Winner Receives Academic Achievement Award

Several Winner High School teams have received the South Dakota High School Activities Association academic achievement team award.

All varsity athletic teams and fine arts groups that achieve a combined grade point average of 3.0 or higher are eligible to receive the SDHSAA academic achievement team award. Winner teams honored include: boys cross country, all-state chorus, football, volleyball, boys golf, competitive cheer, football cheerleaders, competitive dance team, oral interpretation and girls cross country.

The high school activities association believes that high school students learn in two distinct ways: inside the classroom and outside the classroom—on stage and/or athletic field. This academic program creates a positive environment for school teams to have its members excel in the classroom. This program is meant to motivate students toward academic excellence and to promote academic encouragement from teammates.

Vehicle Chase Ends in Tripp County

After a 72 mile chase across central South Dakota a pickup was  stopped in Tripp County.

Tripp County Sheriff Shawn Pettit said the incident happened on Jan. 20 when the vehicle was forced to stop on Highway 183, south of the White River bridge in Tripp County. The sheriff’s office deployed a spike strip to stop the fleeing white pickup. Speeds during the chase reached as high was 85 miles an hour.

Two people were arrested following the high speed chase.

According to the Lyman County Sheriff’s Office the chase began when an officer with the Lower Brule Bureau of Indian Affairs attempted to stop a vehicle and the vehicle fled.

The Lyman County Sheriff’s Office was notified of the situation at approximately 4:43 p.m. and  joined the pursuit when the vehicle reached an area north of Kennebec on state highway 273.

The chase continued on numerous gravel and dirt roads before the vehicle was stopped on Highway 183. Pettit said the vehicle was stopped at around 6 p.m.

The names of the two suspects were not released.

The driver was arrested on numerous charges related to the chase while a passenger was arrested on several drug charges.

Winner Regional Foundation Event Brings in Over $77,000 for Local Hospital

The Winner Regional Foundation Board announced the results of their Holiday Festival fundraiser, held last December, at their January 2015 meeting.  The annual Holiday Festival, which was held December 6th, raised over $77,000 dollars, with proceeds raised going back into Winner Regional Hospital to buy needed health care equipment.

“We had an outstanding turn-out at the Holiday Festival in December”, stated Lynnelle Anderson, Executive Director of the Foundation.  “We had great weather, wonderful attendance – in fact, we sold out – and once again, the community out-pouring and generosity really showed us all that our community truly does want the best in health care in our community”.

Warriors Place 5th at Local Invitational

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Winner area wrestling team placed fifth at the Winner Invitational on Saturday. The Warriors scored 143 points. The team title went to Bon Homme/Scotland.

Eight local wrestlers placed.

Tyrel Haley won first place by injury default over Nick Donnelly of Philip Area.

Third place went to Jimmy Sharkey with a 6-3 win over Ryan Yost of Redfield.

Also placing third was Kayleb Brozik at 160 pounds as he pinned Josh Vaith of Bon Homme/Scotland in 4:34.

Fourth place went to Cameron Biggins and Ty Bolton. Biggins, 126, lost by a pin in 2:37 to Isaac Olson of Mobridge/Pollock.

Bolton, 138, lost to Sam Caba, Bon Homme/Scotland, 7-6.

Fifth place went to Colby Curtis, Cohl Turnquist and Jayden Schroeder.

Curtis, 113, won 3-1 over Chance Stuwe, Potter Co.

Turnquist, 170, won by major decision 12-0 over Joseph Avalos of Mobridge/Pollock.

Schroeder, 182, pinned Jed Konnechne of Sunshine Bible Academy in 2:31.

Named the outstanding wrestler was Atlas Willuweit of Burke/Gregory.

Coach Matt Chambers said it was great to see 8 of the 10 wrestlers place in the home tournament. “I thought they wrestled well throughout the day. We were a little inconsistent still and lost some close one or two point matches that we could have won. I hope they get a little confidence from this tournament and see they can compete with anyone,” said Chambers.haley wrestling

Youth Place in Winner AAU tournament

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Several young wrestlers placed in the 15th annual Winner Quarterback Club AAU wrestling tournament Jan. 25.

Results include:

6 and under—Hudson Peters, 1st; Roukyn Robbins, and Legend Benedict, 2nd; Cooper Craven, 3rd and Logan Calhoon, 4th

7-8—Kayden Fryer and Ryken Orel, both 1st; Rylan Robbins, Brody Calhoon, Mason Curtis, all 2nd; Carter Craven, Peydin Peterson, both 3rd; Kooper Welch, Robinson LaDeaux, Jackson Bachmann, all 4th

9-10—Karson Keiser, Konner Osborn, Kellen Brozik, Coy Assman and Maxton Brozik,  all 1st; Keygan Biggins, Broden Duffy and Landon Calhoon all 3rd; Payton Fisher and Evan Bartels, both 4th.

11-12—Owen Duffy, Kaden Keiser, both 1st; Kamryn Meek, Joey Cole, both 2nd; Gavin Tucker, 4th

13-14—Aaron Gilchrist, Adam Cole, Kaleb Osborn, all 1st; Xavier Cadotte and Cailob Week, both 3rd.

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Lady Warriors Fall to Pine Ridge

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Winner Lady Warriors basketball team played an excellent first half as they hosted Pine Ridge Thursday night.

Pine Ridge out-scored Winner in the third and fourth quarters and defeated the Lady Warriors 70-62.

“We had a great start to the game and played very well in the first half,” said Coach Larry Aaker. “In the second half we made too many mistakes and Pine Ridge took advantage of them like good teams do.”

The Lady Warriors led 20-8 at the end of the first quarter and led 34-23 at the half.

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Warriors Keep Undefeated Season Alive

The unbeaten string for the Winner High School boys basketball team remains alive as they won their 11th game on Thursday over Wagner. On the road, Winner came up with a 69-52 victory.

The Warriors led 35-26 at the half.

Brendan Harter led the scoring for Winner with 21 points followed by Devon Leiferman with 17 and Nathan Galbraith and Sam Naasz with 10 each.

“We started the game with a lot of fire and took an early lead,” said coach Brett Gardner. “We traded baskets for most of the second and third quarter. Then in the fourth quarter we dug down and defended and were able to pull away and get some guys some playing time,” said the coach.

Cowboys Roll to Victory

Colome boys basketball team defeated Andes Central 75-24 on Jan. 20 in Colome.

The Cowboys led 26-2 at the  end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, Colome outscored its opponents 16-5.

Reed Harter led the scoring for Colome with 25 points and Holden Thieman added 16.

The Cowboys were strong on the boards as Thieman pulled down 16 rebounds, Will Cahoy, 11 and Harter 7.

“I thought we played really well,” said coach Drew Weber. “We were down a couple of players due to flu and were able to get solid production from all nine guys that were dressed for the varsity game. We talked pre-game about creating turnovers and dominating the rebounds and we did a fantastic job and that really was the key to the win,” said the coach.

“Sometimes in games like this it is easy for the guys to lack energy but I was really happy with how hard we played for the full 32 minutes. Having Chase Hrabanek back is going to be great for our team. He provides a little more senior leadership and toughness that will benefit us. Nobody works harder than he does and I’m happy for him that he has recovered from his injury and is back on the court where he belongs,” said Weber.