Vol. 23, No. 43; Thursday, August 24, 2023

Aug 24, 2023 | Parker's Midweek Update | 0 comments


Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
— Martha Troly-Curtin


This week’s schedules:
Girls tennis: Brandon Valley (at Rapid City), 2 p.m.
Girls soccer: at Sturgis, 4 p.m.
Boys soccer: at Sturgis, 6 p.m.
Cross country: home invitational, 10 a.m.
Boys golf: at Huron invitational, 10 a.m.
Girls tennis: at Rapid City Christian, 2 p.m.
Football: at Aberdeen Central, 7 p.m.
Volleyball: at Rapid City Stevens, 7 p.m.
Girls tennis: at Rapid City invitational, 8 a.m.
Cheer/dance: at Aberdeen Central invitational, 10 a.m.
Volleyball: at Rapid City Central, 1 p.m.
Boys golf: at Aberdeen Central invitational 10 a.m.
Boys soccer: home vs. Watertown, 4 p.m.
Girls soccer: home vs. Watertown, 6 p.m.

Girls tennis: Pierre split four duals in Sioux Falls. In a 6-3 loss to Harrisburg, Caitlin Ott and Genevieve Oxford in singles and the Ott/Jocelyn Corrales doubles team earned the Governor points. In an 8-1 loss to Lincoln, Corrales’ win in singles play earned the only Pierre point. The Governors then whipped Washington, 7-2, and Roosevelt, 9-0. Corrales and Ott won both matches in singles and in doubles, and Ella Fisk and Bailey Jessen in singles and together in doubles won in both duals as well. Pierre’s record in duals is 3-6.

Volleyball: The season was to have opened Tuesday night, but when Watertown school officials discovered the temperature in the Civic Arena was 95 degrees at 9:30 in the morning, they decided to postpone the opener against the Governors. The match will be rescheduled.

Boys/girls soccer: Pierre’s scheduled games at Aberdeen Central on Tuesday were postponed due to the extreme heat index conditions at Aberdeen.

Boys golf: Playing in extreme heat, the Governors finished second in a tournament for the third time this season Tuesday when the Pierre invitational was played at Hillsview. The team had a score of 291, 3 over par. Nick Bothun placed second individually with a 2-under 70. Sawyer Sonnenschein was third at 71. Luke Olson tied for seventh with a 74.


This week’s schedules:
Football: home vs. De Smet, 7 p.m.
Volleyball: home triangular, 2 p.m.
Volleyball: home vs. Chamberlain, 7:45 p.m.

Football: Last year the Buffaloes lost their opener against Sully Buttes, but this time they won in Onida, 42-20, despite giving up a fumble and three interceptions. Colton Brady scored three times in the first half—an 85-yard kickoff return, a 64-yard run and a 32-yard run. However, he sustained a stinger in his shoulder and did not play in the second half. Having scored a touchdown on a recovered fumble in the end zone to start the game, the Buffs led 36-12 at halftime after quarterback Broch Zeeb connected with Barrett Schweitzer for a score. In the second half Zeeb ran in a score to complete the scoring.


This week’s schedules:
Football: at Potter County, 7 p.m.
Volleyball: at Yellowstone Trail Conference tournament, Gettysburg, 10 a.m.
Volleyball: home vs. Faulkton Area, 5:15 p.m.

Football: The Chargers lost their season opener to Stanley County, 42-20. Wesley Wittler passed to Gavin Barber on a seven-yard play to tie the game at 6-6. Barber then ran 90 yards for a score that tied the game at 12-12, but the Chargers were down at halftime, 36-12. Barber plunged in from the 1-yard line in the second half to complete the scoring. He finished with 83 yards in 10 carries, but the Chargers had only 42 additional yards in the game. Wittler intercepted two passes and Logan Severson one.

Volleyball: Sully Buttes’ season opened with a 3-0 sweep at Jones County on game scores of 25-21, 25-21, 25-23.


