Vol. 21. No. 6; Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019

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This week’s schedules:
Boys golf—Monday/Tuesday, at state tournament, Yankton.
Cross country—Thursday, at Watertown invitational, 4 p.m.
Boys soccer—Thursday, at Watertown, 4 p.m.; Tuesday, first-round playoff game.
Girls soccer—Thursday, at Watertown, 6 p.m.; Tuesday, first-round playoff game.
Volleyball—Thursday, home vs. Brandon Valley, 7 p.m.; Saturday, at Sioux Falls O’Gorman, 2 p.m.; Tuesday, at Huron, 7 p.m.
Girls tennis—Thursday, at ESD tournament, Harrisburg; Monday/Tuesday, at state tournament, Sioux Falls.
Football—Friday, at Huron, 7 p.m.
Softball—Saturday/Sunday, at state “B” tournament, Sioux Falls.
Cheer/dance—Tuesday, at Brandon Valley invitational, 5:30 p.m.

Cross country: At Rapid City Central’s meet at Hart Ranch, the Pierre girls placed eighth of 10 teams with a 180 score, and the boys were seventh among 12 teams with a 212 score. The best place for the girls was Jessica Lutmer’s 19th in 20:28.4. Among the boys Hayden Shaffer was Pierre’s best in 18th place in 17:36.5.

Volleyball: Pierre played a strong dual against top-ranked Aberdeen Central before losing 3-1 on game scores of 23-25, 25-20, 18-25, 24-26. Addy Smith had 11 kills, Emry Heiss nine kills, Reagan Wiebe nine kills and Kenzie Kuxhaus 26 digs.

Football: The disparity between the top-tier teams in Class 11AA and the bottom-level teams was never more evident than in Spearfish where the Governors led at halftime, 48-0, and then scored on the first two plays of the second half, both on interception returns for touchdowns by Cade Hinkle, one for 67 yards and one for 18. The game ended at 72-0 after Pierre’s starters were benched at halftime. The defense allowed not a single first down and held Spearfish to -6 yards total offense. Garrett Stout completed 11 of 15 passes for 193 yards and four touchdowns, and he ran seven times for 77 yards and three more touchdowns.

Boys golf: At the ESD conference meet Pierre placed seventh, and Yankton won the team title. Grady Klundt placed 25th with an 85, Carter Karst 27th at 87. Other scores: Zain Baus 90, Sawyer Sonnenschein 93, Luke Olson 96, Raef Briggs 96.

Softball: The Pierre varsity opens play at the state tournament at Sherman Park in Sioux Falls at noon Saturday against the winner of the earlier Vermillion-Madison game. If Pierre loses, it plays West Central or Dell Rapids at 2 p.m.; if it wins the first game, Pierre plays Tea or Sturgis at 4 p.m. The tournament runs through Sunday. In the last weekend of regular-season play, the girls lost to Madison, 15-4, and defeated Pipestone, 6-4. In the top of the first inning Madison scored eight times after two were out and never looked back. Kenzi Gronlund did the pitching, fanning six and allowing 14 hits. Jessi Buntrock went 3-for-3 and scored twice, and Shelby Roman was 2-for-3. Pierre pounded Pipestone pitching for 14 hits, including two triples and a double from Kamden Carter, three hits from Gronlund and two hits each by Roman and Meghan Switzer. Buntrock pitched, striking out two and allowing six hits. In the bottom of the fifth with the time deadline passed, Pipestone loaded the bases, but three infield outs saved the game for Pierre.

Cheer/dance: At O’Gorman’s meet Tuesday the Pierre cheer team placed 11th with a 126 score. The dance team was sixth overall at 204.678, including sixth in jazz, sixth in pom and fifth in hip hop.

Boys soccer: The Governors lost all three games this past week but still cling to a playoff spot with one game to go in the regular season. Pierre lost to Brookings, 2-0; to Huron, 3-2, and to Yankton, 6-1, and now stand at 2-7-2. In the Huron match Rylan Derry and Hudson McLaury scored the Governor goals.

Girls soccer: The defending state champions rose to the challenge of facing the state’s best team Tuesday night in Yankton, taking the Gazelles to a 1-1 tie. Yankton is still unbeaten this fall with a 10-0-2 record. Janaina Zanin’s goal gave Pierre a first-half lead, and Yankton scored in the second half to make it a tie. Pierre’s record is now 4-4-3 with one game left in the regular season. Last Thursday Pierre beat Brookings, 3-1, as Ryann Berry scored twice and Zanin once. In an 8-0 win over Huron Zanin and Paige Isburg had two goals each and Berry, Autumn Iverson, Gracelyn Taylor and Nicky Lee Schwartz one goal each.


