Chargers Travel Down to Lower Brule for First Round Region Matchup
The Sully Buttes Chargers will be on the road tonight in the 3-6 matchup of the Region 6B tournament looking to upset to the Lower Brule Sioux to keep the season alive. The Chargers are coming into tonight with momentum after Friday’s overtime win against North Central. The Chargers didn’t allow a single point during overtime in the comeback victory. Sully Buttes, at 9-11 have won three of its last four games while Lower Brule is on the opposite side having lost three of its last four games sitting at 10-9. The two teams have not met in the last couple of seasons. The winner will most likely have to go on the road and face the two seed Potter County Battlers in Gettysburg.
Pierre’s Stoeser, Potter County’s Larson earn Coach of the Year Awards for Fall 2023 high school sports
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota High School Coaches Association announces the Coach of the Year Awards for the Fall of 2023 on Friday (Feb. 23, 2024). Amanda Stoeser of Pierre Riggs High School is the recipient of the Dance Coach of the Year award while Jessica Larson of Potter County was named the Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year.
More than a gym, more than a coach | Your Morning In Play
Hey, good morning, thanks for joining SDPB News. I'm Ryan Bozer here with Your Morning In Play. With me this morning is our sports and recreation reporter, Nate Wek, and he and I got talking last time about maybe having a nice little feel good story first thing in the morning for you. And Nate, I think you brought one of those for us today.
Vern, we will all miss you.
He was a man of the country, a husband, a devoted father of three, an educator, friend to many, but to everyone who had met this man, he was “Coach.” How could he not be since Vern wore this title for over half his life – 37 years. And there is no doubt that Coach Vern Smith’s credentials to be a steward of young men, and ladies too, were impeccable. His entire coaching career was only at Gettysburg High School, but due to the way things changed he coached both the Gettysburg Battlers from 1987 to 2001 and then the Potter County Battlers from 2002 to 2024. He wanted to be just a basketball coach when he first showed up in Gettysburg and interviewed for the business instructor position as told by his mentor Bill Witte, but Bill convinced him football would be his ticket since he needed a defensive coordinator. From that time on Coach Vern Smith helped lead the Battlers to a State Runner Up Championship in 9A South Dakota Football in 2002, 2004, 2006, and 2008. But then he was blessed in 2013 to finally bring home the State 9A Championship. And his final appearance in the Dakota Dome is when he took his 2021 team back and brought back another State Runner Up Trophy. His impressive football career record of 151 wins and 68 losses has led him to be recipients of the following awards: 1993 SDFBCA 9A Assistant Coach of the Year; 2001 SDFBCA 9A Assistant Coach of the Year; 2006 SDFBCA Region III Coach of the Year; and 2013-2014 SDHSCA Football Coach of the Year. Other awards received were 2006-2007 SDIAAA Region IV Athletic Director of the Year, 2017 SDCCTFCA Assistant Coach of the Year – Area 1, Class B, and 2015 SDCCTFCA Track and Field Head Coach of the Year – Area VIII. Lastly, Vern was the SDCCTFCA Track and Field Head Coach of the Year – Area VIII for 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013.
Gettysburg FFA Chapter Among Others In Celebrating National FFA Week
PIERRE, (KCCR) — Future Farmers of America chapters across the country will be wrapping up National F-F-A Week on Saturday. Gettysburg High 10th grader Bobbi Eide is Secretary of their local chapter and says members have been dressing up to celebrate all week…. Those efforts have also extended into...
Out & about
A legislative cracker barrel with representatives from District 23 will be held on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. in Gettysburg. The event will take place at the 212 Mini Mall/Coffee Bean. It is open to the public. It’s Tolstoy Time. The annual Tolstoy Community Fund Drive will be...
City accepting bids for street sealing
The City of Get tysbu rg will be accepting sealed bids w ith the inte nt to have appr oximately 38,000 square y ard s more or le ss of stree ts to be crack and sealed. The bids sh all be in a sealed envelope marked “ 2024 Street S ealing Project” a nd be presented to the Finance Office by 3: 00 p.m. CST on March 4, 2024.
Student Government Day
Members of the GHS senior class participated in the annual Government Day through the American Legion and Mr. Keith Scott’s government class. The students ran for office and spent the afternoon of Feb. 13 with their political counterparts in the city and county. Pictured at the county commissioner meeting are (l to r) Greta Goebel, Commissioner Tonya Tanner, Commissioner Bill Frost, Commissioner Pat Everson, Commissioner Jesse Zweber, Alexis Genzler, Sean Seurer, Neva Mikkelsen, Olivia Mikkelsen, Kayden Cronin, Commissioner Sandy Hagny, Carter Luikens, and Marlee Matson.
Gettysburg, February 23 High School 🏀 Game Notice
The Timber Lake High School basketball team will have a game with Gettysburg High School on February 23, 2024, 17:15:00 CST.
