Vol. 22, No. 10; Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021

Nov 4, 2021 | Parker's Midweek Update | 0 comments


“November at its best—with a sort of delightful menace in the air.”
— Anne Bosworth Green3e


Quarterfinal scores:
Avon 30, Alcester-Hudson 14
Dell Rapids St. Mary 42, Gayville-Volin 22
Faulkton Area 48, Harding County/Bison 22
Potter County 48, Hitchcock-Tulare 8
Semifinal games Friday:
Dell Rapids St. Mary at Avon
Potter County at Faulkton Area

Quarterfinal scores:
Herreid-Selby Area 48, Castlewood 32
De Smet 32, Warner 16
Howard 46 Wolsey-Wessington 6
Wall 34, Gregory 20
Semifinal games Friday:
De Smet at Herreid-Selby Area
Wall at Howard

Quarterfinal scores:
Platte-Geddes 26, Hanson 24 (O.T.)
Timber Lake 24, Lyman 18
Parkston 34, Garretson 7
Canistota-Freeman 14, Ipswich 0
Semifinal games Friday:
Platte-Geddes at Timber Lake
Canistota-Freeman at Parkston

Quarterfinal scores:
Winner 66, McCook Central-Montrose 28
Elk Point-Jefferson 48, Wagner 6
Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan 21, Sioux Valley 8
Beresford 7, Aberdeen Roncalli 6 (O.T.)
Semifinal games Friday:
Elk Point-Jefferson at Winner
Beresford at Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan

Quarterfinal scores:
Madison 35, Sioux Falls Christian 14
Dell Rapids 19, West Central 15
Milbank 6, Canton 0
Vermillion 21, Tri-Valley 7
Semifinal games Friday:
Dell Rapids at Madison
Milbank at Vermillion

Quarterfinal scores:
Tea Area 57, Sturgis 10
Yankton 42, MItchell 21
Aberdeen Central 42, Brookings 34
Pierre 38, Watertown 9
Semifinal games Friday:
Yankton at Tea Area
Aberdeen Central at Pierre

Quarterfinal scores:
Harrisburg 50, Rapid City Stevens 9
Sioux Falls Lincoln 45, Sioux Falls Washington 24
Brandon Valley 23, Sioux Falls Jefferson 9
Sioux Falls O’Gorman 42, Sioux Falls Roosevelt 28
Semifinal games Friday:
Lincoln at Harrisburg
O’Gorman at Brandon Valley


Pierre and the other 15 teams in the top 16 among the 19 AA schools have one step to get past in order to qualify for the state tournament. That is a SoDak 16 match next Thursday, Nov. 11. The pairings for those eight games won’t be determined until this weekend after all regular-season matches are done. As of yesterday morning, the standings showed Pierre to be the #5 seed and as such would host #12 Yankton in a SoDak 16 match in Pierre. The winner of that match would advance to the first round of the state tournament and play the winner of #4 Brandon Valley vs. #13 Rapid City Stevens. However, these standings are only temporary until the official matchups come out this weekend. One thing is certain, and that is that the Governors will play at home next Thursday in their SoDak 16 match.

Stanley County, seeded #3 in Region 6A, should have had a home match in the regional tournament quarterfinals Tuesday, but the shortage of officials necessitated the match against #6 Dupree be played at Winner. There the Buffaloes were knocked out of postseason play with a 3-1 loss on game scores of 24-26, 25-16, 13-25, 19-25. Dupree will play Winner while Mobridge-Pollock takes on Chamberlain in the semifinals tonight (Thursday) with those two winners advancing to next Thursday’s SoDak 16 matches.

Sully Buttes won its first-round match in the Region 2B tournament Monday, shutting out Sunshine Bible 3-0 on game scores of 25-18, 25-16, 25-15. That put the Chargers into the quarterfinals at Potter County Tuesday. There SBHS gave the Battlers a royal battle before losing 3-1 on game scores of 26-28, 29-27, 17-25, 14-25. Ally Wittler and Lydia Hill had eight kills each and Stevie Wittler seven kills for the Chargers, who finish their season with a 9-22 record. In tonight’s semifinals Potter County faces Miller while Highmore-Harrold plays Faulkton Area. Those two winners advance to the SoDak 16 matches next Thursday.


This week’s schedule:
Football: home vs. Aberdeen Central in state 11AA semifinal, 7 p.m.

