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2017 Minnesota All-State teams released

06/30/2017, 6:00pm CDT
By Trevor Squire, SportsEngine

Minnetonka led Class 4A with three selections, while St. Cloud Tech led the state with four honorees this season.

Class 4A



Minnetonka pitcher Sam Thorsesen, a University of Minnesota commit, is one of three Skippers named to the Class 4A All-State team. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine

The Minnesota State High School Baseball Coaches’ Association released the 2017 All-State teams on June 20 and Minnetonka led the Class 4A field with three players selected in Jimmy Ramsey, Sam Thoresen and Gus Steiger.

Ramsey, committed to Oregon, led the state with seven home runs and 34 hits, helping Minnetonka average 6.7 runs per game and compile a 17-4 regular record. Thoresen went 5-1 on the mound for the Skippers and is committed to play for Minnesota next season. Steiger was tied for second in the state with 32 hits and heads to South Dakota State to continue his playing career.

Cameron Kline and Mitch Jerde made the list for Class 4A runner up Forest Lake. Kline -- a Star Tribune All-Metro player -- tallied an 8-1 record on the hill and an 0.84 ERA that carried the Rangers to the state championship game where they fell to unseeded Eden Prairie 5-1.

Check out the complete list of selected players below:

2017 MSHSBCA AAAA All-State

First Name Last Name High School Year in School Best Position Other Position
Cole Albers Champlin Park Senior SS P
Alex Belch Rochester John Marshall Senior P RF
Brock Boltmann Edina High School Senior 3B CF
Travis Brown St. Michael Albertville Senior P CF
Sam Carlson Burnsville Senior P CF
Avery Lehman Coon Rapids Senior CF P
Max Gamm East Ridge Senior SS
Charles Horton Maple Grove Senior 1B P
Jack Husemann Eagan Senior P 1B
Ross Indlecoffer Mounds View High School Senior 3B 1B
Mitch Jerde Forest Lake Senior 1B
Nick Juaire Lakeville North High School Junior C
Danny Kapala Eastview High School Senior P
Jack Kelly St. Michael Albertville Senior C SS
Cameron Kline Forest Lake Senior P CF
Sam Laakso Duluth East Senior P P
Griffin Lanoue Rosemount High School Senior P
Max Meyer Woodbury High School Senior P SS
Ryan Nickel Mounds View High School Senior SS 2B
Will Oberg Wayzata Senior P 1B
Trent Palmer Anoka Senior P SS
Jimmy Ramsey Minnetonka Senior RF P
Sam Riola Blaine Senior P SS
Cody Spahr Tartan High School Senior P
Gus Steiger Minnetonka Senior 2B SS
Ronnie Sweeny Woodbury High School Senior 1B
Sam Thoresen Minnetonka Senior P

Class 3A


Milwaukee Brewers prospect and St. Cloud State commit, Trevor Koenig, led a group of four All-State selections for St. Cloud Tech, the most of any team in the state regardless of class. 

Koenig was 10-0 and boasted a 0.97 ERA through section play as a central piece of the Tigers when they 25-0, until they were upset 9-4 by Hibbing in the Class 3A quarterfinals. Chris Backes (22 RBI, .494), Logan Aleshire (2 HR, 28 RBI, .333) and Ethan Hopper (6 HR, 43 RBI, .443) join Koenig on the list.

Bemidji features three players on the list, further adding to the northern prominence in Class 3A.

Minnesota commit Otto Grimm maintained peak numbers as one of the state’s top performers, batting .507 and tallying five home runs and 31 RBI that tied him for most in the state during the regular season. An effective base runner, he also tied for second with 21 stolen bases and third in runs (32). 

Senior Jared Young hit for .500 on the season and was second in the state behind Grimm with 29 RBI. Fellow graduate Caleb Carlson caps the Lumberjacks’ presence on the list after batting .427 and knocking a team-high 14 doubles at the plate.

Check out the complete list of selected players below:

2017 MSHSBCA AAA All-State

First Name Last Name High School Year in School Best Position Other Position
Logan Aleshire St Cloud Tech High School Senior 3B P
Chris Belling Sartell Senior P
Matt Brooks Benilde-St Margaret's Senior SS P
Anders Brown Chisago Lakes Senior SS
Caleb Carlson Bemidji High School Senior 1B P
Travis Carruth Hibbing High School Senior P CF
Chris Backes St Cloud Tech High School Senior CF 3B
Dylan Criquet-Danielson Marshall Senior SS CF
Derek Drees Benilde St Margarets Senior P
Jacob Drew Alexandria Area High School Senior RF
Ryan Duffy South St. Paul Senior P P
Evan Furst Mankato West Senior P P
Otto Grimm Bemidji High School Junior CF P
Bjorn Hanson Sauk Rapids-RIce Senior 2B
Ethan Hopper St Cloud Tech High School Senior 1B
William Huls ROCORI High School Senior CF LF
Brenden Knoll Kasson-Mantorville Senior RF P
Trevor Koenig St Cloud Tech High School Senior P
Hunter Koep Northfield Senior 1B
Rob Meidl Mankato West Senior C 3B
Peter Nelson St. Cloud Apollo Senior CF P
Mason Penske Marshall Senior SS 3B
Erik Swenson Bloomington Kennedy Senior C
Austin Weisz Little Falls Senior CF
Jared Young Bemidji High School Senior C LF
Nick Zwack Monticello Senior P 1B

