The Belle Fourche volleyball team stayed hot and rolled to a straight set victory over St. Thomas More in its Region 8A matchup with the Cavaliers on Thursday night in Belle Fourche.

The Broncs were on fire right out of the gates, taking a 1-0 lead with a 25-8 first set win.

The Cavaliers fought back in the second set and kept it close most of the way, but Belle Fourche took back momentum before posting a tough 25-23 victory.

Up two sets, the Broncs held on to that second set momentum as they cruised to a 25-11 third win to earn a Sweet 16 berth.

Sierra Ward led the way for Belle Fourche, finishing the match with a game high 18 kills and 13 digs.

Fallon Budmayr paced the Broncs with 15 assists, Payson Birkeland chipped in with 11 and Mandee Williamson finished with four aces.

Ameyla Robinson led the Cavaliers with 20 assists, Alex Kandolin had nine kills and Skylar Sullivan led the team in digs with eight.

Belle Fourche (29-3) will await Sweet 16 seeding to see who its opponent will be for the state qualifier.

St. Thomas More’s season ends at 17-12.

RAPID CITY CHRISTIAN 3, LEAD-DEADWOOD 1: Rapid City Christian bounced back from a second set loss to defeat Lead-Deadwood in a Region 8A sweet 16 qualifier on Thursday night.

After taking the first set 25-22, the Comets dropped the second set as the Golddiggers won 26-24.

Christian would bounce back in the third set as it dropped Lead-Deadwood 25-15, before closing out the match with a 25-20 fourth set win.

Rayna Turley had a big night for the Comets, leading her team with 23 kills, while adding 23 digs. Olivia Kieffer and Kayla Clewley chipped in with 10 kills apiece, while Riley Freeland finished with 45 assists.

McKayla Norton led the Golddiggers with 32 assists, Carolyn Groeger paced the team with 18 kills and Anna Campbell chipped in with 10.

Rapid City Christian (22-8) will play in a state qualifier on Tuesday, while Lead-Deadwood’s season ends at 21-10.

MILLER 3, CHAMBERLAIN 0: Miller ran past Chamberlain in its Region 6A matchup on Thursday afternoon.

The Rustlers jumped ahead early behind a 25-14 first set victory. Chamberlain kept the second set closer, but Miller took control on its way to a 25-17 win. The third set belonged to the Rustlers from the outset as they cruised to a 25-8 victory.

Rachel Oligmueller .led the way for Miller with 30 assists, Kadye Fernholz had 10 kills and Karly Beckett finished with 15 digs.

Izzy Tyrel paced the Cubs with eight assists, while Hannah Anderson and Avany Long finished with four kills apiece.

Miller (24-4) will play for a state title berth on Tuesday, while Chamberlain’s season ends at 9-20.

MOBRIDGE-POLLOCK 3, CHEYENNE-EAGLE BUTTE 0: Mobridge-Pollock is one step closer to the state tournament as it dropped Cheyenne-Eagle Butte on Thursday.

The Tigers opened the match with a 25-12 win in the first set, before sealing the victory with 25-14 and 25-15 second and third sets.

Alex Steiger led Mobridge with 16 assists, Kassidy Moser had 11 digs and Molly Lahren finished with nine kills.

Cooper Marshall paced Cheyenne-Eagle Butte with seven kills.

Mobridge-Pollock (10-18) advance to the Sweet 16, while Cheyenne-Eagle Butte closes out the season at 11-21.

High School Football

Wall leads All-Conference team honors

The All-Conference team for the Great Plains Conference was announced on Thursday, with the top teams in the conference leading the way in overall selections.

The Eagles, who finished the season with a 6-0 conference record, had seven players selected, including conference Most Valuable Player Tate Eisenbraun.

Along with Eisenbraun, six other players made the All-Conference team, including Trey Elshere, Damion Bresee, Braden McDonnell, Cash Wilson, Jacob Bielmaier and Cooper McConaghy.

Lyman, which went 5-1 in conference play, had six players make the team, starting with Jadeon Biggers, Ty Schindler and Jack Miller.

Rounding out the selections for the Raiders were Carter Collins, Bristol Cleveland and Corwin Mohr-Eymer.

Kadoka Area (3-3) finished the season with five All-Conference selections, including Jory Rodgers, Abe Herber, Reese Sudbeck. Marcus Herber and Seth Patterson.

Rapid City Christian (3-3) had five players make the team, starting with Carson Udager, James Vandervorst and Zane Schlabach.

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Jacob Schneller and Tanner Fite closed out the selections for the Comets.

Along with Christian and Kadoka, New Underwood also had five players make the All-Conference squad.

For the Tigers (3-3), Nate Ludovissie, Jacob McNutt, Caleb Philips, Colton Cogdill and Colter Clark were all first-team selections.

Dawson Reedy and Pedro Dennis made the team for Philip (1-5) while Austin Olson of Jones County/White River (0-6) rounded out the 2017 selections.  

Hardrockers hang with Jackrabbits in exhibition

The South Dakota School of Mines men's basketball team held its own Thursday evening, falling to South Dakota State 78-65 in the Hurricane Relief fundraiser game.

Mines made it quite challenging, leading for most of the first half and holding a two-point edge at the half, 35-33.

It wasn't until a midway through the second half that the Jackrabbits used some strong play on the perimeter to overtake the visitors. SDSU led by as much as 19 with just over five minutes to play beforeMines was able to regroup, and despite hitting some three-pointers down the stretch, there wasn't enough time remaining for the 'Rockers to rally back.

"Our guys competed extremely hard tonight," said Hardrocker coach Jason Henry. We gave up too many offensive boards in the second half and a few too many mental mistakes but I'm very pleased with our effort against a really good team."

The entire Hardrocker roster saw playing time Thursday. Freshman Troy Brady paced the 'Rockers with 16 points (4-of-7 from the arc) while sophomores Jake Heath and Logan Elers both contributed with 10 points. Sophomore Tristan Von Nieda tacked on eight points and led SD Mines with seven total rebounds.

SDSU was led in scoring by Mike Daum, the Summit League Player of the Year last season, with 21 points, while Skyler Flatten and David Jenkins both posted 16 points each.

Hockey

Rush acquire All-Star Bradford

The Rapid City Rush announced Thursday that the team acquired 2017 ECHL All-Star, Erik Bradford, in exchange for defenseman Michael Young with the Norfolk Admirals.

The 6-foot, 190-pound forward has appeared in seven games, and has a goal and five assists for six points to his credit. 

Last year, Bradford started with the Toledo Walleye for the first five games of the season, earning a goal and an assist before heading to the Mountain Division rival Utah Grizzlies. 

In a Grizzlies uniform, Bradford racked up 61 points (16 goals and 45 assists) in 57 games, and added two more assists in five playoff appearances. 

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