Vol. 20, No. 3; Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018

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This week’s schedules:
Football: Friday, home vs. Huron, 7 p.m.
Cross country: Saturday, at Huron invitational, 9 a.m.
Cheer/dance: Saturday, at Brookings invitational, 11 a.m.; Tuesday, at Huron invitational, 5 p.m.
Volleyball: Thursday, at Harrisburg, 7 p.m.; Saturday, home vs. Douglas, 2 p.m.
Boys soccer: Saturday, at Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 2 p.m.
Girls soccer: Saturday, at Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 4 p.m.
Girls tennis: Saturday, at Aberdeen invitational, 9 a.m.
Boys golf: Friday, at Mitchell invitational, 10 a.m.; Tuesday, at Watertown invitational, 10 a.m.

Cross country: At Aberdeen’s invitational the Pierre girls placed second with a 54 score and the boys fourth with a 98 score. In the girls’ race Jessica Lutmer was seventh, Kyla Keyes eighth and Hannah Martell ninth.

Competitive cheer/dance: At Yankton’s meet the Pierre cheer team placed 14th. The dance team was ninth overall, placing eighth in jazz, sixth in hip hop and ninth in pom.

Volleyball: The Lady Govs swept Sturgis 3-0 on game scores of 25-9, 25-18 and 25-9. Emry Heiss had eight kills, Raegan Wiebe five kills. Kodi Severyn four service aces and four kills and Halle Gronlund four kills. Pierre lost to Aberdeen 3-1 on game scores of 25-16, 12-25, 23-25 and 9-25. Heiss had nine kills, Severyn 15 digs and Abby Kitts 17 digs. Pierre now stands at 3-3.

Boys golf: Pierre placed 15th at Yankton’s invitational with a 93-over-par 381 team score. Carter Karst tied for 50th with a 19-over 91. Other scores: Thomas Kropp 93, Grady Klundt 98, Sawyer Lee 99, Tyler Swenson 103, Zain Baus 109. At the Brookings meet the Govs were 16th with a 80-over 358. Sawyer had the best score, tying for 73rd with a 15-over 87. Other scores: Klundt 88, Kropp 89, Baus 94, Karst 97.

Girls tennis: At Huron Saturday Pierre lost to Huron, 5-4. Rose Gunderson, Gracie Zeeb and Marlee Shorter won their singles matches, and the Kara Weiss/Sydney Tedrow doubles tandem won their match. Pierre lost to Watertown, 9-0, and lost to Brookings, 8-1. In the latter dual the Gracie Zeeb/Marlee Shorter doubles team earned Pierre’s point.

Girls soccer: Two more wins and two more shutouts! The Lady Govs waxed Huron, 10-0, Saturday as everybody but the coach scored a goal. Alexis Campea and Paige Isburg had two scores each while Avery Davis, Emily Mikkelsen, Janaina Zanin, Jenna Gehring, Kaiser Pokorny and Mack Rath scored once apiece. On Tuesday Pierre took down Mitchell, 5-0, as Abbi Foster and Mikkelsen scored twice each and Zanin once. Pierre stands now at 7-1-1.

Boys soccer: The Governors lost to Huron, 4-1, as Paul Heth scored the Pierre goal. Pierre won over Mitchell Tuesday, 3-1, as Ethan Campea, Turner Starr and Cole Peterson scored a goal each. Cam Ahartz made five saves in the net. The Govs stand now at 2-6-1.

Football: The Governors may have worked up a sweat, but it was not from the pressure of a close game. In a 69-7 win at Douglas, Gage Gehring scored three times, Zane Schuhard had a TD reception, Cobey Carr scored once, Josh Rounds had two TDs, Carston Miller scored one and Lee Snyder ran the second-half kickoff back 92 yards for a score. Douglas was scoreless until the final two seconds of the game.

Class 11AA football:
Last week’s games—
Brookings 51, Spearfish 0
Huron 14, Harrisburg 0
Pierre 69, Douglas 7
Yankton 42, Mitchell 21
Rapid City Central 54, Sturgis 27
This week’s games—
MITCHELL (1-2) at Sioux Falls Washington
HURON (3-0) at PIERRE (2-1)
BROOKINGS (2-1) at Watertown
St. Thomas More at STURGIS (1-2)
SPEARFISH (0-3) at Belle Fourche
Sioux Falls Roosevelt at YANKTON (1-2)


This week’s schedules:
Football: Friday, at Mobridge-Pollock, 7 p.m.
Cross country: Saturday, at Big Dakota Conference meet, Chamberlain, 2:30 p.m.
Volleyball: Thursday, home vs. Jones County, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, home tournament, 10 a.m.

Class 11B, Region 4 football:
Last week’s games—
Stanley County 43, Custer 21
Lead-Deadwood 62, Little Wound 14
Pine Ridge 38, Bennett County 8
Crow Creek 66, Standing Rock, N.D. 14
Winner and Red Cloud, both idle
This week’s games—
STANLEY COUNTY (2-2) at Mobridge-Pollock
Hot Springs at CUSTER (3-1)
St. Francis at RED CLOUD (2-1)
WINNER (2-1) at Valentine
Gordon-Rushville at BENNETT COUNTY (1-3)

Volleyball: The Lady Buffs lost to Philip, 3-0, on game scores of 18-25, 15-25 and 20-25.


This week’s schedules:
Football: Friday, home vs. Warner, 7 p.m.
Volleyball: Thursday, home vs. Lyman, 6:30 p.m.; Monday, home vs. Timber Lake, 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday, at Eureka-Bowdle (in Bowdle), 6:30 p.m.
Cross country: Saturday, at Gettysburg invitational, 10 a.m.; Wednesday, at Faulkton invitational, 1 p.m.

