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4th Annual Girl’s All-Country Team


Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
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1st Team

Kendra Crawford (5’6” senior G, Rushford-Peterson): It was quite the senior year for Trojan’s lead guard. R-P posted a 10-year best win total of 23 (and 5). After back-to-back losses in the 1A East finals, they punched through and finished the year as Section 1A runner-ups. Kendra became the third Trojan girl in the past three years to top 1,000-points (1,068 to be exact, 4th all-time). Her 16.5 points per game was third best in 3-Rivers. Crawford also led the conference in steals (5.2 per game) and assists (5.4 per), literally taking from the opponent and giving to her teammates. She added 3.6 rebounds per game to be a true stat-sheet stuffer; one of only two girls (McKenzie Kirtz of Southland) with over 100-plus points, rebounds, assists, and steals. She scored in double digits in each of R-P’s first 26 games (26 of 28) and had three rare double-doubles (points and assists twice, points and steals). She had a career-high 27 in a big play-off win over M-C. A four-year player, Crawford ends as an easy All-Conference selection. If there was an award for ‘top senior’ in the 3-Rivers this year, one would be hard pressed not to give it to Crawford. She was second team All-County in 2012-2013.

Kirsten Keefe (5’7” junior G, Chatfield): Going from Crawford to Keefe is fitting. Each filled a similar roll to their teams’ similarly great seasons. Keefe’s Gophers did the amazing and started the season 24-0, getting ranked as high as #3 in Class AA, eventually grabbing a Sub-Section 1AA runner-up trophy. Along the way, K-squared was Chatfield’s best player across the board. She led the Gophers in scoring (10.5 per game) courtesy of incredible efficiency. Keefe finished top ten in the 3-Rivers in every shooting category; #1 in 3-point percentage at 37.9% (minimum 15 makes), #4 in free throws at 75.5% (minimum 30 attempts), and #7 in field goals at 50.3 % (minimum 100 attempts). Keefe was third in the conference in assists (4.4 per game) and fourth in steals (3.6 per game). She added 4.4 rebounds per game to be the Gophers stat-sheet stuffer. Keefe came up just 9 steals shy of being in the 4x100 club (points, rebounds, assists, and steals). All of that came within head coach Brian Baum’s 9-girl rotation. Keefe has now quarterbacked Gopher girls’ basketball for two-plus seasons. The two-time All-Conference and All-County performer still has that third full season ahead of her, one that should again be tremendous.

Lydia Geving (5’8” senior G/F, Mabel-Canton): Going from Crawford to Keefe to Geving is fitting. While M-C’s senior wasn’t technically the point guard, she was their lead guard and another stat-sheet stuffer. A four-year player, Geving endured a couple tough team seasons as a frosh and sophomore, then a five hundred campaign as a junior, only for her senior year (15-10) to be the best Cougar campaign in years. It almost included a big upset of top-seeded R-P in the 1A East semis. Along the way, Geving topped 1,000 career points (finished at 1,047, 6th in M-C history). She led the Cougars with a 14.9 points per game average, scoring in double figures in 20 of 25 contests. She was M-C’s second leading rebounder (6.3), assister (3.0), and stealer (3.4). Those versatile skills allowed Geving to notch a triple double (12 pts, 10 rebs, 10 stls) versus Schaeffer Academy. She finishes her career as a two-time All-SEC performer. Lydia was second team All-County in 2012-2013.

Abbey Loken (5’11” senior F/C, Houston): The Hurricanes have a new all-time girls’ scoring leader, and her name is Abbey Loken. The interior force broke Kristi Corey’s all-time mark (1,147 set in 1989), setting the new mark at 1,250. The ‘Canes season was a sub-five-hundred one, but that can’t be put on the multi-year player Loken. The 5’11” forward averaged a double-double (15.5 points, 11.1 rebounds), leading her squad in both categories. She notched 13 double-doubles. Six came in her last seven games. Two were simply monstrous, 36 points and 20 rebounds versus Hope Lutheran, and 26 points and 20 rebounds versus LeRoy-Ostrander. The three-sport standout has one activity left. She’ll likely strikeout more than her fair share of hitters on the softball diamond. She finishes her career as a 3-time All-SEC selection (2nd team in 2013-2014).