In Class “AA” boys and girls soccer the top 16 of the 18 teams qualify for the playoffs with #16 at #1, #15 at #2, etc. First-round games will be next Tuesday, Oct. 8; quarterfinals Saturday, Oct. 12; semifinals Tuesday, Oct. 15, and the championship game at Harrisburg Oct. 19.

Most teams have one more game to play, so the match-ups may change slightly. As of Wednesday, the Pierre boys are 15th in the seed-points standings and play #12 Watertown on Thursday. If there are no changes in the standings, the matchups in the first round next Tuesday would be #16 Mitchell at #1 Washington, #15 Pierre at #2 Brandon Valley, #14 Brookings at #3 Roosevelt, #13 Aberdeen Central at #4 O’Gorman, #12 Watertown at #5 Spearfish, #11 Huron at #6 Stevens, #10 Yankton at #7 Rapid City Central and #9 Sturgis at #8 Lincoln. Missing the playoffs would be Douglas/Rapid City Christian and Harrisburg.

As of Wednesday, the Pierre girls are ranked 10th in the seed-points standings and play at #11 Watertown on Thursday. If there are no changes in the standings, the matchups in the first round next Tuesday would be #16 Washington at #1 Yankton, #15 Harrisburg at #2 Aberdeen Central, #14 Brookings at #3 Brandon Valley, #13 Sturgis at #4 Stevens, #12 Spearfish at #5 Rapid City Central, #11 Watertown at #6 Lincoln, #10 Pierre at #7 Mitchell and #9 Roosevelt at #8 O’Gorman. Missing the playoffs would be Douglas/Rapid City Christian and Huron.


Thursday: pineapple.
Friday-Sunday: cherry.
Monday-Tuesday: coffee.
Wednesday-Thursday: almond.


This week’s schedules:
Volleyball—Thursday, at Lemmon, 5:30 p.m. MDT.
Cross country—Saturday, at Highmore-Harrold invitational, 10 a.m.
Football—Friday, at Mount Vernon/Plankinton, 7 p.m.

Football: The Buffaloes won their homecoming game over Wagner, 35-7. SCHS led 14-0 at halftime. Dylan Gabriel scored two touchdowns for the Buffaloes, and Lathan Prince one.

Volleyball: The SCHS girls lost to Potter County, 3-0, on game scores of 25-27, 12-25, 15-25, and lost to Crow Creek, 3-0, on game scores of 15-25, 16-25, 13-25. The Buffalo record is now 3-10.


This week’s schedules:
Volleyball—Thursday, at Philip, 5:30 p.m. MDT; Tuesday, home vs. Highmore-Harrold, 6:30 p.m .
Football—Friday, at North Border (in Eureka), 7 p.m.
Cross country—Saturday, at Highmore-Harrold invitational, 10 a.m.; Wednesday, at YTC/CSDC meet, Gettysburg, 1 p.m.

Football: The Chargers won easily at Hitchcock-Tulare, 54-0. Nick Wittler rushed for 149 yards and passed for 143. Jordan Schall gained 86 yards. Sully Buttes had 454 yards of total offense to Hitchcock-Tulare’s 53. Schall scored from the five for the first score; Wittler went 74 yards for the second. A 6-yard TD pass play from Wittler to Rafe Wientjes for a 25-0 advantage, and he passed to Grant Johnson covering 25 yards for a 32-0 lead. After Schall ran in from 15 yards out, the Chargers led at halftime 40-0. Johnson returned the third-quarter kickoff 74 yards for a touchdown. Then Landon Hepker passed to Marshall Wittler covering 30 yards for a 54-0 margin.

Volleyball: The Charger girls are now 9-10 after a Tuesday match that showed how exciting volleyball can be. Down two games to none, SBHS rallied with two close game wins, then won the deciding game in a 3-2 victory on game scores of 21-25, 23-25, 25-21, 25-22, 17-15. Last Thursday the Chargers beat Sunshine Bible, 3-0, on game scores of 25-20, 25-11, 25-16. At the Gettysburg tournament the girls lost to Faulkton, 2-0 (14-25, 11-25); lost to Highmore-Harrold, 2-0 (21-25, 22-25) and beat Sunshine again, 2-0 (25-12, 26-24.


“Do your little bit of good where you are. It’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”

