Century’s A.J. Jacobs and Bismarck High’s Dexter Werner have been dominant multi-sport athletes for years, piling up all-state honors and state championship trophies.
Now they can add the Bismarck Quarterback Club’s high school athlete of the year award to the list.
Tyler Steffan and Dakota Wolf, both of the University of Mary, were named the college athletes of the year.
The Quarterback Club also chose Bob Feeney and Rudy Seidl for the Roger Higgins Award. The award is for individuals who have given outstanding service to athletics and student-athletes in the Bismarck-Mandan Community.
Last month Jacobs led Century to its second state basketball title in three years. She averaged 13.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, earning second-team all-state honors. In volleyball, Jacobs earned all-state honors for a third straight season and was named the West Region senior athlete of the year.
She helped the Patriots to a second-place finish at state, the third finals appearance for Century in four years.
Jacobs helped the Patriots claim a state title in track last spring, taking third in the high jump and running a leg on Century’s second-place 1,600 relay team.
Werner earned first-team all-state status as a tight end as Bismarck won the Class AAA football championship. He caught 21 passes for 397 yards and six touchdowns as well as being a defensive standout.
On the hardwood, Werner earned all-state honors for a third straight season.
He also was named Gatorade’s North Dakota player of the year for a second straight time.
Werner also was part of the Demon track machine that won its eighth straight state title. He placed third in the javelin, fourth in the shotput and 12th in the discus.
Wolf, a junior from Dickinson, placed sixth in the NCAA Division II cross country championships last fall.
She continued her success into the winter, being named the NSIC indoor track athlete of the year. Wolf won the mile and the 3.000 meters at the conference meet and also placed third in the 5,000. At the NCAA indoor meet, Wolf earned All-American status in the mile and the distance medley relay.
Steffan, also a junior from Dickinson, became U-Mary’s first Division II football All-American. The wide receiver led all Division II players with 17 touchdown receptions. Steffan finished second in the NSIC with 54 catches and 914 yards receiving, earning All-American recognition from the American Football Coaches Association.
Feeney, was the head football coach at Bismarck High from 1974 to 1998, winning 12 WDA titles and two state championships. His career record, which included stints at Cavalier and Dickinson Trinity, was 234-110-1.
Feeney was inducted into the North Dakota High School Coaches’ Hall of Fame in 1990.
Seidl was an assistant football and track coach at BHS and was the schools activities coordinator from 1978 to 1983.
He also was a long-time basketball official and starter at track meets.
Men — Basketball: Damon Smith. Football: Adam Tescher. Wrestling: Taylor Nagel. Cross country: Jesse Bennett.
Women — Basketball: Linda Murray. Wrestling: Trevor Johnson. Cross country: Dakota Wolf. Track: Dakota Wolf. Softball: Jenna Button.
Men — Basketball: Sheldon Weisbeck. Baseball: Brett Bryan. Soccer: Jordan Bartsch. Golf: Jared Kautzman.
Women — Basketball: Sasha Golus. Soccer: Brigitte Lantz. Volleyball: Markie Henry. Golf: Macie Harris.
Boys — Basketball: Dexter Werner. Football: Brett Gehring. Wrestling: Kip Jangula. Cross country: Jake Leingang. Track: Channing Mann. Baseball: Tyler Richter. Swimming: Ian Ballantyne.
Girls — Basketball: Naomi Rust. Cross country: Brittany Brownotter. Soccer: MiKayla Schuette. Tennis: Alek Haugen. Swimming: Hailey Dempsey. Volleyball: Alek Haugen. Gymnastics: MacKenzie Keidel.
Boys — Basketball: Tom Fraase. Football: Conrad Schwarzkopf. Wrestling: Izec Neer. Cross country: Forrest Allen. Track: Levi Sether. Baseball: Carson Wentz. Soccer: T.J. Gunsch. Hockey: Alec Rauhauser. Tennis: Loren Anderson. Swimming: Dylan Sether.
Girls — Basketball: Alexis Jacobs. Cross country: Jordan Jacob. Track: Danielle Smith. Soccer: Caja Sipes. Tennis: Sarah Janes. Volleyball: Alexis Jacobs. Softball: Bri Flynn. Gymnastics: Jennifer Albers.
Boys — Basketball: Preston Tescher. Football: Preston Tescher. Wrestling: Tate Barnhardt. Golf: Jake DeForest.
Girls — Basketball: Rachel Powers. Hockey: Taylor Erhardt. Tennis: Caitlin Bakke.
Boys — Basketball: Joey Dwyer. Football: Aaron Hultstrand. Track: Aaron Hultstrand. Baseball: Chance Kurle.
Girls — Basketball: Kelly Schindler.