DWU Honors Area Students

Area students were honored at Dakota Wesleyan University during the school’s honors night on April 29.

Michael Rohde, Colome, received an alumni medal for scholarship in biology.

Sara Husher of Winner received the St. Joseph Hospital endowed scholarship. Husher also received the Sigma Zeta award in science and mathematics.

Tyler Vavra of Winner received the F. Dwain Randall scholarship.

Honors in scholarship winners were Austin Calhoon of Winner; Anthony Husher of Winner; Michael Rohde of Colome; Tyler Vavra, Winner; Sara Husher, Winner.

Scholar-athlete awards were presented to Anthony Husher, Austin Calhoon, Sara Husher.

Skylar Forgey of Dallas, earned all-American status is track and field. She received the podium at the national meet for the first time in her career taking fifth in the 1,000 meter run.

In men’s golf, Anthony Husher is a NAIA/Daktronics All-America scholar athlete.

Lady Warriors Take 1st Place

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Winner Area girls golf team won first place at the Stanley County Invite. The Lady Warriors shot a 273.

Ronae Klein placed second with an 86 and Liz Jankauskas placed 4th with an 88.

Also golfing for the varsity were Sam Marts and Addy Root.

In the junior varsity division, Cheyenne Dougherty won first place with a 101.

Also golfing on the JV team were Lauren Norrid, Kiersten Durrin, Jordyn Seegers and Macy Olson.

Howard Wood Relays

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Three Winner High School relays teams qualified for the state meet at the Howard Wood Dakota Relays this weekend in Sioux Falls.

The boys and girls medley and the boys mile relay team all qualified.

The Lady Warriors medley relay team placed 9th in 4:27.9. Runners were Hayley Halverson, Alexis Richey, Sam Schuyler and Chloe Bartels.

The boys medley placed 4th in 3:40.022. Runners are Riley Calhoon, Cameron Kuil, Luke Engel and Kayleb Brozik.

The boys mile relay team took 7th in a time of 3:33.802. Runners were Luke Engel, Riley Calhoon, Kayleb Brozik and Cameron Kuil.

“The kids love running at Howard Wood because they get to run against very good competition and it gives them a good measuring stick of where they are at compared to the rest state,” said coach Larry Aaker.

Seven of the eight relays that Winner ran ended up running their best time so far this season.

Campbell Takes Third in Discus

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Matt Campbell of Colome placed third in the discus at the Howard Wood Dakota Relays Saturday in Sioux Falls.
Campbell threw the discus 157-9.48.

In the shot put, Campbell placed 11th a throw of 47-11.75.

Holden Thieman ran the 400 in :52.95.5. The Colome athlete also competed in the long jump.

Kelly O’Bryan competed in the triple jump.

Taylor Hrabanek competed in the long jump and Jaclyn Laprath ran both the mile and two mile.

Laprath ran the mile in 6:06.24 and the two mile in 12:54.11.

Baseball Team Shuts Out Platte

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Winner/Colome baseball team shut out Platte 9-0 last Wednesday.

“This was a special and satisfying win as it clinched home field advantage for us throughout the playoffs,” said coach Drew Weber. “This has been a goal of ours the past few years as it is always tough to drive out to Rapid City and try and beat St. Thomas More on their field like we have done in the past. Leahy Bowl is such a great spot for playoff baseball and I know we’ll get huge crowds that other towns can’t compete with.”

Elsie Sinkler, 93

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Elsie Esther (Schmidt) Sinkular was born on July 8, 1923, on the family farm south of Dallas to Jacob and Lydia (Ring) Schmidt and died May 5, 2016 at Avera Rosebud Country Care Center. She was the third of three children.

Elsie graduated from Gregory High School in 1941 after which she attended SDSU, transferred to Southern State Normal School in Springfield, SD, and graduated in 1943 with an elementary school teaching certificate. She taught in Platte, SD, from 1943-1945 and substitute taught for a short time in Dallas.

Elsie was united in marriage to Woodrow W. Sinkular on April 20, 1944 and to this union three sons were born, Ken and Kent (twins) and Barry.

