Preparatory athletes of the week: Redemption for the badminton champion



St. Paul Highland Park • badminton

Jeong-McDonell quickly learns from his losses.

The Scottish elder defeated Cinderella New of St. Paul Washington 21-12, 21-14 to win the singles championship in the state badminton tournament at Edina High School. She was a state tournament runner-up in 2021.

“I was overwhelmed and excited,” Jeong-McDonell said. “You can learn from your losses. I just kept plugging in.”

Jeong-McDonell lost to New the previous week, 10-21, 21-16, 21-16, in the singles final of the St. Paul City Conference Championships.

“I knew I could face him again in the state tournament,” Jeong-McDonell said. “I worked hard to receive his best services. It helped me in the state tournament.”

Jeong-McDonell was seeded second behind New entering the event. The previous year, she was rather an unknown.

“I wasn’t expected to finish last year. I surprised myself,” Jeong-McDonell said. “This year has been a lot of fun.”


Northfield • lacrosse

The three-year-old captain is one of the main reasons the Raiders are 9-2 this season. Northfield’s top scorer, he has 42 goals, three more than a year ago, and 20 assists. He has five games of at least five goals. “Spencer is a natural scorer who can also be a two-way contributor,” Raiders coach Jeff Wright said.


White Bear Lake • softball

Barber is 13-2 as a pitcher with a 1.11 ERA while striking out 190 in 101 innings. At bat, the junior is hitting .446 with 12 home runs and 36 RBIs. “Chloe’s talent, potential and knowledge of the game make her a special player,” Bears coach Kaity Wightman said.


Edina • golf

The senior is one of the reasons Edina is ranked No. 1 in the state by the Minnesota Golf Association. Nasby, ranked No. 34 in individual play, shot a 7-under 64 in a Lake Conference meet at Wild Marsh Golf Club in Buffalo. “A 64 is an incredibly low number for a high school golfer, and he made it look easy,” Edina coach Mike McCollow said.


Bloomington Kennedy • lacrosse

The senior has 73 goals this season, including five games of eight or more. She has played in three 10-goal games over the past two years, which has helped make the Eagles program a winning one.


Farmington • baseball

The senior first baseman had three straight games as the Tigers (17-2) extended their winning streak to 15 games. “He’s continually finding ways to get to the base and help us produce runs,” Farmington coach Jon Graff said.


Belle Plaine • softball

The sophomore wide receiver is hitting .559 with 23 runs scored and 37 RBI. She hit seven of her 13 home runs in May. “Cam works very hard to get better every year,” Tigers coach Brent Jaeger said. “She is one of those players that any coach would love to have.”


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