WHS Homecoming Parade Marshal Nominations Being Accepted

Nominations are being taken for Winner High School homecoming parade marshal.
Persons are asked to write a brief description stating why they feel this person would make a good parade marshal.
The deadline for submitting nominations is Aug. 31. They can be sent to Mona LaCompte at Winner High School at 421 E. 7th St., Winner, S.D. 57580.
The Winner High School homecoming is Sept. 22-23. The parade marshal will be announced at coronation on Sept. 22.

Winner/Colome Wins in First Round of State Tournament

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Winner/Colome amateur baseball team won its first game in the state tournament in Mitchell.

The Pheasants won 18-1 in five innings over Northville Friday morning advancing to the second round.
Winner/Colome played Monday as they took on Four Corners. The newspaper’s deadline had passed before this game was played and results will be in the next issue of the Winner Advocate.

The bats were really hot Friday for Winner/Colome as they had 18 hits highlighted by a grand slam home run by Austin Calhoon. This was the highlight of a seven run fourth inning.

Pitchers Derek Graesser and Drew Weber combined for a no hitter.

Winner/Colome got things started with a two RBI single by Dillon Lambley with the bases loaded scoring Graesser and Calhoon. After an RBI single by Ryan Richey, J. J. Farner doubled to score two more runs and the No. 9 hitter Lakin Neugebauer added two more runs with his triple to bring the score to 7-0.
In the second inning, the Pheasants tacked on four more runs. Austin Richey doubled to right field to score two runs to make it 9-0. Ryan Richey and Neugebauer each added RBIs for Winner/Colome to make it 11-0 after two innings.

According to state tournament records, this is the first recorded combined no-hitter in the event’s history. It’s the first five inning no hitter since Rick Weber threw one for Salem in 1985.  Drew Weber already threw a no hitter this year as on June 14 against Pierre.

Neugebauer drove in four runs, Austin Richey, Ryan Richey and Geno Katz each had three hits. Reed Harter and Graesser each had two hits.

Winner/Colome took a 20-4 record into its game with Four Corners.

The Winner/Colome victory is the first 15 run rule game to finish in five innings at the State B tournament since 2012 when Canova/Howard defeated Four Corners 15-0.

Eighteen runs is the most runs for one team in a state tournament since Wynot, Neb., scored 18 in a victory over Irene in the 2014 quarterfinals.

Teeners Place Third at State

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Winner Teener baseball team took third place in the Class A state tournament this weekend in Lennox.  The Teeners won the regional championship in Winner to advance to the state tournament.  In addition to winner third place, the Winner Teeners won the sportsmanship award.

In the first game on Friday, Winner defeated Irene 13-3.  Carter Brickman was the winning pitcher.  Cale Meiners and Nick Lantz both had singles.

On Saturday, Winner lost to Dell Rapids 8-2.  Ty Bolton was the losing pitcher.  Riley Calhoon had a double.

On Sunday, Winner bounced back and defeated Madison 8-3 for third place.  Brickman was the winning pitcher.  Leading hitters were Calhoon and Lantz with two singles.

The Winner Teeners are coached by Kevin Meiners and Justin Vietor.

Teeners Win Sportsmanship Award

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Winner Teeners won the sportsmanship award at the state A tournament Sunday in Lennox.

This is what one of the umpires (Johnny Kirchner) at the state tournament wrote about the Winner team and fans.

As an umpire at this tournament I had the privilege of working 2 of the 3 games your team played in. I am sure they came to Lennox planning on bringing home the class A VFW championship. They certainly could have done that because they have the talent. But more important, in my eyes, they played hard no matter the hand they were dealt. Great kids, tremendous coaches, and an awesome fan base. This isn’t necessarily a team award for the kids, our decision was based on fan support and reaction also.

Winner is a classy town with a great group of kids and coaches.

Congrats, it is well deserved and your community should be proud of the group that came to Lennox.

Legion Players on All-State Team

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Reed Harter of the Winner/Colome Legion baseball team was named to the Class B all state baseball first team.  Harter had a .333 batting average and finished with seven RBIs to go along with 14 stolen bases.

Drew DeMers of Winner/Colome was named to the Class B all state second team. DeMers hit. 517 on the season.

Ty Bolton of Winner/Colome was named second team pitcher.

Mark Weathermon, 90

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Mark was born in a cabin at the foot of the Big Horn Mountains, where he spent much of his childhood. At about 10 years of age his family moved to Bridger, Montana where Mark went to school until he was 12 and went to Idaho with a friend to work in their Forrest Service. However, that didn’t last long. He soon joined the Navy at age 16. He was in the Navy 4 years, going through 7 major battles and received several medals.

Upon returning to civilian life, jobs where scarce and pay was rather skimpy but he finally found the “Oil Patch” was hiring and paying pretty good, so soon he was working steady enough that when he met Mary at his sister’s apartment they proceeded to get married.

