Vol. 23, No. 32; Thursday, May 4, 2023

May 4, 2023 | Parker's Midweek Update | 1 comment

Attention, Midweek Update readers: On Tuesday night I had nearly completed all of today’s Midweek Update. I accidentally hit some miscellaneous key on my laptop, and the whole thing disappeared. I couldn’t find it anywhere. So I retrieved the garbage bags I had thrown away in the past few days, found as many of my notes as I could and started typing this whole darn thing all over again. I’m just going to type stuff here in the order I find it out of the garbage bin. Sorry for the disorganization. You will probably have to scroll through this whole mess in case you might otherwise miss something.


Thursday: almond.
Friday-Sunday: strawberry butter.
Monday-Tuesday: butterscotch.
Wednesday-Thursday: pineapple.


Life’s a fiesta, especially on May 5th.


May 5, 2022: Brandon Cruse, who had officiated major college football for several years, was hired by the National Football League as an official.


Thursday, May 4:
Shelby Guthrie, Noah Odden, Jessica Larson, Brett Anderson, Suzanne (Somsen) Moe, Jared Tabbert, Deb Rumrill, June (Cary) Classen.
— 4th anniversary, Erik/Lauren Gilbertson.

Friday, May 5:
Shelly (Schochenmaier) Buseman, Track Lindekugel, Tevan Bryant, Carissa Ott, Maxwell Johnson, Max Hanson, Kit (Hartley) Schmidt, Karen Kern, Blake Anderson, RhyAnna Schoenhard, Wren (Bishop) Hollingsworth, Bev Sprenkle, Weston Kusser, Jared Martin, Jason Garrett.
— 11th anniversary, John/Courtney (Zander) Fisk.
— 11th anniversary, Jason/Lexi Zeigler.
— 11th anniversary, John/Ashlee (Novak) Rounds.
— 12th anniversary, Mike/Kate Clegg.

Saturday, May 6:
Jean Person, Nancy Zuercher, Rashelle Tassler, Molly Hanson, Nicole (Ormesher) Lukkes, Tammy (Helgeson) Cruse, Josh Rose, Isaac Maxwell, Colton Schutz, Brecklyn Mitchell.
— 6th anniversary, Justin/Mackenzie (McKeithan) Jensen.
— 17th anniversary, Moe/Rochelle Reede
— 17th anniversary, Dan/Jessica Rasmussen.

Sunday, 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.
— 7th anniversary, Tyson/Janelle (Flottmeyer) Keller.
— 7th anniversary, Garrett/Tess Weber.
— 18th anniversary, Pete/Nichole (Hunsley) Metzinger.
— 18th anniversary, Shane/Brandi (Kebach) Jackson.

Monday, May 8:
Michael Kendall, Kaitlyn Magee, Daniel Fry, Bob Graff, Chrsti Kuiper, Tanner Norman, LeRoy Foster, Amber (Ness) Stout, Shelley (Stewart) Wickersham, Kathy Lingle.
— 13th anniversary, Jason/Jodi (Cowan) Harder.

Tuesday, May 9:
Tiffany (Jastorff) Gillies, Justin Sarvis, Angie (Konechne) Eide, April Lees, Adele Hall, Katelyn Kreycik.
— 20th anniversary, Chad/Cassie Stoeser.
— 20th anniversary, Michael/Tara (Adamski) Kogelmann.

Wednesday, May 10:
Jason Mangan, Marv Waitman, Kylie (Mundt) Erickson, Judy Weisgram, Chad Jungwirth, Shaun Downs, Andrea (Barber) Goebel, Virginia Hanson, Quinn Arbach, Evelyn Gibson, Jorgen Martin, Troy Wanner, Brian Rounds, Matt Hall, Todd Koenecke, Doralynne (Micklos) Jarvis, Paul Hess, Nicole (Bourk) Edwards.
— 20th anniversary, Todd/Michelle Erickson.
— 20th anniversary, Daniel/Stacy (Hull) Cottrell.
— 9th anniversary, Grant/Monica (Geary) Burgeson.
— 21st anniversary, Trevor/Amber Wiebe.

