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Spring Concert

Pearce Vander Pol

April 4 2018

The last concert for the 2017-2018 school was performed last night on April 26. While showcasing students’ talents and love for music, the student body praised their Lord and Savior through singing and instrumental pieces. As a leader of the student body it is my job to say thank you to all who attended. Without you as a crowd it would be pointless to sing these songs to an empty gym. We hope that you enjoyed the concert and we also hope to see you back at our next concert in the fall of 2018.

High-Flying Honkers

Chase Pheifer, Senior

April 19, 2018

The PGDCWLC Honker’s baseball team has not had a baseball game. The team has had five games cancelled or postponed. We have had several practices and a scrimmage. The scrimmage went well. We have 31 active players on the roster, and a lot of the players are eighth graders, freshmen, or seniors. In a preseason power ranking, the team was ranked fifth in the state. This year, the format of the state tournament has been changed from a four-team state tournament to an eight-team tournament. We are definitely hoping to make another run at state as we got there last year. Over the next month, there will be a lot of baseball games, and hopefully, that means a lot of wins for the Honkers! If you would like to follow our seasonal progress, go to or download the GameChanger app and search PGDCWLC Honkers.

Drama Drama

Chase Pheifer, Senior

April 19, 2018

After not being sure whether or not DCS would have a drama director, Kami Pheifer stepped up and headed the push for a play this year. Jeremy Boer is the adult director. The play that the DCS drama department is performing is a one-act play called Bad Auditions by Bad Actors. There are 12 students out for drama, and the play should have a run time of 30-45 minutes. The showings will be on May 3 and May 5 (Thursday and Saturday) at 8 PM, so come out and enjoy laughing at our bad acting!

DC Does Have Talent!

Chase Pheifer, Senior

March 14, 2018

The DCS music department held its fifth annual DC’s Got Talent on March 13. It was a great show; the night was filled with vocal and band solos, duets, and ensembles. Brothers Alex and Joey Maas and cousin Kristen Maas were the MC’s for the night. The concert started with four numbers from the high school choir and ended with four numbers from the band. The band brought in a guest conductor named Ron Carlson, who taught at Chamberlain for over thirty years. There was also a guest flutist who was Mrs. De Jager’s junior high band instructor (he was incredible). The attendance was the highest it has ever been; extra tables had to be pulled out to accommodate all those in attendance. Though it was a stressful evening, I enjoyed being able to perform and make music. I’m thankful for all the years I’ve gotten to take part in such a great concert. I am also indebted to my creator that every ounce of talent I have is from Him and not of myself. I am grateful that He can strengthen such weak and frail vessels and use them to bring Him glory.

Band Business

Chase Pheifer, Senior

February 23, 2018

High school band contest occurred on Wednesday, February 21 at Chamberlain High School. DC had nine performances at the contest. There were three ensembles and six solo performances. The ensembles were a brass ensemble, sax quartet, and clarinet/flute duet. We received 5 superior and 3 excellent ratings. With many high schoolers only having one lesson a week for fifteen minutes, the scores we received were fairly remarkable. Senior alto sax player, Kami Pheifer, has participated in high school band contest since 8th grade, and some of her comments about band contest would be that it is a good opportunity for students to improve self-skills and perform in front of people. It was a good day for the band, and hopefully there are more great years of contest to come for the band department.

Done For The Year?

Dillon DeHaai, Junior

Feburary 14, 2018

On February 13, the AC/DC basketball players played their last home game at Dakota Christian for the season. The double header had a good turnout for the AC/DC athletic teams. After two long and intense games the boys and girls both won against the Parkston Trojans. The girls won with a score of 52-39 and the boys won with a score of 53-48.

Every Second Counts

Dillon DeHaai, Junior
Feburary 7, 2018

The girls varsity game on February 1 was a nail biter. The game came down to the last seconds. The ACDC girls were ahead by one with about 30 seconds left. A few turnovers occurred making the game more and more intense. In the last few seconds we were fouled and made one of the two free throws. There was still a chance for them to make a come back, but the DC defense kept that from happening. The Thunder won the game by two points with an ending score of 56-54.

Musical Musings

Chase Pheifer, Senior

February 7, 2018

The DCS musical department’s concert/contest season is in full swing. Both the choir and band have small group contest in February with different individuals and groups performing. In March, the band and choir will have their annual Dakota’s Got Talent concert and then, a week later, large group contest in Mitchell. The band will be performing up to three songs at contest, and the choir will be doing two songs. With band and choir class only being twice a week respectively, it is very tough to prepare multiple songs and perform them well. It is a wonderful thing that we have two teachers in the music department who work hard, care deeply, and have a drive for excellence.

Close Isn’t Close Enough

Pearce Vander Pol, Junior

January 19, 2018

Yesterday, Thursday the 18th, a double header was played verses Avon in Lake Andes. The night was filled with excitement and tension. The girls played a good ball game and almost pulled of an upset. The game came down to the final minutes where they lost by a devastating 1 point.

The boys game kept you on your toes with the rapid back and forth score changes. Like the girls, the game also came down to the final minutes. However, like the girls, the game ended in a loss by 1 point. Nonetheless, one thing we can be thankful for is that everyone is okay and no one was injured.

ACDC vs. Mitchell Christian

Pearce Vander Pol, Junior

January 12, 2018

On January 11, the double header basketball game verses Mitchell Christian was nearly a cleansweep. The boys and girls varsity both won along with the JV girls, but our JV boys could not quite seal the deal. It was great to see our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ come together and play 4 wonderful and enjoyable games of basketball.  

ACDC vs. Burke South Central

Pearce Vander Pol, Junior

January 5, 2018 

Our boys faced off versus the Burke South Central Cougars on January 4. The beginning of the game was very close, but as it went on, the Thunder began to take a commanding lead. They led most of the game and won by 15 points with a final score of 60-45. We thank God for the safety and fun the game brought!

Ethan Double Header

Dillon DeHaai, Junior

December 14, 2017

On Tuesday night the Ethan basketball team came to DCS to play in a double header. The JV boys team won, but the girls JV, girls varsity, and boys varsity all fought hard but lost. We are proud of our teams for working hard and know that it is all in God’s great plan!