Willmar's Evans, Litchfield's Wollin, Hancock's Holleman get top billing again; six others are also repeat selections
Three players from Class AA third-place New London-Spicer are among 15 players selected to the West Central Tribune's Girls Basketball All-Area Team for the 2008-09 season.
Kelsey Evans of Willmar, Jamie Wollin of Litchfield and Bree Holleman of Hancock are repeat selections to the first team. They are joined by Emily Roering of Minnewaska Area and Abby Fragodt of Benson on the first team.
Justine Dammermann of New London-Spicer was named to the second team, along with Emily Roelike of Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Kayla Dallmann of Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, Kelsey Guetter of Redwood Valley and Micaela Erickson of Lac qui Parle Valley.
New London-Spicer's Karli Wendlandt and Cassie Ziemer were selected to the third team, along with Hannah Smith of Willmar, Sarah Carlson of Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg and Heidi Lensing of Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa.
Fragodt, Roering, Erickson and Carlson were all selected to the second team last year. Roelike and Dallmann were on the third team.
The Wildcats topped Jordan 67-53 in the third-place game on Saturday at Concordia University in St. Paul. They were the lone area girls' team to earn a berth in the state tournament this winter.
"I know their stats aren't as impressive as a lot of players on other teams," said NLS coach Mike Dreier. "But in their defense, we rotate a lot of players in and out so they don't get a ton of minutes every game. But they are hard workers and we wouldn't have made it this far without them."
What Dreier didn't point out was that the Wildcats had comfortable leads against most of their opponents by halftime during the regular season and starters were relegated to the bench early.
NLS finished the season 31-2.
Roelike, Lensing and Wollin were all named to the All-Area first team in volleyball. Smith, Dammermann and Ziemer were second team in volleyball and Carlson was third team.
Roelike was also an All-Area pick in softball last spring.
The All-Area team is selected by the sports editor after consulting with staff members, coaches and several players. Coaches were asked to name their top opposing players.
Evans, Wollin, Holleman, Roering, Fragodt, Roelike and Dammermann were all named honorable mention All-State on Monday (See Page B-2).
KELSEY EVANS, Willmar
5-9 senior guard
Evans was a three-year starter for the Cardinals, helping them win the Central Lakes Conference title this year. She averaged 15.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 3.5 steals and 1.6 blocks per game as Willmar went 22-4 and reached the section final. She made 43 three-pointers this season, hitting 38 percent from beyond the arc, and also cashed 75 percent of her free-throw attempts.
"Kelsey is a big, strong guard who could hit the three or post up," said Willmar coach Brad Atchison. "She made our team go from the guard position and made our team tough to press as well. I felt she was the best defender in the conference this year. She would always guard the opposition's best player."
Evans finished her career with 1,097 points.
JAMIE WOLLIN, Litchfield
5-10 senior guard
Wollin, a three-year starter, played every position for the Dragons this season, utilizing her height, ball-handling ability and defensive prowess. She was second in the area in scoring average at 20.0 points-per-game and also averaged 5.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 4.0 steals. An outstanding outside shooter with 47 three-pointers, Wollin also was adept at driving to the basket.
"Jamie has one of the best pure shots around and can score in many different ways," said Litchfield coach Bill Huhner. "She has led our team in steals each of the last three years because of her great anticipation skills and helped create many offensive chances for us because of her defensive play."
Wollin is Litchfield's all-time scoring leader with 1,438 career points.
BREE HOLLEMAN, Hancock
5-8 junior guard
Holleman, a four-year starter, helped the Owls finish second in Class A two years ago and go 18-4 this year en route to capturing the Pheasant Conference crown. She led the area in scoring with a 22.8 points-per-game average and is on pace to break the Tribune's all-time scoring record next season. She is also Hancock's career assist leader. Holleman averaged 5.7 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 3.0 steals this season. Holleman also led the area with 59 three-pointers this season.
"Bree is tough to defend because she has a quick first step on the dribble drive and she can shoot the trey," said Hancock coach Jodi Holleman. "She does a great job of getting teammates involved in the offense. Defensively, she plays the front end on all our presses and has the ability to defend a guard or a post player."
Holleman currently has 1,782 points and is 272 away from the all-time area record.
EMILY ROERING, Minnewaska
5-9 senior forward
Roering had a heart-breaking end to her career, getting called for her fifth foul while driving for her potential 1,000th point. Still, the three-year starter had an illustrious career. She was the West Central South Conference Most Valuable Player as a junior and is in line for a second MVP award that will be named soon as Minnewaska was the conference champion. Roering averaged 14.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.4 steals for the Lakers.