Thursday, May 11:
Anna Tinker, Angel Corcoran, Lita Magedanz, Tynell Kocer, Cooper Walton, Christina (Lawver) Hanson, Tom Sogaard, Evan Roth, Brock Axthelm, Earl Berg, David Erickson, Keanan Fischer.
— 10th anniversary, David/Jessica (Smith) Little.
— 27th anniversary, Jeff/Robyn (Starks) Holcomb.
— 4th anniversary, Jerrid/Bridget Conway.


Tonight: Pierre Educational Foundation’s Evening of Excellence (May 4).
2 days: All-State jazz band and show choir concert, Rapid City Central (May 6).
4 days: Riggs High band concert (May 8).
5 days: Georgia Morse Middle School band/choir concert (May 9).
7 days: Riggs High choir concert (May 11).
9 days: ESD conference track meet, Brandon (May 13).
10 days: Mothers Day (May 14).
11 days: Boys state tennis tournament, Sioux Falls (May 15-16).
15 days: Minnesota Lynx WNBA season opener (May 19).
16 days: Sully Buttes High graduation (May 20).
17 days: Riggs High graduation (May 21).
17 days: Stanley County High graduation (May 21).
19 days: ESD conference girls golf meet, Watertown (May 23).
19 days: Oahe Zap baseball season opener (May 23).
21 days: State track meets, Sioux Falls (May 25-27).


To find peace sometimes you have to be willing to lose your connection with the people, places and things that create all the noise in your life.
— Quotling.com


  • Black Hills Community Theatre in Rapid City has announced the shows that will comprise its 2023-24 season. “The Addams Family,” a musical, will open the season Sept. 22-Oct. 1. Then will come “The Revolutionists” Nov. 3-19. The middle show will be “One Man, Two Guvnors” on Jan. 26-Feb. 11. The big musical will be “Fiddler on the Roof” March 15-24. The concluding show will be “Alabama Story” May 3-19.
  • The only reason I watch the noon news on Keloland TV is that it comes between the two soap operas that I watch religiously. The one weather guy who obviously is not a native of this area whines on and on about the chance of rain in the forecast. Somebody should point out to him that in the Midwest we will take any rainy day whenever we can get it.
  • By the time you read this, the final episode of “A Million Little Things” has come and gone on ABC-TV. Just as I still miss the Pearson family from “This Is Us,” which went off the air a year ago, this show had people with whom it was easy to become attached. It’s another show I hate to see go away.


Don Shields, 82, who had a long career as a teacher and coach, mostly in Pierre but also in Fort Pierre, passed away Monday in Sioux Falls. He had been in home hospice care for much of the past year. A celebration of life is planned for 11 a.m. .Monday, May 15, at Sunnycrest United Methodist Church in Sioux Falls where Don’s stepson, Charlie Moore, is the pastor. We will attempt to find obituary information and more details in time for next week’s Midweek Update. In the meantime, thanks to KCCR Radio Sports, we have these details about Coach Shields’ coaching career: His coaching began in 1963, and in Pierre he coached basketball, football and track/field. However, he also spent two tenures as head boys basketball coach at Stanley County where his 1997 team qualified for the state “A” tournament. As Governors girls basketball coach his teams compiled 236 wins as he coached from 1979 to 1994 and again from 2004 to 2006. His 1982 team tied with Yankton for the ESD conference championship, then beat Yankton for the state “A” title. His 1991-92 team (girls’ ball was played in the fall at that time) had a less-than-.500 regular season but caught fire at tournament time, placing second in the district, first in the regional and first at the state tourney at the Corn Palace as his Lady Govs beat Gary Munsen’s Kernels in the title game. Shields’ girls teams qualified for the state tournament 11 other times. As head Governors football coach Shields served from 1970 to 1973. He was inducted into the South Dakota Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame, joining other Pierre coaches Paul Marschalk, Phil Trautner and Bob Judson in sharing that distinction.

