Cardinal and Quarrier Athletes Earn Post Season Awards

Several Dell Rapids St Mary and Dell Rapids athletes have earned post season awards for the 2018 fall sports season.

Carly Maxwell was named to the Dakota Valley Conference All-Conference team for volleyball.  Veronica Beck was an Honorable Mention.  Eli Longville and Connor Libis were DVC All-Conference team selections for football, while Weston Geraets and Ethan Geraets were Honorable Mentions.  Maddie Schwebach earned a Class A Competitive Cheer All-State selection this year.

For the Dell Rapids Quarriers, Hannah Fletcher was a Dak-12 All-Conference 1st Team selection.  Jayda Knuppe earned a 2nd Team nomination, and Brooke Klein was an Honorable Mention.  Eddie Price, Nick Boever, Kenyon Shellum, Logan Ellingson, and Coby Maeschen were all Dak-12 Football All-Conference selections.  Tayte Gleason and Tyler Wood were Honorable Mentions.  Emily Dorn, Katie Jaycox, and Carter Wynja were Cross Country Academic All-State members this year.

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Runner-up Finish for Quarriers at Dome

DRvsTea_Dome_2018_5After a 5-4 regular season and a #7 seed in the class 11A playoffs, the Dell Rapids Quarrier football team knocked off the #2 seed Madison Bulldogs and #3 Dakota Valley Panthers in the playoffs to make it to the South Dakota Class 11A championship game against the Tea Area Titans at the Dakota Dome in Vermillion on Thursday, November 8th.  The Titans ended the magical run by Dell Rapids as the Quarriers earned runner-up honors after a 39-7 defeat.

The Quarrier defense started the game by forcing the Titans to punt on their opening drive, but Tea Area also forced Dell Rapids DRvsTea_Dome_2018_4to punt on their opening drive.  The Titans struck first on their next drive on an 80-yard touchdown run by Carter Slykhuis to give Tea Area a 7-0 lead with 7:13 to play in the first quarter.  The Titans would score again before the end of the first quarter.  Slykhuis threw a 28-yard halfback pass to Cade Clayberg that set up a one-yard touchdown run by Wyatt Van Tol.  The two-point conversion was no good, and Tea Area led 13-0 after one quarter of play.  The two defenses played tough throughout the second quarter.  Neither offense could get going, but Tea Area was able to put one more score on the board right before halftime on a three-yard touchdown run by Van Tol to give the Titans a 20-0 lead.

Dell Rapids received the kickoff to start the second half, but their opening drive of the third quarter resulted in another punt.  The Titans scored quickly on their next possession  when Hunter West connected with Trevor Cox on a 34-yard touchdown pass just three minutes into the quarter for a 27-0 lead.  The Quarriers finally got on the board with 7:04 to play in the quarter on a 65-yard touchdown run by Alex Kringen.  The extra point was good by Hunter Garry, and Dell Rapids cut the lead to 27-7.  The Quarriers then recovered the onside kick, but the Titan defense held strong and forced a punt.  Late into the third quarter, Tea Area scored again on a 22-yard field goal by Kade Stearns to increase their lead to 30-7.  The Titans forced Dell Rapids into a safety early in the fourth quarter, and then they scored again with 9:42 to play in the game on a 35-yard touchdown pass from West to Slykhuis for the 39-7 lead.

DRvsTea_Dome_2018_3The Quarriers finished with a total of 175 yards of offense, 135 rushing yards and 40 passing yards.  The Titans finished with 393 yards of offense, 200 rushing yards and 193 passing yards.  Dell Rapids was 2-13 on third down and 0-1 on fourth down.  The Titans were 6-11 on third down and also 0-1 on fourth down.

Eddie Price finished the game 3-8 passing for 40 yards.  Tayte Gleason had a 16 yard catch, Logan Stone had a 15 yards catch, and Kringen had a nine-yard catch.  Kringen also finished the game with seven carries for 87 yards and a touchdown.  Gleason had nine carries for 46 yards.  Coby Maeschen led the team with 11 tackles defensively.  Price had six tackles.  Logan Heim and Kenyon Shellum both had five tackles, while Drew Van Regenmorter, Tyler Wood, and Trevon Cross all had four tackles each.

After the game, the Quarriers had their welcome home celebration at the Dell Rapids Middle School commons area.  During the the opening remarks, Athletic Director Jeff Dvorak pointed to the trophy case and said, “Those things are going to say there.  They’re not going to live, they’re not going to breathe, and they’re not going to have stories.  These kids right here are the trophies.”

