4 Parkston, Winner players make 11B all-state list
Canton and Parkston proved to be the best teams in Class 11B this season, both having a mixture of talent.
Individual talents were seen during the playoffs as the class saw upsets galore, ending with No. 5 Canton defeating No. 3 Parkston in the championship. The C-Hawks placed five on the 2013 all-state list, while Parkston had four. Winner also had four named to the all-state team, St.
Thomas More had three, Wagner, Aberdeen Roncalli, Tri-Valley, Bon Homme and Redfield/Doland had two apiece and Beresford and Flandreau each had one player selected.
Canton’s memorable season was led by these five seniors: quarterback Cody Majeres, running back Gabe Dolen, center Tyler Lems, linebacker Tanner Broughton and kicker Brywn Ractliffe.
This season, Majeres completed 30 of 49 passes for 576 yards, five TDs and three interceptions, while rushing for 725 yards and 18 TDs on 106 carries. He racked up 1,666 all-purpose yards and ended his career with 2,060 yards rushing for 44 TDs and 1,012 yards passing for eight TDs.
“Cody is one of the best athletes to come through Canton,” C-Hawk head coach Rich Lundstrom said. “He can and has done just about everything for us.”
Another offensive threat for Canton was Dolen, who rushed for 882 yards and 10 TDs on 128 carries, averaging 5.6 yards per carry. He also tallied 1,058 all-purpose yards and recorded 90 tackles, 12.5 for a loss, and a fumble recovery on defense. Dolen racked up 1,516 career rushing yards and 13 TDs on 271 carries.
Lems led the C-Hawk offense to 4,072 total yards and recorded 15 pancake blocks. Defensively, he had 51 tackles and three fumble recoveries. Broughton, Canton’s only four-year starter on defense, had 60 tackles, 14 for a loss, 3.5 sacks and two blocked kicks — one of which was returned for a score. He tallied 245 tackles in his career.
Rounding out Canton’s five selections is Ractliffe, who was 42-for-48 in PATs and was 2-for-5 in field goals.
Parkston was led by a slew of team players, including junior tight end Brady Reiff, junior lineman Austin Bertram, junior defensive back Wes Dvorak and senior linebacker Mitch Heisinger.
Reiff, a 6-foot-4 225-pounder, had seven receptions for 147 yards and 51 carries for 298 yards on the season. His season was highlighted by a one-handed reception against St. Thomas More late in the playoffs.
Defensively for the Trojans, Bertram controlled the line of scrimmage, recording 53 tackles with eight for a loss. Dvorak totaled 28 tackles and four interceptions as a safety of the Trojans. Heisinger made a big presence in the back field, making 111 total tackles — 44 unassisted — three interceptions and two fumble recoveries.
“Mitch is the captain of the defense and a very natural linebacker,” Parkston head coach Eric Norden said. “He has great drive and gets to the ball extremely quickly.”
Winner’s Trace Meyer was made his mark for the Warriors as the senior fullback had 152 carries for 1,322 yards and six receptions for 49 yards, totaling 17 TDs. He finished his career with 2,296 yards rushing and 108 yards receiving for 32 TDs.
“Trace is a tremendously gifted player that doesn’t come around very often,” Winner head coach Dan Aaker said. “He is exceptionally quick and has the power and strength to go with it.”
Senior guard Scott Assman helped the Warrior offense roll up 3,450 total yards this season.
The Warriors got tremendous help on defense from senior lineman Jay Brandis and senior defensive end Kray Krolikowski. Brandis tallied 52 tackles, 15 tackles for a loss and eight sacks, while Krolikowski had 45 tackles, eight for a loss and seven sacks.
St. Thomas More’s all-state selections are senior wide receiver Jacob Henderson, junior tackle Lincoln Feist and senior defensive back Riley Scherr.
Henderson hauled in 42 catches for 914 yards, averaging 22 yards per catch, and 13 TDs. The three-year starter rolled up 1,281 all-purpose yards in his final season with the Cavaliers. Feist anchored the offensive and defensive lines, helping the offense to 4,146 total yards.
Defensively, Scherr made 20 tackles, had three pass breakups and intercepted one pass.
Senior defensive back Noah St. Pierre and senior linebacker David Kocer were the heart of Wagner’s defense. St. Pierre recorded 54 tackles, three interceptions, two fumble recoveries and forced a fumble this season. Kocer tallied 114 tackles, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one interception.
“Noah is a very gifted athlete that has a nose for the ball on offense and defense,” Wagner head coach Jason Knebel said. “David has abilities to make plays on either side of the ball.”
Two key players for Bon Homme this season were junior guard Joe Jaeger and senior defensive back Dakota Bodden. Jaeger led the offensive line and allowed the Cavaliers to roll up 2,354 total yards and earn 92 first downs. Bodden posted 35 tackles in the back field and tallied 1,030 all-purpose yards in his final season at Bon Homme.
“Dakota was a three-sport athlete throughout his career and led by example,” Bon Homme head coach Byron Pudwill said.
Roncalli senior running back Dalton Cox was a challenge for opposing teams to game plan against. Cox had 95 carries for 1,011 yards and 19 TDs, averaging 10.64 yards per carry. He hauled in 23 catches for 335 yards and nine TDs.
“He’s the total package and a very dedicated athlete,” Roncalli head coach Terry Dosch said. “He’s among the best to ever play for the Cavaliers.”
Roncalli senior punter Lucas Lorenz averaged 46 yards per punt this season.
Two Redfield/Doland players joined Lorenz on special teams in senior long snapper Landon Rohlfs and junior special team player Ephram Albrecht. Albrecht had 19 punt returns for 423 yards and a TD and made six kickoff returns for 137 yards.
Tri-Valley’s Joseph Newman and Jaden Krump also worked their way onto the all-state list. Krump, a senior tackle, was a leading force on the offensive line and Newman, a senior defensive end, made 57 solo tackles, seven tackles and two blocked kicks.
The final offensive player to round out the 11B all-state list is senior wide receiver Austin Meester, of Beresford. Meester hauled in 34 catches for 567 yards and six TDs. He recorded 91 receptions for 1,982 yards in his career.
Flandreau senior linebacker Jake Scofield rounds out the defensive selections. Scofield made 63 solo tackles and 29 assisted tackles for 91 total this season.
Honorable MentionJace Christiansen, Flandreau; Clayton Wahlstrom, Custer; Jake Baloun, Redfield/Doland; Noah St. Pierre, Wagner; Paul Climenti, Custer; Devin Seeger, Redfield/Doland; Caleb Horstman, Parkston; Cade Goodfellow, Sioux Valley; Austin Kaul, Bon Homme; Trevor Fish, Lead-Deadwood; Kole Nordquist, Beresford; John Hoiten, McCook Central/Montrose; Brayden McNeary, Aberdeen Roncalli; Eli Ripley, Canton; Zach Andera, Aberdeen Roncalli; Kenny Meyer, Custer.