Dell Rapids Athlete Plays on AAU Championship Team

A Dell Rapids athlete was part of the South Dakota North Stars 10th grade girls AAU basketball team.  Aspen Hansen played on the team that recently won the AAU North Tartan Meltdown tournament in Hopkins and Bloomington, MN.  They finished with a 5-0 record in the tournament, and the event was an NCAA Division I recruited event.

This team also played in the Minnesota Showcase (Mankato), the South Dakota Showcase (Sioux Falls), and the Mill City tournament (Chaska and Chanhassen, MN) over the summer.  The team finished with an overall record of 16-4 in all the events.

The team was coached by former South Dakota State University player Macie Mickelson and was based out of Brookings, SD.


Back Row: Kadye Fernholz (Miller), Aspen Hansen (Dell Rapids), Mady Wuebben (Yankton), Anna Campbell (Lead-Deadwood), Coach Macie Michelson

Front Row: Britney Lovre (Deuel), Hayvn Heinz (Huron), Jacy Pulse (McCook Central-Montrose), Logan Keszler (Hamlin)

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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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Vermillion Edges Quarrier Girls in Round of 16

DRvsVerm_GBB_3-1-18The Dell Rapids Quarrier girls basketball season came to an end in the Round of 16 on Thursday, March 1st in Tea.  The Quarriers fell to the Vermillion Tanagers 51-48.

The game was back and forth for much of the contest.  Vermillion had the hot hand to start getting out to an 8-3 lead with 4:30 to play in the first quarter.  Dell Rapids held Vermillion scoreless the rest of the quarter and went on an 8-0 run to take an 11-8 lead after the first quarter of play.  The Tanagers were able to get the lead back and led 17-14 with 3:30 left in the half.  The Quarriers again closed out the quarter on a little 6-3 run to tie the game at 20-20 at halftime.

Vermillion again got out to a fast start in the beginning of the third quarter.  They matched their largest lead of five points at 29-24 with 4:55 to play in the third.  Dell Rapids again tied the game two and a half minutes later at 30-30.  The two teams then combined to make three total free throws the rest of the quarter as Vermillion had a 32-31 lead heading into the fourth quarter.  The two teams were locked at 34-34 with 6:35 remaining in the game.  Vermillion then went ahead 40-36 with 4:50 to go.  Dell Rapids responded and tied the game at 40-40 with 4:14 to go.  The Tanagers again grabbed the lead at 44-40 with 2:52 to go.  The Quarriers then went on a 7-2 run to take a 47-46 lead after an Aspen Hansen three-point shot with 1:09 to go.  Haleigh Melstad responded with a three-point shot of her own with :55 to go to give Vermillion the lead back at 49-47.  Vermillion held a 51-48 lead after a couple of free-throws with :18 to go.  Dell Rapids called a timeout with :06.7 on the clock.  Arial Hoffman launched a three-point shot from the top of the key that just hit off the front of the rim with :02 to go and the rebound went out of bounds.  The Tanager in-bound was tipped, but Vermillion was able to fall on the ball as time expired to grab the victory.

Two players finished in double figures for Dell Rapids.  Jayda Knuppe finished with 14 points and six rebounds.  Hansen had 13 points, three rebounds, and two steals.  Emma Paul had nine points and five rebounds.  Hoffman added eight points and two rebounds.  Kaylee Hennen had three points, and Sydney Stofferahn had one point and three rebounds.

Dell Rapids has their season end with a 15-7 record.  Vermillion advances to the State A tournament in Watertown March 8th through 10th.

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Quarrier Girls Back to Round of 16

DRvsSFC_GBB_2-22-18The Dell Rapids Quarrier girls basketball team earned their second straight trip to the Class A “Round of 16″ after 52-40 win over the Sioux Falls Christian Chargers in the Region 3A tournament on Thursday, February 22nd at Tea Area High School.

The Quarriers used a spurt in each of the four quarters to claim the victory.  Dell Rapids went on an 8-0 after the Chargers scored the first point of the game and took an 8-1 lead with 5:28 to play.  Sioux Falls Christian responded with an 11-4 run to tie the game at 12-12 after the first quarter of play.  The Quarriers then used a 12-0 run in the second quarter to build a double digit lead of 26-14 with 1:15 to play in the half.  The Chargers scored the final four points of the quarter, and Dell Rapids 26-18 at halftime.

