Athletes of the Week

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High Schools
June 11, 2018
Joe Fahnbulleh of Hopkins capped a record-setting season with two first-place finishes at the Class 2A track meet.

Prep athletes of the week: State relay record buoys Hopkins sprinter to second victory

Irrepressible speedster Joe Fahnbulleh of Hopkins capped a record-setting season with two first-place finishes at the Class 2A track meet.
High Schools
June 4, 2018
Mounds View's Julia Fixsen practiced her pole vaulting technique.

Prep athletes of the week: Mounds View pole vaulter eyes 14 feet

Julia Fixsen grew up as a gymnast, practicing flips and tucks on the backyard trampoline, so it's no surprise the junior has become adept at flying through the air.
High Schools
May 28, 2018
Trey Fessler, son of Medina Golf Club head professional Steve Fessler, tied a state high school record for best 18-hole score when he shot a 9-under-p

Prep athletes of the week: Son of a golf pro goes extra low to card 63

One year after having his season derailed by a heart ailment that required surgery, St. Michael-Albertville junior Trey Fessler showed last week that he's back at the top of his game.
High Schools
May 15, 2018
Senior righthander Theo Moore was 5 years old the last time Edison defeated perennial city conference power Minneapolis Washburn, a streak of 21 losse

Prep athletes of the week: Righthander Moore has Edison eyeing league lead

Senior righthander Theo Moore was 5 years old the last time Edison defeated perennial city conference power Minneapolis Washburn, a streak of 21 losses that dated to 2005.
High Schools
May 7, 2018
Minnetonka pitcher Kristy Peka compiled a 5-2 record with a save in eight games last week in this weather-condensed season.

Prep athletes of the week: Blur of a season paying off for Minnetonka softball's Kristy Peka

Kristy Peka compiled a 5-2 record with a save in eight games last week in this weather-condensed season.
High Schools
May 1, 2018
St. Paul Johnson's Keylan Jackson won the 100-meter dash in last week's Hamline Elite Meet.

Prep athletes of the week: St. Paul Johnson sprinter is freaky fast

His body resembles a defensive lineman far more than a sprinter, but Keylan Jackson showed he has got some giddy-up in his legs by winning the 100-meter dash Friday at the Hamline Elite Meet.
High Schools
April 24, 2018
Forest Lake's Megan Baniecke struck out 13 batters in a 1-0 victory over Hastings and followed that by defeating Anoka 3-0, fanning three, in two game

Prep athletes of the week: Forest Lake softball's Baniecke warms up in a hurry

Forest Lake softball pitcher Megan Baniecke is healthy, unlike last year, but she's had little chance to show it because of winter's recent stranglehold on spring until she threw two shutouts in one day.
High Schools
March 20, 2018
Eastview forward Megan Walstad was fouled by Hopkins forward Angelina Hammond (25) during a shot attempt in the first half of the Class 4A girls' bask

Prep athletes of the week: Megan Walstad a humble leader in Eastview's title run

It has always been about the team for Eastview's impressive forward.
High Schools
March 19, 2018
Minnetonka forward Bobby Brink celebrated with teammates after scoring the game-tying goal in the first period against Duluth East in the Class 2A tit

Prep athletes of the week: Minnetonka's Bobby Brink has hot hand in hockey tournament

The sophomore scored five goals to help the Skippers to the Class 2A title
High Schools
March 5, 2018
Apple Valley's Gable Steveson celebrated after defeating Anoka's Brandon Frankfurth in the Class 3A heavyweight championship match.

Prep athletes of the week: Apple Valley's Steveson pins another title to impressive résumé

The senior heavyweight capped an unparalleled high school career with his fourth state championship, pinning Anoka's Brandon Frankfurth in only 17 seconds in the Class 3A final.
High Schools
February 27, 2018
Aliah Williams left club gymnastics to join the Chisago Lakes High School team this year and wound up winning the Class 1A all-around title.

Prep athletes of the week: Chisago Lakes gymnast makes smooth transition to state champ

Aliah Williams left club gymnastics to join the Chisago Lakes High School team this year and wound up winning the Class 1A all-around title.
High Schools
February 6, 2018
Champlin Park's Josiah Strong, right, tipped the ball away from Chaska's Parker Bjorklund during Class 4A quarterfinal action last March at Target Cen

Prep athletes of the week: Champlin Park's Josiah Strong ups his basketball game

The 6-2 guard was ready to step into a more prominent role for the Rebels this season because of significant graduation losses.
High Schools
January 29, 2018
When he was 6 years old, Minnetonka's Erik Gessner caught the attention of a swimming coach -- by breaking something.

