A pair of Mitchell High School football senior standouts have been named to the Class 11AA all-state football team, as selected by the South Dakota Football Coaches Association, and made Kernel program history in the process.

After each making the team in 2020, running back Josh Grosdidier and linebacker Joseph Van Overschelde were each repeat selections to the Class 11AA all-state team for the Kernels. Jagger Tyler, a junior for the Kernels, was an honorable mention on the 11AA team for MHS.

Van Overschelde has been selected to the Class 11AA all-state team for a third consecutive year. He becomes just the second player in Kernel history to be an all-state selection three consecutive seasons, joining Carson Max, who did it from 2016 to 2018.

Grosdidier and Van Overschelde are among the select few Kernels who have received consecutive all-state selections. They are joined by Bart Nicholson (1978 and 1979 at offensive line), Keith Ditmanson (1979 and 1980 at defensive line), Matt Dailey (1989 and 1990 at linebacker), Carson Max and Parker Phillips (2019 and 2020 at running back).

Mitchell's Joe Van Overschelde, left, makes a tackle during a high school football game Oct. 8, 2021 against Brandon Valley at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade / Republic)
Mitchell's Joe Van Overschelde, left, makes a tackle during a high school football game Oct. 8, 2021 against Brandon Valley at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade / Republic)

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Van Overschelde will also be the Class 11AA All-American representative to be recognized by the National High School Coaches Association. Each SDFBCA all-state team for the state’s seven classes has one All-American selection who will be recognized nationally.

Van Overschelde finished this season with 85 tackles, including 42 solo tackles, two sacks and 14 tackles for loss. For his career, he made 305 tackles, including 145 unassisted, four sacks, 35.5 tackles for loss and two pass break-ups. His tackle total is the third-most in Kernel history, only behind Dailey’s record of 415 and Travis Carpenter’s career mark of 342. Van Overschelde intends to play college football at Dakota Wesleyan and pursue a major in exercise science.

“A dedicated athlete and as his coach, it was a privilege to see his growth and learning as a leader and a person,” said MHS coach Kent Van Overschelde, who is Joe’s father. “He is an emotional and passionate football player.”

Mitchell's Josh Grosdidier (20) carries the ball during a high school football game Oct. 8, 2021 against Brandon Valley at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade / Republic)
Mitchell's Josh Grosdidier (20) carries the ball during a high school football game Oct. 8, 2021 against Brandon Valley at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade / Republic)

A team captain, Grosdidier rushed for 963 yards on 182 carries and seven touchdowns for the Kernels, including 253 yards on 39 rushes and three touchdowns in an overtime win at Huron on Oct. 21. For his career, he finishes with 1,546 rushing yards on 296 carries and 20 touchdowns, plus 155 tackles on defense, including 17 for loss.

“Josh is a great person and comes from a wonderful family,” coach Van Overschelde said. “He was instrumental in our program over the last three years. He is a dynamic player that loved preparing, practicing and playing football. Josh is a talented player that worked hard, battled through injury, and was a disciplined and tough football player.”

A 5-foot-11, 160-pound junior, Tyler was nominated at defensive back. He had 57 tackles (42 solo) and an interception for the Kernel defense, finishing with the second-most tackles on the MHS defense. On offense, he had seven receptions for 144 yards and a touchdown.

“Jagger played a key role on our team,” coach Van Overschelde said. “(He’s) a hard worker and did an exceptional job on offense, defense, and special teams for us in 2021.”

Mitchell's Jagger Tyler (8) reaches in to make a tackle during a football game against Brandon Valley on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021 at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade / Republic)
Mitchell's Jagger Tyler (8) reaches in to make a tackle during a football game against Brandon Valley on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021 at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Grosdidier and Van Overschelde were two of six Class 11AA repeat selections to the team, joined by Pierre junior quarterback Lincoln Kienholz, Douglas junior offensive lineman Jason Maciejczak, Yankton senior defensive lineman Bodie Rutledge and Brookings senior special teams selection Payton Theodosopoulous. Tea Area’s Jeff Worth, who was on the Class 11A all-state team in 2020 when the Titans played in that division, was selected to an all-state team for a second consecutive year, as well.

Tea Area had a class-best six all-state selections, led by Worth, senior running back Jaxon Weber, senior wide receiver Klayton Sattler, senior offensive lineman Thomas Ostrem and junior defensive lineman Reis Kirschenman and junior fullback Chase Van Tol. Yankton had five picks, including senior offensive lineman Carson Haak, defensive back Cody Oswald, defensive lineman Bodie Rutledge and junior athlete Rugby Ryken and junior kicker Trevor Paulson.

The Governors were also represented by junior wide receiver Jack Merkwan, junior defensive back Jacob Mayer and senior defensive lineman Jaden Flor.