"Emily is a team player on offense, but can score from anywhere," said Minnewaska coach Jeff Mensing. "Her best asset is her ability to drive to the basket and score. She has quick hands and a knack to get many steals. She guards perimeter or post players."
Roering ended her career with 998 points.
ABBY FRAGODT, Benson
5-11 junior forward
Fragodt is only the third area girl to amass over 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career and still has a year remaining. She averaged a double-double this season for the Braves with 15.6 points and 12.8 rebounds per game. Fragodt also chipped in 3.1 assists, 2.5 steals and 2.3 blocks per game. In 24 games, Fragodt posted 19 double-doubles this season. And she shot a robust 81 percent from the free-throw line.
"Abby has a great shooting touch," said Benson coach Mark Grussing. "And she is capable of hitting the three-pointer. And she is a dominating defensive player with her rebounding and blocking ability. She is a very hard worker and always wants to learn."
Currently, Fragodt has 1,138 points and 1,010 rebounds.
EMILY ROELIKE, BBE
5-6 senior guard
A three-year starter, Roelike averaged 17.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 3.1 steals per game this season for the Jaguars. A tireless worker and extremely aggressive, Roelike is only the fourth girl all-time in the area to be named All-Area in three sports in the same season.
Roelike made 52 three-pointers this season and helped the Jaguars go 18-9. She finished her career with 1,383 points.
KELSEY GUETTER, Redwood Valley
6-0 senior center
Guetter's offensive and defensive skills boosted Redwood Valley from a 13-12 record last season to 19-9 and a section final showing this season. The three-year starter averaged a double-double this season with 19.7 points and 10.4 rebounds. She shot a torrid 61 percent from the field and 72 percent from the free-throw line.
Guetter had 1,201 career points for the Cardinals.
JUSTINE DAMMERMANN, NLS
5-6 junior guard
Dammermann's strong showing in the Class AA state tournament (game-winning shot in the quarterfinals and 21 points in the third-place game) were indicative of her play all season in which she could step up in a big game. A two-year starter, Dammermann helped the Wildcats win the West Central North Conference title. She averaged 10.5 points, 4.6 assists and 2.3 steals per game. And she was the area leader in three-pointers made with 85.
Dammermann has 634 career points.
MICAELA ERICKSON, LQPV
5-9 junior guard
Erickson started three years for the Eagles and was able to score from all over the court. Erickson averaged 18.3 points to go along with 8.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.5 steals per game. She shot 42 percent from the field despite being the focal point of opposing team's defenses.
Erickson also scored her 1,000th career point this season, finishing with 1,094.
KAYLA DALLMANN, ACGC
5-10 senior forward
Dallmann started the last three seasons and part of her freshman season for the Falcons. This season, she averaged 14.2 points while shooting 46.1 percent from the field. She also averaged 6.8 re-bounds and 1.5 steals per game. During her four seasons, she has helped the Falcons win a conference title, finish second twice and third once. She shot over 47 percent in her career.
Dallmann reached the 1,000-point mark for her career in her final prep game, finishing with 1,005.
HANNAH SMITH, Willmar
5-7 junior forward
In her first full season as a starter, Smith averaged 13.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.6 steals per game as Willmar went 22-4.
She also made 28 three-pointers and has 336 career points.
KARLI WENDLANDT, NLS
5-9 junior forward
Wendlandt, a two-year starter for the Wildcats, was undersized inside, but still performed admirably and helped the Wildcats go 31-2. She averaged 10.0 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game.
She has 679 career points.
CASSIE ZIEMER, NLS
5-8 junior wing
Ziemer connected on 46 three-pointers this season for the Wildcats and averaged 7.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.7 steals per game. She was also named to the Class AA all-tournament team.
She currently has 598 points in her career.
SARAH CARLSON, KMS
5-8 junior guard
Carlson was the Most Valuable Player in the Camden North Conference this season. The three-year starter averaged 14.9 points, 6.7 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 3.4 steals per game.
She also had 38 three-pointers and finished with 1,157 career points.
HEIDI LENSING, BBE
5-11 senior forward
Lensing, who was selected to the Tribune's All-Area volleyball team three times, started two years in basketball for the Jaguars. This season, she averaged a double-double with 15.5 points and 11.9 rebounds. She also blocked 50 shots.
Lensing finished her career with 843 points.