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Thursday, March 12th, 2015

’Cats can’t handle any More
Published: Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Heading into last Thursday night’s Region 8A semifinal game at St. Thomas More, Custer head coach Paul Kelley said his team needed to avoid falling behind huge in the first quarter, like they have done so many times to the Cavaliers in recent years.

Mission accomplished.

Unfortunately for the Wildcats, after a Sam Mertz drive for a basket, foul and free throw cut the Cavalier lead to 17-15 early in the second quarter, St. Thomas More outscored them 48-13 the rest of the way, handing the Wildcats another lopsided loss at the hands of More, this time by the score of 65-28. The loss ended Custer’s season at 8-14.

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Wrestling season comes to an end
Published: Thursday, March 5th, 2015

While it was a building year for the Custer wrestling team, the season ended with one making it to the state “B” tournament.

Senior wrestler David Sigdestad was the lone Wildcat at the state meet held Feb. 27-28 in Rapid City.

“Going into the place, he had a tough draw,” said coach Jared Webster. “He wrestled well.”

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Boys advance to region semifinal
Published: Thursday, March 5th, 2015

The Custer High School boys basketball team will hope the third time is the charm for it against St. Thomas More this season when it travels to Rapid City for its third matchup of the season against the Cavaliers Thursday night. The game, which will be one of the two semifinals in Region 8A play, will be Custer’s third game against the Cavaliers this season. The Cavs soundly defeated the ’Cats the two previous times the teams met this season. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at St. Thomas More’s gym.

The Wildcats have been hurt both inside and outside by the Cavaliers this season, as in the first game it was Cavalier big man Isaac Kortemeyer who did most of the damage against the ’Cats, while the second game at home saw the Cavaliers bury the ’Cats in an avalance of three-pointers.

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Rangers hand ’Cats season-ending loss
Published: Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

It was a rough last two games of the season for the Custer High School girls basketball team, as it coughed up a lead in both games, including an eight-point lead Monday night in the first round of Region 8A play in Hill City.

The Wildcats were outscored 18-12 in the fourth quarter of a game they led most of the way in a 49-45 loss to the Rangers.

Custer head coach Stephanie Ornelas said patience—or lack thereof—was the ’Cats’ downfall in the season-ending loss.

Boys host Rangers in region play
Published: Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

It’s win or go home time for the Custer High School boys basketball team, as it will play the Hill City Rangers for the third time this season in the opening round of Region 8A tournament Monday night at the Armory.

Depending on the outcome of last night’s game against the Rangers in Hill City, the Wildcats may be looking to defeat the Rangers for the third time this season, having already defeated them once already in the Armory earlier in the season.

One wrestler qualifies for state
Published: Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

One lone wrestler will represent Custer in the State Class “B” tournament this weekend in Rapid City. 

Senior wrestler David Sigdestad (195 pounds) punched his ticket to the state meet after taking second place in the Region 4B tournament this past Saturday, Feb. 21. The top four placers in each weight class will go on to the state meet. 

“I was happy with how he kept moving and taking shots,” said coach Jared Webster. “He wrestled the whole time.”

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Boys slip by Belle Fourche, get routed by More
Published: Thursday, February 19th, 2015

The Custer High School boys basketball team got back on the winning track last Friday night in Belle Fourche, jumping out to a big lead and holding off a late Bronc charge to come away with a 59-55 win.

The Wildcats came out with a strong first quarter to take a 17-9 lead and were up by 10 in the fourth quarter before the Broncs made a furious last charge.

“Our defense lapsed some. We gave them a lot of easy looks,” head coach Paul Kelley said.

Girls kicked by Broncs, can’t get over Wall
Published: Thursday, February 19th, 2015

A modest three-game winning streak came to an end for the Custer High School girls basketball team last weekend when it lost to the visiting Wall Eagles Feb. 10, followed by a loss in Belle Fourche last Friday evening.

Against Belle Fourche the girls trailed most of a game that Custer head coach Steph Ornelas said was played at a slow pace. Custer struggled to make shots or even get many off in the game, although Ornelas said the shots the team did take were good ones.

“A few of them were waived off because of a charge or a silly call,”â��she said.

Ornelas said the Wildcats managed to cut the lead to seven near the end of the third quarter, but could get no closer.

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Bison dominate boards, beat ’Cats
Published: Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Custer High School head basketball coach Paulâ��Kelley didn’t have to look at the stat sheet after his team lost in Hot Springs last Friday evening to know what his team’s downfall was. He was aware as it was happening.

“The thing that really stood out was how many times we let them get offensive rebounds,” he said. “That was the stat that led to our demise.”

