Vol. 21, No. 4; Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019

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Thursday: tutti fruitti.
Friday-Sunday: strawberry butter.
Monday-Tuesday: coconut.
Wednesday-Thursday: maple.


This week’s schedules:
Cross country—Saturday, at Huron invitational, 9 a.m.
Girls tennis—Saturday, at Aberdeen Central invitational, 10 a.m.
Boys golf—Friday, at Mitchell invitational, 10:30 a.m.; Tuesday, at Watertown invitational, 10 a.m.
Football—Friday, home vs. Tea Area, 7 p.m.
Volleyball—Thursday, home vs. Harrisburg, 7 p.m.; Saturday, at Douglas, 12:30 p.m.
Girls soccer—Thursday, at Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 4 p.m.
Boys soccer—Thursday, at Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 6 p.m.
Softball—Sunday, home vs. Dell Rapids, 12:30 p.m., and Baltic, 3:30 p.m.
Cheer/dance—Saturday, at Brookings invitational, 11 a.m.; Tuesday, at Huron invitational, 5 p.m.

Cross country: The Governor teams’ plan to attend last Thursday’s Aberdeen Central meet ended when the meet was cancelled due to flooding and wet conditions there.

Girls tennis: At Huron’s quadrangular Saturday Pierre defeated Brookings, 7-2; beat Huron, 5-4, and lost to Watertown, 8-1. In the Huron match the team score was tied at 4-4 when the #3 doubles team of Jocelyn Corrales and Caitlin Ott won to give the Governors the decision. The doubles team of Sydney Tedrow and Kara Weiss went undefeated through the three duals. Pierre’s record is now 4-9.

Cheer/dance: Due to flooding in that part of the state and the difficulty of travel between here and there, the Pierre teams did not attend last Thursday’s Yankton meet.

Football: Anybody who arrived late for Pierre’s homecoming game missed a lot. After four possessions and with 5:09 still remaining in the first quarter, the Governors had a 28-0 lead over Yankton. By halftime the score was 63-0, and it stayed that way through the second half as Pierre improved to 3-0. Sixteen seconds into the game Garrett Stout connected with Regan Bollweg on a 78-yard pass play for a touchdown on Pierre’s first offensive play from scrimmage. A minute and a half later Pierre had the ball again, and once again on their first possession came a score, this time on Stout’s 50-yard run. Seconds later after another three-and-out defensive out, the offense scored on their first play from scrimmage when Stout went 76 yards. On their fourth possession it took the Govs five plays to score, Stout’s 21-yard touchdown pass play to Zach Letellier accomplishing the deal. Stout recovered a fumble at the Yankton 23, and from there he and Letellier hooked up on a 20-yard touchdown play, and it was 35-0 with 2:37 still left in the very first quarter. Andrew Coverdale intercepted a pass, and on the first offensive play Stout went to Bollweg for a 41-yard TD play. It was 42-0 with 1:48 left in the quarter. A second-and-goal quarterback sneak by Stout from a yard out made it 49-0, and Stout’s 10-yard run made it 56-0. Cobey Carr’s touchdown resulted in a 63-0 lead.
Stout’s amazing night, which he credited to his offensive mates and his defense, saw him complete nine of 14 passes for 217 yards and four touchdowns and carry the ball 11 times for 239 yards and four touchdowns.

Softball: The Pierre girls varsity lost a pair of close games to tough teams. In a 3-2 loss to Tea Area, Pierre scored two runs in the top of the first inning on a two-run double by Kenzie Gronlund. Though outhitting Tea 6-3, Pierre gave up two unearned runs. Gronlund on the mound gave up a single earned run and fanned seven. In a 2-0 loss to Vermillion the Pierre girls were no-hit by the Vermillion pitcher. Jessi Buntrock allowed six hits, struck out eight and allowed two earned runs.

Boys golf: At Yankton’s invitational the Governors placed 13th with a 383 score as two of the seniors stayed home for homecoming activities. Sawyer Sonnenschein tied for 47th with a 90. Other scores: Raef Briggs 92, Luke Olson 96, Johnathan Lyons 105. On Monday at the Brookings meet the Govs were 10th of 15 teams with a 349. Carter Karst tied for 32nd with a 13-over 85. Other scores: Sonnenschein 87, Olson 88, Grady Klundt 89.

Boys soccer: After last Thursday’s game vs. Huron was postponed, the Governors went to Mitchell and won 4-2 Tuesday. Clay Alban converted a penalty kick for a 1-0 lead. Later within a 13-minute span Carston Miller accomplished a hat trick. Pierre’s record is 2-3-2.

Girls soccer: The girls’ game vs. Huron was postponed. On Tuesday in Mitchell they lost, 3-1, with Ryann Berry scoring the Pierre goal. The team’s record is 2-3-2.

Volleyball: Pierre lost to Roosevelt in Sioux Falls. 3-1, on game scores of 21-25, 21-25, 25-18, 12-25. Top-ranked Aberdeen Central beat Pierre, 3-1, on game scores of 15-25, 22-25, 25-15, 19-25. On Tuesday the girls won at winless Yankton, 3-1, on game scores of 15-25, 25-14, 25-18, 25-20. Pierre’s record is 4-4.


