When the Mounds View Mustangs won their second straight Class AAA baseball title on June 17 at Target Field, it marked the end of a long and exciting high school sports season that began with fall practice last August. Here are the Top 10 memorable moments from the 2013-14 season.
The list is based on events examined or read about in various sources.
10. Minneapolis Washburn running back Jeff Jones scoring six touchdowns to beat the Bloomington Kennedy Eagles in double overtime in the semifinals of the Section 3AAAAA football tournament. He signed a letter of intent with the University of Minnesota and pending eligibility, he could wear maroon and gold in 2014.
9. The Blake Bears took home their fifth straight girls lacrosse championship trophy. Three players also won a state championship in girls hockey. They are Jordan Chancellor, Alex Lovaas and Sara McClanahan.
8. Seeded eight in the Section 4AA Baseball Tournament, the Holy Angels Stars rebounded from a loss to top seeded St. Anthony Village and went through the losers bracket to the championship game, coming up short against the Blake Bears.
7. What a spring sports season for New Life Academy. The girls softball team lost in the Class A final to New Ulm Cathedral. But the following week, the baseball team beat New York Mills to win their first state title.
6. The Park Center Pirates needed triple overtime to beat the Marshall Tigers, with several team members who won a state volleyball title in the fall. Look out for the Pirates next season. They could a favorite to repeat.
5. Carlie Wagner setting a state tournament scoring record with 53 points in the Class AA girls basketball quarterfinals against Pequot Lakes. She would also break Janet Karvonen’s career record with 371 points to lead NRHEG to its second straight state championship.
4. DeLaSalle used speed, athleticism and a healthy Reid Travis to win their third consecutive Class AAA state boys basketball title. Travis, who will play for Stanford next season missed several games due to an offseason injury.
3. It was a threepeat for the Eden Prairie Eagles as head coach Mike Grant led them to their third straight Class AAAAAA football title. Can they tie Mahnomen’s record of four straight in 2014?
2. Coming in second is the dominance of the Lakeville North athletic program. Twelve teams, including boys and girls basketball and hockey headed down I-35 to play in state tournaments. The boys basketball team, led by Xavier bound JP Macura took home the Class AAAA championship trophy.
1. Without hesitation, Amir Coffey’s 60 foot shot in the fourth overtime to lead Hopkins to victory over Shakopee. It was definitely one of the most memorable shots in state boys basketball tournament history.
There you have it. Highlights from an exciting season. The upcoming fall season begins with practice August 11. New conferences and new memories are yet to come.