Quarrier Girls Fall to Undefeated West Central

NewDRLogoThe undefeated West Central Trojans came into Dell Rapids and defeated the Quarriers 54-41 on Tuesday, January 15th in a big Region 3A and Dak XII match-up.

Dell Rapids opened up the game with an 8-0 run, but the Trojans countered with a 14-0 run to close out the first quarter and take a 14-8 lead.  West Central continued the run scoring the first five points of the second quarter to push the lead to 19-8.  The lead grew to 12 points by halftime at 32-20.

Dell Rapids cut the lead to five points in the third quarter after a 9-2 run.  West Central led 34-29 with just under 4:00 to play in the quarter.  West Central again answered with an 8-3 spurt of their own to take a 42-33 lead into the fourth quarter.  The Trojans went on an 8-2 run to start the fourth quarter to extend their lead to 15 points, the largest of the night.

The Quarriers (4-5) will play Sioux Valley in Volga on Friday, January 18th, and then will host Elk Point-Jefferson on Saturday, January 19th in a girls and boys double header.

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Quarrier Girls Get Hanson Classic Win

NewDRLogoThe Dell Rapids Quarrier girls basketball team got themselves back into the win column with a big 76-44 win over the Pine Ridge Thorpes at the Hanson Classic in Mitchell on Saturday, January 12th.  The win ended a three-game skid for the Quarriers.

Dell Rapids held just a five-point lead after the first quarter at 17-12, but the Quarriers blew the game open in the second quarter when they outscored Pine Ridge 20-5.  Dell Rapids led 37-17 at halftime.  Both teams each scored 17 points in the third quarter, and Dell Rapids led 54-34 heading into the final quarter.  The Quarriers then outscored Pine Ridge 22-10 in the final quarter for the victory.

The Quarriers finished the game shooting 44% (20-45) from the field, 31% (4-13) from three-point area, and 82% (32-39) from the free-throw line.  Dell Rapids also had 41 team rebounds, 11 steals, and 10 assists.

Four players finished in double-figures for Dell Rapids.  Aspen Hansen had 22 points and five rebounds.  Jayda Knuppe finished with 21 points and eight rebounds.  Emma Paul added 13 points and eight rebounds, and Ravyn Hoffman tallied 10 points, eight rebounds, and four assists.

Dell Rapids (4-4) will host West Central in a big Dak XII and Region 3A game on Tuesday, January 15th.  The game can be seen on Big Sioux Media.

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Lennox Pulls Away Late Against Quarriers

Photo courtesy of Tammy Chamley, Dells City Journal

Photo courtesy of Tammy Chamley, Dells City Journal

The Lennox Orioles pulled away from the Dell Rapids Quarriers in the last five minutes of the game for a 64-45 win in girls basketball action on Monday, January 7th in Lennox.

The Orioles took the lead on a three-point shot in the first 45 seconds of the game and never trailed.  Lennox finished the first quarter with an 18-11 lead.  That lead grew to nine points by halftime at 29-20.

Lennox was able to maintain about a 10-point lead through much of the second half.  The Orioles pushed the lead to 12 points by the end of the third quarter at 48-36.  Dell Rapids still trailed by 12 points at 53-41 with just under five minutes, but Lennox outscored the Quarriers 11-4 the remainder of the game.

Aspen Hansen led the Quarriers with 17 points and five rebounds.  Jayda Knuppe added 10 points and four rebounds.  Madysen Vlastuin had 17 points for Lennox, while Rianna Fillipi added 15 points.

Dell Rapids (3-4) will play Pine Ridge at the Hanson Classic at the Mitchell Corn Palace on Saturday, January 12th.  Tip-off is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

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Monster 4th Quarter Lifts Flandreau Past Dell Rapids

By Rich Winter, Sacred Hoops Contributor

NewDRLogoTrailing 40-23 during Friday’s, December 28th, Dell Rapid’s game, Megan Severtson’s ball club roared back, outscoring Dell Rapids 26-9 in the 4th quarter and won 60-56. Hannah Parsley’s 15 point, 16 rebound effort were huge, but Severtson received double-digit scoring from Ashtyn Bertram (13) and Marianna Pavlis (12). Off the bench, Bella Pavlis hit a clutch 3-pointer while Mia Parsley contributed eight points and six rebounds.

Down by 17, M. Pavlis and Bertram turned up the heat.

First Pavlis put back an offensive rebound, then Bertram canned an open 3-pointer before banking in a tough, jump-shot in the lane that cut the lead to ten, 40-30.

Dell Rapids led 46-34 after three quarters.

