Vol. 23, No. 33; Thursday, May 11, 2023

May 11, 2023 | Parker's Midweek Update | 0 comments


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


This week’s schedules:
Girls golf: at Mitchell invitational, 10:30 a.m.
Softball: at Sioux Falls Jefferson, 6 p.m.
Track: at ESD conference meet, Brandon, 11:30 a.m.
Softball: at Sioux Falls Lincoln, 2 p.m.
Boys tennis: at state tournament, Sioux Falls, 8 a.m.
Boys tennis: at state tournament, Sioux Falls, 8 a.m.
Girls golf: at Watertown invitational, 10 a.m.

Softball: This first sanctioned softball season is down to the final week of the regular season. The Governors went 3-3 in this past busy week. They defeated Dakota Valley, 4-3; beat Rapid City Central, 11-6; lost to Watertown, 13-2; lost to Sioux Falls Jefferson, 14-1; lost to Rapid City Stevens, 22-11 in five innings, and defeated Sturgis, 4-3. In Tuesday’s loss to Stevens, Ireland Templeton, Jenna Bucholz and Emma Hall each had two RBIs. In the Sturgis win Sheridan Nickolas and Bella Tafoya had RBIs early in the game. Templeton’s fifth-inning double put Pierre ahead, 3-2, and Bucholz’s RBI double added the insurance run. Noel Kist was winning pitcher, and Erin Leiferman earned a save.

Boys track: At the Howard Wood Dakota Relays Pierre’s Colby Carey won the pole vault at 13’0″. Jason Maciejczak placed second in his two specialties, the shot put at 59’4″ and the discus at 170’1″. Jared Lutmer was 11th in the 3200 in 9:38.67 and 13th in the 1600 in 4:25.92. All of the other Pierre results at Howard Wood are listed at the bottom of this Midweek Update.

Girls track: Reese Terwilliger placed fourth in the shot put at the Howard Wood Dakota Relays at 41’5 1/4″. Kali Ringstmeyer was sixth in the 100 in :12.49. Reese was also 10th in the javelin at 115’7″ where Maya Shorter was 13th at 114’5″. Grace Richter placed 11th in the 400 at :59.59. The Governor girls’ 4×200 relay team of Kali and Dani Ringstmeyer, Charlee Williams-Smith and Richter were fifth in 1:46.32. The same four runners finished eighth in the 4×100 relay in :50.32. All of the other Pierre results at Howard Wood are listed at the bottom of this Midweek Update.

Boys track: Pierre had 11 top-10 finishes at the O’Gorman Invitational in Sioux Falls last Friday and plenty of other results as well. Brock Moser tied for fourth in the pole vault at 11’6″. Luke Olson finished fourth in the 110-meter hurdles in :16.60 and seventh in the 300-meter hurdles in :44.79. Caleb Morris had a pair of sixth-place medals—in the 1600 in 4:46.69 and in the 3200 in 10:34.15. Chris Dusky tied for seventh in the high jump at 5’10”. Matthew Coverdale was ninth in the shot put at 44’1″. Two Governor relay teams finished fourth in their events—the 4×200 team of Levi Letellier, Andrew Campea, Tayshaun Agard and Lincoln Schoenhard in 1:35.40 and the 4×100 team of Moser, Eladio Simental, Agard and Letellier in :45.23. Pierre’s 4×800 team of Jayden Brandt, Morris, Ian Rounds and Haeden Wheelhouse was fifth in 8:52.35. The 4×400 team of Travis Boddicker, Brant, Schoenhard and Corbin Beastrom was sixth in 3:58.74. All of the other Pierre results at O’Gorman are listed at the bottom of this Midweek Update.

Girls track: Pierre’s 4×400 relay team of Lennix Dupris, Ava Johnson, Maira Tafoya and Reed Curry won their race in 4:27.88 at the O’Gorman Invitational in Sioux Falls last Friday. The 4×200 team of Nevaeh Baade, Jasmine Jost, Tafoya and Curry placed fourth in 1:53.19. The 4×100 team of Anastyn Baade, Jost, Tafoya and Curry finished fifth in :52.92. Breanna Tedrow placed sixth in the 300-meter hurdles in :51.89, Curry sixth in the 200 in :27.86 and Mason Berg sixth in the 3200 in 12:43.19. Dupris was the seventh-place contestant in the 800 in 2:35.97. All of the other Pierre results at the O’Gorman meet are listed at the bottom of this Midweek Update.

Boys track: At Tuesday’s Capital City Qualifier meet Jason Maciejczak did his thing, winning the shot put at 60’1″ and the discus at 183’0″. Caden Thompson won the 100 in :11.40. Landon Bertram won the 200 in :23.32. Greyson Schuetzle won the 110-meter hurdles in :15.60. Deegan Houska was the 300-meter hurdles champion in :41.20. Andrew Campea won the high jump at 5’10”. The 4×100 team of Levi Letellier, Spencer Easland, Jett Zabel and Trey Lewis won their event in :45.23.

