Vol. 20, No. 27; Thursday, March 14, 2019

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The SDAHA boys varsity hockey tournament runs from Friday through Sunday at the Expo Center in Fort Pierre, provided the teams can get here!

The game schedule:
Friday: quarterfinals, 9:35 a.m., 3 Oahe Capitals vs. 6 Brookings.
Friday: quarterfinals, 12:05 p.m., 2 Rushmore vs. 7 Watertown.
Friday: quarterfinals, 2:35 p.m., 4 Huron vs. 5 Sioux Center.
Friday: quarterfinals, 5:05 p.m., 1 Sioux Falls vs. 8 Aberdeen.
Saturday: consolation semifinals, 11:35 a.m. and 2:05 p.m.
Saturday: semifinals, 4:35 and 7:05 p.m.
Sunday: fifth-place game, 9:35 a.m.
Sunday: third-place game, 12:35 p.m.
Sunday: championship game, 3:35 p.m.

All four Friday games, the two Saturday night semifinals and the final two Sunday games will be televised live on Midco Sports Network’s MSN2 channel. All 11 games will be broadcast on Capital City Rock (104.5 FM) and heard online at www.capitalcityrock.com.

An awards ceremony will be held at the Riggs High School theater at 8 p.m. Friday.


“One machine can do the work of 50 ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.”

— Elbert Hubbard


State “B” girls tournament:
— Championship: De Smet 49, Ethan 39.
— Third place: Corsica-Stickney 55, Freeman 45.
— Fifth place: Warner 54, White River 48.
— Seventh place: Ipswich 52, Waverly-South Shore 49.

State “B” boys at Barnett Center, Aberdeen (all games on SDPB3), Thursday:
— 12:00, 1 White River vs. 8 Viborg-Hurley.
— 1:45, 4 Jones County vs. 5 De Smet.
— 6:00, 2 Timber Lake vs. 7 Bridgewater-Emery.
— 7:45, 3 Clark-Willow Lake vs. 6 Sully Buttes.

State “A” boys at Sioux Falls Thursday:
— Premier Center: 3:00, 1 Tea Area vs. 8 Dell Rapids; 7:00, 4 Pine Ridge vs. 5 Hot Springs.
— S.F. Arena: 3:00, 2 Sioux Falls Christian vs. 7 Madison; 7:00, 3 St. Thomas More vs. 6 Lennox.

State “AA” boys at Rapid City Thursday:
— Barnett Arena: 3:00, 1 S.F. Lincoln vs. 8 Harrisburg; 7:00, 4 Brandon Valley vs. 5 R.C. Stevens.
— Ice Arena: 3:00, 2 S.F. O’Gorman vs. 7 S.F. Roosevelt; 7:00, 3 Yankton vs. 6 Huron.

State “A” girls at Sioux Falls Thursday:
— Premier Center: 1:00, 1 West Central vs. 8 Mount Vernon-Plankinton; 5:00, 4 Lennox vs. 5 St. Thomas More.
— S.F. Arena: 1:00, 2 Winner vs. 7 Aberdeen Roncalli; 5:00, 3 Todd County vs. 6 McCook Central-Montrose.

State “AA: girls at Rapid City Thursday:
— Barnett Arena: 1:00, 1 S.F. O’Gorman vs. 8 Mitchell; 5:00, 4 Brandon Valley vs. 5 Brookings.
— Ice Arena: 1:00, 2 S.F. Lincoln vs. 7 S.F. Washington; 5:00, 3 Harrisburg vs. 6 R.C. Stevens.


Spring sports openers:
— Boys tennis: April 2, home triangular.
— Track/field: March 23, at SDSU indoor meet; March 28, at ESD indoor meet, Brookings.
— Girls golf: April 11, at Harrisburg invitational.

Basketball: Two Pierre athletes, junior Grey Zabel and senior Emily Mikkelsen, received all-conference recognition on the ESD Conference’s honor teams for this season.


“Any man may easily do harm, but not every man can do good to another.”

— Plato


Spring sports openers:
— Track/field: March 23, at SDSU indoor meet; March 26, at Gregory invitational.