Football: Unexpectedly the Governors will be home again in the playoffs this Friday. With a 38-9 trouncing of Watertown, the Governors got help from 7th-seed Aberdeen Central, who won at #2 Brookings, sending the Golden Eagles to Hollister Field for the semifinals. The tone for Pierre’s win was set by Jayden Wiebe on the game’s opening kickoff when he rolled 66 yards to the Watertown 29. From there the offense moved to the 3-yard line, and Lincoln Kienholz carried it over for a 7-0 lead. Watertown scored immediately on its first offensive play on a 74-yard TD pass to tie the game 15 seconds later but the Arrows’ offense would never score again, and the Pierre defense became the stars of the game. Kienholz’s one-yard plunge gave Pierre a 14-7 lead, and Watertown scored on a safety to make it 14-9. In the second quarter a Watertown fumble in the Pierre red zone was recovered by Chance Carda, and the offense took advantage on a 65-yard pass play between Kienholz and Jett Zabel, setting up a Kienholz-to-Jackson Edman touchdown pass and a 21-9 halftime lead. Pierre added on in the third period on a 40-yard TD pass from Kienholz to Jack Merkwan, and it was 28-9. A Wiebe interception in the fourth period gave Pierre the ball back, and a Cole Peterson field goal of 26 yards increased the lead to 31-9. After a Deegan Houska interception, a 23-yard TD pass from Kienholz to Brecken Krueger concluded the scoring. Kienholz, who completed 16 of 29 passes for 293 yards, broke Peyton Zabel’s single-season and career passing yards school records.

Cross country: Hayden Shaffer and Blake Judson from the Governors team earned Academic All-State recognition.

Volleyball: The Governors’ last regular-season match Tuesday was a 3-1 loss at home to Sioux Falls Jefferson on game scores of 21-25, 16-25, 25-21, 14-25. Ayvrie Kaiser had 14 kills, but the Cavaliers pounded Pierre with 11 service aces. The Governors’ record is 15-5 as they await next Thursday’s SoDak 16 match at home.


“Will we act? Will we do what is necessary? Will we seize the enormous opportunity before us or will we condemn future generations to suffer? This is the decade that will determine the answer.”
— President Biden at the U.N. Climate Summit in Glasgow


Cross country: Sully Buttes senior Griffin Petersen earned Academic All-State recognition.


1 day: Football playoffs semifinal games (Nov. 5).
3 days: Daylight Saving Time ends (Nov. 7).
7 days: Football championship games, Vermillion (Nov. 11-13).
7 days: Volleyball SoDak 16 games (Nov. 11).
7 days: Veterans Day (Nov. 11).
14 days: State volleyball tournaments, Rapid City (Nov. 18-20).
19 days: Capitol Christmas trees lighting ceremony (Nov. 23).
21 days: Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 25).
22 days: Oahe Capitals boys league opener, Mitchell (Nov. 26).
22 days: Oahe Capitals girls league home openers (Nov. 26-28).
26 days: South Dakota Gives Day (Nov. 30).
28 days: Pierre gymnastics opener, Huron (Dec. 2).
28 days: “Annie” live, NBC-TV (Dec. 2).
29 days: Pierre wrestling opener, Mandan (Dec. 3-4).
29 days: State oral interpretation festival, Huron (Dec. 3-4).
39 days: Pierre girls basketball opener (Dec. 10).
39 days: Pierre boys basketball opener, Rapid City Stevens (Dec. 10).
42 days: Riggs High band/choir concert (Dec. 13).
47 days: Oahe Capitals boys varsity league home openers (Dec. 18-19).
49 days: Georgia Morse Middle School band/choir concert (Dec. 20).
54 days: Christmas Day (Dec. 25).
60 days: College football national semifinal games (Dec. 31).
70 days: College football national championship game (Jan. 10).
75 days: NFL playoffs begin (Jan. 15).


Let today be the day you give up who you’ve been for who you can become.
— Hal Elrod

A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves and traitors are not victims but accomplices.
— George Orwell

“Halloween shadows played upon the walls of the houses. In the sky the Halloween moon raced in and out of the clouds. The Halloween wind was blowing, not a blasting of wind but a right-sized swelling, falling and gusting of wind. It was a lovely and exciting night, exactly the kind of night Halloween should be.”
— Eleanor Estes

November comes and November goes
With the last red berries and the first white snows,
With night coming early and dawn coming late
And ice in the bucket and frost by the gate.
The fires burn and the kettles sing
And earth sinks to rest until next spring.
— Clyde Watson

Someone asked me the other day if I believe in conspiracies. Well, sure. Here’s one. It is called the political system. It is nothing if not a giant conspiracy to rob, trick and subjugate the population.
— Jeffrey Tucker

“I’ll keep saying I’m a feminist until there’s no reaction.
— Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

Do things for people not because of who they are or what they do but because of who you are.
— ThinkPositivePower


Badlands Sabres (Mason Martin): The Sabres lost twice more to unbeaten Helena, 3-2 in overtime and 9-2. Mason scored the Sabres’ first goal in Saturday’s 9-2 loss at 8:21 of the first period. Badlands is home Friday and Saturday against Butte.

Rapid City Rush: The Rush split at Idaho, winning 5-4 and losing 2-1 in overtime. Rapid City stays on the road at Utah Friday and Saturday.

