Heenan Promoted to Vice President

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Rusty Heenan has bee promoted to vice president at First Fidelity Bank of Winner.

Heenan has worked at the bank as a loan officer since Dec. 26, 2012. He works mostly with ag loans.

“I like being able to help people succeed at what they are trying to do,” he said.

Heenan says he gets to deal with a lot of good people.

He has been in banking for 10 years.

Prior to joining the bank in Winner, Heenan worked at BankWest in Kennebec. He worked in Kennebec for 4.5 years.

Prior to his career in banking, Heenan was the assistant manager of Winner Circle Feed Yard for 10 ½ years.

Heenan’s wife, Penny works at Community Connections.

The couple have two grown children: Casey who lives in Pierre and works for First Dakota Bank and Jimmi Watts who works for the Omaha, Neb., School District.

The Heenans have three grandchildren.

When he is not at the bank, persons can see Rusty working at rodeos and just this past Friday he was working the Tripp County 4-H Rodeo.
Also during the summer, Heenan is a baseball umpire.

Shooting Sports Members Compete at National

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Tripp County 4-H shooting sports members took part in the national shooting sports championships June 26-30 in Grand Island, Neb.

There were 117 kids in shotgun, 46 in air pistol, 90 in .22 rifle, 63 in .22 pistol. There were 715 kids from 36 states competing.

South Dakota placed fourth as a team in rapid fire air pistol.  Wade McClanahan placed 13th in rapid fire air pistol.
Cody Amidon placed 45th in .22 rifle.
South Dakota placed 24th as a team in sporting clays with Luke Hennebold placing 92nd.
South Dakota placed seventh as a team in slow fire.22 pistol and Tane Pravecek placed 31st in slow fire .22 pistol.
South Dakota placed third as a team in air pistol silhouette and Wade McClanahan placed 16th in air pistol silhouette.
South Dakota placed 10th in CMP (.22 rifle) as a team.
Cody Amison placed 87th in CMP.
South Dakota placed 13th in .22 silhouette as a tam and Tane Pravecek placed 44th in .22 pistol silhouette.
South Dakota placed 26th in skeet as a team and Luke Hennebold placed 82nd in skeet.
South Dakota placed 3rd in air pistol slow fire as a team and Wade McClanahan placed 11th in slow fire air pistol.
South Dakota placed 9th as a team in 3P rifle and Cody Amidon placed 49th in 3P rifle.
South Dakota placed 5th in Camp Perry in .22 rifle as a team and Tane Pravecek placed 61st in Camp Perry .22 pistol.
South Dakota placed 7th in trap as a team.
Luke Hennebold placed 11th in trap.

In the overall awards, McClanahan placed 11th in air pistol, Amidon placed 61st in .22 rifle, Hennebold placed 70th in shotgun, Pravecek placed 51st in .22 pistol.

Petersek Named Jr. Boys All-Around at 4-H Rodeo


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Linkyn Petersek was the junior boys all-around at the 49th annual Tripp County 4-H Rodeo on Friday.  Riley Shippy was the junior boys runner-up all around.

Saige Schuyler was the senior girls runner-up all around.

The senior girls all around was Jenna Fulton and the senior boys all around was Dylan Suhr and the runner up was Blasé Steffen.

The junior girls all around was Jessica Woodward and the runner-up was a tie between Layni Stevens and Shada Beeson.

The senior ambassador was Jami Bergeson. There was a tie for first and second runner up between Arista Kaiser and Ashley Hohn.
The congeniality award went to Bergeson and she also won the horsemanship.

The junior ambassador was Avery Schacht and first runner up was Kayla Mammen. The congeniality award went to Schacht and Mammen and the horsemanship went to Mammen.

The rodeo results include:

Junior Girls
Goat tying—Layni Stevens, 9.350; tie Jessica Woodward and Saydee Heath, 9.530 and Trica Lammers, 10.520
Pole bending—Shada Beenson, 22.016, Tricia Lammers, 22.875; Josie Anthony, 23.030, Ramee Jo Hanson, 23.27
Breakaway roping—Saydee Heath, 3.50; Layni Stevens, 3.78; Jessica Woodward, 5.78 and Kate Weborg, 6.49
Barrel racing—Sidney McCord, 17.947; Shada Beeson, 10.030; Taryn Starr, 18.346 and Tatum Carey, 18.472

