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PIERRE GOVERNORS SPORTS ROUNDUP

This week’s schedules:
Track—Thursday, at Huron meet.
Boys tennis—Thursday-Saturday, at state tournament, Sioux Falls.
Girls golf—Thursday, at Brookings invitational; Monday, at Watertown invitational.

Girls golf: At a tournament in Mitchell Friday, Pierre placed fifth among 16 teams. Halle Gronlund tied for 10th place with a 14-over-par 86. Annabelle Simpson tied for 14th at 87. Anna Otto carded a 93, Ellie Jo Simpson 97 and Jessa McTighe 98.

Boys tennis: At the ESD Conference meet, Pierre finished seventh. Governor placers: #1 singles, Jace Wernsmann third; #4 singles, Ryan Warne sixth; #5 singles, Grant Judson third; #6 singles Luke Leingang second; #1 doubles, Wernsmann/Warne sixth; #3 doubles, Cole Nelson/Spencer Davis fifth.

Track: Pierre had three conference champions at the ESD Conference meet. Paul Adam won the boys long jump at 20’4 3/4″. Mackenzie Rath won the girls shot put at 30’2 3/4″ and the discus at 123’0″. Adam also was fifth in the high jump, Cobey Carr second in the triple jump, Jack Maher second in the discus and fifth in the shot put and Tucker Berens fourth in both the 400 and the 800. Isabella Jackley was second in the 400-meter run.

Track: Pierre’s JV athletes and a few varsity competitors joined athletes from Stanley County, Sully Buttes, Dupree, Jones County, Aberdeen Central and Potter County at the last regular-season meet Monday. Pierre had 21 first-place finishers. In girls’ events they were Emry Heiss in the long jump, Mack Rath in the discus and shot put, Morgan Jones in the high jump, Micah Moser in the pole vault, Isabella Jackley in the 200, Emily Mikkelsen in the 400, Jessica Lutmer in the 800 and 1600, Haylee Hauck in the 100 and Allycen Hermann in the 300-meter hurdles. In boys’ events the first-place winners for Pierre were Tucker Berens in the 400 and 800, Paul Adam in the 100 and 200, Canyon Jones in the pole vault, Vick Becker in the high jump, Jack Maher in the shot put and discus, Cobey Carr in the triple jump and Zach Letellier in the long jump.

STANLEY COUNTY BUFFALOES SPORTS ROUNDUP

This week’s schedules:
Track—Thursday, at Region 6A meet, Stephan.
Golf—Monday, at region tournament, Huron.

LIFE LESSONS

Evil enters like a needle and spreads like an oak tree.

— Ethiopian proverb

SULLY BUTTES CHARGERS SPORTS ROUNDUP

This week’s schedules:
Track—Thursday, at Region 2B meet, Gettysburg.
Golf—Monday, at region tournament, Huron.

Golf: At the Central South Dakota Conference meet the Charger girls won the team title with Lauren Wittler first, Kara Huse fourth and Lydia Hill fifth. On the boys’ side Nick Wittler placed sixth.

COUNTDOWN

3 days: Riggs High graduation (May 19).
3 days: Stanley County High graduation (May 19).
7 days: Last day of school at Stanley County (May 23).
8 days: Pierre Trappers season opener (May 24).
8 days: State track meets, Sioux Falls/Tea/Brandon (May 24-25).
13 days: Post 8 season opener (May 29).
16 days: Casey Tibbs Match of Champions bronc ride (June 1).
16 days: Crazy Horse volksmarch (June 1).
18 days: State ‘AA’ girls golf tournament, Watertown (June 3-4).
18 days: State golf tournaments, ‘B’ Mitchell, ‘A’ Aberdeen (June 3-4).
21 days: South Dakota Shakespeare Festival, Vermillion (June 6-9).
22 days: Women’s soccer World Cup (June 7-July 7).
24 days: Tony awards, CBS-TV (June 9).
29 days: Black Hills Playhouse’s “Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood” (June 14-30).
35 days: Oahe Days (June 20-22).
36 days: Riggs High Class of 2009 10-year reunion (June 21-22).
36 days: Riggs High Class of 1979 40-year reunion (June 21-22).

