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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.

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

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.”

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.

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