Six members of the White River cross country team were among the hundreds of competitors at the 2012 State Cross Country Meet, held in Huron, Saturday, October 20.
The Class B girls got things rolling at Broadland Creek Golf Course at 1:00 p.m. Sasha Six Toes, an eighth grader at White River Middle School, represented the Tigers in the girls race. She was the top finisher overall for the Tigers, placing 47th. She covered the 4,000 meter course (2.49 miles) in 17:59.18.
Genevieve Clark a freshman from Gayville-Volin took first with a 15:44.98, after placing 6th last year. Ipswich won the team title with an impressive team total of 9 points (individual top three places of 2nd, 3rd, and 4th).
The boys Class B race followed an hour later with the Tigers fielding a complete five man team. Mat Beardt paced the Tigers, crossing the finish in 19:57.61, 63rd. The top three Tigers finished in a close pack, with just seconds separating them. Placing 66th was Justin Prue who ran the 5,000 meter course (3.11 miles) in 20:00.76. Tomas Martinez was 68th with a time of 20.04.86. Pushers James Leader Charge and Lucas Beardt finished with times of 20:38.06 and 21:00.86, respectively. They were 90th and 94th. The boys came in 15th in the team competition. With two juniors, two freshmen, and a sophomore competing, the Tigers expect to build on this year’s successes with a good season next year.
Senior Duane Jongeling of Parker repeated as Class B State Champion, taking first with a 16:13.51. Jongeling helped propel Parker to the team championship as well with a team total of 19 points (1st, 5th, and 13th).
White River’s hopes of an undefeated regular season blew away in the wind Thursday night as the Cowboys of Colome outplayed the Tigers 28-22.
The final regular season game of the year was played in Colome October 18 on a day when sustained winds regularly measured in the 45 mph range. The windy conditions left both teams limited in their play calling and, for the most part, eliminated passing and kicking.
Defense ruled in quarter one. The Tigers forced a fumble with Colome threatening in the red zone on a 4th down try. The Cowboys sacked White River quarterback Wyatt Krogman early in the period on a pair of 4th down tries on back to back possessions.
The offense came in the second quarter. Rated #2 in Class 9B, Colome scored first just seconds into period two on an 8 yard run. They led 8-0 after a successful two point conversion. Just a minute later, White River countered with a long touchdown run by Krogman. A 2 point pass to Nic Waln left the score tied at 8.
Colome’s next possession erased more than seven minutes off the clock and ended in the endzone on a 10 yard run and extra points that made the score 16-8 with 2:35 remaining in the half. Working against the clock to score before intermission, the Tigers were awarded a pair of 1st downs, the result of Colome penalties, and Krogman ran for another. With four seconds remaining, the Tigers, on the 20 yard line, faced a fourth down and one. A pass to Nic Waln in the endzone went incomplete and the score remained 16-8.
An exciting second half got started with the Tigers turning the ball over after an unsuccessful 4th down and 7 try gave Colome the ball on the WR 28 yard line. The Cowboys took advantage of the good field position, adding to their lead with another touchdown.
Trailing by 14, the Tigers responded with their best drive of the night, marching 80 yards up-field. A touchdown by Waln made it a one possession game, 14-22. Tiger special teams came up with a big play on the kick-off when they recovered an onside kick. A 15 yard pass to Tré Iyotte put the Tigers in good position, though they still faced a 4th and 3. A pitch to Gilbert Morrison on the play that followed resulted in a 20 yard touchdown run and after Krogman made his way across the goal line for the 2 point conversion, the game was tied.
Both teams played hard through the fourth period, working to gain the advantage. Defense, though, seemed to prevail. The Tigers got fourth down stops to end Colome’s early possessions. The Cowboys forced White River into the game’s only punt.
With just over two and a half minutes remaining, a Tiger run on 4th and 3 came up just short and Colome regained possession on the WR 44 yard line. They came up with a 20 yard pass completion on 4th down and 8, allowing their drive to the endzone to continue. They later converted on another 4th down try and the next play found the endzone, a 4 yard run.
The Tigers made a good return on the kick-off but had only 8 seconds remaining on the game clock. They got off a couple of plays, but a pass near the endzone as time expired fell incomplete, and the Cowboys took the win, 28-22.
Both teams finished the season with a record of 7-1.
The annual White River Invitational volleyball tournament was held in White River Saturday, October 6. Four teams competed in this year’s tournament.
The first rounds consisted of round robin play with each team playing the other once. Winner was the strongest team as they recorded a perfect 3-0 record in pool play. The remaining teams, White River, Colome, and Lyman, were closely matched.
White River opened against Winner, and for the second time in as many days, lost in straight sets. The final scores were 18-25, 22-25.
In round two, the Lady Tigers faced Lyman. Lyman avenged an early season loss to the Lady Tigers. They won in a close three set match, 15-25, 25-20, 24-26.
Colome, coming off their first win of the season in round one versus Lyman, was the Tiger opponent in the final round of pool play. The Lady Tigers scored the victory in two sets, 25-15, 25-23.
