Pats continue athletic excellence on the path to sixth straight KELO Cup


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With a win in boys or girls track and field, LHS could wrap up its sixth straight KELO Cup.

Landon DeBoer, Sports Editor

The LHS athletic teams have come together for one common goal over the past five years, the KELO Cup. With the school year wrapping up, that also means high school athletics are coming to a close. At this moment, LHS is atop the KELO Cup leaderboard and is looking to claim their sixth straight KELO Cup to put in the trophy case.

The KELO Cup is an award given by Keloland Media Group, and it is given to the school in each class –AA, A and B– that gains the most points awarded by Keloland for finishing top three in their respective sports at the state tournament. For a first-place finish, teams gain five points. For a second place finish teams are awarded two points. Third place is worth one point for each team’s respective school.

LHS has laid claim to five out of the seven total KELO Cups that have been given out since Keloland started the award, and many athletes across all different sports have contributed to the five-year streak LHS is on. This year, LHS has won five of the 21 events in AA with victories in boys and girls tennis, boys and girls cross country and a victory in boys golf. Alongside the five state titles LHS has laid claim to, LHS has finished second in girls softball and basketball to bring their current total to 29 points in the race for the KELO Cup.

The Pats’ 29 points puts them 10 points above the second place Rapid City Stevens Raiders, and with a possible win or top finish in both the boys and girls track and field state tournaments, LHS could secure the KELO Cup for a sixth straight year. This continued dominance in the sports realm shows the dedication that athletes and coaches at LHS have for success. By building a culture that promotes internal competition, LHS has been able to continuously get better in regards to sports and has been able to create a school-sports powerhouse. Only time will tell when, or if, LHS’ success will come to a halt.

To check out the full standings in the race for the KELO Cup, here is a link to view them.