Double Overtime Thriller Goes Way of Titans

DRvsTea_BBB_12-15-17Dell Rapids High School was the setting for a double overtime thriller on Friday, December 15th.  The #1 ranked Tea Area Titans came away with a 68-63 win over the #4 ranked Dell Rapids Quarriers.

Both offenses got off to a slow start as Dell Rapids led 10-6 after the first quarter of play.  As both teams settled into the game, the offenses found their stride.  Both teams combined for 30 points in the second quarter, and the Titans led 24-22 at halftime after a buzzer-beater.

The Titans pushed their lead to four points at 42-38 by the end of the third quarter.  The Quarriers went on a 7-2 run to take a 45-44 lead with just under 4:00 to play in the game.  Dell Rapids pushed the lead to 50-45 with 2:30 to go, and then lead 52-48 with 1:32 on the clock.  With just :20 to go in the game, Kaleb Joffer pulled down an offensive rebound and got his put-back shot to fall to tie the game at 52-52.

That’s when things got wild in Dell Rapids.  Carson Rentz dribbled to the Quarrier end of the floor and found a wide open Elijah Story in the left corner.  Story made the three-point shot to give Dell Rapids a 55-52 lead with :04 to go in the game.  After a timeout by Tea Area, Noah Freidel drove three-quarters of the court and hit a running three-point shot at the buzzer to tie the game at 55-55 to force overtime.

Both teams scored just two points each in the first half of the first overtime.  Tea Area scored to make it 59-57 with just under 2:00 to play.  Neither team would score over the next minute and a half, and the Quarriers had the ball with :26 to go in the game down by two points.  With :11 on the clock, Rentz hit a jumper just inside the three-point line to tie the game at 59-59.  Tea Area called a timeout with :06.5 to go.  After the timeout, Freidel appeared to hit the game-winning shot as time expired and the Tea Area fans erupted.  However, an official saw a timeout called by Coach Jason Fersdahl after the made basket prior to the final buzzer sounding and added :01.3 to the game clock.  Dell Rapids had to inbound the ball underneath the Titan basket.  Elijah Story made a baseball pass to the opposite end of the court.  The pass was tipped by Logan Heim to the middle of the Quarrier lane where Jeffrey Schuch laid it off the glass and in just prior to the buzzer sounding to tie the game at 61-61 to go to double overtime.

The Titans were able to make free throws down the stretch in the second overtime as three Quarrier starters fouled out of the game in the second overtime.  Tea Area took advantage of the foul trouble and outscored Dell Rapids 7-2 for the win.

Dell Rapids finished the game shooting 36% from the field, 31% from beyond the three-point line, and 74% from the free-throw line.  The Quarriers had 51 team rebounds, 11 team assists, but turned the ball over 24 times.

Schuch finished the game with a double-double.  He had 13 points and 18 rebounds.  Story and Mason Schmidt both finished with 16 points each to lead the team.  Rentz had 15 points.  Heim added 11 rebounds in the game.

Dell Rapids (1-1) will travel to Baltic on Monday, December 18th for their next game.

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Quarrier Boys Open Season with Road Win

DRvsWC_BBB_12-8-17After leading by 16 points late in the second quarter, the Dell Rapids Quarrier boys basketball team held tough for 55-49 win over the West Central Trojans in Hartford on Friday, December 8th.

The Quarriers led 11-9 after the first quarter and had held West Central to just one point through much of the second quarter to build a 26-10 lead.  The Trojans made two three-point baskets before halftime to cut the deficit to 26-16.  West Central then outscored Dell Rapids 17-8 in the third quarter to pull within a point at 34-33.  The Quarriers went on a 7-0 run in the first 1:15 of the fourth quarter to extend their lead to 41-33.  It was a lead they would not lose the remainder of the game.

Dell Rapids finished the game shooting 18-37 (49%) from the field, but just 1-16 (6%) from beyond the three-point line.  They were 16-24 (67%) from the free-throw line.  The Quarriers also had a total of 41 team rebounds, 10 team assists, and turned the ball over just eight times.

Carson Rentz had a team-high 14 points in the game along with five rebounds and three assists.  Mason Schmidt finished with 12 points and five rebounds.  Jeffrey Schuch added nine points, 12 rebounds, and four assists.  Logan Heim finished with 11 rebounds and two steals in the game.

Dell Rapids (1-0) will face another Dak XII opponent on Friday, December 15th, when they host the defending State A Champion Tea Area Titans as part of a double-header with the girls.

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Carson Rentz Signs with DSU

CarsonRentzDSU2017Dell Rapids senior Carson Rentz signed his letter of intent to play basketball for the Dakota State University Trojans basketball team in Madison.  Rentz held his signing on Wednesday, November 15th, at Dell Rapids High School.

Rentz finished his junior season shooting 30% from the field, 27% from three-point area, and 75% from the free-throw line.  He was named the MVP at the DWU Classic and played for BBA this past summer.  In three seasons on the Quarrier basketball team, Rentz has a total of 184 points, 50 rebounds, 82 assists and 17 steals.  He has shot 34% from the field, 33% from three point area, and 78% from the free-throw line in his career.

