Klemetsrud signs with Concordia College.

Despite high school basketball season coming to an unexpected end, award season continues and for Devils Lake’s Jes Mertens and Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich’s Callie Ronningen, the recognitions are still trickling in.

Mertens and Ronningen, who were both finalists for North Dakota’s Miss Basketball, were named to Class A and Class B all-state first teams respectively by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association announced on Monday, March 23 and Tuesday, March 24. Mertens, who will continue her basketball career with former teammate Mattea Vetsch at Minnesota-Crookston, was joined on the Class A first team by Miss Basketball Reile Payne of Fargo Shanley, Ryleigh Wacha of Davies, Lakyn Darras of Mandan and Alexis Dressler of Legacy.

Ronningen, who will be playing volleyball at Jamestown, was selected to the Class B first team along with Abby Duchscherer of Kindred, Kaity Hove of Trenton, Mackenzie Hughes of Thompson and Sam Oase of Hettinger-Scranton.

Ronningen and Mertens finished second and third in the Miss Basketball voting respectively.

Klemetsrud commits to Concordia

Devils Lake’s Kaylie Klemetsrud announced on social media Tuesday, March 24, 2that she signed her letter of intent with Division III Concordia College for women’s hockey. Klemetsrud, coming off consecutive all-state selections, finished with 30 points (18 goals) and helped lead the Firebirds to a 15-10-1 record and a fourth place finish in the state hockey tournament.

The Cobbers, of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference out of Moorhead, finished 8-17 last season.