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  • Track team takes on Queen City Classic

    Rebecca Maupin|Apr 11, 2024

    The Sundance track team crossed state lines last week as they competed in the Queen City Classic in Spearfish on Friday. The Queen City Classic is a meet that attracts many schools and the Bulldogs were up against some stiff competition. "These kids are doing an awesome job of working at practice and it's showing at the meets!" head coach Julie Cross stated. Although not all Bulldogs placed in the top eight, many set their own personal or season records throughout the day at the Classic. With...

  • Great performance for Bulldogs at Buffalo

    Rebecca Maupin|Apr 4, 2024

    The Sundance track team was on the road to Buffalo last week as they competed in the Jerry Campbell Invitational on Friday. It was a great meet for the Bulldog track and field team as multiple athletes placed in the top seven of their events. Senior Keaton Mills was a dual event winner for his second straight week, taking top honors in the high jump and discus. Ryder Downey came in 2nd in the 400 meter with a time of 54.59. In the field events, Parker Skeens also found himself a second place fin...

  • Off and running

    Rebecca Maupin|Mar 28, 2024

    Track season is underway for the Sundance Bulldogs. The team was able to catch an early meet last week as they participated in the Laura Chord Invitational in Newcastle on Thursday. Being one of the first meets of the season, there were a total of 15 teams participating. Despite the large number of participants, the Bulldogs were able to see success in multiple events. Senior Keaton Mills came out of the Invitational a two-event winner, taking top honors in the discus, throwing 135-09, and the high jump, going 6-0. Teammates Jake Schommer and...

  • Wrestling season comes to a close

    Rebecca Maupin|Feb 29, 2024

    Tel Marchant, Lyman Halverson, Karter Mayberry, Wyatt Flahaven and Shyla Shoun all competed at the 2A State Wrestling Tournament this past weekend for the Sundance Bulldogs. It was a double elimination tournament where Mayberry and Halverson went three rounds but unfortunately fell short in the end. Mayberry won his second match by fall in 52 seconds over Sam Loyning from Rocky Mountain but was eliminated in the next round by Zavier Clifford from Big Piney. Tel Marchant, Wyatt Flahaven and Shyla Shoun also competed but were eliminated after...

  • Basketball season wraps up at Regionals

    Rebecca Maupin|Feb 29, 2024

    Girls The Sundance Lady Bulldogs saw their season come to a close at the 2A East Regional Tournament this past weekend. The Lady Bulldogs clashed with two tough teams from the south, the Pine Bluffs Hornets and Burns Broncs, throughout the tournament. As the tournament began on Thursday, the second-seeded Lady Bulldogs squared off against the third-seeded Hornets from the south. Defense was the name of the game throughout this matchup as both teams struggled to find an offensive rhythm. The...

  • Two more wins for Sundance Lady Bulldogs

    Rebecca Maupin|Feb 22, 2024

    Girls The Sundance Lady Bulldogs closed the regular season on the road and with two more wins as they defeated the Moorcroft Wolves and Tongue River Eagles this past week. Unleashing their stifling defense, the Sundance Bulldogs held the Lady Wolves to single digit scoring throughout the night, securing another non-conference win for the regular season. It was a crucial conference showdown on Friday as the Bulldogs traveled to Tongue River to face the Eagles in their final conference matchup. A...

  • Lady Bulldogs add two wins

    Rebecca Maupin|Feb 15, 2024

    The Sundance Lady Bulldogs improved their conference record to 4-1 over the weekend with wins over the Big Horn Rams and the Wright Panthers. The Lady Bulldogs had a rocky start on Friday afternoon against the Rams, picking up two quick fouls before righting their ship and scoring six unanswered points. The Rams quickly recognized the shift in momentum and called a timeout to regroup. This pause in play was effective as the Rams tightened their defense and kept the score close, 13-15, in favor...

  • Tough week for basketball

    Rebecca Maupin|Feb 8, 2024

    Girls It was a conference showdown for the Sundance Lady Bulldogs this past week as the Tongue River Eagles came to town. The Eagles, soaring in with an 3-0 conference record, clashed with the Bulldogs, who were riding high on a four-game winning streak and a 2-0 conference record. Both teams hoped to maintain their perfect conference record and earn the top spot in the conference. With the game underway, Savannah Williams and Jaylin Mills hit early from behind the three-point arc to put the...

