Heartland States Reps attend official Qualifier tournaments to award Golden Ticket invites to the top two finishing teams at each grade level, and answer questions from coaches and families. Please say "hello" when you see them!
Anthony lives in Duluth, Minnesota. He played collegiate basketball at The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, and completed his Master’s degree in Coaching Education and Athlete Development at Xavier University. After his playing career ended, he joined the Duluth East Boys Basketball staff as the Junior Varsity Coach. He also serves as a substitute teacher in the Duluth area. A lifelong basketball fanatic, Anthony surrounds himself with the game and aspires to be a college basketball coach in the future. Outside of the basketball gym, you’ll find Anthony snowboarding or enjoying a game of golf. He is extremely grateful for the opportunity to be a State Representative and looks forward to the coming season.
Dylan was raised in Elk River, MN but currently resides in Fargo, ND. He played basketball at Elk River High School and was a 2x all conference player in 4a basketball in the NorthWest Suburban Conference. During his junior year, he averaged 14.3 points per game. He placed 2nd in the state in 3-point shooting percentage, and placed 7th in the state in 3-point field goals made. He played one year of DII NAIA college basketball at the University of Jamestown before transferring to Minnesota State Moorhead where he is currently pursuing a degree in Business Management.
Morganne grew up around basketball and played competitively through high school. In the wake of two ACL injuries, she ended her playing career but sought different avenues to engage with the sport competitively. Morganne attended Iowa State University and served as the Manager for the Women’s Basketball team for three years, gaining valuable knowledge of the operations of a D1 basketball program. She graduated with a degree in Event Management in May 2020 and is currently working as a Special Education Associate at an Elementary School. Outside of work, Morganne loves to attend basketball tournaments and Iowa State Football games, and take weekend trips with her family.
Sports were an integral part of Devon’s childhood. Growing up between Indiana and Minnesota, he was a year-round athlete playing basketball, football, and baseball. Although he ultimately chose to play football beyond high school, he feels privileged to have competed against top basketball talent and forged lifelong friendships with the Harlem Globetrotters and NBA players. Prior to the COVID pandemic, Devon was proud to represent his country as a member of team USA football team, which led to a professional career in Europe. He hopes to return as soon as the pandemic ends, but in the meantime, he is serving his community as a healthcare assistant for Hennipen County. Devon is grateful for the opportunities that sports have provided him throughout life.
Larry resides in Sioux Falls, SD and is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. In high school he was a stand out all-around athlete lettering in Cross Country, Basketball, Track and Baseball at Todd County H.S. in Mission, SD and Sherman Indian H.S. in Riverside, CA, where he graduated. After high school he played basketball and baseball at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, KS before coming home to help his family. Afterwards he enlisted into the U.S. Marine Corps and was apart of the MCB Camp Pendleton Basketball Team before receiving orders for deployment to Iraq and the Middle East. Now a father of two, Larry spends his time raising his kids and is a basketball official for the state of South Dakota. He still applies his competitive drive as a golfer and video game enthusiast.
Nicole grew up in Brandon, SD and played basketball since she could walk. From playing on AAU teams to school ball, she earned a scholarship offer from The University of Jamestown in North Dakota. Nicole has coached youth basketball and helped out at summer camps. She also enjoys working out, playing sports, skiing and watching her favorite teams: UNC and the Lakers and her alma maters, BV and UJ.
Brad resides in Mitchellville, Iowa. He started playing on a traveling basketball team in 3rd grade which coincided for his love of Iowa State basketball. He played basketball through high school and after college he started coaching a 5th grade boys team in Des Moines, Iowa which lead to opportunities to be an assistant high school girls coach at Des Moines North and Newton in the central Iowa area. To this day Brad follows his Iowa State Cyclones and his NBA team, the Denver Nuggets.
Coltin was born and raised in the small town of Valley, Nebraska. He obtained his bachelor's degree in psychology last year at the University Nebraska Omaha. Basketball has been a part of his life since he was about 5 years old. This includes playing in YMCA leagues as a kid, competing in basketball for school, attending basketball games, and finally watching basketball whenever he can. Outside of basketball, Coltin is a huge movie buff. In his humble opinion, Tuesdays and Thursdays are great days to check out a new movie for a good price.
Domenic's experience with basketball started when he was in middle school. He played on his school team as well as the travel team. Those squads traveled all over the Midwest participating in tournaments weekly. He also played throughout high school on the varsity team for 4 years until he graduated high school from OA-BCIG.
Domenic received a degree in Human Resources Management from the University of South Dakota in 2020. Currently he works at Thornton Flooring in Sioux City throughout the week. In his free time, he likes to go golfing, hang out with friends, and play video games. One fun fact about Domenic is that he lived in Germany until he was three, as his dad is from there and they officially moved to the US when he was 3.
Karla grew up on a dairy farm in Northwest Iowa. Her basketball and sports experience includes 7 years as a player, 18 years as a head and assistant coach (including other sports), 20 years supporting boys as players in basketball and other sports. She also has 4 years of organizing an athletic booster club youth basketball tournament.
Karla has bachelor of science in Business Education, Physical Education and Coaching minor from Northern State University, in addition to a Masters in Education License from Walden University. Her current full-time job is a Patient Service Representative with Avera Dermatology in Sioux Falls, SD where she currently resides. In her free time she likes to watch college sports.
