State Volleyball

By Dan BechtoldEditor

Community member came together Sunday evening to welcome home the Winner High School volleyball team who played in the state tournament.

The Winner Lady Warriors won the SoDak 16 and qualified for the state meet which was held this last weekend in Watertown. The girls played three matches in the Watertown Civic Arena. They lost to Hamlin and Madison and defeated Hill City.

At Sunday’s celebration, coach Jaime Keiser said the team is fortunate to have been able to get this far due to COVID-19.“This is a special team of amazing girls who never cared who got the stats or the credit, all they wanted to do was win,” explained the coach

Keiser said the play at state was a complete team effort.

“The state meet did not go as we were hoping. We were excited to see Hamlin and everyone on this team wishes we could have that match back,” said the coach. “I know these girls could have played a lot better against Hamlin,” she added. “I know how much potential they have and we did not put that full potential into the Hamlin match.

Keiser was proud of how the girls came out against Madison the next day. She said Winner gave 110 percent. The coach added the girls gave 110 percent against Hill City and came up with a win. “I am very honored to have been able to coach these girls. I would not want to coach any other team.” Assistant coach Jenna Phillips spoke along with the five seniors.

Nominations sought for Chamber awards

The Winner Area Chamber of Commerce banquet is set for Jan. 14.

The Chamber is looking for nominations for year end awards. Nominations are being sought for: business of the year, volunteer of the year, employee of the year, farm and ranch family of the year and the achievement award.

The Chamber is also seeking three new board members. Nominations may be sent to the Chamber office. Persons can email nominations to Going off the Chamber board are: Brent Ring, Lee Chytka and Jean Harter Shutt. The theme for this year’s Chamber banquet is “Survivor.”

The speaker will be Holly Hoffman of Sioux Falls. She is best known for competing on the reality television show “Survivor.” She is a motivational speaker and an author. The Chamber board is looking for a location to hold the banquet.

Mike Scott, executive director of the Chamber, says the date of the banquet could change depending on where Tripp County and the state are with COVID-19. If there are a lot of cases in Tripp County in January the date could change.

Kruger and Fritz named to Elite 45

Two members of the champion Winner High School football team have been named to the Sioux Falls Argus Leader Elite 45 football squad.

Brady Fritz and Sam Kruger were named to the Elite 45 and Preston Norrid was named honorable mention.

Branded by his coach as one of the fastest players in the state, Fritz was dynamite for the Winner Warriors in 2020.

Commanding an offense that does its damage on the ground, he rushed for 499 yards and eight touchdowns on 68 carries but was also effective when called on  to pass. He was 23 of 38 for 504 yards.

At free safety, Fritz intercepted a pass and returned it 65 yards for a touchdown.

“Brady is a real leader and a quality person off the field,” said coach Trent Olson.

Kruger was the Warriors leading rusher and receiver this season. On the ground, he logged 810 yards and 12 scores on 105 carries. Through the air he caught five passes for 89 yards and four touchdowns.

On defense, Sam played SAM linebacker. “That is the most difficult position in our defense,” said Coach Olson.

Kruger logged a team high 60 tackles and two forced fumbles.

“We were very balanced on both offense and defense,  but Sam was our best all around player,” Olson said.

“He has been instrumental in our success these past couple of seasons,” said Olson.

Norrid, also a senior, was included in the list of honorable mention.

Six named to class 11B all state

Six members of the Winner High School football team have been named to the Class 11B all state team. Winner (12-0) is represented by Sam Kruger, Preston Norrid, Bosten Morehart, Kaden Keiser, Charley Pravecek and Brady Fritz.

Winner defeated Bridgewater/Emery-Ethan in the state 11B football championship 18-14. Both teams were powered by dominate offensive lines so it is no surprise that all state linemen were Warriors or Seahawks.

Norrid and Morehart paved the way for Winner’s rushing attack. The seniors were both three year starters while Norrid also played fullback this season.

“Great leader and very versatile player,” said coach Trent Olson about Norrid. “Extremely physical and hard nosed.” Olson said of Morehart: “Stout player in the middle for us on both sides of the ball.” Olson said Morehart was a big part of why Winner was effective in running the ball and stopping the run.

Kruger paced Winner’s ground game with 810 yards and 12 touchdowns. He added four touchdown receptions and 45 tackles. The 6-2 175 pound senior was chosen as the most outstanding back of the state championship.

