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Blackduck Drakes basketball teams honored

Blackduck High School basketball award winners. Front row, from left: Dylan Moen, Quinn McKeeman, Ethan Merrill, Sawyer Nendick and Dixon Patch (not pictured: Kenna Cook and Kobe Arp). Back row: Emily Okland, Kaitlyn McKeeman, Jada Landis and Haley Murray. Jennifer Parker / For The American

The Blackduck High School basketball teams presented year-end awards with lots of honors for the boys and girls teams.

For the Lady Drakes, Jada Landis received second team All-Conference honors and Zoey Mills was All-Conference honorable mention. Kaitlin McKeeman was the free throw percentage leader at 87.6 percent. Mills was "Queen of the Boards" with eight rebounds a game and "Hot Shot" with a 41.3 percent field goal percentage.

Team awards that were voted on from the players went to Mills (defensive most valuable player), Haley Murray (leadership award), Landis (teammate of the year) and Kenna Cook (hustle award).

Murray plans to attend college for her generals and continue playing softball while McKeeman will begin her post-secondary career at NDSU before transferring to St. Cloud Tech to major in sonography.

"It's sad to see the end of basketball," said McKeeman. "But I wish my team the best of luck next year." Murray agreed, saying, "I'll be cheering for them no matter where I am."

Stepping up, junior Jada Landis said that it was a very difficult season and the team worked hard. "I'd really like to thank Mr. Hangaard," said Landis. "He did a great job in his first year of coaching us and I can't wait for next season."

For the boys team, Dylan Moen received All-Conference honors with Kobe Arp and Quinn McKeeman receiving All-Conference honorable mention. Sawyer Nendick was named the defensive player of the team. Moen was named "Hot Shot" and also had the highest free throw percentage at 71.5 percent. Arp received "King of the Boards" honors with a 9.5 rebound percentage and the leadership award. Quinn McKeeman earned most improved player honors and Ethan Merrill received the hustle award. The teammate of the year award was a tie between Merrill and Dixon Patch.

Dixon plans to attend Lake Superior College in the fall and Kobe will attend Valley City State. The returning members of the Drakes basketball squad are excited for the future of their team.

We're a really young team," said Nendick, "and we're only going to get better." "At times this season, we were playing with four sophomores on the floor," said McKeeman. "We're looking good for next year."

Moen agreed, adding, "I'm looking forward to next season with almost everybody returning. We're going to be working on all of our skills over the summer and it will be a fun season." Basketball seniors this year were Haley Murray, Kaitlin McKeeman, Caroline Cheney, Kobe Arp and Dixon Patch.

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