Luke Hennebold of Winner/Colome High School took home top individual honors in the South Dakota State High School Clay Target League’s (SDSHSCTL) 2018 spring season, which wrapped up competition on May 26th.

Hennebold led the field to earn the trophy for the highest overall average in the league. He’ll also bring home the award for top male average overall.

Isabel Myren from Pierre T.F. Riggs High School earned top female average honors.

Overall, 30 athletes and 10 teams will take home awards.

“We are proud to congratulate all of the award winners for their success this year.” said Jim Sable, President of the SDSHSCTL, “They have really worked hard to get where they are, and we look forward to seeing them at the state tournament.”

Upon completion of the Spring League, all student athletes are invited to participate in individual and team competitions at the 2018 State Tournament. The event is scheduled for June 9 at the Aberdeen Gun Club.

The South Dakota State High School Clay Target League is an affiliate of the USA High School Clay Target League, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The League is an independent provider of shooting sports as an extracurricular co-ed and adaptive activity for high schools and students in grades 6 through 12. The organization’s priorities are safety, fun, and marksmanship – in that order. Each student is required to pass a comprehensive firearm safety education course prior to participation.

Nationwide, over 26,000 students representing over 800 school-approved teams participated in the League during the 2017-18 school year.

Five on Trap Team have Perfect Score

In trap shooting, 25 is a perfect score. It is extremely hard to achieve this goal. The Winner/Colome high school trap team had five individuals that had one or more perfect rounds to send in for a score and some were achieved during practice.

Loren Moeller sent in one 25 round for score, Luke Hennebold sent in five 25s for a score and one 50 straight run.

Katie Welker sent one 25 round for score and had one 25 for practice.

Jude Sargent sent one 25 for score, then had one for practice for a straight 50.

George Clark had one 25 for practice.

Taylor Olson sent one 25 for score and Tane Pravecek had one 25 for practice.

Zach Horstman Added to 2018-19 Men’s Basketball Staff

Northern State head men’s basketball coach, Paul Sather announced May 31 that Zach Horstman has been hired on as a full time assistant for the program. Horstman enters his new post after a successful two season stint as the Wolves graduate assistant.
Horseman is a Winner High School graduate where he was a standout basketball player.

“Zach has done a tremendous job these past two years and we’re excited to add him to our basketball staff full-time,” noted Sather. “He has had a huge impact on our program these past two years and has developed terrific relationships with our new and returning players, not to mention the 2019 recruiting class.”

In his first two seasons on staff, NSU went 58-12 overall and 37-7 in the Northern Sun. Horstman played a crucial part in the Wolves NCAA Elite 8 run this past season, as the team set a school record with 36 wins. Horstman worked primarily with the Wolves ‘bigs’, Carter Evans and Logan Doyle, who both ranked in the top-10 all-time in single season field goal percentage. Doyle was named to the NSIC All-Conference second team, NCAA Central Region All-Tournament team, and NCAA Elite 8 All-Tournament team.

“I want to thank President Dr. Tim Downs, Josh Moon, and Coach Sather for giving me an unbelievable opportunity to stay on staff here at Northern State,” explained Horstman. “To say that I’m excited is an understatement; I can’t wait to get to work and build on all the exciting things happening here at NSU.”

Horstman was involved in game prep and opponent scouting throughout the regular and post-season, as well as the recruiting efforts for the four incoming freshman in 2018-19. He planned and implemented team travel arrangements, in addition to academic hours and team study.

“I’ve learned so much in my two years under Coach Sather and am looking forward to continuing my development as a coach under him and Coach Jamie Stevens,” added Horstman. “Being able to learn from two coaches with a ton of success in coaching is a phenomenal opportunity.”

The Winner native began his coaching career on staff at the Sanford Pentagon working with a middle school team, as well as on-site and satellite camps through the venue.

“His experience with our recruiting, system of play, scouting, and game preparation will be invaluable for this upcoming season,” added Sather.

Horstman is a graduate of South Dakota State University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in physical education. As a member of the Jackrabbit basketball squad, he appeared in 106 games. Horstman tallied 347 career points, while shooting 42.6 percent from the floor, 31.4 percent from the arch, and 68.4 percent from the foul line. He is also a 2018 graduate of Northern State with a master’s degree in sport performance and leadership.

Horstman continued, “Northern State and Aberdeen is a special place full of great people from our administration to our student-athletes to our unbelievable fan and community support. I’m very grateful to have an opportunity to serve this university and this community. Go Wolves!”

Horstman was a 4-year All-Big Dakota Conference selection and the 2011 South Dakota Gatorade Player of the Year. He was also honored as the co-Mr. Basketball and the Argus Leader Player of the Year.

Little Award Research Fellowship

John Little, formerly of Winner, is the recipient of the 2018 Cobell summer graduate research fellowship.

Little is attending the University of Minnesota where he is a doctoral student in American History.

Little says: “Investing and empowering Native youth is central to my future career goals. As an aspiring college professor, I want to ensure that Native American students have opportunities to exist, succeed and feel safe in higher education spaces. My personal research will center on Indigenous storytelling, survival and resistance thus preserving Lakota and Dakota songs, languages and traditions for future generations. By foregrounding native stories, traditions and language, I hope to inspire generations of native youth to challenge the ways non-native people have written and documented native peoples. Like Elouise Cobell, I hope to challenge these systems which limit how native people are seen in the present to promote and inspire change.

In addition, I believe that highlighting indigenous voices and histories will create new collaborations between native and non-native communities.”

