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Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Girls improve to 10-4 with wins over Christian, Douglas
Published: Thursday, February 4th, 2016

The Custer High School girls basketball team has won four of its last five games and is now 10-4 after winning a pair of games last week.

Last Friday night the team made the trek to Hart Ranch for a game against Rapid City Christian and came away with an easy 55-21 win in a game in which nine different Wildcats scored.

“It’s a great experience for the younger girls that don’t see a lot of varsity floor time to get out and participate in a varsity game,”â��Custer head coach Stephanie Ornelas said.

Wrestlers take fifth at Belle Fourche Invitational
Published: Thursday, February 4th, 2016

It was a busy week for the Custer wrestling team as it competed at two tournaments and a triangular meet. Despite the intense schedule, coaches say the wrestlers are making great strides in closing gaps amongst competitors.

Both the varsity and junior varsity teams competed at the Belle Fourche Invitational Tournament, Jan. 29-30, where the Wildcats took fifth place out of 20 teams with 125.5 points. Sturgis High School took the top spot with 273.5 points, with Rapid City Stevens, Douglas and Dickinson, N.D., rounding out the top four. 

“The kids wrestled very well,” said head coach Jared Webster. “We took out some kids we needed to take out for region seeds, so that was really good.”

Boys edge Patriots in double-overtime thriller
Published: Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Sometimes, you just had to have been there.

The Custer High School basketball team and the visiting Douglas Patriots played a game for the ages last Thursday night at the Armory, as the teams exchanged nearly 20 ties and lead changes, heroic shots and monumental momentum swings in a 77-76 double-overtime Wildcat win.

In short, the game had everything.

“It was exhausting,” Custer head coach Paul Kelley said.â��“But at the same time, it was a lot of fun. The crowd was into it. That’s the beautiful thing about coaching in that gym. It’s so loud. It’s something you can’t replicate.”

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Girls drub Newell, fall to Red Cloud
Published: Thursday, January 28th, 2016

So close.

A last second half-court shot by Tori Glazier fell harmlessly to the gym floor moments after a potential game-winning shot by Morgan Parys went in and out in the Custer High School girls basketball team’s 49-48 loss to Red Cloud last Saturday evening in Red Cloud.

Losing for the majority of the game, the Wildcats rallied from double figures down in the second half to have a chance to win the game, a fact that was not lost on Custer head coach Stephanie Ornelas, despite her team’s loss.

“To have that great of a rally at the end and have that fight, that was good to see,”â��she said.

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Wrestlers regroup after Chadron
Published: Thursday, January 28th, 2016

It was a tough week of competition for the Custer High School wrestling team which competed at the Chadron, Neb., Invitational over the weekend. The Wildcats were stacked up against 29  teams from South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska. 

“With four states competing, it’s a big tournament, one of our biggest,” head coach Jared Webster said. “The kids wrestled tough, but you have a lot of kids who are ranked third or fourth in the state meeting up in the quarters. It’s a tough gig.”

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Boys thumped by Crusaders, beat ’Gators
Published: Thursday, January 28th, 2016

The Custer High School basketball team ran into the buzz saw that is the Red Cloud Crusaders last Saturday evening, as the Wildcats traveled to Red Cloud and were pummeled 72-33 in a game that saw the Wildcats commit 20 first half turnovers, give up 10 first half three-pointers and trail at the half 42-9.

“Twenty turnovers in the first half. You just can’t do that against a team like Red Cloud,”â��Custer head coach Paul Kelley said.â��“Iâ��don’t know if we were intimidated or what. We handled their press pretty well, but once we broke the press we couldn’t get anything going in our half court offense. We had no organization or flow. It just killed us.”

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Grill takes first at Philip tournament, seven Wildcats place
Published: Thursday, January 21st, 2016

The Custer wrestling team celebrated the halfway mark of the season with the biggest invitational tournament in the season line up: the Philip Invitational Wrestling Tournament, where the Wildcats were able to bring home some hardware.

“Philip is a really tough tournament every year,” said coach Jared Webster. “There are a lot of tough Class ‘B’ teams from the state that we see, as well as some new ones this year.”

Seventeen wrestlers traveled to Philip for the tournament, where seven placed in the top eight, including one first place win. The Wildcats had 108 points at the tournament.

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Wildcats clobber Lead, lose to STM
Published: Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Death, taxes and strong three-point shooting by the St. Thomas More Cavaliers against Custer. There are officially three guarantees in life.

Such was the case for the Custer High School boys basketball team last Thursday evening in the Armory, as the Cavaliers used hot shooting at the outset of the game to build a large lead and never look back on the way to a 60-39 win.

The Cavaliers hit nine three-pointers in the game despite the fact their main threat from deep, junior Jake Satter, sat out the game with injury. The recurring barrage of three-pointers from St. Thomas More against his team had Custer head coach Paul Kelley wondering if the Cavaliers sneak into the Armory to practice shooting when no one is around.

Girls give scare to top ranked Cavs
Published: Thursday, January 21st, 2016

There was a time in the not-so-distant past that scoring 43 points against St. Thomas More would have required the Custer High School girls basketball team to play the Cavaliers four times.