Friday night fun – Battler style
Each fall we watched as a new crop of teachers came to town. The community would gather at Dr. Steve’s barn for a big welcome party — some hung around for a few years, others moved on to different opportunities, but all left a memory or two in the mix. It was the fall of 1987 when a tousled haired farm boy from the east side of the state picked our school for his first relio-trulio teaching job, and Coach Witte recognized that he would be a good candidate for an assistant on the football field. Coach had an eye for talent, and that was the start of a beautiful friendship between Battler Football and Vern Smith.
Potter County wrestlers headed to State tourney
Two Mighty Battler wrestlers are heading to the State B tournament this weekend. Lane Stuwe and Nicholas Schlachter advanced to compete at the State competition starting Thursday. Nicholas also won the Region’s Gene Benthin Sportsmanship award. Following are the results from the Wrestling Region 1B tournament held in Gettysburg...
Pirates take home win from Potter County Battlers
The Hoven High School gymnasium was jumping Monday night – February 12th – when the Highmore-Harrold Pirates came in hoping to trip up the Battlers since the boys have been on a streak by winning their last six games in row. But our boys had to feel good about their own chances of taking down the Pirates considering Highmore- Harrold’s up and down record of 9-and-8. If you look at common opponents between the two, each squad lost to Wolsey- Wessington and Stanley County and won against Herreid/Selby Area and Sully Buttes. Their only difference was where the Pirates lost to the Faulkton Area Trojans, the Battlers beat them. So, comparing apples to apples on paper, it looked like Potter County had the upper hand when this eighteenth game of the season opened for our Battlers in the Purple Palace.
PC Booster Club Battler
The Potter County Booster Club joins forces with the team coaches to recognize an outstanding Potter County Battler of the week. This week’s Battler of the Week is a GHS senior on the basketball team. Carter Luikens, son of Mandy and Ryan Spilde and Joel Luikens, plays forward for the team.
During their regular February meeting, the city council opened the show by closing the doors to the public with an hour and a half long executive session. That’s plenty long. Especially when they came out of exec and didn’t make any motions. They did, however, question available buildings...
I Hate Winter Party set for Saturday at CC Bar
To break up the winter season, the Gettysburg Community Foundation has lined up some fun on Saturday, Feb. 24 at the CC Bar. I Hate Winter Party gets underway that evening starting at 7 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres by Darrin and Sally Simon at 7:30 p.m. followed by the show at 8:30 p.m. The entertainment is by Misty and The SandMan, which is a comedy hypnosis show. The fundraiser is selling tables, but individuals may also purchase tickets at the door or in advance by contacting Kim Sheehan. See the ad on the back page for more details.
The 5th grade Lady Battlers
The 5th grade Lady Battlers came home with a 3-0 record at the Oahe Hoopla tournament in Pierre last weekend. They beat Pierre Stampede 18-14, Onida 21-11, and Stanley County 20-10 to earn first place. Pictured are (l to r) : Jessica Nadgwick, Coach Michael Larson, Rowan Brown, Kea Cronin, Kyley Saltsman, Cerissa Chase, Tanae Kaiser, Jayla Osier, and Leah Larson.
How personal income has changed in Potter County—plus, see how it compares to the rest of the state and country
Stacker analyzed Bureau of Economic Analysis data to see how personal income has changed in Potter County, South Dakota and how it compares to state and national levels.
Zoe shoots 11 3-pointers against Wolverines
Zoe Meinke and the Battlers went down in a “Blaze of Glory” when the Herried/Selby Wolverines stormed the Big Red House on Tuesday night – February 13th. The Wolverines drew first blood by banging in two field goals and by ripping in two 3-pointers before Potter County knew what hit them. Stunned and wobbling Coach Tricia Heien called for Time Out to break out the smelling salts. Out of the break, Zoe found Jon Bon Jovi’s classic “Blaze of Glory,” tuned it on, turned it up, and threw away the knob. She immediately canned her first 3-point bomb of the night to finally let the Wolverines know there was going to be shootout because the Battlers were ready to fight back. But like all great shootouts the adversary must be just as potent as the hero; just like Wyatt Earp facing off with Ike and Billy Clanton in the middle of main street in Tombstone at high noon. Herried/Selby had the Rossow sisters (Jada and Jordyn) – both 6’0” tall, quick, and tough as nails to take on any gunslinger wanting to go against them. And both Jada and Jordyn answered right back with the help of their sidekick, No. 21 Katie Allbee to push their lead out to 12 points. At this point, Emma Schlachter came running to the rescue by chipping in two free-throws, but before the first quarter ended Jada fired off one last shot to make the score 5 to 17.
Battlers beat Knights
The Battlers ventured up to the Hub City on February 16th to have a “Ye Olde Joust” with the Aberdeen Christian Knights since their original challenge date back in January was scrubbed due to the vicious winter storm that cause so many other jousts to be set aside for a fair day.
February 21 conversation for the future of Sully County roads
Sully County Commissioners invite residents to the table for a conversation during an informational meeting scheduled for Wednesday, February 21 at 7:00 p.m. at the Sully County Phoenix Center. The meeting will open with a presentation by South Dakota Local Transportation Assistance Program (SDLTAP)’s Greg Vavra laying out some of...