Football: The Chargers continued to roll in Tulare with a 56-14 win over Hitchcock-Tulare. Morris Hofer went 72 yards for a score, Nick Wittler ran in a touchdown, Wittler passed to Hofer for a 40-yard TD play, Wittler connected with Grant Johnson on a 92-yard TD play, and Wittler passed to Hofer for another score, and that all made it 44-0 after Hofer went 68 yards for a TD on the ground. It was 44-8 at halftime. Wittler passed to Garrett Petersen for a TD from four yards out. Late in the game Jordan Schall’s 27-yard TD scamper ended the scoring. Wittler completed nine of 10 passes for 246 yards and three touchdowns.

Class 9B, Region 1 football:
Last week’s games—
Sully Buttes 56, Hitchcock-Tulare 14
Faulkton Area 40, Ipswich/Edmunds Central 8
North Border 60, Northwestern 20
Sunshine Bible 46, Lower Brule 12
Warner 48, Langford Area 8
Wolsey-Wessington 63, Iroquois 0
This week’s games—
Warner at SULLY BUTTES (3-0)
LANGFORD AREA (2-2) at North Border

Volleyball: The Charger girls swept through their pool at the Philip invitational without losing a game. SBHS topped Harding County, 3-0; Jones County, 2-0, and White River, 2-0. In the championship game the Chargers lost to Kadoka, 2-0. On Tuesday the girls defeated Edmunds Central, 3-1, on game scores of 22-25, 26-24, 25-22 and 25-17. The Sully Buttes record is now 6-5.


Sept. 29: Tyler Arbach/Rachel Hartmann.
Oct. 6: Rodd Bauck/Megan Vockrodt.
Oct. 6: Cale Pell/Sarah Lihs.
Aug. 31: Devin Maki/Karlie Warne.


Minnesota Twins:
Thursday: at Kansas City, 7:15, FSN.
Friday: at Kansas City, 7:15, FSN.
Saturday: at Kansas City, 6:15, FS1.
Sunday: at Kansas City, 1:15, FSN.
Monday: at Detroit, 6:10, FSN.
Tuesday: at Detroit, 6:10, FSN.
Wednesday: at Detroit, 12:10, FSN.

Chicago Cubs:
Thursday: at Washington, 3:05.
Friday: Cincinnati, 1:20, MLBN.
Saturday: Cincinnati, 3:05.
Sunday: Cincinnati, 1:20.
Monday: at Arizona, 8:40.
Tuesday: at Arizona, 8:40.
Wednesday: at Arizona, 8:40.

Colorado Rockies:
Thursday: Arizona, 1:10, Facebook Watch.
Friday: at San Francisco, 8:15.
Saturday: at San Francisco, 7:05.
Sunday: at San Francisco, 2:05.
Monday: at Los Angeles Dodgers, 8:10.
Tuesday: at Los Angeles Dodgers, 8:10, MLBN.
Wednesday: at Los Angeles Dodgers, 8:10, ESPN.


Minnesota United FC: The Loons were idle last week. They were home last night vs. D.C. United and again Saturday vs. Real Salt Lake.


Minnesota Vikings: The season opener at home resulted in a 24-16 win over San Francisco. The Vikings play at Green Bay at noon Sunday on Fox.

Denver Broncos: The Broncos won their season opener at home over Seattle, 27-24. Denver is home again Sunday at 3:25 CDT against Oakland on CBS.

Midco Sports Network live games this week:
Thursday: Minnesota-Duluth at St. Cloud State, 6 p.m.
Friday: Fargo South at Fargo North, 6 p.m.
Saturday: Arkansas-Pine Bluff at SDSU, 6 p.m.
Saturday: Southwest Minnesota State at USF, 6 p.m. (MSN2).

NFL live games on local TV this week:
Thursday: Baltimore vs. Cincinnati, 7:20 p.m., NFLN.
Sunday: Minnesota vs. Green Bay, noon, Fox.
Sunday: Kansas City vs. Pittsburgh, noon, CBS.
Sunday: Oakland vs. Denver, 3:25 p.m., CBS.
Sunday: New York Giants vs. Dallas, 7:20 p.m., NBC.
Monday: Seattle vs. Chicago, 7:15 p.m., ESPN.


Minnesota Wild: The preseason has arrived, and the Wild will play at Winnipeg at 7 p.m. Monday and in Des Moines against St. Louis next Wednesday at 7.

Sioux Falls Stampede: The Herd begins preseason play on the road at Tri-City (Kearney) Friday, Omaha Saturday and Sioux City next Wednesday.

Gillette Wild (Coleman Varty): This is Coleman’s second season with the Wild in the NA3HL. Gillette’s season opens on the road Friday and Saturday at Helena.


Directions: Make a box of 16 squares, four across and four down. Number the boxes in the top row 1, 2, 3 and 4 from left to right. Number the left-hand box in the second row 5, the left-hand box in the third row 6 and the left-hand box in the bottom row 7.

1 across: To follow the crowd is to go with the —-.
1 down: Action of a bird’s wings.
2 down: Short for “limousine.”
3 down: A sign of impending good or evil.
4 down: To go slowly in a specified direction.
5 across: Flavor of Zesto sherbet for Pierre’s homecoming day.
6 across: Exclamation at the end of a hymn.
7 across: Small body of water; or where Europe is, across the —-.

