Sacred Hoops (cross-country) Athletes of the Week: Kelsie Herman (Todd County) and Alex Schumacher (Miller)

By Rich Winter

A lot of our Sacred Hoops athletes are gearing up for basketball season by getting into shape during cross-country season. Several of our athletes had outstanding first-outings this last week….Two of them: Todd County senior Kelsie Herman and Miller 8th-grader, Alex Schumacher are this week’s Sacred Hoops cross-country athletes of the week.

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In addition to being a Class A, 2nd-team All-State Selection in 2019, Todd County senior Kelsie Herman is one heck of a runner.

The senior has qualified for the state cross-country meet for 5 consecutive seasons and is the Falcon school record holder in the 1600 and 3200 meters.

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Herman opened her cross-country season at the mostly AA meet in Pierre. In that meet, the ladies ran just 4000 meters (5k or 3.1 miles is the norm) and Herman finished 10th with a rock-solid season opener of 17:09.

Herman is one of the deadliest three-point shooters in the state and played with Amanda Carlow’s Sacred Hoops, All-Native 17-U squad.

Miller’s Alex Schumacher is one to watch for the next FIVE seasons

A year ago, as a 7th-grader Schumacher was tough and gritty.

Having grown a bit, the 8th-grader had a solid outing in the first cross-country race of the season.

In Mitchell, running against VARSITY competition, Schumacher was 27th of 74 runners.

That’s impressive…

This summer, Schumacher played basketball with Dalton Miller’s Barn-Burner 14-U squad.