Boys’ State Basketball Wrap-Up

By Austin Lammers S.F. Roosevelt 63, RC Central 52 The Central squad met Sioux Falls Roosevelt in the first consolation round at the Sioux Falls Arena on Friday. The fifth-seeded Rough Riders looked to bounce back after a loss at the hand of Pierre on Thursday, and Central looked to keep the momentum after surprising first-seeded Sioux Falls Washington with a close game. After trailing … Continue reading Boys’ State Basketball Wrap-Up

Central Boys Battle SF Washington, Come Up Short in 64-55 Loss

By Austin Lammers After clinching the final spot in the State tournament last Tuesday, the Central boys looked to upset the #1 seed Sioux Falls Washington Warriors on Thursday, kicking off their State bid at the Danny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls. Justin Kraemer led the Cobbler offense in the first half, scoring 13 (4/5 FG, 3/4 3pt). However, Washington star point guard Sam … Continue reading Central Boys Battle SF Washington, Come Up Short in 64-55 Loss

Cobbler Boys Prevail Over Mitchell, Seal a Spot at State

By Austin Lammers The Cobbler squad’s season was on the line Tuesday night, the same line Dylan Hay enjoys sinking baskets behind. Central faced Mitchell Tuesday night with a bid to the state tournament at stake. It was win-or-go-home, and the energy in the Naasz was nothing short of anxious. The energy from the players, however, was nothing short of flaming. “It was the idea … Continue reading Cobbler Boys Prevail Over Mitchell, Seal a Spot at State

A First Time Voter Inquires How It Works

By Austin Lammers I will turn 18 years old in May. This magical number will grant me the the legal right to buy lottery tickets and tobacco, apply for a credit card, get married, or leave home — none of which I will do. I can, however, buy fireworks and declare candidacy for parliament in England, which I may do instead. Thanks to the 26th … Continue reading A First Time Voter Inquires How It Works

Cobbler Boys Defeat Raiders

By Austin Lammers Raider week proved to be no disappointment for Central High School. Following a dramatic girl’s win Thursday night, Kailleb Walton-Blanden led the Cobbler boys to a 59-54 victory over a 7-8 Stevens Raider team. With the Central crowd sporting red polos and Khakis for “Jake from State Farm” night, ensuring a win was the only thing on the Cobblers’ mind. During the … Continue reading Cobbler Boys Defeat Raiders

Cobbler Boys Split Games against Sturgis, Gillette

By Austin Lammers The Cobbler boys basketball team split the weekend with a 74-35 win over Sturgis and a 71-60 loss to Gillette. Thursday, the Cobblers traveled to play a district game against Sturgis. The Cobblers ran away with the game early, outscoring the Scoopers 38-18 in the first half, eventually returning to Rapid City with a 74-35 win. Kailleb Walton-Blanden led the Cobbler squad … Continue reading Cobbler Boys Split Games against Sturgis, Gillette

How Joan Didion Diagnosed the Hole in My Heart

By Austin Lammers My father grew up in a small town called Fordyce, Nebraska. Placed in Cedar County about 15 miles south of Yankton, South Dakota, this “village” (as Wikipedia calls it) of 139 people includes his childhood home, which touches the 200 acres of corn and soybeans my grandfather farmed annually. My father, Roger, was the oldest of the five Lammers children. Paul, Christine, … Continue reading How Joan Didion Diagnosed the Hole in My Heart

Boys Run Over Douglas for First Win

By Austin Lammers The Rapid City Central Cobblers Boys team snatched their first win on Tuesday night in a 64-42 victory against Douglas. Offensively, it was a night for Central’s guards. Kailleb Walton-Blanden led with 15 points, shooting 4/6 from the field and 6/8 from the free throw line. Connor McCormick finished with 10 points and 3 assists, also snagging 3 steals. Dylan Hay had … Continue reading Boys Run Over Douglas for First Win

Cobbler Boys Drop Home Openers

By Austin Lammers Mitchell 77 Cobblers 62 Friday, Central Boys Varsity Basketball took on Mitchell, kicking off their home opening weekend at the Naasz. Senior Justin Kramer finished with 17 points and 4 assists, shooting a nice 55% from the field. Senior Connor McCormick ended with 12 points and 7 rebounds, also hitting 4/4 free throws. Sophomore Kailleb Walton-Blanden scored 10 points, with 5 assists, … Continue reading Cobbler Boys Drop Home Openers

Cobblers Up Close: Connor McCormick

  By Austin Lammers Twelve years ago, Connor McCormick first stepped into Naasz Gymnasium to watch the Central Cobblers basketball team. As he entered, his eyes widened and his breath halted while he took in the atmosphere of a high school arena, which, to a six-year old, can be quite exhilarating. The stands were full, the band was loud, and anticipative energy electrified the building. … Continue reading Cobblers Up Close: Connor McCormick

The Day of Rest Has Become a Fantasy

By Austin Lammers The Seventh Day has been humanity’s sacred day since biblical times. The Fourth Commandment, the Bible, and the one who wrote it, agrees with me. “On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, nor your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates,” the Book of Exodus … Continue reading The Day of Rest Has Become a Fantasy

Teachers Receive Significant Pay Increase

By Austin Lammers, Syndee Conroy, and Kaleb Hedman After six years of debate and failed propositions, the Rapid City Area School District has increased pay to its teachers and administration, taking effect at the beginning of this school year. South Dakota ranks last in the nation for average teacher salary, which stands just above $39,000 per year. It also averages last in entry-level teacher salary, which … Continue reading Teachers Receive Significant Pay Increase

April Showers Bring Long May Hours

By Austin Lammers The last month of school before summer is the best time to observe students. The weather begins its transition from an Alaskan tundra to a Midwestern spring. The sun no longer creeps out of the sky at 4:30 but instead floats in the sea of blue for an additional three hours, tempting those of us with homework to put the pencil down … Continue reading April Showers Bring Long May Hours

The Truth about Testing

By Austin Lammers Our high school years are striding on, bringing frequent and mandatory presentations on ‘post-high planning’ and questions from elders and relatives about what we would like to do with the next 50 years of our life, even if we have not the slightest clue. Though some of us are unaware of what we are destined to pursue in our adulthood, whether it … Continue reading The Truth about Testing