Vol. 22, No. 3; Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021

Sep 16, 2021 | Parker's Midweek Update | 1 comment


“For it’s a long, long time from May to December, but the days grow short when you reach September.”
— Maxwell Anderson’s lyrics of “September Song”


Boys soccer: The Governors lost to Harrisburg, 2-1, as Rylan Derry scored the only Pierre goal. Then Pierre shut out Brandon Valley, 3-0, as Cole Peterson scored twice and Derry once. Cole now holds the all-time career school record for goals with 17 and also has the single-season goals record with 15. Rylan likewise has 17 career goals, 10 of them this season. Pierre’s record is 5-3-1 with four regular-season games remaining.

Girls soccer: Pierre was shut out twice this week, 2-0 by Harrisburg and 3-0 by Brandon Valley. Jenna Gehring made five saves against Harrisburg, but the Governors weren’t able to get off a single shot on goal. Pierre’s record is 6-3-1.

Cross country: At the Aberdeen meet Hayden Shaffer won the boys race in 16;30. Jared Lutmer was fourth in 17:03 and Blake Judson eighth in 17:32. The team was second behind Aberdeen Central and ahead of Jamestown, Huron and Watertown. In the girls race Jazzlyn Rombough placed 12th in 22:15 and Autumn Iverson 14th at 22:24.

Volleyball: The Governors remained unbeaten this week with 3-0 sweeps over Sturgis and Spearfish. Game scores against the Scoopers were 25-9, 25-20, 25-17. Against the Spartans they were 25-11, 25-16, 25-13. Ayvrie Kaiser had 11 kills, three saves and three blocks in the Spearfish match, Makenna Schlekeway five kills, Lily Sanchez five kills and two service aces and Addison Cumbow two aces. Pierre’s record is 7-0.

Football: It may not have been pretty and not nearly the blowout a lot of people may have anticipated, but the Governors beat Sturgis, 21-6. Dre Berndt’s interception return for a 28-yard touchdown put Pierre on the board, but Sturgis made it 7-6 with a 34-yard TD run though their extra-point kick was blocked. In the fourth quarter the Govs gained a little safety space when Lincoln Kienholz scored on runs of 13 and four yards. He completed 10 of 26 passes for 171 yards, but the Governors had only 45 rushing yards.

Class 11AA football:
Records: Tea Area 3-0, Aberdeen Central 3-0, Pierre 2-1, Brookings 2-1, Yankton 2-1, Watertown 1-2, Huron 1-2, Mitchell 1-2, Douglas 0-3, Sturgis 0-3, Spearfish 0-3.
Last week’s scores:
Pierre 21, Sturgis 6
Brookings 16, Watertown 0
Rapid City Central 27, Douglas 0
Yankton 58, Spearfish 0
Aberdeen Central 33, Mitchell 14
Tea Area 36, Huron 0
This week’s games: Pierre at Douglas, Aberdeen Central at Brookings, Spearfish at Sturgis, Tea Area at Mitchell, Watertown at Huron, Sioux Falls Jefferson at Yankton.

Boys golf: At Yankton’s meet the Governors placed eighth. Nick Bothun and Sawyer Sonnenschein tied for 21st place with 83s. Lincoln Houska shot an 85 and Luke Olson an 87. At the Brookings meet Monday the team placed seventh. Olson had the best score with a ninth-place 75. Jonathan Lyons and Sonnenschein shot 80s and Jack Bartlett 81.

This week’s schedules:
Boys soccer: at Brookings, 4 p.m.
Girls soccer: at Brookings, 6 p.m.
Volleyball: at Sioux Falls Washington, 7 p.m.
Boys golf: at Mitchell invitational, 10:30 a.m.
Football: at Douglas, 6 p.m.
Cross country: at Huron invitational, 9 a.m.
Girls tennis: at Aberdeen Central invitational, 9 a.m.
Cheer/dance: at Brookings invitational, 11 a.m.
Volleyball: home vs. Sioux Falls Lincoln, 2:30 p.m.
Boys golf: at Watertown invitational, 10 a.m.
Girls soccer: home vs. Yankton, 4 p.m.
Boys soccer: home vs. Yankton, 6 p.m.
Cheer/dance: at Huron invitational, 5 p.m.


