High-SchoolMinnesota: Got Game

Got Game: Ben Saxton

December, 6, 2011
Name: Ben Saxton
School: Lakeville North
Sport: Nordic Skiing

Got Game: Saxton was the heavy favorite heading into last year's state meet. He'll be the heavy favorite heading into this season as well. Last winter he emerged victorious in the state pursuit race, winning the individual title by a nine-second margin thanks to his efforts in both the classic and freestyle disciplines. (You can check out highlights of the classic pursuit race by clicking here.) Saxton also won the District 1 crown by a wide margin. Look for his senior campaign to be just as successful.

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Got Game: Brandon Clark

October, 4, 2011
Name: Brandon Clark
School: Blake
Sport: Cross Country

Got Game: The biggest race in Minnesota every season is the Roy Griak Invitational, and a good finish there is usually an omen of good things to come once the postseason rolls around. But when it came to raising his stock, nobody had a bigger day than Clark. The senior is a known racing commodity — he finished fourth last season at the Class A state meet — but his sixth-place finish among the 471 runners in attendance for the Varsity Gold Meet, second amongst Minnesota harriers, was a big indication that Clark is the runner to beat at state this season. Only Wayzata's Josh Thorson, arguably the top harrier in Class AA, could beat Clark in-state. Clark finished in 16:06.

Got Game: Lance Gaspar

September, 8, 2011
Name: Lance Gaspar

School: Mankato Loyola

Sport: Soccer

Got Game: Only a sophomore, Gaspar did something that has never been accomplished in Minnesota before — he scored eight goals in one game. The previous record was seven and had been accomplished three times before, most recently in 2006. Gaspar's unreal scoring flurry helped Mankato Loyola beat New Prague by a 9-0 score on Sept. 6. Gaspar was his team's leading scorer last season as a freshman and made The Mankato Free Press All-City team.

Got Game: Andrew Larson

August, 30, 2011
Name: Andrew Larson
School: Eden Prairie
Sport: Football

Got Game: Larson’s made a name for himself locally. But it was what he did outside of Minnesota that was most impressive. Larson recorded the seventh-best SPARQ score at a Nike SPARQ Combine in Chicago back in March, putting him on par with some of the top young players in the Midwest. Last season, Larson broke the Eden Prairie school record for rushing yards in a season with 1,689. He also scored 21 touchdowns and earned All-State second team honors.

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Got Game: Eliot Cassutt

August, 25, 2011
Name: Eliot Cassutt
School: Minneapolis South
Sport: Soccer

Got Game: Opposing goaltenders know exactly who they need to be watching whenever their team plays Minneapolis South. It usually doesn’t take long to find him, either .Cassutt took 105 shots last season for the Tigers – an average of more than five per game. The sophomore scored on 46 of those chances and added 23 assists, helping South build a 15-4-1 record. His impressive goal-scoring output tied him for 14th nationally among goal scorers on the season, according to ESPNHS. As a junior this season, Cassutt will have the Tigers in contention.

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Got Game: Cole O'Brien

August, 23, 2011
Name: Cole O'Brien
School: Burnsville
Sport: Cross Country

Got Game: With two top-five finishes at state under his belt, this may be the season that O'Brien takes the next step forward. The Burnsville harrier was fourth as a sophomore, and he was the runner-up last season after finishing just two seconds behind now-graduated winner Adam Zutz of St. Francis. O'Brien also finished sixth at the Nike Cross Nationals Heartland Regional. Look for him to shine statewide and make his mark nationally this season as well.

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