Two Mankato West hockey players were chosen to compete in the Upper Midwest High School Elite Hockey League, which takes place in the fall prior to the regular high school season. Senior-to-be Derek Frentz and sophomore Tyler Jutting were picked for one of the league's teams.
You can read more on Frentz and Jutting in my Free Press story here, but here are a few nuggets:
* This is a rare feat for Mankato hockey players, as just two others have been picked previously (Mankato East/Loyola's Logan Wenzel in 2004 and West's Corey Leivermann in '07).
* Frentz led West and the Big Nine in scoring last season with 63 points in the regular season. He finished the year with 70 points, including 38 goals, in 27 games.
* Jutting is the son of former Minnesota State coach Troy Jutting, who is currently an assistant coach at Nebraska Omaha.
* Jutting is also the first underclassman from Mankato to make the Elite League. Frentz, Wenzel and Leivermann are/were all seniors when picked.