The Oahe Zaps of the Independence League, who are replacing the Pierre Trappers of the now defunct Expedition League, this week named Lizzy Swenson as general manager and Jordan Lutmer as operations manager. Lizzy came to Pierre with her fiance, Derek, who is an Army National Guard recruiter. She studied sports management at Concordia-St. Paul. Jordan has been a Pierre resident since 2018. He worked with the Trappers here but also interned with SDSU athletics while he was in school there.

Laurie Knudson, 101, died April 24 at Touchmark at All Saints in Sioux Falls. Her funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 12, at Touchmark at All Saints Chapel. Mrs. Knudson grew up in Story City, Iowa, and married Don Knudson in 1944. In 1945 they moved to Yankton where they lived for the rest of their married lives and raised their sons. She is survived by two sons, Don Knudson and Dave (De Welch) Knudson of Sioux Falls; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Pierre native Raeann Schlenker was married last weekend to Jared McFadden in a ceremony held in Nebraska.

Derald Gross retired this week from the Pierre Police Department after 23 years of service. He began his law enforcement career in animal control, moved into the patrol division and retired as one of the department’s two captains. (News courtesy of KCCR Radio News)

Cecil McGruder, 85, died April 20. A celebration of his life is being held this (Thursday) morning at 11 a.m. at Feigum Funeral Home. He was born in western Sully County and graduated from high school in Pierre in 1955. He served with the U.S. Marine Corps from 1956 to 1958. Cecil worked for Ted Baker on his farm in Sully County. He and Dorothy Spencer in 1959. and they raised four sons. When his father died in 1960, Cecil took over the family farm and expanded it. He is survived by his four sons, Keith (Kim Helgeson) McGruder of Eyota, Minn., Leo (Sandra) McGruder of Pierre, David (Marlene) McGruder of Watertown and Roger McGruder of Pierre; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and his siblings, Maxine LeMay of Little Rock, Ark., Bessie McDonald of Malvern, Ark., Wayne (Carmen) McGruder of Kenosha, Wis., and Linda Reiswig of Mesa, Ariz. Among those who preceded him in death were his parents; his sisters, Elnora Luttrell and Ann Russell; his brothers, Marion McGruder and Herman McGruder, and a granddaughter.

At the Riggs High prom last weekend Kasey Broers was crowned king, and Kendra Rounds was crowned queen.

Betty Oldenkamp, a 1982 graduate of Dakota Wesleyan University, will be the keynote speaker at DWU’s commencement this Sunday at the Corn Palace. A native of Murdo, she worked in Pierer with the Department of Human Services, advanced to director of the Division of Mental Health and became cabinet secretary of DHS in the Janklow and Rounds administrations. In 2006 she was appointed president and CEO of Lutheran Social Services in Sioux Falls, retiring from that position in 2021.

A spring concert featuring the Surprise Package vocal group will be held this Friday, May 5, at 7 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church. There is no admission charge, but a free-will offering will be taken.

At Dakota Wesleyan University the highest honor the school gives is the Honors of Distinction award, which goes to four seniors, one each in the areas of faith, service, learning and leadership. The award for faith has been presented to Pierre senior Morgan (Oedekoven) Carr, a biochemistry major. She is also a co-leader of a Bible study group, assists with a church youth group at a church in Mitchell and is the scholar-athlete honoree for cross country and track. At home she and her family have served on annual mission trips to Juarez, Mexico, an experience Morgan has shared eight times. Another Pierre student, Abby Ferris, was one of the two other finalists for the faith award.

Meanwhile, Morgan’s husband, Cobey Carr, received the Distinguished Scholar Award in the area of criminal justice.

Matt and Alaina Blake of Urbandale, Iowa, are the parents of a daughter, Ellis Kirby Blake, who was born April 27 on her dad’s birthday. She joins a brother, Saxon, in the Blake family.

