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Talented student-athletes join Wildcats basketball

Gary Rufsvold, the head basketball coach for the 2011-2012 St. Catherine Wildcats Basketball Class, is pleased to announce the 2011-12 recruiting class.

The new class includes four athletes from California, two from Nevada, and one each from Texas, Arizona and Louisiana. Those out-of-state recruits will join four strong in-state players to make what Rufsvold is calling, "the biggest and best group of incoming student-athletes we have ever had."

"Coach Cooley and I recruited players that are more suited for perimeter play, and who fit in with the press and run philosophy that has been successful for us in the past," says Rufsvold. "I also think these players will work well with the number of inside players that we have returning, giving us a variety of different looks and match-up options."

Sarina Baker headlines the hometown talent. She played for the Class 2A State Runner-Up team from Minnehaha Academy. Baker was the Redhawks leading scorer and was named to the MSHSL All-Tournament team. She also played in the state all-star game, where her stellar performance earned her MVP honors for class 2A.

Jule Muegge, from Carmel, Calif., also comes to St. Kate's with a list of accolades. She helped guide her team to a 23-3 season, averaged 19.7 points per game, and was named to the All-Central Coast All-Star team. Born in Germany, Jule is playing for the German U-20 National Team this summer.

A star from the Lone Star State, Jenna Mistler of Austin, Texas, will add speed and depth to the Wildcats backcourt. Mistler played for a 5A team that won 32 games her senior year. As team captain she averaged 10.3 points per game.

Sarah Mong is a two-sport standout who will add range and athleticism to the St. Kate's front court. Mong is a 6-foot center from Page, Ariz. She averaged ten points and seven rebounds per game for the Sand Devils. She also finished third in the high jump at the Arizona State Track & Field Meet.

Other players that will be joining the Wildcats as they look to return to the playoffs after a one-year hiatus are Alyssa Buchner (Coon Rapids, Minn.), Whitney Nash (Carson City, Nev.), Tiffany O'Day (Carson City, Nev.), Mary Neumann (Hermantown, Minn.), Kristina Cole (Ellendale, Minn.), Amanda Padilla (Los  Angeles, Calif.), Tiffany Pak (San Francisco, Calif.), Valeria Tripp (San Diego, Calif.), and Samantha McClondon (New Orleans, LA).

Aug. 2, 2011 by Julie Michener

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