Aberdeen Wings: The Wings lost twice to Austin, 3-1 and 4-2. Aberdeen plays Thursday and Saturday at Minot.

Sioux Falls Stampede: The Herd swept Des Moines, winning 3-2 in overtime and 4-1. Sioux Falls goes to Lincoln Friday and plays at home vs. Waterloo Saturday.

Minnesota Wild: The Wild lost 4-1 games at Seattle and Colorado, then won over Ottawa in overtime, 5-4, Tuesday. The Wild goes to Pittsburgh Saturday, hosts the New York Islanders Sunday and plays at Arizona next Wednesday.


Minnesota United FC: The Loons lost to Vancouver, 2-1, and defeated Sporting Kansas City, 2-1. The regular season ends at Los Angeles Sunday.


  • In case you’re considering coming to Rapid City for a weekend during the Christmas shopping season, note that on Saturday, Dec. 4, the Black Hills Symphony Orchestra and the Dakota Choral Union will combine talents for a sing-along performance of Handel’s “Messiah.” Guest soloists will perform the solos, but the audience will join in on the choruses (bring your own “Messiah” scores!). Another musical event in Rapid City will be a concert by Tonic Sol Fa at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7.
  • A calendar note for you so you won’t miss what promises to be a special TV event: “One Last Time: An Evening with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga” will be on CBS-TV and 7 p.m. CST Sunday, Nov. 28.
  • Dr. Russell Svenningsen of the Augustana music faculty had rehearsed the All-State Chorus music at some regional rehearsals on the eastern side of the state, but even so, his pulling off directing the full All-State Chorus on three days’ notice was quite a feat.
  • Here is a football fact you don’t need to know: When Dallas quarterback Cooper Rush connected with Amari Cooper for the touchdown pass Sunday night, it was the first time in NFL history that such happened when the quarterback’s first name and the receiver’s last name are the same. The Cowboys also hold the “record,” if that’s what it is, when the quarterback’s last name and his receiver’s first name are the same (Andy Dalton to Dalton Schultz). It’s a good thing the Cowboys’ division is so weak that these records are meaningless and they will clinch a playoff spot before Thanksgiving.


Sioux Falls Skyforce: The Force won its season opener over the G-League Ignite team, 104-90. This is the first game in a 14-game tournament that runs through Dec. 22. After that the NBA G League will begin a 36-game regular season starting Dec. 27. The Skyforce will play Saturday and Monday this weekend at Iowa.

Minnesota Timberwolves: The Wolves won at Milwaukee, 113-108; lost to Denver, 93-91, and lost to Orlando, 115-97. After hosting the Clippers last night, they play at Memphis Monday and at Golden State next Wednesday.


NFL games on local TV this week (subject to change by networks):
— Thursday, 7:20 p.m.: New York Jets at Indianapolis, Fox and NFL Network.
— Sunday, noon: Minnesota at Baltimore, Fox.
— Sunday, noon: Cleveland at Cincinnati, CBS.
— Sunday, 3:25 p.m.: Green Bay at Kansas City, Fox.
— Sunday, 7:20 p.m.: Tennessee at Los Angeles Rams, NBC.
— Monday, 7:15 p.m.: Chicago at Pittsburgh, ESPN.

Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings went ahead, 16-13, with a late field goal but left too much time for Dallas’ backup quarterback, Cooper Rush. He drove the Cowboys to a winning score as Minnesota lost another big game, 20-16. The Vikings play at Carolina Sunday.


Last week all 13 of our contestants got Iowa State’s loss wrong, and 12 of them got Iowa’s collapse and Tampa Bay’s upset loss wrong. So records were mediocre. Nevertheless a 7-3 record got 10 points each for Randy Pool, David Ludwig, Jason Noyes and Seb Axtman. At 6-4 for 9 points each were Mikal Kern, Levi Neuharth, Kyle Richards, Eric James, Thomas Voeltz and Dawn Magee. At 5-5 for 8 points each were Jeff Adel, Nathan Vetter and Greg Dean.

This week’s games (send your 10 winners to parkerhome16@hotmail.com by Saturday morning):
(1) North Dakota State at South Dakota State
(2) Tulsa at Cincinnati
(3) Michigan State at Purdue
(4) SMU at Memphis
(5) Wake Forest at North Carolina
(6) Illinois at Minnesota
(7) Oklahoma State at West Virginia
(8) NFL: Minnesota at Baltimore
(9) NFL: Arizona at San Francisco
(10) NFL: Green Bay at Kansas City


Friday, 7 p.m.: Men’s hockey, Denver at UND.
Friday, 7 p.m.: High school football playoffs (teams to be announced).
Saturday, noon: College football, Youngstown State at UND (MS2).
Saturday, 2 p.m.: College football, NDSU at SDSU.
Saturday, 6 p.m.: Men’s hockey, Denver at UND.
Tuesday, 6 p.m.: Women’s basketball, Green Bay at SDSU.
Tuesday, 7 p.m.: Women’s basketball, Oklahoma at USD (MS2).
Tuesday, 8:15 p.m.: Men’s basketball, Bradley at SDSU.


