A huge crowd came out to the ball diamond in Woonsocket on Thursday night for some entertainment in the fresh air while still practicing social distancing. There were cars lined all around the fence line from the west dugout all around the outfield to the south dugout.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic put a delay on the start of the baseball season, it is now in full swing (pun intended), and there have been games played for a few teams in the area. 

On Friday, May 29, the Wessington Springs Post 5548 14U and 16U hosted Kimball/White Lake with a final score of 9-5. Wessington Springs had a strong offensive start with a single by Keegan Haider, a walk by Jeffrey Boschee and a single by Michael Hoffman, all in the first inning. 

The 16U team for Wessington Springs had a slightly different outcome for their game against Kimball/White Lake. Wessington Springs scored four runs in the fourth inning, but they proved to be the only runs they scored for the game, and KWL handed them their first loss of the season with a final score of 4-9. Wessington Springs scored its runs on an RBI single by Brady Larson.

On Saturday, May 30, the 16U team traveled to Clark for a doubleheader with Clark and Wahpeton. They were up against Clark for their first game and brought home a strong win with a final score of 13-2. 

In their second game of the night in Clark, the Wessington Springs 16U Teeners took on Wahpeton. Both teams were led strongly on the pitcher’s mound, but Wahpeton held on tight and ended with a win and a final score of 0-1. 

On Thursday, June 4, the Woonsocket Little League minors and majors teams hosted Plankinton for their first game of the season. Both teams lost very close games with the minors losing 6-7 and the majors losing 5-6. 

…Read more details, see more photos, and see schedules for all the teams inside this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

Each year the sports staff at the Q107 and KORN Country radio stations announce a boys’ team and a girls’ team of Elite Eight Athletes of the Year in their coverage area. Among those receiving the honor to be named to the teams this year was Sanborn Central/Woonsocket’s Noah Dickson for his performances on the basketball court.

Dickson ended his high-school basketball career as a Blackhawk with several records to show for his efforts including: most points scored in a single game with 32, most points scored in a season with 434, highest points per game average with 20.6, most rebounds in a single game of 21, most rebounds in a season with 307, and the best rebound average in a season with 13.3. He is also the co-op’s leading scorer with 1,372 career points and all-time leading rebounder with a total of 835.

On Thursday, March 12, the band students in grades six and seven from both Woonsocket and Sanborn Central Schools performed at a contest held in each school. The students who received a superior rating for their solo performances from Woonsocket were: Reese Stephens – clarinet, Emilie Lindgren – flute, Eli Fry – snare drum, Sebastian Kotilinek – snare drum, Trinity Kotilinek – flute, Brendan Evans – clarinet, Oscar Anderson – trumpet, Dawson Baye-Larson – trumpet, Elizabeth Boschee – trombone, McKenzie Baruth – snare drum, Sage Treib – clarinet, Kyla Terkildsen – trumpet and Samantha Grosz – trumpet. Woonsocket students receiving an excellent rating were: Morgan Eggleston – clarinet, Sutton Senska – trumpet, Tyson Eddy – alto saxophone, Camden Rassel – trombone, London Metzger – clarinet and Sawyer Treib – trumpet.

The students in sixth and seventh grades from Sanborn Central who earned a superior rating for their solo performances were: Caleb Kneen – bass clarinet, Payton Uecker – alto saxophone, Alex Schelske – tuba, Morgan Hoffman – trumpet, Bryce Larson – snare drum, Evan Easton – snare drum, Clay Moody – alto saxophone, Parker Ettswold – trombone, Teagen Moody – snare drum, Tori Hoffman – trumpet and Cameron Edwards – trumpet.  Sanborn Central students who earned an excellent rating were: Aubrey Kropp – trumpet, Chayda Johnson – clarinet, Grant Edwards – trombone and Sydney Edwards – baritone.

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

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