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Our Taco John's Athlete of the Week has led the Viborg Vikings to the State 'B' Basketball Tournament this week, but that's not the only sport he plays so well.

Juniors aren't supposed to have this much success.

When the state 'B' basketball tournament starts this week, expect plenty of fireworks from Viborg star Cory Jacobsen.  The junior is one of the best pure shooters in the state and he's having an incredible year, not only leading the Vikings to state in basketball, but also quarterbacking them to the final eight in football.

"He's just a tremendous competitor.  I think that's the thing that makes Cory great.  I haven't coached a kid that is more competitive and has any more desire and drive to be a great player," said Viborg basketball coach Galen Schoenefeld.

This fall, Jacobsen nearly led Viborg's football team into the state semifinals, but the Vikings fell to Dell Rapids St. Mary 46-41.  During the year, Jacobsen threw for 13 TDs and ran for 10 more.  Now he's putting up close to 20 points per game for the basketball team.

Jacobsen has seemingly filled up his highlight reel in both sports, but he still has one more year to play.  He also competes in track, but Jacobsen says the basketball court is where he feels most at home.

"I've been more successful with basketball and where it's taking me now, but football is right at the top," said Jacobsen.

Jacobsen's basketball coach probably prefers Cory on the hardwood as well.  When he's playing, he's usually scoring.  Especially from beyond the arc.

"Cory is a great shooter.  This year he's shooting almost 60 percent from 3-point range," said Schoenefeld.  "I don't think you're gonna find a lot of kids that shoot that well from the perimeter in high school basketball."

You're probably not going to find a whole lot of high school athletes at all like Cory Jacobsen.  Just watch out for him next year.

Jason Anschutz, KDLT Sports, Viborg.
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