Vol. 20, No. 33; Thursday, May 9, 2024

May 9, 2024 | Parker's Midweek Update | 2 comments


Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful.


This week’s schedules:
Girls golf: at Mitchell invitational, 10 a.m.
Softball: home vs. Sioux Falls Jefferson, 4 p.m.
Baseball: home vs. Sioux Falls O’Gorman, 7 p.m.
Track: at ESD Conference meet, Brookings, 10 a.m.
Softball: home vs. Sioux Falls Lincoln, 1 p.m.
Baseball: home vs. Yankton, 3 p.m.
Boys tennis: at state tournament, Rapid City, 8 a.m.
Softball: home vs. Spearfish, 4 p.m.
Boys tennis: at state tournament, Rapid City, 8 a.m.
Girls golf: at Watertown invitational, 10 a.m.
Softball: home vs. Brandon Valley, 4 p.m.

Softball: The Governors lost all four games at the Sioux Falls tournament over the weekend, losing to Brookings 6-5, to Dakota Valley 14-2 in five innings, to Sioux Falls Jefferson 18-1 and to Mitchell 9-7. Monday’s game against Harrisburg was postponed until May 17. The Pierre record is 2-11.

Track: At the Howard Wood Dakota Relays in Sioux Falls, Charlee Williams-Smith placed fourth in the 400, Kali Ringstmeyer was fifth in the 100 and Reese Terwilliger was sixth in the shot put. In boys’ events Colter Babcock was seventh in the javelin, Jared Lutmer seventh in the 3200 and Carson Stoeser eighth in the 400. This week Riggs High hosted the Capital City Qualifier meet. In girls’ events Terwilliger won the shot put and the discus, Williams-Smith the 100, and Makayla Sherwood the long jump. In boys’ events Eladio Simental was the winner in the long jump and the high jump, Colby Carey won the pole vault, Brayden Houlette sped to victory in the 400, and Colter Babcock was the javelin winner.

Girls golf: At Huron’s meet Hadley Hart placed 14th at 14-over 86, Annie Mosteller 18th at 16-over 88 and Kiera Mertes 28th at 25-over 97. The next day at Yankton Hart was 27th at 23-over 95 and Mosteller 42nd at 28-over 100.

Boys tennis: At their home invitational last weekend, the Governor team finished fourth. Weston Northrup placed second in singles flight 4, Lucas Hight third at singles 2, Jared Leiferman third at singles 3, Brady Lowery fourth at singles 5 and Devin Dodson fifth at singles 1. Northrup/Dodson were third at doubles 2. Sioux Falls Christian won the team title. At the ESD conference meet this week, Pierre placed sixth as a team. Devin Dodson and Weston Northrup placed fourth in doubles, Northrup was sixth in singles, and Leiferman was sixth in his singles flight. Harrisburg was the conference team championship team.

Baseball: Winning in walk-off fashion is exhilarating, and the Governors accomplished that in the nightcap of a home doubleheader against Rapid City Stevens Tuesday. Trailing 1-0 into the bottom of the final inning, Nolan Peterson’s RBI hit tied the game at 1-1. With runners then at third and first bases, Peterson set sail for second base. The Raiders fell for it and tried to get Peterson while Dawson Getz, the runner at third base, ran for home. He made it safely when the Stevens throw to the plate was late, and Pierre had a 2-1 win. Cooper Terwilliger had kept the Govs in the game, going five innings on the mound, walking six but striking out eight and allowing only one hit and one run. George Stalley pitched the final two innings, getting the save as he kept the game at 1-0. Stevens had won the opener of the doubleheader, 6-0, as the Govs managed only three basehits. Last weekend Pierre lost a doubleheader to Harrisburg, the top-ranked team, 6-2 and 10-0 in five innings. Pierre’s only runs in the opener came on a wild pitch and a double steal as the team could get only two hits. In the 12 innings of play in the twinbill, Governor batters struck out for 27 of the 36 total outs. Pierre’s record heading into the final weekend of the regular season is 10-7.


