There was a youth movement on the 2020 Superior Telegram All-Area Girls Basketball Team.

This year’s team, which features three returning players from the 2019 team, includes six seniors and four freshmen.

The returning players are Northwestern’s Brooke Ogren, Superior’s Niya Wilson, and Solon Springs’ Kylli Rajala. All three are seniors.

New seniors on the squad are Northwestern’s Jones and Jayda Klobucher, and Superior’s Kaileigh Miller; and the four freshmen are Superior’s Emma Raye and Savannah Leopold, Northwestern’s Tieryn Plasch and Solon Springs’ Kyra Latvala.

Karsyn Jones (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
Karsyn Jones (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

Karsyn Jones

Sr. • G • Northwestern

• Top scorer on a balanced Tiger squad that finished the season 22-4. … Averaged 11.6 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.0 steals, and 1.7 assists per game.

• First-team all-Heart O’ North Conference. … Selected to play in the WBCA All-Star Game in June.

• “Karsyn is someone who has grown tremendously as a player over the past couple of years,” NHS coach Paul Eberhardt said. “She’s really good at attacking the basket and finishing.”

Brooke Ogren (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
Brooke Ogren (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

Brooke Ogren

Sr. • F • Northwestern

• Despite missing six games due to an ankle injury, Ogren averaged 9.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 2. 1 assists a game. … Two of the Tigers’ four losses came without her in the lineup.

• Second-team all-Heart O’ North Conference.

• “She was a team captain and leader,” NHS coach Paul Eberhardt said. “She did a bit of everything for us but her best characteristic was her leadership.”

Tieryn Plasch (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
Tieryn Plasch (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

Tieryn Plasch

Fr. • G • Northwestern

• Averaged a second-best 9.9 points a game along with 3.1 rebounds, 2.9 steals and 2.0 assists a game. … Tigers’ leading 3-point shooter.

• Honorable mention all-Heart O’ North Conference.

• “Tieryn was a huge success as a freshman,” NHS coach Paul Eberhardt said. “A great young lady who is an absolute gym rat that loves to play. She is one of several really good freshmen in the Twin Ports.”

Jayda Klobucher (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
Jayda Klobucher (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

Jayda Klobucher

Sr. • F • Northwestern

Averaged 6.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocks a game.

• Honorable mention all-Heart O’ North Conference.

“Jayda was our team-leading rebounder and active defender,” NHS coach Paul Eberhardt said.

Kaileigh Miller (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
Kaileigh Miller (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

Kaileigh Miller

Sr. • F • Superior

• The two-year starter was the Spartans’ fourth-leading scorer with 233 points (10.6 ppg), second in rebounding (129) and third in steals (55).

• Second team all-Lake Superior Conference.

• “Kaileigh was valuable in many ways,” SHS coach Dave Kontny said. “She’s a tenacious competitor who can beat you in so many ways. She’s a great defender and her ability to get to the basket being left-handed made her tough to defend. Her leadership, her dedication to the weight room and her team attitude will be hard to replace. Players like her are hard to find.”

Niya Wilson (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
Niya Wilson (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

Niya Wilson

Sr. • G • Superior

• Three-year starter led the Spartans in steals (65) and assists (60) and was third in scoring with 260 points (10.8 ppg).

• Repeat member on the Telegram team and honorable mention All-Lake Superior Conference.

• “Niya helped take the program to the next level,” SHS coach Dave Kontny said. “She proved throughout her career she could play with the best and that was obvious down the stretch when she had some really big games against the toughest opponents. Niya’s ability to stretch the floor with her range gave her a lot of opportunities to use her speed to blow by opponents for easy looks. Niya is also a great passer and she never hesitated to find an open teammate which made our team even better.”

Emma Raye (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
Emma Raye (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

Emma Raye

Fr. • G/W • Superior

• Led the Spartans in rebounds (158) and was second in scoring with 266 points (11.2) and steals (60).

• Honorable mention all-Lake Superior Conference.

• “Anyone who watched us play got to see a very talented basketball player,” SHS coach Dave Kontny said. “Nobody out works Emma, ever. Whether it’s practice or a game, she gives you everything on every possession. She’s a multi-dimensional player, is offensively a nightmare match-up to guard because she can get to the rim with her strength, and yet shoot the ball from the perimeter as good as anyone. She’s also everywhere the ball is on defense and she loves to rebound. Emma has all the tools to be a special athlete, she has size, strength, speed, work ethic and the will to win.”

Savannah Leopold (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
Savannah Leopold (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

Savannah Leopold

Fr. • G/W • Superior

• Led the Spartans in scoring with 283 points (11.9 ppg) and second in assists (54). … Finished sixth in Division 1 for 3-point percentage.

• “Moving Savannah to wing after six or seven games was a big reason why we won nine of our last 12 games,” SHS coach Dave Kontny said. “Being able to run plays to her and let her hurt zones from the wing was huge for us. No one on our team puts in the time she does shooting and playing basketball. What makes Savannah special is her work ethic and wanting to get better. She eats, drinks and sleeps basketball.”

Kylli Rajala (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
Kylli Rajala (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

Kylli Rajala

Sr. • G • Solon Springs

• Surpassed 1,000 career points with 302 points this season. … Average 12.6 points, 1.6 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 2.7 steals a game.

• Second-team all-Indianhead Conference.

• “Kylli was our lone senior and was very helpful with such a young team,” SSHS coach Adam Bielmeier said. “She drew a lot of the attention and did a good job creating shots for herself and others. She played great defense and was one of the top shooters in the conference. She had an outstanding career as an Eagle.”

Kyra Latvala (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
Kyra Latvala (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

Kyra Latvala

Fr. • G • Solon Springs

• Finished with 306 points (12.8 ppg) and averaged 1.6 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game.

• Honorable mention all-Indianhead Conference.

• “Kyra had a great freshman season,” SSHS coach Adam Bielmeier said. “She made great adjustments going straight to varsity and was able to hold her own against the older girls. She was able to find ways to get her shots up and created opportunities for her teammates, as well. I’m excited to see what her future holds. She always works hard and will continue to improve on her game as she gets older.”