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Five Local Players Selected Polar League All-Conference

Five talented local basketball players were recently named to the all-conference basketball team in the Polar League. The first team includes record setting local players including Agate seniors Trent Gomez and Karly Holm and Mariner senior Danika Thompson. Agate senior Ethan Bopp and sophomore Rachel Bopp were named to the second team.

Trent Gomez says that this year’s record of 24-5 is perhaps the high point of his career. Gomez leaves the program as the career leading scorer as well as the all time leader in steals and successful 3-pointers. Trent was second team all-conference selection as a freshman and first team the past three seasons. He stated that he found great joy in every part of his basketball experience including reaching the third round of the section playoffs. Trent is committed to Augsburg College, where he intends to play basketball and study exercise science.

Karly Holm was a second team selection last year and a deserving member of this year’s first team. This season Karly set the records for scoring in a game, career three pointers, points in a season of over 800, and averaged an amazing thirty points per game. Next year Karly will be attending a two-year school in Iowa (she will decide which school in the coming week) where she intends to play basketball and soccer. Karly aims for a degree in biology with a long term goal to enter veterinary medicine.

Danika Thompson was second team as a sophomore and first team in both her junior and senior seasons. She averaged just under twenty-five points, ten rebounds and four steals per game this past season. She broke the Mariner girl’s career scoring record with 1,566 points. She also had a career total of 846 rebounds. Danika is committed to attend the University of Wisconsin-Superior where she will join the basketball program and study health care administration. Unfortunately, Dani is recovering from an injury and was unable to play in the all-star game. The good news is that she was replaced by talented Mariner junior Izzy Carey.

Ethan Bopp is the ultimate “team first” guy in his selection to the second team. Asked for his personal highlights, Ethan talked about the team’s second round playoff win along with the opening win of the year against Chisholm. His career highlight was the progress his team made, ending up with sixty-two wins in his four year varsity career. He plans on attending the College of St. Scholastica where he is considering a degree in finance.

Rachel Bopp averaged over twelve points per game. Rachel also stars at volleyball and runs track. Her favorite memory of this season came from a game against Northwoods in which she got the assist when Karly reached the 1000 point mark. “A good pass is as big a thrill as making a shot.”

These five young people are great examples of the quality athletes, students and people that we are fortunate to have in Lake Superior Schools.

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