--Results from Minnesota State Track and Field meet results
Friday & Saturday results from the 2012 Minnesota State Track and Field meet at Hamline University in St. Paul.
Class AA Girls
Tara Svalland of Worthington finished 11th in the high jump, clearing 5’2”
Sarah Buysse of Marshall ran a 59.02 in the prelims of the 400 meter dash and qualified for Saturday’s finals. In the finals, Buysee finished 9th in a time of 59.50
Sarah Anderson of Marshall finished in 10th with a jump of 35 feet-5 inches
Marshall’s 4x800 meter relay team finished in 14th in a time of 9:50.54
Class A Girls:
Adrian’s 4x800 meter relay team of Nicole Slater, Megan Sauer, Austyn Thier and Jordin Kopplow finished in 2nd place at state with a time of 9:39.97
Sylvia Zanini of Fulda is the state champion in the Girls Discus, winning with a throw of 141’-01”. She also ran a 16.85 in the prelims of the 100 meter hurdles and did not qualify for Saturday’s finals. In the Shot Put on Saturday, Zanini finished in 6th place with a throw of 40 feet-7.75 inches
In the 4x200 meter relay prelims on Friday, Luverne ran a time of 1:52.36 and Tracy-Milroy-Balaton ran a time of 1:51.99. Both teams did not qualify for Saturday’s finals.
MCC 4x100 meter relay team ran a time of 51.59 in the prelims on Friday and did not qualify for the finals on Saturday.
Siera Wilgenburg of Hills-Beaver Creek had a time of 1:01.51 in the prelims of the 400 meter dash and did not qualify for Saturday’s finals.
Hannah Van Dyke of Southwest Christian had a time of 48.82 in the prelims of the 300 meter hurdles and did not qualify for Saturday’s finals.
Austyn Thier of Adrian qualified for Saturday’s finals in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:21.78 in Friday’s prelims. In the finals on Saturday, Thier finished in 3rd place in a time of 2:21.41
Hills-Beaver Creek’s 4x400 meter relay team ran a time of 4:17.98 and did not qualify for Saturday’s finals.
Makayla Hohn of Luverne finished in 12th place in the 3200 meter run with a time of 12:05.44
Chloe Arfsten of Westbrook-Walnut Grove finished in 14th place, clearing 8 feet-3 inches
Hannah Steele of Windom finished 4th in the discus on Friday with a throw of 132’-10”. She finished in 4th in the Shot Put with a throw of 41 feet-2 inches
Class AA Boys
Beau Bofferding of Marshall will be running in the finals in both the 100 meter dash and 400 meter dash on Saturday, Bofferding ran the prelims in the 100 meter dash on Friday in a time of 10.94 and in the 400 meter dash in a time of 48.62. In the finals on Saturday, Bofferding was 6th in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.00 and was 3rd in the 400 meter dash in a time of 48.49
Class A Boys
Aaron Kozlowski of Pipestone had a time of 15.97 in the 110 hurdles prelims on Friday and did not qualify for Saturday’s finals.
Jack Thony of Murray County Central qualified for the finals in the 100 meter dash with a run of 11.16 in the prelims on Friday. Thony just missed a spot in the finals in the 200 meter dash, running a time of 22.84 in the prelims on Friday and missing a spot in the finals by one hundredth of a second. In the finals on Saturday, Thony finished 4th in a time of 11.27. Thony was also in action in the Long Jump on Saturday and finished 16th with a jump of 19 feet-6.5 inches
Luverne’s 4x100 and 4x200 meter relay teams did not qualify for the finals on Saturday. In the prelims on Friday, the 4x100 team had a time of 45.82 and the 4x200 meter relay team had a time of 1:34.35.
Jason Vongsavanh of Jackson County Central qualified for the finals of the 400 meter dash on Saturday with a time of 51.38 on Friday. Jose Gonzales of Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin did not qualify for the finals, running a time of 52.54. In the finals on Saturday, Vongsavanh finished in 8th place in a time of 50.86
Austin LaFollette of Southwest Christian will be running in the finals of the 300 hurdles on Saturday, finishing with a time of 41.06 on Friday. In the finals, LaFollette finished in 9th place in a time of 41.88
Jeff DeCock of Westbrook-Walnut Grove/Red Rock Central finished in 12th place in the Triple Jump with a leap of 41’-05”, finished in 16th place in the High Jump clearing 6 feet-0 inches and placed 14th in the Long Jump with a leap of 19 feet-11.25 inches
Tanner Nepp of Murray County Central finished in 6th place in the Shot Put with a throw of 49’-07” and 3rd in the Discus with a throw of 147 feet-3 inches
Alex Weis of Luverne finished in 10th place with a throw of 46 feet-2.25 inches.
Cody Rofshus of Luverne finished in 4th place in the Discus on Saturday with a throw of 146 feet-6 inches.
--Southwest All-Conference Baseball Team
The Southwest Conference has released their 2012 All-Conference Baseball Team.
Lucas Henning, Worthington
Blake Rogers, Worthington
Jon Reller, Worthington
Tommy Hayenga, Worthington
Mason Schnaible, Marshall
Alex Fenske, Marshall
Matt Campion, Marshall
Dustin Pronk, Jackson County Central
Cooper Moore, Jackson County Central
Carsen Nyborg, Jackson County Central
Tanner Menke, Jackson County Central
Cody Christensen, Luverne
Richard Gonzalez, Luverne
Matt Haraldson, Pipestone
Damian Skyberg, Pipestone
Chris Verdoes, Redwood Valley
Jake Holt, Windom
Drake Borsgard, Windom
Tyler Verdoorn, Worthington
Riley Carpenter, Marshall
Aaron Mathiowetz, Marshall
Taylor Christopher, Jackson County Central
Reed Skattum, Luverne
Skyler Wenninger, Luverne
Josh Slieter, Luverne
Devon Sandgren, Redwood Valley
Austin Kretsch, Redwood Valley
--Southwest All-Conference Softball Team
The Southwest Conference has released their 2012 All-Conference Softball Team.
Angela Robinson, Worthington
KC Riley, Worthington
Jenny Majerus, Worthington
Catlyn Muir, Jackson County Central
Marita Rasche, Jackson County Central
Brooke Klontz, Jackson County Central
Tasia Woelber, Pipestone
Paige Petersen, Pipestone
Kelly Nettick, Pipestone
Tiffany Woelber, Pipestone
Amanda Haupert, Pipestone
Samantha Felt, Redwood Valley
Ashley Bunting, Redwood Valley
Steph Jensen, Redwood Valley
Julia Busiahn, Redwood Valley
Brooke Louwagie, Marshall
Abby Hayenga, Windom
Ashley Olson, Luverne
Paige Kinley, Worthington
Becca Linder, Worthington
Jasmine Erickson, Jackson County Central
Ellen Dahl, Luverne
Callie Graff, Marshall
Cassie Evans, Pipestone
Mikayla Enger, Pipestone
Tara Sandgren, Redwood Valley
Jamie Symens, Windom
--Southwest All-Conference Boys Tennis Team
The Southwest Conference has released their 2012 All-Conference Boys Tennis Team.
Dan Wetering, Worthington
Carter Lindner, Worthington
Jonah Oberloh, Worthington
Lance Homan, Worthington
Blake Ziegler, Luverne
Dustin Deutsch, Luverne
Joey Vajgrt, Luverne
Jonny Vajgrt, Luverne
Scott Nelson, Luverne
Avery Ploeger, Pipestone
--Minnesota West Bluejay Football Ribeye Feed Fundraiser
The Minnesota West Bluejay Football Team is holding a Ribeye Feed Fundraiser this Friday, June 8th. Serving will be from 5:30-8:30pm Friday at the Elks Lodge. in Worthington. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by contacting Jeff Linder at 507-360-9166 or Steve Bassett at 507-360-6638 for $15. Hot dog and Fries for the kids for $5. The meal comes with a dinner roll, corn, and choice of potato. All proceeds will support the Minnesota West Football team for equipment needs.
