Bolander hits home run in tournament

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Bindy Bolander hit an out of the park home run in a tournament in Beresford on Saturday. This is the first home run of the inaugural Winner Area softball team. Bolander is congratulated by Shayne Day with Melanie Brozik in the right.

Winner Area girls softball team played in a tournament Saturday in Beresford.

The girls lost two games and won one game.

Brindy Bolander had an over the fence out of the park home run in the game with Beresford. Winner lost the game 8-6. Tianna Evans was the losing pitcher.

In the first game, Winner Area played West Central and lost 17-0. Aleya Miller was the losing pitcher.

Winner Area defeated Tri Valley 9-2. Evans was the winning pitcher

The team’s record is 4-3.

“We are doing good,” said coach Cheyenne Dougherty. “We are figuring out our positions and making changes where the girls feel comfortable.”

Monday the Warriors traveled to Wagner for an afternoon game.

On Monday, May 15, Winner Area will host Mobridge in a double header at 5 p.m. at the Bailey Softball complex.There will be two five inning games.

Wrestling best of the west

Three Winner wrestlers have been named to the Rapid City Journal’s Best of the West.

Named to the honor list were Riley Orel, 160 pounds; Karson Keiser, 126 pounds and Derek Fenenga, heavyweight.

Orel finished his high school wrestling career with another outstanding season.

The senior amassed a 57-2 overall record and defeated Custer’s Jonathan Lewis in overtime to claim a Class B state championship.

Orel finished his career as a four time placer and five time state qualifier.

Keiser had a 52-11 overall record enroute to a fourth place finish in the state tournament.

Fenenga had an overall record of 24-21 and finished 8th at state.

Maxton Brozik and Jack Kruger were named as the best of the rest.

Owen Hansen of Burke/Gregory was named the Class B wrestler of the year.

Girls softball opens on April 13

Dan Bechtold/Winner Advocate Photo
Playing for the Winner Area softball team are in front from left Jaelyn Assman, Emma Vandenbark, Kalene Preslicka, Katie Pederson, Tila Harter, Shannon Rank and Alexis Bennett. In back from left are Reagan Vaughn, Madelyn Danford, LaShanna Connot, Maree Pravecek, Melanie Brozik, Aleya Miller, Ellison Kaiser, Sophie Hofeldt and Brindy Bolander. Not pictured are Shayne Day, Tianna Evans and Emily Sachtjen.

History will be made when the first pitch is thrown in the Winner Area softball game on April 13.

Winner Area will host Wagner at 5 p.m. at Jaycee Field.

This is the inaugural season of girls softball in South Dakota.

Cheyenne Dougherty is the head coach with Shawna Kaiser as the assistant coach.

Dougherty is a 2020 graduate of Colome High School and she grew up playing softball and having a love of the sport.

She is excited for the season to start.

There are 19 girls on the team which are made up of Winner and Colome girls in high school and middle school. Dougherty says five of the members of the team are from Colome.

Playing on the team are: Jaelyn Assman, Alexis Bennett, Brindy Bolander, Melanie Brozik, Lashanna Connot, Madelyn Danford, Shayne Day, Tienna Evans, Tila Harter, Sophie Hofeldt, Ellison Kaiser, Aleya Miller, Maree Pravecek, Katie Pederson, Karlene Preslicka, Shannon Rank, Emily Sachtjen, Emma Vandenbark and Reagan Vaughn.

The seniors on the team are: Brindy Bolander, Melanie Brozik, Aleya Miller, Shayne Day, Sophie Hofeldt.

Dougherty said the girls have had two outdoor practices with the rest inside at the Armory.

“We are trying to get our hands on the ball and get some conditioning going,” said the coach.

In addition to afternoon practices, there have been some early morning sessions.

When asked what she is looking forward to, Dougherty said “I am hoping we can have fun and learn about softball. Wins and losses don’t matter to me as long as we are having fun and learning softball,” she said.

Dougherty explained Shawna Kaiser had reached out to her to see if she had the time to be the head coach. Dougherty was also contacted by Brett Gardner, Winner High School activities director.

Dougherty says she enjoys the role of a coach.

There are six games scheduled with the April 13 game the only one in Winner. There will be a Sweet 16 game where teams will qualify for the state tournament which will be held in Aberdeen the first three days of June.

A game planned for April 1 in Mobridge was postponed due to the weather.

The board of directors of the South Dakota High School Activities Association sanctioned high school softball in November of 2021 with spring of 2023 being slated as the inaugural season.

The schedule includes:

April 13—Wagner in Winner

April 17—at Hanson

April 22—at Marion High School

May 6—Watchdog classic

May 8—In Wagner playing in a triangular

Olson named assistant coach of the year

Trent Olson, Winner boys basketball assistant coach, has been named the Region 8 assistant boys basketball coach of the year.

The South Dakota Basketball Coaches Association recently named the coaches of the year.

Olson has been the assistant boys coach for over 20 years.

As the assistant coach Olson has coached the junior varsity and C teams over the years. His teams have shown success

AAU wrestlers place at state

Several Winner AAU wrestlers placed in the state tournament in Aberdeen this weekend.

Legend Benedict and Apollo Willuweit were both crowned champions in the schoolboy division.

Benedict won first place with a 12-6 decision over Caleb Cuka of Bon Homme.

Willuweit won first place with a pin over Will Norman of Sioux Falls O’Gorman in 3:25.

Also placing were:

Lawson Helkenn, 4th; Lucchese Helkenn. 6th; Rhogan Robbins, 2nd; Bridger Stirling, 3rd; Bentley Moser, 8th; Talon Labahn, 2nd; JadeLynn McCall, 8th; Jaelyn Assman, 4th; Blayden Stirling, 8th; Cooper Craven, 2nd; Roukyn Robbins, 2nd; Max Fiesterman, 8th; Evan Littau, 6th

Basketball team sets records

Winner boys basketball team set several records or came close to a new record  this season.

The 21 wins in a season is the fourth best.

The 91 percent  winning percentage and 15 wins in a row is the second best.

The 41. 7 points allowed per game is the best ever.

The 70 percent from the free throw line is the second best ever and the 224 turnovers was the second fewest.

Blake Volmer had three records. He had the third most career points with 1,275, 755 rebounds—the most ever and 296 career assists—6th most ever.