Timber Lake showed off a high-powered running game in its football season opener on Friday, but a fourth quarter comeback attempt fell just short as the Panthers dropped a 24-22 decision to highly-touted Harding County, which advanced to the semifinals in the state 9-man playoffs last season. The Panthers fell behind the Ranchers early when Harding County put 16 points on the scoreboard in the first quarter. Clayton Koch scored both touchdowns, one on a one-yard dive and the other on a 60-yard pass from quarterback Sam Podzimer.
Timber Lake's junior varsity runners impressed at the Mobridge Pollock Cross Country Invitational in Mobridge on Saturday, August 29 turning in good times considering it was the first meet of the season.
The Timber Lake Panthers, reigning champions of District 15B, open this volleyball season in position to once again be a contender in the district as well as the Little Moreau Conference. Timber Lake swept through the 15B tournament last season to advance to the regional match, where the Harding County Ranchers won three closely scored sets to advance to the State B tournament.
The 2014 cross country season saw the Timber Lake girls pull off some impressive year-end meets with a small crew of varsity runners: third in Region 4B and 10th at the State B meet. This season will be about fostering younger runners, especially early on. Head Coach Donna Aberle said eight runners are out so far this season. Most of them are junior high, but some may run varsity by the end of the season, depending on how they progress.
The Timber Lake Panthers will have some new faces at key positions this season. Graduated senior running backs Tanner Kraft and Austin Pateneaude and multi-year starting quarterback Jett Peterson helped lead the Panthers to a 4-4 record last season. All four of TL’s 2014 losses were against teams that made the playoffs. But the Panthers will not be without returning starters or varsity experience, as the roster is loaded with seniors and juniors.
A strong turnout and cooperative weather made the annual Isabel Rodeo August 1-2 a success, as fans were treated to competition from some of the top cowboys and cowgirls in the state. On tap next on the South Dakota Rodeo Association (SDRA) circuit will be the Faith Stock Show & Rodeo August 7-9, the Bennett County Fair & Rodeo August 8-9 in Martin, and the Scottie Stampede August 8-9 in Scotland.
Ron Winterberg of Timber Lake (CENTER) received the Hard Luck Award in memory of his grandfather, Jim Jakeway, at the demolition derby. The award was sponsored by Beaman Kraft (LEFT) and David (Shorty) Kraft (RIGHT).