Dell Rapids Youth Baseball has Champion and 4th Place Team at State

The Dell Rapids youth baseball program had a champion and a fourth place team at state tournaments held Friday, July 12th through Sunday, July 14th.  The Dell Rapids 12U team won their tournament held in Webster, SD.  The 10U team had a fourth place finish at their state tournament also held in Webster.

Photo submitted by Todd Carr

Photo submitted by Todd Carr

The 12U team began pool play on Friday with a win over Flandreau 14-2.  They followed that with a 10-1 over Lennox on Saturday.  Those two wins gave Dell Rapids the number one seed in the championship bracket on Sunday.  Dell Rapids started their day on Sunday with a win over Webster by a score of 13-0.  After a lightening strike and a two and a half hour rain delay, Dell Rapids defeated Winner 13-5 in the championship game.

Photo submitted by Kurt Peppel

Photo submitted by Kurt Peppel

The 10U team opened their tournament on Friday with two wins.  They defeated Worthing 10-0 and then beat Flandreau 11-0.  Dell Rapids received a bye in the first round of the championship bracket as the #1 seed via a coinflip with West Central, which gave Dell Rapids the day off on Saturday.  Dell Rapids fell to Lennox 9-4 in the semifinals on Sunday, and then lost to Flandreau 10-8 in the third place game.

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Youth Softball Boasts Champion and Two Other Place Winners

The Dell Rapids Youth Softball program had a very successful weekend of state tournaments July 12th – 14th in Sioux Falls.


Photo from Dell Rapids Youth Softball, SD Facebook page posted by Amanda Geraets

The Dell Rapids DeKalb 12U team took home the state title going undefeated all weekend and only allowing six total runs.  They won their opening game on Friday afternoon over Siouxland Fastpitch by a score of 14-2.  They followed that win with another win on Friday over Lennox by a score of 13-0.  Dell Rapids continued to roll on Saturday with a win over Tyndall 11-2 and a win over SWAT 6-2.  SWAT battled back to get another chance at Dell Rapids, but Dell Rapids blanked SWAT 3-0 for the championship.

Head coach Jenny Alderson said, “These girls played their hearts out! They are only going to get stronger as the years go by.  The Dells program has made the players who they are today, and I would like to thank the parents and the community for the opportunity to be a part of a wonderful program.   Also I would like to thank our sponsors Casey Scheidt from Dekalb and Seth Van’t Hof from Taxidermy & Nutrient for helping the girls.”


Photo submitted by Tammy Henry

The Dell Rapids 10U team placed second in their state tournament after a tremendous battle through the loser’s bracket.  Dell Rapids lost their opening game of the tournament to Dakota Valley 12-11.  They then had to play six games just to reach the championship game.  Dell Rapids marched through the bottom half of the bracket beating Extream U10 11-8, Post 22 U10 11-10, Spearfish Toxic 8-3, Strom 15-3, Liberty Sluggers 17-1, and the Freeman Flycats 8-5.  That put Dell Rapids in the championship game against the Road Runners from Mitchell, but the Road Runners ended the Dell Rapids run with a 9-1 victory.


Photo submitted by Amanda Geraets

The Dell Rapids Ace Hardware 18U also played their state tournament in Sioux Falls.  They finished with a 2-2 record and a fifth place finish.  Dell Rapids lost to Winner Purple 13-1, defeated Sioux Falls Inferno 9-7 and the Clearfield Sandburs 7-5, but lost to the Venom 12-9 to end their tournament.

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Dell Rapids 13/14 Teeners Capture Region Championship


Photo taken and used with permission by Joni Smith.

A day after qualifying for the 2019 13/14 State A Teener Tournament, the Dell Rapids 13/14 Teener team captured the Class A 14U Northeast region title on Friday, July 12th in Sisseton.

Dell Rapids played four games in three days in Sisseton during the tournament which started on Wednesday, July 10th after a rainout on Tuesday.  Dell Rapids opened the tournament with a 21-0 pounding of Milbank on Wednesday, and then followed that with a 17-1 win over Sisseton later that night.  Dell Rapids then punched their ticket to the state tournament with a big win over Volga on Thursday by a score 0f 9-6 which also put them into the region championship game.

Flandreau battled through the loser’s bracket to play against Dell Rapids in the regional championship on Friday.  The game was close early as both teams scored two runs in the top of the first inning.  The score remained tied 2-2 until the bottom of the fourth inning when Dell Rapids added two more runs for a 4-2 lead.  Flandreau cut the lead to 4-3 after scoring a run in the top of the fifth, but Dell Rapids scored three times in the bottom of the fifth, and then added five more runs in the bottom of the six inning to secure the win.

