Argus Leader Elite 45: Meet the 2016 team

Argus Leader Elite 45: Meet the 2016 team


Argus Leader Elite 45: Meet the 2016 team


Argus Leader Elite 45

Argus Leader Elite 45

The Argus Leader Elite 45 team honors the best players in the state every year.

The captain, Spencer Neugebauer, is featured here.

Gage Anderson


Anderson had 49 tackles this year for the Tigers to go with five sacks and nine tackles for loss.

“Gage is the vocal leader of the entire team,” Harrisburg coach Brandon White said. “He plays with a little chip on his shoulder and has the tendency to wear his emotions on his sleeve. He has a motor that we have not had on our defensive line for quite some time.”

He finished with 89 tackles in his career with seven sacks, 13 tackles for loss and two fumble recoveries.

“With Gage’s leadership and full-speed attitude our defense would not be as effective as it has been,” White said.

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Jack Anderson


Anderson was the top offensive threat for the Class 11AA runner-up Tigers, running 188 times for 1,541 yards and 17 touchdowns. Combined with his receiving totals, he had 1,727 yards of total offense with 19 touchdowns.

“Jack is our most explosive football player,” said coach Brandon White. “He has the ability to run you over and also run right by you from anywhere on the football field.”

To hear White tell it, none of Anderson’s accomplishments came by accident.

“Jack is a weight room freak. He lifts almost daily and his work ethic has definitely propelled him into successful nights on the football field.”

Preston Arity


A nominee for South Dakota’s Gatorade Player of the Year, Arity completed 130 of 206 passes for 2,132 yards and 28 touchdowns in 2016.

On the year, he threw for over 200 yards in five games and logged multiple touchdown passes in all but one game during the season.

Arity went 19-2 in his two years as a starter (he was a Black Hills All-Conference pick both seasons), completing 262 of 410 passes for 4,708 yards and 59 touchdowns. He also ran for 12 touchdowns.

“In my 26 years as St. Thomas More head coach, Preston is one of the best quarterbacks that I have had the privilege of coaching,” Wayne Sullivan said.

Seth Benson


For most of the season, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound junior was one of the state’s best linebackers. Then the Warriors starting quarterback went down, and Benson moved to the other side of the ball. He threw for 551 yards and six touchdowns to keep the Warriors undefeated, then moved back to linebacker when Jayden Johannsen returned.

Benson finished with 78 tackles, four fumble recoveries, a blocked punt and an interception on defense to earn All-State honors.

“He might be the most intelligent player I have ever coached. He can play almost any position on the field and play at a high level,” said WHS coach Chad Stadem.

Austin Boen


Nagging injuries seemed to prevent Boen from fully realizing his potential, but in three years as a starter for the Rough Riders, the 6-foot-4, 300-pounder established himself as one of the best blockers in school history.

Boen moved around the line early in his career and played a little defense, but by his senior year settled in at center, earning a scholarship to play that position at South Dakota State. This year the Riders averaged 42 points per game and totaled 4,872 yards with Boen paving the way.

“Austin gave us a physical presence in the middle and led our O-line for three years,” Roosevelt coach Kim Nelson said.

Jack Braun


A four-year starter for the Monarchs, Braun helped take Warner to the Class 9A finals as a senior, an 11-win season that capped off a career in which Braun was a three-time all-conference pick and two-time team MVP. The Monarchs won two Lake Region Conference titles in Braun’s four years, and he was the conference defensive player of the year this season, as well as an all-state fullback on offense.

“Jack is a true football player,” said Warner coach Kerwin Hoellein. “He’s spent countless hours in the weightroom and got many of his teammates to follow suit. He is a big part of why Warner football has had a 19-3 record over the past two seasons.”

Sam Burnison


One of only three returning starters, the Knights leaned heavily on Burnison to carry a big load in the first year transitioning from legendary coach Steve Kueter to Jayson Poppinga. The senior captain delivered.

An All-Metro, All-City and All-State pick, Burnison rushed for 445 yards and nine touchdowns at fullback, and on defense was in on 82 tackles, adding a sack and an interception.