Rentz was also the quarterback of the Quarrier football team this past season.

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2016-2017 Post Season Basketball Awards

BasketballSeveral players from the Dell Rapids and Dell Rapids St Mary girls and boys basketball teams received post season awards for their play this season.

Jackie Wolles earned an Honorable Mention All-Conference for the Cardinals in the Dakota Valley Conference.  Connor Libis was a First Team All-Conference selection, and Luke Brown was also an Honorable Mention All-Conference player.

Jayda Knuppe and Emma Paul were Second Team All-Conference selections for the Dakota XII Conference.  Arial Hoffman was an Honorable Mention All-Conference.  Knuppe was also a State A All-Tourney selection.  Jeffrey Schuch and Sheldon Siemonsma were Second Team All-Conference selections, and Mason Peter was an Honorable Mention All-Conference selection.

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Season Ends for Quarrier Boys Against Chargers

DRvsSFC_BBB_3-2-17The Dell Rapids Quarriers had their season come to an end in the Region 3A semi-finals on Thursday, March 2nd, against the Sioux Falls Christian Chargers at the Elmen Center.  The Chargers defeated the Quarriers 71-54.

Both teams started the game on little runs, and the first quarter ended with the scored tied at 13-13.  Sioux Falls Christian was able to make a run late in the second quarter and pulled away from Dell Rapids at 31-21 by halftime.  The Quarriers came out of halftime with energy and cut the lead to four points early in the third quarter.  The Chargers, however, quietly and methodically pulled away from Dell Rapids and led 49-36 by the end of the third quarter.  Sioux Falls Christian was almost automatic from the free throw line in the fourth quarter, and was 20-24 in the game.  The Chargers outscored Dell Rapids 22-18 in the final period for the win.

Dell Rapids was led by Jeffrey Schuch with 15 points.  Austin Ellingson added 11 points.  Tanner Heim finished the game with 11 points and five rebounds.  Sheldon Siemonsma also finished in double figures with 10 points.  Dell Rapids shot 39% (20-51) from the field and 63% (10-16) from the free-throw line.  Sioux Falls Christian was led by Mitchell Goodbary with 19 points, and Dejay Fykstra with 13 points.

Sioux Falls Christian will advance to the Sweet 16 and will play Sisseton on Tuesday, March 7th.

The Madison Bulldogs also advanced to the Sweet 16 with a 70-52 win over the Flandreau Fliers in the opening game of the night.  Madison was led by Aaron Fiegen with 29 points, and Riley Janke had 14 points.  Flandreau was led by Dalyn Bakkedahl with 21 points and Dylan LeBrun with 20 points.  Madison will play Hot Springs in the Sweet 16 round also on Tuesday, March 7th.

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Defense Sends Quarrier Boys to Region 3A Semi’s

DRvsBaltic_BBB_2-28-17The Dell Rapids Quarriers held the Baltic Bulldogs to single digits in three of the four quarters on their way to a 65-32 win in the opening round of the Region 3A tournament in Dell Rapids on Tuesday, February 28th.

The Quarriers got out to an 18-10 lead by the end of the first quarter.  The first quarter was the only quarter Baltic would score double figures.  Dell Rapids would outscore the Bulldogs 22-8 in the second quarter for a 40-18 lead at halftime.  Baltic was only able to get eight points in the third quarter as well and trailed 59-26 heading into the fourth quarter. Both teams were held to just six points each in the final period.

Dell Rapids finished the game shooting 44% (27-62) from the field, 16% (4-25) from three-point area, and 78% (7-8) from the free-throw line.  They had a total of 46 rebounds in the game, 16 assists, 10 steals and only turned the ball over six times.

Four players finished in double figures led by Sheldon Siemonsma with 18 points, four assists, two steals, and two blocked shots.  Jeffrey Schuch had 14 points, eight rebounds, and two steals.  Mason Peter added 13 points along with eight rebounds and three assists.  Mason Schmidt finished with 11 points and six rebounds.  Logan Heim had a team high 12 rebounds in the game.

Dell Rapids (15-6) will face the Sioux Falls Christian Chargers on Thursday, March 2nd, at the Elmen Center.  Game time will be 8:00 p.m. with the winner advancing to the Sweet 16.  Madison will play Flandreau in the first game on Thursday starting at 6:30 p.m.   Both games will be broadcast on Big Sioux Media.

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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.

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Quarrier Boys Get Last Second Win Against Canton

DRvsCanton_BBB_2-13-17For the second game in a row, the Dell Rapids Quarriers got a last-second, game-winning basket.  This time Mason Peter hit the go-ahead bucket with :03 to go in the game to give the Quarriers at 60-58 win over the Canton C-Hawks on Monday, February 13th, at Dell Rapids High School.

