Pheasants Nipped by Garretson

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It was so close, and for the second consecutive year, Winner/Colome amateur baseball team saw their season end at the hands of Garretson.

In the quarterfinals of the State B tournament in Mitchell, Garretson nipped Winner/Colome 6-5 Thursday afternoon.

Trailing 6-2 at the start of the 9th inning, the first five Pheasants found a way to get on base. Reed Harter came around to score on a Austin Richey RBI single while Derek Graesser scored on an error and Richey scored on a Zach Harter fielder’s choice to make it a one run game.

Jared Donahue took the loss for Winner/Colome allowing six runs on eight hits with 12 strikeouts and eight walks in seven innings.

Tarrell Bauld pitched in the bottom of the 8th inning.

Winner/Colome out-hit Garretson 13-8.

The Pheasants scored its first run in the top of the fifth inning when Geno Katz scored on an RBI single by Reed Harter.

The Pheasants had the bases loaded with one out but failed to add another run until the top of the seventh inning. Lakin Neugebauer scored on a Richey RBI single in the seventh.

Neugebauer went 3-5 while Richey, Austin Calhoon and Derek Graesser had two hits.

Austin Richey of the Winner/Colome baseball team won the batting championship at the State B tournament in Mitchell.
Richey batted .600 for the tournament.

Warriors Open Season this Friday

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It is hard to believe that high school football is here and we are playing a game this Friday.

The Winner Warriors open the season on Aug. 18 when they host Sioux Falls Christian, one of several new teams on the schedule this season. The game will be at Warrior field at 7 p.m.

The Warriors are coming off back to back state champions and are the defending Class 11B champions.

However, the Warriors lost 17 seniors who saw a lot of action in the four-year career at WHS.

This year there are 42 players on the team. This includes 10 seniors, 11 juniors, 10 sophomores and 11 freshmen.

Coach Dan Aaker says of the 22 starters Winner has lost 21 of them. The only returning starter on defense is Ty Bolton. There are no returning starters on offense.

Aaker says the two positives that come from this are that the current players got a fair amount of varsity action. But Aaker notes that most importantly, these athletes, who were the underclassmen, had to practice against that award winning team for two years. “This just makes the current players better.”

Returning lettermen on the team are Joren Bruun, Levi McClanahan, Oscar Pravecek, Nate Smither, Ty Bolton, Zach Lapsley, Trevor Peters, Phillip Jorgensen, Brandon Volmer, Carter Brickman, Matt Smither, Riley Calhoon, Nick Lantz, Loren Moeller, Ryder Mortenson, Ethan Velely, Kamerom Meiners, Trey Welch, Tyson Westendorf, Casey Stickland, Dalton Baker, Elijah Blare, Colton Schroeder, Justus Gregg, A. J. Roubideaux, Shea Connot, Logan Tunnissen, Jerry Long Crow, Jacob Clay and Nolan Sachtjen.

The coaching staff is trying to replace a lot of pieces on the team. “This is no surprise. We knew that at the end of last year. In the off season I was looking where our leadership will be,” said Aaker.

He has named captains Levi McClanahan, Riley Calhoon, Carter Brickman and Justus Gregg.

The coach noted this group of football players are excited as they want to show what they can do.

Brickman will be the starting quarterback for the Warriors. Backing up Brickman will be Volmer and freshman Brady Fritz can fit into this mix.

Bolton and Calhoon will return as running backs. Matt Smither and Phillip Jorgensen will fit into the running back rotation.

Up front on the offensive line, the Warriors will not be as big as they have been in the past two years. Serving on the line will be Gregg, McClanahan, Roubideaux, Connot, Blare, Schroeder and Oscar Pravecek.

Tight ends and wide receivers will be Nick Lantz and Nate Smither. Into this rotation will be Jerry Long Crow.

On the defensive side of the ball will be McClanahan who played a lot at linebacker last season. There are some returners in the secondary including Bolton, Calhoon, Brickman and Volmer.

Aaker added Jorgensen and Connot may also play linebacker.

Defensive tackles will be Gregg, Roubideaux along with Oscar Pravecek.