Solution to the puzzle at the bottom of this Update.


PGA Champions Tour: The tour had an open date last weekend. The golfers resume in Grand Blanc, Mich., Friday through Sunday for the Ally Challenge. Starting Monday many of them will be in Sioux Falls for a full week of activities concluding with the first Sanford International tournament next Friday through Sunday.


1 day: Riggs High homecoming day (Sept. 14).
1 day: Riggs High Class of ’68 reunion (Sept. 14).
1 day: Dakota Western Heritage Festival (Sept. 14-16).
2 days: ‘M’ Day at School of Mines (Sept. 15).
4 days: Emmy awards, NBC-TV (Sept. 17).
7 days: South Dakota Festival of Books, Brookings/Sioux Falls (Sept. 20-23).
8 days: PGA Champions Tour’s Sanford International tournament, Sioux Falls (Sept. 21-23).
8 days: Pierre Players’ “The Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church” (Sept. 21-23, 27-29).
9 days: Homecoming at UND (Sept. 22).
9 days: Homecoming at NDSU (Sept. 22).
11 days: Sully Buttes High homecoming coronation (Sept. 24).
12 days: Stanley County High homecoming coronation (Sept. 25).
15 days: Stanley County High homecoming day (Sept. 28).
15 days: Sully Buttes High homecoming day (Sept. 28).
15 days: Custer State Park buffalo roundup (Sept. 28).
16 days: Gypsy Day at Northern (Sept. 29).
16 days: Swarm Day at Black Hills State (Sept. 29).
16 days: Cougar Day at USF (Sept. 29).
16 days: Trojan Day at Dakota State (Sept. 29).
16 days: Riggs High band at River City Band Festival, Chamberlain (Sept. 29).
16 days: Homecoming at Nebraska (Sept. 29).
17 days: Crazy Horse volksmarch (Sept. 30).
17 days: Grand opening of the Helmsley Center (Sept. 30).
18 days: State boys golf tournaments, ‘AA’ Brookings, ‘A’ Dell Rapids (Oct. 1-2).
19 days: Baseball playoffs begin (Oct. 2).
21 days: State girls tennis tournaments, Rapid City (Oct. 4-6).
21 days: Minnesota Wild season opener (Oct. 4).
23 days: Dakota Day at USD (Oct. 6).
23 days: Halo Day at Presentation (Oct. 6).
26 days: Riggs High fall play, “Much Ado About Murder” (Oct. 9, 11-12).
30 days: Blue & White Day at DWU (Oct. 13).
30 days: Hobo Day at SDSU (Oct. 13).
32 days: U.S. Marine Band concert, Riggs High (Oct. 15).
33 days: Riggs High fall choir concert and art show (Oct. 16).
34 days: Minnesota Timberwolves season opener (Oct. 17).
36 days: State competitive cheer/dance tournament, Brandon (Oct. 19-20).
37 days: Viking Day at Augustana (Oct. 20).
37 days: Rapid City Rush home opener (Oct. 20).
37 days: State cross country meet, Siioux Falls (Oct. 20).
39 days: Voter registration deadline for Nov. 6 general election (Oct. 22).
39 days: Georgia Morse Middle School band/chorus concert and art show (Oct. 22).


South Dakota Mines cross country (Theron Singleton): The Hardrocker men placed first and the women second at Chadron State’s meet Saturday. In the men’s race Theron placed 15th in a time of 29:01.32. Mines runs next Sept. 21 at BHSU’s meet in Spearfish.

South Dakota State cross country (Rachel Propst): Idle last week, the Jackrabbit runners go to the Woody Greeno Invitational at Lincoln Saturday.

Black Hills State cross country (Kelsey Van Den Hemel): The Yellowjackets were idle last week. Their next meet will be at home in the McSpadden Memorial event Sept. 21.

South Dakota cross country (Caleb Lusk, Maddy McClure): The Coyotes were idle last week. They resume competition at Nebraska’s Woody Greeno Invitational Saturday in Lincoln.

North Dakota football: The Fighting Hawks were no match for Washington in Seattle, losing 45-3. Now 1-1, UND takes another long trip this week, playing at Sam Houston State at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Northern football (Alex Gray, Colten Drageset, Joe King, Jacob Howard): The Wolves whipped Minot State, 42-16, as Hunter Trautman threw four touchdown passes, completing 16 of 21 passes for 288 yards. Chaka Kelly carried 17 times for 114 yards and two TDs. Alex was credited with six solo tackles and one pass breakup. NSU plays at MSU-Moorhead at 3 p.m. Saturday.

University of Sioux Falls football: A third-quarter safety was the difference as USF lost to Winona State, 16-15. Now 1-1, USF is home vs. Southwest Minnesota State at 6 p.m. Saturday on MSN2.

South Dakota football: The Coyotes pulled away from a 14-14 tie to take out Northern Colorado, 43-28. Now 1-1, USD plays at Weber State in Ogden, Utah, at 7 p.m. CDT Saturday. The game can be seen on MyUTV in eastern South Dakota and on the CW channel in the Black Hills.

Augustana football (Peyton Zabel): The Vikings scored a touchdown on the final play of the game, but they missed the two-point conversion that would have tied the score as Minnesota State escaped, 38-36. Now 1-1, Augie goes to Wayne State at 6 p.m. Saturday.

North Dakota State football: Idle last week, the Bison (1-0) host North Alabama at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Presentation football (Michael Lyons): The Saints dominated Crown College (Minn.), 42-14. Now 1-2, PC is idle until a game at Dakota State Sept. 22.

