Weather Records Set

Winner set weather records this past week.

Sunday the temperature soared to 86 degrees, a new high for March 15. The previous high on this date was 75 in 1999.

On March 12, the high was 82 degrees breaking the previous record of 72 set in 1995.

The temperature on March 9 was 73 breaking the record of 67 set n 1974.

‘Red Velvet Cake War’ is Super Funny

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By Dan Bechtold, Editor

Who thought the notion of baking a red velvet cake could be so funny.

Riotously funny is the only way to describe the wonderful production of the “Red Velvet Cake War” presented by the Winner Community Playhouse. The opening weekend was Friday and Saturday. But you still have a chance to see this  great play that showcases some wonderful talent on Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21. To make a reservation persons can call the playhouse at 842-1958. The  doors open at 7:30 p.m. and play starts at 8 p.m.
This southern fried comedy takes place in Sweetgum, Texas, as the three Verdeen cousins are planning a family reunion. Gaynelle, Peaches and Jimmie Wyvette could not have picked a worse time to throw their family reunion. You see, it is a traumatic time for Gaynelle. Her husband has run off with his girlfriend and in retaliation Gaynelle has “accidentally” run her car into the double wide trailer home of what she calls a man-stealing woman. Gaynelle subsequently faces various legal charges as well as being observed by a court appointed psychologist who is checking on her sanity.

Now the Verdeen family reunion is usually presided over by an  overbearing aunt LaMerle. The aunt wants to cancel the reunion because of Gaynelle’s scandal but the Gaynelle and her cousins insist the reunion go forward.

Besides, Gaynelle bets her house with LaMerle that she can make a better tasting red velvet cake than her aunt who annually takes home the prize for the best cake. Let the war begin!

Cast in the roles of the Verdeen cousins are Sarah Gustafson as the suitably attired proprietress of Whatley’s Western Attire. Gustafson’s droll delivery and deadpan approach to this character are wonderful.
Tami Comp is good as Gaynelle who takes up the challenge to make the best red velvet cake.

Kara Connot has a grand time as Peaches whose trucker husband left home one night years ago and never returned.

The chemistry between the women who play the cousins is a delight to the audience.

Michele Hagenlock is matronly as the overbearing aunt.

Barb DeSersa has fun as busybody neighbor, Bitsy, who has her eyes on a recently widowed neighbor. But she has competition as one of the Verdeen cousins, Jimmy, also eyes the same man. I don’t want to go into too much detail but you have to see the fight scene between DeSersa and Sarah Gustafson.

Enter into this  wild family mix a one eyed suitor Newt Blaylock, owner of the Wig N’ Worm outlet founded by his late mother. Winner High School teacher Wyatt DeJong is wonder as Newt. This is DeJong’s second appearance in a Winner Community Playhouse Production.   DeJong has some  eye popping lines in this production.

Rounding out the cast are Tia DeSersa as a German psychologist, Kenzie Irick as Cee Cee Windham, a local TV personality; Jack Frantz as the sheriff and Chris Frantz as Purvis Verdeen. All were wonderful.

But for me, the show stoppers were Maurice Gustafson as the old uncle Aubrey and Linda Waton as Mama Doll Hargis. What a super job!!! They can shuffle along with the best of them.

Sandra York directs this funny play and used her ability to allow the characters to act their part for all its worth. York was able to bring out the best in the actors and actresses.

Dan Patmore, as technical director, designed the set of the Verdeen living room.

Though there area a lot of scenes in each act, good use is made of having some scenes played in front of a drawn curtain. It was effective and kept the play moving.

It is a must see and one of the funniest plays the Winner Community Playhouse has ever presented.

Kudos to all who made this possible.

DWU Scholarships

Winner students were among 60 high school students who were awarded the highest academic scholarships at Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell.

Sam Naasz received the John Wesley academic/athletic scholarship.

Tyrel Haley received the presidential academic/athletic scholarship.

Being Pregnant Makes Her Sick, Literally

By Dan Merritt, Reporter

Hopefully, Julie Manke of Winner didn’t flee to the bathroom to vomit once a Winner Advocate interviewer left her home last week, Wed., March 11.

Not that she had been grilled with tough “Watergate”-like question that left her drained and ill.

She’s pregnant and that means feeling sick, according to Manke.

Sick for 40 weeks generally. “It’s like having the flu for months on end,” she stated.

She’s gone through it four times in the past nine years.

That’s not the experience of most pregnant women, some who have told Manke they’ve had their best health while pregnant.

Businesses Learn to Steer Away from Identity Theft

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By Dan Bechtold, Editor

It is important for persons to protect themselves from fraud and identity theft.

