Dell Rapids Teams Participating in Swier Law Firm’s Sportsmanship Challenge

DellRapidsSportsmanshipChallengeSwier Law Firm is sponsoring a Sportsmanship Challenge for the 2018-2019 basketball season.  They have asked both the boys and girls teams of ten high schools across the state to participate in this challenge.  If the varsity teams successfully complete the challenge, each team will win $200 (up to $400 per school) to use for team camps, shooting shirts, or any other reason the coaching staff sees fit.

The requirements for the challenge are very simple.  The varsity basketball teams cannot receive any technical fouls during the entire 2018-2019 season, which includes the regular season and any post-season play.  The challenge is also team specific.  That means even if one of the teams at a school fails to meet the requirements, the other team is not disqualified from the challenge.  The other team can still earn $200 if they complete the challenge.

Scott Swier, founder and managing member of Swier Law Firm, came to Dell Rapids High School to explain the challenge to both the boys and girls teams and why they are doing this challenge.

“You can really transfer being a hard worker and being a classy person, win or lose, twenty years down the line when you’re doctors, and nurses, and lawyers, or whatever you guys want to be.  Sportsmanship really does transfer to real life,” Swier said.

The ten schools that are participating in this challenge are Avon, Burke, Dell Rapids, Gregory, Harrisburg, Lennox, Mount Vernon, Platte-Geddes, Wagner, and Winner.

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West Central Upsets Dell Rapids on Opening Night

NewDRLogoOn the opening night of the 2018-2019 boys basketball season, the West Central Trojans came to Dell Rapids and upset the Quarriers 54-50 on Friday, December 7th.

After an early 6-2 lead by West Central, the Quarriers went on a 13-2 run through much of the first quarter for a 15-8 lead.  Dell Rapids pushed the lead to 25-16 with under three minutes to play in the second quarter, but the Trojans ended the quarter on an 10-2 to close within a point at 27-26 by halftime.

The Quarriers pushed the lead back to seven points at 35-28 in the first three minutes of the third quarter.  West Central again rallied by outscoring Dell Rapids 13-4 the rest of the quarter for a 41-39 lead.  The two teams were tied at 41-41 and 43-43 early in the fourth quarter.  Dell Rapids took the lead at 45-43 with 4:44 to play after two free throws by Connor Rentz.  After three straight points by West Central, Logan Ellingson made a layup with 3:38 to go to give Dell Rapids a 47-46 edge.  Jackson Miller tied the game for the Trojans with a free throw, but Logan Heim got a put back shot to fall through with just under 3:00 to go for a 49-47 lead.  Ellingson made one of two free throws with 2:21 to play to extend the Quarrier lead at 50-47.  The Trojans, however, scored the final seven points, capped by a Jaxon Skinner hook shot with :10 to go to seal the victory.

Ellingson led the Quarrier offense with 16 points.  Connor Rentz added 11 points.  Heim finished with 13 rebounds in the game.  Drew Van Regenmorter had 11 rebounds and three assists.  Miller led West Central with 16 points, and Hunter Hagerty added 13 points.

Dell Rapids (0-1) will travel to Tea for a double-header with the Titans on Friday, December 14th.  Both games can be seen on Big Sioux Media.

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Six Quarriers Nab All-Conference Honors

NewDRLogoSix Dell Rapids Quarrier basketball players earned Dak XII All-Conference honors for the 2017-2018 season.  Three boys and three girls made the post season award list.

Emma Paul (Jr) was a Second Team All-Conference selection.  Jayda Knuppe (Jr) was a Third Team All-Conference selection, and Arial Hoffman (Sr) was an Honorable Mention.

Jeffrey Schuch (Sr) was named the the All-Conference First Team.  Carson Rentz (Sr) and Mason Schmidt (Sr) were Third Team All-Conference selections.

