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Krogseng makes her hoops decision ; SCC standout picks St. Thomas

Friends and family look on as St. Croix Central senior Mia Krogseng signs her NCAA letter of intent to attend the University of St. Thomas and play basketball for the Tommies. Dave Newman / RiverTown Multimedia

St. Croix Central girls basketball standout Mia Krogseng has made her college decision.

An NCAA letter of intent signing was held last Tuesday at the St. Croix Central High School gym, where Krogseng announced her decision to attend the University of St. Thomas.

Krogseng ended her career as the St. Croix Central's all-time leading scorer with 1,519 total points. She was named Most Valuable Player of the Middle Border Conference this winter after leading the Panthers to their first MBC team championship.

Luke Fritsche coached Krogseng throughout her high school career. He marvels at the broad spectrums of ability she possesses. He said that blend of abilities made Krogseng attractive to college scouts.

"She can play just about anywhere and be successful. We played her at the point, in the post, on the wing and she was always successful," Fritsche said.

Fans from all over Western Wisconsin shared in the sadness when Krogseng's father, Dan, passed away unexpectedly the day of the Panthers' home playoff game against Baldwin-Woodville on Feb. 23. There was no possibility of postponing the game. Instead, the Panthers played one of the most inspired halves of basketball in program history. With her teammates rallying around her, the Panthers built a 16-2 lead within minutes. The intensity never wavered as the Panthers constructed a 42-13 lead by halftime. Krogseng finished with 27 points as the Panthers won 69-25.

Fritsche said the season was filled with stress for Krogseng. With her father diagnosed with cancer early in the season, along with a season filled with nagging injuries, every game was a battle for her.

"I don't know if you'll ever see a kid who went through as much as she did this season and continue to perform so well," Fritsche said. "We're not the Middle Border champions without her. If there's a better player in the history of this program, I haven't seen her."

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 more than 30 years.

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