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Vol. 13, No. 19; Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013

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The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association named Tyler Merriam the 2012 South Dakota Sportscaster of the Year for his work broadcasting South Dakota State football men's basketball and baseball, and for hosting "The Jackrabbit Insider" over the last year

"It's a real honor. I'm blessed to work at such a wonderful place with so many talented people that you can't help but be excited to come to work each day," Merriam said. "And to have my name alongside those of Steve Imming and Norm Hilson and Tom Maxwell, it's very humbling."

A Pierre native, Merriam called his first Jackrabbit baseball game in 2006 as an SDSU student and also did play-by-play for Jackrabbit softball and volleyball before becoming the full-time voice of Jackrabbit women's basketball in 2008.

He joined longtime voice of Jackrabbit football and men's basketball Steve Imming as a color commentator in the football booth for two years before taking over the play-by-play duties for both football and men's basketball in 2011.

Merriam joins former "voices of the Jackrabbits" Norm Hilson, who won the award four times (1972, 73, 80 and 81) and Imming, who earned the honor in 1998, to win South Dakota Sportscaster of the Year honors.

The NSSA presents a national award and a state award for both categories each year. Mike Henriksen of "SportsMax" won the South Dakota Sportscaster of the Year and Terry Vandrovec of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader won the Sportswriter of the Year in 2011.

Merriam's cousin Roger Merriam of the Watertown Public Opinion won the South Dakota Sportswriter of the Year. Both Tyler and Roger receive their awards at the 54th Annual NSSA Awards Banquet on June 10, 2013 in Salisbury, N.C.


This week's schedules:
Gymnastics---Saturday, @ Rapid City Gymorama, 11:00.
Girls basketball---Tuesday, @ Aberdeen Central, 4:00.
Boys basketball---Tuesday, home vs. Aberdeen Central, 4:00.
Wrestling---Friday, home vs. Mitchell, 6:00; Saturday, home for East-West duals, 11:00. (Pierre varsity vs. Sturgis at 11 a.m. in first round of duals; vs. Stevens in second round and vs. Rapid City Central in fourth round. Pierre JVs vs. Sturgis at 11 a.m.; vs. Central in third round and vs. Stevens in fifth round.)

S.D. Sportswriters Association's Class "AA" boys basketball poll: 1, Roosevelt; 2, Pierre; 3, Lincoln; 4, Brookings; 5, Watertown. Also receiving votes: Huron, Brandon Valley.

S.D. Sportswriters Association's Class "AA" girls basketball poll: 1, Washington; 2, Aberdeen Central; 3, Mitchell; 4, Roosevelt; 5, Pierre. Also receiving votes: Lincoln, Rapid City Central.

Gymnastics: The invitational tournament which Riggs High was to have hosted last Saturday was cancelled because of the winter storm.

Girls basketball: The Lady Govs lost to Huron, 48-44, last Thursday. Sydney Palmer had 12 points, six assists, six steals and seven rebounds. Katie Berg scored 10. Kaitlyn Severyn had eight points and eight rebounds. On Tuesday the Lady Govs fell a game behind Mitchell and 2 1/2 games behind Aberdeen in the ESD race with a 65-27 loss to the Lady Kernels. Pierre was down by 24-11 at halftime. Sydney Palmer led Pierre with 12 points. The Lady Govs are now 5-4 overall.

ESD Conference girls basketball standings: Aberdeen Central 7-0, Mitchell 5-1, Pierre 4-2, Brandon Valley 4-4, Watertown 3-5, Yankton 2-3, Huron 2-5, Brookings 0-7.

ESD Conference boys basketball standings: Brookings 6-2, Pierre 5-2, Watertown 5-2, Brandon Valley 5-3, Huron 3-3, Aberdeen Central 2-5, Yankton 1-5, Mitchell 1-6.

Boys basketball: The Governors whipped Huron, 64-49, after leading 27-20 at halftime. Lane Severyn, in scoring 33 points, 24 of them in the second half, surpassed Troy Schaefer to become Pierre's all-time career scoring leader. Zach Hanson had 13 points and eight rebounds. The Governors exploded in the third quarter, outscoring Huron 23-4 in that period. Another win over a fellow District 3AA opponent, Mitchell, came Tuesday as the Governors defeated the Kernels, 63-47. Now 5-4, Pierre was led by Lane Severyn's 19 points, Cody Honeywell's 12 and Zach Hanson's 12. Pierre jumped out fast, leading 20-8 after a quarter.

Wrestling: Pierre defeated the only other team that was unbeaten in ESD duals, Huron, 48-19. Spencer Sarringar, Tanner Monfore, Lane Lettau and Dylan Bennett won by pins. Jebben Keyes won 8-0, Caleb Stoltenburg won by forfeit, A.J. Dorschner won 11-1, Dawson Monfore won 9-0, Kyle Sarringar won 5-2, and Trey Maier won 3-1. At the Mitchell Invitational the Governors won the team title for the second straight year, accumulating 175 points to outdistance runner-up Parkston, 163, and Totino Grace (Minn.) 141.5. Kyle Sarringar won the title at 182 pounds. Jebben Keyes was second at 113, Aaron O'Day second at 126, Tanner Monfore was second at 132, Caleb Stoltenburg second at 138, A.J. Dorschner fourth at 145, Seth Scott third at 160, Trey Maier second at 195 and Dylan Bennett second at 295.

Wrestling: In individual matches so far this season, the Governors stand 222-114, winning 66% of their matches.

ESD Conference wrestling standings: Pierre 4-0, Huron 3-1, Aberdeen Central 3-1, Brookings 2-2, Yankton 2-2, Brandon Valley 1-3, Watertown 1-3, Mitchell 0-4.


