Four Braves receive all-conference honors

Menahga's Tristan Aho, Wade Berttunen and Charlie Hodge headlined Park Region Conference boys basketball team.

Charlie Hodge averaged 15.0 points a game during Park Region Conference play for the Braves this season. Vance Carlson / Enterprise

Four players received Park Region Conference honors after leading the Menahga boys basketball team to a 7-7 record in league play this season.

Senior forward Tristan Aho, senior guard Wade Berttunen and junior guard Charlie Hodge earned all-conference honors while senior forward Jonah Howard was an all-conference honorable mention selection in a vote by the eight Park Region coaches.

Hodge was the Braves’ leading scorer in conference play, averaging 15.0 points in 13 starts. Hodge made 30 of 99 3-pointers while shooting 39.3% from the field (75 for 191) and making 15 of 21 free throws (71.4%) in scoring 195 points. Hodge compiled 43 rebounds, 35 steals and 20 assists while scoring in double figures in 12 games. Hodge had game highs of 26, 21 and 20 points along with six steals, five rebounds and four assists against Park Region opponents.

Aho started all 14 conference games, averaging 14.1 points and 6.7 rebounds a game. Aho shot 44.2% from the field (69 for 15, including 15 for 54 on 3-pointers) and 62.9% at the free throw line in scoring 197 points. Aho also had 94 rebounds, 42 assists, 21 steals and 15 blocked shots with game highs of 22 and 21 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and four steals. Aho scored in double figures in 10 conference games.

Berttunen also started all 14 Park Region games, averaging 12.3 points and 6.0 rebounds a game. Berttunen shot 40.1% from the field (65 for 162, including 18 for 56 on 3-pointers) and 64.9% at the line (24 for 37) for 172 points. Berttunen finished with 84 rebounds, 39 assists and 19 steals while scoring in double figures nine times with highs of 19 and 18. Berttunen also had game highs of 17 rebounds, five assists and four steals.


Howard started 11 games and averaged 8.7 points and 8.5 rebounds a game. Howard made 45.8% of his shots (33 for 72) and 63.6% of his free throws (28 for 44) in scoring 96 points. Howard also compiled 93 rebounds, 13 steals and 12 assists with game highs of 17 rebounds, three assists and three steals. Howard scored in double figures five times with a high of 18.

Four Henning players earned all-conference honors, led by the Park Region’s Most Valuable Player Blake Wallevand. Joining the senior guard on the list were fellow senior teammates Isaac Fisher (guard), Parker Fraki (guard) and Blaine Wallevand (forward). The other all-conference players were Pillager’s Ty Swenson (senior guard) and Spencer Schaefer (senior center); Wadena-Deer Creek’s Cooper Folkestad (senior center), Bereket Loer (senior guard) and Payton Rondestvedt (sophomore guard); New York Mills’ Tate Olson (sophomore guard) and Jonah Johnson (sophomore guard); and Sebeka’s Kolby Kiser (senior center).

Joining Howard in receiving all-conference honorable mention honors were Henning’s Lee Bjorklund (senior guard); Pillager’s Carson VanVickle (senior guard); Wadena-Deer Creek’s Lucas Hinojos (senior guard); New York Mills’ Derin Gaudette (junior guard); Sebeka’s Dawson Bullock (junior guard); and Verndale’s Brandon Greenwaldt (junior guard).

Henning went 14-0 to capture the conference title for the third year in a row. The Hornets won every Park Region game by at least 20 points to extend their conference winning streak to 33 games in a row. Pillager and Wadena-Deer Creek shared runner-up honors with 10-4 records while New York Mills finished 9-5. Following the Braves were Sebeka (4-10), Verndale (2-12) and Bertha-Hewitt (0-14).

1982 Dawson-Boyd High School graduate
1987 Moorhead State University graduate
Sports reporter for Park Rapids Enterprise since 1987
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