Vol. 20, No. 31; Thursday, April 25, 2024

Apr 25, 2024 | Parker's Midweek Update | 1 comment


When I listen to music, the world doesn’t hurt quite as loudly.


This week’s schedules:
Girls golf: at Aberdeen Central invitational, 10 a.m.
Boys tennis: home vs. Brandon Valley, 4 p.m.
Track: at Aberdeen Central invitational, 3 p.m.
Softball: at Mitchell, 6 p.m.
Baseball: at Brookings, 7 p.m.
Softball: at Brookings, 9 a.m.
Boys tennis: at Sioux Falls vs. Madison, 11 a.m., and Lennox, 1:30 p.m.
Baseball: home vs. Tea Area, 2 p.m.
Boys tennis: at Mitchell quadrangular, 10:30 a.m.
Softball: home vs. Watertown, 4 p.m.

Next fall’s football schedule:
Week of Aug. 30: at Aberdeen Central.
Week of Sept. 6: home vs. Sioux Falls O’Gorman.
Week of Sept. 13: at Brookings.
Week of Sept. 20: at Watertown.
Week of Sept. 27: home vs. Yankton.
Week of Oct. 4: home vs. Sturgis.
Week of Oct. 11: at Spearfish.
Week of Oct. 18: home vs. Huron
Week of Oct. 24: home vs. Douglas.

Baseball: The Governors swept a doubleheader at Mitchell Monday night. In a 7-0 win in Game 1, Miles Doyle pitched six innings of shutout ball, allowing two hits and one walk while striking out 12. Charlie Simpson, J.J. Bucholz, Jett Zabel and Nolan Peterson each had an RBI. In the nightcap Pierre won 8-2 as Simpson had an RBI double and a three-run homer. On the mound Zabel threw six innings, giving up one earned run, two hits and five walks while fanning five. The Govs’ record is 9-4.

Track: At the weather-delayed Pierre Legion Relays on Monday, Governor athletes posted eight first-place finishes. In girls’ events Reese Terwilliger won the shot put at 42’5 1/2″ and won the discus at 113’1/2″. Kali Ringstmeyer won the 200 in :25.50. Grace Richter won the 400 in 1:01.77. The 4×100 relay team of Elliot Bertsch, Anastyn Baade, Charlee Williams-Smith and Kali Ringstmeyer won their race in :50.51. In boys’ events Jared Lutmer won the 1600 in 4:25.55 and the 300 in 90:46.75, and Colter Babcock won the javelin throw at 156’6″.

Softball: In Rapid City Tuesday the Governors were swept by Stevens, 10-5, and Sturgis, 12-5. Against the Raiders Noel Kist was losing pitcher. Nevaeh Karber, BreAnna Lowery and Charlie Hull had RBIs. In the Sturgis game Erin Leiferman took the loss. Lowery drove in three runs and Ireland Templeton one. Pierre’s record is 2-5.

Girls golf: At their home meet Tuesday the Governors placed fifth with a 79-over-par 363 team score. Mitchell was the team winner. Annie Mosteller was 13th with a 14-over 79. Hadley Hart placed 20th with a 19-over 90. Sittie Kasan and Keira Mertes tied for 30th at 23-over 93. Drew Rectenbaugh carded a 106.

Boys tennis: In a triangular Tuesday the Governors defeated Spearfish, 7-2, and lost to Huron, 6-3. Against the Spartans Pierre got singles wins from Lucas Hight, Jacob Leiferman, Devin Dodson, Brady Lowery and Noah Lueking and doubles wins from the Dodson/Weston Northrup duo and Hight/Leiferman. Picking up the three points against Huron were Hight and Leiferman in singles and the Dodson/Northrup doubles team. Pierre’s dual record is now 3-8.