Black Hills State football (Shawn Schnabel): The Yellowjackets fell to 0-2 with a 42-20 loss to Colorado Mines. BHSU goes to Adams State in Alamosa, Colo., at 1 p.m Saturday.

Dakota Wesleyan football (Lukas Chase): Idle last week, the Tigers (1-1) are home to Morningside Saturday.

South Dakota Mines football: The Hardrockers defeated Western State (Colo.), 38-21. Now 1-1 in the RMAC, Mines has a non-conference game at home at 5 p.m. Saturday vs. Simon Fraser (B.C.).

South Dakota State football: The Jacks dominated Montana State, 45-14. Taryn Christion completed 21 of 29 passes for 319 yards and four touchdowns, all of them to Cade Johnson. SDSU hosts Arkansas-Pine Bluff at 6 p.m. Saturday on Midco Sports Network.

Black Hills State women’s soccer (Katie Nielson): The Yellowjacket women lost to Mary, 5-3, and lost to Montana State-Billings, 3-0. Katie did not play in either match. Now 0-5, BHSU begns RMAC play at Fort Lewis Friday and Adams State Sunday.

Concordia (Minn.) women’s soccer (Morgan Hluchy): Morgan had one shot and one shot on goal in a 3-0 win over St. Scholastica. In a 9-0 win over Minnesota-Morris, she had five shots and two shots on goal and scored on one of the latter, an unassisted goal which was the sixth of the Cobbers’ six first-period goals. Now 3-1, Concordia was home vs. St. Benedict last night and is home vs. Gustavus Adolphus Saturday.

St. Thomas men’s soccer (Marcus Hluchy): Marcus did not play in either game, but the Tommies swept an Illinois trip, winning at Lake Forest 4-0, and squeaking by North Central in overtime, 3-2. Now 4-0, St. Thomas played St. Mary’s last night, goes to St. John’s Saturday and hosts Luther Tuesday.

South Dakota State women’s soccer: The Jackrabbits defeated Northern Iowa, 1-0, and lost to Arizona State, 2-0. Now 4-4, SDSU goes west to Idaho State tonight and Eastern Washington Sunday.

Northern women’s soccer (Tori Thorpe): Tori is a starting defenseman for the Wolves, who lost to Northwest Nazarene, 2-1, and defeated MSU-Moorhead, 1-0. Tori had one shot in the latter match. Now 3-1, Northern is home vs. Mary Friday and Minot State Sunday.

King’s College men’s soccer (Gus Axtman): The Monarchs defeated Juniata, 3-0, as Gus had one shot and one shot on goal. He did the same in a 2-0 win over Berkeley (N.J.), and the first King’s goal came off Gus’ foot, an unassisted goal at 69:56. Now 2-2-1, King’s hosted Wells College last night and is home vs. SUNY New Paltz Saturday.

Northwestern (Iowa) men’s soccer (Cole Cruse): The Raiders went to Kansas and lost to Baker, 2-1. Cole was starting midfielder for Northwestern, which is now 2-3. A California road trip will feature games at Marymount tonight and LaSierra Saturday.

South Dakota women’s soccer (Joana Zanin): The Coyotes lost to Creighton, 2-1, in overtime. In a 4-1 win over Green Bay, Joana scored from in front of the net at 30:14. Now 3-2-2, USD goes to Drake tonight.

South Dakota State volleyball: Tha Jacks defeated UMass-Lowell, 3-1; lost to Drake, 3-0; beat Eatern Illinois, 3-2, and lost to Iowa, 3-0. Now 2-8, SDSU, weather permitting, goes to Boca Raton, Fla., to play North Florida, Florida Atlantic and San Jose State Friday and Saturday.

Dakota State volleyball (Nicole Sarringar): The Trojans lost to College of St. Mary (Neb.), 3-1, as Nicole posted 37 assists, one service ace and five digs. In a 3-1 win over the University of St. Mary (Kan.), she had one kill, 25 assists and three digs. Now 4-3, DSU played Bellevue (Neb.) last night, then goes to Dubuque, Iowa, this weekend to play Peru State, Graceland and Clarke.

South Dakota volleyball: The Coyotes lost to Central Arkansas, 3-0; lost to Little Rock, 3-1, and defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 3-0. Now 6-3, USD goes to Bakersfield, Calif., this weekend to play UC-Santa Barbara, Montana and CSU-Bakersfield.

University of Mary volleyball (Korie Tetzlaff): Coach Korie’s Marauders lost 3-0 matches this week to MSU-Moorhead and Minot State. Now 3-8, Mary is home this weekend for NSIC matches against St. Cloud State and Minnesota-Duluth.

Dakota Wesleyan volleyball (Elena Svingen, Jennifer Sweetman): The Tigers swept York, 3-0; lost to Presentation, 3-1, and lost to Briar Cliff, 3-1, this week. Now 10-3 overall and 0-2 in the GPAC, DWU is home tonight vs. Mount Marty and Saturday vs. Dordt.

Augustana women’s golf (Natalie Young): The Vikings, playing in the Central Region Fall Preview at Olathe, Kan., placed 15th in a tournament shortened to one round by rain. Augie had a 35-over-par 323 team score. Natalie had her team’s best score of 77, tying for 20th with her 5-over-par round. Next on the schedule is Concordia-St. Paul’s meet at Stillwater, Minn., Monday and Tuesday.

South Dakota State men’s golf (Austin Hoss): The Jacks placed 11th of 12 teams at the Badger Invitational in Madison, Wis., which ended Tuesday. hey had a team scorecard of 308-297-296=901. Austin did not play there. SDSU’s men play Monday and Tuesday at Colorado State’s invitational in Fort Collins.

