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Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Volleyball sweeps Hot Springs
Published: Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

The Custer High School volleyball team started its week out on a high note, sweeping Hot Springs in three games. Even though they lost to Douglas on Thursday, Oct. 16, coach Renae Schneider is happy with how the team played, pushing the game to four sets.

“I thought we played very well for not having Shayna (Kintigh), who has not yet been cleared from a concussion, and Lisi (Baker), who is out sick,” she said. “I thought Rheann (Larsen) and Destinee (Fish) really stepped up.”

Football team throttles Thorpes
Published: Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

With one regular season game left, the Custer High School football team is in the catbird seat for the Class B Playoffs, as it continues to lead the entire class in power points.

With a win Thursday night in Hot Springs over the Bison, the Wildcats will clinch the top playoff seed throughout the playoffs. With a loss, it’s likely the ’Cats will fall out of that slot and into the second seed in Region 4B, behind St. Thomas More. Regardless, the Wildcats will host a playoff game next Tuesday, against either Red Cloud or Bennett County.

’Cats take fifth in tough competition
Published: Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

It was stiff competition at the competitive cheer and dance competition hosted by Rapid City Stevens Oct. 18. In the overall team standings, the Custer Wildcats took fifth place with 132.5 points, their best score of the season. 

“We had a good warm up and even got to spend some time with the Stevens team fine tuning our new basket toss stunt,” said coach Mechelle Powers. “Coach Sherri Keck (Stevens coach) and her team were really helpful and helped us improve it right on the spot. That collaboration with other teams and coaches is so valuable. Iâ��hope we can get it together and learn more from each other.”

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Robb leads golfers to 11th place finish
Published: Thursday, October 16th, 2014

The Custer High School boys golf team wrapped up its season with an 11th place finish at the State Class A Boys Golf Tournament, played Oct. 6-7 at Southern Hills Golf Course in Hot Springs.

The Wildcats finished with a team score of 725, with nearly identical scores of 363-362 each day. Dell Rapids won the team title with a score of 626, and also had the state champion in Adam Karst, who finished with a score of 147.

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Competitive cheer team tops STM
Published: Thursday, October 16th, 2014

It’s been tough competition, but the Custer competitive cheerleading team continues to go head to head with larger, more experienced teams. The Wildcats competed at the Sturgis Invitational on Monday, Oct. 6, where they took third place. 

The ’Cats took third to Rapid City Central and Belle Fourche while beating St. Thomas More. 

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Girls run their way to conference title
Published: Thursday, October 16th, 2014

The road to the state “A” cross country meet began Thursday, Oct. 9, and the Custer Wildcats have the end goal in sight. 

Both teams had a good showing at the Black Hills Conference meet in Spearfish, where the girls team took first place and the boys took third. This was the last time the Wildcats will see the “AA” competition of Douglas, Sturgis and Spearfish this season.

“Most of our kids showed a marked improvement this meet by running their season’s best times,” said coach Karen Karim. 

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Volleyball places fourth at Lakota Nation
Published: Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Going into the Lakota Nation Invitational Oct. 3-4, the Custer Wildcat volleyball team was looking to improve on every game.

Coach Renae Schneider said in order to do that, the team would have to move, as movement is key in performing well, and play to their level in every single game.

The Wildcats took fourth at the Lakota Nation Invitational (LNI), going 5-3 on Friday and Saturday. 

“We did not play Custer volleyball consistently at LNI,” Schneider said. “It was disappointing to watch us play well and then have one mishap and everything fall apart.”

Cross country doubles its wins in Deadwood
Published: Thursday, October 9th, 2014

It was a very good week for the Custer cross country team.

Both the girls and boys teams took first place at the Lead-Deadwood Invitational held Friday, Sept. 26, a preview for the Region meet to be held later this month.

In the girls race, Tori Glazier took first place with a time of 16:14 while Mallory Delmont finished just behind her in second place, finishing with a time of 16:17. Julianne Thomsen took eighth place with a time of 17:37 while Tayler Carlson finished in 13th place (18:09) and Emmalee Hollick finished 21st (18:43), all helping the Wildcats take the top place.

Conard second, team qualifies for state
Published: Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Led by Cole Conard’s second place finish, the Custer High School boys golf team finished in fourth place at the Region 4A Golf Tournament held Oct. 1 at Southernâ��Hills Golf Course. The tournament was delayed two days due to the heavy rain that hit the Southern Hills last week.