They were married March 1, 1951 and moved to Casper, WY. Their daughter Marlyce and son Michael were born in Casper.

In the sixties they moved to Powell where Mark went to work in the Elk Basin gas plant where he worked until 1973 when he moved to Witten, SD and owned and operated the Miami Stone and Rustic Brick Plant and worked for the farm.

Mark loved to fish and hunt. He loved barbequing for his family and friends, with his specialty being steak and shrimp with an amazing secret cocktail sauce. He loved his church, his family, and God. He loved his country, and he loved life.

Mark leaves behind his wife Mary, daughter Marlyce and son-in-law Jim Smith, and son Michael and daughter-in-law Debbie, grandson Cody, his sister Tootie Geist, and many nieces and nephews to love him and miss him.

Goldie Carter, 98

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She was born February 23, 1918, to Raymond H. Best and Maggie (Christensen) Best in Hutchinson County, 5 miles south of Olivet, SD. At age 5, she moved with her family to an area previously homesteaded in Mellette County, seven miles west of Carter, SD. She graduated from Wood High School and attended Commercial College in Mitchell. In June, 1939, she was wed to Charles Adams of Birmingham, Alabama, and the couple moved to Spencer, Iowa. Three sons were born to this union, one of whom died as an infant. Charles Adams passed in 1948. Goldie and her sons Robert and Larry then came back to South Dakota and she took employment at McCormick Hardware of Winner, SD, and taught country school in Tripp County.

In December of 1950 she married Alfred Carter of Mellette County. Born to this union were a daughter, Janet, and son, Eddy. They lived in Mellette County until 1958 when they returned to Tripp County where they farmed and operated a dairy for 11 years. In 1969 the family moved into Winner and Goldie worked for Farmland Industries for several years. In her retirement years in Winner, she worked at the Tripp County Historical Society, Tripp County Library, and cared for a number of house-bound people in their homes.

Alfred passed away in December, 1989, and in June of 1994 Goldie moved to Wessington Springs. She was affiliated with Baptist Churches in Witten, Winner and Wessington Springs, SD, and Sierra Vista, AZ. She taught Sunday School for a number of years.

Goldie was a lover of nature, especially trees, flowers and birds. She was an avid reader and, having worked in libraries, learned to do research and wrote many stories on various subjects. She was a home body, a wonderful cook, enjoyed baking goodies for her families, crocheting and crafting. She collected coins and stamps for 35 years and corresponded with other collectors. She loved learning and knowledge and encouraged her children and grandchildren to do the same.

West Nile Risk Heats Up


South Dakota’s peak transmission for West Nile virus (WNV) is now through the end of August and health officials are warning residents activity is already increasing.

“We are seeing a higher than normal number of mosquitoes test positive for West Nile this year and the number of human cases so far is already above our 10-year average,” said Dr. Lon Kightlinger, state epidemiologist for the Department of Health. “We can’t emphasize enough how important it is for people to protect themselves with insect repellent.”

South Dakota had reported 19 human WNV cases as of July 28 and Kightlinger said next week’s surveillance update will show cases continuing to climb. Cases have been reported in Beadle, Bookings (2), Brown (4), Codington, Davison, Douglas, Grant, Hamlin, Lincoln, McCook, Minnehaha (2), Spink (2) and Todd counties. There have also been positive mosquito detections in Brookings, Brown, Edmunds, Hughes, Lincoln and Minnehaha counties.

Kightlinger said South Dakota has a disproportionately high number of WNV cases and he encouraged residents to reduce their risk with the following precautions:

Apply mosquito repellents (DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535) to clothes and exposed skin. Limit exposure by wearing pants and long sleeves in the evening.
Limit time outdoors from dusk to midnight when Culex mosquitoes, the primary carrier of WNV in South Dakota, are most active.
Get rid of standing water that gives mosquitoes a place to breed. Regularly change water in bird baths, outside pet dishes, and drain water from flower pots and garden containers.
Support local mosquito control efforts.

These precautions are especially important for people at high risk for WNV – those over 50, pregnant women, transplant patients, individuals with diabetes or high blood pressure, and those with a history of alcohol abuse. People with severe or unusual headaches should see their physicians.

For updated case numbers and prevention information see http://westnile.sd.gov.

Preventing and controlling infectious disease is one objective of the Department of Health’s 2015-2020 strategic plan, http://doh.sd.gov/strategicplan.

Interstate 90 Westbound Open in Jones County


The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the westbound lanes of Interstate 90 between Draper and Murdo are now open to two lanes of traffic.

Eastbound traffic in the construction zone between Draper and Murdo will remain reduced to one lane for about nine miles.

Doug Sherman, Winner area engineer said, “Getting the westbound lanes open and eliminating the two-way traffic situation before the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally was a tremendous team effort by SDDOT and contractor staff.”

Knife River Construction of Sioux City, Iowa is the prime contractor on this $13.2 million project.

For complete road construction information, visit www.safetravelusa.com/sd or dial 511.