Athletes of the week: Visitation junior living the dream

  • Updated: May 22, 2012 - 6:37 AM

Anne Debertin, Visitation softball

ANNE DEBERTIN

Visitation, softball

The junior catcher's week started strong and just kept getting better.

On Tuesday Debertin, who also is an all-conference volleyball player, was named the winner of Visitation's Excellence in Athletics award, an annual honor bestowed upon the school's top athlete.

"I was shocked," Debertin said. "It usually goes to a senior. I wasn't expecting it."

Debertin then proved worthy of the award with her best week of the season, hitting .750 (9-for-12) with two home runs, two triples, five runs scored and 10 RBI. That performance helped the Blazers go 4-0 and advance to the double-elimination round of the Class 2A, Section 4 tournament.

Picking out a single moment in a week of big plays was difficult, but Debertin said she was most pleased by her two-run homer against Holy Angels in a 5-0 victory Saturday.

"We were all super nervous in that game, so that was big," she said. "I usually don't try to hit home runs, but I was looking for an outside pitch and I got one."

Blazers coach Dan Jameson wasn't surprised. A softball coach for more than two decades, Jameson -- who coached St. Bernard's to state championships in 2000, 2002 and 2004 -- said Debertin is the best player he ever has coached.

"There is nothing she can't do,'' he said. "I'm just lucky to get the chance to coach her for one more year."

BROOKE AEIKENS

Annandale, track and field

On top of winning the 100-meter dash and anchoring the winning 4x100 relay team, Aeikens, a senior, set a conference record with a long jump of 17 feet, 11 inches at the Wright County Conference meet. It was the longest leap in Class 1A this spring.

TONY CAMPANARO

St. Paul Humboldt, adapted bowling

Campanaro, a junior, won the boys' singles championship at the Adapted Bowling State Tournament, rolling a two-line score of 513. He was the only male bowler of the entire tournament to top 500 pins.

JAMIE CRUM

Minnetonka, track and field

Crum accounted for nearly 100 of the Skippers' 889.5 team points as Minnetonka won the Class 3A True Team championship. He won the high jump, finished third in both hurdles events and placed fifth in the long jump.

ALEX HAAS

Stillwater, baseball

The senior lefthander pitched a complete game and did not allow an earned run in a 3-2 victory over Hastings. He has pitched 19 consecutive innings without giving up an earned run, lowering his ERA to 0.88.

GAO LEE

St. Paul Highland Park, badminton

Lee, a junior, completed an undefeated season by winning the singles state championship. She beat Law Law of St. Paul Central 16-21, 21-11, 21-13, marking the third time she defeated Law this season.

HANNAH SEGAR

Apple Valley, lacrosse

The Eagles finished the regular season on a high note, winning twice, largely due to the play of the senior midfielder. In the two games combined, Segar had 14 goals and four assists, picked up 13 ground balls and forced six turnovers.

JIM PAULSEN

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