Harrisburg senior Jeniah Ugofsky is our final female nominee for the Sanford Pentagon/KELOLAND Media Group Player of the Year award. Ugofsky helped the Tigers to four straight state “AA” tournaments, and more than left her mark on the program.
Harrisburg standout Jeniah Ugofsky earned a starting nod early in her freshman season, and never relinquished the role.
“Even as a freshman, leadership was there. As a freshman it’s a little bit tough to lead seniors who have been part of the program for four years, but we saw that as she kept progressing throughout our program as a sophomore, junior, and then her senior year we asked a lot of her,” Harrisburg head coach Nick Mayer said.
Ugofsky is a multi-tool player, leading the Tigers in points, rebounds, assists, steals, and defensively during her senior season.
“That was pretty much my goal, just to make sure that I was needed somewhere in the team and if that wasn’t on offense it was on defense and I tried my hardest in that position,” Harrisburg senior Jeniah Ugofsky said.
Jeniah is committed to play college basketball at South Dakota.
“She’s a workhorse, she’s a kid that’s going to lead, and the sky’s the limit for her game and I’m really excited to see her play in the red and white. I’m really happy for her,” Mayer said.
“The first time I went down there I knew instantly that it was just like a family, just like Harrisburg, as soon as I went down there I felt like I was one with the team and that the coaches really cared about me, just like Harrisburg and I felt right at home,” Ugofsky said.
Ugofsky’s numbers may not jump off the page, but her impact on the court in undeniable.
“It’s so well-deserving to be honored with being selected with this very elite group. I think she’s just a great kid and a great fit for this award,” Mayer said.
“It’s a very huge award for someone who doesn’t get the biggest scoring stats,” Ugofsky said.
Ugofsky closed her career at Harrisburg top-3 in rebounds and top-10 in scoring, steals, and blocks.