MHS Athletes of the Year Announced





Engebretson, McCulloch 
Named Athletes of the Year
    Milbank Area High School senior athletes, Jaecy Engebretson and Max McCulloch, have been named as the 2019-2020 athletes of the year, according to Adolph Shepardson, the school’s athletic director. 
    Jaecy Engebretson, the daughter of Jared and Amanda Engebretson, has been a varsity player in both basketball and volleyball during her high school career. As a leader in volleyball, Engebretson has earned several awards, including MVP in 2019; Co-MVP, 2018; All-NEC, 2017-18-19; Academic All-State, 2019, and was honored as the Bulldog of the Week, all four years. She also reached the benchmark of notching 1,000 career kills. 
    On the hardwoods, Engebretson’s honors included Most Improved, 2017; Spirit of the Bulldog, 2018-19; MVP, 2019; All-NEC, 2020; Academic All-State, 2020, and being selected as the Bulldog of the Week, all four years.
     Engebretson plans to attend Presentation College in Aberdeen, where she will pursue a degree in radiologic technology and also play volleyball. 
    Max McCulloch, a standout athlete in both basketball and football, is the son of Mark and Ellen McCulloch. On the gridiron, McCulloch earned the MVP award in 2019; 11A All-State Selection, 2019; All-NEC, 2017-18-19; achieved more than 1,000 career receiving yards; was team captain, 2019, and was selected for 2020 All-Star Game. 
    A team leader in basketball, McCulloch was named All-NEC, 2019-2020, and was Co-MVP, 2020.
    McCulloch reports that his future plans are as yet undecided. He is interested in playing football for the University of Sioux Falls, Morningside College or Dakota State University. 
    Shepardson also announced that the Milbank Area High School coach of the year is Logan Diede. Diede is the head coach for boys basketball, as well as serving as the district’s technology director.  
    Diede commented, “As coaches, we try to prepare our players for the highs and lows that will occur throughout the practice, the game, and the season - and it is our job (both players and coaches) to stay focused on what is in front of us and to keep working on improving and giving our best each and every day.”