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Passes and points; Eric Hoffer leaves his mark at Roseau

ROSEAU, Minn. -- Eric Hoffer never felt overshadowed.

Hoffer just completed a school record-setting boys basketball career at Roseau High School.

But in Roseau, the spotlight tends to shine on the tradition-rich hockey program. And, on the basketball court, Kacie Borowicz just finished a girls basketball career with the seventh-highest career point total (3,551) in the history of the state, leading the Rams to five consecutive state tournament appearances.

Overshadowed?

"I wouldn't use that term,'' Hoffer said. "We're all supportive of each other. I've loved watching the success of the girls basketball and hockey teams. And I feel our basketball team the last few years has progressed. We've shown that we're more than just a hockey town.''

Roseau finished 21-7 this season. As a freshman, Hoffer was a reserve on a 4-23 team. Roseau improved its record every season since and finished five or more games above .500 each of the past three seasons.

As a pass-first point guard, Hoffer set a program record with more than 450 assists. He has three of the Rams' top five single-season assist totals. And the senior could score -- a 13.5 scoring average this season, when he became the program's 13th player to reach 1,000 career points.

Hoffer finished with 1,188 points.

"Eric's been a good floor general for the past three seasons,'' Roseau coach Ken Hayden said. "He's been huge as a playmaker. He has excellent ballhandling skills and he's always looking for open teammates. Some guys are just naturally good at that role. That's Eric.

"I always told him to look for his shot more. But he's always been a pass-first guy.''

Hoffer averaged 4.5 assists this season to go with his scoring.

The senior's strength as a scorer was getting to the basket. He made only 18 three-point shots. He made more free throws (112-of-150) than he did 2-point field goals (106-of-240).

"He's more of a scorer on penetration off the dribble,'' Hayden said. "Eric's really good using either hand. And his shooting really progressed this season.''

But Hoffer, who moved to Roseau as an eighth-grader, became a pass-first player en route to gaining all-conference honors each of the past three seasons.

"I've always been able to create shots,'' Hoffer said. "It (scoring) has just worked out.

"I'm a playmaker first, for sure. It's the role I've always had, the main ballhandler and facilitator on offense. I've molded my game around doing those things. An assist is better than a basket any day. Especially if the pass is a cool one.''

1,000-point club

The following area players were reported to the Herald as having more than 1,000 career points at the conclusion of the basketball season.

North Dakota girls

Callie Ronningen, Langdon-E-M, 1,641

Mattea Vetsch, Devils Lake, 1,432

Latasha Bellile, Four Winds-Minn., 1,036

Carlee Sieben, Grafton, 1,032

North Dakota boys

Dalton Albrecht, Grafton, 1,628

Cadyn Schwabe, Thompson, 1,272

Carson Henningsgard, Hillsboro-CV, 1,212

Tyler Loe, Dakota Prairie, 1,211

Matt Greendahl, North Border, 1,048

Reese Hanson, Mayville-Portland-CG, 1,022

Minnesota girls

Kacie Borowicz, Roseau, 3,551

Cora Kujava, Kittson Co. Central, 1,738

Katie Borowicz, Roseau, 1,557

Abi McGlynn, Stephen-Argyle, 1,515

Keylee Dahl, Northern Freeze, 1,287

Jessica Remer, Sacred Heart, 1,265

Jenna Pahlen, Red Lake County, 1,075

Jaclyn Hubbard, Fosston, 1,065

Minnesota boys

Brekken Lindberg, Win-E-Mac, 1,363

Brenden Bethke, Sacred Heart, 1,332

Nick Garmen, Crookston, 1,292

Isaac Stoskopf-Falk, Warroad, 1,273

Eric Hoffer, Roseau, 1,188

Julian Benson, EGF Senior High, 1,175

Sam Votava, EGF Senior High, 1,128

Jake Taggert, Badger-G-MR, 1,058

Hunter Yutrzenka, Stephen-Argyle, 1,010