Burnsville High School could have a football alumnus make it to the NFL for the second consecutive year.
Chase Roullier, a 2012 BHS graduate who started 40 games as an offensive lineman at the University of Wyoming, was selected by Washington in the sixth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday. He was the 199th overall selection.
Roullier was one of two Wyoming players drafted this year (the other, running back Brian Hill, went to Atlanta in the fifth round) but is the first offensive lineman from his school to be drafted in 20 years.
He played in 46 games over four years at Wyoming and was a team captain the last two seasons. Roullier, 6-foot-4 and 315 pounds, was first-team All-Mountain West Conference and second-team USA Today Sports All-America. He played in the East-West Shrine Game following his senior season and participated in the NFL Draft Combine in February.
Roullier has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and was a four-time Academic All-Mountain West Conference player. Last year he was a national semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, one of the nation’s top scholar-athlete awards.
At Burnsville High, Roullier was a two-way lineman. He was first-team All-State and Academic All-State as a senior, and was nominated for the Mr. Football Award.
If he makes the Washington roster, he will join former Blaze teammate C.J. Smith in the NFL. Smith signed with Philadelphia as a free agent last year and made the team as a defensive back and special teams player. Smith was a standout with NCAA Football Championship Subdivision power North Dakota State.
Two quarterbacks with local connections will attend NFL rookie minicamps. Lakeville South High School graduate and University of Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner will attend the Baltimore Ravens’ minicamp this weekend. He was 29-18 as a starter at Minnesota, including two victories in bowl games. He passed for 7,287 yards and 36 touchdowns, and also rushed for 33 touchdowns.
University of Minnesota Duluth quarterback Drew Bauer, an Eagan High School graduate, will go to the Green Bay Packers’ rookie minicamp. In 2016, Bauer set UMD single-season records with 3,421 passing yards and 4,174 total yards. He was named first-team All-Northern Sun Conference after being named to the second team as a sophomore and junior. He is second in the school record book for career passing yards (9,061) and total yards (12,260). UMD was 40-8 with Bauer as the starting quarterback.
If Bauer makes an NFL roster, he would join former Eagan High player Zach Zenner in the league. Zenner, a running back, signed with Detroit as a free agent after a stellar career at South Dakota State and is entering his third season with the Lions.
Junior Freestyle Nationals wrestling
Two Apple Valley wrestlers won championships at the UWW Junior Freestyle Nationals last weekend in Las Vegas.
Apple Valley High School graduate and current Penn State University wrestler Mark Hall won the 74 kilogram (163-pound) weight class, defeating University of Iowa wrestler Alex Marinelli 10-0 in the championship match. He was named the tournament’s most outstanding wrestler. Hall was a six-time state champion at Apple Valley and won an NCAA championship as a true freshman at Penn State.
AVHS junior Gable Steveson, who won his third Class 3A individual championship in March, took first at 120 kg (264.5 pounds), defeating Lehigh University freshman Jordan Wood 9-2 in the final. At 16, Steveson still is eligible to compete in the Cadet division, but elected to move up to the Junior division this season.
Hall and Steveson are expected to compete in the UWW World Team Trials later this month, hoping to earn spots on the U.S. Team for the UWW Junior World tourney this summer in Finland. Hall is the defending Junior World champion at 74 kg, while Steveson is a two-time Cadet World champion.
Playing for a cause
The Burnsville, Eagan and Lakeville North high school baseball teams will use upcoming games to call attention to causes they care about.
Burnsville and Eagan will team up to put on a ceremony for military veterans before their May 11 game at Alimagnet Park in Burnsville. Veterans are asked to check in at 5 p.m. A color guard ceremony and the national anthem will take place at 5:30, with the first pitch at 6. For more information, visit www.burnsvillebaseball.org.
Lakeville North is having its second autism awareness game at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 4, against Rosemount at Lakeville North High School. A Lakeville student will sing the national anthem and a child from the Lakeville Area Public Schools’ autism programs will throw out the first pitch. Members of each team will wear jerseys spelling out player numbers with puzzle pieces, which are associated with autism and autism spectrum disorders.
Lakeville resident Tera Girardin, author of the book “Faces of Autism,” also will attend to talk about her work photographing people with autism. The youngest of her three sons was diagnosed with autism.