Quarrier Corner: A.D. shares his top 10 changes for new school year
August 26. 2014 1:15PM
We’re back! The 2014-15 school year is upon us, and as we kick off our first practices and games, I thought I would take this opportunity to share the top 10 count down of changes that Quarrier fans may notice this year.
#10: Sale of Old Elementary
Over the summer the district sold the old elementary school which will impact the gym space that the school provided for various athletic groups. I have spoken to the new owners (River Community Church), and it sounds like there will be the opportunity for teams/groups to continue to use the gym by contacting them. As a result of having one less gym for the district’s groups to use, there will be some new guidelines this year. If you are interested in using the gyms for your teams, please contact me via email as soon as possible as the spaces are limited.
#9: New coaches and directors
This year will see some new leadership for several of our activities. Dale Solberg will again be the head volleyball coach after a one year hiatus. He will have a new assistant in Whitney Lickteig, who volunteered last season. In football, Jordan Huska is the only new assistant at the high school level; he too, volunteered last year. In the middle school ranks, Joe Brisbois will help out with football, and Aimee Lenocker will coach girls basketball. Also, Stacey Gleason will take over high school quiz bowl while Jason Fersdahl will lead the middle schoolers. In the spring, Shannon Tjaden will take over as the head girls golf coach.
#8: Athletic trainer
For the upcoming year, OI has agreed to increase its coverage provided at DRHS athletic events. This year, we will have a trainer at all home events plus away football and other post season games. In conjunction, the school, Elite Club and OI are all chipping in to renovate a storage room and create a training room. The trainers will also make weekly visits to help with taping, rehab, assessing injuries, etc.
#7: Weight room equipment
Thanks to the generosity of the Booster Club, we now have three new bench press benches, a low-row machine and a lat pull-down. It’s not hard to spot these cool, new, orange and black pieces in a weight room that is long overdue for some new equipment.
#6: Coaches’ education
Over the summer, the coaches were not only hard at work preparing for their upcoming seasons, but they were also taking care of some professional development. The SDHSAA implemented some new requirements for H. S. coaches across the state, and as a result, coaches were required to complete three separate courses: Fundamentals of Coaching, First Aid and Safety, and Concussion Awareness.
#5: Wrestling mat
This year we will host the Dakota XII Conference Wrestling Tournament. To do so, we need a third mat. The Youth Wrestling Boosters got the ball rolling, and the DR Booster Club joined them to pay for the total cost of our new mat. So when you come to our home wrestling matches this year, check it out. Also, give the members of those two groups a high-five for their generosity.
There are only a few changes in our schedules for this year. In football, we normally have a bye the first week (Aug 29), but this year, we will play Madison and then have the next week off. Our boys golfers will not compete in Harrisburg as they have dropped their tournament, but will instead head to Sisseton for their Invite (which is also where the region tourney will be held). It was new last year, but just wanted to remind folks that our Competition Cheer Invite is Monday, Sept 8 at 6:30. Also, our marching band will head to Menno and USD this year. The only other major change involves boys basketball; we will host Chamberlain this year rather than Cheyenne – Eagle Butte.
Fans will see some fresh looks this year. Several groups will don new uniforms as most of our sports teams are on a five-year rotation. The band will perform with new uni’s, as will the volleyball team, the cheerleaders and the football team.
#2: Shot clocks
I have talked about this several times over the past year, and it is finally a done deal. The shot clocks for girls and boys basketball have arrived and are awaiting installation. The cagers will operate with a 35 second shot clock this season, so that should be a fun, new change that definitely will change the ends of quarters and games.
#1: Mascot and Dell Rapids logo
After many meetings, tweaks and votes, Quarrier fans have chosen the updated mascot and interlocking DR. We will not go and throw away or redo any of our current equipment with old logos on it, but as we replace things, we will use these new logos.
Our hope and intention is that anyone and everyone who wishes to use the Quarrier brand, uses this mascot or DR logo to establish one consistent icon for our school. If you would like to use it (DR logo or mascot) for your bags, jerseys, hats, shirts, etc., please contact me and I will gladly pass it along to you.
See you at a game, match, meet, concert or event. And go Quarriers!