Vol. 21, No. 3; Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019

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Thursday: blackberry.
Friday-Sunday: lime.
Monday-Tuesday: butterscotch.
Wednesday-Thursday: tutti fruitti.


This week’s schedules:
Cross country—Thursday, at Aberdeen Central invitational, 4 p.m.
Boys golf—Friday, at Yankton invitational, 10 a.m.; Monday, at Brookings invitational, 10 a.m.
Boys soccer—Thursday, home vs. Huron, 4 p.m.; Tuesday, at Mitchell, 6 p.m.
Girls soccer—Thursday, home vs. Huron, 6 p.m.; Tuesday, at Mitchell, 4 p.m.
Girls tennis—Saturday, at Huron quadrangular, 10 a.m.
Football—Friday, home vs. Yankton, 7 p.m.
Volleyball—Thursday, at Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 7 p.m.; Saturday, at Aberdeen Central, 5 p.m.; Tuesday, at Yankton, 7 p.m.
Softball—Sunday, at Tea (vs. Tea Area, 12:30 p.m.; vs. Vermillion, 2 p.m.).
Cheer/dance—Thursday, at Yankton invitational, 5:30 p.m.

Football: In a game that ended with the running clock that applies to one-sided games in Class 11A, Pierre swamped West Central in Hartford, 46-6. The Trojans reached the red zone early, but the Pierre defense held on downs. From then on the offense rolled, and the defense held strong. Garrett Stout completed a 76-yard drive with a 15-yard TD pass to Maguire Raske. Stout’s plunge from a yard out made it 13-0. West Central cut the lead to 13-6 on a 70-yard touchdown pass play, but the Governors immediately answered with a two-play drive, scoring on a 65-yard play between Stout and Raske. The next possession also lasted two plays with Stout hitting Andrew Coverdale on an 18-yard TD. Then came a three-play drive as Stout connected with Matt Lusk for a 10-yard TD. It was 34-6 at the half. On a three-play drive early in the third period Raske ran in from 10 yards away. On the next possession a 43-yard run by Lincoln Kienholz set up the Govs close from where Cobey Carr scored from the 2. Stout passed for 252 yards and carried nine times for 101 yards. West Central was held to just 117 yards of total offense.

Volleyball: The Governors swept the northern Black Hills with 3-0 wins at Sturgis and Spearfish. Game scores at Sturgis were 25-15, 25-9 and 25-22. At Spearfish they were 25-14, 25-13 and 25-14.

Cross country: The Pierre boys placed 20th as did the girls at the huge Augustana twilight meet Friday. Boys varsity placings and times: Hayden Shaffer 106th, 17:50.84; Isaac Polak 128th, 18:07.50; Blake Judson 157th, 18:28.96; Trevin Black Bear 174th, 18:44.90; Tyler Gere 183rd, 18:51.31; Jaydn Wilcox 184th, 18:52.24. Girls varsity placings and times: Jessica Lutmer 52nd, 20:04.91; Morgan Oedekoven 104th, 21:23.59; Halli Drewes 143rd, 22:03.19; Kyla Keyes 172nd, 23:19.97; Hunter Martell 175th, 23:27.51.

Softball: Pierre lost a home doubleheader to league power West Central, 2-1 and 13-2. In the opener Allycen Herrman hit an inside-the-park home run for a 1-0 lead, but West Central tied the game in the bottom of the seventh and won with a run in the first extra inning. Kenzie Gronlund struck out five and allowed nine hits. In the nightcap Jessi Buntrock pitched for Pierre, giving up 12 hits and fanning four. The two runs came on hits by Gronlund and Kamden Carter.

Boys soccer: The Governors scored their first win at Rapid City Stevens, 2-1. Jack Walsh scored in the 20th minute, and Ethan Campea found the net for the game-winner. On Saturday the Govs lost at Rapid City Central, 1-0, on a goal in the 62nd minute. Pierre now stands at 1-3-2.

Girls soccer: Pierre and Rapid City Stevens tied 1-1. Lexi Campea scored the Pierre goal. Each team had a goal nullified by an offsides call. Pierre had another tie the next day, this one 2-2 against Rapid City Central. Ryann Barry and Paige Isburg had the Pierre goals. The Governors are now 2-2-2.

Cheer/dance: At Pierre’s home meet the Governor girls placed seventh of 11 teams overall with a score of 210.67. Aberdeen Central was the team champion. The girls were eighth in jazz, seventh in pom and fifth in hip-hop.

Girls tennis: In the past week the Governor girls lost to Mitchell, 9-0; lost to Rapid City Central, 7-2, and lost a partial dual to Aberdeen Roncalli, 6-1. Gracie Zeeb at #6 singles had the Pierre point in the latter match.


This week’s schedules:
Football—Friday, home vs. Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central, 7 p.m.
Volleyball—Thursday, home vs. Philip, 6:30 p.m.
Cross country—Saturday, at Ipswich invitational, 10 a.m.

Football: The Buffaloes fell behind early and lost at Salem to McCook Central/Montrose, 52-14.

Cross country: At the Redfield invitational in the girls JV race Bailey Siedschlaw placed 11th in 18:17.47, Shantay Waldron 42nd in 21:32.68 and Allison Schlomer 50th in 24:14.21.

Volleyball: In a home triangular the Buffaloes lost to Timber Lake, 3-2, on game scores of 18-25, 12-25, 25-17, 25-15, 9-15 and lost to White River, 3-1, on game scores of 25-20, 1525, 20-25, 11-25.


This week’s schedules:
Football—Friday, home vs. Herreid/Selby Area, 7 p.m.
Volleyball—Saturday, at Philip tournament.
Cross country—Saturday, at Ipswich invitational, 10 a.m.

Cross country: At the Redfield meet Dani Frost placed ninth in the girls varsity race in 20:56.76, and Calleigh Chicoine was 43rd in 23:20.26. In the boys race Griffin Petersen was 14th in 18:18.51 and Quinn Jordre 73rd in 22:35.23.

