Vol. 21, No. 9, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019

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Class 11B:
First-round games Thursday; quarterfinals Oct. 31; semifinals Nov. 8.
Upper bracket:
#16 Hot Springs at #1 Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan
#9 Sisseton at #8 Sioux Valley
#13 Garretson at #4 Mobridge-Pollock
#12 Stanley County at #5 McCook Central-Montrose
Lower bracket:
#11 Chamberlain at #6 Mount Vernon-Plankinton
#14 Groton Area at #3 Webster Area
#10 Elk Point-Jefferson at #7 St. Thomas More
#15 Lead-Deadwood at #2 Winner

NOTE: If Stanley County wins Thursday, the Buffaloes would play at Mobridge-Pollock or host Garretson next Thursday.

Class 9A:
First-round games Thursday; quarterfinals Oct. 31; semifinals Nov. 8.
First-round schedule:
Lyman at Gregory
Burke at Kimball-White Lake
New Underwood at Sully Buttes
Philip at Wall
Ipswich/Edmunds Central at Britton-Hecla
Timber Lake at Warner
Oldham-Ramona-Rutland at Canistota-Freeman
De Smet at Howard

NOTE: So whom would Sully Buttes play next if the Chargers beat New Underwood? Here in order of seed points are the 16 qualifying teams. Cross out the eight losers in Thursday’s games from the seed-point standings list. The remaining eight teams will be seeded 1 through 8 with #8 playing at #1 and #5 at #4 in one bracket and #6 playing at #3 and #7 at #2 in the other bracket next Thursday. The seed-point standings: 1, Britton-Hecla; 2, Sully Buttes; 3, Canistota-Freeman; 4, Gregory; 5, Howard; 6, Wall; 7, Philip; 8, New Underwood; 9, Warner; 10, Kimball-White Lake; 11, Timber Lake; 12, Burke; 13, De Smet; 14, Lyman; 15, Ipswich/Edmunds Central; 16, Oldham-Ramona-Rutland.

Class 11AA:
All 8 teams qualify for the playoffs which start with quarterfinals Oct. 31; semifinals Nov. 8. Here are the current seed-point standings with team’s record, last week’s score and tonight’s last regular-season opponents:
(1) Pierre 8-0: Beat Mitchell 75-7; at Douglas.
(2) Brookings 7-1: Beat Spearfish 47-0; at Yankton.
(3) Huron 4-4: Lost to Tri-Valley 14-13; home vs. Mitchell.
(4) Sturgis 3-5: Beat Belle Fourche 49-35; at Spearfish.
(5) Mitchell 4-4: Lost to Pierre 75-7; at Huron.
(6) Yankton 3-5: Beat Douglas 41-13; home vs. Brookings.
(7) Douglas 1-7: Lost to Yankton 41-13; home vs. Pierre.
(8) Spearfish 0-8: Lost to Brookings 47-0; home vs. Sturgis.

NOTE: In the seed-points standings after tonight’s regular-season games, #8 will play at #1 in the quarterfinals and #5 at #4 in one bracket and #6 at #3 and #7 at #2 in the other bracket next Thursday.


Class AA:
Of the 18 “AA” teams the top 16 qualify for the SoDak 16 matches on Nov. 14. Those eight winners will advance to the state tournament. The current seed-point standings: 1 Watertown, 2 S.F. O’Gorman, 3 S.F. Roosevelt, 4 S.F. Washington, 5 Huron, 6, S.F. Lincoln, 7 R.C. Stevens, 8 Aberdeen Central, 9 Harrisburg, 10 Brandon Valley, 11 R.C. Central, 12 Pierre, 13 Sturgis, 14 Brookings, 15 Mitchell, 16 Douglas. Out: Spearfish, Yankton.

If the SoDak 16 were held today, Pierre’s SoDak 16 match would be at Huron.

Class A:
Each region will play its own tournament Nov. 5 and 7 until two teams remain. Those two teams from each of the eight regions would comprise the SoDak 16 teams on Nov. 12 where, based on statewide seedings, #16 would play #1, #15 vs. #2, etc., mostly at neutral sites In Region 6 the current seed-point standings: 1 Miller, 2 Chamberlain, 3 Mobridge-Pollock, 4 Crow Creek, 5 Cheyenne-Eagle Butte, 6 Stanley County, 7 McLaughlin.

If the regional were to start today, Stanley County’s first match would be at Mobridge.

Class B:
Each region will play its own tournament Nov. 4, 5 and 7 until two teams remain. Those two teams from each of the eight regions would comprise the SoDak 16 teams on Nov. 12 where, based on statewide seedings, #16 would play #1, #15 vs. #2, etc., mostly at neutral sites. In Region 2 the current seed-point standings: 1 Faulkton Area, 2 Ipswich, 3 Highmore-Harrold, 4 Potter County, 5, Herreid/Selby Area, 6 Sully Buttes, 7 North Central, 8 Sunshine Bible, 9 Lower Brule.

If the regional were to start today, Sully Buttes’ first match would be at Highmore-Harrold.


