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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. 

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

Cossacks rumble past Wildcats
Published: Thursday, November 5th, 2015

The Custer High School football team got in some early haymakers, but it was the repeated body blows delivered by the visiting Sioux Valley Cossacks that proved to be the difference in Custer’s 44-21 loss Monday night in the quarterfinals of the Class B playoffs at Wildcat Field.

The game played out as most do when an East River team takes on a West River team, as the bigger Cossacks eventually wore down the Wildcat defense by taking control of the game physically, using a dominant running game to go up and down the field.

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Football team drops Mustangs in playoff action
Published: Thursday, October 29th, 2015

The Custer High School football team built up a 36-6 lead and then survived a one and a half quarter flurry from the visiting Little Wound Mustangs to come away with a 50-28 win last night at Wildcat Field in the first round of the Class B playoffs.

After three Anthony Jones touchdowns—two on the ground and one via a pass from quarterback Alexâ��Kortemeyer—put Custer up 23-6, Custer safety Josias Ballard intercepted Mustang quarterbackâ��Jeremiah Hopkins on two consecutive possessions, one of which he returned 25 yards for a touchdown. Kortemeyer tacked on a nine-yard touchdown run just before halftime, and it appeared the rout was on with the score at 36-6.

Competitive cheer takes eighth at state meet
Published: Thursday, October 29th, 2015

The Custer competitive cheer team is going through a mix of emotions as the season comes to an end. 

While the Wildcats continued to improve and ascend higher in the points throughout the season, their final score at the state meet in Brandon, Oct. 23, was anything but what they were used to. 

“I was very happy with their performance on the mat,” said coach Mechelle Powers. “I am very proud of the new stunts the girls went with and how confident they all were.”

Runaway Champions
Published: Thursday, October 29th, 2015

The cross country season came to a close this weekend on the largest stage possible: the Class A State Meet. 

Like he had most of the season, Chance Dooley dominated the boys field, running his best time all season, all while earning the state championship title. 

“This was just another race. I just wanted to go out and have a good one,” he said. “I wanted to be behind the leaders. I thought I would have a good chance that way.”

Dooley’s first place time was 15:56, 13 seconds ahead of the next highest placer. St. Thomas More rival Lucas Julian, who bested Dooley in the conference and region meets, took third place with 16:16.

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Cheer takes second at conference meet
Published: Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

The Custer competitive cheerleading team is flying high after its performance at the Black Hills Conference meet in Belle Fourche, both literally and figuratively.

With 141.5 points, the Wildcats took home second place at the conference meet, seven points away from first place.

“Every girl was overcoming the aches, pains and strains of this time of the season, so we are pumped about this performance,” said coach Mechelle Powers.

The Wildcats were able to hit several extended one-footed stunts and new twist-up loads that added to the stunting scores. The launching of two basket tosses also got the girls more height, allowing the team to score a four on jumps.

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Custer tops Hot Springs, Douglas
Published: Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

There may only be two more games left in regular season play, but the Custer High School volleyball team is keeping focused on the now, getting back to its winning ways.

The Wildcats took on Douglas in a home game, Thursday, Oct. 15, where they defeated the Patriots in three sets: 25-23, 25-22 and 25-23.

“I thought Douglas came out with a great game plan, bringing triple blocks on our hitters,” said coach Renae Schneider. “They showed us that we have a lot of work to do when it comes to our coverages. When we thought we were low, (Douglas) showed us that we truly weren’t.”

Custer cross country takes home region trophies
Published: Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Just like the movie “Groundhog Day,” the finish line at the regional cross country meet seemed a bit familiar. 

Just as she had at the Black Hills Conference race the previous week, Mallory Delmont snatched the championship title, with teammate Tori Glazier right behind her, taking second place. Delmont’s run of 20:25 was enough to give her first as Glazier was behind her in 20:57.

“Mallory looked super,” said coach Karen Karim. “She’s looking really strong and ready. I hope she continues going strong; it bodes well for her for the state meet.”

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Golfers wrap up season at state
Published: Thursday, October 15th, 2015

The Custer High School boys golf team wrapped up its season Oct. 5-6 at the Class A State Tournament in Milbank, where Cole Conard earned a medal and the team placed 13th overall.

Conard’s score of 85-85-170 was Custer’s best score by 10 strokes, as he led Custer to a team score of 728. Aberdeen Roncalli won the meet with a score of 660, while Roncalli also had the meet’s medalist, Gabe Heller, who finished with a two-day score of 152.

“We didn’t play as well as we had hoped, especially on the first day,” Custer head coach Paul Kelley said. “In a two-day tournament, you can’t win on the first day, but you can lose it and our scores weren’t what we hoped. Give the boys credit for playing better on the second day and doing their part in helping us move up in the team standings.”

