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Senior Karly Betterman goes into a shot against Sauk Centre on January 25, 2014. Betterman took home three team-voted awards. (Blaze Fugina/Echo Press)

The Alexandria girls’ basketball team recognized its award winners at the season-ending banquet recently with Karly Betterman taking home three team-voted honors. 

The senior point guard was named the defensive player of the year, playmaker of the year and also earned the Hustle Award for her play. Betterman did a little bit of everything for this group, scoring 225 points and dishing out 78 assists to go along with 66 steals and 72 rebounds.

Fellow senior Amanda Christianson took home the Offensive Player of the Year Award from her teammates. She led the team with 338 points in 20 games for a 16.9 points per game average.

Christianson was also named to the Class AAA all-star game as she and junior center Brooke Heggie were each Coaches Association All-State honorable mention players. Heggie was second for Alexandria in points scored with 310 and first in rebounds at 125.

Christianson, Betterman and Heggie were all named to the All-Central Lakes Conference team. Sarah Bruzek, Macy Hatlestad and Kendall Kohler were also honorable-mention all-conference selections.

Senior Emily Thul took home the Top-20 Award from her team. Fellow seniors Amanda Gould and Sam Frederick then shared the Most Improved Award to round out the team-voted award winners.

The Cardinals finished the season with another winning record at 19-7 and also had some impressive accomplishments in the classroom.

Alexandria had 15 members of the program earn the Gold standard of the MSHSL Spotlight on Scholarship Academic Achievement Award and another seven earn the Silver standard. Christianson and Thul were both named to the Coaches Association academic all-state team with GPAs of 3.8 or higher.


TEAM VOTED – Offensive Player of the Year – Christianson; Playmaker of the Year – Betterman; Defensive Player of the Year – Betterman; Hustle Award – Betterman; Top 20 – Thul; Most Improved – Gould, Frederick

ALL-CLC – Christianson, Betterman, Heggie; Honorable mention – Bruzek, Hatlestad, Kohler


ACADEMIC ALL-STATE – Christianson, Thul

ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE (Seniors only, 3.5 GPA) – Betterman, Christianson, Thul

ACADEMIC GOLD AWARD – Christianson, Thul, Betterman, Natalie Amundson, Gretchen Revering, Anna Lee, Karsen Granning, Marissa Otto, Kalley Blade, Megan Egenes, Caley Haugen, Katie Desautels, Emma Ziegler, Kendall Kohler, Macy Hatlestad

SILVER – Alyssa Friederich, Sam Frederick, Amanda Gould, Sarah Bruzek, Carly Dropik, Tiffany Bertek, Kayla Feldhake

SEASON STATS – Gretchen Revering – 3 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds; Thul – 47 points, 20 assists, 12 steals, 37 rebounds; Christianson – 338 points, 52 assists, 45 steals, 79 rebounds; Hatlestad – 161 points, 124 assists, 55 steals, 110 rebounds; Kohler – 202 points, 54 assists, 54 steals, 44 rebounds; Bruzek – 106 points, 38 assists, 30 steals, 75 rebounds; Betterman – 225 points, 78 assists, 66 steals, 72 rebounds; Anna Lee – 3 rebounds; Jaylen Olson-Rodel – 25 points, 5 assists, 5 steals, 10 rebounds; Alyssa Freiderich – 2 points, 3 steals, 7 rebounds; Dropik – 2 points, 1 assist, 2 steals, 7 rebounds; Gould – 75 points, 4 assists, 3 steals, 32 rebounds; Frederick – 18 points, 2 steals, 22 blocks; Heggie – 310 points, 16 assists, 36 steals, 125 rebounds; Karsen Granning – 1 point, 1 rebound; Cheyenne Hendrickson – 86 points, 14 assists, 19 steals, 78 rebounds; Emma Ziegler – 1 assist, 3 rebounds

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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