Vol. 20, No. 29; Thursday, April 11, 2019

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“The greatest gift you could receive is someone believing in you.”

— Matt Mooney, Texas Tech basketball player


Wrestling: At the Governors post-season awards event these were the recipients of the annual major awards—Broer Hustle Award, Cade Hinkle; Obenauer Memorial Leadership Award, Gage Gehring; most improved wrestler, James Lees; most outstanding JV wrestler, Daniel Tafoya; Future Governor Award, Blake Judson; most outstanding varsity wrestlers, Cade Hinkle and Gage Gehring; Brooks Monfore Heart of a Champion Award, James Lees.

Girls basketball: Emily Mikkelsen was named to the Class “AA” All-State second team. The senior guard averaged 18.0 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game and shot 33% from three-point field-goal range.

Track: At the ESD indoor meet in Brookings the only winner from Pierre was Paul Adam, who took the high jump at 6’6″. The boys placed fifth and the girls seventh. At the Bob Judson meet in Pierre, both the boys and girls teams placed second behind Aberdeen Central as the Eagles won 27 of 38 events. In girls events Morgan Jones won the high jump at 5’0″, Mackenzie Rath won the discus at 123’4″ and the shot put at 38’8″, Mikah Moser won the pole vault at 10’0″ and Emry Heiss won the triple jump at 31’8 1/2″. On the boys’ side Paul Adam won both the high jump at 6’4″ and the long jump at 19’7 1/2″, and Jack Maher won the shot put at 50’3″. The boys 4×400 relay team of Frank Becker, Justin Dowling, Tucker Berens and Paul Adam won their race in 3:40.61.

Track: At Huron’s invitational Paul Adam won again, taking the high jump at 6’4″. Tucker Berens was second in the 1600, and Jack Maher placed second in both discus and shot put. There were three girls event winners—Addy Smith in the 200 in :27.36 and Mack Rath in the discus at 111’0″ and the shot put at 40’4 1/2″. Morgan Jones was second and Emry Heiss third in the high jump.

Boys tennis: In a home triangular the Governors shut out Rapid City Central, 9-0, and lost to Mitchell, 6-3. In the latter dual the Pierre points were earned by Grant Judson and Luke Leingang in singles and Judson/Matt Hanson in doubles. At Huron’s quadrangular the Govs defeated Huron, 5-4; beat Watertown, 6-3. and lost to Sioux Falls LIncoln, 9-0. Agaiinst Huron the Govs’ points were earned by Jace Wernsmann, Matt Hanson and Luke Leingang in singles, Wernsmann/Ryan Warne and Cole Nelson/Spencer Davis in doubles. Against Watertown Wernsmann, Hanson, Blake Judson, Warne and Leingang won in singles and Wernsmann/Warne in doubles. Earlier this week the Governors won by the same 7-2 score over both Sioux Falls Christian and Harrisburg. Pierre now stands at 5-2 in duels.

Track: When Miller’s meet was cancelled, Pierre, Huron and Sully Buttes got together Tuesday ahead of the storm to have a makeshift meet in Pierre. For the Lady Govs event winners were Addy Smith in the 100, Addison Cumbow in the 300-meter hurdles, Mack Rath in the discus, Mikah Moser in the pole vault, Brooke Easland in the long jump and Morgan Jones in the 100-meter hurdles, 400 and 200. In boys’ events Frank Becker won the 400, Jack Maher was the discus and shot put winner and Paul Adam won the day by taking the 200, high jump, long jump and triple jump.


Track: At the Bob Judson meet in Pierre the Buffaloes’ 4×100 relay team of J.D. Carter, Trevor Habeck, Dylan Gabriel and Evan Nordstrom placed second in :47.11, and the medley team of Reid Wieczorek, Gabriel, Carter and Habeck placed second in 4:23.43. Carter placed third in the 200 in :23.68, Tracy Nielson fifth in the discus at 118’9″ and fourth in the shot at 44’3″ and Brady Hoftiezer third in the shot at 47’1″. At Winner’s meet Carter won both the 100 and the 200, Nordstrom won the 300-meter hurdles, Hoftiezer won the shot put, and the medley team won its event. Nielson was second in the shot and the discus. In girls’ events Madyson Titze was second in the shot put and third in the discus.


Track: At the Bob Judson meet in Pierre Jett Lamb placed second in the shot put at 47’4″ and third in the discus at 130’9″. Angela Guthmiller was second in the discus at 99’1″ and third in the shot at 32’9″. Lauren Wittler placed second in the shot put at 38’5″ and fourth in the discus at 92’3″. Brooklynn Bradford was second in the 200 in :28.75 and third in the 100 in :13.65. Stevie Wittler placed third in the girls 100-meter hurdles in :17.86 and fourth in the 300-meter hurdles in :53.31.

Boys basketball: Junior Nick Wittler was named a first-team All-State player in the South Dakota Sportswriters’ All-State team. Nick averaged 23.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game for the Chargers.

Track: The Charger teams joined Pierre and Huron for a meet Tuesday in Pierre. In boys’ events Mackenzie Weinheimer won the 100 and Sebastian Frost the 800. In girls’ events Brooklynn Bradford won the triple jump and Lauren Wittler the shot put.


