Vol. 20, No. 26; Thursday, March 5, 2020

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Statewide: At the general election in November voters will have the chance to change the state’s constitution so that sports betting can take place in Deadwood.

City of Fort Pierre: There will be a contest for Ward II’s seat on the city council among three candidates—incumbent Dave LaRoche, Scott Deal and Carl Rathbun. The city election takes place April 14, and the voter registration deadline is March 30. Mayor Gloria Hanson and council members Mike Weisgram and Larry Cronin all filed for re-election and are unopposed for new terms.



Class “B” SoDak 16 schedule for tonight (Thursday):

#1 Corsica-Stickney vs. #16 Highmore-Harrold (at Mitchell).
#2 Ethan vs. #15 Waverly-South Shore (at Huron).
#3 Faith vs. #14 Kimball/White Lake (at Fort Pierre).
#4 Faulkton Area vs. #13 Newell (at Fort Pierre).
#5 Howard vs. #12 Viborg-Hurley (at Madison).
#6 Langford Area vs. #11 Irene-Wakonda (at Huron).
#7 De Smet vs #10 White River (at Mitchell).
#8 Castlewood vs. #9 New Underwood (at Gettysburg).

(NOTE: The winners of these eight games advance to the state tournament, and the pairings will be based on seed points, #1 vs. #8, #4 vs. #5, #3 vs. #6, #2 vs. #7.)

Class “AA” SoDak 16 schedule for Friday:

— First game of state tournament:
#16 Douglas at #1 S.F. O’Gorman
#9 S.F. Roosevelt at #8 Huron

— Second game of state tournament:
#13 Pierre at #4 Harrisburg
#12 R.C. Central at #5 Yankton

— Third game of state tournament:
#14 Spearfish at #3 S.F. Lincoln
#11 Mitchell at #6 S.F. Washington

— Fourth game of state tournament:
#15 Watertown at #2 R.C. Stevens
#10 Aberdeen Central at #7 Brandon Valley

Class “A” SoDak 16 games will be played Monday, March 9, involving the 16 semifinal winners from this week’s eight regionals. The eight winners advance to the state tournament and will be re-seeded with #8 vs. #1, #5 vs. #4, #6 vs. #3 and #7 vs. #2.


Class “A” SoDak 16 games will be played Tuesday, March 10, involving the 16 semifinal winners from this week’s eight regionals. The eight winners advance to the state tournament and will be re-seeded with #8 vs. #1, #5 vs. #4, #6 vs. #3 and #7 vs. #2.

Class “B” SoDak 16 games will be played Tuesday, March 10, involving the 16 semifinal winners from this week’s eight regionals. The eight winners advance to the state tournament and will be re-seeded with #8 vs. #1, #5 vs. #4, #6 vs. #3 and #7 vs. #2.

Class “AA” SoDak 16 schedule for Saturday:

— First game of state tournament:
#16 Sturgis at #1 Yankton
#9 R.C. Central at #8 S.F. Lincoln

— Second game of state tournament:
#13 Spearfish at #4 S.F. Washington
#12 Harrisburg at #5 R.C. Stevens

— Third game of state tournament:
#14 Mitchell at #3 S.F. Roosevelt
#11 Watertown at #6 S.F. O’Gorman

— Fourth game of state tournament:
#15 Douglas at #2 Huron
#10 Aberdeen Central at #7 Brandon Valley


The state varsity tournament begins Friday at the Expo Center in Fort Pierre with these quarterfinal matchups:

— Upper bracket:
Noon, #3 Brookings vs. #6 Watertown
2:30 p.m., #2 Sioux Falls vs. #7 Oahe

— Lower bracket:
5 p.m., #4 Mitchell vs. #5 Sioux Center
7:30 p.m., #1 Aberdeen vs. #8 Huron

— Saturday’s schedule:
12:30 p.m., lower bracket losers.
3 p.m., upper bracket losers.
5:30 p.m., upper bracket winners.
8 p.m., lower bracket winners.

— Sunday’s schedule:
9 a.m., fifth-place game.
11:30 a.m., third-place game.
2 p.m., championship game.


The state varsity tournament will be played in Sioux Falls March 13-14-15. The quarterfinal pairings on Friday, March 13:

— Upper bracket:
9:05 a.m., #3 Sioux Center vs. #6 Oahe
11:35 a.m., #2 Brookings vs. #7 Watertown

— Lower bracket:
2:05 p.m., #4 Huron vs. #5 Rushmore
4:35 p.m., #1 Sioux Falls No. 1 vs. #8 Sioux Falls No. 2

— Saturday’s schedule:
11:35 a.m. and 2:05 p.m., consolation semifinals.
4:35 and 7:05 p.m., championship semifinals.

