Beyond Bounds: 8 Reasons To Root For Paige This NCAA PostseasonHow 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.
Beyond Bounds: Star Skater + Video Production Phenom = Carolyn DraayerI 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.
Beyond Bounds: 8 Reasons To Follow Devin Lehman, 1 Of MN's Best SettersDevin 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.
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).
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.
Beyond Bounds: Plain Cheerios Fuel St. Olaf's First-Year PhenomThe 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.
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.
Beyond Bounds: 7 Reasons Why UST Harry Pitera's Always SmirkingWhy'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.
Beyond Bounds: 6 Reasons Why Tremayne Is Tommie Football's Poster BoyEverybody 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.
Bright Minds Battle Their 'Bots At Minnesota State FairThe brightest minds at the State Fair on Friday could be found in the back corner of the Education Building showing off their 100-pound made-from-scratch robots. Precocious ingenuity collided with full-on nerdery at the High School Robotics Competition as the science class savants from Mahtomedi, Becker and Fergus Falls showed off what six weeks of electrical engineering, innovative 3-D printers and zealous ambition can spawn.
Beyond Bounds: Gary Lost A Lung, But He's Winning The War Vs. CancerPre-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.
Beyond Bounds: Mankato Star Thielen's At Home At Vikings Training CampEverything 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.
Beyond Bounds: Steve Maher's Having A Better Summer Than YouI'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).
Beyond Bounds: Holmgren's Hot On Tour & Here's A Good Reason WhyHow 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?
Beyond Bounds: Karter Smith - Mr. Consistent - Taking Golf Talents To DrakeI 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.