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Athlete of the Week: UMD’s Charlie Katona & Brooke Olson

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It took about seven games but UMD freshman Charlie Katona is starting to leave his mark.

Katona averaged 24 points in the team's two games against Minnesota Crookston on Febuary 5th and 6th. Picking up his first NSIC north player of the week award in the process.

"It's really a good accomplishment. I couldn't have done it without my team. They were the ones feeding the ball. I mean when you get open it's because of everybody else," said Katona.

Someone who isn't surprised at Katona's breakout performance is his head coach Justin Wieck, who says simply he's put in the work.

"I think he's one of the most talented guys on our team. Hasn't shot the ball great to start the year but he makes them in practice. He works out everyday. He works just as hard as anybody else at it. So I've got a ton of confidence in him," added Wieck.

Joining Katona as the NSIC North Division player of the week on the women's side is none other than UMD junior forward Brooke Olson, like Katona she gave credit to her teammates.

"It just speaks to how our team's chemistry is coming together. With being undefeated, we're just getting better everyday. It just validates how much time that we put in in the offseason," said Olson.

She admits awards are nice but this year it's all about the title.

"I'm just super greatful that we get to play another week and keep trying to get a couple wins here and there and then hopefully get our bid into the NSIC tournament," added Olson.

Neil Vierzba

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