Vol. 22, No. 17; Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021

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“When any child is born, we have no idea what he or she will become.

“The possibilities are infinite, and therefore a child represents a new being.

“Christmas, whether it commemorates the birth of the infant at Bethlehem or the return of sunshine at winter’s solstice, is about the hope for a new and abundant life.

“Christmas is a celebration for the soul because the soul is the principle of life and vitality.

“The Greek word for soul, psyche, means “breath,” and the Latin “anima” leads to our English word “animate,” which means to “come to life” or be “full of life.”

“The child reminds uf of the infinite possibilities of life available to us, and we celebrate that vitality in the season of good cheer, gift-giving and community.

“The infant in the manger symbolizes the new life in me and you, the potential we have to be a new kind of being, dedicated to a love of the other, whoever he or she may be.”
— Thomas Moore, “The Soul of Christmas”


This and next weeks’ schedules:
— DEC. 30
Gymnastics: at Rapid City triangular.
— JAN. 4
Girls basketball: at Sioux Falls Lincoln.

Girls basketball: The Governors evened their record at 2-2 with wins over Sturgis and Spearfish. Pierre topped the Scoopers, 52-24, and won at Spearfish, 57-34. In the latter game Remi Price had 18 points, and Reese Terwilliger had 11 points with 10 rebounds.

Girls wrestling: Pierre beat Aberdeen Central in a dual, 54-6. Sydney Uhrig, Dani Ringstmeyer, Abbi Lewis, and Emalee Larson won their matches, and Pierre also gained five forfeit wins.

Boys wrestling: The Governors whipped Aberdeen Centra in a dual, 57-10. Blake Judson, Chase Carda, Jason Ducheneaux, Jayden Wiebe, Lucas Chamberlin, Chance Carda and Joshua Rydberg all won via falls, and Gavin Stotts earned a tech fall.

Boys wrestling: Pierre took second place at the Elk Point-Jefferson tournament behind Canton and ahead of West Sioux (Hawarden, Iowa), Parkston and Wagner. Joshua Rydberg won an individual championship at 285 pounds. Runners-up in their weight classes were Alex Oedekoven at 106 pounds, Blake Judson at 138, Lucas Chamberlin at 170 and Gavin Stotts at 195. Other placers: Jacob Mason, fourth at 113; Noah Williams, fourth at 120; Nate Williams, sixth at 126; Tristan Spencer, fourth at 132; Chase Carda, fifth at 145; Jacob Ducheneaux, sixth at 152; Jayden Wiebe, third at 160; Chance Carda, fourth at 182; Elijah Boutchee, fifth at 220.

Boys basketball: After sweeping the Rapid City schools the previous weekend, Pierre continued its domination of Black Hills teams with wins over Sturgis and Spearfish. Against the Scoopers the Governors led 18-7, 35-12 and 55-14 at the quarter breaks en route to a 65-19 win. No Sturgis player had more than four points. Ten men scored for Pierre, topped by Jackson Edman and Lincoln Kienholz with 19 each and Ben Heisler with seven. Pierre defeated Spearfish, 82-65, as Kienholz scored 31.


This and next weeks’ schedules:
— DEC. 30
Gymnastics: at Hot Springs.
— JAN. 4
Girls basketball: at Highmore-Harrold.
Boys basketball: at Highmore-Harrold.

Gymnastics: At their home quadrangular the Buffaloes finished fourth with a team score of 117.50. In the all-around standings Sumar Petersen was seventh at 30.350, Rachel Nemec eighth at 28,950, Elena Hebb 12th at 28.050 and Caycee Knight 13th at 27.900.

Girls basketball: The Buffaloes defeated Philip, 54-46, for their first win, then lost to Jones County, 56-26. SCHS stands at 1-4.

Boys basketball: SCHS won three times this week to jump to a 3-1 record. The Buffaloes defeated Philip, 61-43, led by Lathan Prince’s 30 points. They also beat Miller, 57-47, and Jones County, 56-41.


This and next weeks’ schedules:
— DEC. 28
Girls basketball: vs. Menno at Parkston Classic.
Boys basketball: vs. Parkston at Parkston Classic.
— JAN. 4
Girls basketball: home vs. Philip.

