Photo courtesy Dave Dancler
WINNER—Junior Jeremie Benson (left) poses with Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins May 10.

Jeremie Benson named Argus Leader Soccer Player of  Year at event May 10
Award just one of many for outstanding WHS boys soccer player

By Ganin Thompson

The Warrior varsity boys soccer team was the first WHS soccer team since the South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSAA) sanctioned the sport to win a state title, and junior Jeremie Benson was a big part of that success. 

Benson was named the Defensive player of the Match at the State title game Oct. 13, 2018, in Rapid City, where the Warriors defeated Aberdeen Central 3-0 in the snow to win the State AA title. 

He was also nominated as a Gatorade Player of the Year and named as an Allstate All-American by Allstate Insurance for his accomplishments. 

Most recently, Benson was awarded the Soccer Player of the Year at the Argus Leader Sports Awards ceremony held May 10 at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls.

Benson said he was surprised by the awards and recognition. 

“I was shocked when I heard I was an Allstate All-American,” Benson said. “I couldn’t believe it because it’s a huge deal for high school. I’m grateful to have achieved it, and without my teammates, friends, family and coaches it wouldn’t have happened.” 

Benson is also ready for next season with the WHS soccer team, he said. 

“The team is still putting in work and getting better,” Benson said. “So I think there is a huge chance of winning state again.” 

WHS boys soccer coach Dave Dancler, who was also recently honored as the WHS Head Coach of the Year, said he was proud of Benson’s accomplishments. 

“To date, he is the most decorated soccer player in WHS history since the sport was sanctioned by the SDHSAA,” Dancler said. “We are very proud of his accomplishments on and off the field. He continues to grow and improve as a player and a leader for us.” 

In addition to Dancler’s WHS head Coach of the Year honor, girls basketball assistant coach Jeff Tobin was honored as the WHS Assistant Coach of the Year recently. 

Benson said he is planning on playing soccer in college after he graduates from WHS, but is currently focusing on returning to the State AA Championship game with the Warriors next season. The 2019 State Soccer tournament will be played Oct. 19 at the Harrisburg High School Stadium.


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