Three Bobcats honored by ESD

Three members of the league-champion Bobcats earned All-Eastern South Dakota Conference boys’ basketball recognition.

Josh Mohs and Brennan Carlson were both named to the first team, while fellow senior Devin Coughlin was an honorable mention.

Mohs is averaging 13 points, 3.7 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game. He’s made a team-high 28 3-pointers while shooting 41 percent from long range.

Carlson is shooting 53 percent from the field while averaging 12.3 points and 7.8 boards per contest.

Coughlin averages 8.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.

Brookings went 14-2 in league play.

The Bobcats, who are 19-4 overall, are the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Class AA State Boys’ Basketball Tournament. They face Aberdeen Central in the first round on Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Ice Arena in Rapid City.

ESD runner-up Brandon Valley (12-4) also had three representatives as seniors Alex Waltner and Drew Jurgens made the first team and Spencer Grage was an honorable mention.

For third-place Huron (11-5), senior Tye Evers made the first team. Fourth-place Pierre (8-8) had two first-team honorees in senior Brad Dean and junior Peyton Zable.

Aberdeen Central, Watertown and Yankton tied for fifth with 7-9 marks and each team had one first-team selection – junior Cole Bergan for the Golden Eagles, senior Spencer Waege for the Arrows and eighth-grader Matthew Mors for the Bucks.

Rounding out the honorable mention list was Wil Johnson of eighth-place Harrisburg (6-10).

Huron (17-6 overall), Pierre (12-10) and Harrisburg (12-12) also qualified for the state tourney.

Brookings beat Brandon Valley in a Region 1AA game, marking the Bobcats’ third defeat of the Lynx this season.

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