After dedicating the offseason to becoming an elite-level skier, Bourne spent the first month of the high school skiing season frustrated with her results. Physically, she was fine. Perhaps her problems, she concluded, were in her head.
"My ski club had a session with a sports psychologist about two months before," said Bourne, a senior. "It was about approaching races differently. I finally figured out what I needed to be doing to relax and prepare and I've been having good races ever since."
A second-place finish at the prestigious Mesabi Invite in early January was the catalyst to a season in which she won seven races, including Wednesday's Section 4 individual championship. Her pursuit time of 28 minutes, 58 seconds was 16 seconds ahead of runner-up Racquel Wohlk of Forest Lake. The victory vaulted Bourne to the No. 1 ranking in the state according to skinnyski.com.
Don't ask her what her new relaxation technique is, however.
"It's kind of a secret. I don't want anyone else to figure it out," she laughed. "Let's just say that it involves sleep and a certain kind of music. Now when I go out to race, I'm really relaxed and mentally focused."
The Rebels upset the two top Northwest Suburban foes behind the junior point guard. She had 13 points, eight rebounds and five assists in a 62-57 victory over Centennial, and 16 points, five rebounds and five assists in a 58-51 victory over Osseo.
The 6-5 junior center was dominant in the post last week, scoring 60 points and hauling down 36 rebounds in the Wildcats' victories over Irondale, North Branch and Hermantown. She is averaging 20.6 points and 10. 3 rebounds per game.
The Mustangs, ranked No. 1 in Class 1A, routed No. 9 West Lutheran 66-38 behind 27 points, six assists and five rebounds from the senior guard. He added 18 points, five rebounds and four assists in a 79-73 overtime victory over Minneapolis Washburn.
The senior point guard's all-around play led the Elks to victories over Blaine (80-68 in double overtime) and Andover (69-57). In all, Morrell had 50 points, 19 rebounds, eight assists, seven steals and hit seven of 11 three-pointers.
Harding downed conference rival Humboldt 74-69 in overtime last Monday on the strength of a school-record 47-point performance from the senior forward. His total was the third-highest in St. Paul City Conference history.
The senior goalie backstopped two crucial Red Knights' victories, beating national prep power Shattuck St. Mary's 5-2 and Eden Prairie 3-2. Sprang stopped 69 of the 73 shots he faced.
|Miami||12/22/13 12:00 PM|
|New Orleans||12/22/13 12:00 PM|
|Dallas||12/22/13 12:00 PM|
|Tampa Bay||12/22/13 12:00 PM|
|Cleveland||12/22/13 12:00 PM|
|Indianapolis||12/22/13 12:00 PM|
|Minnesota||12/22/13 12:00 PM|
|Denver||12/22/13 12:00 PM|
|Tennessee||12/22/13 12:00 PM|
|Arizona||12/22/13 3:05 PM|
|NY Giants||12/22/13 3:05 PM|
|Oakland||12/22/13 3:25 PM|
|Pittsburgh||12/22/13 3:25 PM|
|New England||12/22/13 3:25 PM|
|Chicago||12/22/13 7:30 PM|
|Atlanta||12/23/13 7:40 PM|
|Chicago||35||2nd Qtr 6:03|
|San Antonio||9:30 PM|
|Boston||2||3rd Prd 16:46|
|Phoenix||0||3rd Prd 17:30|
|Columbus||3||3rd Prd 13:58|
|Minnesota||1||3rd Prd 20:00|
|Florida||1||2nd Prd 7:07|
|Calgary||1||2nd Prd 4:39|
|Nashville||2||2nd Prd 6:58|
|Montreal||0||2nd Prd 19:32|
|Vancouver||1||1st Prd 6:19|
|San Jose||9:30 PM|
|Florida A&M||70||2nd Half 0:01|
|Central Penn College||78||FINAL|
|Stony Brook||51||2nd Half 12:58|
|UC Santa Barbara||43||2nd Half 6:42|
|UCLA||55||2nd Half 5:58|
|Clemson||34||2nd Half 19:04|
|Grambling St||31||2nd Half|
|Hillsdale (OK)||33||2nd Half 18:38|
|Tennessee St||22||2nd Half|
|Louisiana||27||1st Half 7:41|
|Fla Gulf Coast||8:00 PM|
|Southern U||8:00 PM|
|Texas State||8:00 PM|
|Southwestern Christian||8:05 PM|
|Northwestern St||8:35 PM|
|American Univ||9:00 PM|
|Norfolk State||9:00 PM|
|Western Ill||9:05 PM|
|Long Beach State|
|Washington St||12/21/13 1:00 PM|
|(21) Fresno State||12/21/13 2:30 PM|
|Buffalo||12/21/13 4:30 PM|
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|Tulane||12/21/13 8:00 PM|
|East Carolina||12/23/13 1:00 PM|
|Boise State||12/24/13 7:00 PM|
|Pittsburgh||12/26/13 5:00 PM|
|Utah State||12/26/13 8:30 PM|
|(24) Northern Ill|
|(13) Oklahoma St||63|
|Savannah State||69||2nd Half 1:06|
|Clemson||24||2nd Half 19:35|
|SC State||41||2nd Half 13:19|
|Alcorn State||16||1st Half 3:42|
|SIU-Edwardsville||43||2nd Half 14:56|
|Henderson State||30||2nd Half 17:46|
|Stephen F Austin||39|
|Southern-New Orleans||34||2nd Half 17:08|
|Coll of Saint Mary||16||2nd Half 17:44|
|St Marys-CA||2||1st Half 17:21|
|San Diego State|
|Southern Utah||8:00 PM|
|Northern Ariz||9:00 PM|
|Utah State||9:00 PM|
|UC Santa Barbara|
|Houston Baptist||9:00 PM|
|Oregon State||9:30 PM|