Alexandria boys honor athletes from state runner-up season

The lone senior in the starting lineup, Colton Roderick, wraps up his standout career by being named MVP after helping lead the Cardinals to the Class 3A state championship game.

Alexandria senior guard Colton Roderick splits two defenders on his way to the basket against Richfield in the Class 3A state semifinals on April 8, 2021. Roderick earned the Cardinals' MVP Award at their season-ending banquet after he averaged a team-best 16.5 points to go with 4.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.9 steals per game. (Eric Morken / Echo Press)

The Alexandria boys basketball team put a bow on one of the best seasons in program history on May 7 by handing out its team awards to honor the athletes responsible for a runner-up finish in state at the Class 3A level.

At 22-2 overall and 15-1 in the Central Lakes Conference, the Cardinals won the CLC title for the first time since 2001-02 when Alexandria and Little Falls both went 9-5 in league play. Senior Colton Roderick and juniors Erik Hedstrom and Kristen Hoskins were all named All-CLC players this winter. Kobe Jenson and Myles Sansted (7.2 PPG) were two huge pieces off the bench for this team, and they earned honorable-mention All-CLC status for excelling in that role.

Roderick earned the Cardinals’ team MVP Award. Roderick passed the 1,000-point milestone for his career in a win over Bemidji on Feb. 12. He finished the season averaging a team-best 16.5 points-per game to go with 4.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.9 steals.

Roderick, who will play for Bemidji State University starting this next school year, shot 41.2% from three, 75.7% from the free-throw line and 51.5% overall on nearly 12 shots per game.


Kobe Jenson

Jenson, who joined this team after moving from Oregon before his senior year, earned Alexandria’s Most Improved Player Award. He shot 45% overall on his way to averaging 6.2 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.

Jenson had a big hand in two of the most exciting games of the season when he hit the game-winning three at Bemidji in overtime on Feb. 23 and finished with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocks in the 66-64 win over Richfield in the state tournament semifinals on April 8.

Wyatt Odland / Most Valuable Defensive Back

Junior guard Wyatt Odland rounded out the team-award winners by earning the Defensive MVP honor. Odland scored 4.3 points per game but made his biggest impact as a starter for Alexandria on the defensive end. He took nearly a charge per game (0.8) to lead the Cardinals in that category.

Odland is part of a solid nucleus that is expected back next year. Odland, Carter Steffensmeier (3.9 PPG, 5.3 RPG), Hoskins (12.4 PPG, 3.6 APG, 2.5 RPG, 1.4 SPG) and Hedstrom (14.4 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 1.5 ASG, 1.3 SPG) are all starters who should return to help make this another talented program next winter.


Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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