Girls on three-game win streak
Published: Thursday, February 12th, 2015

The Custer High School girls basketball team extended its winning streak to three games and inched within one game of a .500 record when it defeated the Hot Springs Bison last Friday night in Hot Springs.

Tori Glazier was the team’s leading scorer in the game, as she netted 12 points with seven steals, while Jasmine Cisneros scored 11, including three baskets from beyond the arc.

Sigdestad wins in Hill City
Published: Thursday, February 12th, 2015

The regular season has come to an end for the Custer High School wrestling team, leaving six members of the team with a welcomed tournament medal. 

Six wrestlers placed in the top eight at the Black Hills Classic Tournament held Saturday, Feb. 7, in Hill City. The big winner of the day was senior David Sigdestad (195 pound), who took first place in his weight class, after defeating Hill City’s Mitchell Peterson in a 5-3 decision.

Freshman wrestler Wyatt Dooley took second place while brother Chance took third in the 106-pound weight class. Ben Marchand (182) also took third place, while teammates Blake Jensen (138) and Blake Kainz (132) took sixth and eighth, respectively. 

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Four wrestlers place at Belle
Published: Thursday, February 5th, 2015

With the wrestling season starting to wind down, the Custer Wildcats are just where they need to be if they want to finish strong. 

The team competed at the Belle Fourche Invitational Tournament Jan. 30-31, where the Wildcats placed eighth as a team, earning 77 points over the course of the tournament. Winning the invitational was Bismarck Century, with Sturgis Brown and Dickinson in second and third place, respectively. 

“Belle was a good tournament. The kids wrestled very well,” coach Jared Webster said of the 32-man bracket tournament. “I saw a lot of improvement. The mental toughness was starting to kick in and the determination of them is starting to show through. That was a huge plus.”

Glazier scores 37 in win
Published: Thursday, February 5th, 2015

The three-headed monster of Tori Glazier, Shayna Kintigh and Morgan Parys was more than the visiting Douglas Patriots could handle last Thursday night, as the Custer High School girls basketball team avenged an early season loss to the Patriots with a 65-54 win in the Armory.

Glazier went on a scoring binge, pouring in 37 points and grabbing six rebounds, while Kintigh had 12 points, nine steals and six rebounds and Parys had 12 points and five rebounds.  The three scored all but four of Custer’s points in the game and fueled a second half explosion that saw Custer scoring 45 second half points.

’Cats beat Pats in overtime thriller
Published: Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Douglas Patriot guard Brandon Bissonette let a three-pointer fly from the top of the key and a gym full of Custer Wildcat fans held their collective breath.

They had seen this movie before, not even a week earlier.

Unlike the previous Saturday, however, Bissonette’s shot fell short, leading to a frenzied celebration as the Custer High School boys basketball team snapped a five-game losing streak with a thrilling 66-64 win over the Patriots in overtime.

“I think it was huge for them,”â��Custer head coach Paul Kelley said of the win for his team’s psyche. “They have worked so finally win a close game, you hope that builds their confidence as we move through the rest of the season.”

After Custer built up a double digit lead midway through the third quarter, the game was a nail-biter the rest of the way as Douglas battled back to actually take a lead late in the third at 42-41 after a Trey Diggs basket. Custer reclaimed the lead, but Bissonette put the Patriots back on top moments later with a three-pointer—and let the Custer student section know about it—which was followed by a Austin Barrett basket, foul and free throw that put the Patriots up 47-43 going into the fourth quarter.

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

One wrestler places at Chadron tourney
Published: Thursday, January 29th, 2015

In a tough 32-man bracket tournament, senior wrestler David Sigdestad (195 pounds) was the lone Custer Wildcat on the podium, earning sixth place overall at the Chadron, Neb., Invitational last weekend. While he may have been the only Wildcat to place, coach Jared Webster was still happy with the work his team did.

“The top six wrestlers place there, instead of the usual eight. We had four kids who took eighth; they were just a win shy of placing,” he said. “I’m happy to see young kids step it up and get close to being able to place, wrestling tough kids and staying in the matches with them.”

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Wildcats nearly stun Crusaders
Published: Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Coming off a pair of games last week where it  couldn’t have hit sand if it had fallen off a camel, and playing a team that had stomped it by 50 a month earlier, it’s safe to say most people would have put the Custer High School boys basketball team’s chances of defeating Red Cloud last Saturday night at the Armory somewhere with a snowball’s chance—well, you get the idea.

However, able to finally hit some shots and playing in an entirely new offense, the Wildcats gave the visiting Crusaders all they could handle and then some, as only some falters in the final two minutes by Custer allowed the Crusaders to escape the Armory with a 59-58 win.

