Lady Warriors Sweep the Week

Winner Lady Warriors picked up a win on the road as they defeated Chamberlain 55-24 on Jan. 2.

Morgan Hammerbeck led the scoring for Winner with 22 points followed by Gabby Kocer with 14.  Abby Marts pulled down 6 rebounds.

Winner girls basketball team won an exciting game over Todd County 65-56 Thursday in Winner.

Morgan Hammerbeck led Winner with 23 points and Gabby Kocer added 18 points.  Madison Thieman picked up 6 rebounds and Hammerbeck added 5.

Winner girls basketball team defeated Gregory 77-39 on Saturday.

Gabby Kocer led the Lady Warriors with 24 points followed by Maggie LaCompte with12 and Madyson Frazier, 10.  LaCompte and Madison Thieman each had 5 assists. Kocer had 5 steals.  Kelsey Sachtjen pulled down 6 of Winner’s 31 rebounds.

Colome Girls Fall in Games

The Colome girls basketball team lost to Wessington Springs 52-46 on Dec. 30.

Rayne Hermsen led the Cowgirls with 11 points, 7 rebounds; Kaydee Heath had a double double with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Abby Kortan and Saydee Heath scored 9 and 8 points respectively.

On Jan. 2, the Colome girls were defeated by Avon 70-31.

Colome was led by Abby Kortan and Rayne Hermsen with 8 points each. Saydee Heath scored 6 points while Kaydee Heath added 4 points and 7 rebounds.

Colome hosted Kimball/White Lake on Jan. 4. The Cowgirls were defeated 56-34.

Saydee Heath was the leading scorer with 11 points and Makayla Shippy added 10.

On Saturday, Jan. 6, Colome girls hosted Andes Central/Dakota Christian. AC/DC won the game 47-24.

Abby Kortan scored 8 points and Saydee Heath scored 7.

Boys Hoopsters Hit the Hardwood

In a close game, the Winner boys basketball team was nipped by Chamberlain 53-50 Jan. 2 in Chamberlain.

Brady Fritz led the scoring for Winner with 17 points followed by Phillip Jorgensen, 10; Joren Bruun, 7 and Tyson Westendorf, 6.  Jorgensen pulled down 9 of Winner’s 28 rebounds.

On Friday, the Warriors defeated Bennett County 56-28.

Brady Fritz led the scoring with 19 points followed by Phillip Jorgensen, 8; Joren Bruun, 7; Brandon Volmer and Shea Connot with 5 each.  Volmer pulled down 9 rebounds and Jorgensen, 8.

On Saturday, Gregory defeated Winner 59-44.

Volmer scored 17 points, Fritz, 10 and Bruun, 5.  Volmer pulled down 11 rebounds and Fritz, 4.
Bruun had 5 assists and Connot had a 4 steals. Connot also had a man-maker.

Wrestlers Claim Second Consecutive Mid-Dakota Monster Title

Winner Area wrestling team claimed the title of the Mid-Dakota Monster wrestling tournament this weekend in Presho.

The Warriors racked up 255 points.

Winner’s Sam Kruger was named the most outstanding wrestler.

With the help of four individuals champions Winner was able to bring home the championship.

First place went to Kaden Keiser, Atlas Willuweit, Wyatt Turnquist and Sam Kruger.

Winner Area Rolls Stanley County

Winner Area wrestling team rolled to a 65-6 victory over Stanley County Jan. 2 in Winner.

This was senior night for the Winner team and the two seniors, Atlas Willuweit and Jamin Dougherty were honored.

Results include:
106—Kaden Keiser, W, over Trey Frost, 18-1.
113—Jack Kruger, W, won by forfeit
120—Atlas Willuweit, W, won by forfeit
126—Wyatt Turnquist, W, won his match
132—Luke Henninger, SC, won over Aaron Gilchrist 5-2
138—Trevor Peters, W, pinned Caven Holley, :29
145—Sam Kruger, W, won over J.D. Carter, 7-0
152—Joey Cole, W, won over Reid W Weiczorak, 5-4
160—Colton Hedman, SC, won over Preston Norrid
170—Riggin Shippy, W, pinned LoganKennedy, 1:00
182—Bosten Morehart, W, won by forfeit
195—Landon Debus, W, won by forfeit
220—Achilles Willuweit, W, pinned Dylan Endres in 1:36
285—Elijah Blare, W, pinned Trevor Hayes in 1:16

William F. Day Jr., 87

William F. Day Jr., age 87 of Spearfish, died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 at the Belle Fourche Regional Healthcare Center.

