Blaine Bacon Named 9B Assistant Coach of the Year

DRSM LogoThe South Dakota Football Coaches Association named the 2015 Assistant Coach of the Year winners for all classes.  Blaine Bacon of Dell Rapids St Mary was named the 9B Assistant Coach of the Year.  The award will be presented during halftime of the All-Star Football game on Wednesday, July 15th in Aberdeen.  The SDFBCA also announced other award winners.  The fill list of winners is listed below:

2015 Assistant Coach of the Year Winners:

  • 9B – Blaine Bacon, Dell Rapids St Mary
  • 9A – Derek Hoellein, Warner
  • 9AA – Dustin Hourigan, Deuel
  • 11B – Gary Kortan, Bon Homme
  • 11A – Dan DeVries, Lennox
  • 11AA – Chris Koletzky, Sturgis
  • 11AAA – James Stubkjaer, SF Roosevelt

State Friend of Football Award Winners:

  • Joe Salem, Sioux Falls
  • Dale McElhany, Watertown

30 Years of Coaching Football Service:

  • Tom Culver, Avon HS
  • David Dolan, RC Central HS
  • Dan Evans, Centerville HS
  • Chris Jacobson, Watertown HS
  • Kent Mueller, West Central HS
  • Tom Price, SF O’Gorman HS
  • Dan Thelen, Huron HS
  • Robert Tiff, Redfield-Doland HS
  • Bill Weber, Watertown HS

40 Years of Coaching Awards (will be presented at state football championships):

  • Ron Estacion, RC Stevens
  • Frank Podraza, Hitchcock-Tulare
  • Virg Polak, Watertown



Mudcats Defeat PBR Behind Donahue’s 17 Ks

PBRvsMudcatsQD_2Jared Donahue pitched 7 2/3 innings of two-hit baseball for the Dell Rapids Mudcats as they defeated Dell Rapids PBR 6-2 on Friday, June 26th, during “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” night as part of the Quarry Days celebration.  Donahue gave up two runs on two hits while striking out 17 batters.

PBR jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning.  Blake Harms drove in a Zane Schumacher with an RBI single.  Harms came around to score on a Tanner Solberg RBI double.  The Mudcats got one of the runs back as Jimmy Bauer scored on an error to make the score 2-1 PBR after the first inning.

The Mudcats tied the game in the bottom of the 3rd after Tom Pischke scored on an RBI single by Nate Henry.  Bauer scored the go-ahead run in the fifth inning after scoring on an error.  The Mudcats led 3-2 after the fifth inning and went on to add three more runs in the eighth inning.  Bauer scored for the third time in the game on an RBI sacrifice-fly by Henry.  Kris King scored on an RBI singled by Mark Hauck.  Aaron Johnson drove in Travis Peters for the third run of the inning. PBRvsMudcatsQD_1

The story of the game was the pitching by Donahue.  Donahue faced seven batters in the first inning giving up two earned runs on two hits while walking two batters.  He then hit Sheldon Davis with a pitch to lead off the second inning.  However, Donahue did not allow another PBR base runner in his next 6 2/3 innings while striking out 15 batters in that stretch to earn the win.  Colin Karst pitched 1 1/3 innings giving up no runs on no hits and struck out one.

Nate Alfson pitched a strong game for PBR giving up three runs, but only one earned, on four hits while walking one and striking out two over five innings.  Dale Solberg pitched three innings giving up three runs, all earned, on five hits while walking one and striking out one.

Quarrier Basketball Players Headed to MAYB National Tournament

Niners-MAYBThe Dakota Niners basketball team, which includes two players from Dell Rapids High School, played in the Kansas City Premiere Mid America Youth Basketball (MAYB) National Qualifier basketball tournament over the weekend of June 19-21.  Ten players from across the state of of South Dakota make up the team.  Tanner Heim and Mason Peter play on the team.  Their coach is Jeff Larsen who will be an assistant women’s basketball coach at Dordt College this coming fall and who was formerly a coach in Lennox.  The team played a total of five games winning four of them.  The one loss was in overtime on a last-second half-court shot.

