Male Area Athlete of the Week: Turk’s shooting a difference-maker for Rangers
Crosby-Ironton senior named athlete of the week
When you’re hot. You’re hot.
And Carsen Turk was hot last week.
The Crosby-Ironton senior scored 38 points, including nine 3-pointers in a 72-44 win against Staples-Motley last week.
“I just got off to a really good start,” Turk said. “Then I just kept shooting. And a lot of them went in. It’s one of the best feelings in the world. I can’t even describe it.”
He started by drilling his first six shots on his way to a 23-point first half in which he went 8-of-10 from the field and 6-of-8 from 3-point.
Turk finished the game 14-or-19 from the field and 9-of-12 from 3-point for 38 points.
“Just the way the ball was coming off his hand, it looked clean and it looked good shooting the basketball,” C-I 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 the S-M game with a 28-point, 6-assist, 5-rebound performance against Moose Lake-Willow River in an 89-78 win.
“It really opens things for our offense,” Galovich said. “Carsen is very quick with the basketball. He’s a good penetrator to the basket and all of a sudden when his outside shot is falling he is very difficult to defend.”
Turk admitted to being in a little shooting slump prior to the Staples-Motley game. He shot his way out of it.
“I just told myself that I was going to believe in myself and play basketball,” Turk said. “That’s what I did.”
For the season, Turk averages 22.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.6 steals a game -- all team highs. He’s shooting 44% from the field and 33% from 3-point with 39 3s made.
“It’s been a mixture of everything,” Turk said. “A lot of it has been off the dribble, going to the basket and catch-and-shoot 3s from kick outs or pull ups.”
Turk has a big man in Jordan Oehrlein who averages 19.1 points and 11.4 rebounds a game. Both Turk and Oehrlein are seniors.
“We got some good senior leadership and have a good one-two punch with Carsen and Jordan on the inside,” Galovich said. “When you have a point guard and a player inside like Jordan that’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 a game and was named to the Dispatch All-Area team.
“I think I’ve just gotten a lot stronger and my basketball IQ has gotten a lot better,” Turk said. “My shot is more dialed 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 just go out and play. I’ve taken the leadership role on this team and I love it.”
Turk also started as a sophomore and scored 16.5 points a game with 4.7 assists and 2.2 steals a game.
“I just think his overall game has gotten better,” Galovich said. “This year he is seeing the floor a little better and getting his teammates involved more which helps our overall team scheme. He’s a good player to coach and enjoys playing the game and being in the gym.”
The Rangers are 16-2 as of Friday with eyes on a deep playoff run.
“With everyone doing their role and sharing the ball — when Oehrlein and I come to play every game we are a tough team to beat,” Turk said. “The ultimate goal is going to state and winning the Section 7-2A championship. If we keep getting better we have a real chance at that.”
Other notable performances:
Basketball: Trey Ogren, Lake Region, was named All-Tournament first team in the St. Francis Tournament.
Phil Imdieke, Lake Region, was named MVP and All-Tournament first team in the St. Francis Tournament.
Eli Laposky, 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 reach 1,000 for his career.
Hockey: Tyler Seeling, Northern Lakes, scored a hat trick against Cambridge-Isanti.
Carter Oothoudt, Little Falls, scored a hat trick against River Lakes.
Wrestling: Gideon Ervasti, Verndale, won the Park Region Conference title going 3-0 at 220 pounds.
Nordic Ski: Connor Grant, Little Falls, won the Northstar Conference race in 22:29.
Carsen TurkYear: Senior
Highlights: He scored 38 points highlighted by nine 3-pointers against Staples-Motley.