Here’s a look at the top Minnesota boys and girls basketball players from around the area.
Tyler Ukkelberg – Battle Lake – Forward – Senior
Ukkelberg averaged 16.6 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game for the Battlers with a field-goal percentage of nearly 59 percent. He also earned the Triple ‘A’ award in Minnesota for his work in academics, art and athletics.
The Battlers went 27-1 and were ranked No. 2 for most of the season in Class 1A with their lone loss coming in the Section 6A championship game.
Hunter Nickel – Park Christian – Center – Senior
Nickel was a walking triple-double for the Falcons, leading Park Christian to its first trip to the state tournament in school history. He averaged 14.6 points, 8.41 rebounds and 7.34 blocks a game.
His 219 blocks this season were the third most in a season in Minnesota high school basketball history.
Ben Ellefson – Hawley – Forward – Junior
Ellefson was a double-double machine for the Nuggets. He averaged 24.1 points, 11 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 2.8 assists for Hawley. He shot 48.1 percent from the field, 73.8 from the free-throw line and hit 36.8 percent of his 125 3-point attempts.
He’ll be looking to pass the 2,000-point mark next season for Hawley.
Cody Dorow – Moorhead – Guard – Junior
Dorow could fill it up. The junior finished with 688 points on the season, one short of Aaron Lien’s school record. Lien got that record in 26 games, Dorow scored 688 in 24 games for an average of 28.67 points a game for the Spuds.
Scary to think what he’ll be like next season.
Ryan Bruggeman – Pelican Rapids – Guard – Senior
Bruggeman was the MVP of the Heart O’ Lakes Conference and for good reason. He averaged 26.7 points, 8.7 assists, 8.7 rebounds and 3.2 steals a game for the Vikings this season.
Michael Strand – Barnesville – Guard – Senior
Kyler Martz – Barnesville – Forward – Senior
Nick Trosdahl – Battle Lake – Center – Junior
Dan Marso – Battle Lake – Guard – Senior
Nate Lorenz – Breckenridge – Forward – Junior
Austin Rund – Fergus Falls – Forward – Senior
Daniel Nersten – Hillcrest Lutheran Academy – Forward – Senior
Matt Moberg – Park Christian – Guard – Senior
Zach Kvalvog – Park Christian – Guard – Sophomore
Tyler Glines – Perham – Guard – Senior
Hunter Salathe – Perham – Forward – Senior
Nick Bahls – Perham – Guard – Senior
Carter Thiel – Wheaton-Herman-Norcross – Forward – Senior
Monica Vega – Ada-Borup – Guard – Senior
There wasn’t anything Vega was incredible at for the Cougars, but there was nothing she wasn’t good at, as the backbone for section champion Ada-Borup. She led the Cougars with 11.6 points a game to go along with 3.5 assists, 3.9 steals and 2.7 rebounds a game.
She was named to the Minnesota Coaches Association all-state team.
Bailey Strand – Fergus Falls – Guard – Senior
Strand averaged over 22 points a game, while shooting over 48 percent from the field, including 39 percent from beyond the 3-point line. She’s headed to the University of North Dakota to play basketball and was named by the Minnesota Coaches Association to the all-state team.
Brianna Rasmusson – Fergus Falls – Guard – Senior
Rasmusson did everything for Fergus Falls, earning all-state honors along the way. She averaged 11.15 points, 8.74 assists, 6.28 rebounds and more than three steals a game for the section-champion Otters.
Mackenzie Korf – Pelican Rapids – Guard – Sophomore
Before tearing her ACL, Mackenzie Korf was averaging over 25 points, along with seven assists, six rebounds and five steals, a game and Pelican Rapids was ranked in the top 5 in the state. After, the Vikings fell to a No. 3 seed in their subsection and lost in the first round of the playoffs.
The all-state sophomore scored her 1,000th point of her career just 18 games into her sophomore season.
Anna Monke – Fergus Falls – Forward – Senior
Monke averaged over 14 points and eight rebounds a game for Fergus Falls. She was an honorable mention on the Minnesota Coaches Association’s all-state team and will play basketball at the University of Minnesota-Duluth next season.
Shaina Stevenson – Ada-Borup – Guard – Senior
Haley Gehrtz – Ada-Borup – Center – Senior
Holly Vancura – Barnesville – Guard – Senior
Peyton Boom – Barnesville – Center – Freshman
Alison Beyer – Breckenridge – Forward – Senior
Katrina Dahlgren – Breckenridge – Guard – Senior
Jody Noreen – Hawley – Guard – Junior
Olivia Olson – Hawley – Guard – Junior
Mira Ellefson – Hawley – Forward – Sophomore
Kristin Traiser – Fergus Falls – Center – Senior
Devonie Smith – Fergus Falls – Guard – Senior
Josi Tappe – Frazee – Guard – Junior
Breann Hogie – Lake Park-Audubon – Forward – Senior
Bailee Bartunek – Lake Park-Audubon – Center – Senior
Lydia Rutten – New York Mills – Guard – Freshman
Ellie Rutten – New York Mills – Center – Junior
Lincoln Haiby – Pelican Rapids – Forward – Junior
Ella Von Ruden – Perham – Guard – Sophomore
Maria Rutten – Perham – Guard – Sophomore
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