Race schedule at Huron Saturday: “A” boys noon, “AA” boys 12:30, “B” boys 1:00, “A” girls 1:30, “AA” girls 2:00, “B” girls 2:30.

Pierre entries: Boys race—Trevin Black Bear, Brady Gere, Tyler Gere, Blake Judson, Jared Lutmer, Isaac Polak, Hayden Shaffer. Girls race—Halli Drewes, BreAnna Lowery, Jessica Lutmer, Hunter Martell, Rachel Nemec, Morgan Oedekoven, Jazzlyn Rombough.

Stanley County entry: Girls race—Sarah Fosheim.

Sully Buttes entries: Boys race—Darion Osterkamp, Griffin Petersen. Girls race—Calleigh Chicoine, Dani Frost, Nevaeh Miller.


Class “A” girls: Tea Area 2, West Central 0.
Class “A” boys: Tea Area 1, Sioux Falls Christian 0 (overtime).
Class “AA” girls: Yankton 1, Aberdeen Central 0.
Class “AA” boys: Sioux Falls Roosevelt 1, Sioux Falls Washington 0.


“You don’t have to think about how old you are. You have to think how many things you want to do and how to do it and keep on doing it.”

— Alicia Alonso (1920-2019)


Thursday: pumpkin.
Friday-Sunday: strawberry.
Monday-Tuesday: maple.
Wednesday-Thursday: black cherry.


This week’s schedules:
Football—Thursday, at Douglas, 6 p.m.
Cross country—Saturday, at state meet, Huron.
Volleyball—Friday, home vs. Sioux Falls Lincoln, 7 p.m.; Tuesday, at Brookings, 7 p.m.
Cheer/dance—Saturday, at state meet, Aberdeen, 11 a.m.

Volleyball: In a match that started in Pierre and ended up in Fort Pierre due to a widespread power outage, the Governors lost to Sioux Falls Washington. Pierre won the first set, 25-23, but lost the final three by scores of 16-25, 12-25, 17-25. The Pierre record is 6-10.

Boys soccer: Clay Alban, a senior on the Governor team, was named to the all-ESD conference team.

Cross country: Many of the “AA” schools ran last Thursday on the Huron course that will host the state meet. The Pierre boys placed fourth with a 122 score and the girls fifth at 118. In the boys’ race Hayden Shaffer placed ninth in 18:05.51 and Blake Judson 23rd in 18:49.06. Other places: Brady Gere 32nd, Jared Lutmer 33rd, Jayden Wilcox 39th, Tyler Gere 41st, Isaac Polak 43rd. In the girls’ race Jessica Lutmer placed seventh in 21:03.51 and Morgan Oedekoven 14th in 21:32.12. Other places: Rachel Nemec 31st, Jazzlyn Rombough 37th, Hunter Martell 40th, BreAnna Lowery 41st, Kyla Keyes 51st.

Girls soccer: Seniors Janaina Zanin and Taryn Senger and junior Caytee Williams were the Pierre players named to the all-ESD conference team.

Cheer/dance: At the ESD conference meet the Pierre competitive dance team placed seventh with a 207.67 score. The cheer team was ninth with a 165.5 score. Among the dance competitions Pierre was fifth in hip hop, eighth in pom and seventh in jazz.

Football: Playing Pierre even with their leading rusher would have been difficult, but Mitchell didn’t have him Friday, and the game was a 75-7 rout. Maguire Raske carried the ball for 190 yards, and Josh Rowe and Garrett Stout were both over 100 yards, too. Regan Bollweg caught two touchdown passes, and Cade HInkle had an interception and a 60-yard punt return touchdown. How bad was it? Pierre had 55 points at halftime, and Mitchell had a total of 55 yards of offense at halftime. The dynamic offensive line seldom gets publicity because they don’t gain yardage or score touchdowns, but they pave the way for the scorers. Pierre’s O-line includes seniors Matt Heilman, Cole Nelson, Mike Merriman and Grey Zabel and junior Gunnar Gehring.


This week’s schedules:
Thursday—at McCook Central-Montrose (in Salem) in 11B first round, 6 p.m.
Volleyball—Friday, home vs. Highmore-Harrold, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, at Colome, 5:30 p.m.; Monday, at Lyman, 6:30 p.m.
Cross country—Saturday, at state meet, Huron.

Football: The Buffaloes ended the regular season with a 24-8 loss to Rapid City St. Thomas More. SCHS held the Cavaliers to seven points through three quarters as they stayed in the game. Playing a strong opponent in that it moved the Buffs upward in the seed-point standings and enabled them to qualify for the playoffs as the #12 seed. Their opponent, McCook Central-Montrose, beat SCHS 52-14 on Sept. 5.

Volleyball: The Buffaloes lost 3-1 to Dupree on game scores of 10-25, 14-25, 30-28, 22-25. SCHS lost to Kadoka, 3-0, on game scores of 9-25, 16-25, 16-25 and lost 30 to New Underwood on game scores of 9-25, 17-25, 10-25. The SCHS record is 3-15.

