Prep athletes of the week: Adkins, Crimson tennis are red hot

  • Updated: May 27, 2013 - 11:59 PM

Zach Adkins, Maple Grove tennis

ZACH ADKINS

Maple Grove • tennis

Maple Grove’s tennis program has become prominent thanks in large part to its No. 1 singles player.

The Crimson earned its first Class 2A state tournament appearance in school history a year ago. It repeated the feat last week.

“It was almost identical to last year,” Adkins said. The Crimson edged Mounds View 4-3 both times. “We won all four singles matches, and they won all three doubles matches.”

Adkins topped the Mustangs’ Jakob Bartels 6-2, 6-3 at the top singles spot. He also beat Bartels in straight sets a year ago. “I feel like I’m playing some of the best tennis of my life,” Adkins said. “Our entire team is playing well.”

The junior, who is 17-5 on the season, is looking forward to another state tournament appearance. He will also participate in the individual portion of the tournament.

“Now we have to get over that next hump,” Adkins said. The Crimson finished sixth in 2012. “We have to win that first one. We have to get that first one. That would guarantee us a spot in the top four.”

MADDIE GOURLEY

Eagan • track

The Wildcats freshman turned in a record-setting performance in the South Suburban Conference girls’ track meet. Gourley set the conference and school record in the 100-meter dash with a winning time of 12.23 seconds. She also took first place in the 200 and 400.

SETH AHO

Dassel-Cokato • track

Aho has his sights set on stepping on the podium at the Class 2A boys’ track state meet this year. He recently broke his own school record in the 300 hurdles with a time of 40.2. Aho also clocked in at 15.03 in the 110 high hurdles in the Wright County Conference championships.

AMANDA HEIDMANN

New Life Academy • softball

Eagles coach Mick Ramey says his junior captain is a “leader on and off the field, and sets a great example for all others to follow.” In three Class 1A, Section 4 tournament games last week, the third baseman batted .700 and had a 1.000 fielding percentage in helping the Eagles reach the finals.

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