Standout Athletes Shine in KNUJ’s Winter Sports Awards Ceremony

KNUJ Hosts 62nd Annual Player of the Year Event featured in News, Sports, and Jobs

At the 62nd Annual Player of the Year Event, KNUJ announced their 2023-2024 Winter Athletes of the Year. From a pool of 44 nominees, three athletes were selected as standouts in their respective sports.

St. Peter’s Rhyan Holmgren was named the KNUJ Girls Basketball Player of the Year for her outstanding performance in the Class AAA State Tournament and season averages of 21.9 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game.

Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial Area’s Nick Slater received the title of Wrestler of the Year for his contributions to taking LCWMA to the team state tournament and finishing second at the individual state tournament at 189 pounds. Slater finished the season with a record of 47-6.

Colton Benson from New Ulm was awarded his second KNUJ Boys Basketball Player of the Year honor for his impressive stats of 27.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game. Benson concluded his high school career with a total of 2,207 points.

During the event, KNUJ also recognized five state tournament teams: 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. The next banquet will be held on November 12th at KNUJ headquarters in Willmar Minnesota.

KNUJ is an organization that recognizes and honors outstanding athletic achievements in central Minnesota high schools during winter sports season.

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