Crow Creek

Throwback Thursday: Remember when Sheldon St. John and the Crow Creek Chieftains played for a state title in 1982

By Rich Winter

State tournament appearances aren’t all that common in the community of Crow Creek. Not a ton of banners hanging in the rafters, but this morning, we look back a the FIRST-EVER boys state tournament BANNER, from all the way back in 1982.

Borrowing from Jesse Cole St. John Sr. this morning who shared a bit of the story of the “Original” High-Flyer, Sheldon St. John.

As many of you are aware, Crow Creek is a basketball town. 

Growing up here it was a priority to play basketball. U always hear names of players in the past as I would go from place to place from other natives from different reservations throughout my life. 
“Oh your from Crow Creek, I remember Butch Kirkie. I remember George Howe. I remember Gid Saul. I remember Joe Sazue Jr.” they would say. Just to name a few. 

For me, one name was always brought up because of my last name. My uncle Sheldon St John. A legend in his own right. He helped bring home our first ever State Banner. “Man could he fly” people would always tell me...

R.I.P to the Crow Creek legend Sheldon St John. Chieftains baby 🔴⚫️⚪️

In 1982, in their first-ever state tournament appearance, Crow Creek made it all the way to the SHIP. A tremendous run from the Chieftains ended with a 62-47 loss to eventual champion, Webster.

Chieftains playing for Passion, Pride and a fallen teammate, JBoog

By Rich Winter

Over the years the Crow Creek and St. Francis football game has turned into quite a rivalry. Over the years these two teams have had quite a battle. There have been some electric moments with teams breaking long losing streaks and other games that meant so much to the young men that played because there have been years where this was THEE game of the year.

2018 is no different as 0-5 St. Francis takes on 1-4 Chieftains Friday at 7:00 p.m. in Stephan.

Wanted to give a little shout-out to the Crow Creek boys who lost one of their teammates this summer

Brad Edenburn after Crow Creek got their first win of the season, 66-14 over Standing Rock:
Fun game to be apart of tonight. Winning 66-14 isn't always as easy as it seems for a coach. Getting everyone in and keeping the rest of the team fresh isn't always easy. Tonight a lot of guys got playing time and a lot of smiles on faces as they left the field.

Tonight was a bitter sweet night though. This summer our team lost a brother. We played to honor Shields Justice J'von. The boys played good tonight JBOOG!

Have gotten to know the Crow Creek community a bit over the last few years. Wanted to share just a couple of messages and notes from the community and one more from coach Edenburn who really cares about the kids he coaches on the Chieftain football team.

Jamie Fallis - Jeremy HisLaw Sr.Brad Edenburn,Shavonne Stepp,Lyndsie Steckelberg,Autumn FallisGideon SaulElijah Sazue, Melva, Mike, Mariah, Teresa VoiceNatalie Voice, Tony wright, Marlin Ross, JJ, Becki, Jesse Cole St John Sr.Gerald ZephierRonnette Renee KirkieLana Steele n cooks, Don Dolezal and transportation, Royce n maintenance...I want to publicly Thank you all from bottom of my heart on behalf of the Crow Creek Athletic dept for your hard work and dedication to our students!!!

Coach Edenburn after the loss to Lead-Deadwood: Hard to lose on the field. Even harder to watch your players get injured...and that much more difficult to see them carted off into an ambulance....but meeting them in a parking lot because they got out of the hospital and was walking...what a great feeling and sense of relief it was.

Tonight I am greatful that I got to see my player walking around after making a trip to the the Lead Deadwood player that was taken away in an ambulance I pray for a healthy return for you!

Alright, so check out the TD bomb during the Lead/Deadwood game:

Good luck to all the Lakota Nation participants this weekend:

Keep an eye on Rozee Drapeau and the Lady Chieftains: That serve though


Wanted to throw a little shout-out to Crow Creek freshman Rozee Drapeau. Believe this was in the Sep. 20 game against Crazy Horse, BUT, at one point Drapeau delivered 20 consecutive service-winners for the Lady Chieftains.


Keep an eye on Crow Creek in Pool A. Pine Ridge has the best record in that pool and they are the defending champions but
Lyndsie Steckelberg’s squad is 7-5 and winners of 5-of-7 including sweeping Stanley County in Ft. Pierre.

Keep an eye on Trevin McBride this weekend:

Crow Creek sophomore Trevin McBride is the defending Lakota Nation cross-country champion. Now, I know he hasn’t been running a lot, but I swear out of the corner of my eye I saw him destroy a JV field, think it was in Chamberlain.

Good luck to all the Chieftain and Lady Chieftain athletes this weekend and the parents, fans and community that all pitch in when times get TUFF.