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Vol. 16, No. 29; Thursday, March 23, 2017

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


This week's schedules:
Track---Saturday, @ SDSU indoor meet, Brookings.

Girls basketball: In the opening game at the state "AA" tournament the Lady Govs were dominated by top-seed Harrisburg, 64-39. Pierre trailed 21-6 after one quarter and never made a run at the Tigers. Emily Mikkelsen with eight, Maddie Reinke with eight and Erika Stout with seven were the high scorers for Pierre. In the consolation semifinals Pierre trailed Rapid City Stevens at halftime, 33-20, and lost by 71-55. The Lady Govs started the game with an 8-0 lead, but a 17-0 run by Stevens gave them control of the game. Pierre committed 18 turnovers. Mikkelsen scored 13 and Mack Rath 11. In the seventh-place game Brandon Valley, down to Pierre by 42-35 after the third quarter, rallied with a 21-9 fourth period to win 56-51. Tori Thorpe scored 13, Reinke and Hallie Jerome nine.

Boys basketball: One game of the state "AA" tournament turned out to be an instant classic; the other two, not so much, and the Governors finished in fourth place. In the quarterfinal against Rapid City Stevens, the Govs were down 45-38 after three quarters. They were still behind by six points with 49 seconds left and down by 59-56 when Brad Dean let fly with a clutch three-pointer with :05.3 remaining to force overtime. Pierre was up 68-65 when Stevens' Cooper Bowman's three-pointer tied it at :01 to send the game on to another extra period. Two field goals by Mason Archambault of Stevens put the Raiders ahead by 75-74. The Govs had the ball, and it went out of bounds with :05.6 left. On the in-bounds play the ball went to Peyton Zabel, who blew out of a double-team trap, moved toward the lane and let fly with a soft floater that went in at the buzzer for a 76-75 Pierre win. Zabel had 31 points, going 10-of-20 in field goals and 10-of-12 in free throws with 10 rebounds and two assists. Dean scored 21 and Connor Campbell 10. Archambault had 32 for Stevens, which missed seven of 12 free throws down the stretch and missed 17 of 37 in the game. The Govs' prospects seemed high as Pierre went into the semifinals against Aberdeen Central, whom Pierre had beaten three times previously. But the Govs found themselves down 11-0 at the start, missing their first 12 shots. Pierre trailed 14-3 after a quarter and 28-8 at halftime, having gone 2-of-23 in field goals up to that point. Pierre trailed by 24 points at one point but clawed back to within 12 (45-33) with 4:59 remaining in the game. Pierre got to within nine at 4:40 and within five at 3:03. Three times in the final minutes the Govs were within three points, but after Dean's three-pointer with 0:17 to go made it 55-52 for Aberdeen, the Eagles added three free throws to win it 58-52. Four men accounted for all the Pierre scoring--- Dean 25, Zabel 17, Sam Edman 7 and Hunter Jockheck 3. In the third-place game against Sioux Falls Lincoln, the Govs trailed 13-6 after a quarter and 25-14 at halftime and never threatened the Patriots, who won 67-31. Zabel had 11 points, but no one else had more than six as Pierre made 11 of 43 field-goal attempts, 1 of 13 in three-point tries.

Boys basketball: Brad Dean and Peyton Zabel of the Governors were selected for the all-tournament team following the "AA" boys tournament. Then this week named its Class "AA" All-State teams with Dean being named to the second team and Zabel to the third team.


Boys basketball: The Chargers showed they will be a force with whom to reckon next season as the team with only one senior (Clay Feller) won two out of three games and captured third place in the state "B" at Aberdeen. In the quarterfinal against White River, to whom SBHS had lost by three in January, the Chargers led 43-26 after three periods and won 65-52, making 23 of 28 free throws and outrebounding the Tigers 33-21. Feller had 16 points and seven rebounds, Jacob Howard 15 points and 11 rebounds, Lincoln Jordre 14 points and six rebounds and Devan Kleven 12 points. In the semifinals the Chargers gave unbeaten, top-ranked Bridgewater-Emery all it could handle but fell at the end 61-58. The Huskies went on to win the state title. Jordre had 19 points, Nick Wittler 16 and Howard 14 against B-E, who was outrebounded by the Chargers 29-20. The third-place game against Parker saw SBHS lead 20-6 early and 34-21 at the half, but the Pheasants made it a cliffhanger. Parker got to within 57-55 with 40 seconds left, but a key rebound by Jordre after a Parker miss gave the Chargers the ball. With 0:31.1 left two free throws by Kleven gave SBHS a 59-55 lead. The defense held Parker to no shots until :15.7 remained. After a timeout Parker got a three-pointer with seven seconds left. A long pass to Jordre breaking to the hoop saw him fouled on a dunk attempt. He made one of two free throws for a 60-58 lead, and Parker could not get off a good desperation shot. Jordre had 17 points and six boards, Howard 15 points and nine rebounds, Wittler 11 points, Kleven nine and Feller eight.

