Vol. 20, No. 35; Thursday, May 23, 2024

May 23, 2024 | Parker's Midweek Update | 0 comments


The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.


This week’s schedules:
Track: at state meet, Sioux Falls.

Track: At the Wendelgass meet in Huron, Charlee Williams-Smith won the 400 and was second in the 200. Reese Terwilliger won the shot put. Grace Richter was second in the 400. In boys’ events Lincoln Dilges was second in the 110-meter hurdles and Carson Stoeser second in the long jump.

Baseball: The defending state champion Governors were two outs away from the state tournament as they played a best-of-three play-in series against Yankton. Pierre had won Game 1 of the series, 6-5, Friday night. In Game 2 Saturday morning Pierre led 3-1 into the bottom of the seventh (Yankton was batting as the “home team”), but back-to-back walks started a Yankton rally. They scored three runs to win, 4-3, and force a deciding third in the series. Yankton won in blowout fashion, 16-6, to advance to the state tournament. Pierre’s season ended at 13-11. Spencer Easland went 7-for-8 at the plate in the three-game series.

Baseball: Three Governors earned Class “A” All-State recognition. Jett Zabel, pitcher, and Nolan Petersen, catcher/designated hitter, were named to the first team and Ridge Leimbach, outfielder/pitcher/designated hitter, was named to the second team. Those three players, plus George Stalley, pitcher/center fielder, were named to the All-Region team.

Softball: Last week the Governor girls lost to Harrisburg, 15-0; to Roosevelt, 5-1, and to Washington, 8-0. Going into Tuesday’s SoDak 16 round as the 16th seed, Pierre had to go back to play #1 Harrisburg again, and the Govs lost 16-1 in a game that ended after four innings. The final record for the season was 3-19.


— Track: at state meet, Sioux Falls.

Track: At the last-chance meet in Gettysburg, Brianna Sargent placed second in the 400 in 1:03.97. Spencer Sargent was fourth in the 800. Raegan Taylor was fifth in both the triple jump and the long jump. The 4×400 relay team of Paxton Deal, Noah Baldwin, Landon Bame and Colton Brady placed third in their race in :46.51.

Golf: SCHS will have Barret Schweitzer and Wyatt Mortenson playing in the state tournament Monday and Tuesday after they qualified out of Monday’s regional tournament.


— Track: at state meet, Sioux Falls.

Track: At the last-chance meet in Gettysburg, Olivia Olson was the winner in the 300-meter hurdles in a personal-best time of :46.81. She was also second in the 200 in :27.42. Addison Chicoine was third in the shot put at 32’11”. In boys’ events Atticus Miles was third in the javelin at 131’9″ and Gavin Barber third in the 400 in :52.62.

Golf: Sully Buttes will have athletes in both the girls and boys state “B” golf tournaments in Brookings next Monday and Tuesday. In girls play at the regional Monday, Olivia Olson was second with an 85 and Berkley Birney seventh with a 95. The Charger boys were the second-place team, thus all four SBHS players get to play in the state tournament. Wesley Wittler was the individual regional champion with a round of 72, and Gavin Colson was second just a stroke behind at 73. Jonas Olson carded a 96 and Logan Severson a 111.


Thursday: coffee.
Friday-Sunday: raspberry cheesecake.
Monday-Tuesday: peach.
Wednesday-Thursday: almond.


Oahe Zap schedule:
— Thursday-Friday-Saturday-Sunday: home vs. Fremont.
— Tuesday: home vs. Spearfish.
— May 30-31: at Hastings.

Minnesota Twins schedule:
— Friday: Texas, 7:10 p.m.
— Saturday: Texas, 1:10 p.m.
— Sunday: Texas, 1:10 p.m.
— Monday: Kansas City, 1:10 p.m.
— Tuesday: Kansas City, 6:40 p.m.
— Wednesday: Kansas City, 6:40 p.m.
— Thursday: Kansas City, 12:10 p.m.

High school baseball: Eight teams instead of four advanced to the state “A” tournament this year. Friday quarterfinal pairings in Sioux Falls, featuring six Metro area teams—Harrisburg vs. Yankton, O’Gorman vs. Rapid City Stevens, Lincoln vs. Roosevelt, Brandon Valley vs. Tea Area.