Football: The Chargers spoiled Potter County’s homecoming in Gettysburg with a 58-8 win in a game that ended at halftime due to the mercy rule. Sully Buttes garnered 423 yards in total offense. Quarterback Nick Wittler rushed for 213 yards and passed for 164, completing nine of 14 passes. Grant Johnson ran in two touchdowns and scored another on one of his three pass interceptions. The Battlers were held to 96 yards of total offense.

Volleyball: The Charger girls now stand at 2-5. Playing against a pair of the state’s best teams, Sully Buttes lost to Miller and Ipswich by 3-0 scores this week. Against Miller the game scores were 13-25, 17-25 and 15-25. Against Ipswich the scores were 22-25, 21-25 and 21-25. Angela Guthmiller and Allyson Wittler had five kills each against Ipswich.


An 82-year-old man went to his doctor for a checkup. Several days later the doctor saw the man walking down the street with a beautiful young woman on his arm.

A few days later the doctor spoke to the man and said to him, “You are really doing great.”

The old man replied, “Just doing what you said, ‘Get hot mama and be cheerful.”

The doctor said, “I did not say that. I said, ‘You have a heart murmur and be careful.”


Sept. 14: Jake Fanger/Shantel Norman.


Minnesota baseball (Nolan Burchill): The Gophers will host their Fall Classic Series on three successive Fridays. On Sept. 20 they will play North Iowa Community College. On Sept. 27 they will host their Pro Alumni Game. Finally on Oct. 6 Minnesota hosts South Dakota State.

South Dakota State cross country (Rachel Propst): Rachel did not run in the season opener at the Bison Classic. SDSU’s men placed first and the women third. SDSU hosts its own SDSU Classic Friday.

Dakota Wesleyan football (Lukas Chase): The Tigers whipped Presentation College, 44-0, and are 1-1. DWU hosts Northwestern (Iowa) at 7 p.m. Saturday.

University of Mary volleyball (Korie Tetzlaff): Korie’s Marauders went 0-4 at Northern Michigan’s tournament, losing to the host school 3-2; to Parkside 3-2; to Michigan Tech 30 and to Lake Superior State 3-2. Mary goes to Nebraska-Kearney Friday and Saturday to play the host UNK team as well as New Mexico Highlands, Arkansas Tech and Rockhurst (Mo.).

Black Hills State women’s soccer (Katie Nielson): The Yellow Jackets are 0-2 after their opening weekend. BHSU lost at DWU in overtime, 3-2, and lost at Southwest Minnesota State, 2-1. Katie had the first BHSU goal in the DWU match at 50:25, and she scored the only goal at Marshall at 30:33. BHSU goes to Billings to play Mary Thursday and Carroll Saturday.

Northwestern (Iowa) men’s soccer (Cole Cruse): The Red Raiders split on a two-match trip down to Missouri. They lost at Central Methodist, 5-0, but won at William Woods, 2-0. Now 2-3, Northwestern hosted Waldorf last night and goes to Bellevue (Neb.) Saturday.

Northwestern (Iowa) football (Morris Hofer): The Raiders dominated Valley City State, 47-7. Though only a freshman, Morris saw action in the game and recorded one assisted tackle. Now 1-0, Northwestern plays at Midland (Neb.) at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Northern football (Colten Drageset, Joe King, Gage Gehring, Jacob Howard): The Wolves lost their opener to Bemidji State, 33-7. Colten had one pass reception though the play lost a yard. Now 0-1, NSU goes up to Minot State for a 1 p.m. kickoff Saturday.

Black Hills State football (Shawn Schnabel): The Yellow Jackets looked great for a quarter and a half, leading Chadron State 24-7, but then Chadron scored the next 41 points in a 48-31 win. BHSU plays at Colorado Mines at noon Saturday.

Black Hills State cross country (Kelsey Van Den Hemel): The Yellow Jackets open their season at Rocky Mountain in Billings Friday.

Northern women’s soccer (Tori Thorpe): The Wolves after three exhibition matches won their season opener at Wisconsin-Green Bay, 1-0, scoring the only goal in extra time at 94:33. Tori had two shots, including one shot on goal. Now 1-0, NSU is home today against Waldorf and Sunday vs. Ferris State (Mich.).

Presentation football (Michael Lyons): The Saints lost at Dakota Wesleyan, 44-0. Now 0-2, PC plays Saturday at St. Scholastica in Duluth.

Dakota Wesleyan volleyball (Elena Svingen): The Tigers have raced out to a 10-1 record in the early part of the season. DWU sustained its first loss after an 8-0 start to Northwestern (Iowa), 3-1. Elena played in all four sets and had one dig. DWU whipped York (Neb.), 3-0, and Elena had one service ace and three digs as she played in all three sets. She also played in all three sets in a 3-0 win over Presentation and recorded four digs. DWU hosted Briar Cliff last night, is home vs. Jamestown Saturday, goes to Dakota State Tuesday and hosts Mount Marty next Wednesday.

Dakota State volleyball (Nicole Sarringar): The Trojans lost to Morningside, 3-0. Nicole, playing in all three sets, had 11 assists and five digs. Now 3-3, DSU goes to Salina, Kan., this weekend to play Friends, Columbia College, Montana-Western and Kansas Wesleyan.

St. Thomas men’s soccer (Marcus Hluchy): This is Marcus’ junior season as a midfielder with the Tommies. They are 1-1-2 after a 0-0 double-overtime tie with Illinois-Chicago, a 3-2 overtime loss to Luther and a double-overtime 1-1 tie with Wartburg. St. Thomas goes to California this weekend to play Claremont and Redlands.

Mary volleyball (Abigail Foster): The Marauders open their season tonight against Black Hills State and Saturday vs. Montana State-Billings.

King’s College men’s soccer (August Axtman): Gus scored his team’s third and fifth goals, one of them unassisted, in a 5-0 win over Penn State-Altoona. King’s also beat Juniata, 2-1. Gus has three goals for the season so far. Now 2-1-0, the Monarchs hosted Marywood last night, goes to SUNY-New Paltz Saturday and plays at Keystone Tuesday.

South Dakota cross country (Maddy McClure): The Coyote women were first and the men sixth at the Augustana twilight meet. USD runs Saturday at Nebraska’s Woody Greeno Invitational.

