Now that the final days of 2011 are winding down, it's a good time to take a look back at some of the top storylines of 2011. Here's our favorite 10...
10. Eden Prairie relay team sets record
The 200 medley relay team of Bryce Boston, Aaron Greenberg, Michael Soleft and Maverick Hovey broke the state record at the Class AA swimming state meet in March. The quartet finished in 1:33.75, edging the record by nearly a half-second. All four swimmers returned this season.
9. Lucia tops loaded draft class
Wayzata's Mario Lucia was the first high school player drafted in the 2011 NHL draft, taken in the second round by the Minnesota Wild. Lucia was the first of 18 high schoolers to be selected in the draft, 13 of which were from Minnesota.
8. Stillwater takes 10th at NXN
The Stillwater cross country team followed up its state championship with a 10th-place team result at Nike Cross Nationals in December. The Ponies ended the year as the nation's No. 10 team in the POWERADE FAB 50.
7. Hopkins wins three-peat
The Hopkins Royals basketball team continued its reign as the class of the state, winning its third title in a row last season. The Royals beat Eden Prairie, 64-52, to claim the Class AAAA crown.
6. Philip Nelson wins Gatorade POY
Mankato West quarterback Philip Nelson, who last year led the Scarlets to a Class AAAA crown, won the Gatorade Player of the Year award this season. Nelson threw for more than 2,500 yards and 35 TDs and was named a Semper Fidelis All-American.
5. Seventeen make NHL Central Scouting list
Hockey in Minnesota is the best in the country, but it may never be this good again — in all, 17 players made the NHL Central Scouting's preliminary list of top recruits. Seven were from prep school Shattuck-St. Mary's, three were goaltenders, and all could someday be NHL stars.
4. Anders Broman's scoring rampage
Broman became the youngest player in state history to reach the 2,000-point plateau. He averaged better than 37 points per contest and is averaging a tidy 47.4 points a night through the first five games this season.
3. Apple Valley wrestling continues its run
Led by the nation's No. 1 overall wrestler, Destin McCauley, Apple Valley won a sixth straight Class AAA crown. McCauley won his fifth state championship in six varsity seasons, dating back to his seventh grade year.
2. Wayzata and Eden Prairie: The rematch
Long-time rivals Wayzata and Eden Prairie are the class of the state in football, and the two teams met in the state finals for the second consecutive year. Wayzata won it last year and won a regular season tilt this year, but Eden Prairie got revenge in this year's title game.
1. Rau's triple-OT thriller clinches state title
Eden Prairie's Kyle Rau, the consensus state's best player, not only led his team to the state championship game, he scored the game-winner in the third overtime, helping his team beat Duluth East, 3-2. Rau was named Minnesota's Mr. Hockey.
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