Lynn Larsen, 76, died April 25. A celebration of her life is planned for 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 22, at Community Bible Church. Lynn grew up in the Eureka area. At Northern State College she met Ken Larsen, and they were married in 1966. They lived in Isabel, Kalispell, Mont., Beach, N.D., and since 1979 in Fort Pierre. She was a piano teacher, taught music at the Harrold school, was a library assistant at Riggs High and was an in-school suspension supervisor at the junior high in Pierre. The Larsens brought more than 150 foreign students to central South Dakota through their work with EF Tours. Lynn is survived by her husband of 57 years, Ken Larsen; their children, Natalie (Adam) Frazin, Jody (Sean) Jordet and Kristi (Ryan) Brewer, and five grandchildren. Among those who preceded her in death were an infant daughter, Dara Lynn; a grandson, Aaron Brewer; her parents and her siblings.

Alison Kennedy, a sophomore at Spearfish High School and the daughter of Scott (Riggs High ’94) and Dawn Kennedy, was runner-up in the Sturgis invitational girls golf tournament last week with a score of 77, two shots off the lead. She led her Spearfish team to second place behind St. Thomas More.

Conor Cruse, a freshman at Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Ariz., and his partner won three matches and reached the semifinals of the Arizona state tennis tournament. Conor is the son of Pierre natives Brandon and Melanie (Bunkowske) Cruse, who most recently lived in Rapid City before moving to Arizona.

Eric and Katherine (Adam) Danforth of Watertown are the parents of a daughter, Lily Patricia Danforth, who was born April 27. She weighed 6 pounds, 1 ounce and measured 17 1/2 inches. She joins a brother, Pierce Karlton Danforth, in their family.

This is concert week in the Stanley County schools. The high school/middle school concert will be tonight (Thursday) at 7 p.m. The elementary concert will be at 6 p.m. Monday.

Myrtle (Miller) Crandell, 74, died April 24 at Avera Maryhouse. Her funeral was held Tuesday at First United Methodist Church. Myrtle was raised in Pierre and graduated from Riggs High School in 1967. She married the boy next door, Larry Crandell, in 1976, and they had two daughters. Myrtle worked in the hospital lab from 1965 to 1980. After her girls started school, she also worked at Sandvig’s (later Running’s), the Optical Store and Sutley’s. Larry died in 1991. Myrtle became friends with Ron Walgamuth, and they were companions for 20 years until his death in 2019. Myrtle then moved into the Lincoln Apartments. She is survived by her daughters, Eileen (David) and Brenda (Terry); three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and her brother, Richard Miller.

Cole and Kadence Cruse recently moved from Sioux Falls to Minneapolis. She will continue her wedding photography business as Kadence Cruse Photography. Cole will continue his commercial video production as Volume II Films.

Shirley Ann (Pruess) Helgeson, 81, died April 22. A celebration of life will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. May 27 at Drifters. Shirley and Al, her husband for 47 years, raised their family in Pierre. After his death she moved to Minnesota where she met more friends at Arbor Glen, her treasured senior living community in Lake Elmo. Shirley is survived by her daughters, Annette (Todd) Sherrill of Lake Elmo and Tammy (Brad) Cruse of Pierre; four grandsons; two granddaughters-in-law, and her sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Dale Misterek.

Pierre native and Riggs High alumnus Bruce Bad Moccasin of Rapid City is one of the 10 persons who will be inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame this year. The news release from the Hall says this about Bruce: “Inducted for his impact on economic development and standard of living for South Dakota’s Native American residents, Bruce Bad Moccasin’s 30-year career includes his leadership of the Indian Health Service as an engineer and most recently as the area director of the Aberdeen office. During this time he improved funding processes for projects important to South Dakota reservations. The initiatives taken by Bad Moccasin paved the way for connecting tribal leaders and tribal health boards to IHS leadership and Congress. He is also a strong advocate of STEM education and the continued education of IHS employees.” The other Hall of Fame inductees Sept. 8-9 at Chamberlain and Oacoma will be Adam Vinatieri, Gary Mule Deer, Hani Shafari, Dr. Robert Arnio, Walt Bones, Dr. Tom Dean, Dr. Jose-Marie Griffiths, Dr. Pamela Homan and Larry Rohrer.

