Pheasants fall in state tournament

Winner/Colome Pheasants fell to Lesterville Broncs 4-3 on Thursday in final play of the game at the state meet in Mitchell.

The game was tied at three in the bottom of the ninth inning when Lesterville’s Michael Drortzmann doubled, scoring one run.

The Pheasants got on the scoreboard early scoring one run in the first inning. They added one run each in the fourth and fifth innings.

In the seventh, Lesterville scored three runs.

Winner/Colome out-hit Lesterville 6-5. Derek Graesser finished with two hits and an RBI. Drew DeMers and Reed Harter both drove in runs which Austin Calhoon, Trevor Salmonson and Zach Harter had hits.

Graesser and Drew DeMers each had a triple and Graesser had a double.

Graesser pitched all eight innings with 11 strikeouts. Graesser faced 31 batters.

The Pheasants ended the season with an 18-6 record.

Pheasants vs. Mt. Vernon

The top two teams in the Sunshine League met at the state tournament with the Pheasants winning 3-0 on Aug. 7.

The Pheasants opened the scoring in the bottom of the sixth inning thanks to two singles. Winner/Colome got on the board when Austin Richey singled, scoring one run. They scored one more run in that inning to make the score 2-0. In the seventh, the Pheasants added one more run.

J. J. Farner pitched all nine innings. He struck out three batters and faced 38 batters.

Chandler Bakley was the leader at the plate as he went 2-4. Drew DeMers, Austin Richey, Dillon Lambley and Austin Calhoon all had hits.

Golfers tie for 6th at state

Winner Area girls golf team tied for sixth place at the state Class A tournament June 5-6 in Rapid City. Both Winner Area and West Central shot a team total 764.

Individually, Gracie Root led the Lady Warriors as she tied for 27th with a 185.

Rylee Root tied for 32nd with a 188.

Leila Balsiger tied for 38th with a 192. Tessa Mann tied for 48th with a 199. Emily Sachtjen placed 80th with a 225.

On the first day of the state meet, Winner and Custer finished the day in the top 10 of team standings. The Warriors shot 103-over for seventh place and Custer shot 114-over for 9th place.

“There were a lot of tears, a lot of smiles and a whole lot of heart as they battled for the team,” said coach Jim Halverson.

The coach said it was two beautiful days on the Meadowwood Golf Course in Rapid City. He said the 18 hole course had lots of bunkers, penalty areas and fast greens.

The team is losing two seniors through graduation—Rylee Root and Tessa Mann. “I want to wish them lots of success as they follow their dreams,” said Halverson, “The remaining players are excited for a chance to do better next year and have a strong core of younger players who are looking for their chance to shine. I am proud that I could be their coach,” said Halverson.

The girls on the golf team also earned All academic honors.

Pairings set for Father’s Day tournament

The Winner Junior Teeners will host a Father’s Day tournament June 17-18 at Leahy Bowl.

Games will be played at Leahy Bowl except for two opening round games on Saturday that will be played in Colome.

The pairings for June 17 are:

10 a.m. in Winner—Winner vs Wagner

10 a.m. in Colome—Platte vs. Gregory

Noon in Winner—Onida vs. Parkston

Noon in Colome—MVP vs. Chamberlain

Games on Saturday will continue at 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m.

The championship game will be play at 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Winner boys won Region 7A championship; Kuil sets school record

Winner boys track team won the Region 7A championship beating out runner-up Bennett County by 22 points.

The regional meet was held in Mission on May 18.

Aiden Barfuss won the 100 (10.97). In the preliminaries the Winner junior ran an 11.26 for first.

The Winner Warrior were strong in the relays. The relay team of Zac Olson, Jackson Bachmann, Blake Volmer and Barfuss won the 4×100 in 45.68.

The relay team of Bachmann, Donny De’Sersa, Volmer and Karson Keiser won the 4×400 in 3:43.51. The relay team of Hayden McMurtrey, Matthew Calhoon, De’Sersa and Keiser won the 4×800 in 10:31.31.