Boys basketball: The defending state “B” champions earned a return trip to the state tournament with a 66-53 SoDak 16 win over Lemmon at Timber Lake last Thursday. The Chargers found themselves down by 11 points to a hot Lemmon team in the first quarter, but Nick Wittler’s buzzer-beating three-pointer at the end of the first quarter completed a comeback and gave SBHS the lead. The Sully Buttes margin grew to as many as 13 points in the fourth quarter until Lemmon rallied to within three points, but a surge to the end gave the Chargers the chance to repeat as state champs. While the Chargers shot 25 free throws, they made only 13 of them, but they made enough to win as Lemmon kept fouling. Wittler scored 25, Cam Ogle 19, Morris Hofer nine and Jett Lamb nine. The Chargers take a 19-3 record to the state tournament where they will play Clark-Willow Lake, the team they beat in the championship game last March, in the quarterfinals.


Thursday, March 14:
Dee Dee Raap, Isaiah Melius, Darcy Sorenson, Kenley Jo Boyer, Jennifer (Lomheim) Sieveking, Ann (Beemer) Candler, Jim Iverson, Kevin Huxford, Maria Melius, Tara Hiller, Lucas Lindholm.
We fondly remember Jon Olinger, who passed away seven years ago today.

Friday, March 15:
Mariah Heiss, Loren Thompson, Arlene DeVany, Ward Judson, Allison Klucas, Cassie (Rausch) Stoeser, Lance Spears, Tavis Weidenbach, Kasey (Anderson) Cappellano, Justin Elrod.
— 5th anniversary, Andy/Rachel Lampy.

Saturday, March 16:
Leah Ries, Jennifer (Brink) Anderson, Deb Mortenson, Avery Askew, Ava Marie Bauck, Patrick Burger.

Sunday, March 17:
Chris Derry, Joe Gormley, Nick Burke, Jesse Krell, Peggy Stout, Jack Aadland, Melissa Brock, Bill Markley, Chad Cooper, Jackson Jennings.

Monday, March 18:
Jamie Karber, Jamey Howard, Ryker Schumacher, Asher Yackley, Nick Rabern, Daniel Mayer, Jane Brehe, John Palmer, Kendall Light, Travis Benbow, Madeleine Lindberg.
— We fondly remember Kathy Valnes, who passed away four years ago today.

Tuesday, March 19:
Hadley Bryant, Heather Forney, Craig Long, Mary Welsh, Brenda Badger, Donald Tassler, Betty Garrett, Darlene Neiles, Layndon Dewell, Sarah Yackley-Ploeger, Calvin Wagner, Stacy (Hull) Cottrell.
— 36th anniversary, Chuck/Dawnita Forell.

Wednesday, March 20:
Jayde Englund, Debby Wagner, Rachel Beck, Samantha (Lytle) Irvine, Beth (Cruse) Dokken, Jessica (Wood) Steele, Ben Johnson, Misty Burton, Max Huber.

Thursday, March 21:
Ben Gilmore, Diana Vogel, Jacob Tschetter, Gerald Johnson, Mark Hardwick, Loni McQuistion, Wanda Meyer, Matthew Heintz, Bentley Frost, Ben Brown, Grant Wosick, River Fischer, Linda Knox, Kara (Knadle) Schumacher.
— 21st anniversary, Dan/Lora (Den Ouden) Moore.
— 4th anniversary, Zach/Ashley Parsons.


“Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us.”

— Samuel Smiles


Gillette Wild (Coleman Varty): The Wild lost to Bozeman, 5-3, and beat Bozeman, 3-2. In the loss Coleman had an goal and an assist. In the win he scored the team’s second goal to make it 2-1, then assisted on the winning goal. Coleman has 33 goals and 45 assists this season.

Minnesota Wild: The Wild won at Tampa Bay, 3-0; lost at Florida, 6-2, and began a five-game homestand with a 3-0 loss to San Jose. Minnesota is home vs. Dallas Thursday, the Rangers Saturday, the Islanders Sunday and Colorado Tuesday.

Rapid City Rush: The Rush achieved a rare three-game sweep over Utah last week, winning 2-0, 3-0 and 3-2 in a shootout. Now Rapid City goes to Utah for another three-game series.

Sioux Falls Stampede: The Herd defeated Chicago, 7-4, and lost in overtime at Waterloo, 4-3. Sioux Falls plays at Omaha Friday and hosts Fargo Sunday.


Minnesota United FC: The amazing Loons, unbeaten in the preseason, are now 2-0 in the MLS regular season after a 3-0 win over San Jose. Minnesota plays at the Los Angeles Galaxy at 9:30 p.m. Saturday on Fox Sports North Plus.


