Next Up: Class B (SD) Part 2

High School

Posted On: 06/19/18 12:31 PM

Who are the players in South Dakota’s Class B ready to  make a big push with his team?  PHD gives you another group of names to watch heading into the 18-19 season.

Noah Dickson of Sanborn Central/Woonsocket.  The 6-foot-2 guard learned a lot from the seniors around him over the years especially the 17-18 season when the Blackhawks won 17 games.  The seniors putting numbers up around Noah are gone, but Noah showed, especially in the playoffs, that he is ready to run with this team into his future.  The 21 and 16 in the Regions was a great example of what is coming from Noah.

Darrian Hood of James Valley Christian.  An under .500 record is not what anyone expects at JVC but that is what happened last winter. Hood could so something about that as a senior.  He is a multi-sport successful standout at JVC plus he recorded a number of double-doubles as a junior.

Connor Libis of St. Mary’s.  Who gets buckets?  Connor Libis gets buckets.  And now he has a lot of varsity experience to put behind this gaudy numbers.  Now Connor seems ready to move into the next stage of being talked about as one of the state’s best while moving his team to the next step up from an 11-9 year.

Trey and Tyce Ortman of Canistota.  The Hawks are coming off another great year that landed in the state tournament.  Expectations are always high for Canistota but this year has an interesting chemistry to it.  Four seniors graduated from the eight man rotation, there was only one junior on the team a year ago, and three freshmen played big roles (Tyce was one of them).  Trey and Tyce are returning guards that will take the program into the future, and have the talent to continue the success.

Reggie Slaba/Payden Haiar of Hanson.  Slaba was a 5-foot-8 sophomore guard and Haiar a 5-foot-10 junior guard a year ago, both of which helped a balance team to a couple games over .500.  The Beavers are looking to build up wins in the competitive Region 4 behind this pair.

Dalton Voelker of Colman-Egan.  Dalton was a double-double machine last winter as a 6-foot-5 sophomore inside.  Things will change this winter as Dalton will grown more (physically and maturity wise) which is a scary thing for the teams in Region 4.  With the Groos boys off to play college football the stage is set for Voelker to have his upperclassmen years.

Lynden Williams of Wolsey-Wessington.  The Warbirds already leaned strongly on the junior class to begin with but next year Williams will lead a group of senior that includes Mark Hamilton, Diedrich Offt, and others, but Williams has a chance to move into the “all state” level area.  Williams put up 15 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals a game as a junior and something even bigger could happen this winter.