Brianna Koop (5’9” freshman F, R-P): There are breakout performers, and then there is R-P fab-frosh Brianna Koop. If the 3-Rivers had a ‘rookie of the year’, Koop would certainly be it. Koop started her varsity career with back-to-back-to-back 20-plus-point games. And though she didn’t hit for 20 the rest of the season, she scored in double digits in 23 of R-P’s 28 games. She scored below eight just once. Koop technically came off the bench for the Trojans. If there was a 6th person award in the conference, she would certainly get it. She was second on her team, and 5th in the conference, with 14.8 points per game. She was second on her team, and 11th in the conference, with 6.2 rebounds per game. She was fourth on her team, and top 20 in the conference in steals, with 2.9 per game. Her field goal percentage (57.8%) was second best (minimum 100 shots) in the league. R-P girls’ basketball, and the 3-Rivers conference, is going to see a lot of Koop’s aggressive play in the next three years. TRC South All-Conference Selection.

2nd Team

Maddie Talamantes (5’7” junior G, Chatfield): For a second consecutive year Maddie T. was one of the 3-Rivers best on-ball defenders. She evolved into an equally adept offensive weapon, scoring 10.4 points per game (second on the Gophers to Keefe). Like Kirsten, Talamantes was efficient everywhere (34% three’s, 71% FT’s, 48% FG’s). Had a season high, a season-long team high, 23 points versus St. Charles, one of only two 20-point games amidst the Gophers gals’ highly balanced attack. Also contributed 2.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 1.8 steals to the Gopher cause. Now a two-time, second team All-County selection. TRC South All-Conference.

Morgan Malley (5’8” junior G, Fillmore Central): For a second straight year, Morgan was the Falcons’ most lethal, most guarded offensive weapon. Malley led FC, and was 8th in the conference, with 13.0 points per game. Most of those, 186 of 339, came from behind the 3-point stripe, where she hit a 3-Rivers best 62 trifectas. The 62 makes was more than five 3-Rivers teams. Had a season high 30 versus Spring Grove. Scored 26 including three clutch game-winning free throws in the closing second to lead FC past Southland 55-54. Helped FC make the Sub-Section final and post its first winning season (14-13) since 2010-2011. Was first team All-County as a sophomore. TRC South All-Conference.

Olivia Haug (6’0” junior C, Lanesboro): The Southeast conference had no better rebounder than the long-armed and strong Haug. Over Lanesboro’s final 19 games, Olivia had 18 double-digit rebounding efforts and 16 double-doubles. In that span, Haug had 20 rebounds on four separate occasions including a couple ridiculous efforts, 21 points and 29 rebounds versus Houston, and 24 points and 22 rebounds versus LeRoy-Ostrander. Averaged 13.8 points and 13.6 rebounds per game (14.6 and 15.1 in SEC action) for the season. Her Burros had a tough year though (8-19). Haug and company will look to improve upon that in 2014-2015. All-SEC second team.

Sara Lind (6’0” senior F/C, Mabel-Canton): The Cougars best bet for a double-double was the long an athletic Lind. Sara averaged 10.5 points (second on the team) and 8.5 rebounds (first on the team), providing M-C an excellent athletic interior presence. She had (at least) nine double-doubles, and all came after the first of the year (in the Cougars final 16 games). Lind was very consistent offensively, never scoring over 20, but scoring below seven only twice. All-SEC second team.

Keela Brand (5’3” senior F, R-P): Talk about diminutive dynamo; girls 5’3” usually don’t play the interior. They almost never rebound like Keela; a team best, a 3-Rivers fifth best, 7.4 boards per game. She had 7 games of double digit rebounds. Keela also was fifth best in the 3-Rivers in steals with 3.6 per game. Chipped in 6.2 points and 1.6 assists as well. Notched a triple-double (11 pts, 14 rebs, 10 stls) versus Houston. Was a hustling, rebounding, defending glue-girl on R-P’s 23-win Section runner-up. TRC South AC Honorable Mention.