The King of Hearts Ball for high school students in grades 9-12 only will be held on Sunday night, Feb. 17, at the Georgia Morse Middle School gym. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. with music from 9 to 1. Tickets are $15 each. Formal attire is required---suits or tuxedos for men (no hats or canes) and appropriate formal gowns or dresses for women.

Tickets for the annual event, sponsored by Job's Daughters, are available from Job's members or at Capital City Florist, The Hollywood Shop, Melvin's Flower Shop, Creative Cuts and Pierre Flower Shop & Greenhouse.

The ten candidates for King of Hearts will be announced in early February.


Inflation: Cutting money in half without damaging the paper.


The Constitution mandates that the inauguration of a President of the United States take place on Jan. 20. Honoring that requirement, the swearing-in of President Obama for his second term will take place Sunday with television coverage by the news channels and the networks.

Because it is a Sunday, however, the public events will take place on Monday. The swearing-in will be re-enacted, and the President will deliver his inaugural address on the Capitol steps beginning at 11 a.m. CST Monday, but TV coverage will begin prior to that time. The inaugural parade is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. CST. The inaugural balls will take place that evening.

The national prayer service at Washington National Cathedral will take place Tuesday morning with similar television coverage.


Thursday, Jan. 17:
Stacy Mercer, Valerie (Fanger) Marso, Sherri Sundem Wald, Kyle McKeever, Lauretta Dimmick, Jamie (Gannaway) Heymans, Scott Hofer, Karen Lindbloom, Shanna Payne, Jerry Hofer, Nolan Merrill, Anthony Zebroski.

Friday, Jan. 18:
Jonathan Moe, Leann (Sevening) Weischedel, Tyson Lindekugel, Rick LaFurge, Twila Dockter, Cody Cruse, Robbin Paxton.

Saturday, Jan. 19:
Becky Barringer, Polly (Nelson) Donaldson, Martha Nystrom, Clint Fouts, Jake Vogel, Lane Hawkins, Allen Hiller, Barbara Crandell-Miller, Caren (Howard) Huxford, Destiny Garber, Darin Hausmann. 11th anniversary, Adam/Amy (Wire) Mollman.

Sunday, Jan. 20:
Andrea Miller, Amber Kelley, DeNeil (Hosman) Taylor, Katie Bartel, Greg Chapin, Steve West, Dorinda Timmons, Kirsten Wilcox, Sue (Brink) Joachim, Austyn Norman, Kaitlin Thomas, Lucas Stoeser, Kathy (Walker) Blackburn.

Monday, Jan. 21:
Nathanial Sprenkle, Doug Paxton, Justin Artz, Becky Thompson, Mary (Jordre) Jensen, Daniall Deis, Isaac Heymans. 10th anniversary, Drew/Emily (Murphy) Garry. 10th anniversary, Jesse/Whitney (Palmer) Flottmeyer.

Tuesday, Jan. 22:
Jon Boer, Bob Joachim, Burkelee Kenefick-Aschoff, Brian Thompson, Tracy Roberts, James Neil Watson, Jason Sulzle, Maddox Dokken, Charis (Fouts) Blanchette, Mark Sweetman, Dustin Boes, Mark Venner.

Wednesday, Jan. 23:
Jan Hartland, Peyton Zabel, Derk Campbell, Melissa (Moore) Flottmeyer, Heidi Jennings, Eric James, Adam Johnson, Erica Flyger.

Thursday, Jan. 24:
Andrew Powers, Jackie (Campbell) Yackley, Pam Brandner, Nancy Grunewaldt, Jeff Holcomb, Lynnsey Briese.


Officials of the South Dakota State Historical Society and the Smithsonian Institution announced an agreement that creates a partnership between the two organizations. The joint affiliation will allow the society to bring Smithsonian resources to the state. South Dakota is the 41st state to have such an agreement with the institution.

Harold Closter, director of Smithsonian affiliations, said the agreement will allow Smithsonian resources such as exhibits and programs to be used by the Historical Society. He said the Smithsonian understands that it is easier to bring such resources to the people rather than expect everyone to visit the Smithsonian in Washington. (News courtesy of "Today's KCCR News.")


This week's schedules:
Boys basketball---Tuesday, @ Sully Buttes, 6:30.
Girls basketball---Thursday-Saturday, @ Southern Plains Tournament, White River and Colome.
Wrestling---Saturday, @ Parkston Invitational, 10:00.
Gymnastics---Friday, home for triangular (with Wall and Chamberlain), 5:00.

Boys basketball: At the Jones County Invitational in Murdo, the Buffaloes lost in the first round to Jones County, 64-33; lost to Lyman in the consolation semifinals, 42-38, and defeated Kadoka Area for seventh place, 58-37. In the latter game Tucker Fischbach had 17 points and Brady Washechek 16 for the Buffs, who are now 2-8. On Tuesday the Buffaloes lost to Lyman, 46-37. Kevin Anderson led SCHS with 11 points and nine boards.

Girls basketball: SCHS lost to Bennett County, 48-31. Bailey Tibbs had 14 points and Lily Cook five rebounds for SCHS, which is now 1-7.

Wrestling: The Buffs were scheduled to wrestle at the Philip Invitational last weekend, but that tourney was cancelled by the winter storm. They won three times at a quadrangular Tuesday night, thumping Mobridge-Pollock 54-23, Ipswich-Leola 66-0 and Lemmon-McIntosh 54-9. Chad Whitley, Michael Scott and Wyatt Harrowa all were 3-0 for the evening.


It is easier to get older than it is to get wiser.


What has long been considered a future need for the Pierre School District may now be on the road to reality. School board members Monday night approved recommendations designed to gather information about building a new elementary school. The board approved separate proposals to do an appraisal of three district buildings and a study of whether a new elementary school is needed.