If you climb up a tree, you must climb down the same tree.

— African proverb


2 days: Stanley County High School prom (April 13).
2 days: Riggs High School prom (April 13).
4 days: Riggs High School spring play (April 15-16, 18).
7 days: Pierre Legion Relays (April 18).
10 days: Easter Sunday (April 21).
15 days: Pierre Players’ “Born Yesterday” (April 26-28, May 2-4).
18 days: Stanley County Elementary concert (April 29).
18 days: Pierre Youth Orchestra 7th season concert (April 29).
20 days: Riggs High band trip to Denver (May 1-5).
32 days: Riggs High/Georgia Morse Middle School chorus concert and art show (May 13).
33 days: Riggs High/Georgia Morse Middle School bands concert and art show (May 14).
35 days: State boys tennis tournament, Sioux Falls/Brandon (May 16-18).
38 days: Stanley County High graduation (May 19).
38 days: Riggs High graduation (May 19).
43 days: State track meets, Sioux Falls (May 24-25).
43 days: Pierre Trappers season opener (May 24).
48 days: Post 8 season opener (May 29).


Sioux Falls Skyforce: The Skyforce finished with a 24-26 record in eight place among the 13 teams in the G League’s Western Conference.

Minnesota Timberwolves: The Wolves lost at home to Toronto Tuesday, 120-100, and finished their home season with a 25-16 record there. Minnesota ended its NBA season last night against Denver and missed the playoffs.


We don’t know a millionth of 1 percent about anything.

— Thomas A. Edison


College hockey: The NCAA men’s Frozen Four plays its semifinals tonight (Thursday) with Denver facing off against UMass and Providence pitted against Minnesota-Duluth. The national championship game is Saturday.

Sioux Falls Stampede: The Herd split with Youngstown, winning 4-1 and losing 3-0. They end the regular season at home Friday vs. Sioux City and Saturday vs. Des Moines.

Rapid City Rush: In the final series of the season the Rush lost to Kansas City, 5-1, and won in overtime, 2-1. It was Rapid City’s first 30-win season in three years. The team earned 69 points, an increase of 13 over last season.

Minnesota Wild: The Wild lost to Dallas, 3-0, in the last regular-season game. Minnesota finishes at 37-36-9 and placed seventh of seven teams in the Central Division of the Western Conference. The Wild missed the playoffs for the first time since 2012.


PGA Champions Tour (Tom Byrum): At the tour event in Biloxi, Miss., March 29-31, Tom tied for 15th place and earned $28,000. He shot a one-under-par 215 on rounds of 68-72-75. The next Champions Tour event is the Mitsubishi Electric Classic in Duluth, Ga., April 19-21.


Sioux Falls Thunder FC: Playing in the North Conference of the National Premier Soccer League, the Thunder opens the new season at Duluth FC May 5.

Minnesota United FC: The Loons lost to New England, 2-1, and defeated the New York Red Bulls, 2-1. Now 3-2-0 in the MLS season, the Loons finally get to play at home and christen their new Allianz Field Saturday against NYC FC.


Silence is the best tactic for him who distrusts himself.

— Francois, Duc de La Rochefoucauld


Aug. 29: at Minnesota
Sept. 7: Long Island University
Sept. 14: at Drake
Sept. 21: Southern Utah
Oct. 5: Southern Illinois (Hobo Day)
Oct. 12: at Youngstown State
Oct. 19: at Indiana State
Oct. 26: North Dakota State
Nov. 2: at Missouri State
Nov. 9: Illinois State
Nov. 16: Northern Iowa
Nov. 23: at South Dakota

Sioux Falls Storm: The Storm lost for the first time this season, 58-40, against Arizona, then rebounded to beat Bismarck again, 64-31. Now 5-1, Sioux Falls’ next game is at home vs. Iowa at 7:05 p.m. April 20.

Minnesota Vikings: The preseason schedule for the Vikings has been announced. In the first game they will play at New Orleans some time during the Aug. 8-12 time period. A definite time and date are 7 p.m. Aug. 18 for a home game vs. Seattle on NBC-TV. The Vikings will be home vs. Arizona Aug. 22-25 and at Buffalo Aug. 29.


Minnesota Twins:
Friday: Detroit, 7:10, FSN.
Saturday: Detroit, 1:10, FSN.
Sunday: Detroit, 1:10, FSN.
Monday: Toronto, 6:40, FSN.
Tuesday: Toronto, 6:40, FSN.
Wednesday: Toronto, 6:40, FSN.

Chicago Cubs:
Thursday: Pittsburgh, 7:05, MLBN.
Friday: Los Angeles Angels, 1:20, MLBN.
Saturday Los Angeles Angels, 1:20.
Sunday: Los Angeles Angels, 1:20.
Monday: at Miami, 6:10, MLBN.
Tuesday: at Miami, 6:10.
Wednesday: at Miami, 6:10.

Colorado Rockies (times MDT):
Thursday: at San Francisco, 7:45.
Friday: at San Francisco, 8:15, FS1.
Saturday: at San Francisco, 2:05, FS1.
Sunday: at San Francisco, 2:05.
Monday: at San Diego, 8:10.
Tuesday: at San Diego, 7:10.