H. Parsley hit 1-2 at the line, Mia Parsley put back a rebound, and then H. Parsley connected on a pretty feed from Madie Hursey, and suddenly the Fliers trailed 46-40.

Quarrier senior, Jayda Knuppe, saddled with foul trouble late, scored on a pretty post move, but M. Pavlis answered to cut the lead to 48-42. A Bertram 3-pointer cut the lead to four. A tough catch and finish from M. Parsley cut the lead to 54-52.

Hursey’s drive made the score 56-54, and the Fliers took their first lead of the night, 58-56 after M. Pavlis hit a pair of free-throws. H. Parsley sealed the win with a pair of made free-throws.

Knuppe led the Quarriers with 18 points in the game.  Aspen Hansen finished with 16 points, and Janae Schoeberl added nine points.

Dell Rapids (3-3) will travel to Lennox to play the Orioles on Monday, January 7th.

Box score:

Dell Rapids 13 20 14 9 – 56

Flandreau 8 15 11 26 – 60


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McCook Central/Montrose Edge Quarriers

Photo courtesy of Tammy Chamley – Dells City Journal

In a close battle in Salem, the McCook Central/Montrose Fighting Cougars edged the Dell Rapids Quarriers 56-53 on Thursday, December 28th.

The two teams remained really close throughout the entire first quarter, and they ended in a 13-13 tie after the first quarter.  The Fighting Cougars went on a 14-4 run in the first three minutes of the second quarter for a 27-17 lead.  Dell Rapids responded by outscoring McCook Central/Montrose 16-4 over the remainder of the quarter for a 33-31 halftime lead.

Both teams battled back and forth in the third quarter scoring 12 points each.  Dell Rapids maintained a two point lead at 45-43 heading into the final quarter.  The Fighting Cougars outscored the Quarriers 9-5 for a 52-50 lead with 4:24 to go in the game.  Dell Rapids took a 53-52 lead with 2:20 to play, but the Fighting Cougars responded with a three-point basket moments later to regain the lead at 55-53 with just under 2:00 to play.  Dell Rapids was unable to get another basket the remainder of the game as McCook Central/Montrose held on for the win.

Emma Paul finished with 20 points and five rebounds for the Quarriers.  Jayda Knuppe added 16 points, and Ravyn Hoffman scored 11 points.  Jacy Pulse led the Fighting Cougars with 20 points.

Dell Rapids (3-2) will play in Flandreau against the Fliers on Friday, December 28th.  The game can be seen on Big Sioux Media.


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Quarrier Girls Bounce Back Against Baltic


Photo courtesy of Rhonda Rentz

After a loss on Saturday to De Smet, the Dell Rapids Quarrier girls basketball team bounced back with a big win over the Baltic Bulldogs on Tuesday, December 18th.  The Quarriers defeated the Bulldogs 62-13 at Dell Rapids High School.

Dell Rapids got out to a big lead in the first quarter and were in complete control the entire game.  The Quarriers led 19-2 after the first quarter and pushed their lead to 32-8 at halftime.  Baltic was only able to score five more points as Dell Rapids added 30 more on their way to the win.

Seven different Quarrier players scored in the game, four of them in double figures.  Emma Paul finished the game with 13 points.  Ravyn Hoffman had 11 points, and Aspen Hansen and Jenae Schoeberl both had 10 points each.  Jayda Knuppe and Zoey Hilmoe both had eight points each.  Josie Oyen led Baltic with six points in the game.

The Quarriers (3-1) will travel to Salem to take on the McCook Central/Montrose Fighting Cougars on Thursday, December 20th.

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Quarrier Girls Split Back-to-Back Games

DRvsTea_GBB_12-14-18The Dell Rapids Quarrier girls basketball team split games on back-to-back nights on Friday, December 14th, and Saturday, December 15th.

Dell Rapids traveled to Tea to take on the Tea Area Titans on Friday night.  The Quarriers came away with a 67-60 win at Tea Area High School.  The Titans starting the game on fire getting out to an early 8-2 lead after a minute and a half.  Dell Rapids calmly scored the next seven points in just a little over a minute to take a 9-8 lead.  Dell Rapids continued the run and pushed their lead to 24-15 by the end of the first quarter.  The Titans pulled within five points at 29-24 with about three minutes to play, but Dell Rapids pushed the lad back to nine points at 37-28 with under a minute to go.  Dell Rapids led 39-31 at halftime.

The Quarriers extended the lead to 11 points at 47-36 with about five minutes to play in the third quarter, which was the largest lead of the night.  The Titans, however, again made a run, this time cutting the lead down to four at 47-43 with 1:36 to go in the third quarter.  Dell Rapids closed the quarter on a 6-2 run to make it a 53-45 game heading into the fourth quarter.  Dell Rapids pushed the lead back into double-digits halfway through the fourth quarter only to see the Titans bring back with six points at 64-58, but that was as close as Tea Area would get.

