Local athletes receive college honors

A trio of former Bulletin-area high school athletes recently received collegiate honors.

Irondale High School graduate Kilen Eilefson and Mounds View High School alumni Nate Albers and Emma Blume were the honorees.

Albers, a freshman on the St. Olaf College men’s basketball team, was named the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Athlete of the Week on Jan. 16. Albers was honored for his strong play in back-to-back victories over St. Thomas and Augsburg.

Albers began the week with 17 points, nine rebounds and a steal as the Oles downed St. Thomas 64-56 on Jan. 11. Three days later, St. Olaf edged Augsburg 70-68 as Albers scored 15 points and grabbed five rebounds. 

Over the two games, he shot 60 percent (9 of 15) from the field, 50 percent (6 of 12) from three-point range and 80 percent (8 of 10) from the free-throw line.

Through Jan. 29, Albers had appeared in all 17 of St. Olaf’s games, started one and was one of three Oles averaging double figures in points per game. He had been scoring at an 11.1 points-per-game clip. He was leading the team in three-pointers made and free throws made and was third in rebounding.

Next up on the schedule for St. Olaf, which is located in Northfield, is a home game against St. John’s on Feb. 1 and a trip to Winona to face St. Mary’s on Feb. 4.

Eilefson and Blume both attend the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth and were among 84 Saints named Academic All-Upper Midwest Athletic Conference. To earn the honor, individuals must post a grade-point average of 3.5 or better during their semesters of competition.

Blume runs cross country at St. Scholastica while Eilefson is a member of the Saints’ men’s golf team. 

Blume was one of 13 members of the St. Scholastica women’s cross country team to earn all-academic honors. Three other men’s golfers joined Eilefson in earning the award.

Eilefson is a junior at St. Scholastica and is in his second season on the golf team. In his first season, he was third on the team in scoring average and tied for second in his first collegiate golf event. As a freshman at St. Scholastica, he was a member of the men’s soccer team and appeared in two games as a goalkeeper.

Blume is a sophomore and last fall was her first season as a member of the St. Scholastica women’s cross country team. She is also a member of the women’s Nordic ski team. 


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


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