Vol. 21, No. 10; Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019

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The grand concert of this year’s South Dakota All-State Chorus and Orchestra will be televised live from the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls at 7 p.m. CDT Saturday on South Dakota Public Broadcasting’s main channel.

The guest director for the orchestra is Dr. Timothy Dixon, director of orchestral studies at Messiah College in Pennsylvania. Emily Gertes of Pierre qualified through audition to play in the second violin section.

The guest director for the chorus is Dr. Andrew Last, associate professor of music at Luther College in Iowa. Chorus members from local schools: PIERRE—Bayle Hanna, Morgan Resier, Levi McKinley, Max Sevier, Sarah Hancock, Sydney Morley, Blake Jones, Jacob Larson, Mackenzie Tucker, Claire Koenecke, Eli Houdyshell, Michael VanDeWiele, Josie Monson, Jordan Morley, Will Kessler, Isiah Hand; STANLEY COUNTY—Shantay Waldron, Kaylie Rathbun, Trace Newbold, Ravin Ayers; SULLY BUTTES—Avery Weinheimer, Angela Guthmiller, Collin Bradberry, Griffin Petersen.

In the case of Riggs High’s Sarah Hancock and Eli Houdyshell, this will be the fourth year they have been part of All-State Chorus.


Class 11AA quarterfinals Thursday:
#8 Spearfish (0-9) at #1 Pierre (9-0).
#5 Mitchell (4-5) at #4 Sturgis (4-5).
#6 Yankton (3-6) at #3 Huron (5-4).
#7 Douglas (1-8) at #2 Brookings (8-1).

Class 9A quarterfinals Thursday:
#8 Burke (7-2) at #1 Britton-Hecla (8-0).
#5 Howard (8-1) at #4 Gregory (8-1).
#6 Wall (7-2) at #3 Canistota-Freeman (8-1).
#7 Warner (7-2) at #2 Sully Buttes (9-0).


Class AA: With a few regular-season matches remaining to be played over the next week, here are the current seed-points standings: (1) Watertown (2) S.F. O’Gorman (3) Huron (4) S.F. Roosevelt (5) S.F. Washington (6) R.C. Stevens (7) S.F. Lincoln (8) Aberdeen Central (9) Harrisburg (10) Brandon Valley (11) Pierre (12) R.C. Central (13) Brookings (14) Sturgis (15) Mitchell (16) Yankton. Out of the playoffs: Douglas, Spearfish.

The top 16 teams qualify for the SoDak 16 matches Nov. 14, and the winners of those eight matches qualify for the state tournament. If the SoDak 16 were to be played today, #11 Pierre would play at #6 Stevens.

Class A: The Region 6 tournament begins Tuesday. #6 Stanley County will play at #3 Mobridge-Pollock, and #7 McLaughlin will play at #2 Chamberlain in one bracket. #4 Crow Creek hosts #5 Cheyenne-Eagle Butte in the other bracket, and that winner advances to next Thursday’s semifinals against #1 Miller, which has a first-round bye. The 6-3 and 7-2 winners will play in the other semifinal Thursday, and the two semifinal winners advance to the SoDak 16 on Nov. 12, and from those eight matches the state tournament teams will be determined.

Class B: The Region 2 tournament begins Monday with #9 Lower Brule at #8 Sunshine Bible. In the quarterfinals Tuesday that winner plays at #1 Faulkton Area, and #5 Potter County plays at #4 Herreid-Selby Area in one bracket. In the other bracket #7 North Central will be at #2 Ipswich, and #6 Sully Buttes will play at #3 Highmore-Harrold. The winners of those four Tuesday matches will play in next Thursday’s semifinals, and those two winners advance to the SoDak 16 on Nov. 12. The winners of those eight matches qualify for the state tournament.


Boys cross country: Sioux Falls Lincoln won the “AA” team championship with the Governors 12th. The Pierre runners’ places and times: Blake Judson 50th in 17:57.71; Hayden Shaffer 51st in 18:00.51; Brady Gere 69th in 18:20.62; Jared Lutmer 80th in 18:30.15; Isaac Polak 97th in 18:59.53; Tyler Gere 98th in 19:01.46; Trevin Black Bear 114th in 19:50.41.

Girls cross country: Lincoln also won the girls team championship with the Governors 11th. The Pierre runners’ places and times: Jessica Lutmer 31st in 20:30.08; Morgan Oedekoven 48th in 20:56.59; Halli Drewes 77th in 21:41.38; Rachel Nemec 78th in 21:43.21; Hunter Martell 84th in 22:00.84; Jazzlyn Rombough 97th in 22:40.37; BreAnna Lowery 98th in 22:41.77.