--Red Rock All-Conference Baseball Team
Nate Wieneke, SR, Murray County Central
Sam Erickson, JR, Murray County Central
Chris Halbur, SR, Murray County Central
Trent Carlson, SR, Murray County Central
Beau Herrig, SR, Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin
Kaleb Grev, SR, Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin
Cody Penner, SR, Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin
Carter Kirk, SO, Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin
Dylan Bunting, SR, Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove
Jacob Comnick, SR, Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove
Daniel Maras, SR, Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove
Taylor Vollmer, SR, Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove
Mitchell Sieve, SR, Adrian
Jake Diekmann, JR, Adrian
Jake Tiede, JR, Adrian
Blake Jouwstra, JR, Edgerton/Southwest Christian
Dominic Nibbelink, JR, Edgerton/Southwest Christian
Luke Henkels, SR, Southwestern United
Austin Christensen, SR, Murray County Central
Austin Kluis, SR, Murray County Central
Blake Spinks, SR, Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin
Matt Willaby, SR, Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin
Logan Willhite, SR, Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove
Henry Rogotzke, JR, Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove
Brady Bierl, JR, Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove
Damon Vander Maten, SR, Edgerton/Southwest Christian
Derek Claar, JR, Edgerton/Southwest Christian
Justin Jass, JR, Southwestern United
Aaron Fest, SO, Southwestern United
-Red Rock All-Conference Softball Team
Brittani Roskamp, SR, Edgerton/Southwest Christian
Breana VanDyke, SR, Edgerton/Southwest Christian
Jessica Menning, JR, Edgerton/Southwest Christian
Tara DeKam, JR, Edgerton/Southwest Christian
Tanner Gunnink, FR, Edgerton/Southwest Christian
Makenzie Giese, SR, Murray County Central
Taylor Schreier, JR, Murray County Central
Kristi Bose, SO, Murray County Central
Jade Giese, FR, Murray County Central
McKenzie Hopwood, SR, Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin
Brianna Wenner, SR, Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin
Janessa Peters, JR, Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin
Katie Dusek, SR, Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove
Klarissa Larsen, SR, Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove
Angie Hanneman, JR, Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove
Connor DeWall, SR, Southwestern United
Ida Rogers-Ferguson, 8th, Southwestern United
Rachel Kontz, JR, Adrian
Sarah Post, JR, Edgerton/Southwest Christian
Ciara Everett, JR, Edgerton/Southwest Christian
Courtney Blomgren, SR, Murray County Central
Kenda Blomgren, SO, Murray County Central
Haley Hamilton, SR, Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin
Paige Brown, JR, Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin
Kendra Hagert, SR, Red Rock Central/Westbook-Walnut Grove
Janae Vonk, SR, Southwestern United
Kayla Droll, SR, Southwestern United
Jessi Meyer, SR, Adrian
Nina Weidert, SR, Adrian
--Minnesota Softball Coaches Association All-State Teams
2012 Class "A" All-State
|1st Team||Shaina Novak||12||P||Cherry|
|1st Team||Erin Haglund||11||P||Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg|
|1st Team||Shelbi Swenson||11||P||Blooming Prairie High School|
|1st Team||Brooke Schilling||12||P||Lewiston-Altura|
|1st Team||Dani Wagner||10||C||Hayfield|
|1st Team||Shannon Nix||10||C||Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity|
|1st Team||Ellen Johnson||12||2B||Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg|
|1st Team||Jessica Lillquist||12||3B||Sebeka|
|1st Team||Tricia DeBoer||12||3B||Blooming Prairie High School|
|1st Team||DeAnn Bjerklie||11||3B||Cherry|
|1st Team||Natalie Kalmes||12||CF||Lewiston-Altura|
|1st Team||Kirstin Lahti||11||RF||Cherry|
|1st Team||Samantha Dunn||11||SS||Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg|
|1st Team||EmaLeigh Roberts||11||SS||New York Mills|
|1st Team||Britta Glass||12||SS||Red Lake Falls|
|Second Team||Taylor Guzzo||12||P||Silver Bay|
|Second Team||Brett Brockpahler||11||P||Sebeka|
|Second Team||Sabrina Zimmel||12||P||Osakis High School|
|Second Team||Sophie Pratt||11||P||Minneapolis Washburn|
|Second Team||Cassey Orre||12||C||Fertile-Beltrami|
|Second Team||Katie Smedstad||12||C||Silver Bay|
|Second Team||Bobbi Jo Sellner||12||C||Loyola High School|
|Second Team||Hunter Henderson||12||C||Blooming Prairie High School|
|Second Team||Marina Carter||12||1B||Silver Bay|
|Second Team||Makenzie Giese||12||1B||Murray County Central|
|Second Team||Alex Anderson||12||2B||Osakis High School|
|Second Team||Morgan Williamson||11||3B||Martin County West|
|Second Team||Kayla Wenner||12||CF||Nicollet|
|Second Team||Brianna Cline||10||CF||St. Clair HS|
|Second Team||Jordan Wolfe||12||SS||Wabasha-Kellogg|
|Honorable Mention||Shay Bengtson||12||P||Hinckley/ Finlayson|
|Honorable Mention||Lyndsey Peterson||12||P||Lakeview|
|Honorable Mention||Madison Lee||10||P||Maranatha Christian Academy|
|Honorable Mention||Katie Homan||10||P||Loyola High School|
|Honorable Mention||Kimberly Frank||11||P||Wabasso High School|
|Honorable Mention||Courtney HInzmann||12||C||Eagle Valley|
|Honorable Mention||Brooke Scherer||12||C||Eden Valley Watkins|
|Honorable Mention||Sam Nelson||12||1B||East Central|
|Honorable Mention||Alexis Tappe||11||2B||Frazee|
|Honorable Mention||Danielle Harstad||12||2B||Lewiston-Altura|
|Honorable Mention||Courtney Olson||11||3B||Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg|
|Honorable Mention||Angel Dahl||11||CF||Cherry|
|Honorable Mention||Brooke Anderson||12||CF||Houston|
|Honorable Mention||Tonya Hetland||12||CF||Osakis High School|
|Honorable Mention||Maddie McCargar||11||RF||Loyola High School|
|Honorable Mention||Kate Johnston||12||SS||Tracy Area High School|
2012 Class "AA" All-State
|1st Team||Katie Thun||11||P||Hermantown|
|1st Team||Madison Damon||9||P||Kasson-Mantorville|
|1st Team||Megan Nelson||12||P||Zumbrota Mazeppa|
|1st Team||Tasia Woelber||11||P||Pipestone Area|
|1st Team||Brooke Decker||12||P||Maple Lake|
|1st Team||Karli Persson||12||P||Albany Senior High|
|1st Team||Micaela Trainor||12||C||Winona Cotter|
|1st Team||Gretta Schultz||12||C||Le Sueur-Henderson|
|1st Team||Laurenn Johnson||12||2B||Detroit Lakes|
|1st Team||Kelsy Kannegiesser||12||3B||New Ulm High School|
|1st Team||Jackie Stifter||12||CF||Glencoe Silver Lake|
|1st Team||Tiffany Woelber||11||RF||Pipestone Area|
|1st Team||Ashley Lewis||12||SS||Delano|
|1st Team||Sam Macken||11||SS||Rochester Lourdes|
|1st Team||Kasandra McCabe||12||SS||Saint Peter High School|
|Second Team||Katie White||10||P||Pequot Lakes|
|Second Team||Madison Olson||12||P||Two Harbors High School|
|Second Team||Jessy Noreen||12||P||Hawley High School|
|Second Team||Sam Felt||12||P||Redwood Valley|
|Second Team||Anne Debertin||11||C||Visitation High School|
|Second Team||Paige Petersen||11||C||Pipestone Area|
|Second Team||Lisa Keppers||12||1B||Albany Senior High|
|Second Team||Kaylea Schorr||10||1B||Kasson-Mantorville|
|Second Team||Macy Francisco||10||2B||Hermantown|
|Second Team||Katyanna Emanuel||12||2B||Esko|
|Second Team||Kaylyn Oberg||12||2B||Minnewaska Area|
|Second Team||Vicky Fossland||12||3B||Virginia|
|Second Team||Jamie Jenks||11||CF||Little Falls Community High|
|Second Team||Lydia Stucki||12||LF||St. Anthony Village|
|Second Team||Sydney Knudsen||11||SS||Maple Lake|
|Honorable Mention||Becca Bates||12||P||St. Anthony Village|
|Honorable Mention||Ashley Olson||10||P||Luverne|
|Honorable Mention||Nicole Crum||12||C||Becker High School|
|Honorable Mention||Lizzy Eischens||12||C||Belle Plaine|
|Honorable Mention||Joanne Trio||12||1B||Maple River High School|
|Honorable Mention||Marita Rasche||11||1B||Jackson County Central|
|Honorable Mention||Jill Gareis||12||1B||New Ulm High School|
|Honorable Mention||Amber Jentsch||11||1B||Zumbrota Mazeppa|
|Honorable Mention||Carolyn Gruenes||12||1B||St. Cloud Cathedral High School|
|Honorable Mention||Dani Emkes||12||CF||Montevideo|
|Honorable Mention||Sydney Schultz||12||CF||Fergus Falls|
|Honorable Mention||Jessica Kreitz||11||LF||Pequot Lakes|
|Honorable Mention||Jennifer Mrozek||9||SS||Minnehaha Academy|
|Honorable Mention||Megan Boser||11||SS||Pierz Healy High School|
|Honorable Mention||Mackenzie Jensen||12||SS||Benson-Hancock|
|Honorable Mention||Sadie Fischer||11||SS||Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta|
|Honorable Mention||Amanda Haupert||11||SS||Pipestone Area|
2012 Class "AAA" All-State
|1st Team||Cayli Sadler||12||P||Maple Grove Senior High|
|1st Team||Nikki Anderson||12||P||Brainerd High School|
|1st Team||Carley Picket||12||P||North St. Paul|
|1st Team||Nicola Tade||12||P||Park Center|
|1st Team||Coley Ries||12||P||Mankato East|
|1st Team||Hannah Evavold||11||P||Bloomington Jefferson|
|1st Team||Nicole Tobon||12||C||Bloomington Jefferson|
|1st Team||Taylor Lemay||12||C||East Ridge|
|1st Team||Lauren Falkanger||12||1B||Bloomington Jefferson|
|1st Team||Sydney Fabian||12||1B||Hill-Murray|
|1st Team||Abbie Annen||10||2B||Shakopee High School|
|1st Team||Mandi Mauch||12||3B||Maple Grove|
|1st Team||Teona Zepeda||12||CF||Hill-Murray|
|1st Team||Hailey Lundquist||11||CF||Hastings|
|1st Team||Dana Mogren||11||SS||Forest Lake|
|Second Team||Tabby Bayers||12||P||North St. Paul|
|Second Team||Michaela Zins||10||P||Lakeville North High School|
|Second Team||Morgan Nybo||12||P||Hopkins High School|
|Second Team||Malorie Veroeven||11||P||Mankato West|
|Second Team||Jennifer Zidar||11||C||Forest Lake|
|Second Team||Carli Radil||12||C||Minnetonka|
|Second Team||Maddie Houlihan||9||1B||Benilde-St. Margaret's|
|Second Team||Jessica Goerger||11||1B||Mankato West|
|Second Team||Michalea Mills||10||2B||Hastings|
|Second Team||Kelsey Gale||12||2B||St. Francis High School|
|Second Team||Nicole Rogers||12||CF||Totino-Grace|
|Second Team||Kati Fern||12||CF||Park Center|
|Second Team||Mary Turitto||11||SS||Park High School|
|Second Team||Lindsey Kamleiter||12||SS||Lakeville South High School|
|Second Team||Becky Smith||10||SS||Orono High School|
|Honorable Mention||Katie Herron||12||P||Champlin Park|
|Honorable Mention||Brenna Walek||12||C||Robbinsdale Cooper HS|
|Honorable Mention||Nikki Logergren||12||1B||Duluth Denfeld|
|Honorable Mention||Lauren Feagler||9||1B||Hopkins High School|
|Honorable Mention||Nicole Thompson||10||2B||Hill-Murray|
|Honorable Mention||Allison Eder-Zdechlik||12||2B||Stillwater|
|Honorable Mention||Jamie Fleischhacker||12||3B||North St. Paul|
|Honorable Mention||Jenny Grahek||12||3B||Hopkins High School|
|Honorable Mention||Kelsey McFarland||10||CF||New Prague|
|Honorable Mention||MEGAN HUGGETT||10||CF||CHANHASSEN|
|Honorable Mention||Jordan Capeti||12||CF||Roseville Area HS|
|Honorable Mention||Abbey Bunnell||11||CF||Maple Grove Senior High|
|Honorable Mention||Jessica Meidl||10||CF||Lakeville North High School|
|Honorable Mention||Kristen Nordby||12||SS||Centennial High School|
|Honorable Mention||Veronica Wold||10||SS||Irondale|
|Honorable Mention||Danielle Renner||11||SS||White Bear Lake|
|Honorable Mention||Jamie Rubbelke||12||SS||North St. Paul|
|Honorable Mention||Abby Brinkmeier||11||SS||Eagan High School|
--Minnesota High School Softball All-Star Series
The Minnesota High School Fastpitch Coaches Association and the National Softball Association-Minnesota Sports Federation are co-sponsoring the 24th Annual Minnesota High School All-Star Girls Softball Series on June 10th which promotes and highlights Minnesota girls fastpitch softball.