South Dakota women’s soccer (Joana Zanin, Emily Mikkelsen): The Coyotes lost to Northern Iowa, 2-1. USD led 1-0 until UNI scored goals literally at the last minute at 86:37 and 88:58. Now 1-4, the Coyotes host Eastern Washington Sunday and play at Drake Tuesday.

Loyola men’s soccer (Sean Knoblauch): The Ramblers lost a pair of matches in California, 2-1 at Cal State-Fullerton and 1-0 at Loyola Marymount. Now 2-2, Loyola hosts neighbor DePaul Friday and goes to Evansville (Ind.) next Wednesday.

Augustana women’s golf (Natalie Young): In their season-opening meet at Bemidji State, the Augie women won the team title among 10 teams. The Vikings had a team scorecard of 324-310=624. Natalie tied for 21st place with a 27-over-par 171. Augustana plays Monday and Tuesday at Concordia-St. Paul’s Golden Bear Invitational in Lake City, Minn.

South Dakota women’s golf (Katie Bartlett): At Missouri State’s Payne Stewart Memorial tournament in Springfield, Mo., the Coyotes placed ninth of 12 teams with a 310-305-306=921 score. Katie was USD’s best player, tying for 23rd place at 81-72-74=227. USD goes Monday and Tuesday to Loyola’s fall invitational in Chicago.

Northwestern women’s soccer (Nikky Farnsworth): The Red Raiders lost to Trinity Christian, 3-1, and Nikky scored the Northwestern goal. In a 3-0 win over St. Xavier in Chicago, the Raiders won by 3-0, and Nikky scored the team’s third goal at 58:34. On Tuesday the Raiders whipped Buena Vista, 7-0, and Nikky scored two goals. She now has four goals and an assist so far this season. Now 3-2-1, Northwestern’s next match is Sept. 21 at Concordia (Neb.).

University of Charleston volleyball (Jaxin Melby): The Charleston women are 1-3. They won over Winston-Salem Tuesday, 3-0, after 3-0 losses over the weekend to Illinois-Springfield, Southern Indiana and Winona State. Charleston plays in a tournament Friday against Pennsylvania teams Slippery Rock, Shepherd, Mercyhurst and Shippensburg.


1 day: Riggs High homecoming day (Sept. 13).
1 day: Riggs High Class of ’64 55-year reunion (Sept. 13-15).
1 day: Dakota Western Heritage Festival (Sept. 13-15).
1 day: Sully Buttes High homecoming day (Sept. 13).
2 days: Stirling Family Memorial Ranch Rodeo (Sept. 14-15).
4 days: Sanford International golf tournament, Sioux Falls (Sept. 16-22).
9 days: Trojan Day at Dakota State (Sept. 21).
10 days: Emmy awards, Fox-TV (Sept. 22).
15 days: Pierre Players’ “Dracula” (Sept. 27-29, Oct. 3-5).
15 days: Stanley County High homecoming day (Sept. 27).
16 days: Swarm Day at Black Hills State (Sept. 28).
16 days: “M” Day at School of Mines (Sept. 28).
16 days: Halo Day at Presentation (Sept. 28).
17 days: Crazy Horse volksmarch (Sept. 29).
19 days: Riggs High indoor marching band concert (Oct. 1).
19 days: Baseball postseason playoffs begin (Oct. 1).
21 days: Minnesota Wild season opener (Oct. 3).
23 days: Homecoming at UND (Oct. 5).
23 days: Dakota Day at USD (Oct. 5).
23 days: Blue & White Day at Dakota Wesleyan (Oct. 5).
23 days: Hobo Day at SDSU (Oct. 5).
23 days: Cougar Day at USF (Oct. 5).
23 days: Sioux Falls Stampede home opener (Oct. 5).
25 days: State boys golf tournaments, ‘A” Spearfish, “AA” Yankton (Oct. 7-8).
28 days: State girls tennis tournament, Sioux Falls (Oct. 10-12).
30 days: Viking Day at Augustana (Oct. 12).
30 days: Homecoming at NDSU (Oct. 12).
30 days: Gypsy Day at Northern (Oct. 12).
32 days: Native American Day (Oct. 14).
35 days: Riggs High fall play (Oct. 17-18).
37 days: State soccer championship games, Harrisburg (Oct. 19).
39 days: Georgia Morse Middle School band/choir concert (Oct. 21).
40 days: Riggs High choir concert (Oct. 22).
41 days: Minnesota Timberwolves season opener (Oct. 23).
43 days: Rapid City Rush home opener (Oct. 25).
43 days: State competitive cheer/dance tournament, Aberdeen (Oct. 25-26).
44 days: State cross country meet, Huron (Oct. 26).
46 days: Riggs High band concert (Oct. 28).
51 days: All-State Chorus/Orchestra concert, Sioux Falls (Nov. 2).
52 days: Daylight Saving Time ends (Nov. 3).


Minnesota Wild: The Wild begin their preseason schedule next Tuesday with a home game vs. Dallas at 7 p.m., then play at Winnipeg at 7 p.m. Wednesday.


Soprano: Hey, want to hear a joke?
Alto: Sure!
Soprano: Melody.
Alto: I don’t get it.
Soprano: I know, You don’t.


NFL live games this weekend:
Thursday—Tampa Bay at Carolina, 7:20 p.m., NFL Network.
Sunday—Minnesota at Green Bay, noon, Fox.
Sunday—Kansas City at Oakland, 3:25 p.m., CBS.
Sunday—Chicago at Denver, 3:25 p.m., Fox.
Sunday—Philadelphia at Atlanta, 7:20 p.m., NBC.
Monday—Cleveland at New York Jets, 7:15 p.m., ESPN.

Midco Sports Network live games this weekend:
Thursday—College: University of Mary at Bemidji State, 7 p.m.
Friday—High school: Tri-Valley at Vermillion, 7 p.m.
Saturday—College: Drake at SDSU, 1 p.m.
Saturday—College: Houston Baptist at USD, 2 p.m. (MSN2).
Saturday—College: Sam Houston at UND, 4 p.m.