High school baseball: The Governors went 3-1 in their season-opening pair of doubleheaders in the Black Hills. At Sturgis Pierre won the opener, 2-0, as Grey Zabel threw five innings of shutout ball, allowing two hits and fanning 10. Matt Lusk came in to record the final six outs. In the nightcap the Govs lost to Sturgis, 5-4, as the winning run scored on a bases-loaded walk. Jack Van Camp was the starter, allowing only two hits and one run while striking out six in four innings on the mound. Against Douglas the Governors rolled to a 15-1 victory. Aaron Booth was winning pitcher, and Elliot Leif threw one inning in relief. Garrett Stout, Matt Lusk and Andrew Coverdale each had two hits. In the nightcap Pierre took down Douglas again, 20-0. Maguire Raske, Josh Rowse and Jacob Mayer combined to pitch a perfect game, allowing not a single Douglas baserunner. Coverdale had two hits and four RBIs, and River Iverson also had two hits. The Governors’ scheduled home games this Friday against O’Gorman were called off ahead of the winter storm, so the Govs will be idle until next week.


You can survive for weeks without eating, but you will live only 11 days without sleeping.


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


Thursday: pina colada.
Friday-Sunday: watermelon.
Monday-Tuesday: orange.
Wednesday-Thursday: coconut.


A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.

— Jonathan Swift


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

Friday, April 12:
Nathan Bishop, April (Thompson) Schroeder, Darby (Warne) Boyd, Austin Neilan, Amanda (Stewart) Shindle, Brandt Becker, Colton Carter, Mike Eaton, Frank Turner, Luke Nelson, Terry Nelson, Stacie Suedkamp, Brian Grunewaldt, McKenna Yach, Lee Fosheim, Trent Withers, Cheri Bartlett, David Volk, Meleta DeJong.
— 16th anniversary, Aaron/Laura Scheibe.

Saturday, April 13:
Tanner Pruess, Wynne (Nafus) Sayer, Maggie Brindza, Austin Van Houten, Derek Schiefelbein, Josh Hove, Clara Miller, Michala Huse, Brenna Mikkelsen, Emily (Bloomberg) Meier, Sarah (Adam) Axtman, Rita Linn, Sara (Sperry) Thomas, Raina Christenson, Carol Garry.
— 7th anniversary, Justin/Theresa (Frick) Jones.

Sunday, April 14:
Matt Bump, Mark Menning, Sadie (Fitzke) Goodman, Evan Zuercher, Carolyn Elwood, Lola Schreiber, Dee Lundeen.
— 7th anniversary, Eric/Niki (Cowan) Jaworski.
— 1st anniversary, Kai/Kayla Hanson.

Monday, April 15:
Brian Deal, Rachel (LeBeau) Hachem, Spencer Safe, Matt Christie, Kassi (Schuetzle) Wilson, Dusty Beringer, Shannon (Dykstra) Herbert, Kelly Gerber, Nevaeh Hight, Jason Wulf, RyLee Fischer, Jacob Wagner.

Tuesday, April 16:
Geoff Simon, Nina Jordre, Tyler Bonnett, Sherri Zeller, Brett Wheelhouse, Mia Feyereisen.
— 3rd anniversary, Kevin/Kaitlyn (Forman) Stiles.

Wednesday, April 17:
Pat Weeldreyer, Bernie Christenson, Nancy Woster, Adam Molseed, Anita (Shoup) Spitzer, Vinnie Olson, Brandon Tedford, Beckett Merriam, Aidan Stoeser, Ami Jo Welch, Ann (Schaack) Humphery, Ellen (Meyer) Walker.
— 8th anniversary, Nick/Mallori (Barnett) Johnson.
— 37th anniversary, Tim/Kara Brandlee.

Thursday, April 18:
Carly Myers, Harper Pool, Doug Jennewein, Darcy Unruh, Josia Fuerst, Lee Mortenson, Jackie Haggin, Scott Raue, Darrel Curtis, Blake Yackley, Nathaniel Gough;
— Anniversary, Reid/Tiffany Alt.


A politician is an acrobat. He keeps his balance by doing the opposite of what he says.

— Maurice Barres


South Dakota women’s basketball (Chloe Lamb, Ciara Duffy): In their first-round game of the NCAA Tournament, the Coyotes, chosen as an at-large team, led Clemson at halftime, 35-31, but lost by a 79-66 count. USD led by eight in the third quarter but went cold while Clemson went on a 15-2 run. Ciara was 3-of-6 (1-of-7 in threes) for seven points with four rebounds and one assist. Chloe went 2-of-9 (1-of-5 in threes) for six points with six rebounds and three assists. USD, which loses only Allison Arens to graduation, finished with a 28-6 record.

Tennessee women’s basketball (Caleb Currier): The Lady Vols were selected as an at-large team for the NCAA Tournament. Down by 17 points at one time, they led by three in the fourth quarter but lost in the first round to UCLA, 89-77. Tennessee finished with a 19-13 record.