— Sunday’s schedule:
9:35 a.m., fifth-place game.
12:35 p.m., third-place game.
3:35 p.m., championship game.

(NOTE: All 11 games will be televised live by Midco Sports Network on its MSN2 channel, and all 11 games will be broadcast live on Capital City Rock in Pierre.)


This week’s schedule:

Girls basketball—Friday, at Harrisburg in SoDak 16.

Wrestling: The return of the team duals portion of the state wrestling tournaments resulted in Rapid City Stevens and Canton winning the “A” and “B” team duals, respectively. In the quarterfinals Pierre defeated Dell Rapids, 55-20, but in the semifinals the Governors lost to Watertown, 35-21. Pierre went on to win the third-place dual over Harrisburg, 35-30, while Stevens rallied to beat Watertown for the state title, 37-25.

Wrestling: Stevens also won the team title in the traditional individual wrestling tournament while Canton dominated to win the “B” title. Stevens won by a single point over Brandon Valley, 159-158, with Watertown third at 154.5 and Pierre fourth at 116. Eight of the 12 Governor state meet qualifiers earned places there. Regan Bollweg reached the 195-pound championship match and lost on a penalty point, 1-0, in overtime to a Harrisburg wrestler. Cade Hinkle at 145 and Jack Van Camp at 152 placed third in their weight classes. Blake Judson was fourth at 106 and Preston Taylor fourth at 285. Tyson Johnson was fifth at 138, Kahlor Hindman eighth at 120, and Deegan Houska eighth at 126. Pierre’s other state tourney wrestlers were Trey Lewis at 113, Hayden Shaffer at 132, Gavin Stotts at 182, and Jacob Larson at 220.


Wrestling: Chase Hanson at 106 pounds and Dylan Endres at 285 placed eighth in their weight classes at the state “B” tournament in Sioux Falls. The other Buffalo qualifier, Reid Wieczorek, did not place but won one of his three matches there.

Boys basketball: The Buffaloes lost to Winner, 75-60, in the last regular-season game. Nathan Cook scored 20 points, Lathan Prince 17 and Slater Tople 11 as the Buffs finished with an 8-12 regular-season record. In the quarterfinal round of Region 6A Tuesday, the Buffs’ season ended with an 81-53 loss at Cheyenne-Eagle Butte. Seniors Dylan Gabriel and Slater Tople played their last game for SCHS. In the semifinals Friday Chamberlain will play at #1 seed Crow Creek while C-EB goes to Mobridge-Pollock, and those two winners advance to next Tuesday’s SoDak 16.

Girls basketball: The girls finished an 0-20 regular season with a 60-15 loss to undefeated Winner. In the first round of Region 6A Monday, the Buffaloes lost to Miller, 48-19. In the semifinals Thursday #5 Chamberlain plays at #1 Crow Creek while #3 Cheyenne-Eagle Butte plays at #2 Miller.


This week’s schedule:
Boys basketball—Friday, home vs. Potter County in Region 2B semifinals, 7 p.m.

Boys basketball: The Chargers finished a 17-2 regular season with a 53-19 domination of North Central. Sully Buttes led 18-0 after one quarter and 37-4 at halftime. Nick Wittler was high scorer with 17 points, and Jett Lamb contributed 10. In the second round of the Region 2B Tournament Tuesday, the Chargers disposed of Sunshine Bible, 58-30. Rafe Wientjes had 15 points, Wittler 13, Lamb nine and Quinn Jordre nine. Other quarterfinal scores: Potter County over Ipswich, 66-56; Herreid-Selby over Highmore-Harrold, 70-46; Lower Brule over Faulkton, 77-62. In the semifinals Friday #1 seed Sully Buttes with an 18-2 record will be home against Potter County while Lower Brule visits Herreid-Selby. Those two winners advance to the SoDak 16 on Tuesday.

Girls basketball: The Charger girls’ season came to an end in the semifinals of Region 2B with a 50-34 loss at top-seeded Faulkton Area. Kendra Kleven scored 12 points in her final game for SBHS. The girls ended the year with an 11-10 record.


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

Friday, March 6:
Matt Hanson, Ryan Krueger, Debra Nold, Octavious Kerver, Laura Waack, Sara (Goeden) Richardson, Jessica (Callahan) Carr, Cameron Ahlers, Kay McLain.
— 22nd anniversary, Carl/Chris Hawkinson.
— 44th anniversary, David/LaDonna Zellmer.

