Rice County Area Students Receiving Accolades
Northfield Raiders girls hockey goaltender Maggie Malecha was named Minnesota Senior Goalie of the Year. Malecha also received the Herb Brooks Award.
Malecha helped her team qualify for the State Tournament a couple weeks ago. She also was awarded Northfield High School Student of the Week.
In a Facebook post by Northfield Public Schools it states, "Maggie is a shining star. A standout student, an elite hockey goaltenderd, relentless role model, an amazing friend, a positive leader and a kind soul."
It goes on to say. "It's hard to keep track of all the ways Maggie leaves her mark on the Northfield High School community."
The News Release announcing the awards stated.
"The annual Herb Brooks Award is presented to a state tournament participant that strongly represents the values, characteristics and traits that defined Herb Brooks, a St. Paul native that gained international fame as a hockey coach. The award commemorates the unending influence that Brooks had on the sport of hockey, not just in Minnesota, but throughout the world."
"Malecha backstopped the Raiders in their third consecutive trip to the state tournament. She entered the state tournament with a 1.42 goals-against average. In two state tournament games, she had 92 saves, including 55 in a quarterfinal loss to No. 2 Edina."
“Maggie is an exceptional leader on and off the ice,” Northfield coach Paige Haley said. “She has played a huge role in developing the culture of this team. As a captain, Maggie helped me develop our character pillars and values as a high school hockey program.”
Malecha, a two-time all-state selection will play collegiately at the University of St. Thomas.
“A couple of years ago, Maggie lost her dad to cancer,” Haley said. “She had a decision to make for her junior and senior years as a hockey player without her dad. Maggie chose resilience. She grew up fast and became one of the best captains this program will ever have. She makes everyone around her better as both a player and a person. Her character is exceptional. She is inspirational and admirable. She shows strong character as a player and person. Maggie is very influential to those around her-- parents, players, youth girls hockey players. She has left a print on the town of Northfield.”
A couple weeks ago we shared information about Kenyon-Wanamingo High School senior Rachel Nesseth receiving the female Region 1 Triple A Award for excellence in the classroon, in athletics and the arts. It is sponsored by the Minnesota State High School League.
The male recipient was Carson Ruen of Lanesboro.
The Sub-Region Award Winners were:
Sub-Region 1 Lauren Mensink- Fillmore Central and Carson Ruen- Lanesboro
Sub-Region 2 Kathryn Popenhagen-Southland and Bradley Simon- Blooming Prairie
Sub-Region 3 Alison French-Cotter and Matthew Schell-Lewiston-Altura
Sub-Region 4 Rachel Nesseth-Kenyon Wanamingo and Logan Mentje-Pine Island
Nesseth and Ruen advanced to State competition. All the Region winners will be recognized during the Boys State Basketball Tournament on Championship Saturday, March 26, 2022.
Faribault High School seniors Paige Ross and Thomas Malecha won the DECA State Business Solutions Project and are going to Atlanta for the DECA International Career Conference April 23-26, 2022.
We hope Ross and Malecha will be able to join us at Bashers Faribowl Center Saturday at 10:00 a.m. on KDHL 920 AM, 97.9 FM, worldwide on FREE KDHL app.
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