Full-Court Press: Kayser ‘let it fly’ on way to school record 11 3-pointers


Kolby Kayser prepared for Tuesday’s game against Redfield like any other game.

But it didn’t end like any other game.

The junior guard erupted for 38 points and drilled 11 3-pointers as the Titans knocked off Redfield, 71-48. The 11 triples set a new school record for most 3-pointers in a game.

“It was a cool event for our whole team and the kids kind of fed off his success and they kind of gave him the ball in scoring situations and it was just a good night all-around for us,” MVP coach Eric Denning said.

Kayser didn’t know he was in for a record-setting night, but that’s exactly what happened.


“I didn’t really have a feeling,” Kayser said. “That’s how I usually go into a game and just let it fly. I just kind of had that mindset going in.”

He let it fly in the opening stages, hitting a 3-pointer on MVP’s first possession and six total in the first quarter.

“It was kind of a barrage to start the game and he stayed pretty steady with it throughout,” Denning said.

He continued to swish 3-pointers in the second half as his teammates were looking for him in transition and half-court sets.

“They were just drawing up plays and it felt pretty good,” said Kayser, who also praised his teammates for finding him. “It was like one of those moments you don’t think is going to happen.”

It also happened in MVP’s first home game in Mount Vernon this season.


“It was a real great atmosphere and I was really enjoying the moment,” Kayser said. “It felt good to have the home court when I did it, too. It was a great atmosphere for me to have that accomplishment at home.”

Kayser’s previous career-high was eight 3-pointers in a game against Freeman. His 11-pointers on Tuesday broke the previous school record set of nine by Hayden Schmidt and Deric Denning, who Kayser idolized growing up. Denning texted Kayser that night to congratulate him on the feat.

The state record for most 3-pointers in a game by a boys basketball player is 14 by Bison’s Josh McKinstry in 2017.

Eric Denning said it was not surprising to see Kayser nail that many 3-pointers. Kayser puts up 500 shots a day, and Tuesday was the fruits of his labor.

“He is a very good shooter,” Denning said. “He’s put in a lot of time to become a good shooter. He’s an elite shooter and over the course of my career, I would rank him right up there with the rest of them.”

Kayser is averaging 18 points per game for the Titans (4-7). MVP plays at Wagner on Jan. 28.


Groton snaps 39-game losing streak against rival

Aberdeen Roncalli vs. Groton Area hadn’t been much of a rivalry for the past 15 years.

The Cavaliers had won the past 39 meetings against their Northeast Conference rivals. They hadn’t tasted defeat against the Tigers since Jan. 5, 2005.

Roncalli’s 39-game winning streak included buzzer-beaters, near misses by Groton and lopsided defeats. But the Tigers exorcised their Roncalli demons with a 61-53 victory at Roncalli gym on Thursday night.

“It’s all about the kids,” Groton Area coach Brian Dolan said. “It was really awesome for them. They live it. They hear it from everybody and it’s a tough thing to hear in and hear out.”

Groton's Jonathan Doeden, right, pulls a rebound away from Aberdeen Roncalli's Maddox May, left, during the first half of Thursday night's game at the Roncalli High School gym. In the background are the Tigers' Kaden Kurtz (20) and the Cavaliers' Harrison Kieffer, back right.

Dolan said the players heard all about the losing streak all week, but this felt like the year to break the streak. The Tigers (8-0) entered with a better record than the Cavaliers (0-10).

The weight of the 39-game losing streak was felt early in the game, said Dolan.

“I don’t think it helped us,” he said. “We were playing a little tight.”

The Tigers led 32-27 at halftime and 50-37 after three quarters. However, the visitors withstood a late rally by the Cavaliers to snap the streak. Brodyn DeHoet paced the Tigers with 32 points and Kaden Kurt tossed in 14 points. Jonathon Doeden put in nine points in the memorable victory.

“It felt good for those kids,” Dolan said. “I know that. They were pretty jacked after the game. It’s been a long time coming.”

That’s why Dolan did something after the game he’s never done in his coaching career. He instructed the players to go enjoy the moment with their family and friends in the stands.

“It was big for the community,” Dolane said. “It just is and so I wanted them to share it with them.”

But once they got in the locker room, “of course there was a lot of celebration and a lot of jubilation and a lot of fired up guys.”

Dolan also remains undefeated in the Roncalli-Groton rivalry. Dolan spent the past two seasons as Roncalli’s coach.

He said it was surreal coaching against his former team and jokingly said he went to the right bench and locker room. But he also had an inkling Roncalli’s streak would be snapped this season.

“After we got upset by Redfield in the regional semifinals, my coaches and I went out to have dinner,” Dolan said about last season. “I looked at coach (Kendall) Hoellein and I said ‘the streak is probably going to come to an end next year. Groton has everybody back.’ We were already thinking about it. Ironic I ended up on that side of it.”

The Tigers have already equaled last season’s eight wins, but Dolan noted there are some quality opponents on the next coming up.

“I knew pretty early we would have a good team,” Dolan said. “I don’t know how good we are. We are not even close to maxing out our potential.”

The Tigers will face Northwestern on Monday in their next contest.

Garry goes up for first dunk

De Smet sophomore all-stater Kalen Garry posted his career dunk in the Bulldogs 55-34 win over Hamlin on Tuesday. The 6-foot-2 guard is averaging 23.6 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.

Garry and the No. 2 Bulldogs play No. 1 Viborg-Hurley on Saturday in the Hanson Classic at the Corn Palace.

1,000-point club

Four players surpassed the 1,000-career point club this past week:

  • De Smet’s Autumn Wilkinson finished with 15 points and cracked 1,000 career points in a 48-42 loss against Castlewood on Thursday.