Saturday, March 7:
Kevin Grunewaldt, Emily Ketteler, Dana Hess, Anne Gormley, Kim Easland, Greg Goodman, Estella Jungman, Anna Weingart, Jeremy Dodson, Matt Graves, Charlene (Squires) Keller, Shiela Mangan, Gray Schuetzle, Nikki (Grandpre) Wilson, Jenny Sampson, Sally Christenson.
— We fondly remember Robert Disburg, who passed away 17 years ago today.
— 5th anniversary, Jeremy/Kelly Kelley.

Sunday, March 8:
Jessica (Paxton) Deal, Katie (Thompson) Rochelle, Brad Johnston, Stephen Nelson, Dewayne Robbins, Pat Witte, Cade Currier, Eric Feiler, Kerry Freidel, Cassie (Kinsman) Deffenbaugh, John Hamilton.
— 17th anniversary, Sam/Nicole Molseed.

Monday, March 9:
Larry Kuszmaul, Jon Schaack, Raeann Schlenker, Caleb Olson, Terry Hipple, Ted Parsons, Allison Meintsma, Alex McLain, Kasi Nystrom, Theresa Beastrom.

Tuesday, March 10:
Adeline Schutz, Tanner Prince, Anna Bondy, Carol Gengler, Jerid Jaeger, Ryan Bisbee, Marty Javurek, Lincoln Bisbee, Thielynn Wire, Brian Drapeaux, Barak Tibbs, Travis Ruby, Jesse Beesley.
— 2nd anniversary, Sheridan/Camille Cronin.

Wednesday, March 11:
Devan Kleven, Lee Ferguson, Garrett Boe, Maya Herrscher, Cheryl Stoeser, Parker Ripperger, Samantha Dewell, Tricia Heien, Rebekah (Lawver) Boyer, Starla (Ludwig) Luoma, LiAnn (Nuttall) Currier, Zach Edman, Doug Osnes, Tad Perry, Layla Stoeser, Kelley (Bechtold) Larson, Marlin Smth, Stacie (Zastrow) Dumford, Micah Rounds, Sam Maurice, Andy Ogan.
— We fondly remember Shane Cronin, who passed away 6 years ago today.

Thursday, March 12:
Jena Forsch, Alan Dale, Vicki Brooks, Kyle Rausch, John Morris, Nathan Brakke, Hallie Getz, Susan Stahl, Layne Heller, Alison Kennedy.
— We fondly remember Whitney Barnett, who passed away 2 years ago today.


“Words are sacred. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones in the right order, you can nudge the world a little.”

— Tom Stoppard


Augustana track/field (Elizabeth Schaefer): At the NSIC conference indoor-season championships at Mankato, Liz became conference champion in the women’s pentathlon, accumulating 3,692 points. Her score is a provisional national-meet qualifying figure, so she will be waiting to see if she qualifies for the NCAA Division II national meet in Birmingham March 13-14. In individual events at the NSIC meet Liz placed seventh in the 60-meter hurdles in 9.06 seconds. The Augustana men and women both placed second at the conference meet.

South Dakota women’s basketball (Chloe Lamb, Ciara Duffy): The Coyotes completed a perfect 16-0 Summit League regular season with a 76-47 trouncing of North Dakota on Senior Day in Vermillion. It is the second time in three years that USD ran through the Summit unbeaten. Ciara was 5-of-12 (1-of-3 in threes) and 6-of-7 at the stripe for 17 points with seven rebounds, five assists, a steal and a block. Chloe went 3-of-7 (1-of-2) and 0-of-0 for seven points with three rebounds, one assist and a steal. USD, now 27-2 overall, is the #1 seed in the league tournament and will play #8 Omaha at noon Saturday on Midco Sports Network. The four seniors on the Coyote squad are Duffy (Rapid City), Madison McKeever (Erskine, Minn.), Taylor Frederick (Harlan, Iowa) and Megan Bonar (Gardner, Kan.).

Black Hills State track/field (Kelsey Van Den Hemel, Frank Becker, Allan McDonnell): None of the athletes we follow competed for BHSU at the RMAC conference meet. The Yellow Jacket men and women both placed seventh in the team standings.

Black Hills State women’s basketball (Racquel Wientjes): The Yellow Jacket women saw their season end Tuesday in the RMAC quarterfinals with a 66-44 loss at Colorado Mines. BHSU finishes the year at 17-11. Racquel was 4-of-9 (3-of-5 in threes) and 0-for-0 for 11 points with four rebounds. Last Friday BHSU ended the regular season with a 60-58 win over South Dakota Mines as Racquel had 20 points, 10 rebounds and a block.

