Two persons from Winner graduated on Dec. 12 during the winter commencement at the University of South Dakota.
Ashley Curtis received a bachelor of science degree in communication science and disorders. Gerald Witte received his specialist in education degree.
By Dan Bechtold, Editor
A stormy night, washed out roads, and a group of five women working in the basement of a church to help with a relief effort.
The play with the long title, “The Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church” opened this weekend at the Winner Community Playhouse. The cast of five women do a wonderful job.
The play will be presented again this weekend Dec. 11-12 starting each night at 8 p.m. Call 842-1958 for reservations. This might be a nice gift to give that person that is hard to shop for at Christmas. Give them the gift of theater and let them see the magic that is created on the Winner stage.
This year students from 81 South Dakota high schools competed in the 106th Annual SDHSAA State Oral Interpretation Festival on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4 and 5, in Sturgis at Sturgis Brown High School.
The State Oral Interpretation Festival, sponsored by the South Dakota High School Activities Association, brings together South Dakota’s best high school oral interpretation speakers in a “festival” setting. During the State Festival the students will compete to achieve a “Superior” rating which is the equivalent of a state championship in their contest event. State Oral Interpretation Festival competition is divided into seven contest events: Non-Original Oratory, Interpretation of Serious Reading, Storytelling, Poetry Reading, Humorous Reading, Duet Interpretation, and Readers Theatre. Schools are divided into three different classes based on student enrollment grades 9-11. Winner participates in Class A. Class A had 104 entries from 30 different schools.
Winner was represented by Duncan English and Shannon Duffy. Duncan presented in Non-Original Oratory and Serious. Duncan had to present each of his pieces before three judges, in each category, and not exceed a 10 minute thirty second time limit. For his pieces he also had to have a copy of the piece and refer to it when presenting. Shannon presented in Storytelling and also presented her piece before three judges but had a five minute thirty second time limit and the piece had to be totally memorized. For his outstanding performances, Duncan was awarded a Superior rating and a medal in both of his categories. This was Duncan’s fourth year participating at State Oral Interpretation Festival and his third year of bringing home a Superior medal. When a Class A and Class B school have two superior ratings at the State level, they are awarded a Team Excellence Award. Winner received a Team Excellence Award
Winner Area wrestling team placed third at the Kimball/White Lake Tournament on Saturday. First place went to Philip with Parkston taking second.
“The boys came out and performed very well in the first tournament of the year,” said Coach Matt Chambers.
The Winner High School boys basketball team will open the season on Dec. 11 when they host Wagner. This will be a boys and girls double header.
The Warriors return 10 lettermen including Luke Engel, Lattrell Terkildsen, Trevor Bertram, Drew DeMers, Krockett Krolikowski, Isaac Naasz, Devon Leiferman, Wyatt Ewing, Cameron Kuil and Chase Kingsbury.
Last year the Warriors finished third in the State A tournament as they defeated Little Wound 60-54.
Dakota Wesleyan University volleyball coach Lindsay Wilber has signed nine athletes for the 2016 season. Among those signing is Sydney Fritz of Winner.
Fritz wrapped up a successful volleyball career for the Lady Warriors. She finished with 871 kills, 646 digs, and 106 serve aces. She had a career high 44 kills in a 2015 match. Named to the Big Dakota Conference team twice and to the all-state second team as a junior. In addition to participating in volleyball for the Lady Warriors, she also played club volleyball for CPAC.
Fritz also participates in basketball and track and field for the Lady Warriors.
The daughter of Jim and Pam Fritz plans to major in elementary education at DWU.
“Sydney has a quick arm swing with power that is hard to defend,” said DWU coach Wilber. “She reads the block well and has a great court sense defensively.”
Six members of the undefeated Winner High School football team have been named to the Class 11B all-state team.
The team, released by the South Dakota Sportswriters, include quarterback Drew DeMers, fullback Riley Frazier, running back Windsor Barry, tackle Krockett Krolikowski, guard Jayden Schroeder and defensive end Isaac Naasz.
All six were integral parts of Winner’s undefeated season that culminated with a state championship as the Warriors defeated Tri Valley 45-6.
“These honors come with team success,” said Winner coach Dan Aaker.
Winner’s Sydney Fritz has been named to the first team of the state Class A all-state volleyball team. This is the second year the Winner senior has been on the all-state team.
Fritz finished the season with 871 kills, 646 digs and 106 service aces.
Colome boys basketball team will open the season by playing in the Tea Classic on Dec. 12. The Cowboys will play Vermillion at 2 p.m.
Eight returning lettermen will lead the Colome High School boys basketball team this season.
The lettermen are Reed Harter, Kelly O’Bryan, Will Cahoy, Jackson Kinzer, Holden Thieman, Nate Krumpus, Andrew Laprath and Isaac Kortan.
Winner Lady Warriors basketball has a good nucleus of returning letterwinners to lead the team.
The Lady Warriors will open the season Dec. 11 when they host Wagner.
The returning letterwinners are Samantha Schuyler, Hayley Halverson, Bailey Volmer, Madyson Frazier, Sydney Fritz, Calah Covey, Kylie Horstman, Sydney Hollenbeck, Kyran Meek, Chloe Bartels and Rachel Sherman.