Girls track: At the Capital City Qualifier Aleise Christopherson won the long jump at 16’1/2″ and the triple jump at 33’4 1/2″. Kali Ringstmeyer was a double winner, taking the 100 in :12.76 and the 200 in ;26.66 Danielle Beck won the 100-meter hurdles in :16.39. Reese Terwilliger won the shot put at 40’3 3/4″.

Boys tennis: The Governors won three duals in a home quadrangular, beating Lennox 8-1, Aberdeen Roncalli 5-4 and Madison 5-4. At the ESD conference meet Tuesday, only the singles were completed before bad weather moved in. Weston Northrup reached the consolation championship match before losing out. The other Pierre players either went out early with 0-2 records or won play-in matches but then went 0-2.


This week’s schedules:
Track: at Kimball meet.

Track: At the Howard Wood Dakota Relays in Sioux Falls the girls sprint medley relay team placed 16thg in 4:44.47. Running were Raegan Taylor, Brianna Sargent, Grace Sargent and Kaysen Magee. The Buffalo girls team in the 4×800 placed 20th in 10:42.00. Those runners were Grace Sargent, Gracie Olson, Rachel Nemec and Magee. Grace was 60th in the 400 in 1:04.82. Brandon Bothwell was 53rd in the boys 400 in :54.60.

Boys track: At the O’Gorman Invitational in Sioux Falls last Friday, the Buffs’ Brandon Bothwell was the winner in the 200 in :23.60. Spencer Sargent placed third in the 800 in 2:13.83. The SCHS 4×100 team of Paxton Deal, Colton Brady, Noah Baldwin and Bothwell placed third in :46.92. The sprint medley team of Landon Bame, Cash Richardson, Baldwin and Tyson Peterson finished eighth in 4:28.49. All of the other Stanley County results at O’Gorman are listed at the bottom of this Midweek Update.

Girls track: At O’Gorman’s invitational in Sioux Falls, the SCHS girls sprint medley team of Raegan Taylor, Emily Nemec, Brianna Sargent and Austyn Norman placed fourth in 5:01.77. Norman placed sixth in the 200 in :29.99. All of the other Stanley County results are listed at the bottom of this Midweek Update.

Golf: At last Friday’s home meet at the Dunes course, the SCHS girls finished second in the team standings and the boys fifth. Abby Wyly was the girls’ individual winner with a 90. The best Buffalo score on the boys’ side was Spencer Anderson, who was 11th with a 77.

Boys track: At the Capital City Qualifier on Tuesday, the Buffalo sprint medley team of Paxton Deal, Colton Brady, Brendon Bothwell and Spencer Sargent won their event in 3:50.49. The 4×100 team of Noah Baldwin, Bothwell, Deal and Brady was second. The 4×400 team of Sargent, Tyler Peterson, Justin Trebbe and Nathan Taylor was third. Bothwell placed fourth in the 100-meter dash.

Girls track: At the Capital City Qualifier meet Grace Sargent placed fourth in both the 200 and the 400. Sarah Fosheim was fourth in the 300-meter hurdles.


This week’s schedules:
Golf: at CSDC meet, Faulkton, 10 a.m.
Track: at CSDC meet, Miller, 10 a.m.
Golf: at pre-region meet, Huron, 9 a.m.

Track: At the Howard Wood Dakota Relays in Sioux Falls, Lydia Hill placed 19th in the open-class shot put at 37’2″ and 18th in the discus at 118’8″. Stevie Wittler was 62nd in the 300-meter hurdles in :65.52. Two Charger girls’ teams placed 23rd in their events—Wittler, Jaycee Jaeger, Hope Weinheimer and Courtnie Weinheimer in the 4×200 in 1:58.43 and the same four girls in the 4×100 in :54.86.

Track: At the Capital City Qualifier on Tuesday, Lydia Hill won the discus at 118’6 1/2″ and was second in the shot put. Stevie Wittler won the 300-meter hurdles in :49.57 and was second in the 100-meter hurdles. The 4×100 team of Wittler, Jaycee Jaeger, Hope Weinheimer and Courtnie Weinheimer was third. In boys’ event Gavin Barber placed fourth in the 400.

Golf: At the YTC conference meet the Charger boys repeated as league champions. Gavin Colson placed second with an 81, Thomas Farries third with an 85, Wesley Wittler seventh and Marshall Wittler eighth. The Wittlers both shot 89s. In girls’ golf Berkley Birney was fifth.


Thursday: pineapple.
Friday-Sunday: raspberry.
Monday-Tuesday: grape.
Wednesday-Thursday: root beer.


Rollins College baseball (Spencer Sarringar): Rollins won two of three weekend games from St. Leo University. In a 9-3 win Spencer went 2-for-4, scored twice and drove in a run with a sixth-inning single and another with an eighth-inning double. In an 8-5 lsos he went 1-for-3, scored once and earned an RBI on a bases-loaded walk. He didn’t play in a 12-4 win. Now 34-13 overall and 22-5 in league play, Rollins plays Thursday, Friday and Saturday against Embry-Riddle University in Daytona Beach.

