Eden Prairie • Volleyball
Volleyball is a way of life for the 6-1 rightside hitter, who has played the sport since the second grade.
Despite her years of experience, 2015 has brought a new challenge: For the first time in her volleyball life, she’s staying on the court for all six rotations.
She may have a scholarship waiting for her at North Dakota, but she knows she needs to diversify her game if she wants to lead Eden Prairie to another state tournament berth.
“I’m getting used to it and my defense is improving,” she said. Her all-around game was on display Saturday, leading the Eagles to the championship of the Eden Prairie Pudas Invitational. She finished with 62 kills, 32 digs, eight assists and seven blocks.
And, she admits, one worn out set of legs. “I’ve never really done it before, so, yeah I do get a little more tired,” she said.
The move has also opened her eyes to how the back row lives. “You’d see a tipped ball and think, ‘C’mon, get it!’ ” she said. “Now, after being the one trying to get it, I understand how tough that is much better.”
Minneapolis Washburn • Cross-country
The Columbus Invitational in Marshfield (Wis.) is one of the Upper Midwest’s most venerable meets. Covert, just a freshman, put her stamp on the race by winning in a 5K course-record time of 18 minutes, 29.7 seconds.
Armstrong • Soccer
The senior all-state forward led the Hawks in scoring in 2014 with 22 goals and nine assists. She’s well on her way toward topping that total after scoring seven goals and two assists in victories over Maple Grove (4-1) and Osseo (6-2).
Richfield • Soccer
The last time a Richfield girls’ soccer player scored three goals in a game, it was done by House in 2012. The senior midfielder did that one better last week, finding the net four times and adding an assist in a 7-1 rout of Minneapolis Roosevelt.
Breck • Football
The 6-3, 190-pound senior quarterback accounted for six touchdowns in the Mustangs’ first victory of the season, 45-28 over St. Paul Como Park. He passed for 305 yards and four TDs and rushed for two more.
Spring Lake Park • Football
The junior QB called his own number just nine times in a 54-26 romp over St. Louis Park, but more than half those runs ended up in the end zone. He finished the game with nine carries for 255 yards and five touchdowns.
Orono • Soccer
The Spartans jumped out to a 3-0 start with the sophomore attacker providing at least one goal in each game. He had a goal apiece in victories over Maple Grove and DeLaSalle and scored three times in a 5-0 rout of Providence.
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