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Cleveland, Hjelseth selected for Class A MGBCA All-Star team

Menahga's Megan Cleveland and Nevis' Gretta Hjel-seth will be among 10 seniors from the state's Class A teams to compete in the Minnesota Girls Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Games next weekend at the University of St. Thomas.

Menahga's Megan Cleveland and Nevis' Gretta Hjel-seth will be among 10 seniors from the state's Class A teams to compete in the Minnesota Girls Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Games next weekend at the University of St. Thomas.

Rounding out the Class A roster are Anna Wicklund of Badger-Greenbush-Middle River, Megan Myhre of Barnum, Ashley Walterman of Granada-Huntley-East Chain, Jenny Noordmans of Hancock, Autumn Beasley of Heritage Christian Academy, Maria Gangelhoff of Sleepy Eye St. Mary's and Brooke DeWall of Southwest Star Concept.

Of that group, Wicklund, Myhre, Walterman, Noordmans, Gangelhoff and DeWall were among 10 players receiving all-state honors by the MGBCA. Cleveland, Hjelseth, Beasley and Langen were among 21 players named to the all-state honorable mention team.

Cleveland capped off her senior season by averaging 19.0 points, 5.5 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 3.4 steals a game in 28 games. Cleveland ended her career with 1,737 points to trail only Erica Cleveland's 1,749 points on Menahga's all-time scoring list. Cleveland holds the school record for career 3-pointers with 351, including 72 as a freshman, 94 as a sophomore, 92 as a senior and 90 as a junior. Her 351 3-pointers rank third in state history behind Moorhead's Kelsey Jacobson (361) and Elgin-Millville's Kali Olstad (359) and her 833 attempts rank fifth in the state.

Hjelseth graduated as Nevis' all-time leading scorer with 2,033 points. In 24 games this season, Hjelseth averaged 26.0 points, 12.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.2 steals a game.

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The Class A All-Stars will play the Class AAA All-Stars Saturday night at 6. The Class AA All-Stars will play the Class AAAA All-Stars in Saturday's other game with the winners and losers playing each other Sunday.

The Class AA team is comprised of Jennie Noreen and Taylor Voss of Albany, Alexis Montgomery of Cannon Falls, Kamille Wahlin of Crookston, Angie Jetvig of Hawley, Leslie Wilson of Hayfield, Becca Friestleben of Holy Family Catholic, Renae Henjum of New London-Spicer, Faith Tinklenberg of Pipestone and Jenny Gilbertson of Winona Cotter.

Chosen for the Class AAA team were Brianna Mastey and Michelle Stemper of Becker, Colleen Ruane of Benilde-St. Margaret, Ashley Runge of Grand Rapids, Aaryn Booker of DeLaSalle, Megan Erlandson of Minnehaha Academy, Casey Mann of Rogers, Maggie Bryant of Sartell, Kassie Robinson of Simley and Sarah Boever of Worthington.

Comprising the Class AAAA team are Kiara Allums and Emily Becken of Centennial, Courtney Boylan of Chaska, Molly Geske of Cretin-Derham Hall, Brittnye McSparron of Eastview, Steph Sension of Hopkins, Ephesia Holmes of Minneapolis South, Jackie Voigt of Park Cottage Grove, Jordyn Sears of St. Cloud Tech and Kiara Buford of St. Paul Central.

Menahga head coach Allan Avelsgard and assistant coach Jason Daley - who were named Section 5A Coaches of the Year - will coach the Class A All-Star team.

Avelsgard was voted the Section 5A Coach of the Year while Daley was named the Section 5A Assistant Coach of the Year.

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