in commercial salmon fishing in Alaska, earning money to pay for college and the purchase of his own plane. He earned a degree in animal science at Washington State University and served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1969. He and the former Patty Booker were married in 1969 in Sturgis where he was working for the state Department of Agriculture. Later in his adult life he owned a hydro-seeding business in Sioux Falls, was state director of the Nebraska Beef Council, served as South Dakota state Secretary of Agriculture, was director of the South Dakota Wheat Producers and worked as a representative of Dow Chemical Company. He later worked with the Captain Clean business, and after retirement he drove buses for the Pierre schools and worked for O’Reilly Auto Parts. Rodger was a Pierre fireman for 15 years, including time spent as chief of Engine 1. He was also active in his church, the Elks, the Izaak Walton League, the Masons, the Shrine, the Jaycees and the American Legion. He is survived by his wife, Patty Pearson of Pierre; his daughter, Deborah Ellis and her husband John of New Meadows, Idaho; his daughter, Kesiah Frederick and her husband Gary of Pierre; his son, Bruce Pearson and his wife Jill of Crooks, S.D., and 11 grandchildren.

The last three performances of “Bill W. and Dr. Bob,” Pierre Players’ current show, will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Call 224-7826 for ticket reservations.

Ryan Parker Knox and fellow cast members at The Rogue Theatre in Tucson, Ariz., begin their run of Mary Zimmerman’s “The Secret in the Wings” tonight (Thursday). The show runs there through March 17.

Nate Sprenkle, sophomore at O’Gorman and the son of Eric and Amanda (Weaver) Sprenkle, went 1-2 in his matches at the state “A” wrestling tournament. Nate lost a 10-1 major decision to a Lincoln wrestler; won by major decision, 12-0, over an Aberdeen wrestler to whom he had lost earlier in the year, and lost by technical fall, 16-1, to a Tea wrestler. His season record ended up at 27-28.

JoAnne Beringer, 86, died in Vermillion Feb. 21. Services were held Feb. 25 at St. Agnes Catholic Church there. The former JoAnne Baker grew up at Scotland and married Ken Beringer in 1952. She first was a rural school teacher while her husband finished college, and then she served as assistant registrar at USD for 28 years. She and her husband are both inductees into the halls of fame at USD and Vermillion High School. Besides her husband, she is survived by three sons, Kenny Joe and his wife Joan, Jeff and his wife Cindy, and Jon and his wife Deb; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Laverne Diede, and brothers Wayne Baker and Ron Baker.

Tevyn Waddell of Mitchell, whose dad Blake grew up in Onida, swam on two of the University of Minnesota’s relay teams at the Big 10 conference swimming meet. Her 800-meter freestyle team placed second, and her 400-meter medley relay team placed fourth. In Individual events Tevyn placed third in the 100 butterfly in 0:52, fourth in the 100 backstroke in :52.28 and fourth in the 200 backstroke in 1:53.68. She earned all-conference second-team recognition. The Gophers swim next at the NCAA championships in Austin, Texas, March 20-23.

The Andrew Kightlinger-produced film “Tater Tot and Patton” will have its South Dakota premiere at the State 123 Theaters in Pierre on Friday, March 8, at 7:15 p.m. The movie will continue daily runs here through March 14. The film also begins one-week runs March 8 in Sioux Falls, Brookings, Mitchell, Huron and Spearfish. It will show one night only in Mobridge March 12. It runs for one week starting March 15 in Watertown and Aberdeen. Andrew himself will participate in a question-and-answer forum in each of the cities where the film will be shown—Pierre March 8, Sioux Falls March 9, Mitchell March 10, Spearfish March 11, Mobridge March 12, Huron March 13, Brookings March 13, Aberdeen March 15 and Watertown March 16.

A memorial service for Sharla Garrett, 61, Pierre, was held at Lutheran Memorial Church Tuesday. She passed away Feb. 19 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls after battling leukemia. Sharla grew up on the Juhnke family farm south of Vivian. She attended the Lyman schools and Black Hills State. She and Brad Garrett were married in 1982. They made their home on the Garrett family farm north of Pierre, then moved into town in 2002. Among her survivors are her husband, Brad Garrett of Pierre; her son, Torey Garrett and his wife Christina of Pierre; her daughter, Kirsti Cuppy and her husband Kyle of Pierre; five grandchildren; her mother, Margaret Juhnke of Vivian; her brothers, Randy Juhnke of Chamberlain, Jerry Juhnke in Oklahoma and Kent Juhnke of Vivian, and her mother-in-law, Betty Garrett of Pierre.

Four public meetings have been scheduled to provide information on the Outdoor Pool Committee’s plan to replace the Pierre municipal pool, which is more than 90 years old. The meetings will be Thursday, March 7, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Chamber of Commerce; Saturday, March 9, 10 a.m. to noon, at city hall; Monday, March 11, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at River City Transit; Tuesday, March 12, 7:30 to 9 a.m. at city hall.

Chris Maxwell, whose wife is the former Molly Weisgram, went to a doctor’s appointment with Dr. Dan Rasmussen two weeks ago because of tingling and numbness in his hands and feet. Tests revealed nothing out of the ordinary, but the doctor believed something was not quite right. After an overnight stay at Avera St. Mary’s Hospital and an assessment by Dr. Chris Meyer, Chris was airlifted to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls to pursue treatment for Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS). According to Molly’s post on a CaringBridge page, the first five-day treatment resulted in a weakened diaphragm and a collapsed lung. Chris was quickly moved to an intensive care unit and put on a ventilator to relieve his breathing capability, and a new GBS treatment process was begun. Check the www.caringbridge.org page for Chris Maxwell for updated posts.

At its meeting Tuesday the Pierre City Commission declared yesterday to be Mansour Karim Day, honoring the 70-year Pierre resident who is moving to Rapid City to be closer to members of his family. As stated in the proclamation, Mr. Karim was “an Iranian immigrant who became a U.S. citizen and went to school to become a self-made man.” While he worked for many years with the state Department of Transportation, he is best known for his generosity. He has bestowed financial gifts on numerous organizations in Pierre and around the state, including the Boys and Girls Club, Avera St. Mary’s Hospital, South Dakota Community Foundation, Trail of Governors and the State Historical Society. (News courtesy of “Today’s KCCR News.”)


“Life is the climate that is changing rapidly and irrevocably, the regular and accelerating extinction of disparate wildlife, the growing toxicity of our air and water, the furious deforestation of the planet. You don’t seem to be pro-THAT life.”

— John Pavlovitz


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