Next fall’s football schedule:
Week of Aug. 23: home vs. Hill City.
Week of Aug. 30: at Parkston.
Week of Sept. 6: at Leola/Frederick Area.
Week of Sept. 13: at Redfield.
Week of Sept. 20: home vs. Gregory.
Week of Sept. 27: open.
Week of Oct. 4: home vs. Kimball/White Lake.
Week of Oct. 11: at White River.
Week of Oct. 18: home vs. Potter County.

Track: At the Pierre Legion Relays Brianna Sargent placed third in the 400. Kaysen Magee placed sixth in the 800. Paxton Deal was sixth in the long jump. The 4×100 boys relay team of Deal, Colton Brady, Landon Bame and Brendon Bothwell placed sixth. At the Miller meet Tuesday Barrett Schweitzer was the javelin champion with a throw of 140’3″. Deal won the long jump at 19’3″. Bothwell was second in the 100 at :11.80.


This week’s schedules:
Track: at YTC conference meet, Eureka.
Track: at Miller invitational.

Next fall’s football schedule:
Week of Aug. 23: at Northwestern.
Week of Aug. 30: home vs. burke.
Weel pf Sept. 6: open.
Week of Sept. 13: home vs. Hitchcock-Tulare.
Week of Sept. 20: at Potter County.
Week of Sept. 27: home vs. Faulkton Area.
Week of Oct. 4: at Faith.
Week of Oct. 11: home vs. Herreid/Selby Area.
Week of Oct. 18: at Sunshine Bible.


Thursday: lime.
Friday-Sunday: black cherry.
Monday-Tuesday: blueberry.


Minnesota Twins schedule:
— Thursday: Chicago White Sox, 12:10 p.m.
— Friday: at Los Angeles Angels, 8:38 p.m.
— Saturday: at Los Angeles Angels, 8:38 p.m.
— Sunday: at Los Angeles Angels, 3:07 p.m.
— Monday: at Chicago White Sox, 6:40 p.m.
— Tuesday: at Chicago White Sox, 6:40 p.m.
— Wednesday: at Chicago White Sox, 1:10 p.m.

Oahe Zap: Added to the 2024 roster this week was Buck Snabes, freshman infielder from Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan. His hometown is Rochester, Mich;


5 days: Riggs High awards night (April 30).
7 days: Pierre Educational Foundation’s Evening of Excellence (May 2).
9 days: All-State jazz band and show choir concert, Aberdeen (May 4).
9 days: Oahe YMCA half-marathon (May 4).
12 days: ESD Conference boys tennis tournament, Pierre (May 7).
15 days: Sioux Falls Canaries season opener (May 10).
16 days: ESD Conference track meets, Brookings (May 11).
17 days: Mothers Day (May 12).
18 days: State ‘A” boys tennis tournament, Rapid City (May 13-14).
21 days: State ‘AA’ boys golf tournament, Rapid City (May 16-17).
25 days: Voter registration deadline for June 4 elections (May 20).
26 days: ESD Conference girls golf tournament, Yankton (May 21).
26 days: Softball SoDak 16 games (May 21).
28 days: State track meets, Sioux Falls (May 23-25).
28 days: Oahe Zap season opener (May 23).
30 days: Pierre air show (May 25-26).
31 days: Memorial Day (May 27).
34 days: State softball tournaments, Aberdeen (May 30-31, June 1).
38 days: State girls golf tournaments, AA Yankton, A Sioux Falls, B Brookings (June 3-4).
38 days: State ‘B’ boys golf tournament, Brookings (June 3-4).
39 days: South Dakota election day (June 4).
44 days: Black Hills Playhouse’s “The Play That Goes Wrong” (June 9-23).


I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it.
— Cowboy’s just for fun


South Dakota State track (Jessica Lutmer, Lydia Hill, Rylan McDonnell): The Jacks were scheduled to go to Fargo, but the Bison Open meet was canceled. SDSU sends athletes to the Drake Relays in Des Moines and another meet in nearby Indianola, Iowa, this weekend.