South Dakota women’s golf (Katie Bartlett): The Coyote women tied for seventh play at a tournament that ended in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Tuesday, just ahead of the oncoming hurricane. The team scorecard read 304-309-293=906. The 293 on Tuesday is the best USD team score for any round since the school joined NCAA Division I. Katie tied for 22nd place with a scorecard of 75-76-71=222. USD plays next on Monday at Loyola’s invitational in Chicago.

Northern Michigan women’s golf (Karissa Guthrie): The Wildcats played Sunday through Tuesday at the University of Indianapolis invitational in Carmel, Ind. The team finished 11th of 15 schools with a card of 312-305-315=932. Karissa had the second-best score on her team, tying for 25th place at 79-74-78=231. NMU plays Saturday and Sunday at Saginaw Valley State’s invitational in Bay City, Mich.


  • Many of you share my sentiments that “Sunday Morning” on CBS-TV is one of the best programs on television. That program is now 40 years old, and a prime-time one-hour special at 7 p.m. this Friday on KELO-TV will celebrate the 40th anniversary.
  • Nebraska teams draw big crowds no matter the sport or the situation, but the Husker volleyball team has been one of the nation’s best for several years. When No. 7 Nebraska beat No. 14 Creighton, 3-2, last week in Omaha, the crowd of 14,022 was the largest single-match crowd for a volleyball match in NCAA history. Five of the top 11 teams in the nation are from the Big 10 Conference, including No. 1 Minnesota.
  • The schedules of NFL games on local TV that we publish each week are subject to change. Obviously! Last week the KELO-TV program schedule on their website showed that the NFL game at noon Sunday would be Houston-New England. If you tuned in, you saw that that was not the case. The station instead showed Kansas City-Los Angeles Chargers at 3:00. The local stations have no say in what games the networks allow them to show, but in the case of KELO, it will always be a Chiefs or Broncos game if either of those teams is playing.
  • This week it is Patti Fuchs who tells us where in the U.S. she would most like to visit: “Glacier National Park in Montana has always been one of my top picks. We have always been outdoors people and love to camp, fish, boat and hike. There are more than 700 lakes, numerous waterfalls, two mountain ranges and an array of wildlife. (I already have bear spray!).”
  • If this paragraph doesn’t make your mouth water, nothing will. The Stensland ice cream people in the Sioux Falls area have created a signature ice cream flavor in conjunction with next week’s Sanford International golf tournament there. Listen to this description of the new flavor: “lemon cheesecake base with vanilla cookie crumbles and a graham cracker and blue raspberry swirl.” It will be on sale not only at Minnehaha Country Club next week but also at the Stensland ice cream store. I’d have somebody in Sioux Falls buy me a couple quarts, but keeping it frozen all the way to Rapid City might be a problem. So enjoy it on my behalf.


Last week Levi Neuharth missed only the Nebraska loss to Colorado so went 9-1 and earned 10 points. In second place, earning 9 points each, were Jon Boer, Lane Kozel and David Ludwig. At 7-3 for 8 points apiece were Laurie Johnson, Mikal Kern, Dave Potter, Jeff Adel, Kyle Richards, Randy Pool, Nathan Vetter, Jason Christenson, Jared Martin, Greg Dean and Jason Noyes.

This week’s games (send your 10 winners to parkerhome16@hotmail.com by Saturday morning):
(1) Ohio State vs. TCU
(2) LSU at Auburn
(3) Alabama at Mississippi
(4) Boise State at Oklahoma State
(5) USC at Texas
(6) Washington at Utah
(7) NFL: Philadelphia at Tampa Bay
(8) NFL: Kansas City at Pittsburgh
(9) NFL: New England at Jacksonville
(10) NFL: Minnesota at Green Bay


They were too close to the door to close it.


Thursday, Sept. 13:
Kevin Tveidt, Nancy (Pottratz) Kennedy, Emma Wylie, Jean Lakner, Cody Richter, Jonalyn Beastrom, Joe Tetzlaff, Katie Ludemann, Andrew Smith, Denise (Lamb) Wilkins, Ryan Grandpre, Laura (Joachim) Hansen.
— 4th anniversary, Ryan/Dani Tobin.
— 55th anniversary, Dick/Mary Carter.

Friday, Sept. 14:
Barry Massey, Mark Mancuso, Lisa Forest, Luke Deal, Finn Mancuso, Kaitlyn Bruns, Elle Marie Smith, Alice West, Levi Neuharth, Sam Ellefson, Cora Stahl.
— 11th anniversary, Jeff/Brianne (Barnett) Roby.
— 16th anniversary, Matt/Kim Brakke.
— 5th anniverary, Torey/Christina Garrett.
— Mitch/Stephanie (Dvorak) Delvo.
— Jordan/Shelby (Badger) Heckenlaible.
We fondly remember Robert Disburg on his birthday.

Saturday, Sept. 15:
Brie Mikkelsen, Austin Munyon, Emily Coolidge, Dan Swenson, Rondell LeBeau, Steven Long, Amber Gloe, Heather Stoeser, Louisa Corbin.
— 6th anniversary, Dustin/Justine (Berven) Drew.
— 6th anniversary, Allan/Krista (Wilson) Rounds.
— 11th anniversary, Jimmy/Sandy (Krom) Bauer.
We fondly remember Donna Fjelstad on her birthday.

