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Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Second grader wins fourth wrestling title
Published: Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Lane Graf is just your average second grader. He goes to school, does his homework and loves sports — having played football for the Custer Youth Football League.

And he’s also a four-time wrestling champion. No big deal. 

Graf first became interested in wrestling four years ago, thanks to his older brother.

Adam medals at Hot Springs
Published: Thursday, April 28th, 2016

The Custer High School girls golf team took to Hot Springs for a perfect day of golf, Thursday, April 21, where the weather and scores couldn’t be beat. 

“It was an absolutely perfect day to golf,” said coach Royed Hollick. “There was sun and shade and a nice breeze.”

The nice weather wasn’t the only thing Hollick was pleased with. Custer’s scores continue to improve each week, with one Wildcat golfer earning a medal from the Hot Springs competition. 

Wildcat girls win home meet
Published: Thursday, April 28th, 2016

The Custer High School girls track team ran, jumped and threw its way to a first place finish at last Friday’s Custer Invitational Track Meet, piling up 114 points to second place finishing Newcastle, Wyo.’s 110 points on a picture-perfect day for a track meet at Wildcat Field.

Many of those in attendance gathered to see a pair of showdowns between Custer’s Tori Glazier and Newcastle’s Calbi Ausmann, the reigning Wyoming 3A state cross country champion who also placed second in both the 800 and 1600 at the Wyoming 3A state track meet a year ago.

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Throwers lead the way in Newcastle
Published: Thursday, April 21st, 2016

The Custer High School track threw its weight around at the weather-shortened Race to the Ball track meet in Newcastle, Wyo., last Thursday, as 14 medals were brought home in the throwing events between the Wildcat boys and girls entered in the event.

Jordan Menken had the best overall showing, as she won the girls’ shot put with a best throw of 41-2, while placing second in the discus with a top toss of 109-0. On the boys’ side, Matt Swanson made it a Wildcat sweep in the shot put, as his best throw of 42-10 1/2 was good for first place, while Ben Marchand finished in second place with a best throw of 42-2.

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Custer hosts four teams at Rocky Knolls
Published: Thursday, April 21st, 2016

They may be only two meets into the season, but the Custer girls golf team continues to impress on the course.

The golf team hosted a nine-hole pentangular with Belle Fourche, Lead-Deadwood, Hot Springs and Red Cloud on Thursday, April 14, where three golfers made improvements from the week prior.

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

Girls golf kicks off
Published: Thursday, April 14th, 2016

The girls golf season kicked off Thursday, April 7, at Spearfish Canyon Country Club, despite the uncooperative weather. 

“It was quite windy and cold until about 1 p.m.,” said coach Royed Hollick. “Once the sun came out, it was a little bit better. But it stayed windy.”

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

Golf team optimistic about new season
Published: Thursday, April 14th, 2016

With three fourths of the Custer High School girls golf team returning for another season, there’s a lot of optimism to be had.

“They all have great attitudes and are really looking forward to the season,” said coach Royed Hollick. “My attitude is the same as always. I want the girls to go out, have a good time and learn more about the game. Winning isn’t everything.”

Returning for their fourth seasons are freshman Marlee Schneider and sophomore Kassidy Adam, while sophomore Jasper Watland returns for a third year. Joining the team this season is foreign exchange student Helena Hansen, who is also new to the sport.

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

More ’Cats qualify for state meet
Published: Thursday, April 14th, 2016

The Custer High School track team was in Spearfish last Friday for the Queen City Classic, where more state qualifying performances were put on by the ’Cats, including four by girls team members.

The 1600 relay team of Julianne Thomsen, Mallory Delmont, Morgan Parys and Tori Glazier was the top-placing team for the girls, as the four combined to place second in the race in a state-qualifying time of 4:12.22. Glazier also placed third individually in the 400 in a state-qualifying time of 59.49, while Parys qualified for state in the 3200 while runing a fifth place time of 12:11.06. Mallory Delmont also placed in the same race just behind Parys in sixth place at 12:12.76.

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

Track team finally gets to compete
Published: Thursday, April 7th, 2016

A break in the recent cold and snowy weather allowed the Custer high school track team to participate in a pair of track meets last weekend, as the team traveled to the West River Preview Meet at Sioux Park in Rapid City on Friday before heading to the Douglas Early Bird Meet the following day in Box Elder.

At the preview meet, Tori Glazier picked up where she left off last year in the 1600 as the defending state champion easily qualified for state her first time out, placing second in the race with a time of 5:10.40. The Wildcats were well-represented in the race, as Mallory Delmont finished in fourth place at a time of 5:31.69, while Morgan Parys was fifth at 5:32.26.

