MCM's Gottlob lands on Class A all-state first teamAt no point this season was there really any doubt that Skye Warwick was going to be a Class A all-state selection.
By: Padriac Duffy , Rapid City Journal
At no point this season was there really any doubt that Skye Warwick was going to be a Class A all-state selection.
After his late-game heroics in the first round of the Class A state tournament, however, and then leading St. Thomas More to its second straight state title, his spot at the head of the team was all but assured.
Warwick joins Dell Rapids junior Cole Langer, Miller senior Darin Peterka, Clark/Willow Lake junior Sky-ler Flatten and McCook Central/Montrose senior Shayne Gottlob on the first team. The three Class A squads were selected by the South Dakota Basketball Coaches Association and the South Dakota Sports-writers Association.
Warwick averaged 17.1 points and 4.2 assists per game for the Cavaliers a year after he was named to the Class A second team, but his value couldn’t be measured in sheer numbers. The intangibles were never more evident than against Tri-Valley at the Class A state tournament.
Down by three points at the end of regulation, More’s career and single-season leader in 3-point baskets nailed an NBA-range trey at the buzzer to send the game into overtime. Later, Warwick broke a tie at the end of the second overtime with yet another 25-footer at the horn to send the Cavs into the semifinals.
“He’s just a leader,” More head coach Dave Hollenbeck said of the Northern State commit. “He hit big shots for us his entire career. It wasn’t anything new for him. It seemed like every time we needed a big bucket, Skye stepped up and hit it for us.”
McCook Central/Montrose’s big man this season was Gottlob. The 6-5 bruiser averaged 18 points and 12 rebounds per game for the Fighting Cougars.
He started since midway through his freshman year to help lead Bill Marquardt’s team to a 69-21 record over his career. Gottlob shot a remarkable 77 percent from the floor his senior year and was above 70 per-cent for his career.
His coach will remember the senior for his motor, above all else.
“Shayne plays hard every day at practice and every possession of every game,” Marquardt said. “He is a relentless rebounder and an outstanding defender.”
The team that the St. Thomas More beat in the semifinals was Dell Rapids, led by its own all-state selec-tion in Langer. The junior created all sorts of problems for defenses throughout the state with his unique combination of strength and speed. Langer averaged 15.3 points, 8.6 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game.
“Cole is the ultimate team player. He has great court vision and has that ability to get the ball to the open teammate,” Dell Rapids head coach Mark Shriver said. “Cole could easily score 20-plus points a game, but he takes pride in getting everybody involved. Cole can and has taken over in big games, but he takes more pride in what the team does. He’s the player every coach loves to have — hard-working, great attitude, great character, a leader — and he is an excellent student and role model in the classroom.”
No player in the state may have been asked to do more each night than Miller’s Peterka. The 6-2 guard put together an all-around statistical line that would make any player envious.
The Northern State recruit averaged 16.4 points, 10.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 5.3 steals per game while guarding the other team’s biggest offensive threat. He also shot better than 52 percent from the field.
“There is no question that Darin is a great scorer, but it is his all-around game that sets him apart,” Miller head coach Bob Waldrop said of the senior. “He is willing to guard the other team’s best player on a nightly basis. He also leads our team in steals, assists and rebounds and is just willing to do whatever it takes to win. Darin is such a competitor and is one of the hardest working players I’ve ever coached.”
Clark/Willow Lake’s Skyler Flatten was another player who created matchup problems for any team he faced. The 6-foot-5 junior averaged 23.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks per game for head coach Jerome Nesheim’s team.
“Skyler is one of the most athletic basketball players in the state. He has very good quickness and jumping ability to get to the rim to score, plus he has tremendous range,” Nesheim said. “His length and athleticism makes him a matchup problem for most teams. His offseason work ethic has made him the player he is today. He really works hard at making his weaknesses into strengths. He has such an upside to him. He is only going to get bigger and get better.”
McLaughlin’s Hank Taken Alive, Elk Point-Jefferson’s Brock Zeller, Tri-Valley’s Trae Bergh, Dakota Valley’s Brock Bergmann and Dell Rapids’ Bryce Koch were named to the second team.
Mobridge-Pollock’s Peyton Friesz, Aberdeen Roncalli’s Ross Barton, Custer’s Chad Bryant and St. Thomas More’s Eric Hensch and K.J. Rech make up the third team.
2011-12 Class A All-State Teams
Skye Warwick, sr., St. Thomas More, 17.1 ppg; 4.2 apg.
Cole Langer, jr., Dell Rapids, 15.3 ppg; 8.6 rpg; 5.7 apg.
Darin Peterka, sr., Miller, 26.4 ppg; 10.3 rpg; 5.3 spg.
Skyler Flatten, jr., Clark/Willow Lake, 23.5 ppg; 5.8 rpg; 3.0 spg.
Shayne Gottlob, sr., McCook Central/Montrose, 18.0 ppg; 12.0 rpg.
Hank Taken Alive, sr., McLaughlin, 30 ppg; 14.0 rpg; 3.0 apg.
Brock Zeller, jr., Elk-Point Jefferson, 19.4 ppg; 7.0 rpg, 3.1 apg.
Trae Bergh, sr., Tri-Valley, 16.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.0 apg.
Brock Bergmann, sr., Dakota Valley, 13.5 ppg, 6.1 rpg; 2.2 apg.
Bryce Koch, jr., Dell Rapids, 14.4 ppg; 2.2 rpg.
Peyton Friesz, sr., Mobridge-Pollock, 21.5 ppg; 5.0 rpg; 1.7 apg.
Ross Barton, sr., Aberdeen Roncalli, 17.0 ppg; 10.1 rpg.
Chad Bryant, sr., Custer, 21.3 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 2.0 apg.
K.J. Rech, sr., St. Thomas More, 10.2 ppg; 7.1 rpg.
Eric Hensch, sr., St. Thomas More, 11.9 ppg, 4.5 apg; 2.4 sp