Class 11AA (records, last week’s scores, this week’s games):
NOTE: All eight teams qualify for playoffs.
Pierre (2-0): Beat West Central 46-6; home vs. Yankton.
Brookings (2-0): Beat Lennox 29-6; at Sturgis.
Mitchell (1-1): Lost to Sioux Falls Christian 26-23; at Spearfish.
Yankton (1-1): Lost to Dakota Valley 46-34; at Pierre.
Huron (1-1): Beat Milbank 33-20; at Douglas.
Douglas (0-2): Lost to Belle Fourche 28-12; home vs. Huron.
Spearfish (0-2): Lost to Custer 44-13; home vs. Mitchell.
Sturgis (0-2): Lost to St. Thomas More 27-8; home vs. Brookings.

Class 11B (records, last week’s scores; this week’s games):
NOTE: Only top 16 teams qualify for playoffs.
Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan (3-0): Beat Sioux Valley 14-8; at Mount Vernon-Plankinton.
McCook Central/Montrose (3-0): Beat Stanley County 52-14; at Garretson.
Winner (3-0): Beat Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central 54-0; at Wagner.
Webster Area (3-0): Beat Groton Area 12-7; open date.
Mobridge-Pollock (2-0): Beat Lead-Deadwood 42-7; home vs. Aberdeen Roncalli.
Mount Vernon-Plankinton (2-0); Beat Wagner 16-0; home vs. Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan.
Groton Area (2-1): Lost to Webster Area 12-7; home vs. Sisseton.
Sisseton (2-1): Lost to Elk Point-Jefferson 33-6; at Groton Area.
St. Thomas More (2-1): Beat Sturgis 27-8; at Todd County.
Chamberlain (2-1): Beat Miller/Highmore-Harrold 55-12; at Bennett County.
Hot Springs (2-1): Beat Todd County 55-8; home vs. Lead-Deadwood.
Garretson (2-1): Beat Beresford 21-13; home vs. McCook Central/Montrose.
Bennett County (1-1): Open date; home vs. Chamberlain.
Redfield (1-1): Beat Aberdeen Roncalli 36-7; at Miller/Highmore-Harrold.
Sioux Valley (1-2): Lost to Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan 41-8; home vs. Flandreau.
Stanley County (1-2): Lost to McCook Central/Montrose 52-14; home vs. Woonsocket/ Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central.
Aberdeen Roncalli (1-2): Lost to Redfield 26-7; at Mobridge-Pollock.
Beresford (1-2): Lost to Garretson 21-13; at Sioux Falls Christian.
Lead-Deadwood (1-2): Lost to Mobridge-Pollock 42-7; at Hot Springs.
Elk Point-Jefferson (1-2): Beat Sisseton 33-6; open date.
McLaughlin (0-1): Open date; open date.
Flandreau (0-2): Lost to Dell Rapids 42-0; at Sioux Valley.
Miller/Highmore-Harrold (0-3): Lost to Chamberlain 55-12; home vs. Redfield.
Wagner (0-3): Lost to Mount Vernon-Plankinton 16-0; home vs. Winner.
Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central (0-3): Lost to Winner 54-0; at Stanley County.

Class 9A, Region 4 (records, last week’s scores, this week’s games):
NOTE: Top 3 teams in each region qualify for playoffs, plus next-best 4 teams statewide.
Sully Buttes (3-0): Beat Potter County 58-8; home vs. Herreid/Selby Area.
Philip (3-0): Beat Rapid City Christian 46-6; home vs. New Underwood.
New Underwood (2-0): Open date; at Philip.
Timber Lake (2-0): Open date; at Newell.
Wall (1-1): Open date; at Rapid City Christian.
Potter County (1-2): Lost to Sully Buttes 58-8; open date.

College update (records, last week’s scores, this week’s games):
USD (0-2): Lost to Oklahoma 70-14; home vs. Houston Baptist, 2 p.m. MSN2.
SDSU (1-1): Beat Long Island 38-3; home vs. Drake, 1 p.m., Midco Sports Network.
NDSU (2-0): Beat UND 38-7; at Delaware, noon.
UND (1-1): Lost to NDSU 38-7; home vs. Sam Houston State, 4 p.m., Midco Sports Network.
Northern (0-1): Lost to Bemidji State 33-7; at Minot State, 1 p.m.
Augustana (1-0): Beat Upper Iowa 52-0; at Minnesota State-Mankato, 6 p.m.
Sioux Falls (0-1): Lost to Concordia-St. Paul 41-178; home vs. Winona State, 1 p.m.
Dakota State (1-1): Lost to Briar Cliff 13-10; next game Sept. 21 home vs. Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Presentation (0-2): Lost to DWU 44-0; at St. Scholastica, noon.
S.D. Mines (0-1): Lost to Colorado-Mesa 37-33; at Western State (Colo.), 1 p.m.
Black Hills State (0-1): Lost to Chadron State 48-31; at Colorado Mines, noon.
Dakota Wesleyan (1-1): Beat Presentation 44-0; at Briar Cliff, 1 p.m.
Minnesota (2-0): Beat Fresno State 38-35 (2 O.T.); home vs. Georgia Southern, 2:30 p.m., BTN.
Nebraska (1-1): Lost to Colorado 34-31 (O.T.): home vs. Northern Illinois, 6 p.m., FS1.
Iowa (2-0): Beat Rutgers 30-0; at Iowa State, 3 p.m., FS1.
Iowa State (1-0): Open date; home vs. Iowa, 3 p.m., FS1.
Wyoming (2-0): Beat Texas State 23-14; home vs. Idaho, 4 p.m.

Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings kicked off the season by taking advantage of Atlanta mistakes and won 28-12 in a game that wasn’t that close until the last couple of minutes. Now 1-0, Minnesota plays at Green Bay at noon Sunday on Fox.

Denver Broncos: The Broncos have their home opener Sunday against the Bears on Fox after losing their opener at Oakland, 24-16.


“Don’t walk behind me. I may not lead.
Don’t walk in front of me. I may not follow.
Just walk beside me and be my friend.”

