Tea Area senior Noah Freidel averaged nearly 23 points and grabbed over 8 rebounds a game in his final season playing for the Titans, earning his second consecutive Player of the Year Nomination.
Noah Freidel ended his four-year Tea Area career on top, with the Titans winning their second title in three years.
“It doesn’t even feel like it has hit me yet that it’s over, you know what I mean. We won, it was the way we wanted to go out, everything was so happy, there wasn’t even any sadness of us leaving each other and stuff like that. I haven’t even focused on that yet,” Tea Area Senior Noah Freidel says.
Freidel leaves as the program’s all-time leading scorer, with over 1,800 points.
“He can score obviously three’s, but he really developed a pull-up jump shot his junior and senior year that maybe his sophomore year he didn’t have. But, we didn’t ask him to,” Tea Area Head Coach Chris Fechner said.
Noah’s dream like ending to his career was nearly cut short after he injured his ankle in the SoDak 16.
“Right away, it was just like ‘dang I sprained my ankle, lets go tape it up, so I can come back in and keep playing.’ Then I came back in the game I couldn’t even put pressure down on it and that’s when it kind of hit me, like wow we only have like a week to prepare for the tournament and I might not be playing if it’s like this,” Noah Freidel said.
Freidel toughed it out through the state tournament on his injured ankle, but didn’t miss a beat, averaging over 21 points during the Titans’ title run.
“He’s a gamer. It seemed like the bigger the game, the more he would fight through an injury if need be,” Fechner said.
This is Freidel’s second straight Player of the Year nomination, though this one means a little more as teammate Justin Hohn joined him a finalist this year.
“Senior year was more special because of what we did with our Senior year. We went out and won a state championship, we went out on top. I get to do it with my teammate too this time around,” Freidel said.