Winner Nipped in Final Seconds

In an exciting game, Winner Warriors were nipped by Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central 21-14 Friday in Wessington Springs.

The Blackhawks broke a 14-14 halftime score with a touchdown with 41 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

The Warriors were not done yet and put together a good drive as Cartrer Brickman put up a pass to Riley Calhoon. In a couple of plays the Warriors got closer to the goal line. Winner got the ball to the seven yard line and called time out with 2 seconds left.
The Blackhawks stuffed Phillip Jorgensen short of the goal line.

Coach Dan Aaker said it was fun game. He noted it was a tale of two halves. Neither team stopped each other in the first half.
The Warriors were able to get the Blackhawks to cough up the ball three times in the first half. However, Winner never got any points.

“All of those were at mid field, gave us a short field and chances to get an extra score,” said Aaker.  “We really struggled stopping them all night and us not stopping them in their territory really cost us,” said Aaker.

Winner opened the scoring in the first quarter on a 10 yard run by Jorgensen.

The Blackhawks tied the score 8-8 on a 70 yard run by John Witte.

Winner came back and put together another drive capped by Brickman’s 1 yard TD run. The score is now 14-8.

In the second quarter, Woonsocket scores again tying the score at 14-14.

The half ended with the two teams tied.

The two teams were scoreless in the third quarter.

The Warriors had 281 yards rushing and 15 first downs.

The leading rusher was Calhoon 79 yards, followed by Jorgensen, 59 yards, Matt Smither, 44 yards and Ty Bolton, 22 yards.
In passing, Brickman was 5-7 for 65 yards.

Leading the defense was Levi McClanahan with 16 tackles, Brandon Volmer, Shea Connot and A. J. Roubideaux with 9 each and Matt Smither with 8.

“Our kids fought and battled hard. We did not execute as well as we need if we are going to be a threat going into the playoffs,” said Aaker.

“Overall, it was a fun game. We have been on the good end of a lot of these game and it does not feel good to be the other end,” said the coach.

This was he final game of the regular season as Winner finishes with a 6-2 record.

The state playoffs start on Thursday, Oct. 19. Winner will host Stanley County at 7 p.m.

Colome Downs Avon


Colome picked up an important win over Avon Friday to close out the regular season. The Cowboys won 26-20 and end the regular season with a 7-1 record.

Chase Dufek scored on a 38 yard run, Wyatt Cahoy scored on a 45 yard run. Kolton Salonen caught a 33 yard pass from Layton Thieman and the two point conversion was good by Cahoy.

Dukek scored the final TD on a 52 yard run.

The Cowboys had 335 yards of offense. Leading the offense was Dufek with 137 yards. He was followed by Jackson Kinzer with 74 yards, Cahoy with 65 yards.

On defense, Beau Bertram had 9 tackles. Salonen had 7 tackles, 3 sacks and 1 fumble recovery. Thieman had 10 tackles and an interception.

“We played good,” said coach Ben Connot. “We knew it would be tough game and we came ready to play.”

Colome will host the first round of the playoffs on Oct. 19 when they play Sunshine Bible Academy at 7 p.m.

Volleyball team defeats Chamberlain

Winner Lady Warriors volleyball team defeated Chamberlain in three sets on Oct. 10. The scores were 25-15, 25-11, 25-17.

Abby Marts was 100 percent in serving and Alexis Richey was 94 percent in serving.  Richey and Daesha Klein each had 3 ace serves.  Abby Marts had 11 kills and Ellie Brozik, 7.  Addy Root had 14 set assists and Mackenzie Levi had 7 set assists.  Richey was 79 percent in serve receive and Morgan Hammerbeck was 71 percent.  Richey had 13 digs and Abby Marts, 11.  Sam Marts had 3 solo digs and 1 block assist.

As a team, Winner was 96 percent in serving with 11 ace serves, 27 kills, 25 set assists. Winner was 65 percent in serve receive with 39 digs.

“It was senior night and our last regular season home match so the girls came ready and focused to play,” said coach Jaime Keiser. “We were aggressive and did a great job of attacking the ball which kept Chamberlain on the defensive end. We played three consistent games which is nice to see with only a few weeks left of the regular season. I am proud of how we played together as a team,” said the coach.