Northern softball (Tessa Bryant): The Wolves split with St. Cloud State, winning 8-5 and losing 11-5, then lost twice to Minnesota-Duluth, 1-0 and 6-4. Now 21-23 overall and 7-17 in the NSIC, Northern plays two Saturday at Bemidji State and two Su9nday at Minnesota-Crookston.

Augustana baseball (Jack Sutton): The Vikings’ sparkling season continued with a six-win week. Augie took two from Wayne State, 4-1 and 10-7; three from Concordia-St. Paul, 8-1, 14-4 and 14-3, and one from Dakota Wesleyan, 12-0. Now 33-6 overall and 24-4 in the NSIC, Augustana, after two games last night against Southwest Minnesota State, goes to Minnesota State for three contests this weekend and two at Northern next Tuesday.

Northern track (Addison Cumbow): Addison placed fourth in the heptathlon at last weekend’s meet, earning 3,148 points. Her times and distances: 17.96m in the 100m hurdles, 1.34m in the high jump, 8.20m in the shot put, :29.33 in the 200, 31.57m in the javelin, 4.63m in the long jump and 3:03.31 in the 800. NSU athletes go to the Drake Relays this weekend.

South Dakota State baseball (Brady Hawkins): The Jackrabbits lost to Minnesota, 11-1 in seven innings. Brady was the second reliever, going two-thirds of one inning, facing nine batters and allowing two walks, four hits, seven runs and two ground-outs. SDSU took two of three over St. Thomas, winning 89-5 and 4-3. In an 11-6 loss Brady pitched one-third of an inning, facing one batter and getting him on a grounder. Now 17-20 overall and 7-8 in the Summit, SDSU played DWU last night and hosts Oral Roberts for three this weekend.

Dakota State track (Houston Lunde): At the Red Raider Open hosted by Northwestern (Iowa), Houston placed 10th in the hammer throw at 145’2″ and 16th in the shot put at 41’7 3/4″. On Tuesday at a home meet on their new track, the Trojan men were first in team standings. Houston was 14th in the hammer throw at 144’2″, 15th in the shot put at 41’6 1/2″ and 23rd in the discus at 115’7″. A few DSU athletes will go to the Drake Relays this weekend.

Dakota Wesleyan baseball (Jonathan Lyons): The Tigers lost all six of their games this week, losing to Augustana 12-0, to Doane by scores of 6-4, 9-0, 2-1 and 6-4 and to Dakota State, 7-2. Now 15-31 overall and 7-17 in the GPAC, DWU plays two at Mount Marty today and two at Concordia Saturday.

Texas State baseball (Peyton Zabel): The Bobcats won one of three against South Alabama in conference play, winning 6-3 and losing 5-2 and 3-1. In the first of those two losses, Peyton was the starter, facing four batters, walking three, giving up one run and one ground-out and took the loss for a 2-3 record. On Tuesday Texas State won over Incarnate Word in seven innings, 10-0. Now 21-21 overall and 7-11 in the conference, the Bobcats play three at Arkansas State in Jonesboro this weekend and play at nearby Texas-San Antonio next Tuesday.


— It’s election season, and the mailbox is flooded with the slick, glossy pieces of campaign literature. These legislative candidates probably don’t care that, when any piece of such material begins with the words “As a conservative Republican . . . . .,” it gets tossed immediately into the garbage can.


“The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money or the most awards. They simply are the ones who care the most.”
— Charles Schulz (“Peanuts”)


Thursday, April 25:
Amanda Olson, Evan Jarvis, Betty Jones, Cameron Sass, Stephanie (Magedanz) Bartsch, Lola Hollingsworth, Jodie (Hickman) Anderson, Peggy Hofmeister, Greg Lakner, Helen Jane Paxton.
— 38th anniversary, Bob/Laurie Gill.
— 15th anniversary, Justin/Holly Artz.
— 15th anniversary, Chase/Joanie (Flottmeyer) Blair.

