Prep athletes of the week: Como Park's Parsons represents city tennis

  • Updated: June 3, 2014 - 6:00 AM

Nate Parsons, St. Paul Como Park tennis, jr., 2013-14

NATE PARSONS

St. Paul Como Park • tennis

In its 35 years of existence, there never had been a section singles champion at St. Paul Como Park.

Until last week, that is.

Parsons, a junior, won the Class 2A, Section 4 singles championship, extending his undefeated record to 21-0 by beating Ryan Meger of Mahtomedi 6-4, 6-0.

“I’m really very proud of this,” Parsons said. “There’s not the same tennis culture in the city as there is in the suburbs, but there have been some superb players in St. Paul. It’s helpful to be able to hit against some of those guys and utilize their experience.”

Parsons is realistic about his chances when the Class 2A individual tournament begins Thursday, but he’s looking forward to the opportunity to play some of the state’s best players.

“Compared to last year, I’ve really improved,” Parsons said. “I’ve been able to work on some things, like my mental game and my shot-making abilities. I haven’t played many of the best players in tournaments, but I’m looking forward to it. It’s a good, tough challenge for me to see how much I’ve progressed.

 

MIA BARRON

Minnetonka • track and field

After posting a long jump of 19 feet, 8¼ inches during a national invitational meet in New York City in March, it seemed only a matter of time before the senior would better her new state record. She did that last week, shattering the record by leaping 19-10 at the Class 2A, Section 6 meet.

 

SAM FOUST

Edina • golf

The junior pulled the best round of his season out of his golf bag Tuesday, shooting a 5-under-par 67 to take a one-stroke lead after the first day of the Class 3A, Section 2 meet at the Ridges of Sand Creek. It was Foust’s second consecutive round under 70 at the course. He shot a 69 in the Lake Conference meet one week earlier.

 

MADDIE GOURLEY

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