South Dakota State men’s basketball: If it’s any consolation to the Jackrabbits, the Texas team that beat them in the first round of the NIT tournament went on to win the championship. Head coach T.J. Otzelberger then accepted the head coaching job at UNLV. Junior David Jenkins decided to reopen his recruitment availability and may leave SDSU to finish his final two years of basketball eligibility elsewhere. Freshman Ryan Kreuger is leaving. Incoming recruit Caleb Grille is also reopening his recruitment. Eric Henderson, who has been an assistant coach for three years, is the new head coach.

South Dakota State track (Rachel Propst, Riley Sears, Addison Eisenbeisz): At USD’s meet in Vermillion Addy won the high jump event at 1.70 meters. Riley placed seventh in the high jump at 11.96 meters. The Jackrabbits compete Friday and Saturday at the University of Minnesota Spring Open.

South Dakota State wrestling: Henry Pohlmeyer, SDSU’s only qualifier for the NCAA championships in Pittsburgh, went 0-2 there in the 149-pound class. He lost by pin to a Campbell wrestler in the second period and lost 3-1 to a George Mason wrestler. His final record was 20-15.

South Dakota women’s golf (Katie Bartlett): At the Fresno State Classic in California, the Coyotes placed 14th of 14 teams with a score of 937. Katie placed 77th with a scorecard of 82-82-80=245. At the Kansas City Intercollegiate, USD tied for fourth among 10 schools with a result of 302-309-306=917. Katie tied for 39th place at 78-84-78=240, 24-over-par. USD plays next at the Summit League championships in Newton, Kan., April 21-23.

Augustana women’s golf (Natalie Young): The Viking women placed fourth at the Jennie’s meet in Missouri March 25-26. Natalie tied for 44th at a 27-over 169. At the Wext Texas A&M meet played in Tucson, Ariz., this past weekend, Augustana was 13th of 17 teams with a scorecard of 318-319=637. Natalie tied for 43rd at 77-82=159. Next on the schedule, conditions permitting, is Augustana’s spring invitational in Sioux Falls this weekend. Don’t count on that one being played.

South Dakota Mines track (Erick Colman, Theron Singleton): At the BHSU Open, Theron placed 15th in the 5,000-meter run in 16:40.78. Erick was sixth in the shot put at 13.19 meters and tied for eighth in the discus at 35.75 meters. At Billings Erick placed eighth in the shot put at 13.61 meters. At Washington University’s meet in St. Louis Theron placed 79th in the 10K at 34:26.73. Last weekend in Boulder, Theron placed 88th in the 1500 meters in 4:39.40. Erick was 20th in the shot put at 41’11 1/4″, 34th in the discus at 112’5″ and 28th in the hammer throw at 130’10”. The Hardrockers are home for their Bauer Invitational this Saturday.

South Dakota track (Madason Tessier, Maddy McClure): At Wayne State’s meet Madason won the 100-meter hurdles in :15.01 and placed sixth in the 400 hurdles in 1:08.83. At USD’s home meet she was 12th in the 100 hurdles in :14.60 and 13th in the 400 hurdles in 1:08.46. The Coyotes go to the Sioux City Relays Saturday.

Black Hills State track (Allan McDonnell, Kelsey Van Den Hemel): At the BHSU Open Allan was fifth in the high jump at 1.91 meters and fifth in the triple jump at 13.00 meters. At Greeley, Colo., he won the high jump event at 6’8 3/4″ and was 14th in the long jump at 5.62 meters. Last weekend in Boulder she placed fifth in the high jump at 6’9″, acquiring a provisional national meet qualifying height. He was 11th in the triple jump at 42’4 1/4″. The Yellowjackets go to the Bauer Invitational at Mines this Saturday. Allan, who is the grandson of Roger and Vicki Hanson of Pierre, was named Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference field athlete of the week.

South Dakota State women’s basketball (Sydney Palmer): In the first round of the NCAA Tournament, playing in Syracuse, N.Y., the Jacks defeated Quinnipiac, 76-65. Sydney had three rebounds in six minutes of action. Against Syracuse on its home court in the Carrier Dome, SDSU won by 75-64. In five minutes Sydney made a three-point shot for three points with one rebound. Advancing to the Sweet 16 at Portland, Ore., the Jacks lost to Oregon, 63-53. Sydney saw action for seven minutes. That Oregon team then defeated No. 1 seed Mississippi State to advance to the Final Four. Macy Miller ended her SDSU career with 2,355 points, and the Jacks ended the season at 28-7.

Augustana baseball (Peyton Zabel): The Vikings went 2-0 against Minnesota-Duluth, went 3-1 vs. Mary, split a pair with Northern, took two from St. Cloud State, swept a pair from Southwest Minnesota State, and went 2-2 vs. Minot State. Peyton did not play in any of these games. Augustana stood at 22-9 going into a doubleheader against Minnesota-Crookston yesterday. The Vikings go to Concordia-St. Paul for two games Saturday and another Sunday.