Boys basketball: Lincoln Jordre and Jacob Howard of the Chargers were named to the all-tournament team after the state "B" tournament.

Cheerleaders: The Sully Buttes boys basketball cheerleaders were declared recipients of the Spirit of Six award at the state "B" tournament. The honored cheerleaders are Veronica Kinkler, Tara Hiller, Audrey Johnson, Jenni Jones, Rachel Guthmiller and Hannah Weinheimer, and their coach is Jackie Aspelin.

Girls basketball: Four Charger players---Rachel Guthmiller, Lauren Wittler, Chloe Lamb and Racquel Wientjes---were selected for the Yellowstone Trail Conference all-conference team.


If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you must look forward, do so prayerfully. However, the wisest thing you can do is be present in the present gratefully. --- Maya Angelou


Thursday, March 23:
Ashlynn Lizotte, Soraya Karim, Sienna Karim, Darcy Weber, Keaton Durkin, Livia Neuberger, Jason Person, Amy (Wire) Mollman, Toby Bryant, Brian Hylle, Brittani Snow, McKayla Marso, Kelsey McKay.

Friday, March 24:
Adam Korkow, Tyler Sarringar, Bretta (Schumacher) Olson, Jeff Post, Jeff Sampson, Brandon Sieck, Theresa Hanson, Allison Knox, Tyrel Hall, Dan Zebroski, Ashley (Dunwoody) Dugstad. 5th anniversary, Neil/Molly Eichstadt. Anniversary, Andy/Jamie (Gannaway) Heymans.

Saturday, March 25:
Jamie Dvorak, Adriana Uecker, Angie Gross, Janelle Toman, Evelyn Bowers, Allison Mickelson, Donarae Jolley.

Sunday, March 26:
Corey Ramsey, Terah Bollinger, Jason Monroe, Chas Olson, Chad Eschmeyer, Pat Adams, Bonnie Korkow, Dalton Decker, Mollie Holden, Audra (Meyer) Cardwell, Elissa Rislov, Roger Easland, Nadia Rasmussen, Connie Colwill, Craig Rilling.

Monday, March 27:
Quinn Eschmeyer, Wyatt Gran, Penny Unruh, Casey Ortbahn, Marcia Murphey.

Tuesday, March 28:
Larry Lundeen, Eileen Herrin, Sarah (Winter) Sonnenschein, Susan Flottmeyer, Angela (Di Benedetto) Smith, Kathy (Adam) Bykowski, Janelle (Kvislen) Carda, Connie (Olson) McCosky, David Forney, Allen Uecker, Christopher Roberts, Carol McKee.

Wednesday, March 29:
Connor Barnes, Graden Barnes, Sydney Hackett, Joseph Kean, Aaron Bumann, Michael Bumann, Peggy (Marshall) Engstrom, Derek Gustafson, Nancee Johnson, Jace Jerome. 3rd anniversary, Clay/Katelynn (Lamb) Pottorff.

Thursday, March 30:
Patty Williams, Abel Haas, Doug Smith, Liz Stewart, Lindsey (Brown) Osterkamp, Mary Hove, Patrick Snyder, Eric Harris, Emily (Goeden) Decker, Nathan Mikkelsen, Grey Zabel, Jack Magee. Anniversary, Craig/Charlene Keller.


Kellyanne Conway says my microwave is watching me. That's why I have it in the laundry room.


South Dakota State men's basketball (Lane Severyn): In the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the regional in Salt Lake City, SDSU was within #1 seed Gonzaga at halftime, 26-22, but the Zags pulled away in the second half to win by 66-46. Mike Daum with 17 points was the only Jackrabbit in double figures. Lane in 24 minutes was 1-of-3 and 1-of-2 for four points with three rebounds. The SDSU season ended with a record of 18-17. This was Lane's third year of eligibility at SDSU. He played in 25 games and scored 73 points on 25 field goals (16 of them three-pointers) and seven free throws. He had a 2.9 points-per-game average and a 2.4 rebounds-per-game average. He hit 16 of 56 in three-point attempts and made 15 steals.

