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All-state boys’ basketball teams include three Aberdeen players

Aberdeen Christian’s Malek Wieker, center, moves the ball up the floor as Groton Area’s Jacob Zak, left, keeps up on defense while the Knights’ Kaden Clark, front far left, looks on during a game earlier this season at the Aberdeen Civic Arena. Wieker has been named a first-team Class B all-state selection. At far right is Groton Area coach Brian Dolan. Photo by John Davis taken 2/25/2022

Aberdeen is well represented on the all-state boys’ basketball teams announced today by the South Dakota Basketball Coaches Association.

Aberdeen Christian’s Malek Wieker is a first-team selection in Class B, while his teammate Ethan Russell is a member of the second team. Aberdeen Central’s Sam Rohlfs is on the second team in Class AA.

Other area players on the honor squads include Grant Luikens of Potter County who is on the first-team in Class B, and Damon Opdahl of Waubay-Summit and Cooper Logan of Potter County who are on the second-team in Class B.

Players of the Year are Caden Hinker of Mitchell in AA, Isaac Bruns of Dakota Valley in A, and Kalen Garry of De Smet in B.

Here is a look at each of the area players on the honor units, followed by the complete list of players on all of the teams.

Malek Wieker, Aberdeen Christian. Just a junior, this point guard averaged 17.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game for the Knights this past season.

“Malek is an excellent player who is relentless in his work ethic. He puts in hours in the gym and it shows,” said Christian coach David Rohrbach. “He broke the school record for 3-point field goals made this year while shooting 44 percent on the season, a ridiculous number. That’s a testament to the work he put in. Not only is he incredibly skilled, he is incredible to coach. He always works hard and has a great attitude.”

Potter County’s Grant Luikens, center, moves to the basket between De Smet’s Tory Holland, left and Kalen Garry, right, during Friday night’s semi-final game at the South Dakota Class B Boys Basketball Tournament at Wachs Arena. Photo by John Davis taken 3/18/2022

Grant Luikens, Potter County. Luikens was a key member of the Battlers, who lost just three games this season. The senior averaged 21.5 points, 7.9 rebounds and 3 assists per game, and collected 67 steals.

“Grant has been a steady player and has improved every year since his freshmen year. He has always been able to create scoring options for himself, but his improvement each year from the perimeter has improved his balanced offense,” said Potter County coach Bryce Hall. “He has been our leading scorer the past two years and will be missed with his consistent scoring and leadership.”

Waubay/Summit’s Damon Opdahl, center, moves to the basket as Castlewood’s Booker Schooley, left, reaches on defense and Lane Tvedt, right, gives chase during Saturday’s consolation round game at the South Dakota Class B Boys Basketball Tournament. Photo by John Davis taken 3/19/2022

Damon Ophdal, Waubay-Summit. This junior did a little bit of everything for the Mustangs, who qualified for their first state tournament as a cooperative this year, finishing fifth at the State B tournament.

Opdahl averaged 17.1 points, 7.8 rebounds and 5 assists per game, and also grabbed 78 steals.

“Damon is a competitor that will do whatever he needs to help his team win,” said Waubay-Summit coach Mark Amdahl. “He spends a lot of time in the weight room and in the gym outside of practice. He’s a leader and wants to make his teammates better!”

Potter County’s Cooper Logan, center, moves to the basket as Ethan’s Kaden Klumb, right, defends during their Class B SoDak 16 game this past season in Redfield. Looking on for Ethan are Taite Klumb, far left and Riley Endres, left, At far right for the Battlers is Seth Sharp. Photo by John Davis taken 3/8/2022

Cooper Logan, Potter County. Logan was a load for opposing defenses. The senior averaged 19.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game while accumulating 57 steals.

“Coop has been our second leading scorer the past two years. He has adapted his game to what the defense gives him,” said Potter County coach Bryce Hall. “He sized up for football this past summer and he used it to provide us with an inside presence, so he has the versatility to play inside and get his shot from mid to three-point line. A competitor and will battle with the best.”

Aberdeen Christian’s Ethan Russell, left, tries to get past Groton Area’s Kaden Kurtz, right, during a game earlier this season at the Aberdeen Civic Arena. Photo by John Davis taken 2/25/2022

Ethan Russell, Aberdeen Christian. Only a junior, this 6-foot-6 forward hurt opponents inside and outside for the Knights this season. He averaged 14.7 points and 9.1 rebounds per contest.

“Ethan is a really good player with an incredibly high ceiling. He can play inside and out, has a smooth outside shot, and is long and athletic,” said Christian coach David Rohrbach. “He had an excellent season for us nearly averaging a double-double in points and rebounds. He loves basketball and put in a lot of work this off-season improving his game. He’s a great young man and a pleasure to coach.”

Aberdeen Central’s Sam Rohlfs, right, moves the ball up the floor as Sturgis’ Ridge Inhofer, center, defends during Saturday’s game at Golden Eagles Arena. Photo by John Davis taken 12/18/2021

Sam Rohlfs, Aberdeen Central. This senior point guard was a key to the Golden Eagles offense and defense. He averaged 12.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists per contest this past season.

“Sam has been our starting point guard for three seasons and in Class AA basketball that is rare. His ability to control the tempo of the game on offense and shut down the other team’s best perimeter player on defense made him one of the most versatile guards in the state,” said Central coach Brent Norberg. “Sam never shied away from a big moment, whether it was hitting a big shot or making a key stop on defense, he was ready and willing to accept the challenge.”