Conard was only two strokes away from winning the tournament, finishing with a score of 83. Lead-Deadwood’s Brett Mattson won medalist honors with a score of 81.

“It was good to see Cole challenge for medalist honors,” Custer head coach Paul Kelley said.â��“He was five shots back after the turn and had plenty of opportunities, but just came up short.”

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Competitive cheerleaders take third in tough matchup
Published: Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

With only two competitions of the 2014 season under their belts, the Custer competitive cheerleading team is only moving forward as the season continues. 

The Custer Wildcats competed at the Douglas Invitational Saturday, Sept. 27, where they took third place to Central and Stevens in the tumbling division. Their average score was 65.

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Football team stays perfect by blasting Broncs
Published: Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

The punt hit the ground in front of Joel Thomsen and bounced by him 10 yards before he turned to give pursuit. With Belle Fourche defenders closing in, Thomsen fielded the ball with one hand and looked up. Four Broncs were getting closer, with no Wildcats between them and him.

Thomsen dodged one Bronc defender. Then another. Then another. Before long Thomsen was streaking up the sideline, on his way to an electrifying 81-yard punt return touchdown that brought the Custer crowd to its feet and the Broncs to their knees in putting Custer up by 24 on the Wildcats’ way to a 45-20 win over the visiting Broncs last Friday night at Wildcat Field.

Wildcats lose to Broncs in four
Published: Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

The Belle Fourche Broncs defeated the Custer Wildcat volleyball team Sept. 25 three games to one: 25-12, 32-30, 20-25 and 25-12.

“It was a good match, but we had some unforced errors that took us out of it,” said coach Renae Schneider. “I didn’t feel we came out aggressive and ready to play and Belle did. They have a good program and those kids are ready to play every game. That’s something we have to work on.”

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Custer tops Edgemont, battles against ’Diggers
Published: Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Between two home games — including one homecoming match up — and one away game, the Custer volleyball team had a very busy week. 

The Wildcats took on Edgemont Saturday, Sept. 20, at an away game, defeating the Moguls in three sets: 25-15, 25-23 and 25-17.

“This game provided us an opportunity to get all of our players in, which was nice,” said coach Renae Schneider. “It was nice to see Shayna Kintigh’s serving back on track. She had lost some confidence in her serving, but this game helped her get back on track.”

Girls second, boys fourth in home meet
Published: Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Despite the summer-like temperatures on Thursday, Sept. 18, the Custer cross country teams took their spots on the podium at the Eldon Knudson Custer Invitational. The girls took second place while the boys took fourth. 

For the first time this season, the boys entered a complete team to score. Shane Herman led the boys with his third place finish, going 17:51, barely being edged out by Lucas Julian from St. Thomas More. Chance Dooley finished right behind Herman in fourth place, running a time of 18:14. Max Oesterling and Logan Block competed in their first varsity 5,000 meter race, finishing 51st and 53rd, respectively, with times of 21:45 and 22:10. Ben Wahlstrom was also in the race, but struggled and wasn’t able to finish. 

Wildcats run by ’Diggers
Published: Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Boosted by a defense that forced five turnovers and posted its second consecutive shutout, the Custer High School football team improved to 4-0 last Friday night by defeating Lead-Deadwood 26-0 at Wildcat Field in the team’s homecoming game.

The Wildcat defense has now given up only 16 points all season a four-points-per-game clip.

“We did a good job of gang tackling,” head coach Russ Bailey said.â��“The defense played pretty well. We gave up a lot of yards but made a lot of tackles.”

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Volleyball team crushes St. Thomas More
Published: Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

With a gym full of boisterous fans, the Custer Armory was the place to be Thursday night as the Custer Wildcats took on the St. Thomas More Cavaliers. 

The Wildcats easily defeated the Cavs in the first two matches, going 25-15 in the first and 25-12 in the second. However, as the game got close in the third match, the crowd got louder, giving Custer the edge it needed, winning 25-21.

“I was pleased with their focus and energy out of the gates,” said coach Renae Schneider. “Our middles were very effective in the first game, making their presence known with their blocking, which can affect the mentality of (St. Thomas More’s) hitters.”

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

’Cats shut out Crusaders, move to 3-0
Published: Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Boosted by three more touchdowns from Joel Thomsen, the Custer High School football team moved to 3-0 following a 22-0 win over the Red Cloud Crusaders last Friday night at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Thomsen got it done on both sides of the ball for the Wildcats, rushing for 100 yards and a pair of scores on only seven carries, while also racking up nine tackles on defense and intercepting two passes, one of which he returned for a touchdown.

