Area Athena winners are certainly deserving

Monica Burich
Monica Burich
Michala Walther
Michala Walther

The Athena Award honors one senior girl per high school for her athletic achievements. This year’s honorees from Roseville Area High School and Concordia Academy are Monica Burich and Michala Walther, respectively.
Here is a look at what they’ve accomplished in their prep sports careers.

Monica Burich
Burich is a three-sport standout and will continue in one of those sports at the Division I college level later this year. At Roseville, she played volleyball and basketball and was also on the track and field team. This fall, she’ll enroll at the University of Colorado, which she will attend on a basketball scholarship.
Burich was a Ms. Basketball finalist this season after leading the Raiders to the Section 4AAAA championship game. Roseville also won the Suburban East Conference championship for the third time in the last four seasons.
Burich’s sport in the fall is volleyball and she enjoyed the most team success in that endeavor. She played in three state tournaments and leaves Roseville as the program leader in kills and blocks.
In the spring, Burich is a thrower on the girls track and field team and she is looking for one last trip to the state meet. She qualified for state in the discus as a sophomore.

Michala Walther
Walther’s list of sports matches up exactly with what Burich plays.
Last fall, Walther helped the Beacons’ volleyball team reach the state tournament, where they finished fourth.
On the basketball court, Walther earned two all-conference honors and was named team MVP.
In track and field, Walther is a three-time letterwinner, has been to the state meet and holds a school record as a member of the 4x200-meter relay team. Her trip to the state meet was in 2014 in the 4x200-meter relay.
The St. Paul Athena Award began in 1995. This year’s winners were feted at a banquet held at the Prom Center in Oakdale on April 15.

—Brian Meyers

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