Beth Wilcox Bratton to be Inducted into Hall of Fame

Beth Wilcox Bratton will be inducted into the Winner School Hall of Fame on Dec. 21.

Winner will host Bon Homme in a boys and girls basketball double header on Dec. 21. The ceremony for Bratton will be held at the halftime of the girls game.

Wilcox Bratton graduated from Winner High School in 1999 where she participated in basketball, volleyball and track.

She competed on the varsity level in basketball from her 8th grade year on earning Southern Plains Conference all-conference honors from 1995 to 1998 and Big Dakota all conference honors from 1996-1997.

In 1997, Beth helped lead the Lady Warriors to a third place finish at the State A basketball tournament and was named to the 1997 and 1998 Class A all state teams.

She holds the State A tournament record for most 3 pointers and steals.

In track, she placed 2nd in the long jump and fifth in the triple jump at the 1997 state track meet.

After high school, she obtained a degree in criminal justice and psychology. She pursued a career as an attorney and received her law degree from USD in 2006.

Since law school, Beth has clerked for three superior court judges, she has worked as a part-time court commissioner and has become the first associate to be offered a partnership where she practices. She practices law in the state of Washington.

Beth and her husband, Nathan, have three boys: Jensen, Mason and Rayden.


Pheasants Forever Youth Council Members Spent Time in Winner

By Dan Bechtold, Editor

Whether hunting in Kansas, Wisconsin or South Dakota youth on the Pheasants Forever National Youth Leadership Council share a similar bond.

Shelby Scott of Winner is a member of the national council and recently hosted three other members of the council at a pheasant hunt.

The youths, members of the local Pheasants Forever chapter and adult leaders of the national council enjoyed a steak supper at Lazy J Grand Lodge in Ideal last Sunday.

The visiting youths were Kyle Holden and Hunter Sperle, both of Menomanie, Wis. and Jared Austin of McPherson, Kan.

Elsa Gallagher of Missouri and Rich Wissink, who work with the youth council, accompanied the visitors to Winner.

Second Public Meeting Held on Replacing Platte-Winner Bridge

By Dan Bechtold, Editor

The public learned more details about plans to replace the Platte-Winner bridge at a public meeting in Winner on Dec. 12.

The South Dakota Department of Transportation hosted the meeting to outline the proposed plans and the progress the department has made since unveiling the project in May. When the project was first announced last spring a public meeting was held in Winner.

Plans are to replace the long Platte-Winner Bridge sometime in 2024-2025. The new bridge will be in a different location but somewhat close the current bridge. Traffic will be maintained on the current bridge while construction is going on.

Last year the state DOT completed a statewide major bridge investment study. That study recommended the SD44 bridge over the Missouri River should be replaced sometime in the mid-2020s. The existing SD44 highway alignment between highways SD47 and SD50 has also experienced numerous landslides since the current bridge opened in 1966, resulting in extensive repair and mitigation expenses.

The DOT has collected data and used public and agency input from the first meetings to prioritize the area where a new river crossing should be located.

Tim Thoreen of HR Green of St. Paul, Minn., consultant project manager, said since the project will impact the Snake Creek Recreation Area, architects and project managers have been working closely with state officials to ensure the route chosen for the new bridge is as efficient as possible for all entities.

Architects are anticipating the new bridge to be the same style as the current one but expanded from 28 feet wide to 36 feet wide. Architects want the new bridge to last for 100 years.

Figures show that 900 vehicles cross the bridge on a daily basis and estimates are that will expand to 1,400 vehicles by 2050.
Based on input and data analysis, more than 20 criteria were developed for the evaluation of an initial set of bridge location options. The DOT has screened down the number of alternatives to three after a comparison of each alternative.

Some criteria appear to be the key factors that will be instrumental in the final determination of a preferred alternative location. Some of the criteria looked at include geotechnical conditions, impact to recreation resources (specifically Snake Creek Recreation Area) and cultural resources.

Some people at the meeting questioned whether the current Platte-Winner Bridge could be repurposed as a pedestrian and bike path. Thoreen said that will probably not happen. He said the liability of making that bridge a pedestrian bridge is not worth it.

A third set of public meetings about the project are planned for the summer of 2018.


Cowboys Rolling Early

Colome boys basketball team opened the season with a 58-45 victory over Gregory on Dec. 14 in Colome.

Jackson Kinzer led the scoring for Colome with 24 points and Kolton Salonen added 15 points. Layton Thieman and Calvin Ringing Shield both added 8 points.

The Cowboys shot 48 percent from the field and made 12 of 19 free throws for 63 percent.

Colome out-rebounded Gregory 27-24. Layton Thieman pulled down 8 rebounds, Kinzer 6 and Calvin Ringing Shield, 5.

