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Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Wrestling camps bring in big names
Published: Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Wrestling may be done for the school year, but wrestling youth in Custer and surrounding areas are far from taking a break. 

While the Southern Hills Wrestling Club is no stranger to hosting wrestling camps during the summer months, this year’s camps are attracting a new level of trainers. 

At the club’s most recent camp Friday and Saturday, June 24-25, coach Bryan Snyder was on hand, teaching a group of 20 or so wrestlers the foundations of Freestyle and Greco wrestling. Snyder, a four-time All-American wrestler, has coached for the University of Nebraska for nine years and ranks number one on Nebraska’s all-time winningest percentage chart. He also coaches Jordan Burroughs, three-time All-American and two-time undefeated national champion, as well as an Olympic gold medalist. 



Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Three qualify for state finals rodeo
Published: Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Custer High School Rodeo team members Lexi McCoy, Ashlee Kritenbrink and Rachael McCoy have qualified for South Dakota State High School Rodeo Finals in Belle Fourche June 14-18.

Lexi McCoy qualified in team roping with partner, Seth Shorb (Hermosa), Kritenbrink qualified in breakaway roping, goat tying and team roping with partner Nolan Smith (Rapid City) and Rachael McCoy qualified in barrel racing and pole bending. 



Schneider places 34th at state golf meet
Published: Thursday, June 16th, 2016

The girls golf season came to an end Tuesday, June 7, with the  State Class A at Southern Hills Golf Course in Hot Springs.

Marlee Schneider was the lone golfer representing the Custer Wildcats at the meet, taking 34th place out of 98 golfers. On the first day of competition, Schneider shot a 95. She had a 99 on the second day. 



Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Legion baseball returns to Custer
Published: Thursday, June 9th, 2016

When the first batter digs into the batter’s box for the Custer American Legion Post 46 baseball team June 12, it will be the first time a Custer Legion baseball player has done so in years. Just how many years, though, is up for debate.

Some say it’s been 20 years since American Legion baseball was played in Custer. Others say it has been since World War II. What isn’t debated is the joy that it’s back, as a team of boys ages 15 to 19 will join the Class B ranks on the diamond this summer.



Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

Schneider qualifies for state golf meet
Published: Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

The Custer High School girls golf season will continue for one member after the Region 4A golf tournament held in Hot Springs Thursday, May 26. 

Marlee Schneider took seventh place in the tournament, earning her a spot at the state meet to be held June 6-7 in Hot Springs. To qualify, golfers had to place in the top 60 percent. 

“Marlee was hitting everything. She did well on both nines,” said coach Royed Hollick. “She had a tremendous time on (holes) 10-18.”



Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

Girls place second at state track meet
Published: Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

The Custer High School girls track team brought home a runner-up trophy from last weekend’s Class A State Track Meet, which took place during sometimes rainy and stormy weather in Madison and Sioux Falls. The meet eventually had some larger class relays cancelled at the end of the meet Saturday due to lightning.

The girls finished with 65 points, most of which came on the first day of competition. That was the day the 3200 relay team of Tori Glazier, Morgan Parys, Clara Sedlacek and Mallory Delmont brought home a gold medal by blistering the track in a time of 9:26.26, 11 seconds better than second place-finishing St. Thomas More, which finished at 9:37.87.



Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Golfers on to regions
Published: Thursday, May 26th, 2016

The final regular golf invitational of the season was held Tuesday, May 17, with members of the Custer High School girls golf team nabbing some of their best scores of the season. 

Kassidy Adam led the way for the Custer at the Belle Fourche Invitational, taking 12th place with a 95. Forty-two other girls from Belle Fourche, Douglas, Hot Springs, Lead-Deadwood, Rapid City Central, Rapid City Stevens, Red Cloud, St. Thomas More and Spearfish competed at the invitational.



Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Three more qualify for state
Published: Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Three more Custer High School girls track team members are headed to this weekend’s Class A State Track Meet after qualifying during their last chance to do so at the Region 8A track meet in Sturgis last Thursday.

Among those to qualify were Mallory Delmont, who won the 1600 in a time of 5:32.92. The top two finishers in each event automatically qualified for state.

Leah Zacher will compete at the state meet in the discus by virtue of her second place finish at the meet, with a best throw of 106-9. Also headed to state will be Grace Lewis, who qualified for the 300 hurdles by virtue of her second place finish in the 300 hurdles at a time of 52.71.



Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Golfers compete at BHC meet
Published: Thursday, May 19th, 2016

It was a tough competition day for the Custer girls golf team Thursday, May 12. 

