Orth has big day at Mobridge derby
By Jay Davis
A record crowd had the good fortune of watching a local driver have a huge day at the Mobridge Demolition Derby at the rodeo grounds on Saturday.
“It’s our largest crowd to date,” said Kurt Neumiller of the Mobridge Rodeo Association. “I think they saw a pretty good derby.”
A paid attendance of 1,470 derby fans saw Derrick Orth of Mobridge take first place in the main event and the open 1-on-1 class.
Orth teamed with Mike Duenwald of Hoven, Cody Birkeland of Dupree and Chuck Brown of Winner to form the Expendables. The team was anything but dispensable as they dominated in the first round before outlasting three teams in the championship. Each of the teammates took home his share of the $6,000 first-place check. Orth earned another $500 when he was named the winner of the Mad Dog award as the derby’s most aggressive driver.
Orth kept his big day going in the Unlimited Class. He banged heads with and beat 11 other drivers in the 1-on-1 format heat, that was reintroduced to the derby this year. Orth picked up another $750 for his win.
Back to the main event, second place and $3,000 went to Drivers Ed, consisting of Nathan Rohrbach, Jeremy Schlecht and Charles Belcher of Bowdle and Dyllan Rohrbach of Roscoe. Heavy Impact, with Aberdeen drivers Houston Forsting, Jeremy Timm, Chris Jung and Curt Himanga finished third and earned $2,000. Taking fourth and picking up $800 was team Black and Maroon with drivers Jeff Swanson of Aberdeen, Zach Ponser of Anomoose, N.D., and Shay Walden and Dukey Skroch of Cogswell, N.D.
The consolation championship and $1,000 went to team Red and White with North Dakota drivers Josh Ketterling of Lincoln, Nic Geiger of Mandan, Kyle Wetzel of Williston and Jeremy Guthmiller of Jamestown. Ketterling won the Mad Dog award for another $200. New to the derby was a $500 check for the consolation runners-up. Taking second was Wrecking with Beer Guts, featuring Mobridge drivers Josh Fischer, Aaron Fischer, Wade Sandland and Pat Feiock.
The Limited Class paid out three places. Tanner Werkhoven took second and won $500. Matt Feiock nabbed $300 for third. The Mad Dog plaque went to Sam Van Cleave.
Another added feature to this year’s derby was two heats of tykes in souped up children’s vehicles. Neumiller said the turnout was better than expected with the youngsters needing two heats so all of the nearly 30 drivers could get their turn at bashing plastic on plastic.
The main event featured eight teams. Also competing were The Peace Makers (Adam Fielder and Nick Fiedler of Glenham, Gilbert Mickelson of Mound City and Cody Zeller of Mobridge) and Weekend Warriors (Cory Miller and Travis Schmidt of Mott, N.D., Derek Stewart of Regent, N.D., and Jacob Hafele of Dickinson, N.D.).