Pierre Post 8 early-season schedule:
— May 30: at Watertown, 5 and 7 p.m.
— May 31: at Brookings, 5 and 7 p.m.
— June 4: home vs. Renner, 5 and 7 p.m.
— June 5: at Mandan, 5 and 7 p.m.
— June 10: at Rapid City Post 320, 5 and 7 p.m.
— June 14-16: at Sioux Falls Dakota Classic.

Sioux Falls Canaries (Spencer Sarringar): It took nearly two weeks for Spencer to have a game in which he did not hit safely. In a 10-6 win at Kane County in Illinois, Spence went 2 for 5, scored twice and drove in two, including a home run. In a home-opener series Sioux Falls won two of three over Fargo-Moorhead. In a 9-5 win Spencer was 2-for-3, walked once, scored once, singled twice and earned an RBI on a bases-loaded walk. In a 7-1 loss, he was 1-for-3, singling once and walking once. In a 6-1 win he was 1-for-4, scored once and drove in a pair of runs on a first-inning single. On Monday in a 9-6 loss to Cleburne, Spence finally was held hitless in four at-bats. He did not play in
Tuesday’s u7-4 loss to Cleburne. Yesterday afternoon the Canaries were trimmed by Cleburne, 12-1, and Spence went 1-for-2. Their record is now 7-5. The Canaries’ schedule for the coming week: Friday-Saturday-Sunday, at Milwaukee; Monday and Wednesday8, at Gary-South Shore.


“May you never be the reason why someone who loved to sing doesn’t any more. Or why someone who always spoke so excitedly about their dreams is now silent about them. May you never be the reason someone gave up on a part of themselves because you were demotivating, non-appreciative, hypercritical or, even worse, sarcastic about it.”
— Mistafa Ibrahim.


Texas State baseball (Peyton Zabel): Texas State lost two of three games to Southern Mississippi, winning 7-5 and losing 6-3 and 5-3. With an overall record of 27-29 and a conference mark of 13-17, the Bobcats did not qualify for their conference tournament this week, so their season is over. In the 6-3 loss, Peyton was tagged with the pitching loss even though he pitched only one inning as the second relief pitcher. He faced six batters, getting two on grounders, striking out one, walking one and allowing two hits and two runs.

South Dakota State baseball (Brady Hawkins): The Jackrabbits lost two of three to Omaha as their season ended. SDSU lost 16-6 in eight innings, lost 10-2 to be eliminated from the Summit League tournament, and won 14-11. Brady was fourth relief pitcher in the first game, facing 13 batters in two innings pitched, giving up four hits, four runs and two walks, striking out two, hitting one batter and getting two each on fly balls and grounders. SDSU’s final record is 20-29 overall and 11-17 in Summit League play.

Augustana baseball (Jack Sutton): The Vikings’ impressive season ended at the NCAA Central Regional. Augie beat Central Oklahoma, 4-3; lost to Central Missouri, 18-3; beat Central Oklahoma in an elimination game, 4-3, and lost again to Central Missouri, 13-2. Augie’s final record is 47-10 overall and 32-6 in the NSIC.;


  • Starting with next Thursday’s edition on May 30, we will begin our usual every-other-week schedule for the Midweek Update until the school year starts in August.


2 days: Pierre air show (May 25-26).
4 days: Memorial Day (May 27).
7 days: State softball tournaments, Aberdeen (May 30-31, June 1).
11 days: State girls golf tournaments (AA Yankton, A Sioux Falls, B Brookings) (June 3-4).
11 days: State ‘B’ boys golf tournament, Brookings (June 3-4).
12 days: Primary elections and municipal elections (June 4).
17 days: Black Hills Playhouse’s “The Play That Goes Wrong” (June 9-23).
22 days: Oahe Days music and arts festival (June 14-15).
22 days: Flag Day (June 14).
24 days: Fathers Day (June 16).
28 days: First day of summer (June 20).
38 days: Black Hills Playhouse’s “The Little Mermaid” (June 30-July 14).