Sunday, Sept. 16:
Gary Kafka, Robyn (Clausen) Bauer, Aron Nevin, Anne Schmidt, Justin Sivage, Bobbi Ice, Anissa Grambihler, Georganne Sorenson, Gordon Goosen, Jonah Hopper.
— 1st anniversary, Derrick/Kelbie (Frederick) Miller.
— 1st anniversary, Jamie/Megan (Gordon) Ramirez.
— 18th anniversary, Jason/Amy Irion.
— 1st anniversary, Nathaniel/Brea (Paul) Louwagie.

Monday, Sept. 17:
Dayson Carroll, Bret Culey, Meredith Jones, Levi Clark, Coleman Varty, Tim Steece, Jess Burchill, Lori Wilbur, Niki (Cowan) Jaworski, Kaydee Neuharth, Dusty Bergeson, Kallee (Hewlett) Rydland.
— 13th anniversary, Wayne/Alyssa Schaefbauer.
— 14th anniversary, Slade/Amy (Hofer) Weller.
— 2nd anniversary, Scott/Deb (Sheets) Schuetzle.
— 2nd anniversary Isaac/Chelsea (Stahl) LaLonde.
— 2nd anniversary, Sam/Chrystal (Bauer) Koenecke.
— 2nd anniversary, Danny/Marilyn Salter.

Tuesday, Sept. 18:
David Ryo Patten, Luna Charlotte Patten, Jocelyn (Newman) Frohm, Carter McCoy, Amanda Beck, Kathy (Willingham) Tartaglia, Courtney Frenz, Shirley Javurek, Mandy (Jung) Moisan, Ben Chittenden, Troy Sogaard, Jackie Putzier.
— 9th anniversary, Brent/Cindy (Ryan) Reilly.
— 14th anniversary, James/Keri (Fargen) Sivage.
— 14th anniversary, Chad/Laurie (Koehn) Gilman.
— 8th anniversary, Ryan/Jenni Nuttall.
— 8th anniversary, Lonnie/Sarah (Peterson) Dozier.
— 8th anniversary, Cody/Jessica (Melvin) Moore.

Wednesday, Sept. 19:
Trevor Botts, Laura Howard, Carson Eisenbeisz, Charles Jones, Stephanie (Mutschler) Pierson, Brett Fergen, D.J. Prue, Adley Lucas, Hunter Johnson.
— 3rd anniversary, Calvin/Holly Frederick.
— 15th anniversary, Brad/Brandy Johnston.

Thursday, Sept. 20:
Bob Fuller, Sue (Ludwig) Stotz, Brenden Kruckenberg, Tiffany (Tate) Stoeser, Taylor Crawford, Brian Long, Samantha Mitchell, Parker McKittrick, Claire Martin, Ryan Weaver, Rob Gull, George Vandel, Eric Lusk, Dave Gordon, Chad Kiel, Steve Baker.
— 4th anniversary, Jess/Cherissa (Nielsen) Wright.
— 5th anniversary, Tony/Meghan Parker.


This is the weekend of the annual Dakota Western Heritage Festival with a wide variety of events scheduled. Find all the information on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DakotaWesternHeritageFestival/

This is also Riggs High’s homecoming week. Frank Becker and Tess Erwin were crowned governor and lady governor at Monday’s coronation, and the parade took place Tuesday evening.

On a trip to Alaska, Pierre residents Warren and Bobbi Ice happened to decide to take a ride on the Riverboat Discovery, based at Fairbanks on the Yukon River. That is the boat on which Nic Lohman works, so the Ices and Nic had a group photo taken as they visited about home.

When Max Huber was community relations manager at WCCO-TV in Minneapolis/St. Paul, he was also co-executive producer of Pulling Together ’17, a monstrous public service event. Max helped plan the entire thing from permits to participants to locations to parking, et al. He even had to submit paperwork to Homeland Security to shut down the Mississippi River. That’s because Pulling Together ’17 was an epic tug-of-war across the Mississippi that raised more than $215,000 for Fraser, a nonprofit which is Minnesota’s largest provider of autism services. WCCO-TV has now been awarded the prestigious Emmy Award from the National Academy of TV Arts and Sciences’ Upper Midwest Chapter’s board of governors. This award is presented to a broadcaster, advertiser or company as well as a nonprofit organization, each of whom has contributed to forward a cause. Twenty participating teams in the tug-of-war each raised $10,000. Among the participants were the Twins, the Wild, the Loons, the St. Paul Saints, the Minnesota Roller Girls, Breweries Surly and Bad Weather and brands like Alan Doll Donuts, iconic local bands and more. On June 10 a year ago several thousand spectators were at Hidden Falls Regional Park in St. Paul along the river to cheer on their favorite teams in the tug-of-war across 300 feet of open water and enjoy food trucks and live music. WCCO was able to get the message out fo reach more people than ever before by promoting the event and Fraser itself, on the air, online and through fellow sponsors’ publicity efforts. Max has now been nominated twice for Emmys and has been tagged on to two others, so he claims four nominations and one win.

Mitch Likness and Rachelle Schmidt were married Sept. 8. Mitch graduated from the physician’s assistant program at USD this summer.

Brandon Cruse worked the TCU-SMU game in Fort Worth last Friday night, a contest that was delayed by weather for a couple hours at the start. This Saturday afternoon he, his white cap, and his fellow officials will work Oregon’s home game in Eugene against San Jose State.

Selected as members of the Olympian Days homecoming royalty at Sully Buttes High School are Jack Mercer, Braeden Peery, Cade Currier, Sebastian Frost, Morris Hofer, Lauren Wittler, Brilee Langdeau, Brittney Todd, Brooklynn Bradford and Kallie Murphy. Escorts are Cam Ogle and Kara Huse. The coronation will be held Monday night, Sept. 24.

