New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva guard Carlie Wagner has been picked as the Minnesota Associated Press Player of the Year award winner for high school girls’ basketball.
The AP’s all-state team was announced Monday. Joining Wagner on the first team were Minneapolis Washburn’s Chase Coley, Bloomington Kennedy’s Kenisha Bell, Eastview’s Madison Guebert and Park Center’s Cayla McMorris. Guebert is the only junior; the others are seniors.
Wagner will play for the Gophers next season. She set a state tournament record with 53 points for the Panthers in their quarterfinal game and led them to a 31-0 record and second consecutive Class 2A title.
Wagner finished her career with a state-record 3,957 points, including 371 in state tournaments, which is also the most in Minnesota girls history.
South Dakota hires hoops coach
Craig Smith, a longtime assistant for Nebraska’s Tim Miles, was hired as the new men’s basketball coach at South Dakota.
Smith was the head coach at Mayville State in North Dakota from 2004-07, winning NAIA coach of the year honors after leading the Comets to the NAIA Division II national championship game in 2007.
Smith is a native of Stephen, Minn., and a University of North Dakota alumnus. He’s replacing Dave Boots, who retired in September after 25 years.
• Minnesota State Mankato junior guard Zach Monaghan was chosen to the Daktronics All-America second team for 2013-14. Monaghan started all 35 games for MSU this season, averaging 15.4 points and a nation-high 8.1 assists per game, setting a Mavericks single-season assist record with 282.
• Union supplanted the Gophers as the No. 1 team in the U.S. College Hockey Online men’s poll released Monday. Union got 31 of 50 first-place votes, while the No. 2 Gophers got 18.
• Clarkson, which upset the Gophers 5-4 on Sunday for the NCAA women’s title, is No. 1 in the final USCHO poll. The Golden Knights got 14 of 15 first-place votes. The other No. 1 vote went to the Gophers, who finished No. 2.