Posted On: 03/8/21 5:04 PM

Today we honor Class A’s best from this past weekend.  What players were the Best of the Best?  PHD runs through it today. 

 

PHD Playoff Central.   The Sweet 16 - SoDak 16 is set.  How those games looking?

Vermillion vs Milbank - The David vs Goliath game

Dakota Valley vs Sisseton - If the previous game is David vs Goliath than this was USSR vs USA of 1980 

Sioux Valley vs Wagner - Wagner was a .500 team this summer while the Cossacks have lost onece

Sioux Falls Christian vs Custer - Custer will need a lot of stands to win this one

St. Thomas More vs Madison - A couple of slower starters from this past week who won big. No slow starts this time.

Chamberlain vs Flandreau - This could be the best game of Tuesday night. 

Winner vs Mobridge-Pollock - A pair of top ten Class A squads in the second half of the rankings.

Dell Rapids vs RC Christian - RCC has said they are looking for respect, well, here’s your chance.

 

All Class A Weekend Team.  

Brady Fritz Brady Fritz 6'2" | SG Winner | 2021 State SD of Winner.  The most unstoppable force of the Sweet 16 qualifiers was Brady Fritz Brady Fritz 6'2" | SG Winner | 2021 State SD of Winner.  The most unstoppable force of the Sweet 16 qualifiers was Brady Fritz Brady Fritz 6'2" | SG Winner | 2021 State SD .  Fritz scored 38 of his team’s 61 points and then got to relax at the end of the game cheering on the bench.  Paul Bruns Paul Bruns 6'4" | SG Dakota Valley | 2021 State SD of Dakota Valley. In the most anticipated game of the weekend, UND signed Paul Bruns Paul Bruns 6'4" | SG Dakota Valley | 2021 State SD put 21 points and 19 rebounds in the book to lead Dakota Valley over Tea Area 64-58.  In a close game, Bruns kept his team up a couple scores throughout the second half.  Alex Cournoyer of Wagener.   Wagner turned the game around in the second half with the senior Alex Cournoyer stepping forward to lead.  Cournoyer scored 22 points with four assists.  Hayden Ruesink Hayden Ruesink 6'3" | SF Sioux Valley | 2022 State SD of Sioux Valley.  The 6-foot-5 Cossacks big was the difference in Friday’s game vs Clark/Willow Lake.  Hayden shot 8 of 11 from the floor and scored 1 of his team’s 57 points.   Colin Rentz Colin Rentz 6'0" | PG Dell Rapids | 2021 State SD of Dell Rapids.   Dell Rapids qualified for the Sweet 16 (SoDak 16) knocking off West Central 65-52.  Point guard Colin Rentz Colin Rentz 6'0" | PG Dell Rapids | 2021 State SD led his team to the convincing win with 21 points and ten boards on six of nine shooting.  Taryn Ukestine Taryn Ukestine 6'1" | SG Flandreau | 2021 State SD of Flandreau.  Taryn is a 6-foot-1 guard that is relied on as the playmaker.  In a two score, slower paced game, Ukestine made the plays to earn the win.  Taryn scored 16 points and that included clutch scores late in the game including a key jumper and some foul shots. Nate Ricke of Madison.  What a clutch performance off the bench from the Bulldogs 6-foot-3 junior.  Ricke recorded 22 points with six boards turning a Parkston four score lead into a blowout. Charlie Larson Charlie Larson 6'3" | SF St. Thomas More | 2021 State SD of St. Thomas More.  The 6-foot-3 senior had one of his better games of the winter scoring 20.  The Cavs move the ball as well as anybody and their many leads put the ball on the hands of Larson for several scores in the paint.  Dillon Gestring Dillon Gestring 6'4" | SF Vermillion | 2021 State SD of Vermillion.  Gestring controlled a good part of the game finishing in the paint for his 17 points and then controlling the glass with 11 rebounds. Max Scott of Parkston.  The 6-foot-5 junior big had another eye-opening game. Scott went to the rim and scored four times in the first quarter moving through contact.  He had 22 points and eight boards.  Jakob Dobney Jakob Dobney 6'0" | PG Vermillion | 2021 State SD of Vermillion. Dobney put together a 15 point, eight rebound, and four assist performance in the victory over Lennox before taking an early seat.  Strong performance in limited time.    Upset City. The upset of the weekend?  Milbank and their .500 record knocked off the number one seed Groton Area squad 51-42.  This is after Groton won the first game by 21 points.  Six foot guard Bennett Schwenn Bennett Schwenn 6'1" | SG Milbank | 2022 State SD and a balanced squad put together an excellent team effort and now Milbank is in the Sweet 16.  Next up for them?  Vermillion.  Tip of Hat to the Career.    A player in Class A that has seen his final game come and go is Jaxson Frankenstein of Redfield.  Jaxson is a top 50 level senior that scored 20 points and 10 rebounds a game for his team this winter.  Frankenstein is one of the more efficient seniors out there with his 57 percent shooting including 45 percent from the arc.  

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