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

Cowgirls Open Season on the Road

A new coach is guiding the Colome Cowgirls basketball team. Kory Foss is the head coach for the Cowgirls who open the season Dec. 11 at Corsica-Stickney.

The returning letterwinners are Kaydee Heath, Rayne Hermsen, Jaclyn Laprath, Matrix Noteboom, Makayla Shippy, Baylie Hoffine, Abby Kortan and Saydee Heath.

Others on the team are Clarissa Ringing Shield, Jordyn Seegers, Cheyenne Dougherty, Lanie Bolton, Carleen Burger and Sara O’Bryan.

There are no seniors on the team so the team will be young.

However, Foss says the team was young last year so many of the girls got significant playing time. “We have room to grow. This is a good group of girls who are working hard,” explained Foss.

The coach says he wants to the team to be improve each day. “If that happens it will take us to where we want to go,” he said.
Foss grew up in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota graduating from high school in Northfield, Minn.

He went to Augustana College in Sioux Falls for two years where he played baseball. The last two years he attended Valley City State University in North Dakota where he graduated in 2007 with a degree in history.

His first job was in Philip where he was a teacher and coach for four years. He coached the boys basketball team the first two years and was head boys and assistant girls the last two years.  Foss then spent a year at Hitchcock-Tulare as the head girls basketball coach.  The last two years he was at New Rockford-Cheyenne in North Dakota as head girls basketball coach.

In Colome, Foss teaches history and government.  His wife, Danielle, is the fourth grade teacher in Colome. They have two children: Evelyn, a third grader and Sawyer who is in pre-school.

Laura Windspurger is the assistant coach at Colome.

The Colome girls basketball schedule includes:
Dec. 11—at Corsica-Stickney
Dec. 16—Cody-Kilgore, home
Dec.21—At Avon
Dec. 30—at Wessington Springs
Jan. 4—Kimball/White Lake, home
Jan. 6—AC/DC at home
Jan. 9—Jones County, home
Jan. 11—at Burke/South Central
Jan. 18-20—Southern Plains Conference tournament
Jan. 25—at White River
Jan. 26—Platte, home
Jan. 29—at Lyman
Feb. 3—at Highmore Classic
Feb. 6—at North Central
Feb. 9—at Kadoka
Feb. 10—Menno, home
Feb. 12—Gregory, home
Feb. 15—at Marty
Feb. 19, 20, 22—Regions
March 1—Sweet 16
March 8-10—State B

Maxie Nelson, 82

Maxie Nelson, 82, of Winner, SD passed away on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 at her home surrounded by her family. A private family service is being held.

Her journey began on Jan. 30, 1935

She grew up in Winner, South Dakota with her brothers Jody and Tom, and her beloved sisters – Ruth, Marcia and Linda.
On May 1, 1954, Maxie was united in marriage with Richard J. Nelson. Maxie was a loving, wonderful mother to her children – Michael, Roxanne, Ruth, Scott and infant son, Timothy.

Bowling, traveling, playing cards, music, gardening, dancing (especially in the kitchen), enjoying a glass of wine and visiting brought Maxie unending joy.

She loved nothing more than spending time with her family and slipping coins into a slot machine with her sisters at her side.

Maxie had a quick wit and the only thing better than her sense of style was her sense of humor.

The greatest joys of Maxie’s life were her grandchildren -Amber, Erica, Kelsey, Grant, Calli, Kristine and Richard and her great-grandchildren – Chloe, Ayden, Graysen and Brody.

Maxie was truly one of a kind…and we will miss her forever.

Maxie went to the Lord on Nov. 25, 2017

Suzanne Huber, 84

Suzanne Huber was born in Battle Creek, Michigan on Feb. 24, 1933 to William and Rose (Raymond) Sonneville. She lived in Michigan most of her life until she moved to Winter Haven, Florida to keep warm. It was there she was dubbed, “The Florida Flower.” She lived in Florida for 13 years before moving back to Michigan to be with her daughter Susan after her stroke in 2012. She then came to Winner, SD to be near her son Dan and daughter in-law Anna. She moved into the Winner Regional Nursing Home and lived there for almost 2 years. She then was able to move into the Golden Prairie Manor and lived there for almost 3 years. She loved the Manor and everyone there was like family to her.

Suzanne was married to her first husband, Donald Rowe, when she was 19. She was 7 months pregnant with her daughter Susan Kay Rowe when her husband was tragically killed in a car accident. She then met and married her second husband, K. Charles Nesseth, when she was 22. And to this union they had Daniel Charles Nesseth. She then met and married Richard R. Huber in December 1981. They lived in Winter Haven, FL until 2012. She loved her life with her friends in Florida. She taught water aerobics every morning in her retirement home. Her famous statement was, “we are all finely tuned machines.”

Suzanne was a majorette in high school. She had 6 very close friends that to this day she kept in contact with. In her early adulthood she was a property manager for seniors. In her later adult life, she helped take care of her mother. She was a loving and caring person.

Suzanne loved life. Everywhere she went, she made friends. She was a master seamstress. She enjoyed making clothes for all her family members, especially when her kids started having children. She loved being able to spend time with her grandchildren, and was always wanting to share her love of sewing with her grandchildren.

Suzanne is survived by her daughter Susan Wohlfert, Kalamazoo, MI. Her children Jonathan Wohlfert (Heather Brule), Portland, OR, and Jessy Rose Belen (Sam), Vicksburg, MI and great grandchildren, Carter and Autumn Rose. Her son Dan Nesseth (Anna) Winner, SD. Their children Sara Swartz (Travis), Rapid City, SD, Lisa Spreckels (Adam), Winner, SD, Katie Campbell (Trevor), of Rapid City, SD, and great grandchildren Brynlee and Maylee. Her brother William Sonneville (Audrey) of Winter Haven, FL. Her nieces Billie Jean Lopez (Jeff), Fairbanks, AK, her children, Jennifer, Josh and Angela, and Sherry Sun (Jim) of Plant City, Florida and their children Samantha and Michael.

She is preceded in death by all 3 of her husbands, and her parents William and Rose Sonneville.

Arlene Fuhrman, 96

Arlene Fern Meiners was born April 11, 1921 to Henry and Emilia (Marohn) Meiners at Lamar, NE. She was baptized in the Lutheran Church at Amherst, CO in 1921. The family moved to the Millboro/Clearfield area in SD and lived in a sod house for a while. Arlene was confirmed in the Jerusalem Lutheran Church near Carter, SD. She went to high school in the Millboro Church basement and graduated with salutatorian honors.

Arlene married Joseph Kostal in Rapid City in the Little Brown Church in 1939. To this union three children were born: LaVonne, Dianne, and Dwain. They lived on a farm west of Colome. Arlene worked at Pamida for over 25 years.

Joe died in 1985. Arlene married Henry Fuhrman in 2000.

Arlene passed away Nov. 18, 2017 at Avera Rosebud Country Care Center at the age of 96.

Arlene is survived by her two daughters, LaVonne Harter of Colome, SD, and Dianne (Bill) Harter of Winner, SD: five grandchildren Don (Sue) Harter, Gillette, WY, Rick (Peggy) Harter, Albuquerque, NM, Tami Harter, Rock Springs, WY, Brad (Jennifer) Harter, Sedan, KS, and Dustin (Amanda) Harter, Baltic, SD; ten great grandchildren, and six great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents Henry and Emelia Meiners, husbands Joe Kostal and Henry Fuhrman, son Dwain Kostal, brother Henry Meiners Jr, son-in-law James Harter, and foster sons Marvin and LeRoy Gustavson.