Boys basketball: Continuing a rugged season-opening schedule, the Chargers lost twice more this week, 55-24 to Winner and 56-37 to Aberdeen Roncalli, which is also down in Class “B” this season. SBHS is now 0-3.

Girls basketball: The Charger girls lost to Aberdeen Roncalli, 51-24, Monday night for their first defeat of the season after four wins. The most recent win was over Herreid-Selby Area, 42-34. The Chargers pulled away with a 17-4 fourth quarter. Abby Wittler was high scorer with 17 points. SBHS is now 4-1.


Freedumb (n.)—the belief that your personal freedom outweighs others’ personal safety.


2 days: Christmas Day (Dec. 25).
8 days: College football semifinals (Dec. 31).
16 days: FCS national championship game, Frisco, Texas (Jan. 8).
18 days: College football national championship game (Jan. 10).
23 days: NFL playoffs begin (Jan. 15).
25 days: Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 17).
39 days: Grammy awards, CBS-TV (Jan. 31).
42 days: State one-act play festival, Rapid City Central (Feb. 3-5).
43 days: Winter Olympics opening ceremonies, Beijing (Feb. 4).
54 days: State gymnastics meet, Mitchell (Feb. 11-12).
56 days: Super Bowl, NBC-TV (Feb. 13).
57 days: Valentines Day (Feb. 14).


Oahe Capitals girls varsity: The girls enjoyed the first game of a home weekend by whipping Yankton, 7-1. Ashton Lee scored twice while Micah Buffalo, Kierten Miller, Brylee Kafka, Ktherine Reiss and Brenna Ullmann each scored a goal. Abbagail Stewart Fromm made 10 saves, and Sophia Peschong made five stops. In a second game of the weekend the Oahe girls ended in a 0-0 tie against Yankton. Stewart Fromm made 27 saves. The girls’ next game is a Mitchell Jan. 2.

Oahe Capitals boys varsity: The Caps scored 20 goals in sweeping a weekend against Yankton, 11-0 and 9-1. In the first game Carter Schulz was in goal and stopped 12 Yankton shots. Keenan Howard’s hat trick was supplemented by two Carter Sanderson goals and single scores from Andre Carbonneau, Jonathon Lyon, Jordan Flor, Riley Pfeifer, Ashton Griese and Carter Gordon. In the Sunday game Sanderson, Dre Berndt and Keller Herman each scored two goals. Lyons, Howard and Grayson Hunsley scored once each. Colin Lee made eight saves in the nets while Oahe peppered the Yankton goalkeeper with 49 shots on goal. The Caps’ will play at Sioux Falls #2 Jan. 1 and at Brookings Jan. 2.

Rapid City Rush: The Rush lost twice more at Idaho, 5-2 and 3-0. Rapid City will be home against Utah Monday, Wednesday, Friday and New Year’s Day next week.

Badlands Sabres: Last weekend the Sabres split with Bozeman, losing 7-4 and winning 6-5 in overtime. Then at the NA3HL Showcase in Blaine, Minn., the Sabres defeated Bay State, 3-1; lost to Wausau, 4-2, and beat Louisiana, 2-1. The Sabres will be home vs. Helena Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

Aberdeen Wings: The Wings defeated St. Cloud in a 3-2 shootout, then lost to St. Cloud, 4-0. Aberdeen will be home against St. Cloud Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

Sioux Falls Stampede: The Stampede defeated Lincoln, 5-2. Now 9-13-1, Sioux Falls will be home vs. Omaha Dec. 28.

Minnesota Wild: The Wild have now lost four in a row, including 3-2 in a shootout to Buffalo and 7-4 to Dallas. Saturday’s Florida game and tonight’s Detroit game are among the many NHL games postponed due to COVID outbreaks. Minnesota is scheduled to play at Winnipeg Monday, against St. Louis outdoors at Target Field on the night of New Year’s Day and at Ottawa Jan. 3.


You know there was another time when science wasn’t taken seriously and religion ruled the world. We called it the Dark Ages.


Minnesota Timberwolves: The Wolves beat the Los Angeles Lakers, 110-92, and Dallas, 111-105, then lost to Dallas, 114-103. Minnesota is scheduled at Utah tonight, home against Boston Monday and New York Tuesday, then at Utah Dec. 31 and at the Lakers Jan. 2.

