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Posted On: 02/7/18 11:42 AM
Bemidji State bound Max Bjorklund has come back from injury to settle into his role nicely surrounded by a talented Orono team.
“I have been fighting an ankle sprain most of the season restricting my play a little bit, but as a team we are playing well, we’ve won eight straight since a couple bad losses early in the season.”
Orono was ranked second coming into the season but suffered loses to Class AAA teams Marshall and Mankato East which dropped them in the rankings and led to five losses in the first six games.
Once the team got healthy the wins started pouring in. Now, you also must know that the Orono schedule is one of the toughest in the state. Even during the losing portion of the season they beat Roosevelt, Monticello, Wayzata, and Woodbury so it’s not like they fell off that far. (and losses to Minnehaha, CDH, and Hopkins as well).
But recently Orono has taken out Edina, Delano, Waconia, Chaka, Holy Family, and Breck getting ready for the stretch run.
“We have most of our playmakers and scorers returning this year, we have a lot of veterans that more than anything want to win a state championship,” Max said.
Bjorklund is scoring 15.2 points per game forming a strong scoring trio with Jarvis Omersa (19.6) and Colton Codute (14.1) plus Griffin Sage is right behind them.
“My outside shooting has improved this year, also defensively I think I’ve improved being more aware and ready to jump a pass or be in position on help side,” Max said.
“Individually I would like to become a better playmaker and prepare myself for college. As a team our goal is to win the state championship.”
Max is also very excited about his future in the NSIC.
“Bemidji is a young team and they’ve already beat a lot of the top teams this year, so I’m looking forward to playing with those guys and playing for Coach Boschee,” Max said.