Dak XII Girls All-Conference Teams

  • MVP:  Madysen Vlastuin – Lennox

First Team:

  • Rianna Fillipi – Lennox
  • Jessi Giles – Madison
  • Haleigh Melstad – Vermillion
  • Lexi Unruh – Sioux Falls Christian
  • Madysen Vlastuin – Lennox
  • Peyton Wingert – Dakota Valley

Second Team:

  • Elsie Aslesen – Elk Point-Jefferson
  • Kasey Jensen – Vermillion
  • Ashlyn Macdonald – West Central
  • Emma Paul – Dell Rapids
  • Riley Peters – Lennox
  • Olivia Rud – Madison

Third Team:

  • Rachel Barkema – Sioux Falls Christian
  • Nicole Brown – Madison
  • Madisyn Heeren – Dakota Valley
  • Courtney Kellenberger – Sioux Falls Christian
  • Jayda Knuppe – Dell Rapids
  • Grace Steineke – Tri-Valley

Honorable Mention:

  • Bailey Conrad – Tea Area
  • Arial Hoffman – Dell Rapids
  • Alyssa Johnson – Dakota Valley
  • Addison Ludwig – Elk Point-Jefferson
  • Jada Lundstrom – Canton
  • Emily McDonald – Tri-Valley
  • Madisen Martinez – Vermillion
  • Kali Nelson – West Central
  • Olivia Ritter – Tea Area

DVC Boys All-Conference Teams

  • MVP:  AJ Plitzuweit – Vermillion

First Team:

  • Aaron Fiegen – Madison
  • Noah Freidel – Tea Area
  • Jack McCabe – Dakota Valley
  • Koln Oppold – Sioux Falls Christian
  • AJ Plitzuweit – Vermillion
  • Jeffrey Schuch – Dell Rapids

Second Team:

  • Mitchell Goodbary – Sioux Falls Christian
  • Jadon Janke – Madison
  • Jaxon Janke – Madison
  • Noah Jewett – Tri-Valley
  • Lincoln Unruh – Sioux Falls Christian
  • Kayden Verley – Canton

Third Team:

  • Josh Arlt – Lennox
  • Justin Hohn-Mack – Tea Area
  • Jared Merkley – Elk Point-Jefferson
  • Jackson Miller – West Central
  • Carson Rentz – Dell Rapids
  • Mason Schmidt – Dell Rapids

Honorable Mention:

  • Christian Beachler – Canton
  • Charlie Cox – Dakota Valley
  • Josh Giles – Madison
  • Jock Graves – Dakota Valley
  • Presston Kollbaum – Elk Point-Jefferson
  • Gavin Schipper – Sioux Falls Christian
  • Kade Stearns – Tea Area
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Quarrier Streak and Season Ends in Round of 16

Photo courtesy of Rhonda Rentz

Photo courtesy of Rhonda Rentz

In a raucous atmosphere at the Winner Armory, the Pine Ridge Thorpes stunned the #6 seeded Dell Rapids Quarriers 69-66 in the Round of 16 on Thursday, March 8th.  The win by Pine Ridge ended an 11-game winning streak for Dell Rapids and sent the Thorpes to the State A tournament.

Dell Rapids delivered the first blow in the game getting out to an 8-0 lead in the first minute and a half.  The Quarriers were on fire throughout the first quarter scoring 29 points.  Logan Heim led the way going four-for-four on three points shots in the first quarter helping Dell Rapids to a 29-16 lead after at the first quarter break.  The Quarrier lead grew to 15 points at 33-18 after a made three-point shot by Mason Schmidt and a made free throw by Drew Van Regenmorter with 5:23 to go in the second quarter.  Dell Rapids maintained an eight-to-twelve point lead throughout the second quarter.  Jeffrey Schuch made a three-point shot from the left wing with 2:03 to go to give Dell Rapids a 40-28 lead.  Pine Ridge, however, scored the final five points of the quarter to cut the lead to seven at 40-33 at halftime.

The Thorpes scored the first three points of the third quarter to cut the lead to 40-36.  Schuch ended the Pine Ridge 8-0 run with a layup from the left side with 6:00 to play in the third quarter.  The two teams traded three-point shots over the next :30, and Dell Rapids held a 45-41 lead with 5:20 to go.  Dell Rapids was able to maintain the four-point lead over the next 3:00 of play.  The Thorpes went on a quick 4-0 spurt with Corey Brown tying the game at 49-49 with 1:50 to play.  Pine Ridge then closed out the quarter on a 4-1 run.  The Thorpes outscored Dell Rapids 20-10 in the third quarter and led 53-50 heading into the fourth quarter.