Class 2A



Pierz's Lane Girtz collected six hits in the Class 2A tournament. Photo by Taylor Lunemann, SportsEngine

Back-to-back state tournament qualifiers Pierz and Belle Plaine led Class 2A with two All-State selections each.

Lane Girtz hit 6-10 for the Pioneers in the state tournament where they fell 6-4 to Minnehaha Academy in the championship game. Matthew Tautges tossed a four-hit shutout and drove in the deciding run with a walk-off single in Pierz’s 1-0 win over Duluth Marshall in the semifinals as evidence of his selection.

Nathan Herman and Brody Curtiss carried Belle Plaine on the hill and back to the state tournament with a 20-2 record before falling to 8-4 Duluth Marshall in the quarterfinals. Herman, the Tigers’ ace, went 7-2 in that span and owned a .076 ERA into the state tournament. Curtiss was 5-0 on the mound this year and led his team with three home runs.

Check out the complete list of selected players below:

2017 MSHSBCA AA All-State

First Name Last Name High School Year in School
John Aase Proctor Senior
Jackson Baird Providence Academy Senior
Brady Braaten Pine Island Senior
Ryan Christopher Jackson County Central Senior
Carter Clemensen Norwood Young America Senior
Brody Curtiss Belle Plaine Senior
Emerson Egly St. Paul Academy and Summit School Senior
Alex Evenson Minnehaha Academy Senior
Henry George New Life Academy Senior
Lane Girtz Pierz High School Senior
Nathan Herman Belle Plaine Senior
Eric Hinnenkamp Long Prairie- Grey Eagle Senior
Michael Jensen Holy Family Catholic Senior
Jake Larson Crosby-Ironton Senior
Kaylan Legred Blue Earth Area Senior
Joe Macken Rochester Lourdes Senior
Hunter Malachek Maple Lake High School Senior
Dallas McBroom Waterville-Elysian-Morristown Senior
Cole Pengilly Le Sueur-Henderson Senior
Tyler Peterson Esko Junior
Nathan Psyck Royalton Senior
Gavin Roosen Kenyon-Wanamingo Senior
Matt Tautges Pierz High School Senior
Joe Vondracheck St. Croix Prep Academy Senior
Beau Wilmer Warroad Senior
Noah Winkelman Foley Senior

Class 1A


Coming off its first state tournament appearance and a consolation championship in 2016, Legacy Christian made another postseason run to the Class 1A title game with the help of All-State honorees Lucas Nelson, Josh Peterson and Ethan Mocchi.

Nelson and Peterson were the Lions’ one-two punch on the mound as both pitchers compiled 6-1 records and 50 or more strikeouts in the regular season with Mocchi behind the plate. Peterson led the Class 1A tournament with six hits, five runs and also hit .545 in the tournament.

Check out the complete list of selected players below:

2017 MSHSBCA A All-State

First Name Last Name High School Year in School
Lukas Adelman Graceville Senior
Chad Benham Deer River High School Senior
Taylor Bunting Red Rock Central Senior
Josh Casavan Red Lake County Senior
Adam Durfee Canby Public Schools Senior
Adam Fjerstad Hayfield High School Senior
Branden Flock Springfield Senior
Evan Gray Carlton High School Senior
Seth Halvorsen Heritage Christian Academy Junior
Kobe Holtz Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City Junior
Ethan Hurn Martin Luther High School Senior
Andrew Johnson Parkers Prairie Senior
Kasey Kuck New Ulm Cathedral Senior
Devan Liebl Wabasso Senior
Alex Loosbrock Adrian High School Senior
Ethan Mocchi Legacy Christian Academy Senior
Lucas Nelson Legacy Christian Academy Senior
Cole Pankonin Red Rock Central Senior
Josh Peterson Legacy Christian Academy Senior
Derek Shoen truman high school Junior
Reed Stadther BOLD Senior
Brad Staska Blooming Prairie High School Junior
Jaxson Willis Deer River High School Senior

The All-State teams are organized by a committee coaches around the state that determine the list based upon players' regular season performance.

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