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Spearfish snaps Wildcat winning streak
Published: Thursday, October 15th, 2015

The Custer High School volleyball team went 1-1 in this week’s play, suffering its third loss in the season, snapping a 16 game winning streak.  

The loss came at the hands of the Spearfish Spartans, who were 14-4 at the time, in three sets — 25-15, 25-14 and 25-19.

“Unfortunately, nerves overtook us and we did not play our game,” said coach Renae Schneider. “Hats off to Spearfish; they came in prepared and hungry to play us.”

Girls cross country team wins conference
Published: Thursday, October 15th, 2015

The Custer High School cross country teams have a lot to celebrate this week after earning a first and second place at the Black Hills Conference (BHC) meet, Thursday, Oct. 8. Instead of a 5k race, the course was 2.7 miles for both the boys and the girls races.

The girls team led the way at the meet, easily taking first place after four finishes in the top 10 standings. Custer topped the podium with 16 points, as Spearfish was the next closest with 32 and Hill City was third with 60.

Leading the way for the girls was Mallory Delmont, who took first in 16:50. Delmont was able to pass Kaci Cooper of St. Thomas More, who had an early lead, with 800 yards left in the race.

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Runners break personal records
Published: Thursday, October 8th, 2015

In the last regular meet of the season, the Custer High School cross country team was able to score some medals, as well as break some personal records, all before beginning the journey to the state meet. 

Custer competed at the Sturgis Invitational on Thursday, Oct. 1, where the boys team walked away with fourth place and the girls took sixth. There were no junior varsity races at the invitational, so all high school runners competed in the varsity division. 

“This worked nicely for us, since we were holding out a few of our top runners this meet to train straight through the week, getting an extra workout instead of a meet,” said coach Karen Karim. “Although, looking at the schools that attended, it would have been interesting to see how our kids matched up with the Casper (Wyo.) Natrona and Kelly Walsh (also of Casper) runners. Those teams have never been to the Sturgis meet in the past.”

’Cats rebound with rout of Mustangs
Published: Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Following last week’s shellacking at the hands of St. Thomas More, Custer High School head football coach Russ Bailey said he was going to instill more discipline into his practices and hoped his players would respond to the challenge.

After last Friday night’s 44-6 manhandling of the visiting Little Wound Mustangs, Bailey said he’s confident his message was received.

“Iâ��think they responded well,”â��he said.â��“We played well from the start to the end. We got after it and played all the way through.”

Custer takes top honors at LNI
Published: Thursday, October 8th, 2015

The Custer volleyball winning streak continues, this week gaining momentum at the Lakota Nation Invitational, where the Wildcats went home with the top prize. 

“For LNI, we were taking the same approach as any other game,” said coach Renae Schneider. “We need to play our style of ball, which is being fundamentally sound, communicating and playing as a team. When we talk and work together, they have fun on the floor which then makes us play well as a team.”

The Wildcats were able to do that, winning them first place and a new season record of 21-2. This year’s performance bested last year’s, where the Wildcats finished in fourth place. In fact, the Wildcats lost only one set during their eight-game play — to White River in the championship match.

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Conard finishes fourth at regions
Published: Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Cole Conard and the Custer Wildcats fought through terrible weather and their fellow Region 4A competitors to earn a third place finish at the region meet Monday in Belle Fourche. Conard placed fourth individually, with a score of 84.
The weather wasn’t ideal for golf, as rain greeted the golfers at the Belle Fourche Country Club, and play was even delayed for an hour and a half because of heavy rain and lighting. When play resumed, the Wildcats played their way to a team score of 354, three strokes behind region champion Lead-Deadwood and one stroke behind runner-up Spearfish.

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Wildcats pummeled by Cavaliers
Published: Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Heading into last Friday night’s game at St. Thomas More, the Custer High School football team was 3-0, receiving votes in the state Class B polls and was confident it could do what Custer football teams have mostly failed to do for the past 20 years—give the Cavaliers a game.
That didn’t happen.
The Cavaliers used both overwhelming speed and physicality to once again dominate the Wildcats, this time coasting to a 57-13 lead in a game that saw the Cavs empty their bench midway through the third quarter.

Dooley takes another win
Published: Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Chance Dooley’s winning streak is still intact, as he went six for six at the Rapid City Invitational. The Custer cross country team competed against 20 other schools from South Dakota, North Dakota and Wyoming in the Invitational held Friday, Sept. 25, at LaCroix Golf Course.
Dooley’s 16:33 first place finish was just the edge Custer needed to seal second place, just behind Rapid City Stevens, but ahead of Spearfish. The next closest runner finished with a time of 17:05.