Northern baseball (Spencer Sarringar): Through last weekend’s play the Wolves stood at 12-14 overall and 7-8 in the NSIC. In a 7-6 win over Sioux Falls, Spencer was 1-for-2 with one run scored and a stolen base. In a 7-3 loss to USF he was 0-for-1 as a pinch-hitter. In a 4-3 loss to Upper Iowa Spencer was 1-for-4, scored once and stole a base. In a 14-6 win over Upper Iowa he was 0-for-1 as a pinch-hitter. In a 6-5 win over Augustana he didn’t have an official at-bat while entering the game as a substitute at catcher. In a 13-3 loss to Augustana he was 1-for-3 and scored once. Spencer was 0-for-1 as a pinch-hitter in a 5-2 loss to Wayne State. In a 14-8 loss to Wayne he was 0-for-4 but scored twice, walked once and stole a base. He went 0-for-3 in a 3-2 loss to Wayne. In a 2-0 win over Concordia-St. Paul he caught but did not have an official at-bat. Northern, scheduled to play Minnesota State twice yesterday, goes to Minot State for three games this weekend, then to Minnesota-Duluth for two on Tuesday.

South Dakota State baseball (Landon Badger, Quinn Reimers): The Jackrabbits stand at 14-13 for the season and 7-5 in the Summit League, heading into a scheduled three-game weekend series against North Dakota State, field conditions permitting. SDSU is set to play at Minnesota next Tuesday. In the nine games since our last Midweek Update, Landon went 0-for-4 in a 1-0 loss to Oral Roberts, 0-for-2 and walked twice in a 2-1 win over Oral Roberts, 0-for-3 in a 9-8 win over Oral Roberts and the same in a 5-4 win over Purdue-Fort Wayne. In a 12-2 seven-inning wn over PFW, Landon had a 3-for-3 game, walking once, scoring twice and driving home three runs on a two-run double and a one-run single. He also went 3-for-3 in an 8-0 win over PFW, walking twice, scoring twice and driving in two runs with a triple. In a 12-10 loss to Omaha in which SDSU blew a 9-1 lead, Landon went 1-for-4 and scored once. He did the same in a 9-4 loss to Omaha. In an 11-7 loss to Omaha he was 1-for-4, scored once and drove in a run with a sixth-inning single.

Northern Michigan women’s golf (Karissa Guthrie): The Wildcat women placed fourth of 19 teams at the NC4K Classic played at Blacklick, Ohio, over the weekend. Karissa tied for 24th place with a scorecard showing 83-76=159. The NMU women play Saturday and Sunday at the Walsh Invitational in Canton, Ohio.

Minnesota baseball (Nolan Burchill): The Gophers swept three from Penn State, defeated Augsburg 9-3, went 2-1 against Nebraska, were 1-2 vs. Michigan and got a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth Tuesday to escape North Dakota State, 4-3. In an 8-6 win over Penn State, Nolan pitched 2 2/3 innings, striking out three, sllowing three hits and three earned runs and walking one. He got three men to fly out and two to ground out. In the Augsburg game he faced two batters in a third of an inning, allowing one hit but persuading the final batter to ground out to end the game. In a 10-1 loss to Nebraska, Nolan pitching an inning, striking out one, walking one and allowing three hits and two earned runs. In a 5-3 loss to Michigan, Nolan threw 1 1/3 innings, allowing one hit, fanning one batter, getting two to fly out and one to ground out. In an 8-0 loss to Michigan he pitched an inning, facing four batters—one hit, one earned run, one strikeout, one ground out. Minnesota, now 13-16 overall and 6-3 in the Big 10, plays three at Illinois this weekend, then hosts South Dakota State next Tuesday.


“Morning is God’s way of whispering one more time, make a difference, touch a heart, encourage a mind, inspire a soul, enjoy the day.”

— SpeakLife


  • The NFL in its wisdom has decided the Super Bowl champions don’t get to open the season with a banner-raising home game on the first Thursday night of the season this September. Instead, it will be another Chicago-Green Bay match-up that night. The champion Patriots’ home opener will instead be the first Sunday night game (when TV viewership will be higher anyway). Their opponent will be announced when the NFL schedule is revealed, probably next week.
  • There were Facebook photos of several local people at the Final Four in Minneapolis. I don’t know how you people secure tickets to such an event, but good for you! You saw three tremendous games up there. So next year the men’s NCAA Tournament will have first- and second-round games at these eight sites—Albany, Spokane, St. Louis, Tampa, Cleveland, Greensboro, Omaha and Sacramento. Those games will be March 19 and 21 or 20 and 22. The four regionals on March 26 and 28 or 27 and 29 will be in New York (Madison Square Garden), Indianapolis, Houston and Los Angeles (Staples Center). The Final Four will be in Atlanta April 4 and 6.
  • School in Pierre was called off for both Wednesday and Thursday. Some of us whose kids went all through the Pierre school system marvel at how the philosophy regarding school closing has changed. Safety first, finally! Just stay home!


Kennedy Elementary School kindergarten student Sadie White Twin died two weeks ago when she fell from the top of Falling Rock west of Rapid City. In that area the cliff stands several hundred feet above Rapid Creek.