CONSIDER THIS

A symphony must be like the world. It must contain everything.

— Gustav Mahler

COLLEGE SPORTS ROUNDUP

Softball: We haven’t been following college softball here, but this has been a great spring for that sport in South Dakota colleges. This weekend Augustana, having won its regional, plays Central Oklahoma in a best-of-three super regional with the winner advancing to the national tournament. This weekend USD plays Purdue in Ames, Iowa, to start one of the NISC women’s regionals. The Coyotes were regular-season champions in the Summit League and thus earned the bid to the invitational tournament when NDSU won the Summit tournament to advance to the Division I regional.

Northern baseball (Spencer Sarringar): At the NSIC conference tournament the Wolves lost to Minnesota State-Mankato in 10 innings, 4-2, as Spencer had a double in four at-bats. NSU stayed alive with a 10-0 win over Minnesota-Crookston. Spencer had a two-run double in the seventh inning and a single in the eighth, driving in two runs and scoring three times. NSU was eliminated by Minot State, 5-2, as Spencer drew two walks in that game. The Wolves, who finished the season with a 26-25 record, will lose by graduation nine seniors who made the NSIC tourney three times during their careers. In his first season Spencer, who will have three years of eligibility left started 26 games and played in 41. He had a batting average of .311, third-highest on the team, with 32 hits (six of them doubles and five of them homers) and 21 runs batted in. He stole six bases in six tries.

South Dakota State baseball (Landon Badger, Quinn Reimers): The Jackrabbits split a weekend pair with Oral Roberts, and the third game was cancelled by weather. In a 5-4 win Landon as 0-for-3 and walked once. In a five-inning 5-3 loss he walked twice and scored once. Now 25-19 overall and 17-9 in the Summit League, SDSU finishes the regular season with three games at NDSU this weekend.

Minnesota baseball (Nolan Burchill): The Gophers took two of three from Maryland. In a 7-3 loss Nolan pitched 2 1/3 innings, keeping Maryland scoreless in the eighth and ninth innings. He faced nine batters, striking out five and allowing three hits. Minnesota plays three at Northwestern this weekend. The Gophers are 24-24 overall and 13-8 in the Big 10.

Black Hills State track (Allan McDonnell, Kelsey Van Den Hemel): In a last-chance meet at Nebraska-Kearney, Allan placed third in the high jump at 6’6 1/4″.

South Dakota track (Madason Tessier, Maddy McClure): The Coyote men were third and the women second at the Summit League championships. USD’s conference champions were Zack Anderson in the high jump, Chris Nilsen in the pole vault at 19’3/4″, Eldon Warner in the 1500, Lara Boman in the hammer throw, Kimmy Peterson in the pole vault and Britny Kerr in the high jump.

Augustana baseball: The Vikings swept through the NSIC tournament with four wins and moved up to get the #1 seed in the NCAA Div. II Central Region. In its half of the regional Augie will host #8 Oklahoma Baptist at 7 p.m. Thursday at Ronken Field following the 3:30 game between #4 Minnesota State and #5 Arkansas-Monticello. The double-elimination tourney runs through Saturday. The champion will face the champion of the other half of the Central Region in a super regional May 24-25 with that winner going to the national tournament in Cary, N.C. The other half of the Central Region at Warrensburg, Mo., will have #2 Central Missouri-#7 Missouri Southern and #3 St. Cloud State-#6 Central Oklahoma. Pierre’s Peyton Zabel played in two games early in the season but was injured and missed the rest of the season, awaiting Tommy John surgery.