Thursday: orange.
Friday-Sunday: strawberry cheesecake.
Monday-Tuesday: peach.
Wednesday-Thursday: coconut.


University of Sioux Falls football (Christian Busch, Jack Merkwan, Jayden Wiebe): Three former Governors are freshmen at USF—Christian as an offensive lineman, Jack as a wide receiver and Jayden as a defensive back. USF opens the season next Thursday at home vs. Minnesota State-Mankato.

USD women’s soccer (Janaina Zanin): Janaina is a senior midfielder for the Coyotes, who are 0-1-1 after a 3-1 loss to Utah Tech and a 0-0 deadlock with Southern Utah. USD is home today vs. Wyoming and Tuesday vs. Morningside.

Northwestern (Iowa) football (Morris Hofer): Sully Buttes grad Morris is a senior defensive end for the defending NAIA national champion Red Raiders. Last year they went 13-1 on their way to the national title. Northwestern opens the GPAC season on the road in Seward, Neb., against Concordia on Sept. 2.

North Dakota State football (Grey Zabel): Grey is a senior offensive guard for the Bison, who open their season against Eastern Washington at the Vikings’ US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Sept. 2. The game can be seen on ESPN+.

Black Hills State football (Josh Breske): Pierre alumnus Josh Breske is beginning his fourth season as head coach at BHSU where his Yellowjackets had a 7-4 record last fall, their best season in years. BHSU opens the season at St. Thomas in St. Paul on Sept. 2.

Gallaudet football (Kyle Albertson): Kyle is a sophomore offensive lineman at Gallaudet, located in Washington, D.C. The team had a 7-3 record last year. The season opener is at Keystone in La Plume, Pa., on Sept. 2.

Augustana football (Jett Lamb): Jett, a Sully Buttes alumnus, is a junior member of the defensive line for the Vikings, who open their season at home at 1 p.m. Sept. 2 against the University of Mary.

Dakota Wesleyan football (Evan Nordstrom): Evan, a Stanley County graduate, is a redshirt-freshman wide receiver for the Tigers, wearing No. 87. DWU opens the season on Midco Sports Network at 7 p.m. this Saturday against Dakota State.

Dakota State football (Collin Brueggeman, Nathan Cook): Collin, a Riggs High grad, is a junior linebacker (No. 55), and Nathan, a Stanley County grad, is a junior tight end (No. 84) for the Trojans. Their opener is at Dakota Wesleyan at 7 p.m. this Saturday on Midco Sports Network.

South Dakota State cross country (Jessica Lutmer): After transferring from USF where she spent two years, Jessica is a junior for the Jackrabbits. Their opening meet is the Augustana twilight meet in Sioux Falls on Sept. 1.

Ohio State football (Lincoln Kienholz): Pierre alumnus Lincoln is a freshman in the quarterback room at Ohio State, wearing No. 12. The Buckeyes open the season with a Big 10 conference game at Indiana at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, on CBS-TV.

Grand View University men’s soccer (Rylan Derry): The Pierre freshman is listed as a forward on the roster at Grand View, located in Des Moines. The season starts at home Saturday against Hastings and continues next Wednesday at Midland College in Fremont, Neb.

Minnesota State-Mankato women’s soccer (Mackenzie Rath): The senior from Pierre is the team’s leading goalkeeper, coming off the 2022 season when she was named NSIC Goalkeeper of the Year for the conference. The Mavericks lost an exhibition game against Northwest Missouri State, 2-0, and has two more exhibitions on tap—tonight against St. Catherine and Saturday vs. Simpson College. The regular season kicks off next Thursday at home vs. Oklahoma Baptist.


Justin Briese, Aberdeen Central: The Pierre graduate begins his second season as head coach of the Golden Eagles, and again he has to open against his alma mater. This time he gets the Governors in Aberdeen this Friday. Justin’s team went 6-5 last year and made the playoffs.

Scott Raue, Harvey/Wells County: Scott is again an assistant coach at Harvey, N.D., and their team won their opener over Rugby, 38-14. This week they play Langdon Area/Edmore/Munich.

