Cowboys fall in homecoming game

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Riley Shippy carries the ball for Colome in Friday’s homecoming game. Shippy had 155 yards rushing in the game. The Cowboys hosted Sunshine Bible Academy.

By Colton Hall
Staff Writer

The Colome Cowboys defense was on point on Friday night. That’s about the only thing that the Cowboys had going for them.

In somewhat of a “good old fashioned slug fest”, the Colome Cowboys fell 20-0 in a homecoming matchup to Sunshine Bible Academy.

As aforementioned, the defense kept the Cowboys in the game, but a stagnant offense that has been all to familiar to head coach Gene Bertram slowed the Cowboys.

“All year, we’ve had trouble getting our offense going,” head coach Gene Bertram said. “We’ve got some younger kids on our line that have struggled, and this experience will help them in the long run, but it’s tough for us right now.”

After a key interception in the red zone by senior Adam Cole in the first quarter, it looked as though the Cowboys were going putting themselves in the drivers seat to take home their first victory since August 23.

The proverbial achilles heel for the Cowboys couldn’t buckle up.

From turning the ball over on downs to punting, Colome’s offensive struggles intensified until late in the game.

Enter a solid Colome defense that didn’t allow a touchdown until right before halftime.

“Our defense has stepped it up,” Bertram said. “Our linebackers have played much better, thanks to assistant coach Chase Hrabanek. Adam Cole has done a great job for us on the back end, and the defense has come together. I’m happy with how our defense has played as a unit.”

Although Colome would receive the second-half kickoff, it didn’t matter. The offense struggled to gain any momentum, and put the defense in an all-to-familiar position.

The Cowboys defense would get another interception late, but the Crusaders took advantage of a somewhat tired Cowboys defense to take a two-score lead.

The Cowboys would show some signs of life late in the game when sophomore runningback Riley Shippy continued to church out yards. Shippy would lead Colome with 155 yards on 29 carries.

Although Shippy proved to be the only bright spot, he couldn’t punch in the ball late in the game to try to put pressure on Sunshine Bible Academy who would score one more time before the end of regulation.

“We couldn’t run a lot of different plays,” Bertram said. “Based on what was happening, we weren’t able to mix it up.”

Jacob Beckers lead the Cowboys with 11 tackles including one and half for loss. Shippy would match Beckers’s total, and finish with two tackles for loss. Cole and Brayden Seegers would both finish with interception.

For the last game, Bertram wants his team to be able to finish strong. Something that will be difficult against a good Wolsey-Wessington team.

“They’re a good team,” Bertram said. “I just want us to get something going offensively, and to play like we have defensively. After that, we can start worrying about how we’re going to get better.”

Softball team plays at state

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Winner softball team played in the state tournament in Sioux Falls this weekend. In front from left Jaynee Gregg, Kenndal Turnquist, Brindy Bolander and Cheyenne Dougherty. In back from left are coach Dave Vaughn, Jaiwanda Roubideaux, Tanna Wells, Charlotte Shopene, Devan Dougherty and coach Tommy Vaughn.

Winner girls played in the state fall ball tournament in Sioux Falls this weekend.

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Golfers place in Pierre

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Gage Watson, right and Karson Keiser of the Winner boys golf team qualified for the state meet at the regional tournament in Pierre on Sept. 30. The state meet will be Oct. 7-8 in Vermillion.

Winner High School boys golf team placed fourth in the pre-regional in Pierre on Sept. 23. The Warriors shot a 377.

The Big Dakota Conference meet was held the same day as the pre-regional. The Warriors took second in the Big Dakota behind Chamberlain who won first place.

Gage Watson of Winner, Parkston’s Braden Bruening and Parkston’s Kaleb Weber tied for 5th place with an 84 in the pre-regional.

Also placing for Winner in the pre-regional were: Karson Keiser, 17th, 92; Aiden Barfuss, 20th, 98; Max Brozik, 23rd, 101; Jayd Whitley, 24, 101; Ryder Halligan, 25th, 102 and Landon Calhoon, 29th, 106.

Parkston won the pre-regional title.

In the Big Dakota tournament, Watson took second place.

Keiser was in the top 10 as he took 7th place.

Also placing in the Big Dakota were Barfuss, 11th; Max Brozik, 14th; Whitley, 15th; Halligan, 16th and Calhoon, 18th.

The Region 3A meet was held Sept. 30 in Pierre.

The state golf meet will be Oct. 7-8 in Vermillion.

Cowgirls split games

The Colome Cowgirls couldn’t overcome a strong Avon offense on Thursday, Sept. 26. Pictured is Elizabeth Yeamen who returns the ball.

By Colton Hall
Staff Writer

The Colome Cowgirls lost two games and won another over the last week with a win in four sets over St. Francis Indian, and loss in three sets to Avon.

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Lady Warriors place second

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Kayla Bertram tips the ball over the net in the match with Mobride-Pollock on Sept. 23.

By Dan Bechtold

Editor

Winner High School volleyball team took second place at the Eastern Classic in Dakota Valley on Saturday.

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Warriors seal victory

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The Winner Warriors football team was excited to play it’s homecoming game against Mt.Vernon/Plankinton on Friday, Sept. 27th. The Warriors hoist quarterback Brady Fritz before the start of the game. Winner would go on to win 14-6, and improve to 6-0 on the season.

By Dan Bechtold
Editor

In a solid defensive performance, the Winner football team secured a 14-6 homecoming victory over Mount Vernon/Plankinton Friday night.

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Competitive teams place

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Winner Area competitive cheer team presents a routine they did recently at the meet in Winner.

Winner area competitive cheer and dance teams both placed at a competition in Spearfish on Sept. 16.

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Golfers play in two meets

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Gage Watson hits a putt shot at the Winner Invitational golf meet.

Winner boys golf team was the overall champion at the golf tournament in Todd County on Sept. 19. The Warriors had an overall score of 260.

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Lady Warriors place second

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Morgan Hammerbeck gets ready for a kill in the match with Lyman. Hammerbeck had 15 kills in the match.

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

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