How gifted is Paige Brimeyer? Her hardware would tell you the senior’s an All-American volleyball hotshot for St. Thomas, as her powerhouse volleyball program takes aim Thursday at a second-straight D-III championship, hosting the first-round NCAA Regional.
I laughed at the use of “possibly” and “try.” “My goal is to possibly try to get hired at a studio or a video production house,” Carolyn Draayer said. It was a preposterous statement, as the Gustavus junior’s knack for video production should inevitably have studios hustling to try and get her on board.
Devin Lehman is good at making her teammates look good. The Belle Plaine senior’s accumulated so many set assists this fall – 813 to be exact – for her No. 4-ranked Tigers that only two girls in the state do it better. Thursday night marks the start of the postseason for high school volleyball.
The similarities between shifty St. Thomas wideouts – and close friends – senior Dan Noehring and junior Dan Ferrazzo are numerous. The Dan duo were both: -Captains of their high school football teams (Noehring hails from Lakeville South, and Ferrazzo’s a Mahtomedi product).
The nadir of Brett Draxler’s golf career arrived Sept. 8, 2013. The junior scored an 87 while on St. John’s second team — he’s well aware weekend warriors can replicate such a round. “It was terrible… the worst round I’ve shot,” he conceded.
The first-year came in first. After 251 of the region’s best cross country athletes darted through the serene arboretum surrounding St. Olaf College, Noelle Olson — who had just started college mere weeks beforehand — came out on top.
I only planned to chat with Bethel senior JD Mehlhorn for 20 minutes or so. Nearly an hour later, I realized something Mehlhorn’s even aware of — brevity is not his strong suit.
Why’s Harry Pitera always got a grin on his face? Probably because the two-time All-MIAC outside linebacker has his No. 2-ranked Tommies off to a 2-0 start. Maybe it’s knowing that 10,000-plus fans will be on hand to watch his senior class aim to cap their careers having never lost to arch-rival St. John’s, former MIAC immortal and national powerhouse.
Everybody loves Tremayne Williams. Both on and off the record, his trainers, his teammates and his coach respect and revere the face of the 2013 Tommie football team. “He’s our poster boy,” coach Glenn Caruso said during two-a-days last week at O’Shaughnessy Stadium.
Pre-cancer Gary Brausen cruised through 9-mile trail races. Pre-cancer Gary Brausen strapped on ice skates at 6:30 a.m. three days a week, competing against former college hockey standouts. Pre-cancer Gary Brausen never touched a cigarette.
Everything on Friday was the usual for Adam Thielen. He donned purple football gear and went out to practice on the very field – the Minnesota State University, Mankato – where he’d spent the last five years solidifying himself as one of the best Maverick wideouts ever. The one difference on Friday was, this time he did it as a pro.
I’m confident the following is true. Steve Maher’s summer > your summer. Before you angrily start over-sharing your Instagram lake pics en masse, here’s why. The All-American pitcher from Division-III St. Thomas is playing America’s pastime – every – single – day in the Northwoods League with the Waterloo Bucks (seriously, like some 75 games in 70 days).
How did swing-swinging golf phenom Jack Holmgren win not only the state MGA junior boys championship, but also the PGA junior title, too? Why does the 17-year-old already have a scholarship in hand to compete at Iowa? What’s the back story to how the rising senior has been part of three – and nearly four – team state titles for Wayzata?
I didn’t ask Karter Smith what his middle name is. Chances are it’s probably not “Consistent,” but it should be. Allow me to count the ways he defines dependable.
There are two reasons (one rational, one irrational) why Brock Wood is going to have no problem kayaking the 2,400 miles down the Mississippi this summer.
You knew Minnesota had a professional soccer team, right? Those of you bashfully nodding yes are probably lying – market research has shown as little as 3 percent are aware that pro footballers exist in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.
How in the world does a college rookie hit .462 at the plate — nearly 50 points above his closest conference competitor? Not even the man who posted the gaudy Ted Williams-esque figures can quite figure it out.
At your family reunion, Dan Kornbaum’s basketball resume would be marquee material. But in his own family tree, Augsburg’s rising star is third on the clan totem pole.
From an octogenarian who’s tallied a hole-in-one more often than Tiger Woods, to a college football star who speaks Latin – yes, Latin – I’ve relished getting to know some of Minnesota’s most intriguing sports stories in 2012.
Vikings game days have been tough for D’Aundre Reed as of late.
I got a wee bit nervous. All 261 pounds of Vikings’ second-year defensive end/tackle D’Aundre Reed was not happy with my seemingly harmless inquiry – “How does it feel to be the surprise of the league at 3-1?”
For the inaugural journal entry, let’s just start with “Who is D’Aundre Reed?” That is, let’s learn more about the soft-spoken giant who can make backflips look this easy.