Two weeks ago, they picked up some hardware. Wednesday, they threw some hardball. The Star Tribune All-Metro Male and Female Athletes of the Year — Emily Covert of Minneapolis Washburn (cross-country, track) and Gable Steveson of Apple Valley (wrestling) — threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Target Field before Wednesday afternoon’s Twins-Royals game. Covert and Steveson accepted their honors on June 26 during the first-ever All-Metro Sports Awards, held at Target Field.

Covert will be a senior next year at Washburn and is considering several colleges for 2019. Steveson is already a Gopher, preparing on campus for his freshman season this fall.