Boys' Lacrosse - Eastview
The Lightning had high hopes entering last year's
state championship, especially as the tournament's No.
2 seed against first-round opponent Eden Prairie.
Eastview had already beaten the Eagles once in the
regular season. Unfortunately, the second time around
wasn't quite as sweet. But a new season calls for
renewed optimism, particularly as coach Tim Roche's
squad returns 18 of its 24-man roster. "That experience
will help us in the long run,"Roche says. "Two years ago
we were really young. We started four freshmen. Now
we have some seniors." Speed and a relentless attack
are the keys to the Lightning's success. Senior Matt
Garin, a speedy defenseman, is one of the team's most
important players. "He's probably the most athletic guy
on the team," Roche says. "He understands what we're
trying to do, and he's a team leader."Fellow senior captain
Andy Freeman, an outspoken player, has led the
team in goals for two seasons. "He's an amazing finisher,"
Roche says. "He always finds a way to be open."
Senior midfielder Rex Sanders, who has committed to
play at Johns Hopkins, shores up the center of the field.
"He's somebody you want on the field at the end of a
game," Roche says. Other seniors, including midfielders
Blake Kleven and Matt Moras, attacker Matt Durand
and defenseman Kevin Soderholm, make Eastview one
of the deepest and most dangerous teams in the state.
Girls' Track - Providence Academy
Moving from ninth place to first in one season is no small feat, but that's exactly what the Lions accomplished
last season. Led primarily by relay teams, Providence scored 55 points, besting second place Lake
Park-Audubon by seven points. The team looks equally as strong this season, as relay specialists such as seniors
Leighton Lerum and Samantha Zopfi and junior Rebekah Dyrud will attempt to win another title. Zopfi is
also the state runner-up in the 100.
Boys' Track - Woodbury
With both last year's Class AA state champ (Rosemount) and the runner-up (Irondale) losing a number of
point-scorers to graduation, the door is open for Woodbury to become the state's new elite team. Seniors
Cooper Wahlo, Wesley Birkemeier and Ernest Dorset return for the Royals, while junior Marty Joyce, one of the
state's top milers, looks to break into the top nine. Another threat to score, senior high jumper Jack Reisner,
Softball - Eagan
It will be tough for the 2009 season to have the luster of the 2008 season, which ended with a hard-fought
Class AAA state championship, but some of the key players from last year's squad return this year hopeful for
another shot at the state crown. Junior pitcher Sara Moulton, who earned the win in last year's championship
game, returns to give the Wildcats a dominant presence in the circle. Juniors Kelly Wood and Bree Blanchette
bolster Eagan's gritty offense.
BASEBALL – JORDAN
All-State senior pitcher T.J. Oakes could be the state's best hurler.
GIRLS' GOLF – ALEXANDRIA
Junior Maggie Leland is capable of shooting some low numbers at state.
BOYS' GOLF – CHASKA
Seniors Alex Robb and John Pavelko will challenge each other for the individual crown.
GIRLS' LACROSSE – TOTINO-GRACE
Jennifer Zandlo, a junior goalie, led the Eagles to a third-place finish last season.