athletes of the week
A look at the top athletes in the metro area from recent high school sporting events.
After straight-set victories in the first two rounds, Nicole Copeland outdueled Zoe Adkins of Maple Grove in three sets in the semifinals, then came back to defeat Edina teammate and close friend Andrea Jansson 6-1, 6-4 in the final.
Sydney Panek's goal with 16 seconds remaining lifted the Zephyrs over Hill-Murray and into the girls' soccer state tournament.
Lakeville North's Raja Nelson took an early unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against Prior Lake on Friday, then played spectacularly on offense and defense.
Cattelin pulled a hamstring during club soccer over the summer and spent six weeks rehabbing it before reinjuring it in Edina's second game of the season.
"That just doesn't happen,'' Smalley, a senior defender, said of her trio of goals -- her first of the season -- that lifted the Hawks to a 4-3 victory over Chanhassen.
Marberg is only the 15th player in state history to rush for more than 5,000 yards.
Hudson Haecker, whose defense keeps shots on goal to a minimum, recorded two shutouts last week to run his stingy streak to five consecutive games without allowing a goal.
After he rushed for 387 yards and four touchdowns in Maple Grove's season-opening 34-7 victory over Osseo, it's safe to say Evan Hull's summer spent working out and preparing for the season has already paid dividends.
Halvorsen became the first high school player to hit two home runs at Target Field since state title games were first held at the Twins ballpark in 2010.
Irrepressible speedster Joe Fahnbulleh of Hopkins capped a record-setting season with two first-place finishes at the Class 2A track meet.
Julia Fixsen grew up as a gymnast, practicing flips and tucks on the backyard trampoline, so it's no surprise the junior has become adept at flying through the air.
One year after having his season derailed by a heart ailment that required surgery, St. Michael-Albertville junior Trey Fessler showed last week that he's back at the top of his game.
Senior righthander Theo Moore was 5 years old the last time Edison defeated perennial city conference power Minneapolis Washburn, a streak of 21 losses that dated to 2005.
Kristy Peka compiled a 5-2 record with a save in eight games last week in this weather-condensed season.
His body resembles a defensive lineman far more than a sprinter, but Keylan Jackson showed he has got some giddy-up in his legs by winning the 100-meter dash Friday at the Hamline Elite Meet.
Forest Lake softball pitcher Megan Baniecke is healthy, unlike last year, but she's had little chance to show it because of winter's recent stranglehold on spring until she threw two shutouts in one day.
It has always been about the team for Eastview's impressive forward.
The sophomore scored five goals to help the Skippers to the Class 2A title
The senior heavyweight capped an unparalleled high school career with his fourth state championship, pinning Anoka's Brandon Frankfurth in only 17 seconds in the Class 3A final.
Aliah Williams left club gymnastics to join the Chisago Lakes High School team this year and wound up winning the Class 1A all-around title.
The 6-2 guard was ready to step into a more prominent role for the Rebels this season because of significant graduation losses.
When he was 6 years old, Erik Gessner caught the attention of a swimming coach -- by breaking something.
A lesson learned last year by Henry Sibley gymnast Sophie Redding paved the way for a senior year to remember.
Farmington girls' hockey coach Jon Holmes' appreciation of senior forward Ellie Moser appears to have reached a pinnacle.
The Packers, ranked No. 7 in Class 1A, are off to good start this season with a 12-3-1 record. Goalie Kaity McKenzie is a primary reason behind the Packers' success.