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.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

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."

submitted photo
  • 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
Enter your number to get our free mobile app

You can WIN CASH with this radio station's free app. Download the app, listen for the code words at the top of each hour Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm and start to dream about how you will spend $10,000.

The 25 Best Places to Live in Minnesota

Stacker compiled a list of the best places to live in Minnesota using data from Niche. Niche ranks places to live based on a variety of factors including cost of living, schools, health care, recreation, and weather. Cities, suburbs, and towns were included. Listings and images are from realtor.com.

On the list, there's a robust mix of offerings from great schools and nightlife to high walkability and public parks. Some areas have enjoyed rapid growth thanks to new businesses moving to the area, while others offer glimpses into area history with well-preserved architecture and museums. Keep reading to see if your hometown made the list.