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Rorman’s AAU team wins tourney

By Staff | Jul 29, 2018

When BEA’s Caitlin Rorman is not dominating on the hardwood for the Bucs, she spends her time honing her skills during AAU competition. She and her MN Rise teammates recently went 6-0 in the NIKE Chicago Tournament of Champions, and captured a division crown in the process. The tournament was held from July 10 through July 12 at McCormick Place Lakeside, and McCormick Place North in Chicago, Illinois.

Last season was a banner year for Blue Earth Area Buccaneer basketball player Caitlin Rorman, and it appears the rising senior is only starting to scratch the surface of her hardwood talents.

As part of MN Rise, an AAU team comprised of local players from high schools such as Fairmont, Waseca and St. Peter, Rorman had the opportunity to compete in the NIKE Chicago Tournament of Champions from July 10-12. The games were held at McCormick Place Lakeside, and McCormick Place North in Chicago, Illinois.

This year happened to be Rorman’s first ever visit to Chicago. In addition to playing basketball at a high level in the Windy City, the BEA student-athlete also had a chance to enjoy some of the culture that is unique to the area.

“There was so much to see, and their pizza was great,” Rorman shares. “We took a boat tour with Shoreline Sightseeing and our tour guide explained the history of the city, which was really interesting. Some of us spent a couple of hours at Navy Pier, and the weather was really nice while we were there.”

This year marked the 20th anniversary of the tournament. With the help of basketball coach Dan Wolfe, who also serves as the assistant women’s coach at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN Rise was able to go 6-0 in the tournament and won the championship in their division. Rorman says playing for coach Wolfe allowed her to become more aggressive as a player.

“He’s very disciplined and tough as a coach, but also very encouraging. He really wants to help bring out the best in each of his players,” Rorman adds.

Incredibly, this was the first time MN Rise had ever competed in the tournament as a team. Competing in the London 17U division, Rorman and her MN Rise teammates demolished their first four tournament opponents by an average margin of victory of 43.5 points.

On the third and final day of competition, MN Rise defeated Quad City Attack 49-38 to advance to the championship round. A 42-32 victory against VA Lady Storm clinched the championship crown for MN Rise.

The only Blue Earth Area Buccaneer represented on MN Rise this summer, Rorman capped off her stellar 2017-2018 season at BEA by leading the Bucs in scoring with 20.6 points per game. The ambidextrous scorer also earned a spot on the BSC All-Conference team.

Rorman and the Buccaneers capped off this past regular season with a record of 17-12 and an appearance in the semifinals of the Section 2, Class AA Sub-Section tournament.

Meanwhile, head basketball coach Al Cue, who had the opportunity to coach Rorman during her breakout season a year ago, explains how BEA’s leading scorer has been able to evolve into one of the area’s top players.

“She can shoot from the outside, so defenses have to respect that,” Cue says of Rorman. “She also has good size, so if they put a post player on her, she can take them out on the perimeter. If they put a guard on her, she can go down on the block and go to work.”