South Dakota Mines track/field (Theron Singleton, Erick Colman): Neither Pierre man competed for the Hardrockers at the RMAC conference meet. Mines’ men placed 10th and women ninth.

Northern track/field (Rachel Guthmiller): The Wolves competed at the NSIC conference meet in Mankato, but Rachel did not compete in the weight throw there.

South Dakota State track/field (Addy Eisenbeisz): Addy is a conference champion in her freshman season at SDSU. At the Summit League indoor-season meet she won the high jump with a personal-best height of 5’8 3/4″, and that moved her from eighth to fourth on the SDSU all-time list in that event. The Jackrabbit men were second and the women third. Addy has been named to the Summit League’s all-conference team for track and field.

Augustana wrestling (Jebben Keyes): The Super Region 5 meet was held in Sioux Falls, and Augustana qualified three men for the Division II national meet in Sioux Falls next week—Hunter Burnett, redshirt freshman from Pipestone, second place; Ben Kelvington, senior from Jordan, Minn., third place, and Steven Hajas, redshirt freshman from Delano, Minn., third place. The top three in each weight class advance to the national meet. Jebben lost his first match, 2-1, to a MSU-Moorhead wrestler; had a bye in the next round, and lost a 9-7 match to a Minot State wrestler. Northern will have one wrestler at the national meet—redshirt junior Walker Carr from Carrington, N.D., who placed third.

South Dakota State wrestling (Aric Williams): Idle last week, the Jackrabbits go to the Big 12 conference meet at Tulsa Saturday and Sunday.

Wyoming wrestling (Tate Samuelson): The Cowboys were idle last week. They are in Tulsa this weekend for the Big 12 conference meet.

Mary wrestling (Lincoln Turman): The Marauders competed at the Super Region 5 meet in Sioux Falls, Lincoln did not wrestle there.

Texas A&M International women’s basketball (Nate Vogel): The Dustdevils split their last two regular-season games, losing to Tarleton, 70-59, and winning over Texas Woman’s, 62-59. TAMIU finishes the year 11-17 overall and 8-11 in the Lone Star Conference but was not one of the 12 teams in the 18-team league to qualify for the league tournament.

Northern baseball (Spencer Sarringar): The Wolves lost all four weekend games against Regis University in Denver. In a 12-8 loss Spencer was the designated hitter for NSU and went 1-for-5 and stole a base. In a 6-3 loss he scored the first Wolves run in the fifth inning on a throwing error and drove in a run in the seventh. He scored twice and was 2-for-3. After sitting out a 5-4 loss, Spencer was 1-for-3 in a 6-5 loss, walking twice, stealing a base and scoring once. Northern spends Thursday through next Wednesday at Kissimmee, Fla., playing Seton Hill, Findlay, St. Anselm, Tiffin and West Chester, all from Ohio, as well as fellow NSIC teams Wayne State and St. Cloud State.

South Dakota State baseball (Landon Badger): The Jackrabbits are 2-9 after going 1-3 in Edinburg, Texas, against Texas-Rio Grande Valley. Landon was 0-for-5 in a 3-1 win, 1-for-5 in a 9-7 loss in which Landon scored once, 0-for-5 in a 7-4 loss and 2-for-4 in an 8-7 defeat. In the latter game he scored once and drove in a run with a second-inning double. SDSU played at Minnesota last night, plays at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs Friday, Saturday and Sunday, then goes over to Kansas State to play Tuesday and Wednesday.

Tennessee women’s basketball (Caleb Currier): The Lady Vols defeated Mississippi, 77-66, and won at Auburn, 56-55, to finish the regular season at 10-6 in the SEC, good for a tie for third place. As the #6 seed in the SEC Tournament at Greenville, S.C., Tennessee will play at 7:30 p.m. CST tonight (Thursday) against Missouri or Mississippi.

Augustana women’s basketball (Aislinn Duffy, Katie Bourk): The Vikings lost in the quarterfinals of the NSIC tournament to St. Cloud State, 69-57. Aislinn went 4-of-11 for eight points with eight rebounds, one block and a steal. The Viking women finish their season at 17-11. Aislinn, who completed her redshirt freshman year, was named to the NSIC’s all-freshman team. She averaged 9.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game and scored in double figures in 12 games.

Iowa Western baseball (Peyton Zabel): The Reivers split four games against Cowley County Community College in Kansas, winning 17-3 in five innings, losing 12-4, winning 12-8 and losing 11-1 in five innings. Now 10-4, Iowa Western is home for four games Saturday and Sunday against Iowa Lakes CC.

