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Tuesday sports notes: Generals forward gives verbal commitment to Nevada

SHERIDAN — Sheridan College forward Kaileb Rodriguez has made his verbal commitment to the University of Nevada.

Generals head coach Steve Smiley announced his team’s first D1 commitment of the year last week.

“We’re really excited that Kaileb has decided to commit to Nevada, and it sounds like it will be a perfect fit for Kaileb both on the floor and in the classroom,” Smiley said. “Kaileb has a high ceiling and is continually improving as a player. We’re really excited to see how he does for us this year as a General, and glad that he’ll be finishing his final three years at a great program in the Mountain West.”

Rodriguez will play his first season for Sheridan College this year after redshirting last season at the University for California at Berkley.

Dahmke, LeTempt playing on at SDSMT
SHERIDAN — The two who stayed behind…

Some may have wondered what happened to Sheridan natives and South Dakota School of Mines and Technology soccer players Gabe Dahmke and Sam LeTempt when the wave of Sheridan kids flooded into the first-year Sheridan College soccer programs this fall.

Dahmke, a center back, and LeTempt, a midfielder, stayed behind in Rapid City to pursue civil engineering degrees at SDSMT  — continuing in what is a good engineering program at the school.

Not hard to understand.

“It’s a bummer that all of the other guys went back, but as long as they’re enjoying what they’re doing then I have no problem with that,” Dahmke said Tuesday morning via Facebook message.

He was selected as a captain at the beginning of the season, and the two see significant time with the Hardrockers.

While Dahmke played down his captain selection, his coach had high praise following a 2-0 loss to Adams State on Friday.

“Gabe Dahmke was a true competitor for this Hardrocker team…,” coach Joe Burger told the school website. “But we need all 24 players to ‘buy-in’ if we are going to have a successful season.”

They fell to Colorado Mesa 3-0 Saturday, bringing their record to 0-3 on the year. They play Seattle Pacific University Thursday in Rapid City. Like the Generals at SC, the team itself is young in just its second year as a program.

“You have to remember over half of the team are new freshman and everyone else has only played one year of college soccer before this,” Dahmke said.

The Hardrocker team finished 2-11 in its first year last fall playing with Sheridan natives Braydon Drell, Hunter Reece and Cole Smith on the roster. Drell and Reece play for Sheridan College now. They were all part of the Broncs 2010 4A state championship and 2011 runner-up soccer teams. Split up a bit this fall, they play through similar battles in growing small college soccer teams.

Cremer wins MSU-B golf tournament
SHERIDAN — Former Sheridan Bronc golfer Chris Cremer won a tournament in Billings over the weekend.

Cremer, a sophomore golfer at North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, shot 71-64—135 in the MSU-B Yellowjacket Fall Invite Thursday and Friday in Billings.

Cremer graduated from SHS in 2011 and was part of the Broncs state championship golf team that year.

North Idaho won the tournament with a 560, eight strokes better than host school MSU-B.

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