The All-Star Softball Series will feature 72 of the state’s best senior softball players along with 12 outstanding high school coaches. The 72 all-stars listed were selected from over 6,000 girls who play high school softball in Minnesota. The All-Stars are selected by the Minnesota High School Fastpitch Coaches Association to represent all graduating seniors and are recognized as Minnesota’s premier softball players. The All-Stars are chosen and then “drafted” onto six teams. The teams will participate in a tournament totaling nine games.
The All-Star Series will include a Hall of Fame Banquet and breakfast buffet for the players, coaches, umpires, staff and volunteers as well as opening ceremonies, nine games and closing ceremonies. Tickets can be purchased for this event by emailing t...@msf1.org. Ticket price is $15 which includes admission to the banquet, breakfast, admission to the games at Caswell Park and a souvenir program. The NSF-MSF will be awarding educational scholarships to three All-Stars on Sunday, June 10th. The NSF-MSF is committed to supporting Minnesota’s youth in their pursuit of their educational goals.
The festivities will be held at Caswell Park in North Mankato on Sunday, June 10th with opening ceremonies at 11:30am; and two games held at 12:00pm and 2:00pm. Admission is free to Junior Olympic and high school players wearing their team uniform shirt.
For more information regarding the All-Star Series, contact Tami at NSF-MSF offices at (763) 263-9993.
The All-Star rosters are:
Breana Van Dyke, Edgerton
McKenzie Hopwood, Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin
Danielle Harstad, Lewiston-Altura
Heather Hohenstein, Lake Crystal-Wellcome-Memorial
TyLynn McKeever, Badger-Greenbush-Middle River
Sydney Remus, Sleepy Eye Public
Lynsi Emery, Badger-Greenbush-Middle River
Brielle Hauge, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg
Hailey Goeman, MACCRAY
Brooke Schilling, Lewiston-Altura
Mandee Heiderscheidt, Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s
Natalie Kalmes, Lewiston-Altura
Mick Ramey, New Life Academy
Gary Moos, St. Agnes
Abby Hayenga, Windom Area
Shaylene Bengtson, Hinckley-Finlayson
Ellen Johnson, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg
Sabrina Zimmel, Osakis
Alex Anderson, Osakis
Kalene Hill, Houston
Bobbi Jo Sellner, Loyola
Jane Varty, Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal
Jordan Wolfe, Wabasha-Kellogg
Brooke Anderson, Houston
Paige Ammermann, MACCRAY
Kayla Wenner, Nicollet
Alison Mach, Blooming Prairie
Eileen Suter, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg
Megan Nelson, Zumbrota-Mazeppa
Erica Miller, St. Paul Academy
Brooke Decker, Maple Lake
Lisa Keppers, Albany
Ashley Lewis, Delano
Joanne Trio, Maple River
Micaela Trainor, Winona Cotter
Kaylyn Oberg, Minnewaska Area
Afton Wolter, Norwood-Young America
Abbie Hagen, St. Cloud Cathedral
Kasandra McCabe, St. Peter
Katie Wheeler, Blake
Kevin Nelson, Zumbrota-Mazeppa
Jessy Noreen, Hawley
Andrea Scharf, Minnehaha Academy
Karli Persson, Albany
Brittany Nase, Maple River
Kristen Forstner, New Ulm
Jill Gareis, New Ulm
Gretta Schultz, LeSueur -Henderson
Laurenn Johnson, Detroit Lakes
Veronica Neumann, Hawley
Maari Benda, Eveleth-Gilbert
Sarah Leach, Visitation
Katelyn Fritz, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted
Tom Bang, Hermantown
Jason Baune, Becker
Coley Ries, Mankato East
Nikki Logergren, Duluth Denfeld
Morgan Nybo, Hopkins
Jamie Fleischhacker, North St. Paul
Amber Hoffman, New Prague
Kristen Nordby, Centennial
Bethani Athey, Elk River
Emily Olson, Chaska
Jamie Rubbelke, North St. Paul
Shannon Nelson, Forest Lake
Lindsey Kamleiter, Lakeville South
Hallie Schley, Irondale
Paul Harrington, Farmington
Sean Hall, Lakeville North
Nikki Anderson, Brainerd
Brenna Walek, Robbinsdale Cooper
Carley Pickett, North St. Paul
Mandi Mauch, Maple Grove
Taylor Lemay, East Ridge
Andrea Mogren, Forest Lake
Nicole Tobon, Bloomington Jefferson
Allison Eder-Zdechlik, Stillwater
Coco Rodgers, Robbinsdale Armstrong
Teona Zepeda, Hill-Murray
Danielle Wolk, Burnsville
Nicole Rogers, Totino-Grace
Penny Witzenberg, Bloomington Jefferson
Todd Johnson, Bloomington Jefferson
--Trojan Baseball falls to Pipestone in opening round of playoffs
The Worthington Trojan Baseball team dropped a pitching duel to the Pipestone Arrows in the opening round of the Section 3AA playoffs by a score of 2-1 on Saturday in New Ulm.
Pipestone got on the board first in the top of the 2nd inning on a 2-out RBI single by Gunnar Manderscheid to take a 1-0 lead. That score would hold until the 7th inning.
In the top of the 7th inning, Pipestone's Alex Ossefort lead off by striking out on a pitch in the dirt, but on the throw to first base to retire Ossefort, the ball hit him in the back and Ossefort was safe at first. Ossefort advanced to 2nd base on a sacrifice bunt and advanced to 3rd base on a wild pitch. With Ossefort at 3rd, Trojan pitcher Lucas Henning struck out Manderscheid for the 2nd out. With 2 outs and a runner at 3rd, Henning was working out of the windup when Ossefort broke for the plate, trying to steal home. The pitch was a strike but as Trojan catcher Blake Rogers went to apply the tag, the ball came loose and Ossefort was safe at the plate to give Pipestone a big insurance run and a 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the 7th and with one out, Henning drew a walk followed by Tommy Hayenga's base hit to put runners at the corners with one out. Blake Rogers drew a walk to load the bases with one out. Rylan Scholtes came to the plate and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to right field scoring Henning and moving Hayenga to 3rd Base. That would be the lone run the Trojans would muster as a ground out to short would end the Trojans' chances and Pipestone advanced with the 2-1 victory. Henning took the loss for the Trojans, going all 7 innings, giving up 4 hits, 2 runs (one earned), walked one and struck out 13. Henning led the Trojans at the plate with 2 hits with Tommy Hayenga, Blake Rogers, Tyler Verdorn, Tanner Rogers and Jon Reller each added a hit apiece.
Worthington ends the season with a 13-4 record.