South Dakota State women's golf (Hallie Getz): The Jackrabbit women won their fifth tournament of this season when they emerged first of 12 teams at Southern Utah's Thunderbird Invitational at St. George, Utah. SDSU had cards of 282-282=564 (12 under par). SDSU tied the school record for 18 holes and set a school record for 54 holes. Hallie placed eighth with an even-par scorecard of 72-72=144. SDSU is off until April 9-10 at the Kansas City Shootout.

South Dakota State track (Riley Sears, Kyle Anderson, Max Reinke, Rachel Propst): The Jacks were idle last week. They compete this weekend at the University of Arkansas meet in Fayetteville.

South Dakota women's basketball (Sydney Palmer): In their WNIT opener the Jackrabbits won at home over Northern Illnois, 94-84. Clarissa Ober had 17 points, six assists and a career-high 20 rebounds. Kerri Young scored a career-high 28 points, Madison Guebert had 15 and Ellie Thompson 14. Sydney in 10 minutes was 1-of-4 from the field for two points with one assist. In the second round at home Sunday, the SDSU season ended with an 81-75 loss in overtime to Colorado. The Jacks had rallied from a 13-point deficit to force overtime. Colorado raced out to an eight-point lead in O.T. SDSU got back to within three, but CU free throws put the game out of reach at the end. Thompson scored 20, Young and Guebert 17 each Sydney in 19 minutes was 1-of-4 for two points with five rebounds and an assist. The Jacks' season record was 23-9. Lost to graduation will be Young and Ober.

South Dakota State wrestling: Two Jackrabbits earned All-American status at the NCAA championships in St. Louis, the first two wrestlers to do so for SDSU in the Division I era. Seth Gross, seeded No. 2 in the nation at 133 pounds, did indeed finish second. He won 5-0 over a Maryland wrestler, won 15-0 over Oregon State, won 11-1 over Montoya of Nebraska in the quarterfinals and won 12-3 in the semis over Brock of Oklahoma State. In the national championship match Gross lost 4-3 to two-time national runner-up and four-time All-American Clark of Iowa. Alex Kocer at 149 pounds won two matches, lost once, won another and lost another to reach the seventh-place match where he lost by fall. He finished 30-11 this season and 96-44 for his career. Luke Zilverberg went 2-2 in the tournament and finished with a 26-10 record. David Kocer was 1-2 and completed a 24-10 season. Nate Rotert was also 1-2 and finished the year 22-9.

Northern Michigan women's golf (Karissa Guthrie): The NMU women were idle last week and are off until April 2-3 in a tournament at Blacklick, Ohio.

University of Mary track (Steven Gordon, Jack Wollman): Idle last week, the Marauders open the outdoor season at Black Hills State's invitational in Spearfish Friday and Saturday.

Creighton men's basketball (Zach Hanson): Zach's college career at Creighton ended when the Bluejays lost their first-round game in the NCAA Tournament to Rhode Island, 84-72. Creighton never led in the game and ended its season with a 25-10 record. In 12 minutes Zach was 1-of-2 for two points with three rebounds and two assists. He played in 20 games this season for Creighton, going 48-of-75 in field goals and 12-of-27 in free throws, scoring at a 5.4 points-per-game average. He had 45 rebounds, five assists and six steals.

Tennessee women's basketball (Caleb Currier): The Lady Vols won their opener in the NCAA Tournament over Dayton, 66-57, but in the second round Tennessee lost to Louisville on the latter's home court, 75-64. The Lady Vols' season ended with a 20-12 record.

South Dakota women's golf (Katie Bartlett): The Coyotes placed 10th of 12 teams at Sacramento State's invitational in California, which was played Sunday and Monday. The USD scorecards added up to 325-310=635, a 59-over-par score. Katie tied for 62nd place with rounds of 88 and 78 for a 22-over-par 166. USD plays next April 1-2 at Bradley's invitational in Peoria, Ill.

South Dakota women's basketball (Kaitlyn Severyn, Ciara Duffy, Caitlin Duffy): The Coyote women, after winning in the first round of the WNIT over North Dakota last week, saw their season end in the second round with a 78-73 loss at Iowa. USD and Iowa were tied 55-55 after the third quarter. Allison Arens led USD with 24 points, Jaycee Bradley had 17, and Ciara was 5-of-15, including 1-of-6 in three-pointers, and 3-of-3 for 14 points with four rebounds, two steals and four assists. The Coyotes' season ends with a 23-9 record. From among the players who played a good deal, Abigail Fogg and Bridget Arens will be lost via graduation. Caitlin, who hasn't played all season and would like to get a medical redshirt so she can play another season, would also be lost if the NCAA does not grant such permission. Kaitlyn has two years of eligibility left, and Ciara is just completing her freshman year.

