“The Hitchin Post”

Dan Bechtold/Winner Advocate Photo
The Winner Community Playhouse will present the play
“The Hitchin Post” Feb. 23-24 and Feb. 29, March 1-2 at the playhouse. The doors will open at 7 p.m. and the play will start at 7:30 p.m. The cast includes in front from left Barb DeSersa, Mary Backus and Sandra York. Second row from left are Lucas Fredrick, Cassie Shutt, Emily Moser, Linda Nelson and Ken Teger. In back from left are director Ron High Rock, Hayden McMurtrey, Doug Nelson, Keith DeMers and Dan Patmore. For reservations call 605-842-1958.

10 wrestlers qualify for state

Courtney Brozik Photo
Winner won the Region 3B wrestling title Saturday in Parkston. Pictured in front from left are Brianna Gilchrist, Coy Shelbourn, Hudson Peters, Stetson Shelbourn, Rylan Robbins, Maxton Brozik, Roukyn Robbins, Karson Keiser and Konner Osborn. In back from left are coach Jayd Schuyler, Jude Sargent, Jed Blare, Legend Benedict, Parker Mathis, Mason Curtis, Ryken Orel, Derek Fenenga, Kellen Brozik, Gus Bartels, Saylor Schuyler and coach Spencer Novotny.

Winner claimed the Region 3B wrestling title and qualified 10 wrestlers for the state tournament which starts Thursday in Sioux Falls.

On Saturday in Parkston, Winner finished with 206.5 points and had two champions in Maxton Brozik and Stetson Shelbourn.

Brozik defeated Gavin Braun of KWLPG in a 6-2 decision to improve to 34-3 for the season.

Shelbourn claimed the 285 pound title due to a medical forfeit.

Rylan Robbins, Konner Osborn and Karson Keiser had runner up finishes for Winner.

The 10 state qualifiers are: 106 Rylan Robbins, 113 Roukyn Robbins, 126 Maxton Brozik, 132 Konner Osborn, 138 Karson Keiser, 144 Ryken Orel, 157 Jude Sargent, 190 Mason Curtis, 215 Parker Mathis, 285 Stetson Shelbourn.

At the regional Winner coach Spencer Novotny was named the Region 3B coach of the year. The award will be presented at the state AAU tournament.

The other placers at the regional were Roukyn Robbins, 4th; Ryken Orel, 3rd; Gus Bartels, 5th; Jude Sargent, 3rd; Legend Benendict, 6th; Kellen Brozik, 5th, Mason Curtis, 5th; Parker Mathis, 4th.

Also wrestling in Parkston was Hudson Peters.

“As a team, we did well,” said coach Spencer Novotny. “We have won the region quite a few years in a row and I know that the older guys did not want to be first class going out to not win it. Out of our 14 guys, everybody scored team points to help us win the Region 3B title,” said the coach.

“What it comes down to at tournaments is that guys accomplish their personnel goals and the team scores usually take care of themselves. Winning regional was one of our preseason goals and it was nice to get that for the kids,” said Novotny.

Kellen Brozik was chosen as the alternate for 175 pounds across all regions.

In every weight class the state picks one fifth place wrestler that weights in at the state tournament. If someone is hurt, sick or injured they will put the alternate in the bracket instead of a forfeit.

The state tournament will be at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls. It will be held Feb. 22, 23 and 24.

Wrestling on Thursday begins at 10 a.m.

Wrestling on Friday begins at 9:30 a.m. with first round and second round consolation.

Saturday wrestling begins at 10 a.m.

Ronald Alvin (Ron) Parker, 62

Ronald Alvin (Ron) Parker died Friday, Feb. 16, 2024, at the Winner Regional Hospital in Winner, South Dakota.  Ron was a resident of Elder Inn in Winner.

Ron was born to Harlan L. Parker and Elinor E. Emley Parker on April 24, 1960, at Atkinson, NE. He spent his early childhood in Butte, NE moving to the Millboro/Colome, SD area with his family when he was about 11 years old.

He married Diana Peabody of Dallas, SD.  They had one daughter.

Ron worked many different jobs throughout his lifetime.  He was a hard worker and well respected by his employers.  All who knew Ron were aware that he was an avid football fan.  He watched as many games as possible but was passionate about the Kansas City Chiefs and the Nebraska Huskers (Every year he would say, “Next year will be the year for the Huskers.”). His sister, Jane, will miss the many phone conversations about football, being an avid fan herself.

He is survived by four brothers, three sisters and his very caring friend, Debbie Storms of Winner, SD. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and his twin brother.

Burial with be in the Butte Cemetery at a later date.