  • You didn’t ask me, but I will give my stance on the Vikings’ debacle from last Sunday. Cincinnati wins a game every season, and now they have it for this year. That in itself makes a Vikings loss to the Bengals inexcusable. But the Vikings got hosed in overtime. Nine times out of 10 the play on which Dalvin Cook was alleged to have fumbled would be called “the player was down.” TV broadcaster Chris Myers was correct when he said the refs didn’t call it as a fumble and thus Bengals’ ball until the Bengals themselves pointed in their direction. So then, once the “call on the field” was made, the Vikings’ only hope was that the new guys in the replay office would overturn it. Once the on-the-field refs had made a call, the replay guys’ butts were covered. They couldn’t see anything to overturn the call, so they could say “the call on the field stands.” And that’s what the white-hat said, not “the call on the field is confirmed” but rather “the call on the field stands.” But they want to get it right, right? As Chris Myers said, maybe they should get it right the first time. Of course, with these Vikings still being the old Vikings, they likely would have found some other way to lose. Committing 12 called penalties during the game is likewise inexcusable. The regulars played as if they hadn’t played any preseason games, and of course they hadn’t.
  • Former Pierre resident Shirley Javurek posted an old newspaper article from 1918, showing do’s and don’t’s for preventing the Spanish flu during that epidemic 103 years ago. Here are some of them:
    * Do not disregard the advice of a specialist just because you do not understand.
    * Do not disregard the rights of a community. Obey cheerfully the rules issued by the authorities.
    * Do not think you are entitled to special privileges.
  • The Summit League has decided Sioux Falls will keep the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments at least through 2025, so we can breathe a temporary sigh of relief. Hopefully the governor and the Legislature won’t do anything more to cause the NCAA to threaten to remove tournaments and events from states that pass legislation against certain segments of our society, but the next session is only four months away, and we know better than to expect the best from them.
  • I share the sentiment of one Facebook post from the other day. Its author said she stops everything to watch every time the new Applebee’s TV commercial, the one with Walker Hayes’ “Fancy Like” song and all the fancy dancers. So do I.


Volleyball: The Buffaloes lost in a dual to Philip, 3-0, on game scores of 21-25, 20-25, 13-25. At the Mobridge-Pollock tournament SCHS defeated Cheyenne-Eagle Butte but lost to the host team and Ipswich. SC’s record is 4-5.

Football: The Buffaloes posted their first win of the season with a 26-14 victory over Sully Buttes at Onida. The Buffs compiled 273 yards of offense and now stand at 1-3.

This week’s schedules:
Volleyball: home vs. Jones County.
Cross country: at Chamberlain invitational.
Football: home vs. Potter County, 7 p.m.
Volleyball: home for Big Dakota Conference tournament, 10 a.m.
Cross country: at Lakeside Invitational, Faulkton.


Football: The Chargers evened their record at 2-2 with a 26-14 homecoming loss to Stanley County. The Chargers had 231 yards of total offense in a game that the two teams combined for seven turnovers, including two fumbles and two interceptions at SB’s expense. SB’s record is 2-2. That will become 3-2 after this Friday because Sunshine Bible has forfeited Friday’s scheduled game against the Chargers. With next week already scheduled as SB’s bye week, the Chargers now won’t play again until Oct. 1 at Herreid-Selby Area in Herreid’s homecoming game.

This week’s schedules:
Volleyball: at Lyman.
Cross country: at Battler Invitational, Gettysburg.
Volleyball: home vs. North Central.
Cross country: at Lakeside Invitational, Faulkton.


Thursday: pineapple.
Friday-Sunday: raspberry.
Monday-Tuesday: orange.
Wednesday-Thursday: lemon.


Riggs High’s homecoming of 2001 had, of course, been scheduled for a long time. Then came the state’s plans to dedicate the new World War II Memorial with thousands of people expected on the Saturday after homecoming day. Then unexpectedly on Tuesday of that week came the 9/11 attacks and trauma. Yet the week of homecoming became memorable after all. Here is Parker’s column from the Capital Journal recalling how homecoming week of 20 years ago ended:

From the Capital Journal of Sept. 17, 2001:

I had grumbled aloud and in print that Riggs High’s homecoming was being lost in the shuffle of everything else—both scheduled and unexpected—that was going on last week, that homecoming was almost to the point of being non-existent, that there would be nothing to remember.

I was wrong. So very wrong.

The image of how Homecoming 2001 ended, still so fresh in my mind, is one that I will never ever forget. No homecoming has been like it before, and none in the future ever will.

We wish it weren’t so, of course. We would, if it were within our power, bring back those thousands of Americans lost so needlessly, so unfairly last Tuesday. How we wish there had been no reason for the event that kept hundreds of football fans in the stadium, in the cold and the drizzle, after the game ended.

But there was reason for the people to stay. And they stayed. Almost all of them, it seemed.

President Bush had decreed Friday would be a national day of remembrance, and he suggested there be candlelight vigils all across this land.

Less than 15 minutes after they had been tackling each other in a closely contested football game, the Governors and the Lincoln Patriots and their cheerleaders stood in two long lines, eyeing each other from a distance of 20 yards or so on the saturated gridiron. But there was no sense of competition now.

From the first lighted candle Governor players carried the flame across midfield to light the candles of the young men who moments earlier had been their adversaries but who now were nothing more than fellow American teen-agers. Then the teams of athletes carried the flame of their candles to the people on the running track, and one by one each candle began to glow.

In front of their bleachers on the north side of Phil Trautner Stadium at Hollister Field, Lincoln football parents had come down to join in encircling the field. The same was true on the Pierre side.

