Winners Named in Elks Hoop Shoot

The Winner Elks Lodge held its local Hoop Shoot on Dec. 2 at the middle school auditorium.

Results include:


12-13—1. Cici Watson
10-11—1. Cora Moss, 2. Ava Craven


12-13—1. Blake Volmer, 2. Joseph Laprath, 3. Justin Hausmann
10-11—1. Aiden Semrad-Schroeder, 2. Jared Bennett, 3. Zach Olson
8-9—1. Carter Craven, 2. Carter Foster, 3. Langston Dutt

The state Elks Hoop Shoot will be Jan. 27 in Pierre.


South Dakota 4-Hers Donate 19,474 Pieces of Clothing to Those in Need

South Dakota 4-Hers donated more than 19,000 pieces of clothing to neighbors in need as part of the Head-to-Toe statewide service project launched in 2016.

Organized by the South Dakota 4-H Youth Council, the annual service project provides an opportunity for 4-H members to give back to their communities, explained Amber Erickson, SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Field Operations Coordinator.

“4-H proudly promotes service learning,” Erickson said. “Each year the Youth Council selects a project youth from all counties across the state can become involved in to create a state-wide impact.”

To add some friendly competition to the service project, counties competed to see which could donate the most pieces of clothing. Tripp County won, donating nearly 7,000 pieces of clothing.

The club responsible for this win was the Clovervale Club, collecting 6,962 pieces of clothing and distributing them to 15 community organizations, shelters, non-profits and state agencies to help meet community members’ clothing needs.

“When we went to the shelters to donate and we saw people who do not have what we have, it made me happy to see that I could go out of my way to help someone else other than myself,” said Ryan Sell, 14.

Although their entire 4-H club was involved, Sell, together with his brother, Clay and good friend, Rowdy Moore, were the members who dedicated the most time to the endeavor – meeting for about three hours every other Friday for five months to sort clothing donated to the Tripp County Extension Office.

“It was a huge time commitment. I figured it would be a one-time collection and delivery, but then clothes kept coming,” explained Jill Sell, Ryan and Clay’s mom.

4-H’s service to others focus, is a big reason the regional manager for South Dakota Department of Social Services enrolled her sons in the program. “I want my kids to grow up and not be self-absorbed. They need to be willing to help and be involved,” Jill explained.

Because of Jill’s work, her sons knew that there are many South Dakotans in need, however, it was not until Clay, participated in the Head-to-Toe service project, that he really understood what his mom meant when she told her sons they were fortunate.

“I saw the people at one of the places we dropped off clothing and was like, whoa, this is what it means not to have what you need. My mom would tell us that we have a lot compared to some, but I never actually witnessed that,” explained Clay, 12 and seventh grader at Winner School District.

Clay added that because Winner does not have school on Fridays, spending time with his brother and good friend, made the time away from class fun.

“I get bored easily. This kept me busy,” Clay said.

His friend, Rowdy Moore agreed.

“It was fun to spend time with the Sells and it felt good to help people because they don’t have the stuff we do,” Moore, also a seventh grader explained.

Hands for Larger Service
Service to others has been part of 4-H mission since the beginning of the organization more than a century ago, explained Laura Kahler, SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Program Advisor – Gregory and Tripp Counties.

“It’s right here in the 4-H Pledge. 4-H has a lot of resources for volunteers and youth to connect them to projects to help their communities,” Kahler said. “I am wowed by the quantity of clothing this club was able to gather and distribute and by the time the youth dedicated to the project.”

Tripp County did win the state-wide competition. They county will be presented with a plaque and a $50 in 4-H Mall ( credit the Tripp County 4-H Youth Program Advisor can utilize to cover costs of materials for county programming.

This holiday season Remember: Drive sober or get pulled over

This holiday season, Winner Police Department will strive to keep vehicle drivers and passengers safe as they search for drunk drivers. From Dec. 13-31 law enforcement is partnering with the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in a special year-end Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement mobilization to get drunk drivers off the street and to spread the word about the danger of impaired driving.

“This holiday season, drivers will notice increased enforcement watching closely for anyone who is driving impaired,” said Winner police chief Paul Schueth. “It is vital; we keep our roads and our travelers safe, not just at the holidays, but every day. With extra travelers on the roads and people attending holiday parties, we will likely see an uptick in drunk driving.”

The holidays are a special time in America, full of excitement and endless festivities. Oftentimes, these celebrations bring higher number or drunk drivers to the roads endangering those drivers and others. Drunk driving can have deadly, devastating consequences. Nationally in 2016, 37,461 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes and 28 percent (10,497) died in crashes when a drive had a blood alcohol centration over the limit of .08.

