Bridgewater-Emery senior Sawyer Schultz posted nearly 1,900 points during his high school career, and is our second nominee for the Sanford Pentagon/KELOLAND Media Group Player of the Year Award.
Bridgewater-Emery standout Sawyer Schultz enjoyed a decorated high school career, including a state “B” championship, that was made even more special by having his dad, and head coach, Scott Schultz along for the ride.
“To be able to spend those kinds of moments with him, the ups and downs, the high points and low points and as a coach, to be able to share that with your son, it is a tremendous experience. I’m truly blessed to be able to do that,” Scott Schultz says.
Sawyer has cherished every moment of his varsity career, but is ready to play for a new head coach, Matt Wilbur, at Dakota Wesleyan.
“It’s definitely been fun. Part of me is going to miss it a lot, but a part of me is ready for that new coach, that new perspective, I guess you can say on the basketball game and everyday life,” Sawyer Schultz says.
The 26 miles separating Emery and Mitchell are part of the reason Schultz committed to DWU.
“The distance was a big factor with me because I can bring my laundry home to my mom sometimes and get some baked goods here and there. It’s stuff like that. It’s the little things and I want to be able to watch my little sister grow up as a player and a person,” Sawyer Schultz says.
Four seasons of success on the hardwood have earned Sawyer a nomination for Player of the Year.
“I think in the dual role that I have in watching him and watching his game and other kids across the state. I think he is one of the elite players in the state, and he has put in lots of time and I’m very honored to have my son and one of my players to be part of that five,” Scott Schultz says.
“There’s a lot of good players in this state, so a lot of them go unrecognized. For me to be recognized as a class “B’ player like that, it’s a true blessing for me. I’m just very excited about it,” Sawyer Schultz says.
We’ll continue to unveil our Player of the Year candidates throughout the week, leading up to the All-Star Banquet on Saturday at the Sanford Pentagon. Former NBA player Kenyon Martin will be the keynote speaker. The event is set for 7:00, and is free and open to the public.