Cardinal Girls Drop First Two in Close Games

DRSM LogoThe Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinal girls basketball team lost their first two games to open up 2016-2017 season, with both games being very close.

The Cardinals traveled to Alcester to play the Alcester-Hudson Cubs to start the season on Tuesday, December 6th.  After getting behind early, the Cardinals rallied to take the lead late in the game.  The Cubs were able to tie the game and force overtime, and Alcester-Hudson defeated St Mary 43-38 in overtime.  Kennedi Mullaney finished the night with 13 points and four rebounds.  Jackie Wolles had 10 points, three rebounds, and four steals.  Lexi Klein added six points.  Sydney Cook and six rebounds, and Cassy Geraets had three steals.

St Mary then had their first home game of the year as they hosted the Oldham-Ramona/Rutland Raiders on Thursday, December 8th.  The Raiders won a close game 43-40.  Mullaney had 10 points in the contest, and Klein and Wolless each had six points each.

St Mary (0-2) will travel to Ellsworth, MN on Tuesday, December 13th.

Quarrier Girls Fall to Cougars in Season Opener

NewDRLogoThe Dell Rapids Quarrier girls basketball team couldn’t overcome a cold start and dropped their season-opening game to the McCook Central/Montrose Cougars 63-48 on Tuesday, December 6th, in Salem.  The Cougars never trailed in the game as they jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first five minutes of the game.

Dell Rapids trailed 12-3 after the first quarter and 27-16 by halftime.  The Quarriers were able to chip the lead down to 39-32, but McCook Central/Montrose closed the game on a 24-16 run for the win.

Jayda Knuppe led the Quarriers with 13 points in the game.  Emma Paul added 10 points and four rebounds.  Averi Pankonen had four assists, and Kali Graham had four rebounds.

Dell Rapids will host Sioux Falls Christian on Tuesday, December 13th.

JV Results:

The Quarrier JV team won a convincing 41-25 contest over the Cougars. Jadya Knuppe sparked the girls with 12 points. Ravyn Hoffman had four steals, and Jenae Schoeberl and Sydney Stoffereahn both grabbed four rebounds.

C Team Results:

The Quarrier C team held on for a tight 20-18 win over McCook Central/Montrose. Gabi Rus led the way with six points, while Kyra Graham and Katie Steineke both chipped in four points.

Quarrier Wrestling Team Finishes 6th at Top of the Rock Tourney

2016topoftherockThe Dell Rapids Quarrier wrestling team placed sixth at the “Top of the Rock” wrestling tournament on Saturday, December 3rd, at Dell Rapids High School.  It was the opening tournament for the team in the 2016-2017 season.  Dell Rapids finished with 106.5 points.  Beresford/Alcester-Hudson placed first with 186.0 points.  Wabasso/Red Rock Central was second with 152.5 points, and Bon Homme/Scotland was third with 135.5 points.

The Quarriers had six wrestlers place during the day.  Andrew Weiland placed fourth in the 106B weight class.  Zack McKee won the 113 weight class.  Scott Warwick finished fourth in the 126 weight class.  Mitchell Klinkenborg placed third in the 182 weight class.  Tate Longville was fourth in the 220 weight class, and Ben Cavigielli placed second in the 220 weight class.

Individual Results:

  • 106B:  Andrew Weiland (2-2) – 4th Place
  • 106B:  Hunter Nelson (1-2)
  • 106B:  Sage Ottoson (0-2)
  • 106:  Canyon Lowman (2-2)
  • 106:  Jacob Vogel (2-2)
  • 113:  Zach McKee (3-0) – 1st Place
  • 120:  Trevon Cross (2-2)
  • 126:  Scott Warwick (2-2) – 4th Place
  • 132:  Max Lamer (1-2)
  • 145:  Triston Weinzetl (1-2)
  • 152:  James Lueders (2-2)
  • 170:  Nate McKee (0-2)
  • 182:  Lincoln Richeal (1-2)
  • 182:  Mitchell Klinkenborg (3-1) – 3rd Place
  • 220:  Jack Prasek (2-2)
  • 220:  Kyle Cavigielli (1-2)
  • 220:  Tate Longville (3-2) – 4th Place
  • 220:  Ben Cavigielle (3-1) – 2nd Place
  • 285:  Nick Schmidt (0-2)
  • 285:  Ethan Brobjorg (1-2)
  • 285:  Nick Palmer (0-2)


