Local Notebook: Caledonia's Privet will play college ball at Northern Michigan

Caledonia senior Sam Privet commits to playing men's college basketball at D-II Northern Michigan while Blooming Prairie senior Megan Oswald announces she will play women's college basketball at Jamestown, an NAIA school. On the diamond, Caledonia's Austin Klug is drawing Division I interest.

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Caledonia senior Sam Privet has made his college decision. The 6-foot-8 forward/center has announced he will attend North Michigan University where he will play men's basketball.

Northern Michigan University is located in Marquette, Mich. The Division II school plays in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Privet had to overcome a pair of lung injuries prior to the start of his junior season a year ago. Once he got healthy, he averaged 10.6 points and 5.1 rebounds per game for Caledonia. He was fourth on the team in scoring and third in rebounding for the stellar Warriors.

Caledonia finished the season 28-1 and ranked No. 1 in the state in Class AA. The Warriors won the Section 1AA championship but the rest of the season was called off last spring prior to the state tournament because of COVID-19 concerns.

Northern Michigan posted a 13-17 record during the 2019-20 season, including 9-11 in conference play.


Privet should be part of a strong Caledonia team in 2020-21, if the season is played. The Warriors will have all of their key players back from a year ago, except for 2020 graduate Noah King.


Austin Klug will be one of Caledonia's top returning basketball players this winter. Klug, a 6-4 guard, averaged 11.2 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game last year during his junior season. But Klug has caught the attention of Division I recruiters as a baseball pitcher.

Klug works out at Rochester Batting Cages, owned by Jeff Milene, and plays for one of Milene's traveling teams.

"At our Pines Scout Day last Saturday, Austin Klug put on quite a show," Milene said.

Milene said Klug's fastball was "hitting 88, 89 a couple times and topped at 90. Before our event was over, several D-I schools had already reached out to him."

Milene said some of the Division I schools who have been in contact with Klug include Liberty, Bucknell, Western Illinois, Valparaiso and North Dakota State.


"His stock is on the rise," Milene said. "(He) moved up 70 spots to No. 20 in the Prospect Baseball Report Minnesota class rankings."

Klug did not get to play his junior season of high school baseball this past spring because the season was canceled due to the pandemic.


Blooming Prairie senior Megan Oswald has announced she will attend the University of Jamestown and play women's basketball.

The NAIA school is located in Jamestown, N.D. The Jimmies play in the Great Plains Athletic Conference, which they just joined during the 2018-19 school year.

Oswald is a 5-foot-10 forward. She is coming off a stellar junior season in which she averaged 17.9 points, 10.9 rebounds and 4.2 steals per game. She was named honorable mention All-State in Class A and was named to the Post Bulletin All-Area second team.

Oswald broke the Blooming Prairie single-season school record for points (483) and rebounds (295), and was third all-time with 94 steals. She also went over 1,000 points for her career.


She helped the Blossoms earn the top seed in the Section 1A tournament. Blooming Prairie, which finished 21-6, reached the section title game before falling to No. 2 seed Fillmore Central.

Jamestown finished the 2019-20 season with a 16-15 record, 9-13 in league play.

Guy N. Limbeck is a sports writer for the Post Bulletin. His Local Notebook appears each Tuesday. He can be reached at .

Guy N. Limbeck is a Rochester native who has been working at a daily newspaper since 1981. He has worked at the Post Bulletin since 1999. Readers can reach Guy at 507-285-7724 or
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