Posted On: 02/27/18 12:08 PM

Stillwater junior Nate Shikenjanski has had a nice season for the Ponies and everything about the 2017-18 campaign has been about growth.

“Our record hasn’t been where we’d like it to be, but we’ve been much improved since last season,” Nate said. “I’ve enjoyed playing with this year’s team a lot more than last years, and the improvements in my game have shown that.”

Shikenjanski has always been a hard working, versatile player. Between his court knowledge, high effort, ability to shoot the ball, move the ball, and handle the ball, Nate gives his team a consistent effort. An effort a team can depend on.

“I think I’ve taken big strides since last season with my scoring and court vision,” Nate said.

“I’ve been getting good looks with my quickness in getting to the paint and distributing the ball, which was tough for me last year. I’ve also been shooting the ball with more confidence within the offense we run.”

Stillwater recently beat Park of Cottage Grove for the second time this year and had a nice win over Mounds View. Shikenjanski scored 27 in the Park win and now Stillwater hopes to get an upset win to finish the regular season.

“We have Forest Lake and Woodbury this week, and then we’ll play Cretin Derham-Hall in playoffs,” Nate said.

“The rest of the way will be tough, but I have confidence in my team that we can pull off a win or two.”

A pair of schools have been in conversation with Shikenjanski about the future.

“I’ve heard from Saint Mary’s (MN) and Northland College (WI) so far.”