Dance Team Takes First

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Winner High School dance team won first place at the Faulkton competition on Oct. 12.

“It was great to see a couple of different teams, Northwestern and Clark-Willow Lake, competing in the dance division,” said coach Cyndy DeMers.  She explained it was a close contest in both the kick and pom categories. “We scored very well with our hip hop dance. The girls did the best they have done this season, but we know that this is the time of year that we need to keep improving,” said DeMers.

Dance Team 2nd at Platte

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Winner dance team placed second in the Platte tournament on Saturday. In individual categories, Hip hop was first; kick, 3rd and pom, 3rd.

“With less than a week before our state competition, perfecting the timing, sharpening the motions and increasing the energy of all three dances is very important,” said coach Cyndy DeMers.

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Warriors Shut Out Redfield

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The No. 1 rated Winner Warriors kept its undefeated football string in tack Friday night as they defeated Redfield/Doland 50-0.  The game ended with 1:48 left to play in the third quarter due to the mercy rule.  This is the fourth shut out for the Warriors who have a 7-0 record.

“Each week we have someone who has a big play or big yardage and it changes each week. Last week Barry did not have a lot of yards and this week he is our rushing leading. We credit that to the unselfishness of our backfield,” explained Aaker.  “I am really happy in the way our defense played as we held them to 27 yards. Our defense is playing well and they are going to have to continue as we go forward,” said the coach.

The Warriors will close out the regular season when they travel to Murdo on Thursday to take on Jones County/White River, a new opponent and a new 11 man team.
Jones County/White River runs a double wing offense similar to Winner.

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Cowboys Roll to 52-0 victory

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Colome football team, ranked No. 3 in Class 9B, picked up a 52-0 victory over Tripp-Delmont/Armour Friday in Armour.

The game ended in the second quarter due to the mercy rule.  The Cowboys remain undefeated with a 7-0 record.

Colome will play at Scotland on Thursday to close out the regular season. The first round of the playoffs will start on Tuesday, Oct. 27.

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Lady Warriors Defeat Chamberlain

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Winner High School volleyball team defeated Chamberlain 3-0 on senior night on Oct. 13.  The Lady Warriors won 25-10, 25-15, 25-22.

“It was senior night and our last regular season home match so the girls came out ready and focused to play,” said coach Jaime Keiser. “We did a great job of passing in serve receive. We were aggressive and did a great job of attacking the ball which kept Chamberlain on the defensive end. We played three consistent games which is nice to see with only a few weeks left of the regular season. I was proud of how the girls played together as a team,” said Keiser.

The Lady Warriors will play in the SESD conference tourney on Saturday in Platte.

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Lady Warriors Qualify for State Cross County


state cross co qualifiersWinner Area girls cross country team picked up third place at the Region 4A meet Thursday in Chamberlain and qualified as a team for the state meet.  The Lady Warriors edged out Cheyenne-Eagle Butte and St. Francis to earn the third spot.  Mt. Vernon/Plankinton won first place and Todd County took second.

Winner had two runners finish in the top 10 with Chloe Bartels taking 8th and Jaclyn Laprath taking 10th.  Bartels finished in 19:54.94 and Laprath crossed the finish line in 20:10.
Samantha Schuyler finished 15th and Aryn Meiners finished 22nd which was key for the Winner Area team to finish in the third spot.  Megan Blare placed 26th and Hayley Halverson, 40th.

Winner coach Jayd Schuyler said third place was a realistic goal for the team. “We knew we had a chance if we put forth the effort and we had some really solid performances to make the difference,” said Schuyler.

On the boys side, senior Colby Curtis qualified for the state meet by placing 14th in a 18:10.04.  Winner Area boys finished 6th as a team. Also placing for the varsity boys were Grant Winter, 25th; Dawson Phillips, 36th and Wyatt Turnquist, 43rd.

The state cross country meet will be held Oct. 24 in Sioux Falls.

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Darrell Gene Foss, 76

dad2Darrell, son of Elmer and Mary (Beranek) Foss was born March 7th, 1939. During his youth he grew up and worked on the family farm near Hamill, SD. Darrell attended and graduated from a country school located near the farm. He enjoyed working on the farm with his parents and the winter vacations they would take traveling across the United States.

On January 14th, 1958 Darrell was united in marriage to Darlene Schmidt. Through this marriage three sons were born, Michael, Kelly and Todd. Darrell and Darlene lived and worked on the family farm which they later owned and operated until their retirement in 2012. In 2014 they left the farm and moved to Winner.

Darrell was a regular fixture at the Winner Livestock Auction. He worked almost every Friday sale for nearly 50 years beginning when he was 18 years old. Darrell’s passion for hard work, farming and ranching ran deep.

Darrell spoke frequently of all the joyous times he spent with long time friends Bob Daughters and the late Darrel Orel both of Hamill, SD and his Brother-in-law the late Daniel Bolander of Winner, SD during his teen years and throughout his life.

Darrell was an avid outdoorsman and sports enthusiast. He loved hunting, fishing and camping. He enjoyed attending and watching the local high school sporting events and stock car racing. His biggest joy came from spending time with his family and friends.

Floyd Heilman, 79

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Floyd was born on January 24, 1936 in Bowdle, SD to Anton and Magdelina Heilman.  He was the youngest of 5 siblings.  He lived some of his young life with his sister Lenora and husband Pius Malsam.  Their son Bob Malsam was like a brother to him.  He went from a class of 8 in Roscoe, SD to a class of 400 in Aberdeen his senior year.  Floyd graduated from Aberdeen Central in 1955.

Floyd entered the Army in February of 1956, serving in the Korean Conflict for 18 months.  He was honorably discharged in January 1959.

Floyd married the love of his life Virginia Miller on January 8, 1966.  They were blessed with three children.  Twins, Pamela and Patricia, four years later Peggy was born.
There weren’t many people in Winner and the surrounding area he did not know or who did not know him.

Floyd worked construction for Bradbury construction of Aberdeen, John A. Carlson Construction of Winner, and Virgil Miller Construction of Winner.  He hauled propane for Westside Propane and Skelgas for many years.  He also worked at Country Pride COOP fertilizer plant, retiring in 2011.

Floyd was a very proud member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Winner.

Ivan Ewing, 90

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Ivan Dale Ewing was born near Dallas, SD on April 22, 1925 and died on October 14, 2015. He grew up and lived most of his life in Tripp County.

Ivan, also known to many as Bus or Buster, was inducted into the Army on September 22, 1943 and served as Squad Leader in the 16th Armored Division. He served in the European Theater of Operations in the 16th Tank Battalion of Headquarters Company. As squad leader Ivan was in charge of the heavy mortar squad, trained and taught battle tactics to enlisted men, supervised the work of 5 men, and was acting 1st Sargent for 3 months. Ivan was also a drill sergeant and prison guard for American prisoners at Camp Chaffee and German prisoners in France. On May 20, 1946 Ivan was honorably discharged.

On April 30, 1947 Ivan married his sweetheart, Ardath Hopkins. Together they began ranching and raising their family of four children. They were married for 68 years.

Ivan loved his ranch and worked hard to acquire it. As he looked across his land he often would say “How green is my valley.” He took great pride in the quality of his cattle, the land and even his corrals and well built sturdy loading chutes that he built with his two sons, Bob and Neil.
Ivan served on the South Dakota Brand Board and felt honored to be asked to do so. He was a leader in his community and his church, the United Methodist Church.

He frequented the sale barns and loved talking about the cattle business over a cup of coffee. At home his friends and neighbors always knew coffee was hot and ready to be served along with a few good stories, jokes, and laughs.