Congratulations to our Hardware Hank “Nuts & Bolts” Athletes of the Week: Leighton Lommel, junior, St. Cloud Apollo boys’ soccer and Connor Olson, senior, Wayzata boys’ cross country.
Name: Leighton Lommel
Sport: Boys’ soccer
School: St. Cloud Apollo
Information: Scoring a game-winning goal in a state tournament is a dream come true for any kid. Doing it twice in back-to-back games? That’s special. Leighton did just that last week at the Boys’ Class 1A State Soccer Tournament when he scored the games’ only goals in the semifinals and championship; both 1-0 victories over Mankato West and DeLaSalle, respectively.
Name: Connor Olson
Sport: Boys’ cross country
Information: If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again…and again…and again. After two consecutive top five finishes, Connor cruised to his first individual state championship in his final race for Wayzata. The senior won the Class 2A cross country gold with a time of 15 minutes, 17.1 seconds and helped pave the way for the Trojans’ second straight team title.