Vol. 22, No. 34; Thursday, May 5, 2022

May 5, 2022 | Parker's Midweek Update | 0 comments


“Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; a mother’s secret hope outlives them all.”
— Oliver Wendell Holmes


Girls golf: at Huron invitational, 10 a.m.
Boys tennis: home for Pierre invitational, 11 a.m.
Boys tennis: home for Pierre invitational, 0 a.m.
Track/field: at O’Gorman invitational, Sioux Falls, 9 a.m.; at Howard Wood Dakota Relays, Sioux Falls, 3 p.m.
Girls golf: at Yankton invitational.
Baseball: home vs. Sioux Falls O’Gorman, 5 and 7 p.m.
Track/field: at Howard Wood Dakota Relays, Sioux Falls, 8 a.m.
Baseball: home vs. Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 1 and 3 p.m.
Boys tennis: at ESD conference meet, Huron, 8 a.m.
Track/field: home for Pierre invitational, 3:30 p.m.

Boys tennis: The Governors defeated Brandon Valley in a dual, 6-3.

Girls golf: At Aberdeen last Thursday the girls placed fifth of five teams but only 19 strokes behind the first-place team. Andrea Mosteller and Haley Nadeau tied for 18th place at 14-over for Pierre’s best scores.

Baseball: The Governors split two doubleheaders early this week. Against Harrisburg they lost 1-0 in nine innings and won 11-10. Lincoln Kienholz pitched no-hit ball for seven innings in the loss. The first hit for Harrisburg was a solo home run in the top of the ninth. Jayden Wiebe had three of Pierre’s six hits, but the team couldn’t score a run. In the win a seven-run fifth included a three-run double by Spencer Letellier. Grayson Hunsley had two RBI. An 11-6 lead almost disappeared in the final inning as Harrisburg climbed back to within a run and had the bases loaded when the game ended. On Tuesday Pierre split with Sturgis, winning 9-7 and losing 10-9. In the opener the Govs rallied from behind three times. Cade Kaiser hit a two-run home run. Wiebe in relief saved the game. In the loss Pierre gave up six runs in Sturgis’ third, but only two of them were earned runs. Pierre scored four in the seventh and had the tying and winning runs on third and second bases, but a strikeout ended the game with Pierre a run short.


This week’s schedules:
Girls golf: home for Stanley County invitational, Dunes.
Track/field: at Howard Wood Dakota Relays, Sioux Falls.
Track/field: at Howard Wood Dakota Relays, Sioux Falls; Eureka-Bowdle invitational, and Kadoka Area invitational.
Track/field: at Pierre invitational, 3:30 p.m.


Thursday: root beer.
Friday-Sunday: strawberry cheesecake.
Monday-Tuesday: creme de menthe.
Wednesday-Thursday: lemon.


South Dakota Mines track/field (Erick Colman): At the RMAC conference meet in Pueblo, Erick placed ninth in the hammer throw at 166’2″ and ninth in the shot put at 47’3″. The Hardrocker men placed ninth and the women tenth in team standings.

University of Sioux Falls track/field (Jessica Lutmer): At the Simpson College meet in Indianola, Iowa, Jessica placed 21st in the 1500-meter run in 4:53.25 and 29th in the 5,000-meter run in 18:18.99. The latter is the sixth-best all-time USF mark for that event. This weekend the Cougars will go to either the USD twilight meet or Mankato’s Maverick Open.

Northern State track/field (Rachel Guthmiller): At the Drake Relays Rachel placed fifth in the javelin event at 139’8″. The Wolves go to the USD twilight meet this Friday.

Dakota State track/field (Houston Lunde): The Trojans are scheduled to go to the USD twilight meet this Friday.

Texas State baseball (Peyton Zabel): The Bobcats won two of three over South Alabama, winning 10-2 and 11-10 and losing 8-7 in seven innings. In the latter game Peyton pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits, one run, one walk and two fly-outs in facing five batters. On Tuesday Texas State beat Incarnate Word, 3-1, to go to 35-11 for the season. The Bobcats play three at Louisiana-Monroe this weekend.