Girls corral Bison, lose to ’Saders
Published: Thursday, January 29th, 2015

For four quarters last Saturday evening, it looked as if the Custer High School girls basketball team would spring one of the biggest upsets of the season. Or, perhaps with the way the team is playing as of late, it wouldn’t have been that much of an upset.

In a game that was back and forth and close throughout, the Wildcats lost a close 63-59 game at the Armory to the visiting Red Cloud Crusaders, a team that played in the championship game of the Lakota Nation Invitational in December.

Custer head coach Steph Ornelas said the close loss shows just how far her team has come from the start of the season.

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Cavaliers rough up Wildcats
Published: Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

The Custer High School girls basketball team traveled to Rapid City last Thursday evening for a matchup with the previously undefeated defending Class A state champion St. Thomas More. And, like most every team that plays the Cavaliers, the Wildcats were routed, losing 90-28.

“They are just that good,”â��Custer head coach Steph Ornelas said of More. “They have a great team. Sometimes as a coach, you find yourself watching them.”

Broken record:�Shoot...
Published: Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

After two more games where shots wouldn’t fall, Custer High School boys basketball coach Paul Kelley is at a loss. So much so, that following his team’s performance last weekend, he indicated offensive changes are on the horizon.

“Where do we go from here? Do we do things to try to create more movement? We are going to change things up,”â��he said.

Things went from bad to worse for the Wildcats last weekend, particularly in Redfield, where the ’Cats made only seven baskets the entire game in a 53-23 loss to Groton Area in the State Farm Shootout.

Six wrestlers place at Philip
Published: Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

If the Custer High School wrestling team wants to have a successful second half of the season, they need to rest up and get better—and fast. 

“We left a few back home (this weekend) since they are sick,” said coach Jared Webster. “We’re trying to get rid of the cold.”

Since they wrestled with half a team, Custer did not compete at the Bennett County Invitational. The team did compete at the Philip Invitational Tournament over the weekend where, despite being sick, six wrestlers walked away with a place on the podium.

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Boys fall to ’Diggers, beat Rangers
Published: Thursday, January 15th, 2015

After falling behind by as many as 15 points in the first half, the Custer High School boys basketball team put together a strong second half rally that ultimately fell short in a 55-39 loss at Lead-Deadwood last Saturday night.

The teams entered the second quarter tied at 13 all, but Lead-Deadwood outscored Custer by 10 in the frame and eventually pushed the lead even further before Custer was able to cut the deficit to five. Much as in most of Custer’s early-season games, however, the team was unable to overcome a poor shooting performance.

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Two wrestlers place at Lyman
Published: Thursday, January 15th, 2015

After a near three-week break from competition, the Custer High School wrestling team competed at the Lyman County Invitational Jan. 9-10, where two Wildcats were able to come away with medals. 

“It was a very tough tournament, with a lot of top ‘A’ and ‘B’ schools,” head coach Jared Webster said about the 32-man bracket tournament. “There were very stacked weight classes. The kids are right there for how young they are.” 

Junior Ben Marchand (182 pound) and senior David Sigdestad (195) were the only two wrestlers to place in their weight class, earning seventh and sixth, respectively.

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Girls spring upset on Rangers
Published: Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Down 16-6 at the end of the first quarter last Thursday night at the Armory, it looked like the Custer High School girls basketball team was well on its way to its 13 consecutive loss to the Hill City Rangers.

Looks can be deceiving.

Buoyed by sime timely baskets, solid defense and all-around hustle, the Wildcats came roaring back to outscore the Rangers 39-32 in the second half and win 62-58, marking Custer’s first win over its rivals to the north since Jan. 7, 2010. Prior to the game, Custer had dropped 12 straight to the Rangers.

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Girls drop a pair to Spearfish, Douglas
Published: Thursday, January 8th, 2015

If the Custer High School girls basketball team can ever put two halves of basketball together, they just might get something going.

Unfortunately for the team last weekend, however, it was slow starts or poor finishes that was its undoing, as it lost a pair of games on the road to Douglas and Spearfish.

The team was in Spearfish last Saturday night and fell behind 20-4 in the opening frame and 30-14 at half before roaring back to cut the lead to eight in the second half in an eventual 62-44 loss.

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Shooting misery continues for ’Cats in road loss
Published: Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Heading into the season, Custer High School head boys basketball coach Paul Kelley said among the many unknowns facing his team were where the points would come from on a nightly basis.

More prophetic words he could not have spoken.

The Wildcats have struggled to put the ball in the basket for much of the early part of the season, and that was the case again last Saturday night when the ’Cats shot an abysmal 23 percent from the field in a 64-30 loss at Spearfish.

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