Family: Parents, Dean and Dani Schwartz; sister, Sami (20) Schwartz.
Favorite athlete: Maya Moore, Minnesota Lynx basketball player.
Favorite team: Duke men’s basketball.
Other sports: Golf and volleyball.
Hobbies: Hanging out with friends, especially teammates, spending time on the Internet with Facebook and Twitter.
Future plans: Attend the University of Mary, has verbally committed to play basketball and major in biology or chemistry for pre-medicine. “I’ve wanted to play college basketball since I was a freshman.”
Usual eating place on the road: Subway.
Favorite place to play on the road: Corn Palace in Mitchell. “The Hanson Classic was really fun this year.”
Best athletic memory: “Getting second at the State B golf tournament and in basketball all the wins we have had. We haven’t gotten to state yet, but hopefully, this will be the year.”
A Herreid-Selby Area multi-sport athlete doesn’t keep track of her individual statistics because she’s more interested in the team results.
Senior forward Shauni Schwartz, who also excels in golf (second in Class B last spring) and volleyball (more than 1,000 kills), piled up some eye-popping numbers last week in girls’ high school basketball.
A coveted mark in basketball is a double-double, which means double figures in two statistical categories. In a 75-19 win over Leola-Frederick, Schwartz just missed a quadruple-double (double figures in four categories) with 23 points, 15 rebounds, 12 steals and six blocks. The Wolverines also beat Centerville on Saturday in the Hanson Classic by a score of 62-51, giving them an overall season record of 11-0. Schwartz accounted for 26 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four steals. In those two games, Schwartz shot 53 percent from the field.
For her contributions, Schwartz was named the Aberdeen American News Athlete of the Week.
The Wolverines are ranked fourth in this week’s Class B poll.
“We look at the rankings and see how we’re rated,” said Schwartz, who has scored more than 1,000 career points. “Last year, we were rated first and things went down the drain (a loss to Eureka-Bowdle in the District 6B championship). We like being lower in the poll. We look at the poll like it’s bad luck.”
Schwartz also keeps the Wolverines undefeated record in perspective.
“We like being undefeated and it keeps our confidence up, but you know you’re probably going to lose some time,” said Schwartz.
The three-year-old cooperative with Herreid and Selby Area has not yet qualified a girls’ basketball team for the State B Tournament. Herreid has never played at the state girls’ basketball tourney and Selby Area last went in 2004.
“My eighth grade year, we lost to Harding County, freshman and sophomore years to Highmore-Harrold and last year to Eureka-Bowdle,” she said.
Although Herreid-Selby Area head coach Dean Schwartz, who is also Shauni’s father, does not want his players looking too far ahead, the upcoming schedule is filled with challenges. The Wolverines will play in the Yellowstone Trail Conference tournament Jan. 24 and 26 followed by a contest with Summit on Jan. 29 at the Aberdeen Civic Arena. Sully Buttes is also on the remaining schedule on Feb. 7.
“He (coach) really talks about one game at a time,” said Shauni. “We’re looking forward to Summit. We’ve been dying to play them forever. We will be prepared for that. We know that is going to be a tough game.”
Coach Schwartz noted that Shauni has worked hard in the summer to improve her individual game, but she still regards it as a team sport.
“Shauni has been playing AAU basketball for the Northern Lites for the last three summers, which has improved her game,” he said. “Shauni loves the game and likes to compete. She values her teammates and knows they all contribute to our success. They are a great bunch of girls and fun to coach.”
Other seniors on the Herreid-Selby Area roster include Kendra Thorstenson, Taylor Madden and McKenzie Frank.
Although she has the heart of a center, Shauni has learned to play multiple positions and excel on both offense and defense. Her season numbers are as follows: 20.0 points per game, 48 percent two-point field goals, 30 percent three-point field goals, 71 percent free throws, 2.5 assists per game, 10.3 rebounds per game, 3.8 steals per game and 3.6 blocks per game.
“Shauni has worked very hard on improving her basketball skills. She is still making the adjustment from playing post to playing a forward or wing,” said Dean Schwartz. “Shauni always wanted to be a post, but when she stopped growing at 5-feet-10, I suggested that she needed to make the change. She is capable of playing inside or outside, which makes her difficult to defend.”