Schaefer, Jungclaus named High School Athletes of the Year
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The 47th Annual Rapid City Sports Hall of Fame and Sports Recognition Banquet was held on Monday night at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.
The event honors both current and former athletes, as well as, coaches and contributors.
For the second year in a row, the Female High School Athlete of the Year was Elizabeth Schaefer from Rapid City Stevens.
Schaefer was a member of the 2018 Class AA state championship volleyball team and was a two-time state champion at the 2018 state track meet.
Meanwhile, the Male High School Athlete of the Year was Wyatt Jungclaus from Rapid City Central.
The senior earned eight letters during his high school career and was the 170 pound champion at the 2019 State A Wrestling Tournament.
“It means everything to me,” Elizabeth Schaefer said. “I’m so honored to be up for this award. Even up for it. The other athletes that were nominees were such amazing athletes. So to win, it means a lot.”
“I know all the people up there are really respected in their sport,” Wyatt Jungclaus said. “They’re top in the state at all the things they do. Just all the accolades everybody else has gotten. It was really cool to be up there with everybody.”
Finalist for High School Athlete of the Year
Jordynn Toliver, Douglas High School
Hannah Young, RC Central
Hayla Clewley, RC Christian
Elizabeth Schaefer, RC Stevens
Alex Kandolin, St. Thomas More
Jackson Wilson, Douglas High School
Wyatt Jungclaus, RC Central
Zane Schlabach, RC Christian
Cooper Voorhees, RC Stevens
Spencer Lund, St. Thomas More
Rapid City Officials Club Member of the Year
College Female Athlete of the Year
Taylor Molstad, Women’s Basketball at South Dakota School of Mines
College Male Athlete of the Year
Jake Sullivan, Football at South Dakota School of Mines
Independent Athlete of the Year
Robin Miller, Power Lifter
Professional Athletes of the Year
Tamara Gorman, Triathlon Athlete
Tony Smoragiewicz, Triathlon Athlete
Rapid City Sports Hall of Fame Inductees
Jerry Schafer, Former track and field coach at the South Dakota School of Mines
Jeff Nugent, Former volleyball coach at Douglas High School
Jeff Horan, Contributor: Youth sports – baseball, softball and football
Rich Gerry, Standout basketball player for Rapid City Central and South Dakota State University