South Dakota State track (Riley Sears, Rachel Propst, Addison Eisenbeisz): At the Summit League championships Riley placed fourth in the high jump, tying his season-best height of 6’7″. Addy tied for fourth in the high jump at 5’3″ and placed fourth in the triple jump at 35’9 1/4″, just two inches short of her personal-best. Rachel was ninth in the 3000-meter steeplechase in 11:47.75 and 14th in the 1500 in 4:57.56. The SDSU men were second and the women fifth as NDSU won both men’s and women’s divisions of the meet. Jackrabbit conference champs included Kyle Burdick in the 10,000 meters Joseph Minor-Williams in the 5000, Coby Hilton in the 100 and 200, Cal Lawton in the 800, Oksana Covey in the women’s 800, Rachel King in the 3000-meter steeplechase and 5000, and the men’s 4x100 relay team.

WEDDING DAYS

June 8: Chad Underberg/Bobbi Bourk.
June 8: Frank Turner/Jasmin Fosheim.
June 8: Joseph Rezac/Brittanie Blaseg.
Aug. 17: Lane Severyn/Anne Marie Holter.
Aug. 31: Devin Maki/Karlie Warne.

HOCKEY UPDATE

Sioux Falls Stampede: In the Clark Cup championship series the Stampede defeated Chicago in the first game, 3-2, on Jared Westcott’s goal with five minutes left. The attendance was 6, 912. In Game #2 Andre Lee scored with four minutes remaining in the second overtime as the Stampede beat Chicago, 3-2, to take a 2-0 series lead in the best-of-five series. The third game is in Chicago Friday; the fourth game, if necessary, in Chicago Saturday, and the fifth game, if necessary, back in Sioux Falls Tuesday.

THOUGHT FOR TODAY

Pure mathematics is in its way the poetry of logical ideas.

— Albert Einstein

SOCCER UPDATE

Minnesota United FC: The Loons fell to Chicago, 2-0. They play in MLS action at home vs. Columbus Saturday, then host Hertha Berlin in an international friendly next Wednesday.

Sioux Falls Thunder: The Thunder stand at 1-1 after a 4-0 home win over LC Aris FC from LaCrosse. Sioux Falls is home Saturday vs. Med City FC from Rochester at the USF sports complex.

FOOTBALL UPDATE

Sioux Falls Storm: The Storm defeated Green Bay, 44-37, to improve to 8-2. Sioux Falls hosts Nebraska Saturday night.

ZESTO SHERBET SCHEDULE

Thursday: root beer.
Friday-Sunday: lime.
Monday-Tuesday: laffy taffy.
Wednesday-Thursday: coffee.

WORDS OF WISDOM

Go to heaven for the climate; to hell for the company.

— Mark Twain

BASEBALL UPDATE

Minnesota Twins:
Thursday—at Seattle, 9;10, FSN, MLBN.
Friday—at Seattle, 9:10, FSN.
Saturday—at Seattle, 9:10, FSN.
Sunday—at Seattle, 3:10, FSN.
Monday—at Los Angeles Angels, 9:07, FSN.
Tuesday—at Los Angeles Angels, 9:07, FSN.
Wednesday—at Los Angeles Angels, 9:07, FSN, MLBN.

Chicago Cubs:
Thursday—at Cincinnati, 5:40, MLBN.
Friday—at Washington, 6:05, MLBN.
Saturday—at Washington, 6:15, Fox.
Sunday—at Washington, 6:05, ESPN.
Monday—Philadelphia, 7:05, MLBN.
Tuesday—Philadelphia, 6:05, ESPN.
Wednesday—Philadelphia, 7:05, MLBN.
Thursday—Philadelphia, 1:20.

Colorado Rockies (times MDT):
Friday–at Philadelphia, 5:05.
Saturday—at Philadelphia, 2:05, MLBN.
Sunday—at Philadelphia, 11:05.
Tuesday—at Pittsburgh, 5:05.
Wednesday—at Pittsburgh, 5:05.
Thursday—at Pittsburgh, 10:35 a.m.