Thursday, May 23:
Caroline Zebroski, Kade Binegar, Matt Gill, Hunter Canode, Andrew Schneider, Billy Serbousek, Bob Jeffries, Morgan Freidel.
— 9th anniversary, Dmitri/Brittni Melius.
— 9th anniversary, Aaron/Claire Rumpca.
— 32nd anniversary, John/Heather Forney.
— 12th anniversary, Maxx/Macy Vaudrin.
— 9th anniversary, Dustin/Tarin James.
— 15th anniversary, Neils/Kara (Gloe) Christofferson.

Friday, May 24:
Cameron Pottorff, Kellen Pottorff, Tony Jockheck, Adrian Freidel, Hannah Maxwell, Stephanie Paul, Betsy Valnes, Luke Schanzenbach, Gio Cappellano.
— 10th anniversary, Mick/Jenny (Ness) Hofer.
— 21st anniversary, Gary/Molly Redden.
— 10th anniversary, Cody/Darcy (Unruh) Keiser.

Saturday, May 25:
Kris Schneider, Caitlin Reimers, Bronson Schiefelbein, Jennifer (Duba) Erlandson, Kristen (Hanson) Gauske, Michael Lyons, Ryan Russell, Jessica Smith, Ronda (Zebroski) Kline, Dave Mack.
— 47th anniversary, Neil/Susan Ogan.

Sunday,, May 26:
Chuck Quinn, Isabel Gander, Jessica Lomheim, Will Mortenson, Ryan Goehring, Brandon Christiansen, Adrie Frame, Jackie (Schall) Shepherd, Beth Yackley-Rinehart, Bergen Osterkamp, Abby Kennison, Conor Cruse, Chad Gran.
— Anniversary, Eric/Laurie Feiler.
— 11th anniversary, Tim/Rachel (Knutson) Steece.
— 12th anniversary, Mike/McLean (Thompson) Kerver.
— 29th anniversary, Derk/Teresa (Tassler) Campbell.

Monday, May 27:
Audrie Morris, Emma Haberman, Mary Peterson, Kristi (Kennedy) Van Winkle, Erin Stars, Marcia Mack, Debbie (Willingham) Hubbard, Troy Fox.
— 7th anniversary, Ryker/Angela (Koch) Tieszen.
— 18th anniversary, Jason/Deanna Reitz.
— 7th anniversary, Cody/Jessica (Blackmore) Nilson.
— 8th anniversary, Alex/Nikki (Douglas) Jensen.

Tuesday, May 28:
Brian Custer, Dave Hauschild, Larry Johnson, Sarah Deters, Mary Heidelberger, Emma Lundeen, Sophia Lundeen.
— 19th anniversary, Brian/Nicole (Miller) Willis.
— 19th anniversary, Tom/Erin (Nielsen) Nielsen.
— 19th anniversary, Ross/Jessica (Duba) Castelli.
— 7th anniversary, Taylor/Bethany Brock.
— 8th anniversary, Ryan/Elizabeth (Nail) Miller.
— 13th anniversary, Chad/Amanda (Sorensen) Jungman.
— 7th anniversary, Damon/Jessica Thielen.
— 13th anniversary, Brian/Caitlin (Feller) Kemnitz.
— 8th anniversary, David/Georgina (McKee) Smith.

Wednesday, May 29:
Hunter Hamre, Kimberly Coats, Helen Stahl, Gail Opoien, Breanna Bishop, Austin Senger, Ray Hunsley, Teagan Madden, Dax Cappellano, Cora Hachem.
— 31st anniversary, Carter/Anne Taylor.
— 54th anniversary, Galen/Ann Jordre.
— 3rd anniversary, Taylor/Lorena (Reichert) Hamblin.
— 14th anniversary, Matt/Kacy (Hutchinson) Gill.
— 31st anniversary, Dan/Deb (Kern) Workman.
— 14th anniversary, Tony/Jessica Jockheck.
— Anniversary, Ken/Joyce Koistinen.
— 15th anniversary, John/Callie (Buechler) Morris.
— 63rd anniversary, Larry/Gail Lyngstad/
— 20th anniversary, Dustin/Tina (Peterson) Ottenbacher.
— 20th anniversary, Mike/Meghann Klinger.

