The Mora boys’ basketball team was on the verge of a possibly historic season. The only Mora boys’ basketball team to participate in the state tournament was in 1958. This past season the team was one win away before everything got shut down due to the COVID-19 crisis. That does not detract from the incredible season the team had. The Mustangs finished the season with a 22-7 record. The team had an 11-game winning streak during the year and won their last five, including three section tournament games. Mora was slated to take on Melrose in the section finals at St. Cloud State.

Typically, after a season, teams will hold an awards banquet. Because of the unprecedented circumstances this season the boys had to hold their awards banquet virtually over Google meet.

Head coach Curt Grachek stated, “It was definitely not the way we wanted to have our awards presentations on a great season. It was not the way we wanted a great season to end. There really wasn’t an end to the season. It just sort of went away.”

The following are the award winners for the 2019-2020 boys’ basketball season:

9th Grade: Individual

    Most Improved: Nolan McGaw

    Mr. Hustle: Nolan McGaw

J.V.: Individual

    Most Improved: Nick Nelson 

    Mr. Hustle: Max Sampson

Varsity: Individual

    Most Steals - Ben Wright 62 (2x)

    Most Charges Taken - Lucas Athey 6 (2x)

    Most Rebounds - Cole Steffen 241 (2x)

    Most Assists - Ben Wright 112

    Best Freethrow % - Lucas Athey 69.1%

    Best Defender - Jeff Lilienthal

    Most Improved - Lucas Athey, Garret Honstrom

    Mr. Hustle - Jeff Lilienthal (2x)

    Most Valuable - Cole Steffen

Granite Ridge All-Conference - Ben Wright, Cole Steffen

Granite Ridge All-Conference, Honorable Mention - Lucas Athey, Jeff Lilienthal, Andrew Rasmusson

Granite Ridge Academic (> 3.75 GPA) - Caleb Anderson, Levi Hallstrom, Jeff Lilienthal, Andrew Rasmusson, Jack Sampson, Ben Wright, Garret Honstrom, Dallas Fix, James Oslin, Max Sampson, Jonah Smart Kimball 

All-Tournament Team - Cole Steffen, Ben Wright

Section 6AA All-Section Team - Cole Steffen (2x), Ben Wright 

Team Awards

Kimball Holiday Tournament Champions

Granite Ridge Conference Academic Champions Section 6AA Academic Champions

Section 6AA Sectional Finalist

 

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