Our selection process
Coaches from all six area boys and girls basketball teams (Little Falls, Pierz, Royalton, Swanville, Upsala and Holdingford) were asked to nominate players from their team that they believed deserved to be named to the five-player all-area team, including their accomplishments from during the season. Coaches were also asked to list players they believed deserved to be recognized as honorable mention. The team was formed to resemble an actual team (two guards, two forwards and one center). Some players were considered for multiple positions.
Criteria used to select the best possible candidates for the five-member 2017 Record All-Area boys and girls basketball teams were: postseason and regular season performance, strength of competition, strength of team played on, consistency, contributions toward team success and coaches’ input.
Players that were considered but not named to the five-member first teams were given honorable mention distinction.
Kelsi Stuckmayer, junior, Pierz
The Record’s Player of the Year, Stuckmayer improved over an already strong sophomore campaign as a junior. She averaged 16.2 points per game, 2.5 rebounds per game and 2 steals per game. Despite being targeted by other teams, she still managed to shoot 36 percent from deep and improved by more than 16 percent to 84.4 percent from the charity stripe.
Jenna Carlson, sophomore, Royalton
Carlson was a leader for a young Royalton squad that finished second in the Prairie Conference, and had a 14-11 overall record. Carlson averaged 10 points per game and six rebounds per game as a wing for the Royals. She was a strong outside shooter for Royalton as well.
Katlin Welinski, senior, Upsala
For a third consecutive year Welinski was the focus for the Upsala girls that went 9-19. She led the Cardinals with 15.1 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.3 blocks per game. Welinski was also instrumental in leading Upsala to a Section 5A South semifinal. Welinski was also named to her fourth All-Prairie Conference Team.
Sophia Sowada, junior, Little Falls
Sowada was a big bright spot for a Little Falls team that went 2-25. She led the Flyers in almost every game by averaging a double-double, 15 points and 10 rebounds per contest. She was also a big leader on the defensive side of the floor.
Avery Jackson, sophomore, Swanville
Jackson had to become the team’s leader after fellow sophomore Emily Beseman went down with an injury during the season. She scored 14.5 points per game to go along with 7.2 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game as a post player for the Bulldogs, who she led to a 9-16 overall record.
Austin Weisz, senior, Little Falls
The senior often led the way for the 8-19 Flyers as their leading scorer with a 12.7 points per game average. He also added 3.7 assists per game and 3.6 rebounds per game as the team’s point guard. He was a two-year starter, and was a minutes-hog at the point position, despite a very physical style of play.
Adam Olson, junior, Royalton
Olson made a big leap in his second year at the varsity level, averaging 11.4 points per game and leading the Royals in both assists and steals. Olson was also named to the All-Prairie Conference team. Olson tied a state-record when he went a perfect 8-for-8 from three in a Dec. 22 loss to Osakis. He helped lead the Royals to a 9-16 overall record.
Matt Tautges, senior, Pierz
After the Pioneers lost a large group of senior starters from a year ago, Tautges returned as the lone starter. He put the team on his shoulders, scoring 19.7 points per game. He also averaged 5.8 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2 steals per game. He scored between 20-29 points nine times and more than 30 four times. He was also named to the CMC All-Conference team.
Blake Patrick, senior, Holdingford
Patrick led the Huskers to a 23-5 record and a sub-section semifinal finish. Patrick averaged 15.4 points per game to go with 6.1 rebounds per game, 6 assists per game and 2.83 steals per game. Patrick was a 1,000 point career scorer and was both All-Conference and on the All-Sub-section Tournament Team.
Bennett Primus, senior, Swanville
The Record Player of the Year was a beast inside, and at 6-foot, eight-inches, it isn’t hard to see why. Primus rolled over the competition averaging nearly a double-double with almost 18 points per game and just under 10 rebounds per game. In the second half of the year he averaged 22 points, 11.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game. He also helped the Bulldogs to a Section 5A South semifinals.
Boys Honorable mention
Michael Hanowski, senior Little Falls
Brock Snyder, junior, Royalton
Jorgan Kiley, sophomore, Upsala
Myron Ripplinger, senior, Upsala
Joe Meier, senior, Holdingford
Lawrence Mettler, junior, Swanville
Girls Honorable mention
Brittney Boser, junior, Pierz
Becca Athman, senior, Pierz
Laura Lange, freshman, Upsala
Carolynn Becker, sophomore, Holdingford
Johanna Merten, senior, Holdingford
Madison Beseman, senior, Swanville