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Wildcats upset Lead-Deadwood
Published: Thursday, September 24th, 2015

The Custer volleyball team had a busy week of games, including taking on an undefeated Lead-Deadwood in an away game. 

The Wildcats were able to go toe-to-toe with the Golddiggers, handing them their first lost of the season. Custer is now 11-2 in the season. 

“This helps with their confidence so much,” coach Renae Schneider said. “They celebrated pretty hard that night, but were still ready to work the next morning at practice. They were pretty tired, though.”

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Golfers place second at conference meet
Published: Thursday, September 24th, 2015

The Custer High School boys golf team had one of its best showings of the season Monday at the Black Hills Conference meet at Boulder Canyon Country Club near Sturgis, coming in with a second place finish with a team score of 343.

“We did well, but it is hard to know that we were that close to winning the conference,” head coach Paul Kelley said. “A few of the boys weren’t satisfied with their play, but that is golf.”

Custer’s score was eight strokes behind host Sturgis, which used its home course to its advantage on its way to a team score of 335 and the conference crown. Lead-Deadwood finished in third place at 345.

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Cheer finishes in top three
Published: Thursday, September 24th, 2015

It was a busy week for the Custer competitive cheer team, as the girls competed in two meets, finishing in the top three both times. 

On Monday, Sept. 14, the team competed in the Spearfish Invitational where the Wildcats took second place, just one point behind the first place finisher. 

“They were very solid and the girls just really stepped up,” coach Mechelle Powers said. “We had no safety deductions, which I was really happy with.”

The Wildcats topped Belle Fourche and St. Thomas More, earning 139.5 points. While Rapid City Central’s 140.5 earned them first place, Powers said the girls were able to raise their overall team score by eight points, putting them in second place overall, even compared to the non-tumbling teams.

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Dooley continues to soar at Belle
Published: Thursday, September 17th, 2015

The cross country team had a very successful homecoming week, walking away with two team wins in addition to an individual win at the Belle Fourche Invitational.

Senior Chance Dooley continued his winning streak, taking first with a time of 16:46. Max Oesterling took fifth place with a time of 17:51 while Joe Rush was right behind him in sixth with a time of 17:52. Ben Wahlstrom rounded out the top 10, taking 10th place with a time of 18:40. Logan Block was the last Wildcat runner to place, taking 19th place with a time of 19:35.

Volleyball team shuts out STM
Published: Thursday, September 17th, 2015

It was a successful homecoming week for the Custer volleyball team after it earned a pair of wins in home and away games. 

On Thursday, the Custer Wildcats took on St. Thomas More in an away game, where the defeated the Cavs in three sets: 25-21, 25-19 and 25-21.

“I can honestly say I think this is the first time in my coaching career that we finished homecoming week with wins,” said coach Renae Schneider. “I’m glad they could have fun with homecoming, but keep their focus on what needed to be done on the court.”

’Cats run over Red Cloud
Published: Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Graysen Trandem carried the ball 25 times for 192 yards and a touchdown as the Custer High School football team used a dominating ground game to rumble to a 31-6 win over Red Cloud in the ’Cats’ homecoming game last Friday night at Wildcat Field.

Several Wildcat runners got into the act during the course of the game, as the Wildcats used solid blocking up front from offensive linemen Abram Herman, Joseph Williams, Benâ��Marchand, Isaac Landa and Matt Swanson to establish dominance at the line of scrimmage and create holes that Trandem said were “10 times bigger” than they were last week against Bennett County.

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Competitive cheer takes second at Belle Fourche
Published: Thursday, September 10th, 2015

The competitive cheer season is off on a high note, with the Custer Wildcats taking second place in the season’s first competition. 

The Wildcats competed at the Belle Fourche Cheer and Dance Invitational, where they took second to Rapid City Stevens, topping Belle in its own tournament. 

“The girls did a great job,” said coach Mechelle Powers. “I was contemplating not performing at Belle because I did not think our stunt sequences in the routine were solid enough.”

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Golfers tie for first
Published: Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Led by two a pair of 42s in the nine-hold competition, the Custer High School boys golf team tied for first at the Douglas Pentagular last Thursday afternoon in Box Elder.

Cole Conard and AJ Kortemeyer, an eighth grader, both carded a 42, while seventh grader Dustin Fish carded a 44. Other Custer scores included Lane Robb’s 47, Noah Zacher and Blake Martinz both at 50, Nolan Patzloff 55 and Austin Eggers 58. Custer tied with Hot Springs for first place in the team competition.

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