Sioux Falls Skyforce: The Skyforce defeated Stockton yesterday, 91-87. The team will play at Santa Cruz Dec. 29, then at home against Santa Cruz Jan. 1 and Jan. 4.


NFL games on local TV this weekend (subject to change by the networks or league postponements):
— Thursday: San Francisco at Tennessee, 7:20 p.m., NFL Network.
— Christmas Day: Cleveland at Green Bay, 1:30 p.m., Fox and NFL Network.
— Christmas Day: Indianapolis at Arizona, 7:15 p.m., NFL Network.
— Sunday: Los Angeles Rams at Minnesota, noon, Fox.
— Sunday: Baltimore at Cincinnati, noon, CBS.
— Sunday: Pittsburgh at Kansas City, 3:25 p.m., CBS.
— Sunday: Washington at Dallas, 7:20 p.m., NBC.
— Monday: Miami at New Orleans, 7:15 p.m., ESPN.

Minnesota Vikings: In a typically ugly game the Vikings won at Chicago, 17-9, Monday night. The Bears’ touchdown came on the last play of the game. Minnesota moved into the seventh and last playoff spot in the NFC, at least temporarily. Next game is at home vs. the Los Angeles Rams Sunday.


In Contest #19 a 7-3 record for 10 points was earned by Nathan Vetter, David Ludwig and Greg Dean. At 6-4 for 9 points were Eric James, Randy Pool, Jason Noyes, Dawn Magee, Thomas Voeltz and Jon Boer. With 5-5 records for 8 points were Seb Axtman, Kyle Richards, Levi Neuharth and Mikal Kern.

Contest #21 (send your 10 winners to parkerhome16@hotmail.com by Saturday afternoon, Dec. 25):
(1) NFL: Indianapolis at Arizona.
(2) NFL: Los Angeles Rams at Minnesota.
(3) NFL: Buffalo at New England.
(4) NFL: Baltimore at Cincinnati.
(5) NFL: Chicago at Seattle.
(6) NFL: Denver at Las Vegas.
(7) NFL: Washington at Dallas.
(8) NFL: Tampa Bay at Carolina.
(9) NFL: New York Giants at Philadelphia.
(10) NFL: Pittsburgh at Kansas City.

Contest #22 (send your 10 winners to parkerhome16@hotmail.com by Sunday morning, Dec. 26):
(1) Quick Lane Bowl: Western Michigan vs. Nevada.
(2) Military Bowl: East Carolina vs. Boston College.
(3) Birmingham Bowl: Houston vs. Auburn.
(4) First Responder Bowl: Air Force vs. Louisville.
(5) Liberty Bowl: Texas Tech vs. Mississippi State.
(6) Holiday Bowl: North Carolina State vs. UCLA.
(7) Guaranteed Rate Bowl: Minnesota vs. West Virginia.
(8) Fenway Bowl: Virginia vs. SMU.
(9) Pinstripe Bowl: Virginia Tech vs. Maryland.
(10) Cheez-It Bowl: Clemson vs. Iowa State.

Contest #23 (send your 10 winners to parkerhome16@hotmail.com by Wednesday morning, Dec. 29):
(1) Alamo Bowl: Oregon vs. Oklahoma.
(2) Mayo Bowl: North Carolina vs. South Carolina.
(3) Music City Bowl: Tennessee vs. Purdue.
(4) Peach Bowl: Michigan State vs. Pittsburgh.
(5) Las Vegas Bowl: Wisconsin vs. Arizona State.
(6) National semifinal (Cotton Bowl): Alabama vs. Cincinnati.
(7) National semifinal (Orange Bowl): Georgia vs. Michigan.
(8) Gator Bowl: Wake Forest vs. Texas A&M. (Free game for you: A&M has bowed out of this game.)
(9) Sun Bowl: Washington State vs. Miami.
(10) Arizona Bowl: Central Michigan vs. Boise State.


Thursday, Dec. 30: Men’s basketball, USD vs. UND, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 30: Women’s basketball, SDSU vs. NDSU, 7 p.m. (MS2).
New Year’s Day: Men’s basketball, SDSU vs. UND, 7 p.m. (MS2).
Sunday, Jan. 2: Men’s basketball, Northern vs. MSU-Moorhead, 4 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 2: Women’s basketball, Northern vs. MSU-Moorhead, 6 p.m.