The stadium lights were extinguished, and what remained was row upon row of tiny flickering flames—on the field itself, around the track, in the bleachers, on the rim of the Anderson Building parking lot, and even far up on the hill to the west near the Soldiers & Sailors Building where six football fans stood side by side with lighted candles.

On the north side alongside the Foss Building, one of the mighty engines of the Pierre Fire Department was parked, draped in black in tribute to the firefighters lost in the collapse of the World Trade Center towers. In front of the truck six members of our fire brigade stood motionless, each of them in his yellow helmet, coat, trousers and boots, each of them holding a candle.

Chris Voller, the youngest member of the Pierre Fire Department, had e-mailed me last week with a quotation from the teacher of one of his firefighting classes at Casper College. “The fire department is like a family,” he said. “We all are linked together by a common love of helping others and fighting fire. Losing even one is like losing a brother.”

And they all—firefighters, football players, students, parents, coaches, fans, Americans all—stood there in silence listening to the magnificent voice of Dawn Kinsman sing “Amazing Grace: and lead us in “God, Bless America.” They bowed their heads as prayers were raised by our two local mayors, Sam Tidball and Gary Drewes; by our student body president, Erik Gilbertson, in his No. 8 uniform, his football helmet under one arm; by a pair of cheerleaders, our own Megan Linn in green and white and a Lincoln cheerleader in red and blue; and by Tammy Darnall, a firefighter herself in her yellow garb. There were prayers for the victims of Tuesday’s attacks, their families, the rescue workers, their families, the President and his advisers, our country, and world peace.

Meshing it all together was the voice of Pastor Dave Zellmer. His is a voice we have come to expect, to desperately depend on, whenever this community is in despair—the funerals of Gov. George Mickelson and his colleagues and the funeral of Coach Mike Engels, for example, and now this. Friday night’s moving 20-minute vigil came about in 24 hours’ time primarily because of him.

The football players, still in sweaty, muddy gear, had the option of high-tailing it out of there before the candlelight vigil ever started. Perhaps they felt they would be conspicuous if they left. Knowing them as I do, I suspect they stayed because they knew they are in a leadership role, because they knew they should, perhaps even because they needed to stay.

Homecoming had been a rather soggy, chilly affair up to this point. And quite frankly it had been almost lost in the preparations for Saturday’s dedication of the state World War II Memorial, a once-in-a-lifetime event which happened to fall on the same weekend as homecoming. But then these magnificent young people in this town refused to let it disappear, despite the tragic events of the week and the community’s necessary focus on the dedication. The kids resurrected homecoming spirit—in a parade jammed full of their Govmobile vehicles, in a raucous coronation program, at a spirited class vs. class competition at their pep rally, in a patriotic halftime show, and in a highly competitive football game, which was a one-point contest until the final quarter. Yet amid all that, they obviously are smart enough to recognize the lasting significance of the week was not that it was Homecoming Week at all, but that it had become a week that will go down in history, a week that changed the paths their lives will follow. And most of them voluntarily took time on a Friday night to join with their parents and hundreds of other adult fans in 20 minutes of solemnity, contemplation, introspection, tears and prayer.

The picture my eyes saw from a perch high in the pressbox after the game Friday night is one up against which any other homecoming memory pales in comparison.

It was an unforgettable homecoming after all.


Badlands Sabres (Mason Martin): The new Rapid City-based team in the North American Tier 3 Hockey League made its debut last weekend with 7-1 and 5-1 losses to Gillette. Now 0-2, the Sabres will play at home Friday and Saturday vs. Sheridan. Mason, the son of Pierre native Stuart Martin of Rapid City, graduated from Stevens High School this past spring. The Sabres, composed of players in the 16-20 age group, play in the Frontier Division of the NA3HL along with Yellowstone (Cody, Wyo.), Gillette and Sheridan in Wyoming and Great Falls, Butte, Bozeman and Helena in Montana.


“We have seen growing evidence that the dangers to our country can come not only across borders but from violence that gathers within. There is little cultural overlap between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home. But in their disdain for pluralism, in their disregard for human life, in their determination to defile national symbols, they are children of the same foul spirit. And it is our continuing duty to confront them.”
— President George W. Bush at Shanksville, Pa., 9/11/21


Minnesota Twins schedule:
* Friday: at Toronto, 6:07 p.m.
* Saturday: at Toronto, 2:07 p.m.
* Sunday: at Toronto, 12:07 p.m.
* Tuesday: at Chicago Cubs, 6:40 p.m.
* Wednesday: at Chicago Cubs, 6:40 p.m.


Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings rallied in the fourth quarter to tie Cincinnati and force overtime but lost in O.T., 27-24. Minnesota plays at Arizona at 3:05 p.m. Sunday on Fox.

Midco Sports Network live games this weekend:
— Friday, 7 p.m.: Fargo South vs. Grand Forks Red River.
— Saturday, 4 p.m.: UND vs. Drake.