The relay team of Olson, Bachmann, Volmer and Keiser won the sprint medley in 3:51.50.

Shawn Hammerbeck won the shot put in 44-0.25 and the discus in 122 feet.

On the girls side, Keelie Kuil set a new Winner school record in the 200. Her winning time was 25.86 breaking the record held by Danette Mills of 25.87 set in 1998.

Kuil also won the 400 in 1:01.44.

The relay team of Preslie Petersek, Kylie Sachtjen, Livvy Audiss and Karlee Brozik won the 4×200 in 1:53.05. The relay team of Lilly Barfuss, Petersek, Audiss and Kuil won the 4×400 in 5:09.93.

Jenaya Schrader won the discus (101-3) and Karlee Brozik won the triple jump (32-9).

The Winner girls placed third.

“The boys had a really good day and it was good to finally have everyone back running,” said coach Larry Aaker.

“We had some kids step up and even though we went  for quality races our depth on the boys side definitely helped us.”

Aaker added: “The girls did well. We went for quality races for them rather than quantity and so they weren’t set up to win regions. We did have some kids who were not able to compete in some races because of the smoke in the air that caused poor air quality. This was unfortunate but at the end of the day their health was our number one priority,” explained the coach. Smoke from wildfires in Canada engulfed most of the state on Thursday with very hazy air quality.

Boys results include:

100—Aiden Barfuss, 1st, 10.97; Zac Olson, 4th, 11.62

200—Andrew Henderson, 9th, 25.81

800—Hayden McMurtrey,  2nd, 2:21.37; Matthew Calhoon, 4th, 2:21.44

1600—Karson Keiser, 2nd, 4:45.46

110 hurdles—Austin Blare, 2nd, 17.64

300 hurdles—Blare, 2nd, 47.31

4×100 relay- 1st, 45.68

4×200 relay—3rd, 1:49.34, Austin Blare, Andrew Henderson, Broden Duffy, and Micah King

4×400 relay—1st, 3:43.51

4×800 relay—1st, 10:31.31

Medley relay—1st, 3:51.59

Shot put—Hammerbeck, 1st, 44-00.25;
Derek Fenenga, 6th, 36-05.50

Discus—Hammerbeck, 1st, 122-00; Fenenga, 3rd, 107-09

Triple jump—Blare, 2nd, 36-00.75

Results of the Winner girls include:

100—Daisy McIntyre, 3rd, 13.00; Tessa Sieh, 6th, 14.23

200—Keelie Kuil, 1st, 25.86; McIntyre, 7th, 28.53

400—Kuil, 1st, 1:00.30; Petersek, 2nd, 1:01.44

100 hurdles—Lilly Barfuss, 4th, 19.10

4×100—2nd, 55.36, Daisy McIntyre, Kylie Sachtjen, Karlee Brozik and Lilly Barfuss


4×400—1st, 4:22.97

Shot put—Schrader, 2nd, 32-09

Discus—Schrader, 1st, 101-03

High jump—Kylie Sachtjen, 2nd, 4-05

Long jump—Karlee Brozik, 3rd, 14-03.50; Tessa Sieh, 6th, 11-06

Triple Jump—Brozik, 1st, 32-09

Volmer named Best of the West

Blake Volmer of the Winner boys basketball team has been chosen as the Best of the West as selected by the Rapid City Journal.

Volmer shot over 50 percent to lead the Warriors to one of the best winning streaks of the season.

The senior guard average just under a double-double picking up 19.2 points and 9.4 rebounds per game as Winner strung together 15 straight wins and suffered just three losses all year.

Volmer, a Black Hills State commit, also dished out  4.1 assists per game, shot 51 percent from the floor and earned a first team all-state selection.

Bolander hits home run in tournament

Submitted Photo
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.