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Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Four more boys hit qualifying marks
Published: Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Four more Custer High School boys track team members qualified for this year’s state track meet by virtue of their performance at the developmental meet held in Rapid City last Saturday.

Brennan Witt, the three-time defending state champion in the 800, won his favorite event with a time of 1:59.50, which automatically qualified him for the meet. Also qualifying for Custer was Clayton Wahlstrom, who cleared 13 feet in the pole vault, good for second place, Logan Burns, who won the 3200 at at a time of 10:01.96, and Israel Parsons, who placed fifth in the 1600 at a time of 4:39.85.



Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Golf season kicks off
Published: Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

After participating in the first meet of the season, the Custer High School girls golf team is off to a good start.

“I think they did just fine for their first meet. I was very pleased with how they played,” said coach Royed Hollick. “We’ve gone to the Custer course a couple times and played on holes one, three and nine. When we can’t get (to the course) we go above Carson’s. We’re thankful for that.”



Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Young golf team has big dreams
Published: Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Just as it was last year, the young Custer High School girls golf team needs to continue to play if it wants to make it to the state tournament.

“We’re focusing on getting them to play better and learn the game,” said coach Royed Hollick. “They’re up to it. They’re ready to put in the hard work.”

There are two girls on this year’s team—Kassidy Adam and Marlee Schneider. Hollick said Schneider has been taking lessons over the summer, so she is aware of what to do, while Adam is starting to understand the essentials of the sport more.



Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Boys looking to repeat as champs
Published: Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

The Custer High School boys track team is on a roll. The Wildcats, the Class A defending state champions and three-time defending Black Hills Conference champions, will be considered by many, if not all, to win both of those titles again this year. The ’Cats did nothing to dispel those beliefs last weekend, when they dominated the competition at last weekend’s Early Bird meet in Douglas, qualifying six for state despite not having some of the team’s better athletes competiting.

“I would hope that we are in the mix at the end in the race for a state title,” head coach Craig Black said. “We did graduate some talented athletes, but we have more coming up through the team.”



Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Wildcat rally falls just short
Published: Thursday, March 13th, 2014

What looked like it might be a blowout early turned out to be anything but that as the Custer High School boys basketball team fell behind by as much as 17 points before having a valiant rally fall just short in a 58-50 loss to the St. Thomas More Cavaliers in the Region 8A�championship game Tuesday night at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.

Custer fell behind by 10 before most of the crowd had even settled into their seats, as the Cavaliers opened the quarter with a barrage of three-pointers, making five in a row at one point—including three from Jeron Laurenti. Meanwhile, Custer missed seven of its first eight shot attempts and fell behind 17-4 after the first period.



Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Wahlstrom places third at state
Published: Thursday, March 6th, 2014

After a season full of hard work and improvement, wrestling came to a close over the weekend as the Custer Wildcats traveled to Aberdeen for the state “B” tournament.

“It kind of went as expected,” said coach Jared Webster. “The first timers got the experience they needed. State tournaments are a whole different atmosphere than other tournaments. It was nice that we were able to get the younger ones there and get them back (for the next wrestling season).”



Wildcats ready for Bison rematch
Published: Thursday, March 6th, 2014

The Custer High School boys basketball team will travel to Spearfish Thursday, March 6, for the right to advance to the Region 8A championship game and a possible berth in the state tournament. The team standing in its way is a recent—and somewhat suprising—thorn in the Wildcats’ side: the Hot Springs Bison.

Just over a year ago the Bison ended Custer’s season with a 63-62 win in District 15A play and stormed back from a 16-point deficit Feb. 7 to again upset the Wildcats at the Armory.



Thursday, February 27th, 2014

’Cats zero in on first round bye
Published: Thursday, February 27th, 2014

The Custer High School boys basketball team took one more step toward sewing up a first round bye in the Region 8A basketball tournament with a 63-49 road victory over the Lead-Deadwood Golddiggers last Friday night.

The ’Diggers were able to hang around in the game, thanks in large part to Zach Ulmer who buried five of the seven three-pointers he attempted on his way to 21 points. He was the only Lead-Deadwood player to crack double figures.

“He shot well and we knew he was a good shooter,” Custer head coach Larry Luitjens said. “They kept spotting him up and moving him around.”



Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Six Wildcat wrestlers qualify for state
Published: Thursday, February 27th, 2014

The Custer High School wrestling team is working hard this week, putting the finishing touches on a well-wrestled season. With the State “B” tournament just days away, six wrestlers will attend the tournament in Aberdeen in hopes of bringing a first place finish back to Custer. 

