The Rapid City Stevens boys basketball team graduated a good portion of last year's state tournament team ... leaving the Raiders in need of some senior leadership.
The Raiders returned one starter in Dawson Paulsen but received some reinforcements when Dylan Pourier, who helped the Douglas Patriots to a fifth-place finish at last year's Class AA state tournament, decided the night-in and night-out competition at Stevens would better prepare him for his college career at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell. Pourier has stepped right in for head coach Chris Stoebner's squad ... providing leadership, scoring and a steady hand for a team that is 9-5 after picking up a 75 to 69 win over Scottsbluff, Nebraska over the weekend.
Pourier said, "I love it so far. The school aspect is great, the game is great, Coach Stoebner is great. I've known these guys for a long time, all the players, so it was pretty easy to mesh with everybody but I would say on a scale of 1 to 10 it's definitely a 10. I love it so far.">
The Raiders are preparing for a big crosstown rivalry matchup with the Central Cobblers on Friday night. The two teams will meet at Carold Heier Gymnasium at 7 o'clock.
Unfortunately for the Raiders, that win over Scottsbluff wasn't enough to outweigh recent losses to Sioux Falls Roosevelt and O'Gorman and the Raiders dropped out of the top five in the latest Class AA boys South Dakota Media High School basketball rankings ... Harrisburg is the new No. 1 in the Class AA girls rankings, followed by O'Gorman, Brandon Valley and Lincoln ... the Stevens Raiders dropped a spot to No. 5 in this week's poll .... In Class A boys, the St. Thomas More boys moved up a spot to No. 2 this week ... Red Cloud and Pine Ridge remained No. 4 and No. 5, respectively ... In the Class A girls ranks, Winner remained No. 2 behind Lennox and Belle Fourche is No. 4 this week ... In Class B boys, the White River Tigers stayed No. 1 despite taking their first loss of the season at home at the hands of Pine Ridge ... And the Class A girls ranks remained exactly the same with Ethan taking all 23 first-place votes and Faith coming in at No. 5 ...
South Dakota School of Mines senior Taylor Molstad was named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Offensive Player of The Week today. Molstad, a 5-foot-10-inch guard out of Rapid City Stevens, scored 18 points and had four assists Friday in a 56 to 39 loss to CSU-Pueblo and then had a season-high 23 points and four assists in a 73 to 35 win over New Mexico Highlands University. Mines men's player Logan Elers was also named the RMAC's defensive player of the week today after averaging 15.5 rebounds per game over the weekend.