Colome boys basketball team defeated Cody-Kilgore 69-47 Saturday night in Colome.

Kolton Salonen led the Cowboys with 23 points followed by Layton Thieman with 16 and Jackson Kinzer with 14.

The Cowboys shot 43 percent from the field and at the free throw line made 15 of 26 shots for 57 percent.

Colome out-rebounded Cody-Kilgore 27-24.   Kinzer pulled down 9 rebounds, Salonen had 7 and Thieman and Calvin Ringing Shield, 6 each.

Winner Boys Suffer Two Losses

Winner boys basketball team suffered two losses in back to back games this weekend.

On Friday, Winner hosted Miller and the Rustlers came away with a 53-41 victory.

Brady Fritz scored 13 points and Brandon Volmer, 12 with Joren Bruun adding 7 and Shea Connot, 5.

The Warriors were 9 of 25 from the 2 point range, 3-18 three pointers and made 14 of 18 free throws.  Volmer pulled down 7 rebounds and Phillip Jorgensen, 5.

On Saturday, Winner lost to Sully Buttes 63-49.

Shea Connot scored 14 points, Volmer 13, Fritz, 11 and Bruun, 9.

From the 2 point range, Winner was 12 of 28 and made 6 of 20 three pointers.  At the line, Winner was 7 of 13.  Volmer and Fritz each pulled down 5 rebounds.

Lady Warriors Split Games

Winner Lady Warriors basketball team used balanced scoring as they defeated Burke/South Central 58-44 Thursday in Burke.

Four Winner players were in double figures—Madyson Frazier, 16 points; Gabby Kocer, 14; Morgan Hammerbeck, 13 and Maggie LaCompte, 11.

The Lady Warriors short 42 percent from the field. At the line, Winner made 5 of 9 shots for 56 percent.

Hammerbeck pulled down 20 rebounds, Kocer, 16 and Abby Marts, 10.


Cowgirls Split Games

Colome girls basketball team defeated Cody-Kilgore 54-37 Saturday in Colome.

Rayne Hermsen led the way with 14 points and five rebounds. Saydee Heath added 13 points and 8 rebounds while Kaydee Heath and Abby Kortan scored 11 and 10 points respectively.

Colome assisted on 12 of their baskets and 10 steals in the contest.

Colome girls basketball team was held to nine points in the second half and were defeated 60-23 by Corsica-Stickney on Dec. 11.

Makayla Shippy, Saydee Heath and Sara O’Bryan each had 4 points for Colome. Rayne Hermsen had 6 rebounds.  Colome shot 20 percent from the floor.

Winner Wrestlers Placed 4th at Valentine

Winner Area wrestling team had two champions at the Valentine Invitational this weekend.

Atlas Willuweit (120 pounds) and Wyatt Turnquist (126) both won titles.

Turnquist was named the outstanding wrestler of the tournament. This award is voted on by the coaches. He beat a Valentine wrestler that was a state champion last year and had never lost a varsity match.

As a team, Winner took fourth place. Valentine won first place with Broken Bow taking second and Alliance finishing third.

Winner coach Spencer Novotny says Valentine is a pretty tough tournament. “It has been the toughest tournament we have attended to this point,” said the coach.

Dorothea Mae Newman, 82

Funeral services for Dorothea Mae Newman, 82, were held Oct. 25 at Christ Community Church in Omaha, Neb. Burial was in the Mount Auburn Cemetery, Omaha.

Newman died Oct. 20 at Hospice House in Omaha.

She was born in Gregory and grew up on a ranch. She graduated from Winner High School in 1953 and attended Black Hills Teacher College in Spearfish and then established the first kindergarten in Chamberlain.

In 1957, she married Alfred A. Newman Jr and they moved to Lincoln, Neb. where Dorothea taught kindergarten and went to UNL in Lincoln earning her bachelor of education degree. She also taught in Grand Island, North Loup-Scotia, Neb. and Esterville, Iowa, where she completed her 35th year of teaching and retired in 1995.

She is survived by her husband, Alfred A. Newman Jr.; son, Barry (Deb) Newman; daughter, Cherilyn Wicks(Jerry); six grandchildren: Matt Newman (Taylor); Kelsey Schiltz (Adam); Jordan Newman, Ben Wicks (Anna); Andrew and Jacob Wicks; grand grandson Hudson Newman; sister, Marilyn McCormick (Keith); brother, John Jones (Mary); sister in law Ruth Jones, many friends, nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clyde and Leona Jones, sister, Mable Powell (Johnnie); brother, Wilmer Jones; brother in law, Richard Snow; sister in law Janice Jones.

Dorothea will always be remembered for her great love of God, family and country.