Little says the award will allow him “to begin additional research and conduct interviews with Lakota and Dakota Vietnam veterans. My dissertation examines Native American military service during the Vietnam War. More specifically, I analyze Lakota and Dakota motivations for military service as well as their experiences during and after Vietnam. I also examine how native veterans confronted, challenged and sometimes embraced ideas about race, masculinity, warrior culture and stereotypically assumptions about Indian-ness.”

Kingsbury Receives Award

Sally Kingsbury named Hospital Volunteer of the Year. Sally, a member of the Winner VFW Auxiliary #4674, was recently named Hospital Volunteer of the Year. Making the presentation of a plaque. pin and certificate is the local Hospital chairman, Connie Heggestad.

Sally has given of her time and efforts to accumulate over 1500 hours of volunteer service to the local veterans in the Winner Nursing Home, Golden Prairie Manor and Elder Inn. She also includes visits to the auxiliary members who reside in the facilities.
Her plaque reads: “Winner VFW Auxiliary #4674 is proud to present the 2017-2018’Outstanding Hospital Volunteer Of the Year’ award to Sally Kingsbury. Thank you for your Acts of Patriotism, ability to listen and bring smiles to our veterans. May, 2018.”

Her name has been submitted to the State VFW Auxiliary for consideration as the state winner of this award.

USD Dean’s List


Winner area students have been named to the spring semester dean’s list at the University of South Dakota.

Named to the dean’s list are: Mariah Kinzer and Sarah Shippy, both of Colome; Natalie Gronlund, Dacey Kocer, Molly Sperlich, Cohl Turnquist, Bailey Volmer and Chase Watson, all of Winner.

Golfers Place 2nd at Regional; Compete at State

Winner Area girls golf team took second place at the Region 3A tournament in Mitchell on May 29.

Winner Area had a team score of 401.

Winner’s Ronae Klein was the medalist as she beat Parkston’s Tylee Neugebauer by one stroke. They were tied at 43 after nine holes and each had scores of 83 heading into the hole No. 18. Klein recorded five strokes on the final hole to win and had a score of 88. Neugebauer had a score of 89.

Also placing for Winner Area were Addy Root, 8th; Rylee Root, 10th; Sam Marts, 18th; Cheyenne Dougherty, 21st.

All members of the Winner Area team competed at the state meet which started June 4 in Dell Rapids.


Basketball Camp Winners Named

There was a nice turnout for the Warrior basketball camp held May 30-31.

There were 25 boys and 24 girls entering 8th to 12th grade at the camp.

NBA boys division

Brandon Volmer, regular season free throw champ, one on one champion

Brady Fritz—regular season free throw runner up, tournament free throw champion and hot shot champion

Joren Bruun—one one one runner up

Kameron Meiners—Hot shot runner up
College boys division

Jackson Vesely—regular season free throw champion

Fred Whiting—one on one champion

Elijah Peterson—one on one runner up

Evan Farner—Regular season free throw runner up

Kolbie Osborn—Hot shot champion, tournament free throw champion

Blake Volmer—hot shot runner up

NBA girls division

Kalla Bertram—regular season free throw champion, one on one runner up

Bella Swedlund—Regular season free throw runner up, one on one champion and hot shot runner up

Madison Thieman—Hot shot champion

Madi Kerner—Tournament free throw champion

College division girls

Kelbi Meiners—regular season free throw champ

Shannon Calhoon—Regular season free throw runner up, hot shot champion, tournament free throw champion

Jenna Hammerbeck—one on one champion

Josey Kludt—one on one runner up

Mackenzie Levi—hot shot runner up


Legion Falls to Parkston

Winner/Colome Legion baseball team was defeated by Parkston 10-4 Sunday.

Leading hitters were Ty Bolton and Riley Calhoon with 2 singles, Jackson Kinzer, Dalton Baker, Calvin Ringing Shield with a single.

Pitching were Carter Brickman threw 1 2/3 innings giving up 10 runs, 5 hits, 3 walks and 1 strikeout.

Levi McClanahan pitched 3 1/3 innings giving up no runs and no hits, 2 walks and 4 strikeouts. Ty Bolton pitched one scoreless inning.

We had a pretty ugly second inning with a couple of errors and some missed calls that were the difference in the game,” said coach Drew Weber. “I thought Levi threw really well in relief and we hit the ball hard. It was nice to get some action for the kids that did not play club baseball and we were also able to move some kids around playing some new positions,” said Weber.

Jr. Legion Opens Season with Victory

The Winner Junior Legion team opened the season with a 4-0 victory over the Mission Legion last Wednesday at Leahy Bowl.

Behind solid performances by four different pitchers Winner came away with the victory.

Kameron Meiners started on the mound and struck out three 3 batters in two innings. He was followed by Evan Farner, Aaron Gilchrist and Jacob Beckers, all who combined to shutout Mission while allowing just one hit.

At the plate, Winner was led by Joren Bruun who went 2-2 with 2 walks and an inside the park home run. Colby Kaiser drove in two runs in the second inning with a double that bounced over the third baseman’s head.

Winner had scoring threats going in almost every inning but left 10 runners on base.

The Winner Junior Legion team is coached by Kory Foss and Ben Connot.

The Winner Junior Legion (16U) tournament will be held at Leahy Bowl on June 9-10.

The schedule of the games on Saturday are:

10 a.m.—Stanley County vs. Winner

Noon—Platte vs. Gregory

2 p.m.—Parkston vs. Stanley County

4 p.m.—Onida vs. Platte

6 p.m.—Parkston vs. Winner

8 p.m.—Onida vs. Gregory

The schedule for Sunday includes:

Noon—No. 3 seed from each pool

2—No. 2 seed from each pool

4 p.m.—No. 1 seed from each pool

Pool A includes: Parkston, Stanley Co and Winner

Pool B includes: Gregory, Onida and Platte