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All-state teams unveiled

By Ryan Williamson, SportsEngine, 02/28/18, 12:00AM CST

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See which of the state's top players received honors from the Minnesota Girls Hockey Coaches Association.

Olivia Mobley was one of five Breck players named to the Class 1A teams. Photo by Cheryl Myers, SportsEngine

Olivia Mobley was one of five Breck players selected to the Class 1A teams. Photo by Cheryl Myers, SportsEngine

With the Class 1A and Class 2A state tournament champions crowned, it's time to honor some individual players.

The Minnesota Girls Hockey Coaches Association announced the names of its all-state and honorable mention teams for this season. Each team features many of the state's top players, including eight on the rosters of this year's two state champions — Breck (Class 1A) and Edina (Class 2A).

Class 1A

The Class 1A teams feature five Breck players, the most of any small-school program.

Senior forward Gabby Billing (8-33-41) headlines the group of Mustangs on the all-state team, and honor she shares with forwards Katherine Solohub (3-9-12) and Olivia Mobley (32-17-49), the only sophomore named to the all-state team.

Breck junior goalie Ally Frantzick (2.28 GAA, .911 SV) and sophomore forward Ally Qualley (14-17-31) were named honorable mention, and both were key pieces in the Mustangs' run to their second state title and first since 2012.

Some of the Minnesota's top scorers, including New Ulm senior forward Ali Beltz, also garnered all-state honors. The Wisconsin-River Falls commit led the state with 62 goals and 94 points in the regular season.

Warroad senior forward Madison Oelkers, who finished the regular season with 38 goals and guided the Warriors to the Class 1A final, and Warriors junior defender Kaitlyn Kotlowski were also named to the all-state team.

South St. Paul senior Kaity McKenzie was one of two goalies on the all-state team. The Cornell commit and Senior Goalie of the Year award semifinalist posted a 1.30 goals-against average, which was one of the state's best in the regular season.

All-State

Player Position Year School
Emily Hart Defense Junior Red Wing
Tessa Jorde Defense Senior Thief River Falls
Kaitlyn Kotlowski Defense Junior Warroad
Lizi Norton Defense Senior Orono
Katherine Solohub Defense Junior Breck
Olivia Williams Ridge Defense Senior St. Paul United
Ali Beltz Forward Senior New Ulm
Gabby Billing Forward Senior Breck
Samantha Burke Forward Senior St. Paul United
Taylor Heise Forward Senior Red Wing
Cynthia Loven Forward Senior East Grand Forks
Olivia Mobley Forward Sophomore Breck
Madison Oelkers Forward Senior Warroad
Amber Tilander Forward Senior International Falls
Kristin Trosvig Forward Senior Alexandria
Kaity McKenzie Goaltender Senior South St. Paul
McKenzie Whalen Goaltender Senior East Grand Forks

Honorable Mention

Player Position Year School
Brooke Deering Defense Senior South St. Paul
Khloe Lund Defense Sophomore Thief River Falls
Allison O'Kane Defense Senior Alexandria
Abby Olson Defense Senior Delano
Shelby Breiland Forward Freshman Thief River Falls
Mackenna Emery Forward Senior South St. Paul
Catherine Kerin Forward Junior St. Paul United
Ally Qualley Forward Sophomore Breck
Sophie Rausch Forward Junior Fergus Falls
Emma Schmitz Forward Sophomore Rochester Lourdes
Abby Edstrom Goaltender Junior Hibbing
Ally Frantzick Goaltender Junior Breck
Tyler McGrath Goaltender Junior Red Wing

Class 2A

Though Blake came up one game short of this year's state tournament, the Bears were one of the state's top teams in the regular season and as a result, have a state-best four players named to the Class 2A all-state team. 

Blake senior goaltender Anna Kruesel recorded the most regular-season victories (22) in Minnesota and had one of the best goals-against averages (1.26), helping the Amherst commit solidify her place as finalist for this year's Senior Goalie of the Year award — as well as all-state honors.

