Ridlon, Goplerud earn all-conference honors
Park Rapids' Christian Ridlon and Chris Goplerud were among 22 players named to this year's Mid-State Conference boys basketball team.
Ridlon, a senior center, earned all-conference honors after averaging 10.9 points and 7.7 rebounds a game in the 10 conference games. Ridlon tallied 109 points, 77 rebounds, 18 steals and nine assists in conference play. Ridlon had a double-double (17 points, 15 rebounds) against Wadena-Deer Creek and scored 24 points against Crosby-Ironton.
Goplerud, a sophomore forward, averaged 4.1 points and 5.6 rebounds in conference play. In the 10 Mid-State games, Goplerud had 41 points, 56 rebounds, 13 steals and 10 assists. Goplerud scored 11 points against Detroit Lakes and had nine rebounds against Staples-Motley.
Joining Ridlon on the all-conference team were Pequot Lakes' Kurtis Moody, Tomas Parker, Jordan Anderson and Logan Lange; Detroit Lakes' Josh Stalberger, Joe Mollberg and Brian Labat; Wadena-Deer Creek's Jordan Reed and Ryan Redfield; Crosby-Ironton's Michael Hoge and Caleb Baker; and Staples-Motley's Eli Beachy. Moody was named the Mid-State's Most Outstanding Player. Pequot Lakes' Garry Grewe and Detroit Lakes' Robb Flint shared conference Coach of the Year honors.
The other all-conference honorable mention players were Pequot Lakes' Brian Craig and Nevin Greer; Detroit Lakes' Connor Hedstrom, Conner McLeod and Rick Hutchinson; Wadena-Deer Creek's Even VanErp; Crosby-Ironton's Daniel Hudrlik; and Staples-Motley's Grant Longbella.
Pequot Lakes and Detroit Lakes shared the conference title with 9-1 records. Crosby-Ironton and Wadena-Deer Creek finished 5-5 while Staples-Motley (2-8) and Park Rapids (0-10) followed.