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The Rapid City Christian boys basketball team will put its 4-0 record on the line tomorrow night when it takes on Wall ... and the Comets will be looking to senior captain Levi Vanden Bos to lead them ... Brendan Mackey has more ...

LEVI VANDEN BOS HAS GROWN UP ALOT THE PAST TWO SEASONS......AS A PLAYER AND A LEADER. THIS IS HIS 3RD SEASON AS THE RAPID CITY CHRISTIAN COMETS CAPTAIN.. "SOPHOMORE YEAR I WAS JUST A SOPHOMORE AND I WASNT REALLY READY FOR IT, BUT YOU GET IN THERE. YOU GROW UP PRETTY QUICK, {***CG1***} BUT EVERY YEAR I GET IT IM JUST HONORED AND LIKE THRILLED TO GO OUT AND KNOWING THAT I CAN DO MY PART AS A LEADER TO HELP THIS TEAM AND ITS JUST REALLY AN AMAZING FEELING TO HAVE KNOWING THAT THESE GUYS LOOK UP TO YOU AND YOU ARE THERE TO PLAY. " COACH "THREE YEAR STARTER FOR US AT POINT GUARD {***CG2***} AND WE WERE PRETTY YOUNG HIS SOPHOMORE YEAR. SO HE STEPPED RIGHT INTO HIS STARTING ROLE. DID A GREAT JOB FOR US. HAS BEEN A LEADER FOR US EVER SINCE. LEVI'S ALSO ON THE TRACK AND CROSS COUNTRY TEAM, AND THAT HELPS HIM STAY IN SHAPE FOR BASKETBALL. "ITS ALOT OF RUNNING SO COMING OFF THE CROSS COUNTRY SEASON I COME IN PRETTY GOOD SHAPE TO WHERE SUICIDES AND UP AND DOWNS ARENT THAT BAD SO THAT IS ALWAYS NICE." VANDEN BOS HAS THE DRIVE YOU WOULD WANT FROM YOUR CAPTAIN.....AND HIS HEART ON THE COURT IS CONTAGIOUS. "IM A BIG COMPETITOR AND I HAVE ALWAYS JUST LOVED COMPETITION. SO I THINK JUST GOING OUT THERE AND TRYING TO PLAY MY BEST AND BEAT OUR OPPONENT IS ALWAYS SOMETHING I LOVE TO DO." COACH HE IS ONE OF OUR BEST COMPETITORS. AND SO THE EXAMPLE HE SETS AND HOW HARD HE WORKS. HE IS ALSO ONE OF KIDS THAT DOES THE BEST JOB IN THE OFF SEASON. HE IS VERY COMMITITED IN THE OFF SEASON. PUTS IN ALOT OF WORK. SO JUST HIS EXAMPLE HAS BEEN BIG.

A ROLE MODEL ON THE COMETS IS A CHARACTERISTIC LEVI HOPES TO CARRY ON. "WHEN I WAS A FRESHMAN THERE WERE THESE TWO GUYS THAT REALLY SPOKE TO ME AND BROUGHT ME UP AND THEY WERE HELPFUL. SO ANYTIME I GET THE CHANCE I TRY TO HELP WITH SOME OF THE YOUNGER KIDS YOU KNOW. AND JUST HELP THEM SO I CAN BE LIKE THOSE TWO BECAUSE I LOOK UP TO THEM SO MUCH SO I WANT TO LEAVE THAT KIND OF LEGACY HERE TOO." DAVIID SCHMAGEL "GREAT LEADER FOR US. HE LEADS {***CG3***} BY EXAMPLE ALOT. HE IS ALWAYS THERE IF THEY HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR ANYTHING. HE ALWAYS WORKS EXTREMELY HARD AND KIND OF PUSHES THEM. HE IS ALWAYS THERE IF YOU NEED A PICK ME UP. HE IS ALWAYS THERE WITH ENCOURAGEMENT AND JUST GREAT TEAMMATE TO HAVE." GOOD LUCK TO LEVI AS HE LEADS THE COMETS IN HIS SENIOR YEAR....IN RAPID CITY IM BRENDAN MACKEY.>

Sticking with Region 8A boys basketball teams, the No. 3-ranked St. Thomas More Cavaliers picked up a pair of nice wins last weekend as they knocked off perennial contenders Madison and Aberdeen Roncalli at the Cavalier Christmas Classic at the civic center. More's Ryder Kirsch had a pair of big games as the Cavaliers moved to 5-0 on the season. The Cavaliers, who missed the state tournament last season, look to have matured and will soon welcome 6-foot-3 junior guard Connor Hollenbeck back to the lineup after he underwent foot surgery. Head coach Dave Hollenbeck hopes to see his junior-dominated team begin to push the pace as well.

Hollenbeck said, "Some of the things we need to get better at is rebounding, we need to play a bit more physical, I feel like we're playing at a pretty good pace, last time out I thought we could have played a little bit faster but we ran into a good team that defended us well so we've got to get back to running the lanes a little better and trying to get some easy buckets on the break."

More will take on Douglas in a Black Hills Conference tilt tomorrow night in Box Elder.

The South Dakota School of Mines and Black Hills State basketball teams will head to Colorado to open 2019 as they travel to Western State and Colorado Mesa for games this weekend ...
The Colorado Mesa women are 8-1 overall and 5-0 in the conference after defeating Chadron State in their last game, which is tied for first place with Westminster ... Western State's women are 7-2 overall and 3-2 in conference, one game behind Black Hills State. Jaylyn Duran leads Colorado Mesa and the RMAC in scoring with an average of 24.2 points per game. The Black Hills State women are 4-1 in the conference with a 92-89 home loss at the hands of Westminster. The Hardrocker women are 1-4 in conference play with their first RMAC win coming against Adams State in their last conference tilt. On the men's side, Mesa is 3-2 in conference play while Western is 0-5 ... the Black Hills State men are 5-0 in conference play under first-year head coach Ryan Thompson, which is tied with Colorado Mines atop the standings. South Dakota Mines is 2-3 in conference play and is hoping to have built a bit of momentum after winning three of their last four outings.