Last Tuesday afternoon the Winner Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a luncheon as 30 people listened to advise on how to protect their identity.

Chad Vetter, Aberdeen, Wells Fargo at  Work program consultant, was the speaker.

Wells Fargo of Winner provided the speaker for the luncheon. The goals of the presentation was to raise awareness of exactly how personal information can be stolen and learn how identity thieves operate.

Vetter explained that there is a difference between identity theft and identity fraud.

In theft, thieves use stolen personal information, such as Social Security number or bank account number, to open accounts or initiate transactions in another person’s name.

Identity fraud is usually limited to an isolated attempt to steal money from an existing account, such as charging on a stolen credit card.

Winner Boys Headed to State Tournament

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Excitement was on the faces of the Winner High School boys basketball team as Brendan Harter powered his way to the basket to give the Warriors a 63-62 overtime victory over Cheyenne-Eagle Butte in the Region 6A championship last Tuesday in Pierre.

The victory propelled the Warriors into the State A tournament which starts March 19 in Rapid City.

Winner, the No. 2 seed, will play the No. 7 seed St. Thomas More at 7 p.m. on March 19 in the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. The Warriors take a 21-1 record into the state tournament.

The Region 6A championship was an electrifying atmosphere in the Pierre Riggs gym.

The Warriors had a 10 point lead with 6 minutes remaining in the game but CEB clawed their way back to tie the game at 57-all at the end of regulation.

The Warriors continued to battle in the overtime and it stated off with two free throws by Lattrel Terkildsen.

“We are so proud of our student athletes for showing some guts and coming away with a tight victory in one of the most exciting games and atmosphere in a  long time,” said coach Brett Gardner.

“Our seniors, juniors and sophomores all stepped up and made plays when they needed to be made,” said the coach.

The winning basket was made by Harter who powered his way to the basket with 9 seconds left in the game. CEB took the rebound and took two shots that did not fall into the hoop. The Warriors fans were ecstatic since the team was bound to the state tournament.

Harter led Winner in scoring with 26 points followed by Nathan Galbraith with 11, Terkildsen, 9 and Devon Leiferman, 9.

Winner led 18-14 at the end of the first quarter and at the half led 35-32.

Late in the third quarter, CEB took the lead 42-41 but Winner came up with key shots to lead 49-44 at the end of the third period.

The Warriors were 22 of 37 from the two point range and 4 of 19 from the three point line.

At the free throw line, Winner connected on 7 of 16 shots.

Harter pulled down 12 rebounds, Galbraith, 11 and Leiferman, 4.

Galbraith had 6 assists.

Gardner said the team gave up too many points but still made the stops when needed.

The coach said after Harter’s shot in the final seconds then the Warrior defense got the biggest stop of the year. “We are excited to be the Region 6A champs,” said Gardner, who will be going to the state tournament for the first time as a head coach.

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Docken Makes Fourth Trip to Wrestling Nationals



Augustana College wrestler and Winner native Jayd Docken will make his fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA Division II championships which was held Friday and Saturday in St. Louis, Mo.

Docken, wrestling at 197 pounds, finished third at the NCAA Super Region III championships in Mankato, Minn., on March 1.

Docken lost in the semifinals to second ranked Julian Smith of McKendree by a 3-2 decision. Docken then pinned Dylan Windfield of Upper Iowa to earn a spot at the NCAA Division II championships.

Docken battled against Joe Gomes of Northern State for the third time this season, taking the third place match by a 3-2 decision.

At 27-4 on the season, Docken’s only Division II losses have come to Kenny Breaux of Lindenwood and No. 3 Julian Smith of McKendree.

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Richey Scores Two Hits

Austin Richey of Winner had two hits in four at bats including a RBI double as the University of Sioux Falls dropped an 8-2 decision to Cal State University, San Marcos.

The  Winner sophomore also had a stolen base  which gives USF 15 for the season.

Richey helped USF to a win in an earlier game in California. Richey had a run scoring double in this game.

Darbi Gustafson Wins Spirit of Sue

Darbi Gustafson, a senior on the Ethan basketball team, won the Spirit of Sue award at the State B tournament in Huron this weekend.

Darbi is  the daughter of Jeff and Janet (Bertram) Gustafson, formerly of Winner. Janet grew up in the Colome area.

Ethan won the state title with a 31-28 victory over Sully Buttes. This was Ethan’s first state tournament in 34 years.

Sully Buttes also has a Winner connection. Sully Buttes is coached by Mark Senftner, who is married to Lynn (Daughters) Senftner. Lynn grew up in Winner and is a graduate of Winner High School.