Two Bobcats, Cossacks, Fliers honored


The 2019 All-Register Boys’ Basketball Team includes eight individuals from five schools, including Player of the Year Devon Heuer, a senior at Arlington.

Brookings’ Drew Cole, a repeat selection, and fellow senior Trevor Woodall were honored.

Sioux Valley and Flandreau added two selections apiece – juniors Max Nielson and Ryan Schuster for the Cossacks, and senior Connor LeBrun and freshman Tash Lunday for the Fliers.

Colman-Egan junior Dalton Voelker rounds out the honor squad.

The Cardinals posted a 17-5 record, finishing second in the Dakota Valley Conference regular-season standings and winning the league tourney.

Arlington was the No. 2 seed in Region 3B, beating Deubrook Area 63-45 in the quarterfinals but falling 54-51 to Wolsey-Wessington in the semis.

The Bobcats ended up 6-15 and fell 73-47 to fourth-seeded and eventual state champion Brandon Valley in the SoDak 16.

The Cossacks concluded the year with a 15-6 record, while Fliers went 13-10.

Flandreau beat Flandreau Indian School 67-45 in the first round of Region 2A play and then hit the road to take down region frontrunner Sioux Valley 64-54 in the semifinals.

The No. 14 seed in the SoDak 16, Flandreau fell 58-45 to St. Thomas More in Pierre.

The Hawks went 14-8 and were seeded third in Region 4B. They defeated Mitchell Christian 50-43 in the quarters but were edged 64-62 by Dell Rapids St. Mary in the semis.

The All-Register team is made up of four seniors, three juniors and a freshman.

No nominations were received from Estelline/Hendricks or Oldham-Ramona/Rutland.

Drew Cole – F

Brookings

6-7, Sr.

Cole concluded a solid career with the Bobcats, earning All-Register honors for the second year in a row.

He averaged 14.6 points – shooting 43 percent from the field and 86 percent at the line – eight rebounds and two blocks per game. He knocked down 31 3-pointers.

“Drew is a highly talented player,” said coach Travis Engebretson. “He has been a team leader on both ends of the floor for the Bobcats over the course of the past two seasons and is a great all-around basketball player.”

Cole was a two-time All-Eastern South Dakota Conference selection.

In three years at the varsity level – two as a starter – he scored 695 points and corralled 371 rebounds. He averaged 14 points and seven boards while making 67 treys in 41 games the past two seasons.

Cole was an Academic All-State honoree.

Devon Heuer – G

Arlington

6-1, Sr.

Heuer excelled on the court, on the gridiron and in the classroom as a Cardinal.

The 2019 Register Player of the Year in basketball was also the Dakota Valley Conference MVP.

He was an Academic All-State recipient.

Connor LeBrun – G

Flandreau

6-1, Sr.

One of three seniors on the Fliers’ roster this season, LeBrun helped lead the Fliers to the SoDak 16.

He averaged 16.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, three assists and two steals per game while shooting 43 percent from the field.

“He excelled at attacking the hoop and getting to the free-throw line,” coach Brendan Sheppard said of the three-year starter. “His leadership and on-court play led Flandreau to within one game of the state tournament.”

LeBrun was an All-Big East Conference second-team pick and made the All-Lake Central Conference squad.

The Academic All-State honoree will be continuing his career at Dakota State.

Tash Lunday – F

Flandreau

6-3, Fr.

The youngster was a load on both ends of the floor for the Fliers.

Lunday nearly averaged a double-double during his freshman campaign, putting up 19.9 points and grabbing 9.7 rebounds per game while adding a pair of assists.

He shot 52 percent from the floor.

“Tash had a big freshman season,” said Sheppard. “He is extremely strong and has a great court presence. He was a very efficient scorer from all levels of the court.

“Tash has a passion for the game and will continue to improve.”

Lunday was an All-BEC second-team selection and made the All-LCC squad.

Max Nielson – G

Sioux Valley

5-11, Jr.

The point guard scored the ball in a variety of ways, shooting the 3 and getting to the rim.

The Class A All-State second-team honoree averaged 19.3 points while shooting 48 percent from the field and 89 percent at the charity stripe. He hit 58 3-pointers.

Nielson also contributed 4.1 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game.

“Max has the ability to have big offensive games,” said coach Bill Vincent. “He has developed offensively into a guy that can score in multiple ways. He has a great offensive skill set and is one of the best guards in South Dakota.”

Nielson was an All-BEC first-team and All-LCC selection. He has more than 400 career assists.

Ryan Schuster – G

Sioux Valley

6-5, Jr.

Schuster put up 17.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.8 steals per game.

“He is an athletic wing who scored in bunches,” said Vincent. “He also had the ability to take his man off the bounce and finish with highlight-reel dunks. Ryan is one of the best underclassmen in the state.”

He was an All-BEC first-team and All-LCC performer.

Dalton Voelker – F

Colman-Egan

6-4, Jr.

Voelker was a model of consistency and a double-double machine.

He scored in double figures every time out while posting 18 double-doubles in 22 games.

Voelker averaged 20.4 points and 13.1 rebounds per game. The junior and All-DVC first-team selection shot 58.6 percent from the field.

“Dalton is one of those kids who will do everything you ask and then some,” said coach Scott Hemmer. “He has worked hard to improve all aspects of his game and I can’t wait for next season to be able to watch him compete again.”

Trevor Woodall – G

Brookings

6-2, Sr.

Woodall averaged 10.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game during his senior campaign.

“Trevor has been an important player for the Bobcats the last two seasons,” said Engebretson. “He led the team in assists.”

He shot 41 percent from the floor and 70 percent from the stripe.

Woodall made the Academic All-State team.

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