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