Former Mustangs earn All-America honors

A pair of Mounds View High School graduates was recently named All-Americans in their respective collegiate sports.


Kathryn Larson

Larson, a 2013 Mounds View graduate, is a junior on the University of St. Thomas women’s hockey team and was named a second-team West All-American by the American Hockey Coaches Association. Earlier this year, she was also honored as the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s player of the year.

In her first season with the Tommies, after playing her two college seasons at Bethel University, Larson helped St. Thomas capture its fourth MIAC regular-season championship and third consecutive MIAC playoff title.

In 28 games, Larson scored 13 goals and added 15 assists for an MIAC-leading 28 points. Her 15 assists were the second-most in the MIAC and the 13 goals tied her for third in the conference. St. Thomas went 13-2-2 in games in which Larson recorded a point.

Through three college seasons, Larson has amassed 93 points (49 goals, 44 assists) in 82 games played.

In three seasons in the MIAC, Larson has been named all-conference twice and landed a spot on the conference all-rookie team as a freshman in 2014.


Katie McDaniels

McDaniels, a 2013 graduate of Mounds View, is a junior on the Wheaton College women’s basketball team and has amassed three different All-America honors. 

She earned first-team All-American honors from, a second-team selection from DIII News and an honorable mention nod from the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.

McDaniels led the Thunder in scoring at 17 points per game, the highest total for a Wheaton player in seven years. She finished the season with 459 points, which is the sixth-highest single-season total in program history. She was Wheaton’s leading scorer in 17 of 28 games this season and scored at least 20 points in 10 different games.

Helping McDaniels’ scoring total this season were her 161 made free throws, which is a Wheaton single-season record and was the second-most made in Division III this season.

In addition to scoring, McDaniels was also willing to share the ball, as evidenced by her Collegiate Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin-leading 134 assists this season. That was the sixth-highest single-season assist total in school history and the most in 23 years.

Through three seasons at Wheaton, McDaniels has scored 1,194 points and she sits inn eighth place on the program’s all-time scoring list. She is second all-time in free throws made (432) and fifth all-time in assists (352).

In addition to the All-America honors, McDaniels was also named’s Central Region player of the year. 


Brian Meyers can be reached at or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.




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