Ground-breaking for a $20 million renovation project at the Cultural Heritage Center took place Tuesday. The renovation will keep the center closed until the summer of 2025.


“Don’t compare me to the Almighty. Compare me to the alternative.”
— President Biden addressing the annual Congressional Correspondents Dinner


Boys tennis: The Governors were swept in duals by Mitchell and Yankton by 9-0 scores. Pierre defeated Vermillion, 7-2. In the win Devin Dodson, Jacob Leiferman, Keller Herman, Joe Mikkonen and Weston Northrup won singles matches. The Dodson/Lucas Hight team and the Mikkonen/Northrup doubles team won their matches.

Softball: Pierre scored its first-ever win in sanctioned softball over Mitchell, 4-3. Sheridan Nickolas’ walkoff single in the bottom of the seventh won it for the Governors. Jenna Bucholz had a two-run homer for a 3-1 lead after Ireland Templeton’s single had tied the game at 1-1. Erin Leiferman threw a complete game, allowing seven hits, two walks, one earned run and nine strikeouts. Pierre then lost to Brookings, 15-4, allowing eight unearned runs in a game ended via the 10-run rule. Bucholz had a triple and scored twice. Pierre’s record improved to 2-6 Tuesday with a three-inning 15-0 offensive explosion over Aberdeen Central. Leiferman pitched the full three innings, allowing only two hits. She helped her own cause with four RBIs. Kara Weiss drove in three runs.

This week’s schedules:
Girls golf: at Huron invitational, 10 a.m.
Boys tennis: home invitational, 11 a.m.
Softball: vs. Dakota Valley and Rapid City Central (at Sioux Falls).
Girls golf: at Yankton invitational, 9 a.m.
Boys tennis: home invitational, 9 a.m.
Track: at O’Gorman invitational, Sioux Falls, 9 a.m., and at Howard Wood Dakota Relays, 2 p.m.
Track: at Howard Wood Dakota Relays, Sioux Falls, 9 a.m.
Softball: vs. Watertown and Sioux Falls Jefferson (at Sioux Falls).
Boys tennis: at ESD conference meet, Mitchell, 8 a.m.
Track: home for Capital City qualifier, 3 p.m.
Softball: at Rapid City Stevens, 4 p.m.; vs. Sturgis (at Rapid City), 6 p.m.


Track: At the Black Hills Classic in Sturgis, Paxton Deal placed fifth in the boys long jump at 20’1/2″. Raegan Taylor was seventh in the girls triple jump at 30’3″.

This week’s schedules:
Track: at Howard Wood Dakota Relays, Sioux Falls.
Track: at Howard Wood Dakota Relays, Sioux Falls.
Track: at Capital City qualifier, Pierre, 3:30 p.m.


This week’s schedules:
Golf: at YTC conference meet, Eureka, 10 a.m.
Track: at Howard Wood Dakota Relays, Sioux Falls.
Track: at Howard Wood Dakota Relays, Sioux Falls.
Golf: at Eureka invitational, 10 a.m.
Track: at Capital City qualifier, Pierre, 3:30 p.m.

Boys track: At the YTC conference meet held in Onida, Kady Westergren won the discus event at 120’1/2″. He ran with Gavin Barber, Isaac Ramirez and Teghan Westphal on the 4×100 relay team, and they placed second in :49.85.

Girls track: At the YTC conference meet Lydia Hill and Stevie Wittler were double winners. Lydia won the discus at 118’2 3/4″ and the shot put at 37’1 1/2″. Stevie won the 100-meter hurdles in :16.06 and the 300-meter hurdles in :50.39. Olivia Olson was second in the 100-meter hurdles in :17.67. Two Charger relay teams placed second. The 4×100 team of Stevie Wittler, Hope Weinheimer, Olson and Courtnie Weinheimer ran in :55.01, and the 4×200 team of Wittler, Jaycee Jaeger Olson and Courtnie Weinheimer was timed in 1:57.47. At the Miller invitational on Tuesday Stevie again won both hurdles events, and Lydia again won both the discus and the shot put.