Norma (Flannery) Schuh, 76, Elk Point, formerly of Onida, died at Mercy Hospital in Sioux City on March 20. The daughter of Walter and Grace Flannery graduated from Riggs High School in 1960. She married Larry Schuh in 1963, and they moved to Onida in 1970 and raised their family there. After Larry suffered an aneurysm, they moved to Elk Point in 2001 to be closer to son Mike. Larry died in 2009. Norma is survived by son Mike Schuh and his wife Mary of Elk Point, son David Schuh and his wife Marcy of Plymouth, Minn., daughter Janet Fulk and her husband Duane of Vermillion; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services were held March 23 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Elk Point.

Riggs High alumnus Brandon Lowery of Georgia Morse Middle School has been named Region 6 Assistant Principal of the Year.

Our sympathy to Brenda and Kevin Goeden, their daughters and all their family. Brenda’s father, Earl W. Peterson Jr., 88, died April 6 at Diamond Care Center in Bridgewater. A memorial service was held Wednesday at Kinzley Funeral Home in Salem. Mr. Peterson grew up at Irene. He married Alice Sorensen in 1950 and later married Marn Garry in 1985. He owned a bowling alley at Salem for 17 years, then served as manager of McCook Country Club there. He is survived by his wife Marn of Salem; his children, Cheryl of Yankton, Jeanine of Colorado Springs, Brenda Goeden of Pierre, Jerry of Yankton, Todd of Sioux Falls, Kim of Salem, Jeff of Dell Rapids, and Lisa of Salem; 17 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, and a brother, Gaylord of Canon City, Colo.

When he was five months old, a baby boy was placed in the foster care of James and Hilary (Woodburn) Hunt. Now, the boy is 18 months old, and he is officially their son. The Hunts, who live in Stillwater, Okla., where James is campus pastor at the Wesley Foundation at Oklahoma State University, adopted Marshall James Hunt April 5. He joins Margot, 6, and Bauer, 3, in the Hunt family.

The candidates from prom king at Stanley County High this weekend are Jayden Face, Brady Hoftiezer, Austin Hand and Will Spangenberg. The queen candidates are Samantha Longbrake, Ally McQuistion, Courtney Brown and Emma Cowan.

Paul Bergeson, 83, Blunt, died March 26. Services were held April 1 at Calvary Baptist Church in Blunt. He attended Stanley County schools through the eighth grade and attended high school in Pierre. He served in the U.S. Air Force from which he was medically discharged. He married Shirley Hillmer in 1956. They lived in Pierre except for 10 years in Seeley Lake, Mont., from 1978 to 1988. Paul worked as a trucker. He is survived by three sons, Corky Bergeson of Pierre, Monie Bergeson of Seeley Lake and Cliff Bergeson of Seeley Lake; two daughters, Linda Richards and Lorie Wendel, both of Seeley Lake; 15 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a brother, Bert Bergeson, and two sisters, Emilia Lumbard and Martha Goosen.

Weather permitting, a concert celebrating the 60th anniversary of St. Joseph School will be held tonight (Thursday) at 7 p.m. at the Riggs theater. Performing will be guitarist Tony Melendez from Branson, Mo. He was born without legs in Nicaragua and has been touring 31 years offering the world the gift of hope. The community is welcome. The cost of admission will be a free-will offering.

Former Pierre student Maddie Sutton, daughter of Bob and Lori Sutton of Sioux Falls, was named Greek Scholar of the Year at the University of Minnesota.

Jackie Hoftiezer, 58, died April 8. A memorial celebration of her life is planned for 10:30 a.m. next Friday, April 19, at Feigum Funeral Home, preceded by coffee fellowship there at 9:30.

Ron Klucas, 68, died March 23 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. An informal memorial service of sharing will be held May 11 from 1 to 6 p.m. at the American Legion cabin. Ron was a U.S. Navy veteran who served in the South Pacific during the Vietnam War. After his military service he earned wildlife and biology degrees at SDSU and married the former Lyn Stahl. Ron retired at age 60 after more than 33 years with the railroad. He is survived by his wife, Lyn Klucas of PIerre; son Chris Klucas and his wife Hallie of Rapid CIty; daughter Allison Klucas of Pierre; six grandchildren; sister Pat Schulz of Watertown, and brother Jim Klucas of Del Rio, Texas.

The 31st annual AAUW used book sale will be held at the Northridge Plaza mall from 10 to 6 Saturday and from noon to 3 Sunday. Early-birds can get in to the sale between 5:30 and 7:30 Friday evening for $5 per person. The proceeds of the annual sale help fund scholarships given by the local chapter of the American Association of University Women.

John Burchill has been named for induction into the South Dakota Softball Association’s Hall of Fame.

Stanley County High alumnus Herman Fennell, who will graduate in May from SDSU with a degree in sports management, was slated to be an intern this summer with the Pierre Trappers baseball club. Now he has been promoted to the position of director of game-day operations.

Justin Mennenger was named Firefighter of the Year by the Onida Fire Department.

Gary Derzab, 67, Pierre, died March 18 at Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls. Services took place March 29 at the Isburg Funeral Chapel. A native of Aberdeen, he and his family came to Pierre in 1992. He worked for 26 years as a pawn broker at Outdoors Unlimited. He is survived by sons David Derzab and John Derzab, daughter Sonja Holman, stepson Joshua Gilbert, and sons Casey Derzab and Sean Derzab.

