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Thursday, January 29th, 2015

One wrestler places at Chadron tourney
Published: Thursday, January 29th, 2015

In a tough 32-man bracket tournament, senior wrestler David Sigdestad (195 pounds) was the lone Custer Wildcat on the podium, earning sixth place overall at the Chadron, Neb., Invitational last weekend. While he may have been the only Wildcat to place, coach Jared Webster was still happy with the work his team did.

“The top six wrestlers place there, instead of the usual eight. We had four kids who took eighth; they were just a win shy of placing,” he said. “I’m happy to see young kids step it up and get close to being able to place, wrestling tough kids and staying in the matches with them.”

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Wildcats nearly stun Crusaders
Published: Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Coming off a pair of games last week where it  couldn’t have hit sand if it had fallen off a camel, and playing a team that had stomped it by 50 a month earlier, it’s safe to say most people would have put the Custer High School boys basketball team’s chances of defeating Red Cloud last Saturday night at the Armory somewhere with a snowball’s chance—well, you get the idea.

However, able to finally hit some shots and playing in an entirely new offense, the Wildcats gave the visiting Crusaders all they could handle and then some, as only some falters in the final two minutes by Custer allowed the Crusaders to escape the Armory with a 59-58 win.

Girls corral Bison, lose to ’Saders
Published: Thursday, January 29th, 2015

For four quarters last Saturday evening, it looked as if the Custer High School girls basketball team would spring one of the biggest upsets of the season. Or, perhaps with the way the team is playing as of late, it wouldn’t have been that much of an upset.

In a game that was back and forth and close throughout, the Wildcats lost a close 63-59 game at the Armory to the visiting Red Cloud Crusaders, a team that played in the championship game of the Lakota Nation Invitational in December.

Custer head coach Steph Ornelas said the close loss shows just how far her team has come from the start of the season.

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Cavaliers rough up Wildcats
Published: Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

The Custer High School girls basketball team traveled to Rapid City last Thursday evening for a matchup with the previously undefeated defending Class A state champion St. Thomas More. And, like most every team that plays the Cavaliers, the Wildcats were routed, losing 90-28.

“They are just that good,”â��Custer head coach Steph Ornelas said of More. “They have a great team. Sometimes as a coach, you find yourself watching them.”

Broken record:�Shoot...
Published: Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

After two more games where shots wouldn’t fall, Custer High School boys basketball coach Paul Kelley is at a loss. So much so, that following his team’s performance last weekend, he indicated offensive changes are on the horizon.

“Where do we go from here? Do we do things to try to create more movement? We are going to change things up,”â��he said.

Things went from bad to worse for the Wildcats last weekend, particularly in Redfield, where the ’Cats made only seven baskets the entire game in a 53-23 loss to Groton Area in the State Farm Shootout.

Six wrestlers place at Philip
Published: Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

If the Custer High School wrestling team wants to have a successful second half of the season, they need to rest up and get better—and fast. 

“We left a few back home (this weekend) since they are sick,” said coach Jared Webster. “We’re trying to get rid of the cold.”

Since they wrestled with half a team, Custer did not compete at the Bennett County Invitational. The team did compete at the Philip Invitational Tournament over the weekend where, despite being sick, six wrestlers walked away with a place on the podium.

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Boys fall to ’Diggers, beat Rangers
Published: Thursday, January 15th, 2015

After falling behind by as many as 15 points in the first half, the Custer High School boys basketball team put together a strong second half rally that ultimately fell short in a 55-39 loss at Lead-Deadwood last Saturday night.

The teams entered the second quarter tied at 13 all, but Lead-Deadwood outscored Custer by 10 in the frame and eventually pushed the lead even further before Custer was able to cut the deficit to five. Much as in most of Custer’s early-season games, however, the team was unable to overcome a poor shooting performance.

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Two wrestlers place at Lyman
Published: Thursday, January 15th, 2015

After a near three-week break from competition, the Custer High School wrestling team competed at the Lyman County Invitational Jan. 9-10, where two Wildcats were able to come away with medals. 

“It was a very tough tournament, with a lot of top ‘A’ and ‘B’ schools,” head coach Jared Webster said about the 32-man bracket tournament. “There were very stacked weight classes. The kids are right there for how young they are.” 