Colorado Mines women’s basketball (Liz Holter): The Orediggers won their quarterfinal game of the RMAC playoffs at home over Black Hills State, 66-44. Liz was 5-of-11 (2-of-4 in threes) and 3-of-3 for 15 points with two rebounds, three assists, a block and a pair of steals. Colorado Mines advances to the semifinals at Colorado Mesa in Grand Junction Friday.

Northern men’s basketball (Lincoln Jordre): The Wolves won the NSIC tournament for the third straight year and assured themselves of an automatic berth into the NCAA Division II Central Regional next week. The selection show can be seen at www.ncaa.com at 9:30 p.m. CDT Sunday. Northern edged Augustana, 68-66, in the quarterfinals on two free throws by Andrew Kallman, junior from Chaska, Minn., with 2.7 seconds left. Gabe King, senior from Irene-Wakonda, was high scorer with 22 points. NSU routed MSU-Moorhead in the semifinals, 81-65, and defeated Minnesota State-Mankato in the finals, 80-59. NSU is now 26-6.

Minnesota baseball (Nolan Burchill): The Gophers defeated North Carolina, 4-1; lost to Duke, 7-3, and lost to North Carolina State, 11-7. In a 7-4 loss to North Dakota State Tuesday, Nolan was the third of four Gopher pitchers. He threw 1 1/3 innings, allowing two hits, two earned runs and one walk, striking out one, and getting two batters on fly balls and one on a ground-out. Now 5-7, Minnesota played SDSU last night, hosts Utah for three games Friday through Sunday and hosts Creighton Tuesday and Wednesday.

Dakota Wesleyan men’s basketball (Bradley Dean): After opening the GPAC postseason playoffs with a win last Wednesday, the Tigers beat Mount Marty in the semifinals, 86-62, after having lost to MMC twice during the regular season. A crowd of 3,089 at the Corn Palace cheered on DWU as the league’s MVP, Ty Hoglund, scored 33. In the championship game DWU lost at home to Concordia (Neb.), 68-66, as a last-second three-point try for the win bounced off the backboard and the rim. Brad got in for eight minutes and had a rebound and a steal. But with its 23-9 record, DWU was certain of getting one of the at-large bids into the NAIA Div. II national tournament at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls. The tourney runs from next Wednesday through March 17. Besides DWU, the GPAC has Concordia, Morningside and Northwestern in the national tournament. The Tigers will open at 7:30 p.m. next Thursday against Indiana-South Bend.


1 day: State girls hockey tournament, Expo Center (March 6-8).
2 days: Summit League men’s/women’s basketball tournaments, Sioux Falls (March 7-10).
3 days: Daylight Saving Time begins (March 8).
5 days: Riggs High choir concert (March 10).
6 days: NAIA Div. II men’s basketball national tournament, Sioux Falls (March 11-17).
7 days: State “B” girls basketball tournament, Spearfish (March 12-14).
7 days: Georgia Morse Middle School band/choir concert (March 12).
8 days: State boys hockey tournament, Sioux Falls (March 13-15).
8 days: NCAA Div. II national wrestling tournament, Sioux Falls (March 13-14).
8 days: Hayes play (March 13-15).
9 days: State Special Olympics basketball tournament, Pierre (March 14-15).
12 days: Riggs High band concert (March 17).
12 days: Arizona, Illinois, Florida primaries (March 17).
14 days: NCAA Div. I wrestling tournament, Minneapolis (March 19-21).
14 days: State “B” boys basketball tournament, Aberdeen (March 19-21).
14 days: State “A” girls/boys basketball tournaments, Rapid City (March 19-21).
14 days: State “AA” girls/boys basketball tournaments, Sioux Falls (March 19-21).
14 days: State high school visual arts gallery, Sioux Falls (March 19-21).
19 days: Kennedy Elementary spring concert (March 24).
21 days: Jefferson Elementary spring concert (March 26).
21 days: Baseball opening day (March 26).
23 days: All-State Band concerts, Mitchell (March 28).
23 days: Riggs High track/field season opener, SDSU (March 28).
25 days: Buchanan Elementary spring concert (March 30).
27 days: U.S. Census Day (April 1).
29 days: NCAA Div. I women’s basketball Final Four, New Orleans (April 3, 5).
30 days: Pierre high school baseball opener (April 4).
30 days: Riggs High boys tennis opener (April 4).
30 days: NCAA Div. I men’s basketball Final Four, Atlanta (April 4, 6).
35 days: NCAA Div. I men’s hockey Frozen Four, Detroit (April 9, 11).


North Dakota: The Fighting Hawks are now 25-4-4 after sweeping Western Michigan, 3-1 and 2-1 in overtime. UND plays at Omaha Friday night (on Midco Sports Network) and Saturday night (on MSN2).