South Dakota State track/field (Addison Eisenbeisz): The Jackrabbit athletes are set for the USD twilight meet Friday.

Northern State baseball (Spencer Sarringar): The Wolves swept two from Bemidji State, 4-0 and 4-3. In the opener Spencer was 1-for-2, walked once, scored once and drove in a run with a first-inning single. He was 0-for-4 in the nightcap. Northern lost two of three to Mary,. In a 4-2 loss Spencer had a double in a 2-for-3 game. In a 5-0 loss he went 1-for-4. In a 4-1 win over Mary he was 0-for-3 but drew one walk. NSU took a 15-21 record into a pair against Minnesota-Crookston yesterday. NSU finishes the regular season with three against Southwest Minnesota State Friday and Saturday.

Iowa Central baseball (Jack Van Camp): The Tritons have a 35-17 record now but had an 0-5 week, losing to Indian Hills CC, 8-3 and 9-8; losing to Kirkwood CC, 7-3 and 21-7, and losing to North Iowa CC, 11-7. Box scores for most of those games were not posted on the ICCC website. The Tritons play three this weekend against Marshalltown CC.

Black Hills State track/field (Frank Becker): At the RMAC conference meet Frank placed 19th in the 400-meter run in :52.47. He ran on the 4×100 relay team, which placed fifth in :42.61, and on the 4×400 relay team, which placed seventh in 3:24.50. The Yellowjacket men placed seventh and the women fourth in the team standings.


3 days: Mothers Day (May 8).
4 days: Riggs High spring chorus concert (May 9).
4 days: Stanley County elementary concert (May 9).
5 days: Georgia Morse Middle School band/chorus concert (May 10).
7 days: NSIC outdoor track/field championships, Aberdeen (May 12-14).
9 days: Ellsworth AFB air show (May 14-15).
11 days: State ‘A’ boys tennis tournament, Rapid City (May 16-17).
14 days: State ‘AA’ boys tennis tournament, Rapid City (May 19-20).
16 days: High school baseball regional tournaments (May 21).
17 days: Stanley County High graduation (May 22).
17 days: Riggs High graduation (May 22).
19 days: “This Is Us” final episode, NBC-TV (May 24).
21 days: Pierre Trappers season opener (May 26)
21 days: State track meets, Sioux Falls (May 26-28).
23 days: State ‘A’ high school baseball state tournament, Sioux Falls (May 28).
25 days: Memorial Day (May 30).
28 days: NBA Finals begin (June 2).
29 days: Black Hills Playhouse’s “The Mountaintop” (June 3-12).
30 days: Casey Tibbs Match of Champions (June 4).
32 days: State ‘B’ boys golf tournament, Rapid City (June 6-7).
32 days: State girls golf tournaments, ‘AA’ Brookings, ‘A’ Sioux Falls, ‘B’ Rapid City (June 6-7).
33 days: Primary elections (June 7).


The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts.
— C. S. Lewis


Aberdeen Wings: The Wings beat Austin, 6-3, to sweep the first-round playoff series 3-0. Aberdeen has been waiting for the St. Cloud-Bismarck series to get over and it finally has. The Wings will play Games 1 and 2 of the next series at St. Cloud Friday and Saturday. The series moves to Aberdeen starting Friday of next week.

Minnesota Wild: To close the regular season the Wild beat Calgary in overtime, 3-2, and beat Colorado, 4-1, to clinch home ice for the first-round Stanley Cup playoff series. That advantage didn’t last long as the Wild was shut out by St. Louis, 4-0, in Game 1 Monday. Game 2 was last night, and Games 3 and 4 will be in St. Louis Friday and Sunday. A fifth game would be back in St. Paul next Tuesday. Minnesota’s regular-season record was 53 wins, 22 losses and seven overtime losses.

Rapid City Rush: The Rush defeated Allen, 4-1 and 6-3 to take the first-round Kelly Cup playoff series 4 games to 1. Rapid City has been waiting for the Utah-Tulsa series to end. Their final game was last night, so the Rush will play that winner in the next round. For the schedule go to www.rapidcityrush.com.


