Lewandowski, Grandle, Phillips named first, third team players for work in title run

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Mollie Lewandowski, Debby Grandle, and Sarah Phillips received all-state honors for their work in the post season. Country Christian's girls' basketball team made waves when it worked through the playoffs to best Nixyaawii for the 1A state title. In that title run, several of the Cougars played important roles en route to the trophy, but only three were recognized with all-state honors.

Senior Mollie Lewandowski was named the 1A Girls Player of the Year, and was given first team all-state honors as well. Joining her on the first team is junior Sarah Phillips.

"It was great to hear that I was awarded that, and my other teammates as well," Lewandowski said. "I was really just happy having such a successful season this year with my team. This was kind of the cherry on top. But of course I couldn't have done it without them. I don't plan as of now to continue basketball in college, but we'll see what happens."

"It's an accomplishment I didn't know that I would receive," Phillips said. "I have always been surrounded by such amazing players on my team that make me a better competitor, so it feels amazing to have accomplished this. It makes me feel blessed that I worked the hardest I could this season to better myself and this is the outcome."

On the third team is senior Debby Grandle, and head coach Russ Halverson was named 1A Girls Coach of the year.

"It feels great, and in a way, humbling," Grandle said to the Herald through text. "I played a new position for the majority of this season, and it was daunting. I couldn't have done it without my amazing team backing me up, and I am so proud of what we were able to accomplish individually and together."

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