Cross country: At the Region 4A meet Sarah Fosheim qualified for the state meet by placing within the top 20 individuals in 17th place in 21:12.02. Kaysen Magee was 22nd in 21:56.00, Bailey Siedschlaw 31st in 23:22.00, Shantay Waldron 41st in 28:04.00 and Allison Schlomer 42nd in 28:58.00. As a team the SCHS girls placed seventh. There were no SCHS boys in the boys’ race.


This week’s schedules:
Football—Thursday, home vs. New Underwood in 9A first round, 6 p.m.
Volleyball—Friday, home vs. Hitchcock-Tulare, 6:30 p.m.
Cross country—Saturday, at state meet, Huron.

Cross country: At the regional meet Griffin Petersen and Darion Osterkamp qualified for the state meet out of the boys’ race. Griffin placed 10th in 17:17.99 and Darion 17th in 13:41.56. The top 20 individuals qualify for state. Quinn Jordre placed 55th in 20:02.38. The three Charger boys combined to give SBHS an eighth-place finish. In the girls’ race Dani Frost and Calleigh Chicoine qualified for state, Dani placing third in 20:16.10 and Calleigh placing fourth in 20:21.23. Nevaeh Miller was 26th in 23:12.43. The three Charger girls gave SBHS a second-place team finish behind perennial champion Ipswich.

Football: The regular season ended with a 58-8 win over Ipswich/Edmunds Central. The halftime score was 52-0, and the game ended via the mercy rule when the Chargers scored on their first second-half possession. Nick Wittler completed 13 of 15 passes for 280 yards and five TD passes, and he carried for 95 yards and scored once on the ground. Grant Johnson carried for 53 yards and caught passes for 169 yards. Caleb Chicoine and Raef Wientjes also caught TD passes.

Volleyball: The Charger girls lost a 3-1 dual with Mobridge-Pollock on game scores of 20-25, 24-26, 25-21, 22-25. At Northwestern’s tournament the Chargers lost 2-0 matches to Ethan, Hill City, Webster Area and Northwestern.


“Everyone you meet always asks if you have a career, are married or own a house as if life were some kind of grocery list. But no one ever asks you if you are happy.”

— Heath Ledger (1979-2008).


1 day: State competitive cheer/dance meet, Aberdeen (Oct. 25-26).
1 day: Rapid City Rush home opener (Oct. 25).
2 days: State cross country meet, Huron (Oct. 26).
4 days: Riggs High band concert (Oct. 28).
9 days: All-State Chorus/Orchestra concert, Sioux Falls (Nov. 2).
10 days: Daylight Saving Time ends (Nov. 3).
21 days: State football championships, Brookings (Nov. 14-15).
27 days: Democratic presidential candidates debate (Nov. 20).
28 days: State volleyball tournaments, Rapid City (Nov. 21-23).
32 days: Pierre Parade of Lights (Nov. 25).
33 days: Capitol Christmas trees lighting ceremony (Nov. 26).
35 days: Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 28).
40 days: South Dakota Gives Day (Dec. 3).
43 days: State oral interpretation meet, Yankton (Dec. 6-7).
47 days: Riggs High band/choir concert (Dec. 10).
52 days: “Kennedy Center Honors,” CBS-TV (Dec. 15).
53 days: Georgia Morse Middle School band/choir concert (Dec. 16).
62 days: Christmas Day (Dec. 25).
65 days: College football national semifinals (Dec. 28).
72 days: NFL playoffs begin (Jan. 4).
81 days: College football national championship game (Jan. 13).


Sioux Falls Stampede: After a 4-3 overtime loss to Fargo, the Stampede won their first game of the new season at Tri-City, 2-1. Now 1-3-1-0, Sioux Falls is home vs. Muskegon at 7:05 p.m. both Friday and Saturday.

Aberdeen Wings: The Wings won twice on the road over the Minnesota Wilderness, 4-3 and 4-0. Aberdeen hosts Minnesota for Friday and Saturday games this weekend.

Rapid City Rush: The Rush swept a two-game road trip to Tulsa, winning 5-0 and 4-1. The team opens the home season this weekend with a celebration of Rapid City’s championship season of 10 years ago. The Rush hosts Utah at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

North Dakota: UND tied Minnesota State-Mankato, 4-4, in overtime on Friday, then lost to the Mavericks on Saturday, 2-1. Now 2-1-1, the Fighting Hawks host Bemidji State at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday with both games on Midco Sports Network.

Minnesota Wild: After a rough start to the NHL season with four straight losses, the Wild have found some rhythm and now have a 3-6 record. This week they lost to Montreal 4-0, beat Montreal 4-3 and beat Edmonton 3-0. Minnesota plays at Nashville tonight (7:00 FSN), home vs. Los Angeles Saturday (7:00 FSN), at Dallas Tuesday (7:30 FSN) and at St. Louis next Wednesday (7:00 MSNBC).