This week’s schedules:
Football—Friday, at Miller/Highmore-Harrold (in Miller), 7 p.m.
Volleyball—Saturday, home for BDC tournament, 10 a.m.
Cross country—Thursday, at BDC meet, Chamberlain, 2:30 p.m.; Wednesday, at Faulkton invitational, 1 p.m.

Football: The Buffaloes lost at home to Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central, 20-7.

Volleyball: In a dual at Philip the Buffalo girls lost 3-1 on game scores of 23-25, 27-29, 12-25.


This week’s schedules:
Football—next game Sept. 27 at Hitchcock-Tulare.
Volleyball—Thursday, at Lyman, 6:30 p.m.; Monday, at Timber Lake, 6:30 p.m.
Cross country—Saturday, at Potter County invitational, 10 a.m.; Wednesday, at Faulkton invitational, 1 p.m.

Volleyball: At Saturday’s Philip tournament the Charger girls went 2-2, beating Bennett County and Jones County by 2-0 scores and losing to Kadoka Area and Faith by 2-0 scores. SBHS stands at 4-7.

Football: In their homecoming game the Chargers took an 8-0 lead on a 27-yard pass play from Nick Wittler to Grant Johnson. Herreid-Selby Area answered to tie the game, but after that it was all Chargers. Wittler scored on a 12-yard run. He intercepted a Wolverine pass, then scored from the six-yard line for a 24-8 lead. Sully Buttes recovered an onsides kick and converted on a 21-yard pass to Johnson down to the 1-yard line from where Wittler scored. With Caleb Chicoine recovering a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, the Chargers were set up in good position again, and a Wittler-to-Johnson touchdown made it 38-8 at halftime. When Wittler went 24 yards for a 46-8 lead in the third quarter, the game went to a running clock. Wittler rushed for 144 yards and passed for 203. Herreid/Selby Area was held to 132 total yards of offense.


2 days: Trojan Day at Dakota State (Sept. 21).
3 days: Emmy awards, Fox TV (Sept. 22).
8 days: Pierre Players’ “Dracula” (Sept. 27-29, Oct. 3-5).
8 days: Stanley County High homecoming day (Sept. 27).
9 days: Swarm Day at Black Hills State (Sept. 28).
9 days: Halo Day at Presentation (Sept. 28).
9 days: “M” Day at School of Mines (Sept. 28).
12 days: Riggs High indoor marching band concert (Oct. 1).
12 days: Baseball playoffs begin (Oct. 1).
14 days: Minnesota Wild season opener (Oct. 3).
16 days: Dakota Day at USD (Oct. 5).
16 days: Homecoming at UND (Oct. 5).
16 days: Blue & White Day at DWU (Oct. 5).
16 days: Cougar Day at USF (Oct. 5).
16 days: Hobo Day at SDSU (Oct. 5).
16 days: Sioux Falls Stampede home opener (Oct. 5).
18 days: State boys golf tournaments, ‘AA’ Yankton, ‘A” Spearfish (Oct. 7-8).
21 days: State girls tennis tournament, Sioux Falls (Oct. 10-12).
23 days: Viking Day at Augustana (Oct. 12).
23 days: Gypsy Day at Northern (Oct. 12).
23 days: Homecoming at NDSU (Oct. 12).
23 days: Riggs High band to Yankton’s March to the Meridian competition (Oct. 12).
25 days: Native American Day (Oct. 14).
28 days: Riggs High fall play (Oct. 17-18).


Fall has always been my favorite season—the time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.

— Lauren DeStefano


Minnesota Twins:
Thursday—Kansas City, 6:40 p.m., FSN.
Friday—Kansas City, 7:10 p.m., FSN.
Saturday—Kansas City, 6:10 p.m., FSN.
Sunday—Kansas City, 1:10 p.m., FSN.
Tuesday—at Detroit, 5:40 p.m., FSN.
Wednesday—at Detroit, 5:40 p.m., FSN.
Thursday—at Detroit, 12:10 p.m., FSN.

Colorado Rockies (times are MDT):
Friday—at Los Angeles Dodgers, 8:10 p.m., ESPN.
Saturday—at Los Angeles Dodgers, 7:10 p.m.
Sunday—at Los Angeles Dodgers, 2:10 p.m.
Tuesday—at San Francisco, 7:45 p.m.
Wednesday—at San Francisco, 7:45 p.m.
Thursday—at San Francisco, 1:45 p.m.

Chicago Cubs:
Thursday—St. Louis, 6:15 p.m., Fox.
Friday—St. Louis, 1:20 p.m., MLBN.
Saturday—St. Louis, 1:20 p.m., MLBN.
Sunday—St. Louis, 1:20 p.m., TBS.
Tuesday—at Pittsburgh, 6:05 p.m.
Wednesday—at Pittsburgh, 6:05 p.m.
Thursday—at Pittsburgh, 6:05 p.m.


Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings missed a field goal and had a touchdown taken away by the replay officials somewhere in New York. Add an ill-advised pass by Kirk Cousins intercepted in the end zone, and you had a 21-16 Green Bay win. Now 1-1, Minnesota is home vs. Oakland at noon Sunday on Fox.

Denver Broncos: The Broncos scored the “winning” two-point conversion after a touchdown to take a 14-13 lead over Chicago with 30 seconds left. Except that it wasn’t, and the Bears got to midfield and kicked a 50-yard field goal for a 16-14 win. Now 0-2, Denver plays at Green Bay at noon Sunday.

NFL live games on TV this weekend:
Thursday—Tennessee at Jacksonville, 7:20 p.m., NFLN.
Sunday—Baltimore at Kansas City, noon, CBS.
Sunday—Oakland at Minnesota, noon, Fox.
Sunday—New Orleans at Seattle, 3:25 p.m., CBS.
Sunday—Los Angeles Rams at Cleveland, 7:20 p.m., NBC.
Monday—Chicago at Washington, 7:15 p.m., ESPN.

Midco Sports Network live games this weekend:
Thursday—College: Upper Iowa at Winona State, 7 p.m.
Friday—High school: Fargo South at West Fargo, 7 p.m.
Saturday—College: Southern Utah at SDSU, 6 p.m.

Class 11AA (records, last week’s scores, this week’s games):
(NOTE: Teams listed in order of SDHSAA seed points; all 8 qualify for playoffs.)
(1) BROOKINGS 3-0—Beat Sturgis 28-14; at Madison.
(2) PIERRE 3-0—Beat Yankton 63-0; home vs. Tea Area.
(3) HURON 2-1—Beat Douglas 30-0; at Canton.
(4) MITCHELL 2-1—Beat Spearfish 17-3; home vs. Dell Rapids.
(5) STURGIS 0-3—Lost to Brookiings 28-14; home vs. Douglas.
(6) YANKTON 1-2—Lost to Pierre 63-0; home vs. Vermillion.
(7) DOUGLAS 0-3—Lost to Huron 30-0; at Sturgis.
(8) SPEARFISH 0-3—Lost to Mitchell 17-3; at St. Thomas More.

Class 11B (records, last week’s scores; this week’s games):
(NOTE: Teams listed in order of SDHSAA seed points; top 16 qualify for playoffs.)
(1) WEBSTER AREA 3-0—Open date; home vs. Redfield.
(2) WINNER 4-0—Beat Wagner 52-0; home vs. Valentine.
(2) BRIDGEWATER-EMERY/ETHAN 4-0—Beat Mount Vernon-Plankinton 21-16; at McCook Central-Montrose.
(2) McCOOK CENTRAL-MONTROSE 4-0—Beat Garretson 34-14; home vs. Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan.
(5) MOBRIDGE-POLLOCK 3-0—Beat Aberdeen Roncalli 38-0; at Hot Springs.
(6) GARRETSON 2-2—Lost to McCook Central-Montrose 34-14; at Flandreau.
(6) LEAD-DEADWOOD 2-2—Beat Hot Springs 62-55; home vs. Pine Ridge.
(8) SISSETON 3-1—Beat Groton 20-12; at Aberdeen Roncalli.
(8) ST. THOMAS MORE 3-1—Beat Todd County 62-0; home vs. Spearfish.
(10) ELK POINT-JEFFERSON 1-2—Open date; home vs. Sioux Valley.
(11) SIOUX VALLEY 2-2—Beat Flandreau 58-6; at Elk Point-Jefferson.
(12) MOUNT VERNON/PLANKINTON 2-1—Lost to Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan 21-16; home vs. Chamberlain.
(13) GROTON 2-2—Lost to Sisseton 20-12; at Milbank.
(13) BERESFORD 2-2—Beat Sioux Falls Christian 21-18; open date.
(15) CHAMBERLAIN 3-1—Beat Bennett County 53-50; at Mount Vernon/Plankinton.
(16) REDFIELD 2-1—Beat Miller/Highmore-Harrold 42-2; at Webster.
(17) STANLEY COUNTY 1-3—Lost to Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central 20-7; at Miller/Highmore-Harrold.
(18) WOONSOCKET/WESSINGTON SPRINGS/SANBORN CENTRAL 1-3—Beat Stanley County 20-7; at Wagner.
(19) HOT SPRINGS 2-2—Lost to Lead-Deadwood 62-55; home vs. Mobridge-Pollock.
(20) ABERDEEN RONCALLI 1-3—Lost to Mobridge-Pollock 38-0; home vs. Sisseton.
(21) BENNETT COUNTY 1-2—Lost to Chamberlain 53-50; at Gordon-Rushville.
(22) FLANDREAU 0-3—Lost to Sioux Valley 58-6; home vs. Garretson.
(23) WAGNER 0-4—Lost to Winner 52-0; home vs. Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central.
(24) MILLER/HIGHMORE-HARROLD 0-4—Lost to Redfield 42-2; home vs. Stanley County.
(25) McLAUGHLIN 0-1—Open date; open date.