Burnison was shifted to tailback in the playoffs, where he scored five of his nine touchdowns in two games.

He finishes his career with 171 total tackles, four sacks and an interception.

Carter Carstens


The best defensive player on the Rough Riders and an underrated target in their high-powered passing game, the 6-foot-2, 220-pound senior was named All-City defensive captain as well as All-Metro and All-State.

Carstens had 59 tackles and 6.5 sacks on defense and caught 29 passes for 338 yards and three touchdowns. A three-year starter on the defensive side of the ball, Carstens leaves Roosevelt with 167 tackles and 17.5 sacks for his career.

“Our best defensive player and our only full-time two-way player,” said Riders coach Kim Nelson. “Carter was a team captain and we could always count on him for a great game and great effort.”

Costner Ching


After two years as a starting guard Castlewood coach Doug Ruesink decided Ching was too athletic to not get in on the action and moved him to tight end. In two years he caught 21 passes for 298 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while on defense he remained a dominating presence. Ching had 76 tackles as a senior, as well as four sacks, four fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles. For his career, Ching finshed with 210 tackles and 12 sacks.

“He was a huge problem for opposing teams,” Ruesink said. “Playing defensive end Costner shut off half the field. Teams ran away from him the last two years. He had a huge career for Castlewood.”

Payton Conrad


In his final season, the senior signal-caller led the Titans to their first state championship game in program history, setting a new school rushing record along the way (964 yards). Through the air, Conrad completed 56 percent of his passes for 2,070 yards and 21 touchdowns. Defensively, he posted 58 tackles and recovered four fumbles at defensive back.

A team captain and the Titans’ starting quarterback in each of the last three seasons, Conrad finishes his career with 4,875 yards passing and 48 touchdowns, plus 1,769 yards rushing and 22 touchdowns.

“Payton was like having a coach on the field for us,” coach Craig Clayberg said.

Bradley Dean


The 6-foot, 185-pound Dean had 63 receptions this season for 995 yards with 13 receiving touchdowns for the Governors, who made it to the Class 11AA semifinals before bowing out to eventual state champion Mitchell.

Those also represent the career high school numbers for Dean, an all-ESD honorable-mention basketball player last season who did not decide to play football until senior year. That inexperience meant little. He took his opponents by surprise early in the year and continued to produce as the word got around, finishing second in the state in receiving yardage among all classes.

“He continued to pull double-coverage the back half of the season and still posted solid numbers,” said his coach Steve Steele.

Torren Devericks


The 5-foot-9 senior got one year to be the Rough Rider starter and made the most of it, rewriting the record book at a school with a long history of outstanding quarterbacks.

Devericks threw for 3,216 yards and 32 touchdowns with only six interceptions, competing 65 percent of his passes and adding seven rushing touchdowns for good measure. An All-State and All-Metro pick and the All-City MVP, Devericks will play at Dakota State.

“Torren was a captain and was very consistent this season,” said Riders coach Kim Nelson. “He really didn’t have a bad game and kept us in every close game because of his playmaking ability.”

Will Farniok


The latest lineman of the Farniok family to plow the roads for Washington, Farniok began establishing himself as worthy of carrying on the family name early in his career and came into his own as a junior.

The 6-foot-3, 265-pound center earned his second straight All-State selection in helping the Warriors to their second consecutive state championship. Washington averaged 39 points per game and 433 yards.

There are already scholarship offers from Iowa, Nebraska and others.

“He brings a high level of competitiveness to our team that makes others around him better,” coach Chad Stadem said.

Landon Freeman


A two-year starter on both offense and defense, Freeman was a key contributor on both sides of the ball for Tri-Valley in 2016. At tailback, he ran for 1,023 yards and 14 touchdowns on 124 carries. He also contributed to the passing game, catching 11 passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns.

As a defensive back, he recorded 21 tackles and intercepted three passes, one of which he took back 100 yards for the touchdown.

“Landon is a big-time playmaker,” coach Steve Bazata said. “He can run and catch and has an explosiveness that few players have. We try to get the ball into his hands as much as possible.”