This week’s schedule:
Football—Thursday, home vs. Spearfish in state quarterfinals, 6 p.m.
Volleyball—Tuesday, at Mitchell, 7 p.m.

Cheer/dance: At the state tournament in Aberdeen the Pierre team placed 14th in overall cheer. Sioux Falls Washington won the team championship. In overall dance standings Pierre placed 11th, including 11th in jazz and pom and 10th in hip-hop.

Football: It was another no-contest as Pierre completed the second unbeaten regular season in school history with a 61-0 triumph at Douglas. The score was 58-0 at halftime, and a Carsten Miller field goal was the only second-half scoring. Garrett Stout threw five touchdown passes, two to Regan Bollweg and one each to Andrew Coverdale, Josh Rowe and Matthew Hanson. He completed nine of 14 passes for 141 passing yards while carrying for 109 yards and two TDs on the ground. Jarret Clarke had a rushing touchdown.

Volleyball: The Governors lost a 3-0 dual to Sioux Falls Lincoln on game scores of 11-25, 24-26, 14-25. On Tuesday after losing the first set, Pierre rallied to take three in a row and defeat Brookings, 3-1, on game scores of 13-25, 25-19, 25-21, 25-21. Addy Smith had 14 kills, Emry Heiss nine kills, Kodi Severyn five service aces and Miah Kienholz three aces. Pierre’s record is 7-11 heading into the last regular-season match vs. Mitchell next Tuesday.

Soccer: Janaina Zanin, senior forward on the Pierre girls soccer team, was named first-team All-State. Cam Ahartz, junior goalkeeper on the boys team, was named second-team All-State.


Girls cross country: At the state “A” meet in Huron, seventh-grader Sarah Fosheim placed 100th in 22:50.86. The “A” team champs were Custer for the girls and Sioux Falls Christian for the boys.

Football: In the Class 11B first-round playoffs the Buffaloes led at McCook Central-Montrose 7-6 and were still in the game when they rallied to within 14-13 in the second quarter. But the home team pulled away to win 47-19 and end the SCHS season with a 3-6 record. Reid Wieczorek passed for 133 yards and carried for 109 yards and two touchdowns. He passed to Cade Stover for a touchdown. Stover had 75 receiving yards. Trey Frost recorded eight tackles.

This week’s schedules:
Volleyball—Tuesday, at Mobridge-Pollock in Region 6A first-round match.

Volleyball: SCHS lost to Highmore-Harrold, 3-0, on game scores of 11-25, 23-25, 14-25; lost to Colome, 3-1, on game scores of 17-25, 25-22, 21-25, 18-25, and lost to Lyman, 3-0, on game scores of 20-25, 20-25, 15-25 to finish the regular-season schedule.


Volleyball: The Chargers lost to Hitchcock-Tulare, 3-2, on game scores of 19-25, 26-24, 11-25, 25-16, 8-15. Angela Guthmiller recorded nine kills and Kendra Kleven eight. The Chargers’ final regular-season record is 10-19 as they await regional play next week.

Girls cross country: At the state “B” meet in Huron Saturday, Calleigh Chicoine placed 65th in 22:38.97, Dani Frost 98th in 23:41.25, and Nevaeh Miller 111th in 25:07.89. Dakota Hills was the team champion.

Boys cross country: At the state “B” meet Griffin Petersen placed 49th in 19:13.34, and Darion Osterkamp was 70th in 19:36.95. Burke won the team championship.

Football: The Chargers won their first-round playoff game easily, taking out New Underwood, 64-14, in Onida. Sully Buttes had 279 rushing yards, 230 of them from Nick Wittler, who also passed for 101 yards. He carried for touchdowns from 35, 7, 75 and 18 yards. He passed to Cedric Perkins for a 10-yard TD play, hit Grant Johnson on a 28-yard TD pass, and ended the game with a 15-yard pass to Raef Wientjes. Leading 42-8 at halftime, the Chargers started the third quarter with an 85-yard kickoff return for an immediate touchdown, followed by an 84-yard kickoff return by Grant Johnson for a score.

This week’s schedules:
Football—Thursday, home vs. Warner in state quarterfinals, 7 p.m.
Volleyball—Tuesday, at Highmore-Harrold in Region 2B first-round match.


