WSU men’s basketball signs three for 2021 recruiting class
Winona State University head men’s basketball coach Todd Eisner has announced the signing of three incoming freshman for the Warriors’ 2021-22 recruiting class. Connor Drew, Drew Adams, and Dustin Beauprey each signed their NCAA Division II national letters of intent on Wednesday.
“We are excited to add three tremendous young men to the Warrior basketball program during the early signing period,” Eisner said. “The last six months have been a very challenging time to recruit because of the pandemic. But we were able to identify some outstanding high school players in the 2021 class as early as last November during our Junior Recruit Day on campus. We then watched a lot of events last spring and summer online to continue the evaluation process.”
“It was our hope to sign two frontline players and a bigger guard and we are thrilled that we were able to accomplish our goal with the addition of Connor Drew, Drew Adams, and Dustin Beauprey,” Eisner went on to note. “Connor and Drew really fit the way we utilize our ‘bigs’ offensively in that both are excellent perimeter shooters that can stretch the defense to the three-point line. Dustin is a strong, athletic, skilled perimeter player who has a chance to be an outstanding player at both ends of the floor at the college level.”
Connor Drew, from Ballard (Iowa) High School is a 6’7 220 swingman who will add to the Warriors’ size and touch from outside. As a junior, Drew averaged 18.5 points-per-game, while hauling in eight rebound a contest. He hit from a 40-percent clip from behind the arc for BHS head coach Jeff Schertz. Drew earned First Team All-Conference and Second-Team All-State honors for the Bombers. He was named to the 2020 Class 3A All-Tournament team, leading his squad to a fourth-place finish overall.
Eisner on Connor Drew: “Connor committed to us in July after visiting our campus twice to watch us play last season. We were really impressed with his play during his junior year as he helped Ballard High School to the Iowa state tournament. We really like his toughness and his ability to shoot the ball. He is another in a long line of Warrior basketball players that were successful quarterbacks in high school (Alec Rosner, Nick Klug, Owen King) as Connor led the football team to a 9-2 record and the state playoffs this fall.”
Drew Adams competes for East Ridge High School in Woodbury, Minn. At 6’8” and 210 pounds, Adams adds a formidable presence inside for the Warriors in their 2021 class. As a junior, he averaged eight points per contest, five boards an outing as well as two blocks a game. In 2019-20, Adams eared All-Conference Honorable Mention in the Suburban East Conference, one of the top prep leagues in Minnesota.
Eisner on Drew Adams: “Drew did a great job this summer as we watched his Minnesota Fury team play multiple tournaments online. He is a gym rat who is always working on his game. Drew is about 6’9” and can knock down perimeter shots and is productive in the paint at both ends of the floor.”
Dustin Beauprey comes to Winona State from Mountain Top Christian High School in Horicon, Wis. The 6’3” Beauprey is one of the top sharpshooters in Wisconsin, having accrued over 4,000 career points so far in his high school career, with his senior season yet to go. Named Player-of-the-Year at Mountain Top Christian as a sophomore, he also hit the1,000-point mark in his freshman campaign. Beauprey scored 58 points against Maranatha Baptist in an 84-76 win in December 2018.
Eisner on Dustin Beauprey: “Dustin is someone that we watched play a lot this summer the Wisconsin Crusaders program and he impressed us more every time we watched him. He has tremendous size already, can score the ball at all three levels and has tremendous vision as a passer.”
“It is always important that we continue to add high character people that are talented players to our program. We really enjoyed having all three young men and their families on campus and know that each will be a tremendous fit for Warrior basketball in the near future.”
Winona State men’s basketball finished 2019-20 at 18-12 overall and a 14-8 NSIC mark. The Warriors advanced to the quarterfinals of the NSIC/Sanford Health Tournament in the post-season.
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Warrior women’s basketball signs four for 2021
Winona State head women’s basketball head coach Scott Ballard announced the addition of four signees to the Warrior program on Wednesday. The four incoming standouts for WSU are Kendal Cox, Naomi Breunig, Stephanie Dasbach and Lindsey Hahn.
“We are excited to announce the signing of four outstanding high school student-athletes representing three states from the 2021 recruiting class,” Ballard said. “Each of these young ladies are high character individuals and great student-athletes with a great work ethic, skill set and toughness that will translate to success for our program in the future!”
Kendal Cox, from St. Michael-Albertville High School, where she is a two-time team captain. Last season, the versatile Cox averaged 11.3 points-per-game for STMA, while hauling in 6.5 rebounds as well. She is a three-time All-Mississippi 8 Conference selection. She was also named to the STMA Holiday Tournament, All-Tournament team as a sophomore and junior.
Coach Ballard on Kendal Cox: “Kendal is a versatile 5-8” guard that plays bigger, can score in a variety of ways, and enjoys tough defensive matchups! She plays with a good basketball I.Q. and knows how to win!”
Naomi Breunig, from Sauk Prairie High School, averaged 17.1 points per game and handed out 4.2 assists a contest as a junior and earned first-team All-Badger North Conference honors. She also was an honorable-mention selection for the 2019-20 All-Area Girls Basketball team from the Madison-metro area.