Head Coach Jordan Huska, during the welcome home, said, “These guys, to get here, worked their tails off all year.  It started last winter.  Most of these guys are in basketball, wrestling, or in the weight room, and that’s where it began.  Thank you players for all your hard work, time, and perseverance.”


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Quarriers Fall in SoDak 16 to EPJ

DRvsEPJ_VB_11-6-18The Dell Rapids Quarrier volleyball team had their 2018 season come to an end in the SoDak 16 on Tuesday, November 6th at Brandon Valley High School.  The Quarriers fell in straight sets to the Elk Point-Jefferson Huskies by scores of 25-11, 25-12, 25-16.

Elk Point-Jefferson set the tone early in the match.  The Huskies got out to a big 9-1 lead right away in the first set.  The Quarriers could never really get much going in the first set.  The Huskies grew the lead to 15 points at 18-3 on their way to the first set victory.

The Huskies started the second set with a slim 7-5 lead, but unfortunately for the Quarriers, Elk Point-Jefferson then went on an 11-4 run to take an 18-9 lead.  The Huskies found themselves in control and closed out the second set on a 7-3 run for the win.

The Quarriers found themselves quickly behind 5-0 to start the third set.  Dell Rapids was able to get to within three points a couple of time at 7-4 and 9-6.  Both times the Huskies were able to get the lead back to five points.  Elk Point-Jefferson was able to push their lead to eight points 19-11.  The Husckies closed out the set and match outscoring Dell Rapids 6-5 for the win.

Dell Rapids finished their season with a 21-9 overall record.


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Quarriers Punch Ticket to the Dome

DRvsDV_FB_11-2-18For the second week in a row, the Dell Rapids Quarriers avenged an earlier season loss in the playoffs, this time punching their ticket to the South Dakota 11A Football Championship game.  The #7 seeded Quarriers defeated the #3 seeded Dakota Valley Panthers at Dakota Valley High School 25-22 on Friday, November 2nd.

The Quarriers and Panthers found themselves locked in a defensive battle through three quarters of the game.

Dakota Valley got off to a quick start after taking the opening kickoff into Dell Rapids territory.  The Panthers thought they had a early touchdown, but the play was negated by a holding penalty.  A few plays later, Logan Ellingson intercepted a pass in the endzone with 10:56 to go the first quarter.  Dakota Valley would score first later in the quarter.  Sam Chesterman had a nine-yard touchdown run with 6:21 to go in the first, and the made extra point gave the Panters an early 7-0 lead.  That lead was short-lived as Ellingson returned the ensuing kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown.  Hunter Garry made the extra point, and with 6:04 to play in the first quarter, the game was tied at 7-7.  The Quarriers took the lead late in the first quarter when Eddie Price connected with Ellingson on an 11-yard touchdown pass.  The extra point was blocked, but the Quarriers led 13-7 at the end of the first quarter.

The Quarriers dominated the time of possession in the second quarter.  Dell Rapids was able to get a turnover on downs deep in their own territory with 10:52 to play in the half.  The Quarriers offense then chewed up nearly nine minutes of clock on the next drive by converting on multiple and third and fourth downs.  Dell Rapids had a first and goal to go inside the Panther five-yard line with about 3:00 to play in the half.  The Quarriers ran the ball three times, but they were unable to get into the endzone.  On fourth down and two, Price threw an incomplete pass, and Dakota Valley held for the turnover on downs.  The Dell Rapids defensive held their ground and forced a punt with under a minute to play.  The Quarriers had the ball inside the 20-yard line, but Price had a pass intercepted in the endzone with 0:18 left on the clock.  Dakota Valley took a knee to end the half, and the Quarriers still led 13-7.

The defenses held tough through most of the third quarter.  The Quarriers forced another turnover on downs with 6:35 to play in the third quarter, but the offense could not capitalize.  After a Dell Rapids punt, Dakota Valley regained the lead on their next possession.  Chesterman scored on a five-yard run with 0:40 with the extra point good.  Dakota Valley led 14-13 after three quarters of play.

In the fourth quarter, however, the offenses took control.  Dell Rapids got the lead back after a two-yard run by Price with 9:50 to play.  The Quarriers attempted a two-point conversion, but it was no good.  Dell Rapids led 19-14.  In just over a minute, Dakota Valley took the lead back.  Chesterman scored his third touchdown of the game on a 50-yard run, and then he scored the two point conversion to give the Panthers a 22-19 lead with 8:39 to play.  Not to be outdone in the big-play department, Price threw a 64-yard touchdown pass to Ellingson on a great catch with 7:42 to go.  The extra point was blocked, but Dell Rapids took a 25-22 lead.