Mikal Kern, Wyndmere-Lidgerwood: Mikal is still a principal at Wyndmere, N.D., but assists in football, and their co-op team with Lidgerwood won their opener over Richland, 54-0. The Warbirds play Griggs-Midkota this Friday.

Ben Kramer, Hot Springs: With a target on their backs due to their surge last fall all the way to the state semifinal round, the Bison cruised to a 55-0 win over Redfield in their opener last Saturday. The game ended at halftime due to the mercy rule. This is Ben’s 18th year as coach at Hot Springs. The Bison cross the state this Saturday to play in Salem against McCook Central/Montrose.


1 day: Pierre football opener (Aug. 25).
1 day: Pierre cross country opener (Aug. 25).
2 days: Stanley County volleyball opener (Aug. 26).
6 days: State Fair, Huron (Aug. 30-Sept. 3).
10 days: LifeLight Christian music festival, Sioux Falls (Sept. 3).
11 days: Labor Day (Sept. 4).
11 days: Sully Buttes homecoming coronation (Sept. 4).
14 days: NFL season opener (Sept. 7).
14 days: South Dakota Senior Games, Pierre (Sept. 7-10).
15 days: Sully Buttes homecoming day (Sept. 8).
15 days: Riggs High Class of ’73 50-year reunion (Sept. 8-9).
15 days: South Dakota Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, Chamberlain (Sept. 8-9).
17 days: Minnesota Vikings season opener (Sept. 10).
18 days: Sanford International golf tournament, events, Sioux Falls (Sept. 11-17).
22 days: Pierre Players’ “Inconsequential Dreams” (Sept. 15-17, 21-23).


Last week in Contest #1 the best mark was 9-1, and that meant 10 points each for Levi Neuharth, Thomas Voeltz, Nathan Vetter and Mikal Kern. At 8-2 for 9 points apiece were Jon Boer, David Ludwig, Randy Pool, Kyle Richards, Seb Axtman, Beth Rinehart and Brad Cruse. The third-best record was 7-3, which was worth 8 points each for Dawn Magee and Terry Tousley.

Everyone is welcome to join in picking games each week. Send your 10 winners for these games to parkerhome16@hotmail.com no later than Friday afternoon:
(1) Navy vs. Notre Dame (in Dublin).
(2) San Jose State at USC.
(3) Ohio University at San Diego State. (NOTE: This is NOT Ohio State.)
(4) Dakota State at Dakota Wesleyan.
(5) Pierre at Aberdeen Central.
(6) Sully Buttes at Potter County.
(7) De Smet at Stanley County.
(8) Sioux Falls Jefferson at Harrisburg.
(9) Philip at Wall.
(10) Winner at Wagner.


If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Do good anyway.
— Kent M. Keith


Aug. 25, 2022: Toby Bryant was named the first head coach of women’s wrestling at the University of Sioux Falls when that program begins in the winter of 2023-24.


Music at the Legion cabin deck usually begins at 5:30 p.m. Sundays and runs through about 8:30. The Andrea Royer Jazz Trio will be the performers this Sunday, Aug. 27.


Minnesota Twins schedule:
— Thursday: Texas, 6:10 p.m., BSN, MLBN.
— Friday: Texas, 7:10 p.m., BSN.
— Saturday: Texas, 6:15 p.m., Fox.
— Sunday: Texas, 1:10 p.m., BSN.
— Monday: Cleveland, 6:40 p.m., BSN.
— Tuesday: Cleveland, 6:40 p.m., BSN.
— Wednesday: Cleveland, 12:10 p.m., BSN, MLBN.