“One day you will wake up and there will be no more time to do the things you have always dreamed of. Do them now.”
— Paulo Coelho


PGA Champions Tour (Tom Byrum): The 2022 schedule of the Champions Tour begins Jan. 17-22 at the Mitsubishi tournament at the Hualalai course in Hawaii.


Of South Dakota’s 66 counties, 64 as of Wednesday were said to have “high” or “substantial” community spread of COVID-19. The ever-mounting death toll may hit the 2,500 mark by New Year’s. At least as of yesterday’s DOH report, the number of deaths stood at 2,450. The number of active cases was at 7,102 statewide.

Some other happenings of the past week:

  • The U.S. Army reported that nearly 98% of its active-duty force had secured at least one dose of the vaccine by last week’s deadline to do so.
  • A federal appeals court Friday allowed President Biden’s vaccination or testng mandate for large private employers to proceed.
  • Radio City Music Hall in New York canceled the rest of its holiday spectacular shows. The theater traditionally presents four shows per day through the holidays. Several Broadway shows also canceled performances.
  • The National Football League, before the season started, ruled that games that could not be played because of one team’s COVID problems would be ruled forfeits. The NFL hierarchy caved last week and instead rescheduled games.
  • The Metropolitan Opera became the first major performance venue in New York to require a booster shot for entry.
  • The small number of active-duty troops in the Navy and the Army who are still refusing to get vaccinated will soon be dismissed from the military.
  • Advice from the governor’s office as South Dakota’s case numbers and death toll from COVID continue to rise: “Wash your hands.” South Dakota eclipsed 100 deaths in a single month this month for the third time in 2021.
  • Half of all Illinois residents are now fully vaccinated.
  • Los Angele canceled its outdoor New Year’s Eve celebration, which was to be held in Grand Park downtown.
  • The state of Rhode Island reimposed a statewide indoor mask mandate.
  • Boston mayor Michelle Wu said anyone entering a bar, a restaurant or other indoor business will need to show proof of vaccinations starting next month. City employees will be required to get vaccinated.
  • Dr. Shankar Kurra, vice president of medical affairs for Monument Health, said health officials there are taking precautions for the arrival of the omicron variant. No cases of that new variant of COVID had been reported in South Dakota as of midday Monday.
  • The city of Chicago is now requiring proof of vaccination for entry into any restaurant or bar.
  • The National Hockey League shut down its season early this week and lengthened an already-planned Christmas break. The league had already postponed more than 30 games in recent days. The NHL also decided none of its players will participate in the Beijing Olympics scheduled to begin in early February.


Thursday, Dec. 23:
Maranda Ehrenfried, Jeremy DeWitt, Terry Mattke, Kesiah (Pearson) Frederick, Susan Colleran, Dietrich Johnson.
— 12th anniversary, Eddie/Reina Welch.
— 15th anniversary, Kyle/Jeannie Kafka.

Friday, Dec. 24:
Kolton Durkin, Chris Anglin, Andrea Bauer, Bill Gingrich, Sonny Reed, Jeff Fahey, Melisa Forest, Mary Huckins, Bruce Kessler, Landon Schumacher.

Christmas Day, Dec. 25:
Sheila Gould, Josh Golden, Alicia Burchill, Chuck Libby, Katie (Skrondahl) Melius, Hudson Rohrbach, Kathy (Beemer) Cruse, Randy Barth, Kathy (Marso) Harford, Reid Turner.

Sunday, Dec. 26:
Angel (Hanson) Martin, Kathy Lucas, Shelby Stadel, Jaclyn Clown, Bernie (Ripperger) Hanson, Yutzil (Rodriguez) Becker, Mary Peltier, Amy (Stahl) Jones, Taylor McGee, Matt Blaseg, Nathan Blaseg.
— 12th anniversary, Adam/Samantha (Dockter) Gallagher.
— 35th anniversary, Pat/Brenda Jolley.