Track: At Tuesday’s Capital City Qualifier meet in Pierre, the boys 4×800 team of Spencer Sargent, Tyson Peterson, Eddie Duffy and Ryland Magee won their event. Paxton Deal was second in the long jump, Sargent fifth in the 400 and Colton Brady fifth in the 200. In girls’ events Breanna Sargent placed third in the 400 and Kaysen Magee fourth in both the 400 and the 800.


This week’s schedules:
Golf: at CSDC meet, Faulkton, 10 a.m.
Track: at CSDC meet, Miller, 10 a.m.
Golf: at pre-region meet, Pierre, 9 a.m.

Golf: At Eureka’s invitational Gavin Colson with a round of 70 was the first-place medalist as the Charger boys team finished fourth. In girls golf Olivia Olson was second with an 87 and Berkley Birney fifth with a 93. At the Yellowstone Trail Conference meet the Sully Buttes won the team championship for the second straight year following a playoff against Edmunds Central. Colson was first individually with a 76, Wesley Wittler fourth at 82 and Jonas Olson 10th at 94. On the girls’ side Olivia Olson was third at 93 and Birney seventh at 101.

Track: At a meet in Eureka Gavin Barber won the 400-meter run and placed second in the 200-meter dash. The Charger boys were second in the 4×200 relay and third in the 4×100. Payge Bakker won the girls’ shot put with Addison Chicoine second. The girls’ medley relay team finished fifth. At the Capital City Qualifier meet in Pierre, Olivia Olson won the 300-meter hurdles event and placed third in the 110-meter hurdles. In boys’ events Teghan Westphal placed second in the triple jump, and Gavin Barber came in third in the 400.


Thursday: root beer.
Friday-Sunday: blackberry.
Monday-Tuesday: blue mood.
Wednesday-Thursday: coconut.


Tonight: Riggs High bands concert.
Tonight: Sully Buttes High pops concert.
1 day: Sully Buttes High spring play (May 10).
1 day: Sioux Falls Canaries opener (May 10).
2 days: ESD Conference track meets, Brookings (May 11).
3 days: Mothers Day (May 12).
4 days: State ‘A’ boys tennis tournament, Rapid City (May 13-14).
4 days: Georgia Morse Middle School band/choir concert (May 13).
4 days: Blunt elementary concert (May 13).
5 days: Stanley County High awards night (May 14).
9 days: Sully Buttes High graduation (May 18).
10 days: Stanley County High graduation (May 19).
10 days: Riggs High graduation (May 19).
11 days: Voter registration deadline for June 4 elections (May 20).
12 days: Softball SoDak 16 games (May 21).
12 days: ESD Conference girls golf tournament, Yankton (May 21).
14 days: State track meets, Sioux Falls (May 23-25).
14 days: Oahe Zap season opener (May 23).
16 days: Pierre air show (May 25-26).
18 days: Memorial Day (May 27).
21 days: State softball tournaments, Aberdeen (May 30-31, June 1).
25 days: State girls golf tournaments (AA Yankton, A Sioux Falls, B Brookings) (June 3-4).
25 days: State ‘B’ boys golf tournament, Brookings (June 3-4).
26 days: Primary election and local elections (June 4).


Dogs have a way of finding the people who need them and filling an emptiness we didn’t know we had.
— Thoin Jones


Oahe Zap: With the season opener only two weeks away, the Zap continue to add to their roster for this summer. Cy Probst, junior catcher from Frostburg State, is back for another season. His hometown is Lock Haven, Pa.

Minnesota Twins schedule:
— Thursday: Seattle, 12:10 p.m.
— Friday: at Toronto, 6:07 p.m.
— Saturday: at Toronto, 2:07 p.m.
— Sunday: at Toronto, 12:37 p.m.
— Tuesday: New York Yankees, 6:40 p.m.
— Wednesday: New York Yankees, 6:40 p.m.
— Thursday: New York Yankees, 12:10 p.m.


Northern track (Addison Cumbow): The Wolves are at the NSIC conference meet in Mankato today through Saturday.

