Mason Schmidt Signs with SDSU

MasonSchmidtSDSU2017Dell Rapids senior Mason Schmidt is the latest Quarriers to sign a letter of intent.  Schmidt signed his letter for the South Dakota State University Jackrabbit track and field team on Tuesday, November 14th.

Schmidt is a four-time state qualifier in track as well as a three-time All-State high jumper.  Schmidt finished eighth at state in 2013 as an eighth grader.    He was the State A high jump runner-up in 2016 and the State A high jump in 2017.  Schmidt was also part of the 1600m relay runner-up team in 2017.  Along with his state track meet accomplishments, Schmidt won the Howard Wood Dakota Relays high jump title in 2017 and was a High Jump State Gold Medal winner in 2017.

Schmidt was also a member of the Quarrier boys golf team and football team this past fall and will be a part of the Quarrier boys basketball team this winter.

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Water Issue Brought to Council Again

DellRapidsTowerThe quality of the Dell Rapids city water was brought to the council’s attention again during their regular meeting on Monday, November 6th.  A Dell Rapids residentbrought concerns of water being a rust color and full of iron to the meeting.

“After five different times of draining a 60-gallon water heater, I finally have clear water.  That water heater’s only been in there since 2005.  There’s no reason I should have that much rust piled in the bottom of that thing…absolutely not,” she said.

She also mentioned that other houses in the Sunset Dr and 5th Ave area have the same water quality issues.

“Sunset has had an issue with that water line the last two years,” mentioned City Administrator Justin Weiland.

Councilman Mark Crisp said, “We are aware that we have some water issues.  We are currently working on a major project.  We can’t start at everybody’s house.  We had to pick a spot to start.  We’re going to be starting in the southeast part of town.”

Sample of water from Northview Dr. area of Dell Rapids

Sample of water from Northview Dr. area of Dell Rapids

Residents in the area of Northview Dr had similar water issues prior to the new water line replacement project in that area.  It was noted during the meeting that residents in that area installed water-filter systems and that helped the water issue a little.  It was suggested that a similar short-term solution could be done in this instance until a water line  replacement could be done.

“I just don’t know what else to say at the moment.  We are aware of it.  We’re sorry, we apologize, whatever I can say to you.  We know we have some situations around town, and we are dealing with it.  It’s going to be extensive project,” Crisp said.

Weiland also said during the discussion that the Sunset Dr area has the same vintage cast iron water line pipes and are about the same age as the ones that were replaced in the Northview Dr area.

No action was taken on this visitor discussion item during the meeting.

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Kaitlyn Greenhoff Signs with DWU

GreenhoffDWU2017Dell Rapids senior Kaitlyn Greenhoff signed her letter of intent to golf for the Dakota Wesleyan University Tigers starting in the fall of 2018.  Greenhoff’s signing took place on Friday, November 10th, at Dell Rapids High School.

Greenhoff had a very successful junior year in the spring of 2017 that included seven top 5 finishes.  She won the Garretson Early Bird Tournament and the Pre-Region Tournament.  She had second place finishes at the Dells Triangular and Madison Invite.  Greenhoff also had a third place finish at the Region 1A tournament, and fourth place finishes at the EPJ Invite and Dak XII Conference Tournament.  Greenhoff placed 23rd at the 2017 State A Golf Tournament as well.


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Dell Rapids’ 2nd Electronic Recycling Day Successful

ElectronicRecyclingThe City of Dell Rapids held another free electronic recycling day on Saturday, October 28th, as part of their free rubble site days this year.  This is the second time the city has held a free electronic recycling day for its residents.

“It was a good event.  There were 46 TVs, several computer monitors, a lot of VCRs, radios, DVD players and other miscellaneous items dropped off,” said City Administrator Justin Weiland during the Dell Rapids City Council meeting on Monday, November 6th.

A total of two full trailers of electronics were collected during the event.  Even though the event was free for Dell Rapids residents, the city incurred costs of $730 to pay staff members of SEAM, the electronic recycling company, to oversee the drop-off.