Olson said Kruger always got the tough yards for Winner. Keiser was selected to the all state team as an athlete. Keiser had 423 yards rushing and seven touchdowns while posting 29 tackles and four interceptions on defense. The junior speedster had close to 300 return yards.“ He had a great postseason for us,” Olson said. “Played big in the biggest games. He had four interceptions in the last three playoff games and made a bunch of big tackles.”

Pravecek was chosen for the defensive line. He had 25.5 tackles and seven sacks to earn all-state defensive line honors. Pravecek was named the outstanding lineman at the Class 11B championship game.“ Excellent two way lineman,” said Olson. “Our most productive defensive lineman. He has good technique and disciple,” said the Winner coach.

Fritz was an all state defensive back while also orchestrating Winner’s offense from his quarterback position. Fritz finished with seven tackles, two fumble recoveries and one pick six. The senior threw for 504 yards and seven touchdowns. He rushed for 499 yards and had 8 touchdowns.

“Incredible athlete with great speed,” said Olson. “Excellent leader. True dual threat QB. He speed and experience at free safety really prevented a lot of big plays for our opponents,” said Olson.

County Purchases PPE Equipment

By Dan Bechtold


Tripp County Commissioners approved the purchase of PPE equipment for the ambulance service at the Nov. 24 meeting.

Co-ambulance directors Kathy Cole and Sissy Orel  explained this would help when transporting patients who have tested positive for COVOD-19.

The equipment would include head gear and the air filtration system.

The commissioners approved renewing the contract for the law library. Via conference call, the  commissioners heard from lawyer Sandy Steffen on the need for the library.

Director of equalization Janiece Weber and three residents who live along Parvin Road attended the meeting to discuss an address change.

Weber explained she received a call from the post office about the addresses in that area. To provide for a correct 911 mapping  two of the homes had their addresses reversed.

Laura Kahler, 4-H youth advisor, updated the commissioners on activities in her office. She explained the Mid Dakota Fair was held with some modifications along with holding a 4-H recognition night with everyone wearing masks and spacing themselves to provide for social distancing.

Kahler felt fortunate Tripp County was able to have a fair amidst a pandemic while some counties in the state were unable to have a fair.

The local federal bridge program agreement was signed by the commissioners.

Melanie Levi, IT specialist for the county, recommended the county purchase a Zoom system.  Levi explained she had visited with District 3 and they recommended this would be the best system for the county.

A motion was approved to purchase the system for $2,500.

Custodian Marty Zeigler presented the maintenance agreement from Kone for  work on the courthouse elevator.

The liquor license for Smokin’ Barrels was renewed.

A discussion was held on raises for highway maintenance workers. The commissioners approve setting the salary at $21 per hour effective Nov. 29.

An excessive session was held for personnel.

The next meeting will be Dec. 8  at 1 p.m. The commissioners are meeting in the afternoon due to a training session for all county employees later that day.

Holiday Festival Auction Starts December 3

The Winner Regional Health Holiday Festival will feature an online auction Dec. 3 through Dec. 5.

The auction will start on Dec. 3 at 12 p.m. and go through Dec. 5 at 5 p.m.

Auction items can be viewed at

Normally, a dinner and a live and silent auction are held at St. Mary’s Hall the first Saturday in December. However, due to the  current pandemic the foundation board felt it would be best to have an on line auction this year.

Proceeds from the auction will go toward items needed by the healthcare center.

Wrestlers rely on experience as season opens

Returning state champions plus a lot of depth will fuel the Winner Area wrestling team this season.

The Warriors finished runner up to Canton in both the dual and individual state meet a year ago.

Returning lettermen are Aaron Gilchrist, Jude Sargent, Maxton Brozik, Kaleb Osborn, Karson Keiser, Charley Pravecek, Kamryn Meek, Stetson Shelbourn, Preston Norrid, Joey Cole, Sam Kruger, Jack Kruger, Riley Orel, Kaden Keiser, Adam Bohnet, Konnor Osborn and Achilles Willuweit.

Warriors lost to graduation are Trevor Peters, Cailob Week and Landon Debus.

There are 18 athletes on the team with three seniors—Gilchrist, Sam Kruger and Norrid.

Winner will open the season Dec. 4 in a triangular in Parkston. The Warriors will wrestle Parkson and Warner/Northwestern. On the road a lot the first part of the season, Winner does not have a home match until Jan. 22.

