Cardinal Boys Avoid Upset, Stun Flyers

DRSMvsChester_BBB_12-17-18Missed free throws and last second heroics were all part of an exciting win for the Dell Rapids St. Mary Cardinals over the Chester Area Flyers on Monday, December 17th.  The Cardinals rallied from an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter for a 61-59 overtime win at Chester Area High School.

The Cardinals held the early lead in the game after the first quarter.  St. Mary led by three points at 20-17.  Chester Area then held St. Mary to just six points in the second quarter and took a 37-26 lead into halftime.  Both teams scored 15 points in the third quarter, and the Flyers still held their 11-point lead at 52-41 heading into the final quarter.

St. Mary’s defense did hold the Flyers to just three points in the final quarter, but missed free throws by Chester Area left the door open for the Cardinals late in the game.  Chester led 52-45 with two minutes to go in the game.  Connor Libis knocked down a baseline jumper with 1:45 to cut the lead to five points.  With 1:25 to go, Bayden Schneider made one of two free throws to make it a 53-47 game.  Libis made a long three-point shot moments later to cut the lad to 53-50.  After a steal, Ethan Geraets made two free throws with under a minute to go to pull the Cardinals within a point, 53-52.

The Flyers were called for an offensive foul while in-bounding the basketball, but the Cardinals couldn’t capitalize.  A missed shot was rebounded by Chester.  E. Geraets was called for a reach-in foul on the inbound, but also took an elbow to the jaw which resulted in a flagrant foul by Chester.  Schneider made both free throws awarded to him because of a bonus, and Libis went one of two on the flagrant foul free throws.  Chester led 55-52 with :31 to go.  A missed shot by St. Mary went out of bounds to Chester with :17.5 to go.  The Cardinals fouled six seconds later sending Brock Wages to the free throw line.  Wages missed both free throws, which kept the lead at three points.  Connar Kangas was given the ball at the top of the key with :03 to go, took two dribbles to the right wing, and launched a three-point shot at the buzzer that went in tying the game at 55-55.

St. Mary took the early lead at 57-55 in overtime.  Chester tied the game 57-57 with two free throws.  Libis hit another baseline jumper to give the Cardinals the lead again at 59-57.  Chester went one of two from the free-throw line with just under 3:00 to go to make it a one-point game.  Weston Geraets gave St. Mary a two-point lead after a one-for-two trip to the free-throw line.  Neither team scored again until :55 to go when Chester again made one of two free throws to make it a 60-59 game.  With :09 to go, Stratton Eppard was sent to the free-throw line on a close block/charge call that went against the Cardinals.  Eppard missed both free throws, and W. Geraets grabbed the rebound and was fouled.  W. Geraets made one of two free throws, and the Cardinals held on for a 61-59 win after a missed last-second three point shot by the Flyers.

Chester finished the game with zero field goals in the fourth quarter and overtime.  The Flyers finished the game shooting 18-32 from the free-throw line, while the Cardinals were 11-18.

Libis had 21 points in the game to lead all scorers.  Kangas finished with 12 points, and W. Geraets added 11 points.  W. Geraets also led the team in rebounds with six in the game.  Sam Palmer had a team-high four assists.  The Flyers were led in scoring by Chris Mohr with 18 points.

St. Mary (4-0) will look to remain unbeaten when they host Estelline/Hendricks on Friday, December 21st.  The game can be seen on Big Sioux Media.

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Cardinals Stay Perfect at Home to Start Season

DRSM LogoThe Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinal boys basketball team finished a three-game home stand to start the season with a 66-40 win over the Oldham-Ramona/Rutland Raiders on Friday, December 14th.  The Cardinals won all three home games by an average of 19 points.

St Mary took control of the game early and never looked back.  The Cardinals led 14-2 after the first three minutes of play.  St Mary led 18-5 after the first quarter.  The Raiders were able to get some offense going in the second quarter.  Oldham-Ramona/Rutland scored 13 points in the first four minutes of the second quarter, but the Cardinal offense kept rolling as well and still held a 15-point lead.  St Mary’s defense clamped down in the final four minutes of the half by only allowing four more points.  The Cardinals led 41-22 at halftime.  St Mary pushed the lead to over 30 points at 61-30 with 2:40 to go in the third quarter, which triggered the running clock for the remainder of the game.

Connor Libis finished the game with 32 points and eight rebounds.  Max Herber added 17 points in the win.  Oldham-Ramona/Rutland was led by Brandon Trygstad who finished with 23 points.

The Cardinals (3-0) will travel to Chester on Monday, December 17th for a double-header with the girls.  Both games can be seen on Big Sioux Media.