Sioux Falls Christian continued their run into the third quarter and got within a point at 30-29 with 3:30 to play in the third quarter.  Dell Rapids closed out the third quarter on a 6-1 spurt to push their lead to 36-30 heading into the final quarter.  The Chargers scored the first four points of the fourth quarter to make the score 36-34 with 5:45 left in the game.  The Quarriers answered with another run, this time 6-0, to push the lead back to eight at 42-34 with 2:50 remaining.  After a Charger score, Arial Hoffman made a big three-point shot with 1:40 to go in the game to give Dell Rapids a 45-36 lead.  The Quarriers were able to make their free throws down the stretch to secure the victory.

Emma Paul finished the game with a double-double for Dell Rapids.  Paul had 20 points, 10 rebounds as well as four steals and three assists.  Sydney Stofferahn added 13 points.  A. Hoffman had eight points, five assists, and three rebounds.  Jayda Knuppe finished with six points and four rebounds.  Ravyn Hoffman had three points, and Aspen Hansen finished with two points.  Dell Rapids had a total of 22 team rebounds, 16 team steals, and 12 team assists.

The Quarriers will advance to the “Round of 16″ which will be played on a neutral court on Thursday, March 1st.  The opponent and location are yet to be determined.

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Quarrier Girls End Regular Season with Loss to Madison

NewDRLogoThe Dell Rapids Quarrier girls basketball team played their final regular season game in Madison on Thursday, February 15th.  The Madison Bulldogs snapped the Quarriers’ five-game win streak with a 48-43 win at Madison High School.

Dell Rapids got out to an early 4-0 lead in the first minutes of the game, but the offense only scored eight points in the first quarter.  Madison was able to take a 13-8 lead after the first period.  The Bulldog lead grew throughout the second quarter to as many as 11 points.  Madison led 25-17 at halftime.  Dell Rapids got the offense going in the third quarter scoring 17 points and tied the game at 34-34 heading into the final quarter.  The two teams went back and forth throughout the first few minutes, but Madison eventually pulled away late in the game for the five-point win.

The Quarriers only shot 24% from the field, 17% from three-point area, and 53% from the free-throw line.  Dell Rapids had a total of 51 team rebounds, 19 of those offensive, and only turned the ball over six times.

Jayda Knuppe finished with 10 points and seven rebounds.  Emma Paul had eight points and 15 rebounds in the game.  Kaylee Hennen gave the team a spark with six points in the third quarter.  Aspen Hansen and Sydney Stofferahn both had five points each.  Stofferahn also had eight rebounds.

The Quarriers finish the regular season with a 14-6 record.  The Region 3A tournament begins on Tuesday, February 20th.

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Quarrier Girls Win Fourth Straight Road Game


Photo courtesy of Rhonda Rentz

The Dell Rapids Quarrier girls basketball team won their fourth straight road game and fifth straight overall after at 65-26 win over the Canton C-Hawks on Monday, February 12th.

The Quarriers led start to finish in the ball game.  Dell Rapids held Canton to under 10 points in each quarter of the game.  Dell Rapids led 18-6 after the first quarter and extended that lead to 40-11 by halftime.  Canton was held to only six points again in the third quarter as Dell Rapids extended their lead to 35 points 52-17.  The Quarriers then outscored Canton 13-9 in the final quarter for the win.

Four players scored in double figures for the Quarriers.  Jayda Knuppe led all scorers with 16 points and had three rebounds.  Sydney Stofferahn had 12 points and eight rebounds.  Arial Hoffman finished with 12 points and six rebounds, and Emma Paul had 12 points and five rebounds.  Kaylee Hennen tallied six points, and Ravyn Hoffman finished with five points.

Dell Rapids (14-5) will close out the regular season when they play their fifth straight road game on Thursday, February 15th.  The Quarriers will travel to Madison to play the Bulldogs.  Big Sioux Media will have a link to a video stream.

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Quarrier Girls Win Tough Road Game

Photo courtesy of Rhonda Rentz

Playing their third road game in a row, the Dell Rapids Quarriers won a tough Dak-12 game against the Dakota Valley Panthers on Friday, February 9th.  The Quarriers won 63-55 to earn their fourth win in a row.

Dell Rapids started the game with 22 first quarter points and built an 11-point lead at 22-11.  Dakota Valley was able to cut into the lead in the second quarter, but only by two points.  The Quarriers led 35-26 at halftime.  The Panthers were able to shave a few more points off the lead by the end of the third quarter as Dell Rapids led 46-40.  The Quarriers outscored Dakota Valley 17-15 in the final quarter for the win.

