Tribune Notebook: Three Willmar Cardinals earn CLC performer honors

Jan. 17—WILLMAR — Three Willmar Cardinals have picked up Central Lakes Conference honors this week.

Named CLC Performers of the Week are girls hockey player Halle Mortensen, girls basketball player Allie Rosendahl and boys Nordic skier Timothy Halvorson.

Mortensen is a senior goaltender who made 29 saves in a 3-2 victory over Brainerd/Little Falls.

Rosendahl had 21 points and two assists in a victory over Fergus Falls.

Halvorson, a sophomore, finished with a season-best seventh-place finish in the St. John's Prep Invitational in Collegeville. Halvorson recorded a time of 16 minutes, 51 seconds.

Other CLC top performers include:

* From Alexandria, girls basketball player Morgan Seesz, girls Nordic Skier Jaelyn Miller, boys swimmer Erik Reineke and gymnast Dylan Witt;

* From Brainerd, girls Nordic skier Addie Ryan;

* From Fergus Falls, boys Nordic skier Tommy Erickson and wrestler Delvin Roberts;

* From Rocori, boys basketball player Jack Spanier and wrestler Jack Major;

* From Sartell, boys hockey player Noah Hacker and boys basketball player Brady Husmann;

* From St. Cloud, girls hockey player Molly Burkstrand and gymnast Maddie Anderson; and

* From St. Cloud Apollo, boys swimmer Hunter Jokinen;

The Atwater Cosmos-Grove City dance team had a strong showing at its invitational on Saturday in Grove City.

The Falcons took first place in varsity high kick and fourth in varsity jazz. The ACGC JV team also took first place in high kick.

Team members are: Laura Anderson, Kendell Berger, Macy Elton, Ally Giese, Brinley Grimsgard, Haley Johnson, Kaylee Keppers, Shelby Lange, Lily Matteson, Rylie Nelson, Jayden Olson, Sophie Oyen, Jada Rosenquist, Gabi Shea and Josie Starkovich

* Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa star Abby Berge has announced on Twitter that she has committed to Minnesota State-Moorhead to continue her basketball career. MSU-Moorhead is an NCAA Division II program in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. Berge is a 5-foot-11 senior guard for BBE, which is ranked 15th in the state in Class A.

Currently on MSU-Moorhead's women's basketball roster is former BBE star Allisa Knight. The 5-11 sophomore forward averages 2.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game for the Dragons, who are 5-7 in the NSIC and 8-8 overall.

* Former MACCRAY star Brady Kienitz is in the rotation on the Gustavus Adolphus College men's basketball team. Kienitz, a 6-foot-2 sophomore guard, has played in all 14 games for the 6-8 Gusties, starting once. He averages 6.4 points per game and plays 17.9 minutes per game, shooting 45.7% from the field (32 of 70), including 42.9% from 3-point range (42.9%). He has made 5 of 8 free throw, good for 62.5%.

* Also on the Gusties' roster is former Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa star Ashton Dingmann. Dingmann, a 6-4 freshman forward, has yet to appear in a varsity game.

* St. Olaf head women's basketball coach Kelly Mahlum has the Oles off to a 7-7 start, including 4-7 in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Mahlum, a former star athlete at Danube-Renville-Sacred Heart, is in her third season at St. Olaf. Mahlum was a Hengstler-Ranweiler Award recipient in 1988 and went on to a standout multi-sport career at the College of St. Benedict.