Sacred Hoops Basketball

Faces in the crowd: Gus Gray and Jordan Derby catch the attention of the Sacred Hoops Sports Blog

Standing on the Red Cloud sideline during the Red Cloud @ Lower Brule game ten days ago, I heard the most unusual phrase uttered by one of the Red Cloud players. Riyen Carlow had just thrown a touchdown pass to Jayshaun Morrisette and as Morrisette headed to the sideline, #76 Gus Gray yelled….”That was EXQUISITE.” He repeated the phrase one more time…

So, I’ve stood on a lot of high-school football sidelines and can’t come close to remembering anyone using a word such as exquisite….Of course I had to ask..

“How did you pick up such a great vocabulary,” I asked.

“Comic Books,” Mr. Gray replied.

He rattled off a few more ‘BIG’ words and then used the word serendipity in a sentence.

“Spell It,” I challenged.


Turns out Gray wasn’t playing much football on that day, but, the sophomore loves comic books and one day hopes to use that passion for a career writing comic books.

Very Excited to see athletic progress from Jordan Derby. This young lady has been part of our Sacred Hoops program for the last two seasons. Last year she played on Kellan Herman’s All-Native 16-U squad. Wanted to show folks a highlight block from Derby during Tuesday’s 4-set win over Todd County. The Lady Crusaders started the season 0-6 but on Tuesday they got their first win.

Derby had multiple big-time blocks and was a real presence in the front row. While she wasn’t crushing the ball, ‘yet’ with kills she showed some improved mobility and some nice, soft hands around the net. Best part was seeing her come to the bench with an upbeat trot to her gait, welcomed in by teammates who are seeing some improvement.


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 -

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

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


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.

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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

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.


“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!


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.


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.

That’s impressive…

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

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


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.