Sacred Hoops student/athletes getting it done, on and off the court

At left, Remedy and Kelsie Morrison play today in the first-round of the Class B girls state tournament. Center, Ryan Heinert received the Unified Spartan Award and at right, Hot Springs F/C Alex Bilbruck is part of a Hot Springs squad making their first state tournament appearance since 1945.

Well, as the first-game of the South Dakota Class B state tournament has just tipped, we at Sacred Hoops wanted to say congratulations to all of the teams that have, and those that will advance to the state tournaments. Awesome work by a lot of coaches and communities that have helped shape these youth into the finely honed basketball players they have become.

Later today, Kristi Barnhart’s White River squad laces them up against DeSmet. A lot of Sacred Hoops influence on that White River squad as Kaylee Wells, along with Remedy and Kelsie Morrison will be going into battle. Remedy Morrison was nursing an injury last summer, but sister Kelsie was part of a ferocious, All-Native Sacred Hoops squad coached by Christian Morrison. Coach Morrison coached an undefeated White River junior varsity JV squad this season and is an assistant coach for Kristi Barnhart.

How about those Hot Springs Bison?

The last time the Bison reached the state tournament was 1945…74 years ago!

In 1996, Hot Springs, led by Mickey Dennis (1st-team all-state) made it all the way to the Regional final, and got bounced by eventual state champion, Douglas. The Patriots ended up beating Lyman County and Hot Springs, well, they have been knocking on the state tournament door for a lot of years.

The Bison have a first-round matchup at the State A’s with No. 4 seeded Pine Ridge.

Wanted to give a big-time shout out to Hot Springs junior, a 6-foot-6 junior who played on the Sacred Hoops, West River, 16-U squad coached by Christian McGhee.

Finally, wanted to point out a really cool Social Media post from Spearfish resident, Rosie Metcalf-Heinert

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Got a call from the school yesterday as Ryan received the Unified Spartan Award for kindness and caring at assembly today.

It reads "for showing acceptance and offering friendship to those of all abilities”
My 💓 is filled!

Ryan played for the Sacred Hoops 11-U team coached by Ted Standing Soldier this summer. Can’t tell you how proud we were this morning to see a quality young man being rewarded for making a difference at his school.

"for showing acceptance and offering friendship to those of all abilities” is quite similar to the Sacred Hoops Philosphy of

To teach the game of basketball, the game of life, and provide multiple opportunities for the youth and those who work with the youth in South Dakota and surrounding states.

Ryan played for the Sacred Hoops 11-U team coached by Ted Standing Soldier this summer. Can’t tell you how proud we were this morning to see a quality young man being rewarded for making a difference at his school.

One of the core values from the Sacred Hoops Directors and all of the Sacred Hoops coaches is nurturing these young people across South Dakota. Not just about basketball but about knowing right from wrong and being respectful to others…

Wanted to show just a little clip of Sacred Hoops Coach Ted Standing Soldier who is doing Yoemen’s work out west…Coaching young minds but also shaping young lives to represent themselves, their family, their schools and their communities.

Great stuff Ryan Heinert…keep up the good work!