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Take a bow, MINN Starks championship girls teams

Starks AAU Basketball Academy is located in Duluth with a Brainerd area satellite team made up of 7th grade girls coached by Central Lakes College women's basketball assistant Mark Lindquist.

Bottom Row L to R: Briana Blasing, Emme Sullivan, Clare Foote, Myla Abrams Top Row, L to R: Grace Fredrickson, Clara Sherwood, Peyton Clarine, Chelby Wothe, Sierra Gondinger, Coach Mark Lindquist. Not pictured, Nora Wake. Photo courtesy of Valine Gondinger

The MINN Starks 13U-Brainerd girls AAU basketball team won the 2023 Minnesota AAU DIII State Championship recently in Shakopee.

They went 4-0 in the single-elimination tournament play.

Starks AAU Basketball Academy is located in Duluth with a Brainerd area satellite team made up of 7th grade girls coached by Central Lakes College women's basketball assistant Mark Lindquist.

Dyami Starks is the director and 17U/15U coach of MINN Starks and Starks Academy.

MINN Starks 7th-grade phenom Chloe Johnson, who also stars on the Duluth Marshall varsity team. Howie / Duluth Times

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Dyami Starks on the strong performance by the MINN Starks 17U National team last weekend in Ames, Iowa: "The tournament was called May Madness and featured some the Midwest’s top programs. It was a Live Event which means D1 coaches can come watch. There are only four Live Periods Weekends in the whole summer, so this was a huge weekend. Our team went 5-0 and won our bracket’s championship (2nd division). We had four local standouts (listed below with stats, accolades and recruiting info). Jessika Loftstrom is the only true 17U kid. The other three are playing up 2-4 years.

Chloe Johnson (2028 – 7th grader at Duluth Marshall)

. Led us in scoring, steals and assists

. Avg 20 pts, 5 reb, 5 asts, 3 stls

. Coaches recruiting her at the tournament: Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan State, South Dakota, Creighton, Drake, Northern Iowa, St Thomas, Arkansas, Central Michigan, North Dakota, North Dakota State

. She has visits set up with St Thomas and Minnesota in June

Marta Forsline (2026 – 9th grade at Mesabi East)

. Led us in blocks & rebounds

. Avg 12 pts, 8 reb, 3 blks

. Coaches recruiting her at the tournament: St Thomas, North Dakota, Central Michigan, UMD, St Cloud, Winona St.

. She also has a visit set up with St Thomas in June. One D2 coach told me straight up “this kid is WAY above us. She is a stud!”

Chloe Carlson (2026 – 9th grader at Proctor)

. First tournament playing 17U

. Avg 8 points, 4 rebs, 2 stls

. No coaches had seen Chloe play before but after an impressive showing, she has calls set up with UMD and St Thomas. She's a future scholarship kid, unquestionably.

Jessika Loftstrom (2024 – 11th grader at Grand Rapids)

. Averaged 12pts, 7 reb, 2 stls, 1 blk

. Jess is our leader. Doesn’t talk much. Leads by example. Third season playing for me

Coaches recruiting her: UMD, Waldorf, Dakota State, Western Colorado, St Cloud, Winona St.

. Already has an offer from Bemidji State

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