Blake • Tennis
There’s no way of knowing for sure without a playoff, but the junior made a compelling case to be considered the state’s best high school tennis player.
He dominated the Class 1A state tournament, losing 12 total games in seven matches. He led the Bears to their second consecutive team championship, then swept four top-ranked opponents to win the singles title. He beat East Grand Forks senior Ty Misialek 6-1, 6-0 in the finals, his second in a row.
Adams’ victory was a fitting conclusion to a season in which he beat all comers, regardless of class. His 29-0 record included four victories over top-ranked players in Class 2A, including eventual state champion Nick Beaty of Wayzata.
While Adams will not get the chance to become the first boys’ player in state history to win three Class 1A titles in a row, the question of who’s best may get answered.
Blake is opting up to Class 2A next year, where he will get the opportunity to face players such as Beaty and Forest Lake’s Toby Boyer with a title at stake.
Wayzata • Tennis
Playing the best tennis of his life at precisely the right time, the sophomore won seven matches in four days to lead the Trojans to their second Class 2A team championship in a row as well as win his first Class 2A singles title with a three-set victory over No. 1-ranked Toby Boyer.
Lakeville South Track and field
The Texas A&M recruit medaled in all four events in which she competed at the Class 2A state meet, winning the 100 hurdles (in 14:44 seconds) and shot put (44-10½) and taking third in the 300 hurdles (43.80) and as a member of the 4x400 relay team (3:53.56)
Eden Prairie Lacrosse
The junior attacker rescued the Eagles’ season by scoring the game-tying and game-winning goals — the latter in two minutes into the second overtime — in a 13-12 victory over Minnetonka in the Section 2 final. Lagerquist finished with six goals in the game.
Rosemount Track and field
The senior thrower earned a gold medal a day at the 2A state meet, winning the shot put on Friday with a season-best toss of 61 feet, ½ inch and the discus Saturday, throwing 173 feet, 6 inches. Otterdahl also place fourth at heavyweight at the Class 3A wrestling meet.
Lakeville South Softball
The future University of Minnesota pitcher led the Cougars to the Class 3A state championship. In three games at state, she pitched 20 innings, gave up nine hits and three runs and struck out 32. Stober outdueled Metro Player of the Year Sydney Smith in a 3-2 victory over Maple Grove in the final.
St. Croix Lutheran Track and field
The junior proved to be the best hurdler in Class 1A, winning the 110 hurdles in a record time of 14.36 and coming from behind to win the 300 hurdles by one-thousandth of a second. It was his second consecutive sweep of the two races in the state meet.