BEMIDJI, Minn. – Bemidji State University head women’s basketball coach Mike Curfman announced his NCAA regular signing period class Thursday, as he inked two student-athletes, Afton Kuehndorf (G, 5-10, Barron, Wis.) and Mikayla Larson (G, 5-10, Des Moines, Iowa), to National Letters of Intent to play for the Beavers beginning the 2014-15 season.
Kuehndorf (koon-dorf) and Larson make three total players to sign NLIs for 2014-15. They join Allie Knuti (F, 6-2, Mountain Iron, Minn.), who signed during the early period in November.
All signees are contingent upon admission to BSU and compliance with NCAA rules, including certification by the NCAA Eligibility Center.
Afton Kuehndorf • G/F • 5-10 • Barron, Wis. • Barron High School
Barron High School: Averaged 12.8 points per game (306 points) as a senior at Barron High School… Honored as a First-Team All-Heart O’ North Conference member as a senior and junior… Earned 2013-14 Leader-Telegram All-Northwest Girls Basketball Special Mention honors as a senior… Selected to play in the Wisconsin Border Battle Game and WBCA All-Star Game following the 2013-14 season… Recorded 20 or more points in four games as a senior, which included a season-high 23 versus Cameron (Jan. 13)… Averaged 13.7 points per game as a junior… A four-year letterwinner on the girl’s basketball team, Kuehndorf helped the Bears to an appearance at the state tournament as a sophomore… Also a four-year letterwinner on the BHS track and field team… A high honor roll student.
Personal: Born Nov. 13, 1995… Daughter of Nathan and Trishia Kuehndorf… Proposed psychology major at Bemidji State.
“With the addition of Afton we are adding someone who is very athletic,” Curfman said. “She can score in multiple ways, including from the 3-point line and is a very strong defender on the perimeter. One of the reasons she is fundamentally sound is because of her time in Coach Jim Bartlett’s program and we look forward to having her be a part of our program at Bemidji State.”
Mikayla Larson • G • 5-10 • Des Moines, Iowa • Hoover High School
Hoover High School: Recorded 13.9 points and 8.8 rebounds per game as a senior at Hoover High School to earn Iowa Basketball Coaches Association Class 4A All-Region 8 Team honors… Named 2013-14 Iowa Newspaper Association Class 4A All-State Third Team… Finished tied for sixth in Class 4A in rebounding (194 – 8.8 rpg) and 14th in scoring (305 – 13.9 ppg), which was good for second in each category in Central Iowa Metro League… Shot 42.6 percent from the field and added 3.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.9 blocks per game in 2013-14… Named first team all-conference as a senior and a junior, second team as a sophomore… Invited to participate in three all-star games at the conclusion of her senior season… Also named all-district as a junior by the Iowa Girls’ Coaches Association… Scored 35 points versus Des Moines Lincoln as a junior to tie for the eighth most points in a game in all of Iowa girl’s basketball in 2012-13… Owns Hoover High School single-game records for points, rebounds and free throws… Ranks second on the school’s career lists in points and rebounds… Started as a freshman and earned varsity letters all four years… A five-year letterwinner in track and field, Larson appeared at the state meet on two occasions and is a member of the school’s record-holding 4x100 meter relay team… Earned all-academic team honors three years, while being recognized as an all-district academic team member one year… Also earned Honors Orchestra recognition and was a four-year letterwinner… A member of National Council of Youth Leadership.
Personal: Born Sept. 23, 1995… Daughter of William and Jamie Holmes… Intends to major in athletic training at BSU.
“Mikayla is someone we are very excited about because she can be a difference maker on both ends of the floor,” Curfman said. “She is a very athletic guard that is going to help us create mismatches on the offensive end because of her many ways to score, which includes driving to the basket and 3-point shooting. With her length on the perimeter, we believe she can help us to deflect passes and get steals on the defensive end.”
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).