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4th annual Boys Basketball All-County Team *All 3-Rivers stats supplied by Bill Bentson. All rankings based off ‘all games’ played.

Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
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1st Team

Kole Ruud (6’0” senior G, Lanesboro): There was no player more offensively crass to opponents in the SEC than the Burros Ruud scoring machine Kole’s encore to a 22 point-per-game SEC Player of the Year junior year? A 26 point-per-game repeat SEC Player of the Year senior year. He broke, smashed, Braden Hanson’s school scoring mark (1,430), setting the new record at 1,599, doing so in 22 less games (80 to 102). Ruud scored 706 points in 2013-2014 alone. His 41 points versus Mabel-Canton (the night he broke the record) was a new personal best (topping a 40-point performance versus, L-A as a junior). In the Burros 27 games, Ruud scored 20 or more 22 times. He hit for 30 on 10 occasions (including a string of four straight mid-season). He was never was held in single digits. In the past two seasons (54 games), he hit for 20 or more on 40 occasions and only once was held in single digits. Kole made an SEC-best 71 3-pointers in league play at a 38% clip, a total of 101 for the 2013-2014 season. He made six or more in game seven times including 8 of 16 versus Spring Grove. He hit at least one three-pointer in every game. And behind the arc wasn’t even his best zone. Ruud was a master at getting fouled, eating s’mores and hot dogs at the charity stripe all season long. He made 159 of 195 freebies (81.5%). He hit five or more FT’s 17 times including efforts of 16 for 18, 14 for 15, and 12 for 13. Added 4.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 2.3 steals per game. A two-time All-Conference player, two time first team All-County player, and Academic All-Stater.

Nate Skare (6’2” senior G, Chatfield): For his first two years of full varsity basketball action, Skare was mostly noted for his shooting prowess. He was one of the 3-Rivers’ elite long-range bombers. For his senior year, his efforts on the court metastasized. He had his most complete season. He kept scoring, topping 1,000 points, finishing at 1,117 for his career (top five in Gopher history). He hit the ballyhooed mark, and had a career-high 39 points, in separate games against his hometown school Kingsland. Skare’s 13.8 point per game, for a third consecutive season, led the Gophers. It was good enough for 10th best in the 3-Rivers. But he was also second best on the team in rebounds (6.3), assists (3.2), steals (1.6), and 3-point percentage (39.8). The later was fifth best in the TRC. He had a couple notable stat-stuffing games, 16 points, 13 rebounds, and 7 assists versus Watertown-Mayer, and 27 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists versus Fillmore Central. Skare also typically drew tough defensive assignments and it could definitely be said, the quarterback in the fall turned into the on-court leader (by example) in the winter. A 3-year starter, Nate ends his career as a 3-time All-Conference selection, a 3-time All-County performer (two first teams). He was also Academic All-State Honorable Mention in 2013-2014.

Cole Kingsley (6’0” junior G, Rushford-Peterson): It’s not easy to pick a ‘best’ player from the Trojans’ allotment of talented gym rats, but Kingsley is probably it. No Trojan had as much control over games as R-P’s talented point guard. A relentless, strong, and fearless driver and finisher, Cole averaged a solid 8.6 points per game on 58.6% from the field (third best in the TRC). His PPG would’ve been higher had the state runner-up Trojans not been on the good end of a number of ‘over early’ contests. Cole typically deferred to pass (4.8 assists per game was fourth best in the TRC), play defense (3.1 steals per game led the TRC), and rebound (team second best 4.7 per game). In the post-season, though, he got more aggressive. Cole had as many double digit scoring efforts (seven) in seven play-off games as he did in the regular campaign. He scored 10-plus in ten of R-P’s last 11 games. He did whatever needed to be done in guiding the Trojans to a state runner-up finish. R-P fans can only speculate what would’ve happen had Kingsley not sat, and then toned down his play, late in the second half of the state title game versus B-B-E, nursing four fouls. An All-State Tournament team, two-time All-TRC selection, and two time All-County first teamer, said fans might get a chance to find out sometime in March of 2015.

Nick Powell (6’3” senior F, Fillmore Central): Evidently, the 3-Rivers South is stocked with great players. Because even though Powell averaged 20 and 10 through about half of the season, he finished up his senior year somehow left off the TRC South All-Conference team. He doesn’t get left off first team All-County. For the year, FC’s premier weapon averaged 17.8 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. Each was top five in the 3-Rivers (scoring fourth best, rebounding third best). After a blistering start (eight 20-point games in FC’s first 13 contests), Powell cooled off (two 20-point games over the FC’s final 14 contests). But he racked up 14 double-doubles on the season and scored below ten just twice (nine points each time) all as the focus of opposing defenses. Powell led FC in field goal percentage at 48.8% (13th best in the conference). He also led his squad in free throws made (109) and tied for a team lead in threes made (20). Though he primarily played on the baseline (in the low post), the athletic forward could go inside-outside. A two-year varsity player, Powell’s career averages are impressive; 15.5 points and 9 rebounds per game. Somebody needs to do a retake on the All-Conference thing for the one-time All-County second teamer, one time All-County first teamer.

Jayme LaPlante (6’3” junior F/C, Chatfield): One would be hard pressed to find an interior player in the TRC who attracted as much attention, and who could be as physically dominant, as the LaPlantimal. After a 10.8 point per game, 6.2 rebound per game junior year, LaPlante was even better as a senior, averaging 13.6 points and 8.8 rebounds. He was second on the Gophers, and 12th in the conference, in scoring. He was tops on the Gophers, and fifth best in the TRC, in rebounding. Just like his junior year, he was also one of the conference’s most efficient players, shooting a league seventh-best 54.8%. Jayme recorded 11 double-doubles including a 22-point, 22-rebound night versus Southland. He scored in double figures in all but five games and scored less than seven just once. LaPlante’s athleticism and physicality moves on to the next level. The two-time 3-Rivers All-Conference player and first team All-County performer has signed to play football and Minnesota State.

