Vol. 20, No. 28; Thursday, April 4, 2024

Apr 4, 2024 | Parker's Midweek Update | 0 comments


“We don’t get harmony when everybody sings the same note. Only notes that are different harmonize. The same is true with people.”
— Steve Goodier


This week’s schedules:
Track: at Huron invitational, 2 p.m.
Softball: at Rapid City Central, 4 p.m.
Baseball: at Sioux Falls Lincoln, 7 p.m.
Boys tennis: vs. Huron and Watertown at Huron, 10 a.m.
Baseball: at Sioux Falls Washington, 2:15 p.m.
Boys tennis: at Huron quadrangular, 10 a.m.
Baseball: at Huron, 7 p.m.

Girls basketball: Reese Terwilliger played with the Class “AA” all-stars at the Three-Class Shootout in Salem, and her team beat the “A” girls, 89-85, then beat the “B” girls, 80-76. Reese had nine points and 11 rebounds in the first game and six points and four boards in the second game.

Softball: Pierre split a pair of games on the rescheduled opening day of the season. In a 10-3 win over Aberdeen, Nevaeh Karber and Micah Buffalo each drove in three runs, and Noel Kist threw a complete game. In an 8-3 loss to Watertown, Karber had two more RBIs. Tuesday’s games against Sturgis and Rapid City Stevens were postponed.

Track: Tuesday’s Bob Judson Invitational was postponed.

Baseball: Pierre is 1-1 after getting in a pair of early-season games. In a 13-3 six-inning loss to Rapid City Stevens, the Governors had only four hits. Pierre led 3-2 into the bottom of the sixth inning, but Stevens scored 11 times on seven walks, two errors and four hits. Miles Doyle had one RBI. Pierre then defeated Sturgis, 11-1, as Jett Zabel, Ridge Leimbach, Grayson Hunsley, Nolan Peterson and Spencer Easland each drove in two runs. Leimbach pitched four shutout innings to start the game, and Cooper Terwilliger finished up the game, allowing only one unearned run in his three innings of relief.


This week’s schedules:
Track: at Winner invitational.
Track: at Kadoka invitational.

Track: At the Dakota Wesleyan indoor meet, Paxton Deal placed eighth in the long jump. The boys’ 4×800 relay team of Brendon Bothwell, Spencer Sargent, Weston Prince and Tyson Peterson placed second. The girls’ 4×800 team of Austyn Norman, Rachel Nemec, Timber Hanson and Gracie Olson placed ninth in their race.


This week’s schedules:
Golf: at Mitchell “B” classic.

Girls basketball: Sully Buttes senior Stevie Wittler was named to the Class “B” All-State second team.

Boys basketball: Wesley Wittler was named to the Class “B” All-State honorable mention list.


Thursday: coconut.
Friday-Sunday: raspberry.
Monday-Tuesday: maple.
Wednesday-Thursday: pina colada.


Minnesota Twins schedule:
— Thursday: Cleveland, 3:10 p.m. (MLBN).
— Saturday: Cleveland, 1:10 p.m.
— Sunday: Cleveland, 1:10 p.m.
— Monday: Los Angeles Dodgers, 6:40 p.m.
— Tuesday: Los Angeles Dodgers, 6:40 p.m.
— Wednesday: Los Angeles Dodgers, 12:10 p.m. (MLBN).
— Thursday: at Detroit,. 12:10 p.m.

Oahe Zap: Added to the 2024 roster this week was Julius Kass, a freshman pitcher from Adrian College in Michigan. His hometown is Ann Arbor, Michc.


“Be a nuisance where it counts. Do your part to inform and stimulate the public to join your action. Be depressed, discouraged and disappointed at failure and the disheartening effects of ignorance, greed, corruption and bad politics but never give up.”
— Marjory Stoneman Douglas


South Dakota State track (Jessica Lutmer, Rylan McDonnell, Lydia Hill): At the Emporia State meet in Kansas, Rylan placed third in the long jump at 23’2 3/4″. At the Mike Fanelli meet at Hayward, Calif., Jessica placed fourth in the 5,000-meter run in 16:50.84, the seventh fastest time in that event in SDSU history. SDSU athletes go to the USD early-bird meet in Vermillion Friday and Saturday.

Dakota State track (Houston Lunde): At Wayne State’s meet in Nebraska, Houston placed 23rd in the shot put at 40’2 3/4″, 20th in the discus at 119’9″ and 15th in the hammer throw at 147′. DSU athletes go to USD’s early-bird meet Friday and Saturday.