Defensive ends will be Nick Lantz, Elijah Blare and Jerry Long Crow.

Bolton, Roubideaux will be the kickers with help from Welch. Punters will be Jorgensen and Bolton.

As far as expectations, Aaker said the Warriors will be competitive. “But we have to be realistic. It is going to be a dog fight in some games and we are going to have to paly really well to compete at a higher level.”

A big change for the Warriors will be the schedule as Winner has several new teams and three of the them Warriors have never seen before.

Also, the Warriors will play in the SESD Conference which will be made up of Stanley County, Mt. Vernon/Plankinton, Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central, Winner, Chamberlain and Wagner.

“I wish we could have had this schedule the past two years,” said Aaker. “It is a really competitive schedule.”

The coach feels Class 11B will be balanced and he sees Bridgewater/Emery-Ethan as the pre-season favorite.

Assistant coaches will be Trent Olson, Kevin Keiser, Sam Olson and Glenn Carlson. Larry Aaker, who had been a full time assistant coach, is now the WHS boys golf coach. Aaker says Larry will help on some Fridays.

The Winner football schedule includes:
Aug. 18—Sioux Falls Christian, home
Aug. 25—Stanley County, there
Sept. 1—West Central, there
Sept. 15—Valentine, Neb., home
Sept. 22—Mt. Vernon/Plankinton, there
Sept. 29—Chamberlain, here, homecoming
Oct. 6—Wagner, home
Oct. 13—Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central in Wessington Springs
Oct. 19—First round of the playoffs
Oct. 26—Second round of the playoffs
Nov. 3—Semifinals
Nov. 10—Championship in the Dome in Vermillion

Colome Preparing for Opening Football Game

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Colome High School football team has a new head coach who is working hard to prepare the team for the season opener which is just two days away on Aug. 18.

The Cowboys, the defending Class 9B state champions, will open on the road Friday at Centerville. The game will be at 7 p.m.
Ben Connot is at the helm of the Colome Football team this year. He is a 2013 graduate of Winner High School where he was a standout on the Warrior football team. He is two time all state defensive back.

Connot played football at South Dakota School of Mines and then transferred to Black Hills State University where he is currently a senior majoring in special education.

Connot will be a paraprofessional in the Colome district this year and will do his student teaching in Colome the second semester.
“I knew Colome’s coach had resigned and they also had an opening is special education,” said Connot. He called Supt. Ryan Orrock and told him he was interested in both the football coaching job and the special education position.

Connot said everything fell in line and he was approved by the Colome School Board.  “I am excited, I am looking forward to the season,” he said.

The Cowboys graduated a good class form the state championship team but have 12 returning lettermen. The returning lettermen are Nash Atteberry, Jamin Dougherty, Zane Rohde, Kolton Salomen, Beau Bertram, Wyatt Cahoy, Chase Dufek, Jackson Kinzer, Calvin Ringing Shield, Layton Thieman, Dawson Varilek and Jaikob Week.

Other members of the team are: Cody Assman, Kaylub Hansen, Evan Cole, Greg Seitz, Jacob Beckers, Adam Cole, Cailob Week, Casey Assman, Rhet Bertram, Luke Bolton, Nathaniel Hansen, Allen McKenzie, Linkyn Petersek and Michael Supik.

In practice, the Cowboys have been working on a new offense and new defense. “We play a week earlier this year and there is not a lot of time to prepare so there is a sense of urgency to make every rep count,” said Connot.

The Cowboys have some of their key positions back from last year.

Layton Thieman will be the quarterback and last year was named the Joe Robbie MVP in the state championship game.  Kinzer, who played a big role for the Cowboys last year, will return as a running back and defensive back.  On line will be Kolton Salonen, Beau Bertram and Nash Atteberry.

Calvin Ringing Shield has been working as the kicker and Salonen will be the punter.

The Cowboys offense will be able to run the ball and also pass. Connot says they want to establish the run first.

The defense will be strong with experience in the secondary coming from Thieman and Kinzer.  Chase Dufek played some last year but thecoach says he will be asked to play a bigger role this year.

When asked what kind of coach he will be, Connot said he likes effort. “I am not going to get mad at a lack of results but I will get mad at a lack of effort. I want my kids to be going 100 percent every time,” he said.