Channing Barber to Play in the 7th Annual FCS National Bowl Game

nsu-northern-state-university-wolves-11Dayton Beach, Fla. – Northern State University seniors, Channing Barber and Chad Stoterau will represent the Wolves in the 7th annual National Bowl this Sunday from Daytona Beach. The defensive duo was named to the All-NSIC First Team this season. They led the Northern State defense with a combined 132 tackles in 2016 and have been mainstays for the Wolves the past four seasons. Both Barber and Stoterau will play for the American Team in white, with Barber donning his usual #22 and Stoterau taking over #90.

The FCS National Bowl is an annual post-season college football all-star game consisting of the top players from college football FCS schools. The inaugural FCS National Bowl was played in December 2014 at FIU Stadium and moved to Daytona Beach Stadium in Daytona Beach, FL in 2016 which is home to FCS Bethune-Cookman Football. Kick-off is set for 1:30 p.m., following the National Bowl which begins at 9:30. The National Bowl and FCS Bowl all-star weekend for Non-FBS schools has been the only games of its kind to attract numerous NFL & CFL scouts.

“I think that the thing I’m looking forward to is playing against Division I players, and seeing how I match up against bigger school guys,” noted Barber. “It is a huge opportunity to play in front of NFL and CFL scouts, and also a lot of agents. It’s exciting to get to play another game especially how the last game ended and it’s going be a in Florida, so it will be fun to play in nice weather and not snow.”

Players travel to the National Bowl weekend from as far as Texas, Arkansas, Oregon, Colorado, Michigan, Utah, South Dakota and more. The FCS National Bowl and National Bowl Game are presented by East Preps LLC and founded by its owner Michael Quartey Esq., also a Professor of Sports Law at Holy Family University in Philadelphia, PA.

The rosters gives NFL/CFL scouts a chance to view and get to know some of the best players from smaller schools over the bowl weekend. The FCS National Bowl is coached by pro coaches and features coaches such as NFL Coach Mike Stock formerly of the Green Bay Packers, who is set to return and coach the FCS Bowl for the 2014 game in Miami, FL. The game has been attended by scouts from the NFL’s St Louis Rams, Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons, Miami Dolphins, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears, and has even seen scouting directors fly in.  With its location in at FIU in Miami, the bowl weekend continues to gain scouts attention.. All 32 NFL teams receive and review the FCS National Bowl film as the game and practice film are distributed directly to all NFL teams by NFL Films.


By Jody Schumaker

zanety_2016In their younger years you could hear an echo of a basketball dribbling in the gym, the clang of a basketball hitting iron, and a swish of a made basket—all seemed like a common occurrence with these two Dell Rapids Quarrier teammates.  Zane Schumaker (Mount Mary—freshman guard) and Ty Hoglund (Dakota Wesleyan—freshman guard) were in third/fourth grade when they began playing this game together as teammates; however, on November 22, 2016 in Yankton, SD, something changed.

They were together on the floor again, but this time playing against each other.  As Hoglund would say following the game, “that just felt weird”.   It was also a bit strange watching from the stands cheering for both, but rooting for one.   I’m sure this sequence has occurred several times within the state, perhaps even here in Dell Rapids—recent memory includes two brothers from Dells playing against each other.

Memories returned of these two hitting three point shots as young grade school kids, barely with the strength to get the ball to the rim, but with all the confidence of a veteran ball player.  It didn’t take long to know they had something special.  At a young age, their uncontrolled speed and over abundance of energy are now a bit more enhanced, controlled, and times with pin point accuracy.  Their time in the gym, hours of practice, to push their passion for the game only continues to grow, and oh how it shows with the improvement and enhancement of their individual and team skills.  Even as college freshman both are showing signs of leadership and gamesmanship on veteran teams.  They are no longer boys.  These two former grade school kids, who possessed tons of energy and love of basketball, are now grown men still possessing the same energy and love of the game.

It was a bit strange not seeing them wearing Quarrier orange and black, instead sporting two different shades of blue with a splash of white.  The names have changed from Schmidt, Hammer, and Karst to names like Thok, Martin, Tellas, and Spicer.  The chemistry built with years of playing with their old teammates, now needs to be quickly developed with their new teammates for a future of success on the court.  Their teams may be heading in different directions, as Dakota Wesleyan pulled away from Mount Marty to capture the win this night, but both these former Quarriers again showed their skill and ability to their new fans of Lancers and Tigers.