— Desmond Tutu


2 days: Dakota Day at USD (Oct. 5).
2 days: Hobo Day at SDSU (Oct. 5).
2 days: Homecoming at UND (Oct. 5).
2 days: Cougar Day at USF (Oct. 5).
2 days: Blue & White Day at DWU (Oct. 5).
2 days: Sioux Falls Stampede home opener (Oct. 5).
4 days: State boys golf tournaments, ‘A’ Spearfish, ‘AA’ Yankton (Oct. 7-8).
7 days: State girls tennis tournament, Sioux Falls (Oct. 10-12).
9 days: Gypsy Day at Northern (Oct. 12).
9 days: Viking Day at Augustana (Oct. 12).
9 days: Homecoming at NDSU (Oct. 12).
9 days: Riggs High marching band to Yankton competition (Oct. 12).
11 days: Native American Day (Oct. 14).
14 days: Riggs High fall play (Oct. 17-18).
16 days: State soccer championships, Harrisburg (Oct. 19).
18 days: Georgia Morse Middle School band/choir concert (Oct. 21).
19 days: Riggs High choir concert (Oct. 22).
20 days: Minnesota Timberwolves season opener (Oct. 23).
22 days: Rapid City Rush home opener (Oct. 25).
22 days: State competitive cheer/dance tournament, Aberdeen (Oct. 25-26).
23 days: State cross country meet, Huron (Oct. 26).
25 days: Riggs High band concert (Oct. 28).
30 days: All-State Band/Orcheestra concert, Sioux Falls (Nov. 2).
31 days: Daylight Saving Time ends (Nov. 3).
42 days: State football championships, Brookings (Nov. 14-15).
49 days: State volleyball tournaments, Rapid City (Nov. 21-23).
53 days: Pierre Parade of Lights (Nov. 25).
56 days: Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 28).


Black Hills State football (Shawn Schnabel): The Yellow Jackets secured their first win of the season, 13-7 over Fort Lewis College in RMAC play. BHSU goes to Dixie State in St. George, Utah, at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Black Hills State women’s soccer (Katie Nielson): BHSU was shut out twice on a conference road trip into Utah, losing at Westminster, 3-0, and losing at Dixie State, 4-0. Katie had two shots, including one shot on goal, at Westminster and one shot at Dixie State. Now 1-6-1, BHSU is home Friday vs. Western State (Colo.) and Sunday vs. Colorado-Mesa.

Dakota Wesleyan football (Lukas Chase): The Tigers are 1-4 after a 57-22 conference loss to Dordt. DWU is home at 1 p.m. Saturday vs. Doane for Blue & White Day.

Mary women’s soccer (Abigail Foster): Mary lost at Augustana, 1-0, but shut out Wayne State, 4-0. Now 3-1-1, the Marauders are home Friday vs. Minnesota State-Mankato and Saturday vs. Concordia-St. Paul.

Mary volleyball (Korie Tetzlaff): The Marauders lost by 3-0 scores to Augustana, Wayne State and Minot State this week. Now 1-12, Mary is home Friday vs. Minnesota-Duluth and Saturday vs. St. Cloud State.

South Dakota women’s golf (Katie Bartlett): The Coyotes played in Missouri’s invitational at Columbia Monday through yesterday. USD plays next Monday-Wednesday at New Mexico State’s Aggie Invitational in Las Cruces.

King’s College men’s soccer (August Axtman): The Monarchs lost to Arcadia, 3-1, and Gus had one shot on goal. On Tuesday King’s scored an own goal at 69:22, and that was enough to beat Penn College, 1-0. Now 8-2, King’s is home Saturday vs. Eastern University and Tuesday vs. Rutgers-Camden.

Dakota Wesleyan volleyball (Elena Svingen): The Tiger women lost to Dordt, 3-2, as Elena had one service ace and seven digs. DWU then defeated Presentation, 3-1, and Elena had 10 digs. Now 15-5, DWU played Jamestown last night and hosts Briar Cliff Friday.

Northwestern (Iowa) football (Morris Hofer): The Raiders dominated Jamestown, 45-6, and are now 4-0. Northwestern’s next game is at Dordt Oct. 12. Morris was named Northwestern’s scout team offensive player of the week last week.

Northwestern (Iowa) men’s soccer (Cole Cruse): Cole has missed three games due to a hamstring injury, but on Senior Night he and six others were honored by the school. Cole is a four-year letterwinner and a three-time GPAC scholar athlete as he double-majors in biology and religion. The Raiders won the game over Doane, 2-0, and are now 4-5. Northwestern, after a game at Presentation last night, plays at Morningside Saturday.

Northwestern (Iowa) women’s soccer (Nikky Farnsworth): The Raider women beat Doane, 3-0, as Nikky had three shots (two shots on goal). Now 4-3-1, Northwestern played at Presentation last night and goes to Morningside Saturday.

Northern football (Joe King, Gage Gehring, Colten Drageset, Jacob Howard): The Wolves won at St. Cloud State, 20-17, and are now 2-2. NSU goes to Upper Iowa at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Presentation football (Michael Lyons): The Saints are 0-4 after a 34-15 loss to Mayville State. PC plays at Dakota State at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Loyola men’s soccer (Sean Knoblauch): The Ramblers tied Bradley, 0-0, and beat Drake, 2-1. Now 5-3-1, Loyola’s next match is Oct. 9 at Northwestern.

Charleston volleyball (Jaxin Melby): Charleston lost 3-0 matches to West Virginia Wesleyan and Davis & Elklins. Now 2-13, Charleston played Kentucky State last night, hosts Central State Friday and goes to West Virginia State Tuesday.

