Jalyssa Wilson named to hockey All-BSC
A Blue Earth Area High School student-athlete has made the Big South Conference All-Conference honors list for girls hockey despite the fact that BEA does not have a hockey team.
Jalyssa Wilson is one of five BEA students who play hockey on the Fairmont High School girls and boys hockey teams.
She is the only girl to play in Fairmont the other four BEA students all play on the boys team; Kaylan Legred, Sam Welker, Jacob Christman and Bryan Karp.
But Wilson, a senior, made the girls BSC All-Conference list along with three of her fellow Cardinal teammates; Brooke Lemon, Tieryn Arens and Taylor Nuss.
Wilson has been playing hockey since she was nine years old and says she loves it.
“I have been playing hockey in Fairmont for six years, since seventh grade,” Wilson says. “Before that I was living in Mankato and playing hockey there.”
Wilson plays left wing for the Cards and is the leading scorer with 46 points (combination of both goals and assists).
As a team, the Fairmont girls were sixth in the BSC, with a 6-8 record. New Ulm placed first with a 14-0 season record, Luverne second at 12-2, Waseca third at 8-4, St. Peter-LSH-TCU and Marshall tied for fourth with 7-7 records, Windom at seventh at 3-11 and Worthington eighth with an 0-14 season.
The Cardinals shined in Section 3A Hockey Tournament play and took second in the section. They defeated Windom Area 6-1, then downed Mankato East 6-1, before falling to Luverne 5-2 at the Redwood Falls Ice Arena back on Feb. 9.
“Luverne is usually the team to beat, and we came close,” Wilson says. “We were really happy to beat Mankato East and get to the finals.”
Wilson is the daughter of Chris and Amy Gack of Blue Earth. She plans on attending Minnesota State University, Mankato, next year for college, but is not sure she would try out for the Maverick hockey team.
“They are Division II, a high level, and it would be difficult (to make the team),” Wilson says. “But, I might try it I haven’t decided yet. I really do like hockey.”