PGA Champions Tour (Tom Byrum): At the Hoag Classic at Newport Beach, Calif., Tom ied for 24th place with a 3-under-par 70-69-71=210. He earned $16,087.50 this time, and his total for the year to date is $63,902. Tom has made the top 25 in three of the four tour events this season and has made the cut in all four. The Champions Tour takes a break until March 29-31 at the Rapiscan Systems Classic in Biloxi, Miss.


“For all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these—‘It might have been.'”

— John Greenleaf Whittier


Minnesota Twins (times are CDT):
Thursday: Washington, 12:05.
Friday: Baltimore, 12:05, FSN.
Saturday: at Tampa Bay, 12:05, FSN.
Sunday: at Toronto, 12:05, MLBN.
Monday: Boston, 12:05, FSN.
Tuesday: at Baltimore, 12:05.
Wednesday: Pittsburgh, 12:05, FSN.

Chicago Cubs (times are CDT):
Thursday: Texas, 3:05.
Friday: at Chicago White Sox, 3:05, MLBN.
Saturday: at Arizona, 3:10.
Sunday: Colorado, 3:05.
Tuesday: Seattle, 3:05.
Wednesday: Los Angeles Dodgers, 9:05, MLBN.

Colorado Rockies (times are MDT):
Thursday: at Cleveland, 2:05.
Friday: Kansas City, 2:10, AT&TRM.
Saturday: at Milwaukee, 2:05.
Sunday: at Chicago Cubs, 2:05.
Monday: Cincinnati, 2:10, MLBN.
Tuesday: at Los Angeles Angels, 7:10, MLBN.
Wednesday: Kansas City, 7:40, AT&TRM.

Other live baseball on TV this week:
Thursday: Boston-Detroit, 12:05, MLBN.
Friday: Boston-New York Yankees, 12:05, MLBN.
Friday: Los Angeles Dodgers-Cincinnati, 8:05, MLBN.
Saturday: St. Louis-Washington, 12:05, MLBN.
Saturday: Cleveland-Los Angeles Angels, 3:10, MLBN.
Monday: Philadelphia-St. Louis, 12:05, MLBN.
Monday: Los Angeles Dodgers-Texas, 9:05, MLBN.
Tuesday: Pittsburgh-Detroit, 12:05, MLBN.
Wednesday: Seattle-Oakland, 4:35 a.m., ESPN (regular season).


According to Albert Einstein, if honey bees were to disappear from Earth, humans would be dead within four years.


AAF games on TV this weekend:
Saturday: Arizona at Orlando, 7 p.m., NFLN.
Sunday: San Antonio at Atlanta, 3 p.m., CBSSN.
Sunday: Birmingham at San Diego, 7 p.m., NFLN.

Sioux Falls Storm: The Storm is now 2-0 in the new Indoor Football League season after a 55-30 win at Nebraska. Sioux Falls plays Saturday at 6:05 p.m. at Bismarck.


Sioux Falls Skyforce: The Force lost to Rio Grande Valley, 133-120, and lost to Memphis, 120-115. Sioux Falls is home vs. Salt Lake City Friday and Memphis Sunday, then goes to Oklahoma City Tuesday.

Minnesota Timberwolves: The Wolves lost to Detroit, 131-114; beat Washington, 135-130, and beat New York, 103-92. Minnesota plays at Utah Thursday, at Houston Sunday and at Golden State Tuesday.


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


NCAA Tournament Div. I selection shows:
— Men’s, Sunday, 5 p.m. CDT, CBS-TV.
— Women’s, Monday, 6 p.m. CDT, ESPN.

South Dakota State wrestling: At the Big 12 tournament in Tulsa Henry Pohlmeyer, junior from Johnston, Iowa, placed fifth at 149 pounds. He was the only SDSU qualifier for the NCAA national tournament out of this tournament. SDSU was hoping Zach Carlson at 184 pounds will get an at-large bid when national bids are announced. The SDSU team finished 10th at the Big 12 tournament with Oklahoma State first.

South Dakota women’s basketball (Chloe Lamb, Ciara Duffy): Senior Ciara Duffy was named to the Summit League all-conference first team for the second time in her career. Sophomore Chloe Lamb was named to the Summit League all-conference honorable mention list. What’s more, Ciara this week for the second straight year was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America first team. Of more than 5,000 women’s college basketball players in the nation, only five earn this recognition.