Augustana track-field (Elizabeth Schaefer): In a meet at Minnesota State-Mankato, Elizabeth ran a personal-best time of :14.60 in the 100-meter hurdles prelims and placed third in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:01.73, an NCAA provisional qualifying time. Augustana goes today through Saturday at the NSIC conference meet in St. Paul.

University of Sioux Falls track-field (Jessica Lutmer): At USD’s meet Jessica won the 1500-meter run in 4:06.53. The Cougars go to the NSIC conference meet in St. Paul today through Saturday.

Dakota Wesleyan track-field (Cobey Carr, Abby Ferris): At the GPAC conference meet Cobey placed sixth in the triple jump at 43’9 1/2″ and 15th in the long jump at 20’6 1/2″. He ran opening leg on the 4×100 relay team which placed eighth in :44.79. Abby scratched in the high jump event. DWU’s season has ended.

Northern track-field (Addison Cumbow): At USD’s meet Addison placed seventh in the 100-meter hurdles in :15.83. The Wolves are at the NSIC meet at Concordia-St. Paul today through Saturday.

Black Hills State track-field (Frank Becker): The Yellow Jackets end their outdoor season Saturday at the Loper Invitational at Nebraska-Kearney.

University of Sioux Falls softball (Madie Brink): The Cougars lost twice at the NSIC tournament, 5-4 to Concordia-St. Paul and 7-6 to MSU-Moorhead, ending their season with a record of 24-26 overall and 15-14 in conference play.

Northern softball (Tevan Bryant): The Wolves did not play at the NSIC tournament. Their season ended with a record of 14-34 overall and 8-20 in conference play.

Dakota State track-field (Houston Lunde): At USD’s meet Houston placed 14th in the hammer throw at 146’7 1/2″, 19th in the discus at 115’7″ and 20th in the shot put at 37’2 1/4″. The Trojans go out to Dickinson, N.D., for the NSAA conference meet Friday and Saturday

Texas State baseball (Peyton Zabel): The Bobcats swept a three-game weekend series at home over Georgia State, taking the first two games by scores of 8-7 and 8-2. In a 7-5 win Peyton was the second of four pitchers. He threw two-thirds of an inning, facing four batters and allowing two hits, one strikeout and one fly-out. Now 33-16 overall and 15-9 in league play, TSU goes to Louisiana-Lafayette for games Friday, Saturday and Sunday and then to TCU for a Tuesday game.

South Dakota State baseball (Brady Hawkins): The Jacks stepped away from Summit League play and took on Purdue of the Big 10 in three games. SDSU lost 10-7; won, 7-5, and lost, 3-2. In the opening game Brady pitched the last four innings, giving up seven hits, two earned runs, two walks and a strikeout along with five fly-outs and five ground-outs. Now 19-22 overall and 10-8 in the Summit SDsu is home Friday, Saturday and Sunday against Northern Colorado.


Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children.
— William Makepeace Thackeray


1 day: Sully Buttes High spring play (May 12).
2 days: ESD Conference track-field meet, Brandon (May 13).
3 days: Mothers Day (May 14).
4 days: Boys tennis state tournament, Sioux Falls (May 15-16).
5 days: Stanley County High awards night (May 16).
5 days: Sully Buttes High awards day (May 16).
8 days: Minnesota Lynx WNBA season opener (May 19).
9 days: Sully Buttes High graduation (May 20).
10 days: Riggs High graduation (May 21).
10 days: Stanley County High graduation (May 21).
12 days: Oahe Zap baseball home opener (May 23).
12 days: ESD Conference girls golf meet Watertown (May 23).
14 days: State track-field meets, Sioux Falls (May 25-27).
18 days: Memorial Day (May 29).
21 days: State softball tournaments, Aberdeen (June 1-3).
21 days: Post 8 baseball season opener (June 1).
25 days: State girls golf tournaments, AA Pierre, A Rapid City, B Watertown (June 5-6).
25 days: State B boys golf tournament, Watertown (June 5-6).
29 days: Black Hills Playhouse’s “Silent Sky” (June 9-July 2).
29 days: Sully Buttes High Class of ’73 50-year reunion (June 9-11).
30 days: Black Hills Playhouse’s “The Lifespan of a Fact” (June 10-30).
31 days: Tony awards, CBS-TV (June 11).
34 days: Flag Day (June 14).
36 days: College World Series, Omaha (June 16-26).
36 days: Oahe Days (June 16-17).
38 days: Fathers Day (June 18).
43 days: Pierre Folk Fest concert (June 23).