Superintendent Dr. Kelly Glodt said this may lead to the eventual construction of a new school, but he said this is only the first step. The three buildings to be appraised are the school administration building, McKinley Elementary School and Washington Elementary School. Simpson & Associates of Rapid City will do the basic information-gathering appraisal, which is expected to cost between $2,800 and $3,600. Koch Hazard Architects Inc. of Sioux Falls will do a study of whether a new elementary school is needed. Total cost of that study is $5,200.

Glodt said all of that information should be availble by thie spring or summer. He said a lot of details, such as cost and location, will be among pieces of information to be gathered in the studies. Glodt said this is a good time to build because of low interest rates, the district is getting rid of some long-term debt and the sale of district buildings could also provide extra revenue.

Glodt said the plan now calls for the district to not ask for a bond issue or a tax increase to pay for a new school. He said the school board would have to ultimately determine whether to move forward if such a tax increase were needed.

Washington was built in 1936 and McKinley in 1948. The district moved into the administration building, which at one time was an indoor skating rink, in 1994. There is no record of the schools ever being appraised. The administration building was appraised at $1 million seven years ago. (News courtesy of "Today's KCCR News.")


This week's schedules:
Girls basketball---Friday, home vs. Hitchcock-Tulare, 4:00; Saturday, home vs. Edmunds Central, 2:00.
Boys basketball---Friday, home vs. Hitchcock-Tulare, 4:00; Saturday, home vs. Edmunds Central, 2:00; Tuesday, home vs. Stanley County, 6:30.
Wrestling---Thursday, @ Mobridge quadrangular (with Linton and Faulkton Area), 5:30; Saturday, @ Ipswich Invitational, 10:30.

Girls basketball: The Lady Chargers won big over Miller, 65-36. At the Hanson Classic in Mitchell, Sully Buttes lost in overtime to Deuel, 44-42. Karlea Stahl had 19 points and Remi Wientjes 10 for the Charger girls, who were 6-2 for the year through last weekend.

Boys basketball: The Charger boys lost to Miller, 64-52. Brayden Wittler had 30 points and Josh Lamb 16.

Wrestling: The Chargers' meet for last weekend, the Philip Invitational, was cancelled because of the winter storm.


Sioux Falls Stampede: Friday, @ Green Bay 7:05; Saturday, @ Cedar Rapids 7:05.

Rapid City Rush: Friday, home vs. Missouri 7:05; Saturday, home vs. Missouri 7:05.

Minnesota Wild: Saturday, home vs. Colorado 8:00; Sunday, home vs. Dallas 7:00; Tuesday, home vs. Nashville 7:00.

This weekend's schedules:
Boys varsity---Saturday, @ Mitchell 6:30; Sunday, @ Mitchell 12:30.
Bantam A---Friday-Sunday, @ Bismarck tournament.
Squirts---Friday-Sunday, home tournament.
Girls varsity---Friday, @ Rushmore 8:00; Saturday, @ Rushmore 8:00; Sunday, @ Rushmore 12:45.
Girls JVs---Friday, @ Rushmore 6:00; Saturday, @ Rushmore 6:00; Sunday, @ Rushmore 11:00.
PeeWee A---Saturday, @ Rushmore 2:30; Sunday, @ Rushmore 9:15.

Capitals boys varsity: The Caps scored 10 goals in both league games against Aberdeen, winning 10-0 and 10-6. In the first game Austin Wagner had three goals, Bo Atkins two, Tyler VanderMaten two, and Cougar Sanchez, Cash Anderson and Brandon Swenson one each. In the second game Wagner again had a hat trick as did Atkins. Jacob Fuerst, Swenson, Anderson and Sanchez scored one goal each. Kyle Mammenga had 12 saves in 12 shots and Alex Meagher five in five in the shutout. In the other game Mammenga stopped 13 of 19 shots against him.

Lady Capitals girls varsity: The girls won two one-goal games last weekend. Oahe beat Aberdeen 1-0 on Gabrielle Vizcarra's third-period goal off a Sara Bachand assist. Tessa Singleton stopped all 15 shots. In a 2-1 win over Mitchell, McKenzie Grode scored off a Bachand assist, then Logan Gesinger got the game-winner in the third period on assists by Emily Weber and Megan Johnson. Singleton stopped 13 of 14 shots against her.

SDAHA boys varsity standings: Sioux Falls 11-0-0-0 22 points; Brookings 10-2-0-0 20; Oahe 10-2-0-0 20; Watertown 5-5-0-1 11; Huron 4-7-0-0 8; Mitchell 2-9-0-0 4; Rushmore 2-10-0-0 4; Aberdeen 0-8-0-0 0.

SDAHA girls varsity standings: Brookings 9-0-1-0 19; Huron 7-2-1-0 15; Oahe 6-3-1-0 13; Rushmore 5-4-2-1 13; Mitchell 4-5-3-0 11; Sioux Falls 4-7-1-2 11; Watertown 3-7-0-2 8; Aberdeen 3-8-1-0 7.


An Indian chief was feeling very sick, so he summoned the medicine man. After a brief examination the medicine man took out a long, thin strip of elk rawhide and gave it to the chief, telling him to bite off, chew and swallow one inch of the leather every day. After a month the medicine man returned to see how the chief was feeling. The chief shrugged and said, "The thong is ended, but the malady lingers on."


Several personnel comings and goings were approved by the Pierre School Board Monday.

The board approved the hiring of:

  • Jayson Poppinga as head football coach, replacing Joe Kramer, who is retiring. Poppinga, a teacher at Riggs High, has nine years of football experience in North Dakota and Kansas. He has served as a volunteer coach for the Governors the past two years.

