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Six tabbed for All-SCC

By Staff | Apr 5, 2010

Blue Earth Area High School landed six basketball players on the South Central Conference All-Conference list – three boys and three girls. Shown are: front row (left to right), Nick Lee, Nate Carr and Garrett Anderson; back row (left to right), Hayley Pirsig, Ashley Olson and Kate Hassing. To see more photographs of this event, log on to http://cu.faribaultcountyregister.com

Six Blue Earth Area basketball players were recently named to South Central Conference All-Conference honors.

Three members of the girls, and three members of the boys, basketball teams received the designation.

For the girls, Ashley Olson, Kate Hassing and Hayley Pirsig were on the All-SCC list.

Garrett Anderson, Nick Lee and Nate Carr were on the list for the boys.

Both the girls and boys teams compiled identical 8-2 conference records during the year, and both were conference champions.

The boys won the conference out-right, while the girls shared the top honors with Fairmont, which also sported an 8-2 record.

Both the girls and boys Buccaneer teams went to the Section Championship game, after winning the Sub-Section titles.

Here is a closer look at the Bucs’ All-Conference players:

Ashley Olson

Olson, a 5-foot-6 junior guard, scored 326 points this season, at a 12.5 points per game clip.

She was 37 percent from 3-point range, hitting 54 of 146, and 74.5 percent from the free throw line, 76 of 102.

In addition, she had 62 rebounds, 83 steals and 54 assists.

Career-wise, Olson has 556 points, 112 rebounds, 140 steals and 97 assists.

“Ashley is a great ball handler,” Coach Al Cue says of his stand-out point guard. “The ball is like an extension of her hand. She uses her right and left hands equally well.”

Kate Hassing

Hassing scored 222 points this season, boosting her career total to 619. She averaged 8.5 points per game.

The 5-foot-10 senior forward grabbed 143 rebounds and had 11 blocks, 30 steals and 31 assists.

Hassing played in 91 varsity games in her BEA career. She has totaled 427 rebounds, 86 steals and 96 assists.

“Kate is an outstanding athlete,” Coach Cue says. “She was our defensive stopper, always guarding the best big player on the other team. Kate was an extremely hard worker – every day.”

Hayley Pirsig

“Hayley made herself a great player through hundreds of hours of hard work,” Cue says of the 5-foot-8 senior center. “She developed great post moves and a nice outside shot.”

Pirsig had 195 points this past season, for a 7.5 point per game average. She also had 87 rebounds and 31 steals.

She played in 70 games for the Bucs during her high school years. Her career totals include 452 points scored, 227 rebounds, 56 steals and 36 assists.

Nick Lee

Lee was named the Most Valuable Player for the South Central Conference this year.

The 6-foot-4 senior forward has been All-SCC three years in a row.

He averaged 16 points per game and 7.3 rebounds.

Lee scored 1,108 points during his BEA High School career, which is fifth all-time. His 525 rebounds is also fifth on the all-time list. His 185 assists for his career are ninth all-time.

Garrett Anderson

Anderson is a three time All-SCC player.

The 6-foot-5 senior center had a 13.9 points per game average this past season, as well as a 10.8 rebounds per game average.

His 1,076 career points is seventh on the all-time list. But, his 746 rebounds is the best in BEA school history.

The previous rebounding record was 639, set in 1987 by Dennis Tims.

Anderson was also Honorable Mention All-State last year as a junior.

Nate Carr

This is the 6-foot-1 senior guard’s first time on the all-conference list.

This season, Carr averaged 13.9 points per game and 5.8 rebounds per game.

But, his biggest accomplishment of the year was setting a school record with 97 steals this season, an average of 3.5 per game.

He finishes with 724 points in his high school career, 15th all time best in BEA history.

Carr’s 445 total rebounds in his career is eighth all-time best in BEA history, while his 133 assists is tied for 19th best.

All-Academic Bucs

Three Buccaneer girls basketball players were named to the All-State Academic team recently.

The three receiving the honors are Kate Hassing, Meghan Mittelstadt and Mandy Warmka.

In order to be included on the list, players must maintain a 3.8 grade point average or higher.