Those days appear to be long gone, however, as the Wildcats gave the top ranked team in Class A all it wanted for two and a half quarters, leading after the first quarter and trailing by only four at the half before eventually falling to the the Cavaliers 63-43 last Thursday evening in the Armory.

“I’m very proud of them. Our girls attacked. They didn’t hold back,” Custer head coach Stephanie Ornelas said.â��“They didn’t play reserved. There was no hesitation and they stepped up their game. They showed what they could do. We see it all the time in practice, but to see it out there was exciting as a coach.”

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Girls edge Scoopers, thump Rangers
Published: Thursday, January 14th, 2016

The Custer High School girls basketball team improved to 6-2 on the season by defeating the Hill City Rangers for the second time this season last Thursday in Hill City and beating the visiting Sturgis Scoopers last Saturday at the Armory.

On Saturday Custer jumped out to a lead against the Scoopers and withstood a fourth quarter Scooper rally to come away with a 53-48 win.

The Wildcats had three players in double figures, led by Morgan Parys’ 14 points. Tori Glazier had a double-double, scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, and Julianne Thomsen chipped in 12 points.

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Boys defeat Sturgis, Hill City
Published: Thursday, January 14th, 2016

For much of its game against Sturgis last Saturday afternoon, the Custer High School boys basketball team couldn’t buy a basket. For four minutes of overtime, however, it made almost every shot it took.

The Wildcats scored 15 of their 52 points in the extra frame on their way to a 52-49 win over the visiting Scoopers, paced by 21 points from Blake Martinz and 15 from Abram Herman.

The Wildcats trailed most of the game before Martinz caught fire late in the game and the Custer defense held the Scoopers to only three points in the fourth quarter.

Wildcats go for three in home quad
Published: Thursday, January 14th, 2016

It was another busy week for the Custer Wildcat wrestling team, as they competed both at home and on the road in the first action since the winter break.

“We knew we got our rest in and kids were anxious to get back out on the mat, which is nice,” said coach Jared Webster.

Custer hosted its first and sole match of the season, a quadrangular against Bennett County, Newell and Sundance. The Wildcats dominated the night, winning all three matches.

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Turnovers end girls’ comeback bid
Published: Thursday, January 7th, 2016

A mid-third quarter rally from 10 points down proved to be all for naught for the Custer High School girls basketball team last Saturday evening against the visiting Spearfish Spartans.

Tori Glazier’s short jumper put Custer up 33-31 with 4:30 left in the game, but the Wildcats were outscored 32-14 the rest of the way, largely due to a rash of turnovers that led to a parade of layups for the Spartans in their 63-45 win over the ’Cats.

The Spearfish pressure bothered the Wildcats all game long—the ’Cats were pushing 30 turnovers in the game—but the pressure really wreaked havoc in the final quarter when the Wildcats had several passes picked off and returned to the other end for an easy basket.

Boys fall in first game of 2016
Published: Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Aâ��look at the box score from the Custer High School boys basketball team’s game last Saturday evening against Spearfish would suggest one of the teams came away with a narrow victory.

In this case, however, the numbers lie. Despite playing the Spartans virtually even in terms of field goal percentage, free throw percentage, fouls and rebounding, the Wildcats found themselves on the short end of a 17-point margin in a 57-40 loss at the Armory.

Making the final score even more baffling is the fact that 11 of Custer’s 20 turnovers in the game came in the first quarter, at the end of which Custer trailed by only three. The difference in the game, Custer head coach Paul Kelley said, was at the end of the third quarter and beginning of the fourth when the Wildcats missed four consecutive point blank shots  combined with Spearfish getting some easy looks to extend what had been a six point lead to 15.

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

Custer man honored at LNI
Published: Thursday, December 31st, 2015

As Chet Herman watched his children compete in the annual Lakota Nation Invitational (LNI) tournament, he couldn’t help but feel pride. The same goes for himself personally when he and his teammates were honored for their 1984 cross country victory.

“We were all very proud of the honor,” Herman said. “I was very humbled and proud to be recognized. I was also proud that my children were able to witness this.”

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

Wrestling wraps up 2015 in Hot Springs, Rapid City
Published: Thursday, December 24th, 2015

The Custer High School wrestling team ended on a high note for 2015, taking home some medals from both the Hot Springs Holiday Extravaganza (Dec. 18-19) and the Lakota Nation Invitational (Nov. 19).

At the Hot Springs tournament, six wrestlers walked away with medals from the top eight standings.

In the 106-pound weight class division, freshman Chance Grill — who has yet to be pinned in competition — had six wins and one loss, taking third place overall. In the 132-pound weight class, Micaiah Grace took fourth after having four wins and two losses, as did Blake Kainz in the 152-pound weight class.

Lakota Nation yields two wins, two losses
Published: Thursday, December 24th, 2015

It was back-to-back losses followed by back-to-back wins for the Custer High School boys basketball team at the Lakota Nation Invitation last weekend, as the team went 2-2 over the course of the four-day event on its way to a 13th place finish overall.