The first quarter was a series of runs for both teams.  Dell Rapids got out to an early 6-0 lead, but Canton answered with seven straight points to take the lead at 7-6.  Dell Rapids closed out the first quarter on a 5-0 run and led 11-7 after the first quarter.  Both offenses got rolling in the second quarter as they combined for 40 points in the second quarter alone.  Dell Rapids was able to extend their lead to 34-24 at halftime.

The Quarriers were able to maintain a 10-12 point lead throughout much of the third quarter.  They were able to push their lead to a game-high 16 points at 49-33 with 1:00 to go in the third quarter.  Canton closed out the third quarter on a 4-0 run, and Dell Rapids led 49-37 heading into the final quarter.  The Quarriers got the first basket of the fourth quarter and led 51-37 with 7:40 remaining in the game, but that’s when Canton began their comeback.  The C-Hawks scored the next 10 points and closed the gap to 51-47 with 4:40 to go.  Jeffrey Schuch made a reverse layup with 4:30 left in the game to stop the 10-0 Canton run and push the lead back to 53-47.  Canton went on an 11-5 run over the next four minutes capped off by a Jake Peterson field goal to tie the game at 58-58 with just :30 to go.

With the shot clock turned off, the Quarriers held the ball near half court until the clock ran down to about :10 to go.  Austin Ellingson hit Peter with a pass that was nearly stolen at the top of the key.  Because of the aggressive defensive play, Peter was able to drive to the free-throw line and knock down the shot with just :03 to go.  After three time outs in a row, Canton’s inbound pass was tipped by Peter and the 3/4 court heave was no good as time expired.

Three players finished in double figures for Dell Rapids.  Peter led the team with 15 points, three rebounds, two assists, and three steals.  Sheldon Siemonsma had 14 points, six rebounds, and two assists.  Jeffrey Schuch added 13 points, six rebounds, and three assists.  Tanner Heim had nine points, and Austin Ellingson had seven points.

Dell Rapids (13-6) will finish their regular season on the road in Lennox on Friday, February 17th.  Big Sioux Media will have a link to the Lennox High School video stream.

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Rentz’s Game-Winner Lifts Quarrier Boys to Win

DRvsSTM_BBB_2-11-17With :06.5 to go in the game and the Quarriers trailing 50-51, Carson Rentz  dribbled the length of the court and took a three-point shot just to the right of the top of the key.  The ball traveled through the air as the time ticked off the clock and went through the hoop hitting nothing but net as the clock hit 0:00 to give the Dell Rapids Quarriers a 53-51 win over the St Thomas More Cavaliers on Saturday, February 11th, at the DWU Culver Classic in Mitchell.  The win ended a four game skid for the Quarriers.

Dell Rapids led 15-11 after the first quarter, but the Cavaliers cut that lead in half in the second quarter.  Dell Rapids took a 25-23 lead into halftime.  St Thomas More erased that deficit by outscoring Dell Rapids 17-7 in the third quarter, and the Cavaliers led 40-32 at the end of the third quarter.  Dell Rapids then flipped the script and outscored the Cavaliers 21-11 in the final quarter.

Austin Ellingson and Jeffrey Schuch both finished with 10 points in the game for Dell Rapids.  Rentz ended with nine points, Mason Peter had seven points, and Tanner Heim and Sheldon Siemonsma both had six points each.  Heim led the team with nine rebounds, and Schuch finished with eight rebounds.  Ellingson also had five assists in the game, while Siemonsma had two steals.

Rentz was named the game’s MVP for his nine points and buzzer-beater, game-winning three-point shot.

Dell Rapids (12-6) will play their final home game of the regular season on Monday, February 13th, when they host the Canton C-Hawks.  The game will be part of a girls and boys double-header, and seniors will be recognized between the girls and boys game.  Both games can be seen on Big Sioux Media.


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Quarrier Boys Fall to Dakota Valley

DRvsDV_BBB_2-10-17The Dakota Valley Panthers outscored the Quarriers 11-5 over the last four minutes of the game to earn a 73-70 win over Dell Rapids on Friday, February 10th, in Dell Rapids.  The Quarriers led 66-62 with 4:00 to play before the Panthers ran the score to 73-70 with :04.2 to play.  Dell Rapids pushed the ball up court in a hurry getting the ball to Sheldon Siemonsma.  Siemonsma had a great look from the right win, but the game-tying three-point shot fell off the front of the rim as time expired.

Dell Rapids had a four point lead after the first quarter at 20-16, but the Panthers turned it around in the second quarter taking a 39-35 lead into halftime.  The Quarriers tied the game by the end of the third quarter at 58-58.

The Quarriers shot 40% (25-62) from the field in the game, 28% (7-25) from the three-point area, and 62% (13-21) from the free-throw line.  Dell Rapids had 22 team rebounds, 13 assists, and 11 steals.

Three players finished in double figures for Dell Rapids.   Jeffrey Schuch had 15 points, six rebounds, three steals, and two blocks in the game.  Mason Schmidt finished with 13 points.  Mason Peter also had 13 points, five rebounds, and three steals.  Austin Ellingson dished out nine assists in the game.


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