Minnesota Timberwolves: In their last preseason game the Wolves lost at Milwaukee, 118-96. The regular season opened last night at Brooklyn. Minnesota goes on to Charlotte at 6 p.m. Friday (FSN) and is home vs. Miami at 6 p.m. Sunday on FSN.

Sioux Falls Skyforce: The Skyforce opens the NBA G-League season Nov. 8 at Iowa. The home opener is Nov. 10 vs. Salt Lake City.


Denver Broncos: Denver lost at home to Kansas City, 30-6, to fall to 2-5. The Broncos go to Indianapolis for a noon game Sunday on CBS.

Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings won for the third straight week, taking down Detroit on the road, 42-30. Minnesota hosts Washington tonight (Thursday) at 7:20 p.m. on Fox and NFL Network.

Midco Sports Network live games this week:
Friday—High school football, Fargo Davies at Fargo Shanley, 7 p.m. (MSN2).
Friday—College men’s hockey, Bemidji State at UND, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday—College football, Montana State at UND, noon, (MSN2).
Saturday—College football, NDSU at SDSU, 2 p.m.
Saturday—College football, Southern Illinois at USD, 4 p.m. (MSN2).
Saturday—College men’s hockey, Bemidji State at UND, 7 p.m.
Sunday—College volleyball, USD at UND, 1 p.m.
Sunday—Junior football, 5 p.m.

NFL live games on local TV this week:
Thursday—Washington at Minnesota, 7:20 p.m., Fox and NFL Network.
Sunday—Denver at Indianapolis, noon, CBS.
Sunday—Los Angeles Chargers at Chicago, noon, Fox.
Sunday—Cleveland at New England, 3:25 p.m., CBS.
Sunday—Green Bay at Kansas City, 7:20 p.m., NBC.
Monday—Miami at Pittsburgh, 7:15 p.m., ESPN.

College football roundup (record/last week’s score/this week’s game):
— USD 3-4: Lost to Northern Iowa, 42-27; home vs. Southern Illinois, 4 p.m., MSN2.
— SDSU 6-1: Beat Indiana State 42-23; home vs. NDSU, 2 p.m., Midco Sports Network.
— NDSU 7-0: Beat Missouri State 22-0; at SDSU, 2 p.m., Midco Sports Network.
— UND 4-3: Beat Cal Poly 30-26; home vs. Montana State, noon, Midco Sports Network.
— Northern 4-3: Beat Wayne State 29-26 (OT); home vs. USF, 1 p.m.
— Augustana 5-2: Beat MSU-Moorhead 48-3; home vs. Minot State, 1 p.m.
— USF 5-2: Beat Minnesota-Duluth 34-3; at Northern, 1 p.m.
— Dakota State 3-4: Lost to Waldorf 59-9; at Mayville State, 2 p.m.
— Presentation 0-7: Lost to Dickinson State, 42-21; home vs. Waldorf, 7 p.m.
— S.D. Mines 1-6: Lost to Adams State 37-32; home vs. New Mexico Highlands, 1 p.m.
— BHSU 2-5: Lost to New Mexico Highlands 17-13; at Colorado-Mesa, 1 p.m.
— DWU 1-7: Lost to Midland 24-17; home vs. Morningside, 1 p.m.
— Minnesota 7-0: Beat Rutgers 42-7; home vs. Maryland, 2:30 p.m., ESPN.
— Nebraska 4-3: Open date; home vs. Indiana, 2:30 p.m., Big Ten Network.
— Iowa 5-2: Beat Purdue 26-20; home vs. Northwestern, 11 a.m., ESPN2.
— Iowa State 5-2: Beat Texas Tech 34-24; home vs. Oklahoma State, 1:30 p.m., FS1.
— Wyoming 5-2: Beat New Mexico 23-10; home vs. Nevada, noon MDT.


Pierre Trappers: The Trappers have begun signing college players to play for the team’s third season in the Expedition League next summer. The first three are Minot State athletes—sophomore outfielder Jake Collins from Littleton, Colo.; sophomore pitcher/utility player Tyler Wiltshire from Tucson, Ariz., and sophomore pitcher Dominick Parkhurst also from Tucson. For Parkhurst it will be his second year with the Trappers. The fourth player signed for 2020 is sophomore outfielder/pitcher Calvin Schonebaum of Concordia-Irvine from Parker, Colo.


“I’m begging the American people to pay attention to what is going on because if you want to have a democracy intact for your children, and your children’s children, and generations of unborn, we’ve got to guard this moment. This is our watch.”

— U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (1951-2019)


Minnesota United FC: The Loons’ MLS playoff opener saw the L.A. Galaxy score twice within four minutes in the second half and hold off Minnesota, 2-1, to end the Loons’ season.


PGA Champions Tour (Tom Byrum): The Dominion Energy Classic in Richmond, Va., last weekend was the first of three events that are part of the Charles Schwab Cup playoffs. Tom had rounds of 78, 72 and 72 for a 6-over-par 222, earning 8,400 Schwab Cup points. The field of 67 golfers in that event will be trimmed to 54 for the second of the three events—the Invesco QQQ Championship at Thousand Oaks, Calif., Nov. 1-3. At the start of the Cup playoffs, a player’s regular-season money total is transferred into points. Then each dollar earned in the three Cup events is worth two more points. Tom now stands 31st with 647,130 points.


