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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.

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Volleyball team needs leaders
Published: Thursday, August 28th, 2014

If the Custer volleyball team is to be successful this season, they will need not only good communication, but also good leaders.

“I feel that our upper classmen will need to step up with their leadership,” said coach Renae Schneider. “We have some very good volleyball players coming up and if they can have good leaders as their mentors, that will really help the program.”

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Golfers open with win in Hot Springs
Published: Thursday, August 28th, 2014

The Custer High School golf team got its season started in the best way possible Aug. 19 in Hot Springs when it finished in first place at the Hot Springs Invitational at Southern Hills Golf Course.

The Wildcats finished with a team total of 339, one stroke better than Spearfish, which finished at 340. Rounding out the top five team scores were Hot Springs at 345, St. Thomas More at 347 and Lead-Deadwood 358.

“It was a great way for us to start off the year,”â��head coach Paul Kelley said.â��“Going up against the likes of Spearfish, Sturgis, Lead, Hot Springs and STM, this was a big surprise.”

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Burns, Green win Fun Run
Published: Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Logan Burns of Custer, at a time of 18:10, and Allison Green of Sturgis, at a time of 20:36, were the overall winners of the Gold Discovery Days Fun Run last Sunday morning. Other results are as follows:

Female Master’s Division

Beth Hollick, Custer, 24:36

Male Master’s Division

Monni Karim,

Custer, 21:39

Female 13 and Under

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Baseball team drops first two games
Published: Thursday, June 26th, 2014

The Custer baseball team traveled to Spearfish for a tournament this past weekend and played a double-header for its opening day. Their first test was against Billings, Mont., with the second game facing Sioux Falls Roosevelt. With some opening day miscues and limited experience on the field, the team lost both games, 13-1 and 12-0, respectively.

Against Billings, leading hitters included Matt Lepke, Joe Rush, Reed Ashmore and Logan Block.  Rush and Block added to their stats with stolen bases, with Block scoring the lone run in the bottom of the third on an error. Lepke tossed 63 pitches over two and half innings, with four runs against his efforts.  Lepke experienced an injury on the mound and was moved to shortstop at the top of the third.  Ashmore took over pitching and threw 31 pitches, allowing nine runs.

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Back-to-back ’Cats
Published: Thursday, June 5th, 2014

For the second straight year, the Custer High School boys are the kings of Class A track in South Dakota.

This year, however, the team needed every point it could get.

Bolstered by championships by all three relay teams it had entered in the meet, the Wildcat boys track team won the team championship at the 2014 Class A State Track Meet last weekend in Madison and Sioux Falls, tallying 103 points to runner-up Dell Rapids’ 85 points, not nearly the huge margin of victory the team enjoyed a year ago, although the Wildcats scored a similar number of points themselves.

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Succeeding a legend
Published: Thursday, May 29th, 2014

For well over 30 years, Larry Luijtens was Custer High School basketball.

With multiple state championships and the most wins in the history of South Dakota basketball, replacing Luitjens as the head man of the Custer program will be no small task. However, it’s a task Paul Kelley is ready to embrace.

Kelley, who has assisted Luitjens for the past eight years and once played for Luitjens as a Custer High School student, has been named the new head coach of the boys basketball team. In being hired as the team’s new coach, Kelley said he has fulfilled a dream.

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Girls wrap up golf season at state
Published: Thursday, May 29th, 2014

The Custer High School girls golf team came to a close last week when Marlee Schneider and Kassidy Adam competed in the Class A State Golf Tournament at Spearfish Canyon Country Club May 19-20.

Although the girls both shot over 250 total for the two days, coach Royed Hollick said it was most important that Schneider, a seventh grader, and Adam, an eighth grader, realize  the accomplishment of making the state tournament at such a young age.

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Four more qualify for state
Published: Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Four more Custer High School track team members qualified for state at last Friday’s Region 8A track meet in Belle Fourche, while a few other team members already qualified in one event were able to qualify in additional events for this weekend’s Class A track meet.

