All-Metro Sports Awards

The third time was not the charm for the Star Tribune All-Metro Sports Awards banquet. After two years of hosting the event to recognize the best of the metro area’s high school athletes, we planned to do it again this week at Allianz Field. Then the coronavirus pandemic changed almost everything.
Scott Skaja, videographer
Wrapping up our week-long virtual celebration of the Star Tribune All-Metro Awards for high schools, today we announce our Boys' Team of the Year and Girls' Team of the Year, both presented by Becker Furniture World.

Eden Prairie players Drake Dobbs, Austin Andrews, Will Foster, Connor Christensen and John Henry gathered before a December game at East Ridge. The Ea
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Eden Prairie players Drake Dobbs, Austin Andrews, Will Foster, Connor Christensen and John Henry gathered before a December game at East Ridge. The Eagles finished with a 28-0 record in a season ended early by the pandemic.
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Trail of big victories leads unbeaten Eden Prairie boys' basketball team to top honor

The Eagles, with a core of players who started playing together and impressing as fourth-graders, are the Star Tribune All-Metro Boys' Team of the Year.
Andover players celebrated their 5-3 victory over Edina in the Class 2A girls’ hockey championship at the X in February.
Andover players celebrated their 5-3 victory over Edina in the Class 2A girls’ hockey championship at the X in February.
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First title for Andover girls' hockey caps a game and team worth remembering

For bringing home a championship in the program's first title-game appearance, the Huskies are the Star Tribune All-Metro Girls' Team of the Year.
The Star Tribune All-Metro boys' basketball first team, from left: Chet Holmgren, Minnehaha Academy; Jalen Suggs, Minnehaha Academy; Kerwin Walton, Ho
The Star Tribune All-Metro boys' basketball first team, from left: Chet Holmgren, Minnehaha Academy; Jalen Suggs, Minnehaha Academy; Kerwin Walton, Hopkins; Dawson Garcia, Prior Lake, and Drake Dobbs, Eden Prairie.
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Star Tribune All-Metro First Team Athletes

Ben Zheng of New Life Academy is the winner of the Star Tribune All-Metro Difference-Maker Award.
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Ben Zheng of New Life Academy is the winner of the Star Tribune All-Metro Difference-Maker Award.
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Storing up positivity after hardship, New Life Academy's Ben Zheng inspires teammates

Paige Bueckers is leaving Hopkins with a 62-game winning streak and led the team to five straight 4A state girls' basketball tournaments.
Howard Sinker
Paige Bueckers is leaving Hopkins with a 62-game winning streak and led the team to five straight 4A state girls' basketball tournaments.
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Incomparable Paige Bueckers 'enjoyed every second' of final run with Hopkins

Jalen Suggs of Minnehaha Academy is the first two-time winner of the Star Tribune All-Metro Male Athlete of the Year Award.
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Jalen Suggs of Minnehaha Academy is the first two-time winner of the Star Tribune All-Metro Male Athlete of the Year Award.
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Even without a state title this year, Jalen Suggs graduates with plenty to smile about

Hannah Hintermeister of Richfield, the Star Tribune All-Metro Student First Award winner. (submitted photo)
Hannah Hintermeister of Richfield, the Star Tribune All-Metro Student First Award winner. (submitted photo)
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San Diego-bound girls' swimmer Hannah Hintermeister from Richfield wins in the classroom, too

Eastview high kick dance team members celebrate after receiving their championship trophy on Feb. 15, 2020 at Target Center.
Jamie Hutt
Eastview high kick dance team members celebrate after receiving their championship trophy on Feb. 15, 2020 at Target Center.
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Perfection and then some for Eastview's championship dance teams

South Washington County Thunderbolts adapted sports team, competing in the cognitively impaired division. Row 1 (L-R): Logan Yanarelly, Aleachia Cook,
South Washington County Thunderbolts adapted sports team, competing in the cognitively impaired division. Row 1 (L-R): Logan Yanarelly, Aleachia Cook, Bree Krueger, Josh Fruhwirth, Lydia Osburn, Bobby Zahradka, Catrina Skoog, Carlie Kothe. Row 2: Brian Barcelon, Randy Noyola, Ryan Anderson, Allen Gillman, Greta Klinga, Peyton Chlebecek, Asst. Coach Jeff Figlmiller. Row 3: Asst. Coach Paul Johnson, Carson Rinnels, Matthew Jenkins, Jack Swedahl, Devon Lanz, Nathan Ponder, Elliot Miller, Tyler Tinucci, Head Coach Bruce Fiedler. Not Pictured Asst. Coach Kelly O’Donnell, Jim Barghini. (Submitted photo.)
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South Washington County earns Star Tribune All-Metro Team Champion honors

Edina head coach Steve Paulsen fist-bumped first singles player Nicole Copeland after Edina won the Class AA title last fall.
Edina head coach Steve Paulsen fist-bumped first singles player Nicole Copeland after Edina won the Class AA title last fall.
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23 state titles later, Steve Paulsen leaves no doubt about Edina girls' tennis dynasty

Wayzata head coach Lambert Brown saluted fans after his team won the state Class 6A title.
Wayzata head coach Lambert Brown saluted fans after his team won the state Class 6A title.
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Program-rejuvenator Lambert Brown has Wayzata football back with the best

Olivia Mobley of Breck was the Star Tribune girls' hockey Metro Player of the Year for the 2019-20 season.
Olivia Mobley of Breck was the Star Tribune girls' hockey Metro Player of the Year for the 2019-20 season.
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Star Tribune Metro Players of the Year for winter sports

RaJa Nelson, Lakeville North quarterback and cornerback, is the Star Tribune's Metro Player of the Year.
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RaJa Nelson, Lakeville North quarterback and cornerback, is the Star Tribune's Metro Player of the Year.
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Star Tribune Metro Players of the Year for fall sports

Elk River quarterback Beau Ruby completed the only pass he threw all game, connecting with teammate Carter Otto for a game-winning 57-yard touchdown i
Jamie Hutt
Elk River quarterback Beau Ruby completed the only pass he threw all game, connecting with teammate Carter Otto for a game-winning 57-yard touchdown in the final seconds of a Class 5A quarterfinal game for a 58-55 victory against Moorhead on Nov. 9 at Monticello High School. Photo by Cheryl A. Myers, SportsEngine
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With one second left, Elk River says yes to 'Michigan' for improbable football state tournament victory

Bryce Paul, Concordia Academy, dribble the ball upcourt during the 2020 basketball season.AMSA Courage in Competition winner, 2020
Bryce Paul, Concordia Academy, dribble the ball upcourt during the 2020 basketball season.AMSA Courage in Competition winner, 2020
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Three sports, two comebacks from injured knees, one thankful Concordia Academy senior