  • Bryan Linn as the district's technology administrator. He has been the computer education teacher and technology director at Colman-Egan High School for the past four years. He replaces Phil Rose, who resigned to take a job with state government.

  • Hayley Miller, math teacher at Riggs High School.

  • Brenda Jallo, school nurse for Jefferson Elementary School. This is a new position the board approved last fall.

  • The board accepted the resignations of three employees who have a combined 92 years in education, including 68 in the district. They are:

  • Mike Stroup, assistant Riggs High principal. He has been with the district for 12 years as head principal, athletic director and assistant principal. He has a total of 34 years in education.

  • Penny Anderson, Jefferson School first-grade teacher. She has been with the district for 37 years, starting in 1976 at Lincoln then moving to Jefferson when it opened in 1987.

  • Sue Ryan, Riggs art teacher. She has been with the district for 19 years, working at both the old junior high and Riggs High. She has been in education for 21 years.

Board members also approved a one-year leave of absence for Riggs High band director Bethany Amundson. She is working to complete her studies with a graduate teaching assistant position at the University of South Dakota. In her letter requesting a leave of absence, Amundson said she plans to return to the district in a year. The board will look to fill her position for the 2013-2014 year. (News courtesy of "Today's KCCR News.")


Sioux Falls Skyforce: Friday, home vs. Texas 7:00; Saturday, home vs. Texas 7:00.

Minnesota Timberwolves: Thursday, home vs. Los Angeles Clippers 7:00; Saturday, home vs. Houston 7:00; Monday, @ Atlanta 1:00; Wednesday, home vs. Brooklyn 7:00.

Sam Willard in Japan: Sam's ninth-place Sendai 89ers lost their game last week to Niigata Albirex, a team with a 20-7 record, by an 86-73 score. Sam was 2-of-7 in field goals for four points with 11 rebounds, four assists, a blocked shot and a steal. Sendai's next games are Jan. 26-27 against Cinq R, the team just ahead of them in the standings.


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This weekend's live telecasts:
* Thursday, 7 p.m.: men's basketball, Eastern Washington vs. UND, Midco Sports Net.
* Friday, 7 p.m.: men's hockey, Wisconsin vs. UND, MidCo Sports Net.
* Saturday, 7 p.m.: men's hockey, Wisconsin vs. UND, MidCo Sports Net.

Summit League men's basketball standings: NDSU 6-0, Western Illinois 6-0, SDSU 4-2, USD 3-3, Oakland 2-3, Kansas City 2-4, Omaha 2-6, Fort Wayne 1-4, IUPUI 1-5.

Summit League women's basketball standings: SDSU 5-0, IUPUI 3-1, Omaha 3-3, USD 2-2, Western Illinois 2-2, Fort Wayne 2-3, NDSU 2-3, Kansas City 1-3, Oakland 1-4.

Katie Lingle Night: When the SDSU women host IUPUI for a 4 p.m. game Saturday at Frost Arena in Brookings, it will be Katie Lingle Night. SDSU is honoring each of its senior players at a separate game this season, and this is Katie's moment.

Mount Marty basketball (Alexa Berg): The Lancer women upset Morningside, ranked No. 4 in the nation in NAIA, 77-68. Alexa had six points on a pair of three-pointers and two steals. MMC also won over Doane, 66-37, improving to 12-7 overall and 7-4 in the GPAC. Mount Marty played Dordt last night, hosts Midland Saturday and goes to Dakota Wesleyan next Wednesday.

Dakota Wesleyan wrestling (Tyler Sarringar, Dusty Paulsen): The Tigers defeated Buena Vista in a dual, 33-18. Dusty won at 149 pounds in a 6-4 decision, and Tyler won by forfeit at 174 pounds. DWU wrestled at Hastings last night, goes to the Dickinson Open in North Dakota Saturday and hosts Briar Cliff next Tuesday.

Dakota Wesleyan basketball (Elizabeth Lamb): The Tiger women lost to Northwestern, 69-66. Liz had 15 points, two rebounds, four assists and two steals. Liz had 16 more points Sunday as DWU lost another close one, 63-60, to Hastings. DWU played Dakota State last night, hosts Concordia Sunday and hosts Mount Marty next Wednesday.

University of Sioux Falls basketball (Paige Burkett): The USF women defeated Minnesota-Duluth, 83-78, and St. Cloud State, 57-56, improving to 8-5 overall and 5-4 in the NSIC. Paige didn't play in either game. On Tuesday USF lost to Southwest Minnesota State, 66-52. USF goes to Minnesota State-Moorhead and Northern this weekend.

USF basketball (Alex Robey): The Cougar men ripped Minnesota-Duluth, 76-55, as Alex had three points. They lost to St. Cloud State, 83-73, as he had nine points, two blocks and two steals. Alex didn't score Tuesday as the Cougars beat Southwest Minnesota State, 67-65. Now 7-7 overall and 3-7 in the NSIC, USF plays at Moorhead and Northern this weekend.

South Dakota State wrestling: The Jackrabbits shut out Simpson College, 51-0, in a dual last week. Now 4-5 in duals, SDSU wrestles Wyoming at 2 p.m. Sunday at Black Hills State in Spearfish.

South Dakota State swimming (Alex McLain): The SDSU men defeated USD in a dual, 180.5 to 114.5. Alex was second in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:00.43 and fourth in the 200m individual medley in 2:20.94. He swam on State's "B" team in the 200m medley relay, which placed third in 1:52.24. SDSU swims at home Saturday against St. Cloud State at 2 p.m.

South Dakota swimming (Marcus Christianson): Marcus did not swim in USD's dual loss to SDSU, 180.5 to 114.5, nor in a dual win over Morningside, 106-67. USD swims against Western Illlinois and Eastern Illinois this weekend at Macomb, Ill.

