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It’s All About the Shoes – Really!

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

For those of us who go to the Harding County Rancher football games, we have gotten very used to seeing the Vegas Gold shoes.  The boys have been spray painting their shoes prior to every game for quite some time now.  It is just one more thing that makes the Ranchers stand out.

This past week, however, I feel they outdid themselves.  I was very impressed to walk into the game and see the Ranchers warming up with their PINK shoes on.  I asked some questions and found out that it was the players’ idea to paint their shoes pink in observance of breast cancer awareness month.  I understand that they have seen the almost overkill of pink in the NFL this past month, but they still took the initiative and ran with it!  I am very proud to say I am a HC fan, because I look at the moral example these boys are setting for their younger fans and I am humbled!! 

The Ranchers for Breast Cancer Awareness

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HC Versus Wall – That’s a Game!

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Well, I’m glad to see that the Harding County versus Wall game is the 9 man Game of the Week.  I can’t imagine anything more important this weekend for the Ranchers of Harding County.

This will be a true test for the Ranchers.  Wall is playing very well, not to mention that they have played tougher games, competition wise, than the Ranchers have so far.

The Ranchers will have to play 4 tough quarters and bring their best all around.  I, however, don’t think this will be a problem.  The Ranchers have such an arsenal of weapons, they should be able to find something to throw at Wall that will solidify their victory.

It will be a good one!  Go Ranchers.

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Harding County and the LMC

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

I know this is early, but I would have to say that the Ranchers should walk away with yet another LMC title. 

I had a heated argument with someone the other day about this very topic.  They said that the Ranchers only look so good because the conference looks so bad.  I think the heated part for me came in, not in defending the Ranchers, but in defending the high school boys who go out there every day in practice and game situations.  These boys put forth their best effort and for some the rewards (conference titles, playoff berth, etc) don’t come as often as they would like.

The Ranchers have been fortunate to have a strong tradition, but it also takes a lot of great kids to make a program like theirs work.  So, KUDOS to the Ranchers!!

The Ranchers have Homecoming this week and host the Faith Longhorns tomorrow night.  Ranchers should come away on top again and enter October with a perfect record!

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Way to go Austin!

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

I wanted to share this bit of news from the “Nation’s Center News” – Harding County’s newspaper:

HCHS senior Austin Brown was one of three South Dakota football players who were recognized in “Tom Lemming’s Prep Football Report Summer 2010.”  The report states:  “One of the biggest sleepers in the country, he looked fantastic at a couple quarterback camps in the spring.  He plays way out in western South Dakota so most college coaches are unaware of this potential blue chipper.”  “On film – I didn’t see Austin in person but I did see him on film and I was impressed by his arm strength.  He has a lot of zip on the ball, can throw it into tight windows and is athletic enough to buy time with his feet.  He is a Tony Pike type of signal caller with a world of ability and potential.  He stands tall in the pocket, works through progressions, he’s patient, will step into his throws, and can deliver the ball on the money just about every time.  He is very impressive and very confident.”

For those of you who don’t know much about this report – read the introduction of the book “The Blind Side.”  It explains it so much better than I ever could.  My summary, though, this means Austin Brown is pretty good!!

That being said, I take the Ranchers over Timber Lake tomorrow night at Harding County’s home opener.

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Harding County and west river football

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Well, the Ranchers did it again.  Another game that ended a little before it was supposed to.

I, for one, am very glad to see the younger Ranchers getting playing time and varsity experience.  It makes sense now why Harding County has the tradition it does.

Some great looking stats again for the starters.

I am reading all of the stuff on here about east river football being superior.  I guess, to each his own, but let’s not forget what high school football is about - THE KIDS!!!  It should not be about parents, fans, etc. getting in each others’ faces (online posts) in an attempt to live through the kids.  Let’s be happy for those who perform well and give credit when it is due!!!!

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Firing on all cylinders

Friday, September 10th, 2010

After last week, it seems as though the Ranchers are firing on all cylinders.  I was a little disappointed to see the Rapid City Journal blip on the game with “no stats available for Harding County.”  If they put up 58 points and held Newell to 8, it seems to me there should be some stats!!!

Well, for those of you who want the stats, Coach Wammen does an excellent job of updating them on  I would encourage you to check this out each week.

Based on the stats, it seems as if the Ranchers were pretty good all the way around.  They ran the ball with a few different guys, Brown had a good night passing to several receivers, and it even looks as if the Ranchers have a kicker!

The Ranchers should roll again tonight as they face Bison in Bison.  I don’t see this game going much past halftime, but the rain has started falling, so we’ll have to see what transpires.

We are looking to do some extra things with the Ranchers this year – hopefully even some play by play broadcasts, so stay tuned!

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I Feel a Chill in the Air

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Of course the chill in the morning air can only mean one thing………FOOTBALL SEASON!  I am really looking forward to this season!  I think there are some good teams in the LMC, but right out of the gate, I see the Ranchers taking home the conference title…AGAIN!!!

The Ranchers graduated a lot of seniors, but the core of their talent is back and I would imagine they are pretty hungry after last year’s heartbreaking loss in the playoffs.

I look forward to covering the LMC again!!

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