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Area Notebook: All-Camden Conference teams filled with area athletes

Conference announces volleyball, all-academic squads, including student-athletes from MACCRAY, Central Minnesota Christian, Renville County West, Yellow Medicine East, Dawson-Boyd, Lac qui Parle Valley and Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg.

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MACCRAY junior Sydney Thein keeps the ball alive in the back row during a Section 3A-North semifinal mach against Canby on Monday, Nov. 9 at the R/A Facility in Marshall. Joe Brown/ West Central Tribune

The Camden Conference has released its all-conference volleyball team and MACCRAY, Central Minnesota Christian and Renville County West all have multiple selections.

Yellow Medicine East, Dawson-Boyd, Lac qui Parle Valley and Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg placed one player on the All-Camden team each.

Also, the conference has released its Academic All-Camden teams for volleyball and cross-country with numerous athletes honored at each school.

The Camden Conference’s volleyball coach of the year is Hayley Fruin from Minneota. The Vikings just wrapped up the weekend finishing second in the state in Class A, losing to Mayer Lutheran 3-0 in Saturday’s final at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

The all-conference volleyball team by school with honorable-mentions::


  • Minneota — Natalee Rolbiecki (sr.); McKenzie Tolk (sr.); McKenna Yost (sr.) and Ireland Stassen (jr.). Honorable mention: Abby Frie (sr.).

  • Canby — Maya Wente (sr.); Kyla Rangaard (sr.); Gabby Harding (sr.); Rachel Harding (sr.). Honorable mention: Paige Nelson (jr.).

  • MACCRAY — Sydney Thein (jr.); Ella Bourne (sr.): Jordan Thein (jr.). Honorable mention: Kylee Kimpling (sr.).

  • Tracy-Milroy-Balaton — Maddi Langerock (sr.); Margaret Dolan (sr.); Kiarra Danielson (sr.). Honorable mention: Camille Dolan (sr.).

  • Central Minnesota Christian — Molly Mulder (sr.); Coco Duininck (sr.). Honorable mention: Maaike Duininck (sr.).

  • Russell-Tyler-Ruthton — Ella Hesse (jr.); Gabi Borresen (so.). Honorable mention: Abby Carr (so.).

  • Renville County West — Hannah Pharr (sr.); Addyson Tanner (sr.). Honorable mention: Alice Hanson (sr.).

  • Yellow Medicine East — Yansi Flores (sr.). Honorable mention: Ruby Bones (jr.).

  • Dawson-Boyd — Ayiana Hastad (so.). Honorable mention: Kate Dahl (jr.).

  • Lac qui Parle Valley — Tori Bungarden (sr.). Honorable mention: Paige Meyer (jr.).

  • Lakeview — Bradlyn Gniffke (sr.). Honorable mention: Erin Meyer (jr.).

  • Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg — Grace Collins (sr). Honorable mention: Taylor Haats (jr.)

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Here is the fall Academic All-Conference teams for volleyball and cross-country by school:

  • Russell-Tyler-Ruthton — Faith Thomsen (sr., cross-country); Cate Cowell (sr., cross-country); Casey Swanson (sr., volleyball); Whitney Bruns (jr., volleyball); Kyah Ellefson (jr., volleyball); Lexi Schreurs (jr., volleyball); Hannah Wendland (jr., volleyball).

  • KMS — Julia Carlson (jr., volleyball); Grace Collins (sr., volleyball); Hayley Dumuth (sr., volleyball); Elsa Gjerde (jr., volleyball); Karli Jensen (sr., volleyball); Avery Joyce (jr. volleyball); Katherine Klaphake (jr., volleyball).

  • Lakeview — Cole Arends (sr., cross-country); Faith Louwagie (sr., cross-country); Grace Rausch (jr., volleyball); Korysa Herrick (jr., volleyball); Rebecca Errington (jr., volleyball).

  • TMB — Madison Timmerman (sr., cross-country); Annaka Hook (sr., cross-country); Maddi Langerock (sr., volleyball); Lauren Zick (sr., volleyball); Camille Dolan (sr., volleyball); Margaret Dolan (sr., volleyball); Amber Hensch (jr., volleyball); Elizabeth Fultz (jr., volleyball); Grace Dolan (jr., volleyball).

