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YEAR IN REVIEW: November: Area teams win titles at DakotaDome

Avon players, from left, Devin Tolsma, Brandon Kocmich, Jacob Reeves and Clay Lukkes lift the Class 9B 2013 state championship trophy after defeating Hamlin on Nov. 15 at the DakotaDome in Vermillion. (Sean Ryan/The Daily Republic)

Two area high school football programs with strong traditions claimed state nine-man championships in November.

Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan won its third championship in the past four years, defeating Arlington 36-6 in the Class 9AA title game.

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“Every time is great and to do this with this group of kids is something special,” said Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan coach Jeff VanLeur. “We faced some adversity along the way this season, but we played like a championship team all year.”

Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan finished the season 11-1 and won its sixth state championship in program history.

Avon rallied to beat Hamlin 24-22 for the 9B crown. It was Avon’s fifth state title. Avon finished its season 12-0 and claimed its first title since 2008.

“This is awesome,” said Avon junior fullback Kole Beeson, who caught the game-winning touchdown pass with about 2 minutes on the clock. “I couldn’t have asked more than to help bring a state championship home to Avon.”

Parkston lost to Canton in the 11B title game, finishing the season 10-2.

Following are summaries of other local and area news from November editions of The Daily Republic.

Nov. 1: Federal officials were seeking an Eagle Butte man, Jason Garreau, who was believed to have been involved in a chase and fatal shooting that happened in Buffalo County. Kyle Loven, Minneapolis Division FBI spokesman, said a man was killed by law enforcement after the chase. Loven said the person who was killed fired shots at law enforcement.

Nov. 4: The Fourth Annual Pro Hockey Celebrity Hunt in Mitchell drew about 200 people and raised about $45,000 before expenses, according to organizer Dave Tronnes. The foundation was named for Sam Tronnes, the late son of Dave and his wife Maxine. Sam died in a 2005 accident. The foundation distributes grants and scholarships.

Nov. 5: A 19-year-old man allegedly inhaled compressed air to get high before running into two vehicles, a concrete barrier, a sign and then a house in Mitchell. River Malatare, of Mitchell, was arrested after the incident. He told law enforcement officers he had inhaled air from an air duster.

Nov. 6: University of South Dakota President Jim Abbott visited Mitchell and urged alumni to visit their alma mater and see the results of capital campaigns that are transforming the school’s campus. Abbott told the group the USD campus was in need of upgrades when he arrived in 1997. The university has since been revamped and rejuvenated.

Nov. 8: Approximately nine cattle died, but no people were injured in an early morning accident on Interstate 90 in which a semi-truck hauling cattle tipped onto its side. The driver of the semi was 58-year-old Rickey Dungan, of Blossom, Texas. He was uninjured. Workers from A&G Diesel cut a hole in the roof of the trailer to help get the cattle out. No citations were issued in the accident.

Nov. 11: The Avon, Parkston and Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan high school football teams won their semifinal football games and qualified for the state championship in their respective classes. Avon defeated Wall 40-14 in Class 9B; Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan beat Gregory 30-9 in Class 9AA; and Parkston beat St. Thomas More 19-14 in Class 11B.

Nov. 13: Six Mitchell residents were arrested in November for sex crimes against children.

Detective Lt. Don Everson, of the Mitchell Police Division, said James Lee Bullis, 31; Peter LeRoy McKeen, 42; Scott Allen Genzler, 36; Dustin James Chernotik, 18; River Johannes Malatare, 19; and Lane Allen Henrichsen, 20, were all charged with sex crimes against children.

Nov. 15: Gregg Spindler, of Cazenovia, N.Y., was in Sioux Falls advocating reforms to South Dakota’s drunken driving laws. In July, Spindler’s daughter, Maegan Spindler, and her co-worker, Robert Klumb, died when they were hit by an allegedly drunken driver as they were walking across a hotel parking lot in Pickstown. Spindler and his wife, Susan, who are both professional statisticians, have compiled what they call evidence-based and data-driven recommendations to various officials in South Dakota, including Gov. Dennis Daugaard, hoping to stiffen the state’s drunken driving laws.

Nov. 16: Avera Queen of Peace talked about its plans to possibly move all of its Mitchell operations to 30 acres of land west of Cabela’s along Interstate 90. Avera Queen of Peace developed a master plan that could mean a decades-long consolidation of all the organization’s services on a single campus, CEO Tom Clark said.

Nov. 19: Mitchell High School students took part in a nationwide effort to learn the Gettysburg Address, which celebrated its 150th anniversary in Nov. 2013.

Nov. 20: Dakota Wesleyan University football coach Ross Cimpl was named the Great Plains Athletic Conference coach of the year after guiding his team to an 8-3 record.

Nov. 21: Logan Evans was sentenced to 150 days in jail for aggravated assault. Evans shot his friend, Nick Lawson, in June on Interstate 90 between Mitchell and Alexandria. He didn’t think the gun was loaded and pulled the trigger. Lawson was injured but survived.

Nov. 22: Howard and Armour businesses suffered fires. Howard Cold Storage and Lockers, of Howard, and South Dakota Pheasant Acres, of Armour, were both hit by fires during a snowy day. No one was injured in either of the fires.

Nov. 25: The Winner High School volleyball team was runner-up at the Class A state tournament, falling to Dakota Valley. Wagner took fifth in the Class A state tournament, while Lyman finished fifth in Class B and Kimball/White Lake was seventh.