Winner Dance Prepares for Season

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The Winner dance team kicks off its 7th year as a competitive sports.

The girls open the season at the Gregory Invitational on Saturday, Aug. 26.

Returning letterwinners are: Sadie Woods, Brielle Bachmann, Jaynee Gregg, Gracie Littau, Mckenna Petersen, Sierra Hansen, Macy Olson, Abby Marts and Maddy Hanson.

The girls have been preparing for the new season with several camps and practices says coach Cyndy DeMers. Dancer held a camp with Bethany Locklear, former Minnesota dancer and coach and attended a camp at USD.

To participate in state competition, teams must perform in three dance areas. Winner will be in hip hop led by captain Gracie Littau, pom led by captain Macy Olson and kick led by captain Abby Marts.

There are 15 girls on this year’s team and they are looking forward to their first competition in Gregory on Aug. 26.

The schedule includes:
Aug. 26—at Gregory
Sept. 9—Winner Invitational
Sept. 25—at Northwestern
Sept. 30—at Dakota Valley
Oct. 9—at Faulkton
Oct. 14—at Platte/Geddes
Oct. 20—State at Rapid City Stevens

Crow Eagle, Herman Won Member-Guest Golf Tournament

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Rich Crow Eagle and Darrell Herman were the overall winners of the 23rd annual Ron Waller memorial member-guest golf tournament at Winner Country Club this weekend.

The pair had a score of 129.

The derby winners were Dr. Dan Peters and Brett Rizzato. Runner-up were Kevin Keiser and Nick Korton.

Saturday flight winners were:
Flight A—1. Rich Crow Eagle, Darrell Herman, 68; 2. Charlie Grossenburg, Adam Severson, 69; 3. John Halverson and Bob Videickson, 71; 4. Rick Godel and Luke Fischer, 71
Flight B winners were: 1. Jack Haley, David Van Metre, 81; 2. Jim Halverson, George Johnson, 81; 3. Jon Schlomer, Mike Munson, 81; 4. Phil Husher, Joel Husher, 81
Flight C winners were: 1. Keith DeMers, Mark Kolecka, 86; 2. Clay Fenenga, Jeff Seefeldt, 86; 3. Eric Pollard, Dan Diez, 86; 4. Lance Engel, Hunter Schindler, 87

Sunday flight winners were:
Flight A—1. Crow Eagle, Herman, 61; 2. Charlie Grossenburg, Adam Severson, 64; 3. John Halverson, Kansas Bob, 64; 4. Ryan Radant, Nick Larson, 69
Flight B—1. Mick Rowe, Kip Rowe, 67, 2. Chris Burns, Bruce Drapeaux, 70; 3. Dan Peters, Brett Rizzato, 71; 4. Roger Root, Alan Schlaikjer, 71
Flight C winners: 1. Rusty Arthur, Brady Arthur, 70; 2. Curt Calhoon, Casey Osborn, 73; 3. Eric Pollard, Dan Diez, 74; 4. Keith DeMers, Mark Kolecka, 74.

The calcutta winners were:
Flight A-1. Rich Crow Eagle, Darrell Herman, 61; 2. Ryan Radant, Nick Larson, 62; 3. John Halverson, Kansas Bob, 62.5; 4. Larry Aaker, Brad Haynes, 63
Flight B—1. Mick Rowe, Kip Rowe, 66; 2. Chris Burns, Bruce Drapeaux, 68; 3 and 4. Dan Peters, Brett Rizzato, 69.5 and Roger Root and Alan Schlaikjer, 69.5
Flight C—1. Rusty Arthur, Brady Arthur, 69.5; 2. Curt Calhoon, Casey Osborn, 69.5; 3. Scott Meiners, Scott Dutt, 71; 4. Kevin Meiners, Dan Drake, 72.5

