Mounds View’s Albers wins athlete-of-the-week vote

Mounds View High School basketball player Nate Albers has amassed a number of accolades this season and added another last week. Albers, a senior, was voted the Aspire Athlete of the Week on March 10.

Albers won an online vote between three finalists. He beat out a girls basketball player from Holy Angels and a boys basketball player from Robbinsdale Cooper. Albers received 53 percent of the almost 1,000 votes cast to earn the honor

Albers closed out his prep hoops career with 31 points in a 76-65 loss to Osseo in the Section 5AAAA championship game. He finished the season in the top 10 in the state in scoring at 24.6 points per game.

A second-team all-metro selection by the Star Tribune, Albers reached the 1,000-point mark earlier in the season. 

“What a great career he had, especially his senior season; one of the best in our school’s history, which says a lot,” said Mounds View head coach Dave Leiser.

Osseo, which improved to 29-0 by beating Mounds View, ended up finishing fourth at the Class AAAA state tournament last week. The Orioles were the No. 1 seed in the tournament and rolled to an 85-73 victory over Eden Prairie in the quarterfinals.

Fifth-seeded Lakeville North handed Osseo its first loss by taking down the Orioles 60-56 in the semifinals. Osseo then closed out its season with a 93-82 loss to third-seeded Apple Valley in the third-place game.

Second-seeded Hopkins won the state title by beating North St. Paul, Apple Valley and Lakeville North. It was the Royals’ ninth title overall and seventh since 2002.

 

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

Class AAAA boys basketball tournament

Quarterfinals
Game 1  Osseo 85, Eden Prairie 73
Game 2  Lakeville North 60, Maple Grove 49
Game 3  Hopkins 74, North 42
Game 4  Apple Valley 77, Blaine 57

Semifinals
Game 5  Lakeville North 60, Osseo 56
Game 6  Hopkins 84, Apple Valley 59

Third-place game
Game 7  Apple Valley 93, Osseo 82

Championship game
Game 8  Hopkins 64, Lakeville North 55

 

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