Drew has been playing basketball for as long as he can remember and it is his favorite sport. Drew has experience coaching youth and loves to help out with camps and games any chance that he gets! Most of his time is spent playing sports, watching sports and doing homework. He is a people person and loves talking to anyone and everyone, so be sure to say hi when you see him at tournaments! A fun fact about Drew is that he has never missed a homework assignment and never turned anything in late!
Laine was born in Wisconsin and moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa when she was 6 months old. Laine is currently a junior at Center Point-Urbana High School, where she participates in basketball, cross country and track, and she volunteers in her community. Laine is the youngest of three, with an older brother and an older sister. In her spare time she likes to hang out with her friends to support their school activities and she loves hanging out with her older sister.
Basketball is Laine's favorite sport and she has played it since she was in the first grade. She was brought up as a freshman to play on the varsity team, as the back up point guard to her sister Bryn. Her and her team finished that season as State Tournament Semi-Finalists. Outside of her role as a state rep, Laine is a student who hopes to be a teacher someday. She spends time helping families care for their children and also helps with residential design and home-flipping businesses. She is currently a 3-sport athlete at Center Point-Urbana High School where she also volunteers as a time keeper for cross county and track meets, concession stand worker, basketball tournament score keeper, and a classroom teachers assistant. She also enjoys making blankets for the homeless to support United Way. A fun fact about Laine is that she has participated at the state tournament in every sport she plays!
Erik grew up in Apple Valley, Minnesota, where he played basketball, baseball and football at Eastview High School. Erik then went on to attend St. Olaf College. He has fond memories playing traveling and AAU basketball when he was growing up and as an adult, being a college basketball fan is a top hobby! Outside of being a basketball rep, he enjoys golf, travel and long walks with his goldendoodle, Charlie. A fun fact about Erik is that he shot two hole-in-one's in consecutive golf rounds while playing with his mom, Patti.
Breton attended both Roseville Area High School and St. Paul Central High School and graduated in 2019. He grew up loving sports, especially football and basketball and was raised by his mom and he has one sibling. Breton has been around basketball since he was in the 7th grade, so about 8 or 9 years now. He has been a player, trainer, referee, played AAU and has been around so many basketball games and events, too many to name! Outside of being a state rep, Breton also works as a Wholesale Florist called Koehler and Dramm. When he is not working he enjoys playing video games with his friends, cooking and spending time with his cat. Breton also loves music and fashion.
Ethan is from Rochester, MN and attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and currently lives in Minneapolis, MN. He grew up playing basketball and played through high school. While in high school, he got involved with the local youth basketball association where he worked his way up from scorekeeper, to official, to tournament site coordinator, to tournament staffing and merchandise coordinator. At his alma mater, Ethan refereed the intramural basketball program and eventually took on the role as supervisor for the entire intramural program. Ethan currently works part time for the Minnesota Timberwolves as a gameday assistant within the Fan Experience team. Despite living the majority of his life in Minnesota, he grew up a Chicago Bulls and University of Illinois fan. He sill roots for both of those teams. Other hobbies that Ethan enjoys are outdoor activities such as fishing, hiking and landscape photography.
Blake grew up in New Hope, MN and played both varsity baseball and basketball at Armstrong High School in Plymouth, MN. He played basketball his entire life including all 4 years of high school. Blake attended The University of Sioux Falls his freshman year of college and became the student manager of their men's basketball team before transferring to Bethel to continue his baseball career. Outside of his role as a State Rep, Blake is currently a senior at Bethel University still playing baseball and spends most of his time either working out or hanging out with friends. He has an internship with TCO TraingHaus and will pursue a career with personal training or insurance sales.
Jenifer grew up in Pennsylvania and attended Mansfield University for her undergraduate degree in Education. After moving to Iowa in 2006, she earned her Master's Degree from UNI and Drake and currently serves as the district ELL Director and high school Spanish teacher in Mount Vernon. She also serves as the Director of Education at Sylvan Learning Center in Cedar Rapids. Jenifer, her husband and two daughters reside in Cedar Rapids and love to travel, kayak and all things sports (Go Hawks!). Her daughters play soccer and softball, as well as manage the high school basketball team, so you can usually find her on the sidelines or bleachers of a local field or court. Jenifer's favorite food is soup and she always eats her dinner in a bowl so she can mix everything together before eating it. Even food is better when it has a team!
Shania resides in Mandan, ND and is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. Playing basketball has been a part of her life since kindergarten. She continued to play all through grade school, middle school and high school, Between games and tournaments she would also help with team stats, basketball camps and some coaching. After living out her basketball dreams her goal is to watch other players live out their dreams as well. Shania continues to love the game of basketball and her favorite teams are UNC and the Boston Celtics. When she is not watching basketball, she loves to travel and spend time with her dog and family.
Gracie grew up in the Midwest and currently lives in Marion, IA with her cat Georgia. Gracie studied marketing with an emphasis on digital advertising and social media at the University of Northern Iowa. At UNI she found her love for marketing and continued her love for sports, especially basketball. She served as a sports marketing intern, where she got to take pictures and videos of the basketball, football, volleyball and softball games. Gracie has been a player, coach and fan of the game since elementary school. She started playing in third grade and played throughout high school. Her freshman season her and her team won state! She has been on many traveling basketball teams, summer leagues and attended summer camps. She recently started coaching kindergarten in Marion and looks forward to teaching the basics of the game. Watching her siblings play basketball is something she really enjoys. Outside of her role as a State Rep, Gracie works for an ad agency as a Media Specialist. She also coaches, volunteers at a dog rescue and loves to stay busy.