  • Winning week for Sundance basketball teams

    Rebecca Maupin|Feb 1, 2024

    Girls The Sundance Lady Bulldogs added two more wins to their record this past week, defeating the Moorcroft Wolves and the Burns Broncs. The gym was packed on Friday night as the Moorcroft Wolves came to town to face the Sundance Lady Bulldogs. Before the game, the Lady Bulldogs honored their five seniors for senior night. As the game got underway, the Lady Bulldogs did what they do best, controlling the score and tempo of the game. From the tip, the Sundance team was in control of the game. Holding the Wolves to single digit scoring...

  • Conference play begins

    Rebecca Maupin|Jan 25, 2024

    Boys In the much-anticipated start to conference play, the Bulldog boys found themselves in a gritty showdown against the Wright Panthers. The opening quarter set the tone for an intense game as both teams traded basket for basket. After the first eight minutes of play, the Panthers held a slim 13-12 lead over the Bulldogs. The intensity increased in the second quarter as the Panthers threw on a full-court press, which allowed them to take a ten-point lead into the halftime break. As the second...

  • Cold weather doesn't slow down basketball

    Rebecca Maupin|Jan 18, 2024

    Girls The Lady Bulldogs faced a demanding week with three games and the onset of chilly weather. On Tuesday, the Bulldogs played host to the Hulett Red Devils. Dominating the game from the start, Sundance secured a commanding 44-15 win. The tides turned for the Bulldogs as they were on the road to Harding County to face the Ranchers on Thursday evening. Holding the Bulldogs to single-digit scoring throughout each quarter of play, the Ranchers sent the Sundance team home with a 69-24 loss. It...

  • Little Dribblers show their skills

    Rebecca Maupin|Jan 18, 2024

    The Sundance Elementary Little Dribblers showed off their skills in their annual appearance this past weekend. Students in grades K-2 had been working for a month on their basketball dribbling skills and were able to show off their hard work at halftime of the girls' game. There was also a special appearance by the two-ballers, a group of second graders who have gone through the Little Dribblers program and graduated into two-ball skills. These dedicated students showed off their two-ball...

  • Busy basketball week

    Rebecca Maupin|Jan 11, 2024

    SHS Girls The Sundance girls' basketball team opened the new year with a bang, taking four wins in four games throughout the 2A East Challenge, which was held in Sundance this past weekend. Going against the southeastern half of the 2A conference, the Lady Bulldogs were up against Burns, Lingle-Ft. Laramie, Lusk and Pine Bluffs. On Friday, the team kicked off the Challenge facing the Burns Broncs. The Broncs started the game in a full court press, catching the Bulldogs off guard. The game...

  • BB teams play Stateline Shootout

    Rebecca Maupin|Dec 21, 2023

    SHS Girls The Lady Bulldogs crossed state lines last weekend to participate in the Stateline Shootout with Belle Fourche, Lead-Deadwood and Newcastle. In this competition, the four teams played a round-robin matchup. The Lady Bulldogs opened the Shootout with a 43-31 victory over the Newcastle Dogies on Thursday evening. The first half of play showcased a close contest with the Sundance team narrowly leading 20-18, going into the halftime break. The gap began to widen throughout the second half...

  • Wrestling season off to great start

    Rebecca Maupin|Dec 14, 2023

    The Bulldog wrestlers opened their season at the Lusk Invitational this past weekend. Four Bulldog grapplers placed in the top five throughout the competition. Lyman Halverson and Shyla Shoun finished in third place. Halverson won with a 9-2 decision in the 120 weight class and Shoun took her victory with a fall over Hallie Fuller from Lingle-Fort Laramie in the 140 weight class. Competing in the 132 weight class, Karter Mayberry finished in fourth place. Rounding out the top five finishers for the Bulldogs was Lily Lindholm who took fifth...

  • Basketball season gets underway

    Rebecca Maupin|Dec 14, 2023

    SHS Boys The Sundance boys’ basketball team opened their 2023-24 season in Upton this past weekend, taking part in the Upton Classic. The Sundance Bulldogs went up against three 1A teams over the course of the two days. On Friday, the Bulldogs were paired with Riverside and easily walked away with a 50-23 victory over the Rebels. The Sundance team used their defense to help control the momentum of the game; scoring 25 points off of Rebel turnovers and securing 27 defensive rebounds throughout the 32 minutes of play. On Saturday the Bulldogs w...

  • Volleyball season wraps up at Regionals

    Rebecca Maupin|Nov 2, 2023

    The Sundance volleyball team traveled to Wright this past weekend to participate in the 2A Regional Volleyball Tournament. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, their 2023 season came to a close in the double elimination tournament. Opening play against the number one team from the southeast, the Burns Broncs, Sundance found their footing, taking one set away from the team but ultimately falling 3-1. Dropping down in the bracket, the Bulldogs were then up against Lingle Ft Laramie. Going another four sets, the Bulldogs came out on top, taking the fir...

