Multiple Mitchell girls hockey players on Team South Dakota squads headed to nationals

Six Marlins players among the 14U, 16U & 19U National teams departing for the USA Hockey Tier II National Tournaments

Mitchell Marlins girls (Reese Amick)
Mitchell's Reese Amick (10) controls the puck near center ice during a girls hockey game on Jan. 21, 2022, at the Mitchell Activities Center.
Landon Dierks / Mitchell Republic

SIOUX FALLS – Mitchell Marlins players Brynlee Sabers, Makenna Tronees, Kate Nash, Brooke Jarman along with Kelsey and Reese Amick are on the rosters of the Team South Dakota 14U, 16U and 19U National teams departing for the USA Hockey Tier II national tournaments in West Chester, Penn. being held from March 30 to April 4.

Team South Dakota’s three teams consist of 59 girls spanning all 11 of the South Dakota Amateur Hockey Association’s affiliates. Players skate for their local hockey associations during the regular season, and then come together to form Team South Dakota for qualification games and tournament play.

Kelsey Amick, a senior for the Marlins, racked up 58 points and scored 34 goals over 21 games in the 2021-22 season, including four goals and five assists over three games in the state tournament. She will be joined on the 19U roster by fellow Marlins senior Kate Nash, a defenseman who scored 16 goals and had eight assists this season.

She will join the 19U roster along with Savannah Barber, Brookings; Aubrey Cannegieter, Sioux Center; Alexa Christie, Sioux Falls; Kalyn Cover, Rapid City; Berit Hefti, Sioux Falls; Devin Hunter, Huron; Ashton Lee, Pierre; Alyssa Lingen, Sioux Falls; Jaclyn Lloyd, Watertown; Emma Ramsey, Sioux Falls; Azalea Rashaad, Huron; Gabriella Schroder, Sioux Falls; Alyssa Stahl, Pierre; Olivia Swenson, Pierre; Riley Vander Esch, Sioux Falls; Mallory Vontersch, Luverne; and Kiran Vugteveen, Brookings.

Brooke Jarman and Reese Amick headline the area players on the 16U roster. Jarman was one of the top forwards for the Marlins, racking up 82 points (42 goals, 40 assists) in the 2021-22 campaign including 10 points (six goals, four assists) in the state tournament. Amick racked up 17 points in her freshman season (10 assists, seven goals) for the 18-3 Marlins.


The rest of the 16U roster includes Sarah Bierne, Pierre; Jaiden Cannegieter, Sioux Center; Adriana Clark, Sioux Falls; Emma Eichacker, Yankton; Lillie Hoffman, Rapid City; Morgan Jones, Aberdeen; Bryn Kolberg, Yankton; Jayda Kranz, Watertown; Raniesa Mattke, Aberdeen; Lilly Moon, Sioux Falls; Kya Olson, Rapid City; Eva Ramm, Sioux Falls; Kylee Small, Huron; Isabella Steensma, Luverne, Minn.; Jayda Tjeerdsma, Yankton; Faith Van Voorst, Sioux Falls; Elyssa Van Den Berg, Sioux Center, Iowa; and Allison Woehl, Aberdeen.

Brynlee Sabers and Makenna Tronnes, both eighth-graders on the Marlins girls varsity team, represent Mitchell on the 14U roster. Sabers had a breakout season as a forward, racking up 60 points (33 goals, 27 assists) over the 21-game season. Tronnes, a member of the Marlins since 2019 as a sixth-grader, had five points (four goals, one assist) in her third season on the team.

They join the 14U roster that includes Madeline Abbott, Yankton; Brenna Ullmann, Pierre; Kaylee Dixon, Aberdeen; Miyah Foerster, Brookings; Zoe Gorra, Sioux Falls; Rebecca Harris, Brandon; Brylee Kafka, Pierre; Ava Kahle, Brookings; Emily Nemec, Pierre; Shauna Pederson, Brookings; Victoria Pendergrass, Sioux Center; Julissa Peterson, Brookings; Aiden Raap, Aberdeen; Anna Rasmussen, Brookings; Marissa Ready, Huron; Taryn Richter, Brookings; Briella VanDusseldorp, Watertown; and Paige Zimiga, Rapid City.

At the national tournament, teams from 11 different states will compete in three rounds of pool play, with the top teams advancing to the championship rounds. The Tier II national championships will be played Monday, April 4, 2022.

All three Team South Dakota teams will hit the ice for their first games on Thursday, March 31. The 16U Girls will open up the tournament with an 11 a.m. game against the Florida Alliance. At 1 p.m., the 19U Girls take on the Steel City Selects and the 14U Girls have an evening matchup with the New Jersey Bandits at 5:15 p.m.

Dylan is sports reporter for the Mitchell Republic. A native of Michigan, he graduated from Central Michigan University with a bachelors of science in journalism before joining the sports staff in March 2022. He covers 35 high schools along with NAIA's Dakota Wesleyan, which are all within Mitchell Republic's 17 county coverage area. Before joining the Mitchell Republic, Dylan covered sports in Michigan for a year, coached baseball for the Lakeland High School freshman team in White Lake, Mich. and played baseball and basketball in high school.
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