  • Lennox’s Rianna Fillipi hit the milestone on Monday at the Hanson Classic at the Corn Palace. Fillipi, who will play basketball next season at Northern State, finished with 16 points in Lennox’s 59-54 loss against Winner on Monday.

  • St. Thomas More’s Haleigh Timmer netted 24 points and hit her 1,000th career point in Tuesday’s 60-27 win over Lead-Deadwood.

  • Jade Burma tossed in 21 points and cracked the 1,000th career point milestone in Sunshine Bible Academy’s 55-54 loss against Iroquois/Doland on Monday at the 281 Conference tourney.

Verley breaks Canton career school record

Multi-sport athlete Kayden Verley is now Canton’s all-time leading boys basketball scorer.

The all-state football and basketball player broke the school record with a 24-point performance in Canton’s 61-43 win over Mount Vernon/Plankinton on Thursday. John Eidsness held the record with 1,567 career points.

Verley finished his week with 40 points and 12 rebounds in a 58-57 win over Beresford on Friday.

Verley, who powered Canton to the Class 11A state football title in the fall, will play football at South Dakota.

White River’s Valandra-Prue suffers torn ACL, MCL

White River junior girls basketball player Caelyn Valandra-Prue suffered a torn ACL and MCL on Monday at the Corn Palace, according to Tiger coach Kristi Barnhart.

Valandra-Prue sustained the season-ending injury in overtime against Corsica-Stickney at the Hanson Classic. The Jaguars defeated the Tigers, 54-47.

An outstanding track and field athlete, Valandra-Prue was averaging 32 points per game and was closing in on 2,000 career points.

“She will be back,” Barnhart said. “(She’s a) tough kid and hard worker.”

Weekly honor roll

The outstanding performances continued to roll in as January is drawing to a close:

Boys top performers

  • Tanner Young (22 points), Joe Sayler (20 points), Kyler Valandra (15 points) and Nick Sayler (13 points) paced White River to an 88-51 win over Lyman for the Jones County Invitational title on Monday. Nick Sayler threw down this jam to cap White River's 14th Jones County title since 2006.

  • Dell Rapids St. Mary’s Connor Libis continued to light up the scoreboard with 31 points and 34 points in a pair of Dakota Valley Conference tourney games this week. DRSM will play Arlington in the DVC championship game today in Colman.

  • Mobridge-Pollock’s Kregen Norder put in 25 points in a 74-40 win over Standing Rock (N.D.) on Monday.

  • Colman-Egan’s Dalton Voelker finished with 36 points and 11 rebounds in a 68-58 win over Elkton-Lake Benton on Monday.

  • Yankton’s Matthew Mors led the Bucks with 24 points in an 83-40 victory over Brookings on Tuesday.

  • Brady Fritz poured in 33 points and hit five 3-pointers in Winner’s 80-66 win over Parkston on Tuesday.

  • Howard’s Sam Aslesen pumped in 30 points and hit four 3-pointer as Howard topped Bridgewater-Emery 85-74 on Thursday. Teammate Jake Brooks finished with 25 points and four rebounds.

  • Bridgewater-Emery’s Tyler Kjetland led the Huskies with 27 points and seven 3-pointers. He also grabbed six rebounds.

  • Pine Ridge’s Shelby Steele netted 23 points and Charles Schrader finished with 19 points in a 64-60 win over Winner on Thursday.

  • Parkston’s Braden Bruening scored 27 points and grabbed nine rebounds in a 63-57 victory over Bon Homme on Thursday.

  • Gavin Pankratz led Freeman Academy/Marion with 30 points, 10 rebounds, four steals and two blocks in a 58-31 win over Baltic on Thursday.

  • McCook Central/Montrose’s Collin Kolbeck recorded 30 points and seven rebounds in a 55-42 win over Flandreau on Friday.

  • Todd County’s Ashaun Roach-Valandra led the Falcons with 23 points in a 77-65 win over Little Wound on Tuesday.

  • Leola-Frederick Area's Isaac Sumption netted 30 points in a 55-50 win over Ellendale (N.D.) on Tuesday.

Girls top performers

  • Corsica-Stickney’s Avery Broughton registered 26 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks in a 60-51 win over Ethan on Thursday.

Corsica-Stickney's Avery Broughton (34) is surrounded by Ethan's Cameryn Logan and Maddie Miiller (12) on Thursday in Corsica. (Nick Sabato / Republic)

  • Lyman’s Maleighya Estes put in 27 points and 35 points in a pair of wins over White River and Kadoka Area this week.

  • Kadoka Area’s Lavin Bendt finished with 29 points in a loss against Lyman on Friday.

  • Mount Vernon/Plankinton’s Emilee Fox recorded 28 points and six steals as the Titans defeated Redfield on Tuesday.

  • Nora O’Malley finished with 24 points and 11 boards as Irene-Wakonda beat Scotland 71-36 on Tuesday.

  • Langford Area’s Ady Dwight logged another double-double with 24 points and 14 rebounds in a 44-38 win over Waverly/South Shore on Thursday.

  • Gregory’s Jessy Jo VanDerWerff led the Gorillas with 39 points and 11 rebounds in a 60-59 victory over Gregory on Thursday.

  • Lake Preston’s Ashlyn DeKnikker finished with 27 points, 21 rebounds and 7 steals in a 49-38 victory over Oldham-Ramona/Rutland on Friday.

  • Iroquois/Doland’s Katie Dubro drilled seven 3-pointers and finished with 35 points in a 67-26 win over Sunshine Bible Academy on Thursday.

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