THE HORNET BOYS received awards during Sunday’s banquet after one of their best seasons in a long time. Above, the starting five play defense in a close game in the section semifinals against Delano that the Hornets lost, 53-50 on a last-second shot. (From left) Eric Chuba, Austin Poe, Sam Dokkebakken, Mike Doperalski and Tyler Halverson. (Photo by Ken Francis.)

Hornets hold awards night

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Ken Francis
The Big Lake Boys Basketball season came to a close following the awards banquet Sunday night.  
The season was one of the most successful seasons in years.  The team finished the season with a 19-8 record. Highlights consisted of beating STMA twice, Rogers twice, and a big win over a State-bound team of Alexandria. 
“It was fun to get a lot of great quality wins during the season,” said Coach Kurt Brethorst. “We beat some athletic and explosive teams throughout the year.”  
Awards that went out were:
Defensive Player of the Year - Sam Dokkebakken;
Freethrow Leader - Michael Doperalski;
Hustle Award - Tyler Halverson;
Rebound Leader - Sam Dokkebakken;
MVP - Austin Poe.
Eric Chuba, Jake Pribnow and Connor Johnson all had quality minutes for the team.  Even though specific awards didn’t go out to them, they were the heart and soul to the team's success. Each game, one of them was able to step in and help our team get a win.  It was great to have this group of seniors play so well together.  
A special recognition went out to two seniors, Christian Ropte and Ben Wehmas.  
“They are what basketball teamwork is all about.  They didn't get a lot of minutes on the court, but they were an important part of who this team was,” said Brethorst. “They never discussed playing time or crabbed about minutes.  They came to practice every day, ready to be part of the team. They were valuable players during practice and great role models for the younger players."
With the loss of nine senior letter winners, next year there will be big shoes to fill.  
“With the up-and-coming players, it will be exciting to see who will step up and take the lead as minutes will need to be filled,” said Brethorst. “We are very eager to let these younger players get out there and continue the success we have had over the last few years.”

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