The Rushmore Thunder boys’  varsity hockey team closed its home schedule with a resounding 6-0 win over the Oahe Capitals Friday night at the Rushmore Thunderdome.

The Thunder, 10-4 in league play, went into the game ranked third in the state, while Oahe, 10-2, was ranked second.

Seven seniors played their final home game for the Thunder, the state’s defending champions.

The Thunder struck first five minutes into the game with a goal from Blake Devries, assisted by Seth Stock. Less than three minutes later, the Thunder struck again, this time by Kael Delzer, assisted by Ryan Nolan and Stock.

Just over three minutes into the second period, Delzer scored his second goal of the contest, assisted again by Stock and Nolan. Midway through the second period, Rushmore’s Camden Nayman added a power-play goal, assisted by Nathan Bender. With five minutes remaining in the second period, Nolan added an unassisted power-play goal closing out the period with the Thunder up 5-0.

The lone goal of the third period came from Alec Humke, an unassisted goal.

Thunder goaltender John Young earned the shutout victory with 22 saves.

Rushmore returns to action next weekend when they travel to Mitchell for a pair of games.

McKnight to play football at Minnesota West

Rapid City Central senior linebacker Keenan McKnight will take his game to the next level, signing to play football at Minnesota West on Friday.

The Cobblers leading tackler in the past two seasons, liked the Worthington, Minn., school's proximity.

"It's not too far away from Rapid and I have a lot of family in that area too," he said. "It has a business degree that I want, and it also has my favorite sports of football. I thought I might as well go into two things for one."

McKnight is excited about playing on the NCJAA level.

"I've talked to the coach and he said I will also be playing a little defensive end here and there; I just have to work on my feet a little more because there are a lot bigger dudes there."

BHSU softball falls twice in season opener

The Black Hills State University softball team dropped a pair of games on the opening day of the season on Saturday at the Minot State dome Invitational. The Yellow Jackets (0-2) fell to Minot State (2-2), 5-2, in the opening game of the day, before losing to the University of Minnesota-Crookston (1-1), 9-1, in the second game.

In the first game Brittany Henricksen (1-for-4) and Smith (1-for-3) each recorded an RBI, while Kindall Bethke was 2-for-3 in the game. Alex Wiley and Samantha Schoen also tallied hits.

Alex Wiley (0-1) took the loss in the circle for the Yellow Jackets. The senior threw 5.0 innings, allowing four runs (three earned) while striking out two. Kyndal Wallace threw the final inning, allowing one run.

Wiley was 4-for-4 in the game, finishing the day with five hits. Bethke was 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Katelyn Odle was also 2-for-4 in the game. London also recorded a hit.

Crystal Amaral (0-1) took the complete game loss. She allowed nine runs (seven earned) in 7.0 innings, striking out eight.

BHSU will face the same two teams today.

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