--Bluejays announce signing of seven new recruits for men’s basketball
Minnesota West Community and Technical College men’s basketball coach Justin Heckenlaible has announced the signing of seven players to NJCAA Letters of Intent for the 2012-13 academic year. The Bluejays return six veteran players including All-State, All-Division forward Mitch Hopkins (Prior Lake, MN) and All-Division guard Luke Roddy (Custer, SD).
“We have an excellent nucleus of players returning but are still looking for improvement at every position on the floor,” said Heckenlaible. “I am excited to have these seven, quality young men join the Minnesota West basketball program. They bring on-court and off-court skills that I really like.”
The recruiting class features a group of guards/wings with a combination of size, strength, quickness and the ability to shoot the ball. The new members to the Minnesota West basketball family include:
John Soundingsides, a 5’8” guard, led Wyoming Indian High School to their third Wyoming 2A State Championship in the past four years (the other year they finished runner-up). Honors earned by Soundingsides in 2011-12 include: Class 2A “Player of the Year”, Class 2A 1st team All-State, 1st team All-Southwest Conference and Southwest Conference “Player of the Year”. Soundingsides averaged 22.8 points per game, 5.9 assists per game and 3.9 steals per game for the highest scoring team in Class 2A (78 points/game). Included in his season efforts was a 65-point performance (best in Wyoming) in which he nailed 17 three point field goals. During his four-year high school career, Soundingsides made more than 400 three point field goals.
“John had an amazing high school career and is flat-out a winner,” said Heckenlaible. “Not many players at any high schooI level can claim three state championships during their career and I am extremely excited that he has decided to join the 2012-13 Bluejays. Not only does John shoot the ball with deep, deep range he is also very adept at getting to the basket with his quickness. The fact that he also led his team in assists and steals speaks volumes about his overall style of play. John is one of those players that can make all of his teammates on the floor better players.”
Tyler Aquallo, a 6-3 wing who graduated in 2011 from Rapid City Central (SD). Aquallo, a 2nd team Class “AA” All-State player in 2010 and 2011 and “Mr. Basketball” finalist in 2011, averaged 16.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg, during his senior season. “Tyler is an impact-type of player. He has that ability to make his teammates better with his own play,” said Heckenlaible. “Tyler has great shooting range plus the ability to create for himself and get to the rim quickly. I am very excited that he has decided to join our basketball family at Minnesota West.”
Logan Ahlers, 6-3 forward from Ellsworth (MN). Ahlers was a starting forward for the 20-9 Panthers averaging 5 ppg, 4 rpg and 1.5 apg while being named All-Red Rock Conference Honorable Mention. “Logan knows what it takes to win after playing on several very successful teams at Ellsworth,” said Heckenlaible. “He is a hard worker on and off the court and as a coach it is hard not to like that in a player. His role in high school was to defend and rebound and he is solid in those areas. He will need some time to acclimate to the college game and play on the perimeter but I like his up-side.”
Brady Nissen, 6-2 wing, Harris-Lake Park (IA). Nissen is a two-time 1st team All-Cornbelt Conference performer and was named All-Sub-State 2 and 5th team All-Northwest Iowa in 2012 after leading his team to an undefeated regular season and a 22-1 mark overall. This past season Nissen averaged 15.4 ppg, 6.5 rpg and 1.5 spg. For his career he totaled 976 points, 453 rebounds and 115 steals. “Brady is an athletic wing with excellent physical skills. He can create shots for himself, defends inside and out and shoots the three with good range,” said Heckenlaible. “Brady has spent a lot of time in the weight room and it shows on the floor. He plays with great intensity and I anticipate that he will contribute immediately for us.”
Tyson Langdeau, 5-9 guard, Chamberlain (SD). Langdeau was instrumental in leading Chamberlain to a 20-6 record, including a District Championship and 7th place finish in the South Dakota Class A State Tournament. The spark-plug guard led the Cubs in scoring with a 14 ppg average and matched number that during three State Tournament games where he also made 9 of 22 3’s. Langdeau was named to the Class “A” All-State Tournament team. “Tyson plays with his motor going full speed all the time. He handles the ball well, can shoot the three very well, distributes to teammates and can defend the full court,” said Heckenlaible. “Tyson is a “gamer” and plays with passion. I am very happy that he has decided to join us at Minnesota West.”
Taylor Lupton, 6-5 forward, Sioux Falls Washington (SD). Lupton was the 6th man for Washington (15-9, 2012 4th place AA state tournament). Lupton shot 46% from the field, 67% from the charity stripe and led the Warriors in blocked shots this past season. “Taylor is long, athletic and jumps very well. He competed at a high level throughout his high school career and I expect big things from him at Minnesota West,” said Heckenlaible. “Taylor will compete immediately for playing time at both forward positions and although he wasn’t called upon to be a lead scoring option in high school, he has a nice mid-range game plus the ability to score from beyond the arc.”
Jackson Seitzinger, 6-1 guard, Yankton (SD). Seitzinger was named to the 2012 All-Eastern South Dakota Conference honor squad after leading the Bucks in scoring (13.4/gm), rebounding (6.1/gm) , assists (2.3/gm) and steals (1.6/gm). In addition, Seitzinger was named team “Most Valuable Player”, boys basketball “Player of the Year” and the recipient of the Roger Haas Scholarship at Yankton High School. “Jackson is a quality player and a quality young man. He shoots the ball very well, plays hard defensively and has the size and strength to play any perimeter spot for us. Jackson is a “gym-rat” and is a great fit for us at Minnesota West,” said Heckenlaible.
Heckenlaible still plans to sign 2-3 more players before the school year begins. “Several more high quality players have expressed interest in visiting including a few in the 6’5+ range. I am excited about our returning athleticism and feel that the kids we’ve signed complement our veterans very nicely. The competition for playing time will only help us,” he said.
Minnesota West Community and Technical College offers over 60 technical career and liberal arts majors on five southwest Minnesota campuses in Canby, Granite Falls, Jackson, Pipestone, and Worthington along with learning centers in Fairmont, Redwood Falls, Marshall and Luverne, MN. The College is a leader in distance learning and Internet delivery. Minnesota West is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System. The largest provider of higher education in the state of Minnesota. An Equal Opportunity Educator/Employer. ADA Accessible.
--Section 3A Boys Tennis Seedings
The Section 3A Boys Tennis Team Tournament Seedings have been released for the 2012 playoffs. The Worthington Trojans are the #2 seed and will host #7 Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd on Monday at 4:30pm at the Middle School Courts. Luverne is the #1 seed and the Cardinals will hot #8 MACCRAY at 4:30pm on Monday. Montevideo is the #3 seed and will host #6 Pipestone at 4:30pm on Monday. Benson/Kirkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg is the #4 seed and will host #5 Yellow Medicine East at 4:30pm on Monday in Benson. The Section semifinals and finals will be held on Tuesday in Redwood Falls.
--Section 3AA Baseball Seedings
The Section 3AA Baseball Seedings have been released for the 2012 playoffs. In the South Sub-Section, Fairmont is the #1 seed and will host #8 Blue Earth Area at 11:00am on May 26th. Jackson County Central is the #4 seed and will take on #5 Luverne in Fairmont at 1:00pm on May 26th. Worthington is the #3 seed and will take on #6 Pipestone in New Ulm at 1:00pm on May 26th. New Ulm is the #2 seed and will host #7 St. James at 11:00am on May 26th. Marshall is the #1 seed in the North
--Section 3A Baseball Seedings
The Section 3A Baseball Seedings have been released for the 2012 playoffs. In the South Sub-Section, Murray County Central is the #1 seed and will host the winner of the play-in game between #8 Russell-Tyler-Ruthton and #9 Edgerton/Southwest Christian in Slayton on May 26th at 11:00am. The Play-In game will be hosted by R-T-R on Wednesday, May 23rd. Spriingfield is the #4 seed and will face #5 Tracy-Milroy-Balaton on May 26th at 1:00pm in Slayton. Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin is the #2 seed and will host the winner of the play-in game between #7 Adrian and #10 Southwestern United on May 26th in Mountain Lake at 11:00am. Adrian will host the play-in game on Wednesday, May 26th. Wabasso is the #3 seed and will take on #6 Windom in Mountain Lake on May 26th at 1:00pm
--Section 3AA Softball Seedings
The Section 3AA Softball Seedings have been released for the 2012 playoffs. In the South Sub-Section, Pipestone is the #1 seed and will host #8 Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove on Tuesday at 3pm. Worthington is the #4 seed and will take on #5 St. James in Pipestone on Tuesday at 4:30pm. New Ulm is the #2 seed and will host #7 Fairmont at 3:00pm on Tuesday. Jackson County Central is the #3 seed and will take on #6 Luverne in New Ulm at 4:30pm on Tuesday
--Section 3A Softball Seedings
The Section 3A Softball seedings have been released for the 2012 playoffs. In the South Sub-Section, Wabasso is the #1 seed and will host the winner of the play-in game between #8 Southwestern United and #9 Russell-Tyler-Ruthton on Tuesday in Wabasso at 3pm. That play-in game will be this Friday, hosted by Southwestern United. Edgerton/Southwest Christian is the #2 seed and will host #7 Adrian Area in Edgerton on Tuesday at 3pm. Tracy-Milroy-Balaton is the #3 seed and will face #6 Windom in Edgerton at 4:30pm. Lakeview earned the #4 seed and will take on #5 Murray County Central in Wabasso on Tuesday at 4:30pm.
