Mesaiya Bettis “had that look in his eye”

Mesaiya Bettis

Burnsville • volleyball

Bettis is only a sophomore, but she understands what it takes to be a winner.

“We had ups and downs,” Bettis said. “We were always a good team. We had to learn and grow together as a team.”

Bettis had 30 kills as Burnsville swept Minneapolis Southwest 25-20, 25-17, 25-17 for the Class 4A, Section 6 championship and a berth in this week’s state tournament.

“She had that look in her eye where you could tell she wanted that state tournament appearance, Blaze coach Josh Wastvedt said.

The Blaze enters the state with a 19-11 record. This will be their first official appearance since 2009.

“I’m so excited to go to the state tournament for the first time,” Bettis said.

The 6-foot outside hitter was sidelined for six losses midway through the year with a calf strain. A six-rotation player, she has 362 kills this season.

“She had to fight a tough injury that really prevented her from touching a ball,” Wastvedt said. “I think it really helped her grow even more because she had to see the game from a different perspective and allow her body to rest and recover. Since coming back she’s had a huge dominance at the net.”

Emmett Gerres

Belle Plaine • cross-country skiing

As a senior, he opened the season ranked fifth in the Class 2A cross-country coaches association poll. He took it head-on. Three months later, Gerres departs as state champion. Gerres won the state championship race with a time of 15 minutes, 13.62 seconds over a 5,000 yard course at St. Olaf in Northfield.

TAYLOR-HEIMERL

Rosemont • soccer

Heimerl, a senior with the Gophers, scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over Edina that gave the Irish the Class 3A state championship. She came out as a 20-goal scorer and finished with 43 goals and 43 assists during her career as a four-year starter.

LEVI TEETZEL

Hutchinson • football

The senior running back sped up his play. Teetzel rushed for 233 yards on 20 carries and four touchdowns, adding a fifth TD on a 50-yard kickoff return, and had four two-way conversion carries. points in a 52-30 win over Marshall for the Class 4A, Section 2 championship. He scored four consecutive touchdowns, on carries for 7, 9, 63 and 64 yards, to open a tight game.

LUNA SCORZELLI

St. Paul Highland Park • cross-country skiing

Scorzelli lived up to his best placing in class 2A. The Scottish junior took the top spot in the third week of the season and never let go. She won the state title race in 17:45.04, finishing more than 33 seconds ahead of second.

COOPER BOLLINGER DANIELSON

Saint Paul Academy • football

The elder scored in all three games of the Class 1A tournament, including the opening goal and his 24th goal of the season in a 2-0 victory over St. Anthony for the championship. “By far the most dangerous striker I’ve seen in any class,” Spartans coach Max Lipset said.

HANNAH BRUSKIEWICZ

Rogers • volleyball

The senior middle hitter had a season-high 21 kills as the Royals rallied to beat St. Michael-Albertville in five games in the Class 4A, Section 8 Finals. A six-rotation player, she has 291 eliminations and 84 blocks this season for the sixth-ranked Royals, who will be entering their second straight state tournament.

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