2nd Team

Lucas Rogers (6’2” senior G/F, Lanesboro): Joined teammate Kole Ruud as having gone over 1,000-points for his career (1,059). Averaged 17.5 points (second on the Burros. top five in the SEC), 7.9 rebounds (second on the team) and 3.0 assists per game (second on the team). Hit nine three-pointers on two occasions, his two best career games (31 versus Schaeffer Academy and 29 versus Grand Meadow). Scored in double figures in all but four games. In past two seasons, 54 games, scored in double figures 47 times. Scored 20 or more ten times in 2013-2014. Led Burros with 10 double doubles. A two-time SEC All-Conference and All-County second teamer.

Alex Vix (5’11” junior G, R-P): A very nice ‘off’ guard to Kingsley’s ‘on’ guard. Vix’s varied on-court talents (shooting, driving, open-court ability) garnered him the honor of ‘Trojan leading scorer’ at 11 points per game. He did so hitting 49.6% of his field goals and 37.1% of his 3-pointers. The later was seventh best in the TRC. Alex evolved into a true Trojan weapon as the season went along. Scored in double figures four times in the Trojans first ten games, but then 17 times in R-P’s final 24 games. Included was a team best string of 11 games in double figures. Alex was the only Trojan to hit for 20 or more twice. Added 2.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 2.1 steals (10th best in the TRC). Made the Class A All-Tournament team. 3-Rivers South All-Conference.

Noah Manning (6’0” senior G, Mabel-Canton): In a year that saw M-C’s Justin Ward start the season fast, only to miss time per a shoulder injury, resulting in Hunter Johnson picking up the offensive slack late, Manning (typically from the point position) provided the Cougars with stability throughout the season. Noah brought a bit of everything to the table. He averaged 10.2 points (third on the team), 6.2 rebounds (second), 3.4 assists (second), and 2.4 steals per game (tied for second). He almost single-handedly carried M-C to a huge comeback win over Fillmore Central in his best career scoring game (20). He just missed a triple double (15 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists) in the Cougars play-off upset of FC. Manning’s effort helped M-C make a play-off run to Rochester for the first time since 2007. All SEC for second straight season (second team).

Christian Bance (6’0” junior G, Chatfield): While LaPlante and Skare got attention defensively, Bance, in his second year on varsity, blossomed into an excellent scoring option for Chatfield. Christian just trailed his two teammates in averaging 13.0 points per game. He added 3.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.5 steals while making a team best (bettering Skare) 73 trifectas. He did so at a 42.9% clip (tops on the team, second best in the TRC).From the field, shot 45.2%, a good number for a guard. Scored in double figures in 17 of 26 games with a career-high 28 coming versus Southland. With the Gophers losing four big seniors to graduation, it’ll be Bance’s show in 2014-2015.

Charlie Krambeer (6’1” junior G, R-P): The Trojans straight-aimed three-point specialist, Krambeer began the season making at least three trifectas in 14 of the first 16 games. Had a high-water mark of 8 for 11 shooting from distance in notching a career-high 24 points versus Spring Grove. Was the Trojans leading scorer midway through the season (13-plus per) making 45% of his long distance shots. Krambeer, with teams paying a more concerted effort to him, cooled off a bit the rest of the way. He ended the season averaging 10.2 points per game, second on the Trojans, hitting 41% of his threes, third best in the 3-Rivers. Made 111 of 267 field goals with 98 of 238 of them coming from distance. Three Rivers South All-Conference. Two-time All-County second teamer.

Others worth mentioning

Justin Ward (5’10” senior F, Mabel-Canton; led Cougars with 12 point per game average. Added 4.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 3 steals per game > SEC All-Conference Honorable Mention), Sam Ross (6’1” senior F, Houston; led ‘Canes in scoring at 11.4, rebounding at 7.2, and assists at 3.1 > SEC AC HM), Liam Dorn (6’0” junior F, Lanesboro; averaged 5.7 points and a team high 8 rebounds > SEC AC HM), Hunter Johnson (5’10” senior G/F, M-C; was second on the Cougars to Ward in scoring at 11.5 per), Jacob Rindels (6’0” junior G, Kingsland; led Knights in scoring at 15.2, was second with 4.7 rebounds), Logan Masters (5’7” senior G, FC; averaged 8.1 points, a TRC sixth best 4.0 assists, and a TRC fourth best 2.8 steals), Jake Neis (5’9” senior G, Chatfield; averaged 9.3 points, a TRC third best 4.8 assists, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.9 steals), Seth Thompson (6’1” senior G, R-P; averaged 7.6 points while shooting a TRC second best 59%), Austin O’Hare (6’4” senior G/F, R-P; averaged 7.9 points while making the Class A All-Tournament team) and Jorli Hauge (6’4” senior F, R-P; led Trojans in rebounding at 5.0 while scoring 8.2 per at a 53% clip). That Trojan trio posted an 85-12 record over the past three seasons with a conference title, a shared conference title, three sub-section titles, three section titles, two 3rd places, and a second place at state.

Track and Field


Triton Invite (Indoor at RCTC) (Kingsland, Kasson-Mantorville, Triton, Hayfield, Lyle/Pacelli, Stewartville, Pine Island and the host Cobras competed. Junior Lacey Schwarz (2nd at the 55-meters) was the Knight girl’s highlight. Sophomores Hunter Meisner (3rd at the 1,600-meters) and Cody Krahn (4th at the 400-meters) were the Knight boy’s highlights)

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