Cardinal Boys See Season End in SoDak 16

DRSM LogoHeading into the SoDak 16 as the #14 seed, the Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinal boys basketball team saw their 2018-2019 season come to an end at the hands of the #3 seeded Clark/Willow Lake Cyclones.  The Cyclones defeated St Mary 66-33 at Sioux Valley High School on Tuesday, March 5th.

The two teams went back and forth throughout the first quarter.  The Cyclones led by as many as four points, but it was the Cardinals that held a slim 15-14 lead after the first quarter of play.  The Cyclones went on an 11-3 run in the first half of the second quarter for a 25-18 lead.  Clark/Willow Lake continued to take control of the game and ultimately outscored St Mary 21-5 for a 35-20 halftime lead.

Unfortunately for the Cardinals, the offense could not find it’s rhythm in the second half.  Clark/Willow Lake outscored St Mary 27-6 in the third quarter for a 62-26 lead.  The Cardinals outscored the Cyclones 7-4 in the final quarter.

St Mary finished the game shooting 31% (15-48) from the field, 5% (1-20) from the three-point area, and 25% (2-8) from the free-throw line.  The Cyclones finished the game shooting 55% (24-44) from the field, 33% (6-18) from three-point area, and 60% (12-20) from the free-throw line.  Clark/Willow Lake out-rebounded St Mary 34-22 in the game.

Connor Libis finished with 17 points and four rebounds.  Max Herber had nine points and five rebounds.  Weston Geraets had three points and three rebounds.  Ethan Geraets and Austin Greene-Lebrun each had 2 points.  The Cyclones were led by Jacob Prouty with 26 points, Micah Burke with 12 points and 12 rebounds, and Stone Burke with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

The St Mary Cardinals finished their 2018-2019 season with an 18-5 record.

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Cardinal Boys One Game Away from State

DRSM LogoAfter taking a 20-point lead into the locker room at halftime, the Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinals survived a second half rally by the Colman-Egan Hawks and picked up a 64-62 win at the Corn Palace in Mitchell on Friday, March 1st.  The win sends the Cardinals to the SoDak 16.

The Cardinals got out to a fast start to start the game.  St Mary opened the game on a 10-1 run in the first three minutes.  The Hawks cut the lead to three points at 12-9 with two minutes to go, but St Mary finished the quarter leading 20-11.  The Cardinals again went on a run in the early part of the second quarter.  St Mary extended their lead to 30-13 with 4:51 to go in the half.  The lead grew to 20 points at 41-21 by halftime.

The Hawks cut the lead down to 12 points a couple of times in the third quarter, but St Mary led the Colman-Egan by 14 points at 56-42 heading into the final quarter.  Colman-Egan held St Mary scoreless over the first four minutes of the fourth quarter and cut the lead down to four points at 56-52.  Connor Libis ended the scoring drought with a left-handed layup with 3:35 to play to put the Cardinals ahead by six at 58-52.  Weston Geraets hit a shot from the left block with 2:24 to play to extend the lead to eight points at 60-52.  Leading by just three points with under a minute to play, Connar Kangas made two big free-throws to give St Mary a 64-59 lead.  Dalton Voelker hit an off-balance three-point shot from the left corner with :16 to go to make it a two-point game.  After two missed free throws by Libis, Colman-Egan secured the rebound.  Nate Tolley launched a last-second, three-point shot from the right wing that hit off the backboard and back of the rim, falling away no good giving St Mary the two-point victory.

Libis led St Mary in scoring with 28 points.  Sam Palmer finished with 14 points in the game.  Geraets had five rebounds and five assists in the game.  Voelker led Colman-Egan with 27 points, and Tolley added 17 points.

St Mary (18-4) will be the #14 seed in the SoDak 16 and play the #3 seeded Clark/Willow Lake Cyclones on Tuesday, March 5th.  Tip-off is at 7:00 p.m. at Sioux Valley High School.  Big Sioux Media is planning on streaming the game.

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Cardinal Boys Take Step Forward in Postseason

Photo taken and used with permission by Tammy Chamley, Dells City Journal

Photo taken and used with permission by Tammy Chamley, Dells City Journal

The Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinal boys basketball team took a step forward in the post season with a 56-37 win over the Chester Flyers at Dell Rapids St Mary High School on Thursday, February 28th.  The game was the second round of the Region 4B tournament.

The first quarter was closely contested between the two teams.  St Mary held just a one-point lead at 11-10 after the first quarter.  The Cardinals blew the game open in the second quarter as they held Chester scoreless over the first five minutes and scored 15 straight points.  St Mary outscored Chester 20-4 in the quarter and led 31-14 at halftime.