Juniors Izzy Daniel (23-14-37) and Madeline Wethington (11-20-31) joined Bears teammate Sara McClanahan on the all-state team.

McClanahan, a senior forward, was second on the team with 21 goals in the regular season, and she heads to Dartmouth as a two-time state champion, winning Class 1A titles in 2016 and 2017 (before Blake moved to Class 2A this season).

Two players from state champion Edina — senior forwards Lolita Fidler and Emily Oden — were named to the all-state team. Both were semifinalists for Ms. Hockey, and Oden was a finalist for the award. Hornets junior forward CC Bowlby was named honorable mention.

Many of Class 2A's top seniors were also selected to the all-state team, including forwards Gabby Rosenthal and Catie Skaja.

Rosenthal led Blaine to the Class 2A, Section 5 final and scored a team-best 32 goals in the regular season, while Skaja, a future Golden Gopher, helped lead the way for the Trojans with 36 goals in the regular season. 

Twenty players were bestowed honorable mention honors in Class 2A, including Andover senior forward Claire Butorac. The Minnesota State Mankato commit had 33 assists in the regular season and helped the Huskies to the state consolation championship.

All-State

Player Position Year School
Madison Bizal Defense Senior Elk River
Maggie Flaherty Defense Senior Lakeville North
Crystalyn Hengler Defense Senior Eden Prairie
Mariah Keopple Defense Senior Hill-Murray
Maggie Nicholson Defense Sophomore Minnetonka
Madeline Wethington Defense Junior Blake
Abigail Boreen Forward Senior Hill-Murray
Izzy Daniel Forward Junior Blake
Lolita Fidler Forward Senior Edina
Kylie Hanley Forward Senior Hopkins/St. Louis Park
Anneke Linser Forward Senior Centennial
Sara McClanahan Forward Senior Blake
Emily Oden Forward Senior Edina
Gabby Rosenthal Forward Senior Blaine
Catie Skaja Forward Senior New Prague
Alexa Dobchuk Goaltender Senior Eden Prairie
Calla Frank Goaltender Junior White Bear Lake
Anna Kruesel Goaltender Senior Blake

Honorable Mention

Name Position Year School
Kate Boland Defense Junior Northfield
Jenna Byfuglien Defense Senior Roseau
Abby Delarosa Defense Junior White Bear Lake
Kailey Langefels Defense Junior Minnetonka
Sophie Robinson Defense Sophomore Brainerd
CC Wallin Defense Senior Blake
Kyra Willoughby Defense Senior Blake
Taylor Anderson Forward Senior Eagan
CC Bowlby Forward Senior Edina
Claire Butorac Forward Senior Andover
Lily Delianedis Forward Sophomore Blake
Paetyn Levis Forward Senior Rogers
Ellie Moser Forward Senior Farmington
Ramsey Parent Forward Junior Blaine
Sadie Peart Forward Junior Grand Rapids-Greenway
Tina Press Forward Senior Park of Cottage Grove
Sydney Shearen Forward Junior White Bear Lake
Ava Bailey Goaltender Junior Hill-Murray
Lexi Baker Goaltender Senior Lakeville South
Sami Miller Goaltender Senior Spring Lake Park

The all-state and honorable mention teams are selected by the Minnesota Girls Hockey Coaches Association using a season-long process.

At the start of the season, coaches nominate players to an all-state selection committee, which includes representatives from the 21-member MGHCA Executive Board. In January, coaches vote for players deserving of the honor, and those names are sent to the MGHCA Executive Board, which narrows the list to create a final ballot. The selection committee receives the ballot and ranks players by position within their classes. From there, committee members discuss the rankings to determine which players will be on the all-state and honorable mention teams.

Players receive the honor based on their work throughout the season. Players nominated must not have committed an Minnesota State High School League violation during that season, and their coaches must be members of the MGHCA.

The selection committee uses several criteria when discussing players, including on-ice talent, sportsmanship/character, and a passion for and commitment to hockey, according the MGHCA website.

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