Track Season opens March 27

The first track meet of the season will be held March 27 in Winner as the Warriors host the  Bill Pistulka Invitational track meet.

The field events will start at noon and the running events at 2 p.m. This is a state qualifying meet.

Teams invited to the meet are: Chamberlain, Colome, Todd County, Bennett County, Kadoka, Philip, Wall, Jones County, Stanley County, White River, Crazy Horse and Kimball-White Lake.

Richey Belts Double for USF

The University of Sioux Falls baseball team dropped a doubleheader to Concordia-Irvine, Calif. The game was played on March 17 in California.

The Cougars trailed 1-0 early before taking a 2-1 lead in the sixth inning on a two run double by Austin Richey of Winner.

The Cougars lost the first game 4-3 and lost the second game 14-11.

In the second game, Richey had a RBI single to score a USF base runner.

Winner Boys Headed to State Tournament

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Excitement was on the faces of the Winner High School boys basketball team as Brendan Harter powered his way to the basket to give the Warriors a 63-62 overtime victory over Cheyenne-Eagle Butte in the Region 6A championship last Tuesday in Pierre.

The victory propelled the Warriors into the State A tournament which starts March 19 in Rapid City.

Winner, the No. 2 seed, will play the No. 7 seed St. Thomas More at 7 p.m. on March 19 in the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. The Warriors take a 21-1 record into the state tournament.

The Region 6A championship was an electrifying atmosphere in the Pierre Riggs gym.

The Warriors had a 10 point lead with 6 minutes remaining in the game but CEB clawed their way back to tie the game at 57-all at the end of regulation.

The Warriors continued to battle in the overtime and it stated off with two free throws by Lattrel Terkildsen.

“We are so proud of our student athletes for showing some guts and coming away with a tight victory in one of the most exciting games and atmosphere in a  long time,” said coach Brett Gardner.

“Our seniors, juniors and sophomores all stepped up and made plays when they needed to be made,” said the coach.

The winning basket was made by Harter who powered his way to the basket with 9 seconds left in the game. CEB took the rebound and took two shots that did not fall into the hoop. The Warriors fans were ecstatic since the team was bound to the state tournament.

Harter led Winner in scoring with 26 points followed by Nathan Galbraith with 11, Terkildsen, 9 and Devon Leiferman, 9.

Winner led 18-14 at the end of the first quarter and at the half led 35-32.

Late in the third quarter, CEB took the lead 42-41 but Winner came up with key shots to lead 49-44 at the end of the third period.

The Warriors were 22 of 37 from the two point range and 4 of 19 from the three point line.

At the free throw line, Winner connected on 7 of 16 shots.

Harter pulled down 12 rebounds, Galbraith, 11 and Leiferman, 4.

Galbraith had 6 assists.

Gardner said the team gave up too many points but still made the stops when needed.

The coach said after Harter’s shot in the final seconds then the Warrior defense got the biggest stop of the year. “We are excited to be the Region 6A champs,” said Gardner, who will be going to the state tournament for the first time as a head coach.

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Docken Makes Fourth Trip to Wrestling Nationals



Augustana College wrestler and Winner native Jayd Docken will make his fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA Division II championships which was held Friday and Saturday in St. Louis, Mo.

Docken, wrestling at 197 pounds, finished third at the NCAA Super Region III championships in Mankato, Minn., on March 1.

Docken lost in the semifinals to second ranked Julian Smith of McKendree by a 3-2 decision. Docken then pinned Dylan Windfield of Upper Iowa to earn a spot at the NCAA Division II championships.

Docken battled against Joe Gomes of Northern State for the third time this season, taking the third place match by a 3-2 decision.

At 27-4 on the season, Docken’s only Division II losses have come to Kenny Breaux of Lindenwood and No. 3 Julian Smith of McKendree.

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Richey Scores Two Hits

Austin Richey of Winner had two hits in four at bats including a RBI double as the University of Sioux Falls dropped an 8-2 decision to Cal State University, San Marcos.

The  Winner sophomore also had a stolen base  which gives USF 15 for the season.

Richey helped USF to a win in an earlier game in California. Richey had a run scoring double in this game.

Darbi Gustafson Wins Spirit of Sue

Darbi Gustafson, a senior on the Ethan basketball team, won the Spirit of Sue award at the State B tournament in Huron this weekend.

Darbi is  the daughter of Jeff and Janet (Bertram) Gustafson, formerly of Winner. Janet grew up in the Colome area.

Ethan won the state title with a 31-28 victory over Sully Buttes. This was Ethan’s first state tournament in 34 years.

Sully Buttes also has a Winner connection. Sully Buttes is coached by Mark Senftner, who is married to Lynn (Daughters) Senftner. Lynn grew up in Winner and is a graduate of Winner High School.

