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St. Francis senior Joe LaPointe got over 40-feet in the shot for the first time in his career on Thursday

St. Francis senior Joe LaPointe coming on strong
Apr 28, 2017

By Rich Winter

It's been an interesting year for St. Francis senior Joe LaPointe. The young man kinda bounced around his first couple of high school years between Todd County and White River.


Entering his senior season, LaPointe decided St. Francis was going to be the final stop on his high-school athletic career. Had a nice visit with Joe's dad just before the Bennett County football game this year and pops talked about putting a lot of time into getting bigger, stronger and faster for THEE senior year.


LaPointe had a terrific football season and was a big part of a resurgent St. Francis squad that finished the year 4-5.


LaPointe hadn't had much of an impact in high-school basketball until his senior year. Turned into a deadly sharp-shooter for Rich 
Crow Eagle's squad that really made a splash in Region 7A this year before bowing out to Pine Ridge in a 7A semi.


Well, having never thrown the shot put before, but, being a big strong kid, LaPointe decided to go out for the sport and give it a SHOT!. Been an ok year so far...LaPointe has started to medal in recent track meets.


On Thursday, in Presho, he let one go!


LaPointe got over the 40-foot barrier, about a 3-feet personal best, 40-6 and finished third in a pretty good competition.


About three weeks left before the Region 7A shot competition and LaPointe is getting into that dangerous-guy category. If he can add another two-or-three feet, there might even be a state tournament appearance for someone that's just finding his stride.


Couple of nice barrier busters for St. Francis yesterday.

8th-grader, Caylen Clairmont got to 17-1 in the long jump to finish 4th.

Chase Boltz ran a 5:07 mile to finish 4th

Chase Boltz ran an 11:03 3200 to also finish 4th.  

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