Mitchell catcher Kendall Patrick was named to the first-team Class A spring baseball all-state list, it was announced recently.
The senior had the second-highest batting average of all hitters on the first team at .583. Only Watertown’s Eric Danforth’s .636 average was higher.
Five seniors and a junior were first-team selections on the Class AA boys’ basketball all-state team, which is chosen by the South Dakota Basketball Coaches Association and the South Dakota Sportswriters Association.
Four of the six players helped their teams to the Class AA state tournament in Rapid City.
Mitchell senior Sam Fosness was named to the second team.
Just a few days after Jesse Tolsma learned he was named the Class B boys’ basketball player of the year, the Mitchell Christian forward found out who his fellow first-team all-state honorees were.
And what a fivesome it is.
Tolsma, who averaged 21.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per game in his senior season with the Eagles, is joined on the first team by fellow seniors Jake Krogman of White River and Michael Alberts of Langford, as well as juniors Cory Jacobsen of Viborg and Joey Mitchell of Hitchcock-Tulare.
Versatility, leadership, competitiveness and consistency are hallmarks of the 2009 Class AA all-state volleyball team.
The South Dakota high school volleyball coaches selected four seniors, two juniors and one sophomore for the first team. Leading the way from state champion Aberdeen Central are senior outside hitter Alison Kusler and junior libero Paula Ruelas.
The two hitter-setter combinations that headlined the state championship match and two explosive all-around players comprise the first team of the South Dakota Class A Volleyball All-State Team, announced today (Thursday).
Middle blocker Jilanne Doom and setter Keaya Weber of state champion Wagner, outside hitter Megan Nedved and setter Sami Nygaard of state runner-up Milbank, Chester middle hitter Kelsey Backus and Elk Point-Jefferson outside hitter Chrissy Strassburg comprised the elite list, as selected by the South Dakota Volleyball Coaches Association.
Warner won the South Dakota Class B state volleyball title and the player that led the Monarchs was recognized on the Class B All-State team, which was chosen by the South Dakota Volleyball Coaches Association.
Briana Jung was the lone Monarch honored on this year’s team, earning a first-team selection. Warner faced some stiff competition en route to the title as seven players of the 17-player team honored — including three on the first team — were knocked off by the Monarchs on their march to the championship.
It took a total team effort for unranked Milbank to complete a surprising playoff run with its first state Class 11A football championship in November.
Seniors tight end Kyle Kunde and linebacker Dillon Dwyer were the only two Bulldogs named to the Class 11A all-state football team, as selected by the South Dakota Football Coaches Association. Fellow Milbank seniors Jeff Trapp and Chance Snyder received honorable mention.
The 28-player squad, however, includes 10 players from teams that Milbank — which won its final seven games to complete an 8-3 season — defeated in the playoffs.
By going further than anyone else, several players on the state’s top two teams were rewarded with personal accolades.
Winner and Tri-Valley played to a 12-6 Warrior win with a last-second touchdown in the state Class 11B title game on Nov. 12. Each of the squads has four players on the Class 11B all-state team, as selected by the South Dakota Football Coaches Association.
The first thing Howard High School football coach Pat Ruml did when it was decided that the Tigers would make the switch from 11-man to 9-man football in 2009 was put together the toughest schedule he could manage.
That tough schedule seems to have paid off, as Howard made the transition from 11- to 9-man football look easy and seamless. The Tigers finished the season 11-1, won the 9AA state title and, most recently, landed four athletes on the 9AA all-state team, which is picked by the South Dakota Football Coaches Association.
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