Sioux Falls Canaries (Spencer Sarringar): The Canaries have won six of seven games in the past week, beating Kansas City twice, Sioux City two out of three and Winnipeg twice. In an 8-4 win over Kansas City, Spence went 2 for 3, walking once and scoring once and driving in three runs. He slugged a two-run double in the third inning that put the Birds into the lead for good, and he got another RBI on a sacrifice fly in the fifth. In a 6-5 win over Sioux City he went 0-for-4. On Tuesday in a 2-0 win over Winnipeg Spencer was 3-for-4 and drove in a run on a second-inning single. Sioux Falls finishes a series at Winnipeg tonight, hosts Lincoln Friday, Saturday and Sunday and is home against Winnipeg Tuesday and Wednesday.


Minnesota Lynx: The Lynx split a pair with Seattle, winning 78-70 and losing 88-74, then beat Dallas 91-86. Minnesota plays at Dallas Thursday, at home vs. New York Saturday and on the road at Washington Tuesday.


Minnesota United FC: The Loons defeated New York FC, 2-0. They host Seattle at 3:30 p.m. Sunday in their next MLS game.


Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.
— Bernard Baruch


NFL preseason games on live TV this weekend:
— Thursday: Pittsburgh at Atlanta, 6:30 p.m., NFLN.
— Thursday: Indianapolis at Philadelphia, 7 p.m., Prime Video.
— Friday: Detroit at Carolina, 7 p.m., KELO-TV.
— Friday: New England at Tennessee, 7:15 p.m., NFLN.
— Friday: Los Angeles Chargers at San Francisco, 9 p.m., NFLN.
— Saturday: Seattle at Green Bay, noon, The CW-Sioux Falls.
— Saturday: Cleveland at Kansas City, noon, NFLN.
— Saturday: Arizona at Minnesota, noon, Fox-Sioux Falls.
— Saturday: New York Jets at New York Giants, 5 p.m., NFLN.
— Saturday: Los Angeles Rams at Denver, 8 p.m., NFLN.

Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings are 0-2 in the preseason after a 24-16 loss at home to Tennessee. Minnesota plays Arizona at noon Saturday in the final preseason game, and the game will be televised live on Fox-Sioux Falls in East River.

Denver Broncos: Denver lost to the San Francisco 49ers, 21-20, and are 0-2 in the preseason. Denver hosts the Los Angeles Rams at 8 p.m. Saturday on NFL Network.

Midco Sports Network live games this weekend:
— Friday, 6:30 p.m.: West Fargo vs. Bismarck Century.
— Saturday, 7 p.m.: Dakota State vs. Dakota Wesleyan.


  • All-State Band returns to Pierre this school year. The two bands of students selected through statewide auditions will be in town March 21-23, and the Lewis Band and the Clark Band will have their concerts on Saturday, March 23. Meanwhile, All-State Chorus and Orchestra this fall will assemble in Rapid City with their concert scheduled for Saturday night, March 28.


Thursday, August 24:
Eric Aadland, Chris Klucas, Darrin Dykstra, Shawn Chase, Demeri Hanson, Vivien Van Camp, Jace Mancuso, Brent Swenson, Dana Day, Carrie Jo (Eckman) Howard, Riley Lamb, Lisa Bondy, Bryan Stahl, Katie Stier.
— 10th anniversary, Blake/Lindsey (Luers) Hyde.
— 21st anniversary, Kirk/Shaun Van Roekel.
— 49th anniversary, Bill/DeeAnn Stevens.
— 55th anniversary, John/Jean Lakner.
— 66th anniversary, Seb/Carol Axtman.

Friday, August 25:
Chris Lopez, Gina (Kotilnek) Hickenbotham, Michael McKillip, Gary Johnson, Kelsey Nincehelser, Dustin Hight.
— 11th anniversary, Brandon/Cassie (Kinsman) Deffenbaugh.
— 11th anniversary, Andy/Debra Yackley.
— 5th anniversary, Steven/Katelynn Gordon.
— 50th anniversary, Rick/Gloria Merriam.
— 11th anniversary, Brandon/Cori (Bechtold) Haag.
— 33rd anniversary, Tim/Thea (Miller) Ryan.
— 5th anniversary, Sam/Katie (Duenwald) Williamson.