“The kids wrestled very well (at the Region tournament),” said coach Jared Webster. “We were able to send six to state. We had more chances to get a couple in there, but you never know what can happen. I’m not disappointed with what happened.”



Girls’ season ends with third loss to Rangers
Published: Thursday, February 27th, 2014

You can forgive the Custer High School girls basketball team if it doesn’t want to see its rivals to the north for the rest of the winter.

For the third time this season, the Custer Wildcats played the Hill City Rangers Monday night. And, for the third time this season, the Rangers came out on top, this time ending Custer’s season with a 55-35 win over the visiting Wildcats in the first round of Region 8A play.

After a tight first half the Rangers went into the post early and often, as Jenni Qualm scored 22 of her 26 points in the second half, with the Wildcat defense having no answer for her down low.



Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Boys give Luitjens win in final home game
Published: Thursday, February 20th, 2014

In his final home game as head coach of the Custer High School basketball team, much as he was for the majority of his career home games—career in general, for that matter—Larry Luitjens was a winner.

The Custer High School boys basketball team received 59 combined points from Chase Glazier and Adam Baker in a 82-59 romp over the visiting Belle Fourche Broncs.



Last week unkind to Wildcats
Published: Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Last week was an especially cruel one for the Custer High School girls basketball team, as it dropped three games over the course of 96 hours, all at the Armory.

The third and final loss came last Friday night at the Armory, when the Belle Fourche Broncs outscored the Wildcats 34-19 in the second half on the way to a 72-42 win.

After falling behind by 13 early, the Wildcats cut the Bronc lead to eight in the second quarter, thanks to a three-pointer by Jasmine Cisneros, two Jade Spring free throws and a turnaround jumper by Nykyla Malinosky. The Broncs finished the quarter on a 10-3 run, however, including a Morgan Ham basket inside after the Broncs grabbed two offensive rebounds and a three-pointer by Megan Teppo.



Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Girls wallop visiting Bison
Published: Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

There was another lopsided high school girls basketball game at the Armory last Friday night. To the delight of Custer fans, coaches and players, however, the Wildcats were on the right side of this one.

The Custer High School girls basketball team took a 7-6 lead early in the game and never looked back, cruising to an easy 61-38 win over the Hot Springs Bison, producing by far the most points the team has scored this season. The win was the girls team’s first in the Armory since a win over Belle Fourche nearly two years ago on Feb. 10, 2012.



Wrestlers place in Hill City
Published: Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

The Custer High School wrestling team competed in the last invitational of the season, signifying the start of the road to the state tournament.

The Wildcats competed at the Hill City Invitational on Saturday, where the team took 11th place with 54 points and placed four wrestlers. 

David Sigdestad (195 pounds) took first place while Ben Marchand (195) took fifth. Blake Jensen (126) took sixth place at the invitational while Micah Grace (113) took eighth.



Shooting woes killing ’Cats
Published: Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Custer High School boys basketball coach Larry Luitjens knows his team is struggling mightily to make a basket. What he doesn’t know is how to correct it.

The Wildcats dropped a pair of games last week—including blowing a 15-point lead with 10 minutes left in a game against Hot Springs—in which they shot 27 percent against the Bison and 33 percent in a loss to Sisseton.

The bad shooting has cropped up in several games this year, but Luitjens said he considers most of the players on his team to be good shooters and is mystified as to why it disappears come game time.

“Iâ��don’t know what’s the matter with our shooting.â��I have no idea,”â��he said.â��“I don’t know what to do. I’ve never been so frustrated in all my life. That’s two ball games we should have won. We were (the) better (team).” 



Thursday, February 6th, 2014

’Cats bury Patriots, Dogies
Published: Thursday, February 6th, 2014

The Custer High School boys basketball team jumped out to a large early lead and cruised from wire to wire en route to a 68-51 win over the Douglas Patriots in Box Elder last Thursday night.

Custer led by as many as 24 points in the game, receiving 22 points from Chase Glazier, along with 16 from Adam Baker and 12 points from Kenneth Myers. Head coach Larry Luitjens said the team’s bounce back from big losses to St. Thomas More and Pine Ridge coincides with the return of Kenneth Myers from a concussion and more players getting into the scoring act.

“More guys are stepping up and hitting shots,” he said.â��“We are playing fairly well.”



Girls team drops a pair of games
Published: Thursday, February 6th, 2014

A Taren Jones basket off an assist from Jordan Menken tied the score at 4-4 in the early stages of the Custer High School girls basketball team’s game against the visiting Newcastle, Wyo., Dogies last Saturday night at the Armory.