--Postseason honors for Minnesota West Lady Jay Softball Players
Some postseason honors have been given out to Minnesota West Lady Jay Softball players this week from the Minnesota College Athletic Conference.
On Monday, Minnesota West freshman Alayna Hall was named a 1st team All-Southern Division Selection and Minnesota West sophomore Katherine Kazemba and freshman Steph Behrens were 2nd team All-Southern Division Selections.
On Tuesday, Hall was also chosen as a 2nd team All-State Selection.
This year, Alayna Hall was 54-for-103 at the plate for a .524 batting average, with 10 doubles, 3 triples and 2 home runs with 17 RBI and held a slugging percentage of .738. She scored 39 runs and was 31-for-34 on stolen bases attempted this year.
Steph Behrens was 42-for-93 at the plate for a .452 batting average with 7 doubles, 6 triples and 3 home runs with 27 RBI. She scored 30 runs this year and was 20-for-21 on stolen bases attempted.
Katherine Kazemba was 34-for-85 at the plate for a .400 batting average with 13 doubles, 6 triples and one home run with 27 RBI. She scored 24 runs this year, 14-for-14 in stolen bases attempted and threw out 11-of-21 runners behind the plate.
The Minnesota West Lady Jays finished the season with a 14-15 record.
--MCAC All-Division Softball Teams
The Minnesota College Athletic Conference has released their 2012 All-Division Softball Teams. Minnesota West had one first-team selection is freshman Alayna Hall and two second-team selections in sophomore Katherine Kazemba and freshman Steph Behrens.
All-Southern Division First Team
Alayna Hall, FR, Minnesota West
Andrea Krause, SO, Ridgewater
Brooke Carlson, FR, Ridgewater
Rachel Tate, SO, Rochester
Alanna Battey, FR, Rochester
Tesslyn Callander, SO, St. Cloud Tech
Sam Steffes, FR, St. Cloud Tech
Becca Haas, FR, Anoka-Ramsey
Katie Fredrickson, SO, Fergus Falls
All-Southern Division Second Team
Katherine Kazemba, SO, Minnesota West
Steph Behrens, FR, Minnesota West
Kari Shipman, FR, Ridgewater
Brittany Nissen, FR, Ridgewater
Laura Carnell, SO, Rochester
Alex Conley, SO, Anoka-Ramsey
Katie Massoglia, FR, Anoka-Ramsey
Jessica Heinen, FR, St. Cloud Tech
Christine Moenkedick, FR, Fergus Falls
--Ebbers named MCAC Pitcher of the Week
Minnesota West Sophomore Pitcher Erin Ebbers was named the MCAC Southern Division Pitcher of the Week. Ebbers went 6-1 for the Lady Jays last week, striking out 21 batters in 36 innings of work with a 2.33 ERA.
--SCHILLING SIGNS WITH AUGUSTANA
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Augustana head men's basketball coach Tom Billeter announced Thursday Elllsworth, Minn., native Casey Schilling has signed a letter of intent to continue his academic and athletic career at Augustana beginning in 2012-13.
Schilling will graduate from Ellsworth High School this spring after an honor-filled prep career. A four-year letterwinner and starter, he earned all-conference and all-area honors four times and all-state accolades twice.
As a senior this winter, Schilling averaged 22.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and five assists per game en route to all-conference, all-area and all-state nods. He picked up those same honors as a junior after averaging 24 points, 12.5 rebounds and 4.8 assists per contest.
The 6-foot-6 forward averaged 16.3 points per game as a sophomore and 12.1 points as a freshman.
Schilling led his team to the Minnesota state tournament as a sophomore (third place) and freshman (runner-up), earning all-tournament team laurels during both trips.
“We are incredibly excited to have Casey for the next four years,” Billeter said. “He is a smart player with very good perimeter skills, yet he is not afraid to rebound and bang inside. Casey is an excellent passer and tremendous competitor. We know he will work hard and play with a great deal of enthusiasm.”
The signing of Schilling brings Billeter's 2012-13 recruiting class to four. Daniel Jansen (Orange City, Iowa), Zach Huisken (Chandler, Minn.) and Jack Preston (Basingstoke, Hampshire, England) committed to the Vikings in November.
Schilling's brother, Cody, finished his career at Augustana in 2012 as the Vikings' all-time leading scorer with 1,868 points.
Augustana made its 10th appearance in the NCAA tournament in 2011-12 and finished the season 17-11. The Vikings tied for fourth in the NSIC with a 14-8 conference mark.
Located in Sioux Falls, S.D., Augustana College is a member of NCAA Division II and competes in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
--ALL-AREA HOOP FEST THIS SATURDAY
A number of top area basketball players will be participating in the second annual All-Area Hoop Festival at Worthington High School this Saturday.
Registration of a clinic for kids in 3rd thru 7th grade is a 2:45pm on Saturday, with the clinic to be held from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. A 3-point competition for area players will begin at 5:00pm on Saturday.
One all-area team will take on the Southwest Minnesota Stars 16’s (Class of 2014) at 6:00pm with another all-area team taking on the Minnesota Stars 17’s (Class of 2013) at 7:30pm. The final game of the night will be the two All-Area teams playing each other
A dunk contest will be held at the halftime of Game 1, with the second round between Games 1 & 2 and the finals to be held at halftime of Game 2. The third round of the 3-point contest will take place at halftime of Game 1 and the final round at halftime of Game 2.
Some of the All-Area players will include
From Worthington: Mitch Weg, Mike Vorwald, Travis Meinders and Jalen Voss
From Adrian: Kyle Kilgore and Brian Tjepkes
From Windom: Jake Holt and Lee Holt
From Southwest Christian: Zach Huisken, Alex Huisken and Andrew Top
From Ellsworth: Trevor Gruis, Curt Schilling
From Mountain Lake-Butterfield-Odin: Beau Herrig
and many more!
--Minnesota Girls Basketball Coaches Association Awards
The Minnesota Girls Basketball Coaches Association has released their postseason honors for the 2011-2012 season.
Making the Class A All-State Team was Fulda’s Courtney Hulstein. In Class AA, Jackson County Central’s Whitney Burmeister was named an Honorable Mention selection.
Both Hulstein and Burmeister were selected to play in the 2012 Minnesota Girls Basketball Coaches Association’s All-Star Series this year, which will be held April 20th and 21st at Macalester College in St. Paul.
Minnesota Girls Basketball Coaches Association All-State Teams
Class A All-State Team
Alexis Long--Maranatha Christian Academy
Micaela Noga--Parkers Prairie
Class A All-State Honorable Mention
Jessica Mathews--Bethlehem Academy
Mariah McDonald--Ely Memorial
Onye Osemenam--Maranatha Christian Academy
Dakotah Winans--Mt. Iron-Buhl
Darby Youngstrom--North Woods
Madison Dorn--Parkers Prairie
Tatum Sheley--Pine River Backus
Michaela Casavan--Red Lake County Central
Richell Mehus--Spring Grove
Class AA All-State
Rebekah Dahlman--Braham Area
Taylor Thunstedt--New London-Spicer
Mattie Lueck--Pequot Lakes
AnnMarie Healy--Providence Academy
Katy Kuiper--St. Peter
Kali Peschel--Sauk Centre
Class AA All-State Honorable Mention
Heather Lehner--Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted
Whitney Burmeister--Jackson County Central
Brooke Decker--Maple Lake
Chase Coley--Minneapolis Washburn
Gabbi Stienstra--Minnehaha Academy
Bailey Strand--Pelican Rapids
Gretchen Linzmeier--Pine City
Taylor Finley--Providence Academy
Emily Miron--Wadena Deer Creek
Class AAA All-State
Khadijah Shumpert--Benilde-St. Margaret's
Whitney Tinjum--Chisago Lakes
Mariah Monke--Fergus Falls
Whitney Weisz--Little Falls
Tesha Buck--Red Wing
Class AAA All-State Honorable Mention
Grace Coughlin--Benilde-St. Margaret's
Josie Dillon--Benilde-St. Margaret's
Kayli Muckenhirn--Detroit Lakes
Syd Schultz--Fergus Falls
Kenzie Kane--Grand Rapids
Hannah Schonhardt--Holy Family
Minisha Childress-Frederick--Mankato East
Claire Ziegler--Mankato East
Cayla McMorris--Park Center
Ellie Zeller--St. Anthony Village
Kionda Nicks--St. Paul Highland Park
Haley Guetter--Sartell-St. Stephen
Abbie Whitney--Sartell-St. Stephen
Brooke Yaggie--Thief River Falls (Lincoln)
Gabby Zehrer--Totino Grace
Class AAAA All-State
Britney Scherber--Bloomington Jefferson
Jackie Johnson--Eden Prairie
Shayne Mullaney--Eden Prairie
Jacqlyn Poss--Roseville Area
Alexis Foley--White Bear Lake
Class AAAA All-State Honorable Mention
Mary Claire (MC) McGrory--Edina
Taylor Stewart--Lakeville North
Katie McDaniels--Mounds View
Chelsey McGee--Robbinsdale Cooper
Christine Thorn--St. Michael-Albertville
--Worthington Trojan Baseball team opens season with win over Southwestern United.