Saturday, August 26:
Hannah Reiprich, Nick Dooley, Scott Hipple, Liz (Winter) Marso, Barb Bjorneberg, Ursula Waack, Pat Clark, Johnathon Mehlhaff, Braeden Bruning, Hope (Hoover) Brenny, Landry Blake, Trestin Johnson Jamie (Dykstra) Fitzke, Chad Grunewaldt.
— Anniversary, Chris/Beth (Weischedel) Henrichsen.
— 12th anniversary, Chad/Emily (Currey) Kiel.
— 6th anniversary, Taylor/Angie (Kemnitz) Owens.
— 6th anniversary, Jerry/Darcie (Mennenga) Tveidt.
— 45th anniversary, Kevin/Connie Tveidt.

Sunday, August 27:
Megan Robertson, Cameron Villa, Ainsley Ries, Alison Weyer, Joe Dravland, Amber (Osnes) Antholz, Thomas Simon, Kodi Jo Spaid, Nicole Stengle, Kirstyn Larsen, Lauren Bauer.
— 7th anniversary, Mike/Jenna Zellmer.
— 1st anniversary, Chase/Courtney Hanson.
— 30th anniversary, Joe/Stephanie (Colwill) Harmon.
— 12th anniversary, Joel/Anne (Rounds) Harrington.
— 12th anniversary, Scott/Debbie (Wagoner) Mee.
— 18th anniversary, Levi/Crystal (Fosheim) Neuharth.
— 12th anniversary, Jason/Sarah (Linn) Hyde.
— 12th anniversary, Brandon/Sasha (Yackley) Bertsche.

Monday, August 28:
Pierce Danforth, Anita Zastrow, Brylon Beck, Mike Mehlhaff, Whitney (Stoeser) Schnabel.
— 2nd anniversary, Jordan/Madison Shangreaux.
— 13th anniversary, Shawn/Kristy (Sobolik) Luskey.
— 19th anniversary, Aaron/Carisa (Rathbun) Marshall.
— 19th anniversary, Andrew/Kayla (Johnson) Koob.
— 7th anniversary, Charles/Cleo (Hilding) Berg.

Tuesday, August 29:
Lisa Kohler, Carolyn Fouts, Jared Neilan, Elin Johnson, Dalton Carroll, Dan Nielsen, Stella Thier, Zach Merwin, Lincoln Boer, Jocelyn Olson.
— 8th anniversary, Drew/Pam Garry.
— 8th anniversary, Cliff/Kristin (Gilbertson) Curry.
— 54th anniversary, John/Sylvia Moisan.
— 14th anniversary, Eric/Niki (Fergen) Rodewig.
— 18th anniversary, Clayton/Kacie (Cross) Etzkorn.

Wednesday, August 30:
Edna Moser (#103), Amanda Tinker, William Maier, Chris johnson, Henry Runyan, Barry Johnson, Morgan Finley, Laura White, Audra Sarvis, Nathan Vetter, Michelle (Koehn) Fox, Lindy (Bouchie) Geraets, Addison Sarvis.
— 21st anniversary, Cody/Aimee (Stoeser) Nickolas.
— 20th anniversary, Kyle/Heather (Smith) Englehart.
— 9th anniversary, Kip/Kelsey (Ahlers) Rounds.
— 54th anniversary, Randy/Alice Wright.

Thursday, August 31:
Cecelia Hight, Hank Hoffman, Holly Knox, Heather Knox, Chloe Harder, Joliz (Schaefer) Beskow.
— 21st anniversary, Bradley/Amy (Klein) Greba.
— 50th anniversary, Gary/Judy (Sonnenschein) Larson.
— 21st anniversary, Jared/Krystl (Anderson) Vermundson.
— 49th anniversary, Blake/Cathy Barringer.
— 11th anniversary, Todd/Julia (Weisgram) Lintner.
— 10th anniversary, Peter/Serena (Norman) Townsend.
— 10th anniversary, Mark/Sarah (Zinter) Detwiler.
— 4th anniversary, Tom/Parker Johnson.
— 4th anniversary, Cody/Bailey (Bradford) Nelson.