PGA Champions Tour (Tom Byrum): Idle last week, the Champions Tour resumers at Boca Raton, Fla., this weekend for the TimberTech Championships.


Pierre Trappers: Suddenly the future of the Trappers and the Expedition League is uncertain. Last week seven of the teams in the league withdrew, leaving only teams owned by Steve Wagner. Creating a new Independence League are the former Expedition teams in Spearfish, Badlands (Dickinson), Casper, Fremont, Hastings, Western Nebraska (Gering-Scottsbluff) and Canyon County (Butte). Left to figure out what will happen next are Pierre, Souris Valley (Minot), Wheat City (Brandon, Manitoba), Sioux Falls and a Grand Forks team scheduled to begin play in 2022.


Yes, that says “softball.” The SDHSAA Board of Control voted this week that, beginning with the 2022-23 school year next fall, softball will be a sanctioned sport. It has not yet been decided whether softball will be a fall sport or a spring sport or how many classes there will be (AA-A-B? Just A-B?). The discussion on these subjects will continue at the board’s January meeting. There are currently 25 club high school teams in the state divided into two classes.


Thursday, Nov. 4:
Desirae Van Roekel, Nancy Gordon, McKenna Hall, Kara Gloe, Kristoffer Iwan, Jamie Porter, Ryan Wedin, Steven Blake.
— 26th anniversary, Mark/Tanna Zabel.
— 43rd anniversary, Kerry/Pam Wenbourne.

Friday, Nov. 5:
Collin Unkenholz, Don Giesinger, Derek Hunsley, Molly (Weisgram) Maxwell, Korey Nystrom, Marcelleen Davis, Nathan Auch, Kathy Falcon, Tyler Steele.
— 5th anniversary, Keenan/Carly (Feiler) Retterath.
— 5th anniversary, Jason/Jessica Rumpca.
— 66th anniversary, Virgil/Carol Mikkelsen.

Saturday, Nov. 6:
Lane Intorn, Eliana Erickson, Alvin Bartels, Maria Tracy, Michelle Kindle, Weston Pierson, Izabelle Clark, Justin Briese, Dan Workman, Jackson Rose, Lindsay (Steoser) Heiss, Nate Kuchta, Riley Mehlhaff, Ron Woodburn, Nikki (Peterson) Kachelmyer.
— 11th anniversary, Andre/Julie Melius.
— 11th anniversary, Brien/Amanda (Hove) Aadland.

Sunday, Nov. 7:
Kyle Sarringar, Sue Gannaway, Cathy Wellner, Michelle (Wattier) Kezar, Kayla Nagle, Blair (Simon) Picchietti, Maari (Sweetman) LaBrie.
— 12th anniversary, Dustin/Kayla (Trebesch) Dowling.
— 12th anniversary, Tim/Rachel Schmidt.
— 6th anniversary, Ryan/Beth (Feist) Baloun.
— 6th anniversary, Christopher/Virginia Kaus.

Monday, Nov. 8:
Laura Marsh, Rick Cronin, Connie Blair, Molly Genzler, Jeff Everson, Shaun Keller, Conner Kramer.
— 7th anniversary, Terry/Yutzil (Rodriguez) Becker.

Tuesday, Nov. 9:
Colleen Jensen, Jami Beck, Susan Lamb, Dana (Halverson) Gloe, Katie Gourneau, Matt Picchietti, Sara Messbarger, Bryan Konechne, Paula Weeldreyer, Tom Denton, Zach Merrill.
— 9th anniversary, Daniel/Alexis (Fanger) Timmons.

Wednesday, Nov. 10:
Ryan Noyes, Garrett Pochop, Patty McGee, Mark Lauyseng, Steve Gardner, Royce Volker, Anne (Rounds) Harrington, Sara (Dvorak) Becker, Kyle Kafka, Aaron Laudermith.
— 4th anniversary, Eric/Katherine (Adam) Danforth.
— 2nd anniversary, Brock/Mary Axthelm.

Thursday, Nov. 11:
Scott Gibson, Ellie Riipley, Vicki Warne, Jannifer Finley, Danielle Trujillo, Carson Wyly, Rosa Iverson, Sam Molseed.
— 10th anniversary, Lee/Jessica (Schultz) Rausch.
— 4th anniversary, Jim/Michelle (Wattier) Kezar.


Not that it matters to too many people, especially in conservative South Dakota, but the worldwide COVID-19 death toll surpassed 5 million last week. Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control authorized Pfizer’s pediatric vaccine for COVID-19 to be administered to children between the ages of 5 and 11. South Dakota has received 30,000 doses in its first allotment.

