Roseville athletes raking in the accolades

The two most high-profile sports teams at Roseville Area High School during the fall season were the football and volleyball teams. Both had successful seasons that culminated with trips to the state tournament.

Players from both of those teams piled some impressive post-season awards. Here’s a look at those players and their awards.

Jacques Perra

Jacques Perra

Jacques Perra

The Roseville football team had a season that won’t soon be forgotten and like most successful gridiron squads the face of the Raiders this season was their quarterback. Jacques Perra was a large reason for Roseville’s success, as the awards that he has amassed will attest.

Just about all the major prep football state player-of-the-year awards have gone to Perra. Last week, he added two more the list.

The Associated Press named Perra its Minnesota high school football player of the year and he also picked up the Gatorade player-of-the-year award for the state.

Perra is the first Suburban East Conference player not from Cretin-Derham Hall to win the Gatorade award and only the second to win the Associated Press award.

He is the second player from Roseville to win the Gatorade award, joining Rod Smith, who won it in 1988, on that short list.

Earlier this fall, the Star Tribune named Perra its metro player of the year and the Pioneer Press selected him as its player of the year. He was also one of two quarterbacks on the KARE 11 all-metro team.

He was named to the Minnesota Vikings’ All-State High School Football Team and was a finalist for the Mr. Football award. The Vikings’ all-state team was recognized at halftime of Minnesota’s game against the Chicago Bears on Dec. 1 at the Metrodome.

Perra threw for 3,071 yards and 35 touchdowns while leading Roseville to the state semifinals for the first time in school history. Perra also did some damage with his legs by rushing for 347 yards and four touchdowns.

Perra has been offered a preferred walk-on spot with the University of Minnesota football team in addition to getting plenty of attention from a number of Football Championship Subdivision (Division 1-AA) programs.

Jesper Horsted

Jesper Horsted

Jesper Horsted

Junior wide receiver Jesper Horsted and Perra are best friends and made the most of that connection this season. Hosted became Perra’s favorite target for his passes and turned in an award-winning season.

Horsted racked up a nice pile awards, including a spot on the Associated Press first-team offense. He was also named all-metro by the Star Tribune and KARE 11 and all-east metro by the Pioneer Press.

Horsted caught 82 passes for 1,484 yards and 19 touchdowns. His biggest game came in Roseville’s biggest win when he had 19 receptions for 293 yards and two touchdowns as the Raiders knocked off Maple Grove in the state quarterfinals at TCF Bank Stadium.

Monica Burich

Like Perra is for the football team, Burich is the face of the Raiders’ volleyball squad. The junior middle hitter/blocker was named all-east metro by the Pioneer Press and all-metro third team by the Star Tribune.

Monica Burich

Monica Burich

Burich holds the school record for career blocks and is second all-time in kills. This fall, she racked up 398 kills and more than 100 blocks.

Roseville won the Suburban East Conference championship and captured its second consecutive Section 4AAA title to qualify for the state tournament.

This winter, Burich is back in the spotlight as the Roseville girls basketball team’s go-to player. She led the Raiders in scoring in their first two games.

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