Area athletes star at South Dakota Basketball Coaches Association all-star game

Mitchell's Dylan Soulek, Hanson's Ethan Cheeseman, MVP's Reed Rus, Winner's Blake Volmer, Gregory's Jessy Jo VanderWerff and Wagner's Emma Yost and Shalayne Nagel all took part in the contests.

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Mitchell's Dylan Soulek goes up for a dunk after receiving a pass that got past Dakota Valley's Randy Rosenquist during the South Dakota Basketball Coaches Association all-star game at the Pentagon.
Zech Lambert / Mitchell Republic

SIOUX FALLS — With the brightest stars of high school basketball in South Dakota all in one spot, Mitchell-area athletes shined through Friday night.

During the boys South Dakota Basketball Coaches Association all-star game, Hanson’s Ethan Cheeseman hit a late 3-pointer with under 30 seconds to go with a defender in his face to seal the win for his squad.

Cheeseman, who threw down a pair of dunks as well, finished the contest with 18 points.

“I just got stuck in the moment,” Cheeseman said of the late 3-pointer. “I’ve worked hard for this, and so has everyone else here. It was fun.”

Other area athletes on the boys side included Mitchell’s Dylan Soulek, Mount Vernon/Plankinton’s Reed Rus and Winner’s Blake Volmer. Soulek grabbed 18 points, with a couple of dunks, while Rus picked up nine points and Volmer scored seven.


The boys game offered a glimpse of potential future Summit League matchups, as well, with University of South Dakota commit Isaac Bruns, of Dakota Valley, squaring off with a South Dakota State commit in White River’s Joe Sayler. SDSU commit Damon Wilkinson, from De Smet, was also a part of the action.

Dakota Valley’s Randy Rosenquist, Sioux Falls Jefferson’s Kaden Year, Harrisburg’s Ethan Determan and Cheeseman, who all participated, are all committed to Dakota Wesleyan.

On the girls side, Wagner was represented by Shalayne Nagel and Emma Yost, while Jessy Jo VanderWerff represented Gregory. VanderWerff finished with 10 points, while Nagel picked up eight points and Yost scored two.

Both Yost and Nagel are slated to play at DWU.

There were also three future Division I players in the girls game, as USD commit Coral Mason, from Viborg-Hurley took the floor, along with Wolsey-Wessington’s Mallory Miller and St. Thomas More’s Reese Ross.

Both Miller and Ross will play at power conference schools, with Miller headed to Arizona State and Ross slated to be a Ute at the University of Utah.

Zech Lambert is a sports reporter for the Mitchell Republic. He graduated from Penn State University in May 2022 and began at the Mitchell Republic in July 2022. He can be reached at or on Twitter @Zech_Lambert.
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