CLASS 9A, REGION 4 (records; last week’s scores; this week’s games):
(NOTE: Top 3 teams in each region, plus next-best four teams statewide qualify for playoffs.)
(1) SULLY BUTTES 4-0—Beat Herreid/Selby Area 46-8; open date.
(2) TIMBER LAKE 3-0—Beat Newell 58-8; home vs. Potter County.
(3) PHILIP 4-0—Beat New Underwood 26-20; open date.
WALL 2-1—Beat Rapid City Christian 42-0; home vs. Kadoka Area.
NEW UNDERWOOD 2-1—Lost to Philip 26-20; home vs. Jones County/White River.
POTTER COUNTY 1-2—Open date; at Timber Lake.
(NOTE: As of this week, Wall would be one of the four at-large teams qualifying.)

Regional college football update (records; last week’s scores; this week’s games):
USD (0-3)—Lost to Houston Baptist, 53-52; at Northern Colorado, 3 p.m.
SDSU (2-1)—Beat Drake 38-10; home vs. Southern Utah, 6 p.m., Midco Sports Network.
NDSU (3-0)—Beat Delaware 47-22; home vs. UC-Davis, 2:30 p.m.
UND (2-1)—Beat Sam Houston State 27-23; open date.
Northern (1-1)—Beat Minot State 14-10; home vs. MSU-Moorhead, 6 p.m.
Augustana (1-1)—Lost to Minnesota State-Mankato 27-7; home vs. Wayne State, 1 p.m.
USF (1-1)—Beat Winona State 34-12; at Southwest Minnesota State, 1 p.m.
Dakota State (1-1)—Open date; home vs. Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Presentation (0-3)—Lost to St. Scholastica 41-13; next game Sept. 28, Mayville State.
S.D. Mines (0-2)—Lost to Western State (Colo.) 27-7; at Simon Fraser (B.C.), 7 p.m.
BHSU (0-2)—Lost to Colorado Mines, 52-7; home vs. Adam.s State, 1 p.m.
DWU (1-2)—Lost to Briar Cliff 47-0; home vs. Northwestern (Iowa), 7 p.m.
Minnesota (3-0)—Beat Georgia Southern 35-32; open date.
Nebraska (2-1)—Beat Northern Illinois 44-8; at Illinois, 7 p.m., Big Ten Network.
Iowa (3-0)—Beat Iowa State 18-17; open date.
Iowa State (1-1)—Lost to Iowa 18-17; home vs. Louisiana-Monroe 11 a.m., FS1.
Wyoming (3-0)—Beat Idaho 21-16; at Tulsa, 1:30 p.m., CBSSN.


PGA Champions Tour (Tom Byrum): At the Ally Challenge in Grand Blanc, Mich., Tom had his third-highest finish of the year so far, tying for seventh with a card of 70-67-69=206, 10 under par. He finished six strokes behind the winner. That earned him $58,400, bringing his money-earnings total for the year to $496,237, 31st on the tour. This week the Champions Tour is at the Sanford International at Minnehaha Country Club in Sioux Falls through the weekend.


After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.


Minnesota United FC: The Loons split their two MLS matches this week, losing to Houston, 2-0, and beating Real Salt Lake, 3-1. Minnesota, now 14-10-6, plays at Portland Sunday and hosts Sporting Kansas City next Wednesday.


Minnesota Wild: The preseason began Tuesday with a 2-1 home loss to Dallas in overtime. After a game at Winnipeg last night, the Wild will host Colorado at 5 p.m. Saturday, then play at Colorado at 6 p.m. Sunday.


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

Friday, Sept. 20:
Bob Fuller, Sue (Ludwig) Stotz, Brenden Kruckenberg, Tiffany (Tate) Stoeser, Taylor Crawford, Samantha Mitchell, Brian Long, Parker McKittrick, Claire Martin, Ryan Weaver, Rob Gull, George Vandel, Eric Lusk, Dave Gordon, Chad Kiel, Steve Baker.
— 5th anniversary, Jess/Cherissa (Nielsen) Wright.
— 6th anniversary, Tony/Meghan Parker.

Saturday, Sept. 21:
Lance Fravel, Willie Welch, Terry Hofer, Jason Joyes, John Potts, Knox Hollingsworth, Alex Smith, Carl Eichstadt, Abbie Waitman, Kim (Kindle) Nachreiner, Ken Barber, Patty Hofer, Arlene Krueger, Jessie (Stewart) McEntaffer, Mark Wixon.
— 6th anniversary, Sid/Bethany (Goeden) Intorn.
— 6th anniversary, Kyle/Loryn (Schuetzle) Lichty.
— 3rd anniversary, Jacob/Katie Parsons.

Sunday, Sept. 22:
Rob Dvorak, James Sivage, Bridgette Wernke, Paige (Wilbur) Bock, Troy Rus, Connie Pierce, Mark Dutt, Krista (Lovald) Miller, Aimee (Vogel) Van Houten, Charlie Maurice.
— 7th anniversary, Zach/Ellie Word.

