Local schools honor their top female athletes

St. Paul Athena Award luncheon is next week

Several athletes from high schools in the Sun Thisweek coverage area will be among those honored at the St. Paul Area Athena Awards luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, at the Prom Center in Oakdale.

Forty metro-area schools participate in the St. Paul program, which recognizes each school’s top senior female athlete. This year’s Athena winners include Erica Power of Apple Valley, Raissa Hansen of Eagan, Kellie McGahn of Eastview, Isabelle Ferm of Farmington, Alexis Joyce of Lakeville North, Shaina Burns of Lakeville South and Hannah Grim of Rosemount.

Burnsville High School is part of the Minneapolis Athena Awards program, which will have its luncheon May 4 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Vivian Hett is the BHS Athena winner for 2014.

KARE-TV news anchor Randy Shaver will be master of ceremonies for the St. Paul luncheon. Keynote speaker will be Nicole M. LaVoi, associate director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sports at the University of Minnesota.

Erica Power

Power has been a three-sport standout at Apple Valley. She was the hockey team’s leading scorer for four years and is a four-time all-conference selection.

In soccer, she earned three varsity letters and was named academic all-section. Power is in her fourth season with the Eagles’ golf team.

Vivian Hett

The Burnsville senior was runner-up at the state Nordic skiing meet the last two years and will pursue that sport as well as cross country at Northern Michigan University. She has earned 16 varsity letters in three sports, 13 all-conference awards and seven all-state awards.

Hett qualified to represent the United States in the Under-18 Scandinavian Cup skiing meet in Finland in January 2014. She is Burnsville’s school-record holder in the 4-kilometer race for Nordic skiing and the 1,600- and 3,200-meter races in track and field.

Raissa Hansen

Hansen has been a captain of Eagan’s cross country, basketball and track and field teams and has earned 11 letters in the three sports. A three-time all-conference award winner in cross country, she ran on the Wildcats’ Class AA state runner-up team in 2012 as well as a section championship track and field team in 2013.

She will attend Winona State University, where she will major in nursing and run cross country and track and field.

Kellie McGahn

McGahn, who helped Eastview reach the state soccer tournament twice, also is a two-time all-state player. She will play soccer next fall at the University of Minnesota.

She played varsity soccer and hockey for four years each and was on the track and field team for three years. McGahn was the soccer team’s MVP in 2013 and was on the Class AA all-tournament team her sophomore year.

Isabelle Ferm

Ferm ran the anchor leg on a Farmington 4×400-meter relay team that placed second in the 2013 state Class AA track and field meet. She also played defense for a Tigers soccer team that finished second to Lakeville North in the Section 1AA tournament. She is a two-time all-state player.

Her interests extend beyond sports as she was named one of Farmington High School’s AAA (academics, athletics, arts) Award winners for 2013-14.

Alexis Joyce

Joyce has been a key player on Panthers soccer and hockey teams that have been regular state tournament participants. Joyce was the goalkeeper on North soccer teams that finished second at state in 2013, third in 2012 and fourth in 2011. She had 51 career shutouts, second-most in state history in girls soccer.

She also helped North place third at the state girls hockey tournament the last two years. Joyce, a forward in hockey, has 116 career goals, including 27 in the 2013-14 season. She has signed to play hockey at Bemidji State University.

Shaina Burns

Burns is one of Minnesota’s most versatile track and field athletes, as evidenced by her victory in the heptathlon in the New Balance indoor championships last month in New York City. She also has won several outdoor national championships in the heptathlon, which is a combination of sprints, middle-distance races, hurdles races and field events.

The heptathlon isn’t part of Minnesota high school competition, but last year Burns finished fifth in the shot put, fifth in the 300-meter hurdles and eighth in the long jump at the state Class AA finals, helping South take second place in the team competition. The year before, the Cougars won the state title as Burns medaled in both hurdles races. Burns, who also played tennis at Lakeville South, will compete in track and field at Texas A&M.

Hannah Grim

Grim is one of three guards from Minnesota on their way to the Marquette University women’s basketball team in the fall. She averaged more than 22 points a game as a senior and scored a school-record 38 in a January game against Eastview. She is the school’s career scoring leader with 1,791 points.

Grim also was a standout in cross country, qualifying for the state meet five times and finishing 48th in the Class AA race as a senior.