2 days: All-State Chorus/Orchestra concert, Sioux Falls (Nov. 2).
3 days: Daylight Saving Time ends (Nov. 3).
9 days: Sully County Snow Queen pageant, Onida (Nov. 9).
14 days: State football championships, Brookings (Nov. 14).
20 days: Democratic presidential candidates debate (Nov. 20).
21 days: State volleyball tournaments, Rapid City (Nov. 21).
25 days: Pierre’s Parade of Lights (Nov. 25).
26 days: Capitol Christmas trees display (Nov. 26).
28 days: Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 28).
33 days: South Dakota Gives Day (Dec. 3).
36 days: State oral interpretation tournament, Yankton (Dec. 6-7).
40 days: Riggs High band/choir concert (Dec. 10).


“There are hundreds of paths up the mountain, all leading to the same place, so it doesn’t matter which path you take. The only person wasting time is the one who runs around the mountain, telling everyone that their path is wrong.”

— Hindu proverb


Mary wrestling (Lincoln Turman): Lincoln is a redshirt freshman 133-pounder for the Marauders of the University of Mary in Bismarck. They open their season at Jamestown’s Jimmie Open Saturday.

South Dakota women’s basketball (Chloe Lamb, Ciara Duffy): Chloe, junior guard from Sully Buttes High School, and Ciara, senior guard from St. Thomas More High School, are starters on the Coyotes, who have been rated No. 1 in the Summit League in the preseason poll. USD opens the season Tuesday against Northeastern in Boston in an 11 a.m. game.

South Dakota State wrestling (Aric Williams): Aric is a sophomore 141-pounder for the Jackrabbits, who open their season Nov. 9 at NDSU’s Bison Open in Fargo.

Dakota Wesleyan football (Lukas Chase): The Tigers were battered by Morningside, 69-0, and stand at 1-8. DWU’s next game is Nov. 9 at home vs. Jamestown.

Dakota Wesleyan volleyball (Elena Svingen): The Tigers defeated Hastings, 3-1, as Elena had three aces and two digs. In a 3-1 loss to Doane she had a dig. In Tuesday’s 3-1 win over Dakota State she had one service ace. DWU, now 20-9, goes to Midland Saturday and over to Concordia (Neb.) Sunday.

Mary women’s soccer (Abigail Foster): Mary lost to Winona State, 2-1, and defeated Upper Iowa, 2-1. Now 8-3-2, the Marauders host Minnesota-Duluth Friday and go to St. Cloud State Sunday.

Black Hills State women’s soccer (Katie Nielson): The Yellow Jackets lost to Colorado Mines, 5-0. The scheduled match against Colorado Christian was cancelled due to the weekend’s winter weather. Now 3-10-1, BHSU goes to UC-Colorado Springs Friday and to Metro State Sunday.

Black Hills State football (Shawn Schnabel): The Yellow Jackets lost to Colorado Mesa in Grand Junction, 58-21. Now 2-6, BHSU is home against Western Colorado at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Dakota State volleyball (Nicole Sarringar): The Trojans defeated Presentation, 3-1, as Nicole had 27 assists and seven digs. In a 3-2 loss to St. Mary (Neb.) she had 20 assists and nine digs. On Tuesday DSU lost to DWU, 3-1, and Nicole contributed 23 assists and four digs. Now 16-10, DSU goes east to Waldorf Friday and to Viterbo Saturday.

Loyola men’s soccer (Sean Knoblauch): The Ramblers played a lot of soccer in their past two matches and have neither a win or a loss to show for it. Loyola tied Bradley, 0-0, in double overtime and tied Drake, 3-3, in another double-overtime match. Now 8-3-3, Loyola played Evansville last night and goes to Missouri State Sunday.

Mary volleyball (Korie Tetzlaff): The Marauders fell to 1-21 with 3-0 losses to Winona State and Upper Iowa. Mary hosts Minot State Thursday, goes to Northern Saturday and returns home for MSU-Moorhead Tuesday.

South Dakota State swimming (Caleb Huizenga, Ashley Theobald): This is Ashley’s senior season and Caleb’s freshman year at SDSU. The Jacks continue their season Friday and Saturday in Sioux Falls at USD’s quad-duals against Western Illinois, St. Cloud State and USD.

Augustana women’s basketball (Katie Bourk, Aislinn Duffy): Aislinn is a redshirt freshman from St. Thomas More HIgh School. Katie is beginning her seventh year as an assistant coach to head coach Dave Krauth. The Viking women open their season with a home exhibition game vs. Minnesota-Morris Monday.

Augustana wrestling (Jebben Keyes): Jebben is a junior 141-pounder for the Vikings, who open their season at the Jimmie Open in Jamestown Saturday.