Other Honorees

TRC South All-Conference: Sidney Irish (5’6” senior G, Chatfield); Marissa Bornholdt (5’11” senior F, Kingsland)

TRC South Honorable Mention: Camille Rasmussen (5’9” senior F, Chatfield), Maddy Kammer (5’10” junior F, Chatfield), Maddy Larrabee (5’7” junior G, Chatfield), Brook Irish (5’10” junior F, Chatfield), Sierra McNamer (5’10” senior F, R-P), Hope Morrison (5’8” senior G/F, R-P), Kenzie Broadwater (5’4” freshman G, Fillmore Central), Sammi Bakke (6’0” junior F, FC), Haley Colton (5’3” senior G, Kingsland), Melinda Woods (5’7” senior G, Kingsland)

All-SEC Honorable Mention: Kelly Jerviss (5’11” sophomore F, Houston); Haely Polin (5’8” sophomore F, Lanesboro); Carly McCabe (5’4” senior G, Mabel-Canton).

Three Rivers Wrestling

All-Conference

Chatfield: Harvey Friederichs (finished senior year at 44-2, finished career as Gopher’s all-time win leader with 184, two-time state runner-up), A.J. Riley (finished senior year at 39-6, finished career with 142 wins, two-time state participant, 5th place in 2014), Cody Bly (finished senior year 28-3, two-time state participant), Hank Friederichs (finished junior year 45-2, three-time state participant, 5th in 2012, 3rd in 2013, 1st in 2014, with a 157 wins has good shot at breaking Harvey’s career school win total), Jacob Bleess (finished junior year 32-10, section 3rd place), Jared Goldsmith (finished junior year 34-1, two-time state participant, state runner-up in 2014), Ty Van Sickle (finished freshman year at 37-11, state participant), Trecy Van Sickle (finished 8th grade year at 27-11, section 3rd place), Jake Mandt (finished 8th grade year at 32-9, section 3rd place)

FCLMC: Niko Anderson (finished senior year at 37-1, finished career with 129 victories, state runner-up in 2013, state champ in 2014), Connor Hanson (finished senior year at 31-6, finished career with 122 victories, section 4th place), Monty Holm (finished senior year at 32-1, state participant), Tom Henry (finished senior year at 15-5, section 6th place)

L-A/R-P: Jackson Riebel (finished senior year at 24-12), Andrew Knapczyk (finished junior year at 23-11, section 6th place), McCoy Tekautz (finished freshman year at 30-6, state participant)

GMLOK: Wyatt Richardson (finished junior year at 25-9, state 3rd place), Brenn Olson (finished freshman year at 20-9, section 3rd place).

Track and Field

3-20:

Byron Indoor Meet (at RCTC) (Chatfield’s boys finished 5th (of 5), the girls 4th (of 5). Jayme LaPlante won the shot put (50.9 ½ feet) and took 3rd at the 55m. Austin Swancutt (200m) and Anthony Voight (800m) each took 2nd, as did the 4x400 team (Kevin Bradt/Chase Salerno/Alex Haffner/Justin Friedrich). K. Bradt (400m), A. Haffner (55m hurdles), Alex Bradt (Long Jump), and Julius General (shot put) each took 3rd. For the girls, Ashley Baker took second in the Long Jump and third in the 55m. Autum Erickson (55m) took second, as did the distance medley team (A. Baker/Erickson/Maddy Kammer/Karen Gomez). M. Kammer (High Jump) and Mikaela Bray (Pole Vault) each took third)

3-22:

Lewiston-Altura Early Bird Indoor (at St. Mary’s) FCLMC participated. For the boys, Quentin Case took 1st at the 55m hurdles and 2nd at the 400m. Gabe Decker (55m), Bram Van Lent (200m), and Monty Holm (200m) each took second (Van Lent and Holm tied). Zach Voeltz (800m) took 3rd. For the girls, Kenzie Broadwater took 1st at the 55m, as did the 1600m sprint medley team (K. Broadwater/Kendyl Bennett/Paige Bennett/Bailey Ruen). Rachel Eversole (400m) took 2nd. Kiera Olson (1600m) took 3rd)

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