December 2019

The WSWWW wrestling team performed well again this past weekend. On Saturday, Dec. 21, they traveled to Plankinton to participate in the Mt. Vernon/Plankinton Titan Invitational. With five wrestlers placing in the top five, the team earned sixth place, which makes it the third tournament they have placed in the top six as a team so far this season.

In the MVP Invitational on Saturday, Kaden Carter placed fifth in the 113-pound weight class; Joey Hoverson placed fourth at 120 pounds; Keegan Haider earned the championship at 138 pounds; Landon Wolter placed fourth at 160 pounds; and Quinten Christensen earned the championship in the 220-pound weight class.

The next mat action for the WSWWW wrestlers will be on Saturday, Jan. 4, at the McCook Central/Montrose Invitational tournament in Salem.

…See a team photo in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

Pictured are the Chad Wentland family, of Corsica, with members of the Woonsocket National Honor Society, Woonsocket Student Council and the Artesian-Letcher and Woonsocket baseball teams, who were just some of the kids who helped with the fundraisers held on Thursday night to help the Wentland family with Chad’s fight against cancer.

The highlight of the night for the SCW vs. Corsica-Stickney games played in Woonsocket last Thursday night was the fundraiser that was conducted by the Pony Hills Thunder Baseball team for Chad Wentland. Wentland is from Corsica, and his son is a member of the Corsica-Stickney boys’ basketball team. Wentland is currently fighting neuroendocrine cancer and has been for the past three years. He was most recently informed in October that his cancer had metastasized after tumors were found on his liver and three different bones.

….Read on in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

Meet the area’s new Catholic priest!

By Paula Linke and the St. Wilfrid Youth Group

Fr. Kevin Doyle was welcomed as the new pastor for St. Wilfrid Catholic Church of Woonsocket, St. Charles Catholic Church of Artesian, and St. Joseph Catholic Church of Wessington Springs and Duncan this summer.  

The high school youth group at St. Wilfrid enjoyed the opportunity to interview Fr. Kevin and introduce him to you.

Fr. Kevin grew up in Denver, Colo. He shared an interesting note that while he was not raised in South Dakota, his roots can be traced here as his grandfather was born and raised on the family homestead near Kimball and his grandmother was raised in Plankinton.

Following high school, he went on to Regis University (Colorado’s Jesuit University) for pre-med.  From there he questioned a call to religious life and joined the Oblates of the Virgin Mary in Boston studying at Our Lady of Grace Seminary. After college he took over his dad’s (Homer Doyle) accounting firm in Denver. He did not enjoy accounting and felt the continued call to the priesthood, which was actually first detected when he was in third grade.   When asked why he wanted to be a priest, he answered with a big smile, “God only knows.”  A visit with former Sioux Falls Diocese Bishop Carlson led him to attend Holy Apostles Seminary in Connecticut.  

After being ordained in 2008, Fr. Kevin’s first assignment was as associate pastor at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Pierre. In 2011, he was assigned to St. Anthony Catholic Church in Hoven and Church of St. John the Baptist in Onaka.  While there, he received an additional assignment to St. Augustine Catholic Church in Bowdle and Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hosmer.

As an Irishman/German, Fr. Kevin’s favorite saint is of course St. Patrick, which follows to his favorite color, green. His favorite prayer is the Guardian Angel prayer. There is no doubt that his favorite sports team is the Denver Broncos football team while his favorite baseball team is the Colorado Rockies (“… somebody has to cheer for them”). His favorite food is Italian, and his favorite animal is a dog, specifically the Golden Retriever breed.

When asked about his favorite church, he chose the “little church on the prairie,” St. Joseph of Duncan because of its small size (no microphone needed) and lots of kids. He loves to hear the “music” of kids in church.  His favorite thing about St. Wilfrid Church is the architecture.  Did you know that the architect for St. Wilfrid was the same architect that designed the Catholic Cathedral in Sioux Falls? He says the church is very welcoming and he likes all the color in the design.

Fr. Kevin has one older brother, Michael, who lives in Denver and works for Ball Corporation (the canning company). His mom, Winifred, also lives in Denver, but is currently here in Woonsocket visiting him for a few months.  His dad, Homer, is deceased.

Fr. Kevin is happy to be here and looking forward to getting to know the people of the communities and areas he serves.  In late summer, he took the opportunity for some vacation time in the Woonsocket area, to include learning about picking watermelons, cantaloupes and musk melons.

Welcome Fr. Kevin Doyle!

…See a photo in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal.

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