Cole Gassman


An All-Big East conference selection, Gassman propelled the Seahawks to the Class 11B semifinals, logging 178 carries for 1,245 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also contributed to the aerial attack, catching three passes for 47 yards and a touchdown. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound junior also posted 28 tackles and intercepted a pair of passes.

“Cole works hard and is a very coachable young man,” coach Jeff VanLeur said. “He is always positive and leads by example. He’s done a tremendous job in the offseason of making himself and the team better.”

Gassman carried the ball 329 times in his career for 2,111 yards and 24 touchdowns.

Lincoln Gibbs


A USD commit, Gibbs ran for 956 yards on 99 carries in his final season with Langford Area. A two-time all-state running back, he set the all-time championship game record in rushing with 350 yards last season.

Gibbs closed out his career with 507 carries for 4,636 yards and 68 touchdowns. Defensively, he logged 234 tackles and eight sacks.

“Lincoln is blessed with a lot of natural ability,” coach Paul Raasch said. “He has the perfect combination of speed and power for a running back. He battled through a hamstring issue this year and missed three full games and parts of others, yet still ran for just under 1,000 yards.”

Spencer Grage


The 6-foot-4 senior began his career as a wide receiver, but his size allowed the Lynx to move him to tight end with favorable results. A three-year starter, Grage finished his career with 83 catches for over 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns, much of which came this year.

A two-time All-ESD and All-Metro pick, Grage caught 41 passes this season for 505 yards and seven scores.

“He had a monster year for us and became the best blocker we have ever had at that position,” said Lynx coach Chad Garrow. “Not to mention he has very good hands and possesses a great catch radius.”

Bodee Groos


The C-E Hawks brought home the Class 9A state championship this year, and Groos had his fingerprints all over the drive to the title. A 5-10, 170-pound junior, Groos threw for 1,032 yards and nine touchdowns while running for 1,134 yards and 25 scores and a total of 21 two-point conversions.

On defense, Groos made 83 tackles, forced two fumbles and recovered three. He was an all-state selection and earned his second straight selection to the all-Dakota Valley Conference team.

“Bodee is a very coachable, hard-working team player that is committed to improving himself and everyone around him,” said C-E coach Chad Williamson.

Hunter Hansen


A well-balanced, dual-threat quarterback, Hansen ran for 802 yards and eight touchdowns on 133 carries and threw for 834 yards and five TDs on 104 attempts in 2016. He also caught a pass, which went for a 23-yard TD. Defensively, the 6-3, 180-pound senior logged 49 tackles and intercepted two passes.

Don’t forget the special teams, where Hansen averaged 35 yards on his 32 punts. For his career, he threw for 1,305 yards, ran for 1,537 yards and logged 70 punts.

“With his success on the football field and on the track, he has many Division II and some Division I schools looking at him,” coach Steve Hansen said.

Chase Jacobs


A 6-foot-6, 290-pound senior, Jacobs was one of the state’s most dominant two-way linemen. A three-year starter at defensive tackle and two-year starter on offense, Jacobs recorded 98 tackles and 10 sacks in his career and was a versatile blocker on offense, earning him all-state honors.

“Chase is an outstanding offensive and defensive tackle,” said coach Mike Flakus. “His physical attributes are amazing – along with his size he is extremely fast with very good feet. He had the ability to block smaller players in space and drive bigger linemen off the ball. He went from being a good player to a great player through his off-season work ethic.”

Tupak Kpeayeh


It should be fun to see how good this 5-foot-9, 175-pound sophomore can get over the next two years, as he’s already one of the best running backs in the state.

Kpeayeh rushed for 1,667 yards and 14 touchdowns, putting the Warriors on his back in the playoffs to carry them to their second straight championship. He carried the ball 42 times for 199 yards in the semifinals, then ran for 231 yards and three touchdowns in the state championship.

Again, this kid’s still got two more years in the Warrior backfield.

“He is not afraid of contact and can run for tough yards,” said WHS coach Chad Stadem.

