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Athlete of the Week – Ethan Slaathaug, Hayfield Boys Basketball

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HAYFIELD, Minn. (KTTC) -- No ones been hotter than Ethan Slaathaug.

"The hoop looks a little big bigger, especially when I'm shooting it. So when I'm feeling good and everything's going in I just kind of get that momentum and energy to just keep shooting," said Ethan Slaathaug.

The Hayfield star lit it up in the regular season and has continued that in the playoffs. He put 40 points on Southland and had 17 to punch the Vikings ticket to the Target Center.

"Before the game, he was certainly locked in, but I mean you would expect that from a section championship game, but I guess you can never expect a kid to go and make eight out of 10 threes and score 40 points and put his team on his back," said Chris Pack, Hayfield Head Coach.

Believe it or not, an 80 percent three-point performance isn't anything new for Slaathaug. The thing is he's not just a shooter.

"He can get to the rim and finish in traffic even against the big guys, he can shoot the three, he can penetrate and if people collapse like they did against Legacy Christian in the state quarterfinal game he's more than willing to kick out and trust his teammates. So it's just how he's developed as a player, as a complete player," said Pack.

And that trust and support's been building ever since Slaatahug and his family moved to Hayfield his freshman year. Now it's all paying off.

"It's a great feeling, knowing that when I was coming here I was a little nervous to get to know everyone, start fresh and stuff, but first month I got here I was friends with a lot of people and I made really good relationships with everyone. So now to win a section championship and then the first state tourney game, now we're headed to the Target Center I just moved here about four years ago it just really feels good to give back to Hayfield ever since moving here," said Slaathaug.

Ethan Slaathaug KTTC's Athlete of the Week

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