Lynx Paws

Yankton tops Lynx bowlers
Brandon Valley bowlers found their “groove a little too late” when they faced Yankton on Friday at Empire Bowl. The Bucks and Gazelles won both the varsity boys and girls matches and boy’s JV match.
The varsity boys lost 40-10 and the varsity girls were nipped 26-24. As for the JV boys, Yankton was in charge of the 47.5-2.5 outcome.
Hunter Meinert led BV with a 238 high game and 575 series.
Laura Kemner led the Lady Lynx with a 178 high game and 494 series.
Splitrock Ladies League
The Splitrock Ladies bowled Dec. 17 with the following results: High Team Game, Rheault Ag Supply LLC, 899; High Team Series, Garretson Insurance, 2,547; High Individual Game & Series, Kathie Franz, 202 and 506. 
Vickie Wielenga picked up the 2-7 split; Diane Fueston picked up the 9-10 split and bowled 56 pins over her average; Kathie Franz and Julaine Walker both picked up the 3-10 split and bowled 57 pins over her average; Pat Paulsen picked up the 6-7-10 and 5-10 splits; Dar Hofer picked up the 9-10 split.
This was the end of the first half with Alliance Communications taking the title.
Results from the Dec. 10 session are as follows: High Team Game & Series, Jesse James, 934 & 2,662; High Individual Game, Kathie Franz, 176; High Individual Series, Vickie Wielenga, 470.
Jan Fonder and Kathie Franz both picked up the 3-10 split. Amanda Lumpkin picked up the 5-7 split; Marcia Bork picked up the 4-7-10 split; Jill Reindl picked up the 6-7 split; Vickie Wielenga picked up the 6-7 split and bowled 56 pins over her average; DeVona Engebretson picked up the 3-9-10 split; and Connie Saathoff bowled 74 pins over her average.
First Day Hike
Big Sioux Recreation Area will host their annual First Day Winter Wonderland Nature Hike at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1. 
Starting at the picnic shelter, the winter hike takes participants through the park. Following the hike, hot apple cider and cookies will be served in the shelter. If there is enough snow on the ground, participants will be given the opportunity to give snowshoes a try. Participants are advised to dress for the weather and a park license is required.
SD snowmobile trails open Dec. 15
Snowmobile trails across South Dakota opened for the season on Sunday, Dec. 15.
Officials in the Black Hills say snow conditions will vary to start the season. The Black Hills has seen snow accumulation, but many trails are on Forest Service roads and have been plowed.
“It’s important that snowmobilers pick up a 2019-20 trail map,” said Black Hills trails manager Shannon Percy. “The trail system incurs a number of re-routes each year and having a current map will help avoid trespassing.”
Snowmobile trail maps can be picked up at various businesses along the trails. Riders can request a copy by calling (605) 582-3896 or (605) 773-2885.
East River trails will see minimal grooming opening day. Snowmobilers are encouraged to check local conditions before riding and keep in mind many areas across eastern South Dakota have standing water.
Train condition updates are posted to Twitter accounts dedicated to both the Black Hills and the East River trails, and With various cameras along the trails, current images of snow conditions can be found online at
A $20 snowmobile motorcycle trail pass is available for residents who use a motorcycle conversion kit. Those permits can be picked up at the Black Hills Trails office in Lead, (605) 584-3896, or at Farm Island Recreation Area in Pierre, (605) 773-2885. 


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