Rapid City Stevens honors state champion girls tennis team

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Rapid City Stevens girls tennis team recently wrapped up a successful and record-setting year.

Head coach Jason Olson reached his 1,000th career win, Ali Scott earned her 100th career singles win and the Raiders captured a state title.

A ceremony was held Monday at Heier Gymnasium to honor the Rapid City Stevens girls tennis team.

Head coach Jason Olson talked about the team’s success this season.

Plus, a banner was unveiled recognizing the team’s latest state title.

The Raiders won the State AA girls tennis title on Oct. 8 for the fifth time in school history and the first time since 2006.

Stevens also had four individual singles champions; Anna Mueller at Flight 3, Abby Sherrill at Flight 4, Emma Thurness at Flight 5 and Kaiya Parkin at Flight 6.

In addition to winning a state title, the Raiders finished the regular season with a perfect 28-0 record.

The Stevens tennis team dedicated this past season to former Stevens assistant tennis coach Dan Sherrill who past away last December.

“We made a resolve in July at our first team meeting that we’re dedicating the season to coach Dan Sherrill,” said head coach Jason Olson. “All season long, they just never forgot. When things got tough or who are we playing for, there’s a bigger thing here and they just stuck together. When you have 40 some girls out, there’s always a little drama, things happening. But we were so mentally healthy the whole season because they had each others backs. And when things went bad, they had each others backs.

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