Dakota Wesleyan men’s basketball (Bradley Dean): Brad is a junior guard for DWU. The Tigers open their season at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls Saturday at 8 p.m. against Dakota State and Sunday at 6 p.m. vs. Presentation.

Northern men’s basketball (Lincoln Jordre): This will be Lincoln’s redshirt freshman season with the Wolves, who open their season in Oklahoma City against Southeastern Oklahoma State Nov. 8 and Southern Nazarene Nov. 9.

Texas A&M-International women’s basketball (Nate Vogel): Nate, husband of Pierre native Tracie Seyfer, begins his first season as head coach at Texas A&M-International in Laredo. They come north to open their season Nov. 8 at Chadron State and Nov. 9 at Black Hills State.

Black Hills State women’s basketball (Racquel Wientjes): Racquel is a junior guard for the Yellow Jackets. They open at home Nov. 8 vs. Texas A&M-Kingsville and Nov. 9 vs. Texas A&M-International.

South Dakota women’s soccer (Joana Zanin, Emily Mikkelsen): The Coyotes beat Omaha, 4-2, and tied South Dakota State, 1-1, in double overtime. In the latter match Joana had two shots (one shot on goal). Now 7-9-1, USD plays at Oral Roberts in Tulsa tonight and hosts Western Illinois at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Charleston volleyball (Jaxin Melby): Idle last week, the Charleston women will be home Friday vs. Urbana, Saturday vs. Notre Dame College and Tuesday vs. Wheeling.

South Dakota cross country (Maddy McClure): The Coyotes run at the Summit League meet in Fargo Saturday.

South Dakota State cross country (Rachel Propst): The Jackrabbits run at the Summit League meet in Fargo Saturday.

Presentation football (Michael Lyons): The Saints fell to 0-8 after a 26-3 loss to Waldorf. PC plays at Mayville State at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Northwestern (Iowa) football (Morris Hofer): The Red Raiders are still unbeaten at 7-0 after beating Doane, 23-3. Northwestern plays at Briar Cliff in Sioux City at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Northwestern (Iowa) women’s soccer (Nikky Farnsworth): The Northwestern women defeated Mount Marty, 3-0, and Nikky scored the first and third Raider goals at 38:34 and 82:36. NWC then lost to Midland, 3-0. Now 9-6-1, the Raiders played Jamestown last night and host Hastings Saturday. Nikky leads all of the Great Plains Athletic Conference in scoring with 14 goals and three assists in her team’s 16 conference games so far.

Northwestern (Iowa) men’s soccer (Cole Cruse): The Red Raiders defeated Mount Marty, 4-0, and lost to Midland, 2-1. They are now 8-8 for the season. Northwestern played Jamestown last night and hosts Hastings Saturday.

Northern women’s soccer (Tori Thorpe): The Wolves lost to Minnesota State, 2-1, and lost to Concordia-St. Paul, 6-0. Now 3-10-1, Northern is home for Minnesota-Crookston Friday, then goes to Bemidji State Sunday.

Northern football (Colten Drageset, Joe King, Jacob Howard, Gage Gehring): The Wolves lost to Sioux Falls, 35-13, and are now 4-4. Colten had two pass receptions, one for a yard and one for 12 yards. Jacob was credited with three solo tackles. NSU hosts the University of Mary at 1 p.m. Saturday.

King’s College men’s soccer (August Axtman): The Monarchs had a winning week. In a 2-0 win over Misericordia, Gus put his team on the board with a successful penalty-kick goal only 16 seconds into the match. He now has eight goals for the season. On Monday King’s beat Elmira, 4-0, and Gus had two shots, one shot on goal. The regular season ends Saturday at Fairleigh Dickinson-Florham (N.J.).

Black Hills State cross country (Kelsey Van Den Hemel): The Yellow Jackets ran at the RMAC conference meet in Grand Junction with the men placing ninth and the women eighth. Kelsey had BHSU’s second-best finish in the women’s race, placing 49th in 22:42. Some of the BHSU runners compete Nov. 9 at the NCAA South Region meet in Canyon, Texas.


Despite the Huskers, Texas, Notre Dame and Iowa State letting down most of our contestants, they were offset by predictable wins by NDSU, Minnesota, New England, San Francisco and Green Bay. At 8-2 for 10 points each as our winners of Contest #10 were David Thoreson, Debra Bollinger and Brian Hunhoff. At 7-2 for 9 points apiece were Nathan Vetter, Kyle Richards, Beth Rinehart, Greg Dean and Jason Noyes. At 6-2 for 8 points each were Mikal Kern, Randy Pool, Jon Boer, David Ludwig and Dawn Magee.