Head coach Nate McKee said, “I was happy with how well we hit the ball all week.  The hitting was contagious.  Defensively we played great.  Everyone knew their roles and played well.  We have a lot of confidence after winning regions heading to Madison, but we will work on cleaning up a few things during practice before the start of the state tournament.”

Dell Rapids will look to a strong pitching staff to carry them through the state tournament.  The South Dakota Class A 14U VFW State Tournament will be held at Flynn Field in Madison Friday, July 19th through Sunday, July 21st.  Dell Rapids’ first game of the tournament will be at 5:30 p.m. against Elk Point-Jefferson on Friday.

Bracket information for the tournament can be found by clicking this link.

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Dell Rapids Legion Continues Strong Season

DellsBaseballLogo_DRBAAfter opening the season winning three of four games at the 2019 Kyle Mueller Memorial First Dakota Classic in Yankton, the Dell Rapids Legion baseball team has posted a 6-2 record in the last two weeks and currently holds a 9-3 season record.

Dell Rapids won their first home game of the season over Humboldt/Hartford on Wednesday, June 5th.  Dell Rapids then played in a tournament in Chamberlain June 7th and 8th.  Dell Rapids defeated Clark/Willow Lake 9-2, lost to Winner/Colome 2-3, and the ended the tournament with a win over Chamberlain 6-0.

Dell Rapids returned home and picked up a 13-3 win over Garretson on Monday, June 10th.  The team has played their last three games on the road.  They defeated Madison 7-3 on Wednesday, June 12th.  Dell Rapids fell to Sioux Falls Post 15 East by a score of 2-12, but they rebounded against Colton on Tuesday, June 18th with a 10-4 victory.

The team will now head to Luverne on Friday, June 21st through Sunday, June 23rd for a tournament.  They will continue to play on the road through the month of June.  Dell Rapids will travel to Canova to play McCook Central/Montrose on Monday, June 24th, and then play in the DSU Tournament in Madison on Friday, June 28th through Sunday, June 30th.  Their next home game will be against Volga on Monday, July 1st at 7:00 p.m.

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Dell Rapids Native Participating in Junior Roller Derby National Championships

Sioux Falls Junior Roller Derby travels to the National Championships in Loveland Colorado, July 26-28, 2019

Submitted photo

Submitted photo

For the first time in history, SoDak Attack, Sioux Falls Jr Roller Derby team (SFJRD) will be representing South Dakota in the Junior Roller Derby Association (JRDA) Championships. JRDA is comprised of 140+ leagues worldwide.  One of those members of the SoDak Attack is Dell Rapids native Rylee Rinehart.

SFJRD’s strong showing at tournaments in California, Iowa, and Colorado helped the team secure their seat in the Open Division at the National Championship tournament. The Top 10 qualifying teams in both the Open and All-Female Divisions received an invitation to attend this tournament.

Skaters, coaches and parents are excited for this opportunity of a lifetime. Practice is held three times a week during the regular season, with a volunteer coaching staff of five. The league is currently at max capacity and works from their waiting list to bring in new skaters.

Sioux Falls Roller Dollz Co-founder, Jayme Nelson, aka Pain Maker, had a vision of bringing roller derby to the next generation when she started the SFJRD with a summer camp in 2012. There are two skaters who remain on the team from that very first camp. This year, the 8th Annual Summer Camp will be held June 17-21, 9 am – 12 pm at the Sioux Empire Fair Grounds in the Armory Building. SFJRD Coaching Staff bring in special guest coaches each year. This year’s coaches are coming from Topeka, KS and Portland, OR. Media is welcome and encouraged to come to the camp to talk to the skaters, coaches and parents. Please contact Jayme Nelson, 605-929-7364, to coordinate a visit.

Submitted photo

Submitted photo

SFJRD holds many fundraisers throughout the year to help with travel expenses and operating costs during the regular season. The league hosted its annual skate-a-thon fundraiser and raised $15,500 in February, which wasn’t enough to cover operating costs. This heavy travel year required additional fundraisers, which the team has energetically worked towards. The team is currently fundraising and in need of sponsors to defray the cost of the upcoming trip for the Championship Tournament, in a little over a month.

Sioux Falls Junior Roller Derby (SFJRD) is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to empower, build self-confidence and develop athleticism in children ages 7-18 in a positive team culture. SFJRD teaches safety, skating and the sport of roller derby with an emphasis on character development. We have 2 teams within our league. The Baby Dollz is the team that represents us as our “B” team. Our “A” team is comprised of our best skaters and competes as Sodak Attack.

