TYLER EZELL

Anoka-Hennepin • adapted soccer

After scoring both goals in the adapted soccer state championship game on Saturday, Tyler Ezell explained his impressive showing in Anoka-Hennepin’s 2-0 victory against Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound Westonka.

“I’ve been practicing a lot,” said Ezell, a sophomore midfielder.

Ezell’s performance stood out as his team upended seven-time defending champion Robins in the title match in the physically impaired division.

Ezell, who scored his first goal about 11 minutes into the game, showed off nifty dribble moves throughout the contest, frequently getting past the Robins’ defense to fire off shots.

“[Dribbling is] definitely one of his strengths. He’s probably our best passer on the team too, so being able to free himself to dribble the ball to the other players is a big help to us,” coach Sue Opat said.

Ezell also showed toughness at the beginning of the second half. He quickly bounced back up after colliding with Robins’ goalie Vincent Luu and then buried a penalty kick.

“He’s our leading goal scorer, so we kind of expect that from him,” Opat said.

 

ABBIE DOLAN

Visitation • Swimming

– winning the 100 and 200 freestyles, anchoring the winning 200 and 400 freestyle realy teams and leading the Blazers to their third consecutive Class 1A team title. She graduates with 12 state titles to her credit.

 

BRADY GULLICKS

Hastings • boys’ basketball

The senior center recorded 29 points, making nine of 10 on free throws, for the Raiders as they defeated Coon Rapids 65-59 on Friday night.

 

TRAVIS TOIVONEN

Red Wing • boys’ basketball

The 6-4 Toivonen kicked off his senior season with a 38-point performance while also grabbing 10 rebounds to lead the Wingers to a 73-62 victory over Winona. A standout football player, he will play for North Dakota next year.

 

NATALIE SNODGRASS

Eastview • girls’ hockey

Snodgrass had two hat tricks this week to lead the Lightning over Burnsville and Shakopee. In Saturday’s game against the Sabers she scored two goals in the third period to force overtime, then scored the winner in the extra session. The junior has committed to play hockey at Conneticut.

 

KIKI RADKE

Hastings • girls’ hockey

Radke scored eight goals this past week to lead the Raiders to victories over Park of Cottage Grove and Rosemount. The future Bemidji State player scored five goals and added an assist to contribute to all six of Hastings’ goals against the Wolfpack on Thursday night.

 

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