Devin Hansen scored two second-half goals and awakened Rapid City Stevens from a first-half slumber to edge Sturgis 3-2 in boys' soccer Saturday in Sturgis.

The Scoopers produced no shots in the first half, yet led 1-0 at halftime after Sturgis pressured the Raiders defender line into an own goal, just seconds before intermission.

The Raiders need a spark and got it in the first minute in the second half when Kale Weis emerged from a crowed near the Scoopers goal and tabbed in the ball for a goal. Hansen responded three minutes later, taking a pass from Syd Kickland, netting the ball from the left side in the 44th minute for a 2-1 lead.

Unfazed, the Scoopers answered in the 49th minute to tie the score at 2-2 on a direct kick from senior Grayson Nelson. Hansen gave the Raiders the lead for good in the 61st minute with a long dribble down the field, firing the shot past from outstretched from keeper Scooper Isaac Doten.

The Raiders took 28 shots compared to seven for the Scoopers with 14 on frame compared to four on frame to the Scoopers.

“Devin is always going to bring a lot of energy. He was a little angry at halftime, and he gave us the spark we needed in the second half,” said Stevens coach Dave Sharp. “We took 28 shots and we need to have a sense of emergency in front of the goal.”

“I thought we gave them a game for 80 minutes, we were not as easy of match as teams may think,” Sturgis coach Ty Louder said. “We may have lost, but we have a lot of positives from this outcome.”

Douten had 10 saves for the Scoopers.

The Raiders, 5-2-1, are at Belle Fourche next Saturday , while Sturgis, 2-7, is at spearfish Tuesday.

ST. THOMAS MORE 11, BELLE FOURCHE 1: The Cavaliers got four goals from Nate Skinner in the rout of the Broncs.

The win was the seventh straight for St. Thomas More, which moved to 7-1-1 on the season.

The Cavaliers also got some highlight goals from Liam Yates, Beady Evans and Andrew Evans.STM BF 11-1

STM, returns to action Thursday against Rapid City Central, while Belle Fourche, 2-7, is at Sturgis on Thursday.

RAPID CITY CENTRAL 1, SPEARFISH 0: The Cobblers made an early goal stand up in the win over the Spartans.

The only score in the game came in the 28th minute on a goal from Ryder Gary, who was assisted by Harrison Beyers.

The Central defense did the rest, allowing just seven shots from the Spartans in the contest.

Central coach Joe Sabrowski said that defender Erik Keohane played well from the back and prevented the Spartans from getting through most of the game. Dawson Fairchild got the shutout from his keeper position.

“It was closer than we had hoped for, but in the end we held them off and managed to score,” Sabrowski said.

The Cobblers, 6-1-1, go to Hot Springs Tuesday night and host St. Thomas ore on Thursday.

Girls Soccer

ST. THOMAS MORE 3, BELLE FOURCHE 1: The Cavaliers held off the Broncs in a defensive battle in Belle Fourche.

St. Thomas More led 1-0 at halftime on Maddie Dietrich’s first goal of the season at the 36th mark. The Cavs led 2-0 from a 40-yard goal from Emma Wojtanowicz, before the Broncs cut the lead to 2-1 with a goal in the 54th minute.

STM got an insurance goal from Olivia Hill when she took a rebound off the goalie from a corner kick.

“It was a low-shooting game,’ STM coach Doug Noyes said. “I think we outshot them 7-3. It was a defensive battle.”

STM, 6-2-1, faces Rapid City Central on Thursday, with Belle Fourche, 3-5, is at Sturgis Thursday.

RAPID CITY CENTRAL 5, SPEARFISH 1: Maddi Avery scored four goals to led the Cobblers to a win over Spearfish on Saturday afternoon.

Avery got the scoring started for Central 10 minutes into regulation on an unassisted goal.

The Spartans would answer on a Daesha Erskin score to make it 1-1 in the 18th minute of play.

Avery took over from there, giving the Cobblers the 2-1 lead on a goal in the 38th minute, before adding to that lead six minutes on a goal assisted by Hayleigh Young.

Up 3-1, Central’s Morgan Sullivan scored on an unassisted attempt, and Avery added her final goal of the game in the 78th minute to seal the win.

After struggling in the earlier part of the season, Central coach Mark Morgan feels as though his team has gotten back on track.

“We had a good game today,” Morgan said. “We’re really starting to click and we’re really starting to win the games we know we can win. We are trying to push the power points in the right direction, so we can get seeded. All in all, things are looking pretty good.”

Rapid City Central (3-4-1) will go on to host St. Thomas More on Thursday, while Spearfish (3-5-1) hosts Sturgis on Tuesday.

Cross Country

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Both Stevens teams place third in Sioux Falls

Both the Rapid City Stevens cross country teams finished in third place Saturday in the Nike Heartland Preview in Sioux Falls.

The Raider girls finished with 93 points, behind a pair of Minnesota teams as Willmar won the race with43 points and Minnetonka followed with 48 points. Rapid City Central was fifth with 133 points.

Bryanna Kuhn led the way for Stevens with a fifth-place finish in the girls’ 5K run in a time of 19 minutes, 35.65 seconds. Sophie Whicher of Minnetonka won the race in 17:39.19. Also for Stevens, Hailey Ohre was 11th in 20:10.93 and Eric Dykstra was 20th in 20:29.35 and Alyssa Franke was 24th in 20:36.49.

MaKaen DeGeest led Rapid City Central with a 19th-place finish in 20:22.83. Kazlyn Bachelor was 37th in 21:10.33 and teammate Marina Bunkers was 38th in 21:12.13.

In the boys’ competition, Minnetonka won the event with 25 points, followed by Sioux Falls Washington with 65 points and Stevens with 111 points. Central was 10th with 267 points.

Liam Vidas led Stevens with a 16th-place finish in 16:55.18, with Luke Meyer in 22nd place in 17:11.69 and Lucas Steiger-Olson in 25th in 17:14.30.

Calvin Moehlman led Central with a 19th-place finish in 16:57.73.

Central returns to action next weekend at Gillette, Wyo., and Huron, while Stevens is next up with the Rapid City Invitational at Hart Ranch on Sept. 22.

Girls Tennis

Cobblers lose two at Brandon Valley Jamboree

Rapid City Central struggled to pick up a win at the Brandon Valley Jamboree on Saturday morning, losing a 9-0 decision to Sioux Falls Lincoln, before dropping a 5-4 matchup to Milbank.

Although the Cobblers had a tough outing against Lincoln, they stayed fairly close in their matchup with Milbank.

Milbank carried a 2-1 advantage at the end of doubles action, but Central used a trio of singles victories to stay in contention.

The first win came from Genesis Reynolds in Flight 1, who defeated Jodi DeVaal (5-2, 6-5(1)), while Anna Lightenberg dropped Jenna Johnson (1-5, 5-1 and 10-4) in Flight 4.

The Cobblers were unable to get any closer in their second loss of the day.

Rapid City Central will play cross town rival Rapid City Stevens on Tuesday.

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