Services were held 1 pm Saturday, Jan. 6 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Winner, SD.  Interment was held 10 a.m. Monday Jan 8, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, with military honors presented by the Belle Fourche Veterans Honor Guard. Memorials are preferred to the SD Bar Foundation.  Friends may leave written condolences and view a video tribute at:

William Frank Day, Jr., age 87, was born Sept. 22, 1930 in White River, SD to William and Pearl (Coash) Day. As a young man Bill excelled in many sports, especially boxing. He was a Gold Gloves champion in several states. Many said that Bill was the fastest “slap hands” player there ever was. Bill attended several different high schools and graduated from Rapid City High School in 1948. He attended the University of South Dakota and entered the United States Army under the ROTC program at USD. Bill received his basic training in Fort Benning, GA and received the rank of Second Lieutenant. During his first stint of military service, the Army sent Bill to a communications school in Georgia. Thereafter, Bill and Major Burke prepared a two hour lecture entitled “Communications in Small Unit Operations.” Bill and Major Burke presented a lecture tour in every major city in eight western states. Upon his discharge, Bill attended the University of South Dakota School of Law. While at USD, Bill joined the Delta Tau Delta and Phi Delta Phi fraternities. During law school, Bill’s plans were suddenly interrupted when he received a Reserved Commission grade of First Lieutenant on March 2, 1955, and was back in the military. He subsequently received his L.L.B. Degree (replaced by J.D. Degree) from the Law School in 1956. Bill married Donna Mae Hansen on Sept. 4, 1955. After Bill and Donna both obtained their degrees from USD, they moved to Winner, SD so that Bill could begin his law practice and Donna could teach elementary school. To this union two children were born: Michael William and Lori Ann. Once again Bill’s plans were changed, and his law practice was interrupted when he was called to active military service due to the Berlin crisis. Bill received a Reserved Commission grade of Captain on Feb. 16, 1962, and took his wife and young family to Fort Riley, Kansas. Bill was honorably discharged on Aug. 10, 1962. Also during 1962 Bill was selected as the Democratic candidate for Attorney General, but later declined the nomination. After his military service, Bill returned to the practice of law in Winner and did so with distinction for 33 years. While in Winner, Bill served as State’s Attorney for Tripp and Todd Counties from 1958-1961, and as City Attorney for Winner in 1958, 1961, 1963, and 1968. Bill was appointed by Governor Archie Gubbrud to a post on the State Police Civil Service Commission.

On Sept. 14, 1964, President Cato Valandra of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe appointed Bill to the office of Judge of the Sioux Tribal Court of Rosebud, where he served until 1971. Bill had a general law practice but excelled in trial work, both civil and criminal. Bill credited the late George Johnson for many of his early successes as a lawyer. He practiced law in Winner with Mick Grossenburg for many years until 1989 when he joined the firm of Lynn, Jackson, Shultz & Lebrun, P.C. While with Lynn Jackson, Bill’s primary focus was litigation and mediation. Bill retired from the practice of law in 2005 at which time he and Donna moved to Spearfish, SD so that they could be closer to their grandchildren and their beloved cabin and friends located in Mystic Valley. Bill and Donna loved traveling and were wonderful dancers. They enjoyed summers at the cabin with their many close friends and family. Throughout his career, Bill was active in various associations devoted to the public welfare and the legal profession. Bill held a special place in his heart for the Children’s Care Hospital and School and Children’s Care Foundation. Bill spent 26 years on these boards, as well as serving as Board President from 1985 to 1986 and Chairman of the Children’s Care Foundation from 2003 to 2005. Bill also served as the first Legal Aid-Civil Legal Services Coordinator for the State Bar of South Dakota. Bill served as President of the South Dakota Junior Bar Association from 1962-1963, was President of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Bar Association, and was President of the South Dakota State Bar from 1974-1975. Bill also served as a Commissioner on the Judicial Qualifications Commission, served as Chairman of the Task Force on Professionalism Committee and was Chairman of the Advisory Committee for the Civil Justice Reform Act of 1990. Bill served as President of the South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association from 1969 to 1970. He was also the proud recipient of the prestigious McKusick Award and in 2003 was honored as the South Dakota Trial Lawyer of the Year. Bill was a long time member of the American Bar Association, American Trial Lawyers Association, State Bar of South Dakota, Rosebud Bar, Jackrabbit Bar, American Judicature Society, South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, American College of Trial Lawyers, American Board of Trial Advocates, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, American Counsel Association, and a Fellow in the International Society of Barristers. Bill also had a great deal of experience practicing law in tribal courts and was a member of the Sicangu Oyate Bar Association, Rosebud Sioux Tribal Court, Lower Brule Sioux Tribal Court, Crow Creek Tribal Court and the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribal Court. Bill also had the privilege of arguing before the United States Supreme Court. Bill was an active member of the Episcopal Church, Masonic Lodge, Shriners, American Legion, Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, and Elks.

