Canistota/Freeman Pride standouts Trey Ortman and Bailey Sage have both been named to the Argus Leader Elite 45, the prestigious all-class, all-state team released online Wednesday, Nov. 27. As is tradition, the team will be released in print on Thanksgiving Day.
Here’s what the Argus Leader wrote about the two seniors.
The captain of the two-time defending champion Pride's high-powered offense, Ortman helped his team accumulate over 12,000 yards in three seasons, boasting a quarterback rating above 170 and 5,000 yards of total offense.
The 6-2, 180-pound senior shined in his final high school game, completing 8 of 12 passes for 187 yards and a touchdown, and rushing for 83 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries in a 46-34 win over Britton-Hecla.
"Trey has been a tremendous, game controlling quarterback," coach James Strang said. "His ability to make decisions and put the ball in the right person's hands, at the right time made him a great quarterback in our offense."
The team's leading tackler over the last two seasons, Sage graduates with 200 career tackles (150 solo) and 50 tackles for loss. He battled back from a late-season injury to help the Pride successfully defend their Class 9A state championship. Against Britton-Hecla in Brookings, he rushed for 80 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries and posted nine tackles (five solo).
"Bailey's such a hard-nosed kid, a tough-nosed kid," Canistota/Freeman coach James Strang said, describing Sage as a natural leader with a nose for the football. "He worked his tail off to get back out there. He's as true a football player as you'll ever find."
CLASS 9A ALL-STATE TEAM
The 9A all-state team has also been announced, with four players named to the team and a fifth receiving an honorable mention. The Pride is represented by Tyce Ortman (RB), Sage (DL), Clayton Smith (DL) and Micah Swensen (OL), with Trey Ortman receiving an honorable mention.