FIRST TEAM

Lourdes vs. Goodhue girls basketball Section 1AA championship

Lourdes' Alyssa Ustby (21) goes up for a shot during a Section 1AA girls basketball championship game on Thursday, March, 5, 2020, at Mayo Civic Center in Rochester. Lourdes defeated Goodhue 50-46. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)

Alyssa Ustby, Lourdes

6-feet-1 • Junior • Guard/Forward

Season averages: 26.3 points, 12.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 3.1 steals.

Player profile: It’s the third straight year that the Lourdes star has made our first team. Named Class AA's Player of the Year by PrepGirlsHoops.com and the Post Bulletin's All-Area Player of the Year this season. Averaged 26 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals per game. She did it while leading the No. 1 ranked team in Class AA and was a major player on both ends of the floor. Ustby will take her talents next year to the University of North Carolina. Ustby shot 57.6 percent from the field and 60.2 percent from the line.

Rochester Century vs. John Marshall Girls Basketball

Rochester John Marshall's Lilly Meister (52) jumps for a rebound during Friday's game on Jan. 10, 2020 at John Marshall High School in Rochester. JM defeated Rochester Century 59-32. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)

Lilly Meister, John Marshall

6-feet-2 • Sophomore • Center

Season averages: 21 points, 11 rebounds.

Player profile: Meister is among the top prospects in the state. Able to play inside and out, fluid and quick, and with a soft shooting touch, Meister’s dominance stood out so much this season that she’s already been offered a scholarship by Minnesota, among others. Also first-team all-area last year, Meister upped her scoring average by five points this season. She shot 55 percent from the field overall, 39 percent on 3-pointers and 84 percent from the free throw line, all stellar marks.

Stewartville vs. Lourdes Girls Basketball

Stewartville's Lily Welch (12) averaged 18.6 points and 5.6 rebounds per game this season. Welch is among five players we've named to the First Team on the 2019-20 Post Bulletin All-Area Girls Basketball team. (PB file photo by Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)

Lily Welch, Stewartville

5-feet-9 • Senior • Forward

Season averages: 18.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.9 steals. Shot 86 percent from the line.

Player profile: Welch is among the top handful of all-around athletes in southeastern Minnesota. That includes being a handful on the basketball court where she finished with 1,627 career points and is Stewartville’s all-time leading scorer. Known for her attention to detail and work ethic, Welch is one of the area’s best all-time free throw shooters. She had a stretch this season when she made 38 straight shots from the line.

Plainview-Elgin-Millville vs. Mahtomedi girls basketball Holtz

Plainview-Elgin-Millville's Macy Holtz (3) averaged nearly 23 points per game this season and will enter her senior year having already surpassed 1,500 career points. Holtz is one of five players selected to the First Team on the 2019-20 All-Area Girls Basketball Team. (PB file photo by Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)

Macy Holtz, Plainview-Elgin-Millville

5-feet-9 • Junior • Guard

Season averages: 22.9 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3 assists, 4.5 steals.

Player profile: Holtz was simply one of the most dynamic players in the area, with so much to offer at both ends of the floor. Already a 1,500-point scorer, the junior shot 53 percent from the field, 35 percent on 3’s and 85 percent on free throws. Holtz went to the line an astronomical 170 times as she continually beat people off the dribble and was fouled. Defensively, she was a menace, as her nearly five steals per game suggest.

Mayo vs. Farmington Section 1AAAA girls basketball championship game

Mayo's Anna Miller (15) drives past Farmington's Sophie Hart during a Section 1AAAA championship game on March 6, 2020, at Mayo Civic Center in Rochester. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)

Anna Miller, Mayo

6-feet-3 • Junior • Center

Season averages: 16.5 points, 10 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.7 steals, 2.6 blocks.

Player profile: Miller possesses a rare blend of height and speed, and combines that with a nice shooting touch from inside and outside. The junior, also a big influence on defense where she blocked and altered countless shots, led Mayo to a stellar season. That included it stringing together 18 straight wins before falling by two points in the section finals to No. 2-ranked Farmington. Miller figures to be an eventual Division I player.

SECOND TEAM

Grand Meadow vs. Lyle-Pacelli Girls Basketball

Lyle-Pacelli's Olivia Christianson (4) passes the ball during Tuesday's game on Jan. 14, 2020, at Grand Meadow High School. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)

Olivia Christianson, Lyle/Pacelli

5-feet-9 • Senior • Guard

Season averages: 24 points, 8 rebounds, 4 steals.