Minnesota Twins schedule:
— Thursday, San Diego, 12:10 p.m. (BSN, MLBN).
— Friday, Chicago Cubs, 7:10 p.m. (BSN).
— Saturday, Chicago Cubs, 1:10 p.m. (BSN).
— Sunday, Chicago Cubs, 1:10 p.m. (BSN).
— Monday, at Los Angeles Dodgers, 9:10 p.m. (BSN).
— Tuesday, at Los Angeles Dodgers, 9:10 p.m. (BSN, MLBN).
— Wednesday, at Los Angeles Dodgers, 2:10 p.m. (BSN).

Minnesota Twins scores: The Twins split the last two games of their White Sox series, losing 6-4 and winning 7-3 in 12 innings. They lost two of three at Cleveland, winning 2-0 but losing 4-3 and 2-0. They also lost the first game of the San Diego series, 6-1.

Pierre high school baseball: Finally getting to play at home after a month of road games and postponements, the Governors are suddenly on a seven-game winning streak. Pierre took two from Sioux Falls Washington, 13-8 and 20-12. In the first game Lincoln Kienholz drove in three runs while Jack Merkwan, Jett Zabel and Cade Kaiser each had two RBIs. In the nightcap Pierre lost all of an 11-3 lead, but after the Warriors tied the game at 11-11, Pierre answered with four runs in the fifth and five in the sixth to pull away. Zabel had a two-run homer among his seven RBIs. The next day the Governors swept Brandon Valley, 2-0 and 6-5. The opener was a complete-game no-hit gem by Kienholz, who struck out 11. Pierre had only four hits, two of them by Merkwan, but they were enough to back up Kienholz’s pitching. In the nightcap the Govs were down 5-3 into the bottom of the sixth. Brecken Krueger drove in a run on a sacrifice fly, and the tying run scored when the Lynx messed up an attempt to wipe out a runner trying to steal second base. Zabel drove in the go-ahead run. Jonathan Lyons got the pitching win in relief, going four innings. After a makeup game against Harrisburg in Chamberlain last night, the Governors conclude their regular season at home this weekend—a doubleheader against Mitchell at 6:30 and 8:30 Friday and a single game against Rapid City Stevens at 3 p.m. Sunday, preceded by a JV game at 1:00.

Pierre high school baseball: Every senior on the Pierre high school team made the Academic All-State Team. The honor students/athletes are Brecken Krueger, Deegan Houska, Jack Merkwan, Jackson Edman, Jayden Wiebe, Jonathan Lyons and Lincoln Kienholz.

Sioux Falls Canaries: The American Association season opens this weekend. The Canaries will be home for the first seven games—Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday against Cleburne and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday against Lincoln.


  • The NFL announces the schedule for this fall’s 2023 season today (Thursday). Count on Aaron Rodgers and the Jets to get some prominent playing times. For example when will their game at Buffalo be or their home game against the Eagles? Kansas City, of course, will have all kinds of prime time, including on Opening Night. Will that be the “Super Bowl rematch” against the Eagles? Or will it be against their competitive nemesis, the Bengals? Some time this season there will be a Dallas game at the 49ers? Might that be on the opening weekend slate? Hopefully the Houston at Carolina game will be late in the season when the two top draft picks, the Panthers’ Bryce Young and the Texans’ C.J. Stroud, have some experience under their belts.
  • UPDATE!!!!! Yesterday the NFL leaked the dates of a few games. The Joe Burrow-Patrick Mahomes Cincinnati-Kansas City game will be on New Year’s Eve Sunday, Dec. 31, when it likely will be very meaningful regarding playoff seedings. There will be a game on Friday afternoon of Thanksgiving weekend (Black Friday), and of course we get to see Mr. Personality, Aaron Rodgers, and his Jets take on Miami that afternoon. The international games (3 in London, 2 in Frankfurt) were also revealed yesterday. The Chiefs have to cross the pond once, but fortunately the Vikings do not although they did beat the Saints over there last fall.
  • You will notice down below there are a few scattered news items about college graduations. I know about them only because somebody posted them on Facebook. Northern is the only school I know of that quickly lists its graduates and their hometowns. The other schools almost never do so on their websites, so the only way I learn of YOUR kid’s college graduation is if you post it on Facebook or you come right out and tell me. The address is parkerhome16@hotmail.com.
  • At first it appeared to be an e-mail from the pastor at my church although the e-mail address was not one that was familiar to me. Nevertheless I replied when the person at the other end asked me to reply as soon as I could. The “pastor” said he was planning to use his own money to give gift cards to three of our parish members who are enduring cancer fights right now and give them away at next Sunday’s service. So I asked “him” what he wanted me to do, assuming that, if it were really Pastor Barry, he might want me to write something to go along with the gift envelopes. But the next e-mail woke me up when the person asked me to get three $500 gift cards, photograph the front and back of them, send the photos to him and let him know how I wanted to be reimbursed—cash or check. As if I have $1500 lying around! A text message to Pastor Barry affirmed that he had been hacked and that all of this was, of course, somebody’s scam attempt.
  • A group of 13 memorable and outstanding high school basketball legends will be inducted into the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame in a ceremony Aug. 26 in Sioux Falls. One of this year’s inductees will be Eric Lappe, now of Spearfish, a star on Harrold’s 1992 state “B” championship club. The fourth quarter of that title game vs. Warner was one of the most thrilling eight minutes of basketball ever, and listening to the late Roger Gilmore on KGFX that night was a treat. Lappe had 40 points in the title game as Harrold rallied to beat Warner by five points. Another inductee will be White River legend Louie Krogman. Honored as a team will be Miller’s memorable 1972 undefeated state “A” championship team.