Pin prize winners were:
Hole No. 2 closet to pin Crow Eagle and Rob Collins on Saturday; Casey Berndt and Luke Fischer on Sunday
Hole no. 3—closest to pin—Crow Eagle and Adam Severson on Saturday; Crow Eagle and Rob Collins on Sunday
Hole no. 4-long putt—John Halverson and Duane Bertram on Saturday; Eric Pollard and Darrell Herman on Sunday
Hole no. 5—closest 3rd shot—Ryan Radant and Adam Severson on Saturday; Crow Eagle and Kansas Bob on Sunday
Hole no. 6—long putt—Cody Jorgensen and Luke Fischer on Saturday; Crow Eagle, Doug Johnson on Sunday
Hole no. 7—closest to pin—John Driscoll, Mike Schramm on Saturday and Tim Gant and Brad Haynes on Sunday
Hole no. 9—long drive—Tanner Best and Hunter Schindler on Saturday; Crow Eagle and Kip Rowe on Sunday.

Colome Cowboys 50 Centerville Tornados 0

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The No. 2 Colome Cowboys started their season with a 50-0 victory over Centerville Friday night.

The game ended in the third quarter due to the mercy rule.

Colome, the defending Class 9B state champion, had a total of 371 yards of total offense.

Scoring for Colome were Chase Dufek on a 24 yard run, Layton Thieman on a 5 yard run, Beau Bertram on a 15 yard run, Bertram on a 67 yard run, Chase Dufek on a 78 yard run, Jackson Kinzer caught a 48 yard pass from Thieman for a touchdown and Jaikob Week on a 18 yard run.

“We started out slow but after we got going we made some big stops,” said first year coach Ben Connot. “We really got rolling on big plays.”

Connot said he was excited to get the season started and glad to get the first win under his belt.

Leading the offense was Dufek with 119 yards rushing followed by Bertram, 95 yards, Jackson Kinzer, 61 yard.

In passing, Thieman was 1-3 for 48 yards.

On defense, leading tacklers were Nash Atteberry, 6 and 2 sacks; Dawson Varilek, 6; Bertram, 5 and a fumble recovery; Calvin Ringing Shield, 4 tackles and a blocked punt.

Connot said a lot of younger players were able to get into the game and they played hard and moved the ball.

“Overall, we played hard,” said Connot.

The Cowboys will host Tripp-Delmont-Armour/Andes Central/Dakota Christian Friday night in Colome with the game starting at 7 p.m.

Sioux Falls Christian 24 Winner 6

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The Sioux Falls Christian football team moved quickly and defeated the Winner Warriors 24-6 Friday night on the Warriors home field.

The Chargers took advantage of Winner turnovers defeating the two time Class 11B state champion. The loss ended a 24 game win streak for Winner.

“We knew they were going to be a good football team and we were going to be challenged,” said Winner coach Dan Aaker.
The coach noted the first quarter the Warriors were in kind of a reaction mode all the time. “We cannot do that, we have to be focused and ready to go. We let some plays affect us.

“It was all mental. They did not do a thing we did not expect them to do. We were not getting lined up right and were not reading keys,” added Aaker.

The Chargers struck early. Winner muffed a punt and the Chargers recovered on the Winner 24 yard line. Two plays later, Jacob Just scored on a 1 yard run to give the opposing team an 8-0 lead.

Winner responded with a 10 play drive to the Charger 28 yard line but turned the ball over on downs.

Three plays later a Sioux Falls Christian player broke loos and ran 66 yards for the touchdown.

The Warriors had a nice screen play to move the ball only to fumble and give it back to the Chargers. Sioux Falls Christian then scored on a 1 yard run giving them a 24-0 lead.

“That was a huge chain of events,” said Aaker. “We went from a great defensive stop to hopefully getting a drive going to giving them the ball back.”

Just before he half the Warriors got a break, forcing a punt and downing it on the Chargers 1 yard line. On the next play, Elijah Blare recovered a fumble in the end zone to put the Warriors on the scored board.

At the half, Sioux Falls Christian took a 24-6 lead. That was all the scoring there was for the rest of the night as the second half of the game was defensive battle.

The Warriors had 102 yards in total offense. The Chargers had 317 yards rushing.

In passing, Winner quarterback Carter Brickman was 4-8 for 28 yards.

Levi McClanahan led the defense with 13 tackles with Brandon Volmer adding 8 and Shea Connot, 7 and Riley Calhoon, 6.