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Defense Lifts Cardinal Boys to Victory

DRSM LogoThe Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinal boys only allowed an average of 11 points per quarter on their way to a 61-44 win over the Mitchell Christian Golden Eagles on Tuesday, December 11th at Dell Rapids St Mary High School.

The first quarter was back and forth.  Neither team was able to get a large lead.  The Cardinals ended the first quarter with a 12-10 lead.  St Mary pushed their lead to 24-16 with 2:30 to play in the half.  The Golden Eagles cut the lead to 24-20 with just over a minute to play, but the Cardinals scored seven points in less than a minute to take a 31-20 lead into halftime.

The Golden Eagles stayed within about 10 points for much of the third quarter.  St Mary finally went on a little run and led 45-27 with 2:23 to play in the quarter.  The Cardinals led by 16 points at 47-31 after three quarters of play.  St Mary then scored the first seven points of the fourth quarter to extend their lead to a game-high 23 points at 54-31 before closing the game out in victory.

St Mary had three players finish in double figures.  Connor Libis had a game-high 15 points.  Max Herber finished with 11 points, and Weston Geraets tallied 10 points.  Ty Vander Pol finished with 11 points to lead Mitchell Christian.

The Cardinals (2-0) will host Oldham-Ramona/Rutland on Friday, December 14th in the final game of their three-game home stand to start the season.  The game can be seen on Big Sioux Media.

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Cardinals Beat Colman-Egan, Libis Hits 1,000 Point Mark

DRSMvsCE_BBB_12-7-18The Cardinals boys basketball team opened their 2018-2019k season with a home win over the Colman-Egan Hawks on Friday, December 7th.  During the game, Connor Libis hit the 1,000 point mark for his career!

The Hawks jumped out to an early 9-3 lead, but St Mary went on a 15-2 run to close out the quarter for an 18-11 quarter-break lead.  The Cardinals were able to keep a four-to-seven point through the entire second quarter.  St Mary went to the locker room leading 33-25 at halftime.

With the Cardinals leading 39-27 in the third quarter, Libis knocked down a three-point shot with 5:09 on the clock to earn his 1,000th point of his career.  The basket gave St Mary a 15-point lead at 42-27.  The Cardinals led by 17 points at the end of third quarter at 54-37.  St Mary ended the game at 70-56 for the win.

Libis led the team with 31 points.  Sam Palmer finished with 18 points.  Dalton Voelker had 25 points, while Nate Tolley had 16 points to lead Colman-Egan.

St Mary (1-0) will host Mitchell Christian on Tuesday, December 11th in a double-header with the girls.  Both games can be seen on Big Sioux Media.

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Five Cardinals Earn DVC Basketball Honors

DRSM LogoFive Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinal basketball players were recognized by the Dakota Valley Conference for their play in the 2017-2018 season.

Ella Heinitz and Sydney Cook were Second Team All-Conference selections.  Maddie Schwebach was an Honorable Mention for the girls team.  Connor Libis was a First Team All-Conference selection.  Luke Brown was an Honorable Mention for the boys team.

DVC Girls All-Conference Teams

  • Coach of the Year:  Doug Osthus – DeSmet
  • MVP:  Callie Otkin – Elkton/Lake Benton

First Team:

  • Callie Otkin – Elkton/Lake Benton
  • Cortney Bauman – Deubrook
  • Kristen Poppen – De Smet
  • Ashlyn DeKnikker – Lake Preston
  • Rynn Osthus – De Smet
  • Shaylee DeBeer – Deubrook

Second Team:

  • Ella Heinitz – Dell Rapids St Mary
  • Autumn Wilkinson – De Smet
  • Meriah Flegel – Lake Preston
  • Sam Schindler – Elkton/Lake Benton
  • Sydney Cook – Dell Rapids St Mary
  • Mackenzie Hemmer – Colman-Egan

Honorable Mention:

  • Madysn Gilbertson – Arlington
  • Haleigh Nicol – Colman-Egan
  • Maddie Schwebach – Dell Rapids St Mary
  • Kenzie Blue – De Smet
  • Cassie Quail – Deubrook
  • Rachel Cosgrove – Elkton/Lake Benton
  • Marissa Golas – Estelline
  • Lexie Larson – Lake Preston
  • Victoria Malsich – Oldham-Ramona/Rutland

DVC Boys All-Conference Teams

  • Coach of the Year:  Jeff Larsen – Colman-Egan
  • Co-MVP:  Will Parry – Arlington
  • Co-MVP:  Gage Gruenhagen – De Smet

