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PHOTO OF THE DAY: POSTGAME BRIEFING

Canistota/Freeman head coach James Strang visits with the team after the Pride took care of Philip 50-0 in the quarterfinal round of the playoffs in Canistota Thursday night, Oct. 29. Strang's comments focused on next week's rematch with Howard, the state's No. 1 team and top-seed in the playoffs. The Tigers beat the Pride in triple overtime during the regular season and spoiled their chance to play for a conference title. “You know how important that is,” he said. “They took that from us; you’re going to hear me yapping about that all week. We have the chance to take it back.

NEW: EDELMAN SAYS GOODBYE TO XC

JEREMY WALTNER  -  PUBLISHER

The final cross-country race of Morgan Edelman’s career is one she will remember, not for the finish, but for the weather conditions she and the 119 other runners competing in the Class B field endured.

“I only fell once,” the Menno senior said following her 55th-place finish in her seventh and final state cross-country meet held in snowy, slippery and cold conditions at Hart Ranch Golf Course just south of Rapid City Saturday morning, Oct. 24. “It was not fun; I couldn’t feel anything.”

NEW: VOTERS WILL HAVE THEIR SAY TUESDAY

JEREMY WALTNER  -  PUBLISHER

Voters across the country will head to the polls next Tuesday, Nov. 3 for a general election headlined by a contentious race for president between Republican incumbent Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden. But there’s more on the ballot than that, including in South Dakota, where voters will weigh in on three ballot issues — two of which would legalize marijuana in the state and a third that would legalize sports betting in Deadwood.

NEW: 'COVID-19 IS A MONSTER'

JEREMY WALTNER  -  PUBLISHER

As COVID-19 cases surge across South Dakota — active cases went from an average of 2,594 the third week of September to 8,983 the third week of October while average daily hospitalizations went from 58 the third week of August to 332 the third week of October — the coronavirus pandemic continues to have a major impact locally.

PHOTO OF THE DAY: WHEN TIMES WERE DIFFERENT

This photo from 1977 shows the Pioneer Hall auditorium all set up for Schmeckfest. This has been the norm since the beginning of the festival, when entertainment followed the traditional German meal, and especially since 1967, when full stage productions began a tradition and a big part of the festival. But COVID-19 has impacted that; "Matilda the Musical" was not staged in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic and officials announced this week that the musical would not be presented in 2021, either. Other details about next year's Schmeckfest are still being worked out.

FA/MARION BOYS 2ND IN STELLAR DAY FOR BEARCATS

JEREMY WALTNER  - PUBLISHER

The 2020 State Cross-Country Meet will be remembered for the wintery weather conditions that moved across the Black Hills Saturday morning, Oct. 24.

Freeman Academy runners and fans will remember it for something else, too: One of the best all-around finishes in recent memory, if not program history.

PRIDE BEAT FLYERS 48-14 TO ADVANCE TO QUARTERFINALS

Tyce Ortman scored a pair of touchdowns in the first quarter, Isiah Robertson scampered for a 66-yard touchdown run and Collin Helma caught a 63-yard touchdown pass from Ortman as Canistota/Freeman built a 32-0 lead over Chester Area in the first round of the Class 9A playoffs in Freeman Thursday night, Oct. 22.

The Pride ended up winning 48-14 behind 128 rushing yards from Ortman and 83 from Robertson; Blake Anderson also ran for a touchdown and a two-yard conversion to keep Canistota/Freeman well in front.

RACES AT STATE XC MOVED UP

Because of a significant winter weather event moving through the Black Hills on Saturday, the South Dakota High School Activities Association has moved the races to earlier in the day. The Class B girls will now run at 9:30 a.m. MST (not 10 a.m.) with the Class B boys to follow at 10 a.m. The final race of the day, the Class A boys, is now scheduled to being at 2:30 p.m.

ROESLER LEADING CHARGE OUT WEST

JEREMY WALTNER - PUBLISHER

Titus Roesler runs to win.

To that end, this has been a good cross-country season for the Freeman Academy senior, who has owned the Class B field throughout the year and ran away with the Region 5B championship last week in Platte. Roesler finished the 5,000-meter course in 17 minutes, 33 seconds and nearly 45 seconds in front of the Bon Homme’s Nate Hall, who finished second.