The Brandon Valley Hockey Association Mite Red team took the championship at the tournament in Mitchell this past weekend. Athena Zell,  daughter of Lance and Mallory Zell, and granddaughter of Richard and Joyce Zell of Woonsocket, was a recipient of a Player of the Game award after the Championship game. It’s called the Candy Cup tournament, and BVHA Mites Red were in the B pool with three other teams. They won their pool play and battled it out with Worthington from the second B pool for the Championship game. It was a neck and neck game and ended tied 3-3.  It came down to overall points for the weekend and BVHA won 31-23. BVHA Mite Black also competed in the A pool and took third. The teamwork and sportsmanship shown by these seven-and-eight-year-old athletes was absolutely outstanding!

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

This year’s 281 Conference Hall of Fame Inductee was Superintendent Rod Weber from Woonsocket. Weber has been an important contributor to the 281 Conference for the last 24 years.

He started his education career in 1996 at the Iroquois School District coaching Head Girls’ Basketball, Assistant Boys’ Basketball and Head Boys’ Track. In 1999, he moved to Woonsocket to be the Head Girls’ and Head Boys’ Basketball Coach. Weber continued coaching both sports until the basketball seasons changed in 2002. He’s also the Superintendent, Principal, and Athletic Director at Woonsocket.

Weber retired from being the Head Boys Basketball Coach after his 20th season in Woonsocket last year. He has a combined total of seven 281 Conference Tournament and Season Boys’ Basketball championships.

Weber stated, “I am very grateful for the honor and would like to thank past and present 281 Conference coaches, administrators and especially athletic directors for all their hard work. I’d also like to thank the Woonsocket School and community for allowing him to continue enjoying these occupations for so many years.”

Rod and his wife, Tara, have two children, Tayla and Trey, who are both currently attending college, pursuing education degrees.

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

Dustin Feistner, 40, of Woonsocket, was sentenced Friday, Jan. 10, to five years in prison for possession of a firearm during two pursuits that occurred in August of 2019 where he allegedly nearly hit law enforcement officers with a vehicle.

On Aug. 7, 2019, a Sanborn County deputy was called to a Woonsocket house where, according to a document filed after Feistner’s arrest, the deputy was told that Feistner threatened to kill a family member and bury him in the backyard. When the deputy opened the door to Feistner’s vehicle after the family member requested that Feistner be removed from the property, Feistner allegedly drove away, almost striking the deputy. 

A vehicle pursuit began when Deputy Jason Coenen and Sanborn County Sheriff Tom Fridley followed Feistner, who did not follow multiple commands to get out of the vehicle and instead drove off, into Woonsocket. The pursuit continued, and Sheriff Fridley attempted to block Feistner with his vehicle but had to turn out of the way when Feistner drove directly at him. At some point during the pursuit, Feistner allegedly ran into the side of Deputy Coenen’s vehicle. Due to safety concerns, the Sanborn County Sheriff’s officers called off the pursuit.

Later that night at 11:50 p.m., a second pursuit involving Feistner and local law enforcement officers began when Feistner allegedly ignored emergency lights, drove through Woonsocket and attempted to run a patrol vehicle off the road. Officers ended the second pursuit and set up spikes on Highway 34 outside of Woonsocket that brought Feistner’s vehicle to a stop. Feistner, who allegedly did not comply with the officer’s orders, had to be forced to the ground and handcuffed.

During their search after Feistner’s arrest, officers reportedly found drug paraphernalia in Feistner’s pocket and vehicle. Methamphetamine, bullets and a Glock 17 9mm handgun were also reportedly confiscated from the vehicle. 

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

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