The returning state placers are Kaden Keiser and Sam Kruger. Riley Orel and Achilles Willuweit took second place at state while Jack Peters and Norrid took fourth.

Kaleb Osborn placed fifth.

Gilchrist, Pravecek and Brozik all attended state and gained valuable experience. Coach Spencer Novotny says Winner will have a  solid team. The strength of the team will be its leadership and depth. Novotny says the team works hard in practice and push each other. “We have a lot of kids who do not like to loose even in practice so things get competitive  in practice,” said Novotny.

“We are fortunate we have enough kids out and that adds to our depth.”

Practice started Nov. 23 and the team went right to work. The coach said they did a lot of drills and some cardio work.

On Nov. 25  they team went live with wrestling for 23 minutes.

Novotny looks at the top teams in Class B to be Canton. “Everyone is chasing Canton and hopefully we are up there at the top,” said the coach.

He noted there are a lot of teams in Winner’s region who will be strong this year.  

This will be a different year for the Warriors as they make their way through a pandemic. A year ago, the state tournament was able to be completed before COVID-19 hit.

The South Dakota High School Activities Association has made recommendations on how to conduct winter sports including wrestling.

Wrestling will be one sport that will have a lot of changes.

Novotny says the activities association is recommending that all who attend a wreslting match wear a mask.

Among the mandatory changes is limiting  tournaments to no more than  eight man brackets and 112 wrestlers in a tournament.

Teams are required to have pods of athletes during practice. This is to limit exposure and help lower the spread of COVID-19.

Right row Winner has five pods and only those wrestlers in a certain pod wrestle each other. As an example, a wrestler in pod 1 cannot cross over and wrestle a teammate in pod 2. “If we intermingle pods that will give us more exposure to the virus,” explained the coach.

If a wrestler tests positive for COVID-19 then only that pod would be considered for exposure and the rest of the pods could compete. That is the reason for the pods. If there were no pods and a wrestler tests positive the entire team would be  considered for exposure.

Novotny said a wrestler can only wrestle a maximum of four matches per day.

Also, there can only be two weigh ins a week.

Novotny added the team bench is a little different. “We cannot sit in a pile any more we have to spread out for social distancing.”

Novotny added: “We are battling some things we have not had to worry about. We are going to keep on going and hopefully we all stay healthy.”  

The Winner area wrestling schedule includes:

Dec. 4—at Parkston

Dec. 10—Burke/ Gregory  and Wagner at Wagner

Dec. 12—Gregory Tournament

Dec. 18—Valentine dual tournament

Jan. 2—MCM invite in Salem

Jan. 12—at Stanley County

Jan. 16—Tri Valley Tournament in Colton

Jan. 19—Valentine and O’Neill in O’Neill

Jan. 22—Kimball/White Lake and Platte/Geddes in Winner

Jan 23—Winner tournament

Jan. 30—Lee Wolf in Aberdeen

Feb. 2—Chamberlain in Winner

Feb. 13—Huron Invite

Feb. 20—Region 3B in Wagner

Feb. 25—State B in Rapid City

Covid rises statewide

Tripp County saw one new case of COVID-19 reported on Monday.

There are 131active cases and 377 recovered. Total confirmed cases since COVID started in Tripp County is 480.

The death toll in Tripp County is up to four. There were two deaths reported this weekend.

Statewide, as of Monday 455 new cases were reported by the South Dakota Department of Health.

There are 17,184 active cases.

Those who recovered are 62,334.

Current hospitalization is 546.The total number of statewide deaths is 946.

South Dakota reported a record 54 persons died from COVID-19 on Saturday.

Also Saturday the Department of Health reported 819 new cases.

Diane Rae (Haukaas) Cahoy, 72

Diane Rae (Haukaas) Cahoy, 72, of Colome, South Dakota, passed away Monday, Nov. 23, 2020 in Yankton, SD.   

Funeral services were held Nov. 27 at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Colome. Burial was in the Colome Cemetery.   