Thursday, Oct. 24:
Jacob Beastrom, Austin Lentsch, Carletta Zebroski, Mike Rounds, Craig McTighe, Minnie Budmayr.
— 21st anniversary, Dan/Brooke (Severson) Lusk.

Friday, Oct. 25:
Jami Neumiller, Brent Sogaard, Todd Madden, Trevor Fisher, Josh Graves, Diane Kafka, Maxine Blasdell, Stephanie Strang, Emily Weber, Tom Ripley, Pat Powers, David Reiss, Kelly Meagher-Pitlick, Sullivan Vogel, Sandra (Kern) Mollman.

Saturday, Oct. 26:
Josh Gilkerson, Miles Schock, Madyson Hammell, Tifaine Thompson, Shannigan Heckenlaible.
— 16th anniversary, Matt/Stephanie (Hull) Joens.

Sunday, Oct. 27:
Keith Hrdlicka, Carter Schiefelbein, River Iverson, Chris Rasmussen, RoseMary Currier, Bev Zebroski, Bev Smedley, Janet Ricketts, Haylie Ripperger.
— 18th anniversary Rick/Lisa Knudson.

Monday, Oct. 28:
Kyle Cichos, Megan (Rapp) Deal, Kendra (Ott) Beyer, Jane Pitlick, Kristi Hestdalen, Samantha Beck, Jodi Gabriel, Katherine Breske, Thelma Allison Trevor Larson, Kathryn Lindbloom, Madison Siebrasse.
— 30th anniversary, Jeff/Wanda (Ping) Adel.

Tuesday, Oct. 29:
Jenna Hall, Tim Cass, Tara Prue, Tyler Prue, Darcie (Olson) Kringen, Amanda Harsin, Abe Storms, Greg Dean, Brian Paulson, Mike Hofmeister.
— Anniversary, Jon/Michelle Boer.
— 36th anniversary, Mike/Sharon Larsen.

Wednesday, Oct. 30:
Branch Wolf, Karna (Knapp) Pfeffer, Michael Roberts, Jessica (Duba) Castelli, Dusty Hunsley, Carrie (Gonsor) Sanderson, Trety Owens, Jim Bilbrey, Satchel Workman, Nicole Hill, Andrew St. Claire, Taryn (Wolf) Blaseg, Milo Nill, Cassidy (Rogers) Kulesa.
— 10th anniversary, Jason/Allison Knox.

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


“I cannot do all the good my community needs, but my community needs all the good that I can do.”

— Mansour Karim (1928-2019)


Dakota Wesleyan volleyball (Elena Svingen): The Tigers defeated Mount Marty, 3-0, as Elena had two aces and five digs. She had one dig in a 3-2 loss to St. Mary (Neb.). Now 18-8, DWU is home vs. Hastings Friday, Doane Saturday and Dakota State Tuesday.

Northwestern (Iowa) football (Morris Hofer): The Red Raiders defeated Concordia (Neb.), 20-14, in GPAC play. Now 6-0, Northwestern is home vs. Doane at 1 p.m. Saturday.

South Dakota women’s soccer (Joana Zanin, Emily Mikkelsen): The Coyotes lost at home Sunday to Denver, 1-0. DU got its goal early at 6:20. Joana had one shot on goal. USD hosts Omaha at 3 p.m. Thursday and South Dakota State at 1 p.m. Sunday.

King’s College men’s soccer (August Axtman): The Monarchs defeated DeSales, 3-0. In a 2-1 loss to Stevens Institute, Gus had three shots on goal. On Tuesday King’s tied Wilkes 1-1 in double overtime, and Gus had one shot. Now 11-4-1, King’s hosts Misericordia on Saturday and goes to Elmira Monday.

Charleston volleyball (Jaxin Melby): In a 3-0 win over Frostburg State, Jaxin had 16 assists, six kills, one service ace and 12 digs. In a 3-0 loss to Fairmont State she had eight kills, one ace, two digs and 25 assists. In a 3-1 loss to West Liberty Jaxin had 15 assists, one kill and four digs. Now 8-16, Charleston hosts Urbana (Ohio) Friday and Notre Dame College (Ohio) Saturday, then goes to Wheeling Tuesday.

Black Hills State cross country (Kelsey Van Den Hemel): The Yellow Jackets run in their RMAC conference meet at Grand Junction, Colo., Monday.

South Dakota cross country (Maddy McClure): At Bradley’s meet in Peoria, Ill., the USD women finished second to Bradley and ahead of Illinois, UMKC, Marquette and 18 others, and the men were fifth of 20 with Drake as the team champion. In the women’s race USD’s Amy Ripperda was the winner in 20:49.9. The Coyotes run Nov. 2 at the Summit League meet in Fargo.