The Lancer and Tiger fans will get to know and enjoy watching these two play for the next four years, as we Quarrier fans have been doing for many years.  Oh yes, there were fans from Dell Rapids in the stands watching this match-up, perhaps bringing back memories of state tournament runs, 25 foot bombs, awesome passes, last second shots, and a love for the game attitude.  This won’t be the last time they will be on the floor together.  They could possibly see each other another seven times, since both schools play in the very talented GPAC conference, and are scheduled to play twice a year, if they both decide to continue to play the game—I have a hunch they will.   They will move on to do great things in their life and enjoy life as friends on and off the court, and when they get together, not only will they visit about high school experiences, but now they can throw it a bit about college.

As I watched them interact following the game, talking and laughing about the game and their current teammates, but still holding on to that connection from the past.  zanebryce_2016Schumaker had the first opportunity to experience playing against a former Quarrier when Mount Marty faced Morningside on November 16, 2016 and former Quarrier Bryce Koch.  Hoglund will get the same opportunity when Dakota Wesleyan faces Morningside on November 30, 2016.   All in all, I can say it was a lot of fun to watch these two play again, even if they weren’t on the same team.  They are representing Quarrier basketball and coach Fersdahl quite well in their new roles and teams.

Zane and Ty will face off again on February 1, 2017, as Dakota Wesleyan hosts Mount Marty at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD at 8 p.m.

2016 Fall Sports Awards

Several Dell Rapids and Dell Rapids St Mary athletes earned awards for the 2016 fall sports season.

For the Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinal cross country team, Christina Vogel was an Academic All-State winner.  Ella Heinitz and Ch. Vogel were named team Co-Most Valuable Runners by Head Coach Pete Schmidt.  Catherine Vogel was named Most Improved for the girls team.  Connor Libis was named the boys Most Valuable Runner.  Jacob Vogel was named Most Improved.

Kennedi Mullaney won the Coach’s Award from Head Coach Cami Bacon for the Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinal cheer team.  Paige Bunkers was named the Most Improved.

Mullaney also earned Offensive MVP for the Cardinal volleyball team, was an Academic All-State winner, and also earned All-Conference.  Haley Michel was the Defensive MVP, was an Academic All-State winner, and an All-Conference Honorable Mention.  Cassie Mullaney earned the Most Improved award, and Jackie Wolles also was an Academic All-State winner.

For the Cardinal football team, Garret Frost, Dalton Houska, and Zach Geraets were Dakota Valley Conference All-Conference winners.  Carson Park was an All-Conference Honorable Mention.  Geraets, Houska, Frost, Park, Jacob Eining, Sam Schwebach, Kathryn Klein (stats), Wolles (stats), and Lexi Klein (stats) all were Academic All-State winners.

Chloe Solberg, Kenzie Gullickson, and Sara VanRegenmorter earned Academic All-State awards for the Dell Rapids Quarrier volleyball team.  The team as a whole earned a team Academic All-State award for their 3.72 overall GPA.  Solberg, Trinity Gordon, and Brooke Klein were Dak-12 All-Conference Honorable Mention selections.

Averi Pankonen, Micah Gleason, and James Lueders earned Academic All-State awards for the Quarrier cross country team.

Ross Wiebenga, Alex Nordstrom, Justin Dorn, Jacob Wolles, Mason Peter, and Grace Tischer (stats) also earned Academic All-State awards for the Quarrier football team.  Dawson Kerzman, Seth Andersen, Tanner Heim, Nate McKee, Hunter Hansen, Anthony Miller, and Matt Gillogly were all Dak-12 All-Conference selections.  Peter and Wiebenga were All-Conference Honorable Mentions.  Andersen, McKee, and Hansen were class 11-A All-State award winners.  Trevor Pulscher and Kerzman were 11A All-State Honorable Mentions.  Hansen was also named an Argus Leader Elite 45 player for 2016.  McKee was an Elite 45 Honorable Mention.


Titans Top Quarriers in 11A Semifinals

drvstea_fb_11-4-16The Tea Area Titans remained undefeated and moved on to the 11A championship game with a 32-21 win over the Dell Rapids Quarriers on Friday, November 4th, at Tea Area High School.

