From Rivals to Best Friends and Colleagues

From Rivals to Best Friends and Colleagues

Anthony (Tony) Fiegen and Nathan (Nate) Jacobson certainly knew about one another as athletes while attending high school in South Dakota. Jacobson competed for St. Thomas More High School, in Rapid City, while Fiegen made his mark at Madison High School, in Madison. Each school proudly refers to its accomplishments as “dynasty-worthy” in boys’ sports, especially football and basketball. And Fiegen and Jacobson played vital roles boosting the reputations of their respective schools. As high schoolers, the two competed against each other in three basketball games, with Jacobson’s squads winning twice, including in a state tourney semifinal, and Fiegen’s Bulldog team winning once. Each landed on the all-tourney team for the 2007 state basketball tournament.

Jacobson was also a decorated football quarterback, throwing for 32 touchdowns in a single season and 79 touchdowns during his high school career, both state records in Class 11A. He also contributed to his high school basketball team’s winning back-to-back state championships, and went on to play basketball for South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. There, he was a two-year starter on a Hardrocker squad transitioning from NAIA to NCAA Division II status.

Fiegen graduated high school a year after Jacobson, and he propelled Madison to the 2009 state “A” championship during his senior season. That year he was named South Dakota’s Gatorade Player of the Year. Fiegen was recruited to play basketball at South Dakota State University, and in his sophomore year emerged as a starter. The 6-foot-7-inch forward ended up starting 83 consecutive games for the Jackrabbits, including 35 each in his junior and senior campaigns, the only Jacks player to start so many games in consecutive seasons.

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