Duke men's basketball: The Blue Devils defeated Troy, 87-65, in their NCAA Tournament opener Friday but lost to South Carolina, 88-81, in the second round Sunday night. The season ends with a 28-9 record. Gone from the team for sure due to graduation will be Amile Jefferson and Matt Jones, and others are likely to leave for the NBA draft.

Minnesota baseball (Nolan Burchill): The Gophers went 2-1 in a weekend series at Sacramento State, losing 3-2 and winning 9-2 and 5-2. Nolan did not pitch in those games. Minnesota opens Big 10 play this weekend with three at Ohio State Friday through Sunday, then plays Tuesday and Wednesday out of the conference at Kansas.

Dakota Wesleyan baseball (Jared Neilan): The Tigers, 5-10 so far this season, were idle last week. They open GPAC play this weekend with two at Hastings Saturday, two at Doane Sunday and two at Mount Marty Tuesday. Then next Wednesday DWU plays a non-conference game at South Dakota State.

Northern State track (Elizabeth Raecke, Courtney Espeland): The Wolves opened the outdoor season at a meet at Boulder, Colo. Elizabeth placed sixth in the 400 in 1:00.37 and eighth in the 200 in :26.134. She ran on a pair of NSU relay teams---the 4x400 team won their race in 4:15.39, and the 4x100 team placed second in :48.81. Northern runs next April 6-7 at the NSIC-MIAA meet in Maryville, Mo.


It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment. --- Ansel Adams


March 31: Scott Hesla/Katrina Reimnitz.
April 8: Josh Parsons/Aimee Hausmann.
May 6: Justin Jensen/Mackenzie McKeithan.
May 27: Cody Nilson/Jessica Blackmore.
May 27: Ryker Tieszen/Angela Koch.
May 28: Damon Thielen/Jessica Brown.
May 28: Taylor Brock/Bethany Dahl.
June 3: Walter Haag/Natasha Stewart.
June 24: Jody Lutz/Sydney Thompson.
June 24: Andru Meiners/Brittany Guindon.
June 24: Blake Hemminger/Ashley Brotsky.
July 7: Zachary Merrill/Christina Borah.
July 22: Travis Newling/Megan Reindl.
Aug. 12: Chris Voller/Ashlee Mendive.
Aug. 20: Cody Coppess/Mandi Gallina.
Sept. 2: Jayson Herra/Jordyn Anderson.
Sept. 9: Mic Stulken/Nicole Madden.
Sept. 16: Derrick Miller/Kelbie Frederick.
Sept. 30: Adam Sharkey/Salina Ballesteros.
Oct. 7: Brian Long/Allie Rudish.
Oct. 7: Robert Teachout/Ann Smith.


Toyama Grouses (Sam Willard): The Grouses split a pair with Sendai. In a 75-72 loss Sam went 3-of-9 for six points with eight rebounds and two assists. The Grouses then clobbered that same team, 88-64, as Sam was 8-of-10 from the field and 3-of-4 at the stripe for 19 points with eight rebounds, one assist and a steal. Toyama, now 11-34, plays two this weekend against the team just above them in the standings, Yokohama (15-30).

Sioux Falls Skyforce: In their only game last week the Skyforce lost to Los Angeles, 115-111. Sioux Falls is home against Northern Arizona Sunday and Iowa Tuesday.

Minnesota Timberwolves: The Wolves' playoff chances at securing the eighth and last playoff spot were shaky in the first place, and this past week hasn't helped. Minnesota lost to Boston 117-104, to Miami 123-105, to New Orleans 123-109 and to San Antonio 100-93. The Wolves play at the Lakers Friday, at Portland Saturday and at Indiana Tuesday.


Why is the third hand on the watch called the second hand?


World Cup qualifying: It's a crucial weekend for the U.S. Men's National Team, which earned zero points in its first two games in the qualifying process for the 2018 World Cup. To get in, the U.S. has to finish in the top three of the six-team pool or, if placing fourth or fifth, win a play-in game). Current standings in the pool: Costa Rica 6, Mexico 4, Panama 4, Honduras 3, Trinidad/Tobago 0, U.S.A. 0. The United States has eight more games in the qualifying process between now and October, starting with a game vs. Honduras at 9:30 p.m. CDT this Friday on FS1.

Minnesota United FC: After two thorough losses to open the MLS season, the Loons earned a point with a 2-2 tie. Now 0-2-1, Minnesota plays at 1 p.m. Saturday at New England.


One way to find out if you are old is to fall down in front of a lot of people. If they laugh, you're still young. If they panic and start running to you, you're old.