Junior boys
Flag race—Swade Reis, 8.337; Matthew Heathershaw, 8.476; Seth Heath, 8.589; Linkyn Petersek, 8.743
Goat tying—Riley Shippy, 9.16; Petersek, 10.38; Wyatt Olson, 11.87; Josh Heckenlaible, 12.52
Break away roping—Petersek, 3.18; Heathershaw, 3.39; Heath, 4.33 and Wyatt Olson 4.54
Cattle riding—Shippy, 48; Steve Garrigan, 43

Senior girls
Ribbon roping—Josi Stevens, 8.16; Savannah Krogman, 8.79; Jenna Fulton, 9.56; Shelby Hiller, 19.69
Breakaway roping—Schuyler, 3.15; Fulton, 3.70; Josi Stevens, 4.04; Payton Eagle, 11.90
Goat tying—Schuyler, 9.85; Fulton, 9.88; Lainee Schonebaum, 10.71; Shelby Hiller, 11.25
Barrel racing—Fulton, 18.284; Bailey Bosworth, 18.292; Payton Eagle, 18.626 Karsyn Krause, 18.645
Pole bending—Fulton, 21.853; Brooke Iott, 22.941; Krogman, 23.058; Schuyler 23.157

Senior boys
Saddle bronc riding—Kolton Salonen, 50; Dylan Suhr, 44
Bull riding—Riggin Shippy, 50; J. W. Frederick, 47
Tie down calf roping—Austin Olson, 11.98; Blasé Steffen, 12.94; Taygen Knippling, 13.89; Suhr, 19.55
Steer wrestling—Beau Dean, 8.23; Suhr, 10.25
Dally team roping—Kade Starr and Dawson Phillips, 18.18 and Blasé Steffen and Jamin Dougherty, 21.68

The stock was provided by Hollenbeck Rodeo Co of Winner.

Two Place in Archery Meet

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Wade McClanahan and George Clark participated in the Midwest Outdoor Sectional archery tournament in Yankton June 17-18.

McClanahan placed first in the young adult freestyle with a score of 1116 109 x’s. Clark placed 2nd in the youth male free style with a score of 1047 51 x’s. In the two day event a perfect score is 1134 with 168 x’s.

Locally, both McClanahan and Clark participate in Tripp County 4-H shooting sports and Tripp County range robins Junior Olympic Archery Development program.

The two are always training/conditioning and traveling to different events.

Both are participating in events around the United States. In the next couple of weeks they will be participating in the state 3-D in Sioux Falls, youth high performance compound academy at the NFAA Center in Yankton, NFAA outdoor field nationals in Yankton and state outdoor field in Sioux Falls.

Volunteers Work Hard Preparing for State B Legion

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By Dan Bechtold, Editor

The Winner community is getting ready to roll out the red carpet to welcome fans to the state Class B American Legion baseball tournament.
The tourney starts July 21 and runs until July 25.

The last time Winner hosted the state tournament was in 2011 and 2006.

Since February, a committee has been working hard preparing for the state meet. It has taken a lot of work and a lot of volunteer help but things are coming together.

On recent nights when there have been ball game at Leahy Bowl, there has been some type of committee meeting putting on the final touches to make this a great tournament and a very enjoyable experience for those traveling to Winner.

Fueled by the experience parents had last year at the state meet in Webster, they want to duplicate that effort.

Leahy Bowl is looking good and there has been a lot of volunteer hours working the field.

There have been several improvements made to Leahy Bowl. There are new light towers, new seating with a canopy over a portion of the stadium seats.

There is playground equipment for children to enjoy while their parents are watching the game.

There is a new colorful sign at the entrance of Leahy Bowl. A beautiful sight will be the 19 flags that line the the road to the baseball field. The Winner Rotary Club purchased the signs.

Mardi Pederson, a member of the organizing committee, said there will be welcome signs posted at Leahy Bowl. In addition, to add a little color, there will be large flower pots dotted around the baseball complex.

Pederson said the parent group has put in a lot of time working on the field.

“I am hoping that the people who come to Winner will have the same experience we had last year in Webster. I hope the visitors come away feeling like Winner really rolled out the red carpet and were very welcoming to them,” said Pederson.

She said at the ball field, several volunteers will be wearing Winner/Colome t shirts so visitors know who to go to if they have questions.

Pederson added the committee will make one final sweep of the ball field and the Leahy Bowl grounds Thursday evening to take sure everything is in place for the opening game on Friday.

