2015-16 Minnesota All-Area Boys Basketball Team

Here’s a look at the top Minnesota boys basketball players from the area for the 2015-16 season.

 

ALL-AREA TEAM

Nathan Rund – Fergus Falls – Guard – Sophomore

Sophomore guard Nathan Rund led Fergus Falls to its first trip to the state tournament since 2004. Photo by Dave Wallis/Forum
Sophomore guard Nathan Rund led Fergus Falls to its first trip to the state tournament since 2004. Photo by Dave Wallis/Forum

Nathan Rund averaged more than 17 points and three rebounds a game for Fergus Falls. He also led the team in steals, averaging 2.4 a game, as the Otters made their first trip to the state tournament since 2004.

The Otters wouldn’t have got to state without Rund. He was quick on defense, could handle the ball, shot over 36 percent from 3-point land and over 83 percent from the free-throw line.

He was a big reason the Otters broke the school record for wins and made it to their first state championship game in boys basketball. He had 22 points and eight rebounds in the state quarterfinals and 23 points in the state semifinals.

 

Reid Moser – Perham – Guard – Junior

Reid Moser was the catalyst for Perham this season. Photo by Dave Samson/Forum
Reid Moser was the catalyst for Perham this season. Photo by Dave Samson/Forum

Reid Moser averaged 15.1 points a game for Perham. From inside the arc, he hit 57 percent of his shots. He hit 43 percent of the 3-pointers he took (104-of-241) and shot 46 percent from the field for the Yellowjackets.

 

Blake Kragnes – Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton – Forward – Senior

D-G-F's Blake Kragnes (right) led the Rebels with 15 points against Perham. Photo by David Samson/Forum
D-G-F’s Blake Kragnes (right) led the Rebels to their first trip to state since 2004. Photo by

A year after breaking his wrist and missing all but three basketball games, Blake Kragnes led D-G-F to its first state tournament since 2004 and its first win over Perham since 2009.

Kragnes led D-G-F in points, rebounds and assists, averaging 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2.9 assists a game. He could shoot the 3-pointer, score in the post and often guarded the opposing team’s best player, whether they were a guard or forward.

 

Chris Tungseth – Hillcrest Lutheran Academy – Forward – Senior

Chris Tungseth (right) has done everything this season for the Comets. Photo by Jason Groth/Perham Focus
Chris Tungseth (right) averaged 21.5 points and 7.1 rebounds a game this season for the Comets. Photo by Jason Groth/Perham Focus

There wasn’t much Chris Tungseth didn’t do for Hillcrest Lutheran Academy. He averaged 21.5 points, 7.1 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 2.7 steals. All that while shooting 42 percent from 3-point land and 47 percent from the field.

 

Jesse Bergh – Lake Park-Audubon – Center – Junior

In just his second season of organized basketball, Jesse Bergh averaged a double-double for LP-A. Photo by Dave Wallis/Forum
In just his second season of organized basketball, Jesse Bergh averaged a double-double for LP-A. Photo by Dave Wallis/Forum

Jesse Bergh averaged more than 23 points and 12 rebounds, to go along with nearly 5 blocks a game for Lake Park-Audubon. He set the school record for points, rebounds, blocks in a season and his 39-point game set the school record for points in a game. He shot 66 percent from the field and 70 percent from the free-throw line.

All this in just his second season of organized basketball. He scored 34 points against Battle Lake to capture LP-A’s first ever section championship.

 

HONORABLE MENTION

Jared Affield – Barnesville – Guard – Senior
Jack Lien – Barnesville – Forward – Senior

Andrew VanErp – Battle Lake – Guard – Senior
Eric VanErp – Battle Lake – Forward – Junior

Ashton Hegge – Breckenridge – Guard – Senior
Stevin Lipp – Breckenridge – Guard – Junior
Austin Ramos – Breckenridge – Forward – Senior

Isaac Cihak – Detroit Lakes – Center – Junior
Jacob Pazdernik – Detroit Lakes – Guard – Senior

Kyle Rothschadl – Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton – Guard – Junior
Ethan Edeen – Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton – Forward – Junior

Harrison Christensen – Fergus Falls – Forward – Sophomore
Matthew Monke – Fergus Falls – Center – Junior

Sean McGuire – Hillcrest Lutheran Academy – Forward – Junior
Tommy Thompson – Hillcrest Lutheran Academy – Guard – Junior
Kyler Newman – Hillcrest Lutheran Academy – Guard – Junior

Mitch Hall – Lake Park-Audubon – Forward – Junior

Matt Bye – Moorhead – Guard – Senior
Leif Engen – Moorhead – Center – Senior

Steele Senske – Park Christian – Guard – Sophomore

Jensen Beachy – Perham – Guard – Freshman
Jaden Anderson – Perham – Guard – Senior

Peyton Syverson – Waubun – Guard – Junior
Darius Woods-Steichen – Waubun – Center – Senior

 

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