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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. 



Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Girls finish fourth at BHC meet
Published: Thursday, May 21st, 2015

The Custer High School girls track team placed fourth at last Thursday’s Black Hills Conference Meet, run on a wet, cold and windy day in Belle Fourche.

Although the conditions weren’t conducive to record-breaking performances, that didn’t prevent Julianne Thomsen from doing just that, as the sophomore hurdler once again broke her own record in the 300 hurdles, this time running the event in 46.22, just edging out her previous best time of 46.23.



Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Golfers head to state meet
Published: Thursday, May 14th, 2015

It’s on to Madison for three members of the Custer girls golf team.

Kassidy Adam, Marlee Schneider and Elizabeth Watland all qualified for the Class A State Golf Meet to be held May 18-19, after their performance in the Region 4A tournament hosted by Custer Thursday, May 7.

Watland led the way for the Custer Wildcats, taking 16th place with a 105. Schneider was just behind her teammate in 17th place with a 106. Adam rounded out the state qualifiers in 19th place with a 110. Sixty percent of the finishers placed for the state meet, making the 19th position the final qualifying place. 



Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Medley relay team goes even lower
Published: Thursday, May 7th, 2015

One week after besting a nearly 30-year-old school record, the Custer High School girls medley relay ran an even faster time, leaving no number crunching for the record keepers this time.

Two weeks ago it was Tayler Carlson, Sidney Snyder, Julianne Thomsen and Tori Glazier who set the record. This time it was Billie Wicks running one of the 200 legs, joined by Snyder, Thomsen and Glazier. The result was a time of 4:14.38, over a second better than last week’s time of 4:15.39, and a new meet record for the Howard Wood Dakota Relays, the event at which the girls ran the time.

The record was the cherry on top of a strong day at the notoriously difficult meet that features the top runners from not only all classes of schools in South Dakota, but the region as well.



Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Golfers take on BHC
Published: Thursday, April 30th, 2015

The Custer High School girls golf team began the road to the state “A” tournament last week, starting with the Black Hills Conference (BHC) meet Thursday, April 23, hosted by Spearfish. 

The Wildcats faced off against other BHC teams, including St. Thomas More, Sturgis, Spearfish, Red Cloud, Lead-Deadwood, Hot Springs, Hill City, Douglas and Belle Fourche, with Spearfish taking the title. The Wildcats finished just ahead of Red Cloud, with all five players finishing the round. 



Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Medley relay team breaks record
Published: Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Last Thursday’s Custer Invitational was the scene of a record-breaking performance out of the Custer High School girls’ medley relay team, as the team of Tayler Carlson, Sidney Snyder, Julianne Thomsen and Tori Glazier joined forces to run the race in 4:15.39, besting a nearly 30-year-old school record of 4:15.3 (handheld timed, slower than the currently used fully automated timing) set in 1984 by Christy Young, Michelle  Utecht, Michelle Tretheway and Lisa Darley. The time was also good enough for the girls to win the event at the meet while also qualifying for May’s state meet.

The medley relay victory was one of three victories for the girls during the course of the event. The other two came via the legs of Thomsen, who cruised to a win in the 100 hurdles at a time of 15.93, and Morgan Parys, who won the 1600 going away at a time of 5:35.52.



Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Boys win Race to the Ball meet
Published: Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

The Custer High School boys track team claimed first place at the Race to the Ball track meet last Thursday in Newcastle, Wyo., thanks in large part to the team’s throwers who claimed eight individual medals in the two throwing events.

The team eked out a win over host Newcastle, as the Wildcats scored 104 points to the Dogies’ 103. The throwers were led by Colton Hall, who claimed first in the shot put with a best toss of 43-3 while also placing seventh in the discus at 99-6.

Ben Marchand picked up third place medals in both events, throwing the shot put 41-8 1/2 and the discus 116-7, while Matt Swanson was fourth in both events, throwing the shot put 38-5 and the discus 112-5. Isaac Landa rounded out the Custer throwing entries with a sixth place finish in the discus at 103-4 and a seventh place finish in the shot put at 36-2 1/2.



Girls take fourth at home meet
Published: Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

With the end of the regular season drawing to a close, it was the perfect opportunity for the Custer girls golf team to host a pre-region tournament.

