Photo courtesy South Dakota Public Broadcasting
CHAMPIONS—Boys cross country team members are (L-R) coach Lenae Reinschmidt; senior Ayub Mohamud, sophomore Merci Bita; seniors Yonas Sadi and Noah Richard; sophomore Chase Lather; seniors Shodo Mahamed, Bonheur Mvuyekure and Topher Zahn and coach Shane Reilly.


WHS earns two State AA titles in one big day in Rapid City Saturday 

Saturday was a great day to be a Warrior, and Rapid City was a great place to be one as WHS earned two state titles in boys cross country and competitive dace in the western South Dakota city. The competition cheer team also took fourth and the girls cross country team sixth to round out a successful day for the Warriors in Rapid City.

Cross country team earns first title in 30 years 

By Cyler Melvin and Trevor Burkhart

Boys cross country team members won a state championship at the State AA Cross Country Meet Saturday at Hart Ranch in Rapid City. 

It was the first state title for the boys cross country teams in 30 years. The team rose to the top on the strength of a third place finish by senior Bonheur Mvuyekure with a time of 16:22.46 and a fourth place finish by senior Shodo Mahamed with a time of 16:24.01. As a team, WHS finished with 37 points and a 16:35.97 average time, one point ahead of second place Lincoln with 38 points.

 Other individual finishers for WHS included sophomore Merci Bita, and seniors Yonas Sadi and Christopher Zahn who stuck together in ninth, 10th and 11th to race WHS to victory. 

Coach Shane Reilly said the Warriors were very focused all season. 

“Overall, it was a great day for our cross country program and I could not be prouder of both the boys and girls accomplishments,” Reilly said. 

The Warrior girls took sixth place with an average time of 20:21.13 and 179 points. Brandon Valley won with 99 points. Sophomore Sydney Lather paced the Warrior team with 12th place and a time of 19:32.38. Freshmen Ella Kolb took 28th and Kayla DeBeer 34th. Sophomore Khot Juac took 47th and Katelyn Severson 58th.

Dance teams takes ninth state title in 10 years

By Zach Heins and Sophie Nieman

Competition dance team members captured another state title at the State AA Cheer and Dance Competition Saturday at Rapid City Stevens High School. 

It was the ninth state title in the 10 years WHS has participated in the sanctioned state meet for the Warriors. 

WHS rose to the title on the strength of their jazz routine, earning a near-perfect 297.5 out of 300 points, their highest score of the season. They also won the Hip Hop division with a 287 and took second to Brandon Valley in Pom with a 283. The Warriors took the overall title with a 289.17 average. Brandon Valley took second with a 283. 

Senior Emily Stegenga said the team worked really hard this season. 

“It definitely paid off at state, and we are really proud of ourselves,” Stegenga said. 

The competition cheer team earned fourth place overall on Saturday in Rapid City with a 233.5. Brandon Valley won with a 253.5, followed by O’Gorman with a 253.


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