Chester tried to climb their way back into the game in the third quarter.  The Flyers cut the lead to 11 points at 40-29 with less than a minute to play in the quarter, but St Mary scored the final four points to enjoy 44-29 lead heading into the final quarter.  Chester could not get any closer than 13 points in the final quarter as the Cardinals cruised to victory.

Connor Libis had 30 points to lead St Mary.  Max Herber finished with 10 points and nine rebounds.  Chester was led by Bayden Schneider with 10 points and Aden Baumberger with eight points.

St Mary (17-4) advances to play the Colman-Egan in a SoDak 16 qualifying game on Friday, March 1st.  Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. from the Corn Palance in Mitchell.  Big Sioux Media will have a live stream of the game.

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Regular Season Ends in Win for Cardinal Boys

DRSM LogoPlaying in a make-up game against the Howard Tigers on Friday, February 22nd, the Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinal boys basketball team ended the regular season with a win.  The Cardinals defeated the Tigers 69-53 on a night the seniors were recognized.

The Cardinals were able to double-up the Tigers after the first quarter at 16-8.  Howard was able to stay within single digits over the first two and a half minutes of the second quarter, but St Mary pushed the lead to 19 points by halftime at 40-21.  Howard cut the lead down in the third quarter, but only slightly.  The Cardinals still lead by 16 points at 56-30 heading into the final quarter.  The Tigers outscored St Mary 23-13 in the final quarter, but it wasn’t enough for the comeback as the Cardinals took the win.

Three players finished in double figures for the Cardinals.  Connor Libis had 17 points.  Ethan Geraets had 13 points and 11 rebounds.  Max Herber finished with 10 points.  Howard was led by Jacob Brooks with 27 points and Colton Spader with 10 points.

The 2018-2019 seniors for the Cardinals are Avery Hof and Ethan Geraets.

St Mary finishes the regular season with a record of 16-4.  The Region 4B tournament will begin on Monday, February 25th.  The Cardinals will not play until Tuesday, February 26th at home after securing a top four seed.  Big Sioux Media will have the details of the tournament for St Mary as they become available, and Big Sioux Media will stream the game on Tuesday.

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St Mary Boys Fall in Arlington

DRSM LogoThe Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinal boys basketball team had their seven-game win streak come to an end on Monday afternoon in Arlington.  Arlington won the battle of the Cardinal in a make-up game by a score of 64-50 on February 18th.

Arlington had just a nine point lead at halftime at 37-28.  Arlington, however, would outscore St Mary 27-22 in the second half to earn the 14-point victory in the game.

Connor Libis led St Mary with 25 points in the game.  Connar Kangas had 12 points.  Three players finished in double figures for Arlington.  Devon Heuer had 18 points, Revor Larsen had 16 points, and Trey Ramstad had 13 points.

St Mary (15-4) will close out the regular season on Friday, February 22nd in their final home game of the year against Howard.  The game can be seen on Big Sioux Media.

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Streak Reaches Seven for Cardinal Boys

DRSM LogoThe Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinal boys basketball team won a pair of basketball games on Friday, February 15th and Saturday, February 16th to extend their current winning streak to a season-high seven games.  The Cardinals defeated the Baltic Bulldogs on Friday and then beat the Elkton-Lake Benton Elks on Saturday.

After six days since their last game and a couple of postponements, St Mary was able to get back to the court against the Baltic Bulldogs on Friday at Dell Rapids St Mary High School.  The Cardinals beat the Bulldogs 65-48.

The Cardinals led the entire game.  St Mary had an 18-12 lead after the first quarter of play and extended the lead to 10 points at 34-24 by halftime.  St Mary continued to pull farther away throughout the second half for the victory.

Connor Libis had a game-high 30 points, and Weston Geraets added nine points for St Mary.  Baltic was led by Brodee Teveldal with 14 points and Sam Muston with 10 points.

St Mary then traveled to Elkton Saturday afternoon for a makeup game with the Elkton-Lake Benton Elks.  The Cardinals avenged an earlier loss to the Elks with a 68-59 victory.

The Cardinals built an eight point lead after the first quarter of play at 21-13.  St Mary was able to keep that cushion throughout the second quarter and led 37-28 at halftime.  The third quarter proved to be difficult offensively for both teams.  The Elks outscored St Mary 9-8 to cut the lead to 45-37.  The offense picked up in the fourth quarter when the teams combined for 45 total points.  St Mary outscored the Elks 23-22 to seal the victory.

