Under relatively calm playing conditions, the Rapid City Stevens boys' golf team came away with the title Thursday at the Douglas Wind Invitational at Prairie Ridge Golf Course in Box Elder.

The Raiders had four players shoot in the top 10 and finish with an 18-hole score of 328, 20 strokes ahead of Spearfish. Rapid City Central was third with a 363, followed by Douglas at 364 and Belle Fourche at 444.

Cole Banning of Stevens won the individual medalist honors with a 78, three strokes ahead of teammate Matt Albrecht, who placed second and Jaden Heintzman of Douglas, who was third.

Will Christianson of Hot Springs placed fourth, also with an 81, while Dalton Mahoney of Stevens was fifth with an 83.

The rest of the top 10 field included: Drew Jewett of Spearfish in sixth place (85), Andrew Corbine of Douglas in sixth (86), Sam Lesselyoung of Stevens in eighth (86), Tyler Eberle of Central in ninth (86) and Parker Loucks of Spearfish in 10th (87).

Up next for many of the area golfers is the Spearfish Invitational on Tuesday.

Cross Country

Burkhalter, Leber win Belle Fourche titles

Daniel Burkhalter of Bison and Delaney Leber of Newell came away with individual wins Thursday at the Belle Fourche Invitational.

Burkhalter, the defending Class B state champion, ran away from the field, winning the 5K event in 16 minutes, 44.43 seconds, nearly a minute ahead of second-place finisher, Ty Trainor of St. Thomas More, who finished in 17:43.91.

Nathaniel Youngblood of Custer finished third in 18:16.35, followed by Dylan Talley of Newcastle, Wyo., in 18:33.45 and Jarek Glenn of St. Thomas More in 18:36.37.

Leber had a little closer race, but still won easily, finishing the girls' 5K in 21:06.08. Kylee Bennett of Sturgis was second in 21:16.89, while Kaci Cooper of St. Thomas More was third in 21:41.71. Brigit Blote of St. Thomas More placed fourth in 21:45.70, while Kadense Dooley of Custer was fifth in 21:54.31.

Next up for many of the runners will be Sept. 14 at the Custer Invitational.


ST. THOMAS MORE 3, CUSTER 0: The Cavaliers moved to 3-2 on the season with a three-game sweep of Custer in Black Hills Conference play on Thursday.

The Cavaliers just got past the Wildcats 26-24 in the first set, before coasting in the next two, 25-15 and 25-19.

Aislin Duffy finished with six kills and five blocks for the Cavaliers, while Ciarra Benson added six kills. Anna Ketchum finished with three serving aces and two blocks, while Skylar Sullivan had 16 digs and two aces. Alex Kandolin also had 15 digs, while Ameyla Robinson had 14 set assists.

St. Thomas More returns to action next Thursday at Belle Fourche, while Custer, 3-5, is at Douglas on Tuesday.

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DOUGLAS 3, HOT SPRINGS 2: The Patriots picked up their first win of the season with a tough five-setter over the Bison.

Douglas prevailed 14-25, 25-18, 15-25, 25-15 and 16-14.

Allysa Stewart finished with 25 digs for Douglas, while Victoria Sumerset added 13 digs and nine kills. Hanna Hill also had 11 kills. Jeslyn Jindra finished with nine kills, two blocks and two serving aces. McKaeyla Bertocchi also had three aces.

Douglas, 1-3, hosts Custer on Tuesday, while Hot Springs, 2-9, is at Hill City on Tuesday.

BELLE FOURCHE 3, SPEARFISH 2: The Broncs outlasted the Spartans in five games in a Black Hills Conference battle in Spearfish.

Belle Fourche prevailed  17-25, 25-23, 16-25, 25-21 and 15-13.

No other results were made available.

Belle Fourche, 4-0, hosts Powder River County, Mont., on Tuesday, while Spearfish, 2-5, is at Douglas on Thursday.

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