Mount Marty track (Trevor Lopour): Trevor did not place at the Dordt College Invitational in Sioux Center, Iowa. Next meet for Mount Marty is Saturday at Wayne State in Nebraska.

Creighton basketball: The Bluejays defeated Missouri State, 74-52, as Doug McDermott scored 39 points. On Tuesday the Bluejays defeated Northern Iowa, 79-68. Creighton plays Wichita State (both ranked in the nation's top 20) at 3 p.m. Saturday on ESPN2. Creighton plays at Drake next Wednesday.

Princeton hockey (Matt Farris): Viewers on the NBC Sports Network got to see Matt play last Friday night as Princeton lost to Union College, 3-2. Princeton won the next night against Rensselaer, 4-1. Now 4-4-3 in league play and 5-8-4 overall, Princeton is off for final exam break till Jan. 27 against Sacred Heart.

Black Hills State basketball (Bailey Kusser, Logan Cowan, Kylee Lamb): The BHSU women defeated Chadron State, 72-65. Bailey had 15 points, a block, a rebound, a steal and an assist. Logan had two opnits, two rebounds and a block. Kylee did not play in that game. Now 4-9 overall and 3-6 in the RMAC, BHSU plays at Western New Mexico and New Mexico Highlands this weekend.

Black Hills State basketball (Mitch Foth): Mitch did not play in the BHSU men's 77-61 win over Chadron State. Now 4-9 overall and 3-6 in the RMAC, BHSU goes to Western New Mexico and New Mexico Highlands this weekend.

South Dakota basketball (Alexis Yackley): Down 29-19 at halftime, the Coyote women rallied but lost at Kansas City, 60-56. Alexis had four steals in the game. Now 7-10 overall and 2-2 in the Summit League, USD hosts Fort Wayne at 7 p.m. tonight and Oakland at 2 p.m. Saturday.

South Dakota basketball: The Coyote men saw Kansas City go 19 of 23 in the second half, including 11 straight successful field goals, and UMKC rallied to beat the Coyotes, 90-86. Juevol Myles had 24 points and Brandon Bos 19 for USD. Now 7-11 overall and 3-3 in the Summit, USD plays at Fort Wayne tonight and at Oakland Saturday.

Purdue basketball (Sam Ostarello): Sam was named Player of the Game by the Big Ten Network's telecasters Monday night as Purdue survived at home in a three-overtime thriller, 82-75, over Ohio State, which was playing without two starters. Purdue is now 3-0 in Big Ten play, and all three games have gone into overtime. At the end of the first overtime, Sam got her hand on the ball on a potential game-winning shot by Ohio State to force a second O.T. In the second extra period, Purdue was down 68-62 with 1:59 left. Sam made two free throws with 0:37 left to bring her team to within 68-66; then Purdue, with the game tied, stole the ball on an Ohio State in-bounds play with :06.6 left to force a third overtime. In the third O.T. Sam's turn-around jumper tied the game at 70-70. She grabbed offensive rebounds on Ohio State's next two trips downcourt. She added a free throw to make the score 80-72 later in that overtime. Sam had 22 points, including 10 of 12 on free throws, and 19 rebounds. For the previous game at Nebraska, she changed her "look" to a ponytail, and since she had such a big game there, she kept the ponytail for Ohio State. Chances are it stays for awhile. Purdue hosts Minnesota tonight and plays at Iowa Sunday.

School of Mines track (Seth Brotherton): At the Black Hills State meet last week, Seth placed third in the 60-meter hurdles in :09.17. The Hardrockers' next meet is Jan. 26 at the Dave Little meet at BHSU.

Black Hills State track (Danny Mayer): Danny did not pole vault at the BHSU meet last Saturday. The Yellowjackets' next meet is at the Northern Open Saturday.

South Dakota track (Stephen Nielson): The Coyotes' next meet is this weekend at the Jack Johnson Invitational in Minneapolis.

South Dakota State track (Connor Berg, Kyle Anderson): Because of the weather, the Jacks did not make the trip to the Bison Classic at Fargo. The Jacks compete this weekend at the Jack Johnson Invitational in Minneapolis.

North Dakota State track (Travis Fitzke, Alec Espeland, Parker McKittrick, Matt Tetzlaff): The Bison Classic turned out to be a dual, and NDSU defeated Manitoba, 91-53. Matt won the 60-meter hurdles in :08.10, and Parker was second in :08.45. Parker was also third in the 40-yard dash in :04.85 and fourth in the 200 in :23.34. Travis won the 800-meter run in 1:55.13, and Alec won the mile in 4:23.77. The Bison compete this weekend at the Jack Johnson meet in Minneapolis.

South Dakota State basketball: The SDSU men defeated Oakland, 81-74, as Tony Fiegen had a career-high 24 points and Jordan Dykstra 22 points and 13 rebounds. Nate Wolters had 16 points and nine rebounds. SDSU defeated Fort Wayne, 83-57, for its 25th straight home win. Only Kansas and Syracuse in Division I basketball have longer home winning streaks currently underway. Wolters had 29 points, three assists and three rebounds; Chad White 12 points, and Marcus Heemstra 12 points. SDSU, down by four, went on a 21-3 run over a 5:30 span to break the game open. SDSU plays a key league game at unbeaten Western Illinois at 7 p.m. tonight and plays at IUPUI Saturday.

