A pair of Timber Lake bull-riding brothers have their eyes on the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo on Dec. 6-15 in Las Vegas.
The top 15 money winners in each event qualify for the finals. With a lot of rodeo left in the season, Ardie Maier is eighth in the bull riding world standings with $31,694 earned this season and little brother Corey is 15th with $23,413.
Corey moved into the 15th spot thanks to his win last week at the Xtreme Bulls Tour Division 2 event at Sisters, Ore. The Timber Lake man won $3,178 at the event.
It is fun to watch two area men do so well on the national stage. That is the thing about South Dakota, you can always find pro cowboys and cowgirls to cheer for because a number of them do well every season in a variety of events.
6-foot-8 pastor: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Aberdeen celebrated its 50th anniversary this weekend. Founding pastor, the 6-foot-8, 80-year-old Martin Haase, was back to give the Sunday sermon. He talked about the many changes in the past 50 years, noting there were no McDonald’s in Aberdeen back then, and now there are two. Haase said one thing he is glad that hasn’t changed about Aberdeen is that Pastor Harold E. Salem is still preaching.
Aberdeen Tony Award winner: The 66th annual Tony Awards this past weekend reminded me of how athletics and fine arts mix nicely in the lives of many people.
Like 1955 Aberdeen Central graduate Ron Holgate. Holgate’s list of high school activities included being an honor student; captain of the football and basketball teams — he was an all-stater in basketball; state champion in declam for poetry reading; all-state chorus; and boys state.
In 1955, Holgate led the Golden Eagles to the State A basketball championship game where he scored 20 points in a 67-50 loss to the Sioux Falls High School Warriors (now Washington). Sioux Falls made 33 of 44 free throws in the game.
In 1969, he won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his role as Richard Henry Lee in the original Broadway production of “1776.” That production also won the 1969 Tony Award for Best Musical.
“Being in a smash show is great,” Holgate told the American News in 1969.
Other Tony winners in 1969 included Carol Burnett, Al Pacino, James Earl Jones, Angela Lansbury and Jerry Orbach (Lenny on Law & Order). Holgate recently turned 75 as he was born May 26, 1937.
In 1979, Holgate was a nominee for the same Tony Award for his role in “The Grand Tour.” Holgate Middle School in Aberdeen is named for Ron’s father, the late Cy Holgate, a former superintendent of Aberdeen Public Schools.
Friends: Mike Henriksen of Calling All Sports/Sportsmax Radio and Terry Vandrovec of the Argus Leader were honored this weekend in Salisbury, N.C., as the state’s sportscaster and sportswriter of the year. Both were extremely deserving of these awards by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
Book: Veteran Minnesota sports journalist Steve Aschburner has a new book out called, “Harmon Killebrew: Ultimate Slugger.”
Pro Rodeo Cowboy Association: One of the founders of the Cowboys’ Turtle Association has died.
That group was the forerunner to the current PRCA.
South Dakota native Joe Barr died June 1 in Apple Valley, Calif., at age 95. Born in Newell, Barr grew up on a ranch in the San Jacinto Mountains of California. On May 17, Barr and wife Ellen celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary.
More Shortridge: Former Aberdeen golf guru Dean Shortridge (1925-2012) was honored last month in his adopted hometown.
Dean’s niece, Sally Shortridge of the Twin Cities, recently let us know that golf played an important role in many members of the Shortridge family.
Dean’s deceased brothers John and Pat also were golf pros at big-time clubs. John Shortridge was the golf pro at the Keller Country Club in Minneapolis for many years. Pat Shortridge spent many years teaching at the country club in Winona, Minn.
John Papendick is the managing news-sports editor for the American News. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.