The annual Hayes play will be performed at the Hayes Hall at 7 p.m. this Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The admission cost is $5. This year’s play is “Whining ‘n’ Dining at the Snack ‘n’ Yack.”

The last Post 8 baseball all-you-can-eat pancake/sausage breakfast will be served from 7 to 11 a.m. this Saturday at the Legion cabin.

Kayla (Pochop) Riswold was matched into a dermatology residency at Geisinger Health in Danville, Pa. She and her husband, Aaron, will be in Sioux Falls one more year then go to Pennsylvania for Kayla’s three years of dermatology training.

Joan Adam and Cari Leidholt were the only candidates to turn in petitions to run for the Pierre school board. The two current board members are thus unopposed for new terms beginning this summer.

Pam Templeton, 68, Pierre, died March 22. A celebration of her life is planned for 10 a.m. this Saturday, April 13, at the Congregational United Church of Christ in Pierre. The former Pamela Melstad grew up in Pierre and attended Riggs High School and SDSU. She spent her career working for the state, retiring in 2011. She also worked part-time at Rawlins Library. She was married to Roger Templeton. Pam is survived by her daughter, Joci Templeton of Rapid City; stepsons Leejay Templeton of Pierre and Jamie Templeton of Sioux Falls; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; a brother, Jim Melstad of Helena, Mont., and a sister, Karen Menke of Eagan, Minn.

Laurie Johnson recently became engaged to Cody Tibbs. They live in Austin, Texas, where Laurie is a registered nurse at Seton Medical Center.

Vona Johnson and Blake Barringer are seeking new terms on the Pierre City Commission, and since no other potential candidates filed petitions, they are unopposed for new terms beginning this spring. Vona has been completing the term of now-mayor Stee Harding since July 2017, and Blake was elected in June 2016.

Rachel Propst served as the SDSU College of Pharmacy’s chapter delegate to the American Pharmacists Association’s annual conference in Seattle.

The South Dakota Retailers Association named Riggs High teacher LaKisha Jordan as its 2019 ProStart State Educator of Excellence for outstanding achievement in high school culinary and restaurant management education in South Dakota.

A celebration of the life of Susan Mollison was held at Drifters in Fort Pierre April 6. she passed away at the age of 72 on March 31. A native of Mitchell, Susan graduated from Notre Dame High School and Loretto Heights College in Denver. After moving to Pierre, she was a fourth-grade teacher, then worked for the Department of Public Safety and the Card & Candy Shop. She and Jim Mollison were married in 1982. Susan is survived by her husband, Jim Mollison of Pierre; stepchildren Deborah Davis, Sue and Dean Goebel and John and Sue Mollison; a brother, John Tessier; a sister, Chrstine Buche; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

The Riggs High spring play, “The Love of Three Oranges,” will be performed at 7 p.m. next week on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at the Riggs theater (April 8, 9, 11). Admission prices are $5 for adults and $3 for students, and activity tickets will be honored.

Matt Bump recently became engaged to Jenna Baltzer, a graduate student at Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling. Matt works in digital media/graphic design at Pepper Entertainment in Sioux Falls.

Lowell and Karen Somsen and Vern and Jeanne Olson of Pierre were aboard the Viking Sky cruise ship that lost power and became caught in a violent storm in the ocean off the Norway coast. More than 600 Americans were aboard the ship. The Pierre couples were among the first to be rescued by helicopter. (News courtesy of Dakota Radio Group’s “My Daily News.”)

The annual Kiwanis Club movie will be shown at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. this Saturday at the State 1-2-3 Theater. The cost of admission is $3. This year’s movie is “Small Foot.” The Kiwanis club uses the proceeds to help fund scholarships and youth projects and activities in the communities.

At the Pierre Swim Team’s end-of-year awards event, Caleb Huizenga was named Male Swimmer of the Year, and Ella Ward-Zeller was named Female Swimmer of the Year. The Coach’s Choice Award went to Jonas Olson. The swim team will lose seven members to graduation this year. Huizenga plans to major in civil engineering at SDSU and go out for the swim team there. Dmitri Mutchelknaus will head to basic training for the Air National Guard. Layne Uecker plans to major in education at Augustana or Northern. Adam Schochenmaier plans to enter the National Guard and study aviation mechanics at Lake Area Tech. Annabelle Simpson is going to SDSU for pharmacy. Marlee Dravland plans to attend SDSU. Cayden Barry plans to join the U.S. Navy with a goal of becoming a Navy Seal.

Russell Nash, 83, died March 21. A celebration of his life was held March 30 at First United Methodist Church. He graduated from Murdo High School in 1954 and attended Dakota Wesleyan University from 1954 to 1956. Russell worked in the Department of Transportation’s materials and surfacing department’s testing division from 1956 to 1996 except for serving in the U.S. Army from 1959 to 1961. He married the former Arlene Abbott in 1954. Russell served his church in many capacities, was a founding board member of Pierre Players and was the first president of Short Grass Arts Council. Russell served as assistant manager of the State, Grand, Studio 109 and Sioux Drive-In theaters from 1961 to 1978 and was a volunteer at the Countryside Hospice thrift store from 1996 to 2012. He is survived by his niece, Kelcy Nash, and his nephew, Adam Nash and family.

