Wresters Fifth in Big Dakota Tournament

cohl turnquist big dakotaWinner Area wrestling team took fifth place in the Stanley County Tournament and second in the Big Dakota Conference tournament both held Saturday in Ft. Pierre.

Parkston won the overall tournament and Stanley County won the Big Dakota.

Winner had four wrestlers place.

Cameron Biggins took second; placing third were Tyrel Haley and Kayleb Brozk with Colby Curtis taking fourth place.

Biggins, 126, lost in the championship as  he was pinned in 3:03  by Luke Smith of Potter Co.

Haley, 152, won a pin in 1:36 over Jesse Mikrut, Wolsey-Wessington.

Brozik, 160, won 7-3 over Paul Waring of Miller/Highmore-Harrold.

Curtis, 113, lost 3-0 to Jackson Nockels of Kimball, White Lake.

“This is a unique tournament. There are 19 schools and only the top four place in each weight in the tournament. We were able to get four into the placing out of 10 kids,” said coach Matt Chambers. “We also had five other wrestlers still alive until the last wrestleback round. Tyrel, Kayleb, Colby and Cameron did a great job of working their way into placing matches. Wyatt Turnquist, Taylor Watzel, Ty Bolton, Jamin Dougherty and Cohl Turnquist also wrestled well but were just short of placing in the top four,” said the coach.

“As a team, I thought we improved overall from last week. I am also looking forward to the last few weeks of the season and seeing how much we can improve going into the regions,” said Chambers.

The next action for the wrestlers will be Feb. 14 at Huron.

Cowboys nipped by Highmore/Harrold

Highmore-Harrold nipped the Colome boys basketball team 69-65 Saturday in the Highmore Classic.

The game was knotted at 11 at the end of the first quarter and then at the half  Colome led 29-19.

“This was a tough game but very entertaining as both teams like to play fast and push the tempo,” said coach Drew Weber.

Reed Harter led the Cowboys with 24 points and Kelly O’Bryan added 17. Will Cahoy scored 9 points. Harter made 5 three point shots and O’Bryan connected on 3 three pointers.

Warriors Rebound after Suffering First Loss

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Winner High School boys basketball team bounced back Saturday night to defeat Parkston following their first loss of the season on Friday.

The Warriors played an energized second half on Saturday as they defeated Parkston 53-46.
“We thought we responded nicely Saturday night. Playing two intense games on back to back nights was good for our student athletes,” said coach Brett Gardner. “We are  proud of the way we defended in the second half. Sam Naasz guarded their best player with his teammates help behind him and held him to 10 points.”

Brendan Harter led the scoring for Winner with 22 points.

Naasz pulled down 7 rebounds, Devon Leiferman and Harter, 6 each.

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The win streak for the Winner boys basketball team came to a halt Friday night as they were defeated by Mt. Vernon/Plainkton 68-63. The Warriors had won 12 consecutive games prior to Friday night and are ranked in the Class A poll.

Friday’s game was so close. With 3:27 left in the game, the Warriors  led 61-59 and then  Mt. Vernon  closed the gap with Winner leading 63-62. With 1:19 left in the game, a Mt. Vernon free throw tied the game 63-63.

With seven seconds left in the game, Mt. Vernon led 66-63.

Brendan Harter led the scoring for Winner with 28 points and Nathan Galbraith added 18.

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Lady Warriors Split Weekend Games

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Winner High School girls basketball team played tough back to back games Friday and Saturday.

Mt. Vernon/Plankinton defeated the Winner Lady Warriors 58-38 Friday night.

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kelsey bertram parkston game The Lady Warriors bounced back Saturday night to defeated Parkston 64-54. Bertram scored 25 points to surpass 1,000 points in her high school career. The Winner senior was honored at the end of the game and presented a basketball.

Sydney Fritz added 22 points for Winner.

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Six Wrestlers Place in Aberdeen

Winner Area wrestling team placed 9th out of 16 teams at the Lee Wolf tournament in Aberdeen on Saturday.

Six Winner wrestles placed in the tournament:

  • Tyrel Haley took third place as he won 7-6 over Shea Krause of Aberdeen Central.
  • Kayleb Brozik placed fifth as he won 3-0 over Nick Christensen of Huron.
  • Colby Curtis and Jayden Schroeder both placed sixth. Curtis lost 9-1 to Austin Cihak of Aberdeen Central. Schroeder was pinned in 2:34 by Josh Lasley of Canton.
  • Ty Bolton took 7th place as he won 14-0 over Carter Canham of Miller/Highmore/Harrold.
  • Taylor Watzel took 8th place as he was pinned in 2:08 by Ryan O’Connell of Sioux Falls O’Gorman.

“I really liked the way the team came out and wrestled,” said coach Matt Chambers. “They came out ready to go every match and battled all day long. Six of the eight wrestlers were able to place in a very tough tournament,” said the coach.

Chambers added: “I still think we are a little inconsistent in some of our matches but overall the boys had a good performances on Saturday.”

The next action for Winner will be at the Big Dakota Conference meet in Ft. Pierre on Saturday, Feb. 7.

Harter Reaches 1,000 Mark

reed harter 1,000 pointsReed Harter scored his 1,000 career point in the basketball game with Marty last Tuesday in Colome.

The Cowboys won the game 90-71. Harter scored 37 points and made five 3-pointers. Holden Thieman added 26 points and Reid Rutten scored 11.

“This was really a fun, up and down game from the opening tip,” said coach Drew Weber. “We were able to play a solid first half and had a nice lead but Marty shot the ball well from deep to get back into the game,” said Weber.harter action shot