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Dell Rapids Sales Tax Revenue Remains Strong

DellRapidsTowerSales tax revenue remains strong in Dell Rapids.  That report was given by City Administrator Justin Weiland to the Dell Rapids City Council during their regular meeting on Monday, November 6th.

From January through September of 2017, the city has collected just over $929,000 in sales tax revenue.  During the same time frame in 2016, the city collected just under $869,000.  Every month but two have seen an increase in sales tax revenue in 2017 from 2016.  The city just had three straight months of over $100,000 collected in each month.

“The interesting note on that is that the months of July, August, September, if you look at the history, all three of those months are the highest collection months the city has seen probably in our history.  We’ve had three really, really positive months of sales tax collectoin.  So that’s good news especially when we’ve heard of the sales tax are down in the state and the city of Sioux Falls,” said Weiland.

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Three Cardinals Earn DVC Volleyball Honors

DRSM LogoThree Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinal volleyball players were recognized by the Dakota Valley Conference for the 2017 season.  Senior Cassy Geraets and Junior Maddie Schwebach were named to the DVC All-Conference team.  Senior Adyn Heinricy was an Honorable Mention.

Savannah Moore of Colman-Egan was named the DVC Player of the Year.  Rachelle DeBeer of Deubrook was named the DVC Coach of the Year.

DVC All Conference Team
Elkton/Lake Benton                                  
Abygail Landsman – Sr.
Samantha Schindler – Sr.
Hannah Krog – Fr.
Callie Otkin – Sr. (Honorable Mention)                                  

Shaylee DeBeer – Jr.
Cortney Bauman – Sr.
Ashley Vandermeer – Jr.
Shelby Andrews – Sr. (Honorable Mention)

Savannah Moore – Sr.
Haleigh Nicol – Sr.
Shelby Hiller – Sr. (Honorable Mention)                              

Regan Benike – Sr.
Abbey Strait – Sr.
Mikaela Boyd – Sr. (Honorable Mention)

Lake Preston                                             
Meriah Flegel – Sr.
Rylie Brown – Sr.
Lindsay Hillestad – Jr. (Honorable Mention)

Jeryn Christensen – Jr.
Angela Fuhr – Sr.
Jayna Haufschild – Jr.
Marissa Baker – Jr. (Honorable Mention)
Khloe Tieman – Soph.
Victoria Malisch – Sr. (Honorable Mention)
Kristen Poppen – Jr.
Rynn Osthus – Jr.
Kenzie Blue – Sr. (Honorable Mention)
Brinn Begalka – Jr.
Marissa Golas – Sr. (Honorable Mention)
Dell Rapids St. Mary
Maddie Schwebach – Jr.
Cassy Garaets – Sr.
Adyn Heinricy – Sr. (Honorable Mention)
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Sydney Stofferahn Signs with Northern

SydneyStofferahnSigning2017Dell Rapids senior Sydney Stofferahn signed her letter of intent to play basketball for Northern State University on Wednesday, November 8th.  Stofferahn is a 6’3″ starting center for the Quarrier girls basketball team.  Last season she shot 72% from the field, 50% from three-point area, and 74% from the free throw line.  She averaged 8.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game.  Stofferahn was also an honorable mention for Dak XII All-Conference.

Northern State University women’s basketball head coach Curt Fredrickson said in a press release, “We are very excited about this class.  They are a very athletic group, whose size and length are huge assets on the basketball court. In addition, they are great students which will make an instant impact both on the basketball court and in the classroom.”

Stofferahn joins Zoe Hardwick (Eden Prairie, MN), Lexi Wadsworth (Hayti, SD), and Mandee Williamson (Newell, SD) as signers for the Wolves.

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Sweet 16 Bittersweet for Quarrier Volleyball

DRvsMadison_VB_11-7-17The “Sweet 16″ match turned bittersweet for the Dell Rapids Quarrier volleyball team as they fell to the #4 seeded Madison Bulldogs at Brandon Valley High School on Tuesday, November 7th.  After the Quarriers were one point away from a trip to the State A tournament, the Madison Bulldogs found a way to rally and come back to win 3-2 by set scores of 19-25, 29-31, 26-24, 25-20, 15-3 to advance to the state tournament.