By winning the tournament, the Dakota Niners qualified to play in Wichita, KS July 30 through August 2 in the MAYB National Championship Tournament.  Last year over 750 teams throughout the nation participated in this event with over 25 states being represented.

Four Dell Rapids Athletes Competing at State Rodeo Finals

Four Dell Rapids athletes are competing at the 2015 South Dakota State High School Rodeo finals this week in Belle Fourche, SD.  The finals will run from Tuesday, June 23rd, through Saturday, June 27th.

Brandi Wolles, Kayla Wolles, Sutton Adams and Cheyenne Adams will represent Dell Rapids at the state finals.  C. Adams will be participating in the Breakaway Roping event.  S. Adams will participate in the Tiedown event.  B. Wolles will be in the Barrel Racing and Breakaway Roping events, and K. Wolles will be in the Barrel Racing and Pole Bending events.

Two PBR Players Going to Hall of Fame

PBRLogoTwo members of the Dell Rapids PBR amateur baseball team will soon be members of the South Dakota Amateur Baseball Association Hall of Fame.  Dale Solberg and Bruce Mogen will be two of the five 2015 SDABA Hall of Fame inductees later this year.  The other inductees are Tom Kessinger (Renner), Rod Merriam (Huron), and Daryl Deneke (Rapid City).

The new inductees will be recognized during the state amateur baseball tournament August 3rd – 14th in Mitchell.  The SDABA Hall of Fame Banquet will take place in September.

PBR – Mudcat Rivalry Returns to Dell Rapids with Wild Finish

PBRvsMudcats_6-9-15_1The Dell Rapids PBR and Dell Rapids Mudcat rivalry returned to Dell Rapids with the return of the Dell Rapids Mudcats amateur baseball team this season.  The two teams met for the first time this year on Tuesday, June 9th, for the PBR home game between these two ball clubs.  The game was another classic PBR-Mudcat game Dell Rapids has grown to love.

The first eight innings were a breeze as Nate Alfson for PBR and Matt Wilbur for the Mudcats put on a great pitching dual for the fans.  PBR got to Wilbur in the fourth inning for a run as Blake Harms hit an RBI double driving home Sheldon Davis for a 1-0 lead.  Alfson had a no-hitter going through 6 2/3 innings, but Nate Henry broke up the no-hitter and shut out with an RBI single knocking home Kris King to tie the game at 1-1 in the seventh inning.

The score remained tied at 1-1 until the ninth inning, and that’s when things got interesting.

The first two batters for the Mudcats singled off of Alfson, and Travis Peters followed with a one-out RBI single to give the Mudcats a 2-1 lead and chase Alfson from the game.  Dale Solberg came in to pitch in relief of Alfson, and Henry hit a fly ball to left center that was dropped scoring King on the error.  Mark Hauck followed with an RBI single, and then Aaron Johnson hit an RBI sacrifice fly to left to score the fourth Mudcat run of the ninth inning.

Kenton Welbig entered the game as a relief pitcher in the eighth inning and went back to work in the ninth with a four-run 5-1 lead.  Welbig was able to get the first two PBR batters out, and the Mudcats looked to be in control to win the first meeting between these two Dell Rapids teams.  Davis drew a walk.  Harms drew a walk.  Drew Eldeen hit a soft line-drive to right field to load the bases.  All three runners advanced on a wild pitch, making the score 5-2.  Luke Holt also drew a walk to re-load the bases for PBR.  Tanner Solberg followed with his fourth hit of the game, this time a two-run single to score Harms and Eldeen.  PBR all the sudden pulled within a run at 5-4 with two outs and had Holt and Solberg on base.  The Mudcats made a pitching change and brought in Hauck to face the veteran Bruce Mogen.  After fouling off a couple of pitches, Mogen laced a line drive to right center that Jimmy Bauer could not quite reach on a diving attempt.  The double drove in both Holt and T. Solberg for the win….all on two outs.