— Albert Camus


Minnesota Twins:
Thursday—Washington, 6:40 p.m., FSN.
Friday—at Cleveland, 6:10 p.m., FSN.
Saturday—at Cleveland, 6:10 p.m., FSN.
Sunday—at Cleveland, 12:10 p.m., FSN.
Monday—Chicago White Sox, 6:40 p.m., FSN.
Tuesday—Chicago White Sox, 6:40 p.m., FSN.
Wednesday—Chicago White Sox, 6:40 p.m., FSN.
Thursday—Kansas City, 6:40 p.m., FSN.

Chicago Cubs:
Thursday—at San Diego, 2:40 p.m.
Friday—Pittsburgh, 3:05 p.m., MLB Network.
Saturday—Pittsburgh, 1:20 p.m., MLB Network.
Sunday—Pittsburgh, 1:20 p.m.
Monday—Cincinnati, 7:05 p.m.
Tuesday—Cincinnati, 7:05 p.m.
Wednesday—Cincinnati, 7:05 p.m.
Thursday—St. Louis, 6:15 p.m., Fox.

Colorado Rockies:
Thursday—St. Louis, 1:10 p.m.
Friday—San Diego, 6:40 p.m.
Saturday—San Diego, 6:10 p.m.
Sunday—San Diego, 1:10 p.m.
Monday—New York Mets, 6:40 p.m.
Tuesday—New York Mets, 6:40 p.m.
Wednesday—New York Mets, 1:10 p.m.


A truly great library contains something in it to offend everyone.


PGA Champions Tour (Tom Byrum): At the tour stop in Calgary, Alberta, two weeks ago, Tom tied for fifth place with rounds of 63, 69 and 69 for a 9-under-par 201. The Tour is in Grand Blanc, Mich., for the Ally Challenge Friday through Sunday.


Minnesota United FC: The Loons played to a 2-2 tie with Pachuca in a friendly. Returning to MLS league play, the Loons played at Houston last night and host Real Salt Lake at 4:30 p.m. Sunday on FSN.


Believing in Nebraska, Syracuse, Fresno State and the Browns cost many of our 22 contestants last week, even though they all successfully stayed with NDSU and lucky Michigan. The best record for 10 points was 8-2 by Levi Neuharth and Mikal Kern. Next-best at 7-3 for 9 points were Brandon Lowery, Beth Rinehart and Dawn Magee. At 6-4 for 8 points each were Jason Noyes, Greg Dean, Jeff Adel, Kim Otterness, David Ludwig, Jon Boer, Eric James, Randy Pool, Kyle Richards and Lane Kozel.

Contest #4 (send your 10 winners to parkerhome16@hotmail.com by Saturday morning):
(1) Stanford at UCF.
(2) Kansas State at Mississippi State.
(3) Alabama at South Carolina.
(4) Iowa at Iowa State.
(5) Air Force at Colorado.
(6) USC at BYU.
(7) Arizona State at Michigan State.
(8) NFL: Minnesota at Green Bay.
(9) NFL: Chicago at Denver.
(10) NFL: New Orleans at Los Angeles Rams.


“The one who plants trees, knowing that he or she will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life.”

— Rabindranath Tagore


Thursday, Sept. 12:
John Keyes, Noah Sprenkle, Lois Fuller, Erin Harmon, William Maurice, Brittany (Guindon) Meiners, Brittney Kirkpatrick, Jen de Hueck, Samantha Harris, Randy McKee.
— 4th anniversary, Nick/Ally (Kraemer) Formanek.
— 21st anniversary, Ryan/Lisa (Ries) Kramer.
— 11th anniversary, Guy/Mikayla (Mikkelsen) Frick.
— 10th anniversary, Jason/Sarah Sass.
— 4th anniversary, Aaron/Kelsey (Wilson) Trimble.
— 10th anniversary, Drew/Catherine Sweetman.
— 22nd anniversary, Tom/Molly Valentine.

Friday, Sept. 13:
Cody Richter, Jean Lakner, Emma Wylie, Jonalyn Beastrom, Joe Tetzlaff, Katie Ludemann, Andrew Smith, Kevin Tveidt, Nancy (Pottratz) Kennedy, Laura (Joachim) Hansen, Ryan Grandpre, Denise (Lamb) Wilkins.
— 5th anniversary, Ryan/Dani Tobin.
— 56th anniversary, Dick/Mary Carter.

Saturday, Sept. 14:
Levi Neuharth, Alice West, Elle Marie Smith, Kaitlyn Bruns, Sam Ellefson, Cora Stahl, Luke Deal, Lisa Forest, Finn Mancuso, Barry Massey, Mark Mancuso.
— 12th anniversary, Jeff/Brianne (Barnett) Roby
— 17th anniversary, Matt/Kim Brakke.
— 6th anniversary Torey/Christina Garrett.
— 6th anniversary, Mitch/Stephanie (Dvorak) Delvo.
— 6th anniversary, Jordan/Shelby (Badger) Heckenlaible.
We fondly remember Robert Disburg on his birthday.

Sunday, Sept. 15:
Brie Mikkelsen, Austin Munyon, Emily Coolidge, Dan Swenson, Rondell LeBeau, Steve Long, Louisa Corbin, Amber Gloe, Heather Stoeser.
— 12th anniversary, Jimmy/Sandy (Krom) Bauer.
— 7th anniversary, Allan/Krista (Wilson) Rounds.
— 7th anniversary, Dustin/Justine (Berven) Drew.
We fondly remember Donna Fjelstad on her birthday.

Monday, Sept. 16:
Aron Nevin, Justin Sivage, Bobbi Ice, Anne Schmidt, Robyn (Clausen) Bauer, Anissa Grambihler, Georganne Sorenson, Gordon Goosen, Jonah Hopper, Gary Kafka.
— 2nd anniversary, Nathaniel/Brea (Paul) Louwagie.
— 19th anniversary, Jason/Amy Irion.
— 2nd anniversary, Jamie/Megan (Gordon) Ramirez.
— 2nd anniversary, Derrick/Kelbie (Frederick) Miller.

Tuesday, Sept. 17:
Kallee (Hewlett) Rydland, Dusty Bergeson, Kaydee Neuharth, Niki (Cowan) Jaworski, Lori Wilbur, Tim Steece, Jess Burchill, Coleman Varty, Levi Clark, Meredith Jones, Bret Culey, Dayson Carroll.
— 3rd anniversary, Isaac/Chelsea (Stahl) LaLonde.
— 15th anniversary, Slade/Amy (Hofer) Weller.
— 14th anniversary, Wayne/Alyssa Schaefbauer.