Yesterday’s Department of Health daily report revealed four new deaths since Tuesday’s report, raising the state’s pandemic toll to 2,453. The number of active cases rose to 5,662, and 1,115 of those are in Pennington County alone.

Among developments in the past week:

  • Monument Health announced it will begin offering the vaccinations to children ages 5-11 at its Black Hills locations, now that the CDC has authorized its safe use.
  • Gov. Kim Reynolds in Iowa signed into law a bill that allows workers to seek medical and religious exemptions from COVID mandates.
  • Republicans in Tennessee tried to force through a bill that would have banned venues from asking fans to show proof of vaccinations before entering shows. The Nashville music industry said the protocols they had put in place helped convince customers, including tourists, that it was safe to attend concerts. Under a revised version of the legislation, venues can’t require vaccinations but can mandate a negative test and accept vaccination cards as a substitute.
  • South Dakota and nine other states are suing the Biden administration for imposing a vaccine mandate upon federal contractors and federally contracted employees.
  • Sanford Health announced that 97% of its workforce have so far complied with its vaccination mandate.
  • The state women’s prison in Pierre reported 21 active COVID cases on Tuesday last week. By Thursday the total was 39.
  • Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh in May ordered all students and staff on campus to get vaccinated. Now 98% of those affected have complied.
  • The U.S. Supreme Court by a 6-3 vote rejected a request by nine Maine healthcare workers who object to required vaccinations on “religious grounds.” Gov. Mills had required all healthcare workers be fully vaccinated by the first of October. Maine removed religious exemptions from mandated vaccinations before the pandemic ever began, and when that decision was referred to voters, the Maine voters overwhelmingly defeated the challenge, saying religious exemptions are not a reason for avoiding vaccinations.
  • Rapid City school superintendent Dr. Lori Simon, whose authority to close the schools due to health issues such as COVID-19 was removed by the school board earlier this school year, nevertheless closed Grandview Elementary School Thursday and Friday, giving as her reasoning staffing issues. The school was plagued with COVID cases last week among both faculty and students. Grandview remained closed Monday and Tuesday this week, and students were attending school remotely.
  • The University of Pittsburgh ordered all students and staff to be vaccinated for COVID-19 by Dec. 6 or risk being barred from studying or working on its main campus and branch campuses.
  • Sanford Health, South Dakota’s largest private employer, began Monday suspending employees who have not been vaccinated. Thousands are said to be applying for exemptions. However, the number suspended was 82, less than 1% of the Sanford workforce.
  • After threats that 10,000 NYPD officers could quit the force over the New York City vaccination mandate, the actual number on unpaid leave Monday was 34.
  • China’s government suddenly locked down the Shanghai Disney Resort, and 34,000 persons inside were mass-tested for COVID. The government is serious about enforcing a zero-tolerance pandemic prevention strategy.


“Lost love is still love. It takes different form, that’s all. You can’t see their smile or bring them food or tousle their hair or move them around a dance floor. But when those senses weaken, another heightens. Memory. Memory becomes your partner. You nurture it. You hold it. You dance with it.”
— Author Mitch Albom


Dakota Wesleyan cross country (Morgan Oedekoven): The Tigers were idle last week. They run in the GPAC conference meet this Saturday.

South Dakota football: The Coyotes had a bye week last Saturday. They return to action at Western Illinois at noon this Saturday.

South Dakota State women’s basketball: In the first of two exhibition games the Jackrabbits pulled away from St. Cloud State and won by 60-45. SDSU hosts Concordia-St. Paul tonight (Thursday), then is home in the regular-season opener vs. Green Bay at 6 p.m. Tuesday on Midco Sports.

South Dakota State swimming (Morgan Nelson): Idle last week, the Jackrabbit swimmers and divers compete in the USD quad dual meet at Sioux Falls Friday and Saturday.

Dakota State football (Collin Brueggeman, Nathan Cook): The Trojans were idle last week. They play at Valley City State in NSAA play this Saturday.

Dakota State volleyball (Nicole Sarringar): The Trojans won 3-0 matches over both Briar Cliff and Mayville State. Against BC Nicole had a kill, 14 assists and five digs. In the Mayville dual she had 18 assists and three digs. DSU is now 19-6 overall and 8-4 in the conference. DSU goes east to Waldorf Friday and to Viterbo Saturday in two more NSAA matches.

South Dakota men’s basketball (Max Burchill): The Sioux Falls Lincoln sophomore and his Coyote teammates open their season at home tonight (Thursday) vs. Simpson College (Iowa). USD then plays Air Force at the Sanford Pentagon in a 1:30 p.m. game next Thursday on Midco Sports.

North Dakota State football (Grey Zabel): The Bison won over Indiana State, 44-2, in another blowout. They are now 5-0 in the Valley and 7-0 overall. NDSU goes to SDSU for the Dakota Marker game, which kicks off at 2 p.m. Saturday on Midco Sports.