The opening ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. on Friday.

Here are the pairings for the first round games on Friday.
10 a.m.—Groton vs. Vermillion
30 min after first game—Milbank vs. Spearfish
5 p.m.—Dell Rapids vs. Platte/Geddes
7:30—Winner/Colome vs. McCook/Miner

The tournament will continue Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

12U Boys Baseball Team Takes 4th place at State VFW

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The Winner 12U Baseball team finished in fourth place at the State VFW 12U Class A Tournament in Humboldt on July 14, 15, and 16.

In the first game of pool play, the boys defeated Baltic 9-5. Silas Chasing Hawk and Ethan Bartels combined for the pitching in this game. Aiden Barfuss hit two home runs in this game.

In the second game of pool play, the Winner team defeated Dell Rapids by a score of 19-7. Blake Volmer, Aiden Barfuss, and Karson Keiser combined to do the pitching in this game. The Winner boys had 15 hits including two more home runs by Aiden Barfuss.

In the final game of pool play, the Winner team defeated Milbank by a score of 13-2. Silas Chasing Hawk and Ethan Bartels combined to do the pitching in this game. Silas Chasing Hawk had 4 hits with 4 runs scored and Karson Keiser had 4 walks with 4 runs scored as well.

As the Winner team won their pool, they played 2 games in Sunday’s medal round.

The semifinal game was with West Central 12’s team. The Winner youth lost by a score of 6-1, while stranding 9 runners on base over 6 innings.

“We just couldn’t seem to come up with a hit at several key times in this game,” said coach Mike Calhoon.  The West Central team had defeated every pool play opponent by the 10 run rule and only gave up 6 runs over all 5 of their games on the way to the State Championship.

In the third place game, the Winner boys were defeated by the West Central 11’s by a score of 6-2.

“We led this game going into the bottom of the fourth inning but West Central erupted for 5 runs in the home half of the fourth and we were unable to mount much of a scoring threat in our final two innings,” said Calhoon.

Throughout the tournament, Winner utilized five different pitchers. All players performed very well with every player getting at least one hit. The Winner defense also played error free ball for the 3 pool play games and had numerous outfield assists for put outs in this tournament.

This team was a combination of Winner Gold, Winner Purple, and Clearfield Majors. The coaches from each of those teams selected the players for this squad. This team was coached by Mike Calhoon, Kevin Keiser, and Keven Morehart. “The coaches appreciate the players and their parents for committing to this tournament at late notice as we weren’t accepted until about a week prior to this tournament,” explained Calhoon. He said the Winner Youth Baseball program was a big help in purchasing jerseys for the players to use during the tournament. Also, to T-Bones Treehouse sponsored Winner’s page in the program.

“ Hopefully, the players had fun and learned that they are able to compete at a high level within the state,” said Calhoon.

4-H Rodeo in the Heat

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This past weekend, rodeo families participated in three 100+ degree days of rodeo starting on Friday in Winner, Saturday in Chamberlain and Sunday in Kennebec, it was hot outside, but the contestants had great times and solid performances.

Contestants want to place in the top four to earn a place in the State 4-H Rodeo held in Fort Pierre on August 18, 19 and 20th, and place in the top 10 to earn points for the all around. As the weekend continued, more 4-Hers got qualified and some keep improving their times and scores.
On Saturday the Rodeo was held at the Missouri Valley Horsemen’s Club Arena at Chamberlain.

In the Junior Boys events: Breakaway: Linkyn Petersek 3.68, Grady Aasby 4.010, Seth Heath 4.070, Swade Reis 19.640, Garret Phillips 26.680. Flag Race: 3rd, Linkyn Petersek 8.303, 6th Garret Phillips 8.715, 10th Wyatt Olson 9.263. Goat Tying: 2nd Linkyn Petersek 11.96, 5th Seth Heath 14.40. Linkyn Petersek won the Junior Boys All Around.

In the Junior Girls events: Barrels: 10th Saylor Schuyler 17.971. Goat Tying: 1st Saydee Heath 9.350, 2nd Ramee Jo Hanson 9.840, 7th Piper Hanson 12.980. Pole Bending: 3rd Saylor Schuyler 24.132, 8th Taryn Starr 25.844.