South Dakota State baseball (Brady Hawkins): The Jackrabbits were swept at Northern Colorado, losing by 13-5, 10-9 and 14-6. In the latter game Brady pitched 1 2/3 innings, facing 10 batters, walking three, getting three on grounders, giving up three hits and two runs. Heading into a game at Nebraska last night, SDSU stood at 17-25 overall and 9-13 in the Summit League. SDSU finishes the regular season at home vs. NDSU for three games this weekend.

Dakota State track (Houston Lunde): The Trojans are at home on their new track for the NSAA conference meet today and Friday.

Texas State baseball (Peyton Zabel): The Bobcats took two of three from Old Dominion, winning 18-4 in seven innings and 8-6 and losing u-4. In the latter game Peyton as the first reliever pitched 1 2/3 innings, facing eight batters, walking one, striking out three, allowing two hits and three earned runs and getting one man on a fly ball and one on a grounder. He took the loss and has a 2-4 record on the mound. Now 24-25 overall and 10-14 in league play, Texas State is home for three this weekend against Troy.

Augustana baseball (Jack Sutton): The Vikings’ brilliant season continued with a three-game sweep over Minot State. Augie won by 15-2, 13-6 and 12-2. Now 41-8 overall and 32-6 in the NSIC, Augustana is the favorite to win the league tournament in Bismarck going on now through Saturday.

South Dakota State track (Rylan McDonnell, Lydia Hill, Jessica Lutmer): The Jackrabbits are at the Summit League meet in St. Paul today through Saturday.


Any god who is mine but not yours, any god concerned with me but not with you is an idol.
— Abraham Heschel


Thursday, May 9:
Katelyn Kreycik, Adele Hall, April Lees, Angie (Konechne) Eide, Justin Sarvis, Tiffany (Jastorff) Gillies.
— 21st anniversary, Chad/Cassie Stoeser.
— 21st anniversary, Michael/Tara (Adamski) Kogelmann.

Friday, May 10:
Chad Jungwirth, Nicole (Bourk) Edwards, Kylie (Mundt) Erickson, Judy Weisgram, Jason Mangan, Shaun Downs, Quincy Arbach, Andrea (Barber) Goebel, Virginia Hanson, Jorgen Martin, Brian Rounds, Troy Wanner, Todd Koenecke, Matt Hall, Marv Waitman, Doralynne (Micklos) Jarvis, Paul Hess, Evelyn Gibson.
— 21st anniversary, Todd/Michelle Erickson.
— 22nd anniversary, Trevor/Amber Wiebe.
— 21st anniversary, Daniel/Stacy (Hull) Cottrell.
— 10th anniversary, Grant/Monica (George) Burgeson.

Saturday, May 11:
Angel Corcoran, Anna Tinker, Lita Magedanz, Cooper Walton, Tynell Kocer, Adalyn Hartmann, Keanan Fischer, David Erickson, Earl Berg, Brock Axthelm, Evan Roth, Tom Sogaard, Christina (Lawver) Hanson.
— 5th anniversary, Jerrid/Bridget Conway.
— 28th anniversary, Jeff/Robyn (Starks) Holcomb.
— 11th anniversary, David/Jessica (Smith) Little.

Sunday, May 12:
Jarret Ripperger, Ashley Heikes, Chris Fry, Clay Pearson, Kay (Calkins) Venjohn, Kelley Fouts, Valerie Melmer, Carly Bass.
— 12th anniversary, Charlie/Kamila Magedanz.
— Anniversary, Boomer/Christi Kuiper.
— 17th anniversary, Josh/Jody (Maberry) Sting.
— 17th anniversary, Greg/Wanda Goodman.
— 12th anniversary, Luke/Danielle (Magorien) Kaiser.

Monday, May 13:
Ty Norman, Pat Libby, Joanne (Berg) Hight, Emersyn Tilberg, Kate Vogel, Kristen (Berg) Grohs, Sarena (Nuttall) Beastrom, Jameson Linn, John Beranek, Keira Ryan, Terri Iverson.
— 13th anniversary, Jeremy/Laura (Hansen) Mikkelsen.
— 24th anniversary, Rob/Michelle Dvorak.
— 18th anniversary, Josh/Amanda Ellis.