D. Solberg earned the win pitching 2/3 of an inning giving up an unearned run.  Welbig took the loss pitching 1 2/3 innings giving up five runs, all earned, on three hits while walking three and striking out one.  Alfson pitched 8 1/3 innings in the no-decision giving up four earned runs on five hits while striking out six and walking two.  Wilbur pitched seven innings in his no-decision giving up one earned run on nine hits while striking out four.

Peters, Henry, Hauck, and Johnson all had RBIs for the Mudcats.  PBR was led by T. Solberg who went 4-4 with two RBI.  Mogen was 3-3 with a double and two RBI.


Dell Rapids Baseball Two Wins Away from State Title

The Dell Rapids baseball team is just two wins from a State B High School Club Baseball Championship.  Dell Rapids won two games in the Super Regional on Monday, June 1st in Milbank.

Dell Rapids opened up Regional play on May 27th with a 10-0 over Flandreau to advance to the Super Regional in Milbank on Monday, June 1st.  Dell Rapids won their first game of the Super Regional over Sioux Valley by a score of 5-1.  Trevor Pulscher pitched a one-hitter while striking out eight.  Josh Roemen had two hits in the game, and Dawson Kerzman drove in two runs.

That win advanced Dell Rapids to play Milbank later in the night.  Dell Rapids was able to avenge a 1-0 loss earlier in the season by beating Milbank 9-0 to advance to the State B Championship round.  Brett Mogen pitched seven innings giving up no runs on five hits while strike out four.  Mogen also collected two hits in the game.  Ryan Gareats added two hits for Dell Rapids, and Kerzman drove in three runs to give him a total of 5 RBI in the two games in Milbank.

Dell Rapids enters the State Championship round with a record of 16-2.  Their other loss was a 2-0 defeat to Madison in the first game of the year.

The four teams in the championship bracket are Dell Rapids, Vermillion, McCook Central and St Thomas More.  Dell Rapids defeated McCook Central 5-4 on April 24th.  They have not played the other two teams this year.

Dell Rapids will face Vermillion at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 6th, at Ronken Field on the campus of Augustana University.  McCook Central vs St Thomas More will follow 20 minutes after the conclusion of the Dell Rapids vs Vermillion game.  The losers of the two games will play for 3rd place 20 minutes after the McCook Central/St Thomas More game.  The Championship game will start 20 minutes after the 3rd place game.


Dell Rapids Quarrier Boys Finished 3rd at State Track

The Dell Rapids Quarrier boys track team finished third as a team at the 2015 State A Track Meet held in Spearfish on Friday, May 29th, and Rapid City Saturday, May 30th.  The Quarriers finished with a team score of 52.  St Thomas More won the team title with 121.5 points.  West Central was second with 60.5 points.  The Dell Rapids Quarrier girls finished with a team total of 12 points.

The Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinals track teams also participated in the State B Track Meet held in Rapid City both days.  The Cardinal girls team finished with seven total points.

Individual Girls Results – St Mary Cardinals

1600m Run

  • Christina Vogel (11th) – 5:45.49

3200m Run

  • Christina Vogel (11th) – 12:43.49
  • Cassy Geraets (16th) – 13:25.85

100m Hurdles

  • Ally Mullaney (3rd) – :15.83

300m Hurdles

  • Ally Mullaney (8th) – :49.99

High Jump

  • Ally Mullaney (8th) – 4’9″

Individual Girls Results – Dell Rapids Quarriers

100m Dash

  • Samantha Verver (semis) – :13.13

4x100m Relay

  • Ilienne Jaycox, Aspen Hansen, Ava Schuring, Samantha Verver (prelims) – :53.38

4x100m Relay

  • Samantha Verver, Ava Schuring, Shaylee Hoff, Aspen Hansen (prelims) – 1:53.52

Shot Put

  • Mikaela Stofferahn (3rd) – 39’00.75″
  • Brittney Siemonsma (15th) – 32’07.75″


  • Mikaela Stofferhan (3rd) – 116’00”
  • Brittney Siemonsma (9th) – 104’09”
  • Jill Nelsen (12th) – 97’00”

Individual Boys Results – St Mary Cardinals

High Jump

  • Noah Fiegen (9th) – 6’0″

Individual Boys Results – Dell Rapids Quarriers

100m Dash

  • Adam Reams (8th) – :11.49

800m Run

  • Ted DeLange (13th) – 2:09.15

4x100m Relay

  • Ian Bergstrom, Sam White, Riley Schmidt, Adam Reams (2nd) – :44.57

4x200m Relay

  • Adam Reams, Ian Bergstrom, Riley Schmidt, Sam White (8th) – 1:34.36

4x400m Relay

  • Ben Gillogly, Hunter Hansen, Mason Schmidt, Tanner Heim (8th) – 3:39.22

Medley Relay

  • Ian Bergstrom, Riley Schmidt, Sam White, Tanner Heim (1st) – 3:42.58

Shot Put

  • Ben Hammer (5th) – 50’3″


  • Ben Hammer (1st) – 153’03”

High Jump

  • Mason Schmidt (10th) – 6’0″

Long Jump

  • Ty Hoglund (3rd) – 21’5.5″
  • Tanner Ljunggren (8th) – 20’0.25″

Triple Jump

  • Ty Hoglund (2nd) – 43’3″
  • Tanner Ljunggren (7th) – 40’11.5″


Dell Rapids Baseball Advances to Super Regional June 1

Dell Rapids scored eight runs in the first inning to pull away from Flandreau 10-0 in five innings May 27 at Rickeman Field.

Josh Roemen led off the bottom of the first with a walk and scored on Carter Gullickson’s single. Brett Mogen followed with a double to score Gullickson. Ryan Geraets walked and back to back singles by Nate McKee and Matt Gillogly staked Dell Rapids to a 4-0 lead. McKee, Gillogly, Dawson Kerzman and Roemen all scored before the inning ended.

Dell Rapids added a run in the fourth when McKee doubled and eventually scored. With the bases loaded in the fifth, Trevor Pulscher drew a walk to force in the tenth run to end the game.

Eric Klein also singled to help Dell Rapids (14-2) outhit Flandreau 6-3.

Mogen pitched the first four innings for Dell Rapids. He allowed two hits and struck out seven. Trey Randel shut down Flandreau in the final inning.

The playoffs continue in Milbank on Monday, June 1. Dell Rapids is scheduled to play Sioux Valley at 3:00 PM. The winner of this contest is slated to play the winner of Milbank versus Deuel for the Region 2B championship.

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John Gassman, Kasen Grengs (2) and Derrick Veldkamp. Brett Mogen, Trey Randel (5) and Casey Hansen.

Dell Rapids Baseball Finishes Regular Season 13-2

Dell Rapids beat Flandreau 4-1 and Redfield 5-4 to win its last two regular season games Wednesday, May 20 in Flandreau, to improve their overall record to 13-2 on the year.  Dell Rapids finished 10-2 in the region and earned the number one seed in the south division of Region 2B for the postseason playoffs.  The first round of playoffs pits #4 Tri-Valley against #5 Flandreau at 5:30 PM in Dell Rapids on Wednesday, May 27. The winner of this game will play Dell Rapids at 7:30 PM on May 27.   Both games are at Rickeman Field. The winner of the May 27 games will advance to the next round on Monday, June 1.

Region 2 Final Standings

#1 Milbank 11-0
#2 Deuel  5-6
#3 Redfield 3-8
#4 Oldham/Ramona/Rutland 0-11

#1 Dell Rapids 10-2
#2 Madison 10-2
#3 Sioux Valley 6-6
#4 Tri-Valley 4-8
#5 Flandreau 3-9