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AREA PREP NOTEBOOK: Thief River Falls girls basketball player commits to NDSU

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After a little self-doubt, Brooke Yaggie is looking forward to a future in NCAA Division I women’s basketball.

 The Thief River Falls senior made a verbal commitment to play basketball at North Dakota State back in January. Since then, Carolyn DeHoff has resigned as the Bison head coach. 

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 But a change in coaches wasn’t a problem for Yaggie, who graduated as the Prowlers’ all-time scoring leader with more than 2,000 points. Instead, academics had Yaggie wondering about the commitment to Division I sports.

 “That was my goal when I was younger, to play Division I basketball and be a Bison,” Yaggie said. “After I committed to play there, though, I decided I wanted to go into nursing.

 “I didn’t know if you could play Division I basketball, to make that commitment, and (have the time to) study nursing. I considered going to a smaller private school. But then I thought I might regret it someday if I didn’t at least give it a try.”

 Yaggie has a history with NDSU. Her parents went to school there. Her older brother, Alex, played football there, as had several other relatives.

As far as the unknowns of who will be coaching the Bison, “it is a little nerve-wracking, wondering who it will be,” Yaggie said.

 “But it didn’t make me nervous. I didn’t have a relationship yet with coach DeHoff. I was recruited by her assistants. I recently got an e-mail from the women’s athletic director saying they still want all the recruits coming.”

Yaggie said she plans to sign her letter of intent in April. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity,” she said.

Kaster, Yaggie named all-state

Yaggie and senior Shelby Kaster of Minnesota Class A state champion Win-E-Mac have been named to the Minnesota Girls High School Basketball Coaches Association’s all-state teams.

Yaggie is on the Class AA team. Kaster is on the A all-state squad. The 5-11 Kaster averaged 16.8 points, 11.6 rebounds and 2.3 blocks for the Patriots. She finished her career with more than 2,000 points and more than 1,000 rebounds.

Several area players were honorable mentions on the all-state teams. They include:

  •  Madison McKeever, Win-E-Mac, Class A: The sophomore point guard led the state-champion Patriots with averages of 20.5 points and 4.4 steals while also getting 3.1 assists per game. She has more than 1,500 career points.
  •  Alexia Olson, Red Lake Falls, Class A: The junior center averaged a double double, leading Red Lake Falls with averages of 19.1 points and 13 rebounds. She also had 1.9 blocks and 2.6 steals per game.
  •  Stacy Remer, Sacred Heart, Class A: The senior scored 15.8 points a game while leading the Eagles in rebounding (9.1 rpg) and assists (8.1 apg). She had 1,234 career points.
  •  Sydney Boike, Crookston, Class AA: The junior set Crookston single-season records for points (625) and scoring average (23.1 ppg). Boike also led the Pirates in rebounds (10.7 rpg), assists (2.8 apg) and blocks (1.8 bpg). She has 1,407 career points.
  •  Kari Skersick, Bagley, Class AA: The senior led the Flyers in scoring (20.7 ppg), rebounding (11.3 bpg) and blocks (3.6 bpg). She had 2,183 points and 1,260 rebounds in her career.

Sibling success

The North Star coaching siblings enjoyed a successful season.

Sherri Miller led the Bearcats’ girls basketball team to a 22-2 record and a second-place finish in the Region 4 tournament. She was named Region 4 coach of the year.

Jeff Hagler, her younger brother by a year, took the North Star boys basketball team to a 20-8 season that concluded with a Region 4 title and a third-place finish at the Class B state tournament.

“At the beginning of the season, I was hoping we’d have the better year,” Miller said. “But, at the end of the year, they did. Getting to the state tournament is the ultimate goal.”

The siblings say they don’t have much time to discuss coaching during the season. “I think Sherri might sneak in and watch my practices once in awhile, though,” Hagler said.

That would be correct. “I have done that,” said Miller, who is in her second season as a head coach. “He has a lot more experience than I do. I’m still in the learning stage. I’ll look in to see what he’s doing.”

Briefly

Thompson senior Ty Myron has signed to play football at University of Jamestown. . . . Northwood senior Jordan Johnson has signed to play volleyball at Mayville State. . . . Central Valley senior Kennedy Henningsgard has made a verbal commitment to play basketball at Lake Region State College. . . . Grafton senior Garek Droog has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Mayville State. . . . Randy Loing is resigning as head boys basketball coach at Rolla. He will retain his duties as the school’s athletic director.

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