Among them are the leading scorer in Minnesota collegiate basketball history, the outstanding female athlete in NCAA Division III, five former Division I players and a member of three NCAA Division II championship teams.
Dina Kangas of Pine River; Jessica (Beachy) Rahmann of Staples; Lee Ann Grosso and Deb Hilmerson, both of Little Falls; Mary Koch of Pequot Lakes; Margit Rinke and Sarah Northway, both of Brainerd; and Rhonda Birch of Wadena-Deer Creek stand at the forefront of The Brainerd Dispatch All-Century Girls' Basketball Team.
The team will be recognized at halftime of Saturday's Brainerd Warriors girls' basketball game against third-ranked Osseo. Game time is 3:15 p.m.
Kangas scored 2,810 points at Minnesota-Duluth to become the leading scorer in Minnesota college basketball history.
At Concordia College in Moorhead, Rahmann was the NCAA Division III Athlete of the Year and the Honda Broderick Award winner as the Outstanding Woman Athlete in Division III while leading the Cobbers to national championship and runner-up finishes.
Grosso played at New Mexico State, Hilmerson at Minnesota, Koch at Northern Iowa, Rinke at LaSalle and Northway at Arizona and UConn.
Birch's North Dakota State teams won three Division II national titles.
Candidates for the all-century team were nominated by Dispatch readers and by a panel of Brainerd area athletic directors and sports enthusiasts. Voting by readers determined members of the team.
Members of the team by school:
Brainerd -- Shelly Breen, Gail (Dailey) Helmer, Sarah Northway, Margit Rinke, Ramona (Rugloski) Hjerpe.
Crosby-Ironton -- Colleen (Kovall) Chambers, Robyn Rude
Little Falls -- Lee Ann Grosso, Deb Hilmerson, Ann Just, Tina Keller, Holly Sallden
Pequot Lakes -- Angie Evenson, Cassie Evenson, Mary Koch
Pierz --Ruth (Dorn) Stuckmeyer, Janice (Flicker) Waytashek, Julie Korf
Pine River -- Dina Kangas
Staples --Jessica (Beachy) Rahmann
Wadena-Deer Creek -- Rhonda Birch.
Osseo (7-2) is led by Harvard recruit Hana Peljto. Through nine games the 6-foot-2 senior was averaging 24.6 points and 10.7 rebounds. She has failed to score 20 in a game just once this season.
The Orioles are averaging 60 points to the opposition's 47. Their only losses were 48-39 to Janesville, Wis., and 44-41 to eighth-ranked Blaine.
Brainerd is 9-3 following a 49-40 win at Sartell on Tuesday. Lisa Renneke leads the Warriors in scoring with an 11.8 average followed by Amber Haapajoki at 11.4. Laura Bogenschutz is the leading rebounder (5.7), Megan Arns leads in assists (36) and Renneke in steals (51).
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