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

Track team young but ready
Published: Thursday, April 7th, 2016

A quick glance at the roster for the Custer High School track team is all it takes to realize that the team, a perennial power in both the Black Hills Conference and state meet, is young. Really young.

The girls roster has only one senior, while the boys roster has but two. Both rosters are dominated by freshmen and sophomores. Despite that, Custer head coach Craig Black said he feels the team has the right mix of returning talent and talented newcomers for the teams to be a factor when the end of the season comes down the backstretch.

“We are a very young track team that has a lot of potential,” Black said. “We hope to improve on our scores at the end of the year, even though we did very well last year.”

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Prior takes second national archery title
Published: Thursday, March 31st, 2016

When you put a bow in Gunner Prior’s hands, there’s only one thing to do: stand back. 

Having been involved in archery since he was 2-1/2, Prior has been able to do many things, including qualifying for the national tournament. Twice.  

Prior qualified for the 2016 National Tournament, held in Kentucky March 18-20, by qualifying for the South Dakota archery tournament. Prior will compete for the state title in Yankton this weekend, April 1-3. 

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Season ends at hands of Spartans
Published: Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Just as its female counterparts a week earlier, the Custer High School boys basketball team saw its season end at the hands of the Spearfish Spartans last Thursday night in Spearfish in Region 8A semifinal action.

It was the second time the Spartans defeated the Wildcats this season, but unlike the two teams’ Jan. 2 meeting, a 17-point Spartan win, the Wildcats hung tough throughout the course of the game, eventually falling 51-43 in a came that wasn’t decided this time until late in the fourth quarter.

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Wrestling season ends medal-less
Published: Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

The 2015-16 Custer High School wrestling season came to a close over the weekend with five Custer Wildcats making the short trip to Rapid City for the State ‘“B” wrestling tournament. While no Custer wrestler came back with a medal, coach Jared Webster said the experience is invaluable to the young team.

“We’re losing only two seniors, one who went to state. So that’s good for us,” he said. “This is a great experience for them. This will only help them be hungry and want to bring home medals next year.”

Custer’s first wrestler to take the mat was Chance Grill.

Boys slip past Bison in region play
Published: Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

In a hard-fought, physical game in which points were tough to come by, Custer’s smallest starter made the biggest difference.

Blake Martinz scored over half the Custer High School basketball team’s points Monday night in Custer’s Region 8A opening round game against visiting Hot Springs, pouring in 21 points, including six three-pointers, in the Wildcats’ 40-29 win. Martinz also had five steals in the game and even added an emphatic swat of a Bison three-point attempt that went into the stands late in the game.

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Spartans end girls’ season
Published: Thursday, February 25th, 2016

It was like volleyball season all over again.

For the second time in four months, a Custer High School girls sports team had its season ended by the Spearfish Spartans, with the basketball team falling victim this time, as the senior-laden Spartans proved too much for the Wildcats in a 67-57 win in the first round of Region 8A�play Monday evening in Spearfish.

The Wildcats took a 10-9 lead after the first period, but were outscored 23-14 in the second quarter and fell behind by as much as 16 in the third quarter before trying to put together a late game rally that fell short.

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Boys throttle Golddiggers
Published: Thursday, February 25th, 2016

The Custer High School basketball team broke out to a 21-5 first quarter lead and never looked back in a 51-30 win over the Lead-Deadwood Golddiggers last Friday night in Lead. The Wildcats forced 24 Golddiggers turnovers and limited the ’Diggers to 29 percent shooting in the game.

“The first half we had great defensive intensity and executed well offensively until the last three minutes of the half,” Custer head coach Paul Kelley said.

Lead-Deadwood actually played Custer even in the second half, with each team scoring 18, but Kelley said that was due to a number of factors, including liberal substituting by Custer and a partial let down by his players after getting out to the big lead.

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Five Wildcat wrestlers qualify for state
Published: Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Five Custer wrestlers will make the short trip to Rapid City this weekend, where they will compete for a state “B” wrestling championship title in their respective weight classes.

Ten Wildcats competed at the Region 4B tournament in Stanley County   Saturday, Feb., 20, all helping Custer take fifth place out of 17 teams, in the team standings. The top four wrestlers in each weight class earn a spot in the state “B” wrestling meet in Rapid City Feb. 26-27.

“The kids wrestled very well,” said coach Jared Webster. “All the kids went through the first round without losing a match. And in the second round, we lost only two. They did really well.”