Monday, Sept. 23:
Dick Howard, Vern Armstrong, Mike Boring, Brett Durick, Travis Tipton, Nora Mangan, Clay Cudmore, Nate Grueb, Jeremy Engbrecht, Kim Sutton, Matthew Kenyon, Autumn Tipton, Justin Garrigan.
— 13th anniversary, Tyson/Danae Paxton.
— 30th anniversary, Mark/Beth Dutt.
— 8th anniversary, Ross/Andrea Wright.
— 14th anniversary, Brett/Julie Oakland.
— 2nd anniversary, Dayton/Rylae (Wientjes) Jensen.
— 2nd anniversary, Cooper/Candace (Volmer) Waln.

Tuesday, Sept. 24:
Emmett Becker, Mikayla Mikkelsen, Mary Lynne Swanstrom, Lindsey (Tilberg) Jennewein, Jessi (Huber) Herrscher, Bridger Tobin, Ryan Olson, Alicia (Ripley) Schoenhard, Kolten Haag, Kolten Withers, Blake Paxton, Tabitha Smith, Nicole Smith, Kirion Vogel.
— 3rd anniversary, Jalen/Tiera (Feller) Lamb.
— 3rd anniversary, Miles/Shelby (Stadel) Schock.
— 13th anniversary, Adam/Shawna (Miller) Lizotte.
— 36th anniversary, Jeff/Staci Holden.
— 8th anniversary, Justin/Kelly (Kindle) Hipple.

Wednesday, Sept. 25:
Sara Rankin, Charlene Lower, Brett Prue, Matt Geraets, Isaac Hall, Corwyn Mosiman, Kay Huxford, Penny Ripperger, Renee Rodgers.
— 37th anniversary, Alan/Paula Hrdlicka.
— 15th anniversary, David/Carla Madden.
— 43rd anniversary, Dale/Eileen Bertsch.
— Anniversary, Roger/Peg Johnson.
— 9th anniversary, Mark/Haley (Larson) Lunders.
— 10th anniversary, Jason/Jessica (Williams) West.
— 15th anniversary, Brandt/Rebecca Becker.

Thursday, Sept. 26:
Josh Williams, Kim Hipple, Stephanie Snow, Michele Hoss, Helen Sutera, Trudy Feigum, Calyn (Cronin) Hauck, Marty Calkins, John Storsteen, Mikayla Hight.
— 10th anniversary, Michael/Kallee (Hewlett) Rydland.
— 16th anniversary, Joshua/Cheri (Olinger) Raymond.
— 54th anniversary, Tim/Janie Cass.
— 4th anniversary, Clay/Angie (Beintsma) Pearson.
— 10th anniversary, Nathan/Sara (Dvorak) Becker.


Fall is that beautiful moment between sweat and hypothermia.


Black Hills State women’s soccer (Katie Nielson): The Yellow Jackets lost to Mary, 2-0, and lost to Carroll College, 1-0, in matches played in Billings. Katie had a shot on goal in the Mary game. BHSU was outshot by Carroll by 28-5. Now 0-4, BHSU is home for RMAC play Friday vs. Fort Lewis and Saturday vs. Adams State.

Black Hills State football (Shawn Schnabel): In their first road game the Yellow Jackets lost at Colorado Mines, 52-7. Now 0-2, BHSU is home Saturday at 1 p.m. vs. Adams State.

Minnesota baseball (Nolan Burchill): The Gophers’ brief fall schedule begins with a home game Friday against North Iowa Community College.

South Dakota State cross country (Rachel Propst): At the SDSU Classic Rachel did not run. The SDSU women were team champions out of five teams, and the men were first of seven. Next meet for the Jackrabbits is Minnesota’s Roy Griak Invitational Sept. 28.

Dakota Wesleyan football (Lukas Chase): The Tigers were drubbed by Briar Cliff, 47-0. Lukas had one solo tackle. Now 1-2, DWU hosts Northwestern (Iowa) in GPAC play at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Mary volleyball (Korie Tetzlaff): Coach Korie’s team stands at 1-7. The Marauders went 1-3 at Nebraska-Kearney’s tournament, beating New Mexico Highlands, 3-1, while losing to Arkansas Tech, 3-1, and losing by 3-0 scores to UNK and Rockhurst.

Mary women’s soccer (Abigail Foster): The Marauders defeated Black Hills State, 2-0, and beat Montana State-Billings, 1-0. Now 2-0, Mary digs into NSIC play at home Friday vs. Northern and Sunday vs. MSU-Moorhead.

Northwestern (Iowa) men’s soccer (Cole Cruse): The Raiders shut out Waldorf, 2-0, and lost to Bellevue (Neb.), 3-0. Now 3-4, Northwestern goes to Concordia (Neb.) Saturday in GPAC play.

Northwestern (Iowa) football (Morris Hofer): Northwestern edged MIdland (Neb.) in GPAC play on a field goal with five seconds left, 26-25. Northwestern plays Saturday at Dakota Wesleyan at 7 p.m.

