Colome Victory Comes Down to Wire

Colome Cowgirls basketball team defeated Menno 50-47 on Saturday.

The game came down to the final possession. With Colome leading by one, Makayla Shippy was fouled with 2.5 seconds left. She made both free throws of a 1 on 1 giving the Cowgirls a 3 point lead. Menno ran a full court play and missed a shot at the buzzer.

Rayne Hermsen scored 16 points with 6 rebounds. Kaydee Heath had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Shippy added 12 points and Saydee Heath had 6 points and 13 rebounds.

Colome has a road game at Marty on Thursday.

Zachary Ethan Reagle, 13

Zachary Ethan Reagle age 13 of Mission, SD passed away on Feb. 1 in Sioux Falls, SD.

Zachary was born on March 18 in Winner, SD to Candice Reagle. Zachary was a very friendly and loving child that would give you a high five or a big smile any day. Zachary attended Todd County Middle School at the time of his death as an 8th grader. He had attended Todd County Schools during his educational career. Zachary had the biggest heart, a very loving and caring young man. Zachary’s greatest love was riding or watching the planting and harvesting of corn and soybeans in a John Deere tractor or combine. Zachary loved being on the farm and ranch helping his Great Uncle Ivan and Great Aunt Sheila check cows and watch the baby calves running and being silly.

Zachary enjoyed running and throwing the tennis ball during the Special Olympics activities that he participated in every year.
Zachary is survived by his mother: Candice Reagle brother: Emerson Reagle Grandma: Marie Reagle Uncle: Corey (Blaise) Reagle of Bismarck, ND. Aunt: Cheryl Shaul of Lake Montezuma, AZ. Cousins: Peyton, Cruz and Shaya Reagle Bismarck, ND. Great Grandma: Mildred Hannah of Valentine, NE. Uncle: Ivan (Sheila) Reagle of North Valentine, SD, Leonard (Bernie) Reagle and families of Mission, SD, J.R. (Vicky) and families of Mission, SD. Aunt: Sharon Koger of Hudson, CO. and all the special friends that he made during his life.

Zachary is preceded in death by his grandpa (best friend) Everrett Reagle.

A celebration of Zachary’s Life was held Feb. 6 at the Todd County Middle School.

Funeral Services were held Feb. 7 at the United Methodist Church in Valentine, Neb. Burial was at Mount Hope Cemetery. Sandoz Chapel of the Pines in Valentine was entrusted with service arrangements.

Wolf Country Even Today?

By Katie Hunhoff

Was a gray wolf roaming the lakes country of Marshall County this winter? A coyote hunter from Britton thinks he may have shot one by mistake in January. Wildlife officials are investigating his report.

Several years ago, a gray wolf was shot near Custer. John Kanta of the state Game Fish and Parks Department thought it wandered from the Great Lakes region.

Another gray was hit and killed by a car on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 2012. He weighed 130 pounds. The remains were preserved by Pete’s Taxidermy of Gregory, and are now on exhibit at the Pine Ridge Visitors Center near Kyle. He was wearing a radio transmitter, so officials quickly surmised that he came from Yellowstone National Park.

Gray wolves are bigger and stronger than timber wolves. Grays were lording over the river breaks of western South Dakota when farmers and ranchers first settled there. The wolves preyed on livestock, so they were eventually hunted to extinction in South Dakota.

One of the last was a wolf named Three Toes. He achieved great notoriety in the hills and plains of northwest South Dakota. Archie Gilfillan, a sheepherder and writer, was intrigued by the local ranchers’ mixture of respect and hate for the wild and wily creature. In his book Sheep, Gilfillan noted that Three Toes “for 13 years laughed at poison, traps and guns, lived in and off enemy country with the hand of every man against him, a cunning, bloodthirsty killer, a super wolf among wolves and the most destructive single animal of which there is any record anywhere.”

So named because he had lost a paw in a trap early in his life, Three Toes gained a reputation as a bloodthirsty killer by 1912. He left his unmistakable paw print at ranches throughout Harding County. Infuriated ranchers tracked his whereabouts and devastating destruction. They estimated that his lifetime of kills exceeded $50,000 in cattle and sheep.