Krockett Krolikowski


Success on offense starts with the guys in the trenches. For Winner, Krolikowski served as the anchor for an o-line that paved the way for a ground attack that averaged 320 yards and 50 points per game and powered the team to its second straight 11B championship. On defense, he logged 47 tackles (16.5 for a loss) and six sacks. An SDSU commit, Krolikowski has been a key piece to Winner’s 24-0 run over the past two seasons, helping it run for over 6,300 yards.

“Krockett is truly one of those special players that does not come around very often,” coach Dan Aaker said. “He is unbelievably quick for his size and is very physical. If teams didn’t double team him, they were in trouble.”

Cameron Kuil


A constant threat to score, Kuil scored 14 touchdowns on the ground (74 carries, 937 yards), four receiving (12 catches, 305 yards) and returned three kicks for touchdowns (averaged 50 yards per return).

On defense, Kuil racked up 30 tackles and picked off four passes, two of which were returned for a touchdown.

“Cameron was a threat to score at every position he played on the field. In two separate games, he rushed for a touchdown, intercepted a pass for a touchdown, and ran a kickoff back,” coach Dan Aaker said. “He is the ultimate team player who only cares about playing for his teammates.”

Mason Leighton


Leighton was determined to go out on top. He caught 16 passes for 359 yards and six touchdowns over three playoff games, including six for 154 yards and three touchdowns in the final against Tea en route to earning MVP honors for the second year in a row. Leighton ended the season with 927 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns.

“When we get Mason involved in the game it is always a good outcome,” coach Max Hodgen said. “He is electric with the ball in his hands and has one of the quickest first steps I have seen.”

The 6-foot, 175-pound senior was a force at safety as well, picking off 11 passes and returning them 296.0 yards.

Clayton Menning


A two-time all-state pick and two-year team captain, Menning has been a key component to Corsica-Stickney’s 19-3 run over the last two seasons. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound back averaged nearly 11 yards per carry last season, finishing the year with 1,043 yards and 16 touchdowns on 95 attempts.

He was involved in the passing game as well, logging 14 receptions for 262 yards and five touchdowns. Menning made some big plays defensively, returning three of his interceptions for touchdowns and accumulating 42 tackles.

“Clayton always played his best when the lights were the brightest,” coach Jason Broughton said.

Sam Michels


The 6-foot, 170-pound Michels was one of the big reasons the Kernels won the first state title in school history this past season.

He carried the ball 101 times for 652 yards for Mitchell while also returning punts and kickoffs. At defensive back he picked off five passes in 2016 and also recovered a fumble.

“He led the defensive backfield,” Mitchell coach Kent VanOverschelde said. “He combined his understanding of the game with speed and toughness. Sam was tasked each week to cover our opponents’ best receivers.”

He was one of several Kernels who VanOverschelde credited with lifting the football culture in Mitchell.

Eddie Miller


The 6-5, 290-pound senior was a three-year starter for the Brookings Bobcats who played both ways the last two seasons.

He began his career with the Bobcats as a sophomore at center for the 2014 state runner-up team and has since worked his way out to offensive tackle.

The SDSU-bound lineman is also one of the state’s best wrestlers, winning a state title at 285 pounds last season to complete a year in which he went 31-2.

“He dominated his position,” said his coach, Lee Schmidt. “He helped pave the way for two 1,500-yard rushers during his career and became an excellent defensive tackle as well.”

Chance Olson


In his 31 seasons coaching football, Langford’s Paul Raasch had never seen a performance quite like Olson’s in the 2016 semifinals versus Harding County. That night, the senior quarterback ran for 442 yards and seven touchdowns on 31 carries to lead the Lions to a 61-44 win.

Olson, who has drawn heavy interest from area colleges, ran for over 2,000 yards and 31 TDs. He could also air it out a bit, completing 54 of 88 passes for 886 yards and 16 touchdowns. On defense, he posted 78 tackles.

“Chance is a terrific talent, a very versatile and explosive player,” Raasch said. “He was a threat to score every time he touched the football.”

Sawyer Prins


Heading into the year, Prins was tasked with leading an offense that lost over 2,000 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns, plus four offensive linemen to graduation last season. He proved he was up to the task, helping the Chargers to an 8-1 finish that culminated with the Chargers’ second consecutive trip to the Class 11A state playoffs.