South Dakota State cross country (Rachel Propst): The Jackrabbits ran at the pre-national meet in Terre Haute, Ind., and at a meet in Grand Forks, but Rachel did not run at either site. Next up is the Summit League meet at Fargo Nov. 2.

Presentation football (Michael Lyons): The Saints are 0-7 after a 42-21 loss to Dickinson State. PC hosts Waldorf at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Northern women’s soccer (Tori Thorpe): The Wolves lost to Augustana, 5-1, and tied Wayne State, 1-1, and are now 3-8-1. NSU is home this weekend vs. Minnesota State-Mankato Friday and Concordia-St. Paul Sunday.

South Dakota State swimming (Caleb Huizenga): The swim season is just underway at SDSU. At Iowa Central Community College’s quad-dual SDSU lost to the host school, 108-97, but won over Midland, 152-53, and beat Olivet Nazarene, 148-57. Next up for the Jacks are the USD quad-duals in Sioux Falls against Western Illinois, St. Cloud State and USD Nov. 1-2.

Northwestern (Iowa) men’s soccer (Cole Cruse): Northwestern defeated Briar Cliff, 1-0, to improve to a 7-7 record. The Raiders hosted Mount Marty last night and go to Midland Saturday.

Northwestern (Iowa) women’s soccer (Nikky Farnsworth): The Raiders lost to Briar Cliff, 2-1, as Nikky scored her team’s only goal at 63:59. In a 4-1 win over St. Mary (Neb.) Nikky scored her team’s first two goals at 6:11 and 7:31. She now has 12 goals and three assists. Northwestern is now 8-5-1, hosted Mount Marty Wednesday and goes to Midland Saturday.

Dakota State volleyball (Nicole Sarringar): The Trojans lost to Valley City State, 3-2, as Nicole had 26 assists and six digs. In a 3-0 win over Dickinson State she had a kill, 17 assists, two aces and two digs. On Tuesday DSU beat Briar Cliff, 3-1, as Nicole had 15 assists and five digs. The team is now 15-8. DSU is home Friday and Saturday against Presentation and Mayville State.

Northern football (Gage Gehring, Joe King, Jacob Howard, Colten Drageset): The Wolves won a double-overtime thriller at Wayne State, 29-26. Each team scored a field goal in the first overtime to tie the game at 23-23. In the second overtime Wayne went ahead on a field goal, 26-23. NSU in six plays reached the 1-yard-line for a fourth-and-goal. Rather than trying a tying field goal from there, the Wolves went for the winning touchdown and got it when quarterback Hunter Trautman connected with Colten for the TD. Jacob had one solo tackle. NSU, now 4-3, faces Sioux Falls at home at 1 p.m. Saturday.

South Dakota women’s golf (Katie Bartlett): The Coyotes placed 15th at Louisville’s Cardinal Cup tournament with a team score of 315-309-319=943. Katie did not play there. This meet concluded the fall season.

Mary women’s soccer (Abigail Foster): The Marauders defeated Southwest Minnesota State, 3-0, and beat USF, 1-0. Now 7-2-2, Mary goes to Winona State Friday and to Upper Iowa Sunday.

Dakota Wesleyan football (Lukas Chase): The Tigers lost to Midland, 24-17, and fell to a 1-6 record. DWU hosts Morningside at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Black Hills State women’s soccer (Katie Nielson): The Yellow Jackets lost to Regis, 5-1, Sunday, but Katie scored the only BHSU goal at 12:53. It was her fifth goal of the season. Now 3-9-1, BHSU is home Friday vs. Colorado Mines and Sunday vs. Colorado Christian.

Black Hills State football (Shawn Schnabel): BHSU lost a 17-13 game to New Mexico Highlands and now stands at 2-5. BHSU goes to Colorado-Mesa at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Loyola men’s soccer (Sean Knoblauch): The Ramblers were idle last week. They hosted Bradley last night and host Drake Sunday.

Mary volleyball (Korie Tetzlaff): Coach Korie’s Marauders lost 3-0 matches to Minnesota State-Mankato and Concordia-St. Paul. Now 1-19, Mary goes to Winona State Friday and to Upper Iowa Saturday.


  • Brace yourself, ladies and Duke fans. Christian Laettner is coming to town again. The Duke legend and former NBA player (and member of the Olympic Dream Team of 1992) will be in town for Sacred Hoops’ basketball camp on Sunday, Nov. 9. North Carolina and Kentucky fans who want to just catch a glimpse of him can line the sidewalks outside the gym.
  • Great publicity for South Dakota and, of course, for SDSU will be the “College Gameday” television show on ESPN being broadcast live from the campus in Brookings this Saturday from 8 to 11 a.m. CDT. The SDSU-NDSU game at 2 p.m. will be televised by Midco Sports Network.
  • If you need something to argue about at the dinner table or at the bar, here is a topic: Is this the last year of this decade or not? I have seen several Facebook posts about the fact that there are only two months left in this decade. I beg to differ, but you can argue the point. True, the ’20s apparently start this January, but if year 10 was the end of the very first decade that started with year 1, isn’t 2020—rather than 2019—the end of the decade that started with year 2011?
  • Best headline of the week as pointed out to me by Tim Smith: From a Houston newspaper after Game #1 of the World Series, “NATS DING COLE.” If you’re not a baseball fan, you may not get it.