Sioux Falls City FC: There is a new professional women’s soccer team in South Dakota. The Sioux Falls team, playing in the Women’s Professional Soccer League, will open its season May 21 at Joy AC in St. Louis Park, Minn.

Minnesota United FC: In Major League Soccer play over the weekend, the Loons lost to Los Angeles FC, 2-0. Minnesota is home vs. Cincinnati Saturday.


PGA Champions Tour (Tom Byrum): At the Insperity meet at The Woodlands, Texas, Tom tied for 58th place with a scorecard of 73-70-76=219. That 3-over-par weekend earned him $4,140. This weekend the Champions Tour goes to Duluth, Ga., for the Mitsubishi Electric Classic.


Minnesota Timberwolves: The Wolves gave Memphis quite a battle in their first-round playoff series but in three games could not hold on to double-digit fourth-quarter leads. In Game 6 last Friday they lost to Memphis at home, 114-106, as the Grizzlies clinched the series with four wins to Minnesota’s two.


Rapid City Marshals: The Marshals have a 1-4 record after a 55-7 loss at Salina. This Saturday Rapid City is home at 7:05 p.m. against Southwest Kansas.

Sioux Falls Storm: The Storm nipped Iowa, 50-47. Their next game is at home May 14 vs. Frisco.


Sept. 1: Upper Iowa, 6 p.m.
Sept. 10: at Wayne State, 6 p.m.
Sept. 17: Minnesota State-Mankato, 6 p.m.
Sept. 24: at Augustana, 1 p.m.
Oct. 1: at Mary.
Oct. 8: Winona State, 2:30 p.m. (Gypsy Day)
Oct. 15: at Minot State.
Oct. 22: Concordia-St. Paul, 6 p.m.
Oct. 29: Minnesota State-Moorhead, 1 p.m.
Nov. 5: at Bemidji State, 1 p.m.
Nov. 12: Minnesota-Duluth, 1 p.m.


Minnesota Twins schedule:
— Thursday: at Baltimore, 6:05 p.m.
— Friday: Oakland, 7:10 p.m.
— Saturday: Oakland, 1:10 p.m.
— Sunday: Oakland, 1:10 p.m.
— Tuesday: Houston, 6:40 p.m.
— Wednesday: Houston, 6:40 p.m.
— Thursday: Houston, 12:10 p.m.

Pierre Trappers: More additions to this summer’s roster:
— Kolby Rich, utility player, Oklahoma Wesleyan, from Sumner, Iowa.
— Colton Yanish, pitcher-first baseman, Illinois Valley Community College, from Peru, Ill.
— Daniel Haab, catcher-outfielder, Gordon State College, from Norcross, Ga.


“A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take.”
— Cardinal Mermillod


  • Last week one of our news items concerned the Olsen kids in Des Moines and their National Honor Society achievements at Dowling Catholic High School. My error was in giving Ann (Schaack) credit for being their mother. However, the Olsen kids are the children of the former Katie Schaack and her husband.
  • In case you missed seeing a Facebook photo of it, the Pierre Fire Department, of which the late Floyd Richards was a member for 37 years, used two of its ladder trucks along the road to Riverside Cemetery last Saturday and hoisted an American flag between the ladder extensions. The funeral procession passed beneath it.
  • We won’t know the full schedule for the Vikings or any other NFL team until the middle of next week. However, the overseas games schedule has been announced. The Vikings will play New Orleans in London on Oct. 2, and kickoff will be 8:30 a.m. Central Time.


Thursday, May 5:
Carissa Ott, Tevan Bryant, Maxwell Johnson, Max Hanson, Kit (Hartley) Schmidt, Track Lindekugel, Shelly (Schochenmaier) Buseman, Karen Kern, Blake Anderson, RhyAnna Schoenhard, Wren (Bishop) Hollingsworth, Jason Garrett, Bev Sprenkle, Weston Kusser, Jared Martin.
— 10th anniversary, John/Courtney (Zander) Fisk.
— 10th anniversary, Jason/Lexi Zeigler.
— 10th anniversary, John/Ashlee Rounds.
— 11th anniversary, Mike/Kate Clegg.

