Posted On: 02/7/20 12:25 PM

Sometimes all a player needs to take a giant step forward is opportunity. That has certainly been the case for Willow Thiel of Perham, who has definitely seized the moment since one of her teammates went down with a torn ACL. Thiel turned in a nice performance last weekend at the Heart O’Lakes Showcase in Moorhead, but she wasn’t the only fresh face to make an impact. Here are a handful of players we saw in Moorhead whose names you'll want to know.

8th grader Willow Thiel of Perham. (Photo courtesy of KROX radio)

Willow Thiel, 8th grade forward, Perham

When Perham guard Greta Hillukka tore her ACL on Jan. 4 against Duluth East it was a big blow for the Yellowjackets. The 5’8 sophomore, who transferred in from Menahga this year, was leading the team in scoring at about 15 points per game and was a big piece of the Perham puzzle. Enter 8th grader Willow Thiel, a 5’10 prospect whose minutes have picked up a lot in recent games. She has scored in double digits in five of the team’s last six games, a stretch that has

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