Looking back at O’Gorman senior Emma Ronsiek’s role in the Knights’ 2017 state championship run. Sioux Falls Argus Leader
Emma Ronsiek has been named Gatorade South Dakota Girls Basketball Player of the Year.
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes the O’Gorman senior as South Dakota’s best high school girls basketball player.
The 2019-20 Argus Leader First Five Player of the Year, Ronsiek averaged 16.5 points, 3.2 steals and 8.5 rebounds per game for the Knights, who went 21-0 en route to securing the No. 1 seed at the Class AA state tournament. The 6-foot-1 wing, who led her team to the 2017 state title as a freshman, is a three-time First Five selection and will graduate as the program’s all-time leading scorer.
Also a standout volleyball player, Ronsiek volunteers locally at the Bishop Dudley House homeless shelter and at the Prince of Peace Retirement Community. She has donated her time on behalf of Feeding South Dakota as well.
“You have to gameplan for Emma specifically, because you don’t have a chance if you don’t stop her,” Roosevelt coach Dakota Barrie said of the Creighton commit. “She can play anywhere and everywhere on the court, from point guard to back to the basket. Her passes are unreal, her court IQ is unreal. She knows where teammates are if she doesn’t have an open shot. Nothing is forced, it all comes to her.”
Ronsiek joins Gatorade South Dakota Girls Basketball Players of the Year Madysen Vlastuin (2018-19, Lennox), Paiton Burckhard (2017-18, Aberdeen Central), Myah Selland (2016-17, Sanborn Central/Woonsocket), Brianna Kusler (2015- 16, Aberdeen Central), Sydney Palmer (2014-15, Pierre), and Macy Miller (2013-14, Mitchell) as athletes who have won the award.
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As a part of Gatorade’s cause marketing platform “Play it Forward,” Ronsiek also has the opportunity to award a $1,000 grant to a local or national youth sports organization of her choosing. She is also eligible to submit an essay to win one of twelve $10,000 spotlight grants for the organization of choice, which will be announced throughout the year.
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