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Midgets' honor: Dickinson High’s Moody, Meidinger named to Class A all-state teams

FARGO -- Dickinson High senior Aanen Moody is piling up awards as fast as he piled up points during his career with the Midgets. The 6-foot-3 guard was named to the North Dakota Class A boys basketball all-state first team for a second consecutiv...

Dickinson High senior center Jordan Meidinger attempts a shot over West Fargo Sheyenne's Carter Bonnema during the quarterfinals of the Class A Boys Basketball State Tournament on Thursday at the Bismarck Event Center. (Parker Cotton / The Dickinson Press)
Dickinson High senior center Jordan Meidinger attempts a shot over West Fargo Sheyenne's Carter Bonnema during the quarterfinals of the Class A Boys Basketball State Tournament on March 9 at the Bismarck Event Center. (Parker Cotton / The Dickinson Press)

FARGO - Dickinson High senior Aanen Moody is piling up awards as fast as he piled up points during his career with the Midgets.

The 6-foot-3 guard was named to the North Dakota Class A boys basketball all-state first team for a second consecutive season. Moody was voted the state's Mr. Basketball last weekend and also selected as Gatorade player of the year for North Dakota.

"The way he attacks the game mentally is something I've never witnessed before," Dickinson coach Dan Glasser said.

Minot senior KyJuan Johnson, Fargo North senior Siman Sem, Fargo Davies senior Jake Paper and Devils Lake senior Jake Mertens joined Moody on the first team, which is selected by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. Sem and Mertens were also first-team selections last season.

Fargo Davies senior Matt Veit, Minot senior Justin Engg, Mandan junior Trae Steckler, Dickinson senior Jordan Meidinger and West Fargo junior Joe Pistorius were named to the second team.

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Moody, who has committed to play basketball at the University of North Dakota, averaged 30.4 points per game in his senior season. He broke the unofficial Class A scoring record, finishing with 2,192 career points. Dickinson finished in third place at the Class A state tournament.

"He wanted to take his team all the way," Glasser said, referring to a state championship. "That was the most important thing he had on his mind."

Johnson helped lead Minot to a third consecutive Class A state championship, averaging 16.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game. The 6-foot point guard led the Magicians with 2.2 steals per contest.

"He was what made us go," Minot coach Dean Winczewski said. "He got us into our offense. He got us playing fast."

The 6-foot-7 Paper helped Davies enter the state tournament with an undefeated record. He averaged 17.8 points, 11.5 rebounds and 2.3 blocked shots per game.

"Jake did it on both ends of the floor," Davies coach Bart Manson said. "Defensively, he was a guy that would alter and block shots and make it difficult to score."

A 6-foot-3 guard, Mertens averaged 19.8 points, 6 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game. He finished his career with 1,495 points and 463 assists. Mertens finished No. 2 in program history in career scoring and the all-time assists leader.

"He's a tough-willed kid," Devils Lake coach Derek Gathman said. "He's strong, he's going to win. He's going to do whatever it takes to win."

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Sem played in 13 games for the Spartans before a knee injury ended his season. The 6-foot-4 guard, who has committed to Minnesota State Moorhead, averaged 22.7 points, 9.9 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2.6 steals per game.

"The obvious thing that stands out is his athleticism," North coach Ted Critchley said. "I also think there is another piece that other people aren't aware of, that he's such a competitor."

Second team

• A 6-foot point guard, Veit averaged 18.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game for Davies.

• A 6-foot-5 forward, Engg averaged 16 points and 8.4 rebounds per game for Minot.

• A 7-foot center, Meidinger averaged 13.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.9 blocked shots per game. He shot 63 percent from the field.

• A 6-foot-4 forward, Steckler averaged 21.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.

• A 6-foot-3 guard, Pistorius averaged 20 points and 3.3 rebounds per game.

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Dickinson High senior guard Aanen Moody calls out a play against Mandan during the West Region Tournament on March 3 at the Bismarck Event Center. (Parker Cotton / The Dickinson Press)
Dickinson High senior guard Aanen Moody calls out a play against Mandan during the West Region Tournament on March 3 at the Bismarck Event Center. (Parker Cotton / The Dickinson Press)

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