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