The Lady Warriors will host the SESD tournament this Saturday in the Winner Armory.


Cowgirls Battle Through Week

Colome volleyball team defeated Todd County five sets on Oct. 5.   The scores were 16-25, 25-11, 17-25, 25-15 and 15-10.

Maggie McCarty had 14 points and 2 aces; Haley Krumpus, 11 points and 4 aces and Rayne Hermsen, 11 points.  Kaydee Heath had 8 kills, Saydee Heath, 7 and Abby Kortan, 6.  Alexa McKenzie had 20 digs, Hermsen, 9 and Kortan, 8.

Hermsen had 4 blocks, Kaydee Heath and Saydee Heath with 2 each.
Kortan had 9 set assists and Makayla Shippy, 7.

North Central defeated Colome 25-6, 25-15 and 25-20.

Shippy had 7 points and 2 aces and Kaydee Heath had 6 points and 1 ace.  Kill leaders were Kortan, 4; Kaydee Heath, 3.
McKenzie had 10 digs and Hermsen, 8.  Shippy had 8 set assists and Kortan, 6.

Colome was defeated by Ainsworth, Neb. The scores were 25-20, 16-25, 25-23, 12-25, 12-15.

Kortan had 15 points and 1 ace and Hermsen had 9 points and 2 aces.  McCarty had 7 kills and Kaydee Heath, 6.  McKenzie had 15 digs and Hermsen, 11.  Kaydee Heath and Saydee Heath each had 6 blocks.  Kortan had 11 set assists and Shippy 9.

The Colome volleyball was defeated by White River on Oct. 12. The scores were 22-25, 23-25, 21-25.

Serving leaders were Abby Kortan with 11 points, 3 aces; Maggie McCarty, 8 points, 3 aces and Kaydee Heath, 6 points, 1 ace.  Kaydee Heath had 6 kills. Rayne Hermsen, Haley Krumpus and Maggie McCarty all had 2 kills.  Kaydee Heath had 3 blocks and Saydee Heath and Hermsen had 1 block.  Hermsen had 14 digs and McCarty, 9 digs. Kayee Heath and Haley Krumpus each had 7 digs.  Kortan had 5 assists and Makayla Shippy, 3.

On Oct. 10, Colome hosted Gregory. The scores 19-25, 25-18, 25-20, 21-25, 13-15.

Kortan had 19 points and 4 aces; Shippy, 11 points and McCarty, 7 points and 1 ace.  Kaydee Heath had 10 kills, Hermsen, 9 and Krumpus, 6.  Kaydee Heath had 23 digs, Hermsen, 13 and Alexa McKenzie 11.   Kaydee Heath had 6 blocks and Saydee Heath, 2.
Abby Kortan had 18 assists and Shippy, 8.

Winner Girls Win Region 4A Title


Sidda Schuyler won first place at the Region 4A meet in Chamberlain on Thursday and helped the Winner Area girls team to a first place title.

For the second year in a row the girls are the region champions and qualify the whole team for state. The boys placed fifth as a team and Kade Watson, Dawson Phillips and Wyatt Turnquist qualify for the state meet.

This is Schuyler’s first time winning the region cross country title. Her winning time was 18:14.22 and is the second fastest time for a girl in the state this year in Class AA, A or B.

“Sidda was 7th last year at state as a 7th grader and she looks to improve on that place this year,” said coach Jayd Schuyler.

The other results of the Winner varsity girls were: Jacyln Laprath, 5th, 19:59.68, Aryn Meiners, 7th, 20:26.39; Meagan Blare, 15th, 20:57.87; Saige Schuyler, 24th; Melanie Brozik, 25th.

In the varsity boys race, Kade Watson took 2nd in 16:17.31. Dawson Phillips was 16th in 17:54.06 and Wyatt Turnquist took 19th in 18:05.85. Atlas Willuweit was 47th.

In the girls junior varsity race, Charlotte Shopene, 6th; Katherine Jankauskas, 7th; Madison Thieman, 8th and Nanette Eagle Star, 15th.

