Thursday 9 p.m. sportscast

The South Dakota high school track and field outdoor season is scheduled to get going this weekend with the Douglas Early Bird on Saturday, as always weather permitting, and the St. Thomas More Cavaliers, which swept last year's Class A state team championships, are looking to start another successful season.

But the Cavs understand that this particular race they're running isn't going to be won with a fast start. Their coaching staff and athletes are content with the slow build up to the state track and field meet that will be held in Tea and Sioux Falls at the end of May.

One of the athletes also says that the competition the team will face within the conference, and even with the bigger Class AA schools in town, is a great gauge for where the Cavaliers stand.

Assistant coach Royce Wuertzer said, "I think we really remind the kids that it's about the process, it's not about what's going to happen at the early meets, things like that but we're really talking about day by day, we always talk about stacking bricks and we've just got to keep stacking bricks and build this nice wall by the time we get to state and then everything kind of falls into place then."

Sprinter Jacob Hyde said, "Well, we work really hard leading up to the season and then we work hard during the season and we've got great coaches too ... it helps a lot just to be able to have that kind of competition and we know that if we can compete with them, we should be able to compete with all the schools throughout the state."

The Douglas Early Bird gets going with field events at 9 a.m. on Saturday, while the high-powered Rapid City Track-O-Rama is scheduled for April 12th at O'Harra Stadium. The state track and field meet will be held in Tea, Brandon and Sioux Falls on May 24th and 25th.

And in some high school boys tennis today here in town, the St. Thomas More Cavaliers fell to Aberdeen Central 7 to 2 ... Stevens blanked Spearfish 9-0 and Rapid City Christian topped the Central Cobblers 9-0. {TAKE SECOND} The Golden Eagles then droped Spearfish 9-0; Stevens knocked off the Comets 6-3 and St. Thomas More and Rapid City Central weren't finished by the end of the day ... the teams will continue with more duals indoors tomorrow as Aberdeen takes on Rapid City Christian at 7:30 in the morning at Arrowhead; Spearfish plays Rapid City Central at 9 at the Tennis Center; Aberdeen plays the Cobblers at noon at the Tennis Center and Spearfish faces Christian at Arrowhead, also at noon.