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Bolerjacks, Rorvig All-State

Wednesday, March 31, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 10:29 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

Three Hickman senior girls had exceptional basketball seasons. Good enough to earn them All-State honors.

The Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association named Jodi Bolerjack and Kaela Rorvig to the Class 5 All-State team Tuesday. Jodi’s twin sister, Amy Bolerjack, received second team All-State honors.

This is the first time three players received All-State honors at Hickman.

Hickman coach Tonya Mirts said she was excited about the awards but thought Lauren Harris also had the potential to make the All-State team.

Mirts said if Hickman had won the state championship, it probably would have had four players receive All-State honors. The Bolerjacks and Rorvig led the Kewpies to a 30-2 record and a state runner-up spot. The Kewpies lost to St. Joseph’s Academy on March 13 at Hearnes Center 56-44. The loss snapped a 19-game winning streak.

Mirts said stat sheets couldn’t reveal why the Bolerjacks and Rorvig stood out.

“Individually, their statistics may not shine, but these three shared the ball and made us a much better ball club,” Mirts said.

She asked the players to sacrifice for the team and said they could have easily averaged more than 20 points a game at any other school.

Jodi, a 5-foot-8 senior guard, averaged 14.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. Amy, a 5-9 senior guard, averaged 11.9 points and 4.5 rebounds.

During the season, Hickman ranked as high as ninth in the country in USA Today’s poll. They ranked 20th in the latest poll.

The Bolerjacks attributed their success this season to hard work.

“Jodi and I spent a lot of extra time in the gym,” Amy said.

Amy also said it helped to have her sister in the game with her.

“We’re always telling each other what to do on the court,” Amy said.

Jodi said she and Amy spent a lot of time in the offseason working out. She said another reason the team succeeded was it was hard for other teams to shut them down. She said when one person had a bad night she could rely on the rest of the team to get the job done.

The Bolerjacks have scholarships to play at the University of Wyoming.

Jodi said she is looking forward to playing for another four years and hopes to make it to the NCAA Tournament.

“Most importantly we’ll be together,” said Amy.

Rorvig, a 5-10 senior guard, has a track scholarship to Missouri. She is the two-time defending state champion in the 400 meters.


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