The Worthington Trojan Baseball team opened up the 2012 season with a 10-0 win over the Southwestern United Wildcats in 5 innings. The Trojans scored 8 runs in the bottom of the 1st inning on their way to the win. Nate Jensen, Lucas Henning, Jon Reller, Nathan Ray and Deron Soderholm each pitch one scoreless inning each for the Trojans. Henning and Tyler Hatterman each had a pair of hit for Worthington. Justin Jass had 2 hits to lead Southwestern United at the plate. Worthington is now 1-0 and are off until next Thursday when the host Jackson County Central.
--Behrens named MCAC Player of the Week
Minnesota West shortstop and Worthington graduate Steph Behrens has been named the first Minnesota College Athletic Conference Southern Division Softball Player of the Week this season.
She's a freshman from Worthington.
Behrens led the Lady Jays to a 2-1 start by batting .800, going 8-for-10. She had 6 RBI, scored 4 runs and stole 3 bases.
The Lady Jays are scheduled to host Anoka Ramsey on Friday.
--Trojan Softball team opens up season with Victory
The Worthington Trojan Softball team opened up the season with an 11-4 home victory over the Fairmont Cardinals on Tuesday. Worthington scored 5 runs in the 2nd inning and added 4 more runs in the 5th on their way to the victory. Angela Robinson picked up the win in the circle for the Trojans, who are 1-0 on the season.
--Vorwald named State Coach of the Year
The Minnesota Boys Basketball Coaches Association handed out awards last week at the Minnesota Boys Basketball State Tournament and Worthington head coach Ron Vorwald was named the Class AA Coach of the Year. Vorwald guided the Trojans to the first state tournament apperance since 1998 and Worthington finished the year 21-7, falling to Perham in the State Quarterfinals. Vorwald was also named the Section 3AA Coach of the Year. Southwest Christian head coach Jaime Pap was named the Class 3A Coach of the Year and Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin head coach Shawn Naas was named the Section 2A Coach of the Year.
--Minnesota Boys Basketball All-Star Series
Forty of the state's outstanding senior boys basketball players will compete in the 30th annual Minnesota High School All-Star Basketball Series. Doubleheaders will be played Friday, March 30th at Halenbeck Hall on the campus of St. Cloud State University and Saturday, March 31st at Leonard Center on the campus of Macalester College in St. Paul.
Friday's event will be tipped off by a contest between the Blue and Gold teams at 7:00 p.m. The Maroon and Green teams will culminate the evening's activities with an 8:45 p.m. contest. Saturday's schedule will include games at 2:15 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Three point shooting and Dunk contests will precede each of the games both dates. Tickets at the door are $8 for adults and $6 for students (5 & under are free).
Worthington's Mitch Weg is a member of the Blue team and will be coached by Worthington's Ron Vorwald, who is the head coach of the Blue team. Southwest Christian's Zach Huisken will be playing on the Green team and Redwood Valley's Mike Busack will be playing for the Maroon squad.
--Minnesota AP All-State Boys Basketball Teams
The Associated Press has released their 2011-2012 All-State Boys Basketball Team,as voted on by statewide media
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Tyus Jones, Apple Valley
Tyus Jones, so, Apple Valley
Siyani Chambers, sr, Hopkins
Joey King, sr, Eastview
Tyler Vaughan, sr, Braham
Johnny Woodard, sr, Duluth East
Sanjay Lumpkin, sr, Benilde-St. Margaret's
Marcus Marshall, sr, St. Paul Johnson
Zach Huisken, sr, Southwest Christian
Isaiah Zierden, sr, Benilde-St. Margaret's
Rashad Vaughn, so, Robbinsdale Cooper
Mitch Weg, sr, Worthington
Morgan Traylor, jr, Worthington
Jake Holt, sr, Windom
Beau Herrig, sr, Mountain Lake-Butterfield-Odin
Carter Kirk, so, Mountain Lake-Butterfield-Odin
Kyle Kilgore, sr, Adrian
Dominic Nibbelink, jr, Southwest Christian
Andrew Top, sr, Southwest Christian
Casey Schilling, sr, Ellsworth
Michael Busack, sr, Redwood Valley
Alex Fink, sr, Springfield
Austin Krumwiede, jr, Martin County West
Mitch Pfingsten, so, Fairmont
Riley Aikens, sr, MACCRAY
--Southwest Conference All-Conference Boys Basketball team
Mitchael Weg, Worthington
Lucas Henning, Worthington
Jake Holt, Windom
Lee Holt, Windom
Mike Busack, Redwood Valley
Alex Koster, Redwood Valley
Brandon Klien, Luverne
Brett Heronimus, Luverne
Lee Christianson, Marshall
Mason Schnaible, Marshall
Morgan Traylor, Worthington
Jon Harmening, Jackson County Central
Shawn Tykwinski, Marshall
Jacob Derby, Pipestone
Beau Stough, Redwood Valley
--Red Rock Conference All-Conference Boys Basketball team
Zach Huisken, Southwest Christian
Andrew Top, SWC
Keeran Sampson, SWC
Dominic Nibbelink, SWC
Matt Appel, Fulda
Aaron Tiesler, Fulda
Beau Herrig, Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin
Carter Kirk, MLBO
Casey Schilling, Ellsworth
Dalton Huisman, Ellsworth
Chris Halbur, Murray County Central
Nate Wieneke, MCC
Jameson Collin, Southwest Star Concept
Andrew Kramer, SSC
Kyle Kilgore, Adrian
Seth Nuffer, Hills-Beaver Creek
Dylan Gehrke, H-BC
Jeff DeCock, Red Rock Central
Henry Rogotzke, RRC
Jacob Comnick, Westbrook-Walnut Grove
Jake Walker, Round Lake-Brewster
Clint Knutson, SWC
Mic Holinka, Fulda
Andrew Hempeck, MLBO
Nick Nolte, Ellsworth
Logan Ahlers, Ellsworth
Trent Carlson, MCC
Kody Henning, Adrian
Brandon Weidert, Adrian
Jordan Larson, H-BC
Daniel Maras, RRC
Taylor Lindaman, W-WG
Wade Gunnink, Edgerton
--SWC falls in State Title Game
The Southwest Christian Eagles fell to Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa in the Class A State Championship on Saturday by a score of 54-45. The Eagles led by four at the half at 30-26, but only scored 15 second-half points. After shooting 52 percent of their shots in the 1st half, SWC made only 5 of 27 shots from the field in the 2nd half. Zach Huisken led the Eagles with 17 points and 16 rebounds. Southwest Christian finishes the season with a 28-2 record.
--MLBO finishes in 4th place
The Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin Wolverines finished in 4th Place at the Minnesota Class A State Boys Basketball tournament, falling in the Class A 3rd place game to Rushford-Peterson 75-48. Rushford-Peterson sank 15 three-pointers in the game, including 8 in the first half to jump out to a 43-15 lead at the half. Carter Kirk and Beau Herrig each had 14 points to lead MLBO. The Wolverines finish the season with a 25-7 record.
--MLBO falls in State Semifinals while SWC advances to Title game
The Southwest Christian Eagles advanced to the Class A State Title game with a 46-44 win over Rushford-Peterson. Andrew Top led the Eagles with 11 points. The 2nd seeded Eagles will take on top seeded Belgrade-Brooten Elrosa in the Class A title game at Noon Saturday at Target Center. B-B-E advanced to the title game with a 56-36 win over the Mountain Lake-Butterfield-Odin Wolverines. The Jaguars led MLBO 36-31 at the half. The Wolverines struggled from the floor in the 2nd half, only scoring 5 second-half points. Beau Herrig led the Wolverines with 16 points and 9 rebounds. MLBO will take on Rushford-Peterson in the 3rd Place game Saturday at 10am at Concordia University.
--MLBO and SWC both advance to State Semifinals
Two area Red Rock Conference teams advanced to the Class A State Semifinals with wins Thursday at Williams Arena.
The Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin Wolverines advanced with a 73-61 win over #4 Browerville. Beau Herrig led the Wolverines with 30 points and 15 rebounds. MLBO will face #1 and undefeated Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa in a Class A Semifinal today at Target Center at Noon
The Southwest Christian Eagles cruised to a quaterfinal win over Fosston 59-41. Zach Huisken led the Eagles with 15 points, 11 rebounds and 6 blocked shots. The 2nd seeded Eagles will face #3 Rushford-Peterson in a Class A Semifinal today at Target Center at 2:00pm
--Trojan Boys fall to Perham in Class AA Quarterfinal
The Worthington Trojan Boys Basketball team's season came to an end on Wednesday night, falling to the Perham Yellowjackets by a score of 51-47. It was a close game all night, with the lead changing hands 4 times. Worthington held a 2 point lead at halftime 24-22 behind Mitchael Weg's 15 first-half points. In the second half, Worthington would hold a five point lead at 35-30 midway through the second half before Perham went on a 9-0 run to take a 4-point lead at 39-35 and would hold off a late Trojan rally for the 51-47 victory. Weg led the Trojans with 24 points and 10 rebounds and Lucas Henning added 9 points for Worthington. The Trojans finish the season with a 21-7 record.
--Red Rock Conference Girls Basketball Team
The Red Rock Conference has released their 2011-2012 All-Conference Girls Basketball team.