Thursday, May 30:
Jaxon Griffith, Paul Schoenfelder, Kristin McNeely, Priscilla Sommer, Eric Lebida, Judy Rapp, Jamie Lamb, Calvin Marso, Aaron Propst, Brianna Binger, Trish (Curtis) Schloeder, Jordan Bordewyk, Jason Rodgers, Linda Lomheim.
— 9th anniversary, Jason/Kelsey Mangan.
— 9th anniversary, Will/Shuree Mortenson.
— 9th anniversary, Drew/Nicole Mickelson.
— 9th anniversary, Austin/Moriah (Wagner) Gross.


All concerts are on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. at the Steamboat Park amphitheater except for the July 4 concert on a Thursday at 9 p.m.

June 5: “Strike Up the Band.”
June 12: “Salute to the U.S. Flag/Across the USA.”
June 19: “Shall We Dance?”
June 26: “Carnival of Instruments”
July 4: “Let Freedom Ring”
July 10: “Christmas in July”
July 17: “The Force Be With You” (the music of John Williams)
July 24: “Broadway Showstoppers”


One of the biggest mistakes in life is to allow yourself to be recruited by someone to hate another human being who has never wronged you. Only fools inherit other people’s enemies as some weird sign of loyalty.
— The Mind Unleashed


Pierre’s Memorial Day program will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at the Riggs theater, preceded by Capital City Band music starting at 10:30.

Blunt’s annual Memorial Day observance will start at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, followed by lunch at the Blunt Community Center.

Cammy (Clark) Theeler last week was approved as a federal district judge by the U.S. Senate by a vote of 90-4.

John Lathrop, 41, Aberdeen, died May 5 in Hillsboro, Ore., after a long battle with mental illness. A celebration of his life is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, June 1, at First United Methodist Church in Pierre. John graduated from Aberdeen Central High School in 2001. He is survived by his mother, Librada (Larry) Mills, of Pierre; his brother, Jeff (Holly) Lathrop; two nephews and a niece.,

Rowan Murphy, daughter of Ryan and Trish Murphy, graduated from Lincoln High School in Sioux Falls. She is headed this fall to Minnesota State-Mankato to double-major in exercise science and pre-physical therapy. She is also on scholarship for dance.

Brianna Sargent of Riggs High School signed her letter of intent to attend Black Hills State to play soccer there.

Jeff Mammenga aced the fourth hole at Hillsview Golf Course last weekend. Actually it was what he called a “mulligan hole-in-one.” His original tee shot was a bad one, so he teed off again, and this time he found the cup.

Keith Gesinger, 62, Ridgeview, died May 16 at Arizona City, Ariz. His funeral is being held this (Thursday) morning at 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church in Fort Pierre. John went to grade school at Ridgeview and graduated from high school in Eagle Butte. He married Beth Scott in 1984. They worked for his father in ranching and farming. Later they established their own Hanging G Ranch, expanded their herd and added farming. He is survived by his wife, Beth; his daughter, Anndee; his brothers, Jim (Marie) Gesinger of Cacapon, W.Va.; Steve Gesinger of Arizona City, Ariz., and Greg (Karen) Gesinger of Miller; his sisters, Sharon (Jim ) Wright of Parade and Ruth Gesinger of Belle Fourche; his mother-in-law, Elaine Scott, and many other relatives.

Watch in the state track meet results this weekend for how Clay Sonnenschein (son of Chris Sonnenschein) and Tate Larson (son of Derrick Larson), both from Harrisburg, do in the hurdles events. Last week at Harrisburg’s last-chance meet, Tate was first and Clay second, both with a time of :14.67, in the 110-meter hurdles. That is the second-highest time in Class “AA” so far this season. In the 300-meter hurdles Clay was first in :40.36, the fourth-best time in “AA” this season.

Bennett Jockheck, son of Andy and Joie (Schuetzle) Jockheck, was named first-team all-conference as a defenseman in the sport of lacrosse for the Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, high school team.

Last week we reported Tori Thorpe had graduated in physical therapy from USD. What we didn’t know at the time is that Dr. Thorpe is one of the recipients of the Distinguished Academic Achievement award from the P.T. school.