Northern football (Colten Drageset, Joe King, Jacob Howard, Gage Gehring): The Wolves won at Minot State, 14-10, and are now 1-1. NSU is home vs. MSU-Moorhead at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Black Hills State cross country (Kelsey Van Den Hemel): At the season-opening meet at Billings, the BHSU women were first and the men second. Kelsey placed 21st in 21:01.20. BHSU runners host their Gage McSpadden Memorial meet Friday.

Northern women’s soccer (Tori Thorpe): The Wolves defeated Waldorf, 3-0, and lost to Ferris State (Mich.), 1-0, this week. Now 2-1, NSU goes to Mary Friday and to Minot State Sunday.

Presentation football (Michael Lyons): The Saints lost in Duluth to St. Scholastica, 41-13. Now 0-3, Presentation’s next game is the Halo Day game against Mayville State Sept. 28.

Loyola men’s soccer (Sean Knoblauch): The Ramblers defeated DePaul in an all-Chicago match, 4-2. Now 3-2, Loyola played at Evansville last night and hosts Missouri State Sunday.

Northwestern (Iowa) women’s soccer (Nikky Farnsworth): Idle last week, the Raiders, now 3-2-1, play at Concordia (Neb.) Saturday.

Charleston volleyball (Jaxin Melby): Charleston is now 2-6 after a 1-3 record against Pennsylvania schools—a 2-1 win over Slippery Rock, 3-0 losses to Shippensburg and Mercyhurst and a 3-2 loss to Shepherd. Charleston goes to Louisville this weekend for matches against Georgia College, Cedarville, Truman State and Bellarmine.

South Dakota women’s golf (Katie Bartlett): The Coyotes finished second only to Drake at Loyola’s invitational in Chicago with a weekend of 313-306-312=931. Drake finished at 925. Katie tied for 24th place at 85-81-77=243. USD next plays Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at Missouri’s invitational in Columbia.

Augustana women’s golf (Natalie Young): The Augustana women finished first among 14 teams at Concordia-St. Paul’s Golden Bear Invitational with a 303-303=606 team score, 30 over par. Natalie tied for 18th place with a scorecard of 78-82=160. Augie plays Saturday and Sunday at Southwest Minnesota State’s Mustang Invitational at Marshall.

South Dakota cross country (Maddy McClure): Idle last week, the Coyotes run this Saturday at Nebraska’s Woody Greeno Invitational in Lincoln.

Dakota Wesleyan volleyball (Elena Svingen): The Tiger women lost to Briar Cliff, 3-1; lost to Jamestown, 3-0, and swept Dakota State, 3-0, to improve to 11-3 for the season. Elena had one ace and two digs against both Jamestown and DSU. The Tigers hosted Mount Marty last night, go to York, Neb., Saturday to play York and Sterling (Kan.), then go to Northwestern Tuesday.

Dakota State volleyball (Nicole Sarringar): In a tournament at Salina, Kan., DSU defeated Friends, 3-0; lost to Columbia and Montana-Western by 3-2 scores and defeated Kansas Wesleyan, 3-1. On Tuesday DSU lost to DWU, 3-0, and the Trojans are now 5-6 for the year. Nicole had 20 assists, two aces and four digs vs. Friends; 16 assists, three aces and seven digs against Columbia; 19 assists and seven digs against Montana-Western; 21 assists and five digs in the Kansas Wesleyan match and 24 assists and three digs against DWU. DSU has conference matches Friday at Presentation and Saturday at Mayville State.

King’s College men’s soccer (August Axtman): The Monarchs had an all-winning week. In a 5-0 win over Marywood, Gus had one shot. In a 3-2 win over SUNY-New Paltz, he scored the first King’s goal at 13:06 unassisted, his fourth goal of the season. On Tuesday King’s beat Keystone, 2-1, and now is 5-1-0 for the season. The Monarchs play at Cabrini Saturday and home vs. Centenary Wednesday.

South Dakota women’s soccer (Joana Zanin, Emily Mikkelsen): The Coyotes lost to Eastern Washington, 2-1, in double overtime, the game ending in the 102nd minute. On Tuesday USD won at Drake, 2-1, scoring its two goals in the last four minutes though outshot in the match by 20-8. Joana continues as a starting forward for USD. The Coyotes, now 2-5, play Wyoming in Gillette tonight, then go down to Northern Colorado Sunday.


It was a tough one for our contestants last week as Colorado, USC and Michigan State among others let our people down. The best anyone could muster was 6-4 for 10 points each for Kyle Richards in Fergus Falls and Brian Hunhoff in Yankton. At 5-5 for nine points each were Randy Pool, Mikal Kern, Todd Palmer, Nathan Vetter, Jason Noyes, Greg Chapin, Greg Dean and Brandon Lowery. We don’t give points for under-.500 scores, so nobody gets eight points this week.

Contest #5 (send your 10 winners to parkerhome16@hotmail.com by Saturday morning):
(1) West Virginia at Kansas
(2) Washington at BYU
(3) Auburn at Texas A&M
(4) Nebraska at Illinois
(5) Michigan at Wisconsin
(6) Notre Dame at Georgia
(7) Oklahoma State at Texas
(8) NFL: Houston at Los Angeles Chargers
(9) NFL: Baltimore at Kansas City
(10) NFL: Los Angeles Rams at Cleveland


Well done is better than well said.


