Berg sisters digging for ore

BUTTE – Bigfork High School basketball star Lana Berg recently transferred from North Idaho College to Montana Tech where she will join her sister Jamie Berg, a Valkerie senior who committed to the Orediggers this winter.

Lana, a 5-foot-10 junior forward, averaged 9.4 points and 5.5 rebounds per game for the community college in Coeur d’Alene last season.

“I am excited Lana is going to be an Oredigger,” Coach Carly Sanon said in a media release. “She is a great fit to Tech academically and athletically. She adds size and toughness to our team. Lana is versatile and can play on the perimeter and in the post.” Lana was named all-state during her junior and senior seasons at Bigfork, where she averaged 15 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.

Jamie, a 6-foot-1 senior at BHS, is the second Valkyrie — and second Berg sister — to earn a spot at the college level under fourth-year head coach Jami Grende.

Playing all four years on the BHS varsity squad, Jamie averaged 16.8 points and 8.5 rebounds her senior season. She scored a season-high 30 points in a game earlier this season and had a game high of 15 rebounds. On defense, she averaged 2.3 steals and 2.4 blocks a game.

Berg was selected second team All-Conference as a junior.

“She is so deserving to continue her basketball career, because she works so darn hard,” Grende said. “She’s always ready to go. She’s got the best attitude. Very coachable. It’s no wonder that a college would want somebody like her on the roster.” Berg played in the Treasure State All-Star Classic tournament in March. She played in the all-star event in 2017 scoring 16 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Berg also won the three-point contest after her junior season.

“We are excited to add Jaime to our basketball program,” said Coach Sanon. “She adds size and strength to our team. She can score with her back to the basket and can shoot from the outside.” Berg was also a four-year varsity student-athlete on the volleyball court. She was selected honorable mention All-Conference as a junior and was first team All-Conference as a senior. “She is a great fit academically and athletically to Montana Tech,” Sanon said. “We couldn’t be happier for her to be an Oredigger.”

Berg is a member of the National Honor Society and intends to pursue a degree in petroleum engineering. Berg received the Whiting Petroleum Scholarship.

“In addition to being able to play basketball, I chose Montana Tech because of the incredible academics that are offered,” Berg said. “Not only are the academics great, I also love the team’s style of play, coaching and the student body, faculty, and community enthusiasm. The team is very fast paced and so much fun to watch. I cannot wait to be an Oredigger.”

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