First Team:

  • Will Parry – Arlington
  • Gage Gruenhagen – De Smet
  • Bodee Groos – Colman-Egan
  • Connor Libis – Dell Rapids St Mary
  • Devon Heuer – Arlington
  • Dalton Voelker – Colman-Egan

Second Team:

  • Kade Groos – Colman-Egan
  • Grant DeRuyter – Elkton/Lake Benton
  • Scott Sampson – Arlington
  • Jack Hasche – Lake Preston
  • Hunter Breske – Oldham-Ramona/Rutland
  • Trevin Holland – De Smet

Honorable Mention:

  • Keith Crisp – Colman-Egan
  • Luke Brown – Dell Rapids St Mary
  • Zach Wolkow – De Smet
  • Codey Bauman – Deubrook
  • Matthew Nibbe – Elkton/Lake Benton
  • Taryn Krog – Elkton/Lake Benton
  • Marcis Hausman – Estelline
  • Byron Bumann – Lake Preston
  • Jeremiah Hoekman – Oldham-Ramona/Rutland
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Cardinals Season Ends at Corn Palace

DRSM LogoThe Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinal boys basketball team saw their season come to an end at the Mitchell Corn Palace in the quarterfinals of the Region 4B tournament on Tuesday, February 27th.  The Cardinals fell to the Ethan Rustlers 68-60 in the second game of the day.

The two teams went back and forth in the first quarter with neither team getting a lead bigger than four points.  St Mary tied the game at 13-13 with just a few seconds remaining, but the Rustlers were able to get the ball up the court and made a last second shot to take a 15-13 lead after the first quarter.  The Rustlers grew their lead to 27-18 with about 3:25 to go in the first half.  St Mary got the lead down to two points at 31-29 with about 2:00 left in the quarter.  Ethan scored the final basket of the half and led 33-29 at halftime.

The Cardinals got the lead down to one point at 38-37 with about 4:40 remaining in the third quarter.   Ethan responded with an 11-4 run over the remainder of the quarter to push their lead to eight points at 49-41 heading into the fourth quarter.  After the Ruslters had a 55-43 lead early in the fourth quarter, St Mary went on a 7-0 run to cut the lead to five points at 55-50 with just under 3:00 to go in the game.  Still at a five-point lead at 57-52 with 1:23 to go, Ethan kept making free throws down the stretch.  The Cardinals got within three points at 61-58 after a layup by Connor Libis with :40 to go, the Rustlers responded with seven more made free throws for the win.

St Mary finished the game shooting 46% from the field and 75% from the free-throw line.  The Cardinals had 20 team rebounds.  Libis led the team in scoring with 27 points.  Weston Geraets had 16 points.  Max Herber finished with 11 points and six rebounds.

The Cardinals season ends with an overall record of 11-10

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Regular Season Ends with Winning Record For Cardinal Boys

DRSMvsBal_BBB_2-16-18The Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinals will have a winning record for the first time since the 2007-2008 season thanks to a 65-60 win over the Baltic Bulldogs on Friday, February 16th at Baltic High School.  The win also ended a short two-game losing streak.

St Mary offense was on fire to start the game.  The Cardinals scored 21 first-quarter points on their way to a 21-10 lead.  The lead grew to 13 points by halftime at 36-23.  St Mary’s offense continued to roll through the first three minutes of the third quarter when their lead grew to 20 points at 49-29 with 5:00 to go in the quarter.  Baltic then made a run of their own.  The Bulldogs went on a 12-0 run to cut the lead to eight points at 49-41.  St Mary ended the third quarter with a 53-44 lead.  The Cardinals got their lead back to double digits at 60-48.  Baltic again made a run, this time a 10-2 run, to pull within four points with :30 to play.  The Bulldogs again had it down to four points at 64-40 with :07.5 points, but a late free throw sealed the victory for the Cardinals.

Three players finished in double figures.  Luke Brown had 19 points and two blocked shots.  Connor Libis also had 19 points along with five rebounds and two steals.  Max Herber finished with 13 points and seven rebounds.  Sam Muston led Baltic with 19 points and 11 rebounds.  Jon Wilhelmsen added 18 points for the Bulldogs.

St Mary finishes the regular season with an 11-9 record.  The Cardinals will begin Region 4B tournament play on Monday, February 26th.

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Cardinals Drop DVC Matchup to Colman-Egan

DRSMvsCE_BBB_2-12-18The Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinals lost a tough Dakota Valley Conference game to the Colman-Egan Hawks on Monday, February 12th at Colman-Egan High School.  The Hawks beat St Mary 85-61 by outscoring the Cardinals 42-23 in the middle two quarters.