Wednesday, Sept. 18:
Jocelyn (Newman) Frohm, Carter McCoy, Amanda Beck, Kathy (Willingham) Tartaglia, Courtney Frenz, Shirley Javurek, Mandy (Jung) Moisan, Ben Chittenden, Troy Sogaard, Jackie Putzier.
— 10th anniversary, Brent/Cindy (Ryan) Reilly.
— 15th anniversary, James/Keri (Fargen) Sivage.
— 15th anniversary, Chad/Laurie (Koehn) Gilman.
— 9th anniversary, Ryan/Jenni Nuttall.
— 9th anniversary, Lonnie/Sarah (Peterson) Dozier.
— 9th anniversary, Cody/Jessica (Melvin) Moore.

Thursday, Sept. 19:
Laura Howard, Carson Eisenbeisz, Trevor Botts, Charles Jones, D.J. Prue, Stephanie (Mutschler) Pierson, Brett Fergen, Adley Lucas, Hunter Johnson.
— 4th anniversary, Calvin/Holly Frederick.
— 16th anniversary, Brad/Brandy Johnston.


“Good satire is impossible these days because you can’t distinguish it from what’s actually happening.”

— From a Facebook post


  • The eagerly anticipated 16-hour Ken Burns documentary, “Country Music,” begins its run on Public Television this weekend. The first two hours will be broadcast from 7 to 9 p.m. CDT on SDPB Sunday, then repeated from 9 to 11 p.m.


“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much. It is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

— President Franklin D. Roosevelt


Congratulations to the Riggs High School homecoming Governor king, Phil Adam, and queen, Natalie Mohr.

The Riggs High Class of ’64 will have their 55-year reunion in Pierre during homecoming weekend Friday through Sunday. Tony DeBlois, who is now age 45 and whose mother, Janice (Stepanek) DeBlois, was a member of the Class of ’64, will sing the national anthem at the Governors’ game Friday night. Tony became blind when he was only a few days old. He began playing the piano at the age of 2. A 1996 graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, he plays 20 instruments and has performed concerts around the world.

The Pierre Athletic Booster Club will host the annual homecoming Whopper Feed at Wegner Auto Company from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday ahead of the football game. All proceeds will go to Governor athletics. For $5 you will get a Whopper, chips, pop and a cookie.

Earning Athlete of the Week recognition from the Pierre Athletic Coaches Association last week were Matt Heilman of the football team and Kenzie Kuxhaus of the volleyball team. This week the honored students are Carter Karst of the golf team and Raegan Wiebe of the volleyball team.

Matt and Gillian (Woodburn) Hanson, who live in Ogden, Utah, revealed on Facebook last week that they are expecting another child in March.

This is the weekend of the Dakota Western Heritage Festival events in Fort Pierre, primarily at the Expo Center. For the schedule of events go to the Facebook page entitled “Dakota Western Heritage Festival.”
Emma Lynn Mangan was born Sept. 4 in St. Paul. She is the daughter of Jason (’06) and Kelsey Mangan and joins a big sister, Nora, and the family dog, Winston, in their family. Emma weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces, and measured 19 inches. The Mangans live in West St. Paul.

Avera St. Mary’s Foundation’s Walk of Hope will be held this Saturday at the Capitol Lake Visitors Center. Check-in starts at 8:15, and the walk begins at 9. After the walk a remembrance ceremony will take place. Proceeds will go to support regional mental health awareness and suicide prevention. To register call 224-3451 or go to Avera St. Mary’s Foundation’s website.

Jebben Keyes (’16), who was a three-time state champion and a six-time state qualifier when he wrestled with the Pierre Governors, has been named a full-time head coach for the 2019-20 season at the Sioux Falls Metro Wrestling Academy. Jebben attends Augustana University.

The 50th emperor and empress of Sully Buttes High School’s Olympian Days will be crowned tonight (Thursday). The coronation program begins at 7:30 p.m. in the SBHS gym. Emperor candidates are Jack Darling, Grant Johnson, Kenean Johnson, Quinn Jordre, Jett Lamb and Nick Wittler. Empress candidates are Brianna Fanger, Angela Guthmiller, Aspen Heath, Kendra Kleven, Avery Weinheimer and Shalie Weinheimer. The royalty escorts are Tryston Ogle and Kiley McGee. The pep rally and Olympian Games start at 12:45 p.m. Friday in the gym, followed by the parade at 2:30. The Charger football team plays Herreid/Selby Area in a 7 p.m. game Friday.

Not only will Friday night be homecoming for Sully Buttes High School, but the 1989 Charger state championship football team will be honored at the game. Coach Steve Quintus will be there from North Dakota and hopes to reunite with many of his former Charger players. The team will have a get-together uptown after the game. In the four seasons from 1988 through 1991, Charger teams lost only four games. Quintus’ 1989 Chargers completed a perfect 12-0 season, culminating in the state championship game win over Garretson, 40-12. The next year the only loss in an 11-1 season was a 50-36 loss to Garretson in the state championship game.

Pierre native Brian Pope and his wife, Amy, both of whom are teachers in the Redwood Valley school district at Redwood Falls, Minn., have added a second son to their family. Eli Carl Pope was born Sept. 6, weighing 7 pounds, 5 ounces, and measuring 20 3/4 inches. He joins a brother, Declan, who just turned 2 years old a month ago, in the Pope family.

Rob Wylie, executive director of the South Dakota Retirement System since 2003, is retiring. He will be succeeded by Travis Almond, who is currently the member services and communications manager for the SDRS.

Sheridan Cronin and his wife, who have been living in Rapid City, have moved to Missoula, Mont., where Sheridan began a new job Monday with Billion Auto-Kia.

The Jim and Rosa Iverson family were in Washington, D.C., over the weekend for the wedding of Chris Iverson to Nino Tabatadze. She is a native of the nation of Georgia.

