THE WINNER: Ellery Bresnahan
School: Central Cass (Casselton, N.D.)
Athletic achievement: He led the Squirrels to a 10-4 record and a berth in the Class B state tournament, scheduled to begin May 30. Bresnahan batted .512 while collecting 13 stolen bases, seven RBI and seven extra-base hits through 14 games, also scoring 23 runs. On the mound, Bresnahan owned a 3-0 record with a 0.43 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 16.1 innings-pitched. A two-time American Legion Class B state champion, he finished 5-1 with 64 strikeouts in 30 innings-pitched as a junior last season.
Academic excellence: Also a football, basketball and golf standout, Bresnahan has maintained a 3.04 weighted GPA.
Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society and the DECA organization, he has volunteered on behalf of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and as a Youth Frontiers Courage Retreat leader.
“He can do it all,” said Scott Milbrandt, head coach of rival Kindred/Richland (Kindred, N.D.). “If he isn’t pitching, he will catch. You won’t steal on him, as his arm is a cannon. He will also play center and can cover a lot of ground with his speed. Offensively, you do not want him to get on base ever. He will steal second easily, and I have even seen him steal third if he gets a good read on the pitcher. He is fun to watch when we are not playing them—not so much fun when you are playing them.”
THE FUTURE: Bresnahan has signed with North Dakota.