KNUJ Announces 2023-2024 Winter Athletes of the Year: Colton Benson, Nick Slater, and Rhyan Holmgren

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At the 62nd Annual Player of the Year Event, KNUJ announced their 2023-2024 Winter Athletes of the Year. Three athletes were chosen from a pool of 44 nominees, each deserving of recognition for their outstanding performance in their respective sports.

Colton Benson from New Ulm was awarded his second KNUJ Boys Basketball Player of the Year honor. Benson had an impressive season with stats of 27.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game. His impressive career ended with a total of 2,207 points.

Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial Area’s Nick Slater received the title of Wrestler of the Year for his contributions to taking LCWMA to the team state tournament and finishing second at the individual state tournament at 189 pounds. Slater finished the season with a record of 47-6.

St. Peter’s Rhyan Holmgren was named the KNUJ Girls Basketball Player of the Year for her outstanding performance in the Class AAA State Tournament and season averages of 21.9 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game.

During the event, KNUJ also recognized five state tournament teams: the New Ulm boys hockey team, the LCWMA wrestling team, the Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart girls basketball team, the St. Peter girls basketball team, and the Mountain Lake Area/Comfrey boys basketball team. The next banquet will be hosted by KNUJ on November 12th.

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