Boys’ and girls’ basketball teams end of season awards

Boys' and girls' basketball teams end of season awards
With the high school basketball seasons ended, it is time to recognize the accomplishments of the teams and individuals.

For the boys, their record was 14-9 including a third place in the Big 8 Conference and District 8A Tournament Champion.

Top three individuals in the following categories were:

Total points scored � Jeff Donnelly, 440; Jordan Boots, 391; Ryan Powell, 171.

Three-point goals � Boots, 65; Donnelly, 36; Powell, 13.

Total Rebounds � Broc Gauer, 229; Donnelly, 176; Bobby Dykstra, 146.

Assists � Powell, 66; Donnelly, 61; Gauer, 51.

Steals � Donnelly, 42; Powell, 33; Boots, 32.

The team and coaches awards have not been disclosed at this time.

For the girls, they set a new season record 21-5, second place in Big 8 Conference, District 8A champions, Region 4A champions and State A champions!

Top three individuals in the categories listed:

Total points scored � Annie Roche, 455; Alicia Brown, 436; Chelsea Gauer, 204.

Three-pointers � Gauer, 59; Roche, 56; Brown, 33.

Total rebounds � Krista Froke, 144; Brown, 142; Rachel Odens, 79.

Assists � Roche, 92; Brown, 61; Froke, 40.

Steals � Brown, 68; Roche, 67; Gauer, 35.

Varsity awards (voted on by teammates):

Defensive MVP � Chelsea Gauer.

Winning Attitude � Krista Froke.

Most Improved � Rachel Odens.

Practice Player � Sara Kjose.

Assist Award � Annie Roche.

MV Co-winners � Annie Roche, Alicia Brown.

Co-captain Awards � Roche, Brown, Gauer, Froke.

Senior awards � Roche, Gauer, Froke, Nikki Whitelightning.

Parish Scholarship Award (Summer Camp Award in memory of William Parish) � Sara Kjose.

Junior Varsity awards:

Defensive MVP � Jenny Bye.

Winning Attitude � Sophie Nehlich-Arobba.

Most Improved � Justine Sorensen.

Practice Player � Hannah Nehlich-Arobba.

Assist Award � Jenny Bye.

End of season recognition: All Conference � Roche, Brown, Gauer (honorable mention).

Academic All State � Roche, Froke, Gauer.

All State Tournament Team � Roche, Gauer.

Region 4A Team � Roche (Captain), Brown. Spirit of Su � Roche.

Region 4A Coach of the Year � Jamie Parish.

Coach's remarks:

"What an unbelievable season, the thing that I am most pleased with is the relentless attitude that our kids approached the game with. We won several close games this year due to our poise in all kinds of situations and our kids refused to give up. Some games that really stand out are the opener against Harrisburg, we had to outscore them 21-8 in the fourth quarter to win a tough road game. Vs. Dell Rapids we were down 20-3 early in the second and had to work very hard to chip away at the lead to win another very difficult game on the road. At home we had vs. Dakota Valley we had to fight and claw our way to a 2OT win. Vs. Wagner with only two seconds on the clock we needed some big free throws to get the lead and seal the victory. And of course the Milbank game in the state tournament was unbelievable. When we took the time out at the end of the game our kids were so calm in the huddle it was almost unbelievable. And the hustle play to tip that ball and go the other way, it would have been pretty easy for our kids to pout and hang their heads after Alicia's drive was stopped but they continued to play until the end and made an incredible play.

What a storybook ending for Annie Roche, winning a state title, being named the Spirit of Su, being named to all-tourney team, and with the final made free-throw she broke the school scoring record by one point.

Season highlights:

Set school record for wins in a season, third consecutive trip to state A tournament, Coach Parish set all time wins mark at VHS and the first state title in school history.

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