Three Cardinals finished the game in double figures.  Libis had 32 points.  Connar Kangas had 13 points, and Colin Winberg finished with 11 points.  Matthew Nibbe had 25 points, and Grant DeRuyter had 24 points for Elkton-Lake Benton.

St Mary (15-3) will travel to Arlington on Monday afternoon for a makeup game.  The game will tip-off at 4:30 p.m. and will be a varsity only game.

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Cardinal Boys Basketball Continues to Roll

DRSM LogoThe Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinal boys basketball team continued their strong season with another win on back-to-back nights.   The Cardinals traveled to Centerville on Tuesday, February 5th and defeated the Tornadoes 84-50.

St Mary won the opening tip and scored in the first 10 seconds on a layup by Weston Geraets.  Centerville did have a short 7-6 lead with 5:00 to play in the first quarter, but St Mary made sure it was a short-lived lead as they scored on their next two possessions.  The Cardinals maintained a four-to-six point lead through much of the rest of quarter and pushed that lead to eight points at 25-17 by the break.  St Mary pushed their lead into double digits early in the second quarter, but the Tornadoes got back within five points at 34-29 with 2:30 to go in the half.  The Cardinals then ended the quarter on a 10-2 run to take a 44-31 lead into halftime.

The Cardinal offense and defense put together a great third quarter that helped push the St Mary lead to nearly 30 points.  The Cardinals outscored the Tornadoes 26-12 in the quarter for a 70-43 lead heading into the final quarter.  St Mary again outscored Centerville in the final quarter 14-6 for the win.

Three players finished in double figures for the Cardinals.  Connor Libis led the team with 21 points.  Geraets finished with 15 points, and Max Herber added 11 points.  Centerville was led by Dallas Knutson with 12 points.

The Cardinals (12-3) will play in their fourth straight road game and third game of the week when they travel to Arlington on Thursday, February 7th for a battle of the Cardinal.  The game can be seen on Big Sioux Media.

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Close Game Turns into Big Cardinal Win

DRSM LogoA close, back-and-forth battle through three quarters turned into a big win after a fourth-quarter Cardinal explosion on Monday, February 4th.  The St Mary Cardinals erupted in the fourth quarter for a 72-48 road win against the Gayville-Volin Raiders.

St Mary started fast and took an early 8-1 lead in the first three minutes of the game.  The Raiders responded after a timeout to go on an 11-4 run to take a 13-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.  The Cardinals had a five-point lead two different times in the second quarter, but each time Gayville-Voin responded.  The game was tied 26-26 at halftime.  St Mary scored the first six points of the third quarter for a 32-26 lead with 5:45 to play in the quarter.  The lead grew to seven points at 36-29 just a couple of minutes later.  The Raiders responded with an 11-4 run to close out the quarter, and once again, the game was tied.  This time the score was 40-40 heading into the final quarter.  The Cardinals then got on fire in the fourth quarter.  St Mary went on a 10-3 in the first two minutes of the quarter for a 50-43 with 6:00 to play.  The Cardinals eventually outscored the Raiders 32-8 in the final quarter for the win.

Connor Libis finished the game with a game-high 38 points.  Max Herber finished with 10 points, and Weston Geraets added eight points.  Gayville-Volin was led by Tristan Gustand with 16 points.

The Cadinals (11-3) will travel to Centerville to take on the Tornadoes in their third road game in a row.  The game can be seen on Big Sioux Media.

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Cardinals Win Another Close Game, Beat Garretson

DRSM LogoThe Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinals boys basketball team played in another close game on Monday, January 28th at Garretson High School.  The Cardinals defeated the Garretson Blue Dragons 70-67 for their tenth win of the season.  It was the eighth game decided by ten points or less for St Mary this year.  The Cardinals are 5-3 in those games.

St Mary got off to a bit of a slow start in the game.  Garretson built a double-digit lead in the first quarter at 20-10 with 1:31 to play in the quarter.  St Mary got the lead down to seven points by the end of the quarter at 22-15.  The Blue Dragons pushed the lead back to 10 points at 27-17 with 6:37 to play in the first half.  The Cardinals cut the lead to six points, but a layup with 3:23 to play in the second quarter kept Garretson ahead by eight points at 33-25.  St Mary then outscored Garretson 12-4 the remainder of the quarter to take a 37-36 lead into halftime.

