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Editor’s Note: Prep Stars in College is a weekly glance at former southeast Idaho high school athletes who are now competing at the college level. If we’re missing anyone, let us know at

Kiersten Rasmussen (Soda Springs) – College of Idaho

Soda Springs High School graduate Kiersten Rasmussen was one of the best shot-blockers in the Cascade Collegiate Conference this season for the College of Idaho women’s basketball team.

The sophomore forward compiled 31 blocks, which was first on her team and fifth in her league.

Rasmussen had a season-high five swats, plus 15 rebounds and six points in a 69-61 home win over Northwest on Jan. 4.

College of Idaho finished the season 16-14 and 11-9 in conference play.

Mason Baker (Highland) – Colorado School of Mines

Highland High School graduate Mason Baker is the leading scorer this season for the Colorado School of Mines men’s basketball team.

The sophomore guard is averaging 14.9 points per game, while making 46 percent of his shots, 44.1 percent of his 3-pointers and 88.1 percent of his free throws. He also averages 3.1 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game.

His season high in points is 27 on 8-of-12 shooting in a 92-79 win at Fort Lewis on Jan. 12.

Colorado School of Mines (23-4, 20-1 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) hosts Colorado Colorado Springs on Friday.

Carly Parker (Pocatello) – Northwest Nazarene University

Pocatello High School graduate Carly Parker is playing a part in a historic season by the Northwest Nazarene women’s basketball team.

The Nighthawks are off to their best start in program history at 25-1, plus they are 17-1 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference and ranked fifth in an NCAA Division II poll by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.

Parker is averaging 5.3 points and 2.0 rebounds in 18.3 minutes per game. The senior guard is shooting 49.5 percent from the floor and 43.6 from the 3-point line.

NNU plays Thursday at Alaska-Anchorage.