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Avery Orth bumps the ball over the net alongside fellow Lady Spartans Sarah Poncelow and Riley Roduner during a home game victory against Lower Brule last Thursday. More photos from WSHS Homecoming can be found in this week's print and e-issue. 

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The longstanding tradition of announcing Homecoming Royalty took place last week at Wessington Springs High School, as the details of 2021 Homecoming Week (September 20-24) were also revealed. The 2021 Queen and King candidates are pictured above, back row, left to right: Cheyenne Burg, Kali…

Many early mornings and long hours are put into each project exhibited by area youth in order to compete at the South Dakota State Fair. Austin Schimke looks for the judges glance as he keeps his heifer in the perfect set up. More photos of area youth showing at the state fair can be found i…

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The Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central Blackhawks began their season last Friday vs. the Sioux Valley Cossacks in Wessington Springs. The Cossacks came in as the number three ranked team in the state, and the Blackhawks were ranked number four. The physical game featured teams tra…

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After a busy summer of working on their projects, local 4-H members let their hair down and cut loose with a myriad of fun activities at 4-H Fun Day last Wednesday. Family Olympics tested the skills of area moms and dads during Fun Day. Shown above, Wade Christensen hurls a Crisco-covered wa…

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As Spartan student athletes head west to compete at the state track meet slated for this Friday and Saturday, May 28-29 in Rapid City, the community is invited and encouraged to send them off in style. A send off is planned this Thursday, May 27 at 1 p.m. on Main Street as Spartans who quali…

Mason Schelske pitched six innings for the Blackhawks at home Sunday. Coach Nathan Hainy gets reader's caught up with the tail end of the spring baseball season in this week's print and e-issue of the True Dakotan.

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Hard work, humility and an uncanny chemistry have proven to be the secret to this season’s success for the Spartan relay foursome of AJ Neely, Blake Larson, Carter Grohs and Dylan Schimke — definitively solidified last weekend at the Howard Wood Dakota Relays as Wessington Springs claimed th…

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Baseball was back in Wessington Springs Wednesday night.  The local Blackhawk baseball team took the field against the visiting team from Madison.  The Blackhawks gained a quick lead with two runs in the bottom of the first on four consecutive walks and two wild pitches.  But the lead change…

On April 9, the varsity golf team kicked off our 2021 season traveling to Mitchell to golf at the Lakeview Golf Course for the Class B Classic. This is one of the biggest meets the kids will attend other than regions and state. The boy’s division had 92 golfers with the girls having 56, so w…

Mason Schelske threw a seven inning no hitter on 94 pitches during Saturday’s baseball action.

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The Blackhawk Spring baseball team got it’s season off to a start last Wednesday, March 31.  The local team traveled to Huron to play Huron’s high school team.  Mason Schelske was assigned the start in game one.  The first inning saw Huron score three runs on only one hit, but were helped by…

From the halls of WSHS we bring a new art project recently completed by  freshman drawing class student Raylee Fagerhaug.

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Quinten Christensen journeyed into this year’s state wrestling competition with eyes wide open and a fiercely determined heart, knowing all too well that “it’s a big jump from third to first.”

From the halls of WSHS, we bring two more art projects completed at the end of the first semester. This selection of art was completed by seniors Angie Paulson (left, oil painting) and NaLea Dunsmore (right, mixed media). They did an excellent job drawing out their pictures, keeping the prop…

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Messmer tops 1,000 points 

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The Spartans charge into another week of home basketball action with some major momentum on the heels of last week’s home victory on Tuesday against Andes Central / Dakota Christian (70-46) and Saturday’s win over Freeman Academy/Marion (60-45).

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For the first time in 14 years, the Wessington Springs Spartans served up an exciting victory in the 281 Conference Tournament, coming out on top as the champions of the tourney in a thriller vs. the Wolsey-Wessington Warbirds last Friday in Wolsey. The 47-43 victory moved the Spartans to 7-…

The Wessington Springs Elementary School gymnasium saw plenty of youth sports action last week, drawing fans to town to cheer on their favorite wrestlers and basketball players. More photos, results and recaps can be found in this week's print and e-issue on PAGES ELEVEN AND TWELVE

The Wessington Springs/Woonsocket/Wolsey-Wessington wrestling team will host at home in Wessington Springs this Thursday, January 14 at 5 p.m. Back row, left to right: Brock Stevens, Quinten Christensen, Eric Klanchnik, Tyler Eddy and Coach Kevin Haider; third row: Carter Grohs, Carter Gaiko…

As we head into 2021 and the full chill of winter, the Spartan sports schedule lends an opportunity to support student athletes and heat up chilly nights. Below, spectating opportunities — in person, online and on Venture channel 382 — for the next week can be found. 

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Holiday pie baking action was in full swing at Wessington Springs High School (WSHS) with more than 200 pies sold through the annual Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) pie sale. The yearly pie sale is the group's biggest fundraiser and helps fund student FCCLA projects …

Dakota Resources announced that Wessington Springs Area Chamber & Development was the recipient of one of the two Community Innovation Prizes awarded this year. De Smet Development Corporation was also awarded a Community Innovation Prize. 

The Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central Blackhawks (WWSSC) were defeated by undefeated Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan (BEE) in the 11B State Quarterfinals  last Thursday in Bridgewater. BEE defeated WWSSC by the score of 42-6 and will move on to face undefeated Mobridge-Pollack Friday, No…

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Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central played their first home playoff game since 2017 last Friday, defeating Sisseton 33-0 in Wessington Springs. The Blackhawks move to 7-2 on the season, advancing to the Quarterfinals to face undefeated Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan. The game will be play…

From the halls of WSHS we begin our Artist's Corner for the school year. It has been wonderful being able to see the art students in person and get the year off to a great start! The first project we bring is from Advanced Art III senior, Mackenzie Roduner. Mackenzie chose to make her own st…

The future of golf in Jerauld County looks especially bright, after 21 youth-adult teams participated in a tournament Sunday at the Springs Country Club. Mild fall weather and abundant sunshine graced the golf course during the best ball tournament that was followed by a meal, fellowship and…

The Springs Country Club served as the venue last week as the Spartans hosted a regional cross country meet.  Varsity runner AJ Neely fights for the lead early on. Results and the full recap from Coach Becky Krueger will appear in next week's True Dakotan.  

After learning remotely last spring and navigating a strange summer due to concerns around the coronavirus, smiles and excitement couldn’t be contained as students and teachers returned to school last week. Friends and classmates greeted each other in front of the middle/high school last Wed…

On Friday in Forestburg, the Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central Blackhawks opened up the season with a SESD conference victory over the Chamberlain Cubs 14-0.

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Jerauld-Buffalo County Achievement Days took place on August 3-5, 2020. The first day took youth out to the 4-H barn to exhibit livestock. Entries were judged by Jeff VanderWal of Brentford, SD and poultry and rabbits were evaluated by Andy Jensen of Chester, SD.