The three-member  golf team competed at the Black Hills Conference invitational, hosted by Hot Springs. 

“It was an absolutely beautiful day to be down there and on the course,” said Royed Hollick, coach.

Helena Hansen finished in 44th place with a score of 154. Hansen shot a 56 in the first nine holes and a 89 on the back nine. 



Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Girls third, boys fifth at BHCâ�ï&ique...
Published: Thursday, May 19th, 2016

The Custer High School boys and girls track team battled nine other teams and less than ideal weather on the way to a third (girls) and fifth (boys) place finish at the Black Hills Conference Track Meet last Friday at Wildcat Field. The day started with temperatures in the low 40s and early morning snow before the clouds broke and provided some sunshine and warmer weather for some of the afternoon events.

The girls had five first place finishes, two of which came from thrower Jordan Menken, who won both the shot put and discus with throws of 41-2 and 112-6, respectively.



Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Five school records fall in Sioux Falls
Published: Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Records fell and state qualifications were posted when some members of the Custer High School track team headed to the Howard Wood Dakota Relays in Sioux Falls last weekend, with five school records falling by the wayside at the hands—or in this case, feet—of Wildcat runners. The meet was attended by schools large and small from across the state as well as other neighboring states.

Chance Dooley broke a pair of school records at the meet, as he posted new records in both the 1600 and 3200, running a 4:23.84 in the 1600, good for seventh place at the meet, and running a 9:32.56 in the 3200, which was good for fourth place. Dooley’s 1600 time topped the former record of 4:26.78 set by Cody Herman in 2012, while his 3200 time shattered the former record of 9:38.75 set by Logan Burns in 2014.



Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Adam takes fourth at Douglas meet
Published: Thursday, May 12th, 2016

The Custer High School girls golf team had a busy week, with two invitationals held days apart. 

Kassidy Adam was the sole golfer to play at both meets. Adam competed in the Douglas Invitational on Monday, May 2, which was rescheduled from the previous week. Adam shot a 94, putting her in fourth place. 

“She continues to do really well,” said Royed Hollick, coach. 



Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Second grader wins fourth wrestling title
Published: Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Lane Graf is just your average second grader. He goes to school, does his homework and loves sports — having played football for the Custer Youth Football League.

And he’s also a four-time wrestling champion. No big deal. 

Graf first became interested in wrestling four years ago, thanks to his older brother.



Adam medals at Hot Springs
Published: Thursday, April 28th, 2016

The Custer High School girls golf team took to Hot Springs for a perfect day of golf, Thursday, April 21, where the weather and scores couldn’t be beat. 

“It was an absolutely perfect day to golf,” said coach Royed Hollick. “There was sun and shade and a nice breeze.”

The nice weather wasn’t the only thing Hollick was pleased with. Custer’s scores continue to improve each week, with one Wildcat golfer earning a medal from the Hot Springs competition. 



Wildcat girls win home meet
Published: Thursday, April 28th, 2016

The Custer High School girls track team ran, jumped and threw its way to a first place finish at last Friday’s Custer Invitational Track Meet, piling up 114 points to second place finishing Newcastle, Wyo.’s 110 points on a picture-perfect day for a track meet at Wildcat Field.

Many of those in attendance gathered to see a pair of showdowns between Custer’s Tori Glazier and Newcastle’s Calbi Ausmann, the reigning Wyoming 3A state cross country champion who also placed second in both the 800 and 1600 at the Wyoming 3A state track meet a year ago.



Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Throwers lead the way in Newcastle
Published: Thursday, April 21st, 2016

The Custer High School track threw its weight around at the weather-shortened Race to the Ball track meet in Newcastle, Wyo., last Thursday, as 14 medals were brought home in the throwing events between the Wildcat boys and girls entered in the event.

Jordan Menken had the best overall showing, as she won the girls’ shot put with a best throw of 41-2, while placing second in the discus with a top toss of 109-0. On the boys’ side, Matt Swanson made it a Wildcat sweep in the shot put, as his best throw of 42-10 1/2 was good for first place, while Ben Marchand finished in second place with a best throw of 42-2.



Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Custer hosts four teams at Rocky Knolls
Published: Thursday, April 21st, 2016

They may be only two meets into the season, but the Custer girls golf team continues to impress on the course.

The golf team hosted a nine-hole pentangular with Belle Fourche, Lead-Deadwood, Hot Springs and Red Cloud on Thursday, April 14, where three golfers made improvements from the week prior.