Happy to have shared his life and love are son and daughter-in law Michael and Mary Srstka Day of Belle Fourche, daughter Lori Day of Sioux Falls, his beloved “three Catholic granddaughters” Katie Weitzel and husband Derek Weitzel of Omaha, NE, Allie Day and fiancé Jason Braning of Belle Fourche, and Liz Day of Saint Joseph, MN. He is survived by great grandchildren Jackson and Madison Braning of Belle Fourche. He is also survived by brother and sister-in-law Jack and Mary Ann Day of Winner, sister and brother-in-law Judy and Ray Bartels of Winner, sister-in-law Marvel Hansen of Sioux Falls, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Larry and Carol Hansen of Cape Coral, FL and many cousins, nieces, nephews and many special friends.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, and wife of 57 years, Donna. Bill loved lawyers, his family and friends and they loved him. Bill was one of a kind, and may God bless the life and memory of Bill Day.

Doris Francis Ludemann Connot Sachtjen, 74

Doris Francis Ludemann Connot Sachtjen was born in Naper, Neb., on April 11, 1925 to John and Anna Martha (Bendig). Doris was the third child born of twelve children. The boys are Allen, Ed, Robert, Darryl, and Wayne. The girls are Pearl, Norma, Lavern, Shirley, Rose Marie, Jane. They were all very close and share many wonderful memories.

Doris was married October 5, 1943 in Spencer, Neb., to Henry John Connot until his death on June 3, 1976. And to this union they had eight children Nancy Kelso (Ken) of Nevada, Lucille Francis Connot (August 27, 1945 – October 1,1945), John Connot (Gail) of Texas, Marcia Gregory (Richard “Dick”) of Texas, David Connot (Jo) of Texas, Joseph “Joe” Connot (Cindy Harvey) (Sharon) of South Dakota, Carolyn “Carrie” Baker (Jim) of Louisiana, Mark Connot (Rose) of Louisiana.

Doris married her second husband Albert Thomas Sachtjen on June 14, 1978 in Winner, South Dakota. She became step-mother to four boys whom she loved and cared for deeply. Barry Sachtjen, Tim Sachtjen (Michele), Greg Sachtjen (Kelli), Todd Sachtjen (Cory).

Doris lived in the towns of Naper and Spencer, Nebraska; also Fairfax and Winner, South Dakota. She moved to Downsville, Louisiana in May 2006 where she lived with her youngest son”The Baby” Mark Connot and his family Rose Marie and Mary Rose Connot.

Doris is survived by a host of grand-children, great grand-children, cousins, nieces, nephews extended family and many, many friends. She was cherished by many and will be greatly missed. She will be remembered for her great love of her family and friends.

Doris passed peacefully on Dec. 31, 2017. Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Griffin’s funeral home in West Monroe, Louisiana. A memorial service will be held at a later date at Winner Catholic Cemetery, Winner, South Dakota.

Edna L. Lawler, 101

Edna L. Lawler, of Valentine, Neb., died at the age of 101, on Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017. At Edna’s request there will be no funeral service. Memorials may be sent to the Valentine Senior Citizens Center.

Edna was born on Sept. 25, 1916 in Spalding, NE. She was the daughter of Harry L. “Vern” and Helen Faubion and grew up in Millboro, SD.

She attended Millboro Grade School and graduated from Millboro High School, Millboro, SD. Edna attended Southern State Teachers College, Springfield, SD.

