Sports briefs: Norby passes 1,000-rebound mark, Cards get four with CLC honors

Ashby junior Jaden Norby (right) guards Brandon-Evansville senior Tanner Bitzan during a game this past winter season. Norby passed both the 1,000-career points and rebounds mark this winter and will head into his senior season with 1,208 points and 1,018 rebounds. (Eric Morken / Echo Press)

Ashby junior Jaden Norby had already passed the 1,000-career point mark during the 2019-20 season, and head coach John Holsten found out after the season that Norby accomplished an even rarer milestone in the playoffs.

The junior, 6-foot, 4-inch center for the Arrows grabbed his 1,000th-career rebound during the first round of the playoffs against Brandon-Evansville on March 5. Norby finished the season with 1,208 career points and 1,018 rebounds and still has one year to add to those totals.

Jaden Norby

According to Starbuck’s Matt Pederson, who tracks statewide basketball records, there were nearly 180 active boys players in Minnesota high school basketball this winter season with 1,000-career points. That’s compared to just five players other than Norby with 1,000-career rebounds that Pederson was aware of.


Ashby has not been able to hold its season-ending awards banquet due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Arrows finished the season 19-9 and had four players finish averaging double figures in points.

Norby put in 13.1 points and had a team-best 280 rebounds and 107 assists. Sophomore forward Jacob Cook led Ashby in scoring at 14.9 points-per game to go with 150 rebounds.

Sophomore forward Hunter Norby averaged 12.6 points and had a team-best 51 blocks. Another sophomore in guard Torin Olson averaged 11 points, as well.

Ashby’s lone senior in Noah Johnson averaged 7.3 points a night.

Roderick, Hedstrom, Hoskins named All-CLC

The Alexandria boys basketball team has not gotten the chance to hand out its team-voted awards due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Cardinals did receive some postseason recognition from the Central Lakes Conference.

Colton Roderick

Junior guard Colton Roderick, sophomore forward Erik Hedstrom and sophomore guard Kristen Hoskins were all named All-Central Lakes Conference. Senior guard Carrson Jones was also an All-CLC honorable-mention selection.


Roderick led Alexandria in points (551), assists (87), rebounds (187) and steals (93) this winter. His averages came out to 19 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3.2 steals a night. Roderick shot 54% overall, including 41% from three on 38-of-91 from behind the arch.

Erik Hedstrom

Hedstrom led the Cardinals from deep by shooting 45% from three (54-of-118). He also knocked down 86% of his free throws (50-of-58) on his way to averaging 11.8 points per game.

Kristen Hoskins

Hoskins was Alexandria’s second-leading scorer at 14.7 points a night. He shot 52% from two (124-of-238), 37% from three (38-of-101) and 75% from the free-throw line (65-of-86).


Carrson Jones

Jones was a fourth player to average double figures in points with 12.0 a night. He got to the basket and shot 47% from inside the arch (86-of-181), while also knocking down 66% from the free-throw line (91-of-137).

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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