The Junior Roller Derby Association (JRDA) is a public nonprofit educational and amateur sports organization that is dedicated to advancing the growth of roller derby through the standardization of rules and goals for existing and new leagues.

The mission of JRDA is to nurture bold self-confidence in youth by developing teamwork and athletic ability while treasuring individuality within a culture of integration, encouragement, and service to others. JRDA partners with competitive & recreational junior leagues, communities & schools, mentors & families; to empower youth through the international sport of roller derby.

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Quarrier Girls Golf Completes Season at State A Tournament

NewDRLogoFour players from the Dell Rapids Quarrier girls golf team played in the 2019 State A Golf Tournament held at Lee Park in Aberdeen on Monday, June 3rd, and Tuesday, June 4th.

With four players in the tournament, Dell Rapids was able to qualify for a team score.  The Quarriers finished with a two-day total of 873.  West Central won the team title with a total of 703.  Sisseton was second with 717, and Hot Spring finished third with a total of 730.

Abigail Greenhoff had the low total for Dell Rapids.  Greenhoff finished tied for 49th with a two-day total of 200.  Sami Schmidt finished 67th with a total of 218.  Olivia Downs tied for 72nd with 226, and Mallory Haak was 77th with a total of 229.  Payson Birkeland of Belle Fourche won the individual title with a two-day total of 153.  Lauren Tims of Sioux Falls Christian was second with a 156.

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Dell Rapids Legion Places 2nd in Season Opening Tourney

DellsBaseballLogo_DRBAPlaying in their first games of the season, the Dell Rapids Legion team started the defense of their state title with a second place finish at the 2019 Kyle Mueller Memorial First Dakota Classic in Yankton Friday, May 31st through Sunday, June 2nd.

Dell Rapids opened the classic with a 9-2 win over the Yankton Jr Legion team on Friday.  Dell Rapids scored two runs in the top of the second, one on an error and one on an RBI double by Keegan Miller.  Yankton Jr Legion scored a run in the bottom of the second inning and then tied the game in the bottom of the fifth, but Dell Rapids scored seven times in the top of the sixth inning.  Mason Goeken, Thane Hilmoe, Miller, Carter Gullickson, and Eddie Price all had RBI hits in the inning.  Jon Wilhelmsen pitched two innings giving up an earned run on no hits with three walks and four strikeouts.  Jake Rechtenbaugh pitched 3 2/3 innings giving up an earned run on two hits with three walks and five strikeouts.  Gullickson pitched the final 1/3 of an inning.

In the second game of the day on Friday, Dell Rapids earned a four-inning, 14-2 win over Chamberlain.  Dell Rapids scored in every inning, including eight times in the top of the third.  Ty Wood had two hits and five RBIs in the game.  Wilhelmsen had two hits, including a home run, and three RBIs.  Miller, Landon Ruesink, Price, and Goeken all had a hit in the game.  Logan Stone pitched all four innings giving up two earned runs on two hits with two walks and eight strikeouts.

Dell Rapids earned their third win of the classic in a 16-8 win over Hartington, NE on Saturday.  Dell Rapids scored four runs in the bottom of the first and ten more runs in the bottom of the second to jump out to a big lead.  Wilhelmsen had two hits and two RBIs.  Gullickson had a home run and two RBIs.  Miller, Brandon Geraets, Goeken, Josh Deknikker, and Hilmoe all had hits.  Josh Eining and Hilmoe also picked up an RBI in the game.  Wood pitched 2 1/3 innings giving up four earned runs on no hits with three walks and five strikeouts.  Gullickson pitched the final 2 2/3 innings giving up four runs, all unearned, on three hits with one walk and two strikeouts.  The win sent Dell Rapids to the championship game of the classic.

In the championship game, Dell Rapids faced Yankton on Sunday afternoon.  Yankton took the title handing Dell Rapids their first loss of the season by a score of  6-2.  Yankton scored five of their runs in the bottom of the first inning and added another run in the bottom of the second inning.  Dell Rapids pushed across two runs in the top of the fifth inning.  Wood hit an RBI single to score Stone, and Gullickson doubled scoring Wood.  Price pitched all six innings giving up six runs, but all unearned on three errors, while giving up eight hits and one walk and striking out five batters.

Dell Rapids (3-1) will play their first home game of the season on Wednesday, June 5th, against Humboldt/Hartford at Rickeman Field.  First pitch is set for 7:00 p.m.

