Sacred Hoops players: Raven Cournoyer, Jacob Prouty and Alejandro Rama finalists for Mr. and Miss Basketball of South Dakota

Raven Cournoyer (Todd County), Jacob Prouty (Clark/Willow Lake) and Alejandro Rama (Red Cloud) will be in Sioux Falls this weekend for the naming of Mr. and Miss Basketball of South Dakota.

By Rich Winter

It is with tremendous pride and joy that Sacred Hoops announces that three of our 17-U athletes from last summer are among the 12 finalists nominated for Mr. and Miss Basketball. The winners will be announced at the Hansen Anderson Basketball luncheon on Sunday at the Ramkota Inn in Sioux Falls.

Cournoyer, the Todd County senior who recently signed with Black Hills State joins an elite group of South Dakota players nominated for this award…

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Ethan’s - Karly Gustafson

Tripp-Delmont/Armour’s - Mattilynn Reiner

Avon’s - Lauren Sees

Danica Kocer - Brandon Valley

Trinity Law - Brandon Valley

Awoti Akoi - SF O’Gorman

Kamryn Heinz (Ipswich)

Michaela Jewett (Brookings)

Emily Mikkelsen (Pierre)

Laurie Rogers (Warner) Jeniah Ugofsky (Harrisburg)

Rama and Prouty join a star-studded cast of athletes nominated for Mr. Basketball

Nominees for Mr. Basketball:

Sawyer Schultz - Bridgewater-Emery

Noah Freidel and Justin Hohn - Tea Area

Evan Talcott and Carter Olthoff (Brandon Valley)

Mitchell Goodbary (Sioux Falls Christian)

Nick Hoyt (Harrisburg)

Karst Hunter (Miller)

Jared Jaros (Sioux Falls Lincoln)

Kyler Meyer (Britton-Hecla)

Jacob Prouty (Clark-Willow Lake)

and Alejandro Rama (Red Cloud).

It has been an impressive year watching these three Sacred Hoops Athletes conduct themselves on and off the court. At the Lakota Nation Invitational Cournoyer and Rama were named our first-ever Sacred Hoops Athletes of Character.

Despite injuring his foot in February, Rama continued to make a difference in his community, coaching Sacred Hoops winter teams and continuing to work with the youth at Red Cloud. Rama was the leading scorer in the state this year 33 points per game…He also averaged 10 rebounds per game and 5 assists per contest. He will play at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology this fall.

Prouty, who led Jerome Nesheim’s CWL squad to a Class B state title with three monstrous efforts was named a Class B 1st-teamer and won the Spirit of Su Award at the B tournament.

Cournoyer, who took South Dakota girls basketball by storm this season in leading Bob Boyd’s squad to 5th place in the state tournament had a decorated senior season. The future Yellow Jacket was a Class A first-team selection, won the Spirit of Su Award, was named the Class A girls player of the year.

We at Sacred Hoops are beyond proud of these South Dakota young people….Honored to have them in our program in its very first year and WE and look forward to them doing great things for decades!!