Tripp County Community Foundation gave $5,000 to the Winner Regional Health and Wellness Foundation

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Tripp County Community Foundation gave $5,000 to the Winner Regional Health and
Wellness Foundation and was the final payment of a five year commitment totaling
$25,000. The funds were awarded from the Grossenburg Family fund which is a
subfund of the Tripp County Community Foundation. Rita Neyens, vice chairman of
the foundation, presented the proceeds to Leigha Dempsey, Winner Regional Health
and Wellness Foundation director.

Traffic light is now down as highway construction ramps up

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The traffic light on Monroe Street was taken down last week. The light was
removed as construction has started on Highway 18 through Winner. A new traffic
light will be installed on Main St. Now, there is a stop sign at Main St.

The traffic signal at the intersection of Monroe Street and  Highway 18 is now gone.

The sign was removed March 31 and is part of the large highway project though Winner.

Temporary stop signs are in place at Main Street and Highway 18. The stop signs at Main Street will be replaced with a portable traffic signal and this will remain until the new permanent signal is installed later this summer.

In place now are the barricades which divide the highway. Traffic is allowed on one half while work is done on the other half. Drivers will notice that the divided highway is in place from Winner Super Foods  to  First Fidelity Bank. Persons are asked to drive slow and use extra caution while driving through the construction zone.

As part of the construction the street lights on the north side of Highway 18  will be removed where work is ongoing.

This means travel through Winner at night will be darker. Officials ask that people driving at night slow down as they travel on Highway 18 in Winner as this area will not be lit up as it normally is.  

Construction crews are busy removing the old roadway on the highway.

This construction will be a two year project.

Fritz, signed a letter of intent to play basketball

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Brady Fritz, seated right, senior at Winner High School, signed a letter of
intent to play basketball at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell. Seated next
to Fritz is DWU menâ))s basketball coach Matt Wilber. In back from left are
Winner coach Brett Gardner and Fritzâ))s family Pam Fritz, Sydney Fritz and Jim

Bertram, Swedlund on all state team

Bella Swedlund of Winner has been named to the first team of the Class A all state girls basketball team.

Kalla Bertram, Winner senior, was named to the second team.

The all state squad was announced by the South Dakota High School Basketball Coaches Association.

Swedlund received her second first team all state selection and third all state honor during her career.

The guard averaged 22.5 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists to propel the Winner Lady Warriors to third place at the state tournament. The second team featured Bertram, a 5-9 senior guard. She averaged 19.3 points per game, 5.5 rebounds per game, 3.3 assists and had 96 steals.

Honor Roll

Honor – Brennan Bachmann, Kalla Bertram, Zachary Bohnet, Megan Brozik, Kady Cable, Shannon Calhoon, Jesse Colson, Owen Duffy, Evan Farner, Presley Foudray, Brady Fritz, Jackson Hansen, Hayley Hanson, Taylor Headrick, Katherine Jankauskas, Samuel Kruger, Maggie LaCompte, Mackenzie Levi, Aryn Meiners, Bosten Morehart, Kayla Natoli, Preston Norrid, Marlie Schuyler, Shelby Scott, Teresa Taylor, Landon Thieman

Merit – Meagan Blare, Bailey Brown, Carly Fischer, Dawsyn Kahler, Deja Kucera, Allie Lapsley, Evelyn Lopez-Vazquez, Delanie Nelson, Austin Wheadon


Honor – Finn Bartels, Shayla Bice, Alex Bohnet, Ellie Brozik, Joseph Cole, Taralynn Cordier, Slade Cournoyer, Jenny Guan, Jenna Hammerbeck, Hattie Hespe, Emma Jorgensen, Kaden Keiser, Adrienne Lewis, Alani Old Lodge, Michael Olson, Charley Pravecek, Bella Swedlund, Jackson Vesely, Achilles Willuweit

Merit – Adam Bohnet, Skyler Hansen, Hannah Kaiser, Marissa Meiners, Kaleb Osborn, Kolbie Osborn, Elijah Peterson, Kelsey Sachtjen, Sidda Schuyler, Ryan Sell


Honor – Kendyl Bachmann, Brindy Bolander, Melanie Brozik, Maggie DeMers, Justin Hausmann, Ainsley Henderson, Josey Kludt, Jack Kruger, Tessa Mann, Aleya Miller, Pierce Nelson, Dalton Peterson, Rylee Root, Mallory Thayer, Blake Volmer, Leah Wiechelman

Merit – Ethan Bartels, Mali Beehler, Kaden Bennett, Amanda Blare, Chaz Blotsky, Faith Covey, Shayne Day, Trista Kierstead, Tayden Mathis, Kelbi Meiners, Clay Sell, Cody Wheaton, Brandon Witt


Honor – Leila Balsiger, Aiden Barfuss, Maxton Brozik, Kendall Dice, Bailey Fairbanks, Ellison Kaiser, Ashlynn McPhee, Garret Phillips, Emily Sachtjen, Sam Scholz, Saylor Schuyler, Cassie Shutt, Cici Watson