Northern track (Addison Cumbow): Idle last week, the Wolves go to USD’s early-bird meet Friday and Saturday.

Augustana baseball (Jack Sutton): Two of the scheduled four games against Minnesota-Crookston were canceled. In the two that were played Augie lost twice, 9-8 and 9-5. Now 17-6 overall and 10-4 in the NSIC, Augustana hosts Mary in four games Friday through Sunday.

Texas State baseball (Peyton Zabel): The Bobcats lost all three weekend games to Louisiana-Lafayette by scores of 4-1, 16-5 and 7-6, then lost to Texas A&M on Tuesday 12-2 in seven innings. In the first Louisiana game, Peyton was the fourth reliever to come in to pitch. He went one inning, giving up one hit, one run, two ground-outs and two strikeouts as he faced five batters. He pitched against A&M as the first relief pitcher, throwing the fourth inning where he faced six batters, striking out two, getting one on a fly ball, walking one and allowing two hits and two runs. Now 15-14 overall and 4-5 in conference play, Texas State goes to West Virginia to play Marshall in three weekend games, then hosts Texas Tuesday.

Northern softball (Tessa Bryant): The Wolves split with Winona State, winning 4-1 and losing 8-2, then lost a pair to Concordia-St. Paul by 6-0 and 12-5. On Tuesday NSU split with MSU-Moorhead, winning 15-5 in six innings and lost 4-1. Now 16-4 overall and 2-8 in the NSIC, Northern plays two at Sioux Falls Saturday and two at Wayne State Sunday.

South Dakota State baseball (Brady Hawkins): The Jacks were swept by Northern Colorado, 19-7 in eight innings, 19-7 and 26-12. Brady was the first reliever brought in the series opener, pitching the sixth inning, facing seven batters, striking out one, allowing three hits and four runs, and getting one batter on a fly ball and one on a grounder. Tuesday’s scheduled game at Minnesota was postponed. Now 11-15 overall and 4-4 in the Summit League, SDSU goes to NDSU for three weekend games, then hosts Northwestern (Iowa) Tuesday.

Dakota Wesleyan baseball (Jonathan Lyons): The Tigers lost three of four against Briar Cliff, losing by 9-0, 5-3 and 11-4 and winning 6-4. Then DWU lost to USF Tuesday, 13-7. Now 9-19 overall and 3-7 in the GPAC, DWU plays four games at Hastings this weekend, then two at Dordt Tuesday.


1 day: NCAA Div. I women’s Final Four, Cleveland (April 5, 7).
2 days: NCAA Div. I men’s Final Four, Glendale, Ariz. (April 6, 8).
4 days: Solar eclipse (April 8).
7 days: Pierre girls golf season opener, Harrisburg (April 11).
15 days: Pierre Legion Relays (April 19).
15 days: Pierre Players’ “Love, Loss and What I Wore” (April 19-27).
15 days: Absentee voting for June 4 elections begins (April 19).
26 days: Riggs High awards night (April 30).


“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
— President Barack Obama


Thursday, April 4:
Madyson Mitchell, Marinda Archer, Avery Williams, Blaine Nicholas, Sandra O’Day, Hattie Stofferahn, Noah Wulf, Tyler Mattheis, Jonaphin Cardwell, Thad Bauer, Blaine Harrowa.
— 10th anniversary, Eric/Missie Schmidt.

Friday, April 5:
Mikaela Hoy, April Chicoine, Audra Johnson, Julian Smith, Troy Docken, Chase Cooper, Angie (Huxford) Pfleger, Landon Badger, Jo Mikkelsen, Jon Herman, Ian Rounds, Levi Hanson.
— 49th anniversary, Frank/Kathy (Hoover) Pautz.
— 49th anniversary, Doug/Pam Peterson.
— We fondly remember Ken Stofferahn on his birthday.

Saturday, April 6:
Lacy (Nielsen) Fike, Heather (Nystrom) Klinger, Ashley (Pries) Brewer, Laura Mehlhaff.

Sunday, April 7:
Brian Mills, BryAnn (Becker) Knecht, Vivian Asmussen, Anthony Johnson, Crystal (Boehmer) Lindekugel, Eric Unkenholz, Brian Hosman, Jayden Madden, Adam Chick, Sandee Smith, Judith Smith.
— 45th anniversary, Bob/Kris Schneider.
— 40th anniversary, Kevin/JoAnne Hipple.