Plan to eat supper at Pizza Ranch next Tuesday or order via drive-through or carry-out. It will be a fund-raiser for Short Grass Arts Council to help SGAC bring the World Fest program to Pierre/Fort Pierre Oct. 7-11. The Chinese group Manhu will be in the community for a residency that week. Part of the proceeds at Pizza Ranch from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday will go to SGAC.

Twelve-year-old Colton Blankman from Utah will share his original cowboy poetry and recite the work of other cowboy poets in a kickoff event for the Dakota Western Heritage Festival at 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday) at the Cultural Heritage Center. There will also be live music there.

Pierre and Fort Pierre will be honored with the 2018 Outstanding Philanthropic Community by the South Dakota chapter of the Association of Fund-raising Professionals. Kellie Yackley, president-elect of the AFP in South Dakota, said the cities will be honored on National Philanthropic Day Oct. 24 at a luncheon at the Rushmore Hotel in Rapid City. Yackley called it remarkable that regular annual fund-raising efforts in Pierre and Fort Pierre were not negatively impacted by many of the large capital projects that went looking for money recently. Nearly nine million dollars has been raised through donation to various projects in Pierre and Fort Pierre in the lasts five to six years. (News courtesy of “Today’s KCCR News.”)

The boys soccer team at Mandan High School in North Dakota where Carly (Feiler) Retterath is the coach won a memorable 4-2 match over Bismarck last week. It was Mandan’s first win over BHS since October 2002.

Long-time Pierre teacher/coach John Hoover of Custer will be inducted into the Onida/Sully Buttes Hall of Fame at halftime of the Chargers’ home game against Warner Friday night. While he was at Onida High School, he played tight end and linebacker on Warrior teams that went 30-0, and he was named to the All-State team as a tight end. In basketball he played on the varsity three seasons, two years as a starter and his senior year as the sixth man, and those Warrior teams went 60-9. In his senior year of 1968 the Warriors placed third at the state “B” tournament after losing in the semifinals to eventual champion Arlington. Hoover also participated in the high jump and relay teams for the Onida track teams. He also participated in band, chorus and plays for four years. At Northern State he played tight end for the Wolves as a three-year starter, and the team had a 29-5 record. One of his teams at Northern which had an undefeated season will be inducted into Northern’s Hall of Fame during Gypsy Day two weeks from now. John coached at Selby as head football coach, at Black Hills State as a graduate assistant and at Wagner as head coach before moving to Pierre in 1983. He was an assistant football and track coach. He has already been inducted into the T.F. Riggs Hall of Fame as a coach and contributor. John and his wife, the former Mary Junkman of Blunt, have retired to a home next to the golf course at Custer. They have two sons—Jordan of Las Vegas and Lucas of Aberdeen.

Music on the riverside patio at Drifters will be provided by El Dub starting at 6:30 p.m. tonight (Thursday). Next week on Sept. 20 Weston Frank will be the guest musician.

Blunt native Carrie Jo (Eckman) Howard, who is in her 17th year as a member of the Greenbush-Middle River school board in far northwestern Minnesota, is a candidate for re-election in the November elections.

Krista (Oehlerking) Morris and Rick Miller were married Sept. 8.

We mentioned in the Update last week that Debra Bollinger from Virginia and Damon Thielen and his wife from Sioux Falls had attended some of the tennis matches at the U.S. Open in New York. Now we hear there were others, including Jonathan Moore and his wife Robyn; Steph (Hull) Joens and friends, and Jaci (Bartlett) Mandil.

The 29th annual Casey Tibbs Foundation tribute dinner has been scheduled for Nov. 3. This year’s honorees:
— Rodeo cowboy great: Jake Reinhart, Highmore.
— Rodeo cowgirl: Kristi Lensegrav-Birkeland, Dupree.
— Past rodeo great: Steve Mowry, Presho.
— Rodeo promoter: the late Raymond Sutton Sr., Sully County.
— Ranch cowboy family: Glen and Yvonne Hollenbeck, Clearfield.
— Rodeo animal athlete: Frenchman’s Guy, owned by Bill and Deb Myers of St. Onge.

Hailey Hillestad, whose dad is Pierre native Jed Hillestad of Rapid CIty, is one of the football cheerleaders at Rapid City Central. She is a sophomore this year.

Recognized as Athletes of the Week by the Pierre Athletic Coaches Association last week were Halle Gronlund of the volleyball team and Frank Becker, Ethan Falcon, Clay Alban and Tyson Johnson of the boys soccer team.

Jessica (Callahan) Carr, seventh-grade life science teacher at Georgia Morse Middle School, and Anne Lewis, projects director at the South Dakota Discovery Center, have been selected as members of the 2018 National Geographic online community steering committee. They will help National Geographic launch its new online community platform in 2019. The committee of between 20 and 30 people first met in Washington in July.

Larry and Meleta DeJong’s granddaughter, Lauryn Schieffer of Altoona, Iowa, is one of six newcomers on the swimming team at the University of Nebraska-Omaha where she is a freshman this fall. Lauryn was a four-year letterwinner in swimming at Southeast Polk High School and a three-time state qualifier in the 200- and 500-meter freestyle events.

Joshua Vogt was married to Kelsy Been on Sept. 8 in a ceremony outdoors in the high country in Colorado. They live in Marble, Colo., where Josh works in the construction industry as a consultant and Kelsy works in administration for the Roaring Fork School District.