Contest #11 (send your 10 winners to parkerhome16@hotmail.com by Saturday morning):
(1) Georgia vs. Florida (at Jacksonville)
(2) SMU at Memphis
(3) Army at Air Force
(4) Kansas State at Kansas
(5) TCU at Oklahoma State
(6) Oregon at USC
(7) Virginia Tech at Notre Dame
(8) NFL: Cleveland at Denver
(9) NFL: Minnesota at Kansas City
(10) NFL: New England at Baltimore

An extra note: David Thoreson of Custer, whom we know from his work at Black Hills Community Theatre, is one of our regular contestants in our football contest. This week he successfully underwent lungs transplants at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix. We wish him well for a smooth recuperation and easy breathing from now on.


North Dakota: The Hawks defeated Bemidji State, 2-1 in overtime, then beat the Beavers again, 4-1. Now 4-1-1, UND is home against Michigan Tech at 7 p.m. Saturday on Midco Sports Network.

Rapid City Rush: The Rush swept the home-opening weekend over Utah, 4-3 and 4-3 in a shootout. Rapid City plays at Allen Friday and Saturday, then goes on to Tulsa Tuesday.

Aberdeen Wings: The Wings beat the Minnesota Wilderness, 5-3, then lost to Minnesota, 3-2. Now 5-2-4-1, Aberdeen plays Friday and Saturday at Chippewa Falls.

Sioux Falls Stampede: The Herd lost to Muskegon twice, 4-2 and 6-1. Sioux Falls plays at Omaha Saturday.

Minnesota Wild: Minnesota was 4-8 as of yesterday morning after a 4-0 loss to Nashville, a 5-1 win over Los Angeles and a 6-3 loss to Dallas. The Wild after playing St. Louis last night hosts St. Louis Saturday (7 p.m., FSN) and goes to Anaheim Tuesday at 9 p.m. on FSN.


Sioux Falls Skyforce: The Skyforce opens the G-League season Nov. 8 at Iowa and hosts Salt Lake City Nov. 10. Skyler Flatten of Clark, who finished his SDSU playing career last season, begins his professional career with the Skyforce.

Minnesota Timberwolves: What is this? The Wolves were 3-0 in the new NBA season, winning at Brooklyn in overtime, 127-126; winning at Charlotte, 121-99, and winning the home opener over Miami, 116-109. Minnesota lost for the first time at Philadelphia last night, 117-95. The Wolves go to Washington at 7 p.m. Saturday on FSN+; are home vs. Milwaukee at 7 p.m. Monday on FSN and on the road to Memphis Wednesday at 7 p.m. on FSN.


Final regular-season scores of Class 11AA teams:
Pierre: Beat Douglas 61-0.
Brookings: Beat Yankton 44-14.
Huron: Beat Mitchell 51-17.
Sturgis: Beat Spearfish 47-0.
Mitchell: Lost to Huron 51-17.
Yankton: Lost to Brookings 44-14.
Spearfish: Lost to Sturgis 47-0.
Douglas: Lost to Pierre 61-0.

NFL games on local TV this weekend:
Thursday—San Francisco at Arizona, 7:20 p.m., Fox and NFL Network.
Sunday—Houston vs. Jacksonville, 8:30 a.m., NFL Network.
Sunday—Indianapolis at Pittsburgh, noon, CBS.
Sunday— Minnesota at Kansas City, noon, Fox.
Sunday—Green Bay at Los Angeles Chargers, 3:25 p.m., CBS.
Sunday—New England at Baltimore, 7:20 p.m., NBC.
Monday—Dallas at New York Giants, 7:15 p.m., ESPN.

College football update (record, last week’s score, this week’s opponent):
— USD 3-5: Lost to Southern Illinois 48-28; at Western Illinois, 1 p.m.
— SDSU 6-2: Lost to NDSU, 23-16; at Missouri State, 2 p.m.
— NDSU 8-0: Beat SDSU, 23-16; at Youngstown State, 5 p.m.
— UND 5-3: Beat Montana State 16-12; open date.
— Northern 4-4: Lost to USF 35-13; home vs. Mary, 1 p.m.
— Augustana 6-2: Beat Minot State 51-6; home vs. Concordia-St. Paul, 1 p.m.
— USF 6-2: Beat Northern 35-13; at Upper Iowa, noon.
— Dakota State 4-4: Beat Mayville State 35-14; home vs. Valley City State, 4 p.m.
— Presentation 0-8: Lost to Waldorf 26-3; at Mayville State, 1 p.m.
— S.D. Mines 2-6: Beat New Mexico Highlands 8-7; home vs. Colorado Mines, 1 p.m.
— BHSU 2-6: Lost to Colorado-Mesa 58-21; home vs. Western Colorado, 1 p.m.
— DWU 1-8: Lost to Morningside 69-0; open date.
— Minnesota 8-0: Beat Maryland 52-10; open date.
— Nebraska 4-4: Lost to Indiana 38-31; at Purdue, 11 a.m., Fox.
— Iowa 6-2: Beat Northwestern 20-0; open date.
— Iowa State 5-3: Lost to Oklahoma State 34-27; open date.
— Wyoming 6-2; Beat Nevada 31-3; open date.