Player profile: There wasn’t a whole lot of winning at L/P this season, but that had nothing to do with Christianson’s output and everything to do with the Athletics’ inexperience. Christianson had the best career ever for a L/P player, with 2,177 total points. That included 24 ppg. this season, as well as 8 rebounds and 4 steals per game. A complete athlete with lots of spring, quickness and strength, Christianson was the team’s main ball handler this season.

Lake City vs D-E Girls Basketball

Lake City's Natalie Bremer (5) shoots during a Section 1AA quarterfinal game against Dover-Eyota on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester. (Andrew Link / alink@postbulletin.com)

Natalie Bremer, Lake City

5-feet-11 • Sophomore • Guard

Season averages: 21.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 4.3 steals.

Player profile: Time flies, with Bremer already having completed her third season with the Lake City varsity. For the second straight year, she was named all-Hiawatha Valley League and this season honorable-mention All-State. Bremer excels in virtually all areas, averaging 21.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists and a rare 4.3 steals per game. 

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Red Wing’s Kyli Nelson tries to evade a Northfield double team on Thursday at Mayo Civic Center.

Kyli Nelson, Red Wing

5-feet-8 • Senior • Guard

Season averages: 15 points, 3 rebounds, 2.4 assists

Player profile: Nelson is one of the top 3-point shooters in the state, draining 103 of them this season and hitting them at a rare 44-percent rate. She shot 47 percent overall. Nelson was also the top player on an excellent team, with the Wingers ranked in the top 10 in Class AAA all season. Also a stout defender, she helped limit teams to 42 points per game. Nelson will play at Mount Mary College (Yankton, S.D.) next year.

Zumbrota-Mazeppa vs Byron Girls Basketball

Zumbrota-Mazeppa's Ali Hunstad (5) takes a shot as Byron's Sacia Vanderpool (11) defends during a Section 1AA quarterfinal girls basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Zumbrota.

Ali Hunstad, Zumbrota-Mazeppa

6-feet • Senior • Forward

Season averages: 17.6 points, 9.6 rebounds.

Player profile: For the second straight year, the versatile Hunstad was named honorable-mention All-State. She finished her illustrious career with 1,739 points and 953 rebounds, both Z-M records. Hunstad will play next season at Minnesota State, Mankato.

Fillmore Central vs. Blooming Prairie Girls Basketball

Blooming Prairie's Megan Oswald (33) goes up for a shot during the Section 1A championship girls basketball game against Fillmore Central Thursday, March 5, 2020, at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester. (Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)

Megan Oswald, Blooming Prairie

5-feet-10 • Junior • Forward

Season averages: 17.9 points, 10.9 rebounds, 4.2 steals.

Player profile: Oswald broke the single-season school record for points (483) and rebounds (295), and was third all-time with 94 steals. A non-stop player who is quick, strong and fluid, Oswald was named honorable-mention All-State and led her team to a 21-6 record. She also went over 1,000 points for her career.

