Redwood Valley Middle School student Michelle Smith capped off a big winter on the ice by competing at the recent Minnesota Elite Classic held at the Schwan’s Super Rink in Blaine.

Smith – a sixth grader at RVMS – was part of the local Redwood Area 12-under girls hockey team and put together a huge season scoring 42 goals in just 20 games.

In the season opener against Windom she netted seven goals and later against Lakes Area (Okoboji, Iowa) she tallied nine goals and hit the pipe more than once to finish just shy of double-digits.

Her eye-opening numbers were not unnoticed, as she was invited to play in the Elite Classic as part of the South Team that includes players on a line from just south of Minneapolis on down to the state line.

Many of her teammates were from metro schools like Bloomington, Eden Prairie and Chaska, but she did have a pair from New Ulm on the roster.

“I think it was a fun but humbling experience for her overall,” step-father Kyle Smith said. “They had her playing defense and she’s used to scoring but it was a nice weekend.”

Smith – the grand-daughter of Mike and Teri Smith of Redwood Falls – was also selected to compete this summer for a 12-under AAA team based out of Mankato called the Mankato Stampede.

She will play games against teams from Chicago and Colorado and others from across the midwest with most events being held in the Twin Cities.

Smith – a talented young athlete who also competes in softball, golf and will run cross country this fall as a seventh-grader for the Cardinals – will continue to challenge herself on and off the ice.

“She’s been skating since she was four or five and you can see the growth,” Kyle said. “She enjoys competition, and the work she puts in is starting to show.”