Friday, May 6:
Rashelle Tassler, Molly Hanson, Colton Schutz, Nicole (Ormesher) Lukkes, Beth Eckman, Tammy (Helgeson) Cruse, Josh Rose, Isaac Maxwell, Brooklyn Mitchell, Jean Person, Nancy Zuercher.
— 16th anniversary, Dan/Jessica Rasmussen.
— 16th anniversary, Moe/Rochelle Reede.
— 5th anniversary, Justin/Mackenzie (McKeithan) Jensen.

Saturday, May 7:
McKenzie Dulas, Beckee (Snyder) Biasi, Devin Rounds, Sharon Erlenbusch, Jessica (Hoyme) Oltman, Tenley Lindekugel, Kris Dozark, Sophie Intorn, Amanda (Nystrom) Van Balen, Brayden Frick, Vicky (Eldridge) Reagle.
— 17th anniversary, Pete/Nichole (Hunsley) Metzinger.
— 17th anniversary, Shane/Brandi (Kebach) Jackson.
— 6th anniversary, Tyson/Janelle (Flottmeyer) Keller.
— 6th anniversary, Garrett/Tess Weber.

Sunday, May 8:
Michael Kendall, Kaitlyn Magee, Daniel Fry, Bob Graff, LeRoy Foster, Kathy Lingle, Shelley (Stewart) Wickersham, Amber (Ness) Stout, Tanner Norman, Christi Kuiper.
— 12th anniversary, Jason/Jodi (Cowan) Harder.

Monday, May 9:
Justin Sarvis, Tiffany (Jastorff) Gillies, Angie (Konechne) Eide, Adele Hall, Katelyn Kreycik, April Lees.
— 19th anniversary, Michael/Tara (Adamski) Kogelmann.
— 19th anniversary, Chad/Cassie Stoeser.

Tuesday, May 10:
Nicole (Bourk) Edwards, Kylie (Mundt) Erickson, Judy Weisgram, Chad Jungwirth, Shaun Downs, Andrea (Barber) Goebel, Virginia Hanson, Marv Waitman, Evelyn Gibson, Jason Mangan, Paul Hess, Doralynne (Micklos) Jarvis, Matt Hall, Todd Koenecke, Brian Rounds, Troy Wanner, Jorgen Martin.
— 19th anniversary, Todd/Michelle Erickson.
— 20th anniversary, Trevor/Amber Wiebe.
— 8th anniversary, Grant/Monica (Geary) Burgeson.
— 7th anniversary, Monte/Jackie (Christenson) Jessup.
— 19th anniversary, Daniel/Stacy (Hull) Cottrell.

Wednesday, May 11:
Anna Tinker, Angel Corcoran, Christina (Lawver) Hanson, Cooper Walton, Lita Magedanz, Tynell Kocer, Keanan Fischer, David Erickson, Earl Berg, Brock Axthelm, Evan Roth, Tom Sogaard.
— 3rd anniversary, Jerrid/Bridget Conway.
— 26th anniversary, Jeff/Robyn (Starks) Holcomb.
— 9th anniversary, David/Jessica (Smith) Little.

Thursday, May 12:
Ashley Heikes, Jarret Ripperger, Kay (Calkins) Venjohn, Clay Pearson, Chris Fry, Kelley Fouts, Valerie Melmer, Carly Bass.
— 10th anniversary, Charlie/Kamila Magedanz.
— 15th anniversary, Josh/Jody (Maberry) Sting.
— 10th anniversary, Luke/Danielle (Magorien) Kaiser.
— 15th anniversary, Greg/Wanda Goodman.
— Anniversary, Boomer/Christi Kuiper.


Jason and Erin Bisbee’s oldest son, Tristan, is one of the new National Honor Society members at Brandon Valley High School.

Allison Stout, daughter of Steve and Peggy Stout, has completed 10 years with Lakes Region EMS at North Branch, Minn., just north of the Twin Cities. Allison started work there as an emergency medical technician (EMT), then became a critical care paramedic and field training officer, and is now a quality assurance coordinator. Allison lives with her partner, Jon, and his son, Zander.

