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Erika Ettl, a 5-foot-3-inch combo-guard attending school in Japan has signed a letter-of-intent to play basketball at Valley City State University, coach Jill DeVries announced Monday.
Ettl averaged 19 points and 10 assists in her senior season at Yokota High School, a U.S. Department of Defense school in Mainland Japan. She is a four-year starter and four time All-Conference performer in the seven-team Kanto Plains League.
â€śWe are very excited to have Erika join our program,â€ť DeVries said. â€śWhen I saw her at basketball camp last summer, I was impressed with her skill-set. She has great footwork and a very high basketball I.Q.
â€śWhen I met her and her parents, I knew immediately that she is the kind of person we want in our program.â€ť
Ettl has also been named to the Stars and Stripes All-Pacific team twice, an honor that only five players Pacific-wide are chosen for, and has been All-Far East in her junior and senior seasons, which made her among 12 players chosen from 16 schools, including some in Guam, Korea, the Philippines, Okinawa, Japan, and Hong Kong.
â€śErika is a game changer. She can score in so many ways, but what is even more impressive is how she distributes the ball. She is fun to watch and I believe she will become a favorite of a lot of Viking fans.â€ť DeVries said.
Ettl ends her high school career at Yokota High School as the all-time leader in both scoring (with 1,846 points) and assists (612.)
Milligen named All-American
VCSU mens basketball player Sekani Milligen, was named an NAIA Division II Mens Basketball Honorable Mention All American.
Milligen, a junior, led the Vikings in scoring for the season. He averaged 18.89 points per game, which also led the Association of Independent Institutions conference. Milligen also led the conference in 3-point shooting percentage, finishing 42.5 percent from outside the arc.
Milligen also was ranked in the top 25 in four national categories. He was ranked 11th in 3-pointers made per game with 3.036, 19th in total 3-pointers made with 85. He was also 19th in free throw percentage (83.2%) and 22nd in 3-point shooting percentage (42.5%).
Milligenâ€™s 18.89 points per game placed him 27th among the nationâ€™s top scorers.
Softball adds games
Due to weather conditions in the region, the VCSU softball team announced four additional games.
Friday, the Vikings will play a double header at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., starting at 3 p.m. Tuesday, the team will travel to Bemidji, Minn., for a double header against Bemidji State University starting at 2 p.m.
The team finished its spring break tournament last week and currently has a 7-6 record.