Linda Pease, 76, Pierre, died Sept. 4 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. A celebration of her life was held at Faith Lutheran Church Monday. A native of Chamberlain, she married Rodney Pease in 1959 at the Little Brown Church of the Vale in Nashua, Iowa. They lived at Ola, S.D., and Rapid City. In Pierre Linda worked at St. Mary’s Hospital and several clinics. She is survived by her son, Dan Pease of Pierre; her daughters, Lori Hall of Pierre and Judy Delong of Deadwood; six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and two sisters.

A Riggs High graduate will have the thrill of seeing her own play performed in New York, starting with previews Oct. 12 and public performances in November at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Playwrights Horizons. Larissa FastHorse’s “The Thanksgiving Play” takes a satirical, behind-the-scenes look as a group of well-intentioned white teaching artists scramble to create an ambitious Thanksgiving pageant that also celebrates Native American Heritage Month. After having been told numerous times that it is too hard to find Native American actors to play her characters, Larissa wrote this play about white people trying to create a play about Indigenous people in their absence. In “The Thanksgiving Play” American history, privilege-checking, self-importance and political correctness collide. Larissa lives in Santa Monica, Calif., with her husband, Edd Hogan. Her parents, long-time Pierre residents Ed and Rhoda Baer, also live there.




(Editor’s note: This column appeared in the Custer Chronicle on Nov. 9, 2011, nearly seven years ago. Parker at the time was living in Vermillion and working in the music department at USD and sportswriting for The Vermillion Plain Talk.)

Sidewalk dilemma: To speak or not to speak

The university is only two blocks from where I live, so most of the time it makes sense to walk instead of drive, even though my usual destination—the fine arts center—is really a good six-block hike since it is on the far end of the campus.

On the rare occasions when I drive, finding a parking place is next to impossible anyway. Even when I do, by the end of the day I have forgotten where I parked, an old-age malady which is the subject of a column for another day.

So walking across campus provides ample opportunities for one-on-one meetings with individuals, most of whom are strangers. It’s always interesting as I look ahead to see who’s approaching to wonder if he or she is going to make an effort to speak to me as we pass each other or not. You can tell a lot about a person if he clams up or goes out of his way to say “Good morning!”

I’ve found that there is about a seven in 10 chance that he or she will not speak.

The music department gives me a locker where I can hang my coat and stash my piano music and my sack lunches. It’s smack dab in the middle of all of the music students’ lockers, so for two years I’ve been rubbing shoulders with a lot of them in the locker hallway. It’s a great way to meet people.

Some of these kids are challenges. They seem determined not to speak, or perhaps afraid to do so, but I’ve won over some of them. Calling them by their first names is the best way: “Good morning, Jake.” “Hi, Kathy.” Conversations begin. Friendships develop. And perhaps some new college kid a long way from home feels a bit better that somebody knows his name.

I suppose that people raised in a small town like Onida in the 1940s and ’50s weren’t taught not to speak to strangers. The late teens and early 20s people most common on the campus have grown up in a different time. But each time one of them passes by on the sidewalk without so much as grunting at me, I wonder to myself, “What is your problem?”

I can deal with those who simply ignore me, staring straight ahead as if I’m not even there, and I understand if a couple carrying on a conversation with each other or one who is speaking on his cellular phone as he heads past me skips the chance to greet me.

But it’s the majority of the non-speakers who bug me. They fall into two major groups.

First are those who look me directly in the eye, almost daring me to speak or acknowledge them. Then they pass on by without saying a word. I think to myself after each of them is gone, “Go ahead and stare, you dummy. I’m not any stranger looking than you are.”

The other group are those who make a point of not looking at me as they pass. They stare at the ground or off to the right or up into the sky. Are they just shy? Doubtful. Do they speak to anybody else? Apparently not often. Are they enjoying life? I’m thinking not.

Sometimes, just for spite, I say “Good morning” or “Hello there” anyway. Those people probably think to themselves, “Who was that old guy?” But I hope at least a few of them feel a tinge of guilt for not acknowledging me. I’d like to think they might say something to the next persons they pass, but I’m realistic enough to doubt that will happen.

But though the seven in 10 who may be having a miserable morning or who don’t feel well or who are worried about something or who simply have zero personality still remain a challenge to me, it’s the other 30 percent who make it enjoyable to walk across campus.

At a distance of seven or eight yards I can sense the approaching guy or gal is going to speak. These people carry themselves a bit differently. At three yards it’s a done deal—he’s looking at me, I’m looking at him. Maybe he’s even starting to smile. Sometimes I say “Good morning” first; sometimes it’s the other person. But in either case, it’s a good moment.

“That’s a nice person,” I may think to myself. Or the thought may cross my mind that that kid was raised in a good family situation.

Sometimes it is a very pleasant surprise when someone I pass on the sidewalk says something. The other morning, for instance, I was leaving the DakotaDome after buying my football ticket just as one of the stars on the men’s basketball team was coming up the sidewalk to go indoors. I know who he is, of course, and he doesn’t have a clue who I am, and that’s fine. But it was he who said, “Good morning” before I had the chance to do so. He comes from a town in Minnesota even smaller than Onida is; maybe that has something to do with it, but it made my day, and I learned a little something about him besides the fact that he is an awesome basketball player.

Tomorrow I suspect somebody else on this campus whom I don’t know, even though I may have a lot of things weighing on my mind, will get my day off to a good start by his or her simply looking my way and saying “Good morning.”

I can hardly wait.


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