Dell Rapids then went on a 4-1 run to open the fourth quarter as Schuch tied the game at 54-54 with 5:45 to play.  The two teams traded baskets again.  The game was tied 56-56 with 5:18 to go.  Schuch gave Dell Rapids a 58-56 lead after an offensive rebound and put back with 4:43 left to play.  The game was again tied at 59-59 with 2:55 remaining.  After a timeout, Brown got a tough shot over Schuch to go through to give Pine Ridge a 61-59 lead with 2:40 to go.  Schuch again got a driving layup to fall on a nice pass from Carson Rentz to tie the game at 61-61 with 2:02 to play.  The Thorpes scored the next four points and led 65-61 with :37 left.  On the next Dell Rapids possessions, Rentz was fouled on a three-point shot giving him three free throws.  Rentz made all three to cut the lead to 65-64 with :21 on the clock.  After a foul and two made free throws by Pine Ridge, Dell Rapids had an open three-point shot with :12 to go that would have tied the game, but the shot was too strong and Thorpes got the defensive rebound.  Dell Rapids was forced to foul, and Corey Blacksmith made both free throws to give Pine Ridge a 69-64 lead.  Rentz made a last-second shot at the buzzer, but Pine Ridge came away victorious.

Dell Rapids finished the game shooting 41% from the field.  They were just 23% from three-point area and 67% from the free-throw line.  The Quarriers had a total of 35 team rebounds and 21 team assists.

Schuch led Dell Rapids with 21 points, 11 rebounds, and five assists.  Mason Schmidt added 17 points.  Heim finished with 12 points, 15 rebounds, and six assists.  Elijah Story and Rentz both finished with six points in the game.  Rentz also had seven assists.

Dell Rapids has their season come to an end with an overall record of 17-5.


Photo courtesy of Rhonda Rentz


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Eleventh Straight Sends Quarriers to Round of 16

Photo courtesy of Rhonda Rentz

Photo courtesy of Rhonda Rentz

It wasn’t easy, but the Dell Rapids Quarriers won their 11th straight game and earned a trip to the Class A Boys Round of 16 with a 60-50 win over the Tri-Valley Mustangs in the semifinal round of the Region 3A tournament at the Elmen Center in Sioux Falls on Friday, March 2nd.

Dell Rapids raced to a 12-2 advantage early in the first quarter, which would be their largest lead of the game until late in the fourth quarter. The Mustangs closed out the first quarter on a 7-0 run, and Dell Rapids led 12-9 after the first quarter. Tri-Valley scored the first five points of the second quarter and took the lead 14-12. The two teams traded points throughout much of the second quarter. Dell Rapids still had the lead at 28-27 at halftime.

The Quarriers led for most of the third quarter, but never by more than four points. However, Tri-Valley again took the lead after a made three-point shot by Noah Jewett with 2:27 to go in the quarter. The made shot gave the Mustangs a 37-36 lead. Logan Heim scored on a quick inbound pass with 1:55 remaining to give the lead back to Dell Rapids at 38-37. The two teams again traded baskets over the next couple of possessions. Carson Rentz made a three-point shot with under a minute to play to give Dell Rapids a 43-39 lead. The Quarriers led 44-41 at the end of the third quarter. Dell Rapids was finally able to get their up-tempo offense working in the fourth quarter. They were able to turn defensive rebounds into quick transition points as the Quarriers went ahead 53-41 in the first four minutes of the fourth quarter. The lead grew to 60-45 before the Mustangs ended the game scoring the final five points.

Dell Rapids shot 42% from the field in the game, 24% from three-point range, and 76% from the free-throw line. They had a total of 36 team rebounds, 19 team assists, seven blocked shots while only turning the ball over six times.

Three players finished in double figures. Mason Schmidt had a team-high 16 points. Jeffrey Schuch had another double-double with 12 points, 14 rebounds as well as three assists and two blocked shots. Drew Van Regenmorter had 11 points and three rebounds. Logan Heim added eight points, 14 rebounds, and four blocked shots. Rentz tallied seven points, but dished out 11 assists.

Noah Jewett hit the 1,000 career point mark in the loss for the Mustangs.

Dell Rapids (17-4) will enter the Round of 16 as the #6 seed and will play the #11 seed Pine Ridge Thorpes on Tuesday, March 6th. The game will be played at 5:30 p.m. at the Winner Armory in Winner, SD. The game can also be seen on Big Sioux Media.

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Ten in a Row for Quarrier Boys

Photo courtesy of Rhonda Rentz

Photo courtesy of Rhonda Rentz

In another tough, late-season, Dak-12 match-up, the Dell Rapids Quarriers had to come from behind to get a 65-57 win over the Lennox Orioles on Friday, February 16th at Dell Rapids High School.  It was the final regular season game for the Quarriers.