Unfortunately for the Wildcats, it’s the last points they would score for the better part of seven minutes.



Seven wrestlers place at Belle
Published: Thursday, February 6th, 2014

With just two weeks until the regional wrestling meet, the Custer Wildcat wrestling team is right where it needs to be.

“We’re right where we need to be at,” coach Jared Webster said. “We’ll get one more tough tournament in this weekend and relax next week. I’m very pleased with how we are. I can’t complain.”

The wrestling team competed at the 20 plus team Belle Fourche Invitational over the weekend, where seven wrestlers took home medals. Clayton Wahlstrom (182 pounds) took first place, Tyler Hughes (120) took fifth and Blake Jensen (126) took sixth. Both Chasen Cole (132) and Mike Murray (220) took second place, while Jahrett Schiemer (120) and David Sigdestad (195) both took third place. 



Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Wahlstrom takes first at Chadron
Published: Thursday, January 30th, 2014

It was another challenging week for the Custer High School wrestling team as they competed against 27 other teams at the Chadron Invitational Tournament. In the past, only a few wrestlers have placed in the top eight at the tournament; however, this year three wrestlers placed, including senior Clayton Wahlstrom (182 pounds) earning the top spot.

“Clayton has had a good season with some tough matches,” coach Jared Webster said. “He still has some tough matches coming at regions and state, so were getting him ready for those with these invitationals and tournaments.”



Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Late scoring burst propels girls
Published: Thursday, January 30th, 2014

A seven-point outburst in the final 1:30 of the game was the catalyst to the Custer High School girls basketball team picking up its second win of the season Jan. 21, a 35-28 win in Hot Springs.

The Wildcats trailed at the end of the first, second and third quarters and much of the fourth, before a switch to a full-court man-to-man press led to the momentum change. As the press forced Bison turnovers, the Wildcats were able to convert, pulling away in the final minutes of the game.



Thursday, January 30th, 2014

’Cats rebound with win over Red Cloud
Published: Thursday, January 30th, 2014

They really needed that one.

Two days after getting pounded by Pine Ridge on its home court, the Custer High School basketball team snapped a modest two-game losing streak by traveling to Red Cloud and avenging an early season loss with a 67-58 win over the Crusaders.

“It was a really big win,”â��Custer head coach Larry Luitjens said.â��“We beat a team at their place that beat us earlier this year.”

Chase Glazier was the biggest reason for the win, exploding for 34 points and 12 rebounds, including a five of nine effort from three-point range and an 11 of 12 effort from the free throw line.



Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Five place at Philip
Published: Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

The Custer High School wrestling team faced tough competition over the weekend, but that didn’t stop five wrestlers from placing in the top eight at the Philip Invitational tournament.

“We got to wrestle against teams from the east part of the state we don’t see that much,” said coach Jared Webster. “It was a pretty good tournament. They got some good time in (on the mat).”



Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Girls flattened by visiting Cavs
Published: Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

In a matchup that at times looked like a college team against a high school team, the buzz saw that is the No. 1 ranked St. Thomas More Cavaliers came to the Armory last Thursday evening and made quick work of the Custer High School girls basketball team.

The outcome of the game was never in doubt in More’s 82-21 win, as the Cavaliers did what they have been doing to teams all season—jumping out to an early lead and piling up points. The sheer size and execution of the Cavaliers was simply too much for Custer to handle.



Boys shoot 24 percent in loss
Published: Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

When a team shoots 24 percent from the floor and its best player shoots 13 percent, its chances of winning are slim. When those shooting percentages surface against the No. 3 ranked team in the state, those chances are reduced to none.

Such was the case for the Custer High School basketball team last Friday night against St. Thomas More, as the Wildcats endured a miserable shooting night in a 40-27 loss to the visiting Cavaliers.

“You have to give them credit for playing defense, but we didn’t have a good shooting night,” Custer head coach Larry Luitjens said. “When your second best scorer is in street clothes, that hurts.”



Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Boys drop ’Diggers, bomb Rangers
Published: Thursday, January 16th, 2014

The Custer High School boys basketball team appears to be getting hot at just the right time, as it enters a four game stretch in which it will play three of the top ranked teams in the state.

The boys continued its hot shooting last Saturday night in the Armory, when the they blasted the visiting Lead-Deadwood Golddiggers 60-30 in a game that was 51-10 after the third period.

“We were shooting well and they weren’t,”â��Custer head coach Larry Luitjens said.â��“I’m not suprised with how we’re playing. I expected us to start playing well.”



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