Athletes of the Week

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

High Schools
April 24
Blaine sophomore Caleb VanArragon and coach Kevin Overgaard after VanArragon shot what is believed to be a boys' state-record round of 63 on April 17 at TPC Twin Cities.

Prep athletes of the week: Shoot a 63? Blaine sophomore stays in the golf moment

Caleb VanArragon's 9-under-par round on April 17 at TPC Twin Cities is believed to be a boys' high school golf state best.
High Schools
April 17

Prep athletes of the week: Chanhassen softball leader at it again

Marybeth Olson, after helping lead the Storm to the Class 4A championship last season, is hitting and pitching right where she left off.
High Schools
April 11
Senior Joe Vondrachek of St. Croix Prep, who plays shortstop and pitches for his team, already holds the Lions’ career records for hits, runs and stolen bases.

Prep athletes of the week: St. Croix Prep pitcher opens with a bit of perfection

The Lions' Joe Vondrachek struck out all 15 batters he faced and went 3-for-4 with 4 RBI in a 5-inning victory over Brooklyn Center.
High Schools
March 20
North Suburban's Josh Hamann (6), shown moving the puck down the court, scored five goals in the adapted floor hockey championship game in the cognitively impaired division on Saturday at Bloomington Jefferson High School.

Prep athletes of the week: Adapted hockey player's five goals sparks title

North Suburban trailed Anoka-Hennepin in the championship game of the adapted floor hockey in the cognitively impaired division. Then Josh Hamann started scoring goals.
High Schools
March 13

Prep athletes of the week: Hockey tourney of reckoning for Xavier-bound baseball player

Nick Zwack of Monticello/Annandale/Maple Lake, who will play baseball next year at Xavier, emerged from the boys' hockey state tournament as the surprise player of weekend.
High Schools
March 6

Prep athletes of the week: Gable Steveson shows wrestling dominance in seconds

The Apple Valley wrestler had fans gasping in awe after his 11-second pin of a quality opponent in the Class 3A heavyweight championship match at Xcel Energy Center.
High Schools
February 28
Champlin Park's Chaney Neu during the floor exercise at the Class 2A gymnastics state meet Feb. 25 at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion. The eighth-grader placed first in the all-around, becoming the youngest to do so in meet history.

Prep athletes of the week: Champlin Park 8th-grader is youngest gymnastics all-around champ

Thirteen-year-old Chaney Neu won the all-around title at the gymnastics state meet at the University of Minnesota, becoming the youngest to do so in meet history.
High Schools
February 22
Xavier Mansfield of Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony Village celebrates after finishing first place during the boys' 5K classical race on Feb. 16 at Giants Ridge in Biwabik, Minn.

Prep athletes of the week: Boys' Nordic ski champ Xavier Mansfield edges out buddies

The Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony Nordic skier, competing against longtime friends and rivals, confirmed his No. 1 ranking in the state by winning the state meet at Giants Ridge in Biwabik.
High Schools
February 14

Prep athletes of the week: Another Jones heats up for Apple Valley

Apple Valley's Tre Jones, the state's top-ranked recruit in the class of 2018, called his 82-point effort across two games the best week he's ever had.
High Schools
February 6

Prep athletes of the week: Red Wing girls' hockey star on scoring tear since gold-medal win

Since returning from the Czech Republic after helping Team USA's 18-U team win a gold medal, Taylor Heise has scored goals in eight consecutive games for the Wingers.
High Schools
January 30

Prep athletes of the week: Anoka wrestler's new move caps five-victory run

Scott Springer calls it the "slide-by,'' and it helped him earn a takedown needed for a victory over a ranked wrestler from Litchfield.
High Schools
January 23
After scoring just nine goals in Tartan's first 14 games, senior Sam Lindahl turned in the best back-to-back games of his career by scoring seven goals in victories over Park of Cottage Grove and Mahtomedi.

Prep athletes of the week: Two-way Tartan center explodes for seven goals in 'dominating' stretch

Senior Sam Lindahl, known more for his defense, scored seven goals in back-to-back victories after being limited to nine tallies in the Titans' first 14 games.
High Schools
January 16
Mahtomedi senior Kasey Lenarz posted a 38.3 all-around score on Saturday to win the Mahtomedi Invitational, highlighted by a school record 9.75 mark in the vault.