In fact, in Tripp County from October 2016 to present, one person lost their life in a motor vehicle traffic crash due to alcohol involvement along with five other vehicle accidents resulting in injuries reported to have alcohol involvement contributing to the collision.

“This should be a time of happy merrymaking, a time for friends and families to come together for endless laughs, good food, and happy memories,” said Schueth. “We are committed to doing whatever it takes to help save lives by keeping drunk drivers off the road. Choosing to drink and drive is a selfish choice—one that will see harsh consequences.”

Drunk driving offenders often serve time in jail, lost their driver’s license, are charged higher insurance rates and pay dozens of other unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, car towing and repairs and lost wags due to time off from work. But the ultimate cost of drunk driving is causing a traffic crash that injures or kills.

Two Winner Players Named to All-State Team

Two members of the Winner High School football team have been named to the class 11B All-State team.  Named to the team are Levi McClanahan and Riley Calhoon.

The All-State team consists of 20 seniors, five juniors and three sophomores.

McClanahan is a linebacker on the all state team. “A true run stopper with a real nose for football,” said Winner coach Dan Aaker.   McClanahan had 89 tackles and five for a loss and was the Warriors defensive MVP. The 5-9 190 pound linebacker made 159 tackles and four sacks in his career while serving as the defensive captain as a senior.

Calhoon is a defensive back on the all state team. The 5-8 145 pounder was not deterred by his smaller size playing as Winner’s best cover and run support defensive back. He had 35 tackles and an interception for the Warriors while adding big play threat on offense.  “He is small in stature but makes up for it with his natural athletic ability and physical play,” said Aaker.

Six Seniors Named Academic All-State

Six seniors at Winner High School have been named to the football academic all state team.

Winner High School students honored are Riley Calhoon, Levi McClanahan, Zach Lapsley, Nick Lantz, Dalton Baker and Madyson Morehart.

Requirements for academic all state are to be a senior, have a grade point average of 3.5 or above, have played high school football for at least three years or been a student helper for at least three years.



Wrestlers First at Kimball; Peters Named “Outstanding Wrestler”

The Winner Area wrestling team won the Kimball/White Lake tournament Saturday in Kimball. The Warriors racked up 232 points.

Trevor Peters was named the outstanding wrestler of the tournament.

The Warriors had five champions: Kaden Keiser (106), Atlas Willuweit (120), Wyatt Turnquist (126), Trevor Peters (138) and Sam Kruger (145).

In the championship match, Keiser won 12-3 over Riley Whitley of Redfield/Doland.  Willuweit won 4-3 over Lance Soukup in the championship match.  Turnquist won the championship 5-0 over Jackson Nockels of Kimball/White Lake.  Peters won 3-0 over Carsten McNeil of Redfield/Doland in the title match.  Kruger pinned Dylan Whitley in 1:42 to win the 145 pound match.

“We wrestled well for the first tournament,” said coach Spencer Novotny.  “We saw some things that we need to work on. We need to get better from the bottom position. We wrestled well on our feet and on top.”

Several other Winner wrestlers placed at the opening tournament of the season.
Jack Kruger (113) placed third; Riley Orel (113) placed fifth; Aaron Gilchrist 132) placed third, Joey Cole (152) placed fifth, Preston Norrid (170) placed fifth, Landon Dubus (182) placed sixth, Achilles Willuweit (195) placed fourth, Elijah Blare (220) placed fourth and Jamin Dougherty (285) placed third.

Novotny said some of the things Winner needs to work on going into a triangular with Wagner and Burke/Gregory are staying in good position and working on the edge of the mat. Bonus points are going to be huge in these duals. It was nice to see plethora of Winner area fans at this tournament this weekend,” said Novotny

Winner Area team will compete in a triangular Dec. 7 in Wagner. At 5:30 Winner will wrestle Wagner followed by Winner vs. Burke/Gregory and then Wagner vs. Burke/Gregory.

Winner will compete in the Gregory tournament on Saturday, Dec. 9. Wrestling will start at 9 a.m.

Warriors Open Season on Dec. 8

Winner High School boys basketball team will open the season on Dec. 8 at home when they host Wagner.

The five returning lettermen are Justus Gregg, Joren Bruun, Shea Connot, Brandon Volmer and Phillip Jorgensen.
There are 34 athletes out for basketball. The only senior on the team is Gregg.  The rest of the team is made up of 8 juniors, 13 sophomores and 12 freshmen.