Sioux Falls Storm: A couple of their first three wins were close, but the fourth game of the Storm's season was not. Sioux Falls blasted Iowa, 70-13, Monday to go to 4-0. The Storm plays at home Saturday at 7:05 vs. Wichita.


You know that tingly little feeling you get when you really like someone? That's common sense leaving your body.


Pierre Governors: The high school season opens with a home doubleheader against Douglas at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 1. Then the Govs play two at Winner on April 6. Then comes a break of more than three weeks before hosting Rapid City Central on April 29 and Harrisburg on April 30.

Colorado Rockies (times MDT):
Friday: San Francisco, 2:10 (Root and MLB Network).
Saturday: Chicago Cubs, 2 :10 (Root).
Sunday: San Diego, 2:10.
Tuesday: Texas, 1:10.

Minnesota Twins:
Friday: Baltimore, 6:05 (Fox Sports North and MLB Network).
Saturday: Baltimore, 5:05.
Sunday: Baltimore, 12:05 (MLB Network).
Monday: Pittsburgh, 5:05.
Tuesday: Tampa Bay, 12:05 (Fox Sports North).
Wednesday: Boston, 12:05.

Chicago Cubs:
Thursday: Arizona, 3:10.
Friday: Cleveland, 3:05.
Saturday: Colorado, 3:10 (Root). and Cincinnati, 3:05.
Sunday: Cincinnati, 3:05.
Monday: Cleveland, 8:10 (MLB Network).
Wednesday: Oakland, 3:05.


I'm always disappointed when a liar's pants don't actually catch on fire. If they did, that would be happening a lot in Washington these days.


Rapid City Rush: In two weekend games against Idaho, the Rush won 4-3 and lost 5-3. After a game at Colorado last night, Rapid City plays three at Alaska this weekend, then returns home next Wednesday vs. Utah.

Sioux Falls Stampede: The Herd lost to Chicago, 4-3 in overtime, and lost to Madison, 4-3 in a shootout, before clubbing Des Moines, 5-2. Sioux Falls is home Friday vs. Madison and goes to play Tri-City in Kearney Saturday.

Minnesota Wild: A losing skid continued when the Wild lost to Carolina, 3-1; to the New York Rangers, 3-2, and to Winnipeg, 5-4. On Tuesday the Wild defeated San Jose, 3-2. Minnesota is home tonight vs. Philadelphia and Saturday vs. Vancouver, goes to Detroit Sunday and returns home against Washington Tuesday.

University of North Dakota: At the NCHC Frozen Faceoff at Target Center in Minneapolis, the Fighting Hawks won in the semifinals over top-seed Denver, 1-0. In the championship game UND lost to Minnesota-Duluth, 4-3. However, UND was still selected for the 16-team NCAA Tournament. In the West Region at Fargo, UND will play Boston University at 2 p.m. Friday. The other semifinal there will be Minnesota-Duluth vs. Ohio State at 5:30. The championship game Saturday will send its winner to the Frozen Four in Chicago in two weeks. This is the 15th straight year in which UND has been selected for the NCAA hockey tournament, the second-longest streak in history.


Blessed is the person who has earned the love of an old dog. --- Sydney Jeanne Seward

The Lodge at Medicine Creek Farms


2 days: All-State Band concert, Sioux Falls O'Gorman (March 25).
2 days: Pierre Governors track/field season opener, Brookings (March 25).
9 days: Pierre Governors baseball season openers (April 1).
9 days: Zonta spring vendor/craft show (April 1-2).
10 days: Academy of Country Music awards, CBS (April 2).
10 days: Baseball season openers (April 2).
11 days: Minnesota Twins season opener (April 3).
11 days: Men's college basketball national championship game (April 3).
12 days: Women's college basketball national championship game (April 4).
12 days: Pierre Governors boys tennis season opener (April 4).
16 days: Stanley County High prom (April 8).
20 days: Sully Buttes musicians at Region 6 large-group contest, Mobridge (April 12).
21 days: Pierre Governors girls golf season opener (April 13).
24 days: Easter Sunday (April 16).
28 days: Stanley County school carnival (April 20).
29 days: Pierre Legion Relays (April 21).
39 days: Pierre Educational Foundation's Evening of Excellence (May 1).



Option #1: You could retire in Phoenix where . . . . .

* . . . . . you are willing to park three blocks away from your house because you found shade.
* . . . . . you have experienced condensation on your rear end from the hot water in the toilet bowl.
* . . . . . you can drive for four hours in one direction and never leave town.
* . . . . . you have more than 100 recipes for Mexican food.
* . . . . . you know that "dry heat" is comparable to what hits you in your face when you open the oven door at 500 degrees.
* . . . . . the four seasons are tolerable, hot, really hot and "are you kidding me?".


