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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. 

Laughter roared through the grandstand as a group of local teener baseball players made up of close friends walked down memory lane together, pouring over the trophies, medals and awards they won together over the past three years. Their camaraderie is evident and from what their coaches say…

In game one of the South Dakota VFW 16U State tournament Wessington Springs played Canova.  Canova scored first in the third inning on a Springs throwing error.  Wessington Springs came back in the fifth inning and scored two runs to take the lead 2-1.  Canova then scored in the top of the s…

Area youth wowed the judges in Monday’s culinary  “Top Chef” competition held at the Ag Building in Wessington Springs. Kids drew a letter and a sweet or savory card to determine which dish to make for judges Deputy Paul Sheldon and Sheriff Jason Weber (above). Teagan Scheel, (above right) d…

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The Wessington Springs 16U VFW Teeners thrilled local fans during tournament play Monday and Tuesday at home, coming out on top Monday against the FH Hitmen 4-3 and again versus Clark area on Tuesday 1-0, catapulting Springs into the championships, slated for Wednesday at 3 p.m. The team is …

As with many aspects of life during this unsettling time, uncertainty surrounded Little League Baseball season for area youth. Last week, however, some normalcy returned to the summer season as families cheered on kids at minors and majors baseball games against Kimball-White Lake at home. S…

Despite the unfortunate cancellation of the National Junior High Finals Rodeo, the South Dakota Junior High Rodeo Association chose to go forward with the state's finals event The rodeo was held May 22 and 23 in Rapid City, SD.

Despite prom being canceled this year due to COVID-19, several WSHS seniors went ahead with the coveted prom dress/tuxedo photo. Shown above is WSHS senior Taylor Nelson.

Due to COVID-19, in lieu of an in-person, traditional graduation ceremony, Wessington Springs High School (WSHS) Principal Jason Kolousek announced that WSHS graduates will be honored with a procession in the elementary school parking lot east of the gym on May 16 at 3 p.m.

Shown above, Easter eggs and teddy bears fill the windows of local daycare center "Kelsey's Klubhouse." A popular activity for young children and their parents during social distancing has been scavenger hunting for a variety of stuffed animals and drawings of teddy bears perched in windows.…

Uplifting and practical messages (“South Dakota Strong” and “Wash your hands”) adorn windows along Main Street. JR Hine takes a break during a bike ride to check out the teddy bear in the window. A popular activity for young children and their parents during social distancing has been scaven…

On the heels of Tuesday’s announcement by Governor Kristi Noem that South Dakota schools will remain closed until May, Wessington Springs Schools Superintendent Dr. Pandi Pittman announced a new plan for remote learning and school meals.

Spartans fans of all ages lined Highway 34 as the boys basketball team made its way east via fire truck escort to Colman-Egan High School in Colman to take on DeSmet in the Region 3 Basketball Tournament last Friday. To make it to that place in the tournament, Wessington Springs scored 29 po…

Wessington Springs-Woonsocket-Wolsey-Wessington wrestlers Landon Wolter, Quinten Christensen, Seth Tebay and Keagan Haider competed at the state wrestling tournament held in Sioux Falls last week.

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Spartan boys basketball makes big strides on the seasonGood communication and “all out hustle” is the name of the game when it comes to Spartan boys basketball coach Joey Mitchell’s philosophy.  “Our first game of the season, we had a ton of turnovers and we didn’t play very well, we gave up…

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Hundreds of youth wrestling fans from across the state filled the Wessington Springs Elementary School gymnasium Friday night to cheer on wrestlers ranging in age from preschool to seventh grade. Three rounds of matches made up of wrestlers from Pierre, Miller, Redfield, Ipswich, Gettysburg,…

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Last Friday, Wessington Springs robotics club coaches Julie Bruckner, Katie Jackson and Spartan Bots member Holden Jackson practiced the 4-8 grade team’s robot run in front of an audience of junior robotics team members made up of Kindergarten - third graders. Newly formed this year, the jun…