South Dakota State basketball (Katie Lingle, Steph Paluch): The SDSU women whipped Oakland, 64-43, as Coach Aaron Johnston surpassed Pierre native Nancy Neiber for most career wins at SDSU (Neiber was 301-140 in 16 seasons as head coach there). Megan Waytashek had 13 points. Katie was 4-of-8 from the field for eight points with four rebounds. At Fort Wayne, Waytashek's buzzer-beater gave State a 66-64 win. SDSU was trailing 63-54 with 3:49 left when Katie started the comeback with two free throws and a field goal. Two more SDSU three-pointers gave them a 64-63 lead. After a Fort Wayne free throw, Waytashek delivered the game-winner. Katie had eight points, eight rebounds and a career-high five blocked shots. Waytashek had 30 points and 11 boards. SDSU hosts Western Illinois tonight and IUPUI at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Midland bowling (Jared Erickson): The Warriors, after a long holiday break, resume competition this weekend at a tournament in South Bend, Ind.

Dakota Wesleyan track (Michael Stier): The Tigers didn't go to the Dordt Invitational as scheduled because of weather-related travel issues. DWU will send athletes to an Iowa State meet and also to the Illinois College Meet in Jacksonville, Ill., this weekend.

Northern track (Gena Burley): Gena did not compete as Northern was at the Minnesota State meet in Mankato. NSU hosts its Northern Open Saturday.

Trinity Bible College basketball (Nick Lentz): After a long holiday layoff, Trinity went to Pennsylvania for a three-day tournament involving many Christian schools from across the country. Trinity lost to Ohio Christian, 71-53; lost to Valley Forge Christian College, 95-84, and lost to Central Bible College, 77-75. Upcoming this week are Dakota College at Bottineau, N.D., Friday and Lake Region Community College at home in Ellendale Saturday.


Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.


The documentary film "The Buffalo King" will be shown during a private screening at the State 1-2-3 Theatre in Pierre at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9. This Nowlin Town Productions documentary follows the remarkable story of James "Scotty" Philip, one of South Dakota's most influential figures.

Often described as "the man who saved the buffalo," Philip was also a study in turn-of-the-century United States history. He married a Cheyenne woman and forged a life unparalleled in accomplishment and success before his sudden death at age 53 in Fort Pierre. Compelling, historic and deeply human, "The Buffalo King" is a story about immigration, ranching, indigenous peoples and the grit and courage of our forefathers.

This private screening is sponsored by the State 1-2-3 Theatre, Verendrye Museum Inc. and Nowlin Town Productions.

The film is free to the communities of Pierre, Fort Pierre and all of the organizers and participants in the Scotty Philip Memorial Ride. For more information about the screening, contact Justin Koehler at 3-3-328-7745. For information about the film itself or to view the trailer, visit "The Buffalo King" on Facebook.


4 days: Inauguration Day (Jan. 21).

17 days: Super Bowl (Feb. 3).

23 days: Hollywood Tonight benefit for Missouri Shores Domestic Violence Center (Feb. 9).

29 days: State gymnastics tournament, Rapid City (Feb. 15-16).

36 days: State "A" wrestling tournament, Watertown (Feb. 22-23).

36 days: State "B" wrestling tournament, Aberdeen (Feb. 22-23).

37 days: 25th annual Juell Johnson Jazz Festival (Feb. 23).

38 days: Summit League indoor track/field championships, Vermillion (Feb. 24-25).

38 days: The Oscars (Feb. 24).

49 days: State "AA" girls basketball tournament, Rapid City (March 7-9).

49 days: State "A" girls basketball tournament, Watertown (March 7-9).

49 days: State "B" girls basketball tournament, Huron (March 7-9).

51 days: Summit League men's/women's basketball tournaments, Sioux Falls (March 9-12).

56 days: State "AA" boys basketball tournament, Sioux Falls (March 14-16).

56 days: State "A" boys basketball tournament, Rapid City (March 14-16).

56 days: State "B" boys basketball tournament, Aberdeen (March 14-16).

73 days: Opening day of baseball season (March 31).

74 days: Twins' season opener vs. Detroit at Target Field (April 1).

85 days: Debut of "42," Jackie Robinson movie (April 12).

148 days: South Dakota Shakespeare Festival, Vermillion (June 14-16).

203 days: Riggs High Class of 2003 reunion, American Legion, Pierre (Aug. 10).

251 days: Custer State Park buffalo roundup (Sept. 27).

259 days: Dakota Day at USD (Oct. 5).

396 days: Winter Olympics opening ceremonies, Sochi, Russia (Feb. 7, 2014).

554 days: 2014 MLB All-Star Baseball Game at Target Field (July 15, 2014).

1289 days: Summer Olympics opening ceremonies, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Aug. 5, 2016).


South Dakota Urban Indian Health will be at the Riggs High cafeteria on Tuesday, Jan. 15, and Tuesday, Jan. 22, during the Coaches vs. Cancer basketball games to offer FREE flu shots to anyone over the age of 4.

All they ask is that you bring two or three non-perishable food items to be donated to the food pantry in lieu of the cost of a flu shot.

Direct questions to the SDUIH Clinic at 224-8841.

South Dakota Urban Indian Health is also offering walk-in (no appointment) immunization clinics on Tuesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. and Thursdays from 7 to 8 a.m. Bring with you two or three non-perishable food items to be donated to the food pantry in exchange for the cost of your flu shot.


March 9: Jordan Bordewyk/Michele Morse.

May 11: Dale Olson/Kacie Schneider.

June 15: Josh Hartmann/Tessa Bollinger.

June 22: Nick Johnson/Mallori Barnett.

June 28: Cody Van Houten/Aimee Vogel.

July 6: Steve Wosick/Becky Markley.

July 13: George Sazama/Heather Knox.

July 27: Tanner Fitzke/Jamie Dykstra.

Aug. 17: Adam Deutsch/Jesse Willard.

Sept. 7: Paul Denton/Jenny Girard.

Sept. 14: Torey Garrett/Christina Ahrendt.