Thomsen did all this despite less than ideal playing conditions, as Red Cloud’s field was soft and soggy from the snowstorm earlier in the week. And although the Wildcats fumbled the ball a whopping 10 times in the game, two of which they lost, Custer head coach Russ Bailey said the field conditions didn’t really affect how the team attacked the Crusaders.

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Girls place second at Sioux Falls
Published: Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Just as they did last week, the Custer High School girls cross country team made its home on the podium, taking second place at the Nike Heartland Invitational in Sioux Falls on Saturday, Sept. 13.

All nine of the girls ran in the race, taking 84 points and second place over Garretson, the defending state champion. Madison, which is one of the favorites in the state meet in class “A,” beat the Wildcats by just 10 points.

“This not only showed our depth (scoring five runners again at this meet), but also showed us that we are capable of doing well against statewide competition,” said coach Karen Karim.

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Wildcats edge Bennett County
Published: Thursday, September 11th, 2014

The Custer High School football team turned in a workman-like 13-8 win over the Bennett County Warriors last Friday night in Martin, but it was a glaring deficiency in red zone execution that had Wildcat head coach Russ Bailey seeing that same red after the game, as his Wildcats had four first and goals in the game and didn’t score on any of them.

“We have to start finishing drives,”â��Bailey said.â��“We only punted once the entire game.”

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Cheer takes third in season opener
Published: Thursday, September 11th, 2014

In the first competition of the season, the Custer competitive cheer team took third at the Belle Fourche Invitational.

“They did really well for this early in the season — even the five who have never been to a contest seemed perfectly comfortable on the mat,” said coach Cherri Block.

“The competition was a lot of fun. The girls were nervous, but did very well,” said coach Mechelle Powers. “We raised our scores by 10 points over last year’s state meet scores, so we are heading in the direction that we want.”

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Volleyball team wins pair of matches
Published: Thursday, September 11th, 2014

The Custer High School volleyball team had a couple busy days last week, taking on Red Cloud on Thursday and Little Wound over the weekend.

At Little Wound, the Custer Wildcats defeated the Mustangs in three sets, 25-23, 25-14 and 25-17.

“I was happy with our number of aces,” said coach Renae Schneider. “I did not think we came mentally prepared for Little Wound. We need to get better at playing our game against every opponent.”

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Runners bring home medals in opener
Published: Thursday, September 4th, 2014

In the first cross county meet of the season, the Custer Wildcats are already bringing home medals.

Three runners traveled to Douglas to compete at the invitational, with all three earning a spot on the podium. 

“It was a really great first race for us,” said coach Karen Karim. “Several kids competed for their first time at this level and we showed promise as a team.”

Wildcats win three at home tournament
Published: Thursday, September 4th, 2014

After packing a summer full of friendly games, matches across the state and training camps, the Custer volleyball team was ready for the 2014 season, kicking off Friday, Aug. 29, with the Custer Invitational Tournament. 

“I was feeling confident Friday night about where we were as a team,” said coach Renae Schneider. “Our movement was really good on Friday, as well as our coverage. The girls were communicating with each other, which builds trust among them.”

In the first game of the tournament, the Wildcats defeated Moorcroft in two sets: 25-19 and 25-17. They also defeated Lead/Deadwood in three sets — 25-21, 22-25 and 25-23 — in the second game of the night.

Big plays spur Wildcat win
Published: Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Heading into last Friday night’s season-opening game against Newcastle, Wyo., Custer High School head football coach Russ Bailey was hoping his team’s new run-oriented offense would grind out 12- and 15-play drives that would chew up time and lead to short touchdown runs near the goal line.

And while the team did grind out some longer drives, it turned out to be the big play that boosted the Wildcats, as Custer had three scoring plays of 80 yards or more en route to a 30-8 victory.

Joel Thomsen had two of those big plays for Custer, as the senior piled up 348 all-purpose yards and scored three touchdowns.

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Boys golf has lofty expectations
Published: Thursday, August 28th, 2014

This time last year, the Custer High School golf team was a young, inexperienced team that had several players smaller than the bags they were carrying. This year, that same team returns four state tournament qualifiers who played golf all summer and have already won a tournament to start the season.

The team figures to be led by three sophomores, all of whom were among the four state qualifiers last year. Cole Conard spent much of the year as the team’s No. 1 golfer, while Noah Zacher and Blake Martinz also spent the entire season playing varsity. Also returning from the state-qualifying team is Lane Robb, a junior.

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