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Grill takes conference title
Published: Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Not even a light roster could keep the Custer High School wrestling team away from the medal stands at the Black Hills Conference championship tournament at Douglas High School last weekend. Despite having most of the team out due to injury or illness, four wrestlers brought back hardware to Custer.

Assistant wrestling coach Skylair Jaure said holding the kids back this week was key in getting over illness and injuries.

Wildcat girls drop three games in five days
Published: Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Last week was one  to forget for the Custer High School girls basketball team, as it lost three games in five days, including a 70-56 loss to the Pine Ridge Thorpes last Saturday evening at Pine Ridge.

The third quarter proved to be Custer’s undoing against the Thorpes, as the Wildcats were outscored 16-7 in that frame after keeping the score close in the first half.

“Usually the third quarter is our better quarter,”â��Custer head coach Stephanie Ornelas said. “I just assumed we were going to play better, but we didn’t. We didn’t come out from halftime as ready as we normally do.”

Boys play best, one of worst games
Published: Thursday, February 18th, 2016

It was a tale of two markedly different games for the Custer High School boys basketball team last week, as it followed up an impressive win over Belle Fourche by getting pummeled at Pine Ridge the following night.

The final score of the Pine Ridge game, 61-36, belied the fast start Custer got out to, leading 16-9 after the first quarter. It was all downhill from there, however, as the Wildcats could  muster only 20 points the rest of the way while the Thorpes caught fire.

“After the first quarter the roof fell in on us. I can’t explain it,” Custer head coach Paul Kelley said.â��“It was a frustrating night for sure.”

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Boys split in two close games
Published: Thursday, February 11th, 2016

The Custer High School boys basketball team was on both the winning and losing end in a pair of close games last week, nipping Hot Springs by four Friday night at the Armory and falling to the visiting Newcastle, Wyo., Dogies last Thursday evening.

The Wildcats had a miserable start to the�Newcastle game last Thursday, falling behind the Dogies by 15 in the first quarter and spending the rest of the game trying to overcome the deficit in a 61-54 loss. The Wildcats got as close as four points at the tail end of the game, but could get no closer.

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Wrestling team takes third at Hill City tournament
Published: Thursday, February 11th, 2016

The regular wrestling season came to a close this weekend for the Custer High School wrestling team with the Black Hills Classic in Hill City Saturday, Feb. 6. Eight of the 10 wrestlers who competed at the tournament walked away with medals, which coach Jared Webster said was a nice way to end the season.

“The kids wrestled well,” he said. “There are things to work on. We have to finish moves. We would get in a move and let it go, kind of halfway. We let up on some things and gave away points too easily.”

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Girls herd Bison, are trampled by Dogies
Published: Thursday, February 11th, 2016

For the second time this season, the Custer High School girls basketball team had little trouble with the Hot Springs Bison when it defeated the Bison 48-33 last Friday evening at the Armory.

Despite the comfortable win, Custer head coach Stephanie Ornelas said she wasn’t completely happy with the team’s effort, saying its offensive and defensive transition weren’t where they needed to be in the game.

“We didn’t play great. We need to work on our offensive and defensive transition. We didn’t move the ball as well as we have in prior games,”â��she said.â��“We had turnovers that were preventable. We weren’t really patient with our offense again. We tried to get a few quick hits on offense that weren’t there, and we were forcing things.”

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Girls improve to 10-4 with wins over Christian, Douglas
Published: Thursday, February 4th, 2016

The Custer High School girls basketball team has won four of its last five games and is now 10-4 after winning a pair of games last week.

Last Friday night the team made the trek to Hart Ranch for a game against Rapid City Christian and came away with an easy 55-21 win in a game in which nine different Wildcats scored.

“It’s a great experience for the younger girls that don’t see a lot of varsity floor time to get out and participate in a varsity game,”â��Custer head coach Stephanie Ornelas said.

Wrestlers take fifth at Belle Fourche Invitational
Published: Thursday, February 4th, 2016

It was a busy week for the Custer wrestling team as it competed at two tournaments and a triangular meet. Despite the intense schedule, coaches say the wrestlers are making great strides in closing gaps amongst competitors.

Both the varsity and junior varsity teams competed at the Belle Fourche Invitational Tournament, Jan. 29-30, where the Wildcats took fifth place out of 20 teams with 125.5 points. Sturgis High School took the top spot with 273.5 points, with Rapid City Stevens, Douglas and Dickinson, N.D., rounding out the top four. 

“The kids wrestled very well,” said head coach Jared Webster. “We took out some kids we needed to take out for region seeds, so that was really good.”

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