Pierre high school baseball: The Governors went 3-1 in four home games and finished the regular season with a 13-5 record. In Pierre’s 1-0 win over Sioux Falls Washington, Garrett Stout pitched six innings, striking out six and allowing four hits. Jack Van Camp came in in relief, then Matt Lusk got the last two outs. Stout was 2-of-3 as a hitter. Pierre beat Washington, 7-1, as Maguire Raske hurled a one-hitter through 6 1/3 innings, striking out eight and allowing a single run. He left because of the pitch-count limitation. Lusk pitched the final two-thirds of an inning. Cade Hinkle was 2-of-2 at the plate. Harrisburg scored the winning run in the top of the sixth in a 3-2 win over the Governors. Grey Zabel struck out six and gave up a lone hit in five shutout innings. Van Camp pitched 1 1/3 innings, giving up three runs and three hits and fanning one. Andy Gordon was 2-of-3 as a hitter. In the nightcap the Governors, down 5-0 at one point, scored four runs in the fifth and two in the sixth to tie the game, then scored an unearned run in the eighth to win, 7-6.

High school baseball Class “A” regionals Saturday:
— at Pierre:
Noon: Pierre vs. Huron.
2:00: Harrisburg vs. Sioux Falls Roosevelt.
4:00: Championship game.
— at Sioux Falls:
O’Gorman vs. Watertown; Yankton vs. Brookings.
— at Brandon:
Brandon Valley vs. Douglas; Lincoln vs. Washington.
— at Sturgis:
Sturgis vs. Stevens; Mitchell vs. R.C. Central.
(In the state semifinals at the Sioux Falls Stadium May 25, the Pierre region champion will face the Sioux Falls region champion.)

Sioux Falls Canaries: The Birds tied Lincoln in a 10-inning 9-9 game and lost to Fargo-Moorhead, 9-1, to complete the preseason with a 1-3-1 record. Sioux Falls opens the American Association season with 13 straight road games, starting tonight through Sunday at Cleburne, Texas, and Monday through Wednesday at Texas (Grand Prairie).

GOLF UPDATE

PGA Champions Tour (Tom Byrum): Tom had earned a total of just shy of $68,000 in four tournaments so far this golf season, but on Monday, as the Regions Tradition tournament concluded a day late in Birmingham, Ala., he accumulated $115,200 in one swoop, placing fifth with an 11-under-par 277 on rounds of 71, 69, 66 and 71. It is his best finish of the year. The Champions Tour is off this weekend, awaiting the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship at Rochester, N.Y., May 23-26.

DID YOU KNOW?

Our body gives enough heat in 30 minutes to boil 1 1/2 liters of water.

BIRTHDAYS/ANNIVERSARIES

Thursday, May 16:
Tammy Williams, Scott Kennedy, Colleen (Colson) Pool, Brent Baumberger, Grady Larson, Jett Zabel, Whitney Jandreau, Jack Shives, Emma Lusk, Cody Nicholas, Nick Jung, Becky DeYonge.
— 10th anniversary, Jay/Kasey (Anderson) Cappellano.

Friday, May 17:
Josh Davis, Bill Squires, Eileen Bertsch, Gus Terveen, Angie (Wire) Fouts, Calla Ellis, Diana Melvin, Blair Krueger, Mat Ripperger, Tyler Hoffman, Uncle Matt Schatz, Meshanna Heckenlaible, Lanete (McFarling) Kotilnek.
— 10th anniversary, Matt/Blair (Simon) Picchietti.
— 5th anniversary, Charlie/Stephanie Moore.
— 39th anniversary, Hal/Marie Rumpca.
— 5th anniversary, Cole/Jennifer (Glanzman) Uecker.
— 16th anniversary, Dan/Sarah (Shepherd) Schulte.
— 16th anniversary, Arlo/Chandra (Miller) Brower.

Saturday, May 18:
Will Hansen, Joanne Andersen, Bryce Herr, Clay Roberts, Doug Marsh, Sara (Tillman) Anderson, Sommar (Jastorff) Nelson, Josh Zellmer.

Sunday, May 19:
Julie Smith, Darin Boe, Jack Runyan, Casey Hight, Matt Koester, Emily Swanstrom, Shawna (Miller) Lizotte, Michelle (Beemer) DeWitt, Mike Yackley, Paula Welch, Casey Templeton, Jeff Hayward, Nola Terveen, Onie Neuharth (#90), Tim Davis, Gordon Woods.
— 12th anniversary, Tim/Melissa Schumacher.
— 7th anniversary, Seth/Karae (Englehart) Parsons.
— 35th anniversary, Tim/Barb Bjorneberg.
— 40th anniversary, Kevin/Brenda Goeden.