Schuyler said Watson ran his best race of the year and looks to finish with a top 10 place at the state meet.

The Winner girls finished in sixth place at the 2016 state cross country meet. “The girls are looking to improve on that place this year,” said Schuyler.

One cross country poll has the Winner girls rated fifth and another has them rated 6th.

The state cross country meet is Saturday, Oct. 21 at the Hart Ranch in Rapid City.

The Class A girls race starts at 1 p.m. and the Class A boys start at 2:30 p.m.

Pearle Mae (Dunkak) Janas, 91

Pearle Mae (Dunkak) Janas was born on Dec. 27, 1925 in Dallas, South Dakota to Henry H. and Louise (Zimbelman) Dunkak. Pearle attended school and graduated from Colome High School in 1945.

Pearle was united in marriage to William A. Janas on June 29, 1947 in Colome. They were the parents of four children: Gary, Doug, Rodney “Scotty” and Linda.

Pearle will be most remembered from her years working at Edie Lori’s Dress Shop and Gregory Drug. Pearle wore many hats in her life. She was a Cub Scout Den Mother, very active in her church with teaching Sunday School and singing in the choir and enjoyed performing in cantatas. She was also a member of the United Methodist Women’s Circle, United Methodist Church, and a life-long member of the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary.

Her hobbies included ceramics and painting by numbers and being a member of the Red Hats. But her biggest passion was league bowling, which began for her in 1962 at Gregory Lanes and continued until her late 80’s. She was a very successful bowler with many accomplishments. Pearle enjoyed watching her grandchildren grow up into adulthood. Despite a rough childhood, Pearle was true to self.

Pearle passed away Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 at Avera Gregory Hospital at the age of 91.

Her survivors include sons, Gary and special close friend, Sherry Howell, Peoria, AZ, Doug and wife, Marian, Guernsey, WY, and daughter Linda and husband Randy Moos, Fairfax, SD; one granddaughter Toni Janas, Phoenix, AZ, and three grandsons Erik Janas, Phoenix, AZ, Matthew Moos, Fairfax, SD, and Kyle Moos and friend Tori Wendell, Naper, NE. Other survivors include sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her son Scotty, husband Bill, her only sibling Harold, along with her daughter-in-law Carol Jean (Wilcox) Janas.

Babe Moeller, 94

Babe Moeller, age 94, of St. Libory, Neb., passed away on Oct. 6, 2017 at the Marry Lanning Healthcare Center in Hastings, Neb. Funeral Service were at 10 a.m. Oct. 12, 2017 at the United Methodist Church in Winner. Burial followed at the Winner City Cemetery.

Babe (Sweetland) Moeller was born to Gertrude and Parley Sweetland on May 2nd, 1923 at their home in Neillsville, Wis.. She had three brothers and one sister-Parley, Bob, Dan, and Linda (Becik). She also had one brother and one sister who were lost at birth. The Sweetland family moved several times, from Wisconsin to Illinois and Wyoming. Eventually Babe alongside her two sons Patrick and Bill, and sister Linda moved to Winner, South Dakota. This was where she would meet the love of her life, Willie Moeller. They met on Main Street in Winner, and were married in 1956 in Pierre after only two short weeks. To this union also came her two sons, Patrick and Bill McHenry, which Willie saw as his own children.

After marrying, Willie and Babe purchased The Little Diner in 1960 on Main Street in Winner, owning it for three years before moving to Newport, Neb. They bought the Bar 20, which was along Highway 20, and owned and operated it for another three years. Willie had always wanted to move to a large city and work for a big company. A friend referred them to a big plant in Grand Island where they made bombs. Willie phoned the company that very next day, and both got jobs at the bomb plant. Babe worked making trinkets and mini mites, which was very fitting considering her small stature and powerful personality, while Willie was in charge of measuring the powder. They both worked together until the plant closed four years later.