Augustana women’s golf (Natalie Young): The Vikings placed second at their own invitational behind USF among 10 schools. The team score was a 50-over 626. Natalie tied for 16th place with an 80-81=161 weekend. Augustana plays Monday and Tuesday at Central Missouri State’s Midwest Classic in Warrensburg.

South Dakota cross country (Maddy McClure): The Coyotes were idle last week. They run Saturday at the University of Arkansas.

Dakota State volleyball (Nicole Sarringar): The Trojans beat Valley City State, 3-0, and defeated Dickinson State, 3-1. Nicole had 18 assists and six digs against VCSU and 20 assists and six digs against Dickinson. DSU is home Friday vs. Waldorf and Saturday vs. Viterbo.

South Dakota State cross country (Rachel Propst): Rachel did not run at Minnesota’s Roy Griak Invitational where the SDSU men placed third behind Duke and Southern Utah and the women 10th behind a top three of Cal Baptist, Columbia and Minnesota. SDSU runners go to Briar Cliff’s invitational Saturday.

Black Hills State cross country (Kelsey Van Den Hemel): At the Roy Griak Invitational at Minnesota, the BHSU women placed 10th in the Division II-III class, which was won by Augustana. Kelsey placed 63rd in 24:13.8. BHSU runs Saturday at the Roadrunner Invitational in Denver.

South Dakota women’s soccer (Joana Zanin, Emily Mikkelsen): The Coyotes defeated New Mexico State, 5-2. Joana assisted on the first USD goal at 19:49. USD then beat UMKC, 1-0, as Joana had one shot. Now 5-6, the Coyotes go to UND Thursday and to NDSU Sunday at 1 p.m. on Midco Sports Network.

Minnesota baseball (Nolan Burchill): The Gophers complete their Fall Classic by hosting South Dakota State this Friday.


“This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in.”

— Theodore Roosevelt


Thursday, Oct. 3:
John Rounds, Jolene Schall, Jill Gilmore, Tyson Paxton, Christian Hess, Ellery Humphery, Chris Rumrill, Annika Russell-Manke, John Barnett, Stephanie (Collison) Thier, Eero Lehmkuhl, Paulette Disburg.
— 4th anniversary, Ronn/Kendra (Ott) Beyer.
— 10th anniversary, Bryan/Gina Konechne.
— 32nd anniversary, Mike/Kristi Jordan.
— 4th anniversary, Thomas/Brianne Trimble.
— 10th anniversary, Nic/Lacey (Boehmer) Hogan.
— 4th anniversary, Kyle/Carly (Myers) Schrempp.

Friday, Oct. 4:
Andrina Larson, Mandy (Vogel) Howard, Henry White, Ross Sperry, Stacia Nissen, Jean Rounds, Gini Grannes, Kelly Zinter, Kate (Robertson) Bartel, Steph (Dvorak) Delvo.
— 10th anniversary, Nate/Rachel Kuchta.
— 5th anniversary, Bryce/Alyssa (Colton) Sutton.
— 5th anniversary, Matt/Carrie Bunkowske.

Saturday, Oct. 5:
Griffin Johnson, Dolton Laskey, Sarah Raecke, Hailley Fouts, Erika (Rounds) Stoeser, Angie Iverson, Andre Melius, Jill Dean, Drew Sweetman, Sophia Hove, Lindsey Rogers, Seth Waitman, Cody Henson Hullinger, Eric Hipple, Sandy (Case) Klatt, Jeanne Dahlin, Kelsey (Dunwoody) Kampfe.
— 29th anniversary, Russ/Connie (Walton) Hohn.
— 6th anniversary, Dan/Kelli Maberry.

Sunday, Oct. 6:
Heather (Smith) Englehart, Jamie (Stokke) LeMire, Tom Merrill, Mike Smith, Kris Bradley, Susan Weaver, Erika (Snow) Andreas, Kristie (List) Magnino, Brynn Stoeser, Brayden Wittler.
— 1st anniversary, Rodd/Megan (Vockrodt) Bauck.
— 12th anniversary, Eric/Jessi (Huber) Herrscher.
— 1st anniversary, Cale/Sarah (Lihs) Pell.
— 7th anniversary, Jesse/Jessica Weintraub.

Monday, Oct. 7:
Samuel Edman, Jake Johnson, Katelyn Harris, Brandon Deffenbaugh, Helen Zander, Jordyn Wilson, Niki (Fergen) Rodawig, Monae Johnson, Deb Hyde, Adam Fuller, Tony Parker, Dora (Adams) Goddard, Mikaela Knutson, Aftin (Riehle) Eich, Christopher Johnson, Sarah Uhrich.
— Anniversary, Terry/Jane Tousley.
— 2nd anniversary, Robert/Ann (Smith) Teachout.
— 2nd anniversary, Brian/Allie Long.

