FHS nets 7 spots on all-SCC hoops teams

FAIRMONT – Fairmont head coach Don Waletich’s Cardinal girls basketball team etched its name into the history books this winter.

The Cardinals compiled a perfect 10-0 record against league opponents to capture the last-ever South Central Conference championship in their sport.

The South Central Conference has agreed to join forces with the Southwest Conference, becoming what will be known as the Big South Conference during the 2014-15 school year.

Not only did Waletich’s Cardinals post a perfect conference record, but the red-and-white lineup produced the program’s single-season victory mark of 25 out of 30 games.

Fairmont, who eclipsed the previous record of 22 wins set during the 2008-09 season, also reached the Section 3AA championship game for the first time since 2008.

Senior center Kayla Lardy, sophomore power forward Courtney Mosloski and junior point guard Sierra Schultz each earned all-SCC first-team accolades for Fairmont, while junior forward Alex Christianson received honorable mention status.

Blue Earth Area senior guard Jenna Stevermer also merited first-team all-conference honors, while Buc junior guard Kaitlyn Olsen was selected to the honorable mention team.

New Ulm senior forward Ellie Schneider, St. James sophomore guard Julia Beckius, St. Peter junior guard Logan Retzlaff, St. Peter junior center Olivia Hass, Waseca junior guard Mikayla Rollings, Waseca junior post player Kristin Simmons and Waseca junior forward Katie Tlusty rounded out the all-SCC first-team choices.

New Ulm sophomore guard Kelsey Anderson, St. Peter sophomore forward Sidney Welp and Waseca junior forward Sam Hiller completed the honorable mention picks.

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While Fairmont head coach Jared Thompson’s boys basketball lineup merited runner-up honors in the SCC to final champion Waseca this season, the Cardinals did qualify for the state tournament for the first time in 24 years.

Like its female counterparts, Fairmont also established its program’s single-season wins mark of 25 out of 31 games en route to a fourth-place finish in the Class AA state tournament.

The Cardinals’ senior trio of Josh Eversman, Mitch Pfingsten and Jay Ruen captured first-team all-league honors. Eversman and Pfingsten also were named to the all-state tournament team, with Ruen compiling state statistics more than worthy of a spot on the elite team.

Blue Earth Area senior post player Luke Monson also claimed first-team all-SCC honors, while Buc junior guard Derek Johnson was selected to the honorable mention team.

New Ulm senior forward Grant Kannegiesser, St. James senior forward Zach Brandts, St. James senior guard Walker Froehling, St. Peter senior center Kolin Bartlett, St. Peter senior forward Tommy Steidler, Waseca sophomore guard Nick Dufault, Waseca junior point guard Shane Streich and Waseca senior power forward Devin Williamson rounded out the first-team all-SCC choices.

St. James senior guard John Olsen, along with Waseca senior guard Thomas O’Neil and Waseca senior center Jake Busse, completed the honorable mention team.