Warriors Advance to Region Championship Game

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Winner High School boys basketball team punched its ticket to the Region 6A championship with a 61-39 victory over Miller Saturday in Winner.

The Warriors played Cheyenne-Eagle Butte in the region championship March 10 in Pierre. Complete results and pictures of the championship game will be in next week’s Winner Advocate. The March 11 issue was printed before the game started on Tuesday.

The Winner Armory on Saturday was packed with Winner and Miller fans.

The Warriors jumped to an early lead and never looked back. Winner led 9-0 in the first quarter and on the heals of two free throws by Brendan Harter took a 13-4 lead at the end of the first quarter. At the half, Winner led 27-13.

“We are proud of our student athletes for coming out ready to play and getting after it on the defensive end,” said coach Brett Gardner.

He said Sam Naasz, Lattrel Terkildsen, Nick Hossle, Cameron Kuil and the rest of the team did an outstanding job on Miller’s two big scorers. Winner was able to play all 14 players who suited up.

Nathan Galbraith and Brendan Harter both scored 15 points with Sam Naasz, 11; Nick Hossle, 7; Terkildsen,  5 and Devon Leiferman, 4.

Galbraith pulled down 11 rebounds followed by Harter, 8; Naasz,7 and Leiferman, 4.

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Lady Warriors Fall in Championship Game

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Winner High School girls basketball team saw its season come to an end  as they were defeated 62-53 by Cheyenne-Eagle Butte Friday in the Region 6A championship in Ft. Pierre.

The Lady Warriors fought hard and were down 25-17 at the end of the first quarter.

“It was a tough way to end the season but the girls played their hearts out and gave it all they had,” said coach Larry Aaker. “They should be proud of the effort they gave. We have to give Cheyenne-Eagle Butte a lot of credit as they shot the ball well and played the type of game they needed to play,” said the coach.

Kelsey Bertram led the Lady Warriors in scoring with 25 points followed by Bailey Volmer with 12 points.

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Cowboys Down Burke/South Central

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Colome boys basketball team advanced to the District 12B championship with a 55-37 victory over Burke/South Central Thursday night in Burke.

The game was close at the end of the first quarter with Colome leading 13-12.

The Cowboys led 22-18 at the half.

“This was probably our best played game of the year,” said coach Drew Weber. “We rebounded really well and limited our turnovers, which cost us the last time we played them.”

Reed Harter scored 20 points and Holden Thieman added 17 and Kelly O’Bryan scored 12.

Youth Place at District Wrestling

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Winner had 35 kids participate in AAU wrestling districts in White Lake on Saturday.

The top eight placers go on to regions which is March 15 in Mitchell.

Results from the district include:

6 and under—Ellison LaDeaux, Roukyn Robbins and  Legend Benedict, all 1st and Hudson Peters, 2nd

7 and 8—Rylan Peters, Hunter Kahler, Ryken Orel, Kylah Biggins, all  1st; Kayden Fryer, 2nd; Brody Calhoon, 3rd and Robinson LaDeaux, 6th

9-10—Karson Keiser, Konner Osborn, Maxton Brozik, all 1st; Parker Mathis and Coy Assman, 2nd; Keygan Biggins, Kellen Brozik, both 4th; Landon Calhoon, 5th and Broden Duffy, 6th

11-12—Riley Orel, Owen Duffy, Kaden Keiser, all 1st; Kamryn Meek and Joey Cole, both 3rd and Gavin Tucker, 8th

13-14—Kaleb Osborn, Trevor Peters, both 1st; Landon Debus, Aaron Gilchrist, Xavier Cadotte, all 2nd; Adam Cole, 3rd and Cailob Week, 4th.

Cowboys Open District Play with Victory

Colome boys basketball team won its opening game in the District 12B tournament which started on Monday, March 2 in Colome. The Cowboys defeated Andes Central 71-34.

Colome led 24-4 at the end of the first quarter.

“It was nice to get the post-season off with a victory,” said coach Drew Weber. “I was happy that we were able to play everyone on our roster a good deal of minutes and get some of our key players more rest going into the next round,” said the coach.

Reed Harter and Holden Thieman both scored 24 points and Jackson Kinzer added 9. Harter had four 3 pointers in this game.

Richard L. Curtis, 68

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Richard L. Curtis, 68, of Winner, SD passed away surrounded by his family on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at his home in Sioux Falls, SD.  Funeral service were held on Monday, March 9, 2015 at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Winner.  Burial  followed in the Winner City Cemetery.

Richard (Rick) L. Curtis was born February 10, 1947 in Winner to Robert L. and Arlene (Claussen) Curtis. He graduated from Winner High School in 1965 prior to attending Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis, MN to pursue his interest in the culinary arts. Soon after finishing his education he was drafted and served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Conflict. Following his honorable discharge, Rick returned to Winner and joined the family trucking business in which he remained devoted to until his retirement in 2013.