Prep athletes of the week: First splash led to big success for Minnetonka swimmer

When he was 6 years old, Erik Gessner caught the attention of a swimming coach -- by breaking something.
High Schools
January 24, 2018
Henry Sibley's Sophie Redding in action in a 2017-18 gymnastics meet.

Prep athletes of the week: Fun paves the way for Henry Sibley gymnast

A lesson learned last year by Henry Sibley gymnast Sophie Redding paved the way for a senior year to remember.
High Schools
January 15, 2018
Ellie Moser (16) shot the puck past two Edina defenders to score a shorthanded goal in last year's Class 2A girls' hockey tournament.

Prep athletes of the week: 100th career goal for Farmington's Ellie Moser is game-winner, too

Farmington girls' hockey coach Jon Holmes' appreciation of senior forward Ellie Moser appears to have reached a pinnacle.
High Schools
January 1, 2018
South St. Paul, ranked No. 7 in Class 1A girls' hockey, are off to good start this season with a 12-3-1 record. Goalie Kaity McKenzie is a primary rea

Prep athletes of the week: South St. Paul star anchors Packers' strong start

The Packers, ranked No. 7 in Class 1A, are off to good start this season with a 12-3-1 record. Goalie Kaity McKenzie is a primary reason behind the Packers' success.
High Schools
December 18, 2017
Anoka wrestler Tyler Eischens (right), who already has one individual state title, plans to attend Stanford University on a wrestling scholarship.

Prep athletes of the week: Team title is the goal for Stanford-bound Anoka wrestler

Eischens, who hasn't lost a match since his sophomore season, won the 152-pound bracket at the high-quality Minnesota Christmas Tournament in Rochester. What he really wants this season, however, is a state team championship.
High Schools
December 12, 2017
Being Tayler Hill’s younger sister is a complicated thing, but Minneapolis South guard Morgan Hill is a pretty fine basketball player in her own rig

Prep athletes of the week: Morgan Hill charts own basketball success at Minneapolis South

Being Tayler Hill's younger sister is a complicated thing, but Morgan Hill is a pretty fine basketball player in her own right.
High Schools
December 4, 2017
In six games (all victories), St. Francis/North Branch goalie Rachel Miller has posted four shutouts and a .979 save percentage (188 saves out of 192

Prep athletes of the week: Best start for St. Francis/North Branch goalie

Rachel Miller has posted four shutouts and a .979 save percentage (188 saves out of 192 shots faced).
High Schools
November 20, 2017
Elk River running back Adam Nelson ran for a 39-yard touchdown during the first half against Apple Valley in the Class 5A semifinals Friday.

Prep athletes of the week: Elk River running back tops 300 yards in playoff win

Elk River junior Adam Nelson finished a Class 5A football semifinal with 302 yards rushing and scored touchdowns on runs of 39, 32 and 80 yards.
High Schools
November 15, 2017
Elizabeth Juhnke's 50 kills, 31 digs and four service aces were part of a potent team effort by Lakeville North in a 3-1 victory over Eagn on Saturday

Prep athletes of the week: Lakeville North volleyball's Juhnke takes one for the team

Junior outside hitter Elizabeth Juhnke was the face of a Panther team effort that knocked off two-time defending state champion Eagan to win the Class 3A title.
High Schools
November 6, 2017
Senior Khalid Hussein from Wayzata won the Class 2A boys' cross-country title Saturday at St. Olaf College in Northfield.

Prep athletes of the week: Wayzata running champion Hussein 'at a different level'

After a knee injury hampered his junior season, Wayzata's Khalid Hussein fully recovered by July and won last Saturday's Class 2A boys' cross-country individual title.
High Schools
October 30, 2017
Mahtomedi running back Brandon Anderson ran through a tackle in an early season victory over Simley.

Prep athletes of the week: Mahtomedi running back Anderson embodies team's success

For the second consecutive game, the senior running back rushed for more than 200 yards and scored four touchdowns.
High Schools
October 24, 2017
According to Mahtomedi coach Dave Wald, sophomore forward Audrey Sexson (left) is the Zephyrs’ most skilled player. But until recently, that skill w

Prep athletes of the week: Mahtomedi soccer's Sexson adjusts her game to playoff level

According to Mahtomedi coach Dave Wald, sophomore forward Audrey Sexson is the Zephyrs' most skilled player. But until recently, that skill wasn't showing through in her play.
High Schools
October 16, 2017
Buffalo sophomore quarterback Aidan Bouman

Prep athletes of the week: Buffalo's Aidan Bouman leads football turnaround

With a father who is his team's head coach and a former Vikings quarterback, Buffalo sophomore Aidan Bouman shoulders expectations every time he takes the field.
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