South Dakota women’s basketball (Chloe Lamb): The Coyotes open against Oklahoma at home next Tuesday on Midco Sports Two. This is the fifth season at USD for Chloe, taking advantage of the COVID-related year of extra eligibility granted by the NCAA as she attends graduate school.

South Dakota State men’s basketball: The Jacks open their season at home vs. Bradley next Tuesday at 8:15 p.m. on Midco Sports.

Augustana women’s basketball (Katie Bourk): This will be the ninth year for Katie, a Sully Buttes alumna, is an assistant coach to veteran coach Dave Krauth at Augie. The Vikings open their season Nov. 15 against Peru State.

Dakota Wesleyan wrestling (Tyson Johnson): Tyson is a freshman from Pierre. He and the Tigers open their season on the mats at the Jamestown Open this Saturday.

University of Mary wrestling (Lincoln Turman): This is Lincoln’s redshirt junior season with the Marauders. He is listed at 141 pounds on the Mary roster. Their season opens at Concordia’s Cobber Open in Moorhead this Saturday.

South Dakota State football (Regan Bollweg): After some shaky games earlier in the month, the Jacks finished October with a 47-16 blowout win at Youngstown State. Now 3-2 in the Valley and 6-2 overall, SDSU is home vs. NDSU at 2 p.m. Saturday on Midco Sports.

South Dakota women’s soccer (Joana Zanin, Janaina Zanin): The Coyotes ended the regular season at 10-4-3 overall and 5-3-1 in the Summit League. They tied Denver Friday, 1-1, but lost to Omaha Sunday, 1-0, and fell to the #4 seed in the four-team Summit League tournament. Denver will be the host and play USD at 2 p.m. CDT Thursday. The other game matches SDSU and Omaha. The championship game will be at 3 p.m. CDT Saturday.

Black Hills State football (Josh Breske): After starting the season with a 4-1 record, Josh’s Yellowjackets have fallen on hard times, losing four in a row. The latest was a 13-10 loss to South Dakota Mines in the Homestake Trophy game. Now 2-5 in the RMAC, BHSU plays at Colorado Mesa at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Dakota Wesleyan men’s basketball (Nick Wittler): The Sully Buttes sophomore was first man off the bench in DWU’s first two games. In a 74-52 win over Dakota State, Nick played 11 minutes, going 0-for-4 in field goals and 2-of-2 in free throws. In a 96-59 trouncing of Dickinson State he played 15 minutes and scored 10 points (4-of-7 in field goals and 1-of-1 in free throws) with four rebounds and a steal. DWU plays at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls this weekend against Valley City State Saturday and Presentation Sunday.

St. Joseph’s (Pa.) men’s soccer (John Axtman): The Hawks tied Fordham in New York City Saturday, 1-1. They are the #3 seed in the eight-team Atlantic 10 soccer tournament and will open against #6 seed Duquesne in Philadelphia Sunday afternoon.

Northwestern (Iowa) football (Morris Hofer): The Red Raiders topped Dordt, 63-28, to go to 8-0 in the GPAC and 9-0 overall. The first big game of the year comes Saturday in Orange City when the Raiders host #3 Morningside at 1 p.m.

Dakota Wesleyan football (Josh Rowse): The Tigers lost to Briar Cliff, 20-14, and are now 3-6 overall and 3-5 in the GPAC. DWU hosts Jamestown at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Northern State football (Joe King, Jacob Howard): The Wolves defeated MSU-Moorhead, 33-27. Joe had one pass reception for 31 yards, and both he and Jacob again were NSU starters, Joe as a tight end and Jacob as an offensive lineman. Now 7-2, Northern hosts Bemidji State at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Augustana football (Jett Lamb, Colton Hartford): The Vikings are 8-1 after a 38-20 win at home over Winona State. The big test will be Saturday in Duluth against UMD (7-2) in a 1 p.m. kickoff.

South Dakota volleyball (Brooklyn Bollweg): The Coyotes won by 3-1 scores over both Kansas City and Oral Roberts. Now 13-8 overall and 10-2 in the Summit, USD plays at Western Illinois Thursday and at St. Thomas Saturday.

Morningside bowling (Alex Badger): The Mustangs finished 14th among 19 teams at the Jayhawk Challenge at the University of Kansas. The school’s website did not list any individual scores. Morningside bowls this weekend at Hastings College’s Bronco Invitational.

Mount Marty men’s basketball (Lincoln Jordre): The Lancers lost to Dakota State, 98-86, and Lincoln was 2-of-2 in field goals for four points with one rebound. In an 81-67 win over Martin Luther on Tuesday, he was 2-of-2 and 1-of-2 for five points with two rebounds and an assist. Now 3-1, Mount Marty plays at the Sanford Pentagon Saturday vs. Presentation and Sunday vs. Valley City State.

