Fall sports wrap up
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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“It was a great day for De Smet cross country,” said coach Pat Wheeler.
Seventh-graders Emily Martens and Reyna Beck and senior Amanda Gehm made up the girls contingent. Three runners meant that they were one of the only 18 schools that qualified to compete in the race as a team. They came in seventh.
Freshman Caleb and senior Noah Clair represented the boys squad. The brothers both finished their seasons strong.
Caleb had an impressive meet, finishing in 18:08 in 12th place out of 128 regional level finalists from across the state.
He said the race “was like it had just started all the way up until the last 50 meters. That’s when I started to feel it.” He said the Huron course is a tough one although it’s flatter than most.
Wheeler said “the support that cross country has received this year has been unbelievable and very much appreciated.” He is optimistic that the youngest three of De Smet’s five state runners will be returning next year.
“It was a night of ups and downs for us. We started out slow and hurt ourselves with penalties and mistakes that we hadn’t made since the beginning of the season,” said coach Mike Warne. “In the 2nd and 3rd quarter we played our game and controlled the tempo and the direction of the game, scoring 3 times to take the lead, and holding them scoreless in that stretch of time.”
“If we are going to win at the playoff level, we have to control the game for all 4 quarters, but we took another step in the right direction for building our program, getting back to a winning record for the season,” said Warne. “The boys stepped up and came to work every day. We improved in every aspect of the game.”
Warne noted a large increase in offensive production from 16 points per game last year to 27 this year behind “the right arm of quarterback Broderick Poppinga and his receivers.”
Warne said defense was also vastly improved behind “great performances by Matt Larson and Zed White almost every game.” The Bulldogs went from allowing 27 points per game last year to 19 this year.
“I’m extremely proud of all of the young men that I had the privilege of coaching this year,” said Warne. “I would like to thank the Seniors for their dedication and leadership all summer and throughout the season.
The De Smet News