Midco Sports Network live games this week:
Thursday, high school football, 11AAA playoff quarterfinal, Harrisburg at Sioux Falls O’Gorman, 7 p.m.
Saturday, college football, Concordia-St. Paul at Augustana, 1 p.m.
Saturday, men’s hockey, Michigan Tech at UND, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, men’s basketball, UT-Rio Grande at SDSU, 7 p.m.

Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings won a rather lackluster game over Washington, 19-9, and are now 6-2. Minnesota plays at Kansas City at noon Sunday on Fox.

Denver Broncos: A field goal in the final half-minute by Adam Vinatieri caused Denver to lose to Indianapolis, 15-13. Now 2-6, Denver is home vs. Cleveland at 3:25 p.m. Sunday.


PGA Champions Tour (Tom Byrum): The tour was idle last weekend. The second leg of the three-part Schwab Cup playoffs will be played Friday through Sunday at the Invesco QQQ Championships in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Television times on The Golf Channel will be 3:30 p.m. CDT Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. CST Sunday.


Pierre Trappers: The Trappers have signed Jerson Morales to return for his second season with the team. He is a redshirt freshman pitcher from Western Nebraska Community College who is originally from the Dominican Republic. Joining him on the staff will be another Western Nebraska Community College athlete, freshman pitcher Miguel Baez, who is also a Dominican Republic native. Also signed to the Trappers’ staff is Colin Smith, senior pitcher from Aquinas College, who is returning for his second season. His hometown is Kingstown, Mich. Also coming next summer will be three players from Olympic College in Bremerton, Wash.—freshman pitcher Max Patterson from Honolulu; freshman left-handed pitcher/designated hitter Gage Davis from Mill Creek, Wash., and freshman infielder Kadin McDonald from Las Vegas.


  • Set your clocks back an hour when you retire Saturday night as Daylight Saving Time ends.
  • We have readers in many states, so perhaps you out there can help a Pierre teacher and her class who are studying the various states of the United States. They are seeking to receive a picture postcard from each of the 50 states. If you are willing to help, send a card to: Mrs. Gibson’s 4th-grade class, 100 N. Buchanan Ave., Pierre SD 57501.


Thursday, Oct. 31:
Joey Stahl, Gus Bixler, Cori Bechtold-Haag, Mya Ann Boe, Brian Van Camp, Christee Staufer, Brady Washechek.

Friday, Nov. 1:
Juanita McKeever, Marc McGregor, Mark Kozel, Tate Uecker, Kelsy Curtis, Melanie (Ramse) Turp.
— 16th anniversary, Nathan/Nicole Welsh.
— 16th anniversary, Justin/Mindy (Stearns) Sivage.
— 5th anniversary, Mike/Rachel Fisher.

Saturday, Nov. 2:
Kevin Richter, Mat Dutt, Brandon Lowery, Eddie Welch, Rochelle (Rutschke) Kenzy, Glenda (Gill) Eisenbeisz, Jeremy Pullman, Dax Larson, Tiffany (Sonnenschein) Anderson, Dee Clegg, Lois Ries, Taylor Hyde, Jasmin (Fosheim) Turner, Cindy (Minder) DeFries.

Sunday, Nov. 3:
Samantha Nielsen, Caden Thompson, Gus Runyan, Chris Rounds, Dale Bertsch, Randy Englund, Kevin Woster, Liz Hunt, Jarah (Smith) Vycital, Cortlyn Ahlers, Emily Finley, Ed Baer, Daren Ries, Karla (Grueb) Kendrick.

Monday, Nov. 4:
Kristoffer Iwan, Kara Gloe, Jerry Kern, Desirae Van Roekel, Nancy Gordon, McKenna Hall, Jamie Porter, Ryan Wedin, Steven Blake.
— 24th anniversary, Mark/Tanna Zabel.
— 41st anniversary, Kerry/Pam Wenbourne.