Last weekend Boise State’s upset loss at BYU kept 20 of our 21 contestants from having a chance at perfect scores. Otherwise your editor obviously selected games that were too easy to choose because there were a bunch of points winners. Earning 10 points each for 8-2 records were David Ludwig, Nathan Vetter, Brian Hunhoff, Greg Dean and Dawn Magee. Getting 9 points each for 7-2 records were Greg Chapin, Beth Rinehart, Brandon Lowery and Kyle Richards. Earning 8 points each with their 6-3 records were Jon Boer, Eric James, Levi Neuharth, Mikal Kern, Debra Bollinger, Randy Pool, Jason Noyes and Todd Palmer.

Contest #10 (send your 10 winners to parkerhome16@hotmail.com by Saturday morning:
(1) North Dakota State at South Dakota State
(2) Maryland at Minnesota
(3) Indiana at Nebraska
(4) Texas at TCU
(5) Auburn at LSU
(6) Notre Dame at Michigan
(7) Oklahoma State at Iowa State
(8) NFL: Cleveland at New England
(9) NFL: Carolina at San Francisco
(10) NFL: Green Bay at Kansas City


“The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.”

— George Orwell’s “1984”


River Iverson of the football team and Morgan Oedekoven of the cross country team were named Athlete of the Week by the Pierre Athletic Coaches Association last week.

The Dueling Duo and their pianos will be at Drifters Bar & Grille on Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in a benefit performance for the Stanley County High School student council and National Honor Society. Individual tickets cost $30, and a table for eight sells for $200. For tickets call 280-2491.

Jacob and Katie Parsons became parents on Oct. 17. Their daughter, Marlow Grace Parsons, weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces, and measured 18 1/4 inches.

Wanda Mauree Hall, 91, died Oct. 22 at Edgewood Assisted Living in Pierre. Visitation will be from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday with a prayer service at 5 at Feigum Funeral Home. The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Onida Presbyterian Church. Wanda was born on Christmas Day, 1927, to the late Wilber and Esther Day. She attended rural schools and graduated from Onida High School in 1946. She attended Mankato Business College. Before her marriage Wanda worked for John Day Implement and C.R. Garner Insurance in Onida. In 1950 she married Harlan (Pike) Hall. They lived southeast of Onida, especially on the Asmussen place where they raised their family. Pike and Wanda raised Hampshire hogs, Hereford cattle and sheep. She also worked in town for Francis and Mary Ryan during tax season and at Onida Clinic. The Halls moved into town in 1977, and Wanda began working in Pierre for the state, including at the Department of Education, the Department of Labor and the Department of Transportation, completing nearly 15 years as a state employee. After deciding to quit commuting to Pierre, Wanda worked for the Sully County Conservation District, the feedlot east of Onida and the Onida Watchman. She was active all her adult life in 4-H and county fair activities, the Eastern Star and the Jaycees as well as many community organizations and boards. She is survived by three daughters, Peggy Grubbe and her husband Mike of Ellinwood, Kan., Jeanne McComsey and her husband Dan of Onida, and Diane Kramer and her husband Keith of Olathe, Kan.; two sons, Allan Hall and his wife Patricia of Brandon and Brian Hall of Onida; 16 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, and her sister, Margaret Demery of Aberdeen.

Tom Ellefson, who lives in Indianapolis, was selected for a member feature story in “Runners World” magazine. The story asked him how he got started running, his motivations, his routine and his goals in running. You can access the feature on Tom at this link:

Emily Mertes, a junior at Riggs High School, was selected by auditions for a seat in the South Dakota All-State Orchestra, which will meet with the All-State Chorus in Sioux Falls at the end of next week. Emily is the first student violinist from Pierre to earn a spot in All-State Orchestra in 45 years and the first strings player from Pierre since 1974.

Two athletes whose parents have Pierre backgrounds were named to the Class “A” All-State softball team. Tevan Bryant, daughter of Toby and Amber Bryant, is a sophomore pitcher for Harrisburg High School. Laina Culberson, daughter of Matt and Becky Culberson, is a senior left-fielder/pitcher for Rapid City Central.

The 90th birthday of life-long Onida resident Marcelleen Davis will be celebrated at the Phoenix Center in Onida on Tuesday, Nov. 5. There will be lunch there from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and coffee and cake from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Friends who can’t attend can send cards to her at Box 416, Onida, SD 57564. No gifts, please!

A chili and soup fund-raiser and raffle for the benefit of the Blunt Community Center will be served there from 5 to 7 p.m. this Sunday, Oct. 27. Funds raised will be used for floor repairs for the building. The raffle tickets will go on sale earlier that day starting at the community center breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m.