Jayda Knuppe led the Quarriers in scoring with 25 points.  Aspen Hansen added 15 points, and Sam Price finished with 11 points.

Dell Rapids followed the win against Tea Area with a game against the De Smet Bulldogs at the 21st Annual Girls Michael J. Entringer Scholarship Classic on Saturday at Colman-Egan High School.  The Bulldogs handed Dell Rapids a 55-37 loss to close out the classic.

De Smet held the Quarriers to just two points in the first quarter and built a 12-2 lead after eight minutes of play.  The Quarriers got their offense rolling in the second quarter, and cut the Bulldog lead down to three points at 20-17 with two minutes to go in the half.  Rynn Osthus knocked down two big three-point shots for De Smet before the end of the half to keep De Smet in front 26-17 at halftime.

The Quarriers got within two points at 29-27 with just under five minutes to play in the third quarter after a three-point play by Knuppe, but that was as close as Dell Rapids would get.  The Bulldogs outscored Dell Rapids 14-4 the remainder of the quarter to take a 43-31 lead into the fourth quarter.  De Smet then held the Quarriers to just six fourth quarter points on their way to the victory.

Dell Rapids shot 32% from the field while De Smet finished the game at 45.5%.  De Smet was also 12-24 from the free-throw line while Dell Rapids was 2-3 in the game.

Hansen had 15 points and five rebounds to lead Dell Rapids.  Knuppe finished with nine points and four rebounds.  Price added seven points, and Emma Paul finished with four points.

Dell Rapids (2-1) will host Baltic in a girls and boys double header on Tuesday, December 18th.  Both games can be seen on Big Sioux Media.

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Quarrier Girls Open Season with Dramatic Win

NewDRLogoTrailing by a point with just under thirty seconds to play, the Dell Rapids Quarriers scored three points in a matter of seconds to get a 53-51 win over the #4 ranked Sioux Falls Christian Chargers on Tuesday, December 11th.  It was the first game of the 2018-2019 season under new head coach Taylor Trohkimoinen.

Dell Rapids jumped out to an early 11-4 lead to start the game.  The Chargers, however, responded with a 9-3 run to cut the lead to 14-13 at the end of the first quarter.  Dell Rapids used a 11-6 run in the first four minutes of the second quarter to push their lead to 25-19, but again Sioux Falls Christian responded.  The Chargers outscored the Quarriers 12-5 in the last four minutes of the quarter for a 31-30 halftime lead.

Sioux Falls Christian scored the first four points of the second half for their largest lead of the night at 35-30.  Dell Rapids answered with five straight to tie the game 35-35 with 3:41 to play in the third quarter.  The teams traded buckets the remainder of the quarter, and the Chargers led 41-40 heading into the fourth quarter.  Neither team held more than a one-point lead over the first four minutes of the fourth quarter.  Aspen Hensen hit a three-point shot with 4:00 to play to give Dell Rapids a 50-47 lead.  The Quarriers would remain scoreless until the final seconds of the game.

The Chargers would score the next four points, taking the lead 51-50 with about :30 to play.  With the shot clock turned off, the Quarriers inbounded the ball at half court after a timeout.  With :11 to go, Emma Paul was fouled on a drive to the basket.  The Quarriers were in the double bonus, which gave Paul two free throws.  Paul made the first one to tie the game 51-51.  Paul missed the second free throw, and the ball was rebounded by the Chargers.  Hansen got a steal in the backcourt, and found a wide open Ravyn Hoffman.  Hoffman missed the layup, but Paul was there for the offense rebound and put back with :03 to go to give Dell Rapids a 53-51 lead.  Sioux Falls Christian called their last timeout with :02 to go.  After the timeout, they set up for the final play of the game.  The court-length pass was made with a tip out to the corner for a game-winning three-point shot, but Hoffman got her hand on the shot to block it and seal the victory for Dell Rapids.

Jayda Knuppe led the offense with 18 points. Hansen finished with 14 points and five rebounds. Both Paul and Hoffman tallied eight points and five rebounds each. The Quarriers shot 41.5% from the field, 38.5% from three-point area, and 70% from the free-throw line. Sioux Falls Christian was led by Lexi Unruh with 12 points and Kylee VanEgdom with 10 points.

The Quarriers (1-0) will travel to Tea Area to take on the Titans on Friday, December 14th as part of a girls and boys double-header.  The games can be seen on Big Sioux Media.

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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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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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