In our contest last week to pick the winners of the four NFL playoff games, not one of our 18 contestants had all four correct. The major problem was that 17 of the 18 picked Denver to win its game! Coming in with 3-1 records were Mike Adams, Amy Mancuso, Kyle Richards, Tyler Nold and Faye Paulsen.

OK, we might as well keep this going so here is our final contest:

(1) NFC: San Francisco @ Atlanta.
(2) AFC: Baltimore @ New England.
(3) Super Bowl: Who defeats whom?

Send me your picks no later than noon Sunday to


W Watertown 57-12

W Canby 53-16

W Aberdeen Central 34-24

W Yankton 75-3

W Huron 41-19

W Brookings 40-22

W Aberdeen Central 47-20

L Bound Brook (N.J.) 27-44

L Arrowhead Union (Wis.) 29-48

W Zumbrota-Mazeppa (Minn.) 38-27

W Thompson (Ala.) 51-15

W Rochester Mayo (Minn.) 51-24

W Corona Del Sol (Ariz.) 29-27

W Huron 48-19


W Huron 44-33

W Mitchell 70-56

L Brandon Valley 64-66

L S.F. Roosevelt 56-58

L Brookings 62-64

L Our Savior New American (N.Y.) 80-84 (O.T.)

W Watertown 65-36

W Huron 64-49

W Mitchell 63-47


W Huron 61-51

W Brandon Valley 48-42

W S.F. Roosevelt 65-48

W Brookings 35-22

L Rapid City Central 44-48

L Cottage Grove (Minn.) 35-57

W Watertown 62-51

L Huron 44-48

L Mitchell 27-65


Thanks to two Stanley County High School art students, the west entrance of the Stanley County Courthouse will be adorned with a new mural. The students presented the mural to the county commission last week. The mural designed by Dan Etzkorn and Wyatt Harrowa has a cowboy and rodeo theme and the words "Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center." The wooden sign depicts participants involved in various rodeo categories. Auditor Karen Sharp said the mural will be located above the entrance. (News courtesy of "Today's KCCR News.")

Riggs High's Sydney Palmer placed second in her age division in the national Punt Pass & Kick finals held in Atlanta Sunday. It was the third time Sydney has won her way to the national competition, and she is a two-time national champion. She has won the Minnesota Vikings regional competition in her respective age groups eight times over the years.

Four students from our area---Michael Hahn, Megan Vockrodt and Nicole Merriman from Pierre and Brandon Sieck from Onida---are part of the Northern State University marching band, which will represent NSU and South Dakota in the inaugural parade in Washington, D.C., on Monday.

Amber Stout, third grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary School, has been named as a state-level winner of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. She is one of three teachers in grades K-6 to be selected for the state honor. She will be recognized at the Mathematics and Science Teachers Conference in Huron Feb. 8. She is now eligible for the state Presidential Award. A national committee reporting to the National Science Foundation will select one teacher for that award from among the state-level finalists. (News courtesy of "Today's KCCR News.")

Margaret Gelhaus, a former teacher in the Pierre schools, died at Maryhouse on Jan. 2 at the age of 94.

Our sympathy to Pierre city administrator Leon Schochenmaier; his children, all of whom went through the Pierre schools, and the rest of their family. Leon's mother, Frances Schochenmaier, formerly of the Burke-Bonesteel area, died Jan. 9 in Pierre at the age of 88 from complications from leukemia. Services were held Monday at Bonesteel. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The death of Shawn Klemann, 44, was reported just prior to last week's Midweek Update being completed, so funeral information was not available. Services were held Monday at St. John's Catholic Church in Fort Pierre. A graduate of Stanley County High School, Shawn worked in the pressroom at the Capital Journal for a time after he had attended Western Dakota Tech. In 1993 he went to work for Morris Inc. and since that time had remained a valued employee of that company. Among his survivors are Allison Wilson and their daughter, Alivia; Shawn's daughters Bailey and Taryn; his stepsons, Clay and Lucas Solberg; his dad, Jim Klemann; his mother, Kathy (Hallock) Law of Florida; his brothers, Brad and Boonie and their families, and his sisters, Laura Hunt in Eagle Butte and Kara Deal. Again our sympathy to all of Shawn's family and friends.

Trisha Murphy, whose husband is Pierre native Ryan Murphy, is the new host of the "Home Ideas TV" show, which is seen on KELO-TV at 6:30 p.m. Saturdays. Trisha is a former Miss South Dakota and television news reporter, and she has a diverse background of other media and marketing experience to her new position.

Countless numbers of people who had done business in local drug stores over the years knew Red Zarecky, who passed away last week. He began his pharmacy career at the old Corner Drug, located across the street from the courthouse. Later he opened the first Walgreen's in downtown Pierre. He retired from the pharmacy business in 1976. The importance of obituaries in newspapers as a permanent record was reinforced with me when I read Red's obituary in the Capital Journal this week. I had no idea some of these people were his children---Janice Lucas, Diane Giesinger, Mark Zarecky, Carol Uecker, Kay Hyde in Rapid City and Steve Zarecky in Hastings, Minn. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren, including Kelley (Lucas) Van Lith, Austin Lucas, Jason Giesinger, Brian Giesinger, Steve Zarecky, David Zarecky, Brandon Zarecky, Brett Hyde, Janice (Hyde) Woodruff, Michael Zarecky, Emily Zarecky, Andy Zarecky, Cole Uecker and Allen Uecker. He is also survived by eight great-grandchildren.

A.J. and Krista Rounds became first-time parents on Jan. 10. Their daughter, Evelyn Mae Rounds, weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces. They are making their home in Pierre.

Pierre native Jesse Willard is engaged to Sioux Falls native Adam Deutsch, and they have set Aug. 17 as their wedding date.

