Teams of the Year Minnesota

Updated: May 13, 2009, 3:51 PM ET
ESPN RISE Magazine

BOYS' TEAM OF THE YEAR

WAYZATA
Cross Country
The Trojans put together what was the most impressive effort of any team in any classification, winning the Class AAAA state championship handily. It might have been one of the most dominant wins in the nation. All five of the team's scoring runners placed in the top 15 at the state meet, led by senior Jeremy Drenckhann, who was fifth. Senior Andrew Wasz and junior Oliver Haugland finished 10th and 11th, respectively, while senior Danny Ducharme and freshman Josh Thorson were 14th and 15th, respectively.

OTHER FINALISTS

EDINA
Swimming
Led by speedy senior Drew Johnson, Edina edged Minnetonka to repeat as Class AA champions. Johnson won the 100 and 200 freestyle races and led the 400 free relay team to a victory as well.

MANKATO WEST
Football
The Scarlets posted a 13-1 record and earned their third state title with a 33- 14 win over Northfield in the Class AAAA championship game. Senior running back Paul Berndt rushed for four scores, tying a title game record.

ST. THOMAS
Alpine Skiing
Sophomore Dylan Thomas, who finished second in the individual competition, led St. Thomas to its fifth state championship. Senior Tom Knoedler finished 12th overall while sophomore Tom Grojean was 17th.

GIRLS' TEAM OF THE YEAR

WOODBURY
Soccer
The Royals capped an undefeated season by claiming the Class AA state championship over Eden Prairie, but not before a scare in the state title game. Woodbury fell behind early when its opponent scored in the 28th minute of play, but it took just 27 seconds for junior Alyssa DuVal to deadlock the score again. Early in the second half, sophomore forward Emily Morris scored the eventual game-winner, assisted by junior Caitlin Graboski. Woodbury claimed its fifth title in its seventh consecutive tournament appearance.

OTHER FINALISTS

BURNSVILLE
Nordic Skiing
The Blaze edged Southwest by 18.5 points to win the state title. Sophomore Sharmila Ahmed finished third to lead the way. Seniors Sarah Daniels and Maria Tinebra were fifth and eighth, respectively.

EDEN PRAIRIE
Cross Country
Senior Cassy Opitz led the Eagles to their first state championship in 28 years. Opitz won the individual crown in 14:24.5, while sophomores Laura Lawton and Alexandra Rudin finished sixth and 10th, respectively.

STILLWATER
Hockey
The Ponies needed two third-period goals to seal a win over Blake and earn their second-ever Class AA state crown. Junior Cassandra Salmen's two goals and an assist helped Stillwater take the title, 5-3.