18 PHOTOS: RC Stevens celebrates successful fall sports season

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Parents, coaches and student athletes gathered in Heier Gymnasium on Monday evening to celebrate an exciting and successful fall sports season at Rapid City Stevens.

Stevens has won a total of 122 state championships in school history.


RC Stevens Girls Tennis

School administrators held a ceremony to honor the four state championship teams and to unveil the updated banners with the year 2022.

The Stevens Raiders captured their second straight state girls tennis title, along with four singles titles and a doubles championship.

Since 1974, the Raiders have won six state girls tennis titles and finished runner up 13 times.

“Those state championships are always going to be there,” said head girls tennis coach Jason Olson. “We played in seven of the nine finals and the other two we were playing for third place. We could of been in all nine finals. That’s how dominate this team was this year. Just an amazing group of kids. They had the target on their back the entire season. We were never healthy the entire season. We never played with all nine girls healthy. That just shows you the determination. The grit that we have.”


RC Stevens Boys Soccer

Meanwhile, the Stevens boys soccer team defeated Sioux Falls Lincoln a month ago to capture the State ‘AA’ championship.

It was the second state title for the Raiders who won their first championship back in 2015.

The Raiders were led this past season by Gabe Cox with 14 goals followed by Sam Tschetter with 11 goals.

“Well we like to create a team bond and be part of the Stevens Raiders community and just talk about how we’re part of a winning community and winning program,” said Stevens boys soccer coach Jeff Fierro. “So to contribute to that is just amazing. It’s an awesome feeling. Tonight, we found out we have 122 state championships. More than any other school in the state. To be a part of that is a phenomenal feeling.”



RC Stevens Cross Country

The Raiders also won the boys State ‘AA’ cross country title for the second year in a row.

In addition, Stevens senior Simeon Birnbaum claimed his second straight individual championship.

Plus, the Stevens girls captured the State ‘A’ cross country title for the first time since 2014.

“When you have success like we had this year, it takes everyone,” said Stevens head cross country coach Jesse Coy. “But it’s also nice for. We have 50 kids on our team. It’s nice for the kids who didn’t make that trip to the state meet to have some people to look up to and kind of some models to follow like what it takes to be a good runner.”





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