South Dakota women’s basketball (Chloe Lamb, Ciara Duffy): The Coyote women opened the Summit League tournament with a 74-51 win over NDSU, going on a 17-2 run over the last 8:44 to end the first half and cruise from there on. Hannah Sjerven scored 20 and Allison Arens 18. Ciara was 4-of-9 (2-of-5 in threes)( and 1-of-2 for 11 points with three assists and a steal. Chloe was 4-of-9 (2-of-6) and 0-of-0 for 10 points with two rebounds and two assists. In the semifinals USD led 13-0 at the start over UND before the Hawks rallied to within two and trailed only 40-33 at halftime. The Coyotes pulled away to win 84-61. Arens scored 17 and Taylor Frederick 15. Duffy had 17 points, going 6-of-13 (3-of-5) and 2-of-2 with six rebounds and an assist. Lamb was 3-of-6 (0-of-1) and 3-of-4 for nine points with five rebounds, two assists and a steal. The first part of the first half was glowing red for the Coyotes in the championship game against SDSU as USD led 32-23, but a 22-2 Rabbit run from that point turned the game around. The Yotes trailed at halftime 45-38 and after three by 68-49. USD fought back to within nine and missed a three-pointer and a wide-open layup that might have made things interesting. The final was 83-71. Arens scored 26. Lamb went 2-of-11 (2-of-6) and 8-of-8 for 14 points with four rebounds. The telling tale was the first-half injury to leading scorer Ciara Duffy, who missed the rest of the first half and played sparingly later. She was 2-of-3 for four points with seven rebounds, two assists and three steals. USD with a 28-5 record awaits its fate in the NCAA selection show Monday.

South Dakota men’s basketball: The Coyote men in Coach Todd Lee’s own words “laid an egg” in their quarterfinal game at the Summit League tournament, losing to No. 3 seed Purdue-Fort Wayne, 96-70. It was 52-25 at halftime. USD sank six of 29 from three-point range while PFW made 16 of 30. Stanley Umude led USD with 21 points, and Tyler Peterson had 15. USD finishes its season with a 13-17 record.

Tennessee women’s basketball (Caleb Currier): The Lady Vols defeated LSU, 69-66, in the first round of the SEC tournament in Greenville, S.C., but they lost to top-seeded Mississippi State, 83-68, in the second round. Tennessee has a 19-12 record, awaiting Monday’s selection show to see if they were given an at-large bid into the NCAA tournament.

Incarnate Word women’s basketball (Liz Holter): In their last two regular-season games the Cardinals lost to Houston Baptist, 67-52, and to Abilene Christian, 102-53. In the first game Liz had two points, one rebound, one assist and a steal. Against Abilene she made a three-point field goal and had two boards, two assists and a steal. UIW finishes with a 5-24 record overall, 5-13 in the Southland Conference.

Dakota Wesleyan men’s basketball: After winning their first game at the national tournament in Sioux Falls, the Tigers fell to No. 1 seed Indiana Wesleyan, 87-86, in the second round Friday. Ty Hoglund’s half-court shot at the buzzer bounced off the rim as the game ended. DWU was down 12-0 at the beginning but led 83-81 with a minute left. Nick Harden had 22 points, Sam McCloud 20 and Hoglund 19. DWU finished the year at 23-10.

Dakota Wesleyan women’s basketball: The defending national champion DWU women won three games at the NAIA national tournament in Sioux City and reached the “final four” on Monday. In the semifinal game they lost in double overtime, 78-75, to Southeastern (Fla.) to see their season end with a 31-6 record. A shot by Kynedi Cheeseman at the final buzzer bounced off the backboard to end the game. Cheeseman had 32 points and 14 rebounds, and Rylie Osthus had 14 points, eight rebounds and six assists. In the first round last week DWU beat St. Thomas (Fla.), 97-66, as Osthus scored 23 and Cheeseman 22. In the second round DWU took out St. Francis (Ill.O, 63-49, as Cheeseman scored 28 and Sarah Carr 17. In the quarterfinals Saturday DWU won over Taylor (Ind.), 75-62, jumping out to a 25-4 first-quarter edge. Osthus scored 23 and Makaela Karst 15.