Minnesota United FC: The Loons lost at Vancouver, 3-2, and tied Philadelphia, 3-3. The next game is Saturday at Sporting Kansas City.


Minnesota Lynx: The WNBA season starts next week. The Lynx have their last preseason game against Chicago in Toronto this Saturday. The season opener is at home next Friday, May 19, against Chicago.


Rapid City Marshals: The Marshals lost at Gillette, 77-28. Rapid City is at home at 6 p.m. Saturday against Southwest Kansas.

Sioux Falls Storm: The Storm defeated Tulsa, 52-35, for their third straight win. The team goes Friday to Quad City.


Peace is not the absence of chaos or conflict but rather finding yourself in the midst of that chaos and remaining calm in your heart.
— John Mroz


May 12, 2022: Recipients of the R.E. Rawlins Memorial Scholarship at Riggs High’s awards night were Draix Wyatt, Ayden Johnson Devin Strutt, Isaak Rombough, Kayla Petersen, Nevaeh Stars and Griffin Gates.


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

Friday, May 12:
Kelley Fouts, Valerie Melmer, Carly Bass, Clay Pearson, Chris Fry, Kay (Calkins) Venjohn, Ashley Heikes, Jarret Ripperger.
— 16th anniversary, Greg/Wanda Goodman.
— 11th anniversary Luke/Danielle (Magorien) Kaiser.
— 11th anniversary, Charlie/Kamila Magedanz.
— Anniversary, Boomer/Christi Kuiper.
— 16th anniversary, Josh/Jody (Maberry) Sting.

Saturday, May 13:
Jameson Linn, John Beranek, Sarena (Nuttall) Beastrom, Keira Ryan, Terri Iverson, Pat Libby, Joanne (Berg) Hight, Shane Bartels, Emersyn Tilberg, Kate Vogel, Ty Norman, Kristen (Berg) Grohs, Shane Bartels.
— 12th anniversary, Jeremy/Laura (Hansen) Mikkelsen.
— 23rd anniversary, Rob/Michelle Dvorak.
— 17th anniversary, Josh/Amanda Ellis.

Sunday, May 14:
Preston Scott, Tyler Stoeser, Jenna Paxton, Bryant Naylor, Tayson Mitchell, Tom Kallemeyn, Bodhi Hindman, Paula (Roddewig) Ruedebusch, Mindy (Stearns) Sivage, Paulette Petersen, Micah Bohle, Kati Harm, Lora (Den Ouden) Moore, Dustin Byrum.
— 18th anniversary, Patrick/Holly (Lunn) Miles.
— 18th anniversary, Steve/Brittany Novotny.
— 7th anniversary, Matthew/Stacy (Zeigler) Cwach.
— 18th anniversary, Guy/Ellen Erlenbusch.

Monday, May 15:
Carson Kemnitz, Barb Mitchell, Ava Vermeulen, Brian Graves, Cody Stoeser, Carol Van Roekel, Emmylia Anderson, Ellen Dulas, Russell Hofeldt, Deb (Stoeser) Schiefelbein, Nate Smith, Zach Erickson, Brooke Anglin, Jared Lindbloom.
— 13th anniversary, John/Lisa (Wallace) Peary.
— Anniversary, Jerry/Monica Ortbahn.
— 19th anniversary, Jason/Amanda Dodson.
— 19th anniversary, Matt/Heather (Hageman) Elwood.
— 19th anniversary, Damon/JoLynn Parks.

Tuesday, May 16:
Grady Larson, Jett Zabel, Brent Baumberger, Scott Kennedy, Colleen (Colson) Pool, Nick Jung, Tammy Williams, Becky DeYonge, Jack Shives, Whitney Jandreau, Cody Nicholas, Emma Lusk, Paul Kenefick-Aschoff.
— 14th anniversary, Jay/Kasey (Anderson) Cappellano.

Wednesday, May 17:
Uncle Matt Schatz, Blair Krueger, Mat Ripperger, Tyler Hoffman Lanette (McFarling) Kotilnek, Meshanna Heckenlaible, Diana Melvin Calla Ellis, Angie (Wire) Fouts, Gus Terveen, Eileen Bertsch, Josh Davis.
— 20th anniversary, Arlo/Chandra (Miller) Brewer.
— 20th anniversary, Dan/Sarah (Shepherd) Schulte.
— 9th anniversary, Cole/Jennifer (Glanzman) Uecker.
— 9th anniversary, Charlie/Stephanie Moore.
— 14th anniversary, Matt/Blair (Simon) Picchietti.
— 43rd anniversary Hal/Marie Rumpca.

