11 Flandreau Flier student-athletes from the football and volleyball teams combined to earn 16 post-season awards for the 2012 season.
The Flier volleyball team was led offensively by Makayla Dietrich, she also headlined the All-Conference list. Dietrich was the lone member of the Flier volleyball team to be honored by the Big East Conference as a first team All-Conference player. The senior led the team by tallying 132 kills through the 25-match season.
Two other Flier volleyball players garnered Honorable Mention Awards from the Big East. Juniors, Marisa Hare and Taylor Peters both received the award for the Fliers.
Hare was second on the team in kills with 120 and led the team in blocks with 32. Peters led the team in assists with 192 while also adding 12 aces from the service line and picked up 203 digs in the backcourt. Both girls will be returning for their senior season next year.
The Flier football team had one of the best statistical seasons in their history, which led to a very successful year in the win column. It also led to eight All-Conference players and five All-State honors.
Seniors, Jacob Patterson, DJ Johanson, Kyle Scofield, Mitchel Foster and Carter Ziebarth made the list for First Team All-Conference. All five players honored by the Big East Conference were also honored as South Dakota 11B All-State players.
Patterson earned All-State for his play as a Full Back. He rushed for 1,185 yards and 14 touchdowns for the Fliers in 2012. Patterson could not have gained those yards with the help of Johanson and Ziebarth who both earned All-State for their roles on the left side of the offensive line. Scofield received his honor by the All-State committee for his role as a linebacker. He led the Fliers with 100 tackles while also adding an interception. Foster, who had an incredibly productive year as a running back, actually received the honor for his role as a defensive back. Foster was second on the team in both solo tackles with 54 and total tackles with 98.
Three other Flier football players made the All-State Honorable Mention list. Dakota Petersen, Mitchell Hansen and David Parsley each earned the award in the senior seasons.
With the addition of Petersen and Hansen, four members of the Flier offensive line were honored by the Big East, and rightfully so. Along with Patterson’s 1,185 yards, Parsley added 750 yards and 10 touchdowns to the Fliers almost 3,500 yards rushing for the season.
All eight of the football players are seniors, leaving a big hole to fill for Head Coach Chad Stadem in the 2013 season.