July 2023

Members of the Wessington Springs Owls amateur baseball team this season who are headed to the state tournament in August are pictured, back row, left to right: Coach Joe Butterfield, Clay Olinger, Camden Jost, Parker DeJean, Mason Schelske, Terrek Butterfield and Sawyer Senska; front row: Drew Olinger, Coy Fastnacht, Dalton Mogck, Cade Mohling and Tyson Lien; not pictured: Curtis Collins, Clayton Dornbusch, Austin Olson, Landon Cleveland, Cayden Slykhuis and Trevor Kenobbie.

Led by Drew Olinger’s offensive storm at the plate, the Owls started their post-season play with a 6-5 win over the Colome Chaos for the first round of the District 3 Tournament in Kimball on Saturday, July 22. 

Wessington Springs collected 15 hits with Olinger contributing four hits in four at bats. In the top of the fifth, the Owls took the lead after Parker DeJean homered to left field, and Cade Mohling singled, each scoring one run that inning. A single hit by Olinger in the top of the sixth inning tied the game up at three. Then in the top of the seventh inning, the Owls were down 4-5 when DeJean doubled, scoring two runs and putting the Owls back in the lead that would win the game.

DeJean earned the win for Wessington Springs. The right-handed pitcher allowed three hits and no runs over three and two-thirds innings, striking out one and walking no one. Schelske stepped on the mound first for the Owls. He allowed nine hits and five runs over five and one-third innings, striking out four and walking no one.

The win over Colome advanced the Owls to the next round in the winner’s bracket and brought them up against the Four Corners on Sunday, July 23. It was a tough battle, going ten innings, but the Owls just couldn’t hold on and lost 6-7. 

Camden Jost had a great game offensively with three hits in four at bats. In the top of the second inning, he singled which helped Wessington Springs tie the game at one. Jost helped the Owls take the lead 2-1 in the fourth inning when he hit a sacrifice fly, scoring one run. He was on fire again in the top of the sixth when he singled, scoring two runs. Then a dropped third strike scored a run followed by an error to score another run and make the score 6-4, Owls. 

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

The annual Sanborn County 4-H Achievement Days will be held Aug. 3-5 at the 4-H grounds in Forestburg. Everything from livestock to fine art to foods to electrical to photography will be on display.  Achievement Days are an opportunity for local youth participating in 4-H to show off their hard work, and the public is invited to attend the activities on Friday and Saturday.

On Thursday, 4-Hers will enter their display exhibit entries through interview judging. Display entries are in a multitude of project areas including visual arts, electricity, foods, food preservation, horticulture, clothing, home environment, horticulture, hobbies and collections, safety, child development, eggs, plant science (crops) and wood science. During interview judging, the judge will ask the 4-H member questions about their exhibit, and then explain the reasons for the ribbon awarded.  

All ages of the public are invited to participate through the Open Class Event in the following categories: Art, Canning, Child’s Garment, Crafts, Needlework, Quilted wall hanging or pillow and Photography. Entries in each of these categories judged best of show will be taken to the State Fair to be judged in the special “County Best of Show” category. Open class entries should be brought to the 4-H Building on Aug. 3 between 4-6 p.m. Information on the open class event may be found on our website http://www.sanborncounty4h.com. Display exhibits will be available for viewing all day Friday and Saturday in the 4-H Building. 

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

Lloyd and Audrey Kempf of Woonsocket competed at the National Senior Games in Pittsburgh, Pa. These games draw over 10,000 athletes, ages 50 to 100 plus years, for 20 different sporting events.

In the track and field events, Audrey earned a silver medal in the hammer throw and a seventh-place ribbon in the discus. Lloyd came away with a gold medal in the pole vault, a fifth-place ribbon in the 50-meter dash and a seventh-place ribbon in discus.

In the three-on-three basketball three-day tournament, Lloyd played with a team called the Larks. They won three games and lost three games but ended up with a Bronze medal. The Larks started the games with four members, but one of the members sustained an injury, so on the last day, they had to play with only the three remaining teammates without substitutes. In their final game, they lost to the eventual champion of the tournament. They played them well, making the opponents work hard to get the win. Even though the Larks lost, they felt good about their final game.

Lloyd and Audrey stated that it was a bit of a struggle getting around Pittsburgh with their events located in three different locations and managing the airline connections on their cell phones. Despite that, they were glad to have attended the national games.

…See pictures in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

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