Missouri Valley Football Conference roundup:
Conference standings: NDSU 5-0, Southern Illinois 4-1, Missouri State 4-2, USD 3-2, SDSU 3-2, Northern Iowa 3-2, Indiana State 2-4, Western Illinois 2-4, UND 1-4, Youngstown State 1-4, Illinois State 1-4.
Overall records: NDSU 8-0, Southern Illinois 6-2, SDSU 6-2, USD 5-3, Missouri State 5-3, Northern Iowa 5-3, Illinois State 3-5, UND 3-5, Indiana State 3-5, Youngstown State 2-5, Western Illinois 2-7.
Last week’s scores:
SDSU 47, Youngstown State 16
Missouri State 32, UND 28
NDSU 44, Indiana State 2
Western Illinois 38, Illinois State 31
Northern Iowa 23, Southern Illinois 16
This week’s games:
NDSU at SDSU, 2 p.m.
USD at Western Illinois, noon
Missouri State at Southern Illinois, noon
Youngstown State at UND, noon
Northern Iowa at Illinois State, noon
This week’s FCS poll: 1, Sam Houston State. 2, NDSU. 3, James Madison. 4, Montana State. 5, Eastern Washington. 6, Northern Iowa. 7, Southern Illinois. 8, SDSU. 9, Southeast Louisiana. 10, UC-Davis. 11, Kennesaw State. 12, Sacramento State. 13, Montana. 14, Villanova. 15, East Tennessee State.


The Pierre Senior Center will serve a baked steak dinner on Saturday, Nov. 13, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Musical entertainment will be provided there by Plains Folk.

Frank Farrar, the 24th governor of South Dakota, passed away Oct. 31 in Rochester at the age of 92. A state memorial service is planned for the Capitol Rotunda at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, preceded by visitation there. His funeral service is planned for Saturday, Nov. 13, in Britton at a site and time to be announced. A native of Britton, Farrar graduated from high school there in 1947, then graduated from USD in 1951 and from the USD law school in 1953. He served in the military for two years during the Korean War and was discharged as a first lieutenant in the infantry. Then he served in the U.S. Army Reserve, being discharged as a captain. He served as state attorney general from 1963 to 1969 as the youngest person ever elected to that office. He was elected governor in November 1968 at the age of 39 and served from 1969 to 1971 but lost his bid for a second term to Gov. Richard Kneip. Farrar had a long career in the private sector as a banker and a philanthropist. When he was 65, Farrar was told he had terminal cancer, but he fought valiantly, competing in Ironman competitions and triathlons and survived for 27 more years. HIs wife, Pat, passed away on the same Oct. 31 date in 2015. Farrar is survived by his sister, Lois Small; five children, Jeanne Farrar of Minneapolis, Sally Farrar of Arkansaw, Wis., Robert Farrar of Golden Valley, Minn., Mary (Randall) Turner of Pierre, and Anne Farrar (John Ingwalson) of St. Paul; eight grandchildren, including Arthur Turner, Reid Turner and Frank (Jasmine Fosheim) Turner; and two great-grandchildren. For a more complete obituary and service information, go to the website of Price Funeral Chapel of Britton.

Jason Knox is cast in the lead role of Brutus in Black Hills Community Theater’s “Julius Caesar,” which opens Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. The play also continues on Friday and Saturday nights Nov. 12-13 and 19-20 and Sunday afternoons Nov. 14 and 21.

Jean Rounds, former first lady of South Dakota, passed away at home in Fort Pierre Nov. 2 at the age of 65. She had battled cancer since a diagnosis in 2019 and had undergone several rounds of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. Visitation will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 5, at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church with a prayer service there at 6. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church. Mrs. Rounds grew up on a farm in the Lake Preston area and graduated from Lake Preston High School in 1974. She met her future husband, former governor and now U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds, while they were students at SDSU. Jean earned a degree in office management there. She worked in several state government positions, including at the State Planning Bureau and in the office of the secretary of the Department of Transportation. She became first lady in January 2003 when he was elected as the state’s 31st governor. She helped design the new governor’s residence and pursued civic causes during her tenure as first lady and as a private citizen, including advocating for childhood literacy and women’s heart health. Mrs. Rounds is survived by her husband, Sen. Mike Rounds; her parents, Alec and Helen Vedvei; her mother-in-law, Rosemary Rounds; her children, Chris (Lindsay) Rounds, Brian (Kerry) Rounds, Carrie (Justin) Larson and John (Ashlee) Rounds; nine grandchildren; three brothers, Al (Deb) Vedvei, Charlie Vedvei and John (Jerrie) Vedvei; her sisters-in-law, Michele (Randy) Brich and Michelle (Rob) Julian; her brothers-in-law, Dennis Rounds, Douglas (Jackie) Rounds, Tim (Kristin) Rounds, Dan (Wendey) Rounds, Tom (Shelly) Rounds, Patrick (Michelle) Rounds, Steve (DeeAnn) Rounds, Scott (Kara) Rounds, Jamison (Cathy) Rounds, Marc (Pam) Scarborough, and Ryan (Patricia) Scarborough, and many other relatives.

