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Former Raiders shining in college
A pair of former Roseville Area High School athletes has recently made headlines for their respective collegiate teams.
Former Roseville sharpshooter Mack Johnson has taken his game to the University of Sioux Falls this season and has played his way into the Cougars’ starting lineup as a true freshman. Johnson has started the last four games for the Sioux Falls men’s basketball team.
Johnson has appeared in all 18 of the Cougars’ games and entered this week averaging 8.1 points per contest. At one point earlier in the season, his average was up over 10 points per game and he was the second-leading freshman scorer in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
After scoring nine, nine and five points in the first three games of the season, Johnson posted his first double-digit game when he scored 19 points against Waldorf College in late November. Four games later, Johnson reached the 20-point plateau when he poured in 21 against Augustana.
The 21 points were the most by a Sioux Falls true freshman in five years. Johnson went 5-for-7 from the three-point line in that game.
While at Roseville, Johnson was an all-metro and all-state selection as a senior. He holds the school record for points in a game (45) and a career (1,253).
Maddie Gray is a sophomore on the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire women’s swimming and diving team and she earned an athlete-of-the-week honor earlier this season.
Gray competed in four events in a three-team meet in early November. She swam to fifth-place finishes in two individual events and helped a pair of relay teams to fourth-place finishes.
Gray was fifth in both the 100 and 200-yard backstrokes and she had a season-best time in the 100. She also swam the fastest split in the 200-yard freestyle relay.
For her efforts, she was named her team’s athlete of the week.
At Roseville, Gray was a six-time letterwinner, a three-time all-conference performer and a three-time team MVP.
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