ASPIRE Athlete Of The Week
After a cold, rainy spring, this week brought welcome relief. As such, the stories about rained-out games and busy, demanding schedules are a thing of the past. We’ve got highlights, and great stories.
Blaine High School’s Caleb Butler can run. In fact, he can do just about anything he sets his mind to. That’s what makes him special, according to Coach Rob Nick. “He’s a coach’s dream. He does everything we ask of him, his effort is always outstanding, he gives us 100 percent,” Nick said. “He’s just an amazing athlete. His strength is unbelievable, and for a kid to be 6’3′, 220 and to run 110 hurdles. He ran 300 hurdles, shot disc, he’s going to run a 4X1 for us.”
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Kiela DeVlaeminck can pitch, and her Waconia High School softball team has a chance when she’s on the mound. It’s pretty obvious that she started playing the sport at a young age.
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Sheila Hirsch and lacrosse is a combination that has worked well for her and her Edina High School team. “I love playing lacrosse. I love playing it with my school and my summer lacrosse team, mainly because I love my teammates,” Hirsch said. “Really, it’s what makes the sport as great as it is.”
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She is a steady influence on her lacrosse team and in her school. That’s why Giselle Rogers of Cretin-Derham Hall is our Aspire Athlete of the Week.
Winter returned to Minnesota this week, dumping up to 19 inches of snow in communities in the north metro. But baseball season trudged on.
Bloomington Kennedy is very good in girls basketball every season, and Tonoia Wade personifies the program. That’s why she is our ASPIRE Athlete of the Week.
He has enjoyed a high school career rivaled by few, winning state titles in all three of his varsity seasons, and he has Stanford set in his future.
Last year, the Lakeville North boys hockey team advanced to the state tournament, only to lose in convincing fashion to Edina in the first round. This year, they got over the hump with an overtime win over Roseau in round one. And a big part of this year’s success is coming from senior forward Tristen Hazlett – this week’s Aspire Athlete of the Week.
The Hill-Murray girls hockey team made the most of its trip to Xcel Energy Center last week, capping its season off with a Class AA state title. Sarah Bobrowski, one of the leaders of the Pioneers, has been a part of that program that has not just flourished, it finished on top.
She is a shooter, and a leader on and off the basketball court. Kyra Fredenburg’s teammates at Anoka High School hope she can help carry them to a state tournament. She is our Aspire Athlete of the Week.
The massive winter storm that dumped up to 16 inches of snow in some parts did nothing to stop hockey tournaments in the Twin Cities.
He can score, and he can create. That’s why Bloomington Jefferson hockey player Johnny Panvica is our Athlete of the Week.
Burnsville’s Zach Smith loves to compete, and that’s why he was drawn to basketball.
While the Winter Olympics are just getting underway in Sochi, there’s plenty of winter sports action to take in here at home.
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The Osseo Orioles have another strong team, and they’ve got a guard trying to make everyone better.
Carlie Wagner is a hooper and a hunter. She is also the biggest name in the senior class of girls basketball this season.
January is a great time of the year for winter sports in Minnesota. It’s when many individuals and teams begin to define themselves, and in many cases, separate themselves. She can shoot the basketball, and has some teammates that can do the same. It’s why Centennial’s Jasmine Bretoi is our ASPIRE Athlete of the Week.
And while Hockey Day in Minnesota isn’t until Friday, some great games were played Friday night. Check out a few of the hockey clips and other winter sport highlights.
Andrew Rohkohl says he’s been working at being a goalie since he was a little kid. “It’s been a dream, really,” Rohkohl said. “And it takes a lot of effort to get to this place.” He has become a part of the nucleus of a team that leans on veterans, according to Edina hockey coach and former NHL defensemen Curt Giles. “He’s a smart kid,” Giles said. “The thing with him is he fits in perfectly. I mean, we got a good class of seniors with good leadership.”