Male Athlete of the Week in the Region: Turk Fires Game-Changing Element for Rangers – Brainerd Dispatch


When you’re hot. You are hot.

And Carsen Turk was hot last week.

The Crosby-Ironton senior scored 38 points, including nine 3-pointers in a 72-44 win over Staples-Motley last week.

“I just got off to a really good start,” Turk said. “Then I kept shooting. And a lot of them came in. It’s one of the best feelings in the world. I can’t even describe it.

He started by punching his first six shots en route to a 23-point first half in which he went 8 of 10 from the field and 6 of 8 from 3-point range.

Turk finished the game 14 or 19 from the field and 9 of 12 from 3 points for 38 points.

“Just the way the ball came out of his hand, he looked clean and he looked good shooting the basketball,” CI head coach Dave Galovich said. “He had a career night and I believe he set the record for 3s made for our program.”

He followed up the SM game with a performance of 28 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds against Moose Lake-Willow River in an 89-78 win.

“It really opens things up for our offense,” Galovich said. “Carsen is very quick with basketball. He’s a good penetrator to the basket and all of a sudden when his outside shot goes down he’s very hard to defend.

Turk admitted to being in a bit of a shooting slump before the Staples-Motley game. He got away with it.

“I just thought I was going to believe in myself and play basketball,” Turk said. “That’s what I did.”

For the season, Turk is averaging 22.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.6 steals per game – all team highs. He shoots 44% from the field and 33% from 3 points with 39 3s made.

“It’s been a mix of everything,” Turk said. “A lot of it has been out of dribbling, going to the basket and catching and shooting 3s after kicks or pull-ups.”

Turk has a big man in Jordan Oehrlein who is averaging 19.1 points and 11.4 rebounds per game. Turk and Oehrlein are seniors.

“We have good senior leadership and have a good punch with Carsen and Jordan on the inside,” Galovich said. “When you have a point guard and an inside player like Jordan, it’s a good place to build a team.”

Last season as a junior, Turk averaged 17.6 points, 5.7 assists and 1.7 steals per game and was named to the Dispatch All-Area team.

“I think I’ve gotten a lot stronger and my basketball IQ has improved a lot,” Turk said. “My shooting is more composed now and I think overall I’m becoming a smarter and better player.

“I don’t feel any pressure. It’s just basketball. I do what I love and I go out and play. I took on the role of leader in this team and I love it.

Turk also started as a sophomore and scored 16.5 points per game with 4.7 assists and 2.2 steals per game.

“I just think his overall game has improved,” Galovich said. “This year he sees the ground a bit better and involves his teammates more, which helps our overall team scheme. He’s a good player to coach and he enjoys playing and being in the gym.

The Rangers are 16-2 on Friday with eyes on a long playoff streak.

“With everyone playing their part and sharing the ball – when Oehrlein and I come in to play every game, we’re a tough team to beat,” Turk said. “The ultimate goal is to declare and win the Section 7-2A championship. If we keep improving, we have a real chance of achieving that.

Other Notable Performances:

Basketball: Lake District’s Trey Ogren was named First Team All-Star at the St. Francis Tournament.

Lake Area’s Phil Imdieke was named MVP and first-team all-tournament at the St. Francis Tournament.

Eli Laposky of Pequot Lakes scored 26 points against Aitkin.

Brandon Greenwaldt, Verndale, scored 27 points against Upsala and 27 points against Menahga.

Payton Rondestvedt, Wadena-Deer Creek, scored 14 points against Pelican Rapids to hit 1,000 for his career.

Hockey: Tyler Seeling, Northern Lakes, had a hat trick against Cambridge-Isanti.

Carter Oothoudt of Little Falls scored a hat trick against River Lakes.

wrestling: Gideon Ervasti, Verndale, won the Park Region Conference title with a 3-0 record at 220 pounds.

Nordic Ski: Connor Grant of Little Falls won the Northstar Conference race in 22:29.

Carsen TurkYear: Senior

School: Crosby Ironon

Sports: Basketball

Position: Guard

Highlights: He scored 38 points highlighted by nine 3-pointers against Staples-Motley.


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