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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.

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

’Cats blank visiting Warriors
Published: Thursday, September 10th, 2015

A win is a win.

That was Custer High School football head coach Russ Bailey’s mantra as he left the field last Friday night, as his Wildcats used outstanding defense and just enough offense to move to 2-0 on the season with a 10-0 win over Bennett County at Wildcat Field.

It wasn’t always pretty, as the teams exchanged penalties, turnovers and broken plays most of the night, but Bailey said considering how young his team is and how many athletes are playing positions they have never played before, all in all it wasn’t a bad performance.

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

’Cats start slow, rally for win
Published: Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

The Custer High School football team overcame a slow start and an early deficit on the way to a season-opening 14-6 win over the Newcastle, Wyo., Dogies last Friday night in Newcastle.

Custer head coach Russ Bailey said the Wildcats looked as one might expect with five new starters on offense and seven new starters on defense in their first game, having trouble getting started, getting off the ball and being unsure of what they were doing on both sides of the ball.

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

Dooley earns a pair of wins in season openers
Published: Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

The Custer cross country team is kicking the season off on a high note after a pair of individual wins during last weekend’s meets.

Senior runner Chance Dooley earned two first place finishes at two separate meets this weekend. The first win was at the Douglas Invitational, Friday, Aug. 28, which Dooley attended solo. His winning time of 17:04 was nearly 40 seconds away from the second place finisher.

“That’s the fastest time ran on that course all year. He had really good form,” said coach Karen Karim. “We knew the Newcastle meet wouldn’t have the same front-runner competition, so that’s why we sent Chance to Douglas, but there was no one to challenge him there, either.”

’Cats take second in home tourney
Published: Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

The volleyball season is off to a bang, with the Custer Wildcats taking second place in their home invitational.

The Lady Wildcats started off the season with a 5-1 record, coming in second to Lead-Deadwood in the championship match of the Custer Invitational held Aug. 28-29. The ’Cats pushed the ’Diggers to three sets, winning the first 25-19, but losing the second two, 25-15 and 25-19.

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Golfers have strong start to season
Published: Thursday, August 27th, 2015

The Custer High School boys golf team got its 2015 season underway with a flurry of activity, playing in three tournaments last week from Sturgis to Hot Springs.

Last Thursday the team was in Rapid City at Meadowbrook Golf Course, where it finished in eighth place with a team score of 361. Pierre won the event at 314, followed by Aberdeen Central at 325 and Rapid City Stevens at 335.

Cole Conard was the team’s top finisher, with a score of 83 at the 18-hole event. That score placed him just outside of the top 10.

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Gold Discovery Days results listed
Published: Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Chris Riley of Spearfish and Allison Green of Sturgis were the overall male and female winners of the Gold Discovery Days Gold Rush Fun Run last Sunday morning. Riley finished with a time of 19:57, while Green finished at 20:30.

Other results from the fun run are as follows:

Female Master’s Division 

Tamie Hopp

Black Hawk, 23:01 

Male Master’s Division 

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Two cowgirls qualify for state finals
Published: Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Custer High School students Ashlee Kritenbrink, Rachael McCoy and Rowdy Schlechter all competed at Sturgis Regional Rodeo last weekend for another shot at qualifying for South Dakota High School Finals Rodeo.

Kritenbrink was entered in the barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, breakaway roping and team roping with partner Cassidy March  of Hot Springs.  McCoy entered the barrel racing, pole bending and breakaway roping.  Schlechter entered the tie-down roping.

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

CHS�students compete...
Published: Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Three sophomores from Custer High School competed at the Wall Regional High School Rodeo June 6-7 to try to earn a spot at the South Dakota High School Rodeo Finals. Ashlee Kritenbrink of Buffalo Gap and Rachael McCoy and Rowdy Schlechter of Hermosa all completed.

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Wildcat girls place third at state meet
Published: Thursday, June 4th, 2015

The Custer High School girls track team placed third at last weekend’s Class A State Track Meet, lifted by the success of two relay teams and the running of Tori Glazier, who as a freshman is arguably already the most decorated female track athlete in Custer history.

Glazier won her third consecutive state championship in the 800 at the meet, which was held in Rapid City and Spearfish, when she cruised to victory in a time of 2:15.12, four seconds better than the second place finisher. The time was a new Class A State Meet record and reset the school record she had set earlier this year.

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Boys dominate relays at regions
Published: Thursday, May 28th, 2015

The Custer High School boys track team had four relay teams place first, leading the way to a second place team finish for the Wildcats at the Region 8A Track Meet last Thursday in Spearfish.

By virtue of their first place finishes, all four relay teams advanced to state. The top two finishers in each event at the region meet automatically qualify for this weekend’s state meet.

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Golf season ends at Madison
Published: Thursday, May 28th, 2015

The girls golf season came to an end this week with the state “A” tournament in Madison. Three Custer golfers competed in the tournament, finishing in the top 75. 

“I’m very proud of them,” said coach Royed Hollick. “They went out and competed and did the best they could. That’s all I can ask for.”

Eighth grader Marlee Schneider led the Wildcats the first day of competition, Monday, May 18, with her 115. Freshman Kassidy Adam was just behind her at 118, while fellow freshman Elizabeth Watland was 127. 

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