Warriors Defeat Valentine 24-12

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Winner High School football team improved its record to 3-1 with a 24-12 victory over Valentine,Neb., Friday night in Winner.

Coach Dan Aaker was impressed with victory and said it was a nice win for the team.  “We were ready to match their intensity,” said the coach.

The Warriors scored first at the end of the first quarter on a 5 yard run by Riley Calhoon.

Valentine came back in the second quarter and scored on a 1 yard run by Jordan Kelber which tied the score at 6-6.

With 1:24 left before half, Ty Bolton scored on a 1 yard run to give Winner the lead at 12-6.

The Warriors had positive field position in the first half. They were able to make some traditional Winner Warrior drives of getting third and fourth downs.

The Warriors scored a touchdown each in the third and fourth quarters.

In the third quarter, Calhoon scored on a 1 yard run. In the fourth quarter, Bolton completed a 35 yard pass to Calhoon for a touchdown.

The final score of he game was by Valentine as Kelber completed an 82 yard pass to Dylan Lurz.

The Warriors had 306 yards of total offense. Both teams were fairly even in first downs with the edge going to Winner 17-15.
Calhoon and Phillip Jorgensen both had 77 yards rushing with Matt Smither adding 69 yards.

The Winner defense played well in the game. Going into this contest the focus was to limit the big plays.

Aaker said he was worried about screens so in practice this week the team worked a lot on screens which proved beneficial in the game.

The Warrior defense was led by Matt Smither with 8 tackles followed by Shea Connot, Brandon Volmer and Levi McClanahan with 5 each. Bolton had 4 tackles.

Calhoon and Volmer each had an interception for Winner.

Aaker said the last two weeks the team has battled and played physical and played with a lot of heart.  “This week we took another step forward. We had the best week of practice all year. If we can bring that to the table each week we will continue to get better,” he said.

Aaker added that even in the 95 degree heat at practice the team came with a lot of energy.

The Warriors will take on a new team on Friday when they travel to Mt. Vernon to play Mt. Vernon/Plankinton.  The MVP team is coached by Brent Olson, brother of Winner coaches Trent and Sam Olson.

This will also be an SESD conference game.

Aaker says MVP runs a lot of options and the Warriors will have to stop Jesse Hastings who rushed for 112 yards when MVP defeated Flandreau 48-20.

Cowboys Remain Undefeated

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Colome Cowboys rushed to a 60-6 victory over Gayville-Volin Friday night to remain undefeated for the season.

The No. 2 ranked Cowboys are 4-0.  The game Friday in Gayville ended at the half due to the mercy rule. The Cowboys scored 46 points in the first quarter.

Scoring for Colome were Jackson Kinzer on a 17 yard run, Chase Dufek on a 35 yard run, Kinzer on a 75 yard kickoff return, Layton Thiemanon a 10 yard pass to Calvin Ringing Shield, Dufek on a 70 yard run, Thieman on a 47 yard run, Kinzer on a 36 yard run, Thieman on an 8 yard run.

Two point conversions were scored by Wyatt Cahoy, Kinzer, Dufek

The Cowboys had 372 yards on offense. Dufek picked up 105 yards and Thieman had 73 yards.

The defense was led by Cahoy with 8 tackles, Beau Bertram, 7 and Nash Atteberry, 6.

“We came out ready to play,” said coach Ben Connot. “We got better this week and we need to keep that going,” he said.
The Cowboys will play Alcester/Hudson in Alcester on Friday.

Lady Warriors Second at Big Dakota Meet

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Winner High School volleyball team took second place at the Big Dakota Conference tournament Saturday in Ft. Pierre.

Named to the all tournament team were Alexis Richey, Morgan Hammerbeck and Abby Marts.

In the first match, Winner defeated McLaughlin in two sets 25-6, 25-5.  In the next match, Winner defeated Mobridge-Pollock in two sets 25-21, 25-14.

Winner was in the championship pool with Stanley County and Miller.  Winner defeated Stanley County 25-5 and 25-15.  In the championship match, Miller defeated Winner in 3 sets 23-25, 25-21 and 20-25.

Richey got her 1,000 dig during the Miller match.

The next action for Winner will be Sept. 23 at Tri Valley and Sept. 26 at Todd County.

Volleyball Team Downs Lyman

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Winner volleyball team defeated Lyman in three sets on Sept. 12. The scores were 25-7, 25-13 and 25-12.

Gracie Littau and Abby Marts were 100 percent in serving.

Alexis Richey had 3 ace serves and Littau, 2.

Abby Marts had 17 kills and Morgan Hammerbeck, 12 kills.

Littau had 30 set assists.

Hammerbeck was 100 percent in serve receive and Richey was 90 percent.

Richey had 12 digs and Marts had 11 digs.

Sam Marts had 1 solo block and 1 block assist.