Monday, May 20:
Lisa Chamley, Maggie Lanning, Taynen Stout, Katie (Hallock) Moberg, Murray Thompson, Caleb Kuszmaul, Mark Leiferman, Polly Gill, Renessa Williams, Owen Joy, Elliesia Nelson, Caelum Carr, Dave O’Connell, Deanna Smith, Ainsley Askew, Chad Johnson.
— 14th anniversary, Doug/Krista (Beastrom) Stevens.

Tuesday, May 21:
Boomer Kuiper, Tessa (Heiss) Krueger, Lindsey Kozel, Hayse Moore, Tara (Hyde) White, Bob McCarty, Garrett Weber, McKenna Halverson, Sam Booker.
— 3rd anniversary, Tyler/Erika Tordsen.
— 15th anniversary, Josh/Kelli (Snow) Rohrer.
— 42nd anniversary, Mark/Sheryl Nielsen.
— 8th anniversary, Mark/Alysia Livermont.
— 8th anniversary, Harry/Emily (Goeden) Decker.
— 25th anniversary, Paul/Toni Kenefick-Aschoff.
— 3rd anniversary, Cliff/Alexis (Yackley) Warner.

Wednesday, May 22:
Dick Koester, Elliot Jean Bertsch, Michell (Knoll) Peterson, Macy (Welsh) Kaiser, Scott Aker, Kim (Merkwan) Schaefer, Christopher Carter, Nicole Royer, Pat Snow, Tennyson Newman, Brian Bumann, Mandy (Hill) Johnson.
— 10th anniversary, Joe/Amy (Robinson) Ryan.
— 9th anniversary, Kipp/Kelsee (Larsen) Stahl.

Thursday, May 23:
Morgan Freidel, Jenny (Gors) Hodges, Billy Serbousek, Bob Jeffries, Kade Binegar, Matt Gill, Hunter Canode, Caroline Zebroski.
— 4th anniversary, Aaron/Claire Rumpca.
— 4th anniversary, Dmitri/Brittni Melius.
— 66th anniversary, Darrell/Sue Robbins.
— 27th anniversary, John/Heather Forney.
— 7th anniversary, Maxx/Macy Vaudrin.
— 4th anniversary, Dustin/Tarin James.
— 10th anniversary, Neils/Kara (Gloe) Christoffersen.

ISN’T IT THE TRUTH!

One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.

— Plato

PARKER’S PERSONAL NOTES

— One last reminder that the retirement of Jay Mickelson from his legendary teaching career at Riggs High will be celebrated with music, conversation, reminiscences and refreshments at 7 p.m. Monday, May 20, at First United Methodist Church. Everyone is welcome! If you are at a distance and can’t attend, you can leave an audio message for Jay. Instructions on how to do that are available on the Mick’s Mafia page on Facebook.

NEWS OF PEOPLE AND EVENTS

Long-time Pierre dentist Dr. Lloyd Johnson died at home May 11. The funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. today (Thursday) at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1220 E. Robinson, in Pierre. Visitation will be from 11:30 to 12:30 at the church. He grew up between Tolstoy and Bowdle and graduated from high school in 1949 at Plainview Academy in Redfield. He attended Union College in Nebraska. He and the former Gayle Thomas were married in 1953. They lived at 14 different places while Dr. Johnson served in the Army and pursued his education. He graduated in 1961 from the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in California. They moved to Pierre where he spent his professional life as a dentist until retiring in 2005. After retiring Dr. Johnson still served dental patients as a traveling dentist with the Delta Dental Caremobile across the state. He is survived by his son, Craig Johnson and his wife Teresa in Redmond, Wash.; his son, Marlin Johnson in Pierre; his daughter, Rhonda Goransson and her husband Scott in Plainfield, Ill.; a sister and four grandchildren.