Madison started the match with an early 5-2 lead in the first set.  Dell Rapids went on a 10-2 run to take a 12-7 lead midway through the set.  Madison chipped away to tie the set at 18-18, but the Quarriers closed out the set on a 7-1 run to take the first set.

The Bulldogs seemed to regroup in the second set and led 11-6 early.  Dell Rapids closed the gap to 16-14, but Madison went on an 8-1 run to lead 24-15 and had the serve.  Dell Rapids forced the side out to get the serve and make the score 24-16.  Mackenzie Grisham then served nine straight points to give Dell Rapids a 25-24 lead.  The Quarriers were able to maintain the advantage and eventually won the second set 31-29 to give them a 2-0 set lead.

The third set started with runs by both teams.  Madison scored the first four points to take a 4-0 lead.  Dell Rapids answered with four in a row to tie the set at 4-4.  The Bulldogs then put up five in a row to go ahead 9-4.  Dell Rapids worked to tie the set at 12-12 and found momentum to go ahead 19-15.  Dell Rapids held on to the lead at 22-19.  Madison scored the next three points to tie at 22-22.  The two teams traded points to remained tied at 23-23.  After a net violation on a block attempted was called against Madison, the Quarriers found themselves at match point with a score of 24-23.  After a rally, Dell Rapids was called for a net violation to tie things at 24-24.  The Bulldogs rallied for the final two points to steal the third set at 26-24 and keep the match alive.

Set four started back and forth and was tied at 4-4.  Madison went on a 5-0 run to take a 9-4 lead.  Madison maintained about a four-to-six point lead through the middle of the set and then pushed their lead to 17-9.  Dell Rapids rallied to cut the lead to 20-16 and 24-20, but Madison closed out the set at 25-20 to force the fifth and final set.

The Bulldogs seemed to gain momentum throughout the fourth set and jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the fifth set.  Dell Rapids could not get any momentum going of their own, and the Bulldogs took the final set 15-3.

The Dell Rapids Quarrier season comes to an end with an overall record of 19-10.

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Two Cardinals Earn DVC Football Honors

DRSM LogoTwo Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinal football players were recognized by the Dakota Valley Conference.  Senior Logan Gaspar was named to the DVC All-Conference team.  Senior Tate Hansen was an Honorable Mention.

Bodee Groos of Colman-Egan was named the DVC Player of the Year.  Doug Ruesink of Castlewood was named DVC Coach of the Year.

DVC All Conference Team

Arlington/Lake Preston
Devon Heuer – Junior
Tyler Jensen – Junior
Byron Bumann – Junior
Gavin Holland – Sophomore
Logan Williams – Sophomore (Honorable Mention)

Justin Heyn – Senior
Caleb DeKam – Senior
Kaden Eng – Sophomore
Brandon Benike – Junior
Wyatt Mack – Senior (Honorable Mention)

Bodee Groos – Senior
Kade Groos – Senior
Keith Crisp – Senior
Alec Landis – Junior
Trey McKnight – Senior (Honorable Mention)
Chandler Gullickson – Senior (Honorable Mention)

Dell Rapids St. Mary
Logan Gaspar – Senior
Tate Hansen – Senior (Honorable Mention)

Cade Birkel – Senior
Gage Gruenhagen – Senior
Zach Wolkow – Senior
Tate Perry – Senior (Honorable Mention)
Jayden Woodcock – Senior (Honorable Mention)

Clayton Koppatschek – Junior
Denton Schwartz – Junior
Trace Vierhuf – Sophomore (Honorable Mention)
Chris Landmark – Senior (Honorable Mention)

Elkton/Lake Benton
Devin Sopko – Junior
Taryn Krog – Junior
Caleb Goertz – Senior
Roberto Penaloza – Senior (Honorable Mention)
Blaine Hefti – Senior (Honorable Mention)

Marcis Hausman – Sophomore
Spencer Lutz – Sophomore (Honorable Mention)

Jamus Brown – Senior
Hunter Breske – Senior
Taylor Hojer – Junior (Honorable Mention)
Casey Renaas – Junior (Honorable Mention)

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