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St. Thomas More's Nick Lust hits the ball back to Rapid City central's Jaxon Thorson Tuesday at Parkview tennis court. The Cavaliers won the match 7-2.

St. Thomas More boys tennis was strong Tuesday, handling Rapid City Central 7-2 at the Parkview tennis courts.

Nick Lust, Will Raymond, Jake Berzina and Cullen Hill all secured singles wins for the Cavaliers. Lust beat Jaxon Thorson 6-1, 6-1; Raymond topped Toan Luc 6-2, 6-3; Berzina handled Pacey Nelson 6-1, 6-2 and Hill topped Jared Hannon 6-0, 6-1.

The Cobblers recorded two singles wins, Tyler Eberle beat Sam Mortimer 4-6, 7-5, 10-6 and Gabe Knudsen topped Nick Paikos 6-4, 7-5.

STM controlled the doubles, with Lust and Hill beating Thorson and Luc 6-3, 6-3. Raymond and Berzina beat Nelson and Hannon 6-2, 6-0 and Mortimer and Matt Rowland topped Eberle and Knudsen 6-2, 6-6 (7-3).

The Cavs will face Rapid City Christian Tuesday at Sioux Park while Central, weather permitting, travels to Yankton, Huron, Aberdeen Central and Mitchell over the weekend.  

Spartans drop a pair

The Spearfish boys tennis team fell Tuesday to Pierre and Rapid City Christian, 9-0 to the Governors and 7-2 to the Comets.

Eli Goddard was part of both wins for Spearfish against Christian, winning his singles match over Erik Rothe 10-2, and winning his doubles match with Nathan Schlauger 10-6 over Rothe and Jay Slayer.

Christian got wins from Noah Johnson (def. Carter Thorman 10-1), Thomas Postma (def. Tim Doerges 10-1), David Grenni (def. Tanner Hanson 10-0), Drake Beckloff (def. Matt Water 10-8) and Nathan Schlauger (def. Jay Sayler 10-6).

The doubles team of Johnson and Greni handled Thorman and Doerges 10-0 and the team of Postma and Beckloff topped Hanson and Waters 10-5.

Spearfish will welcome Gillette, Wyo. to the Black Hills Thursday.

Track and field

Todd County girls dominate Harry Weller Invitational

Behind three individual wins from Caelyn Valandra-Prue, the Todd County girls track and field racked up six event wins at the Harry Weller Invitational at O'Harra Stadium in Rapid City.

Valandra-Prue had a dominant day in the sprints, winning the 100-meters (12.78 seconds), 200 (25.93) and 400 (59.00).

Todd County also won the 4x400 relay (4:29.97) and the 4x800 relay (11:00.34).

Wall's Kayla Sawvell also had a dominant day, but in the throws. She won the shot put (40-01) and discus (126-08) with relative ease.

The boys side was more even, but Lower Brule's JayShawn Milton stole the show, winning the 100 (11.61), 200 (23.60) and high jump (6-02).

It was Wall and Bison that had the most team success. For the Eagles, it was wins in the relays. The 4x100 (46.22) and 4x200 (1:42.58) went to Wall as well as the 110 hurdles (Andrew Law, 16.55) and 400 meter (Cash Wilson, 51.53).

The Cardinals were helped by Shane Collins taking both the shot put (49-01) and discus (156-00). Daniel Burkhalter also won the 3,200 (10:13.71) and Bison won the sprint medley (3:51.01).

Girls golf

Trohkimoinen wins individual crown at Rapid City Quad

In the first golf matches of the season, Rapid City Central's Erin Trohkimoinen started the season well with a one stroke win at the Rapid City Quad.

She shot a 38 on nine holes to overtake Emmy Sundby of Rapid City Stevens who shot a 39. Molly Swartz of Douglas finished third with a 40, while Elyse Owen of Stevens and Chelsea Powles of Sturgis rounded out the top five with 43.

The Raiders would finish with the win, shooting a team score of 177. Douglas finished second with 209 and Spearfish finished third with 222. Sturgis and Central did not register a team score.

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