By Rich Winter
I've always had a soft spot in my heart for the Bon Homme Cavaliers. One of my favorite teachers/coaches growing up was Mike Taplett, who coached and taught at Bennett County (Martin). Mike, now a principal in Huron (I think), is the son of Bon Homme legend, Howard Taplett.
At any rate, the Class A, All-State teams were announced late last night and Bon Homme senior, Bryce Scieszinski was named to the third team. Earlier this fall he was named to the 9AA All-state football team.
Not sure which sport is his best:
Basketball: Bryce ScieszinskiSr., 6-4, F, Bon Homme (17.0 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.6 bpg)
Scieszinski, a three-year starter for the Cavaliers, led Bon Homme to a 7-3 record, recording 55 tackles and two interceptions. The 6-foot-4, 195-pound senior totalled more than 6,000 passing yards yards and 65 touchdowns in his career as quarterback and Bon Homme head coach Byron Pudwill noted he would help draw up scout team plays after watching the opponent’s game film.
“His guy was always covered,” Pudwill said. “You never had to worry about his responsibility. He was a great team leader for Bon Homme.”
And then there is Kaleb Crownover - STUD football, STUD wrestler
Won a Class B state title in 2017 and finished 2nd in the 138 lb. weight class in 2018...
All-State selection in football as well....
Kaleb Crownover, Bon Homme
Recording 66 tackles, two interceptions, four fumble recoveries and one defensive touchdown, Crownover led a Bon Homme defense that posted four shutouts. Bon Homme head coach Byron Pudwill said Crownover would always be the first player down the field on kickoffs to make the tackle. “He was a super football player,” Pudwill said. “Kaleb always made big plays on defense.”
Also wanted to give a shout out to Bon Homme Lady Cavalier senior who was named to the Third-Team for Class A girls - Bailey Kortan, SR, Bon Homme: 17.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.3 apg, 2.6 spg
Born May 23, 1921. 1939 Tyndall High and 1943 University of South Dakota grad. Taplett built Tyndall into a Class B track power. In 16 years as Tyndall's coach, Taplett coached the Panthers to seven state Class B titles (1953-56, 1960 and 1966-67)