Dell Rapids had their defense step up big on two different occasions in the last half of the fourth quarter.  With 6:26 to go, the Quarriers forced a fumble, and Trevon Cross recovered the ball on the Dell Rapids 40-yard line.  Dell Rapids was forced to punt, however, and Dakota Valley got the ball back on their own 27-yard line with 4:49 to play.  The Panthers marched down the field to the Dell Rapids 28-yard line with 1:45 to play.  Chesterman appeared to score the g0-ahed touchdown on a 28-yard run, but a holding penalty again negated a Panther touchdown.  On a third down and twelve, the Quarrier defense stopped Chesterman after a six-yard gain setting up a fourth and six.  With 1:13 to go, Chesterman took the snap and ran to his left.  The defense shut down the corner, so Chesterman reversed his direction only to find Drew Van Regenmorter waiting.  Van Regenmorter tackled Chesterman for a 13-yard loss and a turnover on downs.  Price took a knee three times to run out the clock and give Dell Rapids the win.

The Quarriers finished with a total of 277 yards of offense, 174 passing yards and 103 rushing yards.  Dakota Valley had 318 yards of offense, 27 passing yards and 291 rushing yards.  Dell Rapids had 14 first downs, was 3-14 on third down attempts, and 2-3 on fourth down attempts.  Dakota Valley had 17 first downs, was 4-10 on third down attempts, and 1-4 on fourth down attempts.

Price was 9-14 passing for 174 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception.  Ellingson hauled in five passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns.  Tyler Wood had four catches for 33 yards.  Tayte Gleason led the team with nine carries for 68 yards.  Logan Stone had five carries for 12 yards.  Coby Maeschen led the team with 12 tackles.  Ellingson had 10 tackles and an interception.  Logan Heim added seven tackles, and Van Regenmorter and Price both finished with six tackles.

Dell Rapids (7-4) will play for the 11A title against the Tea Area Titans at the Dakota Dome in Vermillion on Thursday, November 8th at 7:30 p.m.  This will be the seventh trip in the last 12 years to the Dome for Dell Rapids and first trip since 2014.  The Quarriers won titles in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014.  Dell Rapids was runner-up in 2006.

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Quarriers Back to the SoDak 16

DRvsTV_VB_11-1-18The Dell Rapids Quarrier volleyball team advanced to the “SoDak 16″ for the second year in a row with a Region 3A win over the Tri-Valley Mustangs on Thursday, November 1st at Sioux Falls Christian High School.  Dell Rapids won in straight sets by scores of 25-16, 25-7, 27-25.

Dell Rapids started the match on fire jumping out to a 9-4 lead early in the first set.  The Mustangs closed the game to 9-7, but the Quarriers responded with a 6-0 run to pull away at 15-7.  Dell Rapids pushed that lead to 22-12.  Tri-Valley cut the lead to 22-16, but the Quarriers closed out the first set on a 3-0 run for the win.  Dell Rapids was able to carry that momentum into the second set.  The Quarriers cruised to a 25-7 win to take a 2-0 lead.

Tri-Valley would not go away easily in the third set.  The two teams were locked in a close battle throughout the entire third set.  Tri-Valley took a 6-4 lead early on in the set and was able to maintain a lead through the first half of the third set.  Dell Rapids was able to take the lead at 15-14.  Neither team was able to get a lead greater than two points throughout the remainder of the set.  Dell Rapids had the advantage at 24-23, 25-24, and 26-25.  The Quarriers got the final point on a rotation violation for the match win.

Dell Rapids (21-8) advances to the “SoDak 16″.  The Quarriers will face the Elk Point-Jefferson Huskies on Tuesday, November 6th.  The match can be seen on Big Sioux Media.

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Season Ends for Cardinal Volleyball Team

DRSMvsEthan_VB_10-30-18The 2018 season came to an end for the Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinal volleyball team in the second round of the Region 4B tournament on Tuesday, October 30th.  After an opening-round win over Howard on Monday, the Cardinals faced the #2 seeded Ethan Rustlers at Madison High School.  The Rustlers won in straight sets by scores of 25-13, 25-8, 25-15.