As a team, Winner was 93 percent in serving with 6 ace serves, 38 kills and 34 assists. They were 82 percent in serve receive with 53 digs and 2 blocks.

“We came out ready to play from the start,” said coach Jaime Keiser.

“We did a great job of serving and attacking the ball which kept Lyman out of system. We lost focus in set 2 and 3 and gave Lyman too many unearned points. I was proud to see us battle back and play together as a team and not keep playing at their level. We did a better job of serve receive which has been our weakness,” said Keiser.

High School Softball Team Falls in Two Games

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Winner High School girls softball team lost two games in Pierre on Sunday.

In the first game, Winner lost 15-2 to Dell Rapids.

Kenndal Turnquist was the losing pitcher.  Leading hitters were Emmy Kaiser, Turnquist and Delanie Nelson.

In the second game, Winner lost 10-4 to Aberdeen.

Elisabeth Duffy was the losing pitcher.  Leading hitters were Kaiser, Duffy, Alex Bohnet and Nelson.

Winner will play in Pierre on Sunday, Sept. 24 at 12:30 p.m. as they will play Pierre in a double header.

Lady Warriors Win Big Dakota Meet

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Winner Area girls cross county team took first place in both the Chamberlain Invitational and the Big Dakota Conference Thursday in Chamberlain.

For the girls varsity, Sidda Schuyler took second place. Also placing were Jaclyn Laprath, 6th; Aryn Meiners, 22nd; Melanie Brozik, 28th; Meagan Blare, 41st and Madison Thieman, 45th.

The boys varsity team was led by Kade Watson, 8th followed by Dawson Phillips, 23rd and Wyatt Turnquist, 50th.

In the girls junior varsity race, Katherine Jankauskas placed 16th, Gabriel Kocer, 17th, Nanette Eagle Star, 18th and Joselin Kludt, 39th.

In the junior high boys race, Joseph Laprath placed fifth. Ci Ci Watson placed 9th in the junior high girls race.

Chamberlain Wins Winner Golf Invite

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Chamberlain won the Winner High School boys golf invitational on Sept. 12 at Winner Country Club.

Chamberlain’s Cameron Caldwell was the medalist.

Winner golfers were led by Gage Watson who placed 23rd with a 109. Jayd Whitley placed 26th at 111 and Nathan Monk placed 31st with a 115.

The boys golf regional will be Sept. 25 a Pierre.

Lady Warriors Defeat Bennett Co.

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Winner High School volleyball team defeated Bennett County in three sets on Sept. 5. The Lady Warriors won 25-10, 25-12 and 25-15.

Sam Marts, Abby Marts and Gracie Littau were all 100 percent in serving.

Morgan Hammerbeck had 9 kills, Sam Marts, 6 and Abby Marts, 5.

Littau had 15 set assists and Daesha Klein 4.

Alexis Richey was 72 percent in serve receive. She was also the leader in digs with 14 and Hammerbeck and Abby Marts had 12 each.

Sam Marts had a solo block and 2 block assists. Hammerbeck had 1 solo block.

As a team, Winner was 93 percent in serving with 13 aces, 27 kills and 20 set assists. They were 50 percent in serve receive with 61 digs and 4 blocks.

“We came out ready to play from the start,” said coach Jaime Keiser. “We did a great job of serving and attacking the ball which kept Bennett County out of system. We struggled in serve receive getting the ball to target which is something we need to keep working on. We did a great job of talking and playing together as a team,” she said.

The next action for the Lady Warriors will be Sept. 16 in Ft. Pierre at the Big Dakota Conference meet.

On Sept. 18, Winner will host Mobridge/Pollock.

High School Softball Team Falls in 2 Games

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The fall high school softball team from Winner lost two games when they played Sunday at Dakota Valley.

In the first game, Dakota Valley won 15-7.

Losing pitcher was Hallie Hollenbeck.

Leading hitters were Delanie Nelson and Keyleigh Stands.

In the second game, Winner lost to Tri Valley 13-7.

Kenndall Turnquist was the losing pitcher.

Leading hitters were Alex Bohnet, Turnquist, Mary Calhoon and Nelson.

The next game will be Sunday, Sept. 17 in Pierre when Winner takes on Aberdeen at 2:30 p.m.

Middle School Softball Teams Splits Games

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Winner middle school fall softball team played two games on Sept. 10 in Sioux Falls.

The girls were defeated by Pipestone, Minn., 13-3 and then defeated Brookings Twedt 10-3.

In the Pipestone game, Josey Kludt and Aleya Miller each had an RBI. Rylee Root took the loss on the mound.

In the game with Brookings, Libbie Petersek and Root led the team with 2 hits each. Kelbi Meiners and Melanie Brozik each had 1 hit and an RBI. Karlee Brozik also had a hit.

Faith Covey pitched for the win.

Next action is Sunday, Sept. 17 at Dunham Park in Sioux Falls.