Pierre native Jerrid Conway was married May 11 to the former Bridget Duchnik in Pennsylvania.

Two natives of the local community will be among this year’s inductees into the South Dakota High School Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame. Tom McGough, who grew up in Fort Pierre and has taught and coached in Miller for decades, will be inducted for cross country and track and field. The late Dan Thelen, a native of Pierre who taught and coached at Montrose and Huron for many years, will be inducted for his work in football and track and field. The induction luncheon will be part of the summer coaches clinic in Mitchell July 17.

Kevin Huxford of Rapid City has been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the South Dakota Army National Guard.

Seven Riggs High seniors have been awarded the R.E. Rawlins Memorial Scholarship, which is worth $5,000 per year for four years. The recipients are Ethan Hill, Dmitri Mutchelknaus, Sophia Stueven, Carly Bowman, Jordan Thompson, Adam Forman and Mattie Jones. The alternate is Halle Gronlund.

Riggs senior Carly Bowman received one of the Academic Achievement awards when the Argus Leader presented its annual Sports Awards last weekend.

A retirement open house honoring Patrick Burger took place at BankWest Tuesday afternoon. He has been with the bank for 41 years.

Gordon Tople, 80, Onida, died May 11. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Onida United Methodist Church. He was a native of Pierpont who came to Blunt to work on the Oahe Dam. He and Carol Rilling of Onida were married in 1959. They lived in Onida. Gordon worked at Rilling’s grocery store and Onida Electric and also worked in carpentry, as a farmer and as a fishing and hunting guide. He and Carol were married for 59 years until she passed away. He is survived by his son, Jim Tople and his wife Andrea; three grandchildren; three brothers; sisters-in-law LaVonne Weischedel and Barb Rilling and brother-in-law Dale Rilling.

Alex Lauseng, who earned his bachelor’s degree at USD, completed his nurse practitioner degree at Briar Cliff College in Sioux City.

Sully Buttes High alumnus Jeff Pool, who grew up in Blunt, received his master’s degree in educational leadership at Minnesota State-Mankato. Jeff, who lives with his family in Savage, Minn., has just begun working for MSU-Mankato. He also just learned he has been accepted into the school’s doctorate program and will begin those studies this fall.

Local students who received degrees at Northern State University’s commencement this month included:
— Austin Neilan, marketing.
— Dylan Bennett, marketing.
— Alex Gray, management/marketing (magna cum laude).
— Joni Willoughby, vocal and instrumental music (summa cum laude).
— Catherine Woodmansey, vocal and instrumental music (magna cum laude).

Ten heifers escaped from a horse trailer at the intersection of U.S. Highway 83 and Main Avenue in Fort Pierre Friday morning. School children and others helped round them up, and two men on horseback from Fort Pierre Livestock Auction plus a dog arrived and herded the strays north on Main to the sale barn.

Virgil “Red” Mercer, 83, Blunt, died May 9. Services were held Tuesday at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Blunt. He grew up on his family’s farm near Blunt and graduated from high school there. He married Danna Garber in 1958 and spent all of his adult life as a farmer/rancher. He is survived by his wife, Danna Mercer; his children, Penny Norris and her husband Cliff, Patti Jordre and her husband Clark, and David Mercer and his wife Jennifer; 10 grandchildren and two sisters.

Greg Jung, who has worked for 39 years as a certified nurse anesthetist, was honored in the South Dakota Association of Nurse Anesthetists publication. Greg’s son, Nick, is also a CRNA.

The world premiere of “The Guitar and Mr. Jobin,” a piece written by St. John’s University M.A. student Tom Johnson, was performed May 10 at the spring concert by the St. John’s bands in St. Paul.

Caleb Currier of Onida graduated from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor of science degree in education. Caleb majored in recreation and sport management with a double minor in business administration and communication studies. He also spent four years as one of the student managers of the Lady Vols women’s basketball team.

