Hopkins' Stahl leads Athletes of Week

  • Article by: JIM PAULSEN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 14, 2012 - 7:26 AM

ZACH STAHL

Hopkins, basketball

Missing two months of basketball because of floating cartilage in his knee, including the first seven games of this season, was not on the senior forward’s agenda.

So it’s clear that Stahl, a 6-6 swingman who is still weighing Division I offers, has been making up for lost time. He scored 85 points in three victories last week, including a career-high 38 points in the Royals’ 93-61 rout of Cooper.

Stahl’s return to the lineup has coincided with Hopkins’ elevated level of play. The Royals suffered their only loss with Stahl out and are 15-0, having scored 90 points or more 11 times, since he’s been back.

“We had that taste of a loss and it was not a good feeling,” he said. “None of us want to feel that way again.”

With barely a month left in the season, Stahl said he is determined to make the most of his final year of high school basketball.

“It kind of makes me wish I had cherished the earlier times a little more,” he said. “People always tell you to live for the moment because you won’t get them back. Time flies. Right now, I just want to take advantage of the time I have left.”

Missing two months of basketball because of floating cartilage in his knee, including the first seven games of this season, was not on senior forward Zackh Stahl’s agenda.

So it’s clear that Stahl, a 6-6 swingman who is still weighing Division I offers, has been making up for lost time. He scored 85 points in three victories last week, including a career-high 38 points in the Royals’ 93-61 rout of Cooper.

Stahl leads the Star Tribune Athletes of the Week. Click on the slideshow below to read about the rest of them.

 

 

 

  
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