Grant Johnson and Avery Weinheimer reigned over Sully Buttes High School’s 50th Olympian Days homecoming last week as emperor and empress, respectively.

Riggs High alumni Chris and Gina (Schaefer) Ahlers appear regularly on “North Dakota Today,” the local segment inside the “Today Show” on the NBC station in Fargo-Moorhead as representatives of Worldwide Marriage Encounter.

Onida native Jon Stahl was promoted to the rank of lieutenant in the South Dakota Highway Patrol and will be stationed with the Headquarters Division in Pierre.

Black Hills Community Theatre’s “Beauty and the Beast” musical has its opening weekend of performances Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center of Rapid City. The same schedule of shows is in effect for next weekend, Sept. 27-29. Jason Knox has the role of Gaston. Holly (Knox) Perli, who choreographed the show, is also in the cast as are her daughters, Olivia and Audrey, and Jason’s son, Parker. Meanwhile, in Tucson, Ariz., Ryan Parker Knox is appearing in The Rogue Theatre’s production of Eugene O’Neill’s “Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” which runs through Sept. 29.

A celebration of the life of Deb Bowman will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at First United Methodist Church in Pierre. She passed away Sept. 17. After graduating from Dakota State University, Deb served as executive director of ECCO in Madison from 1978 to 1991. After joining state government she was director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities and the state’s first director of homeland security. She joined the staffs of Gov. William Janklow in 1996 and served as senior adviser to governors Janklow, Mike Rounds and Dennis Daugaard. She was also secretary of the Department of Social Services in the Rounds administration. Among her survivors are her husband, Randy Bowman; their daughters, Brooke Templeton and Jessamine Bowman; six grandchildren; three sisters, Dawn Doering-Suter, Gayla Kruse and Mary Halter, and a brother, John Doering.

Riggs High alumnus Brad Lowery is one of six individuals who will be inducted into the Jackrabbit Hall of Fame at South Dakota State University Nov. 9. Brad won six individual North Central Conference individual championships. He holds the school indoor record for the 3,000-meter run, 8:05.04. He held the outdoor record in the 5,000-meter run (14:00.24) for 12 years before it was broken. He was a two-time All-American. Brad is an assistant professor of mathematics at the University of Sioux Falls.

Matt Tetzlaff from the Mandan branch of Railway Credit Union and a colleague from the Bismarck branch participated in the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at the North Dakota state Capitol. They climbed alongside firefighters from across North Dakota who made the climb in full gear.

Brandon Cruse’s football officiating career is taking him to some of the nation’s most famous football stadiums this fall. He worked at Tennessee earlier this month, and last week he worked the Oklahoma-UCLA game in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. This week you can watch him at the West Virginia-Kansas game in Lawrence. In subsequent weeks he will be at McNeese State in Louisiana, at Iowa State and at the Air Force Academy.

Stanley County High’s homecoming coronation will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The main events next Friday, Sept. 27, will be the parade at 2 p.m., a Whopper feed at 5:30, and the football game against Wagner at 7 p.m. The candidates for homecoming king and queen are Dylan Gabriel, Brooke Gloe, Slater Tople, Ella Hand, Reid Wieczorek, Tristin Newbold, Shelby Kierstead and Karley Leafgreen.

The Pierre Players box office at Grand Opera House is now staffed from 5 to 7 p.m. daily to sell tickets or take ticket reservations for “Dracula.” The first show of the new season will be held on the evenings of Sept. 27-28 and Oct. 3-4-5 and the afternoon of Sept. 29. The phone number to call for ticket reservations is 224-7826.

Roberta Lovald sustained some bruises, and her car was damaged to a much greater extent when she rolled it into a ravine in Nebraska last weekend en route to Texas. Her husband, John, was following behind in a U-Haul vehicle. The OnStar system in Roberta’s car was activated when the accident occurred, so responders knew where to find her. The Lovalds were on their way to San Antonio where their daughter and son-in-law, Krista and Trent Miller, and their family live.

Georgia Morse Middle School history teacher Jim McLain is one of 114 teachers selected for a National History Day program, “Legacies of World War I.” He will receive free tuition, graduate credits and materials for the online program. Jim and the other educators will participate in webinars and discussions with teachers from around the world to learn about World War I and its lasting impact.

A celebration of life in honor of Jim Valnes will begin at 3 p.m. today (Thursday) at the Izaak Walton League clubhouse in southeast Pierre with dinner and fellowship following the informal service. He passed away at home Sept. 1. Jim grew up in Marshall County and graduated from Sisseton High School in 1967 and SDSU in 1972. While working as an aide at the elementary school in Peever, he met Kathy Gross, and they were married in 1974. In 1975 Jim began work with the Department of Labor in Aberdeen. He soon transferred to Pierre, which was home for 45 years. In 1978 he moved to the Department of Social Services where he worked until retiring in 2015. Jim was an active driving force in the Pierre-Fort Pierre Kiwanis Club and participated in the local bowling scene from 1974 to 2016. He served in many other community organizations as well. Among his survivors are his daughter, Betsy Valnes of Pierre, and his siblings, Gary Valnes and his wife Marsha of Sisseton, Dennis Valnes and his wife Terry of Fort Collins, Colo., Marilyn Sandman and her husband Doug of Rapid City, and David Valnes and his wife Debbi of Eden, S.D.

