Cardinal Football Season Ends in Rutland

DRSMvsORR_FB_10-13-17The 2017 football season came to an end for the Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinals on Friday, October 13th in Rutland.  The Cardinals fell to the Oldham-Ramona/Rutland Raiders 33-8 in their final regular season game.

The Cardinals opened up the game with the ball.  They were forced to punt in their first drive.  The Cardinal defense forced a fumble on the first drive of the Raiders.  The Cardinals next drive took them inside the Raider 15 yard line, but the O-R-R defense forced a turnover on downs and kept St Mary off the board.  The Raiders scored on their next drive when Casey Renaas crossed the goal line on a three-yard run with 2:15 to go in the first quarter.  St Mary again drove the ball inside the Raider 15 yard line on their next possession, and again the O-R-R defense forced a turnover on downs.  The Raiders turned that into more points when Jamus Brown connected with Hunter Breske on a 23-yard touchdown pass with 5:00 to go in the second quarter.  The Raiders scored again after a failed fourth down fake punt by the Cardinals.  Brown hit Breske again, this time on a 35-yard pass with 1:43 left in the half.  The Raiders led 18-0 at halftime.

O-R-R scored on their first drive of the second half.  Brown threw an eight-yard touchdown pass to Renaas with 8:51 to go in the third.  The two-point conversion was good, and the Raiders pushed their lead to 26-0.  Both teams traded possessions midway through the third quarter.  The Cardinal defense forced a turnover on downs with 1:01 remaining in the third quarter.  St Mary then scored on a six-minute drive.  Connor Libis scored on a four-yard touchdown run with 6:55 to go in the game.  Ethan Geraets ran the ball into the endzone for the two point conversion to make the score 26-8.  The Raiders scored the final touchdown of the game with 2:24 to go.  Jeremiah Hoekman scored on a one-yard run, and Brown kicked the extra point for the 33-8 final score.

Weston Geraets had 24 carries for 88 yards.  Libis finished with 18 carries for 62 yards and a touchdown.  W. Geraets also had 7.5 tackles and an interception.  Longville had 7.5 tackles.  E. Geraets finished with 12 tackles and a fumble recovery.

The Cardinals ended their season with a 1-7 record missing the playoffs.

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Elkton-Lake Benton Holds on Against Cardinals

DRSMvsELB_FB_10-7-17On a Saturday afternoon game at the Sanford Jackrabbits Sports Complex in Brookings, the Elkton-Lake Benton Elks held on for a 24-14 win over the Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinals.

The defenses held strong in the first quarter as neither team could find the end zone.  The Elks put a drive together late in the first quarter and scored with 11:16 to go in the second quarter.  Devin Sopko scored on a four-yard run to give the Elks a 6-0 lead.  Elkton-Lake Benton scored again late in the second quarter.  Blaine Hefti threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Bryson Sik to give the Elks a 12-0 lead at halftime.

The St Mary Cardinals scored on their first drive of the third quarter.  Eli Longville scored on a one-yard quarterback sneak with 8:52 to go in the third quarter.  Luke Brown threw a halfback pass to Weston Geraets for the two point conversion, and the Cardinals cut the lead to 12-8.  The Elks were able to push their lead to 10 points after scoring on the very first play of the fourth quarter.  Hefti connected with Sik again, this time for an 18-yard touchdown with 11:53 to go in the game to give the Elks an 18-8 lead.  The Elks scored three and a half minutes later on a one-yard run by Hefti with 8:23 to go to push the lead to 24-8.  St Mary scored again with 3:52 remaining in the game when Longville threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Geraets.  The two-point conversion was no good, and the Cardinals trailed 24-14.  St Mary was able to get the ball back with just over 2:00 to play, but an interception by Taryn Krog sealed the win for the Elks.

St Mary (1-6) will close out their regular season on the road in Rutland.  The Cardinals will face the Oldham-Ramona/Rutland Raiders on Friday, October 13th.  The game can be seen on Big Sioux Media.

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Cardinal Football Team Falls to Dolphins on Senior Night

DRSMvsDeu_FB_9-29-17On the final home game at Rickeman Field, the Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinals fell to the Deubrook Area Dolphins 28-0 on Friday, September 29th.  Prior to the game, seniors Seth Bares, Luke Brown, Jason Cook, Tyler Munkvold, Tate Hansen, and Logan Gaspar were recognized.