Lee Calhoon, 80

Lee Calhoon, 80, of Ideal, South Dakota passed away on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024 at his home near Ideal, SD.  Funeral service was held on Friday, Feb. 16, 2024 at 11 a.m.  at the Winner Methodist Church in Winner, SD.  Burial followed in the Winner City Cemetery.  A visitation was held one hour prior to funeral service.

Lee Archie Calhoon was born on Jan. 27, 1944, to Leon and Wilma (Frantz) Calhoon in Winner, South Dakota.  Lee lived his entire life in Ideal.  He attended Star Valley school through the 8th grade and graduated from Winner High School in 1963.  He also attended SDSU.  His goal in life was to improve the ranch making it a better place for his family.

Lee was a member of the Winner Quarterback Club and spent many hours helping to build the football stadium.  He coached country conference basketball at Ideal for many years.  Lee coached little league baseball in Witten, and also coached Clearfield baseball taking the team to the State Teener Tournament in 1992.

He was one of the founders of the Golden Prairie Retirement Home and served on the board of directors for many years.  Lee was a member of the Masonic Lodge 166 and active in the Rosebud Shrine Club and a member of the Winner Methodist Church.

Lee’s pride and joy was his family and watching the grandkids in their many activities. 

He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2009 and began to curtail his busy life.

He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers; James and Clyde and granddaughter Emily.

Lee is survived by his wife Keatha of 58 years, three sons; John (Jodi) Calhoon, Michael (Susan) Calhoon and Curtis (Molly) Calhoon, 14 grandchildren; Jessica Calhoon (fiancé Charlie Johnson), Austin Calhoon, Lindsey Calhoon, Riley (Samantha) Calhoon, Megan Calhoon, Sarah (Ryan) Stuhlmiller), Meredith (Amine) Radoui, Shannon Calhoon, Spencer Calhoon, Matthew Calhoon, Landon Calhoon, Brody Calhoon, Logan Calhoon and Kaylee Argo. Three great-grandchildren; Cora Moss, Camdyn Anderson and Waylon Stuhlmiller.

Jan Determan, 69

Funeral services for Jan Determan, age 69, of Burke, South Dakota will be held on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024 at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Burke.  Burial will be in the Graceland Cemetery, Burke.  Visitation will be Friday from 6 pm until 7 pm, with a 7 pm rosary, at the church. 

Janet “Jan” Marie Determan, daughter of Romus and Helen (Jaeger) Mushitz, was born on July 21, 1954, in Pierre, South Dakota. She was adopted by Romus and Helen Mushitz and was the oldest of three adopted children.

Jan passed away on Feb. 14, 2024, at the age of 69 in her home in Burke, South Dakota after a short, courageous battle with cancer.

 Jan attended Geddes Public School and graduated from Geddes High School in 1972. After high school, she attended Mount Marty College in Yankton, South Dakota where she studied home economics.

 On July 7, 1973, Jan married Ronald Lee Determan at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Geddes, SD. To this marriage, five children were born: Chris, Jeff, Brian, Michelle, and Jay. Ron and Jan resided in Brookings, Wagner, and Geddes before establishing their home in Burke in 1981. Jan worked at Missouri Valley Mutual Insurance Company for many years before working as an insurance agent for Southern Dakota Insurance. Jan and Ron celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary this past summer.

 From a young age, Jan always had a love for playing piano and shared her passion for music by playing the piano and organ for St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Geddes.  Jan became a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Burke and was the organist for more than 40 years.  She played for more weddings and funerals than can be counted. Jan also taught piano lessons to numerous students in her home for many years.

 Jan spent her life supporting her husband, children, and grandchildren with their sporting and school events.  She enjoyed gardening, cross stitch, and spending time with her family.

 Thankful for having shared her life are her husband Ron Determan; her children: Chris (Michelle) Determan, Jeff (Amanda) Determan, Brian (Hillary) Determan, Michelle (Brett) Person, and Jay (Bekah) Determan; grandchildren: Britni Determan, Tommy Determan, Coy Determan, Brok (special friend Jennice) Determan, Mya Determan, Gracie Person, Carter Person, Chloe Determan, Clare Determan and great-grandchild Kinzley Determan; two brothers: Bill (Patrice) Mushitz and Bob (special friend Jodi Dub) Mushitz; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and friends.

 Jan was preceded in death by her parents Romus and Helen Mushitz.

Melvin James Orel, 90

Melvin James Orel, age 90, from Winner, South Dakota, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024.

Services will be held on his 91st birthday, Friday, May 31, 2024,at 10:30 a.m. at Mason Funeral Home in Winner.