Thursday, May 18:
Will Hansen, Joanne Anersen, Josh Zellmer, Sommar (Jastorff) Nelson, Sara (Tillman) Anderson, Doug Marsh, Clay Roberts.


The celebration of the life of Don Shields will take place at 11 a.m. Monday at Sunnycrest United Methodist Church, 4801 W. 41st St., Sioux Falls. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the church, including sharing of memories between 7 and 8.

Former Pierre resident Chuck Post posted that Mage, the horse that won the Kentucky Derby, is co-owned by his cousin, Mark Post. According to his own Facebook page, Chuck now lives in Punta Gorda, Fla.

Bill Wendt, 87, died April 26 in Medina, Ohio. His funeral was held last Saturday at the Vivian Lutheran Church. He graduated from Vivian High School in 1953 and attended college in Pueblo, Colo., and at Black Hills State College. For several decades he was regional president for the Production Credit Association, now Farm Credit Services. He also built homes in Pierre. In 1961 he married Pat Garber. They raised their three daughters on a ranch outside Pierre. He is survived by those three daughters, Karrie Wendt (Bill Hirsch), Kendra Wendt (Brian Bloomfield) and Konnie Wendt (Bruce Lundmark); his brother, Lonis Wendt; three granddaughters and one great-grandson.

The Riggs High School Class of 1973 is planning its 50-year reunion on Sept. 8-9. The registration deadline is July 15. For information and contacts on the reunion, refer to the Facebook page entitled “Riggs Class of 73.”

Gillian (Woodburn) Hanson is finishing her ninth year as a chemistry teacher at Ogden High School in Ogden, Utah.

Trace Beck has established a fund-raising page for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society on behalf of one of Beck Motors’ long-time employees, Bob Jeffries. Trace is taking on the 150-Mile Cycling Challenge to raise funds for the society’s blood cancer research. For information and/or to support his efforts, go to Trace’s own Facebook page and scroll down to find information on his fund-raiser.

Tom Murphy, 73, died May 5 at Avera St. Mary’s Hospital. A memorial service was held Wednesday at Redeemer Lutheran Church. A native of Spooner, Wis., he earned several college degrees and served with the U.S. Navy from 1968 to 1971. He was an adjunct professor for National American University from 1996 to 2022 and worked for the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs from 2002 to 2009. He achieved the rank of captain with the Civil Air Patrol. He married the former Mary Gaulke in 1977. She survives him as do his daughter, Heather (Dusty) Pelle of Pierre; three granddaughters and many other relatives.

Morgan Opitz, who graduated from West Central High School at Hartford, graduated from USD Saturday with a degree in human resource management. She will go to work at First Premier Bank Card as a leave specialist. Morgan’s mother is the former Barb Sutera, and her maternal grandparents are Dan and Helen Sutera of Onida.

Logan and Ashley Fahnhorst became parents for the first time on May 3. Their daughter, Ava Jean Fahnhorst weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces, and measured 19 1/4 inches. Ashley teaches third grade and assists in volleyball coaching at Kindred, N.D. If that Fahnhorst name sounds familiar, Logan’s dad, Jim, played for the San Francisco 49ers. Ava’s maternal grandparents are Onida native Dr. Alan LaFave and his wife, Kari, who live in Valley City, N.D., where Alan is president of Valley City State University.

At the Evening of Excellence banquet last week BankWest awarded its Educator of Excellence recognition to Megan (Rapp) Deal, who teaches at Kennedy Elementary School.

Gladys Rajewich, 95, died May 7. Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Isburg Funeral Chapel, followed by burial at Gregory at 2:30 p.m. Gladys grew up in the Millboro/Dallas area. She married Allen Rajewich in 1945, and they farmed near Gregory. She later became a bank employee in Gregory. Late in life they moved to Pierre. Allen died in 2017 after 72 1/2 years of marriage. In the last few years Gladys enjoyed her time at ParkWood Apartments. Survivors include seven grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren and a brother, Vernon (Marilyn) Herrmann.

Three generations of Meierhenrys comprise USD’s third Legacy Family honored this year. Former Supreme Court justice Judith Meierhenry and her late husband, Mark Meierhenry, graduated from USD as did Riggs High alumnus Todd Meierhenry and his sister, and their respective children are now USD students.

Kash Weischedel of Onida graduated from Mitchell Technical Institute last week with an associate of applied science degree in power sports and marine technology.

Rodd Bauck, who graduated from Riggs High in 1999, is leaving his position as the school’s vocal music director at the end of this year. He will assume a full-time position as director of worship at Lutheran Memorial Church.

Dr. Brianne (Barnett) Roby, who is an associate professor in the University of Minnesota’s Department of Otolaryngology (Head and Neck Surgery), received the Triological Society’s Harris P. Mosher Award last week. As part of that event Bri also presented her research, “Children’s Visual Perception of Facial Scarring and Secondary Cleft Lip Deformity Using Eye Tracking Data.”

Lincoln Jordre of Onida, an alumnus of Sully Buttes High School, graduated from Mount Marty College last weekend with a degree in business administration.

Aislinn Duffy, whose dad Dan of Rapid City is a Stanley County High alumnus, has put her nursing career on hold to chase a professional basketball career with the BB Brunehaut team in Belgium. Aislinn graduates from Augustana University this month with a nursing degree. She was named Player of the Year in women’s basketball in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference’s South Division this past season.

Ryan Warne graduated from South Dakota State University with a bachelor of science degree as an advertising major.

It is concert time at the Sully Buttes schools in Onida. The middle school/high school spring concert is tonight (Thursday). The SBHS spring play will be performed Friday. The last day of school for students there is next Tuesday, May 16. Graduation is next Saturday, May 20.

Josephine “Jo” LaRoche, 95, died May 5 at Edgewood Assisted Living. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday at St. John’s Catholic Church in Fort Pierre. Jo was the 12th of 13 children of James and Elizabeth Doyle, and she outlived all of her siblings. She was homecoming queen at Pierre High School. In 1948 she married Gerald (Bud) LaRoche, who died in 2015. Jo had a long career in insurance with Pierre Finance Corporation and Insurance Agency and later was part of Erickson & Thorpe Agency, which later became Fischer Rounds and Associates. Jo retired in 1993 but went to work for Ice Flying Service, retiring again in 2015. She was a prominent bowler and bowling official. In 2021 she moved into Edgewood. She is survived by a brother-in-law, Louie LaRoche and many nephews, nieces, grand-nephews and grand-nieces.

Kara Huse of Onida graduated from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology last weekend with a bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering. She graduated with summa cum laude honors.

Jared and Dana Lindbloom, who live in Leonia, N.J., across the George Washington Bridge from New York City, have a new son in their family. Atlas Jude Lindbloom was born April 28, the same day as one of his dad’s newest songs, “Swoon” hit the airwaves in New York. Atlas joins a big sister, Stella, in their family. Another of Jared’s new songs, “Radiant Child,” comes out this Friday. You can follow his music journey as Pink Honey Moan at https://linktr.ee/pinkhoneymoan.

Two Special Olympics athletes from Pierre finished second and third in the Special Olympics 100-meter dash at the Howard Wood Dakota Relays in Sioux Falls. Colton Miles came in second in :14.86, and Kaden Cumbow was third in :14.90.

Among those receiving degrees at Northern State University’s commencement Saturday were:
— Carly Handcock, B.S. in accounting.
— Bradley Richards, B.S. in business administration.
— Allison Schaefbauer, M.S. in accounting analytics.
— Hailey Switzer, B.S. in education/elementary education.

Not only was our own Dr. Wendy Birhanzel named Colorado’s Superintendent of the Year, but one of her elementary principals, Dr. Angela Valdez, was named Colorado’s Elementary Principal of the Year. They are part of Harrison School District 2 in Colorado Springs.

Riggs High alumnus Nick Burke, a prominent member of the Sioux Falls music scene, has been listed as the first of the performers who will bring music to Pierre’s Folk Fest in June.

These scholarships were awarded from the Pierre Educational Foundation at its Evening of Excellence banquet last week:
— Edith and Richard Warder Scholarship: Madison Oedekoven.
— Pierre Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship: Brecken Krueger.
— Marjorie and Fritz Forney Scholarship: Skyler Ruth.
— Lindy and Shirley Feeney Scholarship: Maya Shorter.
— Dennis and Shirley Eisnach Family Scholarship: Autumn Iverson.
— Herbert and Irene Emde Scholarship: Kara Weiss.
— Shaw Family Scholarships: Jacob Mayer, Hudson Allen, Madilyn Brakke.
— Swan Family Scholarships: Robert Arnold, Mason Dell.
— Mortenson Family Scholarship: Khalan Smart.
— Spilde Family Scholarships: Tyler Payer, Sydney Tedrow.
— James and Gertrude Mueller Scholarship: Hudson Allen.
— Alvin Benesh Engineering Scholarship: Jacob Mayer.
— Evelyn Benesh Music Scholarship: Tyler Want.
— Schliessman Family Scholarship: Skyler Ruth.
— Brabander Family Memorial Scholarship: Emma Hunt.


“We desperately need your participation to silence the loud and messy divisiveness that has come to define our national life. . . . . . This precarious moment demands your attention. In this time the tearing apart of families, the battling of genders and unrestrained vilification of the ‘other’ has become a public sport. . . . . . Because you are a bridge in the unrelenting cycle of life, you need a strong constitution and a willingness to invest in your position as emissary of the past to the future and as translator of the future to the past. The deeper the divide, the more crucial the need.”
— Wynton Marsalis in his University of Michigan commencement address this month.