After the closing of the plant, Willie and Babe wanted to settle down and move from the city. They purchased an 80 acre farm near St. Libory, Neb. where they still reside today. Their quaint farmhouse is nestled amongst many fields of corn and trees, alongside their barns and guest house cottage. They always had a big garden, and took great pride in riding their lawn mowers to make their yard look special. They always had many cats to welcome their guests. Babe was known for being an excellent cook, and loved to host friends and family.

Besides gardening and cooking, Babe spent her pass time reading. She would read as many as three books a week. She was a lifelong member of the VFW, thanks to her father who served in World War I, and was still very active in the post in Winner. She was passionate about politics, and was respected for giving her honest opinion.

Babe was always dressed in her very best. Willie said she would never be caught without clean clothes on, even when working with the pigs, in case someone she knew stopped by. Her hair was styled and nails painted, and she displayed a very great sense of style. However, her true beauty was on the inside. Babe was a caring wife, sister, mother, aunt, and friend. It was known to everyone that she also had a lot of spunk in her!

Babe made her journey to heaven on Friday October 6th, 2017 with her loving husband Willie of over 60 years by her side. The two made a lasting impression on the hospital staff where Babe was being cared for, and to everyone they met. Whether it was working in their restaurants or in their yard or garden, Willie and Babe were always together wherever they went.

Babe is preceded in death by her parents Parley and Gertrude Sweetland, brothers Parley, Bob, Dan, sister Linda Bicek, infant brother and sister, and son Patrick.

Babe is survived and forever remembered by her husband Willie; son Bill (Connie); Grandsons: Mark, Scott, and Martin; 4 great grandchildren; and numerous relatives.

Linda Wicker, 80

Linda Wicker, age 80, of Colome, passed away on October 8, 2017 at the Avera Gregory Hospital in Gregory.

Funeral Services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 11, 2017 at the Mason Funeral Home in Winner. Burial followed at the Colome City Cemetery. Visitation was held 1 hour prior to the service.

Linda Jean (Nieman) Wicker was born on May 8th, 1937 to Ed and Mildred (Patton) Nieman.

Linda worked various jobs in the community. She was a member of the Colome Methodist Church and Colome American Legion.
Grateful for sharing her life are her children are her children Deb (Lemoyne) Strasburg of Cozad, NE, Cam (Cheryl) Dougherty of Colome, SD, and Denice (Dave) Duffy of Colome, SD; Step-children Dynette Wicker and Dean Wicker; Grandchildren Christa Fielder, Kelly (Jennifer) Dougherty, Stacie (Joe) Bolton, Shawna (Jason) Mueller, Pat(Tiffany) Dougherty, Max (Kenzie) Dougherty, Chad (Jennifer) Duffy, and Dustin (Ashley) Duffy; 22 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents Ed and Mildred Nieman, husband Dwain Wicker, granddaughter Heather Klein, step-children Diane Wicker and Dale Wicker, along with numerous other relatives.

Douglas Andrew Rehak, 63

Douglas Andrew Rehak, age 63, of Winner, SD, passed away on Oct. 13, 2017 at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls.

Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the Mason Funeral Home in Winner. Burial will follow in the Winner City Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to funeral service.

Doug was born in Winner, South Dakota to John Rehak and Beatrice (Kostal) Rehak in 1953. He was the youngest of seven siblings. His family lived in and around the Colome area during Doug’s younger years, until they eventually moved to Winner. At this time, his life consisted mainly of working, as he was on his own at the young age of 15. When Doug had the time, he enjoyed playing football, wrestling, and boxing. Doug then went on to work road construction for many years where he met his one true love, Patricia. The two eventually moved to the Black Hills, where they then got married in 1989. Doug worked in the open-cut mines in Lead, SD for some years until he decided a career change was for the best. He then attended Black Hills State University in Spearfish, SD where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. School came easy for Doug, despite his non-traditional status, he graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors. During this time, Doug had to juggle work, school and parenthood as Doug and Pat welcomed their first and only son, John Lewis Rehak into the world in February of 1991. Doug put his business degree to use and began what would be a successful banking career in 1997 at Norwest Bank in Mobridge, SD. He bounced around from Norwest bank to Norwest bank until he ended back up in his hometown of Winner, SD working as an Ag Banker and eventually becoming the bank president of the newly named Wells Fargo. In his spare time, Doug loved to spend time with his family and friends. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and being out at the farm with his son, John, and coaching him and his friends each summer in baseball. Doug used every spare minute he could find helping John study or practice the sport he was currently in. The highlight of Doug’s coaching career was winning regionals in Martin, SD and advancing to the state tournament as underdogs. He was extremely proud of each member of his team and would tell that to whoever would listen. When Doug wasn’t doing any of these things, you would most certainly find him giving someone advice who asked for it or lending a helping hand, as Doug had a one of a kind heart that always put others first. He took pride in being a Naja Shriner and loved participating in the Shrine Circus, parades and other events that were designed to benefit kids in need. Many people throughout the town viewed Doug as a father figure or role model and looked up to him in multiple ways.

