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Former NRHEG and University of Minnesota guard, Carlie Wagner, was drafted by the Minnesota Lynx in the third round of the WNBA draft on Thursday evening. (AP Photo/Chris Pietsch)

Carlie Wagner is staying home.

After a spectacular career at NRHEG and an ultra-productive four years at the University of Minnesota, the New Richland native was selected with the 12th pick in the third round of the WNBA draft on Thursday evening by the Minnesota Lynx.

Wagner — who is the third University of Minnesota player to be chosen by the Lynx — finished her high school career as one of the most productive female basketball players the state of Minnesota has ever seen. Her 3,982 points and 1,613 field goals made are second all-time in MSHSL history. She also guided the Panthers to back-to-back state championships during her junior and senior seasons, scoring a state-record 130 points in three state tournament games in 2014.

According to, Wagner finished her career with the Gophers ranked third all-time at in scoring (2,215), second in 3-pointers made (307), 3-pointers attempted (880), field goal attempts (2,109) and games in double figures (114). She also ended fourth in field goals made (820), free throw percentage (.786) and career starts (124), and sixth in scoring average (17.2).

Off the court, Wagner was a two-time CoSIDA Academic Third-Team All-American and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.

Reach sports editor Jon Weisbrod at 444-2375, or follow him on @OPPJonW

Award-winning Sports Editor for the Owatonna People's Press, Weisbrod has worked in daily newspapers his entire career. He writes a regular column called Beyond the Box that delves into local, regional and national sports storylines.

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