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Beyond Bounds

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Beyond Bounds: 8 Reasons To Root For Paige This NCAA Postseason

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.

11/13/2013

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Beyond Bounds: Star Skater + Video Production Phenom = Carolyn Draayer

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.

11/08/2013

Devin Lehman (No. 13) and her No. 4-ranked Belle Plaine Tigers begin the 2013 postseason Thursday night at home against Le-Sueur-Henderson. (credit: submitted)

Beyond Bounds: 8 Reasons To Follow Devin Lehman, 1 Of MN’s Best Setters

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.

10/24/2013

Dan Ferrazzo and Dan Noehring (credit: Mike Ekern/University of St. Thomas)

Beyond Bounds: Who Wins When St. Thomas’ 2 Star WRs Go 1-On-1?

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).

10/18/2013

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Beyond Bounds: Is This The Start Of Brett Draxler’s Astronomical Career Arc?

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.

10/17/2013

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Beyond Bounds: Plain Cheerios Fuel St. Olaf’s First-Year Phenom

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.

10/05/2013

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Beyond Bounds: Bethel’s Safety 1 Of The Nation’s Most Selfless Football Players

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.

09/28/2013

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Beyond Bounds: 7 Reasons Why UST Harry Pitera’s Always Smirking

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.

09/20/2013

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Beyond Bounds: 6 Reasons Why Tremayne Is Tommie Football’s Poster Boy

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.

09/06/2013

Gary Brausen and his family Rosey, Alexander and Bennett. (credit: Gary Brausen)

Beyond Bounds: Gary Lost A Lung, But He’s Winning The War Vs. Cancer

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.

08/15/2013

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Beyond Bounds: Mankato Star Thielen’s At Home At Vikings Training Camp

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.

07/26/2013

Steve Maher, St. Thomas' All-American pitcher and record-holder, is baffling D-I and D-II hitters in the Northwoods League for the Waterloo Bucks. (credit: University of St. Thomas/Mike Ekern)

Beyond Bounds: Steve Maher’s Having A Better Summer Than You

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).

07/20/2013

Jack Holmgren won not one, but two state golfing tournaments this week and is headed to nationals at the end of the month. (credit: Mark Brettingen/MGA)

Beyond Bounds: Holmgren’s Hot On Tour & Here’s A Good Reason Why

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?

07/13/2013

Son of a PGA pro, Detroit Lakes senior Karter Smith finished state Class AA runner-up twice and will take his talents to Division-I Drake this fall (credit: submitted)

Beyond Bounds: Karter Smith – Mr. Consistent – Taking Golf Talents To Drake

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.

06/15/2013

Brock Wood (right) and friend Jesse Hacker will kayak the 2,400 miles of the Mississippi River beginning June 17 to raise money for Lymphoma research. (credit: submitted)

Beyond Bounds: Brock Wood KO’d Cancer, Now Kayaking The Mississippi

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.

06/12/2013

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