Macie Michelson (South Dakota State, Sr., G, Marshall)
Starting in 10 of South Dakota State's 15 games this season, the Lynd native is averaging 5.0 points per game in 20.3 minutes. In seven conference games, Michelson is fourth on the Jackrabbits, averaging 7.3 points per game. This season, SDSU is 4-5 in the Summit League, 8-12 overall. At Marshall, Michelson scored 2,131 career points and was a finalist for Miss Basketball. She was also a four-time All-Area selection and Independent Area Player of the Year in 2007.
Natalie Giese (Western State (Colo.), Jr., F, Canby): 15 GS, 5.5 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 16 steals, 22.2 MPG.
Emily Bose (Augustana, Fr., C, MCC): Redshirting this season.
Steph Maras (Minnesota West, Fr., RRC): Stats unavailable.
Brett Newton (Northern State, Jr., G, RTR)
Coming off the bench in seven games this season for Northern State, Newton is averaging 4.1 points per game, and has 13 assists compared to 10 turnovers in 17.0 minutes per game. Coming into the weekend, the Wolves are 3-10 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, 7-10 overall. At Russell-Tyler-Ruthton, the Tyler native was a two-time Independent Area Player of the Year.
Zach Meyer (Minn.-Morris, Jr., F, Lakeview): 10 GS, 27 GP, 8.5 PPG, 44.1 shooting percentage, 4.6 RPG, 26 steals.
Kyle Timmerman (SMSU, Jr., Minneota): 14 GP, 8.9 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 58 assists, 52 steals, 42.5 shooting percentage.
Tad Merritt (St. Cloud State, R-Jr., 165, Canby)
A two-time All-American at St. Cloud State, Merritt is 25-3 with 11 pinfalls this season for the Huskies. Coming into Friday, Merritt is ranked No. 2 in the country at 165 pounds, behind Mike Williams of North Carolina-Pembroke, while St. Cloud State is ranked No. 3. As a Lancer, Merritt was a two-time state champion, held a record of 176-32 with 116 pins, and was on the Wrestling USA scholastic All-America team.
Casey Field (SMSU, R-Fr., 157, YME): 8-11, 2 pins.
Martin Hagen (SMSU, So., 197, YME): 9-8, 1 pin.
A.J. Jenniges (SMSU, So., 133, Wabasso): 2-2.
Justin Reinsma (SMSU, R-Fr., 133, MCC): 20-8, 7 pins.
Tanner Skillings (SMSU, Jr., 157, Minneota): 0-0.
Jason Jeremiason (Augustana, R-Jr., 141, Marshall): 14-3, 2 pins.
Alex Kontz (St. Cloud State, R-So., 149, Canby): 0-0.
Alyssa Isaackson (Concordia-Wisconsin, Jr., F, Marshall): Stats unavailable.
Do you know a winter athlete we missed? E-mail sports editor Joe Brown at email@example.com and let us know. Area schools includeMarshall, Dawson-Boyd, Lakeview, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton, Minneota, Russell-Tyler-Ruthton, Canby, Lincoln HI, Murray County Central, Westbrook-Walnut Grove, Wabasso and Yellow Medicine East.