Doug’s life unfortunately took an unexpected change when he was diagnosed with a rare kidney disease that forced him into taking an early retirement from the bank. He found refuge from this in his family, friends, and the farm. Doug always had a passion for farming and working on one, and eventually became a full-time farmer, when his health allowed it. Pat was his rock throughout all of this time and Doug said countless times he could not have gotten through this without his wife. Despite this difficult time, people would have never guessed Doug was going through one as his strength and positive attitude was always in full force. Throughout his remaining years, you would find Doug at the farm either working, hunting, or fishing, at the local poker game, or driving around town talking with his friends and dog, Buddy. He loved to hunt with John and always claimed to be the better shot out of the two.

Doug was preceded in death by his parents, John and Beatrice, his brothers, Gene and Jack, his sisters, Gerry Schwinler and Betty Ekroth, Betty’s husband, Mel Ekroth and father-in-law, Frank Soles. Cherishing his memory is his wife, Patricia, of 40 years, son, John (Jessie), grandson, Brantley, sisters, Janet Taggart (Rich Kato) of Puyallup, Washington and Patricia Adams (Steve Smith) of Newcastle, Wyoming, Lucile Rehak, mother-in-law, Dolores Soles, brother-in-law, Allan (Joanna) Soles, sister-in-law, Kathy (Craig) Scott, Linda (Danny) Brunmeier, Kathy (Ron) Taggart along with many nephews, nieces, cousins and close friends.

Kathryn Cole, 96

Kathryn Cole, age 96, of Winner, passed away on Oct. 8, 2017 at the Winner Regional Long Term Care Facility in Winner.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 at the First Baptist Church in Winner. Burial followed at the Winner City Cemetery.

Kay was born Oct. 17, 1920, at her parents’ home north of Winner, to Gustav and Karen Martensen. She was the next to youngest of 7 children. Kay graduated from Winner High School. Together with some of her brothers they played music for dances and other social activities.

She married Harry Cole on Jan. 25th, 1946. They lived north of Witten, south of Carter and just west of Winner. Kay worked different jobs including being a teacher’s aid at Sunnyside School, Joe’s Café , Grossenburg residence, Galaxy Inn, and the Winner Hospital.

After Harry passed away, she remained on the farm until 1988, when she moved to Parkston. While in Parkston she enjoyed going for long walks, shopping with her daughters and taking the van to the casino where she especially liked the music.

In 2008, Kay moved to the Elder Inn in Winner. The things she enjoyed doing there were setting the tables for the noon meal and going to the church services on Wednesday mornings.

In April of 2017, Kay moved to the Winner Regional Long Term Care Facility.

The most important things in her life were loving, and caring for her family, family reunions and holiday celebrations when there was a lot of family around.

Kay is survived by all 7 of her children; Sam (Eunice) Cole of Winner, Connie (Don) Powell of Mitchell, Doris (Dick) Morgan of Helena, Montana, Janice (Dale) Knoll of Sedalia, Missouri, Alice Konvalin Grohs of Winner, Lyle (Bonnie) Cole of Northfield, Minnesota, Joyce (Clint) Breisch of Newcastle, Nebraska, 26 grandchildren, 44 great grandchildren and 12 great-great grandchildren.

Preceding her in death was her husband Harry, her parents, 4 brothers , 2 sisters and 3 grandchildren.