Ryan Russell and his wife, Jenny, are the parents of their first child. Their son, Landon, was born Jan. 10, weighing 8 pounds, 12 ounces, and measuring 20 1/2 inches. The Russells live in Bossier City, La., where Ryan is an instructor pilot for the U.S. Air Force.

The Canistota High School boys basketball team coached by Blunt native Pat Jolley (Sully Buttes '74), is unbeaten at 8-0 as of the beginning of this week and ranked No. 2 in Class "B" in the state behind White River. Their latest win was an overtimer, 58-53, over South O'Brien of Paullina, Iowa, at the Dakota Schoolers Classic in Sioux Falls. Canistota and White River will clash with each other at 8:30 p.m. Saturday in the final game of the Hanson Classic at the Corn Palace in Mitchell.

Mick Hofer and Jenny Ness (both Riggs '09) became engaged over the holidays. They live in Vermillion. Jenny is a registered nurse at St. Luke's in Sioux City where she works in the postpartum unit. Mick will be done with his accounting degree at USD in May and plans to go on for his master's in professional accountancy.

Blunt area native Amanda Fanger, who has been a phenomenal and award-winning writer at The Onida Watchman since graduating from home school six years ago, has left the Watchman to join the staff of the newspaper at Webster. Her last day at the Watchman is tomorrow, Friday. Good luck, Amanda!

Sydney Palmer of the girls basketball team was named Athlete of the Week last week by the Pierre Athletic Coaches Association.

Mikal and Nancy Hanson's Christmas letter updates us on their family. Mikal continues to work at the U.S. attorney's office in Pierre, and Nancy helps out at St. Mary's. They squeezed in a trip to Nashville last August. Kai, after completing his master's in statistics from Minnesota State-Mankato last spring, began work as a data analyst for Allina Health. He lives in uptown Minneapolis and continues to play hockey and soccer. Kristen lives in Fargo and travels a lot in her new job with the Rushmore Group, working with disabled adults. Max is now a student at South Dakota State where he is pursuing an electrical engineering degree.

Once I got past the cover photo on his Christmas card (J.J. riding a moose!), I learned in his Christmas letter that he left his job as social studies teacher at Anchorage West High School after last school year and began working as a junior sales representative for Zimmer Alaska. He finds himself now in the operating rooms of hospitals, servicing surgeons who use the company's instruments and implants. During a trip to corporate headquarters in Indiana, he visited cousins in South Bend and took in Notre Dame's overtime win over Pittsburgh this past fall. J.J. stayed connected to West High as wide receivers coach and assistant offensive coordinator. Their season began with a trip to Hawaii and ended in the Alaska state semifinals. J.J. is the ultimate tour guide; last summer the entire Iverson family visited him up there. Shortly after the family left, J.J.'s high school buddy Jordan Hoover went up for a vacation and a rafting adventure.

As for the rest of the Iversons, Jim finished in 2012 his sixth summer season working at Sutton Bay Golf Resort. More of a challenge is remodeling the kitchen at home. Rosa continues to work at the federal public defender's office, working with indigent clients there. Angie and husband Gianluca Maggi moved to Florence, Italy, where he works for General Electric. Angie stayed behind to complete the sale of their home in Sioux Falls and spent part of her summer in Valencia, spain, where she and brother Chris led a group of SDSU students in the Spanish Abroad Program. This fall Chris moved to Washington, D.C., where is doing an internship with a world-wide nonprofit organization. Ashley left SDSU and moved to Watertown to pursue a nursing career through USD's program there. She moonlights at Cherry Berry, so check her out there! This fall Jim and Rosa went to Mexico with Barry and Diane Smith, visiting Rosa's brother Franklin and his wife Vori for a week-long celebration of the feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe in the tiny town of La Barranca del Oro. They also spent three days in Mexico City with 27 million other people.

Our sympathy to the family of Christena Abbott, who died Jan. 12 at the Golden Living Center in Pierre at the age of 86. She was the mother of Grace Fields and Ray Abbott and the grandmother of Lorna Robinson, Leon Blumhardt, Cheryl Hauck, Karen Borrud and Misty Oenema.

Save the date of June 15 for the first Tyler Wilcox Memorial Foundation golf tournament at The Dunes. Details will be forthcoming as the date draws closer.


* Unusual uses for toothpaste: (1) Soothes minor burns. (2) Helps pain and itching from insect bites. (3) A dab will help clear up acne. (4) Cleans fingernails. (5) Removes scuff marks on vinyl or linoleum floors.

* As I was skimming through a Snow Queen Festival section of the Aberdeen American-News this past weekend, I was reminded of our local women who were crowned Snow Queen there over the years. In 1973 Rebecca Ann (Cross) Stock was crowned South Dakota Snow Queen. The previous year that honor was brought home by Judy (Sonnenschein) Larson. In 1960 the winner was another Pierre girl, Bonnie (Verdon) Simpfenderfer. In 1953 it was Joan (Frazee) Trautner, 60 years ago this week! Two South Dakota Junior Snow Queen recipients have come from our area---Tiera Feller of Blunt in 2008 and Deanna (West) Smith of Sully County in 1975.

* Next year's Minnesota Vikings schedule will include home games against Green Bay, Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, Washington, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Carolina. The Vikings will play on the road at Green Bay, Chicago, Detroit, Dallas, New York Giants, Baltimore, Washington and Seattle. How about the Denver Broncos, you ask? The Broncos will be home against Kansas City, Oakland, San Diego, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Philadelphia, Washington and Baltimore. The Broncos will play on the road at Kansas City, Oakland, San Diego, Houston, Indianapolis, Dallas, New York Giants and New England. (Do you see a Peyton vs. Eli Manning matchup there? Also a Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady matchup? Also a Peyton Manning return to Indianapolis matchup? Let us assume the Broncos will be in a lot of the primetime games.)

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