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Miller, Selland named SDBCA players of year

It’s no surprise that awards have flooded in this season for Macy Miller and Shelby Selland.

The seniors led their teams to runner-up finishes at the Class AA and B state high school girls basketball tournaments.

For their standout years, Mitchell’s Miller (Class AA) and Sanborn Central/Woonsocket’s Selland (Class B) were selected as the South Dakota Basketball Coaches Association’s 2013-14 player of the year for their respective classes. The awards were released today.

The Class A girls selection was Elk Point-Jefferson’s Keely Bertram, while the boys honors went to Rapid City Stevens’ Steven Schaefer (Class AA), Madison’s Trae VandeBerg (Class A) and James Valley Christian’s Nathan Wedel (Class B). All six honorees are seniors.

Miller, The Daily Republic’s girls basketball player of the year, spent her season dominating on the hard floor, averaging 30.7 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.

“She is the best player I have coached against in 16 years of coaching at Sioux Falls O’Gorman,” Knights head coach Kent Kolsrud said. “She is the type of player that you have to commit multiple people to try to contain her. I don’t think you are ever going to stop her. You just want to make her work hard for her points.”

The Kernels went 1-1 against O’Gorman this season, and Miller scored a season-low 23 points in the first contest and 40 points in the second contest, a semifinal game at the state tournament.

The 6-foot guard and South Dakota State University signee finished her career as Mitchell’s all-time leading scorer with 1,921 points.

Selland, an Augustana College signee, has helped the Blackhawks (24-2) to three straight state tournament appearances, including a second-place finish in March after falling to Warner in the Class B title game.

“Not many Class B teams get to play in three state tournaments, and she’s been our leading scorer for those three years,” Sanborn Central/Woonsocket co-head coach Tim McCain said. “She’s been a consistent leader for us and this season was definitely a good culmination of her career.

Selland, a 6-foot-2 center, averaged 18.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game during her senior season. She was a Class B all-tournament and first-team all-state selection. Selland finished her career with 1,588 points and 786 rebounds.

“She’s a tough player to guard and with being 6-2, she created problems at the post for most teams,” McCain said. “She’s a great player and has a great work ethic and will carry that on in her career.”

Bertram, a 5-foot-9 forward, tallied 20.9 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.2 steals per game for Elk Point-Jefferson, which went 22-3 and finished fourth in the state Class A tournament.

Schaefer, a 6-foot-3 guard, averaged 24 points and five rebounds per game for a Stevens team that went 20-4 and finished fourth in the state Class AA tourney. VandeBerg, a 6-foot-3 guard, helped Madison go 25-0 and repeat as the state Class A champion, notching 17.7 points and 5.3 points per game. Wedel, a 6-foot-4 forward, carried James Valley Christian to state Class B boys’ title with a 25-1 record. He produced 19.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game.

Brooke Cersosimo
Brooke Cersosimo is The Daily Republic's sports editor.