Lakeville South High School senior Lander Wells won three bronze medals at the Youth Pan American Championships weightlifting meet last month in Guayaquil, Ecuador.
Wells, who was profiled in an Aug. 17 Sun Thisweek feature, was making his debut in international competition. Competing in the 89-kilogram weight class, he lifted 122 kg in the snatch and 150 kg in the clean and jerk. Both of those lifts were good for third place, as was his 272 kg total.
The clean and jerk lift and total weight were personal records for Wells, who won the 89 kg weight class in the 16-17 age group at the USA Youth National Championships in June.
He was part of the U.S. team of 18 lifters that won 44 medals. The U.S. won the men’s team championship and placed second in the women’s team standings.
Tough way to end a streak
Shakopee and bad weather combined to end the Lakeville North boys soccer team’s winning streak.
The Panthers still have an unbeaten streak, which is 12 games (11-0-1) following a scoreless tie at Shakopee on Tuesday. The teams completed the first half when thunderstorms moved in, wiping out the rest of the game. The 40-minute game is considered official, so now North and Shakopee are tied for first in the South Suburban Conference at 5-0-1. Eastview is 5-0 in the league.
Goalkeeper Evan Siefken made four saves for North, which plays host to Eastview at 5 p.m. Thursday.
Several other SSC boys soccer games scheduled for Tuesday were postponed because of the weather. Burnsville at Eagan, Rosemount at Eastview and Prior Lake at Farmington all were moved to Wednesday. Apple Valley’s game at Lakeville South was moved to Monday, Sept. 30.
St. Aubin collects awards
Burnsville High School graduate Ashley St. Aubin not only is one of the best women’s soccer players in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference this year, she’s one of the MIAC’s best players ever.
Earlier this month the Augsburg University senior forward/midfielder was named MIAC Women’s Soccer Athlete of the Week for the eighth time in her career. She had two goals and an assist in a 4-2 victory over Loras (Iowa) on Sept. 15. That was the seventh consecutive game in which St. Aubin had scored, going back to the 2018 season. The scoring streak has now reached nine games, putting her within reach of an 11-game streak she had last season.
St. Aubin has six goals and two assists in five games this season. She is Augsburg’s career scoring leader with 61 goals and 23 assists.
Already a three-time All-MIAC player, St. Aubin also is the first Augsburg women’s player to be named All-America in consecutive seasons (2017 and 2018).