The 12 finalists for the Mr. and Miss Basketball awards were released. The winners will be announced at the Hansen Anderson Basketball luncheon on Sunday at the Ramkota Inn in Sioux Falls.
Bridgewater-Emery standout and The Daily Republic's three-time boys player of the year Sawyer Schultz is among the finalists. Tea Area (Noah Freidel and Justin Hohn) and Brandon Valley (Evan Talcott and Carter Olthoff) both had two finalists.
The other finalists for Mr. Basketball include: Mitchell Goodbary (Sioux Falls Christian), Nick Hoyt (Harrisburg), Karst Hunter (Miller), Jared Jaros (Sioux Falls Lincoln), Kyler Meyer (Britton-Hecla), Jacob Prouty (Clark-Willow Lake) and Alejandro Rama (Red Cloud).
The Daily Republic's girls basketball player of the year and Ethan standout Karly Gustafson is nominated, along with Tripp-Delmont/Armour's Mattilynn Reiner and Avon's Lauren Sees are all nominated for Miss Basketball. Brandon Valley has a pair nominated in Danica Kocer and Trinity Law.
Awoti Akoi (Sioux Falls O'Gorman), Raven Cournoyer (Todd County), Kamryn Heinz (Ipswich), Michaela Jewett (Brookings), Emily Mikkelsen (Pierre), Laurie Rogers (Warner) and Jeniah Ugofsky (Harrisburg) all made the cut, too.