“Sawyer is a phenomenal leader,” coach Jake Pettengill said. “He cares for the well-being of his teammates and coaches. He’s a great player in gametime situations and provides a tremendous character to the team.”

The 5-foot-11, 180-pound senior threw for 1,148 yards and 16 TDs. On the ground, he racked up 550 rushing yards and six TDs.

Riley Reetz


Reetz is listed as a receiver on the roster, but when the team’s starting running back went down in the 9AA title game, he was called upon to step in at running back. It was a familiar situation for Reetz, who tagged in at running back earlier in the season, running for 370 yards in that game.

“Riley is a very explosive player and would be a playmaker on any team,” coach Tanner Christensen said.

Reetz finished his career with 4,325 total yards. Though most of those yards came on the ground (2,377), he did accumulate 758 receiving yards. On defense, he had 138 tackles and 13 interceptions, two of which went for touchdowns.

Grant Rice


A four-year starter, Rice capped off a decorated career by earning Class 9A Gatorade player of the year honors and his second consecutive all-state selection in leading his team to the playoffs. Rice rushed for 853 yards and 18 touchdowns while passing for 872 yards and eight scores. On defense he had 104 tackles – 16 for loss – two interceptions and a forced fumble.

“Grant was a leader for us both on and off the field,” said coach Patrick Beeman. “He was part of a senior class that turned around a program and set milestones such as hosting our first playoff game as well as capturing our first postseason victory as a program. He was a pleasure to coach and fun to watch.”

Logan Richie


There’s a memory of Richie from this year’s postseason run that stands out prominently to Webster coach Tanner Christensen.

In the Bearcats’ semifinal against Baltic, Richie dislocated his shoulder. The injury sent him to the emergency room, but it didn’t keep him there. Once his shoulder was back in place, the senior returned to the field and “begged” his coach to get back in the game.

“His tenacity and downright grit is unmatchable,” Christensen said.

Richie ended his career with 376 tackles (27 for a loss), 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception. He was also tabbed Defensive MVP for the conference in 2015.

Ben Schilling


The 6-foot-1, 270-pound Schilling was a 3-year starter for the Patriots, during which he was rock of stability through a series of ups and downs. He started as a sophomore for an undefeated, state champion team, and as a senior helped the Patriots ride out the turmoil of injuries, frustrating losses and a mid-season coaching change. He settled at center as a senior, but played all along the line during his career and saw action on the defensive line in a pinch.

“A true student of the game, Ben made all of our line calls and was the physical, mental and emotional leader of the offensive line and really the team as a whole,” Lincoln interim coach Brian Bechard said.

Bennett Shabazz


Shabazz has been a prolific quadruple threat for Groton Area. On offense, he ran for 900 yards, threw for 1,150 more and racked up 26 touchdowns. On defense, he recorded 65 tackles and intercepted four passes, returning a pair for touchdowns.

He also punted and returned kicks/punts for Groton. For his career, he had 18 returns for 345 yards and two touchdowns, and returned 22 punts for 310 yards and a touchdown.

“Bennett has been an instrumental part of our football success the past four seasons,” coach Shaun Wanner said. “He has punted, returned kicks and punts, and played several positions.”

Cade Terveer


A first-team All-State and All-ESD pick, Terveer was nothing short of one of the state’s most dominant defensive players as a junior for the state runner-up Lynx.

Terveer made 58 tackles on the season, 26 of which went for losses. He had 13.5 sacks (a school record) and three interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns, including a crucial one in the Lynx’s thrilling semifinal win over Roosevelt. He also chipped in five touchdowns on offense.

“Cade is a very disruptive player,” said coach Chad Garrow. “I have never coached a defensive end that has the ability to change the game more than Cade.”

Hunter Thompson


A two-year starter on defense, Thompson took over starting QB duties this year and gradually established himself as one of the best in the state.

The senior threw for 1,835 yards and 11 touchdowns, and on the ground he picked up 750 yards and 12 more scores. He still made a big impact on defense, too, making 24 tackles and intercepting a team-high five passes despite injuries limiting him to only four games on that side of the ball.

