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Linnea Yacovella did not want to waste any more time once she made up her mind about where she plans to play soccer when she graduates. Yacovella was only a sophomore at the time, but in late March she gave the University of Minnesota a verbal commitment to play for the women's soccer program. It was an exciting step for a player who said she wanted to be on Minnesota's roster since she was 12 years old.
For the past 35 years, runners from across the Twin Cities would block off a weekend morning in August for the Woodbury Country Mile. But this year, those runners will need to find another late August race. Citing lower participation numbers, organizers this year have decided not to hold the Woodbury race.
East Ridge senior Collin Sieffert is headed to the University of Minnesota this fall as a member of the men's track and field program after earning his spot with a breakout spring. Sieffert finished his season on the podium in the 300-meter hurdles and as part of two state champion relay teams at the Class 2A state track and field meet that concluded June 10 at Hamline University. Sieffert was the runner-up in the Class 2A 300-meter hurdles in the state finals. His time of 38.11 seconds was only bested by Joel Smith of Mounds View, who crossed the line in 37.81.
Sometimes an athlete's final numbers on a results sheet do not tell the whole story. For East Ridge junior Allyson Weiss, winning her second consecutive triple jump championship was more of a challenge than most people might have realized during the Class 2A state track and field meet on the morning of June 10 at Hamline University in St. Paul. She won the state title with a jump of 40 feet, 1.25 inches. But getting there was a process that bordered on chaos.
It is the nation's biggest stage, but Park graduate and University of Minnesota thrower Temi Ogunrinde didn't feel the pressure at the NCAA Women's Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championship June 7-10 in Eugene, Ore. Sure, the University of Minnesota sophomore felt the pressure earlier in the season to qualify for nationals and finish high at the Big Ten championships. But once she got to nationals, throwing alongside her teammate Angie Guenther felt like any other weekend.
Jake Guentzel did not have NHL experience as recently as seventh months ago. The Woodbury 22-year-old made his NHL debut on Nov. 21, 2016, scoring two goals in a 5-2 Pittsburgh loss to the New York Rangers. Just seven months later, Guentzel was on the ice in Nashville, with his family by his side, hoisting the Stanley Cup above his head after the Penguins clinched the Stanley Cup in a 2-0 game six victory over the Nashville Predators on June 11.
The Woodbury baseball team was reaching for a trip to Target Field. But it will be forced to settle for a fourth place trophy. Forest Lake broke out in the late innings for a 9-1 victory over the Royals in the Class 4A semifinals on June 16 at CHS Field in St. Paul. In a game that started one hour later, Lakeville North won 4-3 on a walk-off single to finish third place.
Max Meyer was enjoying an afternoon of hanging out with his friends on June 14 when he received an exciting phone call from a scout with the Minnesota Twins. Meyer, who was driving back from the Eagan outlet mall with teammates Bradlee Felton and Ronnie Sweeny, received a call from Twins scout Mark Wilson letting him know the team drafted him in the 34th round of the MLB draft.
Woodbury’s offense scored two runs in the top of the sixth inning, and ace pitcher Max Meyer handled the rest. The Royals rallied for two runs in the top of the sixth inning to break a scoreless tie with Champlin Park in the quarterfinals of the Class 4A baseball tournament. The sixth inning rally ended up being enough, but Woodbury made sure by adding two more runs in the seventh for a 4-1 victory on June 15 at CHS Field in St. Paul.
Aayushi Sarkar finished one shot off the podium at the Class 3A state golf tournament on June 13 and 14 at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids. While the Woodbury freshman did not take home a medal by the slimmest of margins, she still finished as one of the top young golfers in the tournament. Sarkar finished in an 11th place tie with Orono eighth-grader Camille Kuznik with a two-day score of 156. Those two golfers were one shot back of ninth-place finishers Isabelle Ouyang of Edina and Isabella McCauley of Simley, both with scores of 155.