E/K-M's Mathern, Oakes' Roney named to NDAPSSA All-State second team

The two players combined to score 863 total points last season.

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Bailie Kelley, left, of LaMoure-Litchville-Marion and Mataeya Mathern of Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier get a ground view of the ball after the two collided during the championship game of the District 5 Girls' Basketball Tournament at the Jamestown Civic Center.
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JAMESTOWN — For the first time since the 2020-21 season, there are two local players on one of the two North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association’s All-State teams. Edgeley/Kulm-Montpelier’s Mataeya Mathern and Oakes’ Laikyn Roney were named to the All-State Second Team.

Mathern is the first Rebels player to be honored by NDAPSSA since Katie Entzi was named to the second team for the 2017-18 season. Roney is the first Tornadoes player to be honored by the organization since Sadie Hansen made it to the second team for the 2020-21 season.

Roney is the sixth player in Tornadoes history to make one of the All-State teams. Mathern is the third player in Rebels history to be honored and the ninth player from any of the schools to be honored by the organization.

This past season, Mathern and the Rebels finished in fifth at the state tournament, their second-highest-ever finish as a program. The Tornadoes' season ended with a loss in the first round of the Region 3 tournament.

In her senior season, Roney averaged 18.9 points per game on 41% from the field, 7.1 rebounds per game, 1.9 assists per game and 2.7 steals per game. In her junior season, Mathern averaged 18.1 points per game on 51% shooting, 8.5 rebounds per game, 74 total assists, 21 total blocks and 148 total steals.


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Mataeya Mathern (12) of Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier goes to the basket over Lily Thorpe (11) and Laikyn Roney of Oakes during the District 5 tournament on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2023, at the Jamestown Civic Center.
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Full Teams Below:

First team:

Ellie Braaten: Westhope-Newburg

Halle Crockett: Northern Cass

Decontee Smith: Central Cass

Hailey Quam: Shiloh Christian

Brenna Stroklund: Kenmare-Bowbells

Second team:


Rylen Burgess: Cavalier

Klaire Cotton: Central Cass

Natalie Decoteau: St. John

Mykell Heidlebaugh: Rugby

Karli Klein: Garrison

Mataeya Mathern: Edgeley/Kulm-Montpelier

Ellie Powell: Bowman County

Laikyn Roney: Oakes


Rylee Satrom: May-Port-CG

Ava Schuster: Stanley

Maya Vibeto: Our Redeemer’s

My name is Max O'Neill. I am a Sports Reporter at The Jamestown Sun. I am a native New Yorker, who graduated from Ithaca College in 2020 with a degree in Television-Radio.
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