Three area athletes land spots on Class B girls all-state first team
Class B girls’ basketball was filled with talents this season and three area players were given high praise for their efforts.
Sanborn Central/Woonsocket’s Shelby Selland, Hanson’s Kynedi Cheeseman and Avon’s Chesney Nagel were named to the Class B girls’ basketball all-state first team. The teams are chosen by the South Dakota Basketball Coaches Association and the South Dakota Sportswriters Association.
Other first-teamers include Warner’s Miranda Ristau and Ashley Rozell and Chloe Lamb, of Sully Buttes.
Selland has guided the Blackhawks to the state tournament the last three seasons as they went 70-8 during the stretch. The 6-foot-2 Selland was a second-team all-stater last season and a third-teamer as a sophomore. The Augustana College signee registered 18 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game for Sanborn Central-Woonsocket (24-2). She finished her career with 1,588 points and 786 rebounds. This past season she scored over 20 points in 12 games, including a 34-point and 11-rebound performance vs. Hanson in the state tournament semifinals.
“She has the determination to succeed and uses this to push herself and teammates in practice and in games,” SC/W coach Tim McCain said about Selland, whose sister Myah was a second-team all-state selection this season. “Her passion for the game has been instrumental in the success of the Blackhawk program.”
Cheeseman, a sophomore, is a first time all-stater. The 5-foot-9 guard helped the Beavers reach the state tournament the last two seasons. She was Hanson’s first player off the bench last season and was selected to the second team all-conference a season ago. She was inserted into the starting lineup this season and was chosen as the Cornbelt Conference MVP. Cheeseman averaged 17.5 points, 8.4 rebounds and three assists per game for the 22-4 Beaverettes. With two seasons left, she already has 787 points and 337 rebounds.
“She is a leader on and off the court and displays a maturity beyond a sophomore,” Hanson coach Jim Bridge said. “She is not afraid to look for opportunities and wants the ball in her hands at crucial times of the game.”
Nagel, a five-year starter, was a second-team all-state selection last season. The 5-foot-8 senior guard recorded 17.2 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 3.1 steals for the Pirates (17-5) this season. The Dakota Wesleyan signee finished her career with 1,483 points, 443 rebounds and 171 assists.
“Chesney is like having a coach on the floor,” Avon coach Brad Poppe said. “She has a great understanding for the game and she see things on the floor. She is a great competitor and she has been a special young lady to coach.”
With Ristau and Rozell leading the way, the Monarchs went 49-3 the last two seasons on the basketball court. Ristau was a second-team all-stater last season, while Rozell was a third-teamer. Ristau and Rozell were also first-team all-state volleyball selections this past fall.
The 6-foot-2 Ristau was a matchup nightmare for opponents. The Northern State basketball signee averaged 16.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and a whopping 5.1 blocks per game for the 24-2 Monarchs. She surpassed the 1,000-point plateau in the state championship game and ended her career with 1,010 points. The two-year starter also finished her career with 535 rebounds, 135 blocked shots and 81 assists.
Rozell, a two-year starter, also causes matchup problems for opposing teams. The 6-foot guard/forward recorded 18.5 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals per game. With one season left, the Northern State volleyball commit has scored 919 career points. She also racked up 211 rebounds, 154 assists, 150 steals and 58 blocked shots.
Lamb is the first freshman to make the Class B girls’ all-state team since Jill Young, of Mitchell Christian, in 2004. The 5-foot-9 guard averaged 14 points, 4.5 assists, 3.9 steals and 3.5 per game for the 23-2 Chargers. Lamb was an all-conference selection the last two seasons and has helped the Chargers go 46-7 during that stretch.
FIRST TEAMShelby Selland, 6-foot-2 senior, Sanborn Central-Woonsocket (18.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.4 apg).Miranda Ristau, 6-foot-2 senior, Warner (16.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 5.1 bpg).Kynedi Cheeseman, 5-foot-9 sophomore, Hanson (17.5 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 3 apg).Ashley Rozell, 6-foot junior, Warner (18.5 ppg, 4 rpg, 3.1 spg).Chloe Lamb, 5-foot-9 freshman, Sully Buttes (14 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.5 apg).Chesney Nagel, 5-foot-8 senior, Avon (17.2 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 3.3 apg).SECOND TEAMRemi Wientjes, 5-foot-9 senior, Sully Buttes (16 ppg, 5 rpg, 3.8 spg).Myah Selland, 6-foot-1 freshman, Sanborn Central-Woonsocket (13.1 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 5 apg).Darbi Gustafson, 6-foot-1 junior, Ethan (13.4 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 1.3 bpg).Shelby Reed, 5-foot-9 senior, Estelline (17.2 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 3.1 apg).Abby Hora, 5-foot-8 sophomore, Viborg-Hurley (18.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 4.4 apg).Grayson Gruenhagen, 5-foot-7 senior, De Smet (10.5 ppg, 5 rpg, 3 apg).THIRD TEAMShenia Doering, 6-foot senior, Alcester-Hudson (19.1 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 2.9 apg).Karissa Chamley, 5-foot-9 junior, Summit (18.1 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.4 spg).Ali Lake, 5-foot-10 senior, Potter County (18.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.3 apg).McKenzee Zilverberg, 5-foot-7 junior, Highmore-Harrold (14.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 5.1 apg).Katie Sackmann, 5-foot-7 junior, Lemmon (14 ppg, 4 rpg, 4 spg).Madison Mathews, 5-foot-8 junior, Jones County (18.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 5 apg).