Junior Ben Marchand (182 pound) and senior David Sigdestad (195) were the only two wrestlers to place in their weight class, earning seventh and sixth, respectively.

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Girls spring upset on Rangers
Published: Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Down 16-6 at the end of the first quarter last Thursday night at the Armory, it looked like the Custer High School girls basketball team was well on its way to its 13 consecutive loss to the Hill City Rangers.

Looks can be deceiving.

Buoyed by sime timely baskets, solid defense and all-around hustle, the Wildcats came roaring back to outscore the Rangers 39-32 in the second half and win 62-58, marking Custer’s first win over its rivals to the north since Jan. 7, 2010. Prior to the game, Custer had dropped 12 straight to the Rangers.

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Girls drop a pair to Spearfish, Douglas
Published: Thursday, January 8th, 2015

If the Custer High School girls basketball team can ever put two halves of basketball together, they just might get something going.

Unfortunately for the team last weekend, however, it was slow starts or poor finishes that was its undoing, as it lost a pair of games on the road to Douglas and Spearfish.

The team was in Spearfish last Saturday night and fell behind 20-4 in the opening frame and 30-14 at half before roaring back to cut the lead to eight in the second half in an eventual 62-44 loss.

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Shooting misery continues for ’Cats in road loss
Published: Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Heading into the season, Custer High School head boys basketball coach Paul Kelley said among the many unknowns facing his team were where the points would come from on a nightly basis.

More prophetic words he could not have spoken.

The Wildcats have struggled to put the ball in the basket for much of the early part of the season, and that was the case again last Saturday night when the ’Cats shot an abysmal 23 percent from the field in a 64-30 loss at Spearfish.

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

Wrestlers win at home triangular
Published: Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

It was a week full of tough matches as the Custer wrestling team had its first home triangular, as well as competed at the Lakota Nation Invitational and Hot Springs Invitational. 

At the annual invitational, the Wildcats took 10th place with 65 points. Both the varsity and part of the junior varsity teams competed at the invitational Friday and Saturday, Dec. 19-20, where five wrestlers earned wins.

Poor shooting, injuries hurt ’Cats
Published: Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

Shooting work and getting healthy will be the focus of the Custer High School boys basketball team over the Christmas break after poor shooting and injuries led to the Wildcats finishing with a 1-3 record at the Lakota Nation Invitational basketball tournament last weekend in Rapid City.

The team played all three of its losses without its only returning starter from last year, Joel Thomsen, after he severely sprained his ankle in the final minutes of the team’s first round win over Todd County. Custer head coach Paul Kelley said Thomsen should recover in time to play in the team’s next game Jan. 3.

In the team’s final game of the tournament, a 55-35 loss to St. Francis, Kelley said the team came out flat and never recovered.

Girls win a pair at LNI
Published: Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

The Custer High School girls basketball team will head into the new year with a record of 2-3 after picking up a pair of wins at last weekend’s Lakota Nation Invitational.

The girls’ wins were sandwiched in between a pair of losses, the second of which came Saturday against Omaha Nation, which the girls lost by two, 48-46, after battling back from a seven-point halftime deficit.

“It was a great game,” Custer head coach Steph Ornelas said.â��“We didn’t play consistently the entire game. We could have beaten them.”

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Custer takes sixth at Gregory
Published: Thursday, December 18th, 2014

With the Custer wrestling team still on the mend, coach Jared Webster wasn’t sure what the week would look like.

“We’re still sick and injured, so hopefully we can heal up this week and see what will come up,” he said. “I am seeing improvements, though; the moves are coming together. And the kids are wanting to wrestle, so that’s good.”

On Saturday, Dec. 13, the Wildcats competed at the Gregory Invitational, where the team took sixth place with 197 points. 

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Girls open season with loss to Hill City
Published: Thursday, December 18th, 2014

A poor second quarter proved to be the undoing of the Custer High School girls basketball team as it fell to the Hill City Rangers 61-43 last Thursday evening in its season-opening game in Hill City.

The Wildcats fell behind 16-7 in the first quarter and were down 30-13 at halftime after after scoring only six points in the second quarter, which featured poor shooting and turnovers.

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Boys tame Tigers in opener
Published: Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Led by a balanced scoring attack and a strong defensive effort, the Custer High School boys basketball team started the Paul Kelley era out on a positive note with a 60-24 win over the visiting Oelrichs Tigers last Saturday evening at the Armory.