We need leaders not in love with money, publicity and politics but in love with earth, nature and humanity.
— Ryan Elliott


Rollins College baseball (Spencer Sarringar): Rollins swept Florida Southern in a weekend series. In an 8-5 win Spencer went 3-for-4, scored twice, and hit a second-inning solo home run. In a 17-8 win he was 1-for-4, walked once and scored a run on a sacrifice fly. He did not play in a 24-16 win. On Tuesday Rollins beat Eckerd, 6-5, and Spencer got an RBI on a bases-loaded walk in the fifth inning, then doubled in the ninth to drive in the winning walkoff run. Now 32-12 overall and 20-4 in conference play, Rollins hosts St. Leo University for three this weekend.

Augustana track-field (Elizabeth Schaefer): Last week at the Drake Relays Elizabeth ran the 400-meter hurdles in 1:01.25, a personal-best time and also an NCAA qualifying time. It ranks her third all-time for that event in the Augie record books. The Vikings go to Minnesota State meets twice yet this week.

Northern softball (Tevan Bryant): The Wolves lost four games last week, 6-3 and 5-4 in eight innings to Upper Iowa and 6-5 in 11 innings and 8-1 at Winona State. Now 14-34 overall and 8-20 in the NSIC, Northern is playing this weekend at the NSIC tournament in Rochester.

South Dakota Mines track-field (Erick Colman): At the RMAC conference meet Erick placed ninth in the hammer throw at 168’8″ and 23rd in the shot put at 40’11 1/2″. The Mines men finished eighth among 13 schools as their outdoor season ended.

Black Hills State track-field (Frank Becker): At the RMAC conference meet in Chadron, Frank ran the opening leg of the 4×400 relay team, which placed ninth in 3:33.51. The BHSU men placed 10th among 13 teams. This week the Yellow Jackets go to a meet at the Air Force Academy Friday and on to CSU-Pueblo’s meet Saturday.

Northern track-field (Addison Cumbow): At Mount Marty’s meet Addison placed fifth in the javelin at 104’6″. NSU goes to NDSU’s meet in Fargo Friday.

Dakota Wesleyan track-field (Cobey Carr, Abby Ferris): Abby, at Mount Marty’s meet, tied for 13th in the high jump at 4’9 1/2″ and finished 20th in the long jump at 14’9 1/2″. DWU is at the GPAC conference meet in Sioux Center this weekend.

University of Sioux Falls track-field (Jessica Lutmer): The Cougars will be at USD’s meet Friday.

Dakota State track-field (Houston Lunde): At the Mount Marty meet Houston placed 20th in the shot put at 39’1 1/4″, 24th in the discus at 119’6 1/2″ and 10th in the hammer throw at 143’6 3/4″. DSU goes to Minnesota State’s meet today and USD’s meet Saturday.

South Dakota State baseball (Brady Hawkins): The Jackrabbits were swept at Oral Roberts by scores of 5-3, 10-3 and 18-7 in seven innings. In the first of those games Brady was starter and loser (0-4 record). He pitched 2 1/3 innings, allowing two hits, two runs, four walks and three strikeouts. Now 18-20 overall and 10-8 in the Summit League, SDSU steps into the Big 10 this weekend with four games Friday through Monday at Purdue.

University of Sioux Falls softball (Madie Brink): The Cougars took two from Southwest Minnesota State, 7-4 and 4-3; defeated Minnesota-Crookston, 4-1, and split at Bemidji State, losing 3-0 and winning 12-1. Now 24-24 overall and 15-14 in the NSIC, USF is playing in the conference tourney at Rochester this weekend.

