Every team strives for it and few teams achieve it.
Warner achieved it convincingly this season.
The Monarchs average margin of victory this season was 23.5 points and they won all but one game by double figures. Warner (26-0) is the first team to go undefeated in Class B boys’ basketball since Dell Rapids St. Mary in 2003-04.
Michael Rogers manned the middle for the undefeated Monarchs. The senior was named to this year’s Class B boys’ all-state first-team as chosen by the South Dakota Basketball Coaches Association.
Joining Rogers on the first team are Gabe King of Irene-Wakonda, Shay Jolley of Canistota, Rease Logan of Potter County, Reed Harter of Colome and Clayton Koch of Harding County.
The 6-foot-10 Rogers was instrumental in Warner’s first state championship since 1994. He averaged 14.4 points and seven rebounds per game to go along with 89 blocked shots. Rogers, a third team all-stater last season, scored his 1,000th career point in the state championship game. He finished his career with 1,009 points.
“Mike controls the paint on both ends of the court,” Warner coach Derek Hoellein said. “Not only can we throw the ball into him down low to score, but when he gets catches inside, it gives us opportunities for other players to do things. Defensively, Mike protects the rim, which allows our guards to pressure the ball more.”
King led Irene-Wakonda to a runner-up finish at the state tournament where he was also the Spirit of Su recipient. The 6-foot-6 do-it-all King did a little bit of everything for the Eagles (21-5). He recorded 20.7 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 2.9 blocks and 1.7 steals per game. King finished his career with 1,678 points, 824 rebounds, 270 assists, 268 blocks and 161 steals. He also dazzled crowds with his emphatic dunks. The Northern State-bound King was a second-team all-stater last season.
“He has meant everything to this program,” said Irene-Wakonda coach Mike King, Gabe’s father. “He gets everyone into the gym, organizes all open gyms, spent countless hours in the gym by himself working on his game. He is the single biggest reason our team finished as strong as we did.”
Jolley guided the Hawks to a District 8B title and a runner-up finish in Region 4B. The 6-foot-1 point guard averaged 19.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 3.2 steals for the 20-3 Hawks. Jolley finished his career with 1,188 career points. He holds the school record for points in a season (439), three-pointers in a season (64) and three-pointers in a career (160). Jolley was a third-team all-state selection last season.
“He hates to lose,” said Canistota coach Pat Jolley, Shay’s father. “He was the kind of kid who wanted to go to the free throw line late in the game and he was the kid who wanted to take the last shot. If the game was on the line and there was a set play for him, then he looked forward to those situations.”
Logan led the Battlers (22-4) to a third place finish at the state tournament. The stat-stuffing big man registered 17 points, 10.3 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per game. The 6-foot-9 Logan finished his career with 822 points. Logan will play basketball next season for Northern State.
“Rease’s size makes him stand out on the court with his athleticism and length,” Potter County coach Bryce Hall said. “In the past three years his maturity and toughness at that size has made him stand out. As a big part of our offense taking a beating inside, he held his ground and played through it all.”
Harter led Colome to its first district championship since 1978. The Cowboys later lost to Corsica-Stickney in the Region 6B title game. Harter averaged 22.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.6 steals per game for the 16-7 Cowboys. The 5-foot-8 guard finished his career with 1,723 career points. Harter will play baseball at the University of Sioux Falls.
“Reed has meant an awful lot to the program, especially in the two years that I have been here,” Colome coach Drew Weber said. “It sounds cliché, but Reed is the absolute gym rat. He is constantly working on his game, whether it be basketball, baseball, or football, and is one of the most driven athletes that I’ve ever seen.”
Koch led the Ranchers (22-4) to their first state tourney berth since 2011. The 6-foot-2 guard registered 21 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2.1 steals per game. He finished his career with 1,434 points and 349 assists. Koch will play football at Black Hills State.
“Clayton was a major reason we were able to get back to the state tournament,” Wammen said. “His all-around play, helped bring out the best in every one of his teammates. His work ethic and dedication to our program is second to none. He is a major role model for the future generations of Rancher basketball. Clayton is a great all-around basketball player. He is the most complete player I have ever coached. He is an amazing scorer, passer and one of our best defenders.”
Second-team selections are Camden Myers of Ethan, Rory O’Malley of Centerville, Majok Kur of Mitchell Christian, Brady Tiede of Sanborn Central-Woonsocket, Jarret Krause of Highmore-Harrold and Tim Wager of James Valley Christian.
Third-team selections are Tyler Rozell of Warner, Chance Olson of Langford Area, Wyatt Schuelke of Faith, Eli Van Roekel of Corsica-Stickney, Jerret Weber of Wolsey-Wessington, Karsten Goehring of Herreid-Selby Area and Justice Morrison of White River.
Class B All-State Boys’ Basketball Team
Chosen by South Dakota Basketball Coaches Association
Gabe King, Irene-Wakonda, 6-6, Sr., Guard (20.7 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 3.9 apg, 2.9 bpg, 1.7 spg)
Shay Jolley, Canistota, 6-1, Sr., Guard (19.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 4.4 apg, 3.2 spg)
Michael Rogers, Warner, 6-10, Sr., Center (14 ppg, 7 rpg, 89 blocks)
Rease Logan, Potter County, 6-9, Sr., Center (17 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 3.2 bpg)
Reed Harter, Colome, 5-8, Sr., Guard (22.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 3.3 apg, 2.6 spg)
Clayton Koch, Harding County, 6-2, Sr., Guard (21 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 4.9 agp, 2.1 spg)
Camden Myers, Ethan, 6-4, Sr., Center (17 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 2.1 apg)
Rory O’Malley, Centerville, 6-0, Sr., Guard (20.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.9 spg)
Majok Kur, Mitchell Christian, 6-9, Sr., Center (18.3 ppg, 10.5 rpg, 4.3 apg, 3 bpg, 1.5 spg)
Brady Tiede, Sanborn Central-Woonsocket, 6-5, Sr., Center (15.7 ppg, 6.8 rpg)
Jarret Krause, Highmore-Harrold, 6-2, Sr., Guard (21.3 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 1.3 apg)
Tim Wager, James Valley Christian, 5-11, Sr., Guard (16.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.3 apg, 2.3 spg)
Tyler Rozell, Warner, 6-2, Jr., Guard (11ppg, 3 rpg)
Chance Olson, Langford, 5-9, Jr., Guard (13 ppg, 3.3 apg, 3.1 rpg)
Wyatt Schuelke, Faith, 6-0, Sr., Guard (21.5 ppg, 6 rpg, 4 apg, 3.8 spg)
Eli Van Roekel, Corsica-Stickney, 6-0, Sr., Guard (14.9 ppg, 4 rpg, 2 apg, 2 spg)
Jerret Weber, Wolsey-Wessington, 6-3, Sr., Guard/Forward (14.6 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 4.2 apg)
Karsten Goehring, Herreid-Selby Area, 5-11, Sr., Guard (18.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.2 spg)
Justice Morrison, White River, 5-11, Jr., Guard (11.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.2 spg, 2.9 apg)