Chris and Karla (Grueb) Kendrick are the parents of a daughter, Klancy Jean, who was born Aug. 18, weighing 6 pounds, 8 ounces, and measuring 20 1/2 inches. She joins two brothers, Cruz, 7, and Creed, 2 1/2, in the family.

Julia “Judy” Hattum, 84, rural Harrold, died at Edgewood in Pierre Aug. 20. Visitation is happening tonight (Thursday) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Isburg Funeral Chapel. Her funeral will be at Isburg’s at 10:30 a.m. Friday.

Shawn and Lori (Stulken) Blom of Sioux Falls have two of their children in the fabulous marching band at Sioux Falls Lincoln this fall. Tessa is a junior mellophone player, and freshman Seth plays the trombone. The Lincoln band will have four straight Saturdays of competitions and/or performances—Sept. 23 in Marshall, Minn., Sept. 30 in Des Moines, Oct. 7 in the Sioux Falls Festival of Bands, Oct. 14 in Minneapolis and Oct. 21 in Indianapolis. Their indoor season-ending show will be Nov. 2. Next year on Thanksgiving 2024 the Lincoln band will march in Macy’s parade in New York.

During the regular NFL season Brandon Cruse will again work as an umpire on the Carl Cheffers crew. However, last Saturday he was one of three officials across the NFL selected to participate in the league’s referee audition program, working as the “white hat” referee who announces the penalties, etc. Meanwhile, his crew boss, Mr. Cheffers, was on the sidelines, offering suggestions and critiques during breaks in play. Brandon worked the Raiders-Rams game. We never know which game the Cheffers crew including Brandon will work each week until the assignments are announced on Thursdays at the www.footballzebras website.

Al Truax died at home Aug. 12 after a short illness. A celebration of his life will take place at 1 p.m. Friday at Lutheran Memorial Church. Al attended school through the eighth grade at Lemmon. He and Arlene Moe were married in 1957. In their early years together they raised their family in Lemmon, Fort Pierre and Pierre. He worked with Haugen Construction on the Oahe Dam project and on the Big Bend Dam project. As a construction worker he helped build the Kings Inn addition and the Red Owl store, which later became Dakotamart. He worked as a maintenance man at Red Owl for 33 years from 1972 to 2005. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Arlene Truax; his children, Monte (Kimberly), Robert (Anna) and Loretta (Shelly); four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents, three siblings and a grandson, Jeremy.

Pierre native Alisha (Hunt) Erickson, who lives now with her husband in Sioux Falls, will have an art show Sept. 15-16 at the Waterfront Gallery for the Arts, 207 E. Missouri Ave.,, Suite 1. There will be an artist reception and show from 5 to 8 p.m. that Friday and from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Jim McLain, who graduated from Riggs High School and later taught at Georgia Morse Middle School, is beginning this school year as a seventh-grade social studies teacher in the Sioux Falls school district.

Loren Shantz, 83, died Aug. 19. At his request there will be no formal service. Loren began his career at Coop Lumber in Redfield, and he later worked for Cabinets Universal. In 1980 he came to Pierre and joined Christy Lumber where he continued his cabinet work and later became yard manager and estimator. He spent 22 years at Christy’s. He was also a champion trapshooter. Survivors include his wife, Holly; his children, Gary Shantz of Minneapolis and Jackie (Dennis) Stamper of Zell; one grandchild and three great-grandchildren; his stepchildren, Brad Vieth of St. Peter, Minn., Dena (Dave) Loher of Anoka, Minn., and Paul (Kelli) Vieth of Mitchell; four step-grandchildren; his siblings, Jerry (Marlene) Shantz of Pierre, David (Eva) Shantz of Monticello, Ark., Paul (Gleann) Shantz of Zell and Maryann Pinard of Redfield, and his sister-in-law, Sharon Shantz of Redfield. Among those who preceded him in death was his brother, Terry Shantz.


It has been said, ‘time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.
— Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy


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