Three players finished in double figures for Dell Rapids.  Jayda Knuppe had 23 points and seven rebounds.  Emma Paul added 13 points and five rebounds.  Arial Hoffman had 13 points, five rebounds, and three assists.  Aspen Hansen finished with four steals.

The Quarriers (13-5) will travel to Canton on Monday, February 12th.  The girls and boys will play a double header.

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Quarrier’s Tough 2nd Half Defense Leads to Win

NewDRLogoAfter trailing at the end of the first and second quarters, the Dell Rapids Quarrier girls held the Mt Vernon/Plankinton Titans to just 16 second half points in a 55-38 come-from-behind win at Mt Vernon on Tuesday, February 6th.

The Titans led for most of the first quarter and lead 12-10 at the quarter break.  Both teams scored 10 points as Mt Vernon/Plankinton continued to lead by two points at halftime by a score of 22-20.  Dell Rapids got both the offense and defense working together in the third quarter.  The Quarriers outscores the Titans 20-7 to take a 40-29 lead after three quarters of play.  Dell Rapids continued the surge in the fourth quarter by holding the Titans to nine fourth quarter points.

Four Quarriers finished with double figures in the game.  Jayda Knuppe led the team with 16 points and eight rebounds.  Emma Paul had 10 points and 10 rebounds.  Sydney Stofferahn and Arial Hoffman both finished with 10 points and four rebounds each.

Dell Rapids (11-5) will hit the road again on Friday, February 9th when they travel to Dakota Valley High School for a girls and boys double-header against the Panthers.

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Quarrier Girls Win on Back-to-Back Days

NewDRLogoThe Dell Rapid Quarriers won their second game in as many days when they defeated the Milbank Area Bulldogs at the Dak-12/NEC Classic in Madison on Saturday, February 3rd.  The Quarriers had a come-from-behind 60-54 victory over the Bulldogs.

Milbank held an early four-point lead throughout the first half of play.  The Bulldogs led 21-17 after the first quarter and kept that lead at 39-35 heading into halftime.  Dell Rapids responded in the third quarter by outscoring Milbank 12-5 to take a 47-44 lead.  The Quarriers then outscored the Bulldogs 13-10 in the final quarter for the win.

Dell Rapids finished the game shooting 40% from the field, 30% from three-point area, and 60% from the free-throw line.  They had a total of 24 team rebounds, four steals, seven assists, and turned the ball over 10 times.

Jayda Knuppe finished with 17 points in the game.  Aspen Hansen had 11 points.  Sydney Stofferahn had 10 points and five rebounds.

The Quarriers (11-5) will travel to Mt Vernon to play the Mt Vernon/Plankinton Titans in a girls and boys double-header.

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Quarrier Girls Bounce Back with Dak-12 Win

NewDRLogoThe Dell Rapids Quarrier girls basketball team got back into the win column with a Dak-12 Conference win against Tri-Valley on Friday, February 2nd on Senior Night.  The Quarriers won 45-39 over the Mustangs at Dell Rapids High School in the final regular-season home game.

After a slow start and being held scoreless for the first three and a half minutes, the Quarriers offense got rolling and took a 13-9 lead after the first quarter of play.  Dell Rapids pushed their lead to eight points at 21-13, but the Mustangs outscored Dell Rapids 6-1 over the final 2:30 of the half to cut the lead to 22-19 by halftime.

Tri-Valley cut the lead to 28-27 with 4:00 to play in the third quarter.  Dell Rapids held the Mustangs scoreless the remainder of the quarter and push their lead back to four points at 31-27 heading into the fourth quarter.  Tri-Valley scored the first four points of the fourth quarter to tie the game at 31-31.  Emma Paul pulled down an offense rebound and scored to give the Quarriers a 33-31 lead with 6:15 to go in the game.  Dell Rapids then went on an 8-1 run to lead 41-32 with 3:40 to go and held on down the stretch for the win.

Paul led Dell Rapids with 16 points.  Regan Stone added six points.  Aspen Hansen, Kaylee Hennen, Sydney Stofferahn, and Arial Hoffman all had five points each.

The Quarriers (10-5) will play Milbank Area on Saturday, February 3rd in Madison at the Dak-12/NEC Classic.  The game will be played at 4:00 p.m. in the auxiliary gym.

The 2017-2018 seniors are Tiffanie Dorale, Kaylee Hennen, Regan Stone, Sydney Stofferahn, Kali Graham, and Arial Hoffman.

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