5 Years Ago (2008)
The Wolsey-Wessington Lady Warbirds’ 7th & 8th grade team took on Wessington Springs in the first game of their tournament that was held January 23 at the Wessington Gym. The Warbirds defeated the Wessington Springs 38-28. In the championship game, the Lady Wardids were defeated by the Hitchcock-Tulare Pariots by a score of 13-46.
The Wolsey-Wessington 7th/8th grade girls’ and boys’ teams hosted James Valley Christian on Jan. 21 and posted victories in both contests. In the girls’ game, Bridgett Clarke put in 33 of the 41 points. Scoring was led by Jalen Boomsma with 12 of 38 points in the boys’ contest.
The Wolsey-Wessington Lady Warbirds picked up a 281 victory last Tuesday night when they defeated Sunshine Bible Academy 48-37. The JV team won their game 39-22. Bridgett Clarke and Becca Runge were in double figures with 14 and 10 points respectively.
10 Years Ago (2003)
Evan Rogers, Wessington, has been selected Student Ambassador for Lake Area Technical Institute. Evan, a 2002 graduate of Wessington High School, will be representing the Building Trades Technology program.
A baby boy, Gage Michael Hedge, was born to Duey (Duane) and Holly Hedge of Aberdeen. Grandparents are Kent and Sharon Hedge of Huron. Leona Hedge of Wessington is great-grandmother.
Karen and Jeff Kelsey, new owners of the Sunset Bar and Lounge, have worked hard to bring a nice restaurant setting into a lounge environment. The Kelseys have done well for the community by rehiring all the local staff back into rotation, plus adding a couple extra local people. They’ve done a lot of remodeling, including a new checkerboard ceiling, fans, a new card playing room, and a heating and lighting system.
The Wessington Lady Warriors, seeded fourth, came away with the 45-25 victory over the number eight seeded Wolsey Lady Cardinals in the semi-final round of the 281 Girls’ Basketball Tournament last Monday evening at the Huron Arena. Wessington, now 8-3 on the season, was led in scoring by Katie Jensen with 14 points, followed by Theresa Jensen with 12. Tara Danburg and Betsy Rowen each chipped in 6, while Hanna Prentice added 3.
20 Years Ago (1993)
Irving and Arlene Wessel, Huron; Steve and Caroline Masat, Redfield; Mike Held, Huron, Bert and Rennald Stiner, Wessington; and Gail and Bud Brock, Hitchcock, were among 73 South Dakotans attending the American Farm Bureau Convention in Anaheim, California.
The Wessington Warriors moved into the championship game of the 281 Conference Tournament for the first time since 1988. Although Wessington outscored their opponent 21-16 in the fourth quarter, the [Alpena] Wildcats took home the championship trophy defeating Wessington 64-44.
Troy DeHaven recently completed Seaman Training at Great Lakes Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill. He is now stationed aboard the ship USS Kiska.
Ginny Hansen served lunch to the card players at the Senior Center on Friday. Friday night was dance night for seniors and report of a good time by all attending. Lois Stobbs was the lunch server on Saturday to card players and another jig saw puzzle is being worked on.
40 Years Ago (1973)
The Christian Brothers Quartet of Aberdeen presented a musical program in the Presbyterian Church Sunday evening. The appealing manner of the young singers, the sophisticated sound equipment, and the quality of their voices and songs, all combined for a musical treat highly appreciated by their audience.
Wessington High School’s 1973 Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow is Rennae Stiner. Rennae will receive a specially designed award from General Mills, sponsor.
The Wessington Warriors led at all quarter stops in posting a 70-26 victory over the Harrold Cardinals in non-conference action here Friday night. Alan Rex, a 6-1 senior, came off the bench and turned in a good performance for the Warriors, pulling down 17 rebounds and scoring 17 points. Lynn Johnsen led the Warriors in scoring with 19 points.
The Wessington High School Drama Department, under the direction of Steve Weisman, presented the play, “Bench 18” last Saturday at Pierre in the annual Division VII one-act play contest and came home with top honors. The Best Actor award was given to Bill Matthews; and Best Actress honors were presented to Jean Bohr.
50 Years Ago (1963)
Kathleen Johnson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ogee Johnson, had the honor of being chosen as one of three to attend the National Livestock Show at Denver last week. Kathleen, a second year student at Wessington Springs Junior College, has been a member of the Rose Hill 4-H Baby Beef Club for nine years.
Coach Ron Beck’s Warriors moved back into the win column again Tuesday night, as they downed the Ree Heights Warriors in a high-foul contest, by a score of 66-31. Pacing was Larry Fernholz with 15, followed by Steve Larson and Doug Fritzsche with 14 and 13, respectively.
According to the Legislative Report: Seat belt legislation appears likely. It will apply only to cars manufactured starting in 1964. Much also is being said about highway safety, as a result of the new record of 245 deaths in the state in 1962. Driver education advocates say there should be greater support for their programs for youngsters in the high schools.
60 Years Ago (1953)
The Wessington Warriors lost all but a mathematical chance to come out on top of the Beadle County Conference standings on Tuesday when the Wolsey Cardinals beat them 46-40 in a thriller. Coach Nelson’s team was on top at only one quarter stop, the third when they led 32-31.
Delores Hoffmann initiated four days of farm business here last week by witnessing the longest inaugural parade in history. From a block of seats, 40 fellow Farmers Union members from South Dakota and 100 from Montana, Minnesota and North Dakota viewed the entire celebration, from President Eisenhower’s opening drive down Pennsylvania Avenue to the sled trotted by after dusk.
Don Hutman announced this week that he had sold his implement business to Chas. Miller, who will take possession Monday, February 2nd. Hultman started the business handling Case implements and Socony-Vacuum products, just five years ago.