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.

Two new cases reported

There were two new cases of COVID-19 in Tripp County on Monday.

The number of active cases in Tripp County is 16.

The total who have recovered is 710.

The number of deaths in Tripp County is at 17.

Statewide as of Monday, there were 124 new cases and 32 probable cases.

The state’s active cases is 2,485.

There are 84 persons hospitalized with COVID.

The state’s total deaths is $1,938.

Coach Novotny & Kruger, a senior at WHS, were presented awards at the Class B State Wrestling Tournament

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Sam Kruger, left, senior on the Winner wrestling team, was named the Class B
outstanding wrestler. The award was presented at the South Dakota Wrestling
Coaches Association tournament this weekend in Rapid City. Winner coach Spencer
Novotny, right, was name the Region 3 coach of the year.

Doris Ann Sharp, 84

Doris Ann Sharp, 84, a longtime resident of the Sparks area, passed away at home on Sunday, March 28, 2021. One year and day after her husband, Wayne Sharp passed away.

Doris was born February 16, 1937, in Colome, S.D., to James and Emma (Devish) Sharkey, the youngest of four children. She attended grade school in Clearfield, S.D., and graduated from high school in 1956 in Winner, S.D.

She met the love of her life, Wayne Sharp, at her sister’s wedding dance. They were married June 2, 1956, and celebrated 63 years together. They raised three children: Duane, Rita and Dwite.

Wayne and Doris moved to the Milan Sharp ranch after Duane was born in 1957. Doris stayed busy caring for her children, along with cooking for hired men, canning produced from her large garden, sewing, cooking for her family and making delicious homemade bread and donuts. In October 1972, they purchased the John Smith place five miles south of Sparks. They moved there on New Year’s Eve. They milked cows, raised hogs and chickens, and dry-land farmed in the early years.

Doris was a great cook and her family loved the delicious fried chicken and turkey that was always a treat.

Doris was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne, who passed away March 27, 2020, the day before his 84th birthday; her son, Dwite Sharp; her parents, James and Emma Sharkey; a brother, Bob Sharkey; her parents-in-law, Rex W. Sr. and Martha (Haley) Sharp; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Lyle and Alma Sharp, Jake and Inez Sharp, Rex W. Sharp Jr., Kenny and Ines Sharp, and Ronald Sharp; and sisters- and brothers-in-law, Gladys and Leland Haas and Lola and Claude Kaplan.

She is survived by one son, Duane Sharp, and a daughter, Rita Rowan; her grandchildren and their spouses, Rob and Melissa Rowan, Anthony and Tischa Sharp, Amanda and Mike Eannarinno, and Tommy Sharp; her great-grandchildren, Jackson, Cassandra, Zoe, Anderson and Ray. Also surviving are two sisters, Maxine Duffy and Jean Docken; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Sharp and Linda Sharp; two brothers and sisters-in-law: Richard and Martha Wergin and Robert and Rita Sharp; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 1, at Sandoz Chapel of the Pines in Valentine. Burial will follow in the Sparks Cemetery.  Sandoz Chapel of the Pines was in charge of service arrangements.

John Forgey, 86

Memorial services for John Forgey, 86, will be held April 10 at 10:30 a.m. at the Methodist Church in Winner. Visitation will be one hour prior to service. Lunch will be follow at the Colome American Legion.

John Finley Forgey was born July 10, 1934, in Long Pine, NE, to Findley and Bertha (Forsch) Forgey. He went to school in Nebraska and graduated from Keya Paha High School in 1952.

John married Lucy Painter on Aug. 15, 1954 and to this union they had six children: Steve, Neil, Jan, Dan, Dale, and Lisa. After their marriage John and Lucy moved to Casper, Wyoming, where he worked for his brother Joe.

In 1957 they moved to the ranch in South Dakota. John and his brother Jim worked together raising cattle, shearing sheep, and manufacturing hay rakes. In 1964 he went to AI school in Denver and did a wonderful job of AI’ing for himself and the neighbors. Black Angus were his passion and he was well known for raising top quality cattle.

John took great pride in his children. He coached Little League baseball in Wewela with his boys. He loved baseball. The Dodgers were his favorite team and he also enjoyed listening to the Twins games on WNAX.

One of the highlights of John’s week was the weekly “marble games” with the Steffens and the Graessers. He was always up for a good Cribbage game with the kids and grandkids.

As the kids left the nest, John and Lucy started new adventures. He assisted Lucy with the Sale Barn Cafe in Gregory. He was the taste tester.

In 1993 they started Deer Creek Hunting for bow hunting deer and spring turkey. John met many people through this experience. One special bond grew with Pat Mundy.

John served on the Colome School Board from 1969 – 1983. In 1989 John joined the Board of Directors of the Tripp County Water Users District serving until his retirement in 2014.

In 2000 John, Lucy, and Jan had the trip of a lifetime going to New York to see the mastodon at the Natural History Museum. The mastodon was found in 1932 on land that he later purchased. He enjoyed taking visitors to that site to look for bones.

John and Lucy moved off the ranch and into Colome in 2007. They enjoyed morning coffee at the cafe. Then Dad could usually find an afternoon card game at the Flying D.

As much as Dad loved his children, his grandchildren were the greatest joy of his life. He and Mom would travel to visit them and watch their events. He loved when they would come visit and share ice cream to cool his tummy.John passed away at the Memorial Hospital of Converse County in Douglas, Wyoming on March 29, 2021 at 86 years of age.

John is preceded in death by his parents Findley and Bertha, six brothers Joe, Glenn, Russ, Sam, Jim, and Charlie Forgey, two sisters Pearl Forgey and Hazel Williams, daughter Jan, and great granddaughter Elsie.

He leaves behind his wife Lucy; four sons Steve (Shirley) of Casper, WY, Neil (Clarice) of Lance Creek, WY, Dan (Lyn) of Dallas, SD, and Dale (Carla) of Alliance, NE; one daughter Lisa of Colome, SD; two sisters Audrey Walker of Arizona and Lona Lou Libolt of Oregon; thirteen grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandson.