A couple of BIG weeks for the Miller Lady Rustlers

Pictured from left to right: Kayde Fernholz, Josi Stevens, Erin Moncur and Layni Stevens all had terrific weeks from track to RODEO and golf.

By Rich Winter

Always fun to check in on the Miller Rustlers, and plenty to check in about as the girls from Miller have been doing some serious damage over the last few weeks.

Kayde Fernholz

First of all, can’t wait to see some of the summer volleyball league photos as Coach Linda DeBoer prepares for what should be another superb season this fall. Senior Kayde Fernholz is among the top volleyball players in South Dakota and it will be fun to see her this next season put the stamps on a brilliant career for Miller.

First-Team All-State volleyball

Class A, third-team all-State in basketball.

Oh, and she does track also!

Fernholz finished 7th in the Class A 100 meter hurdles and tied for 3rd in the Class A high-jump. She also ran on competitive 400 and 800 relays at the state meet.

Erin Moncur:

Another multi-sport athlete for Miller, Moncur, a senior competed in both volleyball and basketball this year. After graduating, she finished her Rustler career in fine style, finishing 3rd in the Class B state golf tournament.

Erin Moncur (88-90-178)

Josi & Layni Stevens - A couple of All-Around Cowgirls worth watching!

While a lot of athletes are shutting it down after competing in multiple sports during the high-school season, the Stevens sisters (Josi and Layni) are just getting started.

Check out the damage these two did at the high school rodeo in Highmore last weekend.

Barrel racing:

1st - Layni Stevens

17th - Josi Stevens

Breakaway roping:

7th - Josi Stevens

9th - Layni Stevens

Goat Tying:

1st - Layni Stevens - (9.1 & 9.3)

3rd - Josi Stevens

Girls Cutting:

1st - Josi Stevens (70/71)

Pole Bending:

5th - Layni Stevens

17th - Josi Stevens

Reined Cow Horse:

4th - Josi Stevens

Team Roping:

22rd - Layni Stevens

25th - Josi Stevens

Layni will be a sophomore next season and Josi, a senior!

Records to be broken at Friday's Lakota Nation Invitational, at Crow Creek

By Rich Winter

Hey, just kinda wanted to pass along the information that the Lakota Nation track meet has been moved to Friday, May 10 because of rain and chilly weather. Good call there as temperatures are likely to be in the mid to lower 60’s with sunshine and no mention of wind.

One of the really cool things about this event is the continuing expansion by the Lakota Nation Board to provide more opportunities to showcase these athletes through athletic platforms. The Field & Track meet rotates between different schools each year, this year in Crow Creek, last year in Todd County.

Speaking of which, with last year being the first year of Lakota Nation, the records are only one year old…

We have athletes from all over South Dakota that are going to be licking their chops to lower some of those records….Don’t be hasty though, last year’s meet provided some brilliant races with times that might stand for awhile.

2018 - Lower Brule senior Jayshawn Milton won the 100 with a scintillating time of 10.71

2018 - Caelyn Valandra Prue won the 100 with a time of 12.12. (She’s fresh off her Howard Wood 400 win and could challenge a number of her old records while running for Todd County.