Dan Weischedel, 83, died April 29. Visitation will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday at the Onida Methodist Church with a prayer service at 6, and the funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Dan is survived by his wife of 61 years, Nancy Weischedel of Pierre; his son, Wayne (Sara) Weischedel of Aberdeen; his daughters, Mary Weischedel of Pierre and Pam (Chad) Collins of Volga; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Among those who preceded him in death were his son, Lynn Weischedel; two great-grandchildren; four brothers, Howard Weischedel, Jake Weischedel, Dale Weischedel and Mike Mikkelsen, and three sisters, Olive Silbaugh, Frances Zebroski and Margaret Mennenger.

Jordan and Madison Shangreaux of Aberdeen revealed last week they are expecting their first child later this year, and it will be a boy.

Fort Pierre native Martin Calkins announced his new business, “The Valley Hopper,” in the Carbondale, Colo., area last week. Calling himself “the man with the van,” Martin and his van will be shepherding tourists, wedding guests, fishermen, bicyclists, long-distance runners and anybody else who has to get somewhere. People interested in learning more can find him at TheValleyHopper@gmail.com.

A reminder: The deadline for registering to vote in the June 7 primary election or changing one’s present registration is just 2 1/2 weeks away. The final day to do that is May 23.

Onida native Rocky Volker retired after 34 years of maintenance supervision in Rapid City. For the last six years he has worked in that capacity with the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office in the jail.

Nathan Kist of the band was named Fine Arts Performer of the Week at Riggs High last week.

Cole Cruse and his wife, Kadence, have a new venture on Instagram at Vol.ii.Films. They and another business partner have launched into commercial video in addition to their wedding photography and videography work. They can be located on Instagram under @kadencecrusephotos and @colecrusefilms and on Facebook at Kadence + Cole Photo and Films. The Cruses, who met at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, live and work out of Sioux Falls.

Holly Knox’s younger daughter, Audrey Perli, played the role of the March Hare in Rapid City Central High School’s production of “Alice in Wonderland” last week. Besides three evening performances for the public, the play was performed in the daytime in front of hundreds of Rapid City elementary students.

“Ordinary Days,” Pierre Players’ spring show, has its final weekend of performances this weekend. The play will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Grand Opera House. Call 224-7826 for ticket reservations.

Jenni Jones graduated from the University of Mary in Bismarck with a MBA (master of business administration) degree with a focus on healthcare.

Alec Richards, the older of the two children of Pierre native Kyle Richards and his wife, Tammy, will graduate this month from St. Thomas More High School in Rapid City. Alec plans to attend USD to major in history education.

Ryan Knox, who has been living in Pittsburgh, Pa., since April of last year, moved last year back to Tucson, Ariz., where he had previously lived.

A benefit fund-raiser for Laura (Pottratz) Waack as she battles her second brain tumor in three years will take place Saturday, May 14, at the Masonic Temple (next door to Zesto to the east) from 8 to 11 a.m. There will be a pancake/sausage breakfast and a silent auction, and the price of admission is a free-will offering.
* To donate to the silent auction or breakfast contact Lynn Bixler, 605/222-1513, or Nancy Kennedy, 605/209-5281.

A celebration of the life of Devern Peck will take place at 10 a.m. Monday, May 9, at the Pat Duffy Community & Youth Involved Center in Fort Pierre. He passed away Monday at the age of 66.

Bill Englehart underwent emergency quintuple-bypass surgery last Thursday. He was already released from the hospital Monday and is recuperating at home. Greetings can be sent to him at 29061 Blue Grama, Pierre SD 57501.

Brandon Cruse (’01) of Rapid City, who has officiated major-college football games for several seasons, has been hired by the National Football League as an official.

Call him Dr. Blaseg now. Matt Blaseg graduated this week from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis and will be joining the staff of Central Dakota Eyecare in Pierre. His wife is the former Taryn Wolf.