Tuesday, Oct. 8:
Brenden Wheelhouse, Ruby Delvo, Janice Beemer, Gary Redden, Michael Zarecky, Stephen Bollinger, John Yackley.
— 36th anniversary, Erik/Kathy Stasch.
— 3rd anniversary, Josh/Kimberly Tetzlaff.
— 3rd anniversary, Tate/Kristin Gabriel.
— 3rd anniversary, John/Ashley Moisan.
— 8th anniversary, James/Courtney Lee.
— 8th anniversary, Chris/Tara (Dieken) Mangan.

Wednesday, Oct. 9:
Linda Ott, Lari Ott, Torin McTighe, Shirley Barber, Jessica Asmussen, Kirsten (Stephens) Page, Teresa Serie, Zach Rabern, Alyssa Stahl, Tayler Owens, Melissa Stewart, Quincy Christie.
— 9th anniversary, Adam/Cassidy (Rogers) Kulesa.
— 20th anniversary, Jake/Tania Vogel.
— 3rd anniversary, Brian/Jenna Shekleton.
— 48th anniversary, Everett/Darla Lawver.

Thursday, Oct. 10:
Rebecca Hofeldt, Sharon (Hinsey) Menzel, Jared Erickson, August Smart, Jovi Jaeger, Heather Mangan, Ashley (Sargent) Crosby, Bill Dunn, Jesse Hiatt, Kaylee Becker, Tracy (Stoeser) Frost, Avry Whitebird, Kade Whitebird, Matthew Ahlers, Tom Rounds, Avery Schcroer Austin Buchholtz, Amy Thorson, Kanton Decker, Susan Johnson, Kristen (Tate) Carter.
— 10th anniversary, Scott/Dawn (Kilian) Bradley.
— 9th anniversary, A.Jay/Lindsay (Stoeser) Heiss.
— 10th anniversary, James/Abby (Barber) Burgum.
— 20th anniversary, Scott/Julia Jones.
— 10th anniversary, Adam/Megan (Linn) Bertsch.
— 49th anniversary, Wayne/Carol Carney.
— 4th anniverssary, Tyrel/Tara (Undeberg) Mitchell.
— 4th anniversary, Zach/Valerie Erickson.


Rapid City Rush: The Rush’s season openers are on the road at Allen Oct. 11, at Wichita Oct. 12 and at Tulsa Oct. 13.

Sioux Falls Stampede: The Herd went 3-3 in preseason games, beating Des Moines twice and Lincoln once and losing to Chicago, Fargo and Sioux City. The regular season opener for the defending Clark Cup champions is at home Saturday at 7:05 vs. Lincoln.

Aberdeen Wings: The Aberdeen team in the North American Hockey League stands at 2-2-2-0 (two wins, two losses, two overtime losses, no shootout losses) in fifth place with six points after the first three weekends of the season. Last weekend the Wings split with Austin, winning 3-2 and losing by the same score in overtime. This Friday and Saturday Aberdeen plays two at Austin. Besides the Wings and Austin, Minn., the other teams in the NAHL Central Division are Minot and Bismarck in North Dakota and St. Cloud and Minnesota (Cloquet) in Minnesota.

Minnesota Wild: The Wild completed the preseason with a 2-4 record. This past week they beat Dallas, 2-1, and lost to Winnipeg in overtime, 5-4. The regular season opens tonight at Nashville at 7 p.m. on NBCSN. Minnesota then plays at Colorado at 8 p.m. Saturday on FSN.


Minnesota Twins in American League Division Series (best-of-5):
— Friday, at New York Yankees, 6 p.m. MLB Network.
— Saturday, at New York Yankees, 4 p.m., FS1.
— Monday, home vs. New York Yankees (time to be determined), FS1 or MLB Network.
— Tuesday (if necessary), home vs. New York Yankees (time to be determined), FS1.
— Thursday (if necessary), at New York Yankees (time to be determined), FS1.


Minnesota United FC: The Loons clinched a playoff spot with a 2-1 win over Sporting Kansas City. Then they tied Los Angeles FC, 1-1. Minnesota (15-10-8) is tied for second place in the Western Conference with Seattle at 53 points, and the Loons play at Seattle at 3 p.m. Sunday on FSN+ in the regular-season finale. The Loons will clinch a home playoff match with a win or a tie vs. Seattle.


PGA Champions Tour (Tom Byrum): At the PURE Insurance Championships Tom scored his third fifth-place finish of the year, tying for fifth with a 6-under-par 68-72-69=209 weekend. He earned $81,900 for this tournament. The Champions Tour is off until Oct. 11-13 at the SAS Championships in Cary, N.C.


Minnesota Timberwolves: The NBA preseason opens next Tuesday with the Wolves at Phoenix and next Thursday at Golden State.


