The Henning boys basketball team made school history last season, winning the Class A State Championship for the first time, posting an incredible 31-1 record and winning the Park Region Conference title with a perfect 14-0 mark.
Three starters return from that championship team, Isaac Fisher (9.7 ppg, 1.7apg, 3.5rpg, 2.2spg), Parker Fraki (11.8ppg, 3.1apg, 4.2rpg, 21.spg) and Blake Wallevand (14ppg, 4.2apg, 3.8rpg, 3.2spg). Those three seniors are joined by five of their classmates who were part of that team, Lee Bjorklund, Luke Bjorklund, Jackson Nyhus, Brandon Trana and Blaine Wallevand. Senior Nick Miller will not be able to play his senior season after sustaining a knee injury in football. Another senior, Marcus Sigman, will make a return to the basketball court this season.
Two juniors, Joe Angell and Ethan Houselog, and one sophomore, Tanner Arndt, will round out the varsity roster.
“We expect our seniors and underclassmen to step in and fill roles vacated due to graduation,” said Head Coach Randy Misegades, entering his fifteenth season at the helm. “Our JV team went undefeated last season and our C-squad suffered just one loos, so we expect to have plenty of competition for playing time.”
The Park Region Conference returns some very talented senior-heavy teams in Pillager and Menahga. New York Mills has some underclassmen with varsity experience.
“Our number one goal each season is to compete for a conference title,” stated Misegades. “We’ve been fortunate to win the last two PRC titles and we expect to be in the mix once again. We also have aspirations to make another run at the state tournament. Those goals will be dictated by how much we improve each day, compete in practice, and fill our team roles.”
Mark Oscarson, Jason Speer and Ryan Emter will once again assist Misegades.
“Section 6A will be very strong again,” noted Coach Misegades. “Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal has probably the most talented player in the section. Hillcrest, Mahnomen-Waubun, Park Christian and New York Mills will be talented teams in the North. The South half is maybe even deeper with Ortonville, Parkers Prairie, West Central Area, Brandon-Evansville, Battle Lake, Ashby and Hancock all fielding strong teams.”
Jack Bjorklund, Sam Fisher, Adam Lange and Dylan Trana were all lost to graduation after the Hornets magical 2018-2019 season.