Aberdeen Wings: The Wings swept Minot, 7-2 and 5-1. Aberdeen plays at Bismarck Friday and Saturday.

Sioux Falls Stampede: Sioux Falls beat Cedar Rapids, 3-1, and lost to Dubuque, 4-2. The Herd goes to Fargo Friday and Saturday.

Rapid City Rush: The Rush went 1-2 vs. Tulsa, losing 6-3, winning 8-4 and losing 6-3. Rapid City will be home Friday and Saturday vs. Utah.

Minnesota Wild: The Wild won three of four this week, losing to Washington, 4-3, but beating Detroit, 7-1; Columbus, 5-0, and Nashville, 3-1. Minnesota is at San Jose Thursday, at Los Angeles Saturday and at Anaheim Sunday.

Oahe Capitals boys varsity: The Caps lost their last two regular-season games. In a 3-2 loss to Rushmore, Spencer Wedin and Clay Ambach scored the Caps’ goals, and Kieran Duffy made 15 saves. Oahe also lost to Brookings, 2-0, as Duffy had 20 saves.

Oahe Capitals girls varsity: The girls lost to Mitchell, 10-4, in their last regular-season game. Jenna Keyser had two goals and Jessa McTighe and Olivia Swenson one goal each. Abigail Stewart-Fromm had 41 saves in goal.


“If you don’t stick to your values when they’re being tested, they’re not values. They’re hobbies.”

— Jon Stewart


This week’s Minnesota Twins schedule:
Thursday—Baltimore, 2:05.
Friday—Tampa Bay, 12:05.
Saturday—Detroit, 10:35.
Sunday—Boston, 12:05, MLBN.
Monday—St. Louis, 12:05, FSN.
Tuesday—Philadelphia, 12:05.
Wednesday—Atlanta, 12:05, FSN.

The Twins tied Toronto, 3-3; beat Boston, 4-1; lost to Pittsburgh, 2-0; lost to Tampa Bay, 8-2; lost to St. Louis, 6-1, and beat Detroit, 5-1.

High school baseball: It would be hard to beat the schedule lined up for Pierre’s team this spring. There are nine home doubleheaders and only three away doubleheaders during the regular season as shown here:
April 4: home vs Sturgis, 1 and 3 p.m .
April 9: home vs. Brandon Valley, 5 and 7 p.m
April 10: home vs. Rapid City Central, 3 and 5 p.m.
April 17: at Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 5 and 7 p.m.
April 18: at Sioux Falls Lincoln, 10 a.m. and noon.
April 24: home vs. Brookings, 5 and 7 p.m.
April 25: home vs. Harrisburg, 1 and 3 p.m.
April 26: home vs. Douglas, 1 and 3 p.m.
May 1: at Mitchell, 5 and 7 p.m.
May 3: home vs. Rapid City Stevens, noon and 2 p.m.
May 8: home vs. Sioux Falls Washington, 5 and 7 p.m.
May 9: home vs. Sioux Falls O’Gorman, 1 and 3 p.m.
May 16: regional tournament.
May 23: state tournament at Sioux Falls.


PGA Champions Tour (Tom Byrum): At the Cologuard Classic in Tucson, Ariz., Tom tied for 46th place with a 3-under-par round of 74-71-71=216. He earned $18,112. The Champions Tour continues play Friday through Sunday in the Hoag Classic at Newport Beach, Calif.


Minnesota United FC: On opening night of the MLS season, the Loons exploded for two late goals within a couple minutes of each other to stun Portland on the road, 3-1. Minnesota stays out west to play at San Jose at 7 p.m. Saturday on Fox Sports North.


Sioux Falls Skyforce: The Force lost to Texas, 125-117, in its only game this past week. Sioux Falls plays at home Friday vs. Santa Cruz and Saturday vs. Memphis.

Minnesota Timberwolves: The Wolves lost to Orlando, 136-125; lost to Dallas, 111-91, and beat New Orleans, 139-134. They played Chicago last night, host Orlando Friday and New Orleans Sunday, then go to Houston Tuesday.


