Tea Area's Noah Freidel earns this year's Mr. Basketball award. It's been a busy few months for Fridel. In march he guided the Titans to their second state basketball title in three years, and four weeks ago he announced he's staying in South Dakota to play college basketball at South Dakota State. Freidel finished his high school career as Tea Area's all-time leading scorer with more than 1,800 points, while he averaging 22 just this season.
"I've been in the gym with a lot of these guys growing up so much. like all we did was play basketball for years, and to see us all here you know going to different colleges to play and just all of our hard work working off, I think it's super cool," said Freidel about being nominated with several of his friends.
On the girl's side, Harrisburg's Jeniah Ugofsky earns Miss Basketball honors. The forward guided the Tigers to a third place finish at the Class AA State Tournament this year, after averaging 11.5 points and nearly 10 rebounds a game. Ugofsky received the award from her future head coach Dawn Plitzuweit from USD. Ugofsky says she's honored to win the award, but knows she has a lot to prove if she wants to play for a team that is coming off an NCAA Tournament appearance.
"I'm going to be so encourage to work so much harder. I have so much more to prove. Just going in as a freshman, all the people I'm going in with are just as good as me, and so I have to create a statement as soon as I get in there and see where that can take me just with my hard work and passion for the sport," she said.