Monday, Dec. 27:
Alaire Palmer, Stuart Stofferahn, Wendy Guindon, Graham Hunsley, Chris Iverson, Ann Thompson, Brian Hermanson, Elizabeth (Lamb) Salmonson, Sean Colleran, Alana Stars, Gary Heintz, Cole Cruse.
— 12th anniversary, Jason/Eva (Schmidt) Reed.
— 9th anniversary, Michael/Natasha Kendall.

Tuesday, Dec. 28:
Dalila Timmons, Dayna Timmons, Morgan Ellefson, Andrew Van Houten, Rob Miller, Kaylyn Pitlick, Todd Peterson, Kelsey Dykstra, Lynette James, Jonas Heard, Helen Bright, Owen Knutson, Hazel Van Camp, Troy Jones, Serena (Buhler) Swenson.
— 19th anniversary, Jon/Michelle Hofer.
— 19th anniversary, Conrad/Mary (Storsteen) Dieken.
— 47th anniversary, Lari/Linda Ott.

Wednesday, Dec. 29:
Kim Gardner, Tane Bramblee, Tyson Bramblee, Rodger Hartley, Kent Kinkler, Thad Fonck, Donielle Gustafson, Kristi Jordan, Geryd Erbele, Linday (Potts) Strohfus, Brandon Haag, Ava Briese, Guy Hunter, Nedra (Eddy) Strouf.

Thursday, Dec. 30:
Sonja Christensen, Chad Lahman, Crystal (Byrum) Frost, Betty Lindbloom, Brian Bondy, Christy Kramer, Brian Lowery, Michael Fuchs, Jim Gerdes, Justin Trebesch, Doug Runge, Casey Keller, Lyndsey Harrowa, Shane Severyn.
— 15th anniversary, Todd/Mollee (Hewlett) Madden.

Friday, Dec. 31:
Caroline Denton, Debby Bouchie, Brian Harrington, Carrie (Kinkler) Smith, Melissa (Huber) Hundstad, Amanda Garrett, Kellan Ogan, Sean Getty, Logan Hall, Bryce Palmer, Jess Wright, Moriah (Wagner) Gross, Prentice Weaver, Andy Zarecky, Nicole (Cholik) Namken, Hannah Albertus.
— 16th anniversary, Kyle/Meaghan (Anderson) Neuberger.
— 22nd anniversary, Kris/Calyn (Cronin) Hauck.
— 22nd anniversary, Brian/Carolyn Deal.
— 16th anniversary, Jon/Lindsey (Riter) Rapp.
— 18th anniversary, Rob/Bethany Nill.
— 27th anniversary, Norm/Sarah Lingle.
— 33rd anniversary, John/Vicki Hagemann.
— 8th anniversary, Jon/Pati Kotilnek.
— 12th anniversary, Derek/Katlyn Gustafson.
— 5th anniversary, Logan/Rachel (Howard) Sulentic.

New Year’s Day, Jan. 1:
Lukas Tedford, Astrid Schaack, Brayden Ahlers, Natalie (Nagle) Jung, Kathy Murtland, Nikki (Grandpre) Wilson, Dolly Christenson, Kim Paxton, David Gordon.
— Anniversary, Jordan/Nikki Hoover.
— 11th anniversary, Kyle/Britany (Gonsor) Willis.
— 9th anniversary, Travis/Lauren Scharnweber.

Sunday, Jan. 2:
Will Corcoran, D.T. Meyer, Sara (Lakner) Almaraz, Mike Fugitt, Steve Parker, Zoe (Donahue) Hiller, Patty Millar.
— 6th anniversary, Greg/Shelly (Monnens) Campbell.

Monday, Jan. 3:
Rick Newman, Kelsey Glynn, Joie (Schuetzle) Jockheck, Jennifer McGruder, Ali (Bailey) Maurice, Dorothy Massey, George Bock, Brent Lindbloom, Bethany Jochim, Bryson Harter.
— 18th anniversary, Reid/Leah LeBeau.
— 18th anniversary, Paul/Teresa Sowers.
— 7th anniversary, Josiah/Heather Severson.

Tuesday, Jan. 4:
John Sterling, Jack Baker, Joanie (Flottmeyer) Blair, Josh Joy.
— 2nd anniversary, Brian/Paige Hermanson.