Courtney Hulstein, SR, Fulda
Melissa Gehl, SO, Fulda
Rachael Cheadle, JR, Fulda
Tiffany Gehl, SR, Fulda
Megan DeRuyter, SR, Southwest Christian
Deidra VandeWoude, SR, SWC
Amber Pater, JR, SWC
Nichole Loosbrock, SR, Adrian
Sydne Springman, SR, Adrian
Austyn Thier, SR, Adrian
Sarah Post, JR, Edgerton
Lindsey Drooger, SR, Edgerton
Crystal Van Iperen, SR, Murray County Central
Jenna Ness, JR, MCC
Paige Erickson, JR, Westbrook-Walnut Grove
Bridget Kramer, JR, Ellsworth
Klarissa Larsen, SR, Red Rock Central
Connor DeWall, SR, Southwest Star Concept
Katlyn Sandbulte, SR, Hills-Beaver Creek
Janessa Peters, JR, MLBO
Brittney Hermeling, SO, Fulda
Michaela Zeinstra, SR, SWC
Hannah Van Dyke, JR, SWC
Rachel Kontz, JR, Adrian
Tanner Gunnick, FR, Edgerton
Makenzie Giese, SR, MCC
Anne Woelber, SR, WWG
Abby Drenth, SR, Ellsworth
Alexa Huisman, SO, Ellsworth
Cassandra Erickson, SO, RRC
Courtney Place, FR, SSC
Meghan Leuthold, JR, HBC
Brianna Wenner, SR, MLBO
--Red Rock Conference Wrestling Squad
The Red Rock Conference has also released their 2011-2012 All-Conference Wrestling squad
Brandon Goblirsh, SR, Wabasso/Red Rock Central
Mitchell Rohlik, SR, Wabasso/Red Rock Central
Nathan Mattison, SR, Wabasso/Red Rock Central
Cody Welch, SR, Wabasso/Red Rock Central
Tanner Rohlik, JR, Wabasso/Red Rock Central
Spencer Jenniges, SO, Wabasso/Red Rock Central
Alex Schroepfer, SO, Wabasso/Red Rock Central
Derek Christians, SO, Wabasso/Red Rock Central
Nate Lynn, SR, Adrian
Mitchell Sieve, SR, Adrian
Ben Mulder, JR, Adrian
Jayden Bullerman, JR, Adrian
Nate Loosbrock, JR, Adrian
Adam Garms, JR, Adrian
Tony Lynn, FR, Adrian
Blake Spinks, SR, Windom/MLBO
Matt Willaby, SR, Windom/MLBO
Vince Johnson, SO, Windom/MLBO
Jared Willaby, FR, Windom/MLBO
Austin Kluis, SR, Fulda/MCC
Ben Loosbrock, JR, Fulda/MCC
Blake Altermatt, JR, Wabasso/Red Rock Central
Mitchell Schroepfer, JR, Wabasso/Red Rock Central
Jesse Slater, FR, Adrian
Tim Larson, SR, Windom/MLBO
Neil Litfin, JR, Windom/MLBO
Drake Borsgard, SR, Windom/MLBO
Wyatt Stevens, FR, Windom/MLBO
Joe Fischenich, FR, Windom/MLBO
Brian Behrends, JR, Fulda/MCC
--AP All-State Girls Basketball Team
The Associated Press 2012 All-State team for Minnesota high school girls basketball, as voted on by statewide media.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Marissa Janning, Watertown-Mayer
Marissa Janning, sr, Watertown-Mayer
Rebekah Dahlman, jr, Braham
Carlie Wagner, so, New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva
Jackie Johnson, sr, Eden Prairie
Nia Coffey, jr, Hopkins
Tessa Cichy, sr, Hill-Murray
Jessica January, jr, Richfield
Alexis Foley, sr, White Bear Lake
Whitney Tinjum, sr, Chisago Lakes
Kali Peschel, sr, Sauk Centre
AREA ATHLETES NAMED HONORABLE MENTION
Mackenzie Gerber, sr, Worthington
Courtney Hulstein, sr, Fulda
Whitney Burmeister, sr, Jackson County Central
Kelsey Hennen, sr, Minneota
Katy Kuiper, sr, St. Peter
Taylor Reiss, fr, Minneota
--Southwest All-Conference Girls Basketball Team
The Southwest Conference has released their 2011-2012 All-Conference Team.
Worthington had two all-conference performers in seniors Mackenzie Gerber and Kristen Anderson. Worthington senior Megan Juber was named an all-conference honorable mention selection.
Mackenzie Gerber, Worthington
Kristen Anderson, Worthington
Kenzie Beekman, Marshall
Kelsey Saugstad, Marshall
Kelli VanLeeuwe, Marshall
Katie Litka, Pipestone
Kayla Stout, Pipestone
Whitney Burmeister, Jackson County Central
Liz Smith, Redwood Valley
Kaitlin Wohnoutka, Luverne
Megan Juber, Worthington
Abby Hayenga, Windom
Kirsten Olson, Luverne
Kaylee Burmeister, Jackson County Central
Steph Jensen, Redwood Valley
--Worthington Boys BB to take on Perham in Class AA Quarterfinal Wednesday
The Worthington Trojan Boys Basketball team will take on #1 Perham in a Class AA State Quarterfinal on Wednesday night at Target Center at 6:00pm. The two teams have meet once this season, as Perham defeated Worthington in the opening day of the Worthington Holiday Classic back on December 27th, 64-52. Worthington is now 21-6 on the season, while the Yellowjackets come into the tournament with a 27-2 record.
Fan Busses are available for Wednesday night’s game at Target Center. The busses will leave the Worthington High School Student Parking lot at 1:45pm on Wednesday. To reserve a seat on the bus, contact the Worthington High School Office at 507-376-6121.
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--Trojan Girls BB fall in State Quarterfinal
The Worthington Trojan Girls Basketball team's season came to an end on Wednesday night, falling to the Sauk Centre Mainstreeters 65-51 in a Class AA State Quarterfinal at Target Center. Worthington got off to a cold start, trailing 23-7 with 6:02 to play in the first half. The Trojans put together a 15-8 run to close the half and trailed 31-22 at the half. In the 2nd half, the Trojans would cut the lead to six at one point, but that would be as close as Worthington would get. Mackenzie Gerber led the Trojans with 18 points and 11 rebounds and Kristen Anderson added 15 points. Worthington finishes the season with a 20-8 record.
Three Trojan Gymnasts earn All-Southwest Conference honors
The Southwest Conference has released their 2011-2012 All-Conference Gymnastics team. Worthington had two all-conference performers in Tara Svalland and Paige Kinley, while Worthington’s Anna Koepsell earned all-conference honorable mention.
Tara Svalland, Worthington
Paige Kinley, Worthington
Adriane Rentschler, Jackson County Central
Brandi Sether-Hassing, JCC
Hailey Timko, JCC
Morgan Halverson, JCC
Riley Schneekloth, JCC
Sydnee Donnelli, JCC
Abby Schmidt, Redwood Valley
Ashley Bunting, Redwood Valley
Anna Koepsell, Worthington
Miki Bolin, Windom
Hanna Kloss, Windom
London Swanson, Pipestone
Autumn Altman, Luverne
Quasars fall to MLBO in Sub-Section Final
The Southwest Star Concept Quasar Boys Basketball team fell to the Mountain Lake-Butterfield-Odin Wolverines in the Section 2A, South Sub-Section title game 49-40 Monday night in St. Peter.
SSC led at the half 23-17 led by Andrew Kramer’s 15 first-half points. In the second half, the Wolverines outscored the Quasars 32-17 to come away with the victory. Carter Kirk led MLBO with 13 points, while Kramer scored a game-high 17 points for SSC.
MLBO will face Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s for the Section 2A title on Friday night at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Trojan Boys Basketball to play for Section 3AA Title
The Worthington Trojan Boys Basketball picked up a win over the Fairmont Cardinals in the Section 3AA South Sub-Section Championship Saturday in Marshall.
Worthington started the game on a 22-5 run and never looked back. Mitchael Weg led the Trojans with 36 points and 14 rebounds.
Worthington is now 20-6 on the season and will face the Redwood Valley Cardinals for the Section 3AA title on Thursday night at SMSU in Marshall at 5:00pm. Listen to the game live Thursday on FM 104.3 the Party and online at www.fm1043theparty.com
Three Trojans named All-Southwest Conference in Wrestling
The Southwest Conference has released their all-conference Wrestling team for the 2011-2012 season. Worthington had 3 all-conference wrestlers in Anthony Luft, Jared Kinley and Blake Schroeder.
Anthony Luft, Worthington
Jared Kinley, Worthington
Blake Schroeder, Worthington
Kyle Edlin, JCC
Cameron Henning, JCC
Jordan Biehn, JCC
Keegan Moore, JCC
Paden Moore, JCC
Luke Norland, JCC
Darick Vancura, JCC
Cooper Moore, JCC
Patrick Hanson, JCC
Jack Ziemer, JCC
Alex Tewes, JCC
Eli Dooyema, Luverne
Spencer Oeltjenbruns, Luverne
Riley Roth, Marshall
Campbell Hofstetter, Marshall
Justin Varpness, Marshall
Brady Bos, Pipestone
Matt Haraldson, Pipestone
Jared Hillard, Pipestone
Wyatt Stevens, Windom/MLBO
Joe Fischenich, Windom/MLBO
Jared Willaby, Windom/MLBO
Blake Spinks, Windom/MLBO
Matt Willaby, Windom/MLBO
Vincent Johnson, Windom/MLBO
Three Trojans named All-Southwest Conference in Girls Hockey
The Southwest Conference has released their all-conference Girls Hockey team for the 2011-2012 season. Worthington had 3 all-conference performers in Betsy Thompson, Allison Kremer and Amanda Bristow. Worthington also had an all-conference Honorable Mention selection in senior Mandi Vote.