Carrie Mikkonen, 71, Pierre, passed away Oct. 15 at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls after a sudden illness. A memorial service took place Monday at Lutheran Memorial Church. Carrie grew up at Ellendale, N.D. She married her high school sweetheart, Stan Mikkonen, in 1968. She graduated the following year with a nursing degree from Presentation College in Aberdeen. The Mikkonens’ son Doug was born in Aberdeen where Carrie began her nursing career. Their daughter Laurie was born in Ellendale while Stan was in military service in Vietnam. The family moved to Pierre in 1974. Carrie provided medical advice anywhere and everywhere it was needed. She served on the team that established the mobile dental unit that crossed the state to provide dental service. She is survived by her son Doug and his wife Stephanie of Pierre; her daughter Laurie of Pierre; her grandsons James, Jacob and Joseph; her brother Charlie Sizer of Pierre; her nieces, Kate Olson and her husband Aaron and Lisa Clark and her husband Zach; three grand-nieces and a grand-nephew, and three sisters, Marcia Forrester and her husband Mike of Gulf Shores, Ala., Mary Higgs and her husband John of Bozeman, Mont., and Karen Minard and her husband Chuck of Chandler, Ariz.

A new exhibit of the art works of Pierre artist James Pollock and Sioux Falls artist Stephen Randall will be in place starting this weekend and continuing through January at The Journey museum in Rapid City. The exhibit entitled “From Field to Field” shows the works of the two men focusing on the outdoor beauty of the Great Plains. A free grand opening celebration will take place at The Journey starting at 5 p.m. this Friday, Oct. 25. For the rest of the exhibit regular museum admission prices will apply—$12 for adults $10 for senior citizens, and free to members.

John and Jean Lakner and their families comprise six different homes in the Dallas area, but all are safe and sustained no damage in the tornadoes that moved through the midnight darkness early Monday morning. Jean said, “Most of us had to hunker down in closets for an hour or so.” Matt Massey tell us all of his family members in that area were also OK. Dolly (Minder) Jones says they escaped since the tornadoes were west of where they live.

The board of trustees of St. Mary’s College of Maryland this week recognized faculty promotions. Among them was the reappointment with tenure and the promotion to associate professor of Kelly Neiles. Dr. Neiles joined the St. Mary’s faculty in 2013. She teaches general and contemporary chemistry there.

Alberta (Flansburg) Olson, who lives now in the Black Hawk/Piedmont area, was en route to Pierre Saturday night when her car hit a trailer being pulled by a van on Highway 14 west of Fort Pierre. She says the vehicle had had a flat tire, had not pulled off the road and had no lights or flashers visible. Alberta and her car flipped over four times. The jaws of life equipment had to be used to extract her from her car. She sustained a broken breast bone and a broken ankle and is pretty sore with serious bruises.

Mary Buss, the former Mary Gen Fjelstad of Pierre, has been accorded the best actress award from among all the films entered in the 50th anniversary Nashville Film Festival. She appears in the Mickey Reece film, “Climate of the Hunter.” The film has not been released to the public yet. However, a trailer of the movie can be found by accessing www.google.com and searching for “Climate of the Hunter” trailer.

Jeannine (Mikkelsen – Van Den Eykel) Johnson, 88, passed away Oct. 20 at Avera Maryhouse. A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. Friday at the Onida United Methodist Church. Jeannine was a native of Sully County and graduated from Onida High School in 1949. She married Jake Van Den Eykel in 1950. They spent 40 years in several businesses, including exterior and interior painting. Jeannine moved to Sioux Falls in 1994 and managed an apartment complex there. She married Bruce Johnson in 2003. She came to Pierre in August 2018 and lived at Edgewood. She is survived by her son James Van Den Eykel and his wife Rhonda of Deadwood; her daughter, Vana Larson and her husband Tom of Vivian; two grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and her sister, Lillian Campbell and her husband Jack of Onida.

Former Pierre resident Les Traut of Rapid City has again been hospitalized in Minneapolis for ongoing health issues, this time for the past month. He underwent surgery for removal of his cancerous bladder and continues treatments there with an expected stay of at least another three or four weeks. Friends can send him greetings at this address:
Leslie Traut/U. of M.; C6, Room 6410; 500 Harvard St. SE; Minneapolis MN 55455.

Services for former central South Dakotan Marty Melvin will be held at 5 p.m. Friday at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise, Texas. The son of the late Warren and Donna (Maher) Melvin grew up in the Holabird area and graduated from Highmore High School in 1978. He started riding bareback horses at the age of 8 and worked his way up through the ranks of rodeo from 4-H level to college rodeo. He attended SDSU on a wrestling scholarship but also participated on the rodeo team, qualifying for the College National Finals Rodeo all four years. He joined the PRCA and was a perennial champion around the region and in the Badlands Circuit. He qualified for the National Finals Rodeo nine times and was honored by the Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center. Marty and Judy Painter were married in 1991. They raised their family at Paradise, Texas. He is survived by his wife; his son Paul; his daughters Marilyn and Katlyn; a granddaughter, and a sister, Michel Melvin in South Dakota.


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