Merit – Noah Best, Caleb Boerner, Matthew Boerner, Sydney Brown, Karlee Brozik, Spencer Calhoon, Conroy Chasing Hawk, Miranda Fisher, Payton Fisher, Lexi Klein, Stratton Morehart, Tayla Nagel, Baronn Niehus, Jude Sargent, Rylee Schroeder, Stetson Shelbourn, Braden Tarrell

Eight Grade
Honor – Jackson Bachmann, Gus Bartels, Austin Blare, Matthew Brozik, Kellen Brozik, Landon Calhoon, Ava Craven, Broden Duffy, Shawn Hammerbeck, Keelie Kuil, Hayden McMurtrey, Adam Miller, Cora Moss, Konner Osborn, Aiden Schroeder, Tessa Sieh, Danielle Westendorf

Merit – Evan Bartels, Chandler Benedict, Arnolla Duffy, Ryder Halligan, Andrew Henderson, Bo Hurley, Karson Keiser, MaKaela Kemp, Kyla Mammen, Jacob Manke, Daisy McIntyre, Adysen Pravecek, Jenaya Schrader, Hunter Shippy, Isaiah Soesbe

Seventh Grade
Honor – Joey Anderson, Grace Brown, Matthew Calhoon, Amanda Edwards, Khiara Evans, Brianna Gilchrist, Addison Heenan, Noah Manke, Roper Moore, Zachary Olson, Ryken Orel, Gracie Root, Paige Sachtjen, Sadie Tegethoff

Merit – Livvy Audiss, Lilly Barfuss, Dylan Brandis, Derek Fenenga, Bailey Fisher, Abe Kaiser, Parker Mathis, Kash Peterson, Quincy Phillips, Kylie Sachtjen, Olivia Swedlund, Athena Willuweit

Sixth Grade
Honor – Camdyn Anderson, Masen Beehler, Chase Blotsky, Suchi Chaudhari, Carter Craven, Carter Foster, Brooke Headrick, William Jorgensen, Evan Littau, Elizabeth Moser, Peydin Peterson, Coy Shelbourn

Merit – Evan Balsiger, Brody Calhoon, Mason Curtis, Jaxson Day, Lena DeMers, Aidan Hespe, Jadyn Ishmael, Hunter Kahler, Landon LaCompte, Keegan Littau, Piper Mortenson, Reven Moss, Maree Pravecek, Shannon Rank, Bailey Shelbourn, Chloe Taggart, Wyatt Winfield

Floriculture wins first place in FFA event

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Fourteen members of the Winner FFA chapter traveled to Sioux Falls to compete in
the Tri Valley Career Development Event. Pictured in front from left are Teresa
Taylor, Trista Kierstead, Meagan Blare and Amanda Blare. Middle row from left
are Clay Sell, Maggie DeMers, Emily Sachtjen, Bailey Fairbanks, Aaron Gilchrist.
In back from left are Justin Hausmann, Madaline Watzel, James Gregg, Adam Bohnet
and Tyler Brockman.

Fourteen members of the Winner FFA chapter traveled to Sioux Falls to compete in the Tri Valley Career Development Event on March 29.

All events had from 20 to 30 teams and over 100 individuals involved in each  contest.

Nicole Roth, Winner FFA advisor, said every competition was very competitive.

Floriculture won first place out of 25 teams. Teresa Taylor placed first with Justin Hausmann, 3rd and Clay Sell, 34th.

Horse evaluation placed 10th out of 22 teams. Emily Sachtjen placed 18th, Tyler Brockman, 23rd; Bailey Fairbanks, 34th.

Vet science placed 13th out of 30 teams. Team members are Madaline Watzel, Meagan Blare, Trista Kierstead and Maggie DeMers.

Ag mechanics placed 23rd and team members are Adam Bohnet, Aaron Gilchrist and James Gregg.

This was the last CDE before the teams head to state  convention where they will put their skills to the test one more time and be recognized for their accomplishments on April 13. The state convention will be in Rapid City.

Wrestlers place in Midwest Classic

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Winner area youth wrestlers placed third at the Midwest Classic national
wrestling tournament in Kearney, Neb.

Winner area wrestlers placed at the Midwest Classic national wrestling tournament in Kearney, Neb.

Winner took third out of 125 teams.

Individual placers were: Gus Tobin, 5th; Apollo Willuweit, 1st; Cooper Craven 7th; Kyan Bartels, 3rd; Rhogan Robbins, 1st; Blayden Stirling, 3rd; Anna Tobin, 2nd; Jace Koskan, 7th; Hudson Peters, 7th; Crawston Craven, 2nd; Roukyn Robbins, 4th; Teegan Shelbourn, 7th; Coy Shelbourn, 5th; Rylan Robbins at 84 pounds, 4th at 80 pounds, 7th; Bridger Stirling at 60 pounds and 61 pounds, both 1st.

Fritz considered for honor

Brady Fritz of the Winner basketball team was one of the athletes considered  by the Mitchell Republic as the boys basketball player of the year.

Fritz finishes as the runner-up for this award for the second year in a row.

The senior average 25.6 points per game on 49 percent shooting and 40 percent three point shooting.

Fritz helped the Warriors advance to the Class A state boys basketball tournament.  

Mitchell senior Zane Alm was named the player of the year.