Among other things Eric Sprenkle is a pretty good dad, and these days he has to be. With the loss of their mom, Amanda, to cancer less than a month ago just as the school year was beginning, his three boys need some taste of normalcy in their lives which have to go on. Eric threw an ultimate surprise birthday party for his oldest, Noah, last weekend in the form of a scavenger hunt. Following the clues took Noah to a baseball field in Sioux Falls where some friends were waiting to play wiffleball.

Cole Cruse and his wife, Kadence, while both are playing their senior seasons in soccer and finishing their degrees at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, also have a growing video/photography business. Cole handles videos and Kadence the photography for weddings, engagements, family photos and special events. Samples of Cole’s work are on Instagram at @colecrusefilms. A sample of Kadence’s work can be seen on the Facebook page entitled “Sincerely Kadence Photography.”

Services for Georgia (Merrill) Allen, 83, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the United Methodist Church in Eustis, Neb. She passed away Sept. 16 at Emerald Care Nursing in Cozad, Neb. Georgia, the daughter of Bill and Alvera Merrill, grew up in Onida and graduated from high school there. She married Robert Allen in Kansas in 1953. Due to his work in farming, they lived in various towns in South Dakota, Kansas and Nebraska, finally settling in Eustis. She is survived by three children; nine grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; her sister, Nancy Mileusnich of Hot Springs, and her brothers, David Merrill of Plankinton, Tom Merrill of Yankton and the Rev. John Merrill of Hot Springs.


School’s first homecoming proved to be its last

At my age the precise details of something that happened 50 years ago are difficult to recall clearly.

But since this is homecoming season around these parts, I feel compelled to tell you what I can remember about one of my two best-ever homecomings, this one occurring in 1969.

The 1969-70 school year was my fifth at Blunt High School, and the student body numbered somewhere between 60 and 70. The high school building was 50 years old or so at that time, a two-story square split-level brick structure. Upstairs was an assembly room in the center with two classrooms shooting off from it on one side and the superintendent’s office, a storeroom and a library—such as it was—on the other. Downstairs were two big classrooms and the bathrooms. By modern-day standards it could be called “modest” at best, but for a town of 500 people, it served its purpose.

What was exciting as we looked ahead to that school year was that BHS was going to have a football team for the first time. Those were the years before girls’ sports, so there had been only boys basketball in the winter and track in the spring for the athletically inclined.

The previous spring, when we learned that six-man football was on the horizon, it occurred to me that, hey, why not have homecoming! The other four people on the high school faculty thought it was a great idea so long as I did the work.

It turned out to be not as much work as it was great fun and memory-building. It took about 10 minutes for enough students from each class to volunteer to be on the homecoming committee. We obtained the approval of a gung-ho school board, and away we went with the planning.

Coach Dick Vosberg and his assistant, John Knox, had arranged a six-game football schedule for Blunt’s first season, including a home-and-home series with Wood, S.D. The Monarchs lost their first-ever football game at Wood, but the return game at Blunt came at about the right time to be considered as our homecoming game.

The committee saw to it that the businesses in town—all six or seven of them—got involved by decorating their windows. There was black and gold crepe paper hanging from nearly everything! Parade entries were sought, royalty candidates were selected, and my chorus singers threw together enough musical numbers to create a homecoming variety show for Thursday night.

In the wood gym building with three rows of seats on each side of the court and the pot-bellied stove at one end, somebody built for us a stage! And the place was jammed with an excited crowd. I don’t remember what music we did, but I’m sure it was spirited because all of those concerts in those years were. The show concluded with the procession of the royalty candidates and finally the crowning of the king and queen. Ted Massey and Carlotta Albright reigned over Blunt High’s first homecoming.

Afterward there was a bonfire outside the gym over which the Blunt firemen were only too happy to preside, and the cheerleaders did their pep-rally thing.

Come Friday morning, it was parade time. We had horses, we had fire trucks, we had honest-to-goodness floats with crepe paper and signs blowing in the wind (of course!), and we had grade school kids parading down the street. There were probably more people in the parade than watching it, but it was a great time.

A football field of sorts had been marked off on the west side of town. Somehow we persuaded the school officials at Onida High School to let their band out of school to come down and play at our ballgame. I remember announcing the game on a battery-powered microphone from the back end of a pickup truck.

And the Monarchs won! The Wood Bulldogs didn’t know what hit ’em, and they were not happy. But we were. All of Blunt was.

Homecoming No. 1 had been a rousing success, and we could hardly wait to start planning for No. 2 the following year.

Except for one thing. Come the spring of 1970, it was decided by a vote in both Blunt and Onida districts that there would no longer be a Blunt High School, so Blunt’s first-ever homecoming had also been its last-ever homecoming. We just hadn’t known it at the time.


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