Tuesday, May 14:
Preston Scott, Bodhi Hindman, Paula (Roddewig) Ruedebusch, Mindy (Stearns) Sivage, Micah Bohle, Paulette Pettersen, Kati Harm, Lora (Den Ouden) Moore, Dustin Byrum, Tom Kallemeyn, Tyler Stoeser, Jenna Paxton, Bryant Naylor, Tayson Mitchell.
— 19th anniversary, Patrick/Holly (Lunn) Miles.
— 19th anniversary, Steve/Brittany Novotny.
— 8th anniversary, Matthew/Stacy (Zeigler) Cwach.
— 19th anniversary, Guy/Ellen Erlenbusch.

Wednesday, May 15:
Royal Schaefer, Carson Kemnitz, Barb Mitchell, Brian Graves, Cody Stoeser, Carol Van Roekel, Deb (Stoeser) Schiefelbein, Russell Hofeldt, Ellen Dulas, Ava Vermeulen, Nate Smith, Zach Erickson, Brooke Anglin, Jared Lindbloom, Emmy Anderson.
— 14th anniversary, John/Lisa (Wallace) Peary.
— Anniversary, Jerry/Monica Ortbahn.
— 20th anniversary, Damon/JoLynn Parks.
— 20th anniversary, Matt/Heather (Hagemann) Elwood.
— 20th anniversary, Jason/Amanda Dodson.

Thursday, May 16:
Whitney Jandreau9, Nick Jung, Becky DeYonge, Emma Lusk, Cody Nicholas, Paul Kenefick-Aschoff, Jett Zabel, Grady Larson, Brent Baumberger, Colleen (Colson) Pool, Scott Kennedy, Tammy Williams.
— 15th anniversary, Jay/Kasey (Anderson) Cappellano.


Guy Hunter, math teacher at Georgia Morse Middle School, was the recipient of BankWest’s 2024 Educator of Excellence award presented at last week’s Evening of Excellence hosted by the Pierre Educational Foundation.

Long-time Pierre businessman Al Kundert, who died Dec. 29, will be remembered at a celebration of life at First United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. on Memorial Day, May 27, preceded by the family greeting visitors at the church from 10 to 11. Lunch and fellowship at the church will follow the service.

Eric Rupe, son of Greg Lakner, received his doctorate degree from USD at commencement last weekend. He chose internal medicine as his specialty and will do his residency at Avera Hospital, Sanford Hospital and the Veterans Administration Hospital, all in Sioux Falls. Eric and his wife Lindsey live in Sioux Falls with their four children.

Cleo (Miller) Klatt, 99, died May 1. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at Feigum Funeral Home, followed by the funeral at 2 p.m. Cleo graduated from Castlewood High School in 1942 and attended commercial college in Watertown before going to California to help in the war effort. Her high school sweetheart, Bob Klatt, was also in California. They married in 1945. Bob was a trooper with the South Dakota Highway Patrol, so the Klatts lived at his assignment locations, including Rapid City, Huron, Milbank and Pierre. She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Ann Jones of Pierre; her son, Michael (Diane) Klatt of Rapid City, and a grandson, Ryan Klatt of St. Paul. She was preceded in death by her husband, five sisters and a brother.

It was a big weekend for the Thorpe family. Tori received her doctorate in physical therapy at USD, and Kylee received her bachelor’s degree in natural science (biology) at SDSU. Kylee will be headed in August to Joplin, Mo., to attend Kansas City University School of Dentistry.

Grant Judson graduated from USD Saturday and began work Monday at the state Bureau of Finance and Management in Pierre.

Dale Brickner, 83, died May 3. A prayer service at 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday) at Faith Lutheran Church will be preceded by visitation from 6 to 7. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday.

The annual Academic Excellence Luncheon with the governor hosted by the Associated School Boards of South Dakota again welcomed the top 1% of the state’s graduating class. Representing local schools were Morgan Johnson and Jordan Mayer of Riggs High, Cadence Hand of Stanley County and Stevie Wittler of Sully Buttes.

