The Rapid City Rush will be announcing their third head coach in team history next Thursday with a special news conference.

Festivities will be at the Bank West Club Level of Premier Home Mortgage Ice in Rushmore Plaza Civic Center and begin at 5:30 p.m. and conclude about 7 p.m. The head coach announcement will be at approximately 6 p.m.

The news conference is open to the public.

The new head coach will replace Mark DeSantis, who was let go after this past season. The Rush finished 26-38-8 this season and DeSantis was 38-47-11 after replacing general manager Joe Ferras as head coach midway through the 2015-16 season.

Region 10 Boxing Tournament set for Saturday

The Region 10 Boxing Tournament will be held tonight at the Martinez Boxing Club, located at 200 East Main Street North.

Boxers will compete from South Dakota, Wyoming, North Dakota and Montana. Doors open at 5 p.m., with boxing beginning at 6 p.m.

For more information, contact Eddie Martinez at 605-545-3292 or Tony Cleberg at 605-593-2050.

Annual Deadwood Mickelson Trail Marathon Sunday

Four generations of a Northern Hills family will be participating in this year’s 16th annual Deadwood Mickelson Trail Marathon on Sunday.

The relay team will consist of five females of the Plunkett, Kaitfors and Hill families, including Darleen Plunkett, 84, of Spearfish; her daughters, Patrice Fields, 63, of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Chris Kaitfors, 61, of Whitewood; granddaughters Hillary Hill, 36, of Whitewood and Kelsey Kaitfors, 28, of Spearfish and great-granddaughter Grace Hill, 9, of Whitewood.

According to Chris Kaitfors, the idea was first suggested a couple years ago, but discussions began in earnest a year ago.

“Once we signed up this past January, we all began training and trying to stay healthy and injury-free until the race,” she said, adding that they have named their team “Generations of Running.”

All members of the team except for Plunkett are experienced runners. Fields and Khris Kaitfors have both run the Mickelson Trail 26.2-mile marathon, and Fields has participated in the Boston Marathon as well as the Leading Ladies Marathon in Spearfish.

The marathon starts in Rochford and the half marathon starts at Sleep Hollow Road off of Rochford Road at 8 a.m.

Over 3,000 runners are expected from 46 states and Bolivia, Germany, Switzerland and Canada. 

Cobbler Basketball Camp set for next week

The Cobbler Basketball Camp will begin Monday at Rapid City Central High School and run through Wednesday.

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The Lil’ Cobblers Boys and Girls Camp for grades K-3 will be from 9:30-11 a.m., followed by the Jr. Cobblers Boys Camp for grades 4-8 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The Cobbler Boys Camp for grades 9-12 is set for 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Campers will receive individual instruction each day during stations. Instruction will emphasize basketball fundamentals including: shooting skills, ball-handling, passing, footwork, rebounding and proper mental approach. 

Cost is $40 and registration is at the door.

Mines women's hoops to hold summer camps

The South Dakota School of Mines women's basketball program will be offering several camps this summer at the King Center. The Lady Hardrockers will be holding a team camp June 9-10; an individual skills camp June 12-14; a Fun-Damentals Camp June 12-14 and a team camp June 28-29.

The two team camps are for varsity and junior varsity girls' teams. The cost is $200 per team for one day (guaranteed three games) or $325 for two days (guaranteed five games). There are several divisions based on skill level.

To download a brochure of the team camp log onto and click on "Hardrocker Camps" or for more information, contact Hardrocker women's basketball head coach Ryan Larsen by email at:

The individual skills camp is for girls in grades 6-9 and its primary focus is to improve each player's abilities. Campers are grouped by age and are taught both offensive and defensive skills that will challenge them to become better basketball players. The camp fee is $75.

The Fun-Damentals camp is for girls in grades 3-5 and the camp fee is $50. The camp is offered to young players that are just beginning their basketball careers. Campers will receive instruction based on their experience and will enjoy playing fun games and learning new skills.

To download a brochure of the individual or Fun-Damentals camps, log onto and click on "Hardrocker Camps" or for more information, contact Hardrocker women's basketball assistant coach Hope Bonlander by email at: or cell phone at: (920) 517-8715.

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