Texas State baseball (Peyton Zabel): The Bobcats went to Norfolk, Va., and took two of three from Old Dominion. They won by 11-1 and 12-11 in 10 innings and lost a 2-1 decision. On Tuesday the Bobcats defeated neighboring Incarnate Word, 10-5. Peyton was starting pitcher and pitched three full innings and two batters into the fourth. He allowed eight hits, three earned runs, two strikeouts and no walks. TSU is now 30-16 overall and 12-9 in league play. They are home for three this weekend vs. Georgia State.


Minnesota Twins schedule:
— Thursday: at Chicago White Sox, 1:10 p.m. (BSN).
— Friday: at Cleveland, 6:10 p.m. (Apple TV+).
— Saturday: at Cleveland, 5:10 p.m. (BSN).
— Sunday: at Cleveland, 12:40 p.m. (BSN).
— Tuesday: San Diego, 6:40 p.m. (BSN).
— Wednesday: San Diego, 6:40 p.m. (BSN).
— Thursday: San Diego, 12:10 pm. (BSN, MLBN).

Minnesota Twins: Through Tuesday night the Twins are 17-13 and still in first place in the AL Central. They took three of four at Kansas City, winning by scores of 7-1, 8-6 and 8-4 and losing a 3-2 contest. On Tuesday they lost a 10-inning 3-2 game to the White Sox.

Pierre high school baseball: The Governors swept a twinbill over Sioux Falls Lincoln in the first Pierre home games of the spring. In an 8-5 win Deegan Houska had an RBI hit for the first run, Lincoln Kienholz hit a two-run homer, and Jonathon Lyons drove home a run to tie the game at 4-4 Brecken Krueger’s RBI triple scored what proved to be the winning run, and Houska batted home a pair of insurance runs with a single. Jett Zabel after a four-run first inning against him threw three scoreless innings. Jack Merkwan finished up to get the save. In a 4-3 win in the nightcap, RBIs by Merkwan and Houska left the Govs down by 3-2. In the final inning Houska’s hit tied the game at 3-3, then Charlie Simpson’s bases-loaded fly ball brought in the winning run. J.J. Bucholz threw five scoreless innings in relief. Now 3-5, Pierre is home for two more doubleheaders this weekend—Friday at 5 and 7 vs. Sioux Falls Washington and Saturday at 1 and 3 against Brandon Valley.


Aberdeen Wings: After falling behind 2 games to 0 in the first-round playoff series against St. Cloud at home, the Wings went to St. Cloud and lost a 3-0 game, ending the series and their season.

Minnesota Wild: After falling behind 3 games to 2 in their first-round series in the Stanley Cup playoffs against Dallas, the Wild lost Game #6 at home, 4-1, ending the series at 4-2 and ending the season.


Minnesota United FC: The Loons tied FC Dallas, 0-0. Minnesota plays at Vancouver at 9:30 p.m. CDT Saturday.


Rapid City Marshals: The Marshals lost to Omaha, 62-12, and remain winless at 0-7. Rapid City goes to Gillette Saturday.

Sioux Falls Storm: The Storm defeated Quad City, 59-47. Now 3-2, Sioux Falls is home vs Tulsa at 7:05 p.m. Saturday.

1 Comment

  1. Johm Culberson

    Parker, news of Don Shields passing this week saddened me but also reminded me of the time Don, Paul Marso and I body painted our upper torsos to lead the very large adult Pierre crowd in the 1984 (I think) State A Championship game. Don got in trouble with Supt. Darwin Tessier who thought we were all drunk at the time. Since Darwin had hired me 11 or so years prior as Assist Principal in the Jr. High I went to him and explained that some alcohol was involved in the decision making process the night before but we were stone cold sober when we did it. Our whole thought process was the adult crowd was on the upper level of the Arena and the cheerleaders were on the floor so someone had to lead the adults! It was great fun as I did not have an employer to answer to. Darwin accepted my explanation and backed off on disciplining Don but we never did it again.


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