Wednesday, Jan. 5:
Debi Englehart, Mike Shoup, Jeff Schlekeway, Bowen Goehring, Mary (Hight) Wire, Maren Formanek.

Thursday, Jan. 6:
Patrick Baker, Nancy McKenney, Ruth Ann Scharnweber, Stephanie (Ellenbecker) Vandel, Brad Englund, Bradley Dean, Scott Lovald, Dan Currier, Deneen Clausen, Riley Hausmann, Crystal Ortbahn.


FCS playoffs picture: In semifinal games North Dakota State escaped at home over James Madison, 20-14, in a battle of #2 and #3 seeds. South Dakota State, unseeded, lost at #8 Montana State, 31-17. The championship game will be at Frisco, Texas, at 11 a.m. CST Saturday, Jan. 8, on ESPN2.

Dakota Wesleyan men’s basketball (Nick Wittler): The Tigers’ scheduled trip to Florida for games against Peru State and St. Thomas (Fla.) was cancelled due to COVID and weather concerns.

North Dakota State football (Grey Zabel): The Bison led James Madison, 13-0, but the offense was stopped short in the JMU red zone several times, creating a nervous second half for Bison fans. An interception in the end zone with 3 minutes left and NDSU leading only 20-14 saved the game. NDSU went 3-and-out again and punted the ball away with one minute left, but JMU was unable to score. A potential hail-Mary pass in the final second was thwarted by a Bison defender who hit the quarterback’s arm and sent the ball to the sidelines as the clock expired. NDSU’s 20-14 win puts the Bison into another national championship game Jan. 8.

Mary wrestling (Lincoln Turman): The Marauders had several placers at a meet in Indianapolis. Next on the schedule is a dual at Dickinson State Jan. 4.

Wyoming wrestling (Tate Samuelson): Highly-ranked Oklahoma State whipped the Cowboys in a dual, 30-3, but the only Wyoming points came when Tate, ranked #14 in the nation, won a 3-1 overtime decision over #5 Dakota Geer of OSU. Wyoming wrestles Jan. 9 at South Dakota State.

South Dakota women’s basketball (Chloe Lamb): In a non-conference game USD defeated Creighton of the Big East, 73-71, on a buzzer-beating layup by Hannah Sjerven off Maddie Krull’s assist. USD since then has won its first two Summit League games. In a 90-59 tromping at Oral Roberts, Chloe was 7-of-13 (4-of-7 in threes) and 0-for-0 for 18 points, two rebounds, five assists and a steal. In yesterday’s 67-57 win at Kansas City, Chloe again had 18 points, going 8-for-18 (2-of-6) and 0-for-0 along with eight rebounds, three steals and three assists. Now 9-4 overall and 2-0 in the Summit, USD will be home against NDSU Dec. 30 and UND Jan. 1.

South Dakota men’s basketball (Max Burchill): The Coyotes find themselves in an 0-2 hole to start the Summit League season, having lost this week at home to both Oral Roberts, 82-73, and to Kansas City, 68-57. Now 7-6 overall, USD goes to UND Dec. 30 an to NDSU Jan. 1.

South Dakota State men’s basketball: The Jackrabbits, favored to win the Summit League regular-season title, are 2-0 after wins over Kansas City, 89-57, and Oral Roberts, 82-76. Now 11-4 overall, SDSU goes to NDSU Dec. 30 and to UND Jan. 1.

South Dakota State women’s basketball: The Jackrabbit women are 2-0 in the Summit League and 6-7 overall after winning on the road at Kansas City, 85-78, and at Oral Roberts, 71-51. SDSU is home vs. NDSU Dec. 30 and UND Jan. .

Mount Marty men’s basketball (Lincoln Jordre): The Lancers defeated Waldorf, 62-61, ending a 12-game losing streak. The game was won on a putback by a rebounder at the buzzer. Now 4-13, Mount Marty plays at Drake Dec. 28 and at home against Concordia and Dordt Jan. 5-6.

South Dakota State football (Regan Bollweg): The Jackrabbits, playing their fourth game in four weeks in a different time zone each time, saw the end of their dream run toward another national championship game end in Bozeman in a 31-17 loss to Montana State. The game was tied at halftime, 17-17. SDSU ends its season with an 11-4 record.

