Three Rangers score big this season

By Kacie Svoboda

Scoring Stars — From left, junior McKenzie Becker, senior Dory Schrier and senior Ryan Skillingstad placed in the top 10 scorers in Hill City High School history. Becker is ranked third overall, while Schrier is the 7th place scorer and the top rebounder. Skillingstad is also ranked third in overall career points. [PN Photo/Kacie Svoboda]­


Three Hill City Rangers — Ryan Skillingstad, McKenzie Becker and Dory Schrier — have cracked the top 10 for the Hill City High School (HCHS) basketball records this season.

Senior Skillingstad finished his career with 824 career points, landing him as the third best scorer in HCHS boys basketball history. He ends his high school career 238 points behind his brother Derek Skillingstad, who landed the number two scoring spot in 2012 with 1,062 points. Ryan considers Derek to be one of his biggest basketball inspirations.

“He’s always been there to help me learn and grow as a player,” he said.

Andy Coy, who graduated in 2009, is the all-time leading scorer with 1,248 points.

Skillingstad scored 285 points this season, 236 as a junior, 169 as a sophomore, 128 as a freshman and 6 points on varsity as an 8th grader. Skillingstad was All-Conference in 2014, 2016 and 2017. He received an honorable mention in 2015.

Skillingstad also contributed 490 career rebounds in 98 games.

“He did not miss a single game in his career despite battling through his last game with strep throat,” Coach Blake Gardner explained. “Ryan was the rock over the past two seasons, as we won 18 games and Ryan played over 1,000 minutes the past two seasons.”

The 17-year-old has played basketball for over 12 years and plans to continue to play intermural and league basketball. Ryan has furthered his shooting skills by attending summer camps, regularly hitting the gym and playing on an AAU team. His favorite shot is an “elbow, free-throw jumper.”

Junior McKenzie Becker has also taken the third place scoring spot. However, she’ll have one more season to add to her career total of 848 points. Becker is just one point away from usurping second-place scorer Hillary Johnson from 1998 and 188 points behind leading girls basketball scorer Alexis Krull, who had 1,036 points in 2004.

Becker already leads in three-pointers. With 115 sunk over the course of her career, it should come as no surprise that three-pointers are her favorite shot. The next closest record is 56 for Kendra McLaughlin in 2012.

Becker has played basketball for nine years and hopes to continue competing in college.

“My goal is to become better and play at the next level,” she said.

Becker has played on an AAU team, attended summer camps and open gyms to bring herself closer to this goal.

“My inspiration is my team, coaches and family,” she explained. “They all push me to be my best.”

Senior Dory Schrier has also cracked HCHS’s top 10, coming in as the 7th place scorer and the top rebounder in school history. Schrier has 730 total career points and she obliterated the school’s rebounding record. Schrier picked up 674 rebounds over her years on the team, snagging 165 more than Allie Henderson picked up in 2015.

The 18-year-old has played basketball for a decade after she was inspired by John Henderson, who convinced her to play.

“I fell in love with it after that,” she explained.

Schrier developed her skills further at individual and team basketball camps over the summer. Her favorite shots are from the post area and during free throws, her focus is on getting ready to rebound.