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Middle Border Conference top senior scholar-athletes honored

Here are the scholar-athletes chosen from each of the Middle Border Conference schools for 2017.1 / 4
Somerset athletic director John Walsh is pictured with Spartan senior scholar athletes Nick Maitrejean and Haley Bassett. 2 / 4
St. Croix Central athletic director Jeremy Kerg (center) is shown with scholar athletes Katheryn Holter and Trevor Nelson.3 / 4
New Richmond athletic director Casey Eckardt is shown with scholar-athlete Lexi Brown. Russ Hop was unable to attend.4 / 4

The best and the brightest of the Middle Border Conference was on display at the 2017 Middle Border Conference Scholar-Athlete Banquet.

This year’s banquet was held last Wednesday at the new St. Croix Central High School auditorium.

The top male and female senior scholar-athlete from each of the eight MBC schools was honored at the banquet.

Long-time New Richmond boys tennis coach and public address announcer Mike Montello was the keynote speaker for the banquet. Montello’s message to the students was they are off to a great start. But he reminded them that this is just the beginning to the marathons that are their lives.

Each school nominates its top male and female senior scholar-athletes to the WIAA for statewide honors. Four boys and four girls from each of the WIAA divisions across the state are selected for those honors. Last year, one of the MBC scholar-athletes, Alicia Monson of Amery, was chosen as a WIAA State Scholar-Athlete.

Here is information the 16 scholar-athletes selected from around the Middle Border Conference.

New Richmond

Lexi Brown: She carries a 3.56 grade point average. She has competed for four years in soccer and cross country. She plans to attend UW-Oshkosh to study nursing.

Russ Hop: Hop carries a 3.96 grade point average. He has competed in soccer, basketball and tennis for four years. His plans are to attend the University of Minnesota to study accounting.

Somerset

Haley Bassett: She carries a 4.0 grade point average. She competed in volleyball, basketball and softball for four years. She plans to attend Minnesota State-Mankato or Gustavus Adolphus to study nursing.

Nick Maitrejean: Maitrejean carries a 3.76 grade point average. He competed in football and basketball for the Spartans. He plans to study mechanical engineering at Michigan Tech University.

St. Croix Central

Katheryn Holter: Holter carries a 4.0 grade point average. She competed in basketball and track for the Panthers. She plans to study biology at Carthage College or the University of St. Thomas.

Trevor Nelson: Nelson carries a 3.92 grade point average. He competed in football, basketball and track at Central. He plans to attend UW-Eau Claire to study geology.

Amery

Dani Meyer: Meyer carries a 3.702 grade point average. She competed in tennis, basketball and softball at Amery. She plans to attend UW-River Falls to study art and horticulture.

Seth Amundsen: He carries a 3.845 grade point average. Amundsen competed in football, basketball and track. His plans include attending Northwestern of St. Paul to study physical education and health.

Baldwin-Woodville

Emma Berndt: She carries a 3.96 grade point average while competing in cross country, basketball and track. She plans to attend UW-La Crosse, UW-River Falls or St. Scholastica to study physical therapy.

Matt Berg: Berg carries a 3.98 grade point average. He competed at soccer, basketball and track at Baldwin-Woodville. He intends to study business economics at South Dakota State University.

Ellsworth

Kacie Lansing: She carries a 3.2 grade point average. She competed in golf for four years with the Panthers. She plans to attend the University of Concordia-St. Paul to study criminal justice and psychology.

Mylon Anderson: Anderson maintained a 3.3 grade point average. He competed in football, basketball, track and cross country for the Panthers. He plans to attend Crown College.

Osceola

Ann Salewski: She maintained a 3.93 grade point average while competing in tennis, basketball and softball. She intends to attend St. Cloud State University to study psychology or social work.

Jason Bents: Bents carries a 3.99 grade point average. He competed in football, basketball and track for the Chieftains. He plans to attend St. Cloud State to study accounting and business.

Prescott

Alysse Lewis: Lewis carries a 3.892 grade point average. She competed in cross country, basketball and track for the Cardinals. She plans to study biology at UW-Madison.

Luke Murphy: Murphy carries a 3.905 grade point average. He is a member of the cross country, basketball and baseball programs. His plan is to attend UW-La Crosse to study business.

Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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