All-Nations Football poll: Big three remain locked-in for top-spots in week-3 poll

After two weeks of football in the All-Nations conference Red Cloud, Crow Creek and CEB remain on top of the All-Nations Conference football poll. Art Vitalis’s Red Cloud Crusaders continue to look like an offensive power-house as the team scored 68 in a shutout win over Takini. Scott Klaudt’s Crow Creek Chieftains have been equally impressive, this week the squad blanked Marty Indian 50-0. And finally, Michael Scott’s CEB Braves shook off some first-half turnovers in a 40-6 win over Oelrich’s.

So, that being said here is your Sacred Hoops/Big Sioux Media/All-Nations Coach’s Poll (Week 3)

  1. Red Cloud 2-0

  2. Crow Creek 2-0

  3. CEB 2-0

  4. Lower Brule 1-0

  5. Tiospa Zina 2-0

    Also receiving votes were Flandreau Indian School, Little Wound and St. Francis.

We have some gigantic matchups this weekend headline by Cheyenne Eagle Butte @ Red Cloud on Friday. Week Three

  • Cheyenne-Eagle Butte @ Red Cloud – Friday September 20th

  • Little Wound @ Takini – Friday September 20th

  • Oelrichs @ Crazy Horse – Friday September 20th (Both teams looking for first win_

  • Tiospa Zina @ Lower Brule – Friday September 20th (No. 4 vs. No 5)

  • Crow Creek @ Flandreau Indian – Saturday September 21st

  • St Francis @ Marty – Friday September 20th

Week four will find all teams converging in Rapid City to coordinate games during the Fall Lakota Nation activities….LOWER BRULE vs. Crow Creek…Yes please.

Going to add a few photos from the first two weeks of the league…If anyone comes across a good picture and or video (Student recorded is best) we would love to highlight those youth on the Sacred Hoops platform. Tiospa Zina pictures are courtesy of John Hemminger

Also…check out this site on Big Sioux Media - https://bigsiouxmedia.com/all-nations-football-conference/

It is a web page for scores, upcoming matchups, polls and even our offensive and defensive players of the week.



Multi-sport STARS to clash as Alcester-Hudson hosts Dell Rapids St. Mary's

At left is DRSM QB Connor Libis…At right is Alcester-Hudson QB Logan Serck

By Rich Winter

HUGE matchup in Class 9B’s Region 2 tonight as No. 2 ranked Dell Rapid’s St. Mary’s takes on No. 4 Alcester-Hudson in a game that will be webcast at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6CiEVgbDwg

Ross Flemmer’s squad is off to a quick and explosive start with wins over Estelline/Hendricks (60-18), Castlewood (44-27) and a mildly surprising 28-0 shutout of De Smet. (Held De Smet to 56 total yards)

Brian Haak’s squad is also 3-0 on the season with a 44-0 win over Avon, a 22-20 win over Estelline/Hendricks and a 44-0 romp over Centerville last week.

Talk about a tough region as three of the top four ranked teams in the state come from Region 2B

DRSM 42.000 3-0

Alcester-Hudson 41.00000 3-0

Colman Egan 41.000 3-0

Class 9B rankings:

Class 9B

1. Colman-Egan (22) 3-0 118 1

2. Dell Rapids St. Mary (2) 3-0 88 4

3. Wolsey-Wessington 2-1 62 3

4. Alcester-Hudson 3-0 35 RV

5. Faulkton Area 1-1 30 2

Will be checking this game out tonight to check out some of the athletes not playing QB (Weston Geraets)…That said, am really looking at the QB’s tonight…Two, incredibly TUFF kids that are multi-sport standouts…

At left is is Hudson’s Logan Serck who wrestles for the (Beresford/Alcester/Hudson) team. He finished 2nd in the Class A state tournament a year ago at 132 lbs. (SCRAPPY)….At right is DRSM’s Connor Libis who was a Class B All-State, First Teamer last season….Both athletes are only juniors.

Check it out…should be an amazing game.