NFL live games on local TV this weekend (subject to change by the networks):
— Thursday, 7:20 p.m.: New York Giants at Washington, NFL Network.
— Sunday, noon: Denver at Jacksonville, CBS.
— Sunday, 3:25 p.m.: Dallas at Los Angeles Chargers, CBS.
— Sunday, 3:05 p.m.: Minnesota at Arizona, Fox.
— Sunday, 7:20 p.m.: Kansas City at Baltimore, NBC.
— Monday, 7:15 p.m.: Detroit at Green Bay, ESPN.


PGA Champions Tour (Tom Byrum): Tom did not play in the Champions Tour event at St. Louis last weekend. This week’s event is the Sanford International being played Friday through Sunday at Minnehaha Country Club in Sioux Falls.


Sept. 25: Nick Jung/Natalie Nagle.
Oct. 2: Jordan Lamb/Abbey Fjeldheim.


Minnesota United FC: The Loons lost at Seattle, 1-0, to move into sixth place at 8-7-7, two points out of fifth place but also two points ahead of eighth place. After a game against Sporting Kansas City last night, the Loons play Los Angeles at 6 p.m. Saturday.


1 day: Sanford International golf tournament, Sioux Falls (Sept. 17-19).
2 days: Homecoming at Northwestern (Iowa) (Sept. 18).
3 days: Emmy awards, CBS-TV (Sept. 19).
7 days: Custer State Park buffalo roundup arts festival (Sept. 23-25).
8 days: Custer State Park buffalo roundup (Sept. 24).
9 days: “M” Day at School of Mines (Sept. 25).
9 days: Blue & White Day at Dakota Wesleyan (Sept. 25).
9 days: Swarm Day at Black Hills State (Sept. 25).
9 days: Homecoming at U. of Minnesota (Sept. 25).
9 days: Trojan Day at Dakota State (Sept. 25).
10 days: Tony awards, CBS-TV (Sept. 26).
10 days: Crazy Horse Memorial volksmarch (Sept. 26).
11 days: Riggs High homecoming coronation (Sept. 27).
14 days: Riggs High homecoming parade (Sept. 30).
15 days: S.D. virtual Festival of Books (Oct. 1-3).
15 days: Riggs High homecoming day (Oct. 1).
16 days: Dakota Day at USD (Oct. 2).
16 days: Gypsy Day at Northern (Oct. 2).
16 days: Homecoming at U. of Nebraska (Oct. 2).
16 days: Cougar Day at University of Sioux Falls (Oct. 2).
18 days: Boys state golf tournament, Huron (Oct. 4-5).
21 days: Girls state tennis tournament, Sioux Falls (Oct. 7-9).
23 days: Viking Day at Augustana (Oct. 9).
23 days: Homecoming at University of Mary (Oct. 9).
23 days: Riggs High band at March to the Meridian, Yankton (Oct. 9).
28 days: Riggs High fall play (Oct. 14-16).
29 days: Minnesota Wild season opener (Oct. 15).
30 days: Soccer state championship games, Sioux Falls (Oct. 16).


“He knows nothing, and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.”
— George Bernard Shaw


Last week Seb Axtman was the only contestant to correctly pick Cincinnati over the Vikings, and his 7-3 record was the best, so he gets 10 points in our season-long competition. At 6-4 for nine points each were David Ludwig and Nathan Vetter. With 5-5 records Mikal Kern, Randy Pool, Eric Lusk, Levi Neuharth and Jon Boer each earned eight points.

This week’s games are below. Send your 10 winners to parkerhome16@hotmail.com by early Saturday morning:
(1) Nebraska at Oklahoma
(2) Arizona State at BYU
(3) Minnesota at Colorado
(4) Auburn at Penn State
(5) Fresno State at UCLA
(6) Purdue at Notre Dame
(7) NFL: San Francisco at Philadelphia
(8) NFL: Denver at Jacksonville
(9) NFL: Minnesota at Arizona
(10) NFL: Dallas at Los Angeles Chargers


“Free and open-for-business” South Dakota reported 992 new cases Tuesday, covering a period over the weekend since Friday. Then yesterday’s report added 568 more new tests, bringing the total active case number to 7,364.

The South Dakota death toll has risen to 2,093. Fifty-three of the state’s 66 counties are listed as having “high” community spread, meaning there are 100 or more cases per 100,000 population or a 10% or higher positivity rate.

One of every 500 Americans has now died of COVID-19. While more than 3,000 persons died in the 9/11 attacks 20 years ago, these days that many people die of COVID in this country every two days.

