8th grade volleyball team won the championship of the Ainsworth volleyball tournament

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The 8th grade volleyball team won the championship of the Ainsworth volleyball
tournament. They beat Valentine, Neb., and Sandhills/Theford in two sets to
reach the championship match. They beat Stuart, Neb., 25-10, 18-25, 15-8 to win
the championship. Pictured in front are Arnolla Duffy, Daisy McIntyre, Addy
Pravecek and Jessica Kills in Water. In back are Jenaya Schrader, Tessa Seih,
Ava Craven and Keelie Kuil.

Winner 7th graders won the championship of the Ainsworth tournament

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The Winner 7th graders won the championship of the Ainsworth tournament. The
girls beat Burwell, Neb., and West Holt, Neb., in two sets each to reach the
championship match. They beat North Central 25-11 and 25-9 in the championship.
Pictured in front are Dayah Dubray, Gracie Root, Livvy Audiss, Athena Willuweit.
In back from left are Khiara Evans, Lilly Barfuss, Kylie Sachtjen, Olivia
Swedlund and Hanna Danford.

Winner volleyball story Kimball match

In an exciting match on Thursday, Winner volleyball team defeated Kimball/ White Lake in five sets.

The scores were 18-25, 25-13, 25-18, 20-25 and 15-9.The No. 3 rated Lady Warriors remain undefeated wit a 7-0 record. Maggie LaCompte and Rylee Root were 100percent in serving. Root had 3 ace serves and Kalla Bertram, 2.Ellie Brozik had 21 kills and Bertram, 16. Jenna Hammerbeck had 23 set assists and Brozik, 13. LaCompte had a 1.84 serve receive rating and Hammerbeck had a 1.83 rating. LaCompte and Hammerbeck each had 20 digs. Brozik had 4 solo blocks and 2 block assists. Shannon Calhoon had 5 solo blocks and 2 block assists.

As a team, Winner was 94 percent in serving with 6 ace serves, 50 kills and 44 set assists. The team had 66 digs and 12 blocks. Coach Jaime Keiser said a few hours before the match she learned Mackenzie Levi would not be playing. “So we had to adjust our rotation without gong over it. That threw us off and it took us most of the first set to get things figured out,” said Keiser. The coach said Winner gave Kimball/White Lake too many unearned points in the first set.

“We got things figured out and did a great job of attacking the ball. Kimball had some good hitters and we had a hard time stopping them in the third set. In the 4th and 5th set we did a great job of getting blocks and touches on their hitters. I was proud of the girls for adapting to new rotation,” said the coach.

Colome downs Chamberlain

Colome volleyball team improved its record to 6-1 with a victory over Chamberlain last Tuesday. The scores were 25-15, 24-26, 25-21 and 25-17. Libby Petersek scored 19 points with 6 aces.

Elizabeth Yeaman and 8 points and 2 aces.Makayla Shippy had 8 points and one ace. Saydee Shippy had 10 kills followed by Libby Petersek 9 and Baylie Hoffine, 8.Yeaman and Heath had 2 blocks. Shippy had 29 assists. Baylie Hoffine had 29 digs and Petersek, 16. Colome won the junior varsity match 25-23, 26-24 and 15-11.

The next action for Colome will be against Avon.

Winner Area boys cross country champs

Marcia Laprath Photo
Winner Area boys cross country team won first place at the Lyman Invitational.
Pictured from left are Kade Watson, Joseph Laprath, Hayden McMurtrey, Chaz
Blotsky and Kylar Meek.

Winner Area boys cross country team won the Big Dakota and Chamberlain Invitational champions Thursday in Chamberlain.

Leading the boys was Kade Watson as he placed 4th. Joseph Laprath took 10th; Kylar Meek, 12th and Chaz Blotsky, 51st.The Winner girls team placed fourth at the meet. Sidda Schuyler led Winner with a 9th place finish followed by Aryn Meiners, 22nd;and Melanie Brozik, 23rd. In the junior high girls race, Lena DeMers took 33rd.Hayden McMurtrey placed 8th in the junior varsity boys race.

Matthew Calhoon took 31st in the junior high boys race. The Winner Area boys cross country team took first place at the Lyman Invitational on Saturday. Kade Watson took first place to lead the runners. This is his first championship of the season.

Joseph Laprath took 4th place, Kylar Meek, 8th, Chaz Blotsky, 21st and HaydenMcMurtrey, 27th.The Winner girls varsity placed third. Sidda Schuyler placed 11th, Aryn Meiners, 15th and Melanie Brozik, 20th.Lena DeMers placed 13th in the junior high race.

In the junior high boys, Matthew Calhoon took 16th place. The next meet for the runners is Sept. 25 at the Rapid City Invite at Hart Ranch.

Boys golf at chamberlain

Ryder Halligan led the Winner Area golfers at the Chamberlain Invitational on Sept. 3. Halligan took fourth place with a 93. Karson Keiser took 8th place as he shot a 97. Both Halligan and Keiser received medals. Maxton Brozik took 14th with a 102 and Landon Calhoon took 16th with a 103. Winner High School junior Kaden Keiser placed 18th and shot a 108.