Thursday, April 14th, 2016

Girls golf kicks off
Published: Thursday, April 14th, 2016

The girls golf season kicked off Thursday, April 7, at Spearfish Canyon Country Club, despite the uncooperative weather. 

“It was quite windy and cold until about 1 p.m.,” said coach Royed Hollick. “Once the sun came out, it was a little bit better. But it stayed windy.”



Thursday, April 14th, 2016

Golf team optimistic about new season
Published: Thursday, April 14th, 2016

With three fourths of the Custer High School girls golf team returning for another season, there’s a lot of optimism to be had.

“They all have great attitudes and are really looking forward to the season,” said coach Royed Hollick. “My attitude is the same as always. I want the girls to go out, have a good time and learn more about the game. Winning isn’t everything.”

Returning for their fourth seasons are freshman Marlee Schneider and sophomore Kassidy Adam, while sophomore Jasper Watland returns for a third year. Joining the team this season is foreign exchange student Helena Hansen, who is also new to the sport.



Thursday, April 14th, 2016

More ’Cats qualify for state meet
Published: Thursday, April 14th, 2016

The Custer High School track team was in Spearfish last Friday for the Queen City Classic, where more state qualifying performances were put on by the ’Cats, including four by girls team members.

The 1600 relay team of Julianne Thomsen, Mallory Delmont, Morgan Parys and Tori Glazier was the top-placing team for the girls, as the four combined to place second in the race in a state-qualifying time of 4:12.22. Glazier also placed third individually in the 400 in a state-qualifying time of 59.49, while Parys qualified for state in the 3200 while runing a fifth place time of 12:11.06. Mallory Delmont also placed in the same race just behind Parys in sixth place at 12:12.76.



Thursday, April 7th, 2016

Track team finally gets to compete
Published: Thursday, April 7th, 2016

A break in the recent cold and snowy weather allowed the Custer high school track team to participate in a pair of track meets last weekend, as the team traveled to the West River Preview Meet at Sioux Park in Rapid City on Friday before heading to the Douglas Early Bird Meet the following day in Box Elder.

At the preview meet, Tori Glazier picked up where she left off last year in the 1600 as the defending state champion easily qualified for state her first time out, placing second in the race with a time of 5:10.40. The Wildcats were well-represented in the race, as Mallory Delmont finished in fourth place at a time of 5:31.69, while Morgan Parys was fifth at 5:32.26.



Thursday, April 7th, 2016

Track team young but ready
Published: Thursday, April 7th, 2016

A quick glance at the roster for the Custer High School track team is all it takes to realize that the team, a perennial power in both the Black Hills Conference and state meet, is young. Really young.

The girls roster has only one senior, while the boys roster has but two. Both rosters are dominated by freshmen and sophomores. Despite that, Custer head coach Craig Black said he feels the team has the right mix of returning talent and talented newcomers for the teams to be a factor when the end of the season comes down the backstretch.

“We are a very young track team that has a lot of potential,” Black said. “We hope to improve on our scores at the end of the year, even though we did very well last year.”



Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Prior takes second national archery title
Published: Thursday, March 31st, 2016

When you put a bow in Gunner Prior’s hands, there’s only one thing to do: stand back. 

Having been involved in archery since he was 2-1/2, Prior has been able to do many things, including qualifying for the national tournament. Twice.  

Prior qualified for the 2016 National Tournament, held in Kentucky March 18-20, by qualifying for the South Dakota archery tournament. Prior will compete for the state title in Yankton this weekend, April 1-3. 



Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Season ends at hands of Spartans
Published: Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Just as its female counterparts a week earlier, the Custer High School boys basketball team saw its season end at the hands of the Spearfish Spartans last Thursday night in Spearfish in Region 8A semifinal action.

It was the second time the Spartans defeated the Wildcats this season, but unlike the two teams’ Jan. 2 meeting, a 17-point Spartan win, the Wildcats hung tough throughout the course of the game, eventually falling 51-43 in a came that wasn’t decided this time until late in the fourth quarter.



Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Wrestling season ends medal-less
Published: Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

The 2015-16 Custer High School wrestling season came to a close over the weekend with five Custer Wildcats making the short trip to Rapid City for the State ‘“B” wrestling tournament. While no Custer wrestler came back with a medal, coach Jared Webster said the experience is invaluable to the young team.

“We’re losing only two seniors, one who went to state. So that’s good for us,” he said. “This is a great experience for them. This will only help them be hungry and want to bring home medals next year.”

Custer’s first wrestler to take the mat was Chance Grill.



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