The early part of the first set went back and forth with both teams tied at 4-4.  Ethan then went on a big run of 15-4 for a 19-8 lead.  The Rustlers closed out the set by outscoring St Mary 6-5 to take the first set.  The Rustlers carried the momentum into the second set and got a big lead early that carried them to the win.  The Cardinals were able to get to a 5-4 lead to start the third set, but again Ethan went on a run of 11-6 to take a 15-10 lead.  The Rustlers closed out the match on a 10-5 run for the win.

Veronica Beck led the team with seven kills.  Maddie Schwebach and Cassie Mullaney both had three kills.  Ella Heinitz finished with 18 set assists.  Carly Maxwell and Macie Brown both had five digs in the match.

The Cardinals finished their 2018 season with an overall record of 10-17.

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St Mary Volleyball Advances in Region 4B

DRSMvsHow_VB_10-29-18The Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinals advanced to the second round of the 2018 Region 4B Tournament after an opening round win over the Howard Tigers.  The Cardinals defeated the Tigers in straight sets by scores of 25-22, 25-17, 25-16 at Dell Rapids St Mary High School.

The #7 seeded Cardinals got off to a quick start in the first set.  St Mary got out to an 8-3 lead on Howard, and led 12-6 as the two teams neared the midway mark of the first set.  Howard rallied and took a 17-15 lead.  The Tigers extended the lead to 20-17, but the Cardinals found their own rally late in the set to tie Howard at 22-22.  St Mary was able to finish off the set with three straight points to take the early advantage in the match.

Howard took the early advantage in the second set and held an early 5-3 lead.  After the two teams were tied at 8-8, the Cardinals went on a 10-5 run to take control of the set at 18-13.  St Mary closed out the set on a 7-4 run for their second set win.  The Tigers again got out to a fast start in the third set scoring the first five points for a 5-0 lead.  The Cardinals regroups and went on a 7-2 run to tie the set at 7-7.  The two teams were tied at 8-8 and 9-9.  That’s when St Mary found more momentum and outscored Howard 9-2 for an 18-11.  The Cardinals controlled the rest of the set for the match win.

Cassie Mullaney finished with eight kills.  Maddie Schwebach added seven kills, Tyra Harrington had five kills, and Veronica Beck had four kills.  Ella Heinitz tallied 18 set assists and four digs.  Carly Maxwell finished with 13 digs.  V. Beck added five digs and four ace serves.  Olivia Beck, Macie Brown and Courtney Brown all had four digs each.  Schwebach also had three solo blocks.

St Mary (10-16) advances to the second round and will play the #2 seeded Ethan Rustlers on Tuesday, October 30th.  The match is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. at Madison High School.  The match can be seen on Big Sioux Media.

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Quarrier Strong – Dell Rapids Holds Tough Against Madison

DRvsMad_FB_10-25-18“The guys played great tonight.  They have worked hard all year and have had to overcome a lot of adversity this year.  It all game together tonight,” said head coach Jordan Huska.

It most certainly all came together for the Dell Rapid Quarriers on a cool, damp night in Madison.  Dell Rapids upset the #2 ranked Madison Bulldogs in the opening round of the South Dakota 11A playoffs 14-13 on Thursday, October 25th.

Despite a rough start to the game, the Dell Rapids defense held strong the remainder of the game, and the offense was able to control time of possession to keep the Madison offense off the field.

The Bulldogs opened the game with a bang.  Carter Bergheim took the opening kickoff 55 yards to the Dell Rapids 32 yard line.  On the very first play for Madison, Tyler Tappe threw a 32-yard touchdown pass Jacob Unterbrunner to go ahead 6-0 just 15 seconds into the game.  After Dell Rapids’ first offensive possession ended in a turnover on downs at the Madison 32-yard line, Tappe raced down the field for a 62-yard touchdown run with 6:18 to play in the quarter.  After a made extra point, the Bulldogs led 13-0 after running just two offensive plays.  Dell Rapids was able to drive into Bulldog territory two more times in the first half, and even had the ball at the Madison four-yard line with just seconds remaining in the second quarter, but both times the Bulldogs forced a turnover on downs.  Madison held a 13-0 at halftime.

Dell Rapids again had the ball on Madison’s side of the field in the third quarter, but with 6:50 to play in the quarter, Madison forced Dell Rapids into their fourth turnover on downs.  However, about a minute and a half later, the Dell Rapids defense put a spark into the team when Logan Ellingson intercepted a Tappe pass.  That interception led to a four-yard touchdown run by Tyler Wood with 0:58 to play in the third quarter.  Hunter Garry added the extra point to cut the Bulldog lead to 13-7.