Monday, April 8:
Lexi Anderson, Greg Axtman, Ruth Kilber, Eric Bresee, Katie Larson, Linsey (Peterson) Robbins, Wilson Jordre.
— Anniversary, Donny/Kori (Verhelst) Rolfes.
— 7th anniversary, Josh/Aimee Parsons.

Tuesday, April 9:
Aaron Comer, Arthur Olson, Wesley Joy, Spencer Eich, Kai Segrud, Matt Brakke, Kellie (Sutton) Yackley, Kellie Weinheimer, Rob Nill.
— Anniversary, Shaun/Sara (Sperry) Thomas.

Wednesday, April 10:
Brady Smith, Katherine (Van Gerpen) Cedeno-Torres, Brandon Louder, Lucas Oehlerking, Ken Fanger, Jason Livermon, Nolan Nielsen, John Jordre, Kory McKay.
— 14th anniversary, Tyson/Jenny (Miller) Goehring.

Thursday, April 11:
Eric Hillestad, James Bobby, Austin Lucas, Lillian Campbell, Teresa (Sprinkel) Gillaspie, Mike Haas, Mason Fisher, Amy Burger, Jessica Kost, Terry Barber, Sheena Carlisle, Chase DeJong, Amber (LeFaive) Larsen.


It’s almost show time again for Pierre Players. Their second play of the 2024 season, “Love, Loss and What I Wore,” will be performed at Grand Opera House April 19-21 and 25-27. For ticket reservations call 224-7826.

Maxine (Erp) Blasdell, 82, died March 27 at Avera St. Mary’s Hospital. Arrangements are being made through the Isburg Funeral Chapel.

Sharon (Kilian) Caldwell, 81, died March 26. A celebration of her life was held Monday at the Isburg Funeral Chapel. She attended Riggs High School and married Clinton Caldwell in 1963. They raised three children. She is survived by her husband; her children, Connie (Kirk) Dammann, Thad (Tracy) Caldwell and Tammie (Joel) Peterson; five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and three sisters, Marlynrae Mathews, Ida (Ross) Henrichsen and Eileen Duff.

Sister Jeremy Sitter, 87, a long-time teacher at St. Joseph Elementary School in Pierre, died March 27 at Village of Harmony Hill at the Mother of God monastery in Watertown. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. this Friday, April 5, at the monastery. There will be a wake service at 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday).

Art Westergren Sr., 61, died March 23 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. A memorial open house will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Magpie’s in Fort Pierre. He grew up in the Winner area. At the age of 17 he joined the National Guard and served for 10 years, including a tour of duty during Operation Desert Storm. In 1982 he married Brenda Hillmer, and they had four children. Art spent many years working in maintenance. He is survived by his brother, Carl (Geneva) Westergren; his children, Arthur “A.J.” (April) Westergren, Sven (Brittany) Westergren, Dana Westergren and Craig (Shelley) Westergren, and 12 grandchildren.

Caleb Lusk and four other students at USD’s Department of Physical Therapy worked with Vermillion’s Special Olympics basketball team this past winter. The team completed a successful season at the Special Olympics state tournament.

As a Dakotaland Federal Credit Union scholarship winner, Kasen Jassen of De Smet High School was asked to recognize a teacher he felt has made a lasting impression upon his life. He chose math teacher Brandon Vockrodt. Brandon, a 2013 graduate of Riggs High School, gets a $200 donation to use in his classroom as he sees fit.

Herb Davis, 95, died March 24. A celebration of his life is planned for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Madison Avenue Church of Christ. Herb grew up in Oklahoma and attended Abilene Christian University and Oklahoma State University. He served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He married Betty Jane French in 1959. In 1957 he had begun his career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Soil Conservation Service. His job brought him to South Dakota where he served with the SCS in Mission, Fort Pierre, Yankton and Pierre. He retired in 1987. Survivors include his wife, Betty Jane Davis; his son, Ray (Cindy) Davis of Santa Clarita, Calif.; his daughter, Cynda Curtis of Pierre; five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and his sister, Cathy (Michael) Rowten of Edmond, Okla.

Mary (Woods) Greenfield, 79, died March 26. A memorial service for Mary and her sister, Connie Woods, who died in November, will be held at a later date. Arrangements are being made through the Isburg Funeral Chapel.


Our vote this year is about whether we ever get to vote again. This is not the year to sit out.
— Rachel Maddow


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