Augustana women’s basketball (Katie Bourk, Aislinn Duffy): Three wins this week lifted the Vikings’ record to 6-5. In a 73-52 win at Upper Iowa, Aislinn was 4-of-12 (2-of-4) and 0-of-0 for 10 points with 11 rebounds, seven assists and two steals. Augie won at Winona State, 68-62, and Aislinn was 3-of-7 and 2-of-2 for eight points with 12 more rebounds and two assists. On Monday Augie whipped Dakota Wesleyan, 91-67. Aislinn was 10-of-16 (0-of-1) and 1-of-1 for 21 points with 11 boards, six assists, a block and three steals. Next game for the Vikings is at home vs. Wayne State Jan. 2.

Morningside men’s bowling (Alex Badger): The Mustangs placed 33rd among 42 teams in the first of two two-day tournaments in Las Vegas. In the second Morningside’s men finished 33rd of 42. Next on the schedule is the Midwest Collegiate Classics in Addison, Ill., Jan. 16-17.


  • Merry Christmas to every one of our readers! Be safe, well and happy over the holiday period! The next Midweek Update will show up on Facebook two weeks from today on Thursday, Jan. 6.


Feb. 24-26: State boys/girls wrestling tournaments, Sioux Falls (Premier Center).
Feb. 25-27: State Bantam B hockey tournament, Expo Center.
Feb. 26-March 1: NSIC men’s/women’s basketball tournaments, Sioux Falls (Sanford Pentagon).
Feb. 26: Minnesota Loons MLS season opener.
March 4-6: State girls varsity hockey tournament, Aberdeen.
March 5-8: Summit League men’s/women’s basketball tournaments, Sioux Falls (Premier Center).
March 10-12: State girls basketball tournaments, AA Rapid City (ice arena), A Brookings (Frost Arena), B Watertown (Civic Arena).
March 11-13: State boys varsity hockey tournament, Sioux Falls.
March 17-19: State high school visual arts gallery, Rapid City (Monument).
March 17-19: NCAA Div. I wrestling national tournament, Detroit.
March 17-19: State boys basketball tournaments, AA Sioux Falls (Premier Center), A Rapid City (Summit Arena), B Aberdeen (Barnett Center).
March 26: All-State Band concert, SDSU.
March 31: Major League Baseball opening day.
April 1-2: S.D. Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, Chamberlain.
April 2: Rapid City Marshals (indoor football) home opener.
April 7: Minnesota Twins home opener.
April 10: Palm Sunday.
April 15: Good Friday.
April 17: Easter.
May 8: Mothers Day.
May 12-14: NSIC outdoor track-field championships, Aberdeen (Swisher Field).
May 14-15: Ellsworth AFB air show.
May 16-17: State A boys tennis tournament, Rapid City.
May 19-20: State AA boys tennis tournament, Rapid City.
May 26-28: State track meets, Sioux Falls.
May 30: Memorial Day.
June 3-12: Black Hills Playhouse’s “The Mountaintop.”
June 6-7: State B boys golf tournament, Rapid City (Elks).
June 6-7: State girls golf tournaments, AA Brookings (country club), A Sioux Falls (Bakker Crossing), B Rapid City (Hart Ranch).
June 7: South Dakota primary elections.
June 16-19: South Dakota Shakespeare Festival, Vermillion.
June 18-July 3: Black Hills Playhouse’s “The Odd Couple.”
June 19: Fathers Day.
June 24-25: Blunt all-school reunion.
June 24-26: Fort Pierre all-school reunion.
July 4: Independence Day.
July 13-31: Black Hills Playhouse’s “Cinderella.”
July 19: MLB All-Star Game, Los Angeles (Dodger Stadium).
Aug. 10-20: Black Hills Playhouse’s “Something Rotten.”
Aug. 10: Major League Soccer all-star game, Minneapolis-St. Paul.
Aug. 11-14: Sully County Fair, Onida.
Aug. 11: MLB Field of Dreams Game (Cubs vs. Reds), Dyersville, Iowa.
Sept. 5: Labor Day.
Sept. 12-18: Sanford International golf tournament, Sioux Falls.
\Oct. 10: Native American Day.
Nov. 21-Dec. 18: Men’s World Cup, Qatar.
Nov. 24: Thanksgiving Day.