Riggs High graduate Dan Johnson was married to Lacy Vannorsdel in Costa Rica on March 19. They live in Fort Collins, Colo., where Dan has his own business, Dan’s Foothills Home Inspections.

Chris Markley recently became engaged to Casey Bonner. He proposed while they were in Arizona and did so at the Picacho Peak State Park near Tucson.

Brad and Kayla Wire of Billings, Mont., are the parents of a daughter, Thielynn Blair Wire, who was born March 10. She weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces, and measured 20 1/4 inches. She joins a sister, Paycee, in their family.

Daniel Runyan, 73, died at home near Rapid City March 19. A native of Alabama, he came to South Dakota as a member of the U.S. Air Force. Services were held March 22 at First United Methodist Church in Rapid City. Mr. Runyan is survived by his wife, Deanna; his daughter, Teresa Affeldt; his son, Jeff Runyan and his wife Taya (Dockter) of Pierre, and five grandchildren.

Tickets can now be reserved at 224-7826 for Pierre Players’ “Born Yesterday.” The play will be performed at Grand Opera House Friday and Saturday nights, April 26-27; Sunday afternoon, April 28, and the evenings of May 2-3-4. Michael Pangburn is directing the show with Kristin Gabriel as assistant director. The cast includes Jennifer Kanz, Dick Smith, Rex Craven, Randy Hilding, Seth LaBounty, LeeAnn Smith, David Guild, Del Bartels, Valene LaBounty, Phil Sheffield, Liz DeTample and Jack King.

Helen (Reynolds) Trumble, 88, Sioux Falls, formerly of Onida, died under hospice care at Good Samaritan Village in Sioux Falls March 20. Services were held in Sioux Falls March 25 and Onida March 29. The second of four children of Garrett and Adeline Reynolds, Helen graduated from Onida High School in 1947. She went to Huron College for teacher training and taught in Sully County rural schools. She married David Trumble in 1949. Helenm was an active farm homemaker and served in 4-H, Extension and the Presbyterian church. Helen and David lived for many years on their farm in western Sully County. They moved to Dow Rummel Village in 2013. David passed away in 2016. Helen moved to memory care assisted living at Prairie Creek in 2018. She is survived by her sister, Mary McGee of Sioux Falls; her brother, George Reynolds of Bartlesville, Okla.; two sisters-in-law, Elaine Sargent of Pierre and Donna Reynolds of Vermillion; her son, Charles Trumble of Rapid City; her daughters, Jane Husman of Aberdeen and Ann Smith of Sioux Falls; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Among those who preceded her in death were her husband, sons John Mark and David Earl, and brother Art Reynolds.

Doris Myers, 81, formerly of Pierre, died April 2 at CHI St. Francis nursing home in Breckenridge, Minn. Services were held yesterday at Feigum Funeral Home in Pierre. The former Doris Harrowa graduated from Riggs High School and married Merlyn (Bub) Myers in 1954. They were together for more than 60 years. Doris spent her career with the state Bureau of Administration and the Department of Transportation , retiring after 36 years of service. She was prominent in the sport of bowling and was known for taking veterans to Fort Meade for medical appointments. She is survived by her husband in Breckenridge; their daughter, Marles Wieczorek across the river in Wahpeton, N.D.; one granddaughter, two great-grandchildren, and a brother, Jack Harrowa in Nevada.

Roxanne (Roxi) Miller, 68, Vermillion, died at home April 4 after a long battle with cancer. The former Roxi Angle grew up in Pierre and graduated from Riggs High School. She entered the banking industry as a teller. In 1983 she moved her family to Vermillion where she became a loan officer at Community First Bank. She completed a 36-year banking career. Roxi also attended USD for a degree in political science. She worked for six years in the political science department at USD, advising students and writing grants. She also worked for Sanford Research, promoting Native American health care and research. She retired in 2016. Among her survivors are her husband Tom of Vermillion; sons Casey in Vermillion, Chad in Wall Lake, Iowa, and Bart in Bennington, Neb.; stepdaughters Brooke and Callie Doohan; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services were held April 5 at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Vermillion.

Andy Schultz, a 2003 graduate of Riggs High School, died at home of natural causes April 7. Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday) at Isburg Funeral Chapel with a prayer service there at 7. A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. Friday at Faith Lutheran Church. After high school Andy attended SDSU for a year before returning home to become manager of the Burger King restaurant. He is survived by his parents, Brad and Laurie Schultz of Pierre; his sister, Elizabeth Schultz of Fargo; his grandmothers and other relatives.


“Being approved and liked by everyone is a pipe dream. Therefore, I say own your life. Invest in yourself. Become who only you know you are meant to be. Step off the approval-seeking mound and stop apologizing for it. There is an army of lovers besides you, dropping their gloves in the dirt and doing the same thing. You are beautiful, you are intended, and you are loved.”

— Julianna Zobrist


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