Three Toes lived to an old age, and reached the peak of his destruction in the 1920s. Gilfillan wrote, “For first, last, and all the time, Three Toes was a killer. Other wolves might kill one cow or sheep and eat off that and be satisfied. But Three Toes killed for the sheer love of killing. He would kill on a full stomach as well as when hungry. On one occasion he visited three different ranches in one night, killed many sheep and lambs at each one, but ate only the liver of one lamb.”

Officials bumped the bounty for Three Toes to $500, but no hunter could catch the cunning old wolf. In July of 1925, federal wolf hunter Clyde F. Briggs settled on a ranch near the center of Three Toes’ hunting range. For weeks Briggs set his traps and Three Toes carefully eluded them. But he was tricked on July 23 by a hidden trap. The earth around him was scratched and plowed by his frantic efforts to escape from the trap’s grasp by the time Briggs arrived. The trapper muzzled and hog-tied the big wolf and put him in the backseat of his car, intending to deliver him to Rapid City alive. But soon a passenger cried, “I think he’s dying.”

“Briggs stopped the car, and looking around, found the wolf’s eyes fixed on him. But the eyes did not see him, for the wolf was dead,” wrote Gilfillan. “Call it a broken heart, or what you will — something of this sort is what killed the old wolf. He was resting easily when found, his wounds were superficial … but there was something in his grand old spirit that could not brook capture, and Nature, more merciful than he had ever been, granted him his release.”

Katie Hunhoff is the editor of South Dakota Magazine, a bi-monthly print publication featuring the people and places of our great state. For more information visit

Schmidt Humbled by Hall of Fame Induction

Teri (Nicholson) Schmidt, Sioux Falls, says she was humbled to be inducted into the Winner School Hall of Fame.

The presentation was made Saturday night at the halftime of the Winner boys and Cheyenne-Eagle Butte basketball game.

It was like old home week for Schmidt, who graduated from Winner High School in 1971. She had a chance to visit with several teachers she had in high school and also many of her classmates and others.

Schmidt is the head of he Sioux Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau. But she says “Winner is home. To be chosen to receive such nice honor is heartfelt,” she said.

Very active in high school, her outgoing personality has carried over to her job in Sioux Falls. For the past 34 years, Schmidt has been in charge of the visitor industry in Sioux Falls including all conventions, meetings, events and tourism-related business brought to the city.

Her biggest convention coming to Sioux Falls is Pheasant Fest on Feb. 16, 17 and 18. This is the first time this national convention has been in South Dakota.

In an interview after the awards presentation in Winner, Schmidt talked about Pheasant Fest. There will be lots more on her comments on Pheasant Fest in next week’s Winner Advocate. The story on Pheasant Fest will also have comments from local people who will be attending.

Five Compete at Regional FCCLA Meeting

Five Winner High School members of FCCLA competed in the regional meeting held in Rapid City on Jan. 31.

Shannon Calhoon, Megan Brozik and Shelby Scott, all received a gold in illustrated talk in the junior division.

Bailey Brown received a silver in the illustrated talk junior division and Emmy Kaiser received a silver in the illustrated talk senior division.

“Bee inspired by FCCLA” was the theme.

The state FCCLA meeting will be in Sioux Falls April 8-10.

Lisa Jankauskas is the FCCLA advisor at Winner High School.

Lady Warriors Pick Up Two Wins

Saturday Winner defeated Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 65-41.

Morgan Hammerbeck led the scoring with 21 points followed by 14 by Gabby Kocer. Madyson Frazier added 9 and Kelsey Sachtjen, 8.

Kocer had 10 rebounds and Hammerbeck 8.

On Feb. 1, Winner was on the road and defeated Crow Creek 63-57.

Two Winner players scored 20 points or more.  Hammerbeck scored 21 points and Kocer added 20 points. Frazier added 16 points.

Hammebeck pulled down 9 rebounds and Madison Thieman, 8.

The Winner girls will host Platte/Geddes Thursday night and on Friday will host McLaughlin.