The Verendrye Museum on Main Street in Fort Pierre has undergone a revamping, and it’s ready for summertime tourists and other visitors. The ribbon-cutting and grand opening there will take place at 10 a.m. this Friday, May 24.

The oldest grandchild of Doug and Julie Osnes is graduating from Lincoln Southeast High School in Nebraska. Emme Jules Antholz is the daughter of Travis and Amber (Osnes) Antholz. She plans to attend the University of Kansas in the honors program and major in biology.

One of this year’s class of inductees into the South Dakota High School Baseball Association Hall of Fame will be Pierre’s Peyton Zabel. The induction ceremony will take place between semifinal games at the state tournament in Sioux Falls this Saturday.

At the awards program at Riggs High School, one of Don Shields’ former basketball players, Kelly (Lingle) Royer, presented the Don Shields Lasting Legacy Scholarship, worth $3,000, to Jarron Beck.

David Geisler, 86, Murdo, renowned across the state for his tourism promotions, including his Pioneer Auto Museum along I-90 in Murdo, died May 17 at Hans P. Petersen Memorial Hospital in Philip. Visitation will be this Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Messiah Lutheran Church in Murdo. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Harold Thune Auditorium in Murdo. Mr. Geisler is survived by six children, Vivian (Jeff) Sonder, Patricia (Don) Tyus, Jennifer (Bryan) Kaiser, David (Ann) Geisler, Becca Vance and Bobbi (Gary) Drewes; his sister, Roma Bunch; 13 grandchildren and many other relatives.

Pierre native Brady Smith (Riggs ’97) and his wife Emily had their youngest child, Liam, graduate last week from Ralston Valley High School in Aurora, Colo., an eastern suburb of Denver. All of the Smith children were home to see their brother graduate. The oldest, Olivia, works at a mall now but in her spare time is training as an interpreter with a goal of living in Japan. Oldest son Brian joined the U.S. Army two years ago for satellite ground equipment maintenance and repair. His first duty station was Korea, and he has been there since April 2023. He came home this month but will return to Korea for another year of duty. Middle son Jack just finished his second year at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y., studying mechanical engineering. He is going to live in Boston this summer before returning to RIT for an internship associated with the school.

Trumpet players (or other instrumentalists) across the area, remember the annual “Taps” Across America, which takes place at 3 p.m. local time anywhere as musicians go out onto the streets to play “Taps” in honor of the deceased servicemen and women being honored on Memorial Day.

The spring semester Dean’s List at the University of South Dakota includes the following students from our local area: Alyssa Goble, Andie Allison, Abigail Huebner, Gabriella Linn, Margaret Maher, Ellie Smith, Jordyn Sosa, Jack Van Camp, Austyn Wiebe, Taryn Kenzy, Griffin Petersen, Garrett Petersen, Paul Adam, Danielle Beck, Danielle DeVaney, Elias Gilk, Matthew Hanson, Ajaye Hicks, Hanna Jerome, Carston Miller, Jordan Morley, Morkeia Mutchelknaus, Carissa Ott, Tessa Putzier, Nolan Rounds, Owen Seibel, Alexandra Smith, Emerie Stephens, Maegan Walsh, Tyler Want, Raegan Wiebe, Janaina Zanin, Dylan Mollman, Alec Richards.

Part-time USD students who earned spots on the Academic Honors List for the spring semester included Erika Bruns, Mary Howard, Grant Judson and Rylie Miller.

David Miller, 34, died at home in Sioux Falls May 18, eight days shy of his 35th birthday. Visitation will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. tonight (Thursday) at New Life Assembly of God in Pierre. The funeral will be held there at 10:30 a.m. Friday. David graduated from Riggs High School in 2007 and attended Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown where he graduated as a certified diesel mechanic. He spent his career with Matzen Farms, Inc. He is survived by his parents, Jan and Tammy Miller; his sisters, Angela Allum, Mindy Allum and Audrey Miller, and his grandparents, Milo and Kathy Klein.


The most valuable thing you own in your life is your time and energy because both are limited.
— Anthony Hopkins


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