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.
“We are very excited to have Erika join our program,” DeVries said. “When 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.
“When I met her and her parents, I knew immediately that she is the kind of person we want in our program.”
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.
“Erika 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.” 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%).
Milligen’s 18.89 points per game placed him 27th among the nation’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.