Marshall Bjorklund named KNUJ’s “Player of the Year”


Marshall Bjorklund headlined a list of Sibley East athletes recognized Tuesday at the 48th annual KNUJ “Player of the Year” banquet in New Ulm

Bjorklund, a senior center for the Wolverines this past season, was named KNUJ’s “Player of the Year” for boys basketball.

Other Sibley East candidates for “Player of the Year” honors included basketball players Courtney Nienaber, Marie Rose and Ian Berg, and wrestlers Adam Bates and Aaron Rose.

It was another outstanding season for Bjorklund and he topped off his high school career by leading the Wolverines to a State tournament.

Bjorklund averaged 25 points and 15 rebounds per game. The 6’-8” center also blocked four shots per contest.

In four seasons of varsity basketball, Bjorklund netted approximately 1900 career points. He holds the Sibley East record for points and rebounds in a career.

Bjorklund, who was one of five finalists for Minnesota’s Mr. Basketball award, will continue his cage career at North Dakota State University. He is the son of Dale and Tracie Bjorklund of rural Gaylord.

Candidates for “Player of the Year” honors received “Player of the Week” recognition during the season.

Berg was named KNUJ “Player of the Week” last month. The senior guard averaged 11 points, three rebounds and three assists this season.

Sibley East’s Courtney Nienaber was named “Player of the Week” early in the season. In her senior campaign, she led the Lady Wolverines with 331 points.

Marie Rose led all Wolverines this past season with 204 rebounds. The senior also netted 248 points.

Seniors Bates and Rose meanwhile were leaders for the Sibley East wrestling team. Rose (37-11) finished fourth at the State meet and set a Sibley East record this season with 24 pins. Bates (35-12) qualified for State for a third straight year and he joined Sibley East’s 100 win club this past season.

St. Peter’s AnnMarie Brown was named the girls basketball “Player of the Year.” The junior led the Saints to a state tournament this past season.

Top wrestling honors were shared by River Valley’s Tony Vaske and Spencer Johnson of Windom/MLBO. Vaske was coached by Gaylord High School graduate Jeff Briard.

KNUJ’s “Player of the Week” area covers 25 schools from sections 2, 3, 4 and 5. The guest speaker at Tuesday’s banquet was Mickey Haller, the Gustavus women’s basketball coach.

Boys Basketball
Marshall Bjorklund – Sibley East
Ian Berg – Sibley East
Dalton Kleinschmidt – Cedar Mt./Co.
Brodie Raymond – St. Peter
Jesse Kieper – Springfield
Galen Holzhueter – MVL
Nate Golden – Cedar Mt./Co.
Tyler Marz – Springfield
Kaine Dummer – Glencoe-S.L.
Jordan Milbrath – Springfield
Mason Comnick – Westbrook/W.G.
Kevin Larson – N.U. Cathedral
Zach Quiring – New Ulm
Jay Rogotzke – GFW

Girls Basketball
Courtney Nienaber – Sibley East
Marie Rose – Sibley East
AnnMarie Brown – St. Peter
Karlee Ilgen – Buffalo Lake/Hec.
Jenna Mettler – Nicollet
Nicole Kerkhoff – Cedar Mt./Co.
Mashaye Wilson – MVL
Jordan Feis – Truman
Kayla Mathiowetz – Cedar Mt./Co.
Shelby Weiderhoeft – Truman
Bobbie Uecker – Buffalo Lake/Hec.
Jamie Hanson – Cedar Mt./Co.
Katy Kuiper – St. Peter

Adam Bates – Sibley East
Aaron Rose – Sibley East
Spencer Johnson – Windom/MLBO
Jake Schmidt – New Ulm
Alex Cooling – Madelia/Truman/ML
Ethan Hildebrandt – St. James
Kyle Schulte – BOLD
Cody Schunk – Wabasso/RRC
Tony Vaske – River Valley
Billy Hochstein – Windom/MLBO
Josh Falk – Windom/MLBO
Dustin Caspers – BOLD
Drake Borsgard – Windom/MLBO
Taner Trembley – LCWM