MHS girls basketball coach, Brian Pauli, announced the 2019-2020 season-end award winners. Senior Jaecy Engebretson was named the team’s most valuable player and received the Spirit of the Bulldog Award. Engebretson was also named to the Northeast All-Conference Third Team and the South Dakota High School Activities Association Academic All-State Team. Fellow senior, Tracy Pillatzki, earned the Sixth Man Award and was also named to the SDHSAA Academic All-State Team.
“We will miss our two seniors – Jaecy and Tracy,” Pauli said. “Tracy’s positivity and leadership will be missed. She played multiple positions and did whatever was needed for the best of the team. Jaecy was our leader on and off the court. She received the most attention from the other teams. She was like a coach on the floor. Her experience and determination to win will be sorely missed.”
Freshman Maurina Street was named the most improved player for the varsity team. Tatum Berry received the same award for the junior varsity team. Junior Madi Thue earned the “D-Up” Award.
Earning a Major M were: seniors Jaecy Engebretson and Tracy Pillatzki; juniors Madi Thue and Lindsey Mertens; sophomore Tatum Berry; freshmen Maurina Street and Hallie Schulte; and seventh grader Isabella Anderson.
Receiving a minor M were: freshmen Emily Wollschlager, Camryn Wiese, Jenna Dexter, Elsie Seffrood, Ellie Neugebauer, Madi Loeschke, and student managers Averie Engebretson and Taryn Dusky.
“I would like to thank my assistant coach, Eric Townsend, middle school coaches, Kelli Hoff and Paul Anderson, and the parents and fans for all your support this year,” stated Pauli. “I also want to thank the team for their efforts this season. It was a difficult season in terms of wins and losses, but to their credit, the team stayed positive and continued to improve.”