Aaker said in the second half the Warriors battled hard defensively. “We could have easily rolled over and let them steam roll over us but we kept fighting.”

The coach said the Warriors have to get a lot better in a lot of areas. “Now it is the challenge to come back and get ready for Stanley County.” The Warriors will travel to Stanley County on Friday, Aug. 25. This will be an SESD conference game. Stanley County defeated Mt Vernon-Plankinton Thursday night.

In practice, Aaker says the team has to get back to more fundamentals. “We really have to focus on the mental side of being aligned and being ready to go every single snap. Offensively, we have to solidify some stuff on the line and be better blockers.”
Aaker says the road is not going to get any easier as Winner takes its first road trip on Friday.

Volleyball Team Looks for Strong Season

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Winner High School volleyball team has one match under their belt and are looking for a strong season.

The next match for Winner will be at home as they will host Miller on Aug. 24.

The returning letterwinners are Addy Root, Daesha Klein, Gracie Littau, Alexis Richey, JaiWanda Roubideaux, Morgan Hammerbeck, Abby Marts, Samantha Marts and Sierra Hansen.

The team lost two seniors– Sydney Hollenbeck and Rachel Sherman.

There are 23 girls on the team this season. The two seniors are Daesha Klein and Samantha Marts.

The rest of the team incudes six juniors, six sophomores, five freshmen and four 8th graders.

Coach Jaime Keiser says the team will have a lot of potential at all three levels. She says the varsity will be very competitive. “I think we will be overlooked just because we were down last year,” said the coach.

Keiser says the girls jell and work well together. “They have one goal and that is winning and they do not care about who is getting the stats,” said Keiser.

Even thought they are young, the Lady Warriors have the potential for being a good team. In practice, they have been working on serve receive, passing and attacking with power.

The coach added the team has been working on a lot of out of system things when the ball does not go directly to the setter.

The Lady Warriors play in the SESD and Big Dakota Conference. The SESD tournament will be coming to Winner this year for the first time and Keiser says the team is excited to be hosting the tournament.

Jenna Phillips is the junior varsity and freshmen coach.

The WHS volleyball schedule includes:
Aug. 24—Miller, home
Aug. 29—At South Central
Aug. 31—At Valentine-Ainsworth—Triangular
Sept. 5—Bennett County/Gregory, home
Sept. 12—Lyman, home
Sept. 16 at Stanley County, Big Dakota
Sept. 18—Mobridge/Pollock, home
Sept. 23—at Tri Valley
Sept. 26—at Todd County
Oct. 3—Gregory, home
Oct. 5—White River, home
Oct. 7—at Chester Area
Oct. 10—Chamberlain, home
Oct. 16—At Mt. Vernon/Plankinton
Oct. 17—Wagner, home
Oct. 21—SESD Conference tournament in Winner
Oct. 23—at Platte/Geddes
Oct. 30—Region
Nov. 2—Region
Nov. 7—Region
Nov. 16-18—State at Rapid City

Cowgirls Open Season on Aug. 26

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The Colome Cowgirls volleyball team will open the season at home on Aug. 26 when they host Burke/South Central.

The returning letterwinners are: Maggie McCarty, Alexa McKenzie, Jaclyn Laprath, Rayne Hermsen, Kaydee Heath and Haley Krumpus.

The seniors on the team are McCarty, Lynn Baker; juniors Kaydee Heath, Hermsen, Laprath, McKenzie, Matrix Noteboom; sophomores—Krumpus, Carleen Burger, Cheyenne Dougherty, Jordyn Seegers and Sara O’Bryan; freshmen—Clarissa Ringing Shield, Baylee Hoffine, Abby Kortan, Saydee Heath, Makayla Shippy and Lanie Bolton; 8th graders—Elizabeth Yeaman, Katie Welker, Casie Leighton and Shambrea Bettcher.

The only loss from last year’s team is Callie Heath who is playing volleyball at Dakota Wesleyan University.

Coach Kathy Hrabanek says the team returns experience but also has a lot of youth. “We are developing setters among our younger girls,” she said.