South Dakota State men’s basketball: The top-seeded Jackrabbits’ march to the NCAA Tournament never got on track at the Summit League tournament. SDSU was beaten by Western Illinois, 79-76, a week after beating WIU by 20 points. It was the first-ever win at the Summit tournament by a No. 8 seed. David Jenkins had 29 points, 24 of them in the second half, including a three-pointer with 14 seconds left that brought the Jacks to within one point. SDSU had trailed at halftime by 38-28. With a record of 24-7 and the regular-season Summit titleholder, SDSU is assured of an automatic bid into the NIT tournament.

South Dakota State women’s basketball (Sydney Palmer): To open the Summit tournament SDSU led Purdue-Fort Wayne 28-9 after a quarter and won 88-50. Macy Miller scored 24. Sydney had two free throws and six rebounds. In the semis SDSU led Oral Roberts 47-29 at halftime and won 86-55 as Miller scored 18 and Tagyn Larason 15. Sydney was 1-of-2 and 2-of-2 for four points with five boards, one steal and one assist. In the championship game against USD the Jacks trailed by nine but went on a 22-2 run to take control late in the second quarter. They got a big break when USD’s leading scorer, Ciara Duffy, went out with an injury six minutes into the game. It was 45-38 at the half and 68-49 after three. A USD rally forced SDSU to call some late timeouts to calm things down. The lead dwindled to nine but SDSU won 83-71. Miller had 30 points and 11 rebounds as she became the league’s all-time leading scorer. Madison Guebert had 22 points. Sydney didn’t score and had one rebound. The Jackrabbits at 26-6 will learn on Monday night where they go and whom they play in the NCAA Tournament.

Northern men’s basketball (Lincoln Jordre): The Wolves learned Sunday night they are the No. 2 seed in the eight-team NCAA Division II Central Region. The top seed, Northwest Missouri State, gets to host the tournament at Maryville, Mo. Northern will play at 2:30 p.m. Saturday against No. 7 seed Southeastern Oklahoma. In the same bracket are No. 3 Washburn (Kan.) vs. No. 6 Missouri Southern. In the opposite bracket are No. 1 Northwest Missouri State vs. No. 8 Minnesota State-Mankato and No. 4 St. Cloud State vs. No. 5 Southern Nazarene. The semifinals will be Sunday night and the championship game Tuesday. The champion advances to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight national tournament at Evansville, Ind. Last year Northern reached the national championship game before losing by a basket to Ferris State (Mich.) when the tournament was played in Sioux Falls.

Black Hills State men’s basketball: The Yellowjackets had to win their RMAC conference tournament to reach the Div. II national tournament regional, and they almost did. After winning their quarterfinal game last week, BHSU had to go to the home court of top-seeded Colorado Mines, and the Yellowjackets won there in Golden, Colo., 86-77. Dez Stoudamire led the Jackets with 26 points, including five three-pointers in the second half. That put BHSU into the championship game against New Mexico Highlands, but there BHSU lost, 79-66, to finish the year at 18-11. Makaleb McInnis led BHSU with 16 points, seven rebounds and six steals. Colorado Mines got an at-large bid to the NCAA regional, having won the RMAC regular-season title.

North Dakota men’s hockey: The Fighting Hawks swept Omaha, 2-1 and 5-4 in overtime. With the regular season over, UND now goes to Denver for the best-of-3 NCHC quarterfinal series Friday, Saturday and, if necessary, Sunday. The winner advances to the NCHC tournament the following week. The UND games in Denver will be televised on Midco Sports Network.

South Dakota women’s golf (Katie Bartlett): Idle last week and the rest of this month, the Coyotes go next to the Fresno State Classic April 1-2.

Augustana women’s golf (Natalie Young): The Vikings open their spring season today and Friday at the Augustana Spring Fling tournament played at Palm Desert, Calif. Natalie is completing her sophomore year.

Northern Michigan women’s golf (Karissa Guthrie): The Wildcats placed second as a team in the Saddlebrook Spring Kickoff at Port St. Lucie, Fla. Karissa placed sixth individually with a scorecard of 82-90-79=251. The NMU women go to Saginaw Valley State’s tournament played in Lexington, Ky., this weekend.

South Dakota track/field: (Maddy McClure, Madason Tessier): The indoor season ended at the NCAA national championship meet in Birmingham. Junior Chris Nilsen repeated as NCAA runner-up in the pole vault with a leap of 18’9 1/2″. It was the first time in history that three men had made that height at the national meet. Zach Anderson was 13th in the high jump, Helen Falda tied for 10th in the pole vault, and Lara Boman placed 15th in the weight throw. The outdoor season begins Friday and Saturday with the Coyotes at the Cal-Irvine Spring Break Classic in California.