Some of this week’s developments:

  • At Murfreesboro, Tenn., a 17-year-old student pleading for a school mask mandate told of his grandmother’s death and was heckled and laughed at by adults in the audience at the school board meeting.
  • Alaska’s largest hospital is now rationing care due to the COVID surge in that state.
  • At the Douglas School District in Box Elder, the active number of COVID cases reached the 1.5% threshold, immediately putting into effect mandatory masking in the schools, and that took effect Monday.
  • President Biden instituted a broad vaccination mandate, which includes federal employees. Any business or agency with more than 100 employees must have employees vaccinated or be tested for COVID weekly. The mandate affects 2/3 of all workers in the nation. Almost immediately Governor Noem said South Dakota will be “free,” and “my legal team is already working.”
  • WellFully, a nonprofit organization in Rapid City that provides health, recovery and development services for adolescent youths, has canceled its annual in-person benefit dinner and auction scheduled for this Friday due to the rise in COVID cases there.
  • In Nebraska Governor Ricketts says his state will fight any federal vaccination mandates.
  • An Iowa law banning school districts from mandating masks was temporarily blocked by a federal judge.
  • Hospitals in Cedar Rapids, Iowa’s second-largest city, are limiting procedures so that capacity can be preserved amid the high patient counts caused by COVID.
  • Black Hills Community Theatre’s “Matilda the Musical:” called off rehearsals this week, its scheduled last week of practices, and postponed opening weekend of the fall show from this first of two weekends to, instead, one four-show weekend, hopefully next week Sept. 23-26.. A member of the cast, which includes a large number of young people unable to be vaccinated yet, tested positive for COVID, causing the changes in plans.
  • Entertainer Michael Buble’ canceled his Sept. 20 concert in Austin, Texas, because people in charge there could not guarantee the safety protocols he is requiring for all of his concerts would be met.
  • People in Mitchell continue to give the school board grief over their mask mandate. Some have said the board is “endangering” their children by requiring masks. Supt. Joe Graves said 37 students (actually their parents) have opted to transfer out of the Mitchell district, and about the same number have opted for home schooling or remote learning while remaining with the district.
  • The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said Tuesday that four out of every five employees among the 10,000 who tested positive worked at airport security checkpoints.
  • The Oglala Sioux Tribe announced mandatory quarantines for all K-12 schools on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
  • The Monument, the new arena in Rapid City that will officially open next month, noted that incoming touring shows and performers are requiring that employees here, such as stagehands, be vaccinated. The Monument is facing a shortage of workers and may make use of inmate labor to fill the vacant jobs.
  • The anti-vaccine, anti-mask, anti-mandate, anti-immigration, anti-everything crowd in California failed miserably in their attempt to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom. By a landslide vote in Tuesday’s recall election, he kept the governor’s office. He has imposed some of the nation’s strictest restrictions in attempts to slow the pandemic and protect Californians.
  • In Sioux Falls the annual Native American Day parade set for Oct. 11 has been canceled due to the rising COVID case numbers.


SDSU rodeo (Rafe Wientjes): The freshman from Onida placed first in tie-down roping at the Wisconsin-River Falls rodeo. The Jackrabbit men placed first in the team standings and the women seventh. This weekend the college rodeo circuit stops at North Platte, Neb., for the MidPlains Community College rodeo Friday through Sunday.

USF cross country (Jessica Lutmer): Jessica placed 23rd in the women’s race at the SDSU Classic in a time of 19″39.32. The Cougars’ next meet is Sept. 24 at the University of Minnesota’s Roy Griak meet.

South Dakota volleyball (Brooklyn Bollweg): The Coyotes, after an 0-3 start, got back on track with three wins, 3-0 over Bradley, 3-0 over Central Arkansas and 3-2 over UW-Milwaukee. Now 3-3, USD plays in the Shocker Classic in Wichita against Creighton, Wyoming and Wichita State.

Dakota Wesleyan football (Josh Rowse): Idle last week, the Tigers play at Midland this Saturday.

SDSU football (Regan Bollweg): The Jackrabbits dominated Lindenwood (Mo.), 52-7, to improve to 2-0. SDSU is idle this weekend, but the Jacks begin MVFC play at Indiana State at noon Sept. 25.

Northern football (Joe King, Jacob Howard): Christening their new Dacotah Bank Stadium, the Wolves defeated Southwest Minnesota State, 30-13. Now 1-1, NSU plays Saturday at Upper Iowa.

Dakota State football (Collin Brueggeman, Nathan Cook): Idle last weekend, the Trojans are home vs. Presentation College Saturday.

Black Hills State rodeo (Riley Hannum, Sydney Theobald): The Yellowjackets opened their season at Wisconsin-River Falls’ rodeo, and both the men’s and women’s teams placed second. Riley, a junior who graduated from Stanley County High School, along with his partner Nick Bjork placed seventh in team roping at 13.1. Sydney is a junior who graduated from Riggs High. The BHSU rodeo team goes to North Platte, Neb., for this weekend’s rodeo.

Dakota Wesleyan men’s soccer (Cam Ahartz): The Tigers lost to Waldorf, 6-0, and are now 1-6. DWU plays Saturday at Hastings.