Tuesday, Nov. 5:
Collin Unkenholz, Don Giesinger, Korey Nystrom, Nathan Auch, Tyler Steele, Kathy Falcon, Derek Hunsley, Molly (Weisgram) Maxwell.
— 3rd anniversary, Jason/Jessica Rumpca.
— 64th anniversary, Virgil/Carol Mikkelsen.
— 3rd anniversary, Keenan/Carly (Feiler) Retterath.

Wednesday, Nov. 6:
Alvin Bartels, Maria Tracy, Jeannette Beemer (#101), Eliana Erickson, Weston Pierson, Justin Briese, Izabelle Clark, Dan Workman, Alvin Bartels, Lindsay (Stoeser) Heiss, Jackson Rose, Ron Woodburn, Riley Mehlhaff, Nate Kuchta, Nikki (Peterson) Kachelmyer.
— 9th anniversary, Andre/Julie Melius.
— 9th anniversary, Brien/Amanda (Hove) Aadland.

Thursday, Nov. 7:
Kayla Nagle, Blair (Simon) Picchietti, Maari (Sweetman) LaBrie, Michelle (Wattier) Kezar, Cathy Wellner, Sue Gannaway, Kyle Sarringar.
— 10th anniversary, Tim/Rachel Schmidt.
— 4th anniversary Ryan/Beth (Feist) Baloun.
— 4th anniversary, Christopher/Virginia Kaus.
— 10th anniversary, Dustin/Kayla (Trebesch) Dowling.


“No matter what yesterday was like, birds always start the new day with a song.”


A cowboy celebration of the life of Marty Melvin will be held at the Community & Youth Involved Center in Fort Pierre at 10:30 a.m. this Sunday, Nov. 3.

Jimmy and Lindsey (Jungwirth) Costello of Spearfish are the parents of a second daughter. Celia Joyce Costello as born Oct. 23, weighing 7 pounds, 11 ounces, and measuring 18 inches. She joins big sister Logan, 3, in their family.

Riggs High band members selected by auditiion to play at the Augustana Band Festival in Sioux Falls Nov. 8-9 are Sophia New, Mesa Winder, Delaney Engbrecht, Michael VanDeWiele, Margot Pearson, Isabel Myren and Morgan Eckert.

Named Athlete of the Week last week by the Pierre Athletic Coaches Association were Josh Rowe of the football team and Emry Heiss of the volleyball team.

Ann Thompson’s mother, Beulah McKay, celebrated her 100th birthday Oct. 26 with her family members present with her in Rapid City. Friends of the family can still send greetings to Mrs. McKay at Echo Ridge Manor, 931 Fox Run Dr., Rapid City SD 57701.

Pierre native Evan Roth (Riggs ’02) was honored at an event in San Francisco Tuesday night by “Bridges from School to Work,” a no-cost program supported in part by the Marriott Foundation for people with disabilities which helps young adults find good jobs with good employers. Evan was named 2019 Teacher of the Year “for outstanding support of young people.” He teaches in the special education department of Galileo Academy of Science and Technology, a high school that is part of the San Francisco public school system. (His school happens to be located near the famous Fishermen’s Wharf between the Russian Hill and Marina districts on the north side of the city.)

Congratulations to Riggs High alumni Conrad Adam and Kaitlyn Severyn, who became engaged last week. They live in Minneapolis;

The annual Zonta Club holiday vendor and craft show will be held at the Ramkota RiverCentre Nov. 9-10. Saturday hours will be 9 to 5; Sunday hours will be 10 to 3.

Marva Parsons passed away at the age of 84 on Oct. 25 at Avera Maryhouse. Her funeral took place Wednesday at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. Mrs. Parsons grew up on a farm near Woonsocket, and she graduated from Woonsocket High School in 1953. She married Bob Parsons that summer. Soon after their marriage they settled on the family farm and began raising their nine children there. In 1968 the Parsons family came to Pierre. In 1980 Bob and Marva began working in real estate development, which led them to ownership and operation of Meadow Properties, The Furniture Barn, Household Rentals and Heavenly Books & Gifts. Mrs. Parsons was busy in community service through her whole life in various capacities and organizations, especially the American Cancer Society. She is survived by her nine children, David Parsons and his wife Karen of Spokane, Wash., Dean Parsons and his wife Deb of Spearfish, Diane Newell and her husband Dan of Sioux Falls, Roberta Ahrendt and her husband Ben of Sioux Falls, Lynnette Parsons of Jacksonville, Fla., Glennis Zarecky and her husband Mark of Pierre, Ted Parsons and his wife Jayne of Fort Pierre, Tom Parsons of Pierre, and Janelle Badger and her husband Tim of Pierre; 22 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and two sisters, Leota Christian and Marilyn Hollingsworth.