  • Lady Bulldogs headed to Regionals

    Rebecca Maupin|Oct 26, 2023

    The Sundance volleyball team closed out their regular season hosting the number one ranked, Big Horn Rams last Friday night. Excitement was in the air as the Bulldogs took the first set from the Rams in a 20-25 victory. The Rams, however, quickly took the next two sets from the Bulldogs with a 25-13 and 25-8 defeat. "We struggled to find kills so it was hard to keep up with their power and tough serves," head coach Chelsey Blasczyk stated. The Bulldogs did regroup for set number four, keeping...

  • Patriots finish season with a win

    Rebecca Maupin|Oct 26, 2023

    The Upton-Sundance Patriots put one more win in the books on Friday with a 28-0 victory over the Glenrock Herders. It was the Patriots who found their way onto the scoreboard first as senior quarterback Keaton Mills made his way into the endzone on a four-yard rushing touchdown. Shortly thereafter, teammate Eli Gill ran his way onto the scoreboard with an eight-yard rushing touchdown, securing a 14-0 lead at halftime. The Patriot defense continued to hold strong throughout the second half of play, not allowing the Herders onto the board for the...

  • Fierce competition for Lady Bulldogs

    Rebecca Maupin|Oct 19, 2023

    The Sundance volleyball team had two conference matchups this past week as they traveled to Tongue River and Wright. Taking both matchups to five sets, the Lady Bulldogs were able to see their strengths and areas of improvement when it comes to ranked, fierce competition. “Our conference is a tough one but we proved this weekend that we should be in the mix,” head coach Chelsey Blasczyk stated. “The girls really pulled together to take TR to five sets and to beat Wright in five. Both teams are beatable, we just need to believe it and keep...

  • Patriots face tough Trailblazers

    Rebecca Maupin|Oct 19, 2023

    It was a cool, calm and cloudy night in Sundance last Friday, as the Patriots hosted the Torrington Trailblazers. With the initial kickoff, the Trailblazers wasted no time marching their way down the field and into the end zone, setting the tone for the night. A stout defense complemented the dominating offense as Torrington held the Patriots scoreless in the first half of play. Trailing 21-0 at the half, the Patriots struggled to gain positive yardage on offense or find a way to slow the...

  • Lady Bulldogs take on Rangers, Wolves

    Rebecca Maupin|Oct 12, 2023

    The Sundance Lady Bulldogs took a break from conference play this past week, hosting the Hill City Rangers from South Dakota and the 3A Moorcroft Wolves. It was a hard-fought battle against the Rangers, but the Lady Bulldogs struggled to gain momentum throughout sets three and four and the Rangers took a 3-1 win. The tides turned for the Lady Bulldogs as they took on the Moorcroft Wolves later in the week. The opening set of the matchup set the tone as the Bulldogs took a comfortable lead and didn't look back, ending with a 25-13 win. The...

  • Junior Bulldogs host tri

    Rebecca Maupin|Oct 12, 2023

    The Junior Bulldogs took to the court on Friday, hosting a Triangular with Belle Fourche and Newell. The sixth and seventh grade team beat both Newell and Belle Fourche in three games, while the seventh grade squad took a victory over both teams in two games. The eighth graders split their competition, taking a victory over Newell in two games and falling to Belle Fourche 2-1....

  • Patriots face off against Wheatland

    Rebecca Maupin|Oct 12, 2023

    The Upton-Sundance Patriots hit the road this past week, traveling to Wheatland for another fierce battle. Both teams came into the match up with a 2-2 conference record; it was the Wheatland Bulldogs, however, that walked away with the 39-14 conference win. The opening quarter of play resulted in a 0-0 deadlock as both teams hoped for movement to the end zone but each side came up short. The Bulldogs snapped the streak within the second quarter, scoring twice and taking a 14-0 lead into the halftime break. The US Patriots found their way onto...

  • Patriots take down Dogies

    Rebecca Maupin|Oct 5, 2023

    The Upton-Sundance Patriots took another Homecoming victory on Friday night in Upton. It was an unforgettable performance by the Patriots as quarterback Keaton Mills completed multiple miracle passes to keep the Patriots alive in the 28-17 victory over the Newcastle Dogies. Newcastle was first on the scoreboard, blocking a Patriot punt and quickly pushing towards the goal line in the opening minutes of play. The Patriot defense, however, did not let the Dogies into the endzone and the team had...

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