South Dakota Mines track/field (Theron Singleton, Erik Colman): The Hardrockers open the outdoor season, weather permitting, this Friday and Saturday at the Jerry Quiller Classic in Boulder, Colo.

Black Hills State track/field (Kelsey Van Den Hemel, Allen McDonnell): The Yellowjackets open the outdoor season at their own Yellowjacket Spring Open March 21-23.

South Dakota State baseball (Landon Badger, Quinn Reimers): SDSU lost to Alabama, 5-4, in 14 innings. Landon went 3-for-6, had a double among his three hits and scored a run. Quinn faced two batters in two-thirds of an inning on the mound, retiring one on a grounder and the other on a fly ball. The Jackrabbits split four games with Arkansas-Little Rock. In a 7-6 loss neither Pierre man played. In a 9-4 wn Landon was 3-for-4, scored once and drove in the go-ahead run on an eighth-inning double to ignite a six-run inning. In a 10-3 loss Quinn faced seven batters in two-thirds of an inning, givng up three hits, three earned runs, two walks and a wild pitch. In an 8-6 win Landon was 1-for-4, scored once and walked once. Now 7-8, SDSU opens the Summit League season with three games this weekend at Western Illinois, then plays at Creighton next Wednesday.

Northern baseball (Spencer Sarringar): The Wolves lost to Cedarville, 12-9, as Spencer went 0-for-1 as a batter. In a 6-5 win over Walsh Spencer was 1-for-3, stole a base, was hit by a pitch (again!), and scored once. In a 9-3 loss to Wayne State (Mich.) he was 0-for-1. Spencer didn’t play in an 8-6 loss to Northwood and in a 4-2 win over Ashland. Now 5-6, Northern was scheduled to play Presentation twice yesterday, then goes to Winona State for three NSIC games this weekend and to USF for a twinbill next Wednesday.

Minnesota baseball (Nolan Burchill): The Gophers went 1-3 in a weekend classic at the Seattle Mariners’ ballpark. After a 2-1 loss to Oregon State, Minnesota lost to San Diego, 6-5, in an eight-inning, curfew-shortened game. The tying and winning runs for San Diego scored on bases-loaded walks. In a 7-5 loss to Washington, Nolan pitched an inning, facing four batters. He walked one, hit one and retired the others on a fly ball and a grounder, giving up no hits and no runs. In the final game of the weekend Minnesota defeated Seattle, 3-2. Now 3-11, the Gophers go west again for a three-game set at Long Beach State this weekend, then stay in California to play at Pepperdine Tuesday.

Augustana baseball (Peyton Zabel): The Vikings are 7-4 after going 4-2 in games in Florida from last Thursday through Tuesday. Augustana lost to Ashland, 4-3; beat Seton Hill, 10-1; beat Grand Valley State, 6-2; beat New York Tech, 17-7; outscored Northwood, 20-14, and lost to Wayne State (Mich.), 4-2. In the Northwood game Peyton was Augie’s first reliever in the second inning when Northwood scored eight times. He threw 1 2/3 innings, getting four batters on ground balls, walking two, allowing one hit and two runs (one earned), striking out one and throwing one wild pitch. After a game against West Chester (Pa.) yesterday, the Vikings will be back home, weather permitting, to play Bemidji State three times this weekend to open the NSIC conference season; then they host Minnesota-Duluth for two games next Wednesday.


Thursday: coffee.
Friday-Sunday: lime.
Monday-Tuesday: pineapple.
Wednesday-Thursday: almond.


“We look forward to the time when the power to love will replace the love of power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace.”

— William E. Gladstone


6 days: Riggs High musicians at large-group contest, Mitchell (March 20).
7 days: Jefferson Elementary concert (March 21).
9 days: All-State Band concert, Aberdeen (March 23).
11 days: Buchanan Elementary concert (March 25).
12 days: Kennedy Elementary concert (March 26).
14 days: Riggs High big-band dance (March 28).
14 days: Minnesota Twins season opener (March 28).
22 days: Pierre high school baseball season opener (April 5).
23 days: NCAA Div. I men’s basketball Final Four, Minneapolis (April 6, 8).
24 days: Academy of Country Music awards, CBS-TV (April 7).
32 days: Riggs High spring play (April 15-16, 18).
35 days: Pierre Legion Relays (April 18).
38 days: Easter (April 21).
43 days: Pierre Players’ “Born Yesterday” (April 26-28, May 2-4).
46 days: Pierre Youth Orchestra seventh-season concert (April 29).
48 days: Riggs High band trip to Denver (May 1-5).