Edna married Martin Lawler on April 28, 1942. The couple started married life in Millboro, SD and later moved to Keyapaha, SD. Edna stayed home to raise their two daughters until the youngest started grade school. At that time, Edna resumed her teaching career which spanned over 20 years. She taught at rural schools in Tripp and Todd Counties, SD. Along with teaching, Edna, helped run the Lawler Store in Keyapaha, SD, gave piano lessons to a multitude of children who lived in the area, and took very good care of her family.

Edna and Martin moved to Valentine, NE in 1981, after Martin retired. They enjoyed many years entertaining friends and family at their home in Valentine and escaped winter by traveling to their home in Mesa, AZ where they were often joined by friends and family. After Martin’s death in 2004, Edna continued to live in their home until she moved to Cherry Hills Assisted Living, Valentine, NE in 2011. In 2016 she moved to Pine View Good Samaritan Care Center in Valentine, NE.

Edna was a very caring, well mannered, gracious person with a cheerful smile and a compliment for everyone. We will always love you a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck.

She is survived by her daughters, Janet Lawler of Valentine, NE and Jo Ann Engel (Marlin) of Casper, WY; granddaughter, Tonya Kourt (Sheldon) and great-grandchildren, Bailey, Brandon, and Brevan of Casper, WY, and many other relatives and friends.

Edna is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Martin Lawler; sister, Violet Carter; brother, Richard L. Faubion; niece Helen Slouka; nephew Richard “Rick” Faubion; nephew Dennis Howland; and grandson Eugene Rae Engel.

Sandoz Chapel of the Pines in Valentine was entrusted with service arrangements.


Sue Brozik, 60

Funeral services for Sue Brozik age 60 of Gregory, SD were held on Saturday, Jan. 6 at 11 a.m. at the Methodist church, in Gregory, SD. Burial followed in the St John Cemetery in Paxton, SD.

Susan Marie (Woods) Brozik was born on March 15, 1957, the second of five children to Ray and Peggy (Risewick) Woods. She spent her childhood growing up in Colome, South Dakota.

She attended Colome school and graduated from Colome High School in 1975. After graduation she attended National College of Business in Rapid City, South Dakota. She was a dispatcher in Spink County for a few years then returned to Colome.

On Oct. 16, 1982, Sue married Lonnie Brozik and together they raised three daughters, Amanda, Chelsea and Caitlin. They spent many years taking care of the farm together and Sue continued managing the operation after Lonnie’s passing in 2012. Sue also worked in town at Buches for several years then started working at the Gregory Times Advocate. She enjoyed taking pictures of events and visiting with everyone as she sold advertisements for the newspaper around town.

Sue loved spending time with her grandchildren. She took great pride in their accomplishments. The grandkids were always very excited to see Grandma Sue. Family was top priority for Sue. She traveled all over the state to visit her daughters and their families.

In her free time, she enjoyed caring for her plants, both her outdoor garden areas and her house plants. She usually had a pet to keep her company.

She died Jan. 3, 2018, at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota due to complications from a brain aneurysm. Sue fought so hard to stay in her Earthly body but ultimately entered the spirit world. It was a very peaceful transition with her daughters surrounding her during her passing. Her strength continues to amaze family and friends, even when she was up against such extreme circumstances. Her love for her family and life undoubtedly kept her strong for so long.

The family is devastated to have to continue without this amazing woman but knows she is in the best place now, reunited with Lonnie.

Susan is survived by her daughters: Amanda and Brady Hanson and grandchildren Jocelyn and Silas of Springfield, South Dakota; Chelsea and fiancé Patrick Price and grandson Owen of Miller, South Dakota; and Caitlin and grandchildren Emma and Gideon of Gregory, South Dakota; and special “daughter” Blair (Nathan) Sedlacek and children of Dallas, South Dakota. She is also survived by her sisters Jan (Tom) Endes of White River, SD; Linda (Gary) Bowers of Holdridge, NE; Anita Neitzel of Gregory, SD; and brother Dale (Regina) Woods of Cabot, AR; aunt Myrtle Osnes of Gregory, SD; mother-in-law Mildred Brozik of Winner, South Dakota; brother-in-law Dave (Bernie) Brozik of Winner, SD; sister-in-laws Kathy (Jeff) Askew of Pierre, SD; Cheryl Sperl of Gregory, SD; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Susan is proceeded in death by her husband Lonnie Brozik; her parents Ray Woods and Peggy and Charles Kappelman; father-in-law Ben Brozik; brothers-in-law Mike Neitzel and Rod Sperl; son-in-law Martin Kendrick.