Diane was born on Aug. 27, 1948, in Winner, SD, to Lowell and Dorothy (Wales) Haukaas. She grew up on the family farm south of Colome where she attended country school until the eighth grade. She attended her freshman year of high school in San Fernando, CA, while staying with her sister and family. Her sophomore year was spent at the Sunshine Bible Academy near Miller, SD. Diane then went on to attend Colome High School her junior and senior year, graduating in 1966. It was during her junior year of high school, where she met the love of her life, Larry. They were united in marriage on Jan. 28, 1966, during their senior year. After getting married and graduating high school, they lived on the Cahoy family farm along with Larry’s parents. In January of 1967, they tried to be “city people” and moved to southern California. They soon realized they were “country folk” and moved back to the farm south of Colome where they lived a majority of her life until they moved to town in 2000. While on the farm, they were blessed with six children: Thomas, Nicole, Martin, Jennifer, Daniel and Timothy.

Diane always had a big garden and spent many hours canning her produce. She would raise chickens and butcher them with the help from family. She also loved working on the farm along with Larry while she still cooked huge meals for her family and hired help along with any of the kids’ friends that would be at the house. She taught her daughters at a young age how to cook and they would spend countless hours together in the kitchen. Along with her vegetable garden, she loved planting flowers and was very fond of her roses. Diane enjoyed watching the children participate in their many activities and sporting events where she usually had her camera along and was snapping pictures of them and their teammates. She made it to as many of the grandchildren’s events as she was able and enjoyed being able to watch them online when she was unable to attend in person.

Diane fought with many health issues in the latter half of her life with the main ones being depression, fibromyalgia, and Parkinson’s. When she contracted the Covid-19 virus, her health was already compromised and she fought as hard as she was able, but the good Lord took her home where she is no longer in pain.

Those thankful for being a part of her life are her husband of 54 years, Larry; her six children and their spouses: Thomas (Terri Lee), Nicole (Randy Richey), Martin (Erin), Jennifer (Kelly Dougherty), Daniel (Janet) and Timothy (Karen); 26 grandchildren: Will, Wyatt and Westlie Cahoy, Austin (Katie), Emily and Alexis Richey, Amanda (Josh Atanasu), Kennady (Nate Schroeder),Sam, Ty and Tate Cahoy, Kirstin (Jerrel Tyburec), Dakota (Esther), Jamin, Cheyenne, and Devan Dougherty, Eric, Chelsea, Brittany (Taylor Ernster) and Dustin Pravecek, Harley, Brooklynn and Bo Cahoy; eleven great-grandchildren: Adalynn and Lena Atanasu, Hunter Kahler, Maize, Lettie, and Troian Tyburec, Tegan Dougherty, Braxton Pravecek, Tanner Smith and Haevyn Pravecek and Avery Ernster; sisters Joan (George) France of Post Falls, ID, and Carol (Dale) Jackson of Escondido, CA; brother Marlin (Marilyn) Haukaas of Colome, SD; sisters-in-law Nel McCravy of Killen, AL, Pam Haukaas of Colome and Joyce (Virgil) Hagel of Gordon, NE; brother-in-law Bill Bortels along with numerous nieces and nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents Lowell and Dorothy Haukaas, in-laws Martin and Bernice Cahoy, her brothers Donnie Dean Haukaas and Gary Haukaas, sister Kay Bortels, sisters-in-law Deloris (Cahoy) Johnson Skogen and Marlene Cahoy, brothers-in-law Donald Cahoy, Les Kirsch, Don McCravy, Ray Skogen, Larry Lapour and Dick Johnson, and granddaughter Shauna Pravecek.

Donald Dean Powell, 83

Donald Dean Powell, 83, passed away on Nov. 23, 2020 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s complicated by Covid-19.    

A graveside service was held on Friday, Nov. 27, 2020 at 11 a.m. at the Winner City Cemetery in Winner, SD.   

Donald was born at Carter SD on July 31,1937 to David and Hazel Powell of rural Carter, SD. He attended country school and graduated from Witten High School. He moved to Arizona where he began work as a laborer for Copper Mining Companies. When he retired from Phelps Dodge in 1992, he had worked his way up to Shift Foreman.   

In 1959 the Company went on strike so Donald returned to SD where he married the love of his life Connie Cole. They had 3 children all born in San Manuel, Ariz. In 1992 Don and Connie moved to a small acreage near Dimock, SD. Don worked at the Dimock Cheese Factory until 2003.   

Survivors include his wife, 2 daughters; Susan Carlton and Barbara Hille, and his son Michael; 2 sisters, Betty Lund and Darlene Determan, and brother Richard.   

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, David and John, sister, Rosemary Songer and grandchild, Dean Leonard Carlton.   

Don had 13 grandchildren and one great grandchild and many nieces and nephews.