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Fragodt is girls H-R winner

Abby Fragodt of Benson was named the girls' winner of the Hengstler-Ranweiler award for outstanding prep athlete in the area. <b>Rand Middleton</b>

As if two large plaques weren't enough in the Fragodt household. Now there will be three after Abby was named the winner of the Tribune's Hengstler-Ranweiler award for outstanding female high school athlete in the area.

Both of Fragodt's brother, Joey in 2006 and Daniel in 2007, won the H-R award.

The Fragodts are the third family to have three sibling win the award, following the Mulder brothers (Larry in 1972, Greg in 1974 and Kevin in 1975) of Renville and the Rambows (Eric in 1999, Carin in 2000 and Krista in 2002) of Litchfield.

Fragodt earned 15 letters at Benson, playing tennis, basketball and golf. She qualified for state in tennis four times and in golf twice.

And she is only the third female basketball player from the area to record over 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career.

In tennis, Fragodt was on the winning end of 90 percent of her matches, going 171-20, including 33-3 at 1-singles her senior year. Playing doubles, she and her partner, Mackenzie Weber, were third in 2007 and fourth in 2006. Fragodt went 1-1 at state in singles in both her junior and senior years. The Benson/KMS team also qualified for the state tournament her senior year.

"Abby's character is above reproach," said BKMS tennis coach Don Brehmer. "She is self-motivated and works extremely hard on her own to make herself the best player in the section over the past four years."

Fragodt earned All-Area honors in basketball three times as a forward with the Braves. She finished an illustrious career with 1,498 points, 1,325 rebounds, 315 assists, 280 steals and 186 blocked shots. She led her team in all five categories in both her junior and senior years, and also in every category except assists her sophomore year.

"Abby has been a model of consistency," said Benson girls basketball coach Mark Grussing. "Her determination and unselfishness led her to be an outstanding leader on our tea, and she was a person that was liked and respected by all of her teammates."

Fragodt qualified for the state golf meet as a sophomore and junior, but missed by one stroke this spring as section realignments placed Benson/KMS in the same section as four-time state champion Minnewaska Area. She lettered four years in golf and was all-conference all four years, finishing fifth as a junior and sixth as a senior in the West Central South Conference meet.

"Abby has always been a team leader," said BKMS golf coach Rock Moesenthin. "Abby has a great work and pratice ethic. She is very coachable and takes great pride in doing and being the best that she can be."

And just like she followed her brothers in winning the H-R award, she will be going to the University of Minnesota-Morris next season where they both go to school.