Athletes of the week

A look at the top athletes in the metro area from recent high school sporting events.


Prep athletes of the week: Copeland's second Class 2A tennis title doesn't come easily

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.


Prep athletes of the week: Strong leg, even stronger will drive Mahtomedi soccer's Sydney Panek

Sydney Panek's goal with 16 seconds remaining lifted the Zephyrs over Hill-Murray and into the girls' soccer state tournament.


Prep athletes of the week: Lakeville North's Nelson finds winning focus after mistake

Lakeville North's Raja Nelson took an early unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against Prior Lake on Friday, then played spectacularly on offense and defense.


Prep athletes of the week: Edina attacker battles through re-injury to find scoring success

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.


Prep athletes of the week: Chaska girls' soccer defender delivers with 3-for-3 free kick spree

"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.


Prep athletes of the week: Spectrum's Marberg tops 5,000 career yards

Marberg is only the 15th player in state history to rush for more than 5,000 yards.


Prep athletes of the week: Strong defense helps Breck goalie run shutout streak to five games

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.


Prep athletes of the week: Hard work pays off for Maple Grove's Evan Hull

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.


Prep athletes of the week: Heritage Christian's Halvorsen delivers Target Field first

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.


Prep athletes of the week: State relay record buoys Hopkins sprinter to second victory

Irrepressible speedster Joe Fahnbulleh of Hopkins capped a record-setting season with two first-place finishes at the Class 2A track meet.


Prep athletes of the week: Mounds View pole vaulter eyes 14 feet

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.


Prep athletes of the week: Son of a golf pro goes extra low to card 63

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.


Prep athletes of the week: Righthander Moore has Edison eyeing league lead

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.


Prep athletes of the week: Blur of a season paying off for Minnetonka softball's Kristy Peka

Kristy Peka compiled a 5-2 record with a save in eight games last week in this weather-condensed season.


Prep athletes of the week: St. Paul Johnson sprinter is freaky fast

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.


Prep athletes of the week: Forest Lake softball's Baniecke warms up in a hurry

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.


Prep athletes of the week: Megan Walstad a humble leader in Eastview's title run

It has always been about the team for Eastview's impressive forward.


Prep athletes of the week: Minnetonka's Bobby Brink has hot hand in hockey tournament

The sophomore scored five goals to help the Skippers to the Class 2A title


Prep athletes of the week: Apple Valley's Steveson pins another title to impressive résumé

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.


Prep athletes of the week: Chisago Lakes gymnast makes smooth transition to state champ

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.


Prep athletes of the week: Champlin Park's Josiah Strong ups his basketball game

The 6-2 guard was ready to step into a more prominent role for the Rebels this season because of significant graduation losses.


Prep athletes of the week: First splash led to big success for Minnetonka swimmer

When he was 6 years old, Erik Gessner caught the attention of a swimming coach -- by breaking something.


Prep athletes of the week: Fun paves the way for Henry Sibley gymnast

A lesson learned last year by Henry Sibley gymnast Sophie Redding paved the way for a senior year to remember.


Prep athletes of the week: 100th career goal for Farmington's Ellie Moser is game-winner, too

Farmington girls' hockey coach Jon Holmes' appreciation of senior forward Ellie Moser appears to have reached a pinnacle.


Prep athletes of the week: South St. Paul star anchors Packers' strong start

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.