Lennox threw everything they had at the Quarriers in the game.  With Dell Rapids leading 9-7 with 2:20 in the opening quarter, the Orioles went on a 7-2 run to close out the quarter for a 14-11 lead.  Both teams held leads in the second quarter.  Lennox led by as many as four points, and Dell Rapids led by as many as five points, but it was Lennox that held a slight one-point advantage at 31-30 at halftime.

Dell Rapids got the offense rolling in the third quarter while locking down Lennox defensively.  The Quarriers erased the first-half deficit and got ahead by as many as 15 points in the quarter.  Dell Rapids outscored Lennox 21-7 over the entire quarter and led 51-38 heading into the final quarter.  The Quarriers still end a 12-point lead at 53-41 with 6:04 to play in the game.  Lennox got the lead down to seven points at 53-46 by the 4:45 mark of the game.  The Orioles were able to get within six points at 57-51 with 1:43 to play, but Dell Rapids was able to make their free throws down the stretch to not allow Lennox to get any closer.

The Quarriers finished the game shooting 49% from the field, 42% from three-point area, and 75% from the free-throw line.  They had a total of 30 team rebounds, 18 team assists, and only turned the ball over seven times.

Three players finished in double figures.  Carson Rentz led the team in scoring with 17 points.  Rentz also had six assists and four rebounds.  Jeffrey Schuch nearly had a triple-double in the game.  Schuch had 15 points, nine assists, eight rebounds and five blocked shots.  Mason Schmidt also finished the game with 15 points and five rebounds.

Dell Rapids finished the regular season on a ten-game winning streak and a 16-4 overall record.  The Region 3A tournament will begin on Tuesday, February 27th.

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Quarriers Keep Streak Alive in Canton

Photo courtesy of Rhonda Rentz

Photo courtesy of Rhonda Rentz

It wasn’t easy, but the Dell Rapids Quarriers won their ninth straight game with an 84-67 win over the Canton C-Hawks on Monday, February 12th in Canton.  Dell Rapids, ranked #4 in the latest South Dakota Media poll, got all they could handle from a scrappy Canton team.  Carson Rentz also broke his own school record for made three-point shots in a game with nine in the contest.

Canton got the first quarter started and held a slim one-point lead at 5-4.  Dell Rapids went on a 9-0 run midway through the first quarter to get a 13-5 lead with 2:50 to play in the quarter.  The C-Hawks responded with a 5-2 run to close the gap at 15-10 to end the first quarter.  Canton then scored the first five points of the second quarter to tie the game at 15-15 with 7:05 to play in the first half.  The Dell Rapids defense then held Canton to just eight points the remainder of the quarter while the offense scored 23 points.  The Quarriers held a 38-23 lead at halftime.

Dell Rapids increased their lead to 22 points at 45-23 in the first two minutes of the third quarter.  They increased the lead to 23 points at 55-32 with 3:05 to go in the quarter.  Canton then found an offensive spurt as they closed out the quarter on an 18-5 run to cut the lead to 60-50 by the end of the third quarter.  Canton then scored the first basket of the fourth quarter to cut a 23-point lead down to eight points at 60-52.  The Quarriers were able to maintain a 12-to-15 point lead due to the three-point shooting of Rentz.  The Quarriers made seven free-throws in the final minute and a half while holding Canton to just one made field goal to close out the game for the victory.

Rentz led the team with 31 points in the game on a school-record nine made three-point shots and four free-throws.  Rentz also had five assists and three rebounds.  Mason Schmidt finished with 21 points and three rebounds.  Jeffrey Schuch recorded another double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds.  He also dished out six assists and had three blocked shots.  Elijah Story had seven points and four assists.  Logan Heim had six points and seven rebounds.  Drew Van Regenmorter, while held scoreless, had eight assists and six rebounds.

Dell Rapids (15-4) will close out the regular season at home on Friday, February 16th when the host the Lennox Orioles.  The game can be seen on Big Sioux Media.



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Quarriers Shake off 1st Half to Win Eighth Straight


Photo courtesy of Rhonda Rentz

Playing in their second game in less than 24 hours, the Dell Rapids Quarrier boys had a come-from-behind win over the St Thomas More Cavaliers at the DWU Culver’s Classic in Mitchell on Saturday, February 10th.  After trailing in each of the first three quarters, the Quarriers won 62-52.