With three teams tied for second after pool play (Winner and White River beat Colome; Winner and Colome beat Lyman; Winner and Lyman beat White River), a tie breaker was implemented to determine Winner’s opponent in the championship game. After comparing total points allowed defensively, it was announced that White River would face the Lady Warriors in the title match.
After losing a close set one, 23-25, the Lady Tigers evened the match with a 25-19 win in set two. The set two win was the first for White River in three matches versus Winner and the first set that Winner had dropped through the whole tournament. The Lady Warriors came back with a vengeance, taking set three and the Tournament Championship with a 25-12 win in the third set tie break.
The Region 5B cross country meet was held in Philip last Wednesday, October 10. The Tigers made a good showing with the boys team of Justin Prue, Mathew Beardt, Tomas Martinez, Lucas Beardt, and James Leader Charge qualifying for State, as well as Sasha Six Toes, who qualified individually. Sasha, Mat, and Tomas are repeat qualifiers for the State Cross Country Meet.
After maneuvering through the tough 5,000 meter course in the boys varsity race, Justin was the first Tiger to cross the tape. He took more than two minutes off the time he ran in Philip just days before, and was able to finish in 8th place with a 19:30. Mat also improved upon his finishing time from the Saturday meet. He finished 10th with a 19:55. Tomas was only a second back, running a 19:56 that put him in 11th place. Lucas ran a 20:56, a performance good for 19th. Rounding out the Tiger’s five man team was James who placed 23rd with a 21:18.
Had they not qualified as a team (the top three teams qualify teams of between three and five runners), four of the Tigers would have qualified with top twenty finishes individually.
Following the boys lead, Sasha also qualified for State. With a top twenty individual finish securing a trip to the State Meet, Sasha was well within those parameters. Improving upon her Saturday time by almost 25 seconds, she placed 9th with a time of 16:44. Georgie Larvie also competed in the varsity race. She was 31st with a 21:16.
The boys fielded a complete five man team in the JV race. Kalup Provancial was twelve seconds back from the top finisher. He was 3rd with a 16:08. Caleb Roubideaux ran a 17:52 to finish 5th. Also in the top ten was Reuben Spotted Elk with an 18:56 in 9th place. Finishing 13th was Gabe Beardt, 20:30. Thomas Marshall placed 16th, 28:05.
Emma Twite and Casandra Artichoker finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively in the girls JV race. Emma ran a 21:13. Casandra’s time was 24:17.
The middle school team wrapped up their season with a successful Region Meet. On the boys side, Camdyn Plenty Horse captured 1st place, running the course in 5:57. For the girls, Nellie Leader Charge was runner-up. She finished 2nd with a 6:05. There were three others for the Tigers competing in the boys MS division. Nick Sayler ran a good race placing 3rd in 6:01. Lawrence De’Sersa came in next. He was 4th with a 6:07. Caleb Twite ran a 10:14 finishing 12th.
The White River Tigers were honored last Tuesday afternoon when they were presented with the 2011/12 KELO Cup for Class B. Keloland Sports Director Matt Holsen expressed his congratulations to the Tigers and made the presentation.
The KELO Cup is awarded in recognition of excellence in high school athletics. Points are awarded throughout the year and are earned by placing in the top three at a State Championship event. The Tigers were State Champions in both boys golf and boys basketball last year, thus earning a total of ten points, enough for the Class B KELO Cup.
Members of the boys basketball and golf teams, coaches, and Matt Holsen of Keloland are pictured above: from left - Tanner Larvie, Tré Iyotte, Tavis Burbank, Mat Beardt, Eldon Marshall, Jared Bouman, Nic Waln, Gilbert Morrison, Matt Holsen, Justin Prue, Vincent Charging Hawk, Justin Folkers, Wyatt Krogman, Link Tucker, Joe Cameron, Cory Rogers, Alice Cameron, Skyler Bordeaux, and Tom Cameron
Sioux Falls O’Gorman (28 points) won the 2011/12 Class AA KELO Cup and Madison (16 points) was the recipient in Class A Cup. Ipswich High School, another class B school, also won two events, girls cross country and girls track and field, and was named co-KELO Cup award winners.
The race is on for the 2012/13 KELO Cup. O’Gorman is in the lead with 11 points in Class AA. There is a three way tie in Class A. Lead-Deadwood, SF Christian, and West Central all have 5 points. Class B has yet to contest any State Championships. The first points to be awarded in class B will be at the State Cross Country Meet October 20.