Maj. Rick Miller has been appointed by Governor Noem as the 14th superintendent in the history of the South Dakota Highway Patrol. Miller is an 18-year veteran of the SDHP and most recently has been assistant superintendent in charge of administrative services and special operations. He previously worked as a trooper and as a police service dog handler. Prior to joining the Patrol, Miller, a native of Watertown, served seven years with the U.S. Marine Corps. A formal transfer of command ceremony will be held at a later date at which time Miller will be promoted to the rank of colonel. Miller’s wife is the former Krista Oehlerking of Pierre.

Karissa Guthrie graduated from Northern Michigan University in Marquette at May 4 commencement exercises. Her next stop will be Downers Grove, Ill., where she will have four years of study at the Midwestern University Dental School.

Former Pierre resident Bob Sutton, who is now president and CEO of Avera Health, will be commencement speaker at both of the University of Sioux Falls graduations this Sunday—graduate at 10 a.m. and undergraduate at 2:30 p.m.—at the Washington Pavilion.

Recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Faculty Member honors at Black Hills State University is Dr. Courtney Huse Wika, associate professor of English, who has been at BHSU since 2010. She earned her B.A. in English and philosophy at Augustana and her M.A. in English and Ph.D. at USD. Her parents are Jim and Kathy Huse Wika of Spearfish. The former Kathy Huse is a native of Onida and taught at Sully Buttes High School at one time.

It was a case of you had to be there to believe it. Sully Buttes golf coach Randy Pool posted on his Facebook page what happened Monday at the Huron golf course where the Class “B” pre-region meet was being held while all of the schools’ vans, buses and other vehicles were parked in the parking lot: “A semi hauling round straw bales decided to turn around in the parking lot. As he entered the south end, he hit a black Dodge pickup, turning it into the Crow Creek Suburban, which was dragged down the line, smashing the driver’s side of the Bowdle van. It then lodged under the bumper of the Miller van. As he proceeded, he made a right turn, smashing into our Sully Buttes Suburban and trailer, pushing it backwards about six feet. It then left the scene as though nothing had happened. When we left the golf course about 4;15, the truck still had not been located. My guess is about $90,000 or more in damage.”

Named Athlete of the Week by the Pierre Athletic Coaches Association for last week were tennis doubles partners Cole Nelson and Spencer Davis.

Molly (Weisgram) Maxwell’s latest post on husband Chris’ CaringBridge page indicates her husband is making progress in his recovery from Guillianj-Barre Syndrome at Lincoln, Neb., but it is a painfully slow process, sort of like watching water boil, she says. You can follow her updates and Chris’ progress at that CaringBridge page.

Jack Taylor, whose parents Carter and Ann operated an office equipment business in Pierre on West Capitol Avenue in the old Sooper Dooper building before moving to Rapid City, will become the new assistant band director at Central High School in Rapid City this fall. He graduated from Central in 2015 and will graduate this month from Augustana University.

Dean Nelson, a native of Onida and Sully County, died Tuesday at the age of 93. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Onida Presbyterian Church. Dean grew up on the third-generation Nelson farm southeast of Onida and graduated from OHS in 1943. He married the former Harriet Adams of Gettysburg in 1946. They had seven children, including sons Scott and Lamar, who both died shortly after birth, and son Matthew, who lost his life in a farming accident at the age of 9. Dean was a successful farmer in Sully County for decades. He married the former Liza Byblow of Vancouver, B.C., in 1978. They retired in Las Vegas in 2012. Dean is survived by four daughters, Georgia Hanson and her husband Phil of Sioux Falls, Debby Bouchie and her husband Crayton of Pierre, Angela Nix of Houston, and Carol Nelson and her partner Jay Arent of Peterborough, N.H.; seven grandchildren, including Andrea Thompson, Peter Thompson, Lindy Bouchie Geraets, Heather Bouchie, Logan Bouchie, Ryan Nix and Ashley Nix, and four great-grandchildren. Among those who preceded him in death were his parents, George and Elva Nelson; his wives; his three sons; infant granddaughter Lily Bouchie; life-long friend Matt Glanzer and three sisters, Marcia Lamb, Patricia Smith and Benni Bee Severson. Dean’s obituary is one of the most interesting you will ever read. You can find it at www.feigumfh.com.