Chris and Mallory (Petersen) Dekker have added a son to their family in Rapid City. Their son, Cillian McKenzie Dekker (“Cillian” is pronounced with a hard “C” as in “kil-yun”), was born Dec. 14, weighing 6 pounds, 14.7 ounces, and measuring 19 1/4 inches. He joins sisters Evelynn, 5 1/2, and Elinor, 3 1/2, in the family. Chris continues to work for South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks, and Mallory is a music teacher.

Kelly Douglas, a 1955 graduate of Pierre High School, died Dec. 11 at home in Rapid City at the age of 85. Kelly married Naomi Magnusson in 1955. They lived in Pierre, southern California and finally Rapid City. He worked for the state cement plant in Rapid City, retiring in 1998. He is survived by his wife, Naomi, in Rapid City; six children, Mark (Tina) Douglas of Pierre, Lori (Al) Pearce of Moscow. Idaho, Jon Douglas of Rapid City, James (Elaine) Douglas of Saratoga Springs, Utah, Kathryn Berg of Rapid City and Mary Kaiser of Rapid City; 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Phyllis Lindbloom of Sioux Falls and Gail Jacobson of Fort Pierre, and two brothers, Paul (Sandy) Douglas of Rapid City and Dennis Douglas of Windsor, Colo. A funeral service will be held March 5, 2022, through Behrens Wilson Funeral Home of Rapid City.

Shelby Guthrie graduated from the School of Mines last weekend and was chosen as the student commencement speaker. At the pre-graduation banquet for the recipients of honorary degrees, Shelby was invited and took her dad, Clark, as her special guest.

Bruce Bergeson, 68, died Dec. 13 at Avera St. Mary’s Hospital. His funeral was held Dec. 26 at Lutheran Memorial Church. He grew up in the Hayes area and was adopted by Donald and Gretha Bergeson. He graduated from high school in Pierre. He did ranch work, worked on county maintenance and was a trucker. Survivors include his daughters, Bailey (Chase) Bennett and Shelley Bergeson; six grandchildren; and four siblings, Donald (Becky) Bergeon, Joanna (Bob) Gilkerson, Diane Dyer and Angela (Mike) Determan.

Kai Hanson is beginning a new job as a senior data analyst with a company called Vera Whole Health. The company is based in Seattle. but Kai will work remotely from home in the Twin Cities.

Gail Herrscher, mother of Jessi Huber’s husband Eric Herrscher, passed away Wednesday morning.

Chuck Sterling, 86, Fort Pierre, died at home Dec. 15. His funeral was held Dec. 20 at Feigum Funeral Home. He grew up in Texas and Kansas before coming to Pierre in 1956. He and Carolyn Williams were married in 1957. Chuck worked for the Corps of Engineers, at Friman’s Oil & Gas and with Leon and Rex Haskins in their farming operation. He is survived by his daughter, Karen Sterling; his sister, Judy Row; his brother, Tony (Robin) Sterling; eight grandchildren and many great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Larry Diehm, 85, Fort Pierre, died Dec. 16. A celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30, at Zion Lutheran Church in Presho. He grew up south of Presho. He married Dianna Kenobbie in 1973 and moved to Fort Pierre. Larry worked with Mike’s Ditching and for Morris Inc. He was also a U.S. Army and National Guard veteran and a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Pierre. Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Mandy (Torry) Nickolas and Amber (Craig Mowry) Diehm; five grandchildren, and a sister, Delores Marsh.

James Parks of Blunt passed away in Sioux Falls Dec. 16. He is survived by two daughters, Bonnie Henderson and Susan Loomis, and four siblings, Lavonne Walters, Jackie Cook, Cynthia Michaels and Kristal De La Cruz. Among those preceding him in death were his parents, Willard and Ruby Parks; his sister, Lois Bourk, and his former wife, Jeanie July Parks.


O Holy One,
I hear and say so many words,
Yet yours is the word I need.
Speak now
And help me listen;
And if what I hear is silence,
let it quiet me,
let it disturb me,
let it touch my need,
let it break my pride,
let it shrink my certainties,
let it enlarge my wonder.
— Ted Loder, “Help Me Listen”


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