Royals Defeat Lead-Deadwood

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The Winner/Colome club baseball team lost to St. Thomas More and then came from behind to defeat Lead-Deadwood Sunday in Rapid City.

“This was a fun trip out west,” said coach Drew Weber. “We needed to win one of two to keep our place at the top of our division and we came through with a nice come from behind win over Lead-Deadwood.

Winner/Colome defeated Lead-Deadwood 12-5 in nine innings. Holden Thieman had an RBI single in the top of the seventh to tie the game and send it into extra innings. The Royals scored seven runs in the 9th inning.

Kelly O’Bryan earned the win on the mound pitching five innings in relief. He had 8 strikeouts.

Riley Calhoon started and pitched 3 innings giving up 5 runs on three hits. Ty Bolton pitched a scoreless 9th inning.

In hitting, Nick Lantz had a double and two singles with 4 RBIs; Reed Harter was 2-2 with 3 hit by pitches, 3 runs and 5 stolen bases; Thieman and Brandon Bicek each added 2 singles and 2 RBIs.

Coach Weber said O’Bryan did a fantastic job in relief. “We were a little sloppy at times in the field which was really uncharacteristic but we were able to overcome that and earn a big win,” said Weber.

He said Nick Lantz, Kelly O’Bryan and Brandon Bicek had clutch hits and Harter did a fantastic job of getting on base five times.

St. Thomas More defeated the Royals 12-2.

Reed Harter started on the mound and pitched four innings giving up 8 runs on 9 hits, 4 walks and had 2 strikeouts. Ty Bolton gave up 4 runs in the fifth inning.

At the plate, Harter had a tripe and single and Kelly O’Bryan added 2 singles.

Weber said the St. Thomas More game was  a bit of a let down. “They are ranked No. 1 for a reason and I thought we played pretty well up until the fifth inning. We hit the ball hard all game against one of best pitchers in the state which should be a nice confidence boost for our young guys,” said the coach.

In the junior varsity game, St. Thomas More defeated Winner/Colome 9-6.

The Royals will travel to Mission on May 7 and on May 11 will host Platte-Geddes starting at 5:30 p.m.

Winner Area Golfers Place 2nd

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Winner Area  girls golf team placed second in both the Winner Invitational and Big Dakota Conference golf meet last Tuesday.

Ronae Klein led the Winner golfers as she took second in both meets.

In the Big Dakota meet, Liz Jankauskas was 8th and Sam Marts, 9th. Also golfing for the local team were Addy Root, Darbi Nelson and Colby Taggart.

In the junior varsity division, Cheyenne Dougherty won first place. Dougherty shot a 116.

Also place for the junior varsity team were Kara Ewing, 5th; Kiersten Durrin, 8th; and Macie Ferwerda, 10th.

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Athletic Awards Night is May 8

Seth Daughters, a graduate of Winner High School, will be the speaker at the Winner School/Winner Quarterback Club athletic awards night on May 8. The program will start at 6:30 p.m. in the Winner Armory.

Awards will be presented to WHS athletes in various sports. The school and the quarterback club will honor community members for their support of WHS athletics.

Daughters graduated from Winner High School in 2008 and continued his athletic career at South Dakota State University from 2008 to 2012.

As a tight end for the Jackrabbits football team he served as team captain during his senior year, a year in which the Jacks won their first Division I playoff game.

Graduating in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science, Daughters continued his education and completed his master’s degree in exercise physiology. Serving as a strength and  conditioning coach at SDSU, he oversees the softball and swim and dive team strength programs while assisting with the remaining varsity sports.

O’Bryan Throws No Hitter

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Kelly O’Bryan threw a no hitter as the Winner/Colome club baseball team defeated Burke/South Central 1-0 April 27 at Leahy Bowl.

The only run of the game came in the first inning by Reed Harter.

O’Bryan pitched seven innings with 7 strikeouts.

Coach Drew Weber said Kelly threw an outstanding game. “It is pretty special to throw a no hitter but especially so against a rival team in a must win type of game like this,” said Weber.

“Kelly’s performance put us back into first in the standings and that is a big advantage for us if we can stay there. Kelly was able to keep the ball down and make good pitches when it really mattered. We were very solid defensively,” said the coach.

Harter led the game off with a single, stole second and third base and scored on an errant throw for the game’s only run.

O’Bryan added a double for Winner/Colome’s only other hit.

Weber said pitching and defense has been the key for the team. “Hopefully our offense will wake up and make us a more complete team,” said the coach.

The Royals record is 8-1.

Cowgirls Place Third

heath in hurdlesThe Colome girls track team took third place at the Great Plains Conference track meet in Bonesteel on April 27. The Cowgirls scored 90 points, one point shy of second place.

Results of Colome girls include:

200—Callie Heath, 3rd, :29.40

400—Heath, 2nd, 1:05.60; Mariah Kinzer, 6th, 1:12.10

100 hurdles—Kaydee Heath, 2nd, :19.50

300 hurdles—Kaydee Heath, 2nd, :56.40

800 run—Taylor Hrabanek, 2nd, 2:54.60; Lauren Week, 4th, 2:57.40

1600—Jaclyn Laprath, 1st, 6:04.60

3200—Laprath, 1st, 13:39.20

Long jump—Callie Heath, 2nd, 14-8.75; Hrabanek, 6th, 14-0.50

Shot put—Colby Taggart, 1st, 33-9

4×200 relay—5th, 2:06.50, Lauren Week, Jaclyn Laprath, Mariah Kinzer and Taylor Hrabanek

4×800 relay—3rd, 11:13.20, Lauren Week, Jaclyn Laprath, Callie Heath and Taylor Hrabanek

The Colome boys track team took fifth place at the  conference meet. The Cowboys scored 57 points with Corsica-Stickney  winning the meet.

