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Seven-for-seven: Miller duo defends darts titles

OACOMA--Miller teenagers Michael Winsell and Devyn Gortmaker successfully defended their titles at the Second Annual South Dakota State Junior Dart Tournament on July 29-31 at Cedar Shore Resort in Oacoma.

OACOMA-Miller teenagers Michael Winsell and Devyn Gortmaker successfully defended their titles at the Second Annual South Dakota State Junior Dart Tournament on July 29-31 at Cedar Shore Resort in Oacoma.

For the second straight year, the duo combined to win seven titles at the tournament. They won doubles titles in 01 Doubles Level 1, 701 Stacked Doubles Level 1 and Cricket Doubles Level 1.

Winsell, 17, also defended his individual title in the 01 Singles Level 1.

"It is real nice to defend them," Winsell said, "but it is also real nice to get out there and just show how much you have improved and have fun with it."

The pair have formed a solid partnership in the sport. They have been throwing darts competitively for the past four years.

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"Me and Devyn work well as a team," Winsell said. "If one of us is down, the other one picks him right back up and then we get into the swing of things again until we get it done."

They picked up the sport from their fathers, Rod Gortmaker and Les Winsell. They now travel around the state for various tournaments.

"Together, we make a pretty good team," Devyn, 18, said. "We help each other when we are in a low spot."

Winsell and Gortmaker have also competed at local tournaments in Rapid City, Pierre and Huron. They also participated at the Third Annual National Dart Association National Junior Dart Tournament in Bloomington, Minnesota in June for the second straight year. Winsell and Gortmaker won the Open Doubles 501 and Cricket Doubles.

Gortmaker added they are not the only kids representing South Dakota at the national level.

"At nationals, three quarters of the kids throwing darts there are from South Dakota," Gortmaker said. "There is a lot of good kids throwing."

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