Girl's Records

1 Girls 100 Meter Dash 12.12 5/10/2018 Caelyn Valandra-Prue - Todd County

 2 Girls 200 Meter Dash 28.30 5/10/2018 Teciah Spotted Tail - Todd County

 3 Girls 400 Meter Dash 1:00.26 5/10/2018 Caelyn Valandra-Prue - Todd County

 4 Girls 800 Meter Run 2:34.56 5/10/2018 Caelyn Valandra-Prue - Todd County

 5 Girls 1600 Meter Run 5:57.26 5/10/2018 Daci Lends His Horse - C-Eagle Butte

 6 Girls 3200 Meter Run 12:26.47 5/10/2018 Jade Ecoffey - Red Cloud

 7 Girls 100 Meter Hurdles 16.72 5/10/2018 Echo Ecoffey - Red Cloud

 8 Girls 300 Meter Hurdles 53.17 5/10/2018 Echo Ecoffey - Red Cloud

 9 Girls 4x100 Meter Relay 55.52 5/10/2018 Todd County - Brill, Roach-Valandra, Iron Heart, Halligan

 10 Girls 4x200 Meter Relay 1:54.94 5/10/2018 Todd County - Spotted Tail, Yellow Eagle, Halligan, Cournoyer

 11 Girls 4x400 Meter Relay 4:28.34 5/10/2018 Todd County - Spotted Tail, Uses Arrow, Cournoyer, CVP

 12 Girls 4x800 Meter Relay 10:38.04 5/10/2018 Todd County - R Cournoyer, K Herman, K Prue, B White Hat

 13 Girls 1600 Sprint Medley 4:41.62 5/10/2018 Todd County - R Cournoyer, S Yellow Eagle, G Iron Heart, H Brill

 14 Girls Shot Put 32-03 5/10/2018 Devon Archambault - McLaughlin

 15 Girls Discus Throw 84-04.50 5/10/2018 Kassy Hardesty - Todd County

 16 Girls High Jump 4-07 5/10/2018 Christina Felicia - Lower Brule

 17 Girls Long Jump 16-09 5/10/2018 Echo Ecoffey - Red Cloud

 18 Girls Triple Jump 32-05.50 5/10/2018 Echo Ecoffey - Red Cloud

 Boy's Records

1 Boys 100 Meter Dash 10.71 5/10/2018 Jayshawn Milton - Lower Brule

 2 Boys 200 Meter Dash 22.21 5/10/2018 Brendan Waln - Todd County

 3 Boys 400 Meter Dash 52.22 5/10/2018 Jayshawn Milton - Lower Brule

 4 Boys 800 Meter Run 2:05.25 5/10/2018 Jeremiah Whalen - Red Cloud

 5 Boys 1600 Meter Run 4:57.50 5/10/2018 Chase Boltz - St. Francis

 6 Boys 3200 Meter Run 11:22.78 5/10/2018 Chase Boltz - St. Francis

 7 Boys 110 Meter Hurdles 18.71 5/10/2018 Bud Maxey - Todd County

8 Boys 300 Meter Hurdles 47.20 5/10/2018 Ted Maxey - Todd County

 9 Boys 4x100 Meter Relay 50.74 5/10/2018 Little Wound - D Iron Cloud, M Lebeau, S Red Owl, R Means

 10 Boys 4x200 Meter Relay 1:38.59 5/10/2018 Todd County - K Redfish, D Espinoza, J Rowland, J Wike

 11 Boys 4x400 Meter Relay 3:44.81 5/10/2018 Todd County - B Hammer, B Waln, J Wike, D Espinoza

 12 Boys 4x800 Meter Relay 9:17.94 5/10/2018 Little Wound - Little WoundT Old Horse, R Bear Killer, L Christensen, K Gay

 13 Boys 1600 Sprint Medley 4:05.69 5/10/2018 Little Wound - S Red Owl, R Bear Killer, T Old Horse, M Lebeau

 44 Boys Shot Put 38-06 5/10/2018 Lonnie Pickner - Crow Creek

 15 Boys Discus Throw 105-03 5/10/2018 Kipp Red Dog - Cheyenne-Eagle Butte

 16 Boys High Jump 6-02 5/10/2018 Jayshawn Milton - Lower Brule

 17 Boys Long Jump 18-09 5/10/2018 Shadow Red Owl - Little Wound

 18 Boys Triple Jump 39-06 5/10/2018 Ralph Bear Killer - Little Wound

Here are some photos from last year’s Lakota Nation Invitational in Todd County!

(A schedule of events is posted below…Again this meet will be in Crow Creek on Friday, May 10)


Haskell Indian Nations teams qualify for NAIA National Championships

By Rich Winter

Boy, ya look at some recent headlines from Brent Cahwee’s ndnsports.com site and the teams down in Haskell are doing some serious WORK.

A very big moment for the Haskell volleyball program as Nana Allison-Brewer’s team who for the first time in school history won the AII Championship Title…And now they are going to the NAIA National Championships


Al Gipp’s Haskell cross country teams qualified the boys team and two of their female athletes for the NAIA, National Cross-Country Championships…


Albert Gipp, Jr., originally from Ft. Yates, North Dakota, is a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Mr. Gipp earned his bachelors degree from Augustana College in Health and Physical Education and has over thirty hours of master's level course work in community health from the University of Kansas. He has over twenty-five years of experience in classroom teaching. He currently serves as the head coach for the men's and women's cross country team and coordinates activities for the Jim Thorpe Fitness Center.


Pictured at left is Byron Elledge who had 20 points, 6 assists and 2 steals in a 73-64 win over Southwestern Christian College. At right is Nakia Hendricks who was named the A.I.I Player of the Week. Nakia helped the Indians to 2 victories during the week defeating St. Mary University and Central Chrisian College. Mr. Hendricks posted season high's of 24 points and 9 rebounds vs. St. Mary.

Red Cloud’s Kobey O’Rourke is on the Haskell roster.

The women’s basketball team at Haskell is also 3-2 on the season.

In a little bit of a more South Dakota angle, noticed that White River freshman John Michael Petrik was hanging out with the Kansas basketball team even though he’s a North Carolina fan…And that’s pretty cool.