Madison senior Aaron Fiegen is our next nominee for the Sanford Pentagon/KELOLAND Media Group Player of the Year award. After falling short in last year's championship game, Fiegen and company bounced back this March, claiming the class "A" crown.
12 months after losing to Tea Area in the state "A" championship game, Madison got its revenge, topping the Titans 72-59 to win the title.
"We knew that we were there before and we fell short, so it was our last game ever for us seniors to get it done, and thankfully we did," Madison senior Aaron Fiegen said.
"To go our on top with the crew we had, especially with the seniors that we had this year, was a really special feeling for our entire community really," Madison head coach Mike Ricke said.
Madison senior Aaron Fiegen averaged 15 points and eight rebounds over the three-game tournament, and was the team's top scorer during the regular season, but wasn't afraid to share the spotlight.
"There were a lot of times this year where he maybe took a backseat on offense and stepped up his game in other parts, like defensively. He became a very good defender. He didn't get caught up in points. He didn't get caught up in the statistics. For him it was all about winning and the team," Ricke said.
"Each one of us, if it was our night to do what we know how to do, and that's what happened," Fiegen said.
The 6'7" Fiegen signed with South Dakota State last November, and is eager to prove himself at the Division 1 level.
"Just keep getting better and working every single day as hard as I can, and hopefully I can take my skill set to the next level," Fiegen said.
It's that overall skill set that earned him a nomination for Player of the Year.
"I think it's great that people recognize all the intangibles that he brings to the game. He's a great basketball player, but he's even a better kid," Ricke said.
"Winning a state championship my senior year, and then to have this on top of it, it's pretty humbling," Fiegen said.
We'll unveil the final male nominee for Player of the Year Friday night on KELOLAND News at six and ten. The winner will be announced at Saturday's All-Star Banquet at the Sanford Pentagon, where North Carolina head coach Roy Williams will be the keynote speaker. The event starts at 7:00, and is free and open to the public.
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