The Titans moved the ball successfully in their first two drives of the game.  After receiving the kickoff to start the game, Tea Area had an 11 play, 89 yard drive that lasted 5:24 ending in a 29-yard touchdown run by Adam Heien.  Their second drive was a 10 play, 70 yard drive that lasted 4:10.  With 11:09 remaining in the second quarter, Kendron Rensch scored on a two-yard touchdown run to put the Titans ahead 13-0.

Dell Rapids got their offense rolling in their third drive.  The Quarriers ran just four plays and covered 69 yards ending in a 39-yard touchdown pass from Hunter Hansen to Anthony Miller with 9:51 remaining in the half.  The Dell Rapids defense then forced two consecutive punts, and the offense was driving late in the second quarter.  With just over a minute to play, the Quarriers had the ball with a 2nd and goal from the two yard line.  What happened next changed the flow of the entire game.

Hansen took the snap, ran a fake hand-off, spun to his left and was met by Logan Hoon who stripped the ball from Hansen and ran it 94 yards the other way for a Titan touchdown to put Tea Area ahead 19-7 at halftime.  The play seemed to give all the momentum to the Titans for the second half.

The Titan defense forced a three and out of the Quarriers to open the third quarter.  Tea Area then scored on their next drive.  Payton Conrad scored on a four-yard run with 6:16 to go to push the lead to 26-7.  The Titans scored again with 4:27 remaining in the third quarter when Heien reeled off a 57-yard touchdown run to make the score 32-7.

Dell Rapids was able to get two scores in the fourth quarter.  Tanner Heim scored both times for the Quarriers.  The first touchdown came with 6:35 remaining in the game on a one-yard run.  The second score happened with 2:47 to go and was a three-yard run.

The Quarriers finished with 375 yards of offense, 188 rushing yards and 187 passing yards.  Tea Area finished with 360 yards of total offense, 281 rushing yards and 79 passing yards.  Adam Nagelhout had two carries for 78 yards.  Seth Andersen had five carries for 55 yards.  Hansen had 12 carries for 35 yards, and Heim had seven carries for 18 yards and two touchdowns.  Hansen finished the game 7-11 passing for 125 yards and a touchdown.  Carson Rentz was 5-10 passing for 62 yards and an interception.  Heim had four catches for 41 yards.  Mason Peter had two catches for 58 yards.  Miller had one catch for 39 yards for a touchdown.  Defensively Heim led the team with 10 tackles.  Nate McKee added nine tackles, and Hansen and Andersen both had eight tackles.

Dell Rapids finishes their season with an 8-3 record.  The Quarriers lost to Madison once, and Tea Area twice….the two teams that will compete for the 11A championship on Saturday, November 12th, at 1:00 p.m. in Vermillion.

Quarrier Volleyball Season Ends at Region 3A Tourney

NewDRLogoThe Dell Rapids Quarrier volleyball team had their season come to an end in the second round of the Region 3A tournament on Thursday, November 3rd, at Sioux Falls Christian High School.

The Quarriers opened up the region tournament in Madison on Tuesday, November 1st, against the Flandreau Fliers.  Dell Rapids defeated Flandreau in straight sets by scores of 25-15, 25-20, and 25-20.  Chloe Solberg finished the night with 10 points along with 34 set assists.  Trinity Gordon had 20 kills and 14 digs in the match.  Brooke Klein added 18 digs and 10 points.  Sydney Stofferahn had eight kills, and Hannah Fletcher finished the night with 12 points.

Dell Rapids then lost to the Chargers of Sioux Falls Christian on Thursday in straight sets by scores of 22-25, 9-25, and 17-25.  The Quarriers led through much of the first set, but Sioux Falls Chrisitian rallied for the win and held the momentum the rest of the night.  Stofferahn had nine kills and two blocks for Dell Rapids.  Klein had three ace serves and 12 digs.  Solberg finished with 11 set assists.

The Quarriers finished the season with a record of 13-18 overall and 4-7 in the Dak-12 Conference.  Seniors for the 2016 season are Sara Van Regenmorter, Alyssa Shellum, Alexis Krantz, MacKenzie Gullickson, Justice Haggin, and Chloe Solberg.