Captain of the All-City team in addition to being a Knights captain, Thompson threw for a school-record 352 yards in this year’s Dakota Bowl.

Logan Uttecht


The 6-foot-2, 185-pound junior was one of the most athletic and dangerous receivers in the state, playing a huge role in the Warriors running the table to their second straight Class 11AAA state title.

Uttecht caught 43 passes for 835 yards and 11 touchdowns, boosting his career totals to 72 catches for 1,322 yards and 15 scores with another year still to go.

“Logan is one of the most competitive people I have met in my life,” WHS coach Chad Stadem said of the All-Metro and All-State pick. “He has grit and he is tough. He has the best route-running and ball skills in the state.”

Marcus VandenBosch


A hard-nosed defensive end, VandenBosch lived in opponent’s backfields for much of the season. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound senior racked up a career-high 15.5 sacks for 138.0 yards and 25.5 tackles for a loss. In terms of total tackles, he led the team with 100, 56 of which were solo efforts. VandenBosch reset his season-high for tackles in the Class 11A championship against Tea, recording 13 takedowns. He ends his career with 328 tackles, 34.0 sacks and 66.5 TFL.

“He’s a team leader with a great work ethic,” coach Max Hodgen said. “Marcus is very polite and coachable. He sets a good example for his teammates and younger athletes.”

Jayd VanDerWerff


Only in his junior year, VanDerWerff already owns five of Gregory’s single-season records: points scored (156), receptions (37), receiving yards (670), interceptions (5) and touchdown receptions (12).

VanDerWerff accounted for 1,845 all-purpose yards and 25 offensive touchdowns for the 9AA champion Gorillas. VanDerWerff was tabbed an All-State defensive back in 2015, then took home the same distinction this season as a wide receiver. On defense, he logged a pair of sacks, recovered four fumbles and picked off five passes in 2016.

“Jayd has started for us on both sides of the ball in 2015 and 2016,” coach Brian Allmendinger said. “He is a team leader.”

Nathan Varns


A big target who played even bigger, Varns had all the tools to become an impact player in the Rough Riders’ high-octane passing attack. He used his soft hands to make catches deep and in traffic, and proved difficult to bring down when in the open field.

The 6-foot junior set a Roosevelt school record with 1,274 yards and 16 touchdowns receiving, on 74 catches, all the top numbers in the state. He also had two rushing scores.

“Nathan was a big-play receiver all season, often turning short throws into long touchdowns,” said RHS coach Kim Nelson. “We always seemed to get at least one or two big touchdowns from Nate at crucial times.”

Spencer Waege

Watertown, DE-LS

A 6-foot-5, 230-pound senior, Waege entered the year with high expectations and responded with 49 tackles, two sacks and a whopping five blocked punts. He also served as the Arrows’ longsnapper.

Waege had already established himself as one of the top defensive linemen in the state, and gave a verbal commitment to play for five-time defending FCS national champion North Dakota State in May, spurning offers from South Dakota State, Northern Iowa and Buffalo.

He was also named to the all-ESD team this season.

Alex Waltner

Brandon Valley, QB

The 6-foot-2 senior quarterback and two-year starter led the Lynx to the Class 11AAA state final. His signature game was a 49-46 win over Roosevelt in the state semifinals, but Waltner was a consistent signal-caller all year long. An All-Metro and All-ESD pick, he threw for 2,006 yards and 20 touchdowns while rushing for 338 yards and seven TDs. He finished his career with over 4,000 passing yards and 38 TD passes.

“Alex is such a positive influence to those around him and the ultimate team player,” said coach Chad Garrow. “Averaging 18 yards per completion has changed the complexion of our offense and made us much more difficult to defend.”

Xavier Ward

Canistota, OG-DE

A future Jackrabbit, 33 of Ward’s 37.5 tackles were solo efforts and 21.5 of them went for a loss. He also tallied three sacks, forced three fumbles and recovered two fumbles. In the offensive trenches, he led the way for an offense that averaged just under 40 PPG, ran for 3,000 yards and passed for 1,000 yards. Ward finished his career with 106.5 tackles (89 solo), 11 sacks, 54 tackles for a loss and five forced fumbles.