Margo (West) Northrup has been appointed to the position of judge in the Sixth Judicial Circuit. She has practiced law with the Riter, Rogers, Wattier and Northrup firm locally since 2004. Margo and her husband, Matt, live in Pierre with their three sons.

The home of former Pierre residents Ron and Linda Olinger in Sioux Falls was seriously damaged in a tornado that touched down there about midnight Tuesday night in the midst of a violent thunderstorm. The Olingers were not injured. The tornado just missed the O’Gorman school campus, touching down at that 41st & Kiwanis intersection and moving southeastward toward the Western Mall. The Avera Heart Hospital farther south in the city was cosmetically damaged by a confirmed second tornado, but its emergency room was up and running Wednesday morning, and no patients’ rooms were affected. Reports are that there were no fatalities and only a few injuries, but damage was extensive. By Wednesday afternoon the National Weather Service confirmed that there was a third tornado farther south in the city. Winds were clocked at 125 MPH and higher in the storms.

Dennis Pfrimmer, who has been president and CEO of Capital Area Counseling Service since September 2001, plans to retire. A search for his replacement will begin.


How can it be? Olympian Days turns 50 years old!

My own alma mater was Onida High School. The school where I taught for its last five years was Blunt High School. Their combined school where I taught for its first eight years is Sully Buttes High School, and somehow that school is celebrating its 50th homecoming this week. What???!!!

I located a column I wrote nine years ago and think it deserves another publication, at least for those of you with Onida and Blunt connections, past or present. So with a few revisions to update things, here we go, and happy Olympian Days to all of you back home! Go, Chargers!

As the summer of 1970 wound down toward the beginning of school, there was anticipation hinged with a good degree of apprehension in Onida and Blunt as two were about to try to become one with as little bloodshed as possible. Two schools, that is.

Onida High School and Blunt High School, having graduated their final senior classes in May, were about to become Sully Buttes High School, whether they wanted to or not.

One thing that helped ease the tension that fall 49 years ago, though not through 100% of the student and community populations, was homecoming. Another was football.

Now as SBHS celebrates Olympian Days L (make that 50), this week, I can’t let a column pass without telling you some of what I remember and what some others close to the situation remember.

“The very thought of going to a new school was that it would be worse than death,” said Colleen (Doyle) Lamb, a perfect Sully Buttes blend herself (a Blunt gal who married an Onida guy). “But as I sat through classes, rode the bus, met new teachers, picked cheerleaders and watched by brother Rich on the football team, I came to the realization that this was a good thing.”

Nancy (Lamb) Weischedel of Gettysburg, one of the 1970-71 seniors who had been an OHS student for three years only to find herself a senior at something called SBHS, reminisces, “It was probably a lot harder on the Blunt students who had to give up their school and head north each morning to a strange school.”

But Onida kids were sacrificing, too. Their rich tradition of the Onida Warriors, KiYi Day, purple and white, and all the rest had suddenly been taken from them, and while they were still going to go to the same school building, things were certainly different.

Nancy points out something I had forgotten. “To make matters worse, the Blunt seniors didn’t join our classes because they had already taken senior classes in a combined classroom the year before, so they had to take junior classes with our juniors,” she said. “I think the transition was hardest on the seniors, but slowly everyone got acquainted, and new friendships were formed.”

“It was hard to see Blunt High close its doors, particularly for the seniors,” said Deb (Marshall) Harkless, now of Sioux Falls. “I had walked one block to school almost every day from first grade through my junior year, so it felt a bit surreal riding a bus to another town and walking through the doors of a new school.”

The previous year, with the threat of state-mandated reorganization looming, four townships in Hughes County on their own volition petitioned the Hughes County School Board to let them join a proposed Sully Buttes district, greatly enhancing the tax base and land area of the proposed district. Those folks desired more local authority than they figured they would get if they attached to the Pierre district.

The new plan passed in a February election with 65.54% of the total valuation of the area included in the plan. The current members of the Onida and Blunt school boards and their clerks became the new board to serve for a year. Harold Wood was its first chairman, and the board met often to set into motion, with little time to spare, plans for an upcoming school year.

A major decision in March was that there would be one high school called Sully Buttes High School housed in the high school building in Onida. So at Blunt High, for the last two months till graduation that spring of 1970, almost everything became the last. The last ballgame, the last music contest, the last play. And on May 14, 1970, as Louise Kozel wrote in her Blunt news column, “the sentiment was thicker than flies in a sugar bowl” as the last pops concert was held in the old Blunt gym. Sixty-four chorus members sang their hearts out and concluded with a tear-jerking “Thanks for the Memories” with original words appropriate to the occasion.

Onida graduated 37 seniors and Blunt 11. At the same time opponents of the new district continued to fight the inevitable with any roadblock they could muster. But it happened anyway.

Supt. Gene Horn and Principal Bob Sage stayed in place at the high school as did most of the OHS faculty—Ron and Edith Evans, Roger and Beverly Hall, Larry and Claire Martin, Fern Pollman, Gene Schlagel, Garry Schrank, Joyce Vollmer, Bill Witte, Bob Graff, Deloris Long, Dan Sutera and Ellen Paulson. Fortunately for me, they invited me to join the students in the move north. Jim Brooking was the first principal at Onida and rural elementary schools, and Dick Vosberg had that job at Blunt. Joe Day was the business manager.

School started Aug. 31 with a whopping 215 in high school, 220 more in grades 1-8 at Onida, 138 in grades 1-8 at Blunt and 66 in rural schools.

Not only was Onida losing its Warrior tradition, but Blunt had lost its Monarchs. But somebody had decreed, likely for financial reasons so new uniforms wouldn’t be necessary, that the school colors would be purple (from Onida’s purple and white) and gold (from Blunt’s gold and black). The nickname had been voted on the previous spring by students at OHS and BHS with Chargers narrowly beating out Broncs.

There was a “new” school with a new team nickname, and its team became a reality on Sept. 4, 1970, in Highmore when the Chargers played the Pirates. Highmore led 6-0 but tried to punt out of its own end zone. The snap was fumbled, and the ball carrier got out only to the 1-yard line. From there Buddy King (a Blunt kid!) scored the first-ever Charger touchdown. SBHS lost 12-6 that night and by 18-6 the next week at Northwestern with Jim Telford (an Onida area boy) scoring there.