AAU Wrestlers Qualify for State

Several youths  competed in the regional AAU wrestling tournament Saturday in Mitchell.

There are 27 Winner youths who made it to state.

Results include:

6 and under—Ellison LaDeaux, 1st; Roukyn Robbins and Legend Benedict, both 2nd and Hudson, Peters, 3rd

7-8—Hunter Kahler, Ryken Orel, Kylah Biggins, all 1st; Rylan Robbins, Brody Calhoon, both 2nd.

9-10—Karson Keiser, Konner Osborn, Maxton Brozik, all 1st; Landon Calhoon, Parker Mathis and Coy Assman, all 4th

11-12—Kaden Keiser, Joey Cole, both 1st; Riley Orel, Owen Duffy, both 2nd; Kamryn Meek, 5th

13-14—Kaleb Osborn, Trevor Peters, both 1st; Aaron Gilchrist, 2nd; Landon Debus and Xavier Cadotte, both 3rd and Adam Cole and Cailob Week, both 4th

15 and 16—Wyatt Turnquist, Jaikob Week and Jamin Dougherty, all 2nd

The state tournament will be held in Brookings March 28 and 28 at the Swiftel Center.

The wrestlers advancing to state are: Ellison LaDeaux, Roukyn Robbins, Rylan Robbins, Legend Benedict, Wyatt Turnquist, Hudson Peters, Trevor Peters, Hunter Kahler, Brody Calhoon, Landon Calhoon, Ryken Orel, Riley Orel, Kylah Biggins, Karson Keiser, Kaden Keiser, Konner Osborn, Kaleb Osborn, Parker Mathis, Coy Assman, Maxton Brozik, Owen Duffy, Joey Cole, Aaron Gilchrist, Xavier Cadotte, Landon Debus, Jaikob Week and Jamin Dougherty.

Colome Comes Up Short in District Championship

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Colome boys  basketball team was defeated by Gregory 57-43 in the District 12B game Friday in Mitchell.

The game was tied 13-13 at the end of the first quarter.

Reed Harter led the scoring for Colome  with 23 points followed by Holden Thieman with 15. Harter drained five 3 point shots.

“I thought we played well with all things considered,” said coach Drew Weber. “I don’t think we brought our A game offensively and we knew that we would have to in order to have a chance to win in the end. Gregory did a great job of using their length and quickness to make us uncomfortable offensively. I was proud of how well we reacted to playing in such a big game in front of a large crowd,” said Weber.

“We hadn’t had that experience yet and it was nice to see our boys not be intimidated by the circumstances.”

The Cowboys shot 33 percent from the field and 82 percent from the free throw line.

Thieman pulled down 15 rebounds and Harter, 10.

Colome ended the season with 13 wins and 9 losses.

“I feel we were able to use this experience as a springboard for next season. Overall, I feel like we had a very successful season and have a lot of things to be proud of,” said Weber.


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Warriors Advance to Region Championship Game

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Winner High School boys basketball team punched its ticket to the Region 6A championship with a 61-39 victory over Miller Saturday in Winner.

The Warriors played Cheyenne-Eagle Butte in the region championship March 10 in Pierre. Complete results and pictures of the championship game will be in next week’s Winner Advocate. The March 11 issue was printed before the game started on Tuesday.

The Winner Armory on Saturday was packed with Winner and Miller fans.

The Warriors jumped to an early lead and never looked back. Winner led 9-0 in the first quarter and on the heals of two free throws by Brendan Harter took a 13-4 lead at the end of the first quarter. At the half, Winner led 27-13.

“We are proud of our student athletes for coming out ready to play and getting after it on the defensive end,” said coach Brett Gardner.

He said Sam Naasz, Lattrel Terkildsen, Nick Hossle, Cameron Kuil and the rest of the team did an outstanding job on Miller’s two big scorers. Winner was able to play all 14 players who suited up.

Nathan Galbraith and Brendan Harter both scored 15 points with Sam Naasz, 11; Nick Hossle, 7; Terkildsen,  5 and Devon Leiferman, 4.

Galbraith pulled down 11 rebounds followed by Harter, 8; Naasz,7 and Leiferman, 4.

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Lady Warriors Fall in Championship Game

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Winner High School girls basketball team saw its season come to an end  as they were defeated 62-53 by Cheyenne-Eagle Butte Friday in the Region 6A championship in Ft. Pierre.

The Lady Warriors fought hard and were down 25-17 at the end of the first quarter.

“It was a tough way to end the season but the girls played their hearts out and gave it all they had,” said coach Larry Aaker. “They should be proud of the effort they gave. We have to give Cheyenne-Eagle Butte a lot of credit as they shot the ball well and played the type of game they needed to play,” said the coach.

Kelsey Bertram led the Lady Warriors in scoring with 25 points followed by Bailey Volmer with 12 points.

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