Greyson Schuetzle: 35th in long jump at 18’7″; 39th in 300-meter hurdles in :43.37.
E.J. Boutchee: 27th in javelin at 186’3″.
4×200 relay (Caden Thompson, Landon Bertram, Carson Stoeser, Brayden Houlette): 17th at 1:32.66.
Carson Stoeser: 13th in 400 in :50.36.
Landon Bertram: 29th in 400 in :52.16.
Brayden Houlette: 49th in 400 n :53.99.


Grace Richter: 35th in long jump at 14’5″.
Danielle Beck: 36th in 300-meter hurdles in :49.0.
Maya Shorter: 23rd in discus at 112’7″.
Hannah Lemieux: 31st in discus at 108’3″.
Charlee Williams-Smith: 12th in 400 in :59.99.
Aleise Christopherson: 20th in triple jump at 34’2″.


Andrew Campea: tied 17th in high jump at 5’8″.
Emmit Anderson: 28th in discus at 114’1″; 29th in shot put at 39’9″.
Matthew Coverdale: 53rd in discus at 100’9″.
Luke Olson: 19th in long jump at 18’8 1/2″.
Trey Lewis: 28th in long jump at 18’3/4″; 42nd in 100 in ;12.25,
Hudsyn Gruis: tied 22nd in pole vault at 10’0″.
Lincoln Dilges: 15th in 110-meter hurdles in :18.85; 15th in 300-meter hurdles in :48.92.
Jackson Charron: 17th in 110-meter hurdles in :20.87; 18th in 300-meter hurdles in :49.54.
Tayshaun Agard: 19th in 100 in :11.78; 15th in 400 in :56.41.
Eladio Simental: 34th in 100 in :11.99.
Mason Dell: 18th in 1600 in 4:59.36; 14th in 3200 in 11:07.32.
C.J. Moses: 29th in 3200 in 11:43.15.
Haeden Wheelhouse: 31st in 1600 in 5:08.92.
Corbin Beastrom: 27th in 400 in :58.32.
Treavis Boddicker: 30th in 400 in :58.84.
Ian Rounds: 12th in 800 in 2:17.75.
Jayden Brandt: 14th in 800 in 2:19.66.
Levi Letellier: 17th in 200 n :24.44.
Lincoln Schoenhard: 32nd in 200 in :25.36.


Nevaeh Baade: 14th in long jump at 14’9″.
Ryann Barry: 18th in long jump at 14’6″; tied 12th in high jump at 4’8″.
Sorrinne Ekle: 11th in shot put at 32’10 1/2″; 59th in discus at 69’3″.
MacKenzie Newell: tied shot put at 30’11”; 36th in discus at 82’3 1/2″.
Anastyn Baade: 32nd in triple jump at 29’4 1/2″.
Lola Kienholz: 39th in triple jump at 26’3 1/2″; 22nd in 200 in :29.27.
Kinslee Pfeffer: 19th in 100-meter hurdles in :18.82; 20th in 300-meter hurdles in :57.83.
Breanna Tedrow: 31st in 100-meter hurdles in :23.52.
Maira Tafoya: 20th in 100 in :13.51.
Jasmine Jost: 25th in 100 in :13.67.
Amara Dell: 31st in 100 in :13.92; 23rd in 400 in 1:08.81.
Mason Berg: 16th in 1600 in 5:55.16.
Gwen Richter: 18th in 1600 in 5:58.27; 15th in 800 in 2:43.09.
Jazzlyn Rombough: 30th in 1600 in 6:08.97; 16th in 3200 in 13:31.03.
Avery Lisburg: 17th in 3200 in 13:31.92.
Lennix Dupris: 11th in 400 in 1:06.44.
Ava Johnson: 18th in 400 in 1:07.38; 11th in 800 in 2:37.35.


Justin Trebbe: 56th in 1600 in 5:39.91; 13th in 800 in 2:28.74.
4×100 relay (Paxton Deal, Colton Brady, Cash Richardson, Noah Baldwin): 14th in 1:42.53.
Ehren Carter: 35th in 100 in :12.84.
Colton Brady: tied 57th in shot put at 33’10 1/2″; 10th in 200 in :25.43.
Cash Richardson: 28th in 200 in :28.03.
Paxton Deal: 15th in long jump at 19’4″.
Trevor Caldwell: tied 67th in discus at 81’2″.
Landon Bame: 15th in 400 in 1:00.40.


4×200 relay (Emily Nemec, Austyn Norman, Abby Waage, Timber Hanson): 11th in 2:05.66.
Carlee Brady: 43rd in 100 in :15.58; 31st in 200 in :32.97.
4×100 relay (Raegan Taylor, Brianna Sargent, Emily Nemec, Carlee Brady): 11th in :58.19.
Brianna Sargent: 33rd in 100 in :14.65.
Raegan Taylor: tied 16th in 100 in :13.98.
Timber Hanson: 24th in 100-meter hurdles in :22.47; 26th in 800 in 3:00.03.
Sarah Fosheim: 55th in 1600 in 6:43.46; 32nd in 800 in 3:14.76.


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