Betsy Thompson, Worthington
Allison Kremer, Worthington
Amanda Bristow, Worthington
Lauren Christensen, Luverne
MaKayla Sterrett, Luverne
Katie Eeten, Luverne
Ellen Dahl, Luverne
Madisyn Dingmann, Luverne
Miranda Fischer, Marshall
Megan Vogl, Marshall
Dani Crowell, Marshall
Lauren Hanson, Marshall
Mandi Vote, Worthington
Kylie Willard, Windom
Kennedy Gonnerman, Luverne
Alice Anderson, Luverne
Hanna Peterson, Marshall
Sara Antony, Marshall
One Trojan named All-Southwest Conference in Boys Hockey
The Southwest Conference has released their all-conference Boys Hockey team for the 2011-2012 season. Worthington had 1 all-conference performer in senior Ethan Stofferan.
Ethan Stofferan, Worthington
Cody Christensen, Luverne
Austin Maxwell, Luverne
Skyler Wenninger, Luverne
Adam Eisenmenger, Windom
Matt Campion, Marshall
Bryce Peterson, Marshall
Kiley Maki, Marshall
Beay Mikel, Marshall
Tanner Picht, Morris-Benson Area
Kelly Engquist, Morris-Benson Area
Parker Revier, Redwood Valley
Mitchell Baumhoefner, Windom
Travis Janssen, Windom
Jonny Solma, Luverne
Gunnar Olson, Luverne
Kendall Meyer, Luverne
Mason Campion, Marshall
Trojan Girls heading to State!
The Worthington Trojan Girls Basketball team is heading to the Class AA State Tournament after a thrilling 55-48 win over Lake Crystal-Welcome-Memorial in the Section 3AA Championship Friday night in Marshall.
It was a close game throughout the night. Worthington held their biggest lead of the night at 42-34 at the 10:05 mark of the second half. The Knights of LCWM would answer with a 12-0 run to put them back in the lead at 46-42. However it was the Trojans who would come up with the last run of the night, closing the game on a 13-2 run to bring home the Section title.
Kristen Anderson led the Trojans with 20 points while Mackenzie Gerber added 19 points for Worthington. The Trojan Girls will open up play in the Minnesota Class AA State Girls Basketball Tournament against Sauk Centre on Wednesday, March 14th at 8:00pm at Target Center in the Twin Cities.
Don’t miss a second of the state tournament action by following the Trojans on FM 104.3 the Party and online at www.fm1043theparty.com
Schilling named to All-Central Region team
Augustana's Cody Schilling was named to the Daktronics All-Central Region-First Team on Wednesday.
Schilling, a senior guard from Ellsworth, became Augustana's all-time leading scorer this season.
He now has 1,853 career points, passing Carl Gonder for the top spot on the list. This year Schilling is leading the Vikings in scoring, averaging 17.1 points per game. He was 6th in scoring in the NSIC, averaging 16.3 points per game in conference play.
Cody Schilling was also a All-Central Region-First Team selection last season. Schilling and the other First Team picks will now be in consideration for the Daktronics All-American team.
The Augustana Vikings received an at-large bid into the NCAA Division II National Tournament, where they will face Number 1 ranked Colorado School of Mines Saturday night at 7:00pm in Golden, Colorado
Kramer breaks SSC single game scoring record
Southwest Star Concept junior forward Andrew Kramer set a new school record, scoring 42 points in SSC’s Section 2A, South Sub-Section Quarterfinal win over Springfield 75-68 on Tuesday night. Kramer broke the record of 37 points previously held by Ben Scheevel and Jameson Collin. Southwest Star Concept will now face top seeded Mankato Loyola in Mankato on Thursday night.
Schilling named First Team All-Conference in NSIC
Augustana guard Cody Schilling was selected to the 2011-12 All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference team on Thursday. Schilling was a first-team pick.
Schilling, a senior from Ellsworth, Minn., is making his third appearance on the first team after earning freshman of the year honors in 2008-09.
Schilling became Augustana's all-time leading scorer last Wednesday with a 28-point effort against MSU-Moorhead in the opening round of the NSIC/Sanford Health Men's Basketball Tournament. He passed Carl Gonder's career mark of 1,830 points and now has 1,853 points as a Viking. He is averaging a team-best 17.1 points per game this season and finished the regular season sixth in the conference in scoring at 16.3 points per contest.
Augustana fell to MSU-Moorhead in the opening round of the NSIC Tournament on Wednesday night. The Vikings did receive an at-large bid into the NCAA Division II National Tournament. The Vikings are 17-10 on the season and received a #8 seed and will open up the tournament against the #1 seed in their region, 27-2 Colorado Mines on Saturday, March 10th at Lockridge Arena in Golden, Colorado
Drooger named to MCAC Women's Basketball All-State First Team
Minnesota West Sophomore Alyson Drooger was named to the Minnesota College Athletic Conference's All-State First Team. Drooger, a sophomore from Edgerton, led the Lady Jays and the Southern Division in scoring, averaging 17.3 points per game. Drooger was also tops in the division in Free Throw Shooting at 84%. Drooger made 59 three pointers this season, shooting 38% from behind the arc.
The Minnesota West Lady Jays are 19-8 on the season and finished with an 8-4 conference record, putting them 3rd in the division. Minnesota West is in action this weekend (3/3 & 3/4) in the Region 13A Tournament.
The Lady Jays will open up with a matchup with Rochester at 8:00pm Saturday night at Anoka-Ramsey in Coon Rapids. If the Lady Jays win, they will play either Anoka-Ramsey or MSCTC-Fergus Falls for the Region 13A title on Sunday at 5:00pm in Coon Rapids.
The Lady Jays will open up with a matchup with Rochester at 8:00pm Saturday night at Anoka-Ramsey in Coon Rapids. If the Lady Jays win, they will play either Anoka-Ramsey or MSCTC-Fergus Falls for the Region 13A title on Sunday at 5:00pm in Coon Rapids.
JCC wins 3rd straight Class A State Wrestling Championship
The Jackson County Central Huskies claimed their 3rd straight Class A State Wrestling Championship on Thursday at the Minnesota State Wrestling Meet at the Xcel Energy Center in the Twin Cities.
The top seeded Huskies opened up the State Tournament with a 52-15 win over Pierz. In the State Semifinals, JCC picked up a win over Badger/Greenbush-Middle River 46-25. In the title match, the Huskies defeated Kimball Area 35-28. It is the 4th title in the last 5 years for Jackson County Central.
Schilling become Augustana's All-Time Leading Score
Augustana Viking senior and former Ellsworth Panther basketball standout Cody Schilling has added his name to the Augustana record books, becoming the school's all-time leading scorer on Wednesday night.
Schilling scored 25 points in the Vikings 91-83 loss to MSU-Moorhead in the opening round of the NSIC Men's Basketball tournament, putting his 4-year career total at 1,853 points. Schilling passed Carl Gonder's 1,830 points to take the top spot on the Vikings career scoring list.Schilling is averaging 16.7 points per game this season for Augustana.
For his career, Schilling has started every game during his 4-year career with career averages of 15.9PPG and 4.8RPG. During his high school career with the Ellsworth Panthers, Schilling scored 3,428 career points and at that time was the state's all-time leading scorer while leading the Panthers to Class A State Championships in 2007 and 2008.
With the loss, Augustana is now 17-10 on the season and will have to wait till Sunday's selection show to see if they are selected for the NCAA Tournament.
Voss named GPAC Freshman of the Year
Dakota Wesleyan freshman and former Worthington Trojan basketball standout Jalen Voss on Wednesday was named the Great Plains Athletic Conference’s Co-Freshman of the Year.
Voss, a Worthington native, also earned All-GPAC Honorable Mention honors. This season Voss averaged 9.9 points per game and 5.8 rebounds per game and led the Tigers with 34 blocked shots. He scored 296 total points and pulled down 174 rebounds to go along with 51 assists and 11 steals. Voss also led the team in field-goal percentage (.513) and shot just over 62 percent from the free-throw line. He scored a career-high 25 points in the team’s second game of the season against Trinity Bible College.
Voss finished the year ranked second in the GPAC in blocked shots per game (1.13), 13th in rebounds per game and 15th in field-goal percentage. He was in the top 40 in the NAIA in total blocks and in the top 45 in the nation in blocks per game.
The Tigers ended the 2011-12 season 15-15 overall and 7-8 in the GPAC and just missed the conference tournament. He shares the honor with Concordia University’s Joel Haywood.
Minnesota West Bluejay Players and Coach earn MCAC postseason honors
Postseason honors have been handed out to a couple of Minnesota West Bluejay Men's Basketball Players along with Bluejay Men's Basketball Coach Justin Heckenlaible.
Bluejay Freshman forward Mitch Hopkins and Freshman point guard Luke Roddy were both named to the Minnesota College Athletic Conference's 2012 All-Southern Division team. Hopkins was also chosen to the MCAC All-State Team. Bluejay head coach Justin Heckenlaible was also named as one of the three Southern Division Coaches of the Year.
The Minnesota West Bluejay Men's Basketball team finished the season with a 10-15 record and 4-8 in division play.