Deubrook Area scored a touchdown in the first quarter to take a 7-0 lead.  The Dolphins would add two more scores in the second quarter and took a 21-0 lead into halftime.  The final score of the game for Deubrook Area game in the third quarter.

St Mary was held to just 189 total yards in the game where were all rushing yards.  Deubrook Area had 272 rushing yards along with 37 passing yards in the game.  Weston Geraets had 21 carries for 110 yards in the game.  Connor Libis finished also finished with 21 carriers for 76 yards.  Geraets also led the team defensively with 9.5 tackles.  Eli Longville had 8.5 tackles.  Ethan Geraets had 7 tackles.  Max Herber had 6.5 tackles, and Libis had 3.5 tackles and an interception.

The Cardinals (1-5) will play Elkton-Lake Benton on Saturday, October 7th at 2:30 p.m. in Brookings.  The game can be seen on Big Sioux Media.

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Cardinals Fall in Weather-Shortened Game

DRSMvsCastle_FB_9-22-17The Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinal football team dropped a 28-0 game to the Castlewood Warriors on Friday, September 22nd, in Castlewood.  The game was called with 6:43 to go in the second quarter due to storms in the area.  It was determined the game would be a final score and will not be resumed.

Both teams got off to a slow start offensively.  Each team’s first possession resulted in three plays and then a punt.  On the Cardinal’s second possessions, they were able to push the ball in to Castlewood territory.  Unfortunately for the Cardinals, the Warrior defense held strong and forced a turnover on downs.  On the very first play for Castlewood after getting the ball, Noah Wiersma scored on a 39-yard run.  The extra point was good, and Castlewood lead 7-0 with 4:48 to play in the first quarter.  After forcing another St Mary punt, Wiersma scored on another big run.  This time Wiersma scored on a 25-yard run.  The extra point was again made, and the Warriors led 14-0 with 1:50 to go in the first quarter.

The Cardinal offense was again able to get into Warrior territory in the second quarter.  However, a fumble after a catch by Logan Gaspar was recovered by the Warriors.  Three plays later Brandon Benike connected with Kaden Eng for a 42-yard touchdown pass with 7:49 to play in the second quarter.  Castlewood led 21-0.  The next drive for St Mary also ended in a turnover.  Kaiden Brandenburger intercepted an Eli Longville pass inside the Cardinal 10 yard line.  Wiersma scored on the next play on an eight-yard run with 6:43 to play.  After the made extra point, the Warriors led 28-0.

It was at that point in the game the coaches and officials held a discussion for about five minutes.  The decision was made to end the game with the approaching storms.

St Mary (1-4) will be at home for their next game on Friday, September 29th.  The Cardinals will host Deubrook Area at Rickeman Field.

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De Smet Spoils Cardinal Homecoming

DRSMvsDeSmet_FB_9-15-17The De Smet Bulldogs spoiled the 2017 Homecoming for the Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinal football team on Friday, September 15th.  The Bulldogs defeated St Mary 36-8 at Rickeman Field in Dell Rapids.

Neither team scored in the first quarter.  Both teams had just one possession, and each defense forced a turnover on downs.  De Smet, however, scored 24 unanswered points in the second quarter on three touchdowns.  Cade Birkel scored first on a one-yard touchdown run with 9:33 to play in the second quarter.  The two-point conversion was made on a run by Gage Gruenhagen.  Birkel scored again with 4:49 to play on a 48-yard run.  Birkel then connected with Trevin Holland for the two-point conversion.  The final touchdown in the second quarter came with 2:31 to play after a St Mary fumble.  Zach Wolkow scored on a four-yard run.  The two-point conversion was made to give the Bulldogs a 24-0 lead at halftime.

St Mary’s second half drive ended in a fourth down stop deep in Bulldog territory, and one play later Wolkow was in the endzone again for De Smet after a 69-yard run with 6:31 to play in the quarter.  The Cardinals were able to get on the scoreboard with 2:37 to go in the third quarter after a 16-yard touchdown pass from Eli Longville to Seth Bares.  Connor Libis scored the two-point conversion.  De Smet would get one more touchdown with just :02 left in the third quarter on a 22-yard run by Jared Hoefert for the final score of the game.

The Cardinals finished the game with 220 yards of offense, 179 rushing yards and 40 passing yards.  De Smet had 296 yards of total offense, 275 rushing yards and 21 passing yards.

