Seven Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) football student-athletes have been named to the ninth annual D3football.com All-America Team. Of those seven, Bethel University senior safety Brandon Carr (Fergus Falls, Minn.) was the only First Team All-American.
Carr was a key member of Bethelís defense this past season, leading the team and the MIAC with seven pass interceptions and 15 pass break-ups. He also had 69 tackles (40 solo, 29 assists) including two for a loss, as well as a forced fumble. His poise and leadership were the cornerstones of a pass and rush defense that ranked second in the conference and held opponents to less than 20 points per game in six of Bethelís last eight games, including the playoffs. Carr was twice named MIAC Defensive Player of the Week and earned a spot on the All-Conference First Team Defense for the second year in a row.
Saint John's Nick Gunderson and Augsburg's Royce Winford were second team selections, while St. Olaf's Horace Gant was a third team choice. Saint John's Andrew Salvato, St. Thomas' P.J. Theisen, and Concordia's Grant Weller were honorable mention picks.
Carr was also named to the Associated Press Little All-American Team as a second team selection.
When Fergus Falls senior Hannah Draxten reached the 2,000 career point mark last week it prompted some questions about that milestone. How many players have reached that mark in Minnesota girls basketball history? How many have scored 3,000 plus? Where will Hannah likely wind up on the all time state list?
Well my research reveals that Hannah is the 62nd player to accomplish that feat.
Five players have scored over 3,000 points, led by Katie Ohm of Elgin-Millville with 3,694 points. She is followed by Megan Taylor of Roseau with 3,300, Janet Karvonen of New York Mills with 3,129, Susan King from Academy of Holy Angels with 3,037, and Kierah Kimbrough of Badger-Greenbush-Middle River with 3,036. Fosstonís Kayla Bagaason (2,824) and Kelly Roysland (2,811) are the closest to 3,000 without reaching that mark.
If she averages 20 points per game the rest of the season, including a generous playoff run of games, she could finish with as many as 2,400-plus points and would be in the top 20, possibly as high as sixteenth all-time. Thatís a projection based on her staying healthy and the Otters playing well in the post season.
Ashley Samuelson, a 2005 Underwood High School graduate is 12th all-time with 2,695 points. Ashley is also third all-time in free throws made (633) and free throws attempted (848), and second in career steals (688). Samuelson is also 33rd in rebounds with 1,166. Samuelson, who transferred to NDSU from Colorado State after her first year of college eligibility, is re-habbing a knee injury and is being red-shirted this season.
Other notable 2,000 point scorers from around the area include Rhonda Birch from Wadena-Deer Creek with 2,524, Jenny Brenden from Sauk Rapids-Rice with 2,279, Janessa Wolff of Park Rapids Area with 2,116, Lindsey Schultz of Ulen-Hitterdal with 2,070, Courtney Brewer of Hancock with 2,054 and Shannon Francis of Mahnomen with 2,037. Former Gopher great Lindsay Whalen from Hutchinson just missed the milestone, ending her high school career with 1,996 points.