College athlete update: winter sports

By Cara L. Dempski

While the local high school teams have tied up the loose ends on their winter sports seasons, there are some former high school players who have continued their careers in college. 

Several players from Elk Mound and Colfax transitioned their talents in prep sports to their post-secondary education. Below is a brief update on the Viking and Mounder athletes who have continued their love of the game in college.

Mallie Doucette – girls’ basketball

Mallie Doucette, daughter of Colfax head girls’ basketball coach Joe Doucette, was part of the Vikings’ 2013 state runner-up team in Division 4. She graduated from Colfax High School in 2014, and was set to attend Minnesota State University – Moorhead before she transferred to St. Cloud State University.

Doucette just completed her sophomore year of eligibility with the Huskies, assisting them to a 11-13 overall finish, and a 9-13 finish in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. St. Cloud’s record earned them fifth place in the conference.

The sophomore was the team’s fifth leading shooter, averaging 5.7 points per game. Doucette played in all 27 games, averaging 14.8 minutes per game, and made 34 three-point shots on the season.

McKenna McVey – girls’ basketball

McKenna McVey was one of Elk Mound coach Jordan Kongshaug’s weapons during the 2015-2016 season. As a senior, she averaged 13.2 points per game for the Mounders.

As a freshman at UW – Stout, McVey had the chance to start one game in the 2016-2017 season. Blue Devil head coach Mark Thomas said the former Mounder played a big role on his team this season.

“She played major minutes out of the gate,” Thomas said. “She was a very good high school player on a good, and very well-coached team.”

Thomas explained there were numerous qualities that drew his coaching staff to McVey, but the key ones were her athleticism, versatility, physical toughness and competitiveness. She runs the floor well, and is very long, making it hard for opponents to get around or through her.

McVey’s aggression leads her to attack the basket and grab rebounds, and Thomas said he sees a bright future in basketball for her.