The Minnewaska boys’ basketball team have announced their team awards for the recently completed season.  


Minnewaska Lakers 2019 Captains

Grant Jensen and Luke Barkeim

2019 West Central All-Conference

Grant Jensen, Aaron Ver Steeg, Peyton Johnsrud

Honorable Mention Sam Hested

MBCA Academic All-State 

Grant Jensen

WCC Academic All-Conference

Mitchell Gruber, Aiden Tank, Peyton Johnsrud, Jace Lindemann, Sam Hested, Drew Nelson, Aaron Ver Steeg, Connor Johnsrud, Cole Harste, Grant Jensen, Damon Uhde

Most Valuable Player 

Grant Jensen

Rookie of the Year 

Sam Hested

Laker BullDog Award 

Aaron Ver Steeg

Defender of the Year 

Drew Nelson

Team Player of the Year 

Luke Barkeim

Scout Player of the Year 

Mason Stewart

2020-2021 Laker Team Captains

Aaron Ver Steeg, Sam Hested, Peyton Johnsrud

The Minnesota Boys’ Basketball Coaches Association named their Academic State Champions for 2019-20. The Lakers were named the state champions in Class AA! 

The list of champions was rounded out by Schaeffer Academy in Class A, Bemidji in Class AAA and Owatonna in Class AAAA. 

The Class AA All-Academic teams by section were Plainview-Elgin-Millville in 1AA, Norwood-Young America in 2AA, Minnewaska in 3AA, St. Agnes in 4AA, Rockford in 5AA, Mora in 6AA, Eveleth-Gilbert in 7AA and Wadena-Deer Creek in 8AA.

The Minnewaska roster was comprised of seniors Mason Stewart, Grant Jensen, Aiden Tank, Drew Nelson, Jaden Stewart and Luke Barkeim. Juniors on the team are Peyton Johnsrud, Mitchell Gruber, Connor Johnsrud, Jace Lindemann, Sam Hested, Aaron Ver Steeg, Cole Harste and Brady Hoffmann. Two sophomores, Damon Uhde and Hunter Kostelecky, were roster members.

Congratulations to the Lakers on being recognized for all the hard work the team members accomplished in the classroom!