By Kristan Krogman It was an exciting conclusion to Homecoming Week as the White River Tigers escaped with a win Friday night at Tiger Field. In a game that came down to extra point conversions, it was the White River Tigers who had the edge in the end. New Underwood had just matched White River with a touchdown in overtime number two, but they had to convert their extra points to force a third overtime. Senior Nic Waln covered the extra point try and came away with an interception, giving his team a 44-42 victory. New Underwood set up the overtime theatrics after trailing 28-20 with just over four minutes remaining in regulation. They battled against the White River defense and the clock down the stretch, converting on a 4th down and 15 at one point. Penalties hampered both teams throughout the game. The WR Tigers committed a big one on a 4th and 2 with just seconds remaining and New Underwood took advantage of a second opportunity. Their 4 yard TD pass as the buzzer sounded resulted and kept their hopes of extending the game alive. With no time showing on the clock they converted with a 2 point run to force overtime. Both teams were successful in the first overtime. Overtimes begin with a coin flip to determine who is awarded the ball first. Play commences on the ten yard line and after the first team either scores or is unsuccessful, the second team has a chance to match or exceed team one. If the score remains tied after both teams have had their turn, another overtime results. Both teams scored on their first play of overtime number one and both were successful with their 2 point conversions, setting up the thrilling end to the second overtime. New Underwood took the early led at the game’s onset. White River gained the lead in quarter two with a Wyatt Krogman interception that was returned for a touchdown. The second half began with New Underwood turning the ball over on another interception. With the exception of that first possession, every second half possession resulted in a touchdown for the offensive team. There were five touchdowns between the two teams and then New Underwood’s final drive that led to the exciting finish. Tiger Stats: Nic Waln - 10 carries, 110 yards, 2 TDs; 1 reception, 25 yards; 7 tackles; 2 interceptions Wyatt Krogman - 15 carries, 110 yards, 2 TDs; 6-8 passing, 1 TD; 5 tackles; 1 interception (returned for TD) Gilbert Morrison - 4 carries, 29 yards; 2 receptions, 25 yards, 1 TD; 9 tackles Ben Adrian - 1 rec, 11 yards; 2 tackles Matt Gillen - 18 tackles Christian Bartlett - 21 tackles Tré Iyotte - 1 rec, 7 yards; 7 tackles Justin Folkers - 1 tackle Link Tucker - 6 tackles Cory Rogers - 4 tackles Cain Fairbanks - 1 tackle White River converted two extra points in regulation, a pass to Gilbert Morrison and a pass to Bill Chauncey. New Underwood also converted two extra points. White River’s overtime 2 point conversions came on another Morrison reception and the second on a good run by Wyatt Krogman whose second effort propelled him across the goal line. New Underwood converted on a pass for two in the first overtime before their two point pass in the second overtime was intercepted. NU 6 6 12 28 36 42 WR 0 8 22 28 36 44
By Kristan Krogman The White River Lady Tigers capped an exciting run at the 2012 Lakota Nation Invitational volleyball tournament with a 3rd place victory over defending champions, Tiospa Zina. The Tigers opened play Friday versus Crow Creek with a 2-0 victory and went on to beat Cheyenne Eagle Butte and St. Francis on day one of pool play. On Saturday, the girls recorded wins over Tiospa Zina, Red Cloud, and Little Wound to go undefeated through pool play. Earning the top seed in their pool, the Lady Tigers went up against Custer in the semi-finals. Custer, a regular in tournament action at LNI, brought a tough challenge for White River. The Wildcats took set one 25-12 before the Lady Tigers bounced back with an 18-25 advantage in set two. The set three tie break saw the Lady Tigers trailing 7-11 before a 7-3 run ended with a Gabbie Waln block that tied the score at 14. The two teams traded scoring in the points that followed, tying the game on four occasions. Custer’s hitting, though, slowly wore down their opponent with six big kills down the stretch. They captured victory, taking the third set 25-22. Facing Tiospa Zina in the 3rd/4th place game, the Lady Tigers struggled to rebound from the disappointing semi-final loss and went down in the first set 18-25. Tiospa Zina played a good first set, committing just five errors, while White River had just three players, Waln, Dusti Good Shield, and Ashlyn Plooster, with multiple winners. White River turned things around in the second with Good Shield tallying seven winners through the set. The Tigers were more aggressive and it carried over into their serving. Free points on aces by Courtney Charging Hawk, Waln, Shelley Wilcox, and Rachel Astleford benefited the Lady Tigers, and they evened the match with a 25-21 advantage. Playing in another 3rd set tie break, the Lady Tigers again were slow in settling into the game. Tiospa Zina also struggled early on, though they led by six at 9-3. The two teams combined for just four winners in the first 18 points of the set. Play steadily improved, especially for White River who scored the game’s next five winners. After points by Waln and Good Shield helped the team draw even at 14, Rachel Astleford turned the game around for the Lady Tigers with three winners in quick succession. A Charging Hawk ace and another kill by Waln followed, extending the Lady Tiger lead to four, 19-15. Back to back winners by the Wambdi later drew them to within one, 23-22, but back to back unforced errors followed, and the Lady Tigers captured the third place vase, 25-22. White River’s Gabbie Waln was named to the All-Tournament team. Pine Ridge won the tournament. They went 8-0 en route to the championship, beating Custer 2-0 in the final. Brook Pond of Pine Ridge won the tournament MVP award, while Custer’s Tia Goebel was named the Outstanding Setter. Contessa Vasquez of Little Wound was selected as the Defensive Specialist and Oelrichs received the Team Sportsmanship award.