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Former Elk Jonna Curtis and the Minnesota Whitecaps, a professional girls hockey team in the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) were set to play in their first postseason game on March 15 against the Metropolitan Riveters, with a chance to secure a spot in the Isobel Cup finals on March 1…

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Elk River’s Joey Foss was named one of 16 finalists for the 2019 Reed Larson Award by Let’s Play Hockey on Feb. 28. The award is presented to the top senior boys high school hockey defenseman in Minnesota.

Other finalists for the award include Wayzata’s Tommy Bergsland, Minnetonka’s Grant Docter, Lakeville South’s Sam Elasky, Hermantown’s Darian Gotz, Blaine’s Nick Hauck, SW Christian/Richfield’s Jake Holmstrom, Chaska’s Mike Koster, Eden Prairie’s Keegan Langefels, Minnetonka’s Josh Luedtke, Cretin-Derham Hall’s Danny Magnuson, Buffalo’s Joe McNamara, Duluth East’s Frederick Paine, Duluth Denfeld’s Darren Shykes, Edina’s Mike Vorlicky and Bloomington Jefferson’s Gavin Wendorf.

According to Let’s Play Hockey, the 16 finalists have scored an average of seven goals and 20 assists, as of Feb. 27, and boast an average grade-point average of 3.60. The Reed Larson Award also factors in off-ice criteria, such as academics, community/extracurricular activities, citizenship and coachability.

Foss, whose season and career came to an end in an 8-0 loss to Andover in the Section 7AA semifinals on Feb. 23, was the team’s most reliable defenseman in an up-and-down season for the Elks, scoring five goals and 15 assists – a team-high among defensemen – in a 10-16-1 season.

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound defenseman also led the Elk River blue line last season, scoring a career-high 34 points (11 g, 23 a). While the offensive numbers dropped this season, Foss was forced to be more disciplined on the back end, as the leader of a young, inexperienced defensive core that lost three of its top-six defensemen to injury during the season.

The winner of the Reed Larson Award will be announced at one of the State Tournament Banquets on March 5 or 6 at Roy Wilkins Auditorium.

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A retired Elk River man with a desire to jump in Lake Orono for the Shiver Plunge decided to team with the Elk River girls high school hockey to raise money for the program despite having no connection to the team.

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With winter season underway, the Star News finishes off a preview series on the area sports teams based on information submitted by head coaches.