Chamberlin also had a Junior Junior Division were 8-10 year olds could enter while the Junior events could be 8-13 year olds. If you enter Jr. Jr. Events, your times will not qualify you for state but it makes for more age appropriate competition. Results of Junior Junior Events: Barrels: 2nd Athena Willuweit 17.528, 6th Kyla Mammen 19.490. Goat Tail Untying: 1st Preslie Petersek 6.410, 3rd Athena Willuweit 8.110, 7th Kyla Mammen 8.704. Poles: 2nd Kyla Mammen 25.584, 7th Westlie Cahoy 28.411, 9th Preslie Petersek 29.833.

In the Senior Boys Events: Steer Wrestling: 2nd Finn Hanson 18.160; Tie-Down Roping: 4th Kade Starr 35.260; Team Roping: 1st Kade Starr & Dawson Phillips 14.320, 2nd Payton Eagle & Austin Olson 15.450. Kade Starr was Reserve All Around.

In the Senior Girls Events: Barrels: 3rd Sydney Hollenbeck 17.074, 4th Karsyn Krouse 17.323, 8th Payton Eagle 17.952, 9th Saige Schuyler 18.298. Breakaway: 4th Payton Eagle 5.820. Goat Tying: 2nd Lainee Schonebaum 9.36, 7th Arista Kaiser 12.060, 8th Payton Eagle 12.560, 9th Saige Schuyler12.640. Pole Bending: 1st Payton Eagle 22.355, 2nd Saige Schuyler 22.519, 6th Lainee Schoenbaum 27.164. Ribbon Roping: 1st Lainee Schoenebaum 6.43. Payton Eagle won the Senior All Around and Lainee Schoenebaum won Reserve All Around.

Kennebec rounded off the three day weekend of rodeo on Sunday, it was another hot day but that didn’t stop good times.

Junior Girls Events: Breakaway: 4th Kate Weborg 8.035, 6th Ramee Jo Hanson 20.460. Barrels: 5th Ashlyn Hoffine 16.454, 6th Ramee Jo Hanson 16.459, 10th Athena Willuweit 16.616. Goat Tying: 4th Ramee Jo Hanson 11.390, 5th Ashlyn Hoffine 12.025. Pole Bending: 3rd Saydee Heath 22.626, 4th Ramee Jo Hanson 22.815, 7th Saylor Schuyler 23.429, 10th Ashlyn Hoffine 23.599. Ramee Jo Hanson was Runner Up All Around.

Junior Boys Events: Goat Tying: 1st Linkyn Petersek 10.185, 7th Wyatt Olson 14.000, 8th Stetson Shelbourn 14.120, 9th Garret Phillips 15.480. Breakaway: 1st Linkyn Petersek 2.23, 4th Seth Heath 4.720, 8th Burner Schenefeld 7.000, 10th Tucker Even 20.105. Flag Race: 5th Teigan Vanderpol 8.667, 6th Linkyn Petersek 8.694, 8th Garret Phillips 8.911, 9th Seth Heath 8.964. Linkyn won the Junior Boys All Around.

Senior Girls Events: Barrels: 7th Lainee Schoenebaum 16.543, 8th Baylie Hoffine 16.565, 9th Sydney Hollenbeck 16.793, 10th Karsyn Krouse 16.924. Breakaway: 1st Lainee Schonebaum 2.95, 3rd Saige Schuyler 5.075. Goat Tying: 2nd Saige Schuyler 10.640, 3rd Arista Kaiser 11.165, 7th Payton Eagle 12.560, 8th Karsyn Krouse 12.620, 10th Lainee Schoenebaum 12.940. Saige Schuyler was Runner Up All Around.

Senior Boys Events: Tie Down Roping: 1st Beau Dean 14.530, 2nd Austin Olson 17.660, 3rd Dawson Phillips 17.800. Steer Wrestling: Beau Dean 5.310, 2nd Finn Hanson 5.560, 3rd Wyatt Cahoy 6.280. Team Roping: 1st Rich Marone & Beau Dean 11. 87. Beau Dean won the All Around.

Our south central South Dakota has some strong rodeo athletes. There is one month left of 4-H Rodeo, some are sharpening their skills, some are still trying to get qualified, either way, the bond between animal and athlete grows. It takes a lot of volunteers and workers at each rodeo and all three rodeos need commended for their hard work!

12U Girls Softball Competes at State

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The Winner 12U Girls Softball team competed in the South Dakota State Girls Fastpitch Tournament in Sioux Falls at Harmodon Park on July 14-15.