The Wildcats shook off an uneven first half to pull away in the third and fourth quarters, outscoring the visiting Tigers 32-9 in the second half.

“There were some positives and there were some negatives,”â��Kelley said of his team’s first game. “We’re a work in progress.”

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Girls expect to be much improved
Published: Thursday, December 11th, 2014

In the past two years, the Custer High School girls basketball team has won five games, lost 37 more, and wasn’t competitive in many of those losses.

This year, however, Custer head coach Stephanie Ornelas believes her young but experienced team will turn the corner in terms of victories and overall play and begin the climb back up toward the top of the Black Hills Conference.

“I would be shocked if we don’t double last year’s win total, or even more,” she said. “Practice is going really well. For being a young squad, they are experienced. They know what is expected. They get what they need to do.”

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Boys have new coach, new look
Published: Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Heading into the 2014-15 season, the Custer High School boys basketball team has more unknowns than any season in recent memory before it plays its first game.

In fact, the only known may be that there are plenty of unknowns.

That’s because when the Wildcats play their first game against Oelrichs Saturday night in the Armory, they will do so under the leadership of a new coach for the first time in the better part of half a century, and without their three best scorers from a year ago.

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Custer takes sixth in home tournament
Published: Thursday, December 11th, 2014

The wrestling season officially kicked off last weekend with the Custer Invitational held Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5-6. Eighteen teams competed in the annual invitational, where the Custer wrestling team walked away with six place as well as eight individual titles. 

“I was very pleased with what I saw. There were a lot of good things,” said coach Jared Webster. “We’re not quite in shape yet, but that’s fine. We need to learn our moves first and that will come.”

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Thomsen piles up stats for ’Cats
Published: Thursday, November 13th, 2014

The Custer High School football team ground out 2,271 yards rushing during the course of its 2014 season, 923 of which came from its do-everything senior Joel Thomsen.

Thomsen had a spectacular season for the Wildcats, leading them in rushing, receptions (13), receiving yards (173) and all-purpose yards (1,592). Thomsen returned 10 punts for a 30.4-yard average, with a long of 81 yards, six kickofffs for a 32-yard average and a long of 85, and scored five times more touchdowns (21) than any other player on the team. Fourteen of his touchdowns came on the ground, while two were through the air  and five on special teams.

Season ends with loss at Belle
Published: Thursday, November 13th, 2014

The 2014 volleyball season came to an end Thursday night, Nov. 6, when the Custer Wildcats took on the Belle Fourche Broncs in the semifinal round of the Region 8A tournament.

The Broncs defeated the Wildcats in three closely matched sets: 25-22, 25-23 and 25-17. 

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Girls win in region opener
Published: Thursday, November 6th, 2014

The Custer Wildcats are moving onto the next round of the Region playoff after defeating the Hill City Rangers 3-1 in the first round of playoffs.

When the game started Tuesday, Nov. 4, the Hill City Rangers struck first in the beginning set. While the ’Cats were able to catch up, they let the Rangers take the lead, ending the match 17-25.

“I really thought they came out with the belief that they could beat us. And on any given day, I think they can beat us,” coach Renae Schneider said. “We gave them way too many points off of serve, which I believe was the difference in the game. Two players had four missed serves, which was our key factor. We always want to have good control in our serve percentage.”

’Cats fall to Groton in thriller
Published: Thursday, November 6th, 2014

In a game that kept fans on the edge of their seats until the final whistle, it was the first two points of the game that proved to be the difference.

A blocked punt by the visiting Groton Tigers that led to a safety proved to provide the winning points for the Tigers as they came away with a 16-14 victory over the Custer Wildcats in Monday night’s quarterfinal game of the state Class B playoffs at Wildcat Field.

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Cheer takes fifth at state meet
Published: Thursday, October 30th, 2014

The Custer competitive cheerleading team continued its tradition of steady improvement at the State “A” cheer and dance competition in Watertown on Oct. 24, the final competition of the season. 

At the state competition, the Wildcats took fifth place with 194 points, a 60-point gain from last year’s competition. Custer’s division saw nine other teams from schools around the state. In the final overall rankings, Custer took ninth place out of 19 Class “A” schools.

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