A junior linebacker on the University of Iowa football team is Seth Benson, Sioux Falls Washington alumnus, who is the son of former Sully Buttes coach Chuck Benson.

The 68th annual Hayes play will be performed this weekend. “The One That Got Away” will be staged at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Ticket price is $5 per person.

Tom Ellefson’s son Sam served as the Indianapolis Colts’ Kickoff Kid (the kid who runs on to the field to pick up the kicking tee) Sunday, and the Ellefson family had some great seats saved for them. The game itself wasn’t bad either as the Colts took Tennessee into overtime before losing. Among Sam’s duties were lifting the net behind the goalpost for a field goal try, catching a ball on a field goal, and placing the pylon in the corner of the end zone.

Newly engaged are Taelyn Phillips of Sioux Falls and Christian Hammond of Brandon. Taelyn is the daughter of former Pierre residents Peggy and Larry Hofmeister of Mountain Home, Ark. She is completing her final semester at SDSU. Christian works for Brosz Engineering.

Captain Matt Blake returned home to his wife and son in suburban Des Moines after a 10-month deployment with the Iowa National Guard. He will officially return to his seat on the Urbandale City Council at the end of November.

Riggs High alumnus Elliot Harmon, who graduated with the Class of 1999, passed away from cancer at the age of 40 on Oct. 23. A service in his memory is planned for 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 28, at Community Bible Church. The son of Tom and Esther Harmon earned a bachelor’s degree from USD and a master’s degree from California College of the Arts. In 2008 he married Erin Cornelius, and they made their home in San Francisco. Elliot was employed as a writer and speaker by various nonprofits, most recently by Electronic Frontier Foundation. He is survived by his wife; his parents; his brother, Erin (Susanne) Harmon and their daughter Hannah; his father-in-law, Douglas (Susan) Cornelius in Montana; his brother-n-law, Ryan (Annie) Cornelius and family in Colorado, and many uncles, aunts and cousins.

Kay Swenson, 73, died Oct. 31. Her funeral will take place at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8, at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Pierre, preceded by visitation from 1 to 2. Kay grew up in Gayville and graduated from Yankton High School before attending Yankton Business College. She married Paul Swenson in 1966, and they made their home in Eagle Butte where he was a teacher. In 1975 Kay and her children moved to Pierre. She worked at several jobs before beginning a 32-year career with South Dakota Job Service. She was diagnosed with the onset of multiple sclerosis in 1986 and took early retirement in 2008. In 2016 she became a resident of Avantara. Survivors include her sons, Scott (Brandy) Swenson and Mark (Denise) Swenson; her daughter, Annette; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Karen Wooley, 87, a resident of Pierre for 65 years, died Oct. 27. Her funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 5, at First Congregational United Church of Christ. Karen grew up in the Armour area and met her future husband, John Wooley, during high school. She earned an R.N. degree from Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in Mitchell. She and John were married in 1955, and they lived in Brookings while he finished college. When they moved to Sioux Falls, she worked at Sioux Valley Hospital. In 1965 the Wooleys moved to Pierre where John became a prominent newsman with The Pierre Times and Thompson Publications. Karen worked at St. Mary’s Hospital. After she retired, she worked at The Hollywood Shop and Vilas Drug Pharmacy. She is survived by three daughters, Kristin (Bob) Townsend of Pierre, Camille (Tim) Anderson of Corona del Mar, Calif., and Rochelle Holmberg of Austin, Texas; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Among those preceding her in death was her husband, who passed away in 1982.

Dolores “Dee” Anderson, 89, died Oct. 31. A memorial service is planned for 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 5, at Feigum Funeral Home with inurnment at Black Hills National Cemetery. Dee grew up in Lead and graduated from Provo High School. She married Perry Anderson in 1951, and they moved to Pierre in 1959. For many years the Andersons owned and operated the Anderson’s clothing store on East Sioux Avenue near the hospital. She is survived by her husband; her son, Greg (Deb) Anderson; her daughter, LeAnn Bruno, and four grandchildren. Preceding her in death were two sons, Bruce in 1952 and Steven in 2012.

Former Pierre resident Bruce Neuharth, most recently of Jeffersonville, Ind., died Oct. 23 due to COVID-19 complications. A celebration of his life will be held in Pierre at a later date.

Mike Mehrer, 78, Fort Pierre, died at Avantara in Redfield Oct. 26. A memorial service is being held today (Thursday) at 2 p.m. at the Isburg Funeral Chapel. He grew up in the Highmore, Onida, Pierre and Fort Pierre areas, and he attended Fort Pierre High School. Mike worked as a mason for more than 50 years. He is survived by two brothers, Gary Mehrer and Larry Mehrer.


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— Maria Shriver


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