The Milbank Area boys basketball team concluded their season with an awards potluck on March 14. Senior players and statisticians were recognized for their contribution to the program. Seniors players are: Nate Bien, Cody Dockter, Tanner Gauer, Matt Lenards, and Riley Wollschlager. Senior statisticians are Jimmie Berkner and Taylar Bock.
Bien was recognized for his selection to the Northeast Conference all-conference second team by the league coaches. Bien, Gauer, Lenards, and Berkner were also chosen for the Academic All-State team. The recognition is sponsored by the South Dakota Basketball Coaches Association and is given to seniors who have participated in the sport for three or more years and maintain a 3.5 grade point average or higher.
Student managers are Austin Schuelke, Isaac Nolz and Derek Weinkauf. Statisticians are Jimmie Berkner, Taylar Bock, Amy Nelson and Makenna Osowski.
Recognition was given to Coach Rick Swenson for his final season of coaching. “Mr. Swenson has always been a team player, looking out for our athletes and his fellow coaches,” says Bulldog Head Coach Matt Bastian. “He has gone back and forth between the boys and girls programs the last couple of years, because that’s what the school asked of him. I appreciated his knowledge and assistance. We are thankful he was willing to step up to coach our C team this season.”
Athletes who received a Major M for the season are: support staff -Austin Schuelke, Derek Weinkauf, Isaac Nolz, Jimmie Berkner, Taylar Bock, Amy Nelson, and Makenna Osowski. Varsity team members are: Matt Lenards, Riley Wollschlager, Cody Dockter, Nate Bien, Tanner Gauer, Derrick Aho, Jonny Ash, James Weber, Mitch Quade, Preston Morton, Chandler Peery, Jake Fox, and Jordan Riley.
Minor M certificate recipients are: Nolan Hanson, Kacen Huber, Riley Gauer, Tate Stricherz, Noah Pillatzki, Keaten Benson, Logan Paysen, Brady Femling, Evan Erickson, Noah Steinlicht, Sam Seffrood, Alex Schuelke, and Adam Wollschlager.
Seniors: (l. to r.) Cody Dockter, Nate Bien, Matt Lenards, Riley Wollschlager, and Tanner Gauer. Front: Taylar Bock and Jimmie Berkner.