Sanford Sports Academy 16U girls team invited to USA Basketball Club Championships – Mitchell Republic

Sanford Sports Academy 16U girls team invited to USA Basketball Club Championships – Mitchell Republic

Sanford Sports Academy 16U girls team invited to USA Basketball Club Championships – Mitchell Republic

SIOUX FALLS — For the second summer in a row, an AAU girls basketball team representing Sanford Sports Academy is becoming one of the top clubs in the country.

As one of 24 teams from across the country to receive an invitation, the Sanford Sports Black girls 16-and-under team will compete in the USA Basketball Club Championships July 27-29 in Rock Hill, Carolina. South. The NCAA will cover the 16U team’s travel, lodging and meal expenses.

A pair of players with Mitchell-area ties are on the Sanford Sports 16U roster: Wagner’s Ashlyn Koupal and Hamlin’s Addison Neuendorf, the daughter of former Mitchell High boys basketball coach Todd Neuendorf. Overall, the nine-person roster includes four from South Dakota, with Koupal and Neuendorf joining Harrisburg’s Sadie Mehrman and O’Gorman’s Sydney Terveen. The rest of the roster is made up of two Iowans and one player each from Minnesota, Nebraska and North Dakota.

“What a tremendous opportunity for our girls to showcase their skills on the national stage,” head coach Barry Jacobsen said in a Sanford Sports news release. “This is the only event that Division I coaches can attend during the evaluation period at the end of July, and we are excited to come to South Carolina and compete with the best of the best.”


Pictured is the Sanford Sports Academy Black 16U girls basketball team, which includes Wagner’s Ashlyn Koupal (24) and Hamlin’s Addison Neuendorf (3).

Photo courtesy of Sanford Sports Academy Basketball

Earlier this month, Koupal, a 6-foot-3 guard/forward, was ranked No. 20 nationally by ESPN for the Class of 2026. Although he already held several offers from Division I programs, two-time Class A South Dakota The first-team all-state selection had a breakout AAU season that included a tournament MVP honor at an April showcase in Dallas, Texas.

“A wing with all the fundamental skills, she plays all over the court in a variety of ways,” reads Koupal’s ESPN recruiting spotlight by Shane Laflin. “… There will be some adjustments as her rise will find her with opportunities to be on more elite floors in the near future as well as the jump to the 17U level providing some physical challenges. However, he has the tools to adapt accordingly and continue his rise through the ranks.”

Since the beginning of May, Koupal has received offers from Arkansas, Cal, Colorado, Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina, Texas A&M and Wisconsin. She was also re-offered by South Dakota following her new coaching hire.

Neuendorf, who was a first-team Class A selection in 2024, holds offers from a handful of Division II and NAIA programs in the region, including Black Hills State, Northern State, Sioux Falls, Dakota Wesleyan and Northwestern (Iowa ). ).

Last year, Sanford Sports Academy 17U reached a national championship at the Elite Youth Basketball Nike Nationals Tournament of Champions in Chicago. That roster also featured Mitchell-area talent in Mount Vernon/Plankinton’s Emilee Fox and Wagner’s Macy Koupal.

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