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Vote now: Who should be SBLive's Minnesota Athlete of the Week? (Nov. 20-27)

Here are the candidates for the Minnesota High School Athlete of the Week, as nominated by coaches, fans and readers

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Read through the nominees and cast your vote. Voting will conclude Sunday at 11:59 p.m. and the winner will be announced Monday.

If you would like to make a nomination in a future week, please email varriano34@gmail.com with “MHSAW Nomination” in the subject line.

Editor’s Note: Our Athlete of the Week feature and corresponding poll is intended to be fun, and we do not set limits on how many times a fan can vote during the competition. However, we do not allow votes that are generated by script, macro or other automated means. Athletes that receive votes generated by script, macro or other automated means will be disqualified.


Rylee Bartz, Warroad

The senior forward scored four times and had two assists in an 18-0 rout at East Grand Forks on November 22, and she scored twice more and assisted on four more goals in a 9-0 shutout of Simley on Saturday. Her 13 goals and 21 points lead all of Minnesota.

Maddie Hulter, Fergus Falls

The senior forward scored three goals and an assist in a 4-2 win at St. Cloud, Tuesday. She had another goal and two assists in a 5-2 win over Bismarck Legacy/Bismarck High School (N.D.), November 26. Her 19 points ranks second in the state.

Ashlyn Hazlett, Minnetonka

The sophomore goaltender stopped all 10 shots she saw over 13:21 in a 4-3 loss to Andover on November 22. She proceeded to win a 6-0 shutout at Brainerd/Little Falls, making seven saves. She’s yet to allow a goal this season.

Ida Huber, Dodge County

The sophomore goaltender is 5-0 this season, stopping 24-of-28 shots on goal in a 6-4 win at Osseo/Park Center, Tuesday, 13 of 14 shots in a 3-1 win over Marshall, Friday, and 12 of 12 shots in a 6-0 shutout at Waconia, November 26.

Alyssa Polanski, Woodbury

The eighth-grader is 5-0 as Woodbury’s starting goaltender and stopped 13-of-14 shots on goal in a 2-1 win at Mounds View/Irondale on November 22.

Dani Strom, Maple Grove

The junior goaltender made 34 saves in a 6-1 win at Blake on Tuesday. Her .985 save percentage is second-highest in the state, according to MNhockeyhub.

Grace McCoshen, Northfield

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The junior defender had an assist in a 2-0 win at Mankato East on November 22, four assists in a 7-1 at Thief River Fall on November 25 and another assist in a 4-2 loss to Crookston on November 26. Her 10 assists on the season are fourth-most in Minnesota and tied for the most amongst defenders.

Natalie Bergman, Rock Ridge

The freshman forward scored one of her team’s two goals in a 2-1 win at Northern Lakes on November 22. Then, on November 25, she scored both of her team’s goals in a 6-2 loss at St. Cloud. On November 26, she scored twice more in a 4-3 win at Sartell/Sauk Rapids. She’s tied for the third-most goals scored in Minnesota with 10.

Aron Sutherland, Wadena-Deer Creek

The senior forward scored two goals and an assist in a 7-4 loss at Proctor on November 25 and scored five goals in an 8-1 win at North Shore on November 26. His seven goals lead the state.

Tyler Hennen, Kittson County Central

The senior forward scored six goals and had eight assists over two games at Ely: a 9-5 win on November 25 and a 7-2 win on November 26. His 14 points and eight assists are the most in Minnesota.

Hayden Olsonawski, Kittson County Central

The senior defender had five goals and six assists in two games at Ely this week. His six assists are second-most in the state and most amongst defenders. His five goals ranks third overall and is the most amongst defenders.

Kyle Ahlschlager, Waseca

The senior forward had five goals in a 6-3 win at Redwood Valley on November 26. That’s the second-most goals scored in Minnesota so far this season.

Ben Glaesman, St. Cloud

The junior goaltender stopped all 25 shots on goal in a 2-0 shutout at Bemidji on November 26.

Atreyu Jones, Roseau

The junior goalie made all 27 saves in a 7-0 win over West Fargo Sheyenne (N.D.), on November 26.

Luke Steffen, Roseville

The senior forward scored twice and assisted on two more goals in a 6-2 win over St. Paul Highland Park on November 23. He then scored three goals--two shorthanded-- and had an assist in a 5-4 overtime win at Rochester Century on November 26.