Record-Breaking Athletes and Championship Teams: KNUJ Celebrates Outstanding Performances in Winter Sports

KNUJ Hosts 62nd Annual Player of the Year Event | News, Sports, Job Opportunities

The KNUJ announced their 2023-2024 Winter Athletes of the Year at their 62nd Annual Player of the Year Event in New Ulm. Out of the 44 nominees, three athletes were selected for their outstanding performances.

Rhyan Holmgren from St. Peter was named the KNUJ Girls Basketball Player of the Year. She stood out during her play in the Class AAA State Tournament and averaged 21.9 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game. Nick Slater from Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial Area was honored as the Wrestler of the Year for his contributions to his team’s success at both state tournaments and placing second in his weight class at the individual state tournament with a record of 47-6. Colton Benson from New Ulm received his second KNUJ Boys Basketball Player of the Year award for excelling with an average of 27.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game throughout his career, finishing with an impressive point total of 2,207.

KNUJ also recognized five state tournament teams at the event: New Ulm boys hockey team, LCWMA wrestling team, Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart girls basketball team, St. Peter girls basketball team, and Mountain Lake Area/Comfrey boys basketball team for their exceptional performance during the season

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