The coaching staff and girls are excited for the season to start. Hrabanek says this group of girls wants to play volleyball and she thinks the team will see improvement as they season progresses.

The assistant coach is Dee Temple.

The schedule includes:
Aug. 26—Burke/South Central, home
Sept. 2—Gregory tournament
Sept. 5—Lyman, home
Sept. 7—Jones County, away
Sept. 9—Tripp-Delmont/Armour, home
Sept. 11—Marty, away
Sept. 12—Platte-Geddes, home
Sept. 19—Avon, home
Sept. 23—Kimball tournament
Sept. 26—Andes Central/Dakota Christian, home
Oct. 3—Stuart, Neb, home
Oct. 3—Ainsworth, Neb., home
Oct. 5—Todd County, away
Oct. 10—Gregory, home
Oct. 12—White River, away
Oct. 14—Andes tournament
Oct. 16—St. Francis, away
Oct. 20—Crow Creek, away
Oct. 23—Kimball/White Lake, home

Cross Country Team Opens Season at Home

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Winner Area cross country team will open the season at the Winner Invitational on Aug. 25 at the Winner Country Club at 10 a.m.
In addition to Winner, several area teams will be running.

The returning letterwinners on the girls team are Sidda Schuyler, Aryn Meiners, Jaclyn Laprath, Saige Schuyler, Meagan Blare, Katherine Jankauskas and Charlotte Shopene.

Returning letterwinners for the boys are Atlas Willuweit, Dawson Phillips, Kade Watson and Wyatt Turnquist.

Atlas Willuweit is the only senior on the team.

Last year the girls placed 6th at state.  Sidda Schuyler took seventh place.  At the end of the season, Schuyler was named to the all-state cross county team.

The boys on the cross country team are Dawson Phillips, Wyatt Turnquist, Kade Watson and Atlas Willuweit.

The girls on the team are Meagan Blare, Melanie Brozik, Katherine Jankauskas, Joselin Kludt, Gabiel Kocer, Jaclyn Laprath, Aryn Meiners, Saige Schuyler, Sidda Schuyler, Charlotte Shopene and Madison Thieman.

Lost from last year’s girls team are Chloe Bartels and Samantha Schuyler.

Coach Jayd Schuyler says the team will be young.

“We lost a couple of good girls. Replacing them we have some experience coming back,” said Schuyler.

The coach said practice has been going well. Practice started Aug.10 and the team has been doing two a day practices.

Schuyler says the Warriors will have tougher schedule this year. They have added the Rapid City Invitational which is a very tough meet. The team will see a lot of schools from the Hills area plus Wyoming and North Dakota. The Rapid City meet is Sept. 22.

The coach is looking for a good year.  Schuyler’s assistant coach is Jon Hanson.

The Winner Area schedule includes:
Aug. 25—Winner Invitational
Aug. 29—McCook Central/Montrose Invitational
Sept. 5—Scotland Invitational
Sept. 14—Chamberlain Invitational/Big Dakota meet
Sept. 16—Lyman Invitational
Sept. 22—Rapid City Invitational
Sept. 26—Todd County Invitational
Oct. 2—SESD at Gregory
Oct. 12—Region 4A in Chamberlain
Oct. 21—State meet in Rapid City

Golf Team Opens Season

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There are three golfers on Winner Area boys golf team this season.  The three sophomores are Gage Watson, Jayd Whitley and Nathan Monk.

New boys coach this year is Larry Aaker.  The coach says the team will be young.

The first meet of the season was Aug. 21 when the Warriors traveled to Rapid City Central.

The golf schedule includes:
Aug. 31—at Chamberlain
Sept. 7—at Pierre, Big Dakota Conference tournament
Sept. 12—Winner Invitational
Sept. 19—pre-regional in Pierre
Sept. 25—Regional in Pierre
Oct. 2-3—State meet at Dakota Dunes Country Club

George Allen “Bud” Rajewich, 96

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George Allen “Bud” Rajewich was born Feb. 21, 1921 to John and Mary (Molacek) Rajewich at his parent’s home northeast of Gregory, SD. He was the youngest of thirteen children.