Prep athletes of the week: First-year Mahtomedi gymnast mixes fun with record performance

Senior Kasey Lenarz left her club team for the high school gymnastics experience. In her first and last season with the Zephyrs, she now as a school record in the all-around to her name.
High Schools
January 9

Prep athletes of the week: Swimming team of one sets sights on state

JohnThomas Larson, a team of one for Minnesota Online High School, won the 200-yard individual medley and 500 freestyle events in the Gold Division of Saturday's elite Maroon and Gold Invitational.
High Schools
January 2

Prep athletes of the week: Freshman Suggs already among state's top basketball stars

Jalen Suggs, who led his team to three impressive victories in a holiday tournament, takes frequent questions about his youthfulness as a compliment.
High Schools
January 2

Prep athletes of the week: Apple Valley girls' basketball guard is contagious in good ways

Senior Lyndsey Robson leads the Eagles in scoring with an average of 19 points per game, but it's her work on the defensive end of the floor that rubs off on her teammates.
High Schools
December 19, 2016
Edina's Walt McGrory drove with the ball in a Class 4A, Section 2 playoff game against Eden Prairie on March 4, 2016. The 6-3 senior scored 61 points to lead Edina to victories over Shakopee and Hopkins last week.

Prep athletes of the week: Edina guard makes points without scoring, too

Senior Walt McGrory is not only the Hornets' leading scorer with a 28-point average, but he tops the team in rebounds and averages six assists per game as well.
High Schools
December 13, 2016
Apple Valley wrestler Gable Steveson, shown at practice last February, recently helped the Eagles win a 39-team tournament in Council Bluffs, Iowa, for the second consecutive year. A junior this year, he hasn't lost a high school match since eighth grade.

Prep athletes of the week: Steveson keeps winning, Apple Valley wrestling keeps pace

Junior Gable Steveson, who hasn't lost a high school match since eighth grade, won the heavyweight championship at the Council Bluffs (Iowa) Wrestling Classic and helped the Eagles win the tournament for the second consecutive year.
High Schools
December 5, 2016

Prep athletes of the week: Shakopee wrestler's high points keep on coming

Alex Crowe did his part in his team's record-shattering dual meet victory over perennial state champion Apple Valley. But he and a teammate also preached to their peers that "one victory wasn't the whole season.''
High Schools
November 28, 2016

Prep athletes of the week: Hopkins freshman Paige Bueckers picks up where she left off

The Hopkins guard, who made the state tournament team as an eighth-grader, scored a combined 55 points in the Royals' first two games.
High Schools
November 21, 2016
Edina freshman Megan Phillip won the one-meter diving competition at the Class 2A girls' swimming and diving state Friday, at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis. She credited her ability to focus and block out the distraction of having to defeat a reigning champion.

Prep athletes of the week: Edina ninth-grader dives right into state title

Megan Phillip knocked off a reigning state champion in her first year of competing for the Hornets.
High Schools
November 14, 2016
Champlin Park senior Chad Costello completed 36 of 43 passes for 423 yards in the Class 6A quarterfinal game against Rosemount and threw three touchdowns, including a 7-yard, game-winning score in overtime.

Prep athletes of the week: Champlin Park quarterback steps back in, puts up big playoff numbers

When senior Chad Costello lost his starting position earlier this season, he never wavered. Now he's back, after an injury knocked out his replacement, and putting up big numbers in leading the Rebels into the Class 6A semifinals.
High Schools
November 7, 2016
Declan Dahlberg of Mounds Park Academy edges out Matt Steiger of La Crescent (right) and Carl Kozlowski of Lake City to win the Class 1A boys' cross-country meet on Saturday at St. Olaf College. "I didn’t have anything left,'' Dahlberg said. "It was unbelievable.''

Prep athletes of the week: Mounds Park runner's kick, lean provided split-second 5K title

"I didn't have anything left,' junior Declan Dahlberg said of his victory by just 0.2 seconds ahead of runner-up Matt Steiger of La Crescent . "It was unbelievable.''
High Schools
October 31, 2016

Prep athletes of the week: Minnetonka tennis' Bella Lambert is sister champ two

Before she won the Class 2A singles title last week, the Skippers' Bella Lambert got some advice from a previous championship winner: Her sister, Aria.
High Schools
October 24, 2016

Prep athletes of the week: Spring Lake Park quarterback doubles down on the 70s

Senior Zach Ojile scored touchdowns on two runs of more than 70 yards last week as part of a career-high 262 rushing yards in the Panthers' wild victory over Cooper.
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