Otters hold end of season banquetPublished 9:12am Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The Fergus Falls girls basketball team celebrated their highly successful basketball season with an awards night at the Kennedy Secondary School auditorium. This was a record-setting team and season in many ways. The team won 29 straight games, a school record for boys or girls. They also won their third straight Central Lakes Conference title, this year undefeated in the conference as they were last year. They also won the section 8AAA championship for back to back state tournament entries, the first girls team to make two straight trips to the state tournament.
Team success was equaled by individual records. Bailey Strand set the girls basketball single season scoring record, Brianna Rasmusson set the single season assist record and has broken the all-time career assist record. Strand, Rasmusson and Anna Monke each scored their 1,000th point this season, the first girls team to have three 1,000 point scorers. Strand, Rasmusson and Monke all received plaques for their 1,000 point scoring.
This was also the first time a Fergus Falls team has had three players recognized with the best players in the state, with Rasmusson and Strand voted on the All-State team and Monke getting All-State honorable mention. They received awards for this recognition.
Conference certificates were awarded to Strand, Rasmusson, Monke and Hanna Swenson for CLC performers of the week. Seniors Kaitlin Capouch and Samantha Velde received CLC Scholar awards.
Rasmusson, Strand, Monke and Swenson were all named to the CLC all-conference team. Devonie Smith, Kristin Traiser and Kathryn Sawtell all were CLC honorable mention .
Traiser and Sawtell shared the award for Most Improved Player. Capouch and Velde shared the Coaches Award. Smith received the Miss Hustle Award and the Mastercard Award (for taking the most charges defensively). Brooke Rogelstad, injured before the first game of the season, was recognized with the Character and Courage Award.
Monke shared the Outstanding Team Member Award with Rasmusson. Rasmusson also shared the Miss Defense Award , the Sly Fox Award for most steals and received recognition for having the most assists, setting the single season assist record as well as breaking the career assist record. Rasmusson also received the Otter Points Award for overall performance in all facets of the game.
Strand also shared the Miss Defense Award, and was recognized for the best free throw percentage and for breaking the all-time single season scoring record. Strand also won the Beyond the Arc Award for making the most three point shots for the season.
Swenson won the Windex Award for the most rebounds for the year (cleaning the glass). She was also recognized for having the best shooting percentage for the year and having blocked the most shots. She finished her distinguished career with 776 points and 594 rebounds.
Captains Monke, Rasmusson and Swenson were recognized with medals. Also receiving medals for their support were managers Ahna Van Valkenburg, Kenny Stensvaag and Katelyn Strand.
The captains also presented sports broadcaster Craig Olson with a Quality Player of the Game quilt, put together with t-shirts that Olson has given to girls over the season for being the Quality Player of the Game.
JV certificates were also presented: Jileen Tenneson for Best Defensive Player; Nicole Anderson for Steals and Assists Leader; Annah Pajari and Jenna Hutchins with Coaches Awards; Rachel Johnson with the Heart & Hustle Award and Free Throw Award; Ashley Reinertson with the Most Points Award; Brooklyn Seland with the Most Rebounds Award; Claire Kotschevar with the Shooting Percentage Award; Anna Norgard with the Rookie of the Year Award; and Amber Boese was presented the Otter Points-MVP Award.