Meanwhile, cheerleaders had been selected—three from Onida (Nancy Lamb, Teri Sutton and Kristi Kennedy) and two from Blunt (LaVonne Parks and Deb Marshall).

We already had a name, nickname and colors, but we didn’t have a song until that first week of school. Somebody entrusted me to take charge of that aspect, so I picked three college fight songs—those of Northwestern, Michigan and another school which I can’t recall. The student council gathered around an old upright piano in one of the classrooms to listen to me play the songs for them, over and over. They voted, and Michigan’s “The Victors” became the SBHS school song on the spot.

Next the song needed words, and I know how that happened! My shorthand class and I set our shorthand aside for one day, and line by line, we changed the Michigan lyrics to fit the Sully Buttes situation.

I recall it was Principal Sage who had the idea that the new school should incorporate an Olympic theme into its homecoming, so Olympian Days was born, and immediate planning began. Onida had had its KiYi Days for years, but Blunt had had homecoming only once since football had been instituted there just the previous fall.

Rich Doyle of Blunt had been elected president of the senior class, and that helped ease Blunt kids’ fears. Another stroke of genius on somebody’s part was scheduling Senior Skip Day in the fall, and it was decreed they would go to the Corn Palace to see Tennessee Ernie Ford.

“You have to remember that we were a little more secluded than teen-agers now,” Nancy recalls. “No Facebook, no cell phones, no e-mail, so we didn’t have quite as much interaction with kids from other towns except for drive-in movies and out-of-town dances. We were a little upset that Sage planned it, and we were less than thrilled to see Tennessee Ernie, but Joe Cary was quoted in The Watchdog, the student paper, ‘The bus ride was fantastic, the company was great, the performance was something else, the meal was just super, not to mention the Cain we raised after we got home.'”

Doyle, King and Telford were also a trifecta of running backs who, in the third football game, thrilled a big home crowd with a 28-6 win over Gettysburg while a defense that included the likes of Tim Zebroski, Dave Lehmkuhl, Terry Hofer, Joe Minder, Frank Goc, Roger Currier and others kept the Battlers at zero until the final play of the game.

The Chargers won at Newell the next week, 28-20, to go to 2-2, and then it was Olympian Days week!

“We made those old-fashioned floats,” recalls Claire Martin, who was still teaching at SBHS some 40 years later. “You know, those floats where we spent nights all week with chicken wire, trying to shape it just like it needed to be and then hours putting napkins into the wire and bending enough around the wire so the wind wouldn’t blow them off.”

Great idea, bad result! The wind howled on the afternoon of the parade, and Onida was littered with napkins of every color.

“We were all hoping that the football team would be the thing that would pull the students together into one cohesive school and forget we were two towns,” Claire said. “As the season went by, we really began to accomplish that, and it started everyone in the state asking, ‘Where is Sully Buttes?’ It definitely was the beginning of a dynasty that still keeps going today.”

Blunt’s royalty of the previous year, Ted Massey and Carlotta Albright, were far away at school and couldn’t return for a Thursday night coronation, so Onida’s last KiYi king and queen, Steve Hyde and Patty Haskins (now Ogan), crowned Emperor I and Empress I. They didn’t simply announce the names, however, as Nancy recalls. “Each member of the royal court was given a scroll to open, stating if they were the winners, and Tim’s (Zebroski) and mine were tied extra tight, so it took quite awhile before we realized we were the new royalty!”

Other members of that first royal court were Frank Pautz, Terry Hofer, Frans Haeck (a foreign student), Bill Kellogg, LaVonne Parks, Debra Marshall, Peggy Allison and Kathy Hoover while Roger Currier and Pam Hinckley were their escorts. At the coronation Wilbur Hofer and Wanda (Day) Hall, who had graduated from OHS 25 years earlier, spoke at coronation. Carrying the crowns were first-graders Tanya Sutton (now Yackley) and Scott Yackley.

There was a bonfire, the burning of the first SB, and pep rally outside, then the snake dance from the school up to Main Street. “A snake dance was new to this Blunt kid,” Colleen said, “but we were learning that these weird Onida kids were some of the nicest people we had ever met.”

“Being part of the first royalty and the other festivities topped the year for me,” says Deb. “As a senior I looked forward to it being my last year. Moving to a new school didn’t take away that positive experience.”

Doyle had been lost to the team for the season due to injury the previous week, but his replacement, sophomore Steve Lomheim, joined “Sherman Tank” Telford in a thrilling homecoming victory. Ipswich led at halftime, 6-0, but Steve scored the first touchdown and made two two-point conversions. Telford scored the winning TD, and Pautz intercepted at the 15 and ran all the way back in a clear field for the clinching score as SBHS won its first homecoming game, 22-8.

In fact, the team never lost again, ending the season with six straight wins after those two opening losses. One tradition held—they lost the coin flip all eight games! This was more than 10 years before playoffs arrived, so a 6-2 record was a triumph.

It was a hard year in some ways, harder for some kids than others. Change does not come easily, and new traditions aren’t really traditions until they are allowed to happen more than once. “But,” Nancy concludes, “for a bunch of teen-agers, we did okay, and every year thereafter got a little easier. My brother even married a Blunt girl, and she is a wonderful sister.”

In athletics as in other areas, Sully Buttes High School has done all right these 50 years, and no community (and that term includes a vast area now that encompasses Agar as well as a wide span of countryside) is prouder of its school and its kids than the Sully Buttes community. Some of us who are still around are proud to think that, if only in some small way, we helped get that started way back when, 49 years ago this month.

As The Onida Watchman stated the week after Olympian Days I, “Suddenly the thrills and the excitement of our first SBHS homecoming are in the past, but the memories linger. Twenty-five years from now the term Olympian Days will be as familiar as the name of Sully Buttes High, but you and we will remember with a smile that very first Olympian Days when Charger spirit was just being born, when Tim and Nancy made a marvelous royal couple, when the mighty Chargers won a stirring victory, and when our two high schools were really one for the first time.”


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