Coach Ballard on Naomi Breunig: “Naomi is an exceptional 5-10” athlete that can play multiple positions. She can be an impactful player at both ends of the floor and is a strong rebounder!”
Stephanie Dasbach, a post player from Lombard, Ill., led her Willowbrook High School team to a 10-2 record in the West Suburban Conference. She was an All-Conference selection a junior, a year which included a 34-point, 22-rebound effort in a victory over Plainfield Central High School. She also competes for the Illinois Rockets AAU squad, excelling on the boards. Dasbach was a News-Gazette All-State Honorable Mention pick as well.
Coach Ballard on Stephanie Dasbach: “Stephanie at 6-1” has good size, length and speed and gives us depth at the post position. She finishes well around the rim, is comfortable driving to the basket and will give us a shot blocker presence.”
Lindsey Hahn, a standout guard from Western Springs, Ill., captained her Lyons Township High School team as a junior. She was an All-Conference selection at LTHS, hitting at a 40-percent clip from behind the arc, hauling in 85 rebounds and grabbing 51 steals as a junior. Hahn plays both the point and shooting guard positions. Off the court, Hahn has been recognized for her leadership and character in being named to the Lyons Township “Athletes Committed to Excellence” program.
Coach Ballard on Lindsey Hahn: “Lindsey is a 5-8” guard with great quickness that is an impressive three-point shooter and brings great energy on the defensive end of the floor. She plays extremely hard and makes everyone around her better.”
On the Warrior 2021 recruiting class, Ballard said, “We feel very fortunate and blessed to have these young ladies join our program after a very challenging spring and summer recruiting experience. We believe each of these players have a competitive spirit that fits well with the culture of our program and the chemistry of our team. I am confident they will represent the WSU and Winona communities well and Warrior fans will enjoy watching them compete.”
Warrior soccer signs five for 2021
Winona State head women’s soccer coach Matt Kellogg announced the addition of five signees to the Warrior program on Wednesday. The five incoming standouts for WSU are Chloe Swanson, Abby Williams, Aly Jumper, Summer Malinauskas and Emma Chudik.
Chloe Swanson, comes to Winona State from Sartell High School, where she served as the Sabres starting goalkeeper. Last season, Swanson earned First-Team All-State honors, recording eight shutouts and a 0.78 goals against average. She was named to the St. Cloud All-Metro girls’ soccer team, as well as the Central Lakes All-Conference squad twice in her high school career. This past fall, Swanson and Sartell downed Bemidji on penalty kicks to conclude their 2020 season as MSHSL Section 8A champions.
Coach Kellogg on Chloe Swanson: “Chloe is a fearless goalie and does a great job going into crowds. She is also a great basketball player so she has soft hands and holds onto shots very well. Chloe is also very comfortable using her feet so we are going to be able to use her to keep possession and build out of our own end with. She will really help strengthen our GK position. “
Abby Williams, captained the Prior Lake High School in 2020, patrolling the central midfield for the Lakers. Williams set the tempo for the PLHS offense, twice earning team MVP honors. She also was a two-time All-Conference selection in the highly competitive South Suburban Conference for head coach Blair Rummel. Williams also competed for the Minnesota Eclipse club soccer program.
Coach Kellogg on Abby Williams: “Abby is a great playmaker in the midfield. She has great vision and is constantly moving to try and get the ball and will create a lot of scoring chances for us. She will be a great addition in our midfield.”
Aly Jumper, a goalkeeper from Ankeny, Iowa, led her Sporting Iowa SC club team to the Iowa State Cup championship in 2017 and 2019. In high school soccer at Ankeny Centennial, Jumper set a ACHS season shut-out record with nine clean sheets, recording a goal against average of 0.33. In addition, she earned Academic All-Conference three times; her 2018 ACHS squad was the 3A Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) champion.
Coach Kellogg on Aly Jumper: “Aly is a goalie with great athleticism and shot-stopping ability. She is very quick and can get to a lot of shots. Aly also has a very aggressive mindset in goal and is exactly what we want from that position. She will make an immediate impact in our goal keeping corps.”
Summer Malinauskas, a standout central defender from Muskego, Wisconsin, led her MHS team to the 2019 WIAA state championship. Playing her club soccer for the Croatian Eagles SC, Malinauskas earned a U18 Wisconsin State Cup championship as well.
Coach Kellogg on Summer Malinauskas: “Summer is a defender with great tactical and positional awareness. It’s not very often that you will find Summer in the wrong position, which makes her a very difficult player for the other teams to beat. Summer will help strengthen our backline.”
Emma Chudik, from Crystal Lake, Ill., lined up in the midfield for both Crystal Lake South High School and the Crystal Lake Force club program. In the highly competitive Fox Valley Conference, Chudik was tabbed All-Conference as junior.
Coach Kellogg on Emma Chudik: “Emma is a technically gifted player and has the work rate to match. She will be a threat going forward from the midfield and into the attack. Emma will help to strengthen our midfield.”
On the Warrior 2021 recruiting class as a whole, Kellogg noted, “All five additions to our 2021 class are great players, no doubt about that. However, more important to our program is that they are all fantastic people and will do whatever they can to help make the program better. They have a great team first mentality and that will help make everyone in our program better. We are really excited to get them on campus next fall and get to work with them.”