Cubs' Friesz named to Class A all-state first team
Chamberlain's Seth Friesz completed his climb through the Class A boys basketball all-state teams throughout his career. After making the Class A third team as a sophomore and the second team as a junior, Friesz was one of six first-team selectio...
Chamberlain's Seth Friesz completed his climb through the Class A boys basketball all-state teams throughout his career.
After making the Class A third team as a sophomore and the second team as a junior, Friesz was one of six first-team selections as a senior in 2017, which was selected by the South Dakota Basketball Coaches Association.
Friesz is one of five guards on first-team squad and is one of three seniors. He's joined by Sioux Valley senior guard Tayt Vincent, Vermillion junior guard AJ Plitzuweit, Tea Area senior guard Ethan Freidel, Flandreau junior guard Dylan LeBrun and Madison junior guard Aaron Fiegen.
Friesz led the Cubs to a 20-5 season as they placed seventh at the state tournament.
"Seth has been an integral part of our program and our success for the last three years," said Chamberlain coach Adam Nelson. "He has been a great example to our young kids for the amount of dedication it takes to become a great player. He attended every open gym and was always the last to leave every practice as he put in extra time to work on his game. All of his success as a player was due to the amount of time he put into the game and all the hours getting game shots up."
The 6-1 guard averaged 23.7 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. Friesz was a second-team selection in 2016 and a third-team pick in 2015. He finished as the Cubs' all-time leading scorer with 1,556 points.
Vincent and Freidel are both repeats on the first team - the former missed much of his sophomore season due to an injury but was a second-team honoree as a freshman. Vincent, the 6-foot-3 guard averaged 22.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, 7.4 assists and 3.5 steals and is Sioux Valley's career leader in points (1,837), assists (511), steals (241) and 3-pointers (247).
Plitzuweit, a 6-2 guard, shined in his first year of basketball in South Dakota, averaging 23.6 points to go with 6.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists and two steals per contest.
Freidel was at his best in the state tournament, averaging 23.7 points per game while shooting 51.2 percent (21-of-41) from the field and 90 percent (18-of-20) at the free-throw line. He dropped in 29 points in Tea's 72-65 win over Madison in the championship matchup as the sixth-seeded Titans (21-4) picked up their first state title. For the year, Freidel, a 6-1 guard, averaged 21.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists and two steals. He is the Titans' all-time leading scorer with 1,427 points.
LeBrun, a 6-6 point guard, is a dynamic player for the Fliers. He ended up with 23 points, nine rebounds, five assists, 1.5 steals and two blocks per game. LeBrun, who was on the third team as a sophomore, is Flandreau's all-time leading scorer with 1,519 points.
Fiegen, the lone forward on the first team at 6-6, averaged 15.6 points and 5.2 rebounds.
The second team is made up of St. Thomas More senior Isaac Kortemeyer, Aberdeen Roncalli junior Gus Reede, Vermillion senior Cooper Williams, Dakota Valley senior Robert Rosenquist, Sioux Falls Christian junior Koln Oppold and Tri-Valley senior Will Steineke.
Williams is a repeat selection to the second team, while Kortemeyer improved on his third-team status from the previous year.
Third-team picks are Sioux Valley junior Trevor Olson, Chamberlain senior Tiegen Priebe, Sioux Falls Christian senior Dejay Fykstra, Miller junior Steven Fernholz, Madison senior Mason Leighton and Tea Area sophomore Noah Freidel.
Class A All-State Boys' Basketball Team
Selected by the South Dakota Basketball Coaches Association
*Tayt Vincent, Sioux Valley, 6-3, sr., guard (22.5 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 7.4 apg, 3.5 spg)
Seth Friesz, Chamberlain, 6-1, sr., guard (23.7 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.3 apg)
AJ Plitzuweit, Vermillion, 6-2, jr., guard (23.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.7 apg, 2 spg)
Ethan Freidel, Tea Area, 6-1, sr., guard (21.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.4 apg, 2 spg)
Dylan LeBrun, Flandreau, 6-6, jr., guard (23 ppg, 9 rpg, 5 apg, 1.5 spg, 2 bpg)
Aaron Fiegen, Madison, 6-6, jr., forward (15.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg)
Isaac Kortemeyer, St. Thomas More, 6-8, sr., center (13.8 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 2.6 apg, 2.1 bpg)
Gus Reede, Aberdeen Roncalli, 6-2, jr., guard/forward (19.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.2 apg)
Cooper Williams, Vermillion, 6-0, sr., guard (16 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 5.7 apg)
Robert Rosenquist, Dakota Valley, 5-11, sr., guard (17.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.7 spg)
Koln Oppold, Sioux Falls Christian, 6-4, jr., guard/forward (21 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2 apg, 1.2 spg)
Will Steineke, Tri-Valley, 6-5, sr., forward/center (16.8 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 2.8 apg, 2 bpg)
Trevor Olson, Sioux Valley, 6-4, jr., guard (21 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2 apg, 1.2 spg)
Tiegen Priebe, Chamberlain, 5-9, sr., guard (16.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 4.6 apg)
Dejay Fykstra, Sioux Falls Christian, 6-6, sr., forward (12 ppg, 5 rpg, 3 apg)
Steven Fernholz, Miller, 6-3, jr., forward (22.1 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.5 spg)
Mason Leighton, Madison, 6-1, sr., guard (11.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 6.4 apg, 3 spg)
Noah Freidel, Tea Area, 6-4, so., guard/forward (17.3 ppg, 6 rpg, 3.2 apg, 2 spg)
*Player of the Year