The first minute was back and forth.  Luke Brown made a three-point shot with 6:56 to give the Cardinals a 7-5 lead.  Another three-point basket, this time by Connar Kangas with 5:21 to go, put St Mary back in front 10-9.  The Hawks went on a 8-2 run over the next two minutes to grab a 17-12 lead.  Two more three-point shots from Brown got St Mary within a point at 19-18, but the Hawks closed out the first quarter on a 4-0 run to lead 23-18 after the first quarter.

Colman-Egan increased their lead to eight points at 32-24 after a made basket by Kade Groos with 5:19 to play in the first half.  Connor Libis cut the lead back down to five moments later with a three-point basket.  Libis made scored another two points with 3:47 to play in the first half to keep the Colman-Egan lead at five points at 34-29.  The Hawks, however, ended the second quarter on a 9-0 run to lead 43-29 at halftime.

The Colman-Egan lead grew to 20 points after a made free throw by Bodee Groos with 5:28 to play in the third quarter.  That lead grew to 24 points at 65-41 by the end of the third quarter.  St Mary couldn’t get the lead inside of 20 points for much of the fourth quarter as Colman-Egan took the win.

St Mary finished the game shooting 49% from the field, 50% from three-point area, and 64% from the free-throw line.  The Cardinals were out rebounded 33-12 and were forced into 17 turnovers during the game.

Libis finished with 20 points and two assists.  Brown added 11 points and two assists.  Weston  Geraets had 10 points and five rebounds.  The Hawks had five players finish in double figures led by B. Groos with 25 points and nine rebounds.

The Cardinals (10-9) will close out the regular season at Baltic on Friday, February 16th.  The game can be seen on Big Sioux Media.

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Chester Area Spoils Cardinal Senior Night

DRSM LogoOn the final regular season home game of the season for the Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinal boys basketball team, the Chester Flyers defeated the Cardinals 65-46 on Saturday, February 10th.

St Mary had a lead early in the game.  The Cardinals led after the first quarter at 17-11.  From that point, the Flyer defense clamped down on the Cardinals.  Chester Area took a four-point lead into halftime at 26-22.  They continued to grow the lead at the end of each quarter in the second half.  The Flyers led 45-34 at the end of the third quarter, and then Chester outscored St Mary 20-12 in the final quarter for the win.

Connor Libis led the team in scoring with 17 points.  Luke Brown finished with 13 points, two rebounds, one block and one assist.  Connar Kangas had six points.  Max Herber finished with five points and eight rebounds.  Drew Wood had eight rebounds and two blocked shots.  Chester Area was led by Devin Eppard with 32 points and Aden Baumberger with 13 points and 13 rebounds.

This year’s seniors for the Cardinals are Jason Cook, Drew Wood, Luke Brown, manager Seth Bares, along with cheerleaders Cassy Geraets, Adyn Heinricy, and Emma Nelson.

St Mary (10-8) will travel to Colman to play the Colman-Egan Hawks on Monday, February 12th.  The game can be seen on Big Sioux Media.

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Cardinal Boys Earn Big Region Win with Tough Defense

DRSM LogoThe Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinals earned a big Dakota Valley Conference and Region 4B win with a strong defensive second half over the Elkton-Lake Benton Elks on Thursday, February 8th at Dell Rapids St Mary High School.  The Cardinals won 64-54, but only allowed 13 second half points.

The Elks opened the game on a 7-0 run in the first 2:30 of the game.  The Cardinals responded with an 8-0 of their own over the next couple of minutes.  The two teams went back and forth for the remained of the first quarter.  Elkton-Lake Benton led 24-23 at the end of the first quarter.  The game continued to go back and forth in the second quarter.  The Elks were able to extend their lead by three points to 41-38 by halftime.

The Cardinals came out of halftime with a great defensive plan that was executed perfectly.  St Mary held the Elks to just six points in the third quarter as the Cardinals took a three-point lead at 50-47 into the fourth quarter.  The Cardinals then held Elkton-Lake Benton to seven points in the fourth quarter while scoring 14 of their own on their way to the win.

Two players finished in double figures for the Cardinals.  Connor Libis had 35 points to lead all scorers.  Luke Brown finished with 12 points, two rebounds, and two blocked shots.  Weston Geraets had nine points, seven rebounds, and three blocked shots.  Ethan Geraets tallied four points.

St Mary (10-7) will have their final regular-season home game on Saturday, February 10th when they host the Chester Area Flyers.  The game can be seen on Big Sioux Media.

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