Wall BALL - Can John Hess's Lady Eagles keep pace with a RUGGED region 7B field

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John Hess’s Wall Eagles are 7-1 heading into tonight’s home game with Philip -

All photos courtesy of Bonnie Law

By Rich Winter

One the B regions out west that probably isn’t getting the PUB that it deserves is the Region 7B girls race.

You look at the current 7B standings and I think folks would expect New Underwood, White River and Kadoka to be where, they are….But right with the elite-of-the-elite are the Wall Eagles 7-1 and trailing Kadoka by 1/ten-thousandth of a point for Third place in the Region.

New Underwood 45.4009 9-1

White River 43.9097 7-4

Kadoka Areas 42.8756 6-2

Wall 42.8757 7-1

Lower Brule 42.7785 5-4

I think people forget about Wall in the Region 7B conversation…They also might forget that Wall was 16-7 last year and returned their top two scorers, Cooper McLaughlin and Mercedes Hess…

At left, Cooper McLaughlin leads Wall in scoring with 16.4 ppg (6.3 rpg). At right, Mercedes Hess scores 13.5 ppg and leads the team in rebounding with 7.9 per outing…

As noted earlier, Wall is 7-1 on the season…Were it not for the 40 point (22 in the fourth) explosion from Rapid City 8th-grader, Olivia Kieffer, Hess’s squad would be undefeated…HMMM?

Last two outings Wall has been particularly impressive, defeating a good Region 6A squad, Chamberlain, 48-45 and going on the road to take down a Region 8A opponent, Custer 48-35.

If you haven’t checked out Wall’s lineup, Hess is working with a very big team…

Sophomore Lilly Wagner is 5-10 and scores at an 8.5 per game clip.

Senior Jaicee Williams is another 6-footer, Hess is 6-feet, Sawvell 5-foot-9

A big couple of games in a row for Hess’s Eagles….Tonight the girls host Philip….Saturday….

Wall vs. Region leading New Underwood and 6-foot-1 Jadyn Finkbeiner

Some terrific off-the-court work being done at Wall - Wall one act play


While poking through some of Mama Law’s photos came across some photos of Wall’s One-Act-Play. Starting at left in the black dress (Mercedes Hess), Ash Grensteiner, Cameron Ausman and as Bonnie Law says “The best drunk pirate/postman I’ve ever seen.” in junior Kassidy Sawvell.

Ausman and Sawvell both earned outstanding Actor Awards at their regional 1-Act-Play competition.

Shout out to Mercedes Hess….

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Too often we forget to recognize some of the stuff outside of sports that some of our amazing young people are doing.

Mercedes Hess plays volleyball, basketball, does track…

Works on the One-Act-Play

Involved in Wall’s theatre programs

Oral Interpretation