The Owatonna High School girls and boys basketball teams held their season-ending banquets recently. The girls had a pair of seniors on their team with Sarah Kingland and Maggie Newhouse. The boys roster was filled with eight seniors with Payton Beyer, Nolan Burmeister, Jack Titchenal, Lane Versteeg, Abdi Isman, Mason Kunkel, Lincoln Maher and Emannuel Ojulu.

Boys basketball awards:

  • MVP - Brayden Williams
  • Defensive MVP - Blake Burmeister
  • Most Improved - Ty Creger
  • Blue Collar Award - Lincoln Maher
  • Teammate of the Year - Nolan Burmeister
  • Coaches' Award - Mason Kunkel

Big Nine Scholar Athletes: Titchenal, Versteeg, Maher, Kunkel and Burmeister

All Big Nine Conference: Payton Beyer, Evan Dushek, Brayden Williams

Big Nine Honorable Mention: Ty Creger

Stat leaders:

  • Best field goal percentage - Lincoln Maher, 65%
  • Best 3-point percentage - Brayden Williams, 43.3%
  • Best free throw percentage - Brayden Williams, 80%
  • Rebound leader - Payton Beyer, 125
  • Assist leader - Brayden Williams, 75
  • Steals leader - Payton Beyer, 59
  • Coach K Award - Payton Beyer

Dushek was recognized for reaching 1,000 career points during the season.

The boys won the section title, advancing to state for the seventh time in school history. Coach Josh Williams was named the section coach of the year and surpassed 300 career victories this season.


All-State Academic/All Big Nine Academic: Sarah Kingland and Maggie Newhouse.

All Big Nine Conference: Lexi Mendelhall and Sarah Kingland

The girls took a different approach to recognizing individual players. Coach Lindsey Hugstad-Vaa wrote in an email, "We talked about what each girls brings to the team instead of traditional awards as everyone is of value to the team, not just those that show up on the stat sheet."

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  • Holly Buytaert - Steady
  • Ari Shornock - Fierce
  • Lexi Mendenhall - Powerful
  • Taylor Schlauderaff - Tenacious
  • Hillary Haarstad - Warrior
  • Avery Ahrens - Resilient
  • Audrey Simon - Reliable
  • Morgan Miller - Vision
  • Lauren Sommers - Tough
  • Ashley Schlauderaff - Selfless
  • Sarah Kingland - Competitor
  • Maggie Newhouse - Driven
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