Friday, April 26:
Breslyn Mittleider, Jean Easland, Beth Simon, John Wellhouse, Matt Mitchell, Ellis Mangan, Julie Miller, Nathan Ellenbecker, John Bradley, Susan (Van Camp) Wendelbo, Rebecca (Hartmann) Hlavacek, Brian Chicoine, Sheryl Nielsen, Susie (Gloe) Hansen, Sully Schumacher, Jane Candler.
— 10th anniversary, Tyler/Nikki (Koenig) Sullivan.
— 10th anniversary, Will John/Kylee (Lamb) Johnson.
— 21st anniversary, David/Ann (Beemer) Candler.
— 10th anniversary, Andrew/Ashley Tople.
— 21st anniversary, Dennis/Jackie (Thorson) Richey.

Saturday, April 27:
Mona Oehlerking, Allyson (Friez) Kreycik, Lily Danforth, Ellis Blake, Cora Bartsch, Mary Potter, Mike Leidholt, Carol (Ebert) Newcomb, Lavin Stoeser, Leo Sengos, Morgan Lindekugel, Lacey Hepker, Melinda Christiansen, Matt Blake, Sarah Olson, Isaac Denke, Daulton Mercer, Gene Weischedel.
— 22nd anniversary, Forrest/Susan (McNeely) Foster.

Sunday, April 28:
Ada Mae Stofferahn, Allen Goodman, Casey Ahlers, Aaron Mentele, Lane Severyn, Gabriel Yost, Brittney (Witte) Hunsley, Steph Paluch, Ryker Custer, Henry Hansen, Boyer Mikkelsen, Barron Kafka, Eric Tilberg, Benjamin Lechtenberg.
— 23rd anniversary, Mike/Erika (Snow) Andress.
— 12th anniversary, William/Lynnette Coolidge.
— 17th anniversary, Matt/Carly Heard.
— 6th anniversary, Connor/Amanda McKittrick.
— 6th anniversary, Josh/Kelsie (Brandlee) Williams.
— 6th anniversary, Chris/Morgan Pope.

Monday, April 29:
Brian Rausch, Josiah Severson, Brittany Rausch, Joey Boyer, Ryan Kelley, Jeremy Jorgenson, Terri Johnson, Blake rose, Hollis Eschmeyer, Cindy (Bourk) Bowden, Morrigan Cardwell.

Tuesday, April 30:
Jason Rumpca, Paula (Darger) Gunderson, Frank Whitebird, Dave Knudson, Tyler Merriam, Jake Mortenson, Diana Heymans, Juleana Enright, Eileen Dean Adam Calkins, Virgil Mikkelsen (#96).
— 8th anniversary, Troy/Kelsey (Hansen) Roth.

Wednesday, May 1:
Connor McKee, Ryan Swartz, Dianne Wagner, Scott Swenson, Connor McKittrick, Elsie Fuchs, Emilie Oltman, Michelle (Young) McCullough, Parker Reid Knox.
— 3rd anniversary, Dan/Kim Nielsen.
— 14th anniversary, Jeremy/Christine (Gors) Ellwein.
— We fondly remember Mark Senftner on his birthday.

Thursday, May 2:
Josh Joel, Jared Vermundson, Debra Bollinger, Chris Henrichsen, Stacy (Zeigler) Cwach, Ross Vander Vorste.
— 21st anniversary, Murray/Jennifer Thompson.
— 15th anniversary, Mat/Bre Ripperger.
— 15th anniversary, Mike/Terri Mehlhaf.


A graveside service for Morry Eckman will take place at 1 p.m. next Saturday, May 4, at Pleasant Hill Cemetery outside Blunt. A gathering at the Blunt Community Center will follow the service.