The first round Winner Lightning played Madison Thunderstruck and came out on top 10-8.

The next game featured Winner Lightning against the Rapid City Punishers. This was an exciting game where Winner came out on top 15-12 after 2 sudden death extra innings!

Immediately after this emotional win, Winner Lightning played Dakota Valley and lost 12-0. (Dakota Valley ended up winning the Championship game in the 12U-C division.) Winner Lightning then faced Elk Point-Jefferson and came up short 11-3 to end the season.

Winner Lightning 12U team finished their season with a 14-11 record. Girls participating in the state tournament were Mali Beehler, Karlee Brozik, Melanie Brozik, Shayne Day, Miranda Fisher, Ainsley Henderson, Joselin Kludt, Tessa Mann, Aleya Miller, Rylee Root, Emily Sachtjen, Cassidy Seeking Land, and Cici Watson.

The 12U team was coached at the state tournament by Karla Brozik and Kristen Hausmann.

Winner/Colome Ready to Play in State B

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By Dan Bechtold, Editor

There is a lot of excitement among members of the Winner/Colome Legion baseball team as the state B tournament comes to Winner.  Winner will be the host for five days as iconic Leahy Bowl will be site for the state meet.  The state tournament starts Friday, July 21 and runs through Tuesday, July 25.

The grounds crew plus parent volunteers have been working hard to get the field ready. It has been hard since it has been so dry.

“Hosting the state tournament is a cool experience,” said coach Drew Weber.  “It is a good opportunity to showcase our baseball community which is one of the top ones in South Dakota,” he said.

The last time Winner hosted the state tournament was in 2011 and 2006. It was in 2006 when Tresh Swedlund was the coach of the Legion team that Winner won the state meet. Jared Donahue was Winner’s leading pitcher in that game. Donahue, who now lives in Hartford, plays for the Winner/Colome amateur baseball team.

As the host team, Winner/Colome has an automatic berth in the state meet. It does not have to go through the region play to earn a spot.  Winner/Colome has drawn a team from Region 5B to play in the last game of the day on July 21 at around 7:30 p.m.  Region 5 is made up teams from Humboldt, Colton, McCook/Montrose, Tea, Baltic and Aurora.

Last year Winner/Colome played in the state tournament in Webster and Weber says that state experience should help the team.
Milbank is the defending state champion.  There are 12 players on the current Winner/Colome roster with 11 Legion members and Dalton Baker was called up from the Junior Legion team.

Weber says the state meet will be a tough tournament. “There are some really good teams in it this year,” he said.  Milbank returns their best pitcher and Dell Rapids, who won the high school club ball tournament, is loaded with good players.  Even though teams were still playing regional games and the final eight teams were not known at the time of this interview, Weber talked about some of the top teams who could punch their ticket to Winner. Humboldt and McCook are both in the same region and the coach says they both are really good.  Weber noted if Vermillion comes out of their region they will be good.  Tabor, Parkston and Platte are all in one region.

Weber thinks the three teams making it to state will be whoever comes out of the McCook/Humboldt region, Dell Rapids and Milbank.  The coach noted the Royals will have their work cut out for them.

The coach noted pitching will be very important. “You need to have five to six pitches and that is something we feel we have. We feel we have the pitchers to make a run at it.” Weber is quick to point out that Winner/Colome also has to hit the ball and play good defense to win games.  Weber says Winner/Colome has played so many tough teams and a lot of Class A teams. “We are hitting the ball better. I feel comfortable with all nine guys batting.”

The coach explained pitching has been up and down. “I trust we will make good pitches and will not walk a lot of players.”

To keep fresh, the Winner/Colome team played in Miller on Friday and Sunday played a double header in Ainsworth, Neb.

The week of the state meet there will be several days of practice. Weber says the team will be ready to go.
“The team is excited. I can’t wait to get going,” added Weber.

Amateurs Defeats Platte, Pierre

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Winner/Colome amateur baseball team scored the first six runs of the game and defeated Platte 11-1 Thursday night in Winner.

Austin Richey had four hits to lead the Pheasants.

Winner/Colome amateur baseball team defeated Pierre 8-3 on July 11.

Drew Weber earned the complete game victory on the mound.  The game with Pierre was a non-league game.

In the Sunshine League standings, Winner/Colome is rated 3rd with an 8-5 record.

Winner/Colome is getting ready for the Sunshine League tournament which starts July 20 in Parkston.