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Doyle wins all-star dunk contest

ogan Doyle dunked in the season opener against Moorhead on November 30. (Eric Morken, Echo Press)

Logan Doyle loves to throw down a dunk in the flow of a game but admitted he was pretty nervous with all eyes on him during a dunk contest on the second night of the 2013 Minnesota Senior All-Star Series.

"I'm not going to lie, it was kind of nerve wracking," Doyle said. "Having to dunk in front of that many people was kind of weird. I was kind of nervous because I didn't want to miss."

Doyle put aside those nerves and impressed enough to take home the dunk contest title on April 6 at Macalester College in St. Paul. He made a 360 on his first jam before showing off his leaping ability by jumping over a 6'1" teammate on his second dunk.

Doyle just missed on a third attempt as he tried to gather a pass off the side of the backboard and throw it down. The damage had been done by that point as Doyle's second dunk left a lasting impression on the judges.

"Friday before the game, I had practiced a couple things," he said. "Saturday came and my teammate and I decided to do a couple crazy things. One of them I had planned, the other two were just spur of the moment."

Doyle was one of 40 seniors who were selected by the Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association to take part in the two-day all-star series. The first night of games took place at St. Cloud State University on April 5. The players then traveled to Macalester College the next day for a second round of skills competitions and games.

"I was really shocked," Doyle said of getting invited to the event. "[Alexandria head coach Forrest] Witt called me into his office and said that I was selected. I was really honored. I know of all the people who had played in it before."

Doyle said eight of the 10 seniors who are going to play Division I basketball next year were at the event. That included his future teammate at South Dakota State University and Minnesota's all-time leading scorer, Anders Broman of Lakeview Christian.

Doyle was on Team Maroon, which was coached by Dave Montbriand and Brad Goodwin of Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa. His team lost both nights in up-and-down, high-scoring affairs, but that didn't take away from the experience.

"It was a blast, just playing with that many good people and all the seniors who are that good," Doyle said. "It was a really cool experience playing against guys who are that caliber of player...I played against a couple other posts who were going DI, so it was a really good thing to gauge my skills before I go off to college this summer."

Doyle said he will head to Brookings about a week after he graduates in early June. He will take part in some summer courses to lighten the class schedule during the season. That will also allow him to get going with the Jackrabbits' summer workouts as he prepares to take his game to the next level.

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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