It’s final game of the tournament last Saturday was a resounding win, as the team defeated Omaha Nation 51-34 at the Barnett Arena inside the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. Blake Martinz led the team with 15 points  in a game where the Wildcats committed only eight turnovers.

Girls win consolation bracket at LNI
Published: Thursday, December 24th, 2015

The Custer High School girls basketball team concluded last week’s Lakota Nation Invitational basketball tournament with a new trophy and some new coats  as it played its way to the consolation bracket championship and a ninth place finish overall by going 3-1 in the tournament.

The Wildcats squared off with the Omaha Nation Lady Chiefs in the consolation bracket championship game, coming away with a 40-33 win on the back of all-tournament team selection Tori Glazier’s 26 points and 10 rebounds.

“I had an athlete that adjusted her game, and I think that kind of sparked everyone to keep fighting,”â��Custer head coach Stephanie Ornelas said of Glazier. “We talked on the way up about reading the defense better and not trying to force so much. That’s a hard concept sometimes with someone as determined as she is. But I thought she adjusted her game amazingly.”

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Boys open season with win at Oelrichs
Published: Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Blake Martinz scored 23 points to lead the scoring charge for the Custer High School basketball team as it opened its season with a 64-46 win over the Oelrichs Tigers last Friday night in Oelrichs.

Martinz was one of three Wildcats in double figures, as Abram Herman scored 12 points and Patrick Witt added 11, while Graysen Trandem pulled down 14 rebounds to lead the Wildcats in that category.

Oelrichs took the lead early in what was a back-and-forth affair for the first part of the game before Custer took the lead in the second quarter and never relinquished it, playing through what head coach Paul Kelley said were normal first-game jitters.

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Wrestlers top Belle in BHC dual
Published: Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Between a triangular meet in Newcastle, Wyo., and a tournament in Gregory, it was a busy week for the Custer Wildcat wrestling team. Despite the busy schedule, the Wildcat wrestlers battled hard and even pulled off some upsets along the way. 

In the Newcastle triangular, Thursday, Dec. 10, the Wildcats took on Belle Fourche right off the bat. Coach Jared Webster said Belle Fourche was the main focus, since they are competitors in the Black Hills Conference.

“They have a lot of oomph, so we knew going in, it would be hard to beat them,” he said.

Huge third quarter propels ’Cats
Published: Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Whatever Custer High School girls basketball coach Stephanie Ornelas told her team at halftime, she may want to consider bottling and selling it.

Down 27-26 at halftime to the visiting Hill City Rangers, the Wildcats expoded for 30 third quarter points while holding the Rangers to five in the same frame on the way to a 68-42 season-opening win.

“I honestly didn’t say that much,”â��Ornelas said of addressing the team at the half. “We adjusted our defense a little bit to prevent that little drive and dish. We made the kids aware of how that was happening and gave them a heads up on weakside rebounding.”

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

’Cats hope for shooting improvement
Published: Thursday, December 10th, 2015

In scuffling to an 8-14 record last year, the Custer High School basketball team struggled to score all season long, shooting as low as 14 percent in one game and frequently shooting 20 and 30 percent in many other games. The lack of offense became so maddening for head coach Paul Kelley that he changed the team’s offense in mid-season and spent the rest of the season trying to find a spark to improve the team’s shooting woes, a spark that, for the most part, never materialized.

As he enters his second year at the helm of the Wildcats, Kelley is confident this will be a much better shooting team than a year ago, although he said nothing is for certain until the ball is thrown into the air at the team’s first game this Friday in Oelrichs.

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Girls team young but experienced
Published: Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Although the Custer High School girls basketball team  has only two seniors on its roster this season, it is far from inexperienced. That’s because the team welcomes back eight players who saw varsity minutes a year ago, many of whom have now been in head coach Stephanie Ornelas’s system for five years.

So, while the team may be short on birthdays, it makes up for it with many minutes of playing time on teams that have grown up together.

“We’re still going to be young, but we’re not mentally young,” Ornelas said. “They are hungry.”

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Grill, Marchand win at Custer Invite
Published: Thursday, December 10th, 2015

The wrestling season started off with a bang for the Custer Wildcats, who hosted the season opener Custer Invitational  Saturday, Dec. 5, where the team earned third place.

“I was very impressed with the kids. They wrestled well,” said coach Jared Webster. “I was surprised by quite a few of them. It was a young group of kids, but they showed up, wrestled and wrestled the whole time.”

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

Volleyball loses five-set thriller in region semis
Published: Thursday, November 12th, 2015

Long before the season began, the Custer High School volleyball team had a goal: to show everyone how great their potential was, all while having some fun.

After two stellar performances in Region 8A play, they’ve done just that. 

The Region 8A opener kicked off Tuesday, Nov. 3, with the Wildcats hosting the Hill City Rangers. Custer took the game in three: 25-16, 25-14 and 25-10.

“It was a good win for us to move forward with,” said coach Renae Schneider. 

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