Mitchell senior Sawyer Stoebner named to Class AA all-state first team

Mar. 27—MITCHELL — The list of accomplishments continue to grow for Mitchell girls basketball standout Sawyer Stoebner in her final prep season.

The senior forward was selected to the Class AA all-state first team, as voted on by the South Dakota Basketball Coaches Association. She averaged 15.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 3.6 steals per game.

Stoebner was instrumental in leading the Kernels to their first 20-win season since the 2013-2014 campaign, the outright Eastern South Dakota conference title, and the No. 2 overall seed in the Class AA state tournament. Her signature game at state this season powered Mitchell to win No. 20, scoring 24 points and grabbing 17 rebounds against Spearfish.

"I'm probably all out of adjectives that I know to describe her," Kernels head coach Dave Brooks said. "She's been that leader on the floor and the kids respect her. She's been through the program for four years and definitely brought something to the table."

The first-team nod is just the latest among all the recognition bestowed upon Stoebner this season. She was an all-ESD selection alongside teammate Addie Siemsen, who received all-state honorable mention honors for her sophomore campaign. Stoebner was also named to the all-tournament team and was the Spirit of Su award recipient.

"You have a lot of things thrown at you," Stoebner said. "But if you get through it, you grow from it. That's what I've done: taken the punches and rolled with them, and it's definitely benefited the outcome of things."

Stoebner earned her third all-state mark, first making the second team in 2022. She was an all-state first team selection last season along with South Dakota State commit Mahli Abdouch of O'Gorman, who earned her third consecutive first-team honor this season for the state championship-winning Knights. Abdouch, a senior guard, averaged 16.3 points, 3.5 assists, and 3.4 steals per game.

Junior forward Grace Peterson of Sioux Falls Washington and guard Taaliyah Porter of Rapid City Stevens also earned first-team honors after being named to the second team a year ago. Peterson averaged 12.7 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, and Porter tallied 19.8 points and 6.1 rebounds per contest.

Brandon Valley sophomore guard Alyvia Padgett (13.8 ppg, 3.0 apg) and Sioux Falls Jefferson freshman guard Brinley Altenburg (17.1 ppg) rounded out the first-team selections.

Jefferson senior forward and fellow SDSU-commit Jaidyn Dunn (12.7 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 3.5 blocks), Pierre senior forward/center Reese Terwilliger (14.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg) and junior guard Lennix DuPrix (14.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg), Harrisburg senior guard Abby Flanagan (12.1 ppg, 5.0 rpg), Huron senior guard Hamtyn Heinz (15.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg), and Aberdeen Central sophomore center Taryn Hermansen (14 ppg, 10 rpg) made up the second team.

En route to earning honorable mention honors, Siemsen averaged 12.3 points, three rebounds, and 2.5 steals per contest.

As Stoebner moves on to Black Hills State this upcoming fall, what she brought to the floor for the Kernels will be hard to duplicate.

"It'll be a different dynamic next year," Brooks said. "What she brought statistically is going to be hard to replace. We're going to miss the 15 points, seven rebounds, five steals, and four assists she seemed to have each game."