NFL live games on TV this weekend:
Thursday—Los Angeles Rams at Seattle, 7:20 p.m., Fox and NFL Network.
Sunday—Minnesota at New York Giants, noon, Fox.
Sunday—New England at Washington, noon, CBS.
Sunday—Green Bay at Dallas, 3:25 p.m., Fox.
Sunday—Indianapolis at Kansas City, 7:20 p.m., NBC.
Monday—Cleveland at San Francisco, 7:15 p.m., ESPN.

Midco Sports Network live games this week:
Friday—High school, Mandan at Bismarck Century, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday—College, UC-Davis at UND, 1 p.m. (MSN2).
Saturday—College, Indiana State at USD, 2 p.m.
Saturday—College hockey, Manitoba at UND, 7 p.m.
Sunday—College soccer, USD at NDSU, 1 p.m.
Monday—Summit League Media Day, 9 a.m.

Minnesota Vikings: In a pathetic performance at Chicago where they always have trouble, the Vikings lost to the Bears, 16-6. Minnesota takes its 2-2 record against the New York Giants Sunday at noon on Fox.

Denver Broncos: A last-second field goal by Jacksonville sent Denver to an 0-4 record, 26-24. The Broncos go to the Los Angeles Chargers at 3:05 p.m. Sunday.

Regional college football update (record, last week’s score, this week’s game):
USD 1-3: open date; home vs. Indiana State, 2 p.m., Midco Sports Network.
SDSU 3-1: open date; home vs. Southern Illinois, 2 p.m., MyUTV.
NDSU 4-0: open date; at Illinois State, noon.
UND 2-2: lost to Eastern Washington 35-20; home vs. UC-Davis 1 p.m., MSN2.
Northern 2-2: beat St. Cloud State 20-17; at Upper Iowa, 3 p.m.
Augustana 3-1: beat USF 20-13; at Bemidji State, 2 p.m.
USF 2-2; lost to Augustana 20-13; home vs. Mary, 1 p.m.
Dakota State 2-2: lost to Valley City State 10-6; home vs. Presentation, 4 p.m.
Presentation 0-4: lost to Mayville State 34-15; at Dakota State, 4 p.m.
S.D. Mines 1-3; lost to Dixie State 28-16; home vs. CSU-Pueblo, 1 p.m.
BHSU 1-3; beat Fort Lewis, 13-7; at Dixie State, 1 p.m.
DWU 1-4: lost to Dordt 57-22; home vs. Doane, 1 p.m.
Minnesota 4-0; beat Purdue 38-31; home vs. Illinois, 2:30 p.m., BTN.
Nebraska 3-2: lost to Ohio State 48-7; home vs. Northwestern 3 p.m., Fox.
Iowa 4-0: beat Middle Tennessee State 48-3; at Michigan, 11 a.m., Fox.
Iowa State 2-2: lost to Baylor 23-21; home vs. TCU, 11 a.m., ESPN2.
Wyoming 4-1: beat UNLV 53-17; open date.

Class 9A, Region 4 (seed-points standing, record, last week’s score, this week’s game):
(1) Sully Buttes 5-0; beat Hitchcock-Tulare 54-0; at North Border (in Eureka).
(2) Wall 4-1: beat Philip 21-0; at Lyman.
(T3) Philip 4-1; lost to Wall 21-0; at Jones County/White River.
(T3) New Underwood 4-1; beat Kadoka Area 40-0; home vs. Timber Lake.
(#) Timber Lake 4-1: lost to Lemmon-McIntosh 42-20; at New Underwood.
Potter County 1-4: lost to Herreid/Selby Area 48-8; home vs. Hitchcock-Tulare.
(NOTE: Top 3 in each region qualify for playoffs, plus the next-best four teams statewide. As of today, Timber Lake would be one of those.)

Class 11AA (seed-points standing, record, last week’s score, this week’s game):
(1) Pierre 5-0: beat Spearfish 72-0; at Huron.
(2) Brookings 5-0: best Douglas 49-0; home vs. Mitchell.
(T3) Huron 3-2: beat Sturgis 35-13; home vs. Pierre.
(T3) Mitchell 3-2: beat Yankton 45-42; at Brookings.
(5) Yankton 2-3: lost to Mitchell 45-42; at Sturgis.
(6) Sturgis 1-4; lost to Huron 35-13; home vs. Yankton.
(7) Spearfish 0-5: lost to Pierre 72-0; at Douglas.
(8) Douglas 0-5; lost to Brookings 49-0; home vs. Spearfish.
(NOTE: All 8 teams qualify for the playoffs where #8 will play at #1, #7 at #2, etc.)

