It's been a season like no other for the Medford girls basketball team, which just finished off an unbeaten regular season. Their 23-0 record is a new school record for victories in a season, eclipsing the 19-8 record of the 2002-03 team. The Tigers nearly tied the record last winter, going 18-8. For their record-setting season, the Medford girls basketball team is our H & R Block Stat Sheet Stuffers of the Week.

Mark Kubat is in his tenth year as head coach and says going unbeaten was not necessarily part of the plan, "Definitely, wasn't one of our goals, wasn't the plan. But we just took one game at a time. I just told them to go undefeated on the season...first of all you got to be really tough. You have to be really healthy and, third, you got to have a little luck."

Kuby says he doesn't think much of the "luck" thing has been tapped and that "hard work" has gotten the team to this point. He hopes luck will come their way if needed in sections.

The 23 consecutive wins is a school record winning streak, breaking one of 17 straight from 1982. The team had 26 games scheduled this season but weather postponements and rescheduled games forced three games to be nixed.

The team recently saluted their lone senior, Bailey Purrier. Kubat said she is, "extremely competitive young lady...She'll get you the big steal. She'll get you the big defensive stop." He also called her a great "big sister" to the younger players on the team.

Many of those "younger players" were part of the state runner-up volleyball team this past fall. It has been a school year like no other for the Medford girls' athletes.

The Tigers just had a near-record performance from sophomore Kinsey Cronin with her 18 rebounds in Monday's win over Blue Earth Area. The Tigers record is 24 rebounds in a single game. Cronin also scored 14 points in the 59-50 win.

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Owatonna High School graduate Bri Hartmann, now a senior tennis player at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter was recently named the H & R Block Stat Sheet Stuffer.


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