There is still plenty of time to get as many chances as you wish on a beautiful queen-size quilt made by Carol Howard. The raffle is a fund-raiser for the fight against cystic fibrosis, a disease which has plagued her and Dick's grandsons, Caleb and Logan Huxford, all of their lives. The winner of the quilt will be drawn at the Great Strides Walk in Rapid City on June 3. Caleb, who soon will be 15, and Logan, who just turned 13, are the sons of Kevin and Caren (Howard) Huxford. The boys are also grandsons of former Pierre resident Kay Huxford. The winner need not be present to win. For tickets contact Carol at 224-8503. They are selling for $1 each or six for $5.00. Matching funds in the fund-raiser will be provided by Modern Woodmen.

Dan Cronin, a former principal in the Pierre school district, has announced his candidacy for the school board seat being vacated by Randy Vance. Cronin worked in the district for 34 years---14 as a teacher and 20 as an elementary principal in three different schools in the system. The other announced candidates for that seat are Bob Stalley and Dawson Lewis. The deadline for petitions to be filed is next Tuesday. (News courtesy of "Today's KCCR News.")

Steve Robinson, owner of the Oakie Doakie welding business, is running for mayor of Pierre. A native of Pierre, he has been back home from Los Angeles since the early 1990s. He joins Steve Harding as announced candidates. The deadline to file petitions is next Tuesday. (News courtesy of "Today's KCCR News.")

The Mobridge-Pollock school board decided last week to honor the memory of the late Mary (Wood) Ludeman by renaming the Mary Ludeman Teacher of the Year Award. Mary, an alumna of Sully Buttes High School and a native of Onida, worked as the Mobridge-Pollock district's speech pathologist for many years until her sudden death in February after falling ill from influenza. This year's recipient of the award there is Rhonda Frederick, whose husband Tim is also a Sully Buttes alumnus.

For breakfast this Saturday there is another American Legion baseball fund-raising pancake breakfast at the American Legion cabin from 7 to 11 a.m. Three dollars (or as much more as you wish to contribute) get you an all-you-can-eat breakfast. In addition, if you arrive before 8:30 a.m., you also get a free one-day pass to one of the baseball tournaments at Hyde Stadium this summer.

The Riggs High jazz band made a spring tour on Tuesday, part entertainment and part recruiting tool. The students performed at St. Joseph Elementary School, Kennedy Elementary School, Georgia Morse Middle School and Jefferson Elementary School.

Brad Berens, who was Riggs High band director in the late 1980s prior to Larry Johnson's tenure, is one of three finalists for the position of superintendent of the Vermillion School District. Berens, after leaving Pierre, was band director at Mitchell High School before moving into administration. He currently is assistant superintendent for academic services in the Rapid City Area School District. The other two candidates for the Vermillion post are their current middle school principal, Timothy Koehler, and Damon Alvey, superintendent at Scotland. The men are being interviewed this week.

Ross and Jen (Neuhauser) Tschetter of Hartford have added a son to their family. Jacob Patrick Tschetter was born March 21 at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, weighing 7 pounds, 8 ounces. His sister, Caroline, is 2 1/2 years old.

Sarah Carter has announced she is running for re-election to the Stanley County school board. Next Tuesday is the deadline for filing petitions to run for the board, and the election will be June 6. In addition to Carter's seat on the school board, that of Carly Sommars also expires this year. (News courtesy of "Today's KCCR News.")

Kathleen (Lomheim) Doren, 93, Pierre, died March 14 at Avera St. Mary's Hospital. Services were held Saturday at the Isburg Funeral Chapel. She attended Agar High School and Huron College. She and her husband, Ward Doren, were long-time residents of Madison. Among her survivors are two daughters, Cherie Larson and husband Ron of Pierre and Natalie Neugebauer and husband Tom of Pierre; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister Carol Zilverberg, and brothers Manford Lomheim and Marcel Lomheim.

Zonta's annual spring vendor and craft show is coming to the Northridge Plaza a week from now on the weekend of April 1-2. Hours are 10 to 6 on Saturday and noon to 4 on Sunday.

Our sympathy to Scott, Deb, Gregg and Mark Bollinger and their families. Their father, Jerry, passed away March 20. Services are pending.