“Xavier has great speed for 290-pounds,” coach James Strang said. “He sets the edge and chases things down on the backside. He has exceptional feet and hands, with a first-step burst that dominates the line of scrimmage.”

Kadin Wolff

Baltic, RB-LB

A 5-foot-10, 180-pound back, Wolff helped Baltic to an 8-0 finish in the regular season and a trip to the 9AA semifinals.

The senior averaged a first down per carry, racking up 1,845 yards and 22 touchdowns on 183 carries. He was an efficiently effective weapon in the team’s passing attack, hauling in three passes for 71 yards and a touchdown.

On defense, Wolff finished with 147 tackles, giving him 42 more than anyone else on the team. 16 of those tackles went for a loss. He also helped the team’s turnover margin, recovering two fumbles.

He finishes his career with 309 carries for 3,112 yards and 36 touchdowns.


Class 11AAA: Washington – Thuro Reisdorfer; Roosevelt – Tyson Jahn, Austin Johnson, Alex Denevan; Brandon Valley- Drew Jurgens, Alex Wickersham; O’Gorman – Canyon Bauer; R.C. Central – Ira Murphy, Kailleb Walton-Blanden; Rapid City Stevens – Mason Archambault. Class 11AA: Mitchell – Seth Paulson, Cody Reichelt; Harrisburg – Tanner Kippes, Logan Warzecha, Justis Clayton; Pierre – Peyton Zabel, Michael Lusk; Huron – Sam Kretschmar; Douglas – Branson Taylor. Class 11A: Tea – Jeremiah Makahununiu, Adam Hein, Evan Munkvold; St. Thomas More – Jake Aanderud, Cameron Fees, Chase Thurness; Dell Rapids – Nate McKee; Hot Springs – Brice Harkless, Caden Maciejewski; West Central – Aaron Mallinger; Dakota Valley – Ryan Parker, Bennett Chesterman, Luke Schmitt; Canton – Jake Peterson, Alex DeJong; Belle Fourche – Jake O’Byrne; Milbank – Tanner Gauer. Madison – Austin Lohsandt. Class 11B: Aberdeen Roncalli – Braden Sommers, Colton Cox; Sioux Valley – Nick Strasburg; Tri-Valley – Jacob Kasowski; McCook Central/Montrose – Collin Cleveland, Trevor Wilkinson; Beresford – Kaleb Peterson; Elk Point-Jefferson – Zeke Robinson; Winner – Drew DeMers, Jayden Schroeder; Chamberlain – Carson Powers; Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan- Colton Plagmann, Jacob Eddy; Red Cloud – Russell Leader Charge. Class 9AA: Webster – Kelby Hawkins; Baltic – Reese Warne; Canistota – Kasey Buse; Deuel – Preston Homan, Tanner Troska; Garretson – Shay Gibson; Wolsey-Wessington – Caleb Brandt, Darian Ogunjemilusi, Dylan Hines; Mt. Vernon/Plankinton – Tanner Risseeuw; Bon Homme – Chase Kortan; Miller – Trevor Ryan, Karst Hunter; Gregory – Robert Vomacka, Andy McCance; Stanley County – Damon Hoftiezer; Hill City – Brenden Johnson; Herreid/Selby Area – Logan Schaefbauer; Britton-Hecla – Ben Boyko. Class 9A: Potter County – Jacob Rausch, Tanner Storer; Colman-Egan – Bailey Voelker, Malik Poppenga; Menno/Marion – Eli Huber; Sully Buttes – Brady Hill, Jacob Howard; Philip – Dalton Kinsley. Class 9B: Hamlin – Kale Stieg; Faulkton – Jack Aesoph; Leola/Frederick – Jordan Haas; Colome – Kelly O’Bryan, Matt Campbell; Lower Brule – Jarrett Brouse, Grant Whitney; Harding County – Sam Podzimek, Jarett Jensen; Bison – Ethan Anderson; Wall – Jacob Linn.


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