Results of the Colome boys include:

100—Cole McCarty, 2nd, :11.60; Chase Hrabanek, 4th, :11.80; Reed Harter, 5th, :12

200—Hrabanek, 4th, :24.90; McCarty, 5th, :25.20; Harter, 6th, :25.70

300 hurdles—McCarty, 3rd, :48.90; Andrew Laprath, 6th, :54.30

800—Jackson Kinzer, 3rd, 2:17.40; Cody Heath, 4th, 2:20.70; Andrew Laprath, 5th, 2:22.10

Long jump—McCarty, 3rd, 17-5.25; Hrabanek, 5th, 17-5

Triple jump—Jackson Kinzer, 2nd, 36-11

Loren R. Siewert, 93

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Loren R. Siewert, age 93, of Yankton, formally of Winner, passed away on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at the Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton. Funeral Services were held Monday, May 4, 2015 at the Christ Lutheran Church in Winner. Burial  followed in the Winner City Cemetery.

He was born on March 16, 1922 to Fred and Christina Siewert on the family farm in Gregory County. He attended rural school, completing the 8th grade. He married Jean Mardell Chastain on May 21, 1945 in Winner, SD. To this union three children were born: Rita, Larry, and Vicki.

Loren owned and operated a trucking business in Gregory, SD for several years. Following that he drove for several trucking firms hauling grain and livestock. He continued to drive truck for Edwards Oil till the age of 73. Loren was a member of the Christ Lutheran Church in Winner.

He is survived by Rita and Ron Fiala of The Village, FL., Larry and Dianne Siewert of Yankton, SD., and Vicki and Frank Ganley of Monticello, MN.; 9 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Loren was preceded in death by his parents; wife Jean; 3 brothers Harry, Emil and Albert; and 1 sister Alma.

National Military Appreciation Month

PIERRE, S.D. At the encouragement of the South Dakota Department of the Military, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed May  as “National Military Appreciation Month,” a time  for all to honor, remember, recognize and appreciate those who have served in the past and those now serving, as well as their families.

National Military Appreciation Month includes:  Loyalty Day on May 1, Victory in Europe Day on May 9, Military Spouse Appreciation Day on May 8, Armed Forces Day on May 16 and Memorial Day on May 25.

These days provide an opportunity to learn more about military members and the families who have given of themselves to support and defend the principles we hold dear.

“Less than one percent of Americans currently serve in the armed forces to preserve the rights and freedom that we all enjoy,” said Adjutant General Timothy Reisch, Secretary of the South Dakota Department of the Military. “May is the month that we recognize the patriotism, service and sacrifice of all military members, both past and present.  We also recognize our military families who contribute in very meaningful ways as well.”

Ask a Lawyer

Since 1986, the State Bar of South Dakota has been presenting the “Ask-A-Lawyer” program, providing free legal advice to hundreds of South Dakotans through a toll-free call-in service.

The State Bar of South Dakota will again offer this free service on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, May 5, May 6, and May 7, form 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m Mountain Time and 7: p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Central Time.

McLean Thompson Kerver, coordinator for the West River portion of the project announced that “Experienced lawyers answering phones in Sioux Falls and Rapid City will answer questions on a wide range of legal issues. Each call is anonymous and we urge the public to take advantage of this fine service.

Call toll-free at 1-877-229-2214 to ask a lawyer your question about the law.

Like Nature in Spring, SPARKLE is Flourishing

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By Dan Merritt, Advocate reporter

They decided someone needed to clean-up this town and they were right.

A cleaning business begun in winter 2014 is flourishing in Winner — and the area, as well — to the point of possibly hiring more workers, says Mardi Pederson.

“It’s going really well. Really well. We’re really busy. Better than I could have hoped.”

After several months of consideration, she and her mother Kaye Eckerman launched SPARKLE Cleaning Company, LLC on Feb. 14, 2014.

They have a crew busy every day cleaning homes, some businesses, and plenty of automobiles, as well.

(Yes, they will take-on that messy inside and muddy exterior car of yours and make that dirty ride all clean and shiny inside and out.)

Appointments for cars need to be made at which time costs for the service can be discussed, Pederson added.

Watts Works with Math Studio

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By Dan Bechtold


Growing up in Winner, Jimmi Watts always had a passion for teaching.

As a first grader, Watts had Jo Haffield as a teacher. The first grade teacher so inspired Watts that even in first grade the student made a vow to become a teacher. That promise carried over to  high school. When Haffield was an elementary counselor she worked with the Character Counts program and Watts had the opportunity to work with elementary youths.

Now, Watts is teaching kindergarten students in Omaha, Neb., and is part of a program known as Math Studio in the Omaha Public Schools.

Watts, daughter of Rusty and Penny Heenan of Winner, graduated from Winner High School in 1998. In 2003, she received her degree in in elementary and special education from the University of South Dakota. In 2006, Watts earned a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. In 2010, Watts received a elementary math specialist degree.

She teaches in the Belle Ryan School in Omaha and has 21 students in kindergarten. In that class, the students speak seven different languages.

Watts is taking part in a process called Math Studio, a model classroom that provides professional development for teachers, coaches and administrators. It’s a small piece of a $5.5 million grant to bolster math instruction in the Omaha Public Schools from the Sherwood and Lozier Foundations.