Gene Bertram is the assistant coach and defensive coordinator. Other assistant coaches are: Charles Hosford, Kory Foss, Colton Seegers and Terrance Kinzer who will be helping with the defensive backs and special teams.

Expectations are high for the Cowboys. “We have a good opportunity in front of us,” he said. “We have experienced players in key positions. What I expect is for everyone to embrace that opportunity. We cannot get complacent. We need to realize what kind of opportunity we have and take a hold of that and stay focused and execute.”

Connot added: “I can’t wait for the opening game of the season.”

The Colome football schedule includes:
Aug. 18—at Centerville
Aug. 25—Tripp-Delmont-Armour/Andes Central/Dakota Christian, home
Sept. 1—Burke/South Central, home
Sept. 15—Gayville,-Volin, away
Sept. 22—Alcester-Hudson, away
Sept. 29—Scotland, Colome, homecoming
Oct. 6—Corsica-Stickney, home
Oct. 13—Avon, away
Oct. 19—First round of the playoffs
Oct. 26—Second round of the playoffs
Nov. 3—Semifinals
Nov. 9 – Championship in the Dome in Vermillion

Lucille Williamson, 92


Lucille Marie Williamson was born on Feb. 28, 1925, in Jefferson, SD to Napoleon and Florence (Trudeau) Bertrand.

Lucille was married on Oct. 28, 1950 to James “Tiny” Williamson. They have five children.

Lucille liked to read, sew, crochet, and grow a big garden. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved to fish with her son and special friend Bob.

Lucille worked at the City Liquor Store in Gregory and numerous cafe’s in Winner throughout her life.

Lucille was a lifetime member of the VFW and American Legion Auxiliaries.

Lucille passed away Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017 at the Winner Regional Long Term Care Facility at the age of 92.

Lucille is survived by her two daughters Barbara and Duane Holmberg, Golden, MO,
and Bonnie and Ronald Teigh, Winner, SD; two sons James and Jean Williamson, Luverne, MN, and Doug and Jami Williamson, Rapid City, SD; sixteen grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.

Preceding her in death are her husband James “Tiny” Williamson, one son Donald Williamson Sr., her parents Napoleon and Florence Bertrand, two brothers Armond and Romeo, and one sister Leetta.

Mary Williams, 84

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Mary Williams, age 84 of Sioux Falls, formerly Winner, SD, passed away Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017 at Dougherty Hospice House. Family greeted friends 5-7 pm with a prayer service at 7 pm Friday Aug. 11, at Miller Southside Chapel 7400. S. Minnesota Ave., Sioux Falls. Funeral services were held 1:30 pm Saturday, Aug. 12, at United Methodist Church Winner, SD.

Mary Louise (Thiede) Williams was born Sept. 29th, 1932 near Burton Neb. to William and Doris (Donneaud) Thiede. Mary was the second daughter of four, Ruth Williams, Ruby Richardson deceased), and Kathy Titus.

Mary attended a one room school near the Thiede farm. Then she attended and graduated from Springview Nebraska High School class of 1950. Five days after graduation Mr. Lillibridge from the Burke bank drove down to her parent’s house and asked her to work there since she knew shorthand. After two and a half years she wanted to use her scholarship that she had received and enrolled in Wayne State. While attending Wayne State she saw her future husband playing drums at a dance in Wewela. During intermission he came down and bought her a sandwich. She said it was love at first sight and said it was hard to go back and finish at Wayne State, but she did and then worked in Winner for Bill Assman.

On Aug. 25th 1954 she married the “drummer” in a double wedding with her sister Ruth marrying Eldon’s brother Jim. The four of them lived and worked on the William’s family ranch. Mary and Eldon worked side by side in everything then did, she was the best “hired man” and band roadie he could have ever had. They worked hard all week then hit the road on Saturday nights to wherever the Rhythm Ramblers were playing.

