athletes of the week
A look at the top athletes in the metro area from recent high school sporting events.
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.
Eischens, who hasn't lost a match since his sophomore season, won the 152-pound bracket at the high-quality Minnesota Christmas Tournament in Rochester. What he really wants this season, however, is a state team championship.
Being Tayler Hill's younger sister is a complicated thing, but Morgan Hill is a pretty fine basketball player in her own right.
Rachel Miller has posted four shutouts and a .979 save percentage (188 saves out of 192 shots faced).
Elk River junior Adam Nelson finished a Class 5A football semifinal with 302 yards rushing and scored touchdowns on runs of 39, 32 and 80 yards.
Junior outside hitter Elizabeth Juhnke was the face of a Panther team effort that knocked off two-time defending state champion Eagan to win the Class 3A title.
After a knee injury hampered his junior season, Wayzata's Khalid Hussein fully recovered by July and won last Saturday's Class 2A boys' cross-country individual title.