The Warriors lost seven seniors who saw a lot of playing time in their career at WHS. The seniors who graduated are Drew DeMers, Cameron Kuil, Trevor Bertram, Isaac Naasz, Chase Kingsbury, Wyatt Ewing and Luke Engel.

Winner’s record last year was 12-10 and they made it to the Regional Semifinal, falling to Little Wound.

Coach Brett Gardner says this will be a different year due to the team’s youth. There are no returning starters. 
“We have a lot of depth and a lot of basketball athleticism. We have a bunch of young guys who are competing with each other for a spot on the team,” said Gardner.  “This year is totally different which is an exciting thing. We are hard works, play the right way, the Warrior way and get after it,” said Gardner.

The Warriors will have to defend against teams that are bigger than they are. “We will have to use our quickness and basketball athleticism to help us defend and the offense will take care of itself,” said the coach.  “We will pride ourselves for the fourth straight year of taking care of the defensive end.” The goal of the Warriors is to hold teams under 50 points.

The Warriors have nice guards who can shoot and competitive posts.

Gardner says practice has been competitive with players getting after it.  In practice, the coaching staff has put in the defense. For Winner, the defense comes first and the the coaches slowly work in the offense.

The team has been working on skill sets, fundamentals and footwork—finishing a layup with the correct feet.

What Gardner likes about this year’s team is that they are competitive but they also like each other and hang out together.
“Once players develop their role and buy into that role we can get better and play our best basketball,” explained the coach.
The team’s goal every year is to be playing the best basketball by region and make it to the Sweet 16.

This is the second year for the Sweet 16 in Class A. “I like the Sweet 16,” says Gardner. “I was kind of torn on it but the more I thought about it and watched games it brought the best out of everyone. It does take away from the regionals but it will get the best eight teams to the state tournament.”

The WHS coach says the top teams in Class A will be Tea, returning state champ; Madison Sioux Valley, Red Cloud and Pine Ridge.

The Warriors play in the Big Dakota and SESD Conference.

This is Gardner’s fourth year as head coach in Winner and sixth overall.

Trent Olson will be the assistant coach and is starting his 14th year as the assistant coach.

The 2017-2018 schedule includes:
Dec. 8—Wagner, home
Dec. 15—Miller, home
Dec. 16—at Sully Buttes
Dec. 21—Bon Homme, home
Dec. 22—at Parkston
Dec. 28—Snowball Classic in Winner
Jan. 2—at Chamberlain
Jan. 5—at Bennett County
Jan. 6—at Gregory
Jan. 9—Valentine, home
Jan. 13—At Garretson
Jan. 18—Pine Ridge, home
Jan. 23—at Todd Co
Jan. 26—at Mt. Vernon/Plankinton
Feb. 3—CEB, home
Feb. 6—at St. Francis
Feb. 9—McLaughlin, home
Feb. 13—at Platte/Geddes
Feb. 16—at Mobridge/Pollock
Feb. 19—Crow Creek, home
Feb. 27—Region
March 2—Region
March 6—Sweet 16
March 15-17—State A in Rapid City

Five Lettermen Lead Cowboys

Five lettermen will lead the Colome boys basketball team as they get ready to open the season.  The lettermen are: Jackson Kinzer, Beau Bertram, Kolton Salonen, Layton Thieman and Wyatt Cahoy.

Colome opens the season at home on Dec. 14 against Gregory.

The two seniors on the team are Andrew Laprath and Salonen.  Juniors are Kinzer, Thieman, Chase Dufek, Wyatt Cahoy, Calvin Ringing Shield, Dawson Varilek and Gregg Seitz.  Sophomores are Adam Cole and Jacob Beckers.  Freshmen are Linkyn Petersek, Rhett Bertram, Nathaniel Hansen and Mike Supik. Eighth graders are Caden Munroe and Brayden Seegers.

The Cowboys finished last season with a 16-5 record.

Among the major losses from a year ago are Holden Thieman, Kelly O’Bryan, Will Cahoy, Isaac Kortan, and Garrett Salonen.

Coach Drew Weber says the Cowboys should have a balanced team with the biggest keys being defense and rebounding.
The coach says the team has a lot of good athletes.

Kolton Salonen and Kinzer are returning starters and Beau Bertram, Cahoy and Thieman were the first three off the bench.
Weber says it really helps having Dufek, Varilek and Ringing Shield out his season.