Class 11B (seed-points standing, record, last week’s score, this week’s game):
(T1) Mobridge-Pollock 5-0: beat Sisseton 27-20; home vs. Webster.
(T1) Webster Area 5-0; beat Milbank 46-0; at Mobridge-Pollock.
(T3) Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan 5-0: beat Flandreau 48-6; open date.
(T3) Winner 6-0: beat Mount Vernon/Plankinton 14-6; at Chamberlain.
(5) McCook Central/Montrose 4-1: open date; home vs. Sioux Valley.
(6) Mount Vernon/Plankinton 3-2; lost to Winner 14-6; home vs. Stanley County.
(7) Sisseton 4-2; lost to Mobridge-Pollock 27-20; home vs. Redfield-Doland.
(8) St. Thomas More 4-1: open date; at Belle Fourche.
(9) Garretson 3-2: open date; home vs. Elk Point-Jefferson.
(10) Chamberlain 4-2: beat Lead-Deadwood 32-20; home vs. Winner.
(11) Sioux Valley 3-2: open date; home vs. McCook Central/Montrose.
(12) Lead-Deadwood 3-3; lost to Chamberlain 32-20; at Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central.
(13) Elk Point-Jefferson 2-3: beat Beresford 27-26; at Garretson.
(14) Stanley County 3-3: beat Wagner 35-7; at Mount Vernon/Plankinton.
(15) Hot Springs 3-3: beat Bennett County 21-0; home vs. Pine Ridge.
(T16) Beresford 2-3: lost to Elk Point-Jefferson 27-26; home vs. Flandreau.
(T16) Redfield-Doland 2-3; lost to Groton 46-6; at Sisseton.
(18) Groton Area 3-3; beat Redfield-Doland 46-6; home vs. Aberdeen Roncalli.
(T19) Aberdeen Roncalli 2-4; won by forfeit over McLaughlin; at Groton Area.
(T19) Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central 2-4; beat Miller/Highmore-Harrold 32-0; home vs. Lead-Deadwood.
(21) Wagner 1-5: lost to Stanley County 35-7; home vs. Miller/Highmore-Harrold.
(22) Flandreau 0-5: lost to Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan; at Beresford.
(23) Bennett County 1-4: lost to Hot Springs 21-0; at Custer.
(24) Miller/Highmore-Harrold 0-6; lost to Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central 32-0.
(25) McLaughlin 0-2: forfeited to Aberdeen Roncalli; open date.
(NOTE: Only the top 16 teams qualify for the playoffs where #16 will play at #1, #15 at #2, etc.)


“We should measure the prosperity of the nation not by the number of millionaires but by the absence of poverty, the prevalence of health, the efficiency of the public schools, and the number of people who can and do read worthwhile books.”

— W.E.B. Du Bois


The Vikings with their pathetic performance and Iowa State with its last-second loss to Baylor gave almost all of our contestants trouble last week. But Notre Dame, Ohio State the Chiefs and the Patriots came through to help contestants earn impressive records. Brian Hunhoff was our sole 10-point man with a 9-1 record. At 8-2, our second-best record worth nine points each, were Jason Noyes, Greg Dean, Greg Chapin, Eric James, Randy Pool, Seb Axtman and Levi Neuharth. At 7-3 for eight points apiece were Brandon Lowery, Jon Boer, David Ludwig, Nathan Vetter and Dawn Magee.

Contest #7 (send your 10 winners to parkerhome16@hotmail.com by Saturday morning):
(1) Iowa at Michigan
(2) Texas at West Virginia
(3) Auburn at Florida
(4) Northwestern at Nebraska
(5) TCU at Iowa State
(6) Washington at Stanford
(7) Illinois at Minnesota
(8) NFL: Minnesota at New York Giants
(9) NFL: Green Bay at Dallas
(10) NFL: Chicago at Oakland


  • As I worked as house manager at all six performances of “Beauty and the Beast” at Black Hills Community Theatre the past two weekends, it was such fun to see so many present and former Pierre people come through the doors. Thanks to all who stopped to visit!


John Burchill’s induction into the South Dakota Softball Hall of Fame will take place in Sioux Falls Oct. 12. Messages of congratulations can reach John at 504 N. Central in Pierre or at John.Burchill@state.sd.us.

Brianne (Barnett) Roby, who lives with her husband and children in the Twin Cities, has received her letter of acceptance for participation in the Boston Marathon on April 20.

Earning Athlete of the Week honors from the Pierre Athletic Coaches Association last week were Carston Miller of the soccer team and Morkeia Mutchelknaus of the volleyball team.

The monthly Warrior of the Month recognition at Riggs High School, given in cooperation with the South Dakota Army National Guard, went to the entire offensive line of the football team, which includes Cole Nelson, Grey Zabel, Gunnar Gehring, Matt Heilman and Mike Merriman.