Friday, 7 p.m.: Men’s hockey, UND at Omaha.
Saturday, noon: Women’s basketball, Summit League quarterfinals—USD vs. Omaha.
Saturday, 2:30 p.m.: Women’s basketball, Summit League quarterfinals—SDSU vs. UND.
Saturday, 6 p.m.: Men’s basketball, Summit League quarterfinals—NDSU vs. Denver.
Saturday, 7 p.m.: Men’s hockey, UND at Omaha.
Saturday, 8:30 p.m.: Men’s basketball, Summit League quarterfinals—SDSU vs. Purdue-Fort Wayne.
Sunday, noon: Women’s basketball, Summit League quarterfinals—Oral Roberts vs. Western Illinois.
Sunday, 2:30 p.m.: Women’s basketball, Summit League quarterfinals—NDSU vs. Denver.
Sunday, 6 p.m.: Men’s basketball, Summit League quarterfinals—Oral Roberts vs. Omaha.
Sunday, 8:30 p.m.: Men’s basketball, Summit League quarterfinals—USD vs. UND.
Monday, noon and 2:30 p.m.: Women’s basketball, Summit League semifinals.
Monday, 6 and 8:30 p.m.: Men’s basketball, Summit League semifinals.
(NOTE: The Summit League women’s championship game will be on ESPNU at 1 p.m. Tuesday. The men’s championship game will be on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. Tuesday.)


  • A wrestling fan is a wrestling fan, no matter whether it’s Class “A” or “B” on the mats. I would say a record crowd of 8,300 for the championship session of the state tournaments in Sioux Falls on Saturday night is proof the two tournaments should be a combined event every year. And now there is serious talk about the SDHSAA instituting girls wrestling starting next school year.
  • The Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center posted the fact that today (Thursday) would have been the rodeo legend’s 91st birthday.
  • If choral music is your thing and you live in one of the states to the east of us, check out the spring tour of the fabulous USD Chamber Singers. Tonight (Thursday) they will sing at Zion Lutheran Church in Wausau, Wis.; Friday at the Marcus Center in Milwaukee (for the regional American Choral Directors Association conference); Saturday at First Presbyterian Church in Evanston, Ill.; Sunday at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Des Moines; Monday at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Edina, Minn.; Tuesday at the Colonial Church in Worthington, Minn., and Wednesday at First Congregational Church in Sioux Falls. Their home concert in Vermillion will be at the UCC church March 21.
  • Basketball experts, explain to me why EVERY free-throw shooter, no matter the level of play, after EVERY free throw attempt steps ahead to touch fingers with his teammates along the lane, then steps back and touches fingers with his other teammates on the court behind him. WHY? Do you practice this choreography in practice to get it right? Somebody just much challenge the tradition in one of the remaining games. I dare one of you to NOT touch hands with any teammate after a free throw! Besides, there’s a virus going around.
  • A state ban on texting while driving is a good idea, of course, and now it awaits only the governor’s signature to become law. But like any other crime, you don’t get arrested for it until after you do it. Sort of like murder, you know? Great law, but it doesn’t help the victim much. Perhaps the law, if it does become law, will remind some drivers not to do it. Maybe what we really need are phones that absolutely do not work inside motor vehicles. Somebody should get to work on that.


“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”

— Steve Jobs


Thursday: coconut.
Friday-Sunday: strawberry.
Monday-Tuesday: almond.
Wednesday-Thursday: coffee.


Seth and Karae (Englehart) Parsons of Sioux Falls have another daughter in their family. Leah Nadeen Parsons was born Feb. 27, 5 1/2 weeks early, so she will remain in a NICU for two to four weeks. She weighed 5 pounds, 11 ounces, and measured 17 1/2 inches. She joins her sister, Mya, 5, and her brother, Parker, 4, in the Parsons family.

Three of the Destination ImagiNation teams of which Kristen Job is the team manager (coach) qualified out of their regional tournament to advance to the Nebraska state D.I. finals. Kristen is one of those teachers for whom one job just isn’t enough. Besides continuing her full-time teaching at a middle school on the west side of Omaha, Kristen is also an adjunct faculty member at Midland University in Fremont and also works at the Nebraska Association for the Gifted.

Maynard Klingbeil, who farmed all of his life in eastern Sully County, died at the age of 84 Feb. 27. Services were held Tuesday at the Onida United Methodist Church. He attended the Blaine rural school and graduated as valedictorian of the Onida High School Class of 1953. He was a life-long member of the Sully County Crop and Livestock Improvement Association. For 45 years he was secretary/treasurer of the Sunday School at the Onida UMC. He is survived by many cousins and extended family members. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister and brother-in-law, Doris and Harry Hofer.

Melinda Clements of the choir was named Fine Arts Performer of the Week at Riggs High last week.

The final performance of “Frozen Jr.,” the Georgia Morse Middle School musical, will be on stage at the Riggs theater at 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday).

