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Fifty-three female student athletes were honored Friday at the Minneapolis Athena Awards banquet in downtown Minneapolis. Here is Part II of the list of winners, along with their school and picture. The other half was on Part I.
Fifty-three female student athletes were honored Friday at the Minneapolis Athena Awards banquet in downtown Minneapolis. Here is Part I of the list of winners, along with their school and picture. The other half will be on Part II.
Mother Nature is doing her best to disrupt the state softball tournament, but so far she has been shut out. The 9 a.m. games were completed in spite of a steady but playable rain, and we're about to get underway in the 11 a.m. games.
Results so far:
North St. Paul 2, Forest Lake 0; Maple Grove 7, Richfield 1
Park Center 9, Zumbrota-Mazeppa 1; St. Anthony 6, Rocori 2
Winners will play each other in the semifinals at 3 p.m. today.
By Ron Haggstrom
The pressure began to mount for Stillwater senior Jessie Diggins as she approached the starting line of her final girls’ high school Nordic ski meet Thursday morning. The senior said she was a “little more wound up” than usual.
It came with good reason -- a defending state champion named Annie Hart of St. Paul Academy. But Diggins ended up passing her friendly rival in the final 50 meters, winning one of the closest races (1.5 seconds) in state history at Giants Ridge in Biwabik.
“I was feeling a lot of pressure (this morning),” said Diggins , who won her third individual title in the past four years. “I feel really lucky that I won today.”
Cloquet-Esko-Carlton senior Raleigh Goessling didn’t need any such luck. Goessling separated himself from the rest of the field, winning his first boys’ individual title by 22 seconds.
“I have been at the state meet five times, but this one is special,” Goessling said. He was last year’s runner-up behind Erik Fagerstrom of Eden Prairie.
Diggins’ finish led Stillwater to its second team crown in the past three years. Ely won the boys’ team championship for the first time in school history.
By Ron Haggstrom
BIWABIK, MINN. -- The Innsbruck and Helsinki courses were both described by skiers as “very rhythmical.” It brought out a historical performance by consistent Lakeville South senior Niki Larson.
Larson became the first girl to win three individual titles Wednesday at the state Alpine ski meet at Giants Ridge. She was also the medalist in 2007 and 2008 before finishing fourth a year ago.
“This means everything to me,” Larson said. “It’s nice to end (my career) on a good note.”
Last year’s runner-up Dylan Thomas of St. Thomas Academy won the boys’ title. The junior, who finished second to Marc Massie of Blake in 2009, became the Cadets’ first individual champion since Nelson Carlson in 2003.
Both skiers led their squads to team championships as well.
We'll have the complete story, including photos, later on Startribune.com and in Thursday's paper.
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