Hettinger-Scranton's Sadowsky, Hazen's Carr earn Class B all-state honors
For the second consecutive season, Hayden Sadowsky was again considered one of the state's best.The Hettinger-Scranton senior guard capped his high school career with a second selection to the Class B boys basketball all-state first team, a group...
For the second consecutive season, Hayden Sadowsky was again considered one of the state’s best.
The Hettinger-Scranton senior guard capped his high school career with a second selection to the Class B boys basketball all-state first team, a group he was also a member of as a junior.
He helped the Night Hawks to the No. 3 seed in the Region 7 Tournament as a senior and was later named the Region 7 senior athlete of the year.
A 5-foot-11 guard, Sadowsky - who has reportedly garnered interest from both Williston State College and Mayville State - averaged 21 points, five rebounds and 2.5 assists per game for Hettinger-Scranton.
“Hayden’s been very vital to our success the last couple years,” Hettinger-Scranton coach Jeremy Dietchman said. “Any time you have a kid with Hayden’s ability to shoot the ball while also getting other teammates involved, it’s very beneficial to your basketball team.”
Joining Sadowsky on the all-state first team were four other seniors: Four Winds-Minnewaukan’s Jason Feather, Strasburg-Zeeland’s Brody Nieuwsma, Enderlin’s Graham Hurlburt and St. John’s Dalton Poitra. The team is voted on by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
In a tight vote, there were 12 members of the all-state second team, which included Hazen junior Wyatt Carr, who helped the Bison to the quarterfinals of the Region 7 Tournament and led the all-state honorees with 29.7 points per game.
Feather, the first Mr. Basketball winner in school history, capped an incredible senior campaign with yet another individual honor. Also named the Class B state tournament’s most valuable player, Feather - the Region 4 senior athlete of the year - was the only unanimous selection to this year’s all-state team.
Four Winds-Minnewaukan boys basketball coach Rick Smith always knew Feather had talent, but even he was surprised by Feather’s senior season.
“It’s hard to envision a year like the one he just had,” Smith said. “To have the awards that were given to him and to have the year that he had, that’s just a dream season for most kids.”
A 6-foot-1 shooting guard, Feather led the state champion Indians (26-1) in scoring and steals, and converted more than half his attempts from 3-point range.
“He just shot the ball at such a high percentage. It was unbelievable,” Smith said. “It got to be where the defenses got tighter and tighter on him, and he still would just get open and knock them down.”
Feather averaged 22.7 points per contest, and chipped in per-game marks of 3.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 3.1 steals. He also buried 51 percent of his 3-point attempts, making him the “best pure shooter” Smith has ever encountered.
Feather is committed to Lake Region State.
“Everything about his shooting motion was just picture perfect, and with him being a left-hander, it’s even prettier coming out of his hand,” Smith said. “It’s just an art form that he has; the rotation on his ball and the release, where his hands and his arms are. You could draw a picture of it and use it as a model for young players to follow.”
The Region 3 senior athlete of the year, Nieuwsma paced the Clippers to their first region championship in 14 years. Along with Northern Cass senior Cody Springer, Nieuwsma led all scorers at the state tournament with 69 total points (23 per game), including a single-game tournament high of 35 in Strasburg-Zeeland’s final game.
A 6-foot-2 guard, Nieuwsma averaged 22 points, 7 rebounds and 7.8 assists per contest. He will reportedly attend Bismarck State College in the fall.
“He was the one that made things go for us,” Strasburg-Zeeland coach Brent Kleinsasser said. “Our kids bought in that they just needed to play hard around Brody. He was our glue, and he absolutely put in the necessary time to become that.”
Hurlburt led the Eagles to a fourth-place finish in Region 1, and was subsequently named the region’s senior athlete of the year. A 6-foot-7 guard, Hurlburt registered per-game averages of 24.1 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.5 blocks for Enderlin.
Though his college choice is not yet determined, Hurlburt is reportedly considering Concordia College, St. John’s and St. Olaf, all NCAA Division III institutions in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Considering his size, Hurlburt was a “one-through-five scorer,” Enderlin coach Calvin Kraft said.
“We needed him to score to be successful, so we knew we had to go through him no matter what we were up against,” Kraft said. “No position was left unturned for him. We needed him to be everywhere to make us tick.”
Poitra completes the list of first-team honorees after leading the Woodchucks to a 20-4 overall record.
A 6-foot-1 guard, Poitra led St. John in scoring each of the past four years. He poured in a per-game mark of 26.7 points this season - good for second among all-state honorees - while also averaging 5.8 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 3.8 steals.
Poitra will golf and play basketball for Minot State next season.
“He led us in just about every facet of the game,” said St. John coach Steve Poitra, Dalton’s father. “He’s done a phenomenal job of getting his teammates involved and moving the ball around. It all just came down to Dalton being a great leader, and that kept us going in the same direction for just about the entire year.”
- Wyatt Carr, Hazen: The 6-foot-4 junior guard connected on 40 percent of his 3-point attempts while pouring in just shy of 30 points per game (29.7). He also averaged 5.7 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals per contest.
- Grady Bresnahan, Central Cass: The 5-foot-8 senior guard registered per-game averages of 23 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 4 steals.
- Ethan Brown, Finley-Sharon-Hope-Page: The 6-foot-3 senior forward was the leading scorer in Region 2 at 24.2 points per game.
- Jayden Grover, Griggs County Central: The 6-foot-3 senior forward paced the Cougars with 20.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per game, and was subsequently named Region 2 senior athlete of the year for his efforts.
- Jayden Komrosky, North Star: The 6-foot-3 junior guard led the Bearcats in scoring at 22.2 points per game.
- Zac Martin, Shiloh Christian: The 6-foot-2 senior guard led the Skyhawks to a fourth-place finish at the state tournament, and paced them with 16.8 points per game en route to being named Region 5 senior athlete of the year.
- Tronis McKay, Four Winds-Minnewaukan: The 6-foot-3 junior forward averaged 18.8 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.6 steals per game during the regular season.
- Logan Nelson, Northern Cass: The 6-foot-2 junior guard led the Jaguars to their first Region 1 title, and a fifth-place finish at the Class B state tournament, while scoring 20 points per game.
- Hunter Pinke, South Border: The 6-foot-6 senior forward caps his career with another second-team selection. Pinke averaged a double-double with 20.5 points and 10.4 rebounds per game.
- Deyondre Simpson, Parshall: The 6-foot-5 junior guard is now a two-time all-state selection. Simpson recorded per-game averages of 18.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 3.4 blocks and 3 steals for the Braves.
- Cordell Volson, Drake-Anamoose: The 6-foot-6 post was a force inside for the District 11 champion Raiders. Later named Region 6 senior athlete of the year, Volson - a North Dakota State football commit - averaged 22.1 points, 14.8 rebounds and 2.6 blocks while connecting on 55.4 percent of his field-goal attempts.
- Josh VanLith, Our Redeemer’s: The 6-foot-3 senior point guard led the state runner-up Knights with 14.8 points and 4.7 assists per game.