Winter: Smorgasbord of high school sports

Abe Winter
Star Columnist

After talking to a few players and their coach, it’s unlikely that Homecoming festivities this week at Custer County District High School will affect the sports activities.

Specifically, there’s football tonight — CCDHS (3-2) playing host to Park High School of Livingston (0-5). On Saturday there is volleyball — the Cowgirls against Hardin at 4 p.m.

One would expect the team with three wins to beat the team with zero. But the players and their coach made it clear that this week was the same as any other week. So it appears they’ll go after it quickly on Homecoming night.

The volleyball team lost 3-1 at Hardin three weeks ago and this is only the second time CCDHS is playing at home. So the Cowgirls will be seeking revenge in this Eastern A Conference matchup.

It’s unfortunate that the other four sports fall sports teams— boys and girls in both cross country and golf — aren’t at home this weekend. The cross country meet is in Glasgow on Saturday and the golf teams played today and then are on the course again Saturday to wrap up their season at the State Class A meet in Sidney.

As for the football game, I’m thinking the Cowboys will be at the top of their game against Park, even if running back Tristan Hirsch is sidelined due to injury. Instead, we’ll see Cameron Muri carrying most of the time with some relief from Clay Prell.

The offensive and defensive lines were outstanding the last two weeks. Muri and his coach, Jeff Regan, both said the o-line opened up huge holes for the running game. And the defense produced a touchdown by Colton Derenburger last week at Hardin.

As for the volleyball team, we haven’t seen the Cowgirls at their best. Their only home match resulted in a 3-0 loss to powerful Billings Central. So we’ll get to see if they have shown improvement.

First-year coach Kodi Malnaa has been hoping all season for better “playing as a team.” She said it was better in Dickinson when the Cowgirls finished the tourney on a winning note by defeating both Sidney and Glendive, two Eastern A Conference rivals.

Unfortunately, those don’t count in the Eastern A standings. This one does.



— McKenzie Taylor, the lone senior on the CCDHS girls golf team that is competing in the State Class A Tournament in Sidney, knows what she wants to do after high school. She’s interested in nursing.

That’s great. Nurses seemingly are needed everywhere.

There is one problem: Where to enroll in a nursing school.

“I’ve got it narrowed down to nine schools,” a smiling Taylor said earlier this week while taking a break from practice at the Miles City Golf and Country Club.

Her sister, Autumn, a junior on the golf team, also is interested in nursing, but has yet to pick a school.

“I haven’t really thought about that,” Autumn said. “I’ve got time to do that.”

— The ride last week on Long Island in which Professional Bull Riding star Jess Lockwood of was seriously injured was hard to watch. The finals start in November for the PBR and even though the doctor who treated him said he should be ready for the finals is hard to imagine.

Four broken ribs, a lacerated kidney and punctured lung doesn’t sound encouraging. But at least he’s alive and anxious to heal and perform.

He was closing in on the leader for the PBR championship before the horrific ride. But it would be great if the 20-year-old can make it back for the finals after dropping only one spot — two to three — in the PBR standings with more than $319,000 in earnings on the PBR circuit.

— Ever heard of the Wisconsin Herd? That’s a new team — owned by the Milwaukee Bucks and based in Oshkosh — in the NBA G League. The Herd recruited Dickinson State’s Justin Wetzel as its assistant coach under Jordan Brady. Wetzel was highly successful in his three seasons at the nearby North Dakota school.

(Contact Abe Winter at or 406-234-0450.)