The Custer Invitational was held Tuesday, April 14, at the Rocky Knolls Golf Course, with Douglas, St. Thomas More, Lead-Deadwood, Hot Springs, Red Cloud and Belle Fourche participating. As a team, the Wildcats took fourth place with 441 points.

“You can tell they are enjoying themselves and having fun, because it really shows,” said coach Royed Hollick. “They are having fun and doing better.”



Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Two more qualify for state meet
Published: Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Chance Dooley and Tori Glazier became the latest Custer High School track team members to qualify for the state track meet by virtue of their performances at the Queen City Classic track meet last Friday in Spearfish. In addition, the 3200 girls relay team punched its ticket to the state meet.

Glazier, already a two-time defending state champion in the 800 as a freshman, won her signature event at the meet in a state-qualifying time of 2:18.69. Glazier was also a part of the qualifying 3200 relay team, as she joined forces with Billie Wicks, Morgan Parys and Tayler Carlson to win the event in a time of 10:06.27.



Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Scores improve at Douglas meet
Published: Thursday, April 16th, 2015

It was a quiet week for the Custer girls golf team, with the Wildcats competing at only one tournament. 

The team competed at the Douglas Invitational at Prairie Ridge Golf Course Tuesday, April 7, where the Wildcats earned seventh place with 428 points. Also competing were Rapid City Stevens, Spearfish, Lead/Deadwood, Hot Springs, Rapid City Central, Douglas, Sturgis, Red Cloud, St. Thomas More and Pine Ridge.



Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Climenti wins, hits state mark
Published: Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Angelo Climenti became the latest Custer High School track team member to qualify for May’s state meet at last Thursday’s developmental meet in Rapid City, as his throw of 159-2 in the discus was seven feet past the automatic qualification distance. It also gave him the gold medal in the event. Climenti also placed fifth in the shot put with a best throw of 47-4 3/4.

Climenti wasn’t the only gold medal winner for the boys team at the event, however, as Joel Thomsen won the 300 hurdles in a time of 41.95 while also placing second in the 110 hurdles at 15.45.



Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Golfers continue to progress
Published: Thursday, April 9th, 2015

The Custer girls golf team headed to Hart Ranch Thursday, April 2, for the St. Thomas More Invitational, where it played its first 18 holes of the season.

Placing at the invitational was Marlee Schneider, who took ninth place with a 111. Close behind were Kassidy Adam and Elizabeth Watland who both shot a 117. Jasmine Cisneros and Allison Hass rounded out scoring for the Wildcats, shooting 137 and 155, respectively. 

Custer took fifth place at the invitational with 482 while Hot Springs went on to win first place with 432. Other competitors were Belle Fourche, Lead-Deadwood, Douglas, Red Cloud and St. Thomas More.



Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Track team expects another strong year
Published: Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Coming off back-to-back state championships and graduating many of the athletes responsible for them, some may expect a precipitous decline in how the Custer High School boys track team performs this spring. Custer High School head track coach Craig Black is not one of those people.

Despite losing some of the most prolific athletes to ever suit up for a Custer High School track team, Black expects his boys squad to be right back in the mix when the state meet comes around in late May.



Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Four already qualified for state
Published: Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Track season is off and running for the Custer High School track teams and Wildcat athletes wasted little time picking up where they left off last spring, as four athletes qualified for May’s state meet in five different events over the weekend.

At the March Madness meet held at Sioux Park in Rapid City last Friday, Joel Thomsen qualified for state in both the 110 and 300 hurdles, winning the 300 hurdles in a time of 40.95 while placing third in the 110 hurdles at 15.37.



Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Golf season begins
Published: Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

The golf season officially kicked off this past week, starting in Hot Springs with sunny and warm weather, a huge contrast to the years before.

“It started at 50 degrees, but once the sun went down, it got a little cold,” said coach Royed Hollick. “The course was in nice shape. They always treat us well down there.”

No matter the weather, the Custer girls golf team took to the Southern Hills Golf Course in Hot Springs for the annual Hot Springs Invitational, Tuesday, March 24, where the team played nine holes against four other teams.



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.”



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