Matt Gill and Chris Williams were doubles partners in tennis back when they were in high school in Pierre. The other day they were able to play tennis with each other for the first time in 17 years when they got together on a court in Salt Lake City.

The JY6 Foundation is a nonprofit public charity that focuses on funding research for leukemia and pediatric oncology. Their 11th annual nurses dinner was held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Sioux Falls the other night. One of the invited speakers was Caleb Lusk, who survived brain cancer at an early age. He told how his experience shaped his education and career path. Caleb is now a student at USD.

The Pierre Educational Foundation will host its annual Evening of Excellence tonight (Thursday). Over the past month the PEF has daily honored one of the Evening of Excellence scholars, and here is the list of those Riggs High seniors and their immediate post-high school plans:
— Kayla Petersen, University of Minnesota, environmental science.
— Hayden Shaffer, SDSU, animal science.
— Teyah Lewis, Black Hills State, exercise science.
— Oksana Mutchelknaus, Utah Tech, nursing.
— Edmund Devaney, SDSU, conservation planning and park management, or Black Hills State, outdoor education.
— Jacob Roberts, U.S. Army.
— Noah Smith, SDSU, economics.
— Sydney Youngberg, Hawaii Pacific U., biochemistry.
— Spencer Taylor, Mitchell Tech, progressive welding technology.
— Steven Juhas, S.D. Mines, biochemical engineering and prosthetics.
— Abbie Pillen, Dakota State, digital sound design.
— Brady Getz, SDSU, business economics.
— Michael Jackley, SDSU, industrial engineering.
— Blake Judson, SDSU, architecture.
— Nevaeh Starr, University of Montana, law and journalism.
— Nathan Williams, SDSU, business economics and accounting.
— Olivia Swenson, Northern or Concordia College, biology and pre-dental.
— Griffin Gates, Dakota State, cybersecurity.
— Ela Petersen, Lake Area Tech, entrepreneurship and photography.
— Lauren Bland, Northern, history.
— Lucas Jones, Lake Area Tech, agriculture production.
— Emily Sattizahn, college, then medical school.
— Madelyn Jungwirth, Lake Area Tech, financial services.
— Ariana Vazquez, South Florida, biomedical sciences, then OBGYN.
— Ayden Johnson, S.D. Mines, chemical engineering and biomedical engineering.
— Devin Strutt, S.D. Mines, biomedical engineering.
— Isaak Rombough, S.D. Mines, biomedical engineering.
— Sydney Roberts, year off to travel.
— Adisyn Gray, Augustana, biology and pre-med.
— Claire Koenecke, Augustana or SDSU, English and political science.
— Ellis Smith, USD and medical school.
— Jenna Bush, SDSU, optometry.
— Draix Wyatt, computer science and medical school.
— Maegan Walsh, USD, neuroscience and medical school.
— Emily Lingle, SDSU, human biology and medical school.
— Spencer Letellier, SDSU, exercise science, then physical therapy school.
— Carmela Stangeland, Minnesota State-Mankato, exercise science and athletic training.
— Alexis Moran, college for finance and business.
— Drew Schuchard, Dakota State online.
— Ainslee Hutchinson, Winona State, biology and pre-med.
— Carter Schultz, engineering.
— Madigan Vogeler, Lake Area Tech, business management and human resources management.
— Theodora Crawford, Augustana, psychology.
— Emerie Stephens, USD, medical biology.

Each of the Scholars of Excellence named an educator who was of special importance to them during their school careers, whether in elementary, junior high or high school. These teachers are among those named so far:
Kim Livermont, Amber Stout, Becky Walsh, Michelle Strand, Paula Weeldreyer, Taylor Hamblin, Joseph Lehman, Jenny Hodges, Pam Kringel, Samantha Palu, Mackenzie McKeithan-Jensen, Christina Schaefer, Brittanie Rezac, Dan Snyder, Adam Spoehr, Steve Steele, Elizabeth Vogt, Jennifer Allen, Hope Armstrong, Rob Coverdale, Megan Deal, Guy Hunter, Becky Kitts, Chad Kringel, Daniel Youmans.


Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.
— Margaret Mead


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