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Legacy Christian girls’ golf grades out great
The frequent, high-pitched giggles coming from the Pebble Creek practice green postmatch belonged to the youthful state champions from Legacy Christian Academy of Andover. The Lions got precocious performances from eighth-grader Kayla Ruf, sophomore Anna Cleveland, seventh-grader Sophia Gray and sophomore Jillian Johnson. Ruf’s score of 185 was good for 18th, with Johnson just five strokes behind at 25th. They carded a school record 376 on both days. Coach Dan Nelson admitted thinking the Lions’ best days are ahead. A state title changed his mind.
Moving up in class, Totino-Grace gets it done
The Totino-Grace football program, an enduring power for the past decade, created some anticipation with February’s news the Eagles were opting up two classes to join Class 6A starting this fall. Totino-Grace won six state titles from 2003 to 2010 in Class 4A, which in that span was the state’s second-largest of six classes. In 2011, the Eagles opted up to Class 5A, played against the state’s largest schools by enrollment and reached the state semifinals. A seventh class, 6A, was created last season. Totino-Grace opted up to win the 5A title but raised eyebrows with a victory against Edina, which held the No. 1 ranking in 6A.