Jessica Rumpca, who is a family medicine nurse practitioner in Pierre, is one of 12 people selected to take part in this year’s 437 Project, which raises mental health and suicide prevention awareness and raises money for the Helpline. Runners will traverse the 437-mile route across the state Sept. 19-22. Each of the 12 runners must first gain at least two jersey sponsors before taking part in the run. The link to support Jessica or one of the others is https://the437project.org/meet-the-runners/. Jessica has run in the Boston Marathon in 2016 and 2017 as well as three other marathons and two half-marathons. A native of California who attended nursing school at the University of Sioux Falls, Jessica and her husband, Pierre native Jason Rumpca, are the parents of three young children. One of the other 11 runners in the 437 Project this year, Dan Santella of Sioux Falls, is well-known to many readers due to his daily appearances on KELO-TV news programs. (News courtesy of KCCR Radio news.)

No school board election will be held in the Agar-Blunt-Onida (Sully Buttes) district this spring. Ryan Olson was the only person who file candidacy petitions in Area 3, and Randy Pool was the lone candidate to seek the Area 6 region. Both men will begin three-year terms on the school board in July.

Stephen Summerside died Marchi 1. A celebration of his life was held Tuesday at the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center. He is survived by two sons, Joshua (Gina Land) Summerside and Seth (Kelly) Summerside; three grandchildren, and a sister, Kathleen (Doug) Gray;

Three chances remain to see Pierre Players’ production of “Love, Loss and What I Wore.” The play will have curtain times of 7:30 p.m. this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. For ticket reservations call 224-7826. The two remaining plays of the 2024 season will be “She Kills Monsters” in September and “You Can’t Take It With You” in November.

Friends of long-time Pierre resident Virgil Mikkelsen should know that Virgil will be 96 next Tuesday, April 30. There is still time to send him greetings at 106 Sandstone, Apt. #1, Brandon SD 57006.

The North Dakota State season-opening football game at Coach Deion Sanders’ Colorado team in Boulder has been changed from Aug. 31 to Thursday night, Aug. 29.

In the municipal election in Blunt earlier this month, a three-person race for council member in Ward 1 was won by Eric Monson. He received 26 votes, incumbent Dawn Tassler 16 votes and Jeff Millage one vote. In Ward 2 Dianna Knox was elected to the city council with 16 votes to incumbent Mike Bourk’s six votes. The two new council members will be sworn into office at the May council meeting.

In Sioux Falls it was announced this week that a new elementary school, which will open in the fall of 2025 on the northwest side of the city, will be named in honor of Marcella LeBeau, World War II nurse and a tribal leader of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, who died at the age of 102 in 2021. She worked as a nurse for 31 years after her military service.

Tracie (Seyfer) and Nate Vogel and their two children are coming home to South Dakota. Nate this week was named the new head women’s basketball coach at Augustana University where he played college basketball himself after graduating from O’Gorman High School. Nate just concluded his fifth season as head coach at Texas A&M-International in Laredo where he turned a losing program around into a winning program. Before Laredo he was an assistant coach at Black Hills State and head coach at Miles City Community College in Montana.

Jay Vogt, a member of the Class of 1997 at Riggs High School, died at home in Lead from a massive heart attack April 20. A memorial service will take place at 1 p.m. this Saturday, April 27, at the Lead-Deadwood high school auditorium. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Amber Vogt; his daughters, Jaysa and Ainsley; his mother, Jane Vogt; his father, Kenneth Vogt; his in-laws, Randy and Anita Aker, and his sister, Jessica (Dan) Park. Condolences and memorials can be sent to Amber Vogt at 62 – 1st St., Lead SD 57754.

Shorty Deal, 84, Fort Pierre, died Tuesday. Arrangements will be announced through the Isburg Funeral Chapel.

Mass of Christian Burial for Connie Woods, 77, who died last November, will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, May 31, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Fort Pierre, followed by a celebration of life service for her sister, Mary, at the church’s Padre Hall.


Stay away from the negative people. They have a problem for every solution.
— Albert Einstein

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  1. Phyllis tomkiewicz

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