By Rich Winter
Well, we’re heading into the home stretch of the high-school basketball season, but before we get to the playoffs time to recognize some of the outstanding performances during the month of January.
Class AA boys: Sioux Falls Lincoln senior Jared Jaros
The month of January was a good one for Jeff Halseth’s Lincoln Patriots who rattled off six wins against elite competition.
Beat St. Paul Central 68-56
Beat Yankton 69-53
Beat Mitchell 62-59
Beat Huron 56-52
Beat SF Washington 83-73
Beat Brookings 58-56
Jaros, a 6-foot-2 senior guard has done a little bit of everything for the Patriots
Class A - St. Thomas More Jr. Ryder Kirsch
If you don’t know about St. Thomas More 6-foot-6 junior Ryder Kirsch, brace yourselves, the next 15 months could be a coming-out-party for a tremendous football player (QB) and a big man with handles and range.
Tommy More had a brilliant January…
Beat Douglas 67-31
Beat Custer 59-20
Beat Unity Christian 56-33
Beat L/Deadwood 78-23
Lost to Tea Area 58-54
Beat Spearfish 90-48
Beat 12-4 Sturgis 64-50
Jacob Prouty - Clark/Willow Lake
Jerome Nesheim’s club lost a ton of seniors to graduation, and yet, the Cyclones are 13-2 and ranked No. 3 in a LOADED Class B field.
6-1 during the month of January for the Cyclones:
Beat Wilmot, Beat Milbank, Beat a good Timber Lake team (61-41), Great Plains Lutheran, Groton, (Lost to Tea Area), Beat Madison and beat Deuel 65-35.
Prouty does it all this season and has become an elite scorer for Nesheim’s squad.
Class A No. 5 Tiospa Zina on Saturday and a good Aberdeen Roncalli team on Monday…