HONORABLE MENTION

Austin: Colie Justice, senior guard (13.3 ppg.); Kyra Walters, senior center (10.6 ppg.); Hope Dudycha, sophomore guard (13.5 ppg.). Blooming Prairie: Maggie Bruns, junior guard (5.1 ppg., 2.5 apg., 3.8 rpg.); Bobbie Bruns, sophomore guard (13.4 ppg., 3.7 apg., 3.2 rpg.); Julia Worke, senior forward (9.7 ppg., 5.5 rpg., 2 apg.). Byron: Sacia Vanderpool, junior forward (15.1 ppg., 9.2 rpg., 3.0 bpg.). Century: Jordyn Sutton, sophomore forward (14.5 ppg., 7.8 rpg., 2 spg.). Dover-Eyota: Malia Nelson, sophomore guard (12 ppg., 7.7 rpg., 2.6 spg., 2 apg); Allison Thompson, junior point guard (10.1 ppg., 2.2 spg., 2 apg.); Kylie Lacey, junior forward (14.7 ppg., 5.5 rpg.); Lindsay Field, senior forward (8.7 ppg., 6.3 rpg.). Goodhue: Joslyn Carlson, sophomore forward (10.4 ppg., 5.5 rpg., 2.5 spg., 2.0 apg); Arianna Thomforde, junior guard (9 ppg., 4 apg., 3.2 spg., 3 rpg.); Elissa Lodermeier, junior guard (11.4 ppg., 2.3 spg., 2.7 rpg.); Torrie Rehder, junior guard (6.5 ppg., 4.3 rpg., 3 spg., likely best defender in the area). Grand Meadow: Riley Queensland, senior guard (19.7 ppg., 7 rpg., 2 spg, 3 apg., honorable-mention All-State, 1,738 career points); Isabelle Olson, senior guard (7.7 ppg., 5 rpg., 2 spg., 4 apg.). Hayfield: Rachel Pack, senior forward (10.6 ppg., 6.6 rpg., made 37 3’s). Houston: Emma Geiwitz, junior guard (21.2 ppg., 4.6 rpg., 3.1 apg, 4.1 spg, 43 percent FG, 34 percent on 3’s). John Marshall: Katie Hurt, sophomore guard (11 ppg., 4 apg., 4 rpg.); Tori Gateno, senior guard (10 ppg., 3 apg.). Kasson-Mantorville: Aby Shubert, freshman guard (15.2 ppg., 43 percent on 3’s, 4.3 rpg., 2.0 apg., 1.1 spg); Mya Suess, junior center (13.0 ppg., 11.3 ppg., 3.0 bpg., 1.2 apg., 1.1 spg.); Avery Irish, junior forward (11.6 ppg., 5.7 rpg., 1.2 apg. 1.2 spg., 35 percent on 3’s). Kingsland: Ellie Buchholtz, junior forward (21.6 ppg., 6.7 rpg., 4.4 apg., 3.1 spg.). Lake City: Grace Bany, junior forward (11.2 ppg., 11.2 rpg., 2.3 apg., 4.4 bpg.); Lilly Meincke, sophomore guard (14.5 ppg., 4.5 rpg., 3.4 apg., 1.9 spg.). Lewiston-Altura: Myia Ruzek, senior guard (11.7 ppg., 6.7 rpg., 1.5 apg., 2.3 spg.; Christa Sauer, junior guard (6.5 ppg., 3.0 rpg.); Elise Sommer, sophomore guard (3.9 ppg., 3.3 rpg.). Lourdes: C.J. Adamson, sophomore guard (12.4 ppg., 3.8 rpg., 3.3 apg., 53 percent FG). Mabel-Canton: Payton Danielson, senior guard (12.3 ppg., 10 rpg., 4.2 spg., 2.8 apg., 1,580 career points, 987 career rebounds, 503 career steals). Mayo: Nancy Soro, senior forward (11.3 ppg., 7.6 rpg., 1.9 apg, 1.3 spg, 56.9 FG percentage); Lynnsey Hady, junior guard (11.5 ppg., 2.6 rpg., 1.7 apg., 1.8 spg., made 61 3’s). Pine Island: Brooke Sinning, senior guard (10 ppg., 3.7 apg., 4.5 rpg., 2.1 spg., 1,169 career points, 343 assists, 241 steals, 516 rebounds); Alex Larson, senior guard (13.3 ppg., 70 3-pointers, 1.9 apg., 1,089 career points, school record for 3’s in a season with 76 and a career with 204.; Krista Holzer, sophomore center (7.5 ppg., 10.7 rpg., 1.2 apg., 1.8 spg). Randolph: Megan Erickson, junior guard/forward (19.7 ppg., 7.7 rpg., 3 spg., 1.6 apg., 551 points a single-season school record). Red Wing: Aby Deming, junior forward (12.7 ppg., 7 rpg., 61 percent FG). Southland: Lexi Smith, junior forward (10.5 ppg., 7.8 rpg., 2.5 spg., 1.9 apg.; Larissa Goslee, junior guard (10.3 ppg., 6.4 rpg., 1.9 apg, 3.1 spg., 71 percent FT); Kayla Nelsen, junior guard (9.3 ppg., 2.8 apg, 2.2 spg.). Spring Grove: Amelia Solum, senior guard (18.9 ppg., 6 rpg., 2.3 spg., 2.1 apg., made 67 3’s, scored 42 points in a single game). St. Charles: Emilee Buringa, senior forward (14.1 ppg., 9.8 rpg.); Lindsey Root, junior guard (13.8 ppg., 6.8 rpg., 5.4 apg.). Triton: Kendra Petersohn, senior forward (18.8 ppg., 8.5 rpg, school-record 489 points this season, school-record 1,591 career points, 4.0 GPA student, plans to play at Gustavus Adolphus next season); Sydney Gililand, senior guard (12.9 ppg., 7.3 apg., school-record 17 assists in one game, school-record 597 career assists); Brylee Iverson, freshman forward (17 ppg., 7.2 rpg.).

The All-Area team is made of players who were nominated by area coaches. It was compiled by the Post Bulletin with the input of coaches.

 

 

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