— Next year’s state basketball tournaments:
” B” girls at Spearfish, March 12-14.
“B” boys at Aberdeen, March 19-21.
“A” girls/boys at Rapid City, March 19-21.
“AA” girls/boys at Sioux Falls, March 19-21.


Two students from Pierre, Davis Anderson and Nate Bader, were part of Dakota Wesleyan University’s select chamber choir, the Highlanders, who along with the Wesleyan bell choir made a spring-break tour that included concerts at Kearney, Neb.; Brighton, Colo.; Albuquerque, N.M.; Fountain Hills and Mesa, Ariz.; Santa Fe, N.M., and Cheyenne, Wyo. A note from long-time Pierre radio executive Dean Sorenson revealed he attended the DWU concert at the church he attends, Fountain Hills United Methodist Church in the Phoenix suburb, on March 5.

The CMA Foundation, the national music education nonprofit and the philanthropic arm of the Country Music Association, will host its fourth annual Music Teachers of Excellence awards on April 30. Robyn Starks Holcomb, a choral music teacher at Roosevelt High School in Sioux Falls and an alumna of Riggs High School, is one of the honorees. The invitation-only event will honor 30 music teachers from across the country (10 from Nashville, 10 from the greater Tennessee area and 10 from elsewhere across the country) for their dedication and commitment to music education in their classrooms and school communities. In addition to a night of celebration in Nashville, Robyn will receive $2,500 to invest in her music classroom to help drive their program forward and an additional $2,500 as a personal stipend. This is the second honor this winter for the Roosevelt choir program. Executive Suite, one of Roosevelt’s three show choirs the school has due to the incredible popularity of the music program there, recently went to Kansas City for the national convention of the American Choral Directors Association, having completed a three-year audition process to perform at the national convention. Of the 27 choirs that performed there, only one was a show choir, and that was Roosevelt’s.

The link in last week’s Midweek Update which should have led you to Amazon.com’s page regarding the art and poetry book co-authored by James Pollock contained an incorrect number. Here is the corrected link:

Onida native Kennen Barber-Ensz, whose parents are Ken and Paula (Johnson) Barber, is one of the women nominated by EmBe, a Sioux Falls nonprofit, for its annual Tribute to Women celebration. The awards acknowledge women, men and businesses that show a commitment to empowering women and families. Kennen works for barre3, a nationwide physical fitness workout program with studios in many cities.

The next fund-raising breakfast for Post 8 American Legion baseball will be held from 7 to 11 a.m. this Saturday, March 16, at the Legion cabin. The cost of the all-you-can-eat pancakes-and-sausage breakfast is a free-will donation.

You can call her Dr. Retterath now! Carly (Feiler) Retterath successfully defended her dissertation at USD Monday, completing her work toward a doctor of educational leadership degree with a focus on superintendency. Carly is special education programs coordinator for the Mandan school district in North Dakota.

Edward Bergeson, 82, died March 5 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls after sustaining injuries in a fall. Services were held Monday at the Isburg Funeral Chapel. He was born in Pierre and married Shirley Horn in 1963. They lived for two years in Washington, D.C., where he was stationed with the U.S. Army. Moving back to South Dakota, he worked for the Homestake mine for six months and for Culligan Soft Water Service for 15 years. They moved to Belle Fourche in 1972, and he worked for America Colloid and Farmers Ranchers Co-op. In 1994 they lived briefly in Tennessee, then moved to Hayes, and Edward ranched until retiring in 2001 and moving into Fort Pierre. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; two daughters, Brenda Greseth and her husband Darin of Wichita, Kan., and Connie Gilbert and her husband Dusty of Alger, Ohio; 11 grandchildren; brothers Bert and Paul Bergeson and sisters Emelia Lumbard and Elmer Goosen. Among those who preceded him in death was his son, Jimmy Bergeson.


“If a political party does not have its foundation in the determination to advance a cause that is right and moral, then it is not a political party. It is merely a conspiracy to seize power.”

— President Dwight D. Eisenhower


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