Carlow (Red Cloud) and Henry (St. Francis Indian) are All-Nations offensive and defensive players of the week

At left is Red Cloud’s Riyen Carlow who threw 5 TD passes and ran for 3 TD’s as Red Cloud defeated Lower Brule 58-48. At right (No. 30) is St. Francis sophomore Willard Henry who had four tackles, 1 sack and an interception he returned for a score against Oelrich’s.

By Rich Winter

Well, week one of the All-Nations football conference is in the books and thusly we have some Athletes of the Week to talk about.

Red Cloud senior Riyen Carlow was the hands down selection as Offensive Player-of-the-Week. Carlow, who made the transition from WR to QB this season looked like a cagey veteran working out of Art Vitalis’s spread formation from the shot-gun.

Five TD passes, 3 rushing TD’s…

Check out the last TD of the night for Carlow…

St. Francis football is alive and well - Willard Henry is All-Nations defensive player of the week

Had a quick little chat with St. Francis Indian Football coach Merle Anderson today….Warriors had a great opening game 58-6 win over Oelrich’s that had the kids, the fans and the community pretty fired up. Anderson said five additional players went out for football this Monday putting the roster numbers up close to 25 athletes…..That’s unheard of for St. Francis.

The Warriors got it rolling offensively and nearly pitched a shutout with what looks to be a formidable defense. St. Francis sophomore Willard Henry (No. 30, 6-foot-2 190 lbs) had himself a breakout game for the Warriors.

Henry had four tackles, a sack and an interception he returned for a TD. For his efforts, Henry is your All-Nations defensive player of the week for All-Nations.

Newcomer of the week - CEB’s Wiley Harrison

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During a recent visit with CEB coach Michael Scott, the name of freshman Wiley Harrison came up as a fella that was going to get some carries for the Braves this season.

In last week’s win over Crazy Horse, the freshman had 6 carries…three of them were for TD’s, AND the young fella BEASTED with 100 yards rushing (16.9) yards per carry.

One to watch tonight as CEB hosts Oelrich’s as the All-Nations week 2 schedule gets going for Eagle Butte’s homecoming.

If anyone comes across some great photos or even video highlights we would love to share them on our Sacred Hoops Facebook Page.

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Sacred Hoops Football Player of the week: Sully Buttes QB, Nick Wittler

Watched every scoring play from last Sully Buttes’ 58-8 win over Potter County from last Friday. In watching, it becomes very clear that Mark Senftner’s squad is LOADED…Skill guys all over the field and a QB in Nick Wittler that makes it look easy.

  • Wittler to Jordan Schall TD - Wittler 2-point run

  • Wittler 48 yard pass to Thomas Farries (freshman) - Wittler pass to Grant Johnson (STUD)

  • Witter 35 pass to Grant Johnson

  • Wittler 32 run for TD

  • Wittler 49 yard run for TD

Sully Buttes spreads you out, goes heavy when they need to and through the first three games of the season the Chargers have been superb, outscoring Warner, Wall and Potter County 162-34.

The Chargers host undefeated Herried/Selby Area in a big game on Friday. Wittler played on Coach Jacob Sittig’s East-River 17-U Sacred Hoops team this summer.

Here is Wittler’s last score of the night, a 49-yard TD run (Check out the BLOCKS from Jett Lamb that spring the play) (Video courtesy of liveticket.tv)

All Nations Preview: Lower Brule ready for challenge of No. 1 ranked Red Cloud

The Lower Brule Sioux are set to begin play in the All-Nations Football Conference when they host No. 1 ranked Red Cloud. (Photo on the right is courtesy of Lower Brule Media Dept.)

By Rich Winter

Having begun practice in Mid August, and having watched other teams in South Dakota play, Zeke Prado’s Lower Brule Sioux are chomping at the bit for some game action. Still, with two days to go until that kickoff, Prado is keeping thing real and staying with a one step at a time mentality.

“We’ve watched Chamberlain and watched Bennett County at Todd County so the guys are fired up,” Prado said. “The boys ultimately understand they have to practice well, watch film and improve our tempo over the next few days.”

Earlier this week Prado unleashed the Turnover Chain - It is an item that is on a laniard with a Lower Brule logo on it. Every time Lower Brule gets a turnover, expect some NOIZE from the Brule boys.

“Every time they get a turnover the guys are going to be rocking it,” Prado said. “We unleashed it in practice this week and the guys have bought into it.”

Prado was one of the guys that really spearheaded the All-Nations Conference. Now that the conference is in place, he’s already seeing some benefits to his squad. He notes an additional five players out for football that normally wouldn’t be.

“We’ve always had a few guys thinking they are just basketball players but now they’re realizing they are athletes,” he said. “We have about 20 players, some other teams might have 30 but we’re going to put our nine best guys out there and get after it.”

While the Sioux have some talented skill position guys Prado knows games will be won and lost in the trenches.

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“Our strength is our offensive and defensive lines” Prado said. “Tjay and Trey’von Head, Mason Jandreau, Denver Crane and several other guys…They understand their roles and they know what’s going on.”

Last night we featured Lower Brule QB, Scott Obago. The cross-country runner/QB is back for a second year of starting under center.

Behind him is a backfield that might be the best in the All-Nations Conference.

“We’ve got Jate LaRoche, Mykael Loera Prado and Isaac Hawk in the backfield,” Prado said.

Hawk is a 5-foot-6, 225 lb. bruiser while Loera Prado placed in the Class B 100-meter dash last spring.

One of the guys at WR that Prado said is poised for a big season is 6-foot-1, 200 lb. senior, Eli Battese.

“He’s big and he’s fast,” Prado said.

Big game on Saturday in Lower Brule as the Sioux host the No. 1 rated Red Cloud Crusaders.

Wanted to give a little shout-out to my man Mason Jandreau…The senior horribly broke his leg as a sophomore and was told he’d never play football again…Well, after a long and tough journey, Jandreau is back for his senior year…AND FIRED UP ABOUT IT!

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Sacred Hoops (Football) Athlete of the Week: Dell Rapids sophomore Aiden Boechler

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Pictured at left are Avery and Aiden Boechler from the Dell Rapids football team.

On Friday, Aiden Boechler lined up for a pressure filled PAT against Lennox.

The Orioles led the entire ball game and the score stood at 6-0 Lennox with just over 30-seconds remaining..

With 28-seconds remaining, Coby Maeschen (6-foot-3, 215 lb. junior) plunged over the middle on 3rd & 4 to tie the game at 6-6

Enter Aiden Boechler…

Games are not easy to win in the LOADED Dak-12 conference so to get an early game-winner like that is gigantic for Coach Jordan Huska. A lot of folks talk about special teams being important, some say they are 1/3 of the game.

Big game, tons of pressure - ON THE ROAD - and Boechler stepped up and calmly drilled it for the game winner.

On Friday Dell Rapids has their home opener against Flandreau.

The following week, its another home game, this time vs. 11A powerhouse Madison.


All-Nations Preview: Cheyenne Eagle-Butte ready to hit the ground ROLLING!

Pictured at left is Andre Ebberhard, starting center for CEB, and his buddy, Ashten Ganje, the starting QB. CEB opens their season at home vs. Crazy Horse on Friday.

By Rich Winter

When it came time to decide if Cheyenne Eagle Butte was going to join the new All-Nations Football Conference the coaches got together and asked the kids. Head Coach Michael Scott let his offensive coordinator, Larry Elwess do the asking..so, one day in his Social Studies class he flat out asked the kids if more of them would go out for football if they joined the All-Nations Conference.

Every arm in the classroom went up and then and there CEB became a member of the 12-team league that kicks things off against Crazy Horse on Friday.

“If we can get more kids out for football then that outweighs any negative aspects,” Michael Scott, CEB coach said. “We’ve had some guys come out this year that hadn’t gone out previously.”

And so, after Labor Day and after Fair & Wacipi activities, Scott was already chomping on the bit for Friday’s game and a chance to get on the field.

“We are sitting at about 30 kids,” Scott said. “With all of the stuff going on the biggest thing has just been keeping the kids focused.”

Two players Scott hasn’t had to worry about focus this preseason is starting QB, Ashten Ganje and starting center Andre Eberhard. CEB keeps track of their athletes off-season football progress by assigning points for things like going out for another sport, lifting weights or attending off-season conditioning programs.

