NewsJanuary 13 2016

Lyman places 10th at Mid Dakota Monster

Posted by Lucy

Lyman had four wrestlers place in the top 8 at the 40th annual Mid Dakota Monster to garner 10th place out of 28 participating teams. The tournament is hosted by the Lyman Wrestling Club and a community of volunteers. New to the tournament this year was the live streaming which allowed fans to watch the wrestling action from the internet. Over 1400 viewed the RaiderLive on Friday and more than 1700 viewers tuned in for Saturday’s action. Check out this week's Lyman County Herald for more results and pictures.

NewsJanuary 13 2016

GLF grants applications now being accepted

Posted by Lucy

The Greater Lyman Foundation announces that grants will be made to non-profit entities in early 2016. Applications for grants are now available. Applications may be completed now. The deadline for consideration is March 1, 2016.

Contact Herb C. Sundall, Jim Fulwider, Noel Hamiel, Wayne Monson, Justin Jessop, Janet Schindler, Layne Larson, or Sarah Caslin, for a grant application and eligibility guidelines, or obtain from

The Greater Lyamn Foundation was established to enrich and promote the future of the Lyman area.

NewsJanuary 06 2016

Give 'em room to work

Posted by Lucy

After the recent snow storm state highway workers, l -r; James Bossert, Gary Hovey, Austin Berry and Jim Kotz get a day in the shop to preform maintenance on their trucks and prepare for the next blast of winter weather. Not pictured are Trent Hanson and Mark Anderson.

NewsJanuary 06 2016

40th year for Lyman tourney

Posted by Lucy

The Lyman Invitational wrestling tournament which was renamed the Mid-Dakota Monster in 2004 turns 40 years old this year.

The two-day wrestling tournament kicks off at 11:00 AM Friday at the gym in Presho and normally runs until about 10:00 PM that night. Saturday morning starts with the Parade of Champions at 9:45 AM followed by wrestling at 10:00 AM.

Lyman wrestling coach Chad Johnson reports 28 teams are expected to participate, five of which are ranked in the latest wrestling polls including four South Dakota teams; Stanley Co., Parkston, Spearfish and Potter Co., and one Nebraska team from O’Neill. Over 60 individually ranked wrestlers with implications of two #1 ranked SD heavyweights Trezon Dorean of Andes Central in Class B and Jeramiah Harmon, Spearfish in Class A potentially squaring off in the finals.

The tournament has gone through changes over the years especially since Coach Johnson, a 1998 graduate of Lyman, returned to teach and coach.

• 2004 it was first coined "The Mid Dakota Monster" when it grew from 12 teams to approximately 20 teams.

• 2005 we went to 3 mats to accommodate the growing number of teams.

•2012 SDHSAA changed weight classes

•2015 we implemented track wrestling computer software where all scoring and stats were done online.

•2016 we will be streaming on Lyman Raiders Live.

"Team numbers fluctuate from year to year, some teams travel to see different competition throughout the state, some may go to a smaller tournament to accommodate an inexperienced program, they may go somewhere for a year or two but often times come back," said Johnson.

Almost all of the teams stay in Lyman County between the local motels and hunting lodges.

Johnson said the success of the Lyman tournament has been possible all these years due to the support of the community.

"It takes a lot of manpower to run an event of this size - running the computer program, the computer scoring, the scoreboard, the hospitality room, the concessions, and the head table," stated Johnson. "We certainly rely on the community’s support."

If you’re a wrestling fan, make plans to attend the 40th annual Mid-Dakota Monster.

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