Kortan Driven To Lead Cavaliers To The Top

BY MICHAEL HAMMOND | Yankton Press & Dakotan

Aug. 25, 2016 | Fall Sports Preview

TYNDALL, S.D. — Chase Kortan enters his final season of football with one goal in mind, winning a state title.

Kortan, a senior at Bon Homme High School, racked up 2,048 all-purpose yards for the Cavaliers as junior in 2015 and will lead a team in its second year of 9-man football.

“My main goal is like everyone else, make the dome and win state, really nothing else,” Kortan said. “I want to try and have fun and enjoy it with my team and we will see where everything falls into place.”

One of the main weapons in last year’s offense, Kortan helped lead his team to 34 point per game and a playoff run that ended with a loss in the second round. Defense will be a key for the Cavs’ season as they continue the adjustment to the 9-man game and Kortan has the skillset to improve the unit.

“We think he will do big things this year,” Cavs’ coach Byron Pudwill said. “I think he is a top five player (in the state), he’s got crazy skills and good speed and can run away from second level guys.”

A multi-sport athlete in football, baseball, track, and basketball, Kortan kept himself busy during the summer playing baseball for Tabor’s legion team and for the Sioux Falls Titans travel team, as well as, attending various baseball and football camps, including the Rigg’s Combine in Sioux Falls, where he ran the fifth fastest 40-yard dash. During this season he will play in football showcases across the country over weekends in places such as Denver and Phoenix.

Kortan’s hard work and talent have led to offers from the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University, the University of Sioux Falls, and Augustana University, among other schools in the area, to play multiple sports.

“He’s got crazy college offers and those schools don’t just give away offers for no reason,” Pudwill said. “I think he can be a high D2 guy in football and a USD, SDSU, UND, and NDSU type of guy and his baseball potential is even higher, he could go to one of the bigger conferences in D1.”

With many options available, Kortan is still undecided on what to do after his high school career is over and doesn’t expect to make a decision until January of February of next year.

“No deals have been made, but I am in contact with the coaches,” Kortan said. “I am keeping all options on the table and am about 50-50-50.”

Pudwill, who also coaches Kortan in track, had nothing but good to say about his athlete.

“He gets it, he’s a four sport guy and never misses a practice and you’ve got to be extremely athletic to get where he is and he is super smart,” Pudwill said. “I think he likes practice and he’s one of the guys that has nothing to prove, but works harder than anyone else.

“I can’t stress how great of a kid he is and he has been a pleasure to coach.”

With the college decision set aside, for now, Kortan will focus on the football season and try to win a state title and the legacy he will leave behind at Bon Homme.

“It’s going to mean a lot,” Kortan said. “It’s my last year as a Cavalier and I want to make it as enjoyable as I can.”

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