Thompson's Cadyn Schwabe is the NDAPSSA high school athlete of the year

Thompson's Cadyn Schwabe goes up for a shot against Shiloh Christian's Jaden Mitzel during Saturday night's Class B title game in Minot. Photo/Mike McCleary, Bismarck Tribune

Cadyn Schwabe doesn't just perform. He leads.

As a senior this past school year, Schwabe earned all-state honors as the quarterback on the Tommies' unbeaten (12-0), 9-man state championship team and the catcher on the state runner-up baseball team. In addition, he was starting point guard on the basketball team that won the program's first state title.

Schwabe has been named the boys high school athlete of the year in North Dakota for the 2018-19 school year, as selected by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

In all three sports, Schwabe -- who was named most valuable player at the Class B state basketball tournament -- played the position of leadership.

"It's not a coincidence,'' said Brady Schwab, who coached Thompson's football and baseball teams. "Those positions are all like second coaches on the field. And in the 23 years I've coached, Cadyn's game sense, his understanding of situations, is probably the best of any kid I've coached.''


Schwabe wasn't just a leader. He put up big numbers in all three sports.

In football, he was a dual threat. Schwabe was 114-of-174 passing for 1,863 yards and 27 touchdowns. He rushed 133 times for 1,157 yards and 25 TDs.

He batted .500 (40-for-80) two two home runs and 27 RBI in baseball, with 14 of his 40 hits going for extra bases.

In basketball, he led the 26-1 Tommies with averages of 3.7 assists and 2.5 steals per game and was second on the team with a 12.5 scoring average. He was an all-region pick despite missing the first part of the season due to a football injury.

"Cadyn's athletic, and he works hard in all of his sports,'' Schwab said. "Over the course of his baseball career, he played almost every position. In football, he played everywhere but on the line. He could be good at almost any spot in any sport.

"He kept getting better and better and better.''

Schwabe plans to play baseball at Des Moines (Iowa) Area Community College.

Other finalists: Ben Bohl, Minot Ryan; Bo Belquist, New Rockford-Sheyenne.


Here are this year’s other high school award winners as determined by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association:

Female team

Bismarck Century basketball: Century claimed its second straight Class A state championship with a perfect 27-0 record. The Patriots posted a 69-61 championship-game win over Devils Lake. Century finished the season with a 33-game winning streak.

Other finalists: Dickinson gymnastics, Fargo Davies track and field, Thompson volleyball.

Female athlete

Lauren Ware, Bismarck Century basketball and volleyball: With one year left at Century, Ware has already won three North Dakota Gatorade player of the year awards -- two in basketball and one in volleyball. The 6-foot-5 Ware has won five state titles, two in basketball and three in volleyball.

Ware averaged 17.3 points, 11.1 rebounds and 4.6 blocks in leading 27-0 Century to a state basketball title. She had 586 kills, 187 digs, 86 blocks and 48 service aces in leading 34-5 Century to a state volleyball title.

She is a prized recruit in both basketball and volleyball. Ware, who said she would like to play both sports in college, has narrowed her college possibilities to: Arizona, Arizona State, Florida, Iowa, LSU, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Carolina State, Oregon and Texas.

Other finalists: Taylor Zak, Thompson; Maria Blessum, Rugby.

Female coach

Justin Klein, Devils Lake girls basketball: Klein guided Devils Lake to a 25-2 record -- nearly winning the school’s first girls basketball state championship since 1987. Devils Lake maintained a 53-52 lead in the state title game, threatening to end Bismarck Century’s 32-game winning streak. But Devils Lake lost 69-61, ending one of its most-successful seasons in years.


Other finalists: Lisa Strand, Thompson volleyball; Rory Biel, Fargo Davies track and field.

Male team

Jamestown basketball: The Blue Jays became the fourth team in Class A boys basketball history to finish the season unbeaten. After topping Fargo Davies 66-49 in the state championship game, Jamestown joined Wahpeton (1941), Fargo South (1989) and Fargo North (2002) as the only Class A undefeated, state championship teams.

Jamestown was led by senior Mason Walters, a 6-foot-7 center heading to the University of Jamestown, who averaged 21.5 points and 11.2 rebounds. Junior guard Boden Skunberg, who has committed to play at North Dakota State, surpassed the 1,000-point career mark and broke the school’s single-season scoring record of 544 points.

Other finalists: Thompson football, Thompson basketball.

Male coach

Jacoby Lloyd, Jamestown basketball: In only his second season as Jamestown’s head coach, Lloyd helped claim the school’s first state championship since 1993. Lloyd, who was an assistant coach for eight years under Bismarck Century head coach Darin Mattern, took over a program that had a 2-19 record in the 2016-17 season.

Lloyd’s team went 12-14 during his first season before posting a 27-0 record this past season. Jamestown won the West Region tournament for the first time and beat Lloyd’s former team, Century, three times.

Other finalists: Brandy George, Thompson basketball; Jake Solper, Minot swimming.

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