Alice West, 92, Onida, died Sept. 26 at Avera Oahe Manor in Gettysburg. Services were held Wednesday at the Onida United Methodist Church. After both of her parents died, Alice was raised by her mother’s twin brother, Harold Weischedel, and his wife, Olive. Alice graduated from Onida High School in 1945. She married Harold West in 1946. They lived in western Sully County for many years and in Onida from 1965 until he died in 1987. Alice lived in Pierre from 1990 to 2018. She spent the last year of her life at Oahe Manor. She is survived by her sons, Steve West and his wife Judi of Onida and Tom West and his wife Judy of Highmore; her daughter, Tonna Hughes and her husband Bill of Ree Heights; six grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

At the River City Band Festival in Chamberlain last Friday the Riggs High Emerald Regiment placed first in the field competition against Chamberlain, Yankton and Wessington Springs. In the street competition they placed second in competition with those three schools plus Sully Buttes, Gregory, Platte-Geddes and Dakota Christian. The Pierre drumline placed first as did the Pierre percussion section.

Colton Hartford, son of Pierre native Dr. Joe Hartford, threw four touchdown passes in Rapid City Stevens’ homecoming game as the Raiders stunned Sioux Falls Washington, 37-34, in three overtimes.

Luke Schaefer became engaged last week to Lindsey Hahn.

Gillian (Woodburn) Hanson, one of the teachers in the science department at Ogden High School in Utah, was the driving force behind the school’s first Science Open House Tuesday night. From 4 to 6 p.m. parents and families were invited to see displays and participate in hands-on science activities.

Pierre natives Rodger Hartley and Jason Knox are among 14 cast members who will read “August: Osage County,” the first play in Black Hills Community Theatre’s play reading series, at 7:30 p.m. this Friday at the Studio Theatre of the Performing Arts Center. Admission is on a pay-what-you-want basis at the door.

Riggs High 2013 alumnus Lane Lettau worked at a microbiology laboratory in Sioux City after earning his biology degree from Augustana University. Now, however, he is much closer to home. Since February he has been working at the new Ringneck Energy ethanol plant in Onida, first setting up the lab and now working in it, testing fermentation among other duties. Lane during high school played football and wrestled for Pierre, and at Augustana he was part of the wrestling program. (News courtesy of The Onida Watchman)

Riggs High alumnus Josh Ford underwent five-hour elective surgery to realign his jaws Monday. Next come six weeks of healing and soft food. Josh, his wife Malene and their four children live in Blaine, Minn.

August Axtman, son of Greg and Sarah (Adam) Axtman of Harrisburg, Pa., was crowned homecoming king at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., last weekend.

Faith Lutheran Church’s annual Country Fair will be held this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the gymnasium at the church on N. Euclid and N. Grand avenues. (Note: The Country Fair is NOT being held at the Legion cabin as reported earlier.)

Pam Roberts, who graduated from South Dakota State University in 1977, the only person to hold cabinet-level positions in state government under five different governors, is one of six alumni to be honored as Distinguished Alumni during Hobo Week at SDSU this week. She served in state government for 34 years before retiring. Among her positions were chief of operations for two governors, commissioner of the Bureau of Personnel for three governors, secretary of labor and regulation under two governors and member of the Board of Regents.

Local friends of former residents Ken and Diane Stofferahn should be aware that Ken suffered a heart attack last week and underwent triple bypass surgery last Thursday. According to son Stuart’s Facebook posts, things were touch-and-go for awhile, but as of yesterday, “Huge strides continue.” Stuart wrote, “Goals today are to sit up, stand up, work on swallowing and get to that toilet.” Friends can send greetings to Ken and his family at their home address, which is 221 Windflower Circle, Lincoln NE 68521.

At least one person we know was at the Washington Nationals game Tuesday night when they beat Milwaukee, 4-3, in the National League wild-card game. Kelsie (Brandlee) Williams posted a photo of the on-the-field celebration by the team, and it appears she and whomever she was with had a great view of the field from the club level at Nationals Park! And they are happy they stayed through the final innings.

Former Pierre resident Les Traut of Rapid City underwent surgery Tuesday in Minneapolis to remove his cancerous bladder.

Riggs High alumnus Aaron Weaver, who is principal of the Liberty Elementary School in the Harrisburg School District, was the subject of the “Eye on KELO-land” segment of the evening news on KELO-TV Tuesday night. He has instituted the “Good News Call of the Day” program at his school, and it has spread to all six of the Harrisburg elementary schools. A call goes out from the principal to a parent each day, and a picture of the student is posted after he or she has performed a good deed or accomplished something positive at school about which the parents should know. Aaron said he believes a principal does best when he promotes positivity instead of just being an enforcer. Named Rookie Principal of the Year in the state last year, Aaron said, “I try to make sure that kids know that I’m not the heavy hand here. I’m one person to help you be successful.”

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  1. Seb Axtman

    Note; Carol (Davis) Axtman Birthdate November 17th. Seb & Carol Anniversary date August 24th 1957 and Seb birthdate March 15th.


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