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2019 State Track Results

TrackLogoSeveral Dell Rapids St Mary and Dell Rapids track athletes competed in the 2019 South Dakota State Track meet on Friday, May 24th and Saturday, May 25th.  The opening round for Class B was held at Howard Wood Field on Friday, while the opening round for Class A was held at Tea Area High School.  All the classes were then at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls on Saturday.

The Quarriers had five top eight finishes, and the Cardinals had eight top eight finishes at the state track meet.


Individual Girls Results

Shot Put

  • Maddie Schwebach (DRSM – 13th) – 34’4″

3200m Run

  • Addy Gilbert (DRSM – 14th) – 13:10.95

800m Run

  • Elizabeth Price (DR – 12th) – 2:35.08

4x800m Relay

  • Dell Rapids – 14th (Kathryn Fletcher, Adisen Stadem, Katrina Kruel, Elizabeth Price) – 10:54.79

Long Jump

  • Hannah Heiberger (DR – 4th) – 16’0.75″

Triple Jump

  • Hannah Heiberger (DR – 11th) – 32’3.5″

100m Dash

  • Courtney Brown (DRSM – 4th – Class B) – :12.76
  • Ella Heinitz (DRSM – 6th – Class B) – :12.85
  • Aspen Hansen (DR – 9th – Class A) – :12.98

400m Dash

  • Ella Heintiz (DRSM – 3rd) – 1:01.29

Sprint Medley Relay – Prelims

  • Dell Rapids St Mary – 16th (Sydney Klein, Ella Griffin, Courtney Brown, Addy Gilbert) – 4:40.13

200m Dash

  • Ella Heinitz (DRSM – 8th) – :26.88

High Jump

  • Kyra Graham (DR – 10th) – 4’10”

4x100m Relay

  • Dell Rapids – 6th (Hanna VanOverbeke, Hannah Heiberger, Madysen VanOverbeke, Aspen Hansen) – :52.12


  • Maddie Schwebach (DRSM – 3rd) – 122’8″


Individual Boys Results

4x800m Relay

  • Class B – Dell Rapids St Mary – 8th (Ryan Eining, Thomas Eining, Connor Libis, Ethan Geraets) – 8:44.37
  • Class A – Dell Rapids – 11th (Landon Ruesink, Logan Anderson, Karsen Welbig, Brayden Pulscher) – 8:54.23

Long Jump

  • Weston Geraets (DRSM – 7th) – 19’8.75″

Triple Jump

  • Weston Geraets (DRSM – 2nd – Class B) – 42’2.5″
  • Kaeden Eastman (DR – 17th – Class A) – 36’6.5″


  • Eddie Price (DR – 7th) – 129’0″
  • Coby Maeschen (DR – 22nd) – 104’3″

300m Hurdles

  • Avery Welbig (DR – 5th) – :41.49

1600m Run

  • Ryan Eining (DRSM – 16th) – 4:56.19

High Jump

  • Brayden Pulscher (DR – 3rd) – 6’2″
  • Ryker Pedde (DR – 10th) – 6’0″
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Four Quarrier Golfers Qualify for State

NewDRLogoDespite a change in location for the girls Region 1A golf tournament on Thursday, May 23rd, the Dell Rapids Quarrier girl golfers adjusted well and qualified four for the State A tournament.  The tournament was originally scheduled to be held in Milbank, but had to be moved to Sisseton due to course conditions.

Dell Rapids placed fourth as a team with a score of 460.  Madison won the tournament with a score of 414, followed by Sisseton with a 420 and Milbank with 449.

Mallory Haak, Olivia Downs, Abigail Greenhoff, and Sami Schmidt all qualified by finishing in the top 25 of the regions.  Haak finished 12th with a round of 108.  Downs had a 17th place finish with a round of 114.  Greenhoff placed 20th with a 118, and Schmidt was 22nd with a round of 120.

The girls State A Tournament will be held in Aberdeen at Lee Park on Monday, June 3rd and Tuesday, June 4th.

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Season Awards for Dell Rapids Baseball

DellsBaseballLogo_DRBAA few members of the Dell Rapids High School club baseball team earned awards for their play in the 2019 season.

Eddie Price was named  1st team Class B All-State team.  Austin Henry was named 2nd team Class B All-State.

Price, Henry, Keegan Miller, Jay Holm, and Jake Rechtenbaugh were named Class B Region 3 All-Region team members.

Holm, Miller, Rechtenbaugh, Price, and Tate Kolbeck also earned Academic All-State awards.

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