NDSU football (Grey Zabel): The Bison improved to 2-0 with a 64-0 whipping of Valparaiso. NDSU goes east to Towson in Maryland for a 5 p.m. CDT kickoff Saturday.

Augustana football (Jett Lamb, Colton Hartford): The Vikings are 2-0 in the NSIC after a 43-20 win over Mary in Bismarck. Augie is home at 1 p.m. Saturday vs. Minnesota State-Moorhead.

Dakota Wesleyan cross country (Morgan Oedekoven): The Tigers were idle last week. They run Friday at Mornngside’s meet in Sioux City.

St. Joseph’s (Pa.) men’s soccer (John Axtman): The Hawks lost a pair of 2-1 games this week to Cornell and Rutgers. Now 1-5, St. Joseph’s is home Friday vs. George Mason, then plays at Princeton Tuesday.

Dakota Wesleyan volleyball (Gracie Olivier): The Tiger women are 10-1 after beating York, 3-0; Mayville State, 3-0, and Briar Cliff, 3-1. DWU played Northwestern last night and stays at home to play York Friday and Morningside Saturday.

Northwestern (Iowa) football (Morris Hofer): The Red Raiders had a close call but won over Midland in overtime, 35-29. Now 3-0, Northwestern has its homecoming game vs. Doane at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Black Hills State football (Josh Breske): The Yellowjackets won at William Jewell (Mo.), 31-21, to give Josh a 2-0 record. BHSU opens RMAC play at Colorado State-Pueblo at 1 p.m. Saturday.

South Dakota football: The Coyotes were impressive in storming Northern Arizona at the Dakota Dome, 34-7. Now 1-1, USD plays at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo at 7 p.m. CDT Saturday night.

Morningside bowling (Alex Badger): The Mustangs open the bowling season at Wauwatosa, Wis., Oct. 3-4.

South Dakota women’s soccer (Janaina Zanin, Joana Zanin): The Coyotes defeated Drake, 4-1, and beat Northern Iowa, 1-0. In the Drake game Jona had one shot on goal from her starting forward position. Janaina as a substitute saw 22 minutes of action. USD, now 4-1-2, is home at 1 p.m. Sunday against Iowa State.

Dakota State volleyball (Nicole Sarringar): The Trojans had an unblemished weekend, winning four 3-0 matches. Against York Nicole had one kill, 16 assists and 11 digs. Against Mount Marty she had 14 assists and five digs. Against Butler she had a kill, 11 assists and four digs. Against Peru State Nicole had 20 assists, 14 digs and one ace. Now 6-2, DSU played Bellevue last night and goes down to Morningside Friday.

Missouri Valley Football Conference:
Records: SDSU 2-0, NDSU 2-0, USD 1-1, UND 1-1, Indiana State 1-1, Southern Illinois 1-1, Youngstown State 1-1, Illinois State 1-1, Northern Iowa 1-1, Missouri State 1-1, Western Illinois 0-2.
Last week’s scores:
Utah State 48, UND 24
Michigan State 42, Youngstown State 14
Northwestern 24, Indiana State 6
USD 34, Northern Arizona 7
SDSU 52, Lindenwood 7
Kansas State 31, Southern Illinois 23
Missouri State 37, Central Arkansas 34
Montana 42, Western Illinois 7
Northern Iowa 34, Sacramento State 16
NDSU 64, Valparaiso 0
Western Michigan 28, Illinois State 0
This week’s games: USD at Cal Poly, Drake at UND, NDSU at Towson (Md.), Eastern Washington at Western Illinois, St. Thomas at Northern Iowa, Illinois State at Eastern Illinois, Dayton at Southern Illinois, Indiana State at Eastern Kentucky.


Thursday, Sept. 16:
Jonah Hopper, Georganne Sorenson, Gary Kafka, Anissa Grambihler, Robyn (Clausen) Bauer, Aron Nevbin, Anne Schmidt, Justin Sivage, Bobbi Ice.
— 4th anniversary, Derrick/Kelbie (Frederick) Miller.
— 4th anniversary, Jamie/Megan (Gordon) Ramirez.
— 21st anniversary, Jason/Amy Irion.
— 4th anniversary, Nathaniel/Brea (Paul) Louwagie.

Friday, Sept. 17:
Kallee (Hewlett) Rydland, Dusty Bergeson, Kaydee Neuharth, Niki (Cowan) Jaworski, Lori Wilbur, Tim Steece, Jess Burchill, Levi Clark, Coleman Varty, Meredith Jones, Bret Culey, Dayson Carroll.
— 17th anniversary, Slade/Amy (Hofer) Weller.
— 16th anniversary, Wayne/Alyssa Schaefbauer.
— 5th anniversary, Isaac/Chelsea (Stahl) LaLonde.
— 5th anniversary, Danny/Marilyn Salter.
— 5th anniversary, Sam/Chrystal (Bauer) Koenecke.

