Nicole Elmblad was a star basketball player for St. Ignace La Salle High School. Overall, she led the Saints to a 73-5 record through her sophomore, junior and senior years. She was unanimously voted the U.P. Class A-B-C Player of the Year in 2010 and 2011 and was just the fifth two-time winner of this award. She was also on the U.P. All-Class Dream Team four years in a row, from (year to year). Elmblad led St. Ignace to win the Class C State Championships in 2011 against Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett with a final score of 65-54. Elmblad was the only player to score 30-plus points in two championship games. The team had reached the state final game in 2010, but lost to Flint Hamady, 68-66, in double overtime.
Nicole Elmblad leads the way against Flint Hamady and Grosse Pointe Liggett, 2011.
Images courtesy of Flint Journal
In her senior year she was named Associated Press Class C Player of the Year, BCAM Best of the Best, selected to the Detroit News Dream Team, Detroit Free Press Dream Team (captain) and finished in the voting as Michigan Miss Basketball Runner-up. By the time Elmblad graduated, she was the U.P.’s third all-time leading girls scorer with a career 1,965 points. During her senior season, she averaged 24.7 points, 10.7 rebounds, 5.1 assists, and 4.9 steals.
Elmblad also played hockey, volleyball and she competed in track. In the 2011 track season, she took first place in Pole Vaulting at the U.P. Track Championship by clearing eight feet and six inches. She was also on the 3200 meter relay team that took first place.
Elmblad has always been a fan of University of Michigan basketball and dreamed of playing for them since she was a young girl. Her dreams are coming true because she is now playing for the Wolverines.