 Melvin James Orel was born on May 31, 1933, to Joseph Orel and Anna (Dvorak) Orel at the family farm near Hamill, SD. Melvin loved farm life from an early age proven by the pictures of him feeding the chickens, playing with cats, and surrounded by puppies. Melvin was joined by twin brothers, Darrel and Donald, a few years later, and then the fun began.

 Melvin attended country school a short distance from his home. He told stories of having to carry coal to keep the stove going for warmth, which was essential as many students walked or road horses to school. It was here that Melvin met one of his life-long friends, Leo Beranek. Melvin only completed the eighth grade as he was needed on the farm, but he never stopped learning. He liked to read about world happenings, politics, and local news. And if you asked him anything about making purchases – whether it was a car, a house, or what not – his famous phrase was, “Well, I’ll have to pencil that out.” He liked to “tinker” a lot too: fixing old televisions would pass the cold winter evenings, as well as building a motorcycle in the basement (and then wondering how on Earth it was going to get upstairs), and later in life he loved creating things in his garage with various shapes and sizes of wood.

 As he, his brothers, and friends became older, shenanigans were always involved. He told stories about his friends and the tricks they would play on each other and on their girlfriends. On one such occasion, Melvin met his future wife, Agnes Klima.    

 In 1954, Melvin joined the United States Army. After basic training, he loaded up on a ship that carried him and soon-to-be many Army friends to Japan. He was stationed there for two years, where he met his life-long best friend, LeRoy Oleson. One memory that Melvin shared was when they returned to the US, he and two of his friends scrounged every pocket they had to scrape up enough change to try something they had never heard of before: a hot fudge sundae. How could you put hot fudge on ice cream and not have a melted mess? They eventually found enough money to buy one sundae (5 cents!) and three spoons, and it was the most delicious thing they had ever tasted!!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Melvin and his brother, Darrell, lived and loved the farm life. Hours and hours were spent tending cattle, hauling them to and from Sioux City in the Orel semi, planting corn and winter wheat, harvesting the crops, and one of Melvin’s most favorite farm scents – mowing the alfalfa, and more. Some of the best memories were made taking lunches out to the field so they could continue on with the farming. On days they were not in the field, coffee breaks at Grandpa and Grandmas were a ritual that nobody wanted to miss.

 Melvin loved to tell stories of flying his airplane with his brother, Donald, by his side. Together they would chase those pesky coyotes out of their hiding places and shoot them from the air. He also told of one of the airplanes landing in a dam near Hamill, although he never said how that came about.

 Although summers were a busy time around the farm, Melvin also found time for vacationing. Some of the most memorable were: a trip to Pennsylvania, annual trips to Colorado to visit his aunt, Tina, and bring back a motorhome full of fresh Colorado peaches, a trip to the Royal Gorge Bridge where he walked across the bridge without a fear in the world, several trips to the Black Hills, and the annual Labor Day trip to Fremont, NE to spend time with his friends Leo and Bob. On a vacation in Mexico, he even went parasailing over the Pacific Ocean.

 Fall was another important time for Melvin. Not only did it mean harvest time, but it also meant he would be able to spend time with the Minnesota pheasant hunters who had become a part of the Orel family.

 Melvin and Agnes made their home on the farm where they raised their three daughters, Elaine, Eileen, and Lori. In 1993, they moved to Winner. Agnes passed away in June of 2020, and Melvin continued to live at their home until March of 2022 when he moved to Golden Prairie Manor. Here, he made many new friends and was reacquainted with special friends from his past. Lori will especially miss his morning, noon, and evening hugs that were a part of their routine since moving into the Manor.

 Melvin was preceded in death by his parents, Joe & Anna, his in-laws, Joe & Anna Klima, his brothers, Darrell & Donald, his brother-in-law, Frankie, his wife, Agnes, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins, as well as his best friend, LeRoy.

 Melvin is survived by his three daughters, Elaine Boes (Brad) of Rapid City, South Dakota, Eileen Larson (Russ Oesterling) of Pima, Arizona, and Lori McCarty (Keith) of Colome, South Dakota; his grandchildren, Teresa Jones (Mike), Kim Selle (Dustan), Brock Songer (Tinley), Angie Frichten (Aaron), Casey Larson (Brooke), Mallori Winter (Scott), Cole McCarty, Maggie McCarty (Mason Schuyler), 15 great grandchildren, and 5 great, great grandchildren, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

 We love you forever, Dad. We’ll miss you until we meet again!

Winners of the flower raffle

Casey Heenan, left and Chad Duffy, center, were the winners of a bouquet of flowers given away at the basketball game on Friday. Winner High School student council sponsored the raffle for the flowers. The proceeds from the money raised goes to the Children’s Miracle Network. Student council members from left are Ava Craven, Preslie Petersek and Livvy Audiss.