The Black Hills State University rodeo team competed in the Falcon Frontier Days Rodeo over the weekend, where the women's team placed first, and the men finished fourth.

Freshman Savanah Johnston brought home her first collegiate All-Around title, after placing second in breakaway with a time of 7.2 seconds on two, and third in goat tying with a time of 14.9 seconds on two.

Johnston's sister, Carlee Johnston, won the breakaway with a time of 6.6 seconds on two, while teammate Jaydn Hollenbeck placed third with a time of 3.6 seconds in the long go.

Tayle Brink and Jada Maher tied for fourth in goat tying with a time of 15.2 seconds on two, while Carlee Johnston placed sixth with a time of 15.3 on two, and KeAnna Ward finished sixth in the long go with a time of 7.6.

Closing out the women's point finishers, Alyssa Lockhart finished second in barrel racing with a time of 33.06 seconds on two, while teammate Joeni Lueders placed fourth with a time of 33.37 on two. Kallie Carey and Brink placed second and fourth in the long go, with times of 16.60 and 16.72, respectively.

On the men's side, Jordan Staton won team roping with a time of 16.6 on two, while teammates Colton Backhaus and Trey Huber took fourth in the long go with a time of 8.4 seconds.

Tucker Chytka closed out the men's finishers, placing sixth with a time of 20.3 seconds on two in the steer wrestling.

Black Hills State next heads to North Platte, Nebraska, to compete at the Railtown USA Rodeo hosted by Mid Plains College on Friday, Sept. 15-16.

Black Hills Rapids announces leadership additions

The Black Hills Rapids Soccer Club has announced the expansion of the organization’s top leadership to include new positions focused on improving the club’s operations and coaching development.

The Board of Directors and Executive Director Doug Noyes said that Dave Sharp, Troy Anderson, Mike Fairchild and Josh Valder have been added to new roles within the organization.

Sharp returns to the Black Hills Rapids as Director of Coaching (DOC) with the primary role of providing training and development for coaches in both the competitive and recreational programs. The 2015 Region 2 Coach of the Year, Sharp holds a US Soccer National “A” license, previously served as the Rapids’ DOC and is widely regarded as one of the most skilled coaches in Western South Dakota.

Anderson will take on the role of providing operational and administrative direction to the select level teams as the Select Program Director. In this role, he will be responsible for information and communication between coaches and club members, while also continuing to push program growth. A longtime club member and coach, Anderson is currently an assistant coach for the Central High School girls’ soccer team.

Fairchild will serve as the Academy Program Director and, like Anderson, will work to fulfill the operational needs of that program’s teams, as well as develop and expand the Academy level. Fairchild has been a longtime coach for the club, as well as held administrative positions with the South Dakota State Soccer Association.

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Formerly the Director of Coaching for the Recreational Program, Valder has been asked to fill a new position within the club that focuses on the general management, support and organization of the club’s soccer operations. Valder’s unique knowledge of the club and dedication to all Black Hills Rapids members make him an asset to the new leadership team.

All new positions have taken effect immediately and report to Noyes. These roles constitute a new structure for the organization and the selection of Sharp, Anderson, Fairchild and Valder were unanimously approved by the Board.

Van Boening once again named to Mosconi Cup

Rapid City native Shane Van Boening tops the list of the selections to Team USA for the Mosconi Cup.

One of the top billiards players in the country, Van Boening has been selected on the Team USA for the 10th time. The Moconi Cup is played each year between the top five players from Europe pitted against the top USA players. Every other year it is played in Las Vegas in December.

The winning team receives $10,000 per player.

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