Moments to remember highlight south-metro sports year

  • Article by: RON HAGGSTROM , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 17, 2014 - 7:09 PM

The 2013-14 high school sports year is in the books. Here’s a look back at some of the highlights.

Panthers J.P. Macura, left, and Alex Reiland celebrated a boys’ basketball victory at the final horn.

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HOP ON MY BACK

Nobody carried its team to a state championship like J.P. Macura did at Lakeville North.

The Xavier recruit netted 23 points in a 59-47 victory over Buffalo in the Class 4A basketball state quarterfinals at the Target Center. He averaged 31.8 points per game on the year.

Then Macura scored 31 points in a 55-52 triumph over Cretin-Derham Hall in the semifinals. He drained a three-pointer at the buzzer for the win.

But he wasn’t done. To cap his senior career, Macura scored 43 points as the Panthers stunned Hopkins 84-82 in the finals.

It was the first boys’ basketball state championship for Lakeville North. It also marked the first time Hopkins lost a title tilt under coach Ken Novak Jr. The Royals were 6-0 in championship games.

CONFERENCE COMPLETES SWEEP

Eastview girls’ basketball team completed a sweep for the South Suburban Conference on the hardwood.

A week after Lakeville North’s celebration, the Lightning knocked off Bloomington Kennedy 64-61 for the Class 4A crown at Williams Arena. Bloomington Kennedy is also a member of the 10-team conference.

It was also Eastview’s first girls’ basketball state championship. It previously had been the runners-up twice, in 2000 and 2003.

Junior guard Madison Guebert’s layup with 48 seconds remaining gave Eastview its first lead on the night. She finished with a game-high 29 points.

Guebert was able to celebrate the title with her mother, Melissa. She is the coach of the Lightning.

A YEAR OF FIRSTS CONTINUES IN SPRING

Lakeville South joined in on the act of achieving school firsts, winning its initial Class 3A softball state crown.

Michaela Thielen scored on Mariah Uphoff’s suicide squeeze bunt in the bottom of the sixth inning, giving the Cougars a 3-2 victory over Maple Grove in the finals at Caswell Park in North Mankato.

Coach Rob Laden’s squad also was making its initial state tournament appearance. It defeated Orono 2-1 in eight innings in the quarterfinals and rolled over Anoka 11-0 in the semifinals.

The Cougars had eight different players hit home runs on the season, led by Amanda Bloomquist with four and Kylie Stober with three. Stober, who will play for the Gophers, was the winning pitcher in all three state tournament games.

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  • Northfield’s Bailey DuPay got a hug from her coach after performing on the uneven bars during the Class 2A gymnastics state meet.

  • Lakeville South’s Michaela Thielen slid safely into home plate for the go-ahead run against Maple Grove in the Class 3A softball championship game.

  • Eastview’s Madison Guebert (22) was defended by Eden Prairie’s Martha Kuderer in the Class 4A girls’s basketball semifinals.

  • Apple Valley’s Mark Hall wrestled Garrett Beaman of Henry Sibley. Hall won the match.

  • BRUCE BISPING • bbisping@startribune.comKenzie Neisen of New Prague lined up a putt during the Class 3A girls’ golf tournament at Bunker Hills.

  • KYNDELL HARKNESS • kharkness@startribune.comEagan celebrated after winning the state championship Class 3A volleyball title over Delano.

  • KYNDELL HARKNESS • kharkness@startribune.comLakeville South’s Shaina Burns celebrated with a fellow hurdler after winning in the 100-meter hurdles at Hamline.

  • KYNDELL HARKNESS • kharkness@startribune.comSimley’s Chris Bauman defeated Scott West’s Ray Carter at 195 pounds in Class 2A wrestling.

  • Clockwise from top left:  Apple Valley’s Mark Hall, J.P. Macura, left, and Alex Reiland of Lakeville North, Northfield’s Bailey DuPay, Madison Guebert of Eastview, Michaela Thielen slides home with a winning run for Lakeville South, Mitch Herrera of Lakeville South, MacKenzie Niesen of New Prague, Chris Bauman of Simley, Shaina Burns of Lakeville South, Eagan volleyball.

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