Vermillion's Annie Roche was among 15 girls chosen for the Elite 15 at the 14th annual South Dakota Girls and Women in Sports Awards Banquet on Saturday night, June 2, at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center in Sioux Falls.
Forty-two senior female athletes throughout South Dakota were honored for their outstanding high school careers both on and off the playing field. From this group, 15 were recognized as the Elite 15.
Besides Roche, the other members of the Elite 15 were Parker's Abby Plucker, McCook Central's Kristen Rotert, Hanson's Megan Doyle, Aberdeen Central's Christina Kusler, Bennett County's Maggie O'Neill, Hamlin's Jade Jorgenson, Lead-Deadwood's Tara Hofer, Mitchell Christian's Jill Young, Northwestern's Alyssa Fischbach, Sturgis' Jessica Engal, Sully Buttes' Katelynn Lamb, Wagner's Kara Schoeder, Yankton's Betsy Bies and Roosevelt's Allison Eckert.
To be eligible for the Elite 15 award, a girl first had to be recognized by her high school in February during the National Girls and Women in Sports Day activities. A total of 3,786 girls were so recognized in South Dakota. Of these, 87 were named by their school to be eligible for the Elite 15 award.