James H. Meagher, 92, Mitchell, died Feb. 25 at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Feb. 29 at Holy Family Catholic Church there. Mr. Meagher graduated from Philip High School in 1945 and served in the U.S. Marine Corps for the next year. He married Mildred Puetz in 1952. He worked for more than 40 years in the parts department at Rozum Motor Company. He is survived by five children, John Meagher of Pierre, Wayne Meagher of Aberdeen, Lisa Ziebart of Mitchell, Michael Meagher of Mitchell and William Meagher of Pierre; seven grandchildren; many great-grandchildren, and a brother, Adam Meagher of Hardwick, Minn.

Congratulations to Patrick Wellner and Sarah Burtt, who were married last weekend.

The Sioux Falls Flyers boys JV team, which is coached by Pierre native Curtis Egan, earned the #4 seed in the state JV tournament to be played at Huron this weekend. His team will face Mitchell. Meanwhile, the Oahe Capitals boys JVs have the #3 seed spot and will play Huron first.

Amy (Ripperger) Grunewaldt, who lives with her husband, Brian, and their children in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has been named a Women of Achievement honoree there in the category of service to the community Amy works as director of strategic collaborations for the United Way of Eastern Iowa. She also serves on the Eastern Iowa Health Center board as the board secretary and was previously the chair of its planning and operations committee. She has also served on the Board of General Assistance and the Community Empowerment Board. She enjoys her volunteer time reading to students through the Volunteers in Proficiency program and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers. In 2008 Amy led critical flood response and recovery efforts on behalf of the Salvation Army and helped to found the Linn Area Partners Active in Disaster, a 40-organization coalition still serving eastern Iowa today. Since that time Amy has been involved in leadership roles with Jane Boyd Community House and Four Oaks. Leading the Total Child initiative, she developed and implemented a new service delivery model that impacted more than 1,200 families struggling with multiple barriers. Through her leadership over 93% of those families moved toward stability in all areas of their lives. In 2018 Amy joined United Way to advance human service collaboration and care coordination in partnership with multiple agencies and across sectors to improve the well-being of low-income and under-served community members. She has worked with Public Health to design new technologies and practices. Her efforts have been noted at the regional, state and national levels, resulting in new grant opportunities and recognition by funders like the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The goals of this ground-breaking work include making it easier for agencies to work and learn together and for clients to receive the right services at the right time so they can move from crisis to thriving.

“Jazz Nightly with Karl Gehrke” on South Dakota Public Radio will be broadcast live from the Grand Opera House in Pierre from 8 to 9:30 p.m. CDT next Wednesday, March 11. The show can also be heard online at www.sdpb.org. The program will feature Pierre’s own Jim Szana Trio (Jim on piano, Lonnie Schumacher on bass and Ron Woodburn on drums) with guest Jim McKinney on vibraphone. The public is invited to watch the show in person at the Grand Opera House free of charge.

Our sympathy to Sue and Walt Adney. Sue’s mother, Mary Ann Iversen of Colman, passed away at the age of 86 Feb. 28 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. She is also survived by a son, five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Services were held Tuesday at the Lutheran church in Colman.

It was fun for your Update editor to run into Pierre native Dan Nielsen at a supermarket in Rapid City Tuesday. Dan works the big grocery stores in Rapid City and the northern Hills for a pair of frozen foods distributors. He lives in Spearfish, and these days, as the dad of an eight-year-old wrestler, at this time of the year his weekends are full of tournaments here, tournaments there, tournaments everywhere.

Ron Olesen, 75, who worked as a crop duster in this area for 25 years, died Feb. 24 at Avera St. Mary’s Hospital. Services were held Tuesday at the Isburg Funeral Chapel. Mr. Olesen grew up and attended school in Pierre. He is survived by his wife, Rosie; his stepsons, Travis and Vince, and two step-grandchildren. Among those who preceded him in death were his first wife, Diana; his daughter, Brandi, and his sons, Jimmy and Justin.

The concert choir from Roosevelt High School in Sioux Falls, directed by Robyn Starks Holcomb, left Tuesday for Milwaukee where they are one of the performing groups at the Central and North Central Regions Conference of the American Choral Directors Association.

On the precise ninth anniversary of the day he told his Minneapolis-St. Paul friends he was moving to Tucson, Ariz., to explore theater options, Ryan Parker Knox revealed Monday he plans to move to the Los Angeles area for the same reason by late summer or early fall.

John Hoover’s recuperation from his bout with pancreatitis has lasted now for six weeks. On Monday he was flown to Rochester, Minn., where he underwent a procedure at St. Mary’s Hospital. As of Wednesday afternoon a Facebook photo showed he was “up and about,” walking with assistance down the hospital hallway. His wife, Mary, accompanied by her brother, Joe Jungman, drove to Rochester to be with John. Mary will stay when Joe comes home in a day or two.


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