Elise Unkenholz, a sophomore at Stevens High School in Rapid City, placed 25th in the Class “AA” race at the state cross country meet Saturday. She is the daughter of Pierre native Eric Unkenholz and his wife, Tasha.

Travis and Elizabeth (Lamb) Salmonson of Mitchell are the parents of a second son. Beau James Salmonson was born Oct. 24. He weighed 8 pounds, 1.2 ounces, and measured 20 1/2 inches. He joins his brother, Dax, 2 1/2, in their family.

The technical crew for the Riggs High fall play had a unique learning experience on opening night of the play and probably learned a little bit about themselves in the process. Thirty minutes before curtain time the power went out in the whole high school and part of the city. Within those 30 minutes, however, the tech crew came together and worked as a team. They scrambled to find flashlights, batteries and battery-powered candles and discovered that one of their electric spotlights was somewhat operational. They kept calm and seemed to enjoy the additional challenges presented to them. The crew held flashlights from the balcony, the foot of the stage and the wings of the stage for the entire 90-minute performance so the show could go on. Congratulations to Mesa Winder, Adeline Abernathy, Thomas Fischer, Nicole Turner, Kayla Peterson, Sam Zettinger, Conlan Rendell and Margot Pearson. (News courtesy of Dakota Radio Group’s “My Daily News.”)

Jerry Tibbs, 74, died Oct. 26. His funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Pierre. Jerry attended the Fort Pierre schools, graduating from high school in 1963. He attended National College in Rapid City. He and Georgia Thompson were married in 1968. They became parents of a daughter, Karen, who survived only three months. Their son, Brian, was born in 1975. Jerry later married Kayle Rice. He worked for the Stanley County Highway Department, and for more than 20 years he was a dispatcher for the Pierre Police Department. After his retirement he worked as the manager of the Pierre Senior Center. He is survived by his son, Brian Tibbs, and five grandchildren.

Jim Keyes, physical education teacher at Jefferson Elementary School, has been named South Dakota Elementary P.E. Teacher of the Year by SHAPE (Society for Health and Physical Educators).

The Riggs High oral interpretation team won the Class “AA” overall sweepstakes at the Karl E. Mundt tournament at Dakota State University in Madison. Pierre’s highest placers were the readers theater team, third of 18 entries; Levi McKinley, fifth of 38 contestants in serious prose; Sarah Hancock and Xzania Henderson, tied for fifth of 33 in oratory, and Savannah Shrake, 10th of 27 in storytelling.

Gary and Kesiah Pearson Frederick have had Elias with them in their family since he was three months old. As of Monday his adoption became official, and Elias Samuel Frederick is legally their son.

A homemade/homegrown craft fair will be held this Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Phoenix Center in Onida from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will also be a lunch of pulled pork sandwiches, chips, baked beans and drink sold there for $7 each.

Dawn (Murphy) Hillmer, 60, Harrold, died Oct. 26. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday with a prayer service following at 7, all at the Isburg Funeral Chapel. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the school gym in Harrold. Dawn’s family moved to Clark and Sioux Falls from Minnesota while she was in high school. She graduated from Riggs High School in 1977 and married Tony Hillmer in 1979. They lived in Pierre, Minot, N.D., and Omaha until 1996 when their family of 10, including their own children, adopted children and foster children, moved to Harrold. Dawn worked as a cook at the school in Harrold and then in Highmore. She is survived by her husband, Tony Hillmer; seven children, Darlene Hillmer, Liz Julian, Sarah Hillmer and Rachel Hillmer, all of Sioux Falls; Adam Hillmer of Spearfish, Michael Hillmer of Yankton, and Tony Hillmer Jr. in Guam; nine grandchildren, and her brother, Donnie Struss in Wisconsin.

Cody and Cassie (Rausch) Stoeser are the parents of a son, Logan Gerald Stoeser, who was born Oct. 28, weighing 7 pounds, 8 ounces, and measuring 20 1/2 inches. He joins brother Isaac, who will be 6 in January, and sister Ava, 4 1/2, in their family.

Brad Huck, the personification of the sport of bowling in Pierre, is retiring from Lariat Lanes. Today (Thursday) is his last day out at the lanes, so friends and bowlers from the decades he has worked there are welcome to stop by to say hello and wish him well.


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