“I expect those three along with Laprath to give us more depth this year,” said Weber.  In practice, the Cowboys have been working on fundamentals.  “This group is willing to work hard but they know they have a long ways to go,” said the coach.

The Cowboys will play in two conferences—South Central and a new one to basketball—Great Plains.

There will be some changes in Class B basketball this season. Class B will implement the shot clock and the Sweet 16 format.
Weber says he is in favor of both. “The Sweet 16 some years will benefit us and some years will hurt us but as a whole it is good.”

Weber says the shot clock will not change Colome’s style of play. He says fans will see a quicker game.

As far as the top teams in boys basketball in Class B, Weber says Bridgewater-Emery-Ethan will be tough along with Sully Buttes and in Colome’s region Corsica-Stickney, Gregory and the Cowboys will be tough.

The assistant coach for the Cowboys will be Derek Graesser.

The 2017-2018 Colome basketball schedule includes:
Dec. 14—Gregory, home
Dec. 16—Cody-Kilgore, home
Dec. 21—at Avon
Dec. 22—Freeman-Marion
Dec. 30—at Wessington Springs
Jan. 5—Lyman, home
Jan. 11-13—Jones County Tournament
Jan. 16—Jones County, home
Jan. 19—at Gayville-Volin
Jan. 23—at Kimball/White Lake
Jan. 26—Platte, home
Feb. 2—at AC/DC
Feb. 3—Highmore classic
Feb. 6—North Central, home
Feb. 10—Menno, home
Feb. 13—Burke/South Central, home
Feb. 15—at Marty
Feb. 23—at Tripp/Delmont/Armour
Feb. 26-27—Region
March 2—Region
March 6—Sweet 16
March 15-17—state B in Aberdeen

Lady Warriors Open Season at Home

Winner High School girls basketball team will open the season on Dec. 8 at home when Wagner comes to town. This will be a Winner boys and girls doubleheader.

There are nine returning letterwinners. They include: Madyson Frazier, Gabby Kocer, Abby Marts, Gracie Littau, Alexis Richey, Madison Thieman, Morgan Hammerbeck, Maggie LaCompte and Bella Swedlund.

There is only one senior on the team, Madison Frazier.

Joining the Lady Warriors is a transfer student from Rapid City Stevens, Madi Kerner who is a junior.  The two foreign exchange students attending Winner High School are also playing for Winner. Alina Weiler is from Germany and Yvonne Morana is from Italy.

There are a total of 25 girls out for basketball this season. There is a large junior class with 11 girls out with four sophomores, 8 freshman and an 8th grader.

The Lady Warriors finished last season with a 15-7 record. Graduated from that team are Sam Schuyler, Rachel Sherman, Chloe Bartels, Kyran Meek, Sydney Hollenbeck and Sidney Bohnet.

Coach Larry Aaker says the team is young with only one senior. However, the team has some experience. The only returning starter is Frazier but a lot of girls had significant playing time a year ago.

Aaker noted the eight other letterwinners had a lot of playing time. “So, we have some experience coming back. But it will be an adjustment moving into a starting role,” said the coach.

He noted the Lady Warriors will be competitive.

The main thing the team will work on is defense. The girls put in a lot of time over the summer working on their offensive skills.

“To be competitive, we have to defend and we need to do a better job than we have in the past,” noted the coach.

Looking at the top teams in Class A, Aaker says you have to look at St. Thomas More, three times state champions. He added that Winner’s region is loaded with teams like Little Wound, Pine Ridge and Todd County.

Sam Olson will be the assistant coach with Rob Cox as the volunteer coach.

The 2017-2018 girls basketball schedule includes:
Dec. 8-Wagner, home
Dec. 14—at South Central
Dec. 16—at Sully Buttes
Dec. 21—Bon Homme, home
Dec. 22—at Parkston
Dec. 28—Snowball Classic in Winner
Jan. 2—At Chamberlain
Jan. 4—Todd County
Jan. 6—At Gregory
Jan. 9—Valentine, home
Jan. 13—At Garretson Classic
Jan. 16—at Bennett County
Jan. 18—at Pine Ridge
Jan. 22—Miller, home
Jan. 26—at Mt. Vernon-Plankinton
Feb. 1—at Crow Creek
Feb. 3—CEB, home
Feb. 8—Platte-Geddes, home
Feb.9—McLaughlin, home
Feb. 16—at Mobridge-Pollock
Feb. 20—Regions
Feb. 22—Regions
March 1—Sweet 16
March 8-10—State meet in Watertown