Eberhard has the most points accumulated, Ganje was right behind.

“Ashten put in a lot of work and he’s looking real strong,” Scott said.

Eberhard, a non-starter a year ago has bulked up and done everything to get ready for this season.

“Last year was his first year and it was a real learning year,” Scott said. “He set goals of being a bigger contributor and he’s turned himself into a starter and a team captain.”

Young calls his stable of RB’s as having some experience and some youth. Kyler Red Dog and Leon Brown Otter have been getting touches but Scott says freshman Wiley Smith has also looked good in camp.

Scott says both the offensive and defensive lines are big and strong. He cautions folks to keep an eye on right-guard Reuben Tavai Fiatoa, a big TUFF lineman following in the footsteps of some all-state caliber offensive lineman CEB always seems to produce.

Scott feels like CEB should be equally adept at the run and pass and lists Max Lawrence and Peydon Peterson as the primary receiving threats for the Braves. While Scott, nor any of his coaches have played 9-man football, the kids spent the summer learning 9-man is fairly similar to 11-man, just minus a couple of guys.

“Make no mistake about it our boys are excited and have some big dreams but we remind them is it one practice and one game at a time,” Scott said. “We tell the guys there isn’t a team in this conference that can beat us, but everyone in the league is capable of beating us so the biggest thing is just staying focused.”

Thanks for the article. One heads up Lance Eagle Staff is a Junior High Coach. Larry Elwess is our returning Offensive Coordinator

Ill fix later...my bad.. .on the roaf for st. Francis volleyball

It's all good, appreciate the work you do

TUE 5:25 PMSo that story was my OC Larry Elwess is who asked the class.TUE 8:47 PMHe's a Social Studies teacher and he mentioned it in his classroom and kids who weren't out for football raised said they'd go out.

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WR's....Both...QB strong arm...good line, good rb/s

Max Lawrence – X receiver...played last 2-3 years

slot Peyton Pederson


I'm quite satisfied with our defense....LB and line...DB's are stepping up, going to be exciting.....lotta uys have put in the work so its very exciting.

All-Nations Football preview: Tiospa Zina is ready to RUMBLE with Deep/Experienced squad!

On Saturday, Sep. 7 Tiospa Zina jumps into the All-Nations Football Conference with a home game against Marty Indian!

By Rich Winter

As the Tiospa Zina Wambdi hit the field Saturday for their first game in the All-Nations Conference, they do so with a HUGE line, more depth than you might expect and a host of skill players ready to BALL OUT!

Head coach Michael Peters says the jump to All-Nations has his kids ready to get after it.

“We’ve been solid the last five years…really competitive but we’re just excited that we get to come out and play a lot of other Native teams and meet new people,” Peters said. “And the kids feel like they have a chance to make a good run in this league.”

Folks up north are likely familiar with senior QB - JOHN GERMAN III (C) (Great pitcher for Sisseton). For those that aren’t, German 111 is a 5-foot-11, 180 lb. senior who will be starting as QB for the fourth consecutive season. (Tiospa Zina was 4-5 a year ago).

Peters spoke highly of sophomore running-back Caleb Barse at TB….Tiospa Zina has a big, bruising Fullback in junior Courage Brown and one of the best WR’s in the league in Devin Long Crow. Those 31 players out for football, gives Peters depth on both sides of the ball.

“We have a full offense and full defense (no one is starting both ways) and our lines are very big,” Peters said.

Peters is in his 13th season coaching at Tiospa Zina, six as a head coach. The Wambdi call all of their plays in Dakota and are known for prayer circles after games. Tiospa Zina dropped to 9-man football two years ago so the transition to the All-Nations Conference should be smooth.

Like most of the teams and coaches, Peters isn’t sure what to expect, especially from some of the competition in the western conference.

“I honestly think CEB has the numbers, I think they will have the number over everybody,” he said. “Red Cloud has been in the playoffs the last couple of years and Little Wound has the numbers…Those teams will be competitive.”

Staff

  • Wambdi Cook Assistant coach

  • Gabe Akipa Assistant coach

  • Danny White Assistant coach

  • Sandra Pratt cheer coach