Prep athletes of the week

  • Updated: September 14, 2011 - 12:41 AM

Breck's Austin Lommen is off to a fast start.

Austin Lommen

AUSTIN LOMMEN

Breck, football

As one of the top quarterback prospects in the state and with two of his top three receivers from 2010 back, Lommen knew coming into the season that his biggest focus would be on improving on his past success.

So Lommen attended as many camps as he could across the country, hoping to pick up pointers and make a name for himself at the same time.

So far, so good.

On Friday, the 6-3, 200-pounder passed for 307 yards and five touchdowns in the Mustangs' 49-6 romp over Brooklyn Center. In two games, the strong-armed Lommen has passed for nearly 600 yards and eight TDs.

"This year, the big goal was to shape up our game and work on our routes and our timing," he said. "With Kasey [Robinson] and Tyler [Hudson] returning, we wanted to improve on the little things and make sure we were all on the same page."

While at those camps and during the Mustangs' successful 7-on-7 summer camp season, Lommen began to feel confident he could compete well as a quarterback at the Division I level. He's hoping his play this season will help college coaches see the same thing.

"I've gotten looks from Iowa and from a lot of Ivy League schools like Harvard, Dartmouth and Princeton," he said. "And some things from schools like Stanford and Northwestern. I don't have any offers yet, but I do believe I can play at the highest level."

JULIANNE BLOMBERG

Chanhassen, volleyball

Chanhassen ended Shakopee's 39-match Missota Conference winning streak Thursday, with the senior outside hitter leading the way. In the five-set victory, Blomberg had 25 kills, five ace serves and 15 digs.

DUKE ANYANWU

Blaine, football

With a first name like Duke, it's difficult to lay low. So it's a good thing Anyanwu has been at his best early in the season. The senior QB rushed 38 times for 216 yards and four TDs and passed for 105 yards in Blaine's 26-20 victory at Hopkins.

BAYLEY ERTL

North Branch, soccer

The junior forward had eight goals and an assist as the Vikings won two of three games. After a 7-0 loss to Totino-Grace, she scored all three goals in a 3-1 victory over Cambridge-Isanti and tallied five times and assisted on a sixth goal in an 8-1 rout of Two Harbors.

TONY KUPLIC

Trinity, soccer

The senior forward has scored at least two goals in all six of the Tri-Hawks' games. He had back-to-back hat tricks in victories over Bethany and West Lutheran last week, giving him a state-leading 15 goals so far.

KIRA GREV

St. Croix Lutheran, volleyball

The sophomore outside hitter did a lot of everything to help the Crusaders get off to a 2-0 start in the Tri-Metro Conference. She had 22 kills with a .633 hitting percentage, had 34 digs and added 10 ace serves.

MICHAEL ROANE

Holy Family, football

Perhaps no player has been more integral to his team's success than Roane, a senior QB/DB/K. In a 50-14 victory Saturday over Escanaba, Mich., he rushed for 90 yards, passed for 74 and two TDs, had an interception and returned a kickoff for a TD.

JIM PAULSEN

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