Stoltz, Kludt earn Class B All-State honors
After a pair of brilliant seasons, Shawn Stoltz and Isaiah Kludt were honored for their efforts this week. Stoltz, a senior from Dickinson Trinity, and Kludt, a junior from Hettinger-Scranton, were Region 7's representatives on the Class B All-St...
After a pair of brilliant seasons, Shawn Stoltz and Isaiah Kludt were honored for their efforts this week.
Stoltz, a senior from Dickinson Trinity, and Kludt, a junior from Hettinger-Scranton, were Region 7's representatives on the Class B All-State teams, as selected by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
Stoltz was named to the first team alongside Tronis McKay of Four Winds-Minnewaukan, Ethan Brown of Finley-Sharon/Hope-Page, Logan Nelson of Northern Cass and Deyondre Simpson of Parshall.
Kludt was voted to the second team with Stanley's Wyatt Hanson, Hankinson's Cody Mauch, Drew Pearson of Des Lacs-Burlington, Hunter Rodin of Kenmare, Ellendale's Brennen Vance, North Star's Jayden Komrosky, Steve Redfox of Four Winds-Minnewuakan and Kyle Henningsgard, the hero of the Class B boys basketball championship game from Hillsboro-Central Valley.
Versatility was a strength for the 6-foot-4 Stoltz. The senior averaged 16.8 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 2.5 assists.
"As a sophomore, he played post,'' Trinity coach Gregg Grinsteinner said. "Last year he moved to the perimeter. This year he played everywhere from point to post. He caused a lot of mismatch problems for teams. He could score from the perimeter, with his back to the basket or off the dribble. And he was a rebounding machine.''
Stoltz helped the Titans go 24-3 this season, finishing fifth at the Class B boys basketball state tournament.
Kludt was one of two juniors (Hanson the other) to earn all-state honors on either team. He did so, Night Hawks head coach Jeremy Dietchman said, by taking on a larger role within the team.
"This year he had to step into more of a leadership role for us because of the six seniors we graduated last year, so he had to shoulder more of the scoring load to go along with the other things he's always done for our team - the assists, steals, drawing fouls on the other team," Dietchman said.
Kludt averaged 17.5 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals a game for the 16-6 Night Hawks, who lost in the Region 7 Tournament quarterfinals.
"Everything (Kludt) gets, he's earned. He puts in the time, and it really shows," Dietchman said. "I hope (this honor) drives him to be more of a vocal leader on the floor. I hope it really drives him to motivate the rest of our team to try to get to that next level, to try to get that exposure, not only for him, but for our basketball team and the rest of our program."
McKay has gotten a lot of individual awards in basketball. He'd trade them all in for one more win during the boys high school basketball season.
McKay and his Four Winds-Minnewaukan teammates came up one win shy of a repeat title in the North Dakota Class B state tournament, losing 63-60 to Hillsboro-Central Valley in the title game last Saturday.
"To me, the individual awards aren't that big compared to team awards,'' McKay said. "Winning a championship with my teammates, I'd rather get that over any individual awards.''
The championship outcome can't be reversed. But the individual recognition continues for McKay. After being named Class B senior player of the year and voted a finalist for the state's Mr. Basketball award, McKay adds first team honors to his resume.
McKay, a second team all-stater as a junior, was the offensive leader of the 25-2 Indians team that was ranked first in the weekly Class B poll all season. The versatile 6-foot-3 McKay paced the team with averages of 21.1 points and 7.4 rebounds, while also getting 3.5 assists and 2.9 steals per game. He was a highlight film, making approximately 25 dunks this season.
"Tronis is one of the most athletic kids I've coached,'' Four Winds-Minnewaukan coach Rick Smith said. "The things he could do were amazing-his unbelievable leaping ability, the way he could handle the ball, his ability to score inside or outside. He was so smooth, and very sound fundamentally.''
Brown, Nelson and Simpson also were second team all-state selections last season.
The 6-3 Brown averaged a double-double with 23.4 points and 10.7 rebounds per game. He shot 56 percent from the field.
"Ethan really blossomed the last two seasons,'' FS/HP assistant coach Mark Frost said. "We relied on him for scoring and rebounding. He was a pretty accurate shooter from 12 to 15 feet. But he was best taking it to the basket and getting inside shots or getting to the free-throw line.''
The 6-3 Nelson averaged 27.6 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.7 steals.
"Logan is probably one of the best point guards in the state,'' Northern Cass coach Ryan Lyson said. "He can hit the three, get to the hoop and he has a great mid-range shot, something not many kids have. That's not an art kids seem to practice, but Logan worked on that shot.''
Simpson, a 6-foot-4 multi-position player, filled the stat line. He averaged 18.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 3.6 blocks and 3.2 steals a game. He was a 52 percent shooter (46-of-89) on 3-point shots.
"Deyondre could fill any role for us-point guard, shooting guard, forward, sometimes post,'' Parshall coach Coby Rabbithead said. "He could handle the ball, see the floor and he has a 6-9 wingspan-that's why he had so many blocks and rebounds. He was tough to defend.''
Other second team highlights
Kyle Henningsgard, Hillsboro-Central Valley: The 5-11 senior, who hit the game-winning shot at the buzzer in the state championship game, paced the Burros with averages of 16.4 points, 5.3 assists and 2.4 steals per game.
Steve Redfox, Four Winds-Minnewaukan: The 5-10 senior averaged 12.6 points, 5.1 assists, 2.8 steals and 5.1 rebounds.
Jayden Komrosky, North Star: The 6-4 senior averaged 22.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.6 steals. He's a repeat pick on the all-state second team.
Jake Hanson, Milnor-North Sargent: The 6-foot senior averaged 26.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 2.3 steals.
Wyatt Hanson, Stanley: The 6-4 junior averaged 24.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.3 steals.
Cody Mauch, Hankinson: The 6-5 senior averaged 20 points, 15.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.5 steals and 1.8 blocks.
Drew Pearson, Des Lacs-Burlington: The 5-11 senior averaged 23.6 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 3 steals.
Hunter Rodin, Kenmare: The 5-10 senior averaged 22.1 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 3.3 steals.
Brennen Vance, Ellendale: The 6-3 senior averaged 16.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.5 steals.