Mary was very active at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Clearfield and so many other community events, The Clearfield Hall and Farmers Union. The four Williams also started Williams Seed Corn and mom loved operating the forklift to load orders. She also taught at several one room country schools. She knew so much about so many things. She worked outside all the time yet had a huge garden and canned anything she could fit in a jar. She kept the smoke house stocked, and wired the new addition to the house in the seventies. She could weld and put a new motor in her dish washer like it was nothing. She would work side by side with Eldon and walk in and have huge meal ready in minutes. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting and embroidery. She nursed many a calf back to health and could drive tractors, silage trucks and of course her four-wheeler. After many years of using horses, Mary and Eldon enjoyed their four-wheelers. She loved the outdoors, she was a great teacher, mentor and was very strong in her faith.

She was a wonderful Mom to her three children, David (Janice), Mitchell, SD, Eileen (Tom) Donley, Sioux Falls, SD and Michael (Deb), Sioux Falls, SD, grandchildren, Christopher (Mandy) Williams, Sophia and Sawyer, Plankinton, SD, Nicole (Nic) Norton, Jackson, Juliet, Oliver, Kearney NE, Luke (Sara) Williams, Ames, IA. She is also survived by her sisters, Ruth Williams, White Lake, SD, and Kathy Titus, Springview, NE; many nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband Eldon, her parents, parent’s in-law, her sister, Ruby Richardson, and her brothers in-law, James Williams, Elmer Richardson Howard and Titus.



SDPB presents a free, 60-minute preview of never-before-seen footage from THE VIETNAM WAR, the new 10-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.

The screening is Friday, Aug. 25, at 11 a.m. at the Rosebud Sioux Veterans Affairs Building, located at 2 Legion Avenue in Rosebud, near the Rosebud Fairgrounds. The event is being held in conjunction with the Rosebud Fair, Wacipi, and Rodeo.

The screening is free and open to the public. A light meal and reception for veterans and their families follows the screening. During the reception, SDPB producers will be on-hand to record interviews with Vietnam War & Vietnam Era Veterans, and others who have stories to share.

In addition to the screening, Francis Whitebird will provide opening remarks. A member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Whitebird served 19 months as a Combat Medic during the Vietnam War and has been awarded a Combat Medical Badge as well as a Purple Heart. Whitebird’s father, Noah Whitebird, was a WWII Lakota Code Talker and Whitebird’s grandfathers fought in the Battle of Little Bighorn and the Battle of Rosebud. Whitebird’s two sons, Brendan and Colin Whitebird, served in Iraq. A graduate of Flandreau Indian School and South Dakota State University, Whitebird holds a Master’s in Education from Harvard University. Whitebird was appointed Commissioner of Indian Affairs by Governor George Mickelson and currently serves on the South Dakota Historical Society Board of Trustees.

4H Camping


More than 200 youth from 23 South Dakota Counties attended the 2017 4-H Camp hosted by the South Dakota 4-H Program held at Camp Bob Marshall in Custer.

“Camping programs offered through South Dakota 4-H provide youth the opportunity to gain valuable life skills in a safe environment,” said Donna Bittiker, SDSU Extension State 4-H Program Director. “The youth choose to attend camp because they want to have fun, which they do, but typically camp attendees don’t realize until they are much older the lifelong value of their youth camping experience.”

This camp was open to both 4-H members and non-members ages 8-12.

The theme, Imagination Station, encouraged youth to explore several activities including areas of science. Activities included: solar ovens, electrical circuits, tie dying, soap carving, a nature hike, drone discovery and much more.

“4-H exposes youth to a multitude of topic areas, which allows them a hands-on approach to career exploration,” said Hilary Risner, Regional 4-H Youth Program Advisor.

Youth also had the opportunity to partake in recreational activities in Bismark Lake, such as canoeing, swimming and fishing.

“Camp gives youth an opportunity to broaden their horizons,” Bittiker said. “Youth learn valuable skills, such as making new friends, sharing personal space with others, managing personal items and exploring new adventures that may be outside of their comfort zone.”

Following camp, youth were surveyed. Campers indicated that through 4-H Camp, they had a high ability to make new friends, a willingness to try new things and an ability to share their ideas respectfully.

“These are three components of personal development that 4-H strives to accomplish with youth through hands-on experiences such as camp,” Risner said.