As a team, Winner took third place just one place out of second. Winner had a score of 395 and Mobridge/Pollock had a 394. First place went to Chamberlain with a 360.Winner had several middle school golfers place. Mason Beehler led the middle school as he placed 5th with a 49.

Carter Craven was 8th with a 54 and Brody Calhoon was 9th with a 54. Roper Moore shot a 60.The next action for the golfers will be Sept. 10 at the Big Dakota Golf tournament in Mobridge.

Cowboys fall in close game

Julie Rohde photo
Brayden Seegers, right and Casey Assman of the Colome Cowboys take down a Tripp/
Delmont/Armour/ACDC player in Friday’s game.

Colome football team lost a close game to Tripp-Delmont-Armour/Andes Central/Dakota Christian Friday night in Colome.

The Cowboys were defeated 26-20 after making a comeback in the fourth quarter.

The game was tied 14-14 at the half.

Colome opened the scoring on a one yard run by Michael Supik. Tripp/Delmont came back and scored plus making their two point conversion to give them an 8-6 lead. With 8:46 left in the second quarter, Tripp/Delmont scored to take a 14-6 lead. However Colome’s Riley Shippy returned a kickoff 65 yards for a touchdown to tie the score at 14-14.

In the third quarter, Tripp/Delmont scored 12 points and held Colome scoreless.

The Cowboys scored its final touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 27 yard run by Shippy.

The Cowboys had 211 yards of total offense and were lead by Bertram with 84 yards. Shippy had 80 yards and Michael Supik, 45 yards.

The Cowboys 11 first downs.Leading the Colome defense was Sully Shippy with 13 tackles. Shippy and Bertram had 10 tackles each. Supik had 8 tackles and Brayden Seegers 7.

The next action for Colome will be Friday night at Platte.

Trap team awards presented

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Winner/Colome High School trap team recently handed out awards from the spring
clay target season. Pictured from left are Elijah Everette, Tane Pravecek, coach
Tim Pravecek, Katie Welker, Megan Brozik and Faith Covey.

The Winner/Colome high school trap team recently handed out awards that were earned from the spring clay target season.

In the girls division, Katie Welker was the overall high average female in the state. She also won first place for girls in the conference and was the high overall shooter in the conference.

Megan Brozik earned second place for girls in the conference and Faith Covey was third place in the conference. In the boys division, Elijah Everette was the first place shooter for boys in the conference and Tane Pravecek was third place.

Welker and Everette were both named to the all state team.

As a team the Winner/Colome team took first place in the conference. There were 14 members of the team. Others members include Jack Anderson, Parker Baker, Matt Brozik, Jesse Larson, Juli Larson, Austin Olson, Hunter Osborn, Cole Rank and Hunter Shippy.

The team will begin shooting the fall league in September.

Pigskin preview and Harvey Naasz

The 2020 Pigskin Preview features a story on they 40th anniversary of South Dakota High School Activities Association football playoffs and football championships.

November of 1981 brought the first ever state football championships.

The magazine  features a story on Harvey Naasz, long time Winner High School football coach.

Naasz was the coach of the Warriors who defeated Vermillion 31-21 in the first Class 11A championship in 1981. It will mark the 40th anniversary of that historic Winner football victory.

The story tells how Naasz fondly remembered his 1981 team and their road to the championship.

“All year long we knew we had a good team,” he said. “We were undefeated. The year before we also went undefeated with 18 seniors who did not get to play in a championship game but we had 18 juniors on that team who were now a year older. In the playoffs, we had to beat Mobridge and Belle Fourche to be able to get to the Dome.”

Naasz recalled memories involving the Warriors rivalry between Winner and Vermillion. “We had beaten Vermillion 6-0 earlier in the season in DakotaDome so we were familiar  with them. “I knew it was going to be a good match up as Coach Culver was a good coach. Once when we found out we had to face Vermillion again I thought whoever scored 14 points was going to win the game. Lo and behold we scored 31 points and even on the first play of the game. We faked off tackle and ran our left end deep so John threw a pass to Dean Novotny who ran it in for the touchdown.”

While Winner led the entire game, Coach Naasz shared two integral plays that sealed the championship for the Warriors.

“With five minutes left in the game, Jack Sharkey ran off tackle 50 yards for a touchdown to give us some breathing room,” Naasz said. “We knew we finally had them when we intercepted a pass with just seconds left in the game and ran out the clock.”

Coach Naasz said the championship was especially poignant for him and his family. “It was kind of a family affair for me,” he said. “I was coaching my son Brian as he was a senior that year. My son Bart was on the team the year before and came down from Northern to watch. My son Brad was a sophomore on the team as well. My wife Karen was from Vermillion.”

Coach Naasz spoke about what it meant to be a state champion and what it meant to the community of Winner.

“It felt great,” he said. “I don’t think I quit smiling for two weeks. Bart and I went out to the football field on the Sunday after we won and saw a bunch of kids playing football. I remember talking to them and saying they too could be in the Dome if they worked hard. It was a very big deal to win the championship,” he said. “Our community really rallied around us. Players would walk into stores and they were get cheered. Our fans loved following our team.” Naasz went on to win some other state football championships.