Madisen Schmitt — Girls basketball
The Stillwater girls’ basketball team used a balanced attack to win its first postseason game in four seasons while knocking off fourth-seeded Tartan 66-52 last week.
Sophomore forward Madisen Schmitt scored six of her eight points in the second half to complement leading scorers Erin Thiets and Paige Becker. One of the team’s top rebounders, Schmitt also helped the Ponies limit Tartan standout Tia Elbert to a season-low 18 points. Schmitt averaged 5.0 points per game during the regular season, including a season-high 12 points in a loss to East Ridge on Feb. 21.
The Ponies finished the regular season with an 8-18 record, including 5-13 to place seventh in the SEC.
Kyle McKinley — Boys basketball
An imposing presence in the paint defensively, Kyle McKinley was productive on both ends of the court while helping the Stillwater boys’ basketball team push top-seeded Woodbury to overtime before falling 84-78 in the Section 4AAAA semifinals on March 1.
The 6-foot-9 junior post player scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the loss to Woodbury. McKinley racked up 10 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots as the Ponies limited Roseville to just 47 points in a section quarterfinal victory on Feb. 26. McKinley ranked third in scoring for the Ponies this season at 12.1 points per game.
Stillwater finished with a 13-15 record, including 8-10 to place sixth in the SEC.