Peyton Friesz names third team all-state
by Jay Davis
After a career in which he became the second leading scorer in Tiger history, senior Peyton Friesz has been named third team to the 2012 Class A All-State Basketball Team.
“Peyton had a great career for the Mobridge-Pollock Tigers,” said coach Tim Frederick. “He was an outstanding leader for us this year. He was as an explosive basketball player as anyone in the state this year. He could drop 20 on anyone simply with his ability to get in the passing lanes.”
Friesz goes down as one of the greatest offensive players in Tiger basketball history, ranking near the top of the heap in single game, season and career statistics.
He finished his career with 1,137 points, which is second on the all-time scoring list. Todd Schlekeway, Class of 1996, is the all-time leading scorer with 1,858 points. Neal Duncan, Class of 1977, is the only other 1,000-point scorer in team history with 1,051 points. Friesz’s 493 points this season is the third most in Tiger history, trailing Duncan’s 516 and John Baum’s 511. Duncan and Baum both turned the trick during the 1976-77 season. Friesz also scored 443 points in his junior year, which is tied for 10th on the all-time list. His 22.4 points per game this season ranks right up with single-season leader Stu Stiles, who scored 24 points per game during the 1978-79 season. To ice the cake, Friesz scored 41 points this season in the Tigers’ win over Gettysburg. That total is second all-time to the 42-point game by Bill Spiry back in 1955.
Scoring was not all Friesz did for the Tigers this year. A stellar off-the-ball defender, Friesz had 67 steals this season, an average of more than three steals per game. His also grabbed five rebounds and dished out 1.7 assists per game.
Hank Taken Alive of McLaughlin earned second team honors.
“Hank is the best player I’ve coached in 25 years of coaching basketball,” said coach and father, Hank Taken Alive. “He is the kind of player that works hard year-round and he dedicates his spare time to getting better. He is a leader on the basketball court and in our school. He leads by example.”
The Midget senior led all scorers on the all-state teams with a 30-point-per-game average. He averaged a double-double, pulling down 14 rebounds per game and found his teammates for three assists per game. Taken Alive scored 1,533 points in his career.
Class A All-State Basketball Team
First Team: Skye Warwick, St. Thomas More, 6-1, sr.; Cole Langer, Dell Rapids, 6-2, jr.; Darin Peterka, Miller, 6-2, sr.; Skyler Flatten, Clark-Willow Lake, 6-5, jr.; Shayne Gottlob, McCook Central-Montrose, 6-5, sr.
Second Team: Hank Taken Alive, McLaughlin, 6-1, sr.; Brock Zeller, Elk Point-Jefferson, 6-3, jr.; Trae Bergh, Tri-Valley, 6-2, sr.; Brock Bergmann, Dakota Valley, 6-2, sr.; Bryce Koch, Dell Rapids, 6-5, jr.
Third Team: Peyton Friesz, Mobridge-Pollock, 6-2, sr.; St. Thomas More, 6-6, sr.; Ross Barton, Aberdeen Roncalli, 6-5, sr.; Chad Bryant, Custer, 6-2, sr.; Eric Hensch, St. Thomas More, 6-1, sr.