The Quarrier defense got another big stop early in the fourth quarter.  Dell Rapids forced Madison into a turnover on downs with 11:36 to play.  The Quarrier offense continued the momentum converting on a third-and-long play, and then moments later converting on a fourth-and-long to keep the drive alive.  The drive ended with a 29-yard touchdown pass from Eddie Price to Ellingson with 8:05 to play.  Another Garry extra point gave Dell Rapids a 14-13 lead.  The Dell Rapids defense forced Madison into a punt on their next drive.  The offense wasn’t able to score, but ran over two and half minutes off the clock before punting the ball back to the Bulldogs.

With 1:30 to play, Tappe dropped back to pass and fired a pass to his right only to have it intercepted by Drew Van Regenmorter.  The Quarrier offense took over with 1:24 to play leading by a point.  Madison held Dell Rapids and used two of their three timeouts.  On a Dell Rapids fourth down, Madison sacked Price for a turnover on downs at the Quarrier 38-yard line with 1:02 to play.  Madison got the ball to about the Dell Rapids 13-yard line with :40 to play.   An incomplete pass and sack put Madison back to the 17-yard line with :25 to go.  Tappe scrambled on the next play out to his left, but was tackled in bounds to keep the clock running.  Madison tried to get their field goal team on the field on fourth down to get a last-second, game-winning field goal, but the snap was low and the Dell Rapids defense ended the game by tackling the holder Brock Minnaert to secure the win.

The Quarriers ran a total of 85 plays for a total of 260 yards of offense, 109 passing yards and 151 rushing yards.  Madison was held to just 48 plays for a total of 213 yards of offense, 94 of those yards coming on their first two offensive plays of the game.  Dell Rapids was 6-18 on third down and 4-9 on fourth down.  Madison was 3-10 on third down and 2-5 on fourth down.

Price was 7-21 passing for 109 yards and a touchdown.  Ellingson had three catches for 59 yards and a touchdown.  Wood had a catch for 19 yards, and Alex Kringen had a catch for 10 yards.  Logan Stone had 11 carries for 49 rushing yards.  Tatye Gleason finished with 14 carries and 44 yards.  Kringen had 14 carries and 34 yards.  Coby Maeschen had eight tackles and a sack.  Price finished with six tackles.  Van Regenmorter had five tackles, two sacks, and an interception.  Ellingson also recorded an interception.

Dell Rapids (6-4) will advance to the semifinals.  The Quarriers will travel to Dakota Valley to play the Panthers on Friday, November 2nd.  The game can be seen on Big Sioux Media.

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Quarriers Reach 20 Wins in Final Regular Season Match

DRvsELB_VB_10-23-18A night after a long, hard-fought, five-set battle against Beresford, the Dell Rapids Quarriers closed out their regular season at home on Tuesday, October 23rd against the Elkton-Lake Benton Elks.  The Quarriers reached the 20-win mark with a straight set win by scores of 25-13, 25-15, 25-19.

Dell Rapids got out to four-to-five point leads early in each set and slowly grew the leads throughout the sets.  The Quarriers controlled each set on their way to the match victory.

Jayda Knuppe finished with 14 kills and three ace serves.  Maria Jackson had eight kills, and Kyra Graham had seven kills.  Hannah Fletcher finished with 32 set assists.  Brooke Klein had 31 digs.  Knuppe and Mackenzie Grisham both had eight digs, and Sam Price tallied seven digs.

The Quarriers (20-8) will enter the Region 3A tournament as the #2 seed.  Dell Rapids will have a first-round bye and will play the winner of Tri-Valley and Garretson on Thursday, November 1st.  The match can be seen on Big Sioux Media.

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Quarriers Win Thriller in Beresford

NewDRLogoThe Dell Rapids Quarrier volleyball team won an exciting five-set match in Beresford against the Watchdogs on Monday, October 22nd.  Dell Rapids won by set scores of 28-26, 23-25, 25-22, 23-25, 15-7.

Jayda Knuppe had a strong offensive night with 25 kills.  Maria Jackson and Kyra Graham both had nine kills, while Hannah Fletcher and Mackenzie Grisham both had five kills each.  Fletcher finished the match with 51 set assists along with 25 digs.  Brooke Klein had 45 digs, while Grisham had 18 digs.  Dezi Rus tallied 10 digs.  Grisham also finished with three ace serves, and Klein added two ace serves.

The Quarriers (19-8) will end their regular season at home against Elkton-Lake Benton on Tuesday, October 23rd as they go for win number 20 on the season.  The match can be seen on Big Sioux Media.

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