Lauren Esser qualified in a pair of events, as she placed second in both the shot put (34-6) and discus (100-3). Logan Heuer also qualified in the discus on the boys side with a throw of 148-6, while Sam Mertz cleared 11-3 while taking third place in the pole vault, a height that qualified him for state. The final newcomer to the state team was Matti Kelley, who qualified in the 800 by virtue of her second place finish at 2:32.42.

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Boys win fourth straight conference title
Published: Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

The Custer High School boys track team is king of the Black Hills Conference for the fourth consecutive year—although they had to wait three extra days to earn that title.

The boys team race wasn’t decided untilâ��Monday afternoon when the pole vault competition was finally held after being postponed from the original day of the meet, last Friday at Douglas, due to high winds. Heading into Monday the Wildcat boys trailed St. Thomas More by two points, 152-150, but overtook the Cavaliers thanks to Clayton Wahlstrom (13-3) and David Sigdestad (12-3), who finished first and third in the event, propelling the ’Cats to the team title with 165.5 points. The Cavaliers had no pole vaulters competing at the conference meet, and Spearfish eventually placed second with 152.5 points.

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Girls head to state
Published: Thursday, May 15th, 2014

At the beginning of the golf season, the two girls on the team made it a goal to compete at the state meet. At Monday’s Region 4A meet in Spearfish, that goal became a reality after both girls placed in the top 18. 

At the regional qualifer, Marlee Schneider shot 123, which earned her 15th place, while Kassidy Adam shot 128, earning her 18th place. The top 18 golfers earned a spot at the state “A” meet in Spearfish, which will be held Monday, May 19, and Tuesday, May 20.

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Glazier qualifies for state in 1600
Published: Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Tori Glazier is now officially in the mix to defend her state titles.

Glazier, the defending Class A state champion in both the 800 and 1600, qualified for the 1600 at the Black Hills Track Classic in Sturgis last Saturday, winning the event in a time of 5:20.41. Glazier had already qualified in the 800 earlier in the season.

Julianne Thomsen placed in both of the hurdle events at the meet, winning the 300 hurdles in a time of 47.10, while placing fifth in the 100 hurdles in 15.76.

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Medley team places first at Howard Wood
Published: Thursday, May 8th, 2014

The Custer High School track team divided forces and participated in a pair of track meets last weekend, with some of the team members heading to the Howard Wood Dakota Relays in Sioux Falls, with some of the others heading to the Northern Hills Invitational in Belle Fourche.

At Howard Wood, the 3200 relay team of Kenneth Myers, Israel Parsons Shane Herman and Chase Glazier ran their way to a victory in a time of 8:27.85, while the medley relay of David Hernandez, Joel Thomsen, Myers and Glazier finished in second place at 3:43.77. The 1600 relay team also placed second at 3:31.52. That time was comprised of Glazier, Thomsen, Myers and Clayton Wahlstrom.

Girls play at home
Published: Thursday, May 8th, 2014

In the second to last meet of the season, the Custer girls golf team was able to compete at home in the Black Hills Conference tournament on Friday, May 2. 

In the 18-hole tournament, Kassidy Adam shot a 135 while Marlee Schneider shot 117.

“Kassidy’s hip was hurting so she had some trouble and Marlee was having a hard time in the first nine with her drive, which she normally doesn’t,” coach Royed Hollick said. “Marlee did better on the second half.”

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Girls prepare for conference meet
Published: Thursday, May 1st, 2014

It was another short week for the girls golf team. The short week was also the end to the regular season of golf.

The two-member team competed at the Spearfish Invitational on Thursday, April 24, where the short game has improved since the beginning of the season, according to coach Royed Hollick.

Boys run away with Custer meet
Published: Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Just as they have been doing for the better part of two years, the Custer High School boys track team dominated its competition at last Friday’s Custer Invitational track meet, scoring 157 points and winning 10 events en route to the win.

The boys topped second-place-finishing St. Thomas More by 27 points, and had a double event winner in Joel Thomsen, who won both the 110 and 300 hurdles in times of 16.07 and 41.62, respectively.

Brennan Witt continued to show there isn’t a race he can’t excel at, as he entered the 400 for the first time this season and won in state-qualifying fashion, finishing in 50.61 seconds, just over a second better than teammate Chase Glazier, who was second at 51.77. Witt’s time was also a new meet record.

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