Saturday, Sept. 18:
Luna Patten, David Patten, Courtney Freng, Kathy (Willingham) Tartaglia, Amanda Beck, Carter McCoy, Jocelyn (Newman) Frohm, Jackie Putzier, Troy Sogaard, Ben Chittenden, Shirley Javurek, Mandy (Jung) Moisan.
— 12th anniversary, Brent/Cindy (Ryan) Reilly
— 17th anniversary, James/Keri (Fargen) Sivage.
— 17th anniversary, Chad/Laurie (Koehn) Gilman.
— 11th anniversary, Ryan/Jenni Nuttall.
— 11th anniversary, Lonnie/Sarah (Peterson) Dozier.
— 11th anniversary, Cody/Jessica (Melvin) Moore.

Sunday, Sept. 19:
Brett Fergen, D.J. Prue, Stephanie (Mutschler) Pierson, Charles Jones, Carson Eisenbeisz, Laura Howard, Trevor Botts, Hunter Johnson, Adley Lucas.
— 6th anniversary, Calvin/Holly Frederick.
— 18th anniversary, Brad/Brandy Johnston.

Monday, Sept. 20:
Noah Ann Newman, Brenden Kruckenb erg, Bob Fuller, Sue (Ludwig) Stotz, Tiffany (Tate) Stoeser, Taylor Crawford, Samantha Mitchell, Brian Long, Parker McKittrick, Claire Martin, Ryan Weaver, Rob Gull, George Vandel, Eric Lusk, Dave Gordon, Chad Kiel, Steve Baker.
— 7th anniversary, Jess/.Cherissa (Nielsen) Wright.
— 8th anniversary, Tony/Meghan Parker.

Tuesday, Sept. 21:
Jason Noyes, Terry Hofer, Willie Welch, Lance Fravel, Knox Hollingsworth, John Potts, Mark Wixon, Jessie (Stewart) McEntaffer, Arlene Krueger, Ken Barber, Patty Hofer, Kim (Kindle) Nachreiner, Abbie Waitman, Carl Eichstadt, Alex Smith.
— 2nd anniversary, Casey/Annie Buechler.
— 8th anniversary, Kyule/Loryn (Schuetzle) Lichty.
— 5th anniversary, Jacob/Katie Parsons.
— 8th anniversary, Sid/Bethany (Goeden) Intorn.

Wednesday, Sept. 22:
Rob Dvorak, James Sivage, Bridgette Wernke, Paige (Wilbur) Bock, Connie Pierce, Charlie Maurice, Troy Rus, Mark Dutt, Krista (Lovald) Miller, Aimee (Vogel) Van Houten.
— 9th anniversary, Zach/Ellie Word.

Thursday, Sept. 23:
Jeremy Engbrecht, Matthew Kenyon, Kim Sutton, Mary Livermont, Clay Cudmore, Nora Mangan, Nate Grueb, Justin Garrigan, Autumn Tipton, Mike Boring, Dick Howard, Vern Armstrong, Travis Tipton, Brett Durick.
— 4th anniversary, Cooper/Candace (Volmer) Waln.
— 4th anniversary, Dayton/Rylae (Wientjes) Jensen.
— 15th anniversary, Tyson/Danae Paxton.
— 32nd anniversary, Mark/Beth Dutt.
— 10th anniversary, Ross/Andrea Wright.
— 16th anniversary, Brett/Julie Oakland.


Stanley County High School will crown its homecoming royalty Monday night as homecoming week begins. The coronation is set for 7 p.m. at Ole Williamson Field. King candidates are Daysen Titze, Stran Scott, Evan Nordstrom, Cormac Duffy and Lathan Prince. Queen candidates are Jordyn Sosa, Taylee Stroup, Bailey Siedschlaw, Shaylee Tople and Carlie O’Conner.

Harrisburg High School softball player Tevan Bryant has committed to attend Northern State University to continue her education and play softball for the Wolves. She is the oldest of the daughters of Toby and Amber Bryant.

Hilary (Woodburn) Hunt is a member of the cast of “August: Osage County,” which is being performed tonight through Sept. 26 at the Town & Gown Theatre in Stillwater, Okla. Hilary’s husband, James, is a pastor at the Wesley Center on the Oklahoma State University campus there.

Tate Westergren was named Fine Arts Performer of the Week at Riggs High School last week. This week’s honored student is Kailey Wallman of the art department.

Charles “Chuck” Clark died Sept. 4 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. Memorial Mass was celebrated Wednesday at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. He grew up in Mitchell, graduated from SDSU and served in the U.S. Army. He married Shirley “Sam” Hohn in 1967. IN 1977 Chuck began a 44-year career with the state Office of Purchasing. For many years he was also an adult leader with Boy Scout Troop 173, and he taught the Pierre Junior Shooters instruction. Survivors include his wife, Sam Clark; his sons, Paul (Diane) Clark of Battleground, Wash., and Dustin (Latima) Clark of Portland, Ore.; two grandchildren and three sisters.