Allen attended country school #42 and Gregory High School, graduating with the class of 1938. He excelled in basketball and the team played in the state tournament that year. After graduation he remained at the family farm to help his parents until they retired. He loved to hunt and fish and to reminisce about the Saturday night dances at the big Rajewich barn. Several of his cousins played in the band.

On March 27, 1945 Allen was united in marriage to Gladys Herrmann of Millboro, SD at St. John Lutheran Church in Gregory. They made their home a short distance south of Allen’s birthplace. A daughter, Janice Elaine, was born to this union.

In 1945, Allen was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and remained a member of St. John’s the rest of his life. Through the years he served as trustee, financial secretary and treasurer. Allen helped organize and construct the rural Landing Creek Telephone Company in the 1950’s. He served as lineman, director, and treasurer until the company was sold to Northwestern Bell in the 70’s. He also served on the rural school board.

In 1981 he semi-retired and they moved to their new home in Gregory. He rented the farm out but continued to take an interest in the land and helped out wherever needed. After they sold the farm in 1989 he kept busy by doing yard work, repairing his grandchildren’s vehicles, and having coffee with his friends. After Gladys retired they enjoyed traveling.

In 2015 they relocated to Pierre after selling their home in Gregory.

Allen had a quiet, gentle quality about him. He was a good neighbor and a loving, devoted husband, father, and grandfather.

Allen passed away Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at Avera St. Mary’s Hospital in Pierre, SD.

He is survived by his wife Gladys of 72 years, one daughter Janice, seven grandchildren Douglas, David, Daniel, Dawn, Dennis, Denise, and Darin and their spouses, and by 18 great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, a brother-in-law Vernon Herrmann, and many more relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Joe, Adolph, Jack, Bill, Ed, and Raymond, sisters Clara Campbell, Alma Hennrich, Erma Schwaryer, and sisters Helen, Lillian and Evelyn at a young age.

Donna Frantz, 83

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Donna Frantz, age 83, of Ideal, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 at the Winner Regional Healthcare Facility. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 18, 2017 at the First Christian Church in Winner. Burial followed at the Winner City Cemetery. Visitation was held Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 at the First Christian Church in Winner.

Donna was born March 1st, 1934 in Winner, SD to Leonard and Martha Ambroz. She was the youngest of two children. Raised on her family farm, she worked in the fields, milked cows, and did household chores. This is where her strong work ethic began. She loved to ride horses, play cards, and dance. Donna graduated from Winner High School in 1952. After graduation, she worked as a telephone operator in Winner.

On June 12, 1952 she was united in marriage to Richard (Dick) Frantz at the United Presbyterian Church in Red Bank, New Jersey. While Dick attended signal school for the Army, Donna worked at a cargo parachute factory. In November 1952, Donna returned to Winner to work for the Tripp County Extension Office, while Dick was sent to Korea. After the war, the couple made their home on the Frantz Family Farm until July 2017.To this union four children were born; Doug, Dan, Deb, and Deone. Her children were her pride and joy. She never longed for riches or travels. Everything she loved was right at home. If there ever was a perfect couple, it was Dick and Donna. She was always known for her hospitality. You were always welcome at her kitchen table where there was plenty of food. While raising her children, she worked in the field, drove silage truck, and cooked for all the hired men. She treasured the time spent with her family. She cherished her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren. Donna was active in the 4-H trail rides that Frantz Farms hosted for 26 years. She was also a member of the Legion Auxiliary and the Ideal Presbyterian Church.

Grateful for having shared her life is her husband Dick of 65 years. Her children; Doug Frantz (Connie), Dan Frantz (Patty), Deb Nelson (Terry), and Deone Frantz (Shane). Her grandchildren; Rich Frantz, ReAnn Frantz, Renae Kaiser (Clay) Brandon Frantz, Amanda Frantz, Danielle Frantz (Jamie), Jesse Frantz (Sara), Alyssa Welk (Brady), Tennille Miller (Mike), and Lexie Nedved, also, numerous great-grandchildren, her sister Marion Bloom, and a host of family and friends.