The Cavaliers connected on nearly half of their three-point shots in the first half of the game.  St Thomas More led by nine points after the first quarter at 20-11.  The lead increased to 16 points, the largest of the game for the Cavaliers, with 3:53 to play in the second quarter.  Dell Rapids was able to cut the lead back down to nine points by halftime at 31-22.


Photo courtesy of Rhonda Rentz

The Quarriers started to make their run in the second half.  Dell Rapids cut the lead to five points by the end of the third quarter.  St Thomas More still led 46-41.  The Quarriers defense then held the Cavaliers to just six fourth-quarter points while scoring 21 to complete the come-from-behind win.

Mason Schmidt, named the game’s MVP, scored 18 points, had five rebounds, one assist, and one steal.  Carson Rentz had 15 points and four assists.  Logan Heim added 12 points and eight rebounds.  Jeffrey Schuch ended with nine points, seven rebounds, four assists, and two blocked shots.  Drew Van Regenmorter and Elijah Story both had four points each.

Dell Rapids (14-4) will play in Canton on Monday, February 12 as part of a girls and boys double header against the Canton Hawks.

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Quarrier Boys Win Seventh in a Row in OT

Photo courtesy of Rhonda Rentz

Photo courtesy of Rhonda Rentz

The Dell Rapids Quarrier boys picked up their seventh win in a row in an overtime thriller against the Dakota Valley Panthers on Friday, February 9th at Dakota Valley High School.  The Quarriers knocked off the #4 team in Class A by a score of 72-68.

The Quarriers got out to a quick start in the first quarter and led 21-16 by the first quarter break.  Dakota Valley then locked down the Quarrier offense in the second quarter.  The Panthers outscored Dell Rapids 22-8 to take a 38-29 lead into halftime.  The Quarriers flipped the script in the third quarter.  Dell Rapids outscored the Panthers 21-11 in the third quarter to hold a 50-49 lead heading into the fourth quarter.  The teams went back and forth throughout the fourth quarter.  Logan Heim hit the game-tying three-point shot with :28 to go in the game.  Each team had a chance to win the game at the end of regulation, but the fourth quarter ended with the two teams tied at 62-62.

With Dell Rapids leading 67-66 with less than a minute left in overtime, Carson Rentz knocked down a tough runner from the middle of the lane to give the Quarriers a 69-66 lead.  After a defensive stop and foul, Rentz made two free throws to push the lead to 71-66 with about :30 to go.  Dakota Valley knocked down a basket to get back within three points at 71-68.  Mason Schmidt was fouled with under :05 to play and made one of two free throws to push the lead to four points and seal the victory for Dell Rapids.

The Quarriers were led by Jeffrey Schuch, who had another double-double.  Schuch had 27 points, 19 rebounds, four assists, and four blocked shots.  Rentz had 15 points and eight assists.  Schmidt finished the game with 12 points and six rebounds.

Dell Rapids (13-4) will play at the DWU Classic in Mitchell on Saturday, February 10th.  The Quarriers will play St Thomas More at 1:00 p.m.

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Streak Reaches Six for Quarrier Boys

NewDRLogoThe Dell Rapids Quarriers earned a 65-33 road win over the Mt Vernon/Plankinton Titans at Mt Vernon on Tuesday, February 6th.  The won was the sixth win in a row for Dell Rapids.

Dell Rapids led by nine points at the end of the first quarter at 19-10.  The defense for the Quarriers held the Titans to just seven points in the second quarter, and Dell Rapids led by 20 points at 37-17 at halftime.  The lead grew by the end of third quarter to 27 points at 56-25.  The Titans only scored four points in the fourth quarter on the Quarrier defense as Dell Rapids cruised to victory.

The Quarriers finished shooting 56% from the field, 50% from three-point area, and 57% from the free-throw line.  Dell Rapids had 37 team rebounds, 12 team assists, and turned the ball over 10 times.

Mason Schmidt finished with 19 points, two rebounds, and two assists.  Jeffrey Schuch had 13 points, 11 rebounds, and two assists.  Carson Rentz had 14 points and six assists.  Drew Van Regenmorter finished the game with eight points, and Eddie Price added seven points.

Dell Rapids (12-4) hits the road on Friday, February 9th when they play the Dakota Valley Panthers as part of a girls and boys double header at Dakota Valley High School.

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