Prep athletes of the week: Blake's Adams could be top tennis player in state

  • Updated: June 10, 2014 - 6:33 AM

Charlie Adams, Blake tennis, jr., 2013-14

CHARLIE ADAMS

Blake • Tennis

There’s no way of knowing for sure without a playoff, but the junior made a compelling case to be considered the state’s best high school tennis player.

He dominated the Class 1A state tournament, losing 12 total games in seven matches. He led the Bears to their second consecutive team championship, then swept four top-ranked opponents to win the singles title. He beat East Grand Forks senior Ty Misialek 6-1, 6-0 in the finals, his second in a row.

Adams’ victory was a fitting conclusion to a season in which he beat all comers, regardless of class. His 29-0 record included four victories over top-ranked players in Class 2A, including eventual state champion Nick Beaty of Wayzata.

While Adams will not get the chance to become the first boys’ player in state history to win three Class 1A titles in a row, the question of who’s best may get answered.

Blake is opting up to Class 2A next year, where he will get the opportunity to face players such as Beaty and Forest Lake’s Toby Boyer with a title at stake.

 

NICK BEATY

Wayzata • Tennis

Playing the best tennis of his life at precisely the right time, the sophomore won seven matches in four days to lead the Trojans to their second Class 2A team championship in a row as well as win his first Class 2A singles title with a three-set victory over No. 1-ranked Toby Boyer.

 

SHAINA BURNS

Lakeville South Track and field

The Texas A&M recruit medaled in all four events in which she competed at the Class 2A state meet, winning the 100 hurdles (in 14:44 seconds) and shot put (44-10½) and taking third in the 300 hurdles (43.80) and as a member of the 4x400 relay team (3:53.56)

 

JESSICA LAGERQUIST

Eden Prairie Lacrosse

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