This is the weekend of the South Dakota Basketball Hall of Fame's induction ceremony at the Ramkota in Sioux Falls at 1 p.m. Saturday. One of this year's inductees is Joe Ashley, star center of Pierre's 1979 state "A" champions. Details on all the inductees can be accessed at

Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine released its 2017 edition of "Top Doctors: Rising Stars," an annual list of up-and-coming physicians who are making a mark in medicine. Three hundred eighty-six local physicians were named, and of them 71 are University of Minnesota physicians. One of those so honored is Dr. Brianne (Barnett) Roby, M.D., who works in otolaryngology. Doctors in that field are trained in the medical and surgical management and treatment of patients with diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, throat and related structures of the head and neck.

When the Pierre boys team finished their state tournament Saturday, it was also the end of Harvey "Skip" Kurth's basketball coaching in Pierre. He has announced he will be retiring from teaching and coaching at the end of this school year. After two years at Arlington he came to Pierre and is now finishing 43 years as a coach. He was head boys coach of the Governors for 13 seasons, but for many years he has also been an assistant coach in both girls and boys basketball and in track and field. Kurth says he plans to remain in Pierre. (News courtesy of Dakota Radio Group's "My Daily News.")

J.C.Penney announced plans to close 130 stores, including stores in Pierre, Aberdeen, Watertown and Yankton. The closings will likely take place during the second quarter of this year, and it has been reported the Pierre store's final day of business will be June 19.

The South Dakota Association of Secondary School Principals has selected two local educators as award recipients. Kyley Cumbow has been named Region 6 Middle School Principal of the Year, and Riggs High School's Rob Coverdale is Region 6 Assistant Principal of the Year. Both are now candidates for state honors during the state principals conference on April 6. (News courtesy of "Today's KCCR News.")

The recipients of this year's Tate B. Senftner Memorial Scholarship, given annually to players at the state "B" boys basketball tournament, were Kelby Peters of Parker and Clay Feller of Sully Buttes.

CORRECTION: In the item about Hunter Widvey, Rapid City Stevens senior, who is a finalist in KEVN-TV's scholarship competition, in the Update two weeks ago, your editor totally confused the various Widvey families. Hunter is the daughter of Brett and Cami Widvey.

Nicole (Deffenbaugh) Tennant's daughter, Katelyn, passed away March 16 at the age of 14. Visitation took place Tuesday, and her funeral service was Wednesday at Central Church in Sioux Falls. Katelyn battled two rare diseases all of her life. At birth she was diagnosed with truncus arteriosus and had more than 30 surgeries and procedures. At age 8 she was also diagnosed with plastic bronchitis. She underwent her fifth open heart surgery last October. She lived in Sioux Falls with her mother and 12-year-old sister Brooklyn. Katelyn was currently in the eighth grade at George McGovern Middle School. An account has been established to help the family cover the cost of Katelyn's services, and it can be accessed at The family requests donations in her honor be directed to Sanford Children's Miracle Network or Make-A-Wish South Dakota.

A potato bar supper for the benefit of Paws Animal Rescue will be served at the American Legion cabin from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 27. A free-will offering will be taken. The supper will be serving one's choice of mashed or baked potatoes with a selection of toppings plus desserts.

Terry LaFleur of Sioux Falls has announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for governor in 2018. He joins U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem and Attorney General Marty Jackley as declared candidates for the nomination.

The Pierre-Fort Pierre branch of American Association of University Women (AAUW) is seeking donations from the public of used books, CDs, DVDs and audiobooks. Collection boxes are available now at Dakotamart in Pierre and Fort Pierre, the Oahe YMCA lobby and Northridge Plaza near the Hibbett Sports store. Then gthe 29th annual AAUW used book sale will be held Saturday, April 8, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, April 9, from noon to 3 p.m. at the mall near the Hibbett Sports store. Proceeds from the book sale fund scholarships to Capital University Center students and to graduating seniors from Riggs High School for higher education.

The Pierre Youth Orchestra's fifth anniversary season concert will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at the Riggs theater. Admission price will be a free-will donation. The concert will feature the University of South Dakota Chamber Orchestra.

The problem of low water levels on some stretches of the Missouri River from Sioux City upstream has caused headaches for Caleb Gilkerson in his project to move the riverboat Horizon all the way from St. Louis to Pierre. One of their two boats ran aground this week near Dakota City, Neb., just below Sioux City. An account where anyone can help fund the transport of the boats to Pierre has been established at

No municipal election will take place in Fort Pierre this spring. City council incumbents Kevin Gabriel in Ward I, Bob Ricketts in Ward 2 and Todd Bernhard in Ward 3 all filed for re-election, and all are unopposed. Each of them will begin a new two-year term this summer. (News courtesy of "Today's KCCR News.")