Payton Park led St Mary with seven carries for 55 yards.  Libis had six carries for 41 yards.  Longville was 2-4 passing for 40 yards, a touchdown, and an interception.  Libis had one catch for 28 yards.  Bares had one catch for 16 yards and a touchdown.  Defensively, Tate Hansen had nine tackles and one sack in the game.  Weston Geraets also had nine tackles.  Longville finished with 8.5 tackles, and Logan Gaspar had 6.5 tackles and a forced fumble.

St Mary (1-3) will travel to Castlewood on Friday, September 22nd.  The game can be seen on Big Sioux Media.

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Cardinal Football Falls in Home Opener to Colman-Egan

DellRapidsStMaryFootballThe Colman-Egan Hawks scored 24 points in the first quarter and then scored 26 more points in the second quarter on their way to a 40-0 win over the Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinals on Friday, September 1st, at Rickeman Field.  It was the first home game of the season for St Mary.

Luke Brown led the Cardinals’ ground attack with 11 carries for 76 yards.  Weston Geraets paced the defense with 4.5 tackles and a fumble recovery.  Connor Libis added four tackles for St Mary.

Head coach Ross Flemmer said, “Colman-Egan is a very good football team, and they got after it in every phase of the game.  We began to match some of their intensity after the first couple series, and I thought our kids played hard.”

The Cardinals (1-2) will have a bye week this week, but they will be back in action for the Homecoming game on Friday, September 15th, when they host De Smet.  The game can be seen on Big Sioux Media.

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Cardinal Football Gets First Win of Season

DRSMvsEstelline_FB_8-26-17_2The Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinals strung together 32 straight points over two days to earn a 46-20 win over the Estelline Redmen in football action.  The game started on Friday, August 25th, in Estelline but only last seven minutes before the game had to be suspended due to lightning and heavy rain.  The Cardinals led 8-0 by that point.  The game was resumed at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 26th, and St Mary scored three more touchdowns in the first half to take a 32-0 lead over Estelline.  The Redmen got a score late in the second quarter to make the halftime score 32-6.

The Cardinals possessed the ball for most of the third quarter scoring two more touchdowns to take a 46-6 lead into the fourth quarter.  Estelline picked up two late touchdowns in the game for the 46-20 final score.

The Cardinals finished with 324 total yards, 287 rushing yards and 37 passing yards.  Estelline was held to 185 total yards of offense.  Connor Libis finished the game with nine carries for 72 yards and a touchdown.  Luke Brown had four carries for 54 yards and a touchdown.  Ethan Geraets had seven carries for 38 yards and a touchdown, while Westen Geraets six carries for 39 yards.  Tate Hansen tallied four carries for 28 yards and two touchdowns.  Brown was 2-5 passing for 37 yards and a touchdown along with three two-point conversions.  E. Geraets had two catches for 37 yards and a touchdown.  Defensively the Cardinals were led by W. Geraets with eight tackles.  Eli Longville had 7.5 tackles and a sack.  Libis finished with five tackles, and Logan Wolles had four tackles and a blocked punt. DRSMvsEstelline_FB_8-26-17_1

“The boys played hard this week.  Our Offensive and defensive lines really set the tone and did a great job,” said head coach Ross Flemmer.

St Mary will have their first home game of the season on Friday, September 1st, when they host Colman-Egan at Rickeman Field at 7:00 p.m.  The game can be seen on Big Sioux Media.

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Badgers Send Cardinals Home with Season Opening Loss

DRSMvsALP_FB_8-18-17The Arlington/Lake Preston Badgers scored early and often on their way to a 54-26 win over the Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinals on Friday, August 18th, in Lake Preston.  It was the first football game of 2017 season for both schools.

The Badgers scored on the third play of the game when Devon Heuer connected with Allen Strande for a 51-yard touchdown pass.  Arlington/Lake Preston scored on their next two possessions in the first quarter.  Heuer had a one-yard touchdown run and a 29-yard touchdown pass to Will Perry.  The Cardinals got the offense going in their third drive of the game.  Payton Park scored on a five-yard touchdown run to put St Mary on the board with :22 to go in the first quarter.  The Badgers scored two more times in the second quarter on a 40-yard touchdown run by Heuer and a 29-yard touchdown run by Gavin Holland.  Arlington/Lake Preston led 34-8 at halftime.

The Badgers also scored first in the third quarter.  With 8:42 to go in the third quarter, Heuer connected with Byron Bumann on a 70-yard pass for the score.  St Mary scored with 3:53 to go in the quarter on a 13-yard touchdown pass from Luke Brown to Ethan Geraets.  Arlington/Lake Preston would add another score with 2:58 to go in the third quarter on a 45-yard run by Holland.  The Cardinals scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.  Brown threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Weston Geraets with 7:15 to go in the game.  Austin Greene-LeBrun also had a touchdown run late in the game.

St Mary will be on the road again for their next game on Friday, August 25th.  The Cardinals will travel to Estelline for a 7:00 p.m. kickoff.  The game can be seen on Big Sioux Media.


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2016 Fall Sports Awards

Several Dell Rapids and Dell Rapids St Mary athletes earned awards for the 2016 fall sports season.

For the Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinal cross country team, Christina Vogel was an Academic All-State winner.  Ella Heinitz and Ch. Vogel were named team Co-Most Valuable Runners by Head Coach Pete Schmidt.  Catherine Vogel was named Most Improved for the girls team.  Connor Libis was named the boys Most Valuable Runner.  Jacob Vogel was named Most Improved.

Kennedi Mullaney won the Coach’s Award from Head Coach Cami Bacon for the Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinal cheer team.  Paige Bunkers was named the Most Improved.

Mullaney also earned Offensive MVP for the Cardinal volleyball team, was an Academic All-State winner, and also earned All-Conference.  Haley Michel was the Defensive MVP, was an Academic All-State winner, and an All-Conference Honorable Mention.  Cassie Mullaney earned the Most Improved award, and Jackie Wolles also was an Academic All-State winner.

For the Cardinal football team, Garret Frost, Dalton Houska, and Zach Geraets were Dakota Valley Conference All-Conference winners.  Carson Park was an All-Conference Honorable Mention.  Geraets, Houska, Frost, Park, Jacob Eining, Sam Schwebach, Kathryn Klein (stats), Wolles (stats), and Lexi Klein (stats) all were Academic All-State winners.

Chloe Solberg, Kenzie Gullickson, and Sara VanRegenmorter earned Academic All-State awards for the Dell Rapids Quarrier volleyball team.  The team as a whole earned a team Academic All-State award for their 3.72 overall GPA.  Solberg, Trinity Gordon, and Brooke Klein were Dak-12 All-Conference Honorable Mention selections.

Averi Pankonen, Micah Gleason, and James Lueders earned Academic All-State awards for the Quarrier cross country team.

Ross Wiebenga, Alex Nordstrom, Justin Dorn, Jacob Wolles, Mason Peter, and Grace Tischer (stats) also earned Academic All-State awards for the Quarrier football team.  Dawson Kerzman, Seth Andersen, Tanner Heim, Nate McKee, Hunter Hansen, Anthony Miller, and Matt Gillogly were all Dak-12 All-Conference selections.  Peter and Wiebenga were All-Conference Honorable Mentions.  Andersen, McKee, and Hansen were class 11-A All-State award winners.  Trevor Pulscher and Kerzman were 11A All-State Honorable Mentions.  Hansen was also named an Argus Leader Elite 45 player for 2016.  McKee was an Elite 45 Honorable Mention.


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Cardinal Season Ends in Hard-Fought Playoff Game

drsmvsorr_fb_10-25-16In an exciting, hard-fought South Dakota High School 9B playoff football game, the Oldham-Ramona/Rutland Raiders scored two late touchdowns to earn a 22-14 win over the Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinals on Tuesday, October 25th, in Ramona.

The Cardinals scored first with 6:41 to go in the first quarter.  Dalton Houska scored on a two-yard run and also scored the two-point conversion to give St Mary an 8-0 lead.  Neither team scored again in the first quarter.

The Raiders tied the game with 10:42 to play in the second quarter.  Riston Wolf had a two-yard touchdown run, and Jamus Brown connected with Jeremiah Hoekman for the two-point conversion.  St Mary would take the lead at halftime as Garret Frost scored on a three-yard run as time expired in the second half to give the Cardinals a 14-8 lead.

Neither team scored in the third quarter as both defenses made key stops.  The Raiders forced two turnover-on-downs of the Cardinals in Raider territory.  Evan Brown came up with a big interception in the end zone late in the third quarter of a J. Brown pass to keep Oldham-Ramona/Rutland off the scoreboard.

The Raiders, however, would tie the game with 9:45 to go after a nine-yard run by Jacob Hegdahl.  The game-winning score for the Raiders came with 1:12 to play in the game when J. Brown connected with Hoekman for a 10-yard touchdown in the corner of the end zone on a fourth down play.

St Mary ends the season with a 3-6 record.

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