Here is the complete list of this year’s all-state teams:

CLASS AA

First Team

Caden Hinker, Mitchell, 6-8, sr., G-F (21.8 points per game, 8.8 rebounds per game, 3.3 assists per game)

Marcus Phillips, SF Roosevelt, 6-6, sr., F-C (15.8 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 3.3 apg)

Mikele Kambalo, SF Washington, 5-9, sr., G (18.4 ppg, 4 rpg, 36 steals)

Lincoln Kienholz, Pierre, 6-3, jr., G (19.9 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 36 steals)

Drew Norberg, Watertown, 6-2, sr., G (21.6 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 3.4 apg)

David Alpers III, SF O’Gorman, 6-6, sr., C (12.2 ppg, 9.3 rpg)

Second Team

Micah Johnson, SF Roosevelt, 5-11, sr., G (14.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.3 apg)

Ethan Determan, Harrisburg, 6-2, jr., G (20 ppg, 4.1 rpg)

Matt Eng, SF O’Gorman, 6-2, jr., G (16.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.3 apg)

Kaden Year, SF Jefferson, 6-6, jr., F (16 ppg, 6 rpg, 3 apg)

Taylen Ashley, SF Jefferson, 6-0, jr., G (14 ppg, 4 rpg, 5 apg)

Sam Rohlfs, Aberdeen Central, 6-4, sr., G (12.2 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 3.6 apg)

• Repeat Selections â€” 2021 (Hinker, first team; Kambalo and Kienholz, second team); 2020 (Hinker, second team).

CLASS A

First Team

Isaac Bruns, Dakota Valley, 6-4, jr., G (24.2 ppg, 9 rpg)

Tash Lunday, Flandreau, 6-5, sr., F (24.1 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 4.8 apg)

Oliver Vincent, Sioux Valley, 6-1, jr. G (17.5 ppg, 4 rpg, 6.8 apg)

Cael Lundin, Tea Area, 6-3, sr., G (20.1 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 4.2 apg, 55 steals)

Randy Rosenquist, Dakota Valley, 6-0, jr., G (12.7 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 7.7 apg, 106 steals)

Blake Volmer, Winner, 6-3, jr., G (16.6 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 4.1 apg)

Second Team

Porter Ihnen, Lennox, 6-5, so., G (19.2 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 3.2 apg)

Reed Rus, Mount Vernon-Plankinton, 6-4, jr., G (20.5 ppg, 10 rpg, 4 apg, 65 steals)

Cade Kandolin, St. Thomas More, 6-0, sr., G (15.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.4 spg)

Caleb Hollenbeck, St. Thomas More, 6-2, jr., G (14.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg)

Brayden Pankonen, Dell Rapids, 5-11, jr., G (17 ppg, 4 rpg, 57 steals)

Ethan Bruns, SF Christian, 6-6, jr., F (13 ppg, 5.3 rpg)

Third Team

Chase LeBrun, Flandreau, 6-6, sr., F (16 ppg, 6.8 rpg)

Hayden Ruesink, Sioux Valley, 6-5, sr. C (14 ppg, 8 rpg)

Rance Harrison, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte, 6-1, sr., G (28.7 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.5 apg)

Grafton Stroup, West Central, 6-0, sr., G (16 ppg, 3.7 rpg)

Lathan Prince, Stanley County, 6-1, sr., G (17.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.6 apg)

Jeff Worth, Tea Area, 5-11, sr., G (14.2 ppg, 3.8 apg)

Carter Robertson, Parker, 6-1, sr., G (20.5 ppg, 5.9 rpg).

• Repeat Selections â€” 2021 (Bruns and Vincent, first team; Lunday and Lundin, third team); 2020 (Lunday, second team).

CLASS B

First Team

Kalen Garry, De Smet, 6-3, sr., G (21 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 3 apg)

Joe Sayler, White River, 6-3, jr., G (29.1 ppg, 6 rpg, 60 steals)

Grant Luikens, Potter County, 6-3, sr., G (21.5 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 3 apg, 67 steals)

Keshaume Thigh, Lower Brule, 6-2, sr., F-G (18.7 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 79 steals)

Malek Wieker, Aberdeen Christian, 6-0, jr., G (17.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 4.5 apg)

Rett Osthus, De Smet, 6-1, sr., G (10.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 5 apg)

Second Team

Damon Opdahl, Waubay-Suummit, 6-0, jr., G (17.1 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 5 apg, 78 steals)

Damon Wilkinson, De Smet, 6-9, jr., C (14.4 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 43 blocks)

Daniel Mitchell, Gregory, 6-7, so., F (19.8 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 48 blocks)

Dylan Marshall, White River, 6-0, sr., G (15.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 4.5 apg, 57 steals)

Cooper Logan, Potter County, 6-1, sr., G (19.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 3.2 apg, 57 steals)

Ethan Russell, Aberdeen Christian, 6-6, jr., F (14.7 ppg, 9.1 rpg)

Third Team

Bryce Frank, Burke, 6-4, sr., G (20 ppg, 4 rpg, 6 apg, 6 spg)

Caden Foxley, Platte-Geddes, 6-5, sr., C (16 ppg, 11.8 rpg, 63 blocks)

Mason Schelske, Wessington Springs, 6-6, sr., F (21.5 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 3.5 apg)

Hank Kraft, Timber Lake, 5-8, sr., G (16 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.8 apg, 54 steals)

Brian Laroche Jr., Lower Brule, 6-1, jr., G-F (15.6 ppg, 4 rpg, 4.4 apg, 58 steals)

Quincy Blue, Freeman Academy-Marion, 6-0, sr., G (16.2 ppg, 6.1 rpg)

• Repeat Selections â€” 2021 (Garry, first team and Player of the Year; Sayler, first team; Osthus and Wieker, second team; Foxley, Luikens and Mitchell, third team); 2020 (Garry, first team and Player of the Year); 2019 (Garry, second team).

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