Adolph Shepardson, athletic director for the Milbank School District, announced the end-of-the-year athletic awards for 2019-2020. Jaecy Engebretson was chosen Female Athlete of the Year and Max McCulloch was named Male Athlete of the Year.
Engebretson was a member of the Lady Bulldogs volleyball and basketball teams. Before her 2020 Female Athlete of the Year award, she was chosen the Most Valuable Player for volleyball in 2019 and shared MVP honors in 2018. She was named to the All-Northeast Conference Team in 2017, 2018, and 2019, and selected for the Academic All-State team in 2019. During her career at MHS, she amassed over 1,000 kills.
On the basketball court, Engebretson was named Most Improved Player in 2017; received the Spirit of the Bulldog award in 2018 and 2019; named MVP in 2019; selected for the All-NEC team in 2020; and made the Academic All-State team in 2020. Engebretson plans to play volleyball for Presentation College in Aberdeen next fall while pursuing a degree in radiologic technology.
Max McCulloch also excelled in two sports — football and basketball. Before his 2020 Male Athlete of the Year award, McCulloch was named the Most Valuable Player for the Dawgs’ football squad in 2019. He earned a Class 11A All-State selection in 2019, and was named to the All-Northeast Conference team in 2017, 2018, and 2019. McCulloch served as a team captain in 2019 and was selected for the 2020 All-Star Football Game. He completed his football career at MHS with over 1,000 yards receiving.
On the basketball court, McCulloch shared the title of MVP in 2020 and was named to the All-NEC team in 2019 and 2020. McCulloch is considering continuing his football career at the University of Sioux Falls, Morningside, or Dakota State.
Head coach for the Bulldog boys’ basketball team, Logan Diede, was named Bulldog Coach of the Year. Diede led the Dawgs to a SoDak 16 berth In the 2020 tournament.
Bulldog wrestler Eli Fischer was recognized for capturing the South Dakota Class A wrestling champion crown at 126 pounds. Toby Schneck was also honored for his fifth-place finish at 182 pounds at the state wrestling tournament.
Nick Batchelor’s third-place finish at South Dakota’s state cross country meet was highlighted, and the gymnastics and girls’ tennis teams were recognized for taking fifth at State in their respective tournaments.
Senior athletes and the sports they participated in during the 2019-2020 school year include:
Marcos Basilio – tennis
Zippy Bock – cross country and track
Kayla Bury – tennis and cheerleading
Jorge Calderon – football
Rhianna Cantine – tennis
Angel Chen – football, tennis
Cassidy Christians – volleyball
Jaecy Engebretson – volleyball, basketball
Evan Erickson – football, basketball
Alex Farrell – cross country
Brady Femling – cross country, wrestling, track
Eli Fischer – golf, wrestling
Elijah Fraasch – football, track
Maddie Gustafson – cheer, gymnastics, track
Joe Harstad – wrestling
Brodie Holtquist – football, wrestling
Tori Hooth – cross country, gymnastics, track
JD Lusk – football, track
Max McCulloch – football, basketball
Jackson McFaden – tennis
Breyden Miller – football, track
Amy Nelson – volleyball, golf
Makenna Osowski – cheer, cheer
Tracy Pillatzki – volleyball, basketball, track
Carlos Ramirez Padilla – football
Alaina Rausch – golf
Elsie Rogers – volleyball
Dillon Schneck – football, wrestling, track
Alex Schuelke – football, tennis
Danica Schulte – cross country, cheer, track
Sam Seffrood – football, track
Noah Steinlicht – football, basketball, track
Rhianna Welberg – tennis, cheer
Bryan Wiese – football