The Cardinals seemed to be gaining the momentum as they extended their lead to seven points at 45-38 in the first two minutes of the third quarter.  The St Mary lead grew to 12 points at 52-40 after a three-point shot from the corner by Connar Kangas.  Garretson was able to chip into the lead by the end of the third quarter and trailed 57-51 heading into the final quarter.  Garretson scored the first seven points of the fourth quarter and took the lead after a layup by Trevor Fiegen made the score 58-57 with 5:50 to play.  The two teams traded baskets over the next three minutes and the game was tied 63-63 with just under 3:00 to play in the game.  Connor Libis gave St Mary the lead with 2:30 to play after a shot from the middle of the lane.  Fiegen hit a three-point shot in front of his bench with 1:10 to play giving Garretson a 66-65 lead.  After missed one-and-one free throws by both teams, Libis was fouled on a shot with :39 to play.  Libis was able to make both free throws to give the lead back to St Mary at 67-66.  Drew Blosmo was fouled on a shot attempt and went one-for-two from the free-throw line to tie the game at 67-67 with :19 left in the game.  After a timeout. Libis was fouled near half court on a reach-in, and made both of his free throws with :08 to go giving St Mary a 69-67 lead.  Blosmo attempted a three-point shot from the corner which was no good.  Max Herber pulled down the rebound and was immediately fouled.  Herber made one of two free throws to seal the win for the Cardinals.

Three players scored in double figures for the Cardinals in the game.  Libis finished with 27 points.  Herber added 15 points, and Weston Geraets had 14 points.  Garretson was led by Blosmo with 36 points and Fiegen with 21 points.

St Mary (10-3) will travel to Gayville to play Gayville-Volin on Monday, February 4th.  Big Sioux Media will have a link to the Gayville-Volin webcast.

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Cardinal Boys Play Another Overtime Game, Earn Win

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Photo courtesy of Tammy Chamley, Dells City Journal

The Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinal boys basketball team played in their fifth overtime game of the season, and second game in a row, on Friday, January 25th.  The Cardinals hosted the Lake Preston Divers and earned a 67-66 come-from-behind, overtime win.

The Cardinals struggled to get the offense going for much of the game.  Lake Preston got out to an early 5-0 lead in the first quarter, holding the Cardinals to no points in the first three minutes of the game.  The Divers led 13-8 in the final seconds before Cole Welbig hit a three-point shot at the buzzer to cut the lead to 13-11.  The Divers didn’t allow the Cardinals to use that shot as momentum.  Lake Preston pushed their lead to as many as nine points at 23-14.  The Cardinals finished the quarter on a 6-0 run to cut the lead to three points at 23-20 by halftime.

St Mary scored five points in the first minute of the third quarter and took a brief 25-23 lead.  Lake Preston responded with the next four points, but Connar Kangas hit a three-point shot from the right corner with 6:15 to go in third quarter to give St Mary a 28-27 lead.  The Divers then went on to outscore St Mary 17-6 the rest of the quarter for a 44-34 lead after three quarters of play.

The Cardinal offense found their groove in the fourth quarter.  St Mary went on a 15-5 scoring run capped off by a three-point shot by Connor Libis with 4:50 to play.  The game was tied 49-49.  St Mary continued the momentum and took a 57-52 lead with 3:00 to play.  The Cardinals continued to hold the lead at 60-56 with 1:05 to play in the game.  The Divers tied the game on two made free throws with :06 to go.  Kangas had a chance to win the game for the Cardinals from the free throw line after being fouled on a last second shot, but missed both free throws.  The game was headed to overtime.

Lake Preston struck first in the overtime period scoring the first four points and led 64-50 with 2:40 to play.  Libis went one-for-two from the free throw line with 2:24 to play, and after a defensive stop, Kangas drilled a game-tying three-point shot from left wing with 1:42 to go.  After a couple more defensive stops, Libis made the go-ahead three-point shot from the same spot Kangas made his with :20 to go.  The Cardinals led 67-64, and the Divers had the final possession.  After a Lake Preston timeout with just :07 to go, the Cardinals played tight defense along the perimeter to deny a three-point shot.  St Mary gave up a layup at the buzzer, but it wasn’t enough as St Mary came from behind for the win.

Libis finished the game with 35 points.  Colin Winberg added 10 points for St Mary.  Lake Preston had four players finish in double figures led by Paydon Casper with 15 points.

The Cardinals (9-3) will begin a six-game road stretch on Monday, January 28th.  St Mary will travel to Garretson to play the Blue Dragons.  The game can be seen on Big Sioux Media.

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