  • LQPV — Mya Conroy (jr., cross-country); Anika Fernholz (jr., cross-country); Taylor Shelstad (jr., cross-country); Kaiden Allpress (sr., cross-country); Payton Sterud (sr., cross-country); Lucas Vacek (sr., cross-country); Rylee Lund (jr., volleyball); Paige Meyer (jr., volleyball); Addyson Bonn (sr., volleyball).

  • YME — Ean Clarke (sr., cross-country); Sanjana Pullan (jr., cross-country); Ruby Bones (jr., volleyball); Shelby Mortenson (sr., volleyball); Kayla Nordaune (jr., volleyball); Hannah Stark (jr., volleyball).

  • Canby — Grace Drietz (sr., cross-country): Blake Stoks (sr., cross-country); Camryn Ufkin (sr., cross-country); Rachel Harding (sr., volleyball); Gabby Harding (sr., volleyball); Maya Wente (sr., volleyball); Aidyn Bruns (sr., volleyball); Mackenzie Janiszeski (sr., volleyball); Kortney Leppke (jr., volleyball); Morgan Noyes (sr., volleyball); Kyla Rangaard (sr., volleyball); Joseph Wollum (jr., volleyball-manager).

  • MACCRAY — Ella Bourne (sr., volleyball); Alix Bristle (jr., volleyball); Hallye Foster (sr., volleyball); Lily Hultgren (jr., volleyball); Olivia Naatjes (sr., volleyball); Alexis Noble (jr., volleyball); Gabby Randt (sr., volleyball); Sydney Thein (jr., volleyball); Calien Yoose (sr., volleyball-manager).

  • CMCS — Natasha Erickson (jr., cross-country); Ariana Greydanus (jr., volleyball-manager).

  • RCW — Holly Bratsch (sr., volleyball); Jennifer Bratsch (sr., volleyball); Alexa Aalderks (sr., volleyball); Anabelle Wertish (sr., volleyball); Ellie Wulf (jr., volleyball).

  • Minneota — Lyssa Kremin (jr., volleyball); Natalee Rolbiecki (sr., volleyball); Lexi Snow (sr., volleyball); McKenzie Tolk (sr., volleyball); McKenna Yost (sr., volleyball).

  • Dawson-Boyd — Jordan Perkins (jr., cross-country); Justin Perkins (jr., cross-country); Ryan Lund (sr., cross-country); Chelsie Husby (jr., volleyball); Madison Hansen (sr., volleyball).

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College updates

  • Willmar Cardinals contributed to the St. John’s University football team’s dramatic 29-28 victory over Bethel on Saturday in the MIAC championship game in Arden Hills. Tyler Johnson and Cameron Murphy, both seniors from Willmar, started on the offensive line for the fifth-ranked Johnnies, who play host to Lake Forest in the first round of the NCAA Division III playoffs. The game is at noon Saturday at Clemens Stadium.

  • Also contributing to the Bethel victory was back-up defensive back Ty Roelofs. Roelofs, a junior from Willmar, had five solo and three assisted tackles this season for SJU. Former New London-Spicer star Nick McKenzie is a back-up offensive lineman for the Johnnies. The freshman has appeared in seven games this season. Also on the roster: Litchfield quarterback Ben Alsleben and Renville County West linebacker Jaden Kolker. Both are freshmen.

  • Former Willmar star Bailey Olson has two goals in six games for the 6-0 University of Wisconsin-River Falls women’s hockey team. She is a plus-7 and has one game-winning goal. Olson is listed as a 5-foot-10 freshman forward for the Falcons, majoring in business administration.

  • Former River Lakes star Brooke Lemke also plays for the UW-River Falls women’s hockey team. The 5-5 freshman forward from Avon has yet to score in two games.

Volleyball updates

While no West Central Tribune area team qualified for the state volleyball tournament this year, the teams that knocked them off did exceptionally well.

West Central Conference champ Sauk Centre is also the state Class AA champion as well. The Mainstreeters beat Jackson County Central in the final Saturday, 3-1. Sauk Centre was the tournament’s third seed. JCC was the fourth seed. Top-seeded Southwest Minnesota Christian and second-seeded Cannon Falls both lost to unseeded teams in the first round.

In Class AAA, top-seeded Marshall beat second-seeded Kasson-Mantorville 3-0 in the final. Marshall, of course, beat Willmar in the Section 2AAA final.


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Central Minnesota Christian volleyball player Molly Mulder makes a pass in match on Oct. 12. Joe Brown/West Central Tribune

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