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Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Custer takes sixth at Gregory
Published: Thursday, December 18th, 2014

With the Custer wrestling team still on the mend, coach Jared Webster wasn’t sure what the week would look like.

“We’re still sick and injured, so hopefully we can heal up this week and see what will come up,” he said. “I am seeing improvements, though; the moves are coming together. And the kids are wanting to wrestle, so that’s good.”

On Saturday, Dec. 13, the Wildcats competed at the Gregory Invitational, where the team took sixth place with 197 points. 

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Girls open season with loss to Hill City
Published: Thursday, December 18th, 2014

A poor second quarter proved to be the undoing of the Custer High School girls basketball team as it fell to the Hill City Rangers 61-43 last Thursday evening in its season-opening game in Hill City.

The Wildcats fell behind 16-7 in the first quarter and were down 30-13 at halftime after after scoring only six points in the second quarter, which featured poor shooting and turnovers.

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Boys tame Tigers in opener
Published: Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Led by a balanced scoring attack and a strong defensive effort, the Custer High School boys basketball team started the Paul Kelley era out on a positive note with a 60-24 win over the visiting Oelrichs Tigers last Saturday evening at the Armory.

The Wildcats shook off an uneven first half to pull away in the third and fourth quarters, outscoring the visiting Tigers 32-9 in the second half.

“There were some positives and there were some negatives,”â��Kelley said of his team’s first game. “We’re a work in progress.”

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Girls expect to be much improved
Published: Thursday, December 11th, 2014

In the past two years, the Custer High School girls basketball team has won five games, lost 37 more, and wasn’t competitive in many of those losses.

This year, however, Custer head coach Stephanie Ornelas believes her young but experienced team will turn the corner in terms of victories and overall play and begin the climb back up toward the top of the Black Hills Conference.

“I would be shocked if we don’t double last year’s win total, or even more,” she said. “Practice is going really well. For being a young squad, they are experienced. They know what is expected. They get what they need to do.”

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Boys have new coach, new look
Published: Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Heading into the 2014-15 season, the Custer High School boys basketball team has more unknowns than any season in recent memory before it plays its first game.

In fact, the only known may be that there are plenty of unknowns.

That’s because when the Wildcats play their first game against Oelrichs Saturday night in the Armory, they will do so under the leadership of a new coach for the first time in the better part of half a century, and without their three best scorers from a year ago.

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Custer takes sixth in home tournament
Published: Thursday, December 11th, 2014

The wrestling season officially kicked off last weekend with the Custer Invitational held Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5-6. Eighteen teams competed in the annual invitational, where the Custer wrestling team walked away with six place as well as eight individual titles. 

“I was very pleased with what I saw. There were a lot of good things,” said coach Jared Webster. “We’re not quite in shape yet, but that’s fine. We need to learn our moves first and that will come.”

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Thomsen piles up stats for ’Cats
Published: Thursday, November 13th, 2014

The Custer High School football team ground out 2,271 yards rushing during the course of its 2014 season, 923 of which came from its do-everything senior Joel Thomsen.

Thomsen had a spectacular season for the Wildcats, leading them in rushing, receptions (13), receiving yards (173) and all-purpose yards (1,592). Thomsen returned 10 punts for a 30.4-yard average, with a long of 81 yards, six kickofffs for a 32-yard average and a long of 85, and scored five times more touchdowns (21) than any other player on the team. Fourteen of his touchdowns came on the ground, while two were through the air  and five on special teams.

Season ends with loss at Belle
Published: Thursday, November 13th, 2014

The 2014 volleyball season came to an end Thursday night, Nov. 6, when the Custer Wildcats took on the Belle Fourche Broncs in the semifinal round of the Region 8A tournament.

The Broncs defeated the Wildcats in three closely matched sets: 25-22, 25-23 and 25-17. 

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Girls win in region opener
Published: Thursday, November 6th, 2014

The Custer Wildcats are moving onto the next round of the Region playoff after defeating the Hill City Rangers 3-1 in the first round of playoffs.

When the game started Tuesday, Nov. 4, the Hill City Rangers struck first in the beginning set. While the ’Cats were able to catch up, they let the Rangers take the lead, ending the match 17-25.

“I really thought they came out with the belief that they could beat us. And on any given day, I think they can beat us,” coach Renae Schneider said. “We gave them way too many points off of serve, which I believe was the difference in the game. Two players had four missed serves, which was our key factor. We always want to have good control in our serve percentage.”

’Cats fall to Groton in thriller
Published: Thursday, November 6th, 2014

In a game that kept fans on the edge of their seats until the final whistle, it was the first two points of the game that proved to be the difference.

A blocked punt by the visiting Groton Tigers that led to a safety proved to provide the winning points for the Tigers as they came away with a 16-14 victory over the Custer Wildcats in Monday night’s quarterfinal game of the state Class B playoffs at Wildcat Field.

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Cheer takes fifth at state meet
Published: Thursday, October 30th, 2014

The Custer competitive cheerleading team continued its tradition of steady improvement at the State “A” cheer and dance competition in Watertown on Oct. 24, the final competition of the season. 

At the state competition, the Wildcats took fifth place with 194 points, a 60-point gain from last year’s competition. Custer’s division saw nine other teams from schools around the state. In the final overall rankings, Custer took ninth place out of 19 Class “A” schools.

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Wildcats drop Crusaders, host playoff game Monday
Published: Thursday, October 30th, 2014

The Custer High School football team advanced to the quarterfinals of the Class B playoffs last night by defeating the visiting Red Cloud Crusaders 35-12 at Wildcat Field.

The ’Cats had 306 yards rushing in the game, including 97 from Joel Thomsen on 14 carries, 83 from Tabin Elmore on eight carries and 77 yards from Anthony Jones on 12 carries.

After a scoreless first period, Custer struck first blood early in the second quarter on a 10-yard touchdown run by Thomsen up the middle. After a Red Cloud fumble on the ensuing possession, Custer took over on its own 43 and wasted little time in scoring, as Thomsen took the hand off, slipped several tackles and raced 40 yards for a score. The Wildcats took a 14-0 lead into the half.

Four medal at state cross country meet
Published: Thursday, October 30th, 2014

The high school cross country season came to an end Saturday, Oct. 25, at the state meet in Huron, where the Custer Wildcats ran away with four state medals, as well as sixth and seventh places. 

In the boy’s race, Chance Dooley and Shane Herman continued to put it all out there, earning their state cross country medals after placing ninth with a time of 17:05 and 10th at 17:07, respectively.

“We knew it was a long shot, but after winning their sixth straight Region title last weekend, they boys had high hopes going into the state meet,” said coach Karen Karim. “As they have all season, these two were in contention from the beginning of the race — a race that went out in a crazy fast pace.”

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.”

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