KENNETH JINKINS •
Henry Sibley • football
Kenneth Jinkins could see it coming, even if few others could.
The senior do-everything back knew the Warriors were a better team than most believed. They won three of their last four regular-season games to finish 4-4, showing improvement the entire way. There was no better place to show their stuff, Jinkins believed, than the playoffs.
So far, so good.
Jinkins, who also plays safety, paced Henry Sibley to a 28-21 victory over Hastings on Tuesday, rushing for 92 yards and two touchdowns. He improved on that performance Saturday, gaining 156 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, including a game-clinching 76-yarder in the fourth quarter, as Henry Sibley upset top-seeded and previously undefeated St. Paul Central 20-7 in a Class 5A, Section 5 semifinal.
“We definitely had something to prove,” Jinkins said. “We felt like we were getting better every game.”
Jinkins added familiarity with many of the Central players gave his team the extra push it needed.
“We know a lot of guys on their team,” he said. “Our goal was to prove to them that they couldn’t walk over us.”
BLAKE BANHAM •
Cretin-Derham Hall • football
In a game that meant far more than just a Class 6A, Section 4 first-round playoff game, the senior running back rushed for 193 yards and three touchdowns, all before halftime, in a 41-0 romp over Stillwater. The Raiders avenged a nationally televised regular-season loss to the Ponies.
CHASE CAYO •
St. Michael-Albertville • cross-country
Continuing his season of emergence as one of the state’s top runners, Cayo won his fourth consecutive meet with an impressive performance in the Class 2A, Section 7 meet at Anoka. The junior covered the 5K course in a personal-best time of 15 minutes, 46.7 seconds.
SONYA DAS •
St. Paul Academy • tennis
Das completed an undefeated season in which she lost only one set with a convincing 6-0, 6-1 victory over Danielle Gannon of Holy Family in the Class 1A singles championship match. It was the senior’s second consecutive 1A title.