In his younger years, Rick enjoyed several hobbies during his spare time that included: bowling, golfing, fast and slow pitch softball, and coaching Winner baseball at all levels. However, his fondest hobby was cooking and baking where he enjoyed the challenge of tweaking various recipes to create exquisite dishes and baked goods.

Rick was also proud of his years of service on the Winner City Council and later as the Mayor where he was instrumental toward the construction of the bike path, current fire hall and city jail, as well as the improvements to the City’s cemetery.

Best known as loving and devoted by his family, Rick will be forever loved, greatly missed, and always remembered.

Alfred Koos, 97

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Alfred Koos, age 97, of Winner, SD passed away on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at the Bethany Home in Brandon, SD.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, March 9, 2015 at 10:00am at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Winner. Burial  followed at the Winner City Cemetery.


Alfred Nicholas Koos was born May 22, 1917 at Hamill, SD to Nick and Magdalena (Konen) Koos. He was baptized at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Hamill, SD and went to school at North Fairview No. 56, Lyman County, SD, graduating 8th grade. Alfred helped on the farm during the Depression (1930’s). He joined the Civilian Conservation Corp in 1935 at Chamberlain, SD. After his discharge in 1936 he returned to farming on the family farm.

Alfred was inducted into the Army on March 17, 1942 at Ft. Leavenworth, KS. His basic training was taken in Camp Roberts, CA. In July of 1942 he departed for the Asian Pacific Theater, arriving in the Aleutian Islands August 6, 1942 and returned to the USA May 1, 1944, to Ft. Bragg, NC. He was called up again for duty in the Asian Pacific Theater, Luzon, Philippines August 12, 1945 and returned to the USA December 12, 1945. His final discharge was December 19, 1945 from Leavenworth, KS with a rank of Private First Class. He spent 2 years, 1 month, 6 days overseas and 1 year, 7 months, 27 days in the USA (total service time for his country).

Alfred returned to farming with his brother Raymond. He continued farming until 1989 when he retired. He married Margaret Murphy on May 5, 1984 in Winner, SD. He and Margaret lived in Winner while being retired.

Alfred was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Winner, Knights of Columbus, a life member of the VFW in Winner, a member of the Colome Legion over 56 years, and an Elks member for over 50 years. He was also an usher and bookkeeper at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Hamill.

Rosetta Boerner, 66

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Rosetta Boerner, 66, of Winner, SD passed away on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD.  Funeral service were held on Saturday, March 7  at 10 a.m.  at the United Methodist Church in Winner.  Burial  followed in the Winner City Cemetery.

Rosetta Marie (Fiala) Boerner was born on February 14th, 1949 to Frank and Anna (Svoboda) Fiala.  She grew up on the family farm near Iona, SD during which time she attended school in Gregory, SD.  She graduated from Gregory High School in 1968.  In 1971, she married Boyd Boerner, the love of her life.  The couple made their home on a farm northeast of Winner where she worked hard as a farm wife.  Boyd and Rose were blessed with 5 children: Audra, Russell, Kenneth, Dale and Carrie.

Rose enjoyed gardening, reading and caring for the farm.  She especially loved growing her flowers and watching wildlife in the evenings.

New Homeowners Must File by Saturday, March 14, to Get Owner-Occupied Property Tax Reduction

PIERRE, S.D, — Homeowners living in a different or new home this year are advised that the deadline for filing the owner-occupied, single family dwelling certificate is Saturday, March 14 (postmarked). The certificate allows homeowners the eligibility for a property tax reduction.

Any South Dakota homeowner who owned and occupied a home on Nov. 1, 2014, is eligible for this classification and the property tax reduction. Taxpayers that have received the reductions previously, and still own and occupy the same home, will continue to receive the property tax reduction without having to filing a new certificate.

“As far as tax relief, owner occupied status is easy to get,” Wendy Semmler, Property Tax Program manager at S.D. Department of Revenue, said. “Simply call the county director of equalization and complete the required form.”

The 2015 valuation notices sent to taxpayers beginning March 1 will indicate if the property classification is owner-occupied. Homeowners are advised to check their notices and make sure their property is classified as owner-occupied.

Taxpayers who have purchased a home, have built a new home prior to Nov. 1, 2014, or have previously not applied for the classification must apply to their county director of equalization.

To obtain a form or ask questions regarding the owner-occupied certificate, homeowners are encouraged to contact the county director of equalization in the home’s county or call the Property and Special Taxes Division of the South Dakota Department of Revenue at 605-773-3139.

The form is available on the Department of Revenue web site at: