Quarrier Girls Advance to Sweet 16

DRvsSFC_GBB_2-25-17The Dell Rapids Quarriers advanced to the “Sweet 16″ round of the Class A post season with a 59-51 win over the Sioux Falls Christian Chargers in the semi-final round of the Region 3A tournament on Saturday, February 25th, in Hartford.  The win was also the 13th win in a row for Dell Rapids as they are now just one win away from their third straight state tournament appearance.

The Quarriers jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead in the first minute and a half of the game.  Sioux Falls Christian answered with a 6-0 in the next minute and a half to take a 6-5 lead with 5:00 to go in the first quarter.  The teams traded points the remainder of the quarter, and the game was tied at 12-12 after the first quarter.  Dell Rapids opened up the first half of the second quarter on an 8-2 run and took a 20-14 lead with 4:00 to play in the first half.  With the score at 20-17 with 1:30 to go in the second quarter, the Quarriers finished the half on a 7-3 run to take a 27-20 lead into halftime.

The Chargers were able to make up five points of the lead in the first half of the third quarter.  Sioux Falls Christian cut the lead to 35-33 with 4:00 to play in the third quarter.  Again the two teams traded points the remainder of the third quarter, and Dell Rapids held a 42-40 lead after the third quarter.  The Quarriers went on a 9-2 run in the first couple of minutes of the fourth quarter to push their lead to 51-42 with 5:29 to play.  The Chargers were able to get within four points at 55-51 with :41 to play, but the Quarriers would hang on for the win to advance to the next round.

Three players finished in double figures for Dell Rapids.  Arial Hoffman led the team with 19 points and five rebounds.  Aspen Hansen had 14 points.  Emma Paul finished with 11 points and seven rebounds.  Kali Graham had eight points and four rebounds.

Dell Rapids (17-4) will be the #8 seed in the Sweet 16 and play #9 Todd County on Friday, March 3rd.  The location has yet to be determined.  Big Sioux Media will broadcast the game.

In the other Region 3A semi-final game, the Madison Bulldogs defeated the Flandreau Fliers 63-51 to also advance to the Sweet 16 round.  Jessi Giles had 21 points and Olivia Rud had 16 points to lead the Bulldogs.  Flandreau was led by Hannah Parsley with 18 points, Kathy Parsley with 12 points, and Kylie Bertram with 11 points.

Quarrier Wrestlers at 2017 State Tournament

2017DRQuarrierWrestleStateFive Dell Rapids Quarrier wrestlers completed their 2016-2017 season at the 2017 South Dakota State A Wrestling Tournament on Friday, February 24th, at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls.

Brayden Gee competed in the 106-pound class.  Gee was pinned in 1:42 in his first match by William Turman of Pierre.  Gee was then pinned in 1:54 by Dylan Hage of Harrisburg.

Scott Warwick competed in the 126-pound class.  Warwick list by a technical fall (15-0) to VIctor Padilla of Aberdeen Central.  Warwick was then pinned in 2:41 in his second match by Tigh Hight of Sioux Falls O’Gorman.

Max Lamer earned one win in the 138-pound class.  Lamer was pinned in 1:33 by Nolan Hoback of Harrisburg to open up the tournament.  Lamer then earned a 6-4 overtime decision over Sutton Carpenter of Mitchell.  Lamer then has his tournament ended in a 5-0 decision by Austin Cihak of Aberdeen Central.

Ben Cavigielli earned a pin in his state tournament in the 220-pound class.  Cavigielli lost a 12-6 decision in three overtimes to Marc Williams of Spearfish in his opening match.  Cavigielli then got a pin in 2:04 over Lincoln Stahl of Watertown.  Darrien Stutz of Rapid City Stevens then defeated Cavigielli 3-2.

Nick Palmer competed in the 285-pound class.  Palmer lost to Nash Hutmacher of Chamberlain by a pin in 0:57.  Palmer then earned a pin in 3:09 of Thomas Fischer of Lennox.  Palmer’s day came to an end by Ty Paulsen of Pierre in a 3-1 overtime loss.

All five wrestlers had their tournaments come to an end on Friday.  Congratulations to all of the Dell Rapids Quarrier wrestlers!


Cardinal Girls Fall in District Opener

DRSM LogoThe Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinals had their season come to an end in the opening round of the District 7B Tournament on Tuesday, February 21st.  The Cardinals lost to the Chester Area Flyers 36-53 at Dell Rapids St Mary High School.

Chester Area opened up the game on a 4-0 run, but St Mary answered with a 5-0 run.  The Cardinals led 5-4 at the end of the first quarter.  The offenses picked up the pace in the second quarter, and the Flyers went to the locker room at halftime with a slim 19-17 lead.  Chester Area was able to extend the lead in the third quarter 36-24.  The Flyers then outscored St Mary 11-5 in the first four minutes of the fourth quarter to pull ahead 47-29 as they earned the tournament win.

The Cardinals end their season with an overall record of 9-12.  Chester Area will advance to the semifinals of the District 7B Tournament on Thursday, February 23rd.  The Flyers will travel to Elkton to take on the #1 seed Elkton-Lake Benton Elks.

Cardinal Boys End Regular Season in Chester

DRSM LogoThe Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinals ended their regular season at Chester against the Chester Area Flyers on Monday, February 20th.  The Flyers defeated the Cardinals 81-36.

The Flyers led from start to finish in the game.  Chester Area held an 18-4 lead after the first quarter and grew it to 36-14 by halftime.  The teams combined for 37 points in the third quarter, but Chester Area pushed their lead to 58-29 by the quarter break.

St Mary finished the game shooting 34% (14-41) from the field, 39% (5-13) from three-point area, and 3-4 from the free-throw line.  The Cardinals had 17 team rebounds, five assists, and five steals.  Chester Area finished 59% (33-56) from the field in the game.

Connor Libis had 19 points to lead all scorers in the game.  Austin Welbig had seven points and three assists.  Max Herber tossed in five points for the Cardinals.

St Mary ends the regular season with a record of 8-12.  The Cardinals will begin post-season play in the opening round of the District 7B tournament on Monday, February 27th.

Five Quarrier Wrestlers Qualify for State

QuarriersThe Dell Rapids Quarrier wrestling team participated in the Region 1A tournament on Saturday, February 18th, at West Central High School.  The Quarrier team finished with 68.5 points, which was sixth place.  Watertown on the team title with 223.0 points, and Brookings finished second with 150.0 points.

Five Quarrier wrestlers qualified for state by placing in the tournament.  Brayden Gee, Scott Warwick, Max Lamer, Ben Cavigielli, and Nick Palmer all advanced to the State A tournament which will be held on February 24th and 25th at the Premier Center in Sioux Falls.  Cavigielli was also the 220-pound Region 1A Champion.

Individual Results:

  • 106:  Jacob Vogel finished 1-2
  • 113:  Zach McKee finished 1-2
  • 120:  Brayden Gee (4th) finished 2-2
  • 126:  Scott Warwick (3rd) finished 3-1
  • 138:  Max Lamer (4th) finished 2-2
  • 145:  Triston Weinzetl finished 0-2
  • 152:  James Lueders finished 1-2
  • 160:  Gage Carr finished 1-2
  • 195:  Lincoln Richeal finished 1-2
  • 220:  Ben Cavigielli (1st) finished 3-0
  • 285:  Nick Palmer (3rd) finished 3-1

Quarrier Boys End Regular Season with Win

NewDRLogoThe Dell Rapids Quarriers wrapped up their 2016-2017 regular season with a win in Lennox against the Orioles on Friday, February 17th.  The Quarriers won by a score of 62-52.  This was the third win in a row for Dell Rapids.

The Quarriers opened up the game with a 13-9 lead after the first quarter.  They were able to push the lead to 12 points at 33-21 by halftime.  Lennox, however, pulled within three points by the end of the third quarter at 41-38.  Dell Rapids was able to pull away in the fourth quarter for the win.

Dell Rapids finished the game shooting 44% (22-50) from the field, 8% (1-12) from three-point area, and 68% (17-25) from the free-throw line.  The Quarriers finished with 35 team rebounds, 13 assists, and eight steals.

Mason Schmidt led Dell Rapids with 16 points.  Jeffrey Schuch had 15 points and eight rebounds.  Mason Peter added 11 points.  Sheldon Siemonsma and Austin Ellingson both had nine points each.  Siemonsma also had nine rebounds and four assists.  Ellingson had three assists and four steals.

Dell Rapids (16-4) will have a week off before the start of the Region 3A tournament.  The tournament will begin on Tuesday, February 28th.

Cardinal Boys Fall to Hot Shooting Baltic on Senior Night

DRSMvsBaltic_BBB_2-17-17The Baltic Bulldogs shot 63% from the field and from the three-point line in the second half on their way to a 76-50 win over the Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinals on Friday, February 17th.  The game was senior night for four Cardinal seniors – Austin Welbig, Garret Frost, Dalton Houska, and Zach Geraets.

The first quarter was back and forth.  St Mary started the game on a 5-0 run, but the Bulldogs answered with a 6-0 run to take a 6-5 lead.  The two teams traded baskets the remainder of the quarter, and Baltic led 13-11 at the first break.  The Bulldogs outscored St Mary 19-8 in the second quarter and led 32-19 at halftime.  The Cardinals were able to get the lead down to nine points with 4:00 to go in the third quarter at 39-30, but the Bulldogs closed out the third quarter on a 16-5 run to lead 55-35.  Baltic then outscored the Cardinals 21-15 in the final quarter.

St Mary finished the game shooting 28% (17-61) from the field, 30% (8-27) from three-point area, and 89% (8-9) from the free-throw line.  The Cardinals also had 28 total team rebounds, eight assists, and five steals.

Two players finished in double figures for St Mary.  Connor Libis had 16 points and two assists.  Luke Brown had 11 points.  Austin Welbig had eight points and four rebounds.  Zach Geraets led the team with six rebounds.  Jon Wilhelmsen had 30 points for Baltic.  Brock Aaker had 16 points and 14 rebounds, and Ethan Roggow had 10 points.

St Mary (8-11) will finish the regular season on Monday, February 20th, at Chester Area.

Quarrier Girls Make it a Sweet Dozen

DRvsMad_GBB_2-16-17Trailing 42-36 heading into the fourth quarter, the Dell Rapids Quarriers outscored the Madison Bulldogs 25-12 in the final quarter to earn a 61-54 victory.  The win was their 12th win in a row and 10th win in Dak-12 Conference play.

Dell Rapids led 13-12 after a back-and-fourth first quarter, but Madison pulled ahead in the second quarter and took a 27-23 lead into halftime.  The Bulldogs were able to maintain a six-to-eight point lead throughout much of the third quarter and led 42-36 at the end of the quarter.  The Quarriers opened the fourth quarter on a 13-2 run and never relinquished the lead after that point.  The Bulldogs were never able to get any closer than three points the remainder of the game.

The Quarriers finished the game shooting 35% (21-60) from the field, 29% (4-14) from three-point area, and 75% (15-20) from the free-throw line.  Dell Rapids had 32 team rebounds, 10 team assists, and forced 17 Bulldog turnovers.

Three players finished in double figures for Dell Rapids.  Emma Paul had a team-high 18 points along with five rebounds.  Jayda Knuppe had 12 points, four rebounds, and three assists.  Arial Hoffman had 11 points, six rebounds, and two assists.  Averi Pankonen finished with five points in the game.  Madison was led by Jessi Giles with 20 points and Olivia Rud with 18 points.

Dell Rapids finishes the regular season with a 16-4 overall record and a 10-1 Dak-12 Conference record.  The Quarriers will be the #1 seed in the Region 3A Tournament and will receive a first round bye.  Dell Rapids will play the winner #5 Baltic and #4 Sioux Falls Christian on Thursday, February 23rd, at Tea Area High School.  The game can be seen on Big Sioux Media.

Cardinal Girls Erase Halftime Deficit in Win

DRSM LogoThe Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinals trailed by 14 points at halftime to the Hendricks, MN Grizzlies. The Cardinal defense only allowed 12 second half points to earn a 37-36 come-from-behind win on Thursday, February 16th, in Hendricks.

The Cardinals offense struggled to get going in the first half.  St Mary trailed 13-3 through the midway point of the first half and trailed 24-10 at halftime.  St Mary got things rolling in the second half as they went on a 15-5 run in the first part of the second half to close the gap at 29-25 with 9:41 remaining in the game.  St Mary took the lead at 35-33 with 1:41 to go and pushed that lead to four points with :32 to go in the game to complete the 14-point comeback win.

Jackie Wolles finished the game with 10 points in a balanced Cardinal scoring attack.  Ella Heinitz finished with eight points, and Kennedi Mullaney and Lexi Klein both had six points each.

The Cardinals finish their regular season with a 9-11 record and will be the #4 seed in the District 7B tournament.  The Cardinals will host Chester Area on Tuesday, February 21st.  The game can be seen on Big Sioux Media.

Siemonsma Signs with Mt Marty

SiemonsmaSigning2017_1Dell Rapids senior Sheldon Siemonsma has signed a letter of intent to play basketball for the Mount Marty Lancers in Yankton.  Siemonsma signed his letter during a signing ceremony at Dell Rapids High School on Thursday, February 16th.  Joining him at the signing was Mount Marty Lancer head coach Andrew Baker.

Siemonsma has scored 522 points in his career at Dell Rapids.  He has a 38% field goal percentage, 33% three-point percentage, and 69% free-throw percentage.  Siemonsma also has a total of 201 career rebounds, 75 assists, 45 steals, and 49 blocked shots.  He currently has a total of 208 points this season while shooting 36% from the field.

Dell Rapids Quarrier head coach Jason Fersdahl said, “Sheldon has really developed into an all-around player this season.  He has always been able to fill it up from long distance, but he has become a defensive stopper for us this season as well.  He is long and athletic, and he will be able to guard multiple positions at the collegiate level.  Sheldon is always calm and cool on the court, and I look forward to watching him continue to improve as a basketball player over the next four years.”

Siemonsma will join fellow Dell Rapids graduate Zane Schumaker who is in his freshman season for the Lancer basketball program.  Fellow senior Josh Roemen recently signed with Mount Marty to play baseball.