Offense Shines in Second Half for Quarrier Win

drvssfc_fb_10-27-16The Dell Rapids Quarriers scored 28 points in the second half on their way to a 35-18 win over the Sioux Falls Christian Chargers in the quarterfinals of the South Dakota High School 11A playoffs on Thursday, October 27th, at Bob Young Stadium in Sioux Falls.

The Quarrier offense made great halftime adjustments as Dell Rapids was only able to put up one score in the first half.  Neither team scored in the first quarter, and each team only possessed the ball one time in the quarter.  Both defenses force a turnover on downs deep in their own territory to keep the game scoreless.

Dell Rapids scored first with 2:26 remaining in the second quarter when Hunter Hansen connected with Jeffrey Schuch on a jump pass from the one yard line to give the Quarriers a 7-0 lead.  The Chargers marched down the field and scored on a 25-yard field goal by Jack Scott as time expired in the second quarter to make the score 7-3 at halftime.

The Quarriers scored two times in the third quarter.  The first touchdown came with 7:11 remaining on a two-yard run by Seth Spielmann.  Dell Rapids added to the lead with 3:59 to go on a 58-yard touchdown run by Tanner Heim.  The Quarriers led 21-3 at the end of the third quarter.

The start of the fourth quarter was an offensive fury.  The two teams combined to score 22 points in less than a minute and a half.  Sioux Falls Christian scored with 10:30 to go in the game on a four-yard run by Riley Hogan.  Dell Rapids answered :14 later when Hansen scored on a 69-yard run with 10:16 remaining to extend the Quarrier lead back to 18 points at 28-10.  The Chargers answered about a minute later when Sawyer Prins found Dejay Fykstra in the corner of the endzone on a 16-yard touchdown pass with 9:04 remaining.  The two point conversion was good and the Chargers were within 10 points at 28-18.  After the Charger defense held Dell Rapids, Sioux Falls Christian had the ball with a chance to close the gap, but Nick Hoffman intercepted a Prins pass, and with 2:40 remaining, Heim scored his second touchdown from two yards away to give Dell Rapids a 35-18 lead.

The Quarriers had three 100-yard rushers on the night.  Heim finished with 15 carries for 128 yards and two touchdowns.  Hansen had 10 carries for 121 yards and a touchdown, and Spielmann had 16 carries for 100 yards and a touchdown.  Dell Rapids had 367 yards of rushing offense on the night and converted 7-12 third down chances.  Defensively, Nate McKee finished with 13 tackles on the night.  Mason Peter had 10 tackles.  Ross Wiebenga and Seth Andersen each had eight tackles.  Hansen added seven tackles, and Heim and Blake Rieder both had six tackles.

Dell Rapids improves to 8-2 on the season.  The Quarriers will travel to Tea to play the Tea Area Titans on Friday November 4th.  The Titans defeated West Central 14-6.  The game can be seen on Big Sioux Media.

Cardinal Season Ends in Hard-Fought Playoff Game

drsmvsorr_fb_10-25-16In an exciting, hard-fought South Dakota High School 9B playoff football game, the Oldham-Ramona/Rutland Raiders scored two late touchdowns to earn a 22-14 win over the Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinals on Tuesday, October 25th, in Ramona.

The Cardinals scored first with 6:41 to go in the first quarter.  Dalton Houska scored on a two-yard run and also scored the two-point conversion to give St Mary an 8-0 lead.  Neither team scored again in the first quarter.

The Raiders tied the game with 10:42 to play in the second quarter.  Riston Wolf had a two-yard touchdown run, and Jamus Brown connected with Jeremiah Hoekman for the two-point conversion.  St Mary would take the lead at halftime as Garret Frost scored on a three-yard run as time expired in the second half to give the Cardinals a 14-8 lead.

Neither team scored in the third quarter as both defenses made key stops.  The Raiders forced two turnover-on-downs of the Cardinals in Raider territory.  Evan Brown came up with a big interception in the end zone late in the third quarter of a J. Brown pass to keep Oldham-Ramona/Rutland off the scoreboard.

The Raiders, however, would tie the game with 9:45 to go after a nine-yard run by Jacob Hegdahl.  The game-winning score for the Raiders came with 1:12 to play in the game when J. Brown connected with Hoekman for a 10-yard touchdown in the corner of the end zone on a fourth down play.

St Mary ends the season with a 3-6 record.