Kernels place Dylan Soulek, Steele Morgan on Class AA all-state second team
Both seniors, Soulek and Morgan both landed on the all-state squad for the first time.
MITCHELL — Seniors Dylan Soulek and Steele Morgan represented the Mitchell High School boys basketball program on the Class AA all-state second team, as selected by the South Dakota Basketball Coaches Association.
Soulek, a 6-foot-3 guard, led the Kernels in scoring at 13.2 points per game as well as assists with 4.4 per game and was third on the team at 4.8 rebounds per game.
“Dylan has gotten so much better the past couple years, and it's great that he is getting some very well-deserved recognition,” said Mitchell head coach Ryker Kreutzfeldt. “Dylan is an elite perimeter defender and has expanded his offensive game to make him one of the best perimeter scorers in Class AA. As a multi-sport athlete, Dylan has turned into one of the many great leaders of our student body.”
Morgan, a 6-foot-5 forward, ranked second for Mitchell in scoring at 11.7 points per game along with a team-best 7.4 rebounds per game and averaged 2.2 assists per game.
“Steele has worked incredibly hard each off-season to improve his game, and that showed this season again,” Kreutzfeldt said. “His ability to score in the post while being outsized in most matchups is so impressive. Along with that, he is so capable of handling double teams in the post and hitting his teammates for layups. Defensively, Steele has needed to guard posts and guards for us and has shown the ability to do both.”
For Soulek and Morgan, it was their first all-state basketball recognition. The pair also represented Mitchell on the Class AA all-tournament team, helping the Kernels to a runner-up finish at the state tournament, the program’s best placing in 11 years.
On the Class AA first team, Sioux Falls Jefferson landed a pair of seniors in guard Taylen Ashley and forward Kaden Year. State champion Yankton put Rugby Ryken on the squad alongside two more Eastern South Dakota Conference senior guards in Pierre’s Lincoln Kienholz and Aberdeen Central’s Spencer Barr. Rounding out the first team was the lone junior named to the team, Sioux Falls Lincoln center JT Rock, who was selected as the coaches' player of the year in Class AA.
Joining Soulek and Morgan on the second team was a pair of Harrisburg guards in senior Ethan Determan and junior Jacoby Mehrman. Also on the second team were Class AA’s scoring leaders in Huron’s Reilyn Zavesky and O’Gorman’s Matt Eng, both senior guards.