Sioux Falls mayor Paul TenHaken, destined to be a statewide political candidate some day, announced Monday he will seek a second term at the city election next April.

Kashia (Axthelm) Rosenau has the title of Doctor ahead of her name these days. She finished her doctorate in developmental psychology from the University of Oregon this month. On Monday she began work as an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at UCLA in Los Angeles. Kashia, her husband Cody, and their two children have been living in Eugene while she finished her doctorate but now have relocated to the Los Angeles area.

Jarret Ripperger, son of Jeremy and Penny Ripperger, was sworn into the Wisconsin Air National Guard last week, following in his mother’s footsteps. The Rippergers live in the Milwaukee area.

Cheryl Lafrentz, 75, died in Sioux Falls Sept. 9 on her 54th wedding anniversary. Services were held Monday at Faith Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. She is survived by her husband, Dennis; her sons, Rich (Yvette) Lafrentz of Pierre and Rob (Rachana) Lafrentz of Sioux Falls; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Jesse Schall was crowned emperor and Mallory Wiley empress of Sully Buttes High School’s Olympian Days homecoming last week.

Matt Heard’s wife, Carly, was named Beacom School of Business staff member of the year at USD.

Funeral Mass for Devin McKeever was celebrated Monday morning at the Church of St. Stephen in Anoka, Minn. He passed away Aug. 31 in Chicago where he had been making his home. His survivors include his mother, Juanita McKeever of Anoka; his brothers, Kyle McKeever of Pierre and Pat (Peggy) McKeever of Las Vegas; his sister, Cris (Ray) Knoblauch of Coon Rapids, Minn.; Pat’s children Patrick and Nicolas; Cris’ children Jack, Sean and Molly, and his former wife, Michelle. Devin graduated from Riggs High School in 1988, from St. John’s University in 1992, and with his MBA from Xavier University in 2005. He worked in the field of healthcare for a number of companies, including Cardinal Health, Bon Secours Ascension Health, and Advocate Health Care in Chicago.

The son of Chris and Ashlee Voller of Billings, Mont., 2-year-old Tristan, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia early last week. Tristan and his mother were flown quickly to Denver, and Chris followed with a vehicle and family necessities the next day. The Vollers will be in Denver for Tristan’s first few weeks of treatment. You can follow Tristan’s progress at Facebook.com/groups/380463030357283/. Chris is a firefighter in Billings.

The South Dakota Festival of Books, which was to have taken place on an in-person basis in Deadwood Oct. 1-3, will now be a virtual event, due to the high risk of community infection in the COVID-laden Black Hills. There will be both Zoom and Facebook Live events during the event.

Dr. Lon Kightlinger of Pierre is one of the four recipients of this year’s Alumni Achievement Award from Augustana University and will be honored during the Viking Days homecoming weekend next month. Dr. Kightlinger is a 1977 alumnus of Augustana with majors in biology and chemistry. He then earned his master of science degree in public health from Tulane University in New Orleans and his Ph.D. in infectious diseases and epidemiology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He served as South Dakota’s state epidemiologist for nearly 20 years. At the age of 65 he left retirement to return to the state Department of Health to work in the coronavirus response effort. Now he is retired again in Pierre. Dr. Kightlinger’s son, Andrew, graduated from Riggs High in 2004 and from Augustana in 2008.

This is the weekend of the Short Grass Arts Council concert in which Pierre native and pianist Calvin Jones will perform. The program begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Riggs theater. Jones also has a concert scheduled in Flandreau next Friday, Sept. 24.

Wren (Bishop) Hollingsworth continued her marathon running two weeks ago when she completed the marathon from Sundance, Wyo., to Spearfish.

Mildred “Milly” Raymond, 90, died at home Sept. 8. Her funeral will be held at 10 a.m. this Friday, Sept. 17, at First United Methodist Church. She grew up in Gregory County and married Robert Raymond in 1948. They lived in Lake Andes while he worked on the construction of Fort Randall Dam. In 1955 the family came to Pierre so he could work on the Oahe Dam project. She is survived by a sister, Mamie Macaulley of Cottage Grove, Ore.; her son, Dean (Deborah) Raymond of Pierre; her daughters, Debbie (Mike) Miller of Philip, Monica (Steve) Harding of Pierre and Kay Pearson of Fort Pierre; 18 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren. Among those preceding her in death were two daughters, Carla LeBeau and Karen Durham.

In Pierre Dr. Pat Anderson won the LifeRunner 5K race in Hilger’s Gulch and surrounding area Saturday.

The South Dakota Film Festival opens today on a virtual basis. All of the festival’s films are available for online viewing at www.southdakotafilmfest.org.


“Keep the faith and be hopeful for the future. Our best life is ahead of us.”
— Lailah Gifty Akita

1 Comment

  1. Vicki Ramse Blake

    Your recount of the Pierre homecoming brought me to tears. Well done, Pierre and its families!


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