Nathan Hollenbeck of Timber Lake has been named to the South Dakota 9B All-State Football Team as a punter. The all-state selections are voted on by members of the South Dakota Football Coaches Association. Hollenbeck, a senior, averaged 38.5 yards per punt and placed five punts inside the 20-yard line during the Panthers’ 2015 season.
Four members of the Timber Lake Panther football team have been awarded All-Little Moreau Conference honors while two others received honorable mention recognition. Named to the all-conference team were Nathan Hollenbeck, Jacob Alley, Aaron Holzer and Nicholas Bad Warrior. Selected for honorable mention were Chauncy Kersteins and Shaun Maher.
This week, I’m happy to say, will be different from last week. I have all of the score sheets so I am not guessing about team standings. Also by the time you read this, it will have changed anyway. Thanksgiving week we play on Monday night (Nov. 23). So next week I will tell you what happened then.
Three members of the Timber Lake Lady Panther volleyball team were awarded post-season honors last week when they were named to the 2015 District 15B All-Tournament Team. Timber Lake finished its 2015 season with a 14-15 mark, losing the District 15B championship to Lemmon. Lady Panthers earning the honor were junior Sydnee Mettler and sophomores Loryn Schoelerman and Morgan Ducheneaux. Others named to the team include Bailee Birkeland of Dupree; Jordan Baumeister of McIntosh; Bailie Beer, Camryn Shockley and Morgan Ham, all of Lemmon; and Keysha Guajardo of Tiospaye Topa.
Well, as of this writing, I have not seen all of the score sheets from last week, so I will have to report what I do know. Lance Brown Otter still owns the Top Gun position and Nina Schumacher appears to have taken over the Leading Lady spot. And now almost everything else: At Sparky's, eleventh place Double Deuce was hosts to first place Nine Inch Nails. I don't want to say it was expected, but it wasn't unexpected as the Nails left with a 5-0 win. Neither team left their place.
With Timber Lake and Lemmon splitting a pair of regular season matchups, there was bound to be some fireworks when the two teams met for the District 15B volleyball championship on Friday at Faith. In the end, top-seeded Lemmon claimed the district title and moves on to region play, but the victory did not come easy as the second-seeded Lady Panthers put up a valiant effort.
The Timber Lake Panthers were eliminated in the 9-man football playoffs by the Faith Longhorns, 32-0 on October 27. Timber Lake finished the season with a 5-3 regular season record and 5-4 overall including the playoffs. That record includes two wins by forfeit which came in consecutive weeks.
The Timber Lake Lady Panthers split their final two games of the regular season last week, downing Edmunds Central before falling to Harding County. The Lady Panthers finished the regular season 13-14 overall and will enter the District 15B Tournament this week as the number two seed. Timber Lake will take on third-seeded McIntosh in the quarterfinal round of the tournament on Thursday, Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Dupree.
Trent Hammer placed 1st in the 450B championship and 2nd place in the 250B championship in the North Dakota Motocross Association for the 2015 season. Racing consisted of 20 events across North Dakota from May through September. Trent is a senior at Mobridge-Pollock High School and is the son of Mark and Sharon Hammer of Mobridge. He is the grandson of Delila and the late Linus Keller of Timber Lake.