The All-State Band concert that will take place at 4 p.m. Saturday at O'Gorman High School's Lorang Theatre in Sioux Falls, will be taped by South Dakota Public Broadcasting for later broadcast on April 22. Riggs High is represented in the Lewis Band by senior euphonium player Brittani Snow. A member of the Clark Band is Sully Buttes senior Kole Pickner, a euphonium player who is in All-State Band for the fourth time.


The shot . . . . . 25 years later

A quarter century after the moment, the shot is still the singular most memorable moment in the history of the NCAA men's basketball tournament. And to those of us who live and die with Duke basketball in particular, it is a piece of film that never gets old.

You know the play---in-bounds pass from Grant Hill to Christian Laettner; his fake to the right, his spin to the left, his jump shot, GOOD! And Kentucky's sure victory was wiped away in :02.1 seconds, and Duke advanced to the Final Four for the fifth straight year.

It was Saturday night, March 28, 1992, and that means it was 25 years ago next Tuesday.

Duke had been to the Final Four in 1988, in 1989 and in 1990. In that latter year they had to face UNLV and were beaten badly by the Runnin' Rebels. But in 1991 in Indianapolis they were matched up against them again. UNLV was considered unbeatable, one of the greatest teams of all time, but Duke handed them their first loss of the season in the semifinals (it was the night of Bob Judson's retirement party at the old Kings Inn), then took down Kansas in the finals for Duke's first national title.

But in order to get back to the Final Four in 1992 to defend their title, they had to go through the East Regional in Philadelphia, and there in the championship game was mighty Kentucky. When the Wildcats scored late, they went ahead 103-102 with :02.1 left in overtime. The dream of a repeat was dead. Or was it?

That Saturday night was Riggs High choral festival night. We all were at the theater (you kids remember "River in Judea?"), so what was happening in basketball on TV was a mystery to us.

We got home when the game was well into overtime. In fact, the moment I turned on the TV in the living room (the set was on the east wall, and I stood there watching as the Kentucky shot went in, and the game stood at 103-102 with :02.1 left).

Let's backtrack a moment. A year earlier in 1991 when my son Jason and his good buddy Eric Unkenholz were juniors, they and I had gone to Minneapolis for the first-round games. Fortunately for us Duke had been assigned to that site. So were Shaquille O'Neal and his LSU team. We saw the Blue Devils beat Louisiana-Monroe and Iowa, first game on Thursday and second game on Saturday.

One day we happened by the team's hotel across from Dayton's at the same time the Duke team was boarding their bus. Five feet away, staring out the window of the bus was Bobby Hurley. On the day between games we were in the City Center when the Duke team happened to be wandering around to kill time. Jason and Eric got autographs, and Christian Laettner borrowed my pen to sign his name for the boys.

So now in 1992 the Blue Devils' season was about to end. They had to go the length of the court there at the Spectrum in Philadelphia. The clock wouldn't start till somebody caught the in-bounds pass.

Earlier in the season the Blue Devils tried the same play. On that occasion Hill's long bomb curved to the left, and Laettner in trying to catch it stepped back too far and went out of bounds. But this time on March 28 no Kentucky player was guarding Hill. All five Wildcats were already downcourt. So Hill had a clear path on which to heave the ball, straight down the middle of the court.

Laettner caught it with his back to his basket. You know what he did. There was time to dribble it once, to fake, to spin and to shoot. The time expired as the ball neared the basket. It went in. Verne Lundquist on CBS-TV screamed, "Good!!!"

In our living room on Prospect Street in Pierre I screamed, too. Jason, upstairs changing his clothes after the concert, yelled back, "What happened?"

You know what happened. Duke had won on a miracle, 104-103. The defense of the national championship was still alive. They were going on to their fifth Final Four in a row, this time back to the Metrodome where they had begun their tournament the previous year.

In the semifinals Duke beat Bobby Knight's Indiana team, 81-78. In the championship game here came the rock stars of college basketball---Michigan's Fab Five freshmen, who never won anything and who wouldn't win on that night in April 1992. Duke won by 71-51 in the championship game. A 20-point blowout and back to back national championships!

In case you don't remember, Laettner was 10 of 10 in field goals and 10 of 10 in free throws in the Kentucky game. He was, in a word, "perfect."

There have been many other Duke moments in the subsequent quarter-century, and there will be more (unfortunately not this coming weekend). But March 28 will always be the night of the shot.

My daughter Heather posted a photo of herself the other day. She was wearing a T-shirt that reads, "I Still Love Laettner."

We all do!

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