Priscilla “Pat” Olson, 85, died April 27 at Avantara in Pierre. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at Isburg Funeral Chapel. Pat and her family settled in Bowdle. Later she lived in Aberdeen and Rapid City before coming to Pierre in 2017. She is survived by her daughter, LeAnn (Mel) Burdick of Wichita, Kan.; two granddaughters, and two sisters, Shirley Becker and Donna (Gary) Fischer, both of Pierre. Pat was preceded in death by her parents and two sons, David Doerr and Timothy Doerr.

Jayda Boxley graduated from Northern State University last Saturday with a bachelor of science degree in psychology.

Jason Knox of Rapid City spent last weekend in Tucson, Ariz., to visit his brother, Ryan, and see Ryan in Rogue Theatre’s production of “Love’s Labour Lost.” Meanwhile, Jason plays Judas in the musical, “Godspell,” at Seraphim Entertainment in Rapid City, beginning this weekend and continuing next weekend.

Chris Sonnenschein’s son Chris of Harrisburg High School placed fifth in the 110-meter hurdles event at the Howard Wood Dakota Relays.

Riggs High alumna Kristen Job will graduate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on May 17 with her Ph.D. in educational studies with an emphasis on twice-exceptional learners.

Betty (Riggle Warne) Norman, 94, died April 30 at Edgewood Living in Pierre. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Born in Indiana, Betty came to Pierre with her family as a teen-ager and graduated from high school in Pierre. She earned a teaching certificate at Northern State Teachers College. Betty married Leonard Warne, and they raised five children. She married Gaylord Norman in 1992 and became stepmother to his five children. Betty is survived by her husband, Gaylord Norman; her children, Cindy (Dave) ‘Bisbee, Monte (Pam) Warne, Mona Weiger, Sue (Roger) Hodge and Karen Warne; five grandchildren, and all of Gaylord’s family of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Kyley Cumbow, who has spent 18 years as assistant principal and more recently principal of Georgia Morse Middle School, will leave the Pierre district at the end of this school year to be superintendent of the Hot Springs school district. The new GMMS principal will be Brandon Lowery, who currently is assistant principal.

Dr. Jalen and Tiera (Feller) Lamb are the parents of twin boys, Boden and Watson, who were born last week. They join sister Layla, 4 1/2, and brother Vance, 2, in the Lamb family. Paternal grandparents are Joey and Brenda Lamb of Onida, and great-grandmother is Dorothy Lamb.

Riggs High senior Sydney Uhrig has signed a letter of intent to attend Grand View University in Des Moines where she will be part of the women’s wrestling program.

Nine local hockey players have been selected by the South Dakota Amateur Hockey Association to participate in the Northern Plains District Development Camp in Grand Forks this weekend. Brecken Fuhrman and Carter Sanderson will be part of the boys’ camp, and Elliot Bertsch, Brylee Kafka, Ava Lavinger, Mallory Lehrkamp, Dakota McEntaffer, Raegan Pfeifer and Katherine Reiss will attend the girls’ camp. In addition, Carter Sanderson, a former Oahe Capitals player, was drafted in the fourth round of the USHL draft by the Muskegon, Mich., Lumberjacks.

Nick Wittler, Sully Buttes alumnus, graduated from Dakota Wesleyan University last weekend with a bachelor of science degree in business administration.

Troy Schaefer, Riggs High alumnus with the Class of 1983 who now lives in Rapid City, will be one of the 2024 inductees into the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame. The induction program will take place Aug. 24 at the Ramkota in Sioux Falls. Troy was one of the state’s finest all-around athletes, now only starring in basketball with Governor teams but also playing football and tennis. He went on to play football during his college years at Augustana. Troy led the Pierre boys to the Class ‘A” state title in his junior year, 1982. The Govs finished second at the state tournament when he was a senior in 1983, averaging 19 points per game. He was co-Mr. Basketball in South Dakota that year./

Macy Redetzke, daughter of Josh and Heather (Clausen) Redetzke of Eagan, Minn., will graduate from Eagan High School this month. She has decided to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison this fall. Her maternal grandparents are John and Carol Clausen of Pierre.


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  1. Nancy Thomsen

    Was there a publication for 5/16? If so I didn’t get it. For some reason I just got all columns from February through 5/9, which I hadn’t been receiving.


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