Cournoyer lone senior as youth movement dominates Class A's First-Team All-State

By Rich Winter

After a superb state tournament, the All-State awards are starting to be released. While this tournament was phenomenal, with five-of-the-six girls on the first team being underclasswomen, one can expect the level of play in Class A to only get better.

Super sophomores:

Haleigh Timmer, St. Thomas More — So., 5-9, F; 20.7 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 3.0 apg, 2.1 spg; 88% FT

This young lady looks to be on a terrific path to becoming one of South Dakota’s All-Time Greats. Playing on a young STM squad, the More girls finished 5th…Timmer had a big state tournament, and with the type of athlete she is, great defender and still young, expect Division 1 to be in the cards for this young lady.

Lexi Unruh, Sioux Falls Christian — So., 5-11, G; 16.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.1 apg, 85 steals (Super athletic family)

Lexi Plitzuweit, Vermillion — So., 5-8, G; 17.3 ppg, 6 rpg, 3 apg, 63 steals, 40 made three-pointers…Ok so mom Dawn Plitzuweit is the head coach at the University of South Dakota (the one who takes on Clemson tomorrow in the NCAA tournament). Brother AJ was Mr. basketball a year ago…Big things ahead for this young lady.

Beastly Juniors: Vlastiun & Parsley

Madysen Vlastuin, Lennox — Jr., 6-1, F; 16.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.2 apg, 83.6% FT, 24 made three-pointers

Has already signed with South Dakota State. Expect her game to continue to grow, along with her athleticism. Lennox, who has Rianna Fillipi, a junior on the 2nd team so the Orioles will likely be ranked very high when the season begins next year.

Hannah Parsley: Flandreau — Jr., 5-9, G/F; 18.5 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 5.0 apg, 4.8 spg

This young lady is an absolute beast on both ends of the floor. At times this season Parsely flirted with triple-doubles and this athlete fills up the state sheet like no other. Parsely, who was 16 last summer played up on Dan Jewett’s Sacred Hoops East River 17-u squad. Look for her to have a big summer with a number of colleges pursuing Parsley’s talents.

Todd County senior Raven Counoyer is South Dakota Class A Player of the Year:


Raven Cournoyer

Raven Cournoyer, the senior from Todd County is the lone senior on the Class A first team.

Raven Cournoyer, Todd County — Sr., 5-4, G; 23.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 6.1 apg, 4.2 spg, 32 made three-pointers

Cournoyer worked under Amanda Carlow this summer as part of the Sacred Hoops 17-U all Native American team.

Still waiting on her college choice as a number of new offers have come in following a terrific Class A state tournament.


Bella Swedlund, Winner — Fr., 5-8, G; 16.1 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 2.0 apg, 3.3 spg, 37 made three-pointers

Jayda Knuppe, Dell Rapids — Sr., 5-9, F/C; 16.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 80% FT, 50.2% FG, 41.8% 3pt

Rianna Fillipi, Lennox — Jr., 5-8, G; 12.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 5.7 apg, 3.1 spg; 54.4% FG, 41.3% 3pt

Morgan Hammerbeck, Winner — Jr., 5-11; 10.8 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 4.5 apg, 2.5 spg; 23 made three-pointers, 44% 3pt

Kelsie Herman, Todd County — Jr., 5-5, G; 20.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.7 apg, 3.0 spg, 53 made three-pointers, 80% FT

Mariah Winegar, Aberdeen Roncalli — Jr., 5-10, C; 14.1 ppg, 6 rpg, 1.1 apg, 20 steals, 60% FG


Mady Handel, Chamberlain — Sr., 6-0, C; 19 ppg, 12 rpg, 50% FG

Kali Nelson, West Central — Sr., 5-10, G/F; 8.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.6 apg, 49 steals

Kayde Fernholz, Miller — Jr., 6-1, F; 10.4 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 55.3% FG, 44 blocked shots

Madisen Koepsell, McCook Central-Montrose — So., 6-0, F; 13.6 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 2.0 apg, 29 steals, 23 blocked shots

Cami Stevenson, Hamlin — Jr., 5-8, G; 12.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.3 apg, 50% FG, 47% 3pg, 31 made three-pointers

Britney Lovre, Deuel — Jr., 5-7, G; 16.9 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 3.8 apg, 3.6 spg, 80 made three-pointers, 42% 3pt