Elsie was the typical farm wife raising chickens, milking cows, vegetable and flower gardening, and always providing bountiful meals for her family, friends and the farm help. She especially loved baking and took great joy in sharing her baked goods with others. She always said she what she missed the most, when she was no longer able to live at home, were baking, cooking and gardening. She and Woody also liked to get together with friends and neighbors to play pinochle.

Elsie and Woodrow did much traveling together with the highlights being two trips to Germany to reunite with friends that Woody had made while stationed there when he was in the Army. They wintered in Rio Hondo, Texas, upon retiring, and even after Woody passed away on April 25, 1989, Elsie continued being a winter Texan until 2007. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, LWML, a lifetime member of the Dallas American Legion Auxiliary and Burke VFW Auxiliary.

Elsie entered Whispering Pines Assisted Living in December 2008, moved to Silver Threads Assisted Living in July of 2010, and due to declining health, moved to Avera Rosebud Country Care Center in July of 2012 where she always looked forward to playing bingo and attending church services.

Leslie Duane Koster, 81

Leslie Duane Koster, 81, Piedmont, died Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Fort Meade, after a long battle with cancer.

Les was born July 29, 1934, in New Underwood, SD. He attended 8 years of school at the Hamilton #2 Country School. Les joined the US Army on May 8, 1957, and was a recovery specialist until his honorable discharge on May 7, 1959.

Les and his brothers were avid sportsmen. They loved to hunt and fish and Les enjoyed trapping. Many times, his brothers would come to the Black Hills for opening days of deer hunting season. They also enjoyed antelope hunting near Faith, SD. Les loved to fish, especially when he caught a 40 inch tiger muskee at Orman Dam.

Les moved to Piedmont, SD, where he helped take care of his aunt, Suzy Koster, after her husband died in 1964. Les was working as a butcher at the Bargain Barn Grocery when he met Ginger Benett. He and Ginger were married on May 4, 1964, and the made their home in Piedmont. He adopted Troy soon after.

Les loved his woodworking and gathering firewood. He was either building with wood, or burning it. His passion for wood led him into a career as a supervisor for Self Help Housing in Rapid Valley. Les also worked Meade County where he drove road grader for 3 years.

Jeffrey Ben Kolbe, 55

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Jeffrey Ben Kolbe was born to Ben and Sally (Remter) Kolbe on April 6, 1961 and died on May 1, 2016 at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD at the age of 55.

Jeff was baptized on April 23, 1961 and was confirmed on April 13, 1975, both at Trinity Lutheran Church in Dixon, SD and was a current member of St John’s Lutheran Church in Gregory, SD. Jeff started school in August of 1967 as a 1st grader at Dixon School #57. In April of 1968 he moved with his family to Portland, Oregon and attended 2nd and 3rd grade. His family then moved back to Dixon and finished his elementary education at Dixon School. Jeff graduated from Gregory High School in 1979. In 1981 he graduated with High Honors from the University of SD at Springfield with a diesel mechanic degree.

Jeff lived in the Dixon area his entire adult life farming and custom combining for many years until his arthritis and scleroderma limited his activity. He was very gifted in the field of mechanics and worked on numerous machines. Jeff spent the last five years in a wheel chair with very limited movement. Even from his wheel chair he advised people how to repair and build machinery. Jeff’s sister, Natalie, cared for him for nearly four years with his parents caring for him for the last months of his life. He never complained about his health and had a positive attitude.

Jeff enjoyed vacationing. He visited the Dominican Republic, South Carolina, Florida, Mexico, Costa Rica, and other places with many of his friends. Jeff liked to hunt and was an avid gun enthusiast. As many people know, he could throw a heck of a party and DJ’d for many dances, weddings, and reunions. Jeff worked for many years at Frank Day’s Bar in Dallas, SD. He also enjoyed playing cards, bowling, and was a lucky poker player. He was a fun person to be around.

Jeff was married and had one daughter, Katie Kolbe. Jeff was especially proud of his daughter and grandson, Kenyon.