Prep Notebook: Schultz leads state in scoring

The Morris/Benson Area girls hockey team continues to amass incredible offensive prowess, averaging 6.3 goals per game and outscoring their opponents 118-36 this season.

The Morris/Benson Area girls hockey team continues to amass incredible offensive prowess, averaging 6.3 goals per game and outscoring their opponents 118-36 this season.

Dani Schultz, a senior center, leads the state in goals (50) and total points (78), four more than Taylor Kuehl of Mound-Westonka. Schultz went over the 300-point mark for her career earlier in the season and now has 212 goals, 151 assists and 363 points in her career. Schultz has scored at least one goal in every game this season and has 11 hat tricks.

Sara Rajewsky, a senior wing, is currently fourth in the state in scoring with 64 points (31 goals, 33 assists). She passed the 200-point mark for her career recently and is currently sitting at 221 career points (132 goals, 98 assists). She has five hat tricks this winter.

Senior goalie Brooke Falk also recorded her 21st career shutout after blanking Marshall on Jan. 20. She is 12-3 this season with a .933 save percantage and a 1.96 goals-against-average.

Consider that even thought the three aforementioned are teammates on an excellent team, they won't graduate together. Schultz will graduate from Morris Area this spring, while Rajewsky will graduate with her Benson classmates, and Falk with her Minnewaska Area classmates.


Morris/Benson Area is 16-3 on the season. While the team has six seniors on the roster (Monica Lindblad, Sam Falk and Kelly Mahoney are the others), there are no junior or sophomores and just one freshman. Mahoney has two eighth-graders and six seventh-graders that fill out the roster. MBA head coach Jeff Mahoney recorded his 100th career win on Jan. 18, a 10-2 victory over Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena-Deer Creek.

"The young kids are getting some good experience by skating with these older girls," said Mahoney. "It's working out well. After the seniors, we are a very young team and they have made some mistakes. But they are improving every game."

BBE's Kuefler out with concussion

Kevin Kuefler, a 6-foot-5 senior point guard who is fourth in the area in scoring this season, has missed the past two basketball games for Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa after suffering a concussion in a game against Pierz on Jan. 20.

"He was either hit in the head or hit his head on the floor during a pileup under the basket," said BBE coach Dave Montbriand. "I could not see it and he isn't sure what caused it."

Kuefler must get clearance from a doctor before returning to action. He will visit a doctor today and could play tonight at home against Holdingford or next Tuesday at Eden Valley-Watkins.

BBE (15-0) defeated Hancock (0-12) 69-27 in Kuefler's absence on Tuesday.

"Fortunately, we have great depth and the other kids have stepped up," said Montbriand. "Freshman Brian Goodwin has emerged as a solid point guard in (Kuefler's) absence."


Fransen also out

Ryan Fransen, a 6-3 junior forward for Renville County West